Chris Umfreville

Chris Umfreville

Lecturer in Law

The main focus of Chris' research is in the field of corporate insolvency, and in particular the administration process and the concept of corporate rescue. Chris has published work in a number of academic and practitioner journals, has presented at a number of national and international insolvency law conferences, and is a contributing editor for Palmer’s Company Law and Palmer's Insolvency Law.

Chris has conducted externally funded research projects on behalf of the Insolvency Service as part of the Graham Review into Pre-Pack Administrations and R3, the trade body of the insolvency profession, including the 2018 project in conjunction with the ICAEW Company Voluntary Arrangements: Evaluating Success and Failure. 

In November 2018 Chris organised the conference 15 Years of the Enterprise Act 2002 Insolvency Reforms: Reflection and thoughts on further reform, together with Professor Peter Walton from the University of Wolverhampton. The conference was held at Aston University and the proceedings published across two editions of the journal Insolvency Intelligence.


  • LLM Professional Practice, University of Wolverhampton, 2014 
  • PG Certificate Higher Education,University of Wolverhampton, 2013 
  • PG Diploma in Legal Practice, Nottingham Trent University, 2007 
  • Graduate LLB (Hons), Nottingham Trent University, 2007 
  • PG Diploma in Law, Nottingham Trent University, 2006 
  • BA (Hons) Ancient and Medieval History, University of Birmingham, 2004