ILA Associates’ Network

About the Network

The ILA Associates’ Network (the Network) was launched in 2010 in order to promote the benefits of associate membership of the ILA. The Network is open to junior barristers, solicitors and in-house counsel who are active in this fast-developing practice area and provides an ideal forum for associate members to build their contacts across the industry. It is the only forum of its kind dedicated exclusively to junior lawyers in the restructuring and insolvency profession. You can read more about our membership here.


The Associates’ Network committee arrange seminars that are open to all junior practitioners whether or not they are members of the ILA.

The most recent seminar ‘Introduction to and Update on: Retail Insolvencies’ was given by Hannah Thornley (South Square) and Kavan Gunaratna (Enterprise Chambers) in September 2019. In a wide ranging talk by both speakers Kavan spoke on CVAs and in particular what are referred to as ‘landlord CVAs’, and Hannah discussed her work both in advising clients involved in retail insolvencies and her work on the public inquiry that followed the collapse of BHS. Both Hannah and Kavan emphasised the importance of the retail sector to the UK economy as a whole and posited possible future developments.

The next seminar ‘Introduction to and Update on: Bank Resolution’ will take place in early 2020.

Information relating to future events and initiatives organised by the Network will be posted on this website.

ILA Associate membership:

  • keeps you up to date with all significant insolvency and restructuring law developments and delivers commentary from some of the best practitioners in the market straight to your inbox via our regular emailed technical bulletins and longer themed bulletins;
  • provides you with access to our website archive of over 500 technical bulletins and themed bulletins;
  • provides you with access to the network of ILA members across the UK and overseas;
  • gives you an opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with other ILA members and colleagues at our events including the prestigious Annual Dinner and Lecture in November, and our unrivalled Annual Conference in March.

The Committee

Jennifer Meech ( - Chair

Seema Shukla (

Adam Al-Attar (

Jonathan Akinluyi (

Paul Bagon (

Musonda Mutati (

Richard Bulmore  (

Please contact Jennifer Meech if you have any questions about the Network or if you have any suggestions for the content of future networking and technical events.

Recent Bulletins

A key service provided by the ILA is the provision of bulletins keeping it’s membership up-to-date with the latest developments in insolvency law.

Below are a selection of recent topics covered:

  • Axnoller Events v Brake – application to cancel Mental Health Crisis Moratorium
  • Galer v Mond – challenge to appointment; statutory declaration and unsubstantiated allegations
  • Al Jaber v Mitchell – s236 examination: immunity from suit