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Rowena Page

Call 2012

rjpage@maitlandchambers.com

Rowena specialises in commercial chancery litigation, with a strong emphasis on insolvency, company and business disputes. She has extensive experience acting in commercial disputes in both a national and an international context and is routinely instructed by banks and commercial entities in a broad range of disputes. Rowena’s practice also embraces all aspects of company litigation, and she has direct experience of dealing with directors’ duties, shareholder disputes, and disputes arising from share sale and purchase agreements.

Rowena’s insolvency practice has been publicly recognised having been ranked as an up and coming junior in Chambers UK Directory in both 2019 and 2020. Her work embraces a wide range of personal and corporate insolvency litigation, including disputes involving directors’ duties/misfeasance, antecedent transaction avoidance, winding up and bankruptcy petitions, applications to challenge or remove officeholders, property disputes in an insolvency context, TLATA disputes, administration applications and administration extensions. Much of Rowena’s work takes place in the High Court and Insolvency and Companies Court.

With extensive experience in both the High and County Courts, Rowena is a confident advocate and is comfortable acting in both a led and an unled capacity. Rowena is regularly instructed by officeholders, shareholders and directors, in addition to her corporate and individual clients. Although her primary focus is on insolvency and business disputes, Rowena also has considerable experience in property and trust-related matters. Rowena’s work in these areas complements and often coincides with her other areas of practice, and she is always happy to accept new challenges and explore new or developing areas of law.

The clerks are happy to discuss the basis on which Rowena will act in any given matter. In the absence of express written agreement otherwise, the terms under which Rowena accepts instructions are The Standard Contractual Terms for the Supply of Legal Services By Barristers to Authorised Persons 2012 (as updated from time to time) referred to in the BSB Handbook.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Rowena read Law at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, from which she graduated with the fifth-highest First Class Degree in her year.

Recent and notable cases

Insolvency

  • Re S.J. Henderson & Company Ltd [2019] EWHC 2742 (Ch): sole counsel. An application to regularise an out-of-hours appointment of administrators.
  • Amin v Redbridge London Borough Council and others [2019] BPIR 1: sole counsel. Acting for the petitioning creditor in an appeal regarding liability for bankruptcy expenses and costs following rescission of the bankruptcy order.
  • Re Electric Trucks Ltd (in liquidation): sole counsel. Rowena acted for the liquidators of Electric Trucks Ltd in successful misfeasance proceedings against its former directors.
  • Re Brique et Mortier Ltd: sole counsel. Acting for a contributory in contested contributory’s winding up proceedings.
  • Re JP Dunn Construction Ltd: sole counsel. Rowena successfully restrained advertisement of a winding up petition presented in respect of alleged service charge arrears.
  • Abdulrida and others v Al Najar and others: sole counsel. Acting for the trustee in bankruptcy of a defendant in substantial fraud proceedings. The claimants allege that millions of pounds of their money was diverted into property purchased in the name of the defendants. The case is currently proceeding in the Chancery Division.
  • Zinc Hotels (Investment) Ltd and another v Beveridge and others [2018] BCC 968: led by Stephen Davies QC. Acting for the applicants  in proceedings seeking the appointment of additional administrators.
  • AIB Group (UK) Plc v Constantin Nicholas Peridakis: sole counsel. Rowena acted for the petitioning creditor in disputed bankruptcy proceedings arising from a director’s liability under a personal guarantee.

Commercial

  • Municipality of Mariana and others v BHP Billiton Plc and others.  Acting as part of a counsel team for the claimants in a c.£5bn class action against BHP Billiton Plc over the collapse of a mining dam in Brazil in 2015. The case was recently listed as one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 cases to watch in 2020.
  • Flavio de Carvalho Pinto and others v Jose Luis Cutrale and others. Acting as part of a counsel team for the Brazilian claimants in a substantial cartel claim currently proceeding in the Commercial Court.
  • Acting for the claimants in a substantial breach of contract claim arising from the supply of workers in mainland Europe. The case is currently proceeding in the Commercial Court.
  • Sullivan v Royal Bank of Scotland: sole counsel. Acting for the Bank in a claim brought by a former director against RBS alleging that it improperly distressed a property portfolio following the financial crash of 2007/8. The case is currently proceeding in the Queen’s Bench Division.
  • Flax v Papaloizou [2015] EWHC 1055 (QB): sole counsel. Rowena acted for the respondent in successfully resisting an appeal regarding interpretation of a Tomlin Order.

Company

  • Fiddlesticks Games Ltd v Curve Digital Publishing and others [2019] 6 WLUK 461: sole counsel. Acting for the directors of a company in a successful application to strike out proceedings issued in a company’s name without authority.
  • Taparis Ltd v Siddiqi: sole counsel. Rowena acted for the claimants in successfully obtaining specific performance of a share sale deed.
  • Advising shareholders in respect of a proposed unfair prejudice petition.
  • Acting as junior counsel in a substantial unfair prejudice petition.

Property

  • Russell Court (Bloomsbury) Management Ltd v Mehrdad: sole counsel. Acting for the claimant in residential forfeiture proceedings in the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) and the County Court.
  • Acting for leaseholders of high-end business premises in lease renewal proceedings.
  • Resisting a landlord’s claim for possession of business premises under the 1954 Act.
  • Skelwith (Leisure) Ltd v Depa (UK) Ltd: led by Christopher Parker QC in proceedings brought by the liquidators of Skelwith (Leisure) Ltd against a charge-holder.
  • Skelwith (Leisure) Ltd v Armstrong and others: led by Christopher Parker QC in a claim seeking to avoid sale of a property at an undervalue by a mortgagee under its power of sale.

Memberships

R3 Association of Business Recovery Professionals
Insolvency Lawyers’ Association
INSOL
Chancery Bar Association
Property Bar Association

    Publications

    Landlord and Tenant Factbook, Sweet & Maxwell (Jan 2015 – March 2020)
    R3 Recovery Magazine, case updates contributor (March – October 2016)
    Butterworths Property Insolvency, ed. T. Calland (2015)

      Education

      BPTC (Outstanding) – Kaplan Bar School
      MA (Cantab), Law – Emmanuel College, Cambridge, First Class (1st in College; 5th in University)

        Awards

        Advocacy Scholar, Kaplan Bar School
        James Crouch Scholarship, Gray’s Inn
        Cambridge University Mistress of Moots

          What the directories say

          Chambers UK, 2021

          Restructuring/insolvency
          "She is very, very thorough in her preparation and extremely knowledgeable."

          Chambers UK, 2020

          Restructuring/insolvency
          “She gives excellent advice and is hugely commercially minded and very proactive on cases”

          “She is assertive and fair and is a real force to be reckoned with in court. She is a determined and eloquent advocate”

          Chambers UK, 2019

          Restructuring/insolvency
          “She is absolutely excellent, super sharp and friendly. She’s great to work with, gets straight to the point and is unflappable on her feet”
          "She is technically robust, provides excellent client service and is a pleasure to work with"
          "very bright and hard-working, with good commercial sense"