Chris Umfreville

Aston Law

Chris Umfreville Aston Law

Chris joined Aston Law School in August 2017 as a Lecturer in Company Law.

Before this Chris was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton where he was course leader of the Legal Practice Course and LLM Legal Practice Course between 2014-2017. Prior to this Chris was the programme director for the University's LLM programmes in Hong Kong and Mauritius.

Chris researches in the area of corporate insolvency, with a particular focus on corporate rescue. Chris is a contributing editor for Palmer’s Company Law.

Prior to entering academia, Chris practised as a solicitor with an international law firm, specialising in insolvency related advice to major UK and international clearing banks and multinational accountancy practices.

Chris is also interested in careers and employability. In his current and former roles he has been involved in establishing numerous employability initiatives, including a Law Careers Fair and mentoring schemes.

You can follow Chris on Twitter via @ChrisUmfreville

Position: Lecturer in Law
Phone: +44(0)121 204 4308
Email:  c.umfreville@aston.ac.uk

  • LLM Professional Practice, University of Wolverhampton, 2014 
  • PG Certificate Higher Education,University of Wolverhampton, 2013 
  • PG Diploma in Legal Practice, Nottingham Trent University, 2007 
  • Graduate LLB (Hons), Nottingham Trent University, 2007 
  • PG Diploma in Law, Nottingham Trent University, 2006 
  • BA (Hons) Ancient and Medieval History, University of Birmingham, 2004 

Academic 

  • Lecturer in Law, Aston Business School (2017 - Present) 
  • Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Wolverhampton (2012 - 2017) 

Legal 

  • Solicitor, Eversheds LLP (2009 - 2012) 
  • Trainee Solicitor, Eversheds LLP (2007 - 2009)
  • Chris' teaching focuses on all aspects of company law, with a special interest in corporate insolvency law. Chris is the module leader for BL3510 Company Law. 
  • Chris has previously taught on LLB, LLM and LPC programmes in modules including Business Law and Practice, Insolvency Law and Practice and  International Corporate Insolvency. 
  • In April 2017, Chris won the Award for Lecturer of the Year in the Faculty of Social Sciences (incorporating Wolverhampton Law School) at the University of Wolverhampton. 
  • Chris has wide experience of Transnational Education, with teaching experience in Hong Kong, Mauritius and South Africa.

 

The main focus of Chris' research is in the field of corporate insolvency, and in particular the administration process and the concept of corporate rescue. 

Chris has been involved in externally funded research on behalf of both the Insolvency Service (part of the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy) and R3, the trade body of the insolvency profession.

  •  "Insolvency Practitioner Fees – an Empirical Investigation" (2015) for R3 Association of Business Recovery Professionals, Co-author Professor Peter Walton, University of Wolverhampton 
  • “Pre-Pack Empirical Research: Characteristic and Outcome Analysis of Pre-Pack administration” (2014) for the Insolvency Service as part of the Graham Review into Pre-pack Administration, Co-authors Professor Peter Walton and Dr Paul Wilson, University of Wolverhampton
  • "Company Voluntary Arrangements: Evaluating Success and Failure" (2018) for R3 Association of Business Recovery Professionals, Co-authors Professor Peter Walton and Dr Lezelle Jacobs
  • Academic Member of the Insolvency Lawyers Association 
  • Member of the Society of Legal Scholars 
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  •  “A revised moratorium to help business rescue: A review of the latest reform proposals” (2018) Company Law Newsletter, 411, 1-5 
  • "Company Voluntary Arrangements: Evaluating Success and Failure" (2018) for R3 Association of Business Recovery Professionals with Professor Peter Walton and Dr Lezelle Jacobs
  • “Taking a DIP into the Pool: should the Pre-Pack Pool be extended to CVAs?” (2018) Corporate Rescue and Insolvency Journal, 5, 158-160
  • “Recognition of UK Insolvency Proceedings Post-Brexit: The Impact of a ‘No Deal’ Scenario.” (2018) International Insolvency Review, with contributions from Omar, P., Luecke, H., Lynch Fannon, I., Veder, M., Carballo Pineiro, L., (DOI) 10.1002/iir.1325
  • "Review of the pre-pack industry measures: reconsidering the connected party sale before the sun sets" (2018) Insolvency Intelligence, 31(2), 58-63.
  • “Mora’ the Same: Reflecting on the Latest Attempts to Salvage Company Rescue” (2017) International Company and Commercial Law Review, 28(10), 385-392
  • “Curtailing the use of multiple Notices of Intention to Appoint Administrators: the case for a moratorium?” (2017) Company Law Newsletter, 395, 1-4 
  • "A Review of the Corporate Insolvency Framework: A New Moratorium to Help Business Rescue?" (2016) Company Law Newsletter, 385, 1-4 
  • “Minmar solution or minimal difference?” (2015) Recovery Magazine, Summer 2015, 36-37 
  • "Out of Court Administration Appointment Reform: Hardy Solution or Another Fine Mess?" (2014) Nottingham Insolvency and Business Law e-Journal, 2(9), 127-160 
  • “Insolvency practitioner fees in the UK - all alone in the world?” (2014) Recovery Magazine, Autumn 2014, 38-40, with Professor Peter Walton 
  • “Insolvency practitioner fees in the UK - all alone in the world?” (2014) Insolvency Intelligence, 27(6), 86-91, with Professor Peter Walton 
  • “Pre-Pack Empirical Research: Characteristic and Outcome Analysis of Pre-Pack administration” (2014) for the Insolvency Service as part of the Graham Review into Pre-pack Administration 

Conference Papers

  • “Company Voluntary Arrangements and Pre-packaged Administrations: Determining Success and Failure” at the St Philips Chambers Annual Insolvency & Restructuring Conference, Birmingham, March 2019 (with Professor Peter Walton)
  • "Recognition of UK Insolvency Proceedings Post-Brexit: The Impact of a ‘No Deal’ Scenario” at the INSOL International Academic Colloquium, London, July 2018 (with Professor Irene Lynch Fannon.)
  • "Company Voluntary Arrangements: Evaluating Success and Failure" at the INSOL International Academic Colloquium, London, July 2018 (with Professor Peter Walton and Dr Lezelle Jacobs.)
  • "Company Voluntary Arrangements: Evaluating Success and Failure" at the ICAEW Restructuring and Insolvency Annual Conference, Chartered Accountants Hall, London, June 2018 (with Professor Peter Walton)
  • "CVAs and the Pre-Pack Reforms: Are they working?" at the R3 Annual Conference, Portugal, May 2018
  • "Company Voluntary Arrangements: Evaluating Success and Failure" at the Insolvency Lawyers' Association Academic Forum, The London School of Economics and Political Science, April 2018
  • "A threat to future financial stability? Understanding the potential impact of Brexit on the effective resolution of cross-border insolvency processes" at the Banking and Finance Stream of the SLSA Annual Conference 2018, University of Bristol, March 2018 
  • "If the polluter can’t pay, should the creditors? A review of the interaction of the environmental and insolvency law regimes in England and Wales" at SMART Workshop: Enforcing Environmental Sustainability in the face of Business Failure and Distress, University of Oslo, January 2018
  • “Mora’ the Same: Reflecting on the Latest Attempts to Salvage Company Rescue” at the Cross-Border Corporate Insolvency and Commercial Law Research Group Conference and Symposium 2017, City University of London, April 2017 
  • “Insolvency practitioner fees in the UK - an empirical investigation” at the INSOL International Academic Colloquium, San Francisco, March 2015 (with Professor Peter Walton, University of Wolverhampton) 

Other presentations

  • “The growth of the pre-pack administration: Is its bubble about to burst?” to the Institute of Judicial and Legal Studies, Mauritius May 2014