Experienced Barrister in Birmingham
Associate, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Tel: 0121 246 7000
Outside working hours: 0330 350 0660
Iqbal is a specialist commercial barrister. He only undertakes commercial litigation, which includes insolvency and property. His insolvency practice includes:
Corporate insolvency: Petitioning for or resisting winding up petitions, administrations or provisional liquidations; applications under s. 238 Insolvency Act 1986 (transactions at an under value), s. 239 (preferences) or for a vesting order; proceedings against transactions defrauding creditors; claims involving fraudulent or wrongful trading; costs orders relating to insolvency proceedings; claims against Liquidators or office holders; issues of limitation and claims under restitution.
Iqbal acts for creditors, insolvency practitioners and companies or directors facing proceedings.
Personal insolvency: Setting aside statutory demands; applying for or resisting bankruptcy; annulling a bankruptcy order; claims against third parties by the trustee (for example, preferential payments, transactions at an undervalue, gifts); questioning of debtors; proceedings to secure foreign assets or beneficial interest in land.
Directors: Iqbal is instructed by directors fighting claims by trustees or the insolvency service, whether under the Companies Directors Disqualification Act or misfeasance or other insolvency-related claims.
Iqbal acts for debtors, creditors and trustees in bankruptcy as well as third parties pursued by a trustee.
Examples of Iqbal's insolvency work in 2017:
• Instructed on a 3 day director’s disqualification hearing, concerning £800,000 of debt
• Acting on a £125,000 misfeasance claim listed for trial over 2 days
• Applying to annul a bankruptcy where the debt arose from default assessments by HMRC as a result of the client's accountant failing to file self-assessment tax returns
• Setting aside a £30,000 costs order against a director personally, whose company resisted an application for an administration order
• Advising on an acting on behalf of a debtor with Polish nationality seeking to establish his centre of main interest in England under the Insolvency Regulation, which was disputed by his Polish creditors
• Defending a claim brought by a Liquidator against the wife of the director of the insolvent company for £50,000 with respect to payments made from the company