Anton Smith


Tel: +44 (0)115 934 3323 (Direct Dial)
Email: [email protected]
Birmingham University, LLB (Hons)
Admitted: England and Wales 2001
Year Joined: 2014
Year became partner: 2014

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Anton is head of the Business Recovery and Insolvency Group.  Having trained in Liverpool he spent the last 13 years at national law firm Geldards in their Nottingham office.

Anton advises on all aspects of insolvency law and its consequences. He acts for insolvency practitioners from firms of varying sizes locally, nationally and internationally. He also advises individuals, directors and creditors regarding their rights and obligations arising out of insolvency scenarios.


In 2014 Anton advised the liquidator of a failed Dubai property investment company on a successful application that went to the Court of Appeal. That case (Bucci v Carman (Liquidator of Casa Estates (UK) Limited) [2014] EWCA Civ 383) remains a leading authority on a key requirement in undervalue transaction claims made by insolvency practitioners.

Between 2012 and 2016 Anton defended the former directors of Robin Hood Centre PLC (a Nottingham-based tourist attraction) against claims of wrongful trading brought by its joint liquidators, both at trial and upon a successful cross-appeal. The appeal decision is often referred to in other wrongful trading cases in terms of what needs to be proved.

Presentations and Publications

As an expert on insolvency forum shopping Anton has spoken on the subjects of “bankruptcy tourism” and the restructuring of foreign companies under English law at conferences in Brussels, Dublin and Montpellier. His co-authored article on bankruptcy tourism from 2010 (published in International Insolvency Review) remains one of the leading papers on that area of law.

Outside of Work

Anton enjoys listening to music, as well as watching live theatre and stand-up comedy. He has been visiting the Edinburgh Fringe Comedy Festival since 2012 and is a regular attendee at Trent Bridge to watch the England cricket team. He also has a passion for fine dining. As a regular blood donor, Anton is approaching his 100th donation. In recent years he has taken up growing his own vegetables, with varying degrees of success.