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Rebecca Page

Call 2001

rpage@maitlandchambers.com

Rebecca’s practice covers commercial chancery litigation and arbitration, with a strong emphasis on company, insolvency, civil fraud and professional negligence disputes. Her work often has an international element.

She is recommended by the Legal 500 as a leading junior in the fields of Commercial Litigation, Insolvency and Company, by Chambers UK for Restructuring and Insolvency, and Company, and by Chambers Global for Restructuring / Insolvency. In 2019 she was shortlisted for “Commercial Litigation - junior of the year” in the Legal 500 Bar Awards. The directories have described Rebecca as: “Truly excellent – responsive, practical and strategic, she is at the top of her game” and “A very persuasive advocate”.

Recent un-led experience includes obtaining ex parte freezing and proprietary injunctions in a multimillion pound claim arising from international metal trading, successfully defending a challenge to jurisdiction in an LCIA arbitration, appearing in the Court of Appeal in cross-appeals in an unfair prejudice petition and successfully appointing administrators in respect of a Formula One team. Rebecca also has experience as junior counsel in the Supreme Court.

Rebecca is called to the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (BVI) where she has experience working on commercial, company and insolvency matters.

Rebecca read law at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, where she was a senior exhibitioner. In 2000 she was awarded a Bedingfield Scholarship by Gray’s Inn.

Areas of practice:

  • Commercial Litigation and Civil Fraud – business and contractual disputes involving agency, civil fraud, breach of fiduciary duties, economic torts, banking, loans, guarantees, sale of goods, mortgages and other securities. Her experience includes conflicts of law issues concerning jurisdiction and applicable law, applications for freezing orders, proprietary injunctions and other interim relief, issues of disclosure and privilege. Rebecca appeared as junior counsel in the Supreme Court for the successful parties in Bilta (UK) Ltd (in liquidation) v Nazir [2016] AC 1 (led by Christopher Parker QC) – confirming claims by an insolvent company for breach of fiduciary duty, dishonest assistance and conspiracy were not defeated by the illegality defence. Her experience includes claims against fiduciaries for secret profits and diversion of business opportunities, conspiracy and dishonest assistance / knowing receipt claims, acting for liquidators in several MTIC fraud cases, an LCIA arbitration concerning repayment of a loan and acting on claims arising from the supply of defective goods and services, including in the electrical engineering, manufacturing and offshore oil sectors.
  • Insolvency & Restructuring – all aspects of corporate and personal insolvency, office holder and asset recovery claims and investigations, including claims for breach of directors’ duties, wrongful and fraudulent trading, transactions at an undervalue, transactions defrauding creditors and preferences. Cross-border insolvency issues including under the EC Regulation on Insolvency Proceedings. Rebecca’s experience includes advising in relation to the Lehman Brothers International (Europe)(in administration) Waterfall applications (Waterfall 1, Waterfall IIA and Waterfall IIB), appearing as junior counsel in the Supreme Court in Re Bilta (UK) Ltd (in liquidation) in which the Supreme Court confirmed the extra-territorial effect of s.213 Insolvency Act 1986 and advising liquidators of a retail company with a substantial pension deficit where action had been taken by The Pensions Regulator. Rebecca’s insolvency experience spans a wide-range of sectors including, banking and finance, property holding and development, retail, legal, sports, music and entertainment and renewable energy. Clients range from hedge-funds to HMRC, directors, office-holders and secured / unsecured creditors.
  • Company – Contentious matters including unfair prejudice petitions, shareholder remedies, derivative claims, just and equitable winding up, claims concerning unlawful distributions of capital and unlawful dividends, corporate insolvency, dissolution, restoration, directors duties and disqualification. Rebecca has experience of companies in wide-range of sectors including IT, biotech, offshore oil, electrical engineering, manufacturing, property and sport. In addition to Bilta (UK) Ltd (in liquidation) on corporate attribution, Rebecca’s experience includes appearing un-led in the Court of Appeal in Re Sprintroom [2019] EWCA Civ 932 in cross-appeals in a s.994 petition and at trial, appearing as junior counsel in Re Neath Rugby Club Ltd; Hawkes v Cuddy (trial on unfair prejudice petition) and in the Court of Appeal in Re Neath Rugby Ltd (No 2) Hawkes v Cuddy and others (No 2) - [2009] 2 BCLC 427 and Cuddy v Hawkes [2007] BPIR 1217 and advice relating to the Lehman “Waterfall” applications, involving an unlimited company (see above).

  • Professional Negligence – Rebecca acts for claimants, defendants and professional indemnity insurers in professional negligence matters involving legal, insolvency, business and accountancy professionals. Her experience includes acting un-led for a firm of solicitors facing a multimillion pound claim by an insolvency practitioner former client, acting for an insolvency practitioner and insurers defending claims of negligence and breach of fiduciary duty, advising liquidators on bringing claims against an insolvent company’s former solicitors and former administrators, and acting on a negligence claim against a company’s former administrators arising out of a pre-pack administration.

  • Property – litigation and advisory work concerning the legal and beneficial ownership of real property, easements, restrictive covenants, adverse possession, boundary disputes and mortgages. Rebecca also advises in relation to property related insolvency issues such as relief from forfeiture, disclaimer, the proper treatment of rent as an expense and retention of title and other such issues arising on insolvency.

Rebecca’s clerks would be happy to discuss the terms on which Rebecca will act. In the absence of express agreement in writing to the contrary, Rebecca accepts instructions on the basis of the Bar Standards Board’s Standard Contractual Terms for the Supply of Legal Services By Barristers to Authorised Persons 2012 (updated for the GDPR in 2018).

Publications

Gore-Browne on Companies: Contributor (Directors' Disqualifications chapter)

Notable Cases

  • Re Sprintroom Limited [2019] EWCA Civ 932: Court of Appeal, cross-appeals in unfair prejudice petition in which Court of Appeal gave new guidance on what constitutes a reasonable offer to purchase a minority shareholding.
  • Acting for Swiss Claimants in obtaining ex parte freezing and proprietary injunctions against former agents (and their associates) in claims for breach of fiduciary duty (secret profits and diversion of business opportunities), dishonest assistance, knowing receipt and conspiracy arising out of international titanium trading (Business List (ChD), January 2019)

  • Brockstone Ltd (A Company incorporated in Guernsey) v Force India Formula One Team Ltd [2018] EWHC 3852 (Ch) (Barling J): successfully acting for a creditor in contested application to appoint Administrators in respect of a Formula One team.
  • Sprint Electric Ltd v (1) Buyer’s Dream Ltd (2) Aristides George Potamianos; In the matter of Sprintroom Ltd sub nom Aristides George Potamianos v (1) Edwin John Prescott (2) Sprintroom Ltd (2018) [2018] EWHC 1924 (Ch): 8 Day trial of unfair prejudice petition and related case concerning the rights to the intellectual property in computer code essential for the company’s products.

  • Hynes Heating Solutions v Homebase: appeared for Homebase successfully striking out £1.2m claim against it for breach of contract. (Birmingham DR, March 2017)
  • Bilta (UK) Ltd (in liquidation) and others v Nazir [2016] AC 1: Supreme Court decision on dishonest assistance, conspiracy, director’s breach of duty, corporate attribution, illegality and fraudulent trading (led by Christopher Parker QC) arising out spot trading in carbon credits.

  • Tomlinson v Pickup [2014] EWHC 4495 (Ch): appeared as sole counsel for successful claimants in Chancery Division trial for enforcement of oral agreement for shares and directorships.

  • Bilta (UK) Ltd (in liquidation) v Nazir [2014] Ch 52: Court of Appeal dishonest assistance, breach of duty and fraudulent trading (led by Christopher Parker QC).

  • Burntcopper Ltd (t/a Contemporary Design Unit) v International Travel Catering Association Ltd - [2014] All ER (D) 64 (Feb): appeared for defendants as sole counsel in Commercial Court trial on liability for breach of contract.

  • Re Bowen Travel Ltd [2012] All ER (D) 63 (Dec): Application for Administration Order (Chancery Division Birmingham DR) in respect of a travel company.

  • Bilta (UK) Ltd (in liquidation) and others v Nazir and others [2013] 1 All ER 375: Chancery Division, dishonest assistance, breach of duty and fraudulent trading (led by Christopher Parker QC)

  • Hunt v Harb and Aziz [2012] 1 W.L.R. 317: Court of Appeal, appeared un-led for Trustee in Bankruptcy in successfully responding to appeal against judge’s refusal to make pre-emptive costs order in case concerning assignment of cause of action.
  • Stephen Hunt (Trustee in bankruptcy of the Estate of Janan George Harb) v HRH Prince Abdui Aziz Bin Fahd Abdul Aziz v Janan George Harb [2011] EWHC 714 (Ch): Application by bankrupt to set aside notice of discontinuance filed by trustee in bankruptcy and for directions for assignment of claim to bankrupt.

  • Re Neath Rugby Ltd (No 2) Hawkes v Cuddy and others (No 2) - [2009] 2 BCLC 427: Court of Appeal, Unfair Prejudice petition. Instructed as junior counsel.

  • Re DCC Realisations Ltd (in liquidation) [2009] STC 1390: Chancery Division, jurisdiction, administration and excise duty. Appeared as sole counsel for HMRC.

  • Arla Foods UK plc v Barnes and others [2009] 1 BCLC 699: Chancery Division trial, breach of contract. Instructed as junior counsel for claimant.

  • Re Neath Rugby Club Ltd; Hawkes v Cuddy [2008] All ER (D) 252 (Nov): Chancery Division 3 week trial of unfair prejudice petition. Instructed as junior counsel for successful respondent.

  • Cuddy v Hawkes [2007] BPIR 1217: Court of Appeal, Unfair Prejudice. Instructed as junior counsel.

  • Alan Williams Entertainment Ltd and another v Hurd and others [2006] E.M.L.R. 15, Chancery Division trial for breach of compromise agreement.

  • Devi v Banerji [2005] All ER (D) 340 (Jun): Chancery Division, civil evidence, letter of request for examination out of jurisdiction (led by Michael Driscoll QC).

  • Harrison and another v Segger [2005] All ER (D) 416 (Feb): Chancery Division, insolvency bankruptcy appeal. Acted as sole counsel for successful appellant,

  • Coulter v Chief of Dorset Police [2004] BPIR 462: Chancery Division, bankruptcy, choses in action and assignment.

Memberships & Appointments

Chancery Bar Association, COMBAR, Insolvency Lawyers Association

Qualifications
MA (Cantab)

What the directories say

Legal 500, 2020

Commercial Litigation
"Her wise strategic input and commercial acumen have been critical to the successful resolution of several claims."

Legal 500, 2020

Company and Partnership
"Her strengths include attention to detail; drafting; and her client manner."

Legal 500, 2020

Insolvency
"Her strengths are attention to detail and drafting; good with clients."

Chambers UK, 2020

Company
"She's clever, very careful and someone who has meticulous attention to detail. She delivers a great service."

Chambers UK, 2020

Restructuring/Insolvency
"She's good at formulating impressive legal arguments and is very client-focused. She's extraordinarily easy to deal with and is highly responsive." "She provides sound, commercial advice and is a confident advocate."

The Legal 500 UK Awards 2019

SHORTLISTED FOR COMMERCIAL LITIGATION 'JUNIOR OF THE YEAR'

Legal 500, 2019

Commercial Litigation
"Truly excellent – responsive, practical and strategic, she is at the top of her game."

Legal 500, 2019

Company and Partnership
"She is bright and concise."

Legal 500, 2019

Insolvency
"A very persuasive advocate."

Chambers UK, 2019

Company
"Rebecca is an excellent lawyer. She's user-friendly, responsive and someone with strong advocacy skills."

Chambers UK, 2019

Restructuring/Insolvency
"She is easy to work with and has a great eye for detail." "She provides sound commercial and technical advice."

Chambers UK, 2018

Company

"A confident advocate who provides sound commercial and technical advice."

Chambers UK, 2018

Restructuring/Insolvency

"She's very dependable, great at distilling complex and voluminous issues and extremely thorough." "She provides thorough commercial and technical advice. She is a sound and very careful all-round advocate."

Legal 500, 2017

Commercial Litigation
"She is thorough and has incredible attention to detail."

Legal 500, 2017

Company and Partnership
"She has an eye for detail."

Legal 500, 2017

Insolvency
"She is able to get to the heart of the matter quickly."

Chambers UK, 2017

Company
"Provides sound commercial and technical advice. She is a confident advocate."

Chambers UK, 2017

Restructuring/Insolvency
"Rebecca is quick to grasp the issues and to turn around written advice. She is excellent, both in conference and on her feet in court." "She's industrious and reliable - a rising star."

Legal 500, 2016

Commercial Litigation

"She constantly achieves great results for clients."

Legal 500, 2016

Company and Partnership

"A very strong junior; her written work is excellent, and she is always meticulously considered and reasoned."

Legal 500, 2016

Insolvency

"Highly recommended for her excellent technical knowledge and abilities."

Chambers UK, 2016

Company

"She's very easy to deal with and very responsive too. Not only did she provide the piece of advice but she was very happy to drop into a conference call to explain it to the client."

"She is assiduous in terms of meeting deadlines, she meets what she promises"

Chambers UK, 2016

Restructuring/Insolvency

"She is very bright and hard-working - she really is prepared to go the extra mile."

Chambers UK, 2015

Restructuring/Insolvency

"She is meticulous, helpful, good on her feet and excellent on the law."

"She is very quick to grasp issues and turn around written advice."

Legal 500, 2015

Commercial Litigation

"She has a very thorough approach, and keeps looking for angles when others might have been content."

Legal 500, 2015

Company

"A hugely impressive barrister who is excellent value for money."

Legal 500, 2015

Insolvency

‘Well respected.’

Chambers UK

“Very good, and quick to get to the bottom of an issue.” (2014)

“She gets the job done with no fuss.” (2014)

Peers believe "she has a nice measured style of advocacy which is all the more effective becuase she is never overstated" (2013)

"Very bright and quick to grasp difficult issues," and has “the ear of the Bench and gets great results" (2012)

"Bright, good with clients" and produces “sound and efficient paperwork” (2011)

"Especially noted for her diligence" (2010)

"Grasping the fundamentals of cases from the outset and being incredibly confident in court" (2009)

A "focused, articulate and hardworking" junior, who is"particularly good with judges" (2009)

Legal 500

"Equally as impressive when acting on her own, or as a junior to a QC.” (2014)

“Approaches litigation with a very sound technical and procedural understanding.” (2014)

“Bright, efficient, and great to work with.” (2014)

"incredibly bright, meticulous and personable; exactly what is required in this area" (2013)

“Commercially aware” (2013)

“Confident, articulate, and quick-thinking” (2012)

"Incisive and technically strong" (2011)