Lucy Wilson-Barnes

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  • Chancery
  • "Frequently instructed in litigious matters related to director duties and bankruptcy, her practice comprises shareholder disputes and professional negligence, in addition to a keen focus on insolvency. She comfortably deals with both corporate and personal insolvency issues."

    "Known for her meticulous attention to detail and excellent cross-examination skills."

    Chambers & Partners 2018

    • Profile

      Lucy Wilson-Barnes joined Cobden House from St. James Chambers in 2015.

      Lucy practises in most areas of Chancery and commercial litigation, with a particular focus on company and insolvency. She has considerable experience of directors’ disqualification, shareholders’ petitions, office holders’ applications for directions and for substantive relief including preferences and transactions at undervalue, shareholder disputes and issues arising in CVAs and IVAs and from creditors’ meetings. Lucy regularly appears on interim applications and has considerable experience of lengthy trials and hearings.

      Lucy also advises and acts in relation to other property, company and commercial cases. Her property practice includes all aspects of traditional Chancery work, including securities, restrictive covenants, overage, commercial developments, rectification, Land Registry adjudications, easements, commercial landlord and tenant and partnership disputes. Lucy also acts in cases involving franchising, restraint of trade and professional negligence. 

      As well as regularly appearing in the Chancery division and Companies Court, Lucy has much experience of First-tier Tax Tribunal hearings and has also appeared in the Upper Tribunal. She is regularly instructed by HMRC and her tribunal work includes Missing Trader Intra Community appeals and other VAT appeals, concerning penalties, zero rating and invalid invoices.

      In recent months Lucy has advised or represented clients in cases in the following areas:-

      • Company board dispute and members’ requisition of a general meeting;
      • Pre-emption rights for shares, involving issues of personal insolvency, compromise and the identification and construction of competing articles;
      • Problems with a management company of flats, involving issues of board deadlock, enforceability of covenants and minority shareholder rights;
      • Issues of the renewal of a franchise agreement involving issues of a guarantor’s obligations, the right to refuse renewal, implied continuation and the enforcement of covenants of restraint of trade;
      • The construction of an agreement for licence/lease and occupation by a telecommunications company;Section 236 IA 1986 application;Bankruptcy Restrictions Order application;
      • Director’s disqualification involving MTIC fraud;    
      • Section 17 CDDA applications for permission to act as a director;
      • Zero rating of goods/issue of despatch;
      • Overage and restrictive covenants in relation to a residential development plot;Public interest winding up; 

      Lucy was appointed to the Attorney General’s Regional Panel in 2000 and is regularly instructed to act and advise by government departments.

    • Notable Cases

      E-Tel (UK) Ltd, HM Revenue & Customs [2014] UKFTT 607 (TC)
      Phonebitz 2000 v HM Revenue & Customs [2014] UKFTT 49 (TC) 
      Mail a Mobile v HM Revenue & Customs [2013] UKFTT 790 (TC) 
      Secretary of State v Cathie [2012] EWCA Civ 739
      DI&GI v HM Revenue & Customs [2011]
      Robinson v PE Jones (Contractors) Ltd [2011] EWCA Civ 9 
      Maximum Networks Ltd v HM Revenue & Customs [2011] UKFTT 93 (TC)
      Roma II Ltd v HM Revenue & Customs [2010] UKFTT 243 (TC) 
      Secretary of State v Woolf [2009] EWHC 1796 (Ch)
      Secretary of State v Vohora [2009] BCC 369
      Secretary of State v (1) Arnold (2) Hopley [2008] BCC 119
      Secretary of State for Trade & Industry v Thornbury [2008] 1 BCLC 139
      Kostic v (1) Chaplin (2) Attorney General [2007] EWHC 2298 (Ch) (Testamentary capacity)
      Secretary of State v Woolf [2005] EWHC 3074 (Ch)
      Secretary of State v Paulin [2005] EWHC 888
      Secretary of State v Vandevivere 18/1/05 (HHJ Behrens)R (on the application of Francis) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2004] EWHC 2143 (Admin)
      Jaura v Ahmed [2002] EWCA Civ 210 (level of interest awarded under s35A) 
      Unchained Growth III v Granby Village [2000] 1 WLR 739
    • Membership

      Chancery Bar Association
      Northern Chancery Bar Association
      Professional Negligence Bar Association

    • Qualifications

      BA (Hons) Warwick University (First Class)

      Manchester High School for Girls; 

      Junior Counsel to the Crown (Provincial Panel)