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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
DX:
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’ with β€˜very impressive property capability’ and β€˜very strong offshore barristers’ to boot. It houses β€˜down-to-earth silks’ and β€˜the strongest collection of juniors going’; β€˜without exception, all counsel are very good’ – β€˜technically excellent’, β€˜commercially minded’ and β€˜client-friendly’. Delivering β€˜a stellar service’, β€˜the clerks provide smooth and efficient support’ and β€˜nothing is too much trouble for them’. β€˜They have deep knowledge of the individual skills of their barristers and are able to add a valuable insight the moment they pick up the phone.’ In particular, John Wiggs β€˜transcends the role of senior clerk, adding real value to client relationships and chambers as a whole’. He runs β€˜a slick operation’, is β€˜always courteous’ and β€˜makes you feel like your needs are his primary concern’. Deputy senior clerk Robert Penson – β€˜the polar opposite of the pantomime villain clerks of the small screen’ – is β€˜a brilliant port of call and never fails to go the extra mile’. Harry Gilson (also deputy senior clerk) is β€˜responsive and willing to take a commercial approach’. Stewart Thompson is the 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 4

Maitland Chambers

With β€˜strength in depth, including bright juniors’, Maitland Chambers has a mix of Chancery and commercial barristers steeped in complex banking, insolvency and fraud-related issues.

Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – 2016 silks

David Mumford QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜He is great to work with and always has time to consider your ideas.’

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

Louise Hutton - Maitland Chambers β€˜A super-responsive barrister.’

Ranked: tier 2

Alec McCluskey - Maitland Chambers β€˜Always on the top of his game and excellent at dealing with every type of client.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Charities
Charities – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Maitland Chambers

Maitland Chambers is β€˜a reliable set with a good reputation for Chancery law’. Appellate work, religious charities litigation and challenging the Charity Commission continue to feature heavily in chambers’ caseload, and recent matters saw Andrew Westwood successfully represent Human Dignity Trust appealing the refusal of the Charity Commission to register his client as a charity.

Charities – Leading silks

Amanda Tipples QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜She is an excellent choice for a heavy case requiring stamina and hard work.’

Ranked: tier 1

Christopher McCall QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Utterly peerless.’

Ranked: tier 1
Charities – Leading juniors

Matthew Smith - Maitland Chambers β€˜He is an excellent pragmatic barrister with a mastery of the details.’

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Westwood - Maitland Chambers β€˜A highly rated practitioner.’

Ranked: tier 2

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

Maitland Chambers

Maitland Chambers is β€˜a brilliant set’, where members β€˜are technically excellent and commercially minded’. It has β€˜great strength in depth and a great clerks’ room’, and β€˜fields a very strong team for domestic and offshore disputes’. Although Ciaran Keller and James Sheehan joined Essex Court Chambers, the set still has a broad array of quality silks and juniors, who are regularly picked for some of the market’s largest cases.

Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Catherine Newman QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜A lovely barrister to instruct, her hunger is as evident as ever.’

Ranked: tier 3

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

Ranked: tier 3

Matthew Collings QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜An excellent barrister.’

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Morgan QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜A leader in all matters relating to interim relief.’

Ranked: tier 4

Thomas Grant QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜His sharp commercial mind and easy-to-deal-with approach make him a standout silk.’

Ranked: tier 5

Andrew Ayres QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Really smooth and judges love him.’

Ranked: tier 6

Edmund Cullen QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Stellar, particularly on disputes relating to the music industry.’

Ranked: tier 6
Commercial litigation – 2016 silks

David Mumford QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜A smart advocate and tactician with a disarming style.’

Ranked: tier 1
Commercial litigation – Leading juniors

Benjamin John - Maitland Chambers β€˜He is a delight to deal with, very versatile and really adds to the productivity of the team.’

Ranked: tier 2

Rebecca Page - Maitland Chambers β€˜She is thorough and has incredible attention to detail.’

Ranked: tier 3

Olivier Kalfon - Maitland Chambers β€˜Sharp as a razor, but supremely practical and astute tactically.’

Ranked: tier 4

Laurie Scher - Maitland Chambers β€˜An excellent junior – thoughtful, hardworking and bright.’

Ranked: tier 5

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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€˜a reliable set with an excellent reputation for commercial Chancery work’. Members appeared on both sides in FHR v Mankarious, in which Christopher Pymont QC was successful in a breach of trust claim against Matthew Collings QC, and Christopher Parker QC led Rebecca Page in the Supreme Court case of Bilta v Jetivia (Michael Gibbon QC acted for HMRC as an intervener).

Company – Leading silks

Paul Girolami QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Highly respected.’

Ranked: tier 1

Christopher Pymont QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜He is super-bright and handles complex areas of law better than anyone else.’

Ranked: tier 2

Christopher Parker QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Well regarded in the Supreme Court.’

Ranked: tier 2

Catherine Newman QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜She is very authoritative and clients really like her.’

Ranked: tier 2

Matthew Collings QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Particularly rated for appellate work.’

Ranked: tier 2

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

Ranked: tier 3

Michael Gibbon QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜He combines a complete understanding of company and financial affairs with a natural and easy-going charm.’

Ranked: tier 4

Rebecca Stubbs QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Highly rated for complex cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

Thomas Grant QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Highly rated for unfair prejudice appeals.’

Ranked: tier 4
Partnership – Leading silks

Catherine Newman QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜She is extremely clever and excellent at cross-examination.’

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Ayres QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Highly recommended for breaches of directors’ duties claims.’

Ranked: tier 3

Amanda Tipples QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜She is a measured and attractive advocate, who has the ear of the court.’

Ranked: tier 3
Company – 2016 silks

David Mumford QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜He is responsive and unerringly accurate in the quality of his advice.’

Ranked: tier 1
Company – 2017 silks

Catherine Addy QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Her legal analysis is superb.’

Ranked: tier 1
Company – Leading juniors

Gregory Banner - Maitland Chambers β€˜He has a great ability to think laterally and is a powerful advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Rebecca Page - Maitland Chambers β€˜She has an eye for detail.’

Ranked: tier 3

Benjamin John - Maitland Chambers β€˜Highly recommended for complex litigation.’

Ranked: tier 4

Thomas Munby - Maitland Chambers β€˜He has a truly superior intellect.’

Ranked: tier 4

Rosanna Foskett - Maitland Chambers β€˜She is extremely capable, articulate and approaches problems from all angles.’

Ranked: tier 5

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

Maitland Chambers

Maitland Chambers is an β€˜excellent commercial Chancery set with one of the strongest groups of juniors going’. Although Ciaran Keller and James Sheehan joined Essex Court Chambers, other key juniors such as George Hayman and Benjamin John are very well regarded.

Fraud: civil – Leading silks

Paul Girolami QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜A standout individual.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Morgan QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜He has an exceptional depth of knowledge, especially on freezing injunctions.’

Ranked: tier 2
Fraud: civil – 2016 silks

David Mumford QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜He provides sensible, pragmatic advice based on a detailed appreciation of the case.’

Ranked: tier 1
Fraud: civil – Leading juniors

Benjamin John - Maitland Chambers β€˜He is very versatile and has some great ideas.’

Ranked: tier 2

George Hayman - Maitland Chambers β€˜A real team player and brave advocate, who really knows his way around fraud cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Louise Hutton - Maitland Chambers β€˜A first-class tactician, a good team player and highly responsive.’

Ranked: tier 3

Siward Atkins - Maitland Chambers β€˜A very good senior junior for fraud cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Thomas Munby - Maitland Chambers β€˜He speaks a language that clients understand and is excellent at distilling advice down.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Insolvency
Insolvency – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Maitland Chambers

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.

Insolvency – Leading silks

Catherine Newman QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜She is great on her feet and excellent at cross-examination.’

Ranked: tier 4

Paul Girolami QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Highly experienced in Privy Council cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

Matthew Collings QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜A standout individual.’

Ranked: tier 5
Insolvency – 2017 silks

Catherine Addy QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜She is highly dependable, very hardworking and hits all deadlines without any fuss.’

Ranked: tier 1
Insolvency – Leading juniors

Olivier Kalfon - Maitland Chambers β€˜He makes himself available and easily makes the complicated seem simple.’

Ranked: tier 4

Rebecca Page - Maitland Chambers β€˜She is able to get to the heart of the matter quickly.’

Ranked: tier 4

Gregory Banner - Maitland Chambers β€˜Outstanding intellect allied with sound commercial savvy.’

Ranked: tier 5

Matthew Smith - Maitland Chambers β€˜He is incredibly bright and works hard for his clients.’

Ranked: tier 5

Tim Calland - Maitland Chambers β€˜Particularly rated for property-related insolvencies.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property – Leading silks

Edmund Cullen QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜He is exceptional and combines his IP practice with commercial expertise.’

Ranked: tier 4

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

Edmund Cullen QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜A go-to silk for complex rights issues.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Offshore
Offshore – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Maitland Chambers

Maitland Chambers β€˜remains the top London set for large-scale offshore mandates’. Members’ experience spans jurisdictions such as Cayman, Bermuda, BVI, Gibraltar and the Channel Islands. Recent case highlights include Catherine Newman QC’s involvement in Trilogy in Jersey, and Paul Girolami QC acting in two of the largest Hong Kong estate disputes: The Estate of Henry Fok and The Estate of Nina Wang.

Offshore – Leading silks

Catherine Newman QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜She is incredibly bright and extremely easy to work with.’

Ranked: tier 1

Christopher McCall QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜One of the finest minds at the Chancery Bar.’

Ranked: tier 1

Paul Girolami QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜The leading authority in the area.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Pensions
Pensions – Leading juniors

James Clifford - Maitland Chambers β€˜He very effectively guides lay clients through complex legal problems.’

Ranked: tier 3

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

Christopher McCall QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Exceptionally strong on inheritance tax and trust matters.’

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 β€˜an excellent set with excellent quality counsel, many of whom are leaders in their fields’. The set consistently features in large-scale litigation, such as the Trilogy case in Jersey (involving Catherine Newman QC).

Private client: trusts and probate – Leading silks

Catherine Newman QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜She provides strong strategic guidance, and is polite and courteous.’

Ranked: tier 1

Christopher McCall QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜One of the finest minds at the Chancery bar.’

Ranked: tier 1

Christopher Pymont QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜He is authoritative, clear and exudes calmness.’

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

Louise Hutton - Maitland Chambers β€˜An exceptionally bright barrister with excellent tactical nous.’

Ranked: tier 3

Thomas Fletcher - Maitland Chambers β€˜He is very good at clear, concise drafting.’

Ranked: tier 4

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

Maitland Chambers

Maitland Chambers delivers a β€˜smooth service’ and has β€˜strong individuals’, who are β€˜adept’ at professional indemnity matters. Recent instructions include Instant Access Properties v Rosser and others, involving a Β£35m claim against a tax adviser for professional negligence and fraud arising out of tax mitigation measures.

Professional negligence – Leading silks

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

Ranked: tier 3

Edwin Johnson QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Able to turnaround work in a short timescale.’

Ranked: tier 4

Edmund Cullen QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Very responsive.’

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Driscoll QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜A wealth of experience.’

Ranked: tier 4
Professional negligence – 2016 silks

David Mumford QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Thorough and very able.’

Ranked: tier 1

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

Maitland Chambers

Maitland Chambers is β€˜a reliable set with a good reputation’, where clerks β€˜go out of their way to make sure clients have everything needed to weather a storm, even at very short notice’. Members are known for handling high-value commercial property disputes, possession hearings and insolvency-related property cases, among others. Notable instructions include FHR European Ventures LLP v Mankarious in the Supreme Court and Grosvenor (Mayfair) Estate v Merix International Ventures in the Court of Appeal.

Agriculture – Leading silks

Amanda Tipples QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜She breaks legal ground, always focusing on the desired outcome.’

Ranked: tier 2
Property litigation – Leading silks

Edwin Johnson QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜He is brilliant, tenacious and has a reassuring eye for detail without losing perspective.’

Ranked: tier 2

John McGhee QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜He is at the height of his powers and sits astride the property Bar.’

Ranked: tier 2

Christopher Pymont QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜An excellent advocate, who is marvellous with clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew Walker QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜He has a forensic approach, combined with a clear understanding of the commercial context.’

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Driscoll QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Runs good arguments.’

Ranked: tier 4

Andrew Ayres QC - Maitland Chambers β€˜Particularly well regarded for property-related international arbitrations.’

Ranked: tier 5
Agriculture – Leading juniors

Nigel Thomas - Maitland Chambers β€˜He shows great empathy with often emotional clients but steely determination in cross-examination.’

Ranked: tier 1
Property litigation – Leading juniors

Michael Pryor - Maitland Chambers β€˜He attends cases with infectious enthusiasm and inspires confidence.’

Ranked: tier 2

Philomena Harrison - Maitland Chambers β€˜A pleasure to work with and particularly good on tactics.’

Ranked: tier 2

Timothy Harry - Maitland Chambers β€˜A specialist in conveyancing disputes.’

Ranked: tier 3

James Hanham - Maitland Chambers β€˜He is reliable, user-friendly and goes the extra mile.’

Ranked: tier 4

Nigel Thomas - Maitland Chambers β€˜He has a formidable grasp of his subject and is a great advocate with quick, incisive intellect.’

Ranked: tier 4

Olivier Kalfon - Maitland Chambers β€˜He easily makes the complicated seem simple and is good with clients.’

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Fowler - Maitland Chambers β€˜He has great powers of persuasion and enormous intelligence.’

Ranked: tier 4

Tim Calland - Maitland Chambers β€˜He assimilates large amounts of information quickly, and formulates good strategies and creative solutions.’

Ranked: tier 4

Adam Smith - Maitland Chambers β€˜Exceptionally intelligent but also a team player and a pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 5

Laurie Scher - Maitland Chambers β€˜Always quick to get to the bottom of a problem and provide practical advice.’

Ranked: tier 5

Siward Atkins - Maitland Chambers β€˜Top-drawer.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Set overviews: England and Wales

Maitland Chambers is β€˜an excellent commercial Chancery set’ with β€˜very impressive property capability’ and β€˜very strong offshore barristers’ to boot. It houses β€˜down-to-earth silks’ and β€˜the strongest collection of juniors going’; β€˜without exception, all counsel are very good’ – β€˜technically excellent’, β€˜commercially minded’ and β€˜client-friendly’. Delivering β€˜a stellar service’, β€˜the clerks provide smooth and efficient support’ and β€˜nothing is too much trouble for them’. β€˜They have deep knowledge of the individual skills of their barristers and are able to add a valuable insight the moment they pick up the phone.’ In particular, John Wiggs β€˜transcends the role of senior clerk, adding real value to client relationships and chambers as a whole’. He runs β€˜a slick operation’, is β€˜always courteous’ and β€˜makes you feel like your needs are his primary concern’. Deputy senior clerk Robert Penson – β€˜the polar opposite of the pantomime villain clerks of the small screen’ – is β€˜a brilliant port of call and never fails to go the extra mile’. Harry Gilson (also deputy senior clerk) is β€˜responsive and willing to take a commercial approach’. 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€˜An exceptional advocate and very quick.’

Ranked: tier 3

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