A most successful conference on various aspects of insolvency law was held on 14 January 2011 at Harris Manchester College involving many eminent academic and practising lawyers.

Professor John Armour of Oxford University gave a paper on the rise of pre-packaged administrations (commented on by Professor Sandra Frisby of Nottingham University and Jennifer  Marshall of Allen & Overy) and Professor David Skeel gave a paper on the consistent treatment of transactions in insolvency in the US (commented on by Professor Oren Sussman of the Saïd Business School, Oxford, and Antony Zacaroli QC of 3–4 South Square). There was also a panel discussion on topics ranging from the anti-deprivation principle to cross-border insolvency.

Members of the panel were Robin Dicker QC (3–4 South Square), Professor Horst Eidenmüller (University of Munich), Stephen Leinster (Ernst & Young), Ralph Miller (Weil, Gotshal & Manges), Nick Segal (Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer), Stephen Taylor (AlixPartners) and Professor Jay Westbrook (University of Texas at Austin). We are grateful to Travers Smith for supporting this event financially.