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Samuel Parsons

Call: 2015

Samuel is a specialist insolvency barrister. His practice spans corporate and personal insolvency, cross-border issues, and commercial matters that often include an insolvency element.

Samuel has had experience of a wide range of insolvencies, ranging from personal insolvency matters, to multi-million pound disputes.

Samuel is recognised as an ‘up and coming’ barrister in Chambers & Partners and as a ‘rising star’ in the Legal 500. Comments in the 2022 edition of Legal 500 describe him as “quick-thinking, personable and good with both lay and professional clients” and “one of the best insolvency juniors around”.

Restructuring & Insolvency

Re Hidden Bar (Liverpool) Limited, a liquidators’ claim for breach of directors’ duties (including in relation to the failure to register for VAT), transactions at undervalue, and preferences

Re Jolly Sailor Private Limited [2022] EWHC 897 (Ch), an appeal before Zacaroli J concerning the conclusiveness of company accounts in the context of winding-up petitions

Re Bronia Buchanan Associates Limited [2021] EWHC 2740 (Ch), a claim against a former director was made out, with conduct justifying a prior freezing injunction and later interim receiver order

Re Virgin Active Holdings Limited [2021] EWHC 814 (Ch); [2021] EWHC 911 (Ch), a leading case on the applicability of cross-class cram down in Part 26A of the Companies Act 2006 (led by Simon Passfield)

Frost v Scott-Hake [2020] EWHC 3677 (Ch), a seminal case on the principles and procedures for making calls on former partners under the Insolvent Partnerships Order 1994

Official Receiver v Maguire, a dispute arising over ownership of property subject to restraint orders made under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

Re Helim Miah, a claim for possession and sale made in respect of property subject to a restraint order under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

ABN AMRO Bank NV v Sheibani, an application to set aside a statutory demand on the basis of foreign jurisdiction and governing law clauses

HMRC v Lewis, an application to set aside a statutory demand presented by HMRC on the basis of an agreement and consideration given by a third party

Healys LLP v Partridge, an application by former clients of the firm to set aside a statutory demand against the background of a cross-claim previously intimated in costs proceedings

Samuel also regularly appears for and advises clients in winding-up petitions, bankruptcy petitions, administration applications, and in claims for breaches of directors’ duties.

Litigation & Arbitration

Instructed by IWG (formerly Regus), a provider of serviced office space, in a number of claims and disputes arising from the Covid-19 pandemic

Instructed by HMRC to seek freezing orders, including against Mercy Global Consult Limited and People Services Solution Ltd, both in respect of multimillion pound VAT frauds (led by Christopher Brockman)

NHS East Sussex CCG v SinoCare Group Limited, a claim for £7.5m arising under a parent company guarantee, which the Hong Kong parent entity denied having agreed to (led by Hugh Sims QC)

Calo v Easyjet Airline Company Limited, a claim for repayment of international phone call costs following flight cancellations

Gillam v Nightingale Removals and Storage Limited, on the interpretation of CPR Parts 12 and 13 in circumstances where the basis for seeking default judgment shifts after the request is made

ARAG Plc v Jones [2020] EWHC 3484 (Comm), a three-party dispute between an insurer, former solicitor, and lay client, which traversed the law of contribution, indemnities, and undisclosed principals

Memberships & Publications


2016 Harvard Law School, LLM

2015 City Law School, BPTC (Outstanding)

2014 City Law School, GDL (Outstanding)

2013 University of Oxford, BA Music (First Class)



2020 Attorney General’s Panel Counsel (Regional C Panel)

2018-19 University of Bristol, Senior Associate Teacher

2015 Called to the Bar of England and Wales



Contributor to Insolvency Practitioners: Appointment, Duties, Powers and Liability (Edward Elgar, 2020)

Contributor to Tolley’s Insolvency Law Service (LexisNexisUK)

Contributor to LexisPSL Restructuring & Insolvency

Contributor to Corporate Rescue and Insolvency


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