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Chambers of Christopher Pymont QC

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7 STONE BUILDINGS, LINCOLN'S INN, LONDON, WC2A 3SZ, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7406 1200
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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 a β€˜top of the tree Chancery set’ with β€˜some of the strongest juniors going’. In addition to commercial and Chancery work, it is also a β€˜go-to’ for complex fraud, offshore, insolvency and partnership matters. For some, it is also β€˜the set of choice for specialist property litigation work’. The members, from the silks down to the juniors, are described as β€˜quite commercial and client friendly’. A β€˜favourite’ senior clerk among some solicitors, John Wiggs is β€˜a class act’. Wiggs runs a β€˜slick’, β€˜old-style’ clerks’ room, and β€˜as a consequence of which you get good personal service’; β€˜I trust the clerks at Maitland implicitly to provide me with the most appropriate level of barrister for the work required.’ Other solicitors described the clerks as β€˜professional, helpful and great to deal with’. Deputy senior clerks Robert Penson (β€˜commercial and responsive’) and Harry Gilson are also key contacts. Stewart Thompson is chambers director. Offices in: London

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London Bar

Banking and finance (including consumer credit)
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 5

Maitland Chambers

Maitland Chambers is a popular choice that is singled out for its β€˜excellent juniors’. The chambers is also noted for its strong crossover into banking-related fraud and offshore disputes. Notable cases include Canary Wharf Finance II v Deutsche Trustee Company, and Lehman Waterfall I Application.

Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading silks

Andrew Ayres QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜A tremendous support and a real team player on financial markets litigation.’

Ranked: tier 5
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading juniors

Alec McCluskey - Maitland Chambers β€˜Combines excellent advocacy skills with well-crafted, pragmatic written advice.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Charities
Charities – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Maitland Chambers

Members of Maitland Chambers are praised for being β€˜highly responsive and very knowledgeable’ in the field of charity law. The set’s work is most appellate, religious charities litigation and challenges to the Charity Commission. Recent matters saw Matthew Smith successfully representing and Islamic school appealing the refusal of the commission to allow it to change its name. It was the first time that the tribunal had reversed a decision of the commission for two years

Charities – Leading silks

Christopher McCall QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Wise and judicious; thoughtful and sharp.’

Ranked: tier 1

Amanda Tipples QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Very clever and gives clear advice.’

Ranked: tier 2
Charities – Leading juniors

Matthew Smith - Maitland Chambers β€˜A star junior at the charities Bar.’

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Westwood QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Very knowledgeable about the case law and the principles in this area.’

Ranked: tier 2

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

Maitland Chambers

The β€˜intellectual calibre is outstanding’ at Maitland Chambers and clients report that the β€˜clerking team is great to deal with’. The set stands out for its strong commercial Chancery focus, including strong expertise in offshore and trusts. Highlight cases include BAT v Sequana, and JSC BTA Bank v Ablyazov.

Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Catherine Newman QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜A go-to silk – great with clients, reliable, and very confident in her advice.’

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Girolami QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜A top-notch commercial chancery silk.’

Ranked: tier 3

Matthew Collings QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Very good for commercial litigation.’

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Morgan QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Ruthless in cross-examination, clear in presentation, and prepared to stand up to a judge when needed.’

Ranked: tier 4

Thomas Grant QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Inspires confidence and the clients fall for him straightaway.’

Ranked: tier 5

Andrew Ayres QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Exceptional in terms of how he manages clients, even in the most difficult disputes.’

Ranked: tier 6

Edmund Cullen QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Just brilliant to work with – really gets into the detail and is great with clients.’

Ranked: tier 6
Commercial litigation – Leading juniors

Benjamin John - Maitland Chambers β€˜His intellectual rigour is second to none, as is his strategic thinking.’

Ranked: tier 2

Rebecca Page - Maitland Chambers β€˜Truly excellent – responsive, practical and strategic, she is at the top of her game.’

Ranked: tier 3

Olivier Kalfon - Maitland Chambers β€˜A well-regarded commercial Chancery junior.’

Ranked: tier 4

Laurie Scher - Maitland Chambers β€˜Responsive, technically excellent and also a team player.’

Ranked: tier 5

Thomas Munby - Maitland Chambers β€˜Very bright and hardworking and has a great eye for detail.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Company and partnership
Company – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Maitland Chambers

Partnership – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Maitland Chambers

Maitland Chambers is β€˜a top class’ commercial Chancery set backed up by a group of β€˜brilliant’ clerks. A deputy High Court judge in the Queen’s Bench and Chancery Divisions, Catherine Newman is a stand-out practitioner for company and partnership matters. She successfully defended the directors of Destiny Investments against a hostile minority shareholders’ petition in Destiny Investments Limited and others v TH Holdings and others. David Mumford acted for the defendant in BAT v Sequana, successfully resisting all but one of the claims. Jonathan Russen QC left chambers in August 2017, following his appointment as a Specialist Civil Circuit Judge, while Anthony Trace QC moved to 4 Pump Court.

Company – Leading silks

Paul Girolami QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜He is commercial but fastidious.’

Ranked: tier 1

Catherine Newman QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜She excels in Chancery cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Christopher Pymont QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜He is measured, methodical and a hugely impressive advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Christopher Parker QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Specialises in shareholder disputes and claims for breach of fiduciary duty.’

Ranked: tier 3

John Nicholls QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Good on the details.’

Ranked: tier 3

Matthew Collings QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜An experienced trial and appellate advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Mumford QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜He is an astute litigator who anticipates problems well in advance and devises winning solutions.’

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Gibbon QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜A ferocious intellect; when he speaks, the court listens.’

Ranked: tier 4

Rebecca Stubbs QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜She is held in high esteem for commercial Chancery litigation.’

Ranked: tier 4

Thomas Grant QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜He is a Chancery law specialist.’

Ranked: tier 4
Partnership – Leading silks

Catherine Newman QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜A highly respected senior silk.’

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Ayres QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜He is calm, assured and a real gentleman.’

Ranked: tier 3

Amanda Tipples QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Highly intelligent and presents her advice very clearly.’

Ranked: tier 3
Company – 2017 silks

Catherine Addy QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜An experienced company litigator.’

Ranked: tier 1
Company – Leading juniors

Gregory Banner - Maitland Chambers β€˜He combines solid analysis with tactical and commercial awareness.’

Ranked: tier 2

Rebecca Page - Maitland Chambers β€˜She is bright and concise.’

Ranked: tier 3

Benjamin John - Maitland Chambers β€˜His intellectual rigour and strategic thinking are second to none.’

Ranked: tier 4

Thomas Munby - Maitland Chambers β€˜Perfect for complex matters requiring a junior who will get into the fine detail.’

Ranked: tier 4

Rosanna Foskett - Maitland Chambers β€˜She thinks on her feet, is thorough, articulate and compelling.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Maitland Chambers

Maitland Chambers is praised for its β€˜expertise with worldwide freezing injunctions, which applies not just to civil fraud but cases under the Proceeds of Crime Act’. The set’s β€˜knowledge of civil bribery and challenging legal issues, like corporate attribution, is among the most highly developed in the market’. Clients also appreciate the fact that they can β€˜also tackle tricky property law issues when they crop up on fraud and corporate crime cases’. Major cases include Tatneft v Bogulyubov and Red Kite Management v Barclays Bank.

Fraud: civil – Leading silks

Paul Girolami QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Amazing – commercial but fastidious in the way you need.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Morgan QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜First point of call with any civil fraud claim, his knowledge of freezing injunctions is second to none.’

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Ayres QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Clients love his road maps to success; the judge always seems happy to be guided by him.’

Ranked: tier 4
Fraud: civil – 2018 silks

George Hayman QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜A quality act whose recent appointment to silk is well deserved.’

Ranked: tier 1
Fraud: civil – Leading juniors

Benjamin John - Maitland Chambers β€˜Simplifies the drafting and gets our story out in a way which few other barristers manage.’

Ranked: tier 2

Siward Atkins - Maitland Chambers β€˜Calm and clear – he identifies issues very early and is good on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 3

Thomas Munby - Maitland Chambers β€˜First port of call with complex matters requiring a junior who will get into the fine detail.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Insolvency
Insolvency – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Maitland Chambers

Maitland Chambers comprises a number of experienced insolvency practitioners at senior and junior levels. In addition to her involvement in aspects of the Lehman Brothers insolvency, Catherine Addy QC is representing HMRC in the long running dispute Ingenious Film Partners 2 LLP, Inside Track Productions LLP, Ingenious Games LLP (as lead appellants) v HMRC. Gregory Banner QC took silk in 2018.

Insolvency – Leading silks

Catherine Newman QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜A responsive insolvency expert.’

Ranked: tier 4

Paul Girolami QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Fastidious and commercial.’

Ranked: tier 4

Matthew Collings QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Excellent in insolvency matters.’

Ranked: tier 5
Insolvency – 2017 silks

Catherine Addy QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜An experienced insolvency litigator.’

Ranked: tier 1
Insolvency – 2018 silks

Gregory Banner QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜He reads the temperature of the court or tribunal well.’

Ranked: tier 1
Insolvency – Leading juniors

Olivier Kalfon - Maitland Chambers β€˜His technical ability is his particular strength.’

Ranked: tier 4

Rebecca Page - Maitland Chambers β€˜A very persuasive advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4

Matthew Smith - Maitland Chambers β€˜His familiarity with his brief is always impeccable.’

Ranked: tier 5

Tim Calland - Maitland Chambers β€˜Extremely user friendly and commercial.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property)
Media and entertainment – Leading silks

Edmund Cullen QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜He is brilliant to work with, really gets into the detail and is great with clients.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Offshore
Offshore – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Maitland Chambers

Maitland Chambers has a lengthy track record in cases in both British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependancies. Jurisdictions of note that its members have appeared in include Cayman, BVI, Bermuda, Jersey, Guernsey and Gibraltar.

Offshore – Leading silks

Catherine Newman QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜She has a track record of offshore company disputes.’

Ranked: tier 2

Christopher McCall QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜He has a track record of private client work.’

Ranked: tier 2

Paul Girolami QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜His practice includes company law matters.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Mumford QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Very astute and a safe pair of hands – he never lets solicitors down.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Pensions
Pensions – Leading juniors

James Clifford - Maitland Chambers β€˜He is a clear and organised advocate with thoughtful and thorough work.’

Ranked: tier 3

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

Christopher McCall QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Wise, judicious, thoughtful and sharp.’

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 regularly involved in the most complex and high-value litigation. Members advise on all areas of trusts and other fiduciary relationships, through to advising, drafting and representing clients in the courts in relation to wills, probate and estates matters.

Private client: trusts and probate – Leading silks

Catherine Newman QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜She is very clever.’

Ranked: tier 1

Christopher McCall QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜One of the most experienced members of the Chancery Bar.’

Ranked: tier 1

Christopher Pymont QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜One of the leading silks in the Chancery Bar.’

Ranked: tier 2
Private client: trusts and probate – Leading juniors

Thomas Fletcher - Maitland Chambers β€˜He is exceptionally hardworking and a serious intellect.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence – Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

Maitland Chambers

Maitland Chambers is regularly instructed in professional negligence claims involving accountants and auditors, financial professionals, lawyers, and property professionals.

Professional negligence – Leading silks

Thomas Grant QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜An experienced silk.’

Ranked: tier 3

Edwin Johnson QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜User friendly.’

Ranked: tier 4

Edmund Cullen QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Really gets into the detail.’

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Driscoll QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Experienced in a range of professional negligence cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

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

Maitland Chambers

Maitland Chambers is β€˜a top-class Chancery set’ that β€˜has strength in a number of different areas of law’. Members have particular expertise in possession hearings, insolvency-related property cases and high-value commercial property disputes. Amanda Tipples QC handled Dowding v Marchmove Ltd, a claim of constructive trust and proprietary estoppel in the Court of Appeal.

Agriculture – Leading silks

Amanda Tipples QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜She is amiable, sympathetic and beloved by clients though suitably direct and punchy.’

Ranked: tier 3
Property litigation – Leading silks

Edwin Johnson QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜He is technically very able and has a good eye for detail.’

Ranked: tier 2

John McGhee QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜He is extremely user friendly and clients love him.’

Ranked: tier 2

Christopher Pymont QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Excellent on both the law and strategy, superb with clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew Walker QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Very intelligent and yet exceptionally commercial.’

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Driscoll QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜A highly rated barrister.’

Ranked: tier 4

Andrew Ayres QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Happy to roll up his sleeves with strong technical skills and good judgement.’

Ranked: tier 5
Agriculture – Leading juniors

Nigel Thomas - Maitland Chambers β€˜He is knowledgeable of the big landowners, local farming nuances and big estates.’

Ranked: tier 1
Property litigation – Leading juniors

Michael Pryor - Maitland Chambers β€˜A preferred junior for leasehold and enfranchisement cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Philomena Harrison - Maitland Chambers β€˜Very good on both the law and tactics.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Hanham - Maitland Chambers β€˜A very measured and talented advocate, virtually unflappable.’

Ranked: tier 4

Nigel Thomas - Maitland Chambers β€˜Very approachable, knowledgeable and hugely experienced.’

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Fowler - Maitland Chambers β€˜Technically very bright, good on the detail and adaptable.’

Ranked: tier 4

Tim Calland - Maitland Chambers β€˜He provides excellent analysis and is a calm and effective advocate in court.’

Ranked: tier 4

Adam Smith - Maitland Chambers β€˜Very intellectual and can be trusted to come up with the right answer.’

Ranked: tier 5

Laurie Scher - Maitland Chambers β€˜Extremely sharp both in his advice and in the courtroom.’

Ranked: tier 5

Siward Atkins - Maitland Chambers β€˜Recommended for title disputes, covenants and adverse possessions.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Set overviews: England and Wales

Maitland Chambers is a β€˜top of the tree Chancery set’ with β€˜some of the strongest juniors going’. In addition to commercial and Chancery work, it is also a β€˜go-to’ for complex fraud, offshore, insolvency and partnership matters. For some, it is also β€˜the set of choice for specialist property litigation work’. The members, from the silks down to the juniors, are described as β€˜quite commercial and client friendly’. A β€˜favourite’ senior clerk among some solicitors, John Wiggs is β€˜a class act’. Wiggs runs a β€˜slick’, β€˜old-style’ clerks’ room, and β€˜as a consequence of which you get good personal service’; β€˜I trust the clerks at Maitland implicitly to provide me with the most appropriate level of barrister for the work required.’ Other solicitors described the clerks as β€˜professional, helpful and great to deal with’. Deputy senior clerks Robert Penson (β€˜commercial and responsive’) and Harry Gilson are also key contacts. Stewart Thompson is chambers director. Offices in: London

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Tax: corporate and VAT
Tax: corporate – Leading silks

Michael Gibbon QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜A ferocious intellect and powerfully persuasive advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

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