Paul Caldicott Partner

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“He has thorough technical knowledge and applies this well alongside his commercial experience.”

Chambers UK 2018

“Paul is praised for his clear technical knowledge coupled with commercial acumen.”

Legal 500 2017
Paul is a specialist corporate restructuring and insolvency solicitor in our Business Support & Insolvency team, dealing with non-contentious advisory work and all forms of litigation recovery work on behalf of Banks, Asset Based Lenders and Insolvency Practitioners.

Main areas of practice

With over fifteen years-experience, Paul has advised upon complex corporate restructuring strategies and litigated in all the major courts, including the Court of Appeal.  His litigation experience spans emergency injunctive relief, asset tracing (UK, EU and America) and repatriation, pursuing and defending money claims and professional negligence claims. 

Clients

His clients include a wide variety of business owners, directors, creditors and other stakeholders (including banks and charge holders).

Significant experience 

Litigation

  • Defending a money claim in the Companies Court that also involved injunctions in New York and Rotterdam. There was an allegation of fraud (forged signature) that required the assimilation of substantial witness evidence. The claim was litigated during a six day trial.
  • Acting for the appellant in a professional negligence and reported Court of Appeal case of Daniel Thomas Brian Horler v David Rubin & Ors [2012] EWCA Civ 4.
  • Acting for the petitioner in the Company Act unfair prejudice litigation and reported case of Hawkes v Cuddy & others [2009] EWCA Civ 291, [2009] All ER (D) 42 (Apr) (Moore-Bick, Stanley Burnton LLJ, Blackburne J). 

Corporate Insolvency

  • Acting for charge holders and insolvency practitioners in respect of corporate insolvency administration sales; involved in all aspects; including organising the strategy, drafting of finance documents and negotiating the sale agreement.
  • Corporate restructuring strategy advice to the insolvency arm of one of the main High Street Clearing Banks, an Irish Bank and a Wales based private bank. The work includes consideration of options and the most appropriate manner to preserve asset values and thus maximise their financial return.

Public Sector

  • Developing and assisting with the implementation of a refinancing strategy for a Government department tasked with providing development finance, which required an awareness of the political goals of the department and knowledge of the EU and public sector constraints placed on the use of those monies.
  • Acting for a South Devon based NHS Trust following the insolvency of one of its suppliers that operated emergency hyperbaric chamber services. Detailed negotiations to ensure continuity of services and the commissioning of an alternative supplier.

Additional expertise 

Paul also acts as an Intervention Agent appointed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to undertake interventions in solicitors practices and Paul has managed the intervention in the South West. 

Expertise

Paul’s Blog

Construction industry braced for Carillion insolvency

The well-publicised liquidation of Carillion and appointment of partners at PwC with day-to-day control represents one of the biggest failures of a private sector company this decade and certainly the biggest since the collapse of BHS.

Articles by Paul

To what extent does the new Pre-Action Protocol apply to the enforcement of council tax liabilities?

Article

A new Pre-Action Protocol for Debt claims ("PAP") is coming into force. We expect to see councils taking steps in the forthcoming months to significantly overhaul their current debt recovery processes to ensure compliance with the PAP.

Blake Morgan clients succeed in the Court of Appeal

Article

Judgment has been handed down by the Court of Appeal in the latest authority considering compliance with Unless Orders and applications for relief from sanction.

Director Disqualification

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In the matter of The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy v Rosenblatt [2016] EWHC 2821.

Related Knowledge & Resources

Civil Restraint Orders

What are Civil Restraint Orders and when can they be used? Our expert explains how CRO's can be useful when dealing with particularly litigious bankrupts and other litigants in person.

Director disqualification and failure to comply

Our expert explains the Director Disqualification Act and what happens if a disqualified director doesn't apply with the Act.

To what extent does the new Pre-Action Protocol apply to the enforcement of council tax liabilities?

A new Pre-Action Protocol for Debt claims ("PAP") is coming into force. We expect to see councils taking steps in the forthcoming months to significantly overhaul their current debt recovery processes to ensure compliance with the PAP.

The Draft Wales Bill

What is the significance of the provisions in the Bill? This is a draft Bill published by the Secretary of State for Wales, rather than a Bill proper. It is being consulted on, in advance of introducing a Bill proper sometime early in the new year.

Taking care with re-use of business name following insolvency

Blake Morgan's guide to the restrictions on involvement with another business trading under the same or similar name, when going through insolvency procedures.

Guide to tenant insolvency

Blake Morgan provide a guide to the process of tenant insolvency