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  1. Insolvency – Leading sets
  2. Insolvency – Leading silks
  3. Insolvency – 2016 silks
  4. Insolvency – 2017 silks
  5. Insolvency – Leading juniors

Insolvency – Leading silks

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    • Robin Dicker QC - South Square β€˜Inspires confidence.’
    • Antony Zacaroli QC - South Square β€˜Right at the very top of his game, and able to handle the most complex and challenging cases with ease.’ *since publication, Antony Zacaroli QC has been appointed to the High Court bench
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Insolvency – 2016 silks

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Insolvency – 2017 silks

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Insolvency – Leading juniors

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South Square β€˜is unquestionably the top insolvency set in London, with responsive clerks who are keen to ensure a good client experience’. Members are consistently involved in blockbuster cases including ongoing and closely followed Lehman Brothers-related matters. The Saad Investments and Singularis Holdings cases were also recent highlights.

3 Verulam Buildings has β€˜bench depth to resource matters for unexpected contingencies and a cohesiveness between individuals, which translates into a great service attitude’. Senior members recently appeared in Lehman Brothers cases, while junior members regularly act in winding up and bankruptcy matters. Notable recent cases include Carlyle Capital Corporation v Conway and Phones 4u v Vodafone.

4 Stone Buildings is β€˜a very responsive and proactive set’, where the barristers are β€˜leaders in their fields’. Members specialise in directors’ disqualification cases, advising the government on insolvency-related matters and Lehman Brothers cases. Jonathan Crow QC appeared in the OW Bunker Supreme Court case, following the insolvency of the world’s largest bunker supplier to the shipping industry.

Enterprise Chambers is β€˜a quality set, which is hard to beat for insolvency matters’. Members are known for their strengths in insurance-related insolvencies and HMRC winding-up proceedings, among other matters, and regularly appear in high-profile cases such as London Borough of Lewisham v Okon.

Erskine Chambers has β€˜excellent strength in depth, and members are very good at what they do’. Recent notable cases include Carlyle Capital Corporation v Conway, Trustees of Olympic Airlines Pension & Life Assurance Scheme v Olympic Airlines and Mehzprombank v Pugachev.

Maitland Chambers is β€˜a fantastic set with really great depth’. The recent caseload displays a number of inter-chambers disputes such as Paul Girolami QC against Catherine Newman QC in Fairfield Sentry v Shell.

Among the recent work highlights at Serle Court, Philip Marshall QC and James Mather acted for the successful respondent in Shlosberg v Avonwick, a landmark Court of Appeal decision on the operation of legal professional privilege in insolvency.

XXIV Old Buildings has β€˜first-class advocates who set the bar, and clients love working with them’. Multiple members are involved in Carlyle Capital Corporation v Conway, reported to be the largest piece of litigation ever brought in Guernsey. Indeed, the set is particularly noted for offshore work, also demonstrated in Stephen Moverley Smith QC’s involvement in the Shanshui Cement Group case.

New Square Chambers is β€˜full of academically minded individuals, who are well known for insolvency and general commercial Chancery workβ€˜. Recent notable cases saw David Eaton Turner in the Court of Appeal in Goldtrail Travel v Black Pearl Investments, and Sebastian Prentis in the Supreme Court in the Olympic Airlines case.

Radcliffe Chambers has β€˜a growing recognition as a leading insolvency set with a very good spread of able practitioners’. Members are typically instructed in cases involving bankruptcy petitions, wrongful trading claims, director’s disqualifications and corporate voluntary arrangements.

At Wilberforce Chambers, there is β€˜excellent strength in depth and availability’, and β€˜extremely good’ clerks. Members litigate and advise on complex corporate and personal insolvency issues, and notable recent work includes the ARM Asset Backed Securities case, involving lost life savings following the collapse of a Luxembourg investment company.

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