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Index of tables

  1. Company – Leading sets
  2. Company – Leading silks
  3. Company – New silks
  4. Company – Leading juniors
  5. Partnership – Leading sets
  6. Partnership – Leading silks
  7. Partnership – Leading juniors

Company – Leading silks

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Company – New silks

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Company – Leading juniors

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Partnership – Leading silks

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Partnership – Leading juniors

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The overlapping aspects of company and partnership law can be seen most prominently in the members of Serle Court, Maitland Chambers and XXIV Old Buildings, all of which are well-respected sets in both fields. Other areas which make up the four-way Venn diagram are insolvency and civil fraud, for which there are separate rankings. The company market has seen a rise in challenges to directors’ decisions and more shareholder activity in general. In the partnership space, barristers note increased use of the LLP structure, which has consequentially led to more LLP disputes.

4 Stone Buildings has ‘a strong history of general commercial expertise and some very able junior counsel, who are leaders in their fields’. George Bompas QC was instructed by the claimant in high-value case Windward Prospects v Sequana, which was part of a complex multi-jurisdictional dispute.

Enterprise Chambers is recommended for its ‘very commercial mindset and straightforward approach to agreeing fees’. Members were involved in a high-profile Commercial Court dispute, acting for 350 claimants in a mis-selling claim concerning holiday property in Cyprus and Swiss Franc loans from a Cypriot bank.

Erskine Chambers is ‘the country’s leading corporate chambers; if there is a tricky company law issue to resolve you will not find a better place to obtain the answer’. The set has been involved in a number of leading cases on directors’ duties of late, including Eclairs Group v JKX Oil & Gas in the Supreme Court, and Granada Group v Law Debenture, which was a challenge to the pension arrangements of ITV directors.

Maitland Chambers is ‘excellent for any commercial Chancery matter, with consistent strength at all levels, and clerks who are efficient and pleasant to deal with’. Members are working on the continued Lehman Brothers fallout and Christopher Parker QC led Rebecca Page in the Supreme Court case of Bilta v Jetivia, a high-profile appeal on break of fiduciary duty.

At New Square Chambers, the ‘efficient and pragmatic’ members are particularly well known for their international expertise spanning the Caribbean, the Channel Islands and Hong Kong.

A boutique set of two barristers, Partnership Counsel is ‘accordingly highly specialised and expert in its field’. It provides an ‘A1 service with no flaws’ and practice manager Tyroon Win is ‘impeccable’.

Serle Court contains ‘a good spread of people and is able to assist with a wide range of matters’. John Machell QC led Jennifer Haywood in Flanagan v Liontrust, the first decided case on repudiation of LLP agreements. ‘The clerks have a commercial, forward-looking approach and the service reflects this.

Members of South Square are praised for ‘inspiring confidence from the outset and explaining complex transactions in a very lucid fashion’. Case highlights included members’ involvement in the Barclay brothers/McKillen litigation.

At Ten Old Square, ‘it is hard to imagine how chambers could improve its service; individuals go the extra mile and are very easy to deal with’. Recent key cases include Patley Wood Farm LLP v Brake and Brake and Otuo v Brierley.

XXIV Old Buildings is ‘a reliable set with a good knowledge of offshore work’. Recent work highlights include a shareholder dispute in the Cayman Islands to gain control of China’s largest cement producer, Shanshui Cement, and a billion-dollar claim arising from the failure of a US hedge fund incorporated in Guernsey (Carlyle Capital Corporation and others v Conway and others).

Wilberforce Chambers provides ‘an excellent service’. Marcia Shekerdemian QC is acting in the £13m case of The Black Ant Company, representing the administrators.

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