Victoria Portman


Gateley Legal

  • Birmingham
  • t: 0121 234 0248
  • m: 0785 020 7498


Victoria is an expert advisor on both contentious and non-contentious insolvency matters.

She predominantly advises insolvency practitioners (including successor practitioners) and secured lenders on potential and actual claims, although she has experience in all insolvency practice areas.

How do you help clients?

I assist insolvency practitioner clients with their investigations into the business, property and affairs of insolvent individuals or corporate entities.

As part of the investigation process I help clients to identify potential claims against third parties which may lead to realisations for the insolvent estates. This will include any aspect of a matter from the fraud or misfeasance of a director to the negligence of an adviser. The recovery of assets can often include a cross-border aspect and we are well placed to advise on those issues.


  1. Advising on 44 Wellfit Street Limited -v- GMR Services Limited [2017] EWHC 1841 (Ch), acting for the claimant and giving evidence leading to judgment in my client’s favour and indemnity costs being awarded. 
  2. Advising joint liquidators over a group of companies pursuing misfeasance/ antecedent transaction/ breach of trust claims against the former director securing an £8m judgment, indefinite worldwide freezing order, substituted service via voicemail and text message and injunction preventing him from filing documents at Companies House in respect of the insolvent companies.
  3. Advising a trustee in bankruptcy regarding the operation of the equity of exoneration. Claim successfully settled during proceedings against the bankrupt’s wife. 
  4. Advising investors in relation to potential fraudulent misrepresentation claims against directors of investment vehicles.
  5. Advising liquidators on a series of tax avoidance scheme cases pursuing former directors for misfeasance/breach of trust. All cases have resulted in successful outcomes. 

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