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 Network has a vibrant and active new committee, membership has increased and the team have organised a number of extremely successful and well-attended events covering some of the most significant industry developments this year.


In early 2013 the ILA Network hosted a very popular seminar given by Daniel Bayfield and Adam Al-Attar, both junior Counsel in the MF Global administration. Counsel discussed the investment bank special administration regime and the recent judgment of the High Court, arising from certain repo-to-maturity transactions entered into by MF Global.

Following the Supreme Court's recent judgment in the Nortel and Lehman matters, Tom Smith and Stephen Robbins (junior Counsel in the case) gave a seminar to the Network on the judgment and the status of liabilities which can be imposed by the Pensions Regulator. The seminar addressed the ramifications for the insolvency ranking of claims and the impact of the case on the scope of administration expenses and provable debts.

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.

    Samples of our technical bulletins can be accessed here

The Committee  

The Network is run by a committee of associate members of the ILA. The current members of this committee are:

Tessa Blank ( ) - Chair

Seema Shukla (

Adam Al-Attar ( 

James Falconer ( 

Matthew Hill ( 

Drew Sainsbury (

Paul Bagon (

Jennifer Meech ( - Acting Chair

Kelly Bond ('

Mandip Englund (

Please contact Tessa Blank or 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.

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