Clara Johnson

Clara Johnson

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Insolvency

Clara has significant experience in all aspects of insolvency law and is frequently instructed to act for office holders, directors, companies and individual debtors in the High Court and County Court.  Her experience extends to fraudulent and wrongful trading claims, misfeasance and breach of fiduciary duty, unlawful distributions, disputes involving trusts of land, antecedent transactions, provisional liquidations, liquidators remuneration and all aspects of bankruptcy.  Clara also acts for liquidators and receivers in relation to confiscation proceedings and the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

Some recent cases include:-
Coventry & others -v- Lawrence and another [2015] UKSC 50
Hooper -v- Patterson (In the matter of Listowel Trading Limited)
Parkwell Investments Limited -v- HMRC[2014] EWCH 3381(Ch)

Clara has been listed as a leading junior in insolvency in the Legal 500 in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016. She is also ranked in Chambers and Partners. 

Clara is Public Access trained and available for instruction on that basis. This means that she can receive instructions, in appropriate cases, directly from members of the public or on behalf of companies, partnerships or other entities. Please speak with our clerks for further information. For guidance on Public Access please visit the Bar Council website.

Commercial

Clara has extensive experience of commercial disputes acting for companies, directors, banks and other financial institutions in disputes involving issues of agency, the sale of goods, franchise agreements, guarantees and commercial property.  She has significant experience of conflict of laws issues, including jurisdiction, applicable law and service.

Civil Fraud

Clara has a broad practice in Civil Fraud.  She has acted for liquidators in respect of claims involving VAT, MTIC and “creditor resistance” fraud; frauds committed by employees against their employers and by professionals against their clients and is regularly instructed to obtain urgent injunctive relief.

Partnership

Clara has broad experience of partnership disputes and is regularly instructed to appear in both the High Court and County Court.  Clara has experience of disputes within a range of contexts, including between solicitors; property developers; travel agents and publicans.

Legal Directories

Chambers & Partners 2018

'She is very good on the paperwork, knowledgeable on the law and provides good client service - she is proactive and commercial.' 'She works extremely hard for her clients and goes the extra mile.' 'She is user-friendly, practical and efficient'.
Restructuring/ Insolvency

Legal 500 2017

‘She takes a commercial and practical approach to litigation.’
Insolvency:Leading Junior

Chambers & Partners 2017:

'She is personable and provides practical, timely advice.'
Restructuring/ Insolvency

Chambers & Partners 2016 :

'She deals with papers and advice promptly and her advice is sound and succinct.' 'She's an excellent insolvency lawyer who rolls up her sleeves and really gets stuck into cases. She cares about what she's doing and will go above and beyond to make sure she's covered every angle.' Restructuring/Insolvency

Legal 500, 2016 

'An excellent, incisive and hardworking junior with a gift for unravelling difficult legal problems.'

Insolvency: Leading junior

Legal 500, 2015

'Spots things that others miss.'

Insolvency: Leading junior 

Legal 500, 2014

'Excels at unraveling complex and difficult issues.'

Insolvency: Leading junior

Legal 500, 2012

 'Hugely helpful.'

Insolvency- Leading junior

Memberships

LCLCBA

Qualifications

BA (Politics, Philosophy and Economics) University College, Oxford; LLM (with Distinction) (Legal and Political Philosophy) University College, London