Michael O’Maoileoin

Michael O’Maoileoin

Mobile: +44 (0)7554 173 852 Telephone: +44 (0)20 7310 8873

What he’s best at:

As a Solicitor-Advocate, Michael’s practice focuses on litigation and dispute resolution with particular expertise in corporate recovery and insolvency. He has considerable experience dealing with a wide range of corporate/personal contentious and non-contentious insolvency related work including: in court and out of court administration appointments and subsequent business sales, advising on retention of title, advising on validity and security issues, advising directors on post-liquidation and disqualification issues and matters concerning antecedent transactions, wrongful trading claims, fraudulent trading claims, TUV claims and preference claims (for office-holders, former directors, bankrupts and their associates). In addition, he has experience advising on Irish insolvency issues.

Michael’s non-corporate recovery and insolvency experience includes contract, debt and mortgage claims and property and building disputes. He has also advised and appeared on behalf of local authorities as freeholders and a government authorised insurance-based tenancy deposit protection scheme.

Michael has full rights of audience in all higher courts in England & Wales and is a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators.

Who he works for:

  • Licensed Insolvency Practitioners
  • Owner Managed Businesses
  • Companies
  • Company Directors/Shareholders
  • Individuals

Expertise in:

Key Achievements:

  • Acting for the liquidator in a successful MTIC claim against a director and a company secretary for fraudulent trading. The matter was subsequently reported as it clarified the issue of limitation and the contributions payable under section 213 Insolvency Act 1986 (Re: Overnight Limited (in Liquidation) [2010] EWHC 613 (Ch); [2010] B.C.C. 796; [2010] 2 B.C.L.C. 186; [2011] Bus. L.R. D30)
  • Advising the trustee in relation to the on-going realisation of a £6 million quarry in Morocco including an application for a declaration of the High Court for proceedings before the Supreme Court of Morocco concerning the registration of the Trustee’s interest at the Moroccan Land Registry
  • Advising the English liquidator of a failed Bulgarian holiday property development company including drafting an agreement concerning funds held by the Bulgarian liquidator of a subsidiary company registered in Bulgaria to ensure funds were paid to the English registered creditor company
  • Acting for a Partnership on a pre-packaged (purchase of a Polish food supermarket franchise) court appointed administration
  • Acting for the administrator on the sale of a City trading platform including advising on a commercial lease following the appointment of a receiver by the landlord of the company’s premises
  • Advising the liquidator of a development and real estate company concerning a fixed charge receiver’s claim and issues relating to the commercial lease of a shopping centre
  • Advising the Welsh Government on security in relation to companies in administration and liquidation provided with funding through Finance Wales
  • Advising the directors of a national high street clothing retailer on insolvency issues and implications concerning the restructuring of brand-related subsidiary companies


Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Scholarship, Inner Temple

Previous Law Firms:

  • Hugh James (2013-2015)
  • Moorhead James LLP (2010-2013)
  • Moon Beever (1999-2010)


  • Admitted as a Solicitor-Advocate, 2009
  • Called to the Bar, Inner Temple, 2004
  • BPP Law School, London
  • University of Westminster (Postgraduate Diploma in Law)
  • University of Surrey (B.A. Hons, English)

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