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Identified as The Legal 500 UK 2017 Awards 'Private client: trusts and probate Set of the Year'  and with two members of chambers recently listed in The Legal 500 Hall of Fame, Serle Court is acknowledged as 'a go-to set for commercial Chancery work' with deep expertise in areas such as civil fraud, company and partnership, insolvency, and trusts and probate. It is one of the top commercial Chancery sets' with strength in depth and barristers suitable for whatever the need', and its members are applauded for their 'sheer approachability and the willingness to really engage with the cases and work as a team with instructing solicitors from the very beginning of the case to conclusion' - The Legal 500.

The set: Widely recognised as one of the top sets at the English Bar, Serle Court is recommended in seventeen practice areas by The Legal 500: banking and finance; Charities; commercial litigation; company and partnership; competition; family law; financial services; fraud: civil; insolvency; intellectual property; international arbitration; offshore; private client: trusts and probate; professional negligence and property litigation; sport; tax: corporate and VAT, and is also recommended as a top-tier set in dispute resolution: mediators. Serle Court is one of the largest commercial Chancery sets, with 69 members, including 27 silks, and as such is well-placed to offer the right barrister (or team) for each case - something upon which Serle Court prides itself and just one facet of its commitment to exceptional service.

Types of work undertaken: Serle Court covers the whole range of what might be termed 'businessā€™ law, from offshore litigation concerning the world's largest companies to domestic advice on probate matters.

Across a broad range of practice areas, Serle Court provides an equally wide range of services. The needs of clients have long been more extensive than merely drafting, advising and litigating -needless to say, Serle Court offers all those services, but Serle Court has also established itself as one of the leading ADR sets, with an impressively large number of highly regarded mediators and arbitrators, as well as many members with extensive experience of appearing in such ADR forums.

Serle Court can provide barristers at all levels to provide clear, practical advice and imaginative solutions to all types of disputes. Serle Court is experienced at putting together streamlined and powerful teams, seen as the go-to choice for big-ticket cases, often cross-border and multi-faceted; these cases have included: Glenn v Watson, Renova Industries Ltd v Emmerson International Corporation, Investec Trust (Guernsey) Ltd v Glenalla Properties Ltd, Khan v Gany Holdings, Cowan v Foreman, Estera Trust v Singh, Shlosberg v Avonwick, Ilott v Mitson, Bestfort Developments LLP v Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority, the Hyderabad Fund case, the RBS rights issue litigation, the Fiona litigation and the Lehman Brothers administration. Serle Court has also established itself as one of the leading ADR sets, with many highly regarded mediators and arbitrators as well as many members with extensive experience of appearing in ā€˜alternativeā€™ dispute resolution forums.

The members are also very often instructed on opposite sides of the same case - in some cases in recent years, all barristers on all sides have been from Serle Court. Serle Court understands the overwhelming need for confidentiality in such cases and has put in place effective systems to ensure the separation of clerking and document handling, so that clients may be confident that their interests are protected.


Serle Court also undertakes a significant amount of advisory work, across the whole range of practice areas. Members appreciate both the practical and business realities of legal problems and aim to provide clear and imaginative solutions, and helpful advice - even if it is not always positive! Serle Court will always aim to provide barristers able to respond effectively to demands for urgent advice if the case requires it.

Serle Court generates a significant proportion of its work overseas: 'Serle Court is "the go-to set" for offshore trust litigation'. Serle Court has particularly close relationships with professional clients in the Channel Islands and the Caribbean, but members also advise and appear in proceedings in the European courts, as well as in (among others) Anguilla, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cyprus, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Jersey, Liechtenstein, Middle East, Panama, Russia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Singapore, Switzerland and the US.

Many members of Serle Court are very experienced in working closely with lawyers from different jurisdictions, and, when appropriate, will happily travel abroad to see clients. They can adopt a hands-on approach to foreign litigation, either on the ground or from London, as the case requires.

  • Members of Staff: 24
  • Languages
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Arabic
  • Portugese
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