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Amanda Hadkiss

Call 2014

ahadkiss@maitlandchambers.com

Amanda has a broad commercial chancery practice, and represents clients in commercial, company, property, and insolvency disputes. She appears regularly in the High Court and the County Court, both led and unled. In 2018 she was called to the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (BVI). Amanda provides advice, drafting, and advocacy at all stages of litigious disputes, and is well versed in procedural matters.

Examples of Amanda’s current and recent instructions include:

Commercial litigation and contractual disputes

Business and contract claims

  • Instructed by a sole trader defending a £4 million claim for the alleged conversion of high performance cars
  • Acted as part of the counsel team for Grant Thornton UK LLP in the multi-million pound conspiracy claims brought by Robert Tchenguiz in the Commercial Court
  • Acting as part of the junior counsel team on behalf of a group of hedge funds in a claim against a leading financial institution for market abuse and other wrongs
  • Instructed by the BBC as part of the counsel team in a claim brought against the BBC for alleged breach of confidence
  • Instructed on behalf of a supplier in relation to a dispute with a road carrier regarding the payment of invoices for delivery services and loss and damage to goods
  • Appeared for a bank in the trial of a claim relating to an alleged breach of an insurance contract
  • Instructed by an IT services provider defending a claim for alleged breach of contract and alleged breaches of fiduciary duties relating to the provision of IT services
  • Settled proceedings for a sports management company seeking to enforce a guarantee for payment of a debt
  • Advised on a potential claim against a coaching provider for misrepresentation and breach of contract
  • Acted for a company defending a claim for breach of contract relating to the supply of allegedly faulty heating units to a care home provider
  • Advised a postal services firm on its contractual obligations under an introducer’s fee agreement
  • Instructed by an oil and gas financing broker to assist with evidence in relation to a claim for unpaid commission fees
  • Acted for a bakery company in the trial of a claim for damages for conversion and injunctive relief

Banking and finance

  • Instructed by a bank defending a multi-million pound claim (involving allegations of mis-selling of an interest rate swap in the context of a securitisation and allegations of LIBOR manipulation) to assist with witness evidence

Joint venture and partnership disputes

  • Instructed (with John McGhee QC) on a dispute relating to the termination of a limited partnership joint venture for the development of a hotel in the City of London
  • Advised a former partner of a private asset management firm in relation to claims for unpaid commission

Company and insolvency litigation

  • Completed a secondment at Ogier, a leading offshore law firm, working on a cross-border restructuring matter governed by BVI law
  • Instructed (led by Catherine Newman QC) on behalf of the petitioner in an unfair prejudice claim relating to the exclusion of a director and shareholder from the management of a company operating in the food industry
  • Advised a minority shareholder on potential derivative claims and unfair prejudice remedies
  • Instructed on behalf of a petitioning creditor in a disputed debt winding up petition (and resisting a subsequent application for permission to appeal)
  • Advised the purchaser of a high performance car on their rights after the seller entered into administration
  • Advised the supervisors of a CVA in relation to petitioning for the company subject to the CVA to enter into compulsory liquidation
  • Appears in and advises on numerous applications brought under the Companies Act 2006, including for rectification of the register and extensions of time for registering charges
  • Regularly instructed to advise on matters relating to winding up petitions and to appear on behalf of both petitioners and debtors in the Companies Court Winding Up List
  • Instructed in respect of various applications brought under the Insolvency Act 1986 (including applications for vesting orders and validation orders, to set aside statutory demands, and for permission to act as a director of a company with a prohibited name)
  • Regularly instructed to both represent and advise both creditors and debtors on bankruptcy petitions

Property litigation

  • Perkins v Nieuwenhuizen [2018] EWHC 918 (Ch): acted in an application for permission to appeal in a case involving disputed rights of way and the abandonment of easements
  • Instructed (led by John McGhee QC) on a case concerning whether an agreement for lease contained onerous conditions, which led to an expert determination
  • Instructed (led by Thomas Grant QC) by an individual bringing a claim seeking declarations in relation to their beneficial interest in a residential property and a restitutionary claim for sums expended on the property
  • Advised a company on matters relating to a purported succession by an individual to a tenancy alleged to be protected under the Rent Act 1977
  • Regularly instructed to draft, advise on, and appear in residential and non-residential possession proceedings (including possession proceedings against trespassers) and service charge disputes
  • Instructed on behalf of a lender to resist an application in which the claimant sought injunctive relief to prevent the sale of a secured property
  • Advised a freehold management company on issues relating to the level of service charge attributable to a proposed airspace development that had arisen as the result of a collective enfranchisement
  • Advised a firm of solicitors on the legal ramifications of a conveyancing mistake
  • Instructed by the claimant in a boundary dispute between two neighbouring properties
  • Acted for a freeholder applying to alter the terms of an injunction obtained against multiple defendants relating to the use of a boatyard
  • Instructed by a bank making and resisting interim applications in a high value possession action

Amanda graduated with a first class degree in History from the University of Cambridge and was awarded Gray’s Inn’s top scholarship awards for both the GDL and the BPTC. After graduating she undertook an internship at the Texas Defender Service in Austin, Texas, during which she assisted attorneys representing defendants facing the death penalty. During her legal studies she taught debating skills to prisoners through the Gray’s Inn “Vocalise” programme, acted as a pro bono legal adviser at two legal advice centres, and volunteered as a trainee duty advisor representing defendants to possession proceedings in Willesden County Court. Before pupillage she worked as a Legal Researcher at Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP and specialised in EU sanctions and extradition matters.

Qualifications

BPTC, Outstanding, Kaplan Law School
GDL, Merit, The City Law School
MA (Cantab), History, First Class

Awards

Gray’s Inn Bedingfield Scholarship (2013)
Kaplan Law School Advocacy Scholarship (2013)
Gray’s Inn David Karmel Award (2012)
Queens’ College Bachelor Scholarship (2012)

Languages

German (conversational)

Memberships

COMBAR
Chancery Bar Association
Insolvency Lawyers' Association
Asset Recovery Next Gen