Introduction Introduction Crispin advises and represents clients in a full range of civil and commercial disputes. He accepts instructions in chancery, civil and commercial law and has particular expertise in insolvency work. He appears regularly in courts and tribunals at both County Court and High Court level and can provide second, independent opinions where litigation at first instances has gone wrong. Before qualifying as a barrister, Crispin practised as a certified accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers and qualified as a licensed insolvency practitioner. In the last 12 months he has acted for a number of debtors and creditors in insolvency proceedings (including a case in the Court of Appeal. This wide-ranging commercial background is reflected in the cases Crispin undertakes, which include company-based litigation, directors' duties and disqualifications, partnership disputes, insolvency issues, contractual and insurer disputes. He is fully familiar with consumer credit litigation and cases involving remedies under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996. Crispin's background and experience makes him well placed to deal with asset recovery, whistleblowing and general employment issues. Crispin is always sensitive to commercial context and is valued for his ability to risk-assess each stage of litigation and to explain the full range of options at each stage of litigation or anticipated litigation. Crispin's clients value his cost-effective, commercially aware approach to client care. As well as his general commercial caseload, Crispin has developed a niche practice in the area of child support disputes. For many years he has been instructed by government departments in cases that have gone before the courts, but he also accepts instruction on behalf of individuals affected by the litigation. Notable Cases Notable Cases W v L Successfully defended director of insolvent company from claim from Liquidator for contribution to company’s assets. X v Department for Business Skill and Innovation Successfully acted for disqualified director in obtaining permission to act as a director during the period of his disqualification. S v A Acted for company in delaying winding-up petition to allow company to be placed into administration in opposition to the desire of secured creditor. Multi-million pound claim. S v S Acted for company in defeating application to restrain presentation of winding-up petition and obtained winding-up order in subsequent proceedings. Multi-million pound claim arising from marital breakdown CSA v W Advised paying parent on application to 1st tier and 2nd tier tribunals regarding the nature of a disability pension and whether it was subject to maintenance calculation CSA v K Advised paying parent on successful appeal against a final lump sum deduction order obtaining return of funds and substantial costs from CSA Qualifications Qualifications MA Hons (St Andrews) 1987 Qualified as a member of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (“ACCA”) (1991) Obtained Insolvency Licence (1994) Assistant examiner Joint Insolvency Examination Board (“JIEB”) (1993-5) Occasional lecturer Society of Practitioners in Insolvency (1993-9) Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (“FCCA”) (1998) Fellow of the Society of Practitioners of Insolvency (“FSPI”) (1999) Postgraduate Diploma in Law (Kingston University) 2003 Direct Access Direct Access Crispin is accredited to accept work under Direct access, also known as Public access, in suitable cases. In order to instruct Crispin on a Direct access basis, contact the clerks on +44 (0) 20 7242 6476 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.