Call: 2012    
Jessica Powers  

Practice Overview


Jessica specializes in commercial chancery litigation, with a particular expertise in insolvency.

 

In 2016, Jessica gained invaluable experience whilst seconded to a boutique City litigation firm, dealing with contentious insolvency and commercial matters. Since her appointment to the Attorney-General’s C Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown in February 2017, Jessica has been frequently instructed by HMRC in insolvency cases, and by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in director’s disqualification proceedings.

 

Jessica’s regular appearances as sole counsel in the High Court and County Court mean that she is a persuasive and confident advocate, with the ability to think quickly on her feet. She is well accustomed to conducting cases from pre-action advice through to trial, whilst throughout maintaining a pragmatic and commercial approach.

 

Jessica is a contributor to Atkins Court Forms, and has also written for Insolvency Intelligence and Estates Gazette.

 

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  • Insolvency
    • Jessica accepts instructions from creditors, debtors and companies, and office holders in all areas of corporate and personal insolvency.

       

      She has acted in corporate insolvency matters involving:

      • Administration, including administration applications, the extension of the appointment of administrators, and advice on consenting to the institution of legal process;
      • Applications to restrain presentation or advertisement of winding-up petitions;
      • Winding-up petitions;
      • Rescission of winding-up orders;
      • Antecedent recoveries, including misfeasance and avoidance of floating charges;
      • Post-petition dispositions and validation orders.

       

      In the context of personal insolvency, Jessica has experience of:

      • Setting aside statutory demands;
      • Bankruptcy petitions;
      • Annulment of bankruptcy orders;
      • Orders for possession and sale; and
      • Disclaimer of property and vesting orders.

       

  • Commercial Litigation
    • Jessica has acted in numerous contractual disputes concerning the sale of goods and supply of services, including building disputes. She has particular experience and knowledge of consumer protection legislation, having assisted with the update to the Atkins Court Forms Sale and Supply of Goods and Services volume following the coming into force of the Consumer Rights Act 2015.

       

      Jessica is instructed by both lenders and individuals in banking and finance matters. She has advisory and advocacy experience of claims arising out of guarantees, debentures, mortgages, and factoring and invoice discounting arrangements.

       

      Jessica has extensive experience of making and resisting interim applications, including applications for:

      • Freezing orders;
      • Summary judgment and/or strike out;
      • Specific disclosure; and
      • Relief from sanctions.

       

  • Company
    • Jessica is particularly able to assist in matters of company law which overlap with corporate insolvency issues, such as directors’ duties.

       

      Jessica’s recent experience of acting in company and partnership matters includes an action for an account by the personal representative of a deceased partner.

       

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