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Leading Silks

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    • Avtar Khangure - St Philips ChambersExperienced in a wide range of commercial litigation matters.
    • James Morgan QC - St Philips ChambersThoroughly prepared, with excellent forensic capability and superb organisation allied to a brilliant intellect.
    • John Randall QC - St Philips ChambersAs an advocate, he is second-to-none in the region.

Leading Juniors

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Amit Gupta recently joined Enterprise Chambers from St Philips Chambers, and focuses on commercial and insolvency litigation, in addition to director disqualification matters

No5 Barristers Chambers houses 'counsel of the highest calibre' across the full spectrum of insolvency, banking, commercial and Chancery matters. Shakil Najib recently acted for two defendants in a claim by liquidators relating to  alleged sham property transactions.

At Radcliffe Chambers, former St Philips Chambers members Kate Rogers and Matthew Weaver continue to be active in central England, with insolvency law a particular area of focus. Weaver recently acted for the administrators in of a group of travel companies in liquidation.

Key areas of work for Ropewalk Chambers include professional negligence and Inheritance Act disputes, as well as a broad range of general commercial litigation matters.

Members of St Ives Chambers act on a wide range of Chancery and commercial matters, including breach of contract, intellectual property and probate disputes. Matthew Haynes recently appeared unled for the defendant against a silk in a claim for deceit and breach of contract relating to a loan which had been secured by various works of art, which were also pledged to other lenders.

St Philips Chambers 'remains a go-to set' for commercial litigation and insolvency and also offers experienced counsel in company law, Chancery and professional negligence. Ed Pepperall QC was recently appointed to the High Court bench, while former solicitor Mark Grant joined the set from Gowling WLG's litigation team. James Morgan QC recently acted for the claimant in Northampton Borough Council v Cardoza in a £2m+ misfeasance claim against former directors of Northampton Town FC.

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