Simon Passfield

Simon is a specialist insolvency barrister who undertakes litigation and advisory work in all aspects of corporate and personal insolvency law. He has been consistently recognised as a leading junior in this field by Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 and has appeared in a number of reported insolvency cases. In the last year, Simon has been involved in the leading cases concerning the effect of bankruptcy on pension rights (Horton v Henry [2015] 1 WLR 2488; Re X (Application for Income Payments Order) [2014] BPIR 1081), has acted for a trustee in bankruptcy in a variety of applications in a complex multi-million pound bankruptcy involving the concealment and disposal of assets by a serially non-cooperative bankrupt (Wood v Lowe [2015] EWHC 2634 (Ch)), has acted successfully for majority creditors in seeking to remove liquidators in a multi-million pound, multi-jurisdictional liquidation (Re Overfinch Bespoke Vehicles Limited), has acted successfully for a liquidator in a claim against a Premier League football club (Events Management Catering Ltd v Hull City Tigers Ltd), has obtained freezing injunctions against the former directors of a company in liquidation (Re Lim’s Fish and Chips Limited) and secured a suspended committal order against a misfeasant bankrupt (Re Hinchliffe).
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Debt relief orders (DROs)
Practice Note

This Practice Note, produced in partnership with Simon Passfield of Guildhall Chambers, looks at debt relief orders (DROs) which allow eligible debtors with a low income, low amount of debt and low value of assets to apply to the official receiver to be discharged from their qualifying debts after the expiry of one year. A DRO is therefore an alternative process to bankruptcy, and does not result in the realisation of any asset.

The Insolvency (England and Wales) Rules 2016—Part 9: Debt relief orders [Archived]
Practice Note

This Practice Note, produced in partnership with Simon Passfield of Guildhall Chambers, is one of a series of Practice Notes, and describes Part 9 of the Insolvency (England and Wales) Rules 2016, SI 2016/1024 in relation to debt relief orders (DROs). This Practice Note summarises what changes to procedure and practice will apply to DROs following the coming into force of the new rules on 6 April 2017, and also identifies where there are no changes to pre-commencement practice and procedure other than new rule numbers. This Practice Note has been archived and is not maintained.

Practice areas


  • Q&A Panel
  • Specialist Panel


  • BVC, BPP Law School
  • LLB Hons, University of Nottingham

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