Friday, 18 September 2009

Mr Robin Potts QC - his contribution to insolvency law and the qualities of a top chancery silk

The Times featured Mr Robin Potts QC's obituary last week. As an advocate at Erskine Chambers who specialised in company law and insolvency law, Potts contribution to the subject of insolvency was quite enormous. As well as contributing to Gore-Brown on Companies, Potts appeared in the following important insolvency cases: 

  • Re Marconi Corp Plc [2004] EWHC 857 (Ch).
  • Buchler v Talbot (Re Leyland DAF Ltd) [2002] EWCA Civ 228; [2003] B.C.C. 159.
  • Cadbury Schweppes Plc v Somji [2001] 1 W.L.R. 615; [2001] 1 B.C.L.C. 498.
  • Powdrill v Watson, Re Ferranti International Plc, Re (Re Paramount Airways Ltd (No.3), [1994] 2 All E.R. 513; [1994] B.C.C. 172.
It has been said that a great modern advocate (as opposed to style of Sir Patrick Hastings KC) should exhibit the qualitites of a chartered accountant who can read the lesson in Church. The qualities of a top chancery silk are summarised in Potts' obituary as, "high intellectual ability and a determined, even aggressive, approach." The need to avoid prolixity seems to also be hinted at. 

Picture Credit: http://images.worldgallery.co.uk/i/prints/rw/lg/1/0/Thomas-Rowlandson-Court-of-Chancery--Lincoln-s-Inn-Hall-103207.jpg

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