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Nathan WebB

Call - 2012

Nathan Webb

Call - 2012

Nathan is a commercial barrister whose practice has a particular focus on insolvency, company law and contractual disputes. He is a meticulous barrister who always takes the particular circumstances of clients into account in order to arrive at the most pragmatic and commercial approach.

He is an established and articulate advocate with a reputation for thoroughness, regularly appearing in the High Court and County Court.

Areas of Expertise

Nathan has an extensive insolvency practice and regularly acts for clients in both corporate and personal insolvency matters. He is experienced in handling broad range of insolvency applications including misfeasance claims, reviewable transactions, setting aside of statutory demands, restraining the presentation of winding up petitions and validation orders.

He is instructed by debtors, creditors and office holders and has a keen awareness of how insolvency legislation can be used to the best advantage of each.

Recent matters have included:

  • Obtaining an order for the winding up of a company in administration in the absence of a winding up petition, pursuant to paragraph 79 of Schedule B1 of the Insolvency Act 1986.
  • Acting for a creditor in obtaining permission to serve a bankruptcy petition on an individual in Spain subsequent to the UK leaving the EU.
  • Acting for a trustee in bankruptcy at the trial of an application made under section 339 of the Insolvency Act 1986 in respect of a transaction at an undervalue.
  • Acting for a trustee in bankruptcy at the trial of an application for an order for sale of a property pursuant to section 335A of the Insolvency Act 1986 and section 14 of the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996.
  • Representing Bury Football Club in winding up proceedings, as reported in local press.

Nathan enjoys the variety of contractual disputes and has experience of acting for individuals, SMEs and larger businesses, so is well aware of the different issues which can be in play depending on the nature of the business and the need to tailor his advice and approach accordingly.

Recent matters have included:

  • Credico Marketing Limited & Or v Lambert & Ors [2021] EWHC 1504 (QB). Led by Paul Casey of Fountain Court Chambers. Acted for two defendants in the six-day trial of a claim involving the enforceability of restrictive covenants in the direct marketing industry.
  • Acting for an individual in proceedings against his former solicitors concerning the treatment of funds, involving claims for breach of contract, negligence and breach of trust.
  • Representing a client in the successful defence of an application for summary judgment in a claim concerning sums allegedly due under a consultancy agreement.
  • Advising a client in respect of a claim brought against it for fees allegedly owing to a recruitment agency.

Nathan’s focus on insolvency and commercial matters means there are significant areas of overlap with other areas of law, one being corporate law. In advising on company law matters he is able to bring his experience in other areas of law to bear to ensure that potential issues are identified and addressed, whether or not litigation has commenced.

Recent matters have included:

  • Advising on the applicability of the Duomatic principle in the context of amendments to a company’s articles of association.
  • Advising on the consequences for shareholders resulting from the restructuring of a SME.

Nathan acts for clients in obtaining and resisting applications for injunctions.

He has particular experience of doing so where there is an insolvency angle, such as injunctions restraining the presentation and advertisement of winding up petitions, but also in other areas of law such as property law, for example acting for a client in successfully opposing an application brought by the owner of a commercial property who asserted an easement over a neighbouring residential property.

  • LLM, University College London
  • MA (Cantab) Law, Churchill College, Cambridge
  • Best Individual Oralist, Price Media Law Moot Court Competition, 2012
  • Cambridge University Law Society, Master of Moots, 2010-2011

  • Chancery Bar Association

‘Politicians, beware the investigative journalist: Tim Yeo v Times Newspapers Limited’ [2016] Ent LR 27(2), 74-75

‘Unexpected, illogical and unfair: the distinction between who can and who cannot sue for breaches of financial services rules’ [2017] BJIB & FL 32(9), 548-550

‘Getting consumer rights right’ [2017] NLJ 167, 13-14

‘Section 21 Notices and the Requirement to Provide a Gas Safety Certificate’ [2019] L & T Review, 23(6), 220-223’