Role of the Parliamentary Select Committees and BHS

Role of the Parliamentary Select Committees and BHS

The collapse of nationwide clothing retailer BHS has prompted much concern about many issues ranging from pension fund deficits to abuse of limited liability laws. Owing to the complexity and scale of the problem, the Parliamentary Select Committee called on expert advice from barristers at South Square. Hannah Thornley explains the role of the South Square team, giving insight as to why their input was called on, and whether or not we might see more of such arrangements in future.

What was your role in advising the Work and Pensions and Business, Innovation and Skills House of Commons Select Committees?

Gabriel Moss QC, myself and Ryan Perkins, all from South Square, were appointed as specialist legal advisers to the Work and Pensions and Business, Innovation and Skills Committees in May 2016. Our role was to review evidence, assist with the drafting of questions and the analysing of answers, attend the evidence sessions, provide assistance to the MPs and brief them on relevant areas of questioning.

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Stephen qualified as a solicitor in 2005 and joined the Restructuring and Insolvency team at Lexis®PSL in September 2014 from Shoosmiths LLP, where he was a senior associate in the restructuring and insolvency team.

Primarily focused on contentious and advisory corporate and personal insolvency work, Stephen’s experience includes acting for office-holders on a wide range of issues, including appointments, investigations and the recovery and realisation of assets (including antecedent transaction claims), and for creditors in respect of the impact on them of the insolvency of debtors and counterparties.