Raquel Agnello KC
Call: 1986 Silk: 2009
Raquel is a sought-after specialist in insolvency, company and commercial litigation.
She is also a highly-regarded expert in the area of pensions and insolvency, in particular the ‘moral hazard’ provisions. She has led on many high profile cases on behalf of the Pensions Regulator, including on Nortel and Lehman in the Supreme Court. On pensions and restructuring issues, she has acted for the pension trustees in Re Cobham Limited, the secured lenders in Johnston Press and for Bombardier Inc. She has advised extensively on company voluntary arrangements including Clarks Footwear, BHS/Arcadia, New Look, Travelodge and Park First. She was successful in acting for the company, Snoozebox Limited, in the recent case whereby the Court declared that fines arising in potential criminal proceedings relating to of breaches of Health and Safety legislation were compromised in the CVA.
Raquel is frequently retained by security agents and is familiar with advising on the construction of complex financial instruments, as well as challenges to demands and insolvency procedures. She advises corporate groups in relation to proposed restructurings and pension issues, including risk assessment. She acts in all aspects of company litigation including unfair prejudice petitions as well as being retained in general commercial disputes.
She is a member of the Appeal Committee of the Insolvency Practitioners Association and she sits hearing appeals from disciplinary cases.
Since 2001, she has sat as a Deputy Insolvency and Companies Court Judge ( formerly Registrars ) hearing both corporate and insolvency matters, including trials.
Raquel is fluent in French and Portuguese.