Baker Tilly's insolvency shindig last week was all laughs - unfortunately many were at the expense of the speakers. Most of the great and good managed to converge on the beautiful setting of Mottram Hall in Cheshire without a hitch. But several speakers took their chance with the microphone to take a quick sideswipe at the embattled Virgin Trains (one of which broke down on the way) and the local service from Crewe to the manor house. Nabarro Nathanson partner Michael Prior, an expert on overseas insolvency law, began his speech on cross-border insolvency by reliving his journey up from London. 'After waiting on the train for a while at Crewe station, an announcer said that "we have noticed that the train does not seem to have a driver",' he said. Prior went on to ask the laughing audience whether the train had in fact arrived in Crewe without a driver, or perhaps he had fled unnoticed? 'I got a taxi,' he went on. 'Nice clean Mondeo, driver with a good line in chat and he does formation ballroom dancing - Latin American.' TS only hopes that Prior has an easier time when he travels the world to investigate overseas insolvency practice.
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