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Chambers of Alan Boyle QC

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London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

β€˜Top-drawer’ Serle Court is a strong Chancery set with β€˜real strength in depth in company and partnership and fraud-related matters’ and has β€˜some of the best and brightest at the Bar’. β€˜Excellent in the trusts and probate field’, some say it is β€˜also challenging established property chambers, matching them with legal acumen, while exceeding them in adaptability and delivery of service’. The clerks’ room is led by β€˜old school’ head clerk Steve Whittaker, who β€˜seeks to keep everyone happy and always finds a solution to every problem’, and β€˜star’, β€˜go-to’ senior clerk Nick Hockney, who is β€˜charming and extremely responsive’ to queries. Among the rest of the β€˜pragmatic’ team, Paul Ballard is β€˜always helpful, efficient and easy to deal with’; Adam Bell or Dan Wheeler β€˜always recommend a barrister suitable for the job and generally make life easier’. John Petrie is chambers chief executive. 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

Serle Court

Serle Court houses several barristers β€˜highly skilled’ in banking disputes, especially offshore and fraud-related cases. The set is also noted for its β€˜good strength in depth of hardworking juniors’. Four members were involved in the RBS rights issue litigation, while other significant cases included Carlyle Capital v Conway and others.

Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading silks

David Blayney QC - Serle Court β€˜Highly recommended for banking litigation.’

Ranked: tier 3

Dominic Dowley QC - Serle Court β€˜A quick-working, efficient and talented advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Philip Marshall QC - Serle Court β€˜A clever and robust, but nuanced, advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Elizabeth Jones QC - Serle Court β€˜An incredible brain and advocate.’

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

Simon Hattan - Serle Court β€˜He is hardworking and hands on, bright, focused and very commercial.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Charities
Charities – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Serle Court

Serle Court has barristers recommended for being β€˜outstandingly clever, brilliant tacticians’. William Henderson is an established charities junior whose recent work highlights include Children’s Investment Fund Foundation v. Attorney General, a significant charities case. Up-and-coming junior Jonathan Fowles advises charities both domestically and offshore.

Charities – Leading juniors

William Henderson - Serle Court β€˜Outstandingly clever and a brilliant tactician. He has a great eye for detail.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jonathan Fowles - Serle Court β€˜Leaves no stone unturned, strong attention to detail, clear and pragmatic advice.’

Ranked: tier 3

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

Serle Court

Serle Court is β€˜bursting with talent’ and able to β€˜provide a range and depth of counsel that means they are a go-to set for any commercial Chancery work’. Members have enjoyed plum roles on leading cases, including the RBS rights issue litigation, Carlyle Capital v Conway, and Glen v Watson, re Spartan Capital, which involved seven barristers from within chambers. The clerking team provides β€˜great client care and great attention to detail’.

Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Philip Marshall QC - Serle Court β€˜Very robust in his assessment of the merits and inspires confidence in the client.’

Ranked: tier 2

Alan Boyle QC - Serle Court β€˜A principled and determined advocate who is willing to stick his neck out for a client.’

Ranked: tier 3

Elizabeth Jones QC - Serle Court β€˜Brain like a planet but fantastically easy to deal with.’

Ranked: tier 3

Philip Jones QC - Serle Court β€˜Quickly gets on top of complex cases; always very good in conference with clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

Hugh Norbury QC - Serle Court β€˜An excellent communicator and a charming, as well as very able, advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4

Dominic Dowley QC - Serle Court β€˜A great team player, probably the easiest silk to work with.’

Ranked: tier 5

Jonathan Adkin QC - Serle Court β€˜Extremely capable, never takes a bad point, and highly respected by judges.’

Ranked: tier 5

David Blayney QC - Serle Court β€˜Very calm and considered, good on detail, and gives dispassionate advice.’

Ranked: tier 6

Lance Ashworth QC - Serle Court β€˜Wins cases that other silks have suggested are unwinnable.’

Ranked: tier 6
Commercial litigation – Leading juniors

Justin Higgo - Serle Court β€˜A safe pair of hands, you can feel confident when he is on your team.’

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Walford - Serle Court β€˜A popular choice for professional negligence, fraud, and broader commercial disputes.’

Ranked: tier 2

Simon Hattan - Serle Court β€˜Very smart and straightforward.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Drake - Serle Court β€˜He is awesome – very clear advice and strong leadership, his results are uniformly great.’

Ranked: tier 3

Matthew Morrison - Serle Court β€˜Fights his corner hard and knows what will play well with judges.’

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Adams - Serle Court β€˜Technically excellent and extremely hardworking, he’s definitely a rising star.’

Ranked: tier 5

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

Serle Court

Partnership – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Serle Court

β€˜A great set’, Serle Court is β€˜stocked with magnificent lawyers’. Company law is a particular focus of its members, who are often involved in significant company litigation with an international element. Philip Marshall QC and Matthew Morrison successfully defended the independent directors of Carlyle Capital Corporation against allegations of breaches of fiduciary duty and wrongful trading in Carlyle Capital Corporation (CCC) v Conway & others. Timothy Collingwood was involved in Re Burberry Group Plc which was at the Court of Appeal.

Company – Leading silks

Alan Boyle QC - Serle Court β€˜A principled advocate who is willing to stick his neck out for a client facing a difficult situation.’

Ranked: tier 1

Philip Jones QC - Serle Court β€˜Phenomenally persuasive advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Philip Marshall QC - Serle Court β€˜An outstanding advocate whose attention to detail is second to none.’

Ranked: tier 2

Daniel Lightman QC - Serle Court β€˜If there is an unusual but telling argument out there, he will find it.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jonathan Adkin QC - Serle Court β€˜A brilliant lawyer and a wonderful team player with great skills.’

Ranked: tier 4

Lance Ashworth QC - Serle Court β€˜He is bright, engaging and willing to get stuck into a case.’

Ranked: tier 4
Partnership – Leading silks

John Machell QC - Serle Court β€˜The leading partnership silk; he is clever, quick, hardworking.’

Ranked: tier 1

Philip Jones QC - Serle Court β€˜A phenomenally persuasive advocate; a silk who really makes a difference.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Blayney QC - Serle Court β€˜He is good on detail and gives dispassionate advice.’

Ranked: tier 3

Frank Hinks QC - Serle Court β€˜He is highly intelligent, incisive and meticulous in assessing and advising on legal problems.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jonathan Adkin QC - Serle Court β€˜A brilliant lawyer and a wonderful team player with great skills.’

Ranked: tier 3
Company – Leading juniors

Timothy Collingwood - Serle Court β€˜He has significant expertise in company litigation.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Drake - Serle Court β€˜He is a pleasure to work with and the results are uniformly great.’

Ranked: tier 3

Giles Richardson - Serle Court β€˜Super smart and highly commercial.’

Ranked: tier 3

Matthew Morrison - Serle Court β€˜He has moments of genius and always has a fresh approach to a case.’

Ranked: tier 4

Paul Adams - Serle Court β€˜He is technically excellent and extremely hard working.’

Ranked: tier 4

Thomas Braithwaite - Serle Court β€˜He cuts to the chase and asks the right questions from the get-go.’

Ranked: tier 4

Dan McCourt Fritz - Serle Court β€˜Responsive, commercial and provides well thought out advice.’

Ranked: tier 5
Partnership – Leading juniors

Jennifer Haywood - Serle Court β€˜An extremely strong partnership and LLP expert.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Mather - Serle Court β€˜He is developing a solid reputation for partnership and LLP matters.’

Ranked: tier 2

Thomas Braithwaite - Serle Court β€˜He is particularly excellent on his feet in court.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Competition
Competition – Leading juniors

Suzanne Rab - Serle Court β€˜Very good junior and user friendly.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Financial services
Financial services – Leading juniors

Simon Hattan - Serle Court β€˜Has the abilities and gravitas to rival most silks.’

Ranked: tier 2

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

Serle Court

Serle Court is β€˜very strong in civil fraud, from silk down to young junior level’ and has β€˜lots of bright people who are easy to work with’. The set also benefits from its strong expertise in the offshore and trusts world. The set has seven barristers involved in the combined Glenn v Watson trials in the Chancery Division. Other major cases on the roster include Tatneft v Bogulyubov, Accident Exchange v McLean and others, and Instant Access Properties v Rosser.

Fraud: civil – Leading silks

Elizabeth Jones QC - Serle Court β€˜There are not enough superlatives; outstandingly clever and fearsome.’

Ranked: tier 1

Philip Marshall QC - Serle Court β€˜A brilliant advocate with outstanding skills across the whole discipline and feared by opponents.’

Ranked: tier 1

Alan Boyle QC - Serle Court β€˜Thorough and diligent, and not easily put off course by the skill of an opposing advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jonathan Adkin QC - Serle Court β€˜An extremely capable, versatile and much-liked lawyer.’

Ranked: tier 2

Philip Jones QC - Serle Court β€˜Affable without compromising his technical knowledge, and always on top of his papers.’

Ranked: tier 2

Hugh Norbury QC - Serle Court β€˜Has a fierce attention to detail, I would hate to be cross-examined by him.’

Ranked: tier 3

Dominic Dowley QC - Serle Court β€˜A very able lawyer with an eye for detail and a good bedside manner.’

Ranked: tier 4
Fraud: civil – 2017 silks

Dakis Hagen QC - Serle Court β€˜Very active in major fraud disputes.’

Ranked: tier 1
Fraud: civil – Leading juniors

Justin Higgo - Serle Court β€˜Rolls his sleeves up and is a great team player.’

Ranked: tier 1

Nicholas Harrison - Serle Court β€˜A top-notch civil fraud senior junior.’

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Hattan - Serle Court β€˜A very safe pair of hands.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Drake - Serle Court β€˜Very user friendly, brainy, and fastidious.’

Ranked: tier 2

Matthew Morrison - Serle Court β€˜Excellent on civil fraud as it plays to his forensic strengths.’

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Walford - Serle Court β€˜A thorough and precise draftsman.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Insolvency
Insolvency – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Serle Court

Serle Court is β€˜a great set, stocked with magnificent barristers’. Members have developed key expertise in offshore insolvency work and matters of civil fraud involving Guernsey, Gibraltar and Cayman Islands. Key recent insolvency highlights include Carlyle Capital v Conway & others, Government v Kids Company and Avonwick v Schlosberg, while Philip Jones QC and Ruth den Besten are involved in various aspects of the BHS insolvency.

Insolvency – Leading silks

Philip Jones QC - Serle Court β€˜A silk who really makes a difference.’

Ranked: tier 2

Lance Ashworth QC - Serle Court β€˜Capable of juggling the most byzantine of facts.’

Ranked: tier 3

Philip Marshall QC - Serle Court β€˜Feared by opponents.’

Ranked: tier 3

Alan Boyle QC - Serle Court β€˜Impeccable skillset and highly regarded by the Bench and colleagues alike.’

Ranked: tier 5
Insolvency – Leading juniors

James Mather - Serle Court β€˜He is good on paper, in court and with clients.’

Ranked: tier 2

Timothy Collingwood - Serle Court β€˜Knowledgeable in English and Cayman Islands insolvency law.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ruth Jordan - Serle Court β€˜Straight talking, practical and commercial.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property – Leading silks

Michael Edenborough QC - Serle Court β€˜He is technically brilliant, has incredible analytical skills, and is not afraid to deliver difficult messages to make sure the client has the right advice.’

Ranked: tier 2

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International arbitration: counsel
International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

Philip Marshall QC - Serle Court β€˜Excellent attention to detail and a powerful advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Offshore
Offshore – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Serle Court

Serle Court is β€˜excellent as a whole, and indeed pre-eminent in offshore work, with a large number of highly competent counsel’. Elizabeth Jones QC continues to represent Abdullah Alhamrani in BVI litigation against his brother concerning the ownership of a company and a related winding-up petition. Meanwhile Dakis Hagen QC appeared as lead counsel in Bermuda for the beneficiaries of the "XYZ Trusts"; the trustees seek to reorganise the structure, which owns a well-known British business. The junior ranks include Kathryn Purkis, who was a partner at Collas Crill in St. Helier.

Offshore – Leading silks

Alan Boyle QC - Serle Court β€˜One of the leaders at the Chancery Bar – highly regarded by the bench and colleagues alike.’

Ranked: tier 1

Frank Hinks QC - Serle Court β€˜His work includes significant BVI and Hong Kong cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

John Machell QC - Serle Court β€˜User friendly and down to earth, he handles difficult clients very well.’

Ranked: tier 1

Dominic Dowley QC - Serle Court β€˜He appears in heavyweight BVI and Bermuda cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Elizabeth Jones QC - Serle Court β€˜She appears in BVI and Bermuda trust litigation.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jonathan Adkin QC - Serle Court β€˜A brilliant lawyer and wonderful team player with great skills.’

Ranked: tier 2

Philip Marshall QC - Serle Court β€˜Outstanding skills across the discipline, he is a brilliant advocate who is feared by opponents.’

Ranked: tier 2

Philip Jones QC - Serle Court β€˜Very highly respected for offshore work.’

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Wilson QC - Serle Court β€˜He handles Hong Kong and Gibraltar cases.’

Ranked: tier 4
Offshore – 2017 silks

Dakis Hagen QC - Serle Court β€˜A brilliant young silk.’

Ranked: tier 1
Offshore – Leading juniors

James Brightwell - Serle Court β€˜Very thoughtful and measured in his advice, which gives him a consistency solicitors can rely on.’

Ranked: tier 1

Kathryn Purkis - Serle Court β€˜Her knowledge of Jersey law and practice is particularly helpful.’

Ranked: tier 1

Matthew Morrison - Serle Court β€˜He appears in high-profile Jersey cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Nicholas Harrison - Serle Court β€˜His work includes difficult Manx matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Timothy Collingwood - Serle Court β€˜Extremely clever, an excellent lawyer and superb draftsman.’

Ranked: tier 1

Ruth Jordan - Serle Court β€˜Practical, commercial and collaborative, she works very well with instructing solicitors.’

Ranked: tier 2

Adil Mohamedbhai - Serle Court β€˜Extremely bright and hardworking, he has excellent judgement.’

Ranked: tier 3

Giles Richardson - Serle Court β€˜He handles high-profile work concerning British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependancies.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Private client: trusts and probate
Private client: trusts and probate – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Serle Court

Serle Court is an β€˜excellent set’. Members continue to be instructed in the most significant and high-profile cases, both onshore and offshore. In a large scale instruction, Elizabeth Jones QC is acting in Glenn V Watson for a New Zealand businessman and philanthropist in various proceedings relating to a BVI joint venture company. In another highlight Dominic Dowley QC acted in Novoship v Mikhaylyuk which involved an international shipping fraud.

Private client: trusts and probate – Leading silks

Alan Boyle QC - Serle Court β€˜Exceptional client care.’

Ranked: tier 1

Frank Hinks QC - Serle Court β€˜He is excellent at coordinating a team of advisors in different jurisdictions in offshore litigation.’

Ranked: tier 1

Philip Jones QC - Serle Court β€˜He is experienced in offshore trusts.’

Ranked: tier 1

Elizabeth Jones QC - Serle Court β€˜Has lots of gravitas.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jonathan Adkin QC - Serle Court β€˜A very polished and persuasive advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

John Machell QC - Serle Court β€˜Very experienced.’

Ranked: tier 2

Dominic Dowley QC - Serle Court β€˜Hardworking.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Blayney QC - Serle Court β€˜Very clever.’

Ranked: tier 3

Prof Jonathan Harris QC - Serle Court β€˜He is immensely clever and knowledgeable.’

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Wilson QC - Serle Court β€˜He is one of the top performers at the Bar for contentious trusts and probate work.’

Ranked: tier 3
Private client: trusts and probate – 2017 silks

Dakis Hagen QC - Serle Court β€˜He is super intelligent.’

Ranked: tier 1
Private client: trusts and probate – 2019 silks

Constance McDonnell QC - Serle Court β€˜Technically brilliant for more complicated and higher-value contested probate disputes.’

Ranked: tier 1
Private client: trusts and probate – Leading juniors

William Henderson - Serle Court β€˜Extremely bright and technically gifted.’

Ranked: tier 1

Giles Richardson - Serle Court β€˜Incredibly user-friendly and hardworking.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Brightwell - Serle Court β€˜He is extremely cerebral with an intuitive grasp of trust law.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jonathan Fowles - Serle Court β€˜Provides intelligent solutions to complex cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

James Weale - Serle Court β€˜Very focused on the detail.’

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew Francis - Serle Court β€˜A highly rated junior.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Professional discipline and regulatory law
Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading silks

Kuldip Singh QC - Serle Court β€˜He has acute analytical skills which he can use to break down things to a digestible form.’

Ranked: tier 4

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

Serle Court

Serle Court has an β€˜excellent reputation’ for professional negligence cases and provides a β€˜top-quality service’. Lance Ashworth QC appeared in Instant Access Properties v Rosser and Others, which involved a claim for Β£35m and includes claims by the company’s liquidators that the company tax advisors and solicitors failed to give proper advice.

Professional negligence – Leading silks

Philip Jones QC - Serle Court β€˜A superb advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Blayney QC - Serle Court β€˜Immensely clever.’

Ranked: tier 4

Hugh Norbury QC - Serle Court β€˜Outstandingly able; a brilliant young silk and a total pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 4

Lance Ashworth QC - Serle Court β€˜Stands out for his depth of knowledge.’

Ranked: tier 4

Philip Marshall QC - Serle Court β€˜Inspires confidence.’

Ranked: tier 4
Professional negligence – 2017 silks

Dakis Hagen QC - Serle Court β€˜Has the ability to instil confidence in clients.’

Ranked: tier 1
Professional negligence – leading juniors

David Drake - Serle Court β€˜Provides clear advice and is a strong leader.’

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Walford - Serle Court β€˜A safe pair of hands.’

Ranked: tier 4

Ruth den Besten - Serle Court β€˜She is strategically minded.’

Ranked: tier 4

Thomas Braithwaite - Serle Court β€˜Very strong.’

Ranked: tier 4

Andrew Bruce - Serle Court β€˜Very good on the technical law and is an incisive cross-examiner.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Property litigation and agriculture
Property litigation – Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

Serle Court

Serle Court has β€˜barristers of top quality, regardless of the type of commercial dispute’. The set has particular expertise in restrictive covenants, rights of light and the law relating to waterways. Christopher Stoner QC was recently instructed on Jones v Canal & River Trust, a Court of Appeal matter regarding the removal of residential vessels on inland waterways.

Property litigation – Leading silks

Christopher Stoner QC - Serle Court β€˜A robust and reliable advocate who gives a good performance.’

Ranked: tier 4

Rupert Reed QC - Serle Court β€˜Entirely on the point with advice that that is relevant and advances the case.’

Ranked: tier 4

Frank Hinks QC - Serle Court β€˜Modest, incisive and leaves no stone unturned.’

Ranked: tier 5

Philip Jones QC - Serle Court β€˜It is clear that he is always on top of the papers.’

Ranked: tier 5
Property litigation – Leading juniors

Andrew Francis - Serle Court β€˜He has expertise in covenants and rights of light.’

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Bruce - Serle Court β€˜Relates well to clients who like and trust him.’

Ranked: tier 2

Thomas Braithwaite - Serle Court β€˜Highly skilled in presenting the client’s case in the most seductive way possible.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jonathan Fowles - Serle Court β€˜A true academic who dives right into knotty issues.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Public international law
Public international law – Leading silks

Khawar Qureshi QC - Serle Court β€˜A really good advocate, thinks on his feet and is really effective in front of a judge.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Set overviews: England and Wales

β€˜Top-drawer’ Serle Court is a strong Chancery set with β€˜real strength in depth in company and partnership and fraud-related matters’ and has β€˜some of the best and brightest at the Bar’. β€˜Excellent in the trusts and probate field’, some say it is β€˜also challenging established property chambers, matching them with legal acumen, while exceeding them in adaptability and delivery of service’. The clerks’ room is led by β€˜old school’ head clerk Steve Whittaker, who β€˜seeks to keep everyone happy and always finds a solution to every problem’, and β€˜star’, β€˜go-to’ senior clerk Nick Hockney, who is β€˜charming and extremely responsive’ to queries. Among the rest of the β€˜pragmatic’ team, Paul Ballard is β€˜always helpful, efficient and easy to deal with’; Adam Bell or Dan Wheeler β€˜always recommend a barrister suitable for the job and generally make life easier’. John Petrie is chambers chief executive. Offices in: London

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Sport
Sport – Leading silks

Christopher Stoner QC - Serle Court β€˜Particularly good at arguing before non-English panels.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Tax: corporate and VAT
Tax: corporate – Leading silks

Philip Jones QC - Serle Court β€˜He exudes confidence and is great with clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

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