We valued their [The Insolvency and Business Support team] breadth of experience, honesty, commercial approach, availability (when it suits us) and tenacity. Katie James has all of these qualities and leads a growing team that demonstrate the same. Put simply, they are invaluable as a panel firm for us.
Katie is an experienced insolvency lawyer, and partner, aiming to maximise recoveries for her clients, whether through sales of assets or by way of litigation.
Main area of practice
For the past 11 years, Katie has worked in all areas of insolvency, including formal processes such as administration, liquidation, receivership and bankruptcy as well as in less formal distressed situations. Katie has particular expertise in dealing with distressed care homes as well as hotels and complex group structures.
Katie helps insolvency practitioners, banks, lenders, investors, landlords, and creditors as well as the directors and owners of distressed companies and businesses.
- Insolvency Lawyers’ Association
- R3 (the Association of Business Recovery Professionals)
- Katie advised Receivers appointed under the Law of Property Act 1925 about their appointment by the trustees of a pension scheme over a science park, and in relation to the sale of the science park.
- Katie has advised the directors of a retailer in relation to a Company Voluntary Arrangement that they wished to put to creditors and the effect that the CVA had on the company's lease obligations.
- Katie acted for the Trustee in Bankruptcy of a husband and wife who formerly owned a public house and during the proceeds to obtain vacant possession of the matrimonial home raised various "trust" arguments.
- Katie advised the liquidators of a eco-home development company in relation to issues arising from the restrictions on the title to the development site, the security of the site and in relation to a dispute with a partially secured creditor as to the extent of its entitlement under its security.
- Katie has recently acted for and advised the administrators of a printing company in relation to their appointment and the sale of the business, dealing with the implications of the Insolvency Rules 2016 and the mandatory e-filing in the Companies Court, London.
- Katie advised Receivers appointed under the Law of Property Act 1925 on their appointment by a bridging loan provider, obtaining vacant possession of three charged properties and selling all three properties, in the face of hostility and obstruction from the borrowers.
Katie is an outstanding lawyer, she’s very intelligent and not afraid to take bold and difficult decisions.
Katie James is first class.
Kathryn James of Blake Morgan heads the firm's business support and insolvency team. She advises insolvency practitioners, banks and distressed companies on a range of matters. She has particular experience in distressed care home work. One interviewee says that she excels at dealing with complex matters.
A strong breadth of knowledge.
Insights by Katie
Last week experts from Blake Morgan and Griffins discussed the recently published Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill, and how items such as suspending wrongful trading obligations will impact directors' duties...Read More
What happens when an individual gifts intellectual property to a company, and that company then enters an insolvency process? Who now owns that IP? Without planning for the worst case...Read More
With "Brexit Day", 29 March 2019, drawing immediately close without any sign of deal, we take a look at what a no-deal Brexit would mean for insolvency practitioners. The EU...Read More