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Chambers of Christopher Pymont QC

7 STONE BUILDINGS, LINCOLN'S INN, LONDON, WC2A 3SZ, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7406 1200
Fax:
Fax 020 7406 1300
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326 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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Web:
www.maitlandchambers.com

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Maitland Chambers is β€˜an excellent commercial Chancery set’ and β€˜a first port of call for any complex fraud cases, especially those involving freezing orders’. Some also say that the set β€˜dominates the real property and landlord and tenant space’. Chambers’ core practice areas were boosted at junior level in October 2015 when a three-strong team joined from Enterprise Chambers. Not only are the barristers β€˜approachable, client-friendly and highly knowledgeable’, but the service from the clerks is also β€˜excellent’. Senior clerk John Wiggs is β€˜particularly good at ensuring matters are dealt with promptly’, and is ably assisted by deputy senior clerks Harry Gilson and Robert Penson, who is β€˜one of the most responsive barristers’ clerks’. Stewart Thompson is the chambers director. Offices in: London

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Banking and finance (including consumer credit)
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

Maitland Chambers

Maitland Chambers is β€˜a really excellent set; the quality of the counsel is very high and the service they provide is second to none’. The set provides a strong blend of Chancery and commercial barristers and has been heavily involved in the Lehman Brothers client money litigation.

Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading silks

Anthony Trace QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜A tenacious fighter, who is massively enthusiastic in all he does.’

Ranked: tier 4

Matthew Collings QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜A user-friendly silk.’

Ranked: tier 4
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – New silks

David Mumford QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Very astute and perceptive, and his transition to silk was fully justified.’

Ranked: tier 1
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading juniors

Louise Hutton - Maitland Chambers β€˜Super-responsive, self-assured, very collaborative and a delight to work with.’

Ranked: tier 2

Alec McCluskey - Maitland Chambers β€˜A strong tactician and an excellent advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Charities
Charities – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Maitland Chambers

Maitland Chambers provides β€˜extremely good seminars to its clients, and is very experienced in the charity sector’. The recent caseload includes University of London v Prag, concerning a trust deed made in 1944 between the University of London and the Warburg family.

Charities – Leading silks

Amanda Tipples QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜She is commercial and user-friendly.’

Ranked: tier 1

Christopher McCall QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜An absolute joy to work with due to his humility and willingness to give everyone on the team a voice.’

Ranked: tier 1
Charities – Leading juniors

Matthew Smith - Maitland Chambers β€˜Excellent when one is trying to avoid litigation.’

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Westwood - Maitland Chambers β€˜Recommended for general Chancery work and his experience in religious charity cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Maitland Chambers

Maitland Chambers is β€˜one of the strongest sets for commercial litigation’ and praised for being both β€˜commercial and approachable’. It is considered a particularly β€˜reliable and trusted source for excellent juniors’. Major cases include Dar Al Arkan v Al Refai, involving seven members, and BTA Bank v Dregon Land.

Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Anthony Trace QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜He has excellent strategic vision and insight into dealing with very complex cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Paul Girolami QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜One of the top advocates at the Chancery bar; a Rolls-Royce silk.’

Ranked: tier 3

Catherine Newman QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜A grand dame of litigation; she is a major star and has an air of authority.’

Ranked: tier 4

Matthew Collings QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Great advocacy skills and experience.’

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Morgan QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜One of the top commercial and Chancery silks at the Bar.’

Ranked: tier 4

Thomas Grant QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜He always gives pragmatic advice.’

Ranked: tier 5

Edmund Cullen QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Measured, reliable and a fantastic advocate.’

Ranked: tier 6

Jonathan Russen QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜A brilliant legal analyst with a great courtroom manner.’

Ranked: tier 6
Commercial litigation – New silks

David Mumford QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜He is extremely clever and sees all the angles.’

Ranked: tier 1
Commercial litigation – Leading juniors

Benjamin John - Maitland Chambers β€˜Fast earning an excellent reputation and somebody you can count on.’

Ranked: tier 2

Olivier Kalfon - Maitland Chambers β€˜Superb on his feet, and always well researched and prepared.’

Ranked: tier 4

Rebecca Page - Maitland Chambers β€˜She constantly achieves great results for clients.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Company and partnership
Company – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Maitland Chambers

Partnership – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Maitland Chambers

Maitland Chambers is β€˜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.

Company – Leading silks

Paul Girolami QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜One of the top advocates at the Chancery Bar, a Rolls-Royce barrister.’

Ranked: tier 1

Anthony Trace QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜A very skilled and fearless advocate, highly committed to the client’s cause.’

Ranked: tier 2

Catherine Newman QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Recommended for her tactical skills.’

Ranked: tier 2

Christopher Parker QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜He has very technical knowledge, and is extremely competent.’

Ranked: tier 2

Christopher Pymont QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜He is calm, authoritative and extremely good with clients.’

Ranked: tier 2

Matthew Collings QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Recommended for breach of trust cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

John Nicholls QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜He has a precise mind and is great to work with.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jonathan Russen QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜He is very capable and deals well with the clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

Rebecca Stubbs QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Highly regarded for restructuring disputes.’

Ranked: tier 4

Thomas Grant QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Excellent.’

Ranked: tier 4
Company – New silks

David Mumford QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Nothing escapes him; he’s always ahead and has been doing silk-quality work for years.’

Ranked: tier 1
Partnership – Leading silks

Catherine Newman QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜An astute lawyer and confident advocate, who really adds value and is a great team player.’

Ranked: tier 2

Amanda Tipples QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜A go-to leading counsel for partnership issues; clients love her.’

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew Ayres QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜A strong analyst.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jonathan Russen QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜He is very capable and deals well with clients.’

Ranked: tier 3
Company – Leading juniors

Catherine Addy - Maitland Chambers β€˜An expert in disqualification proceedings.’

Ranked: tier 2

Gregory Banner - Maitland Chambers β€˜Not afraid to roll up his sleeves, he is an incisive and effective advocate, who has a good rapport with clients.’

Ranked: tier 2

Rebecca Page - Maitland Chambers β€˜A very strong junior; her written work is excellent, and she is always meticulously considered and reasoned.’

Ranked: tier 3

Benjamin John - Maitland Chambers β€˜Very responsive, bright and fun to work with.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Maitland Chambers

Maitland Chambers is β€˜normally the first port of call for any complicated fraud cases, especially those involving freezing orders’. Key cases include Aeroflot v Berezovsky, Libyan Investment Authority v SociΓ©tΓ© GΓ©nΓ©rale, and Dar Al Arkan v Al Refai.

Fraud: civil – Leading silks

Paul Girolami QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜An excellent silk.’

Ranked: tier 1

Anthony Trace QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜A fierce advocate, who is full of ideas and commercially minded.’

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Morgan QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜The doyen of interim relief and not afraid to give clients tough advice.’

Ranked: tier 2
Fraud: civil – New silks

David Mumford QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Easy to work with and very clear; he easily relates to clients.’

Ranked: tier 1
Fraud: civil – Leading juniors

Benjamin John - Maitland Chambers β€˜He has a great grasp of detail and is also a delight to work with.’

Ranked: tier 2

George Hayman - Maitland Chambers β€˜An excellent man to have on the team when working at the coalface of injunctions.’

Ranked: tier 2

Louise Hutton - Maitland Chambers β€˜Industrious and hugely able; clients and judges love her.’

Ranked: tier 3

Thomas Munby - Maitland Chambers β€˜He punches well above his weight as a fraud junior and has excellent attention to detail.’

Ranked: tier 3

Siward Atkins - Maitland Chambers β€˜An excellent advocate, who has a modern approach to working with solicitors.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Insolvency
Insolvency – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Maitland Chambers

Maitland Chambers has β€˜consistent strength at all levels’ and is a β€˜quality outfit with many rising stars’. Members were active in both Supreme Court and Privy Council cases in 2015, and their work in the major recent administrations has seen them handle matters spanning such jurisdictions as Iceland, the Cayman Islands, Greece, the US and Ireland. Rebecca Page, Tim Calland and Olivier Kalfon all joined from Enterprise Chambers.

Insolvency – Leading silks

Anthony Trace QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜A skilful and fearless advocate, who is highly committed to his client’s cause.’

Ranked: tier 3

Catherine Newman QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜An astute lawyer and confident advocate, who really adds value.’

Ranked: tier 4

Paul Girolami QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜A top Chancery advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4

Matthew Collings QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜A cross-border insolvency expert with good expertise in regulatory matters.’

Ranked: tier 5

Nicholas Peacock QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Experienced in handling cases arising from the insolvency of financial institutions.’

Ranked: tier 5
Insolvency – Leading juniors

Catherine Addy - Maitland Chambers β€˜She establishes a good rapport with judges.’

Ranked: tier 3

Olivier Kalfon - Maitland Chambers β€˜An insolvency specialist with experience in financial litigation.’

Ranked: tier 4

Rebecca Page - Maitland Chambers β€˜Highly recommended for her excellent technical knowledge and abilities.’

Ranked: tier 4

Gregory Banner - Maitland Chambers β€˜An incisive and effective advocate, who has a good rapport with clients.’

Ranked: tier 5

Matthew Smith - Maitland Chambers β€˜He has a personable and affable style when on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 5

Tim Calland - Maitland Chambers β€˜He is very easy to deal with and good with clients.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property – Leading silks

Edmund Cullen QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜As an advocate, he is persuasive and calm under fire.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment – Leading silks

Edmund Cullen QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜He is the complete package and strong on contractual issues.’

Ranked: tier 3
Media and entertainment – Leading juniors

George Hayman - Maitland Chambers β€˜Adept at handling copyright disputes and infringement claims.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Pensions
Pensions – Leading juniors

James Clifford - Maitland Chambers β€˜He has an impressive and formidable knowledge of pensions law.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Private client: personal tax
Private client: personal tax – Leading silks

Christopher McCall QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜A veteran of private client litigation.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Private client: trusts and probate
Private client: trusts and probate – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Maitland Chambers

Maitland Chambers is an β€˜extremely well-run set’, where β€˜the barristers have an excellent reputation’. They are consistently involved in the largest offshore and domestic Chancery disputes. Recent international experience extends to Hong Kong, Singapore, Jersey and BVI.

Private client: trusts and probate – Leading silks

Christopher McCall QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜He is a trusts law genius and an absolute joy to work with.’

Ranked: tier 1

Catherine Newman QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜A confident advocate and a great team player.’

Ranked: tier 2

Christopher Pymont QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜His advice is always superb.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jonathan Russen QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜He is very capable and deals well with clients.’

Ranked: tier 3
Private client: trusts and probate – Leading juniors

Louise Hutton - Maitland Chambers β€˜Technically superb and a calm presence on a team.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Maitland Chambers

Maitland Chambers contains β€˜outstanding barristers’ and is β€˜excellent’ for professional negligence matters, particularly property-related cases.

Professional negligence – Leading silks

Thomas Grant QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Very impressive and bright as a button.’

Ranked: tier 3

Anthony Trace QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Noted for his commercial approach.’

Ranked: tier 4

Edmund Cullen QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜In-depth experience.’

Ranked: tier 4

Edwin Johnson QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Very thorough and hardworking.’

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Driscoll QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Well prepared.’

Ranked: tier 4
Professional negligence – New silks

David Mumford QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Gives confident and clear advice.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Property litigation
Property litigation – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Maitland Chambers

Maitland Chambers is β€˜a first-class set, full of talented, hungry juniors and accomplished silks’. Recent notable instructions include acting for Tottenham and Chelsea Football Clubs in connection with the redevelopment of their stadiums.

Property litigation – Leading silks

Edwin Johnson QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Extremely knowledgeable, excellent with clients, supreme at written submissions but also great on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 2

John McGhee QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Incredibly responsive, commercial and very good with clients; he quickly builds confidence and relationships.’

Ranked: tier 2

Christopher Pymont QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜He is very easy to work with and pragmatic in his outlook.’

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew Walker QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Good at mining every possible argument and very easy to get on with.’

Ranked: tier 4

Anthony Trace QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜A fierce and commercially minded advocate, who is full of ideas.’

Ranked: tier 4

Mark Wonnacott QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜An excellent barrister with a distinctive style – he is a master of his trade.’

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Driscoll QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Recommended for rent review and development issues.’

Ranked: tier 4

Andrew Ayres QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜His cross-examination is exceptional, and he is extremely approachable and thoroughly pleasant to work with.’

Ranked: tier 5
Property litigation – New silks

Alan Johns QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜A first port of call on general real estate litigation and rights of light matters.’

Ranked: tier 1
Property litigation – Leading juniors

Michael Pryor - Maitland Chambers β€˜A go-to property barrister, who gives clear-thinking strategic advice.’

Ranked: tier 2

Philomena Harrison - Maitland Chambers β€˜She is always extremely keen and goes the extra mile.’

Ranked: tier 2

Timothy Harry - Maitland Chambers β€˜Highly rated for commercial issues.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Hanham - Maitland Chambers β€˜Highly recommended.’

Ranked: tier 4

Nigel Thomas - Maitland Chambers β€˜He has a formidable grasp of his subject and is an excellent advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4

Olivier Kalfon - Maitland Chambers β€˜Meticulously detailed and thorough, and always at the end of the phone for any query, no matter how minor.’

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Fowler - Maitland Chambers β€˜He is extremely affable and user-friendly, while being very incisive and alert to the technicalities.’

Ranked: tier 4

Tim Calland - Maitland Chambers β€˜He is exceptionally commercially minded and client-focused, and his calm manner of delivery can be devastatingly effective.’

Ranked: tier 4

Adam Smith - Maitland Chambers β€˜He is very approachable and provides sensible advice.’

Ranked: tier 5

Laurie Scher - Maitland Chambers β€˜An up-and-coming star; he is keen to get his sleeves rolled up and achieve results.’

Ranked: tier 5

Siward Atkins - Maitland Chambers β€˜Well liked by clients.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Set overviews: England and Wales

Maitland Chambers is β€˜an excellent commercial Chancery set’ and β€˜a first port of call for any complex fraud cases, especially those involving freezing orders’. Some also say that the set β€˜dominates the real property and landlord and tenant space’. Chambers’ core practice areas were boosted at junior level in October 2015 when a three-strong team joined from Enterprise Chambers. Not only are the barristers β€˜approachable, client-friendly and highly knowledgeable’, but the service from the clerks is also β€˜excellent’. Senior clerk John Wiggs is β€˜particularly good at ensuring matters are dealt with promptly’, and is ably assisted by deputy senior clerks Harry Gilson and Robert Penson, who is β€˜one of the most responsive barristers’ clerks’. Stewart Thompson is the chambers director. Offices in: London

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Tax: corporate and VAT
Tax: corporate – Leading silks

Michael Gibbon QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜His litigation practice includes high-value tax disputes.’

Ranked: tier 3

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