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Year of Call: 1982

E: lindenife@enterprisechambers.com

T: 020 7440 6721

Clerk: Michael Ireland

Clerk: Luke Clark

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Linden is nominated by the Legal 500 directory as Insolvency Junior of the Year 2020, for the second year running. She specialises in insolvency and business litigation, featuring the liabilities of directors and office holders, the recovery of assets by office holders in an insolvency, and asset finance and ownership disputes. In particular she has regularly acted in disputes about voidable transactions, removal of office holders (in which she appeared in the leading case of Clydesdale Financial Services v Smailes), breach of fiduciary duty, knowing receipt and dishonest assistance, unfair prejudice, securities and guarantees and their respective priorities, and retention of title and seller/buyer in possession disputes in insolvency. She also acted for the lenders, including Abbey and Santander, in a series of actions against Lloyds underwriters and professional advisers regarding the activities of claims management companies (Claims Direct Plc and The Accident Group Limited), and continues to act for insolvency practitioners in spin-off claims to set aside voidable transactions arising out of those activities.

Linden is consistently ranked as a leading practitioner by the Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 directories for her work in Insolvency, Company, Commercial Chancery and Commercial Litigation. She frequently appears against QCs.

She wrote the passages on voidable transactions and wrongful trading in the Enterprise Chambers Annotated Guide to Insolvency Legislation and Practice.

  • Superb advice, very responsive and excellent in Court.

    Legal 500 2021
  • Her knowledge of the most obscure and complex areas of insolvency law is second to none and she is my go-to insolvency lawyer for any knotty issue.

    Legal 500 2021
  • She is a tour de force and cuts through the issues in a case very easily. She is dynamic, personable and brings spades of immediate reassurance to clients.

    Chambers UK 2020
  • She is a superlative advocate.

    Chambers UK 2020
  • She is a tenacious advocate and really knows her stuff in relation to unfair prejudice cases and insolvency.

    Legal 500 2020
  • She provides superb support and is able to analyse very knotty legal problems quickly and effectively.

    Chambers UK 2019
  • She is tactical and knowledgeable.

    Legal 500 2019
  • More than capable of holding her own with a QC, she’s economical in her submissions, she doesn’t take bad points, and she gets to the heart of the case very quickly.” “She takes a commercial approach, and doesn’t just tell you what the law is and then leave you to work out what to do.

    Chambers UK 2017
  • She is highly recommended for complex insolvency matters.

    Chambers UK 2016
  • Switched on, approachable and a real battler in court.

    Chambers UK 2020
  • She does not hide behind niceties and legalese, and she tells it straight.

    Legal 500 2020
  • A formidable trial advocate with excellent technical knowledge. She inspires trust and confidence in lay clients and gets to the nub of issues quickly and effectively. Her written opinions are clear and decisive.

    Chambers UK 2019
  • She is an excellent trial advocate with a commercial approach.

    Legal 500 2019
  • There's simply no one better at cross-examination. She's very accessible to her instructing solicitor and has a fast turnaround on papers. She's a hugely impressive advocate who really gets the judge on side.

    Chambers UK 2020
  • An excellent advocate who brings the judges round to her way of thinking. She is very clear, to the point and great with clients.

    Chambers UK 2019
  • Intellectually speaking, she’s frighteningly quick but most importantly she is a very persuasive advocate. I’ve seen her turn judges around.

    Chambers UK 2016
  • Persuasive when dealing with both clients and judges. She is very focused in court and tells it as it is.

    Chambers UK 2020
  • There is no one better in a tough negotiation or on her feet in court.

    Legal 500 2020
  • A robust individual who's more than capable of standing up to more senior barristers.

    Chambers UK 2019
  • She's commercial in her approach" and "incredibly quick in her turnaround of papers.

    Chambers UK 2019
  • My counsel of choice for knotty commercial disputes.

    Legal 500 2019
  • She delivers ferociously robust advocacy that instils immeasurable confidence in the client.

    Legal 500 2017

Practice Areas

Significant Cases

Career and Associations

MA (Hons) Jurisprudence (Oxon)

Harmsworth Major Law Scholarship; Winston Churchill Pupillage Prize

Called to the Bar 1982

Member of International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Professionals (INSOL International)

Member of Chancery Bar Association

Publications

Aspects of dividends: the relevant Accounts

Enterprise Chambers Annotated Guide to Insolvency Legislation and Practice (LexisNexis)

Article by Linden in The Lawyer on her case of Re F2G Realisations Limited (in liquidation); Gray v GTP Group [2011] 1 BCLC 313, concerning the registration of floating charges