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Chambers of Michael Todd QC

33 CHANCERY LANE, LONDON, WC2A 1EN, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7242 5532
Fax:
Fax 020 7831 0125
DX:
308 LONDON CHANCERY LANE WC2
Email:
Web:
www.erskinechambers.com

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Offering β€˜a good balance between advice and litigation’, the β€˜fabulous’ Erskine Chambers β€˜remains probably the best known set for corporate law matters’, particularly shareholder disputes work, and is β€˜a premier set in insolvency law’. β€˜Counsel are very responsive and the overall quality is extremely good.’ It continues to expand, and in a significant move Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s Nick Segal, who specialises in restructuring, insolvency, corporate and banking law, is to join chambers in late 2018. Senior clerks Mark Swallow and Chris Reade have taken over from Mike Hannibal in β€˜a seamless fashion’. Overall, the clerks’ room is β€˜friendly, commercial and practical’ and β€˜provide an excellent solution to any problem’. Importantly, the clerks β€˜have the ear of the listing clerks so they can quickly iron out listing difficulties if they arise’. Offices in: London

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London Bar

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Erskine Chambers

Erskine Chambers is β€˜simply the top set for company law matters’ and is also noted for its strong offering in complimentary areas such as insolvency and civil fraud. This has invariably led to a strong caseload in the increasingly grey area between the commercial and Chancery courts, notable examples including BAT v Sequana and BTA Bank v Khrapunov.

Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Stephen Smith QC - Erskine Chambers β€˜A powerful and pugnacious barrister.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Chivers QC - Erskine Chambers β€˜Highly regarded for company law and corporate litigation.’

Ranked: tier 3

James Potts QC - Erskine Chambers β€˜One of the top QCs for shareholder disputes.’

Ranked: tier 5

Andrew Thompson QC - Erskine Chambers β€˜An exceptional advocate and has a very good court room manner.’

Ranked: tier 6

Michael Todd QC - Erskine Chambers β€˜An authoritative and focused silk.’

Ranked: tier 6
Commercial litigation – Leading juniors

Tim Akkouh - Erskine Chambers β€˜Has a fantastically creative mind and isn’t afraid to pursue difficult arguments.’

Ranked: tier 2

Nigel Dougherty - Erskine Chambers β€˜Extremely commercial and practical, and great under pressure.’

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew Thornton - Erskine Chambers β€˜A regular favourite.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Company and partnership
Company – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Erskine Chambers

Erskine Chambers is the β€˜premier set relating to company law matters’; standing apart on the basis of the β€˜technical expertise, competency and efficiency’ of its barristers. Members continue to be instructed on a number of influential company law matters, including Re Dee Valley Group plc and BAT v Sequana. On the advisory front, Martin Moore QC assisted Liberty Global as bidder for Cable & Wireless, which utilised a complex domestic and international acquisition structure.

Company – Leading silks

David Chivers QC - Erskine Chambers β€˜Eye-wateringly clever; a consummate silk.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Todd QC - Erskine Chambers β€˜Excellent counsel.’

Ranked: tier 1

Martin Moore QC - Erskine Chambers β€˜Focuses on large-scale, complex corporate transactions and reorganisations.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Mabb QC - Erskine Chambers β€˜Has expertise in company accounting questions.’

Ranked: tier 2

Peter Arden QC - Erskine Chambers β€˜A specialist in restructurings.’

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Smith QC - Erskine Chambers β€˜Specialises in breaches of directors’ duties.’

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Thompson QC - Erskine Chambers β€˜He provides excellent counsel.’

Ranked: tier 3

Ceri Bryant QC - Erskine Chambers β€˜The quality of her advice is superb.’

Ranked: tier 4

James Potts QC - Erskine Chambers β€˜The first port of call for any company law dispute.’

Ranked: tier 4
Company – 2017 silks

Edward Davies QC - Erskine Chambers β€˜He is an excellent strategist and very quick to pick up the elements of a case.’

Ranked: tier 1
Company – Leading juniors

Andrew Thornton - Erskine Chambers β€˜Leads in the transactional space.’

Ranked: tier 1

Catherine Roberts - Erskine Chambers β€˜Shareholder disputes expert.’

Ranked: tier 1

Nigel Dougherty - Erskine Chambers β€˜A very reliable and a good all-round performer.’

Ranked: tier 1

Philip Gillyon - Erskine Chambers β€˜He exceptional at gauging the mood of the court as applications progress.’

Ranked: tier 1

Ben Griffiths - Erskine Chambers β€˜His company practice spans advisory work and litigation.’

Ranked: tier 2

Mary Stokes - Erskine Chambers β€˜She brings technical acumen to advisory work and litigation.’

Ranked: tier 2

Tim Akkouh - Erskine Chambers β€˜Incredibly user friendly, exceptionally bright and very astute.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ben Shaw - Erskine Chambers β€˜Highly skilled, intelligent and thoughtful.’

Ranked: tier 3

Stephen Horan - Erskine Chambers β€˜Significant experience across advisory and regulatory work, as well as litigation.’

Ranked: tier 3

Matthew Parfitt - Erskine Chambers β€˜A persuasive advocate.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil – Leading silks

Stephen Smith QC - Erskine Chambers β€˜A leader in his field, he’s rewritten the law on freezing injunctions.’

Ranked: tier 1
Fraud: civil – Leading juniors

Tim Akkouh - Erskine Chambers β€˜Has a wealth of experience, particularly on the enforcement of freezing and disclosure orders.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Insolvency
Insolvency – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Erskine Chambers

β€˜One of the premier sets in insolvency and corporate’, Erskine Chambers offers β€˜a good balance of advice and litigation’. Members are noted for their β€˜technical expertise’, while the clerks are singled out for being β€˜prompt, helpful and responsive’. Peter Arden QC continues to advise on aspects of the fallout from the Lehman Brothers collapse, while Stephen Smith QC led a team acting for the claimant liquidator in JSC Mezhprombank v Pugachev, resulting in successful civil and criminal claims.

Insolvency – Leading silks

Peter Arden QC - Erskine Chambers β€˜Very well-sensitised to the views and mood of the court on insolvency issues.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Chivers QC - Erskine Chambers β€˜The go-to guy for anything novel, nuanced or complex.’

Ranked: tier 3

Raquel Agnello QC - Erskine Chambers β€˜Tenacious, clever and focused on the big picture at all times.’

Ranked: tier 4

James Potts QC - Erskine Chambers β€˜A very good, analytical lawyer.’

Ranked: tier 5

Martin Moore QC - Erskine Chambers β€˜Has an active insolvency practice.’

Ranked: tier 5

Michael Todd QC - Erskine Chambers β€˜Very helpful and knowledgeable too.’

Ranked: tier 5

Stephen Smith QC - Erskine Chambers β€˜He is a wonder.’

Ranked: tier 5
Insolvency – Leading juniors

Ben Shaw - Erskine Chambers β€˜He is very knowledgeable in complicated insolvency cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Matthew Parfitt - Erskine Chambers β€˜A good technical lawyer.’

Ranked: tier 3

Ben Griffiths - Erskine Chambers β€˜Very hardworking, effective and smart.’

Ranked: tier 4

Nigel Dougherty - Erskine Chambers β€˜He is very reliable and a good all-round performer.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Offshore
Offshore – Leading silks

Michael Todd QC - Erskine Chambers β€˜Creative and experienced.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Chivers QC - Erskine Chambers β€˜His practice includes shareholder disputes and fund collapses in Cayman.’

Ranked: tier 3
Offshore – Leading juniors

Philip Gillyon - Erskine Chambers β€˜His practice includes cases in the BVI and other Caribbean jurisdictions.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Pensions
Pensions – Leading silks

Raquel Agnello QC - Erskine Chambers β€˜She creates novel solutions to seemingly insurmountable problems.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Set overviews: England and Wales

Offering β€˜a good balance between advice and litigation’, the β€˜fabulous’ Erskine Chambers β€˜remains probably the best known set for corporate law matters’, particularly shareholder disputes work, and is β€˜a premier set in insolvency law’. β€˜Counsel are very responsive and the overall quality is extremely good.’ It continues to expand, and in a significant move Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s Nick Segal, who specialises in restructuring, insolvency, corporate and banking law, is to join chambers in late 2018. Senior clerks Mark Swallow and Chris Reade have taken over from Mike Hannibal in β€˜a seamless fashion’. Overall, the clerks’ room is β€˜friendly, commercial and practical’ and β€˜provide an excellent solution to any problem’. Importantly, the clerks β€˜have the ear of the listing clerks so they can quickly iron out listing difficulties if they arise’. Offices in: London

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