Practice

Guy has a broad commercial Chancery practice, with a particular emphasis on insolvency law. He frequently appears both led and unled in the High Court, as well as maintaining a busy practice in the County Court. His recent instructions include:

  • Hosking v Apax Partners LLP – one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 Cases of 2018, in which he assisted Robert Miles QC and Andrew de Mestre for the successful Defendants; and
  • Al Jaber v Salfiti – an application to discharge a freezing injunction on grounds of material non-disclosure. Guy appeared alongside Alexander Cook for the successful respondents.

Guy is a contributor to Transaction Avoidance in Insolvencies 3rd Ed. (2018) including chapters on wrongful and fraudulent trading. He read Philosophy & Theology at Keble College, Oxford, before gaining a Distinction in the GDL and an Outstanding on the BPTC. In 2014, he won the City Law School Moot, the final of which took place in the Supreme Court before Lord Hughes. He is a Hubert Greenland, Hardwicke, and Lord Bowen scholar of Lincoln’s Inn.

Practice areas

Commercial dispute resolution

Guy is regularly instructed as a junior on large commercial disputes in order to assist with pleadings, legal research, witness statements, and skeleton arguments. His recent experience includes:

  • Al Jaber v Salfiti – a c.£3 million claim for misappropriation of funds involving allegations of identity theft and document manipulation. The Claimants obtained a freezing injunction which Guy and Alexander Cook successfully discharged on grounds of material non-disclosure.
  • Tchenguiz v Grant Thornton UK – a long-running claim by one of Britain’s best known property moguls against a global accounting firm (and others) for allegedly conspiring to procure an SFO investigation in to the claimant’s affairs. As a pupil, Guy assisted Tom Gentleman in what is now the leading case on collateral use, and was subsequently brought on to assist in the preparation for trial.
  • Singularis v Daiwa – a negligence claim against the brokers of an insolvent company for failing to prevent the fraud of its director. As a pupil, Guy assisted Robert Miles QC and Andrew de Mestre on the law of attribution and illegality following the Supreme Court’s decisions in Bilta v Nazir and Patel v Mirza.
  • Shulman v Kolomoisky – a claim for an account between former business partners. As a pupil, Guy assisted Gregory Denton-Cox in drafting the Particulars of Claim.
  • Credit Suisse v Titan Europe – a Court of Appeal case concerning the proper interpretation of so-called ‘Class X’ notes. Guy assisted Andrew de Mestre as a pupil.
Company law

Guy accepts instructions in all manner of company disputes, but is particularly well-versed in unfair prejudice petitions. His recent experience includes:

  • Coral Reef Ltd v Silverbond Enterprises Ltd – an ongoing dispute over the ownership of the Hilton Hotel casino in Park Lane. Guy is acting alongside Alexander Cook for the respondents.
  • Michel v Michel – an unfair prejudice petition for exclusion and breach of fiduciary duty. Guy assisted Alastair Tomson on the law of quasi-partnerships and the applicability of section 122(1)(g) of the Insolvency Act 1986.
  • Dennis v Tag Group Ltd – an unfair prejudice petition giving rise to what is now one of the leading cases on submission to the jurisdiction of the English Courts. Guy assisted Tom Gentleman as a pupil.
Insolvency & restructuring

Insolvency is the backbone of Guy’s practice. He accepts instructions in all disputes with an insolvency element including: preferences, transactions at an undervalue, transactions defrauding creditors, misfeasance, and wrongful and fraudulent trading. He is also frequently instructed on injunctions to restrain the presentation or advertisement of winding-up petitions or to set aside statutory demands.

Recent cases in which Guy has been involved include:

  • Hosking v Apax Partners LLP – a c. US$ 1 billion claim under section 423 of the Insolvency Act 1986 against a number of high profile private equity houses. Guy assisted Robert Miles QC and Andrew de Mestre on the law of fraudulent transactions and unlawful dividends in light of the Supreme Court’s decision in Progress Property Co Ltd v Moorgarth.
  • Sandhu v Nagra – an application for an interim receiver over the assets of a judgment debtor whose property was already subject to Mareva relief. Citing HMRC v Rochdale Drinks, Guy (as sole counsel) succeeded in persuading the High Court that the existing freezing injunction did not provide adequate protection, as there was still a real danger that the respondent, who had shown himself to be dishonest in previous proceedings, might attempt to destroy documents which revealed the location of misappropriated funds.
  • Crumpler v Candey Ltd – an application by the liquidators of a BVI company for a determination of the validity and scope of certain charges under section 245 of the Insolvency Act 1986. As a pupil, Guy assisted Andrew de Mestre on the categorisation of fixed and floating charges following Re Spectrum Plus Limited.
  • Tchenguiz v Grant Thornton UK LLP – an appeal concerning the interrelationship between the Winding-up Directive and the Lugano II Convention. As a pupil, Guy assisted Robert Miles QC and Tom Gentleman who acted for the successful Respondents.

Guy is also a contributor to Transaction Avoidance in Insolvencies 3rd Ed. (2018).

International arbitration

Guy is currently instructed on a c. £30 million arbitration under the UNCITRAL Model Law (1985), including a recent application for interim measures. His previous experience includes:

  • An application under section 9 of the Arbitration Act 1996 for a stay of proceedings in favour of arbitration. Guy appeared for the respondent led by Richard Hill QC.
  • Great Station Properties SA v UMS Holdings Ltd – a challenge to an LCIA arbitration award on grounds of serious irregularity under section 68 of the Arbitration Act 1996. Guy assisted Tom Gentleman as a pupil.
Offshore litigation

Guy is currently instructed on a long-running family dispute in the DIFC over the ownership of a multi-million pound group of companies. Other recent cases in which Guy has been involved include:

  • Stanford v Akers – an application under section 273 of the BVI Insolvency Act 2003 to challenge the decision of a liquidator to settle proceedings. As a pupil, Guy assisted Sharif Shivji on issues of standing and the test in Re Edennote Ltd.
  • Tavira Securities v Point Ventures FZCO – A c. £4 million claim in the DIFC for deceit and unlawful means conspiracy.
  • An application by a trustee in bankruptcy against a major law firm for delivery up of documents under section 342(1) of the Gibraltar Insolvency Act 2011.

Additional info

Career & appointments

Chancery Bar Association
Commercial Bar Association

Publications

Guy is a contributor to Transaction Avoidance in Insolvencies 3rd Ed. (2018). His chapters include:

  • The Anti-Deprivation Rule and the Pari Passu Principle
  • Office Holder Claims
  • Transaction Avoidance in Offshore Jurisdictions

Guy will also be contributing to Loose and Griffiths on Liquidators 9th Ed. (2019).

Education & awards

Education  

  • 2015: BPTC, City Law School (Outstanding)
  • 2014: GDL, City Law School (Distinction)
  • 2013: BA (Hons) Philosophy & Theology, Keble College, Oxford

Scholarships and Prizes  

  • 2016: Hubert Greenland Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
  • 2015: Buchanan Prize, Lincoln’s Inn
  • 2014: Hardwicke Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
  • 2014: Falcon Chambers Prize for Land Law, City Law School
  • 2013: Lord Bowen Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn

Mooting  

  • 2015: City Law School Senior Moot, Finalist
  • 2014: City Law School GDL Moot, Winner
  • 2014: Inns of Court Society Moot, Winner