Madeleine Jones Called to the Bar 2015
Madeleine’s practice includes all forms of domestic and cross-border insolvency, company law, commercial litigation and banking and financial services work.
In addition to undertaking drafting and advisory work in all of chambers’ core areas, Madeleine frequently appears unled in the High Court and County Court.
She has experience of a broad range of applications relating to bankruptcies, liquidations, administrations and individual and company voluntary arrangements. Recent cases include Discovery (Northampton) Ltd v Debenhams Retail Limited  EWHC 2441 (Ch) (the Debenhams CVA challenge; acting for the Company led by Tom Smith QC and Richard Fisher QC) and Re Carluccio’s Limited  EWHC 886 (Ch) (directions application by the Carluccio’s administrators on the treatment of the Governent Job Retention Scheme in administration; led by Felicity Toube QC). She has also advised on insolvency law questions arising in other common law jurisdictions, including various Caribbean jurisdictions, the Dubai International Financial Centre, Hong Kong and Jersey.
In company law, Madeleine has experience of questions relating to directors’ duties, shareholder disputes and unfair prejudice petitions as well as various other applications under the Companies Act 2006.
She also undertakes commercial work without an insolvency element and has appeared in summary judgment and strike out applications, interim injunction applications (including freezing orders) and small claims trials.
Prior to joining Chambers, Madeleine obtained a double first class degree in Classics from Cambridge University and a doctorate in Classics from Princeton University. She was the recipient of Gray’s Inn’s two most prestigious scholarships for the Graduate Diploma in Law and Bar Professional Training Course, the David Karmel Award and the Bedingfield Scholarship.
Madeleine has experience acting for and advising companies, creditors and office-holders in insolvency proceedings. She has experience in various applications under the Insolvency Act 1986 and the Insolvency Rules 2016 including the following:
- Applications relating to winding up petitions, including injunctions to restrain presentation or advertisement of winding up petitions and hearings to determine whether a petition is disputed in good faith on substantial grounds;
- All stages of the bankruptcy petition process, including applications to set aside statutory demands and disputed debt petition hearings;
- Creditors’ challenges to decisions of office-holders, the chair of IVA and CVA meetings and IVA and CVA supervisors;
- Office-holder actions against delinquent directors (ss. 212, 213, and 214 of the 1986 Act);
- Transactions at an undervalue and preferences (ss. 238, 239 and 423 of the 1986 Act);
- Administration applications and extensions.
Madeleine has advised on various issues arising within the financial services sector both in an insolvency context and otherwise, including guarantees, debt securitisation, intermediation of securities, the construction of ISDA Master Agreements and other financial services contracts, and regulatory issues.
During her first year of practice, Madeleine undertook a three-month secondment to the Financial Markets Dispute Group at Dentons UKMEA LLP, in London.
She has also been instructed as junior counsel in a high value swaps dispute.
Madeleine often drafts statements of case and appears as sole counsel in contractual disputes in the County Court. She has also appeared sole counsel in a High Court proceedings, and has a good knowledge of the procedural steps necessary to take a case to trial.
Madeleine has experience advising on and acting in various company law applications, including unfair prejudice petitions, claims for unpaid dividends, claims against directors for breach of duty, applications to register company charges out of time and restoration applications.
Madeleine has been instructed in matters relating to fraud both as sole counsel and as junior counsel in insolvency proceedings (claims by office-holders against former directors) and in general commercial proceedings (misrepresentation).
She has been instructed on numerous occasions to advise on and assist with asset recovery, and she has experience in applications for charging orders (both straightforward and disputed) and third party debt orders. She is able to advise on all means of civil recovery and enforcement of judgments.
She also has experience advising and drafting in relation to transactions at an undervalue and preferences including in contexts where fraud is suspected.
In practice Madeleine has undertaken advisory work relating to offshore matters. She has advised on insolvency and bankruptcy law matters under the law of the DIFC, Hong Kong, Jersey and various Caribbean jurisdictions. She has also advised on aspects of some high value trusts litigation in Jersey.
|July 2015||Called to the Bar of England and Wales|
Journal of International Banking and Finance Law 2018, Insolvency Set-Off and Secured Debts
INSOL International Newsletter 2018, Banks’ liability for fraudulent withdrawals by authorised individuals (first published in the South Square Digest, May 2018)
LexisNexis Practice Note 2017, Part 14 of the Insolvency Rules 2016: Claims by and distributions to creditors
International Corporate Rescue 2017, 2018, Various case-law updates
Rowlatt on Principal and Surety (Sweet & Maxwell) 7th edition, 2018
Lightman and Moss on the Law of Administrators and Receivers of Companies (Sweet & Maxwell) 6th edition, 2017
European Cross Border Insolvency (Sweet & Maxwell) 2017
City University, London, Bar Professional Training Course
City University, London, Graduate Diploma in Law
Princeton University, PhD Classical Philology (Roman literature and philosophy)
University of Cambridge, St John’s College, MPhil Classics (Distinction)
University of Cambridge, St John’s College, BA Classics (Double first class; fourth in year)
Bradford Girls’ Grammar School
Bedingfield Scholarship, Gray’s Inn
David Karmel Award, Gray’s Inn
Thomas F Curley Memorial Fund Fellowship, Princeton University
Cotsen Junior Teaching Fellowship, Princeton University
Perkins Prize, Princeton University
Hawksley-Burbury Prize, St John’s College, University of Cambridge
Henry Arthur Thomas Award, St John’s College, University of Cambridge
College Prize, St John’s College, University of Cambridge
Wright Prize, St John’s College, University of Cambridge