Call: 1996    
Sebastian Prentis  

"He is very affable, precise, prompt and astute - he is a pleasure to deal with."

Restructuring/Insolvency - Chambers UK Bar 2019

Practice Overview

Having been a painter of abstracted landscapes since leaving Cambridge, exhibiting at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, Sebastian turned to law, a decision encouraged by Middle Temple’s award of a Harmsworth Exhibition in 1994 and Harmsworth Scholarship in 1995.


From the start of his career he has practised in modern Chancery, with particular expertise in company law, especially shareholder disputes, and insolvency, fields in which he has been ranked as a specialist by the legal directories over many years.


Many of his cases involve foreign jurisdictions and cross-border issues. In Re Olympic Airlines SA [2015] UKSC 27, concerned with the requirements for the opening of secondary proceedings under the EU Insolvency Regulation, Sebastian appeared for the successful Respondent.


In Ashurst v Pollard [2001] Ch 595, dealing with the relationship between the Brussels Convention and English bankruptcy, Sebastian was praised by the Court of Appeal for his “admirably clear and succinct argument”. In any case, at whatever level, that is always his aim.


"He has a winning combination of efficiency and practicality."
Company - Legal 500 2017

"Certainly knows how to deal with clients. He brings crystal clarity to the issues at hand and that's why they like him."

Company - Chambers Uk Bar 2018


Sebastian was appointed an Insolvency and Companies Court Judge in February 2017.


  • Company
    • Sebastian has wide experience in company matters ranging from the drafting of company articles to litigation.  He has advised in cases covering many jurisdictions, including the USA and the Caribbean, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and Hong Kong.  His practice has a particular emphasis on shareholder disputes, and he acts regularly in unfair prejudice petitions whether for petitioners or respondents. 


      Among reported cases are:

      • Cream Holdings Ltd v Davenport [2012] 1 BCLC 365
      • Lovett v Carson Country Homes Ltd [2009] 2 BCLC 196


       Sebastian is listed as a leading junior in the current editions of Chambers UK Bar and Legal 500.

      "He is charming, very bright and cuts through the detail." 
      Chambers UK Bar 2017 - Company

      He is also described as a "thorough and systematic lawyer" who "is incredibly clear and explains complex matters in a practical fashion to lay clients as well as lawyers" 
      Chambers UK Bar 2016 - Company


  • Insolvency
    • Sebastian has been involved in a large number of reported decisions over his career both in corporate and personal insolvency, including Re Tain Construction Ltd [2003] 1 WLR 2791, Harper v Buchler [2004] BPIR 724 and Re MK Airlines Ltd [2013] 1 BCLC 9.  A number of cases have concerned European cross-border issues, including Ashurst v Pollard [2001] Ch 595, R v R [2008] 2 FLR 474 and the Supreme Court decision in Re Olympic Airlines SA [2015] UKSC 27.  Sebastian’s practice has covered most jurisdictions with a connection to English law, including those in the Caribbean.


      Sebastian is listed as a leading junior in the current editions of Chambers UK Bar and Legal 500.

      "For a junior, he is exceptionally skilled. He is capable of handling the most heavyweight cases with aplomb."
      An excellent advocate and always a pleasure to work with." 
      Chambers UK Bar 2017 -  Restructuring/Insolvency

      "He has a personable manner which resonates well with judges and clients alike"
      Legal 500 2016 - Insolvency

      Legal 500 previously describes Sebastian as giving"intelligent, commercial and practical advice".


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