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Vivien Tyrell
Head of Restructuring and Insolvency

Vivien Tyrell heads RPC's Restructuring and Insolvency Group. As well as being a solicitor she is an insolvency practitioner licensed by the ICAEW

Advising on insolvency and restructuring matters for over 20 years, Vivien acts on all aspects of insolvency and pre-insolvency situations, for accountant insolvency practitioners and other stakeholders. 

Her work includes restructuring and the purchase of debt, as well as all types of exit solutions, such as schemes of arrangement under Part 26 of the Companies Act and Part VII transfers under the Financial Services and Markets Act. She also advises on all cross-border matters, including repatriation of assets.

She was involved in developing the now widely used "gagging" or "no-say" injunction against banks (and other innocent third parties) coupled with discovery and private examinations as a preliminary to freezing bank accounts and other assets of an insolvent estate. Vivien has also appeared as an expert witness in the US on schemes of arrangement.

She is co-head of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Practice Group, EMEA region, for TerraLex. She also heads the International Committee and is a past Board Member of the International Association of Insurance Receivers.

Directory quotes

Department head Vivien Tyrell is ‘an extremely well-respected lawyer who considers each case on its own merits’, and has ‘a very wide knowledge of insurance insolvency matters’. - Legal 500 UK, 2016 edition

"Department head Vivien Tyrell is ‘reactive, open-minded and great at ascertaining facts to find appropriate solutions’." - Legal 500 UK, 2015

"Vivien Tyrell is ‘reactive, open-minded and great at ascertaining facts to find appropriate solutions" - Legal 500 UK, 2015

Listed in the elite "Leading lawyers" list, Legal 500 UK 2015's guide to outstanding lawyers nationwide (Insurance Insolvency)

"Vivien Tyrell’s team at RPC offers expertise in a wide range of areas, including solvent schemes of arrangement, Part VII transfers and Lloyd’s insolvencies" - Legal 500, 2014


R3 ( Fellow)

Insolvency Lawyers' Association

International Association of Insurance Receivers

Association of run-off companies


Law Society

Relevant work

EW Payne - solvent schemes for 82 members of the EW Payne pool

Advising on 21 further separate schemes of arrangement cases

Restructuring of off-shore business of multinational life insurance group

Trenwick- acted on the restructuring of the London Market part of the group

Advising large international client on exposures to this Jersey protected cell company