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Radford Goodman

Partner

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Radford Goodman is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution department with over 20 years’ experience. Radford acts principally for insolvency practitioners, businesses, financial institutions, trade creditors and corporate directors in relation to litigation and arbitration involving insolvency and restructuring, international asset recovery, banking and finance, security enforcement, creditor claims, directors’ duties, civil fraud, negligence and breach of contract. Radford has a wealth of experience working closely with local counsel and managing cross-border teams on international mandates.

Radford is a member of the Insolvency Lawyers’ Association and R3 (the Association of Business Recovery Professionals) and is recognised in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom for restructuring and insolvency. He has guest lectured on corporate insolvency at UCL, served on a working group of the Financial Markets Law Committee and is a contributor to the leading practitioner text, The Law of Administrators and Receivers of Companies.

Key Experience

  • Acting for the liquidators of a projects company in relation to a successful breach of duty claim against a former director, resulting in an influential judgment on directors' duties: Re HLC Environmental Projects [2013] EWHC 2876
  • Acting for the US Trustee of Lehman Brothers Inc. in relation to UK litigation concerning an internal securities repo programme: Pearson and others v Lehman Brothers SA and others [2010] EWHC 2914
  • Acting for an African bank in relation to a successful application for summary judgment to enforce a EUR142million+ loan and a EUR 30million personal guarantee: FBN Bank (UK) Limited v Leaf Tobacco A. Michailides [2017] EWHC 3017
  • Advising an UHNW beneficiary in relation to US$billion+ asset tracing claims (including Norwich Pharmacal relief and freezing and proprietary injunctions) involving allegations of breach of trust, dishonest assistance, knowing receipt, unjust enrichment and conspiracy.
  • Acting for an international bank in relation to arbitration proceedings to enforce rights under a complex cross-border guarantee structure, involving English, French and UAE governed contracts.
  • Advising a financial institution in relation to a dispute with a high-profile sports club concerning the frustration of a sponsorship contract as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. 
  • Acting for an international financial institution in relation to High Court litigation arising out of payments fraud by a third party.
  • Acting for a UK clearing bank in relation to the enforcement of a series of loans, including obtaining Norwich Pharmacal relief and a freezing order following the discovery of fraud and subsequent liquidation and bankruptcy proceedings against the companies and individuals involved.
  • Acting for the liquidator of a failed airline in relation to the recovery of certain pre-delivery payments following the termination of an aircraft purchase agreement.
  • Advising PwC on all aspects of their role as the provisional liquidators of Rafidain Bank: Chubb v Rafidain Bank [2017] 7 WLUK 701
  • Acting for the liquidators of a car hire company in relation to an investigation and subsequent wrongful trading claim against a former director.
  • Acting for a German manufacturer in their successful winding up petition (contested) against the UK issuer of an unpaid letter of credit: Heytex Bramsche GmbH v Unity Trade Capital Limited [2022] EWHC 2488
  • Advising a company in the mining sector in relation to winding up proceedings in Africa and the hostile appointment of a provisional liquidator.
  • Acting for an investment management services firm in relation to allegations of professional negligence.
  • Acting for a Middle Eastern bank in relation to the enforcement of multiple property loans.
  • Acting for the Trustees in relation to proceedings to clarify the rights of the guarantor to the swap counterparty following the default of certain floating rate notes: State Street Bank and Trust Company v Sompo Japan Insurance Inc. [2010] EWHC 1461.
  • Acting for the Australian liquidators of HIH Insurance in their successful application for the repatriation of assets from the UK, resulting in a landmark judgment in the field of cross-border insolvency: McGrath v Riddell (Re HIH Insurance) (House of Lords) [2008] UKHL 21.
  • Acting for a high-profile individual in relation to a director loan account and defending threatened bankruptcy proceedings in the UK.
  • Advising a global cruise line operator in relation to the collapse of Thomas Cook.
  • Advising an export credit agency in relation to the restructuring of a high-profile Spanish group in the renewables sector.
  • Advising an investment bank in relation to the collapse of a global payments company.
  • Acting for a global bank in relation to proceedings in Russia concerning the bank’s role as a fund trustee, working closely with local Russian counsel.
  • Acting for the Special Administrators of an investment bank in relation to investigations and claims.
  • Acting for two Greek banks in relation to a dispute concerning a restructuring agreement.
  • Acting for a distributor in the consumer goods sector in relation to an international arbitration following the contested termination of a commercial contract, leading to a successful $multi-million recovery.
  • Advising an international bank following the discovery of a receivables financing fraud.
  • Acting for an international bank in relation to allegations that it failed to perform an agreement for the sale of certain securities.

Career History

Partner, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
Associate, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Associate, Simmons & Simmons LLP
University of London, LLM
University of Manchester, LLB

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