Michael Lynch Associate

Contact Information

+44 20 3321 7807

Personal Profile

Michael is an Associate in the Dispute Resolution department, specialising in fraud, corporate recovery and insolvency.  

He has experience in advising insolvency practitioners, financial institutions, directors (including duties), companies and turnaround professionals on formal insolvency appointments, insolvency disputes (including shareholder disputes) and related aspects of distressed corporates and/or individuals. Michael has previously acted for major banks and larger accountancy practices in corporate-led insolvency matters. He also has experience in acting for high net worth individuals on an array of insolvency related issues.  

Michael focuses on discrete insolvency matters, advising insolvency practitioners and individuals on court-related matters including: the prosecution and defence of antecedent transaction claims; claims for misfeasance and wrongful and fraudulent trading; emergency action and injunction work; asset-tracing and protection; and more diverse court applications under the provisions of the Insolvency Act 1986.

Michael has led a matter focusing on complex jurisdictional arguments determined at the Court of Appeal, as well as advising on the non-contentious side, including advising on the validity of appointments, validity of security and advising on the merits of formal insolvency processes generally. 

Key Experience

  • Assisted in acting for Liquidators of LLP in seeking recoveries from former members – preparing for appeal of Fennell –v – Halliwells LLP [2013] EWHC 2837;
  • Lead fee earner in proceedings for recovery of sums against Egyptian national, where jurisdiction and Forum Non Conveniens application was commenced by Defendant.  This application failed, as did the appeal heard at the Court of Appeal.  Jeremy Stevens –v– Said Tony Hamed [2012] EWHC 1871 (Ch). Hamed v Stevens [2013] EWCA Civ 911 (judgment 26 July 2013)    
  • Assisted in acting for creditors of Company to have Administrator place the company into Liquidation.  In the matter of BTR (UK) Ltd sub nom James Patrick Lavin & 7 Ors –v – William Clive Swindell [2012] EWHC 2398 (Ch);
  • Acting for Liquidators in application for relief under Rule 4.83(1) of the Insolvency Rules 1986, successfully seeking an order to reverse and vary the decision of the parent company liquidators who had rejected a proof of debt for £1.5 million – unreported Spectrum Flair Press Limited (in CVL) –v– (1) Allan Watson Graham & (2) Richard James Philpott [20 Jan. 2012] ChD (Birmingham) – District Judge Gailey.
  • Lead fee earner in successfully striking-out winding-up Petition brought incorrectly – The Quality Pub Company Ltd –v – E.ON UK Plc [2 April 2012] ChD (Birmingham) – HHJ David Cooke.  

Career History

Associate, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Associate, Addleshaw Goddard LLP
Solicitor, Lewis Onions Solicitors
The University of Birmingham, English Literature, English Language, and Drama.