Kanika Kitchlu-Connolly Director


Speaks:  English, French, German, Hindi, Italian

Qualified: 2005 - Solicitor of England & Wales


Primary office:  London




Kanika Kitchlu-Connolly

Kanika Kitchlu-Connolly helps clients to maximise recoveries in their respective insolvent estates and uncover where fraud has occurred and where assets may have been moved to.

Kanika's attention to detail is invaluable when dealing with large and complex insolvency and fraud cases where, often, the key to success is to focus on inconsistencies and draw these out. Kanika's depth of experience in dealing with bankrupts and third parties when seeking information from them ensures that she is able to apply pressure, as and when necessary, in order to obtain the right results. Kanika is thorough, meticulous and is always able to step back from the detail and consider the bigger picture and consider what, commercially, would be in the best interest of her clients.

Clients

Kanika's main client base is insolvency practitioners who take appointments as officeholders over insolvent companies and as trustees in bankruptcy. Kanika also acts for directors of companies, advising them in relation to their duties as regards the company's creditors and shareholders. Finally, Kanika also acts for general commercial claimants in relation to general commercial litigation matters.

Experience

  • Successfully defending two directors against a wrongful trading action brought against them by liquidators of their company and ensuring that the directors fully understood the litigation process as well as the detail required from them in order to defend the case.
  • Successfully defended an insolvency practitioner against whom a claim for professional negligence had been brought regarding his time as liquidator of a company. It was alleged that the liquidator had failed to carry out his duties appropriately and that he had charged significant fees for the work carried out. The claim was for more than six figures but settled for under six figures.
  • Working on several cases involving MTIC fraud, advising the officeholders in relation to their investigations into the affairs of the respective companies and on seeking to gain recognition overseas in order to be able to exercise powers in various foreign jurisdictions.
  • Advising the liquidators of 14 connected companies in relation to their claims into various properties given a large scale fraud carried out by the director of those companies.
  • Acting for a very significant creditor in relation to an administration which required the debt to be fully detailed and explained in circumstances where another creditor was disputing the validity of the debt.
  • Advising liquidators of a company in relation to an interest rate hedging product including in relation to a possible claim against a high street bank in relation to it.
  • Acting for a foreign national bankrupt in relation to his sizeable pension policy and dealing with his trustee in bankruptcy with regards to the pension and its status within the bankruptcy estate.
  • Advising trustees in bankruptcy in relation to a bankrupt whose affairs are extremely complex and require in-depth analysis and investigation.
  • Advising a provisional liquidator in relation to his appointment and then post appointment with regards to all matters relating to the company and its affairs. Also advising and acting in relation to obtaining a freezing injunction and dealing with the tax authorities in relation to various tax assessments and appeals. 

Career & Recognition

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  • 2016

    • Career
      February2016
      Gowling WLG (UK), principal associate
  • 2015

    • Career
      2015
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co LLP, Principal Associate
  • 2014

    • Career
      2014
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co LLP, senior associate
  • 2009

    • Career
      2009
      Lawrence Graham LLP, senior associate
  • 2005

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      2005
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
    • Career
      2005
      Taylor Wessing, junior associate
  • 2003

    • Career
      2003
      Taylor Wessing, training contract
  • 1998

    • Education
      1998
      University of Cambridge (Gonville and Caius College)
    • Career
      July
      Gowling WLG (UK), director