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Year of Call: 2018

E: georgiapurnell@enterprisechambers.com

T: 0113 246 0391

Clerk: Joanne Caunt

Clerk: Ellen McInall

Profile

Georgia practises exclusively in commercial litigation, specialising in insolvency and restructuring, banking and finance and professional liability (predominantly breach of trust, breach of fiduciary duty and civil fraud). Georgia acts for the full range of financial institutions and professionals, both domestic and international, and she is particularly experienced in matters which traverse her areas of expertise and have cross-border or jurisdictional issues.

Georgia is a highly regarded advocate and habitually appears as sole counsel in the High Court on appeal and at first instance (in both trials and interlocutory applications) in high value and complex commercial litigation. Georgia combines her busy court diary with a strong advisory and drafting practice.

Recent highlights of Georgia’s High Court advocacy, advisory and drafting practice include the following, in all of which Georgia appeared or acted as sole counsel:

  • Application for a retrospective administration order in circumstances in which the appointment of the applicants as administrators may have ended more than 12 months prior to the application by virtue of a defective extension where the consent of hundreds of international investors with claims exceeding £4.5 million, who should have been treated as secured creditors as holders of equitable liens, was not obtained. Significant judgment determining that a retrospective administration order cannot be backdated for more than 364 days and that the post-Brexit legislation applies to administration orders made after IP completion day but backdated before the end of the transition period. Retrospective administration order plus an extension obtained: Duffy & Anor v Mederco (Cardiff) Ltd [2021] EWHC 386 (Ch).
  • Acting for the successful liquidators in a trial against the company’s director with a value in excess of £1million concerning the director’s misfeasance and breach of fiduciary duty as a result of the fraudulent misappropriation of company money and payment of unlawful dividends.
  • Representing the successful joint liquidators in a trial against the company’s director in a breach of fiduciary duty, preference, transaction at undervalue and s.423 claim.
  • Securing an order for pre-action disclosure against a liquidated company’s bank in relation to proposed litigation against the bank for breach of the Quincecare duty of care in circumstances in which it was alleged the bank was put on notice that the instructions to execute transactions exceeding £5.5 million by the company’s directors involved the misappropriation of company money and was part of a scheme to defraud the company.
  • Advising in proceedings brought pursuant to the Third Parties (Rights against Insurers) Act 2010 with a claim value in excess of £1.5million relating to underlying liability of the insured for breach of trust and fiduciary duty.
  • Obtaining a freezing order (ex parte and following a contested hearing on the return date) against a defendant who had been unjustly enriched by the mistaken payment of significant monies by an office-holder based in the Republic of Ireland and on receipt started to dissipate those funds.
  • Successfully representing one of the most prominent Emirati banks in an application to contest the jurisdiction of the English courts in the context of a complex claim for breach of trust, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract.
  • Representing the successful office-holders at both the first instance trial and on appeal in a claim relating to beneficial interests in property.
  • Successfully acting for and advising leading market insurers in high value bankruptcy litigation presented against a debtor with significant liability to a prominent firm of solicitors.
  • Acting for a prominent PLC in the construction industry in a contested creditor’s administration order application in relation to debts owed by a construction company on three major development projects of approximately £1million.
  • Successfully acting for the applicant in urgent injunctive relief proceedings in the restraining presentation of a winding up petition in relation to a substantial alleged debt.
  • Advising and successfully appearing on behalf of joint administrators in relation to their proposed appointment as liquidators in circumstances in which multiple creditors had brought misfeasance proceedings against the joint administrators.

Further examples of Georgia’s insolvency, commercial and banking practice can be found below.

Prior to being called to the Bar Georgia read History at Brasenose College, Oxford before completing the GDL with a Distinction and achieving an Outstanding on the BPTC with the highest mark in the year in commercial dispute resolution.

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Career and Associations

Cholmeley Scholarship – Lincoln’s Inn

Lord Denning Scholarship– Lincoln’s Inn

Hardwicke Scholarship– Lincoln’s Inn

Buchanan Prize- Lincoln’s Inn

Lord Haldane Scholarship – Lincoln’s Inn

Prize for achieving the highest mark in Commercial Dispute Resolution – BPP

Advocacy Scholarship – BPP

Bar Professional Training Course (Outstanding) – BPP (2017 – 2018)

GDL (Distinction) – BPP (2016 – 2017)

BA History - Brasenose College, Oxford (2013 – 2016)