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Amanda Hadkiss

Call 2014


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 publisher in relation to a dispute with a road carrier regarding payment 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
  • Advised a toy manufacturer on possible defences to a claim for alleged breach of a distribution 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

  • In the matter of Constellation Overseas Limited and others BVIHC (COM) 2018/0206 (The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, BVI): heavily involved (while on secondment at Ogier) in preparing the first ever successful application for the appointment of “soft touch” provisional liquidators in the BVI
  • Instructed (led by Catherine Newman QC) on behalf of the petitioner in an unfair prejudice petition concerning the exclusion of a director and shareholder from the management of a company operating in the food industry
  • Instructed on behalf of shareholders of a renewable energy company in relation to an unfair prejudice petition brought for inter alia alleged exclusion of the petitioner from management and expropriation of shares
  • Advised a minority shareholder of a boutique fashion business on potential derivative claims and remedies for unfair prejudice
  • Acted for an administrator in an application seeking declarations regarding the validity of the administrator’s appointment and acts due to failure to obtain the necessary prior consents from the FCA
  • Advised an asset management firm in relation to a proposed rectification of the Articles of Association of an Enterprise Investment Scheme qualifying company in order to retain the EIS status of the company’s shares
  • 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

Intellectual Property litigation

  • Warner Music UK Ltd & Ors v TuneIn Inc [2019] EWHC 2923 (Ch): acted (led by Edmund Cullen QC) for the Claimants in the trial of a claim for copyright infringement brought against an internet radio service

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 seeking declarations regarding their beneficial interest in a residential property and restitution for sums expended on the property
  • Acted in the trial of a possession claim based on rent arrears and sub-letting of a property on AirB‘n’B in breach of the terms of an assured shorthold tenancy
  • Instructed by a landlord in a claim to set aside a judgment on the basis that the judgment was procured through fraud and/or the trial judge was deliberately misled by the defendants at trial
  • Acted on behalf of a bank in an application to strike out a “totally without merit” claim by a former mortgagee for damages for the alleged conversion of personal possessions
  • Settled proceedings for a mortgagee defending a claim seeking rectification of the register in order to remove a charge allegedly obtained as the result of a forgery
  • Instructed by a mortgagee seeking a possession order against a mortgagor who disputed the validity and enforceability of the mortgage on various grounds (including purported administrative errors in a transfer of title and in an assignment)
  • 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 possession proceedings (including mortgage proceedings, landlord and tenant proceedings, and claims against trespassers) and in relation to 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
  • Instructed in relation to a dispute between local residents and a winery in relation to breaches of planning conditions and licensing conditions
  • 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.


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


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


German (conversational)


Chancery Bar Association
Insolvency Lawyers' Association
Asset Recovery Next Gen
Female Fraud Forum
Young Fraud Lawyers Association