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Chambers of Christopher Pymont QC

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Set overviews: England and Wales

One of the top Chancery sets’, Maitland Chambers is ‘a really first-class professional chambers’ with ‘great strength and depth’ in commercial disputes and arbitrations, as well as being a leading stable for trusts and probate specialists and having ‘a good reputation’ in charity law. The set’s barristers are described as ‘proactive and turn work around quickly with follow up responses being timely and of an excellent standard’. In chambers news, Andrew Walker QC returned to practice following tenure as chair of the Bar Council. Solicitors are impressed by the clerking team, which is thought of as ‘helpful, communicative, proactive, charming, and professional’. Senior clerk John Wiggs and deputy senior clerk Robert Penson are ‘among the best in the business’. In a recent addition to the clerking team, Luke Irons joined as deputy senior clerk from The 36 Group. Offices in: London

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Agriculture
Leading Juniors

Nigel Thomas - Maitland ChambersFirst choice for Agricultural Holdings Act matters.

Ranked: tier 1

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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 for complex banking cases and has several top silks and juniors among its ranks. A recent highlight was Red Kite Management Ltd v Barclays Bank Plc, in which Catherine Newman QC and Alec McCluskey both acted.

Leading Silks

Andrew Ayres QC - Maitland ChambersVery precise in his written work and works well with the team.

Ranked: tier 4

Catherine Newman QC - Maitland ChambersShe’s forthright, hardworking, able, and great fun to work with.

Ranked: tier 5
Leading Juniors

Alec McCluskey - Maitland ChambersAn excellent all-round counsel, his swift mastery of complex facts and technical points of law always adds value.

Ranked: tier 3

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Charities
Charities - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Maitland Chambers

Maitland Chambers has 'a good reputation in charity law – particularly under Christopher McCall QC’s tenure'; clients say it is a ‘quality set with a good reputation in charity law.’ Much of the members' work is appellate and relates to religious charities litigation, as well as advising on challenges to the Charity Commission. Recent highlights include Matthew Smith acting in an appeal against the commission relating to the appointment of interim managers over charities connected with private schools.

Leading Silks

Christopher McCall QC - Maitland ChambersConsidered and bright

Ranked: tier 1

Amanda Tipples QC - Maitland ChambersA very clever silk.

Ranked: tier 2
Leading Juniors

Matthew Smith - Maitland ChambersHis advocacy is top notch and he is charming to judges.

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Westwood - Maitland ChambersVery knowledgeable.

Ranked: tier 2

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

Maitland Chambers

With a 'very deep bench' of barristers, Maitland Chambers provides 'a number of very good juniors' and 'some excellent silks' who 'are all a pleasure to deal with'. Members standout for their experience in major commercial Chancery disputes, often with a fraud or offshore element. Members have also seen action on several major Russia and CIS-related claims. Head of chambers Christopher Pymont QC  and Thomas Munby represented UC Rusal Plc in its dispute with Crispian Investments Ltd, while Pymont and Benjamin John acted for Vitaly Orlov and Tugushev v Orlov and Others.

Leading Silks

Catherine Newman QC - Maitland ChambersIncredibly knowledgeable and experienced, and one of the best oral advocates at the Bar.

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Morgan QC - Maitland ChambersKnows the detail and is ready to answer any questions from a judge.

Ranked: tier 3

Matthew Collings QC - Maitland ChambersHighly recommended for commercial litigation.

Ranked: tier 4

Andrew Ayres QC - Maitland ChambersExtremely eloquent and one of the best advocates I've seen.

Ranked: tier 5

Christopher Pymont QC - Maitland ChambersAn excellent commercial litigator.

Ranked: tier 5

Thomas Grant QC - Maitland ChambersVery hands-on and proactive, he very quickly gets on top of the detail and has a great rapport with clients.

Ranked: tier 5

Edmund Cullen QC - Maitland ChambersAn excellent silk.

Ranked: tier 6
Leading Juniors

Benjamin John - Maitland ChambersA very good court performer with bags of personality.

Ranked: tier 2

Olivier Kalfon - Maitland ChambersGiven the breadth of his skill and his marvellous advocacy, it is no wonder he is so busy.

Ranked: tier 3

Rebecca Page - Maitland ChambersHer wise strategic input and commercial acumen have been critical to the successful resolution of several claims.

Ranked: tier 3

Laurie Scher - Maitland ChambersA bright, organised and receptive barrister.

Ranked: tier 5

Thomas Munby - Maitland ChambersA standout senior junior.

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 'a really first-class, professional set with great strength and depth in all manner of commercial disputes and arbitrations'. Standout barristers include Catherine Newman QC, who successfully acted for the directors in Destiny Investments Limited and Others v TH Holdings and others; defending a minority shareholders' petition. In Omers Administration v Tesco PlcDavid Mumford QC is retained to defend Tesco against claims for damages brought by shareholders relating to an accounting scandal in 2014. Catherine Joanne Addy QC continues to be instructed by HMRC in relation to Ingenious Film Partners 2 LLP, Inside Track Productions LLP, Ingenious Games LLP (as lead appellants) v HMRC, which is now on appeal.

Company - 2018 New Silks

Gregory Banner QC - Maitland ChambersHe has a superb grasp of detail and is commercially astute.

Company - Leading Silks

Christopher Pymont QC - Maitland ChambersHe is absolutely first rate.

Ranked: tier 2

Catherine Newman QC - Maitland ChambersShe gives clear, decisive and authoritative advice.

Ranked: tier 2

Catherine Addy QC - Maitland ChambersShe is a brilliant technical lawyer who adds in a huge dollop of practical judgement and persuasive advocacy.

Ranked: tier 3

Christopher Parker QC - Maitland ChambersExtremely intelligent, vast experience, analytical mind.

Ranked: tier 3

Matthew Collings QC - Maitland ChambersHe is a very good advocate.

Ranked: tier 3

David Mumford QC - Maitland ChambersHe is a first-rate lawyer and an astute litigator.

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Gibbon QC - Maitland ChambersHe applies his knowledge in a pragmatic, user-friendly manner.

Ranked: tier 4

Rebecca Stubbs QC - Maitland ChambersA highly capable company law barrister.

Ranked: tier 4

Thomas Grant QC - Maitland ChambersTenacious, very clever, strong in court and sensitive to clients' priorities.

Ranked: tier 4
Partnership - Leading silks

Catherine Newman QC - Maitland ChambersShe gives clear, decisive and authoritative advice.

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Ayres QC - Maitland ChambersHe has an elegant style.

Ranked: tier 3

Amanda Tipples QC - Maitland ChambersShe provides clarity and direction through complicated factual and technical waters.

Ranked: tier 3
Company - Leading juniors

Rebecca Page - Maitland ChambersHer strengths include attention to detail; drafting; and her client manner.

Ranked: tier 3

Benjamin John - Maitland ChambersHe is a delight to work with.

Ranked: tier 4

Thomas Munby - Maitland ChambersHe is exceptionally bright, and brings a depth of technical analysis to any case on which he is instructed.

Ranked: tier 4

Rosanna Foskett - Maitland ChambersExcellent judgement and willing to roll up her sleeves and work as part of the team.

Ranked: tier 5

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

Maitland Chambers

Maitland Chambers is 'a brilliant set' that 'always has counsel available to assist'. Clients also benefit from the set's Chancery strengths, particularly when it comes to property-related fraud issues. Major recent cases include Tugushev v Orlov and Others, in which George Hayman QC was one of three members representing Vitaly Orlov.

Leading Silks

Richard Morgan QC - Maitland ChambersGives bold advice and doesn't sit on the fence.

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Ayres QC - Maitland ChambersLeaves no stone unturned.

Ranked: tier 3

David Mumford QC - Maitland ChambersA first-rate lawyer and an astute litigator as well as a tenacious advocate.

Ranked: tier 4
2018 Silks

George Hayman QC - Maitland ChambersUnflappable – a class act.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Benjamin John - Maitland ChambersA standout senior junior, he's definitely got the talent, drive and ambition that you need to take silk.

Ranked: tier 2

Thomas Munby - Maitland ChambersHighly recommended.

Ranked: tier 2

Siward Atkins - Maitland ChambersAble to deliver advice to all sorts of clients and his pleadings are second to none.

Ranked: tier 3

Watson Pringle - Maitland ChambersA fabulous civil fraud lawyer who grasps the complex issues quickly.

Ranked: tier 4

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Insolvency
Insolvency - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Maitland Chambers

Maitland Chambers' barristers are 'very clever and always great to deal with', bringing their skills to bear on a range of insolvency law matters. Junior silk Catherine Joanne Addy QC has developed a strong practice and represented the joint administrators in Re Cambridge Analytica (UK) Limited and others (in administration); in a successful application for the conversion of administrations and appointment of the joint administrators as joint liquidators. Catherine Newman QC acted for Dregon Land, as the respondent in BTA Bank v Ablyazov and others.

Leading Silks

Catherine Newman QC - Maitland ChambersShe is a leader in her field and is very talented.

Ranked: tier 3

Catherine Addy QC - Maitland ChambersOn her feet she is measured and assured, and clearly has the confidence of the bench.

Ranked: tier 4

Matthew Collings QC - Maitland ChambersExperienced in insolvency law.

Ranked: tier 5
2018 Silks

Gregory Banner QC - Maitland ChambersHe is diligent, able to analyse the minutest details and bring them into play.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Olivier Kalfon - Maitland ChambersHe is the rising star of the Chancery and commercial Bar.

Ranked: tier 3

Rebecca Page - Maitland ChambersHer strengths are attention to detail and drafting; good with clients.

Ranked: tier 4

Matthew Smith - Maitland ChambersPragmatic and commercial in terms of in terms of advice and approach, not gung-ho.

Ranked: tier 5

Tim Calland - Maitland ChambersHe is be marvellously astute.

Ranked: tier 5

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Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property)
Media and entertainment - Leading Silks

Edmund Cullen QC - Maitland ChambersHe is exceptionally bright, responsive and approachable.

Ranked: tier 2

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Offshore
Offshore - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Maitland Chambers

A well-regarded Chancery set, Maitland Chambers is involved in many high-profile matters and Privy Council appeals. Thomas Fletcher advised Investec on two Privy Council cases as part of the Tchenguiz saga.

Leading Silks

Catherine Newman QC - Maitland ChambersSuperb on her feet.

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Morgan QC - Maitland ChambersInstructed in Caribbean Chancery litigation.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

Thomas Fletcher - Maitland ChambersAdept at navigating complicated trust issues,

Ranked: tier 2

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Pensions
Leading Juniors

James Clifford - Maitland ChambersAn impressive and formidable knowledge of pensions law.

Ranked: tier 3

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Private client: trusts and probate
Private client: trusts and probate - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Maitland Chambers

Members of Maitland Chambers  are involved in some of the most complicated and high-value disputes, including all aspects of trusts and other fiduciary relationships, as well as wills, probate, and estate matters. In one example, Christopher Pymont QC acted in a complex claim for a breach of trust by a beneficiary of a private family trust.

Leading Silks

Catherine Newman QC - Maitland ChambersA very clever silk.

Ranked: tier 1

Christopher McCall QC - Maitland ChambersA very experienced silk.

Ranked: tier 2

Christopher Pymont QC - Maitland ChambersOne of the leading silks at the Chancery Bar.

Ranked: tier 2
Leading Juniors

Thomas Fletcher - Maitland ChambersA very hardworking junior.

Ranked: tier 4

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

Maitland Chambers

Maitland Chambers houses 'several excellent barristers for professional negligence work'. The set is regularly involved in professional negligence disputes involving accountants, auditors, financial professionals, lawyers, and property professionals.

Leading Silks

Edmund Cullen QC - Maitland ChambersHe is user-friendly.

Ranked: tier 4

Edwin Johnson QC - Maitland ChambersA very experienced barrister.

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Driscoll QC - Maitland ChambersAn impressive advocate.

Ranked: tier 4

Thomas Grant QC - Maitland ChambersVery strong in court.

Ranked: tier 4
Leading Juniors

James Ballance - Maitland ChambersHe is excellent.

Ranked: tier 6

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Property litigation
Property litigation - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Maitland Chambers

The ‘expertise in property litigation’ at Maitland Chambers is ‘outstanding’ with the set particularly renowned for its work on possession hearings, commercial disputes, and insolvency-related instructions. Christopher Pymont QC recently acted in Moore v Moore, an appeal to the Court of Appeal, which was allowed in part and concerned a proprietary estoppel claim of approximately £10m. Elsewhere, John McGhee QC acted in the Court of Appeal case of Generator v Lidl and was successful in resisting a constructive trust claim.

Leading Silks

Edwin Johnson QC - Maitland ChambersHe has an impressive array of victories under his belt on a wide range of subject matters.

Ranked: tier 2

John McGhee QC - Maitland ChambersAbsolutely at the top of his game.

Ranked: tier 2

Christopher Pymont QC - Maitland ChambersA star name in the property litigation field.

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew Walker QC - Maitland ChambersHe has an experienced grasp of the commercial imperatives.

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Driscoll QC - Maitland ChambersParticularly good on leasehold and freehold disputes.

Ranked: tier 4

Andrew Ayres - Maitland ChambersAn up-and-coming silk.

Ranked: tier 5
Leading Juniors

Michael Pryor - Maitland ChambersAn extremely capable advocate.

Ranked: tier 2

James Hanham - Maitland ChambersRecommended for real property and commercial and residential litigation.

Ranked: tier 3

Tim Calland - Maitland ChambersHe is always approachable, very sensible and provides excellent analysis.

Ranked: tier 3

Laurie Scher - Maitland ChambersHe has a terrifically strong intellect and grapples complex issues that fall outside any one box.

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Fowler - Maitland ChambersA superb grasp of all things property.

Ranked: tier 4

Adam Smith - Maitland ChambersA thoroughly recommended advocate.

Ranked: tier 5

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Set overviews: England and Wales

One of the top Chancery sets’, Maitland Chambers is ‘a really first-class professional chambers’ with ‘great strength and depth’ in commercial disputes and arbitrations, as well as being a leading stable for trusts and probate specialists and having ‘a good reputation’ in charity law. The set’s barristers are described as ‘proactive and turn work around quickly with follow up responses being timely and of an excellent standard’. In chambers news, Andrew Walker QC returned to practice following tenure as chair of the Bar Council. Solicitors are impressed by the clerking team, which is thought of as ‘helpful, communicative, proactive, charming, and professional’. Senior clerk John Wiggs and deputy senior clerk Robert Penson are ‘among the best in the business’. In a recent addition to the clerking team, Luke Irons joined as deputy senior clerk from The 36 Group. Offices in: London

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Tax: corporate and VAT/indirect tax
Tax: corporate - Leading Silks

Michael Gibbon QC - Maitland ChambersHe is able to apply his detailed knowledge in a pragmatic and user-friendly manner to get to the core of the legal issues.

Ranked: tier 2

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