Annette joined Brachers in 2002 following a fifteen year career in the property litigation department at Lovells in the City. She has been a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives since 1995.
Annette works in the Commercial Litigation team focusing on recovering and realising assets in bankruptcy estates and providing services to Licensed Insolvency Practitioners appointed as Trustees in bankruptcy cases. She also has experience of a number of complex bankruptcy annulments.
Much of her work is forensic, looking back at the circumstances which caused the bankruptcy and assisting with the Trustees’ investigations into debtors’ asset base. It is important in all cases to ensure that all of a debtor’s assets are found and made available for the benefit of creditors, which often takes quite a lot of complex detective work. She has learned how creative individuals can be in squirreling away their assets when they realise that bankruptcy is inevitable.
Annette specialises in:
- Personal insolvency
- General litigation
- Post-insolvency litigation, including antecedent transactions and obtaining possession orders
Qualifications and Memberships
- Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives
Some of Annette Hampshire's recent case studies include:
- Primarily dealing with post-insolvency bankruptcy cases, with a lesser amount of time taken up with post-insolvency liquidation matters.
- Although most cases act for the insolvency practitioners, i.e. trustees in bankruptcy or liquidators, occasionally Annette acts for individuals who have been made bankrupt, or whose spouses are bankrupt, or former directors of companies where the liquidators are bringing claims against them.
- A recent case involved an individual who had been a director of four separate companies, where the liquidators of those companies brought claims against him totalling several hundreds of thousands of pounds. After in depth consideration of the various claims and the background circumstances involved, a very advantageous settlement was agreed with the liquidators on the client’s behalf.
- A large percentage of Annette’s cases concern a bankrupt’s interest in a matrimonial home, and recently an agreement was reached with the partner of a deceased bankrupt, who possibly had an interest in the property, to accept a small percentage interest in order to avoid lengthy and expensive Court proceedings.