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OverviewJoseph Curl specialises in commercial Chancery, with the emphasis on insolvency. He also practises in the areas of banking and financial services, civil fraud, mortgages, real property and landlord and tenant.
Chambers UK Bar Guide has identified Joseph as a leading individual in Restructuring and Insolvency since 2011. Chambers UK Bar Guide 2014 describes him as:
"A busy junior with a growing reputation in the restructuring and insolvency market. Praised for his technical acumen, he regularly acts for lenders and insolvency practitioners.Chambers UK Bar Guide 2013 stated:
"The 'incredibly user-friendly' Joseph Curl... a corporate and individual insolvency specialist who is described as 'good news - he has buckets of enthusiasm, is quick with his paperwork and effective in all he does.'"Between 2001 and 2007, Joseph worked full-time in the insolvency department of DLA Piper UK LLP while carrying out both his BA and LLB degrees part-time.
He is also a tutor in Equity and Trusts at Birkbeck, University of London.
Recent reported casesHellard v Kapoor
 EWHC 2204 (Ch),  EWHC 2496 (Ch),  BPIR 745 View decision
Joseph represented the successful trustee in bankruptcy in this fiercely contested application to suspend discharge, which raised complex issues concerning purported family trusts. Indemnity costs were awarded to Joseph's client.Arif v Anwar
 EWHC 624 (Fam),  BPIR 389 View decision
The applicant wife challenged as shams trust arrangements between the husband and his son. Joseph successfully resisted an attempt by the husband and son (each separately represented by leading counsel) to exclude the husband's trustee in bankruptcy from the proceedings.Allen and another (joint liquidators of Rhinowheels Ltd) v Cowham
 EWHC 1319 (Ch),  All ER (D) 223 (May)
Misfeasance and transaction at undervalue proceedings against a director, supported by a successful freezing injunction application. Joseph represents the liquidators in these ongoing proceedings.Harvey v Dunbar Assets plc
 EWHC 2890 (Ch),  BPIR 66 (Chancery Division)
 EWCA Civ 952,  BPIR 722 (Court of Appeal)
Joseph (acting as sole counsel) successfully resisted a first appeal to the Chancery Division, where it was held that a personal guarantee could be enforced despite an allegation that a co-guarantor's signature was forged. Joseph was led by Peter Arden QC on a second appeal to the Court of Appeal.Dunbar Assets plc v Fowler
 BPIR 46
A personal guarantor opposed a bankruptcy petition and argued that there was no petitionable debt. Joseph represented the successful lender. It is the only reported case on r.6.12(7) of the Insolvency Rules 1986 concerning delay between demand and petition.Relfo Limited (in liquidation) v Varsani
Joseph (led by Peter Shaw) acts in this long-running litigation involving tracing, knowing receipt, unjust enrichment, money laundering, fraud and non-party costs liability. It has given rise to several reported decisions:
 EWHC 137 (Ch),  All ER (D) 321 (Feb)R (Coke-Wallis) v Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
 UKSC 1,  2 AC 146,  2 WLR 103,  2 All ER 1 View decision
Joseph made oral argument to the Supreme Court (reported at  2 AC 146, 149B-E, 150E-F) on each of the points on which the appeal was allowed, opposed by Michael Beloff QC for the respondent. The Supreme Court unanimously held that fresh disciplinary proceedings were res judicata and allowed Joseph's client's appeal.
Selected publicationsTOUSA: Reckless Restructuring
Corporate Rescue and Insolvency 2013, 6(1), 15
Bankrupting personal guarantors: recent developments
Insolvency Intelligence 2012, 25(2), 17-22
Challenging the trustee's remuneration: a new right for bankrupts?
Insolvency Intelligence 2011, 24(1), 5-10
The Spouse v the Creditors: A Turn Against Creditors?
Insolvency Intelligence 2010, 23(6), 81-87
"Use it or lose it": section 283A after Lewis v Metropolitan
Insolvency Intelligence 2010, 23(5), 74-76
A purposive approach to the rule against foreign revenue enforcement
International Corporate Rescue 2010, 7(2), 137-139
Who can apply to rescind a winding-up order?
Insolvency Intelligence 2009, 22(10), 145-147
Professional membershipsChancery Bar Association
Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association
QualificationsLLB (1st Class Honours) (London) - Law - 2006
BA (1st Class Honours) (London) - Politics, Philosophy & History - 2003
Scholarships and PrizesWolfson Pupillage Scholarship - Lincoln's Inn 2007
Lord Denning Major Scholarship - Lincoln's Inn 2006
Hardwicke Entrance Scholarship - Lincoln's Inn 2005
Cavendish Prize for Best Law Degree - Birkbeck, University of London 2006
Helena Kennedy Prize for Best Dissertation - Birkbeck, University of London 2006
Wildy's Bookshop Prize for Tort - Birkbeck, University of London 2005
Pearson Publication Prize for Contract - Birkbeck, University of London 2004
Ede & Ravenscroft Prize - Birkbeck, University of London 2002
|Joseph Curl is an independent self-employed barrister registered with the Bar Standards Board of England (ref. no 51595); whose practice is governed by the Code of Conduct of the Bar of England and Wales which code can be found at www.barstandardsboard.org.uk; has full professional liability insurance provided by the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund Limited (ref BM 2930/056) (details of the world-wide cover are provided at www.barmutual.co.uk); is registered for VAT (reg. no. 938 9512 78); and can be contacted during chambers opening hours by telephone at 02074045055 or by e-mail at email@example.com.|
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