Nora joined 9 Stone Buildings in October 2019 on successful completion of her pupillage in chambers. She has a broad commercial and chancery practice and accepts instructions in all core areas of chambers’ practice. During her studies, Nora taught languages and worked as a translator for a German law firm. She can take instructions and advise in both English and German.
Nora has worked on a wide range of insolvency and company matters. She is also on the Lexis PSL expert panel for Insolvency and Restructuring and regularly publishes analyses of recent cases in this area. She has appeared in, advised on, and drafted documents in the following:
- Contested bankruptcy and winding up petitions;
- Applications to set aside a statutory demand;
- Misfeasance proceedings against directors of insolvent companies;
- Disputes involving wrongful and fraudulent trading;
- Applications for the stay of winding up proceedings;
- Shareholder disputes, in particular unfair prejudice petitions;
- Applications for validation orders;
- Permission applications under s216(3) of the Insolvency Act 1986;
- Various procedural applications arising from an order for the sale of a bankrupt’s home;
- Applications to rectify the Companies House register;
- Directors’ disqualification proceedings;
- Applications for the restoration of companies;
- Litigation concerning the insolvent estate of a deceased person;
- Applications for a private examination under s236 Insolvency Act 1986;
- Challenges to IVAs.
She recently acted as sole counsel for the successful Respondent in Windhorst v Levy  EWHC 1168 (QB);  EWCA Civ 1802. This was an appeal against an order registering a German judgment. The main issue was the effect of a foreign insolvency process on the enforceability of the judgment. In both the High Court and the Court of Appeal, the registration order was upheld.
She also acted as a junior to Rory Brown in a two week trial relating to breaches of directors’ duties, knowing receipt and unjust enrichment (Re Grosvenor Property Developers  EWHC 1963 (Ch)).
Nora has acted as sole counsel in a variety of trials and other hearings in commercial matters. Her experience includes:
- Contractual disputes;
- Disputes arising from the sale of goods and services;
- Professional negligence claims;
- Freezing injunctions;
- Debt claims;
- Unjust enrichment claims;
- Disputes involving fraud and forgery allegations;
- Appeals against the registration of foreign judgments;
- Relief from sanctions applications in commercial cases;
- Jurisdiction issues;
- Strikeout applications;
- Summary judgment applications;
- Applications for payment of funds out of court;
- Advising on limitation issues;
- Applications to set aside default judgments.
- Successfully represented the claimants in a multi-track trial, the issues at which included formality requirements for a contract for the sale of land, unjust enrichment, and the illegality defence;
- Advised on, and acted in procedural applications in, a dispute about a potentially forged trust deed relating to the beneficial interest in a property;
- Drafted and appeared at the hearing of an application for third party disclosure in a property dispute;
- Appeared at final charging order hearings;
- Appeared for both landlords and tenants in contested possession proceedings;
- Drafted pleadings in dilapidation claims;
- Appeared in (costs and) case management conferences in property disputes;
- Assisted with TOLATA disputes.
Nora has advised on and acted in various probate matters, including claims brought on behalf of the estate of a deceased person, applications for the production of a will, and applications for the removal of a personal representative. She has represented clients in mediations of claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 that resulted in a settlement. She also has experience with approval hearings following such settlements on behalf of children and protected parties.
Recognition of an administration in the Abu Dhabi Global Market under the Cross Border Insolvency Regulations 2006 (Re NMC Healthcare Ltd (in administration)), Lexis PSL (Link) (£)
Foreign insolvency proceedings and the enforceability of European judgments under Brussels I (Windhorst v Levy), Lexis PSL (Link) (£)
Claims arising from a fraudulent investment scheme resulting in corporate insolvency (Biscoe (as joint liquidators of Equitable Law Capital Ltd) v Milner), Lexis PSL (Link) (£)
‘Manifest error’ in expert determination clauses-a visibility test? (Flowgroup plc (in liquidation) v Co-Operative Energy Ltd) (Link) (£)
Validation orders and funds needed to pursue collateral proceedings (State Bank of India and others v Mallya) (Link) (£)
Assignment of office-holder claims under s246ZD of the Insolvency Act 1986 (Re Totalbrand Ltd) Lexis PSL (Link) (£)
Setting aside a judgment in insolvency proceedings for want of service (Re Truewood Ltd) Lexis PSL (Link) (£)
Challenge to the appointment of administrators on grounds of improper purpose (Re Hat & Mitre) Lexis PSL (Link)) (£)
Restraining presentation of a winding-up petition on grounds of an anticipated change in the law (Re A Company) Lexis PSL (Link) (£)
The effect of debarring orders in complex fraud cases (Re Grosvenor Property Developers Ltd (in liquidation)), Lexis PSL (Link) (£)
An investigation – not what the doctor ordered?  3 Recovery, 32 [view PDF]
First published in the Autumn 2019 edition of RECOVERY magazine and reproduced with the permission of R3 and GTI Media
Clarification of the meaning of ‘desire’ to bring about a preference (Re Paul Flatman Ltd (in creditors’ voluntary liquidation)), Lexis PSL (Link) (£)
BPTC (Very Competent) – The University of Law (London Bloomsbury) – 2018
LLM International Commercial Law (Distinction) – University College London (UCL) (Dissertation: Divided Ownership and the Effects of Insolvency in the English Trust and German Treuhand) – 2017
BA Jurisprudence (English Law with Legal Studies in Europe) (2:1) – University of Oxford, Magdalen College – 2016
Prizes and scholarships
Gray’s Inn Bedingfield Scholarship – 2017
Gray’s Inn Residential Scholarship – 2017
The University of Law Advocacy Scholarship – 2017
8 New Square Prize for the best performance in the LLM Copyright and Designs module – 2017
Third Prize, Ninth International Roman Law Moot – 2016
Chancery Bar Association
The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn
British-German Jurists’ Association
Associate Member of the Property Bar Association
Nora Wannagat is an independent self-employed barrister registered with the Bar Standards Board of England; 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 2930/080) (details of the world-wide cover are provided at www.barmutual.co.uk); is registered for VAT (reg. no. 331744123); and can be contacted during chambers opening hours by telephone at 02074045055 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
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