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London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

β€˜First-class’ South Square β€˜remains the premier insolvency set with good variety of choice for silks and juniors’ and β€˜cannot be bettered in relation to company law matters’. The clerking team, led by chambers director William Mackinlay, β€˜values the commercial relationship’ with solicitors and β€˜treats them as part of the team’. Senior practice manager Dylan Playfoot and practice manager Jim Costa β€˜always make sure we get the best service, and the team under them is responsive and efficient’. Mike Killick is β€˜excellent’ and Marco Malatesta stands out as β€˜knowing his counsel and solicitors really well’. Luke Clark and James McAusland are singled out as β€˜accessible, attentive and helpful’. Offices in: London

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Banking and finance (including consumer credit)
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

South Square

South Square has β€˜a great depth of talent’ and is β€˜unquestioned first choice for restructuring and insolvency’. The set has numerous barristers experienced in technical banking claims involving mis-selling and derivatives. A cohort of members were involved in the Lehman Waterfall I, II and III applications. Other key cases include Wall v RBS, Primeo Fund v HSBC, and Deutsche Bank v Dana Gas.

Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading silks

Robin Dicker QC - South Square β€˜An excellent silk.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jeremy Goldring QC - South Square β€˜Very strong at crafting arguments and working in a team; has a strong grasp of the issues.’

Ranked: tier 2

William Trower QC - South Square β€˜Very articulate and personable and puts across points in an extremely attractive way.’

Ranked: tier 2

Barry Isaacs QC - South Square β€˜Wonderfully measured advocacy style combined with a phenomenal work ethic.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Allison QC - South Square β€˜Good with detail as well as the big picture; has good judgement about the points that really matter.’

Ranked: tier 4

Mark Phillips QC - South Square β€˜Very hardworking and tenacious.’

Ranked: tier 4

Tom Smith QC - South Square β€˜A banking litigator of choice for us, he is a great leader and team player.’

Ranked: tier 4
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading juniors

Stephen Robins - South Square β€˜A very substantial help to us – very hardworking and very responsive.’

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Fisher - South Square β€˜Very thorough, responsive and friendly; a joy to work with.’

Ranked: tier 3

Adam Al-Attar - South Square β€˜Confident in going up against QCs and is never fazed.’

Ranked: tier 4

Georgina Peters - South Square β€˜Exceptionally clever and did an extraordinary job.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

South Square

South Square is a β€˜solid and reliable’ commercial set with β€˜a lot of technical expertise’. While its insolvency work might capture the headlines, members have played prominent roles in cases that stretch beyond this, notably Ahmad Hamad Algosaibi v SAAD, Primeo v HSBC, Tchenguiz v Grant Thornton, and Bluewaters Communications v Bayerische Landesbank, Bernie Ecclestone & Bambino Holdings.

Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Robin Dicker QC - South Square β€˜One of the guys we have on a speed dial.’

Ranked: tier 2

Gabriel Moss QC - South Square β€˜A leading light of the London insolvency bar.’

Ranked: tier 4

Tom Smith QC - South Square β€˜User friendly, very clever and invaluable.’

Ranked: tier 5

Mark Phillips QC - South Square β€˜An excellent commercial litigator.’

Ranked: tier 6
Commercial litigation – Leading juniors

Richard Fisher - South Square β€˜Intellectually very strong, highly responsive and clear in his communications.’

Ranked: tier 4

Stephen Robins - South Square β€˜Provides a great service and wise counsel.’

Ranked: tier 4

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

South Square

β€˜Second to none’ South Square has β€˜a number of leading QCs, as well depth of juniors’ specialising in company law. Expertise within the set includes schemes of arrangement (both in England and offshore jurisdictions), directors’ duties and breach of duties claims. Members are also regularly instructed on M&A transactions and complex issues relating to takeovers, showcased by David Allison QC’s involvement in the AB inBev and SABMiller Β£80bn merger.

Company – Leading silks

Gabriel Moss QC - South Square β€˜A company law veteran.’

Ranked: tier 1

Antony Zacaroli QC - South Square β€˜A brilliant advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Barry Isaacs QC - South Square β€˜Unflappable in court.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Allison QC - South Square β€˜Strong intellect and advocacy skills with very clear and concise presentation of the issues.’

Ranked: tier 2

Robin Dicker QC - South Square β€˜He is noted for high-value restructurings.’

Ranked: tier 2

Daniel Bayfield QC - South Square β€˜He has all the makings of a superstar.’

Ranked: tier 3

William Trower QC - South Square β€˜He handles commercial company work to a very high standard.’

Ranked: tier 3

Glen Davis QC - South Square β€˜He is a thorough barrister who digs very deep to get to the crux of the issue.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Financial services
Financial services – Leading juniors

Adam Al-Attar - South Square β€˜A user-friendly and measured advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

South Square

South Square is β€˜first class’ with β€˜a great team of silks and juniors’ doing increasingly more β€˜impressive civil fraud work’. Members can be found acting on several of the market’s largest cases, notable examples include Tchenguiz v Grant Thornton, Bluewaters v Ecclestone, and Ticketus v RFC 2012.

Fraud: civil – Leading silks

Mark Phillips QC - South Square β€˜An enthusiastic cross-examiner who gets to grips with the case and is always up for the fight.’

Ranked: tier 3

Robin Dicker QC - South Square β€˜An excellent silk.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tom Smith QC - South Square β€˜Has a heavyweight intellect and ability to command the court room.’

Ranked: tier 3
Fraud: civil – Leading juniors

Stephen Robins - South Square β€˜First class, he presents powerful arguments on paper and on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Fisher - South Square β€˜Very user friendly, available, commercial and practical.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Insolvency
Insolvency – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

South Square

β€˜At the top of the tree’ is South Square, which has β€˜a good range of insolvency specialists’ with β€˜excellent and cost-effective junior support’. The administration of Lehman Brothers continues to occupy multiple members at all levels, including the set’s star silk, Robin Dicker QC. The set also has a strong profile for schemes of arrangement, including numerous high-profile restructurings of debts for foreign companies. Antony Zacaroli departed chambers in October 2017, following his appointment to the judiciary.

Insolvency – Leading silks

Robin Dicker QC - South Square β€˜The leading insolvency barrister.’

Ranked: tier 1

Gabriel Moss QC - South Square β€˜The doyen of insolvency law.’

Ranked: tier 2

Mark Phillips QC - South Square β€˜An enthusiastic cross-examiner who gets to grips with the case.’

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Crystal QC - South Square β€˜He has vast experience and is a force to be reckoned with.’

Ranked: tier 2

William Trower QC - South Square β€˜He is a leading insolvency lawyer with an excellent command of the subject matter.’

Ranked: tier 2

Barry Isaacs QC - South Square β€˜Wonderfully measured advocacy style combined with a phenomenal work ethic.’

Ranked: tier 4

David Alexander QC - South Square β€˜He is responsive and bright.’

Ranked: tier 4

David Allison QC - South Square β€˜Very practical and great on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 4

Daniel Bayfield QC - South Square β€˜Very strong technically, user friendly, great with clients and a very effective advocate in court.’

Ranked: tier 4

Felicity Toube QC - South Square β€˜Fantastic in court.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jeremy Goldring QC - South Square β€˜He is very strong at crafting arguments.’

Ranked: tier 4

Martin Pascoe QC - South Square β€˜A highly committed and user-friendly silk.’

Ranked: tier 4

Glen Davis QC - South Square β€˜His manner is persuasive yet gentle.’

Ranked: tier 5

Mark Arnold QC - South Square β€˜He is brilliant; thoughtful and friendly.’

Ranked: tier 5

Tom Smith QC - South Square β€˜Creative in his thinking and advice.’

Ranked: tier 5
Insolvency – Leading juniors

Lloyd Tamlyn - South Square β€˜Leading practitioner in domestic and cross-border insolvency.’

Ranked: tier 1

Adam Goodison - South Square β€˜He just exudes ability and intelligence.’

Ranked: tier 2

Hilary Stonefrost - South Square β€˜An expert in insolvency law with extensive offshore experience.’

Ranked: tier 2

John Briggs - South Square β€˜He has exceptional knowledge of insolvency and bankruptcy law.’

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Robins - South Square β€˜He provides a great service and wise counsel.’

Ranked: tier 2

Henry Phillips - South Square β€˜He really gets to grips with the detail.’

Ranked: tier 3

William Willson - South Square β€˜Experienced insolvency and restructuring specialist.’

Ranked: tier 3

Adam Al-Attar - South Square β€˜Very assured, very smooth and very impressive.’

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Fisher - South Square β€˜Intellectually very strong and highly responsive.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Offshore
Offshore – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

South Square

South Square is β€˜at the top of its game in insolvency, but strong in other areas too’. Michael Crystal QC represented the liquidators in AHAB v Saad Investments. Tom Smith QC represented Primeo Fund – a "feeder fund" of the Madoff Ponzi scheme – in a claim against HSBC, its custodian; he was up against two juniors from the set, namely Toby Brown and William Willson.

Offshore – Leading silks

David Alexander QC - South Square β€˜Bright, responsive, tenacious, sensible and utterly charming – clients really like him.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Crystal QC - South Square β€˜He appears in some of the biggest offshore cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Felicity Toube QC - South Square β€˜She appears in agenda-setting offshore cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Tom Smith QC - South Square β€˜His work includes Madoff aftermath cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Barry Isaacs QC - South Square β€˜His practice includes Cayman insolvency cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Allison QC - South Square β€˜His work includes BVI and Cayman insolvency cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jeremy Goldring QC - South Square β€˜His practice includes China-related cases in the BVI.’

Ranked: tier 4
Offshore – Leading juniors

Adam Al-Attar - South Square β€˜Very good when backed into a corner – he can stand his ground.’

Ranked: tier 2

William Willson - South Square β€˜His work includes long-running liquidation cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Marcus Haywood - South Square β€˜He appears in challenging insolvency and professional negligence cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Toby Brown - South Square β€˜Instructed by leading offshore firms.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Set overviews: England and Wales

β€˜First-class’ South Square β€˜remains the premier insolvency set with good variety of choice for silks and juniors’ and β€˜cannot be bettered in relation to company law matters’. The clerking team, led by chambers director William Mackinlay, β€˜values the commercial relationship’ with solicitors and β€˜treats them as part of the team’. Senior practice manager Dylan Playfoot and practice manager Jim Costa β€˜always make sure we get the best service, and the team under them is responsive and efficient’. Mike Killick is β€˜excellent’ and Marco Malatesta stands out as β€˜knowing his counsel and solicitors really well’. Luke Clark and James McAusland are singled out as β€˜accessible, attentive and helpful’. Offices in: London

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Sport
Sport – Leading silks

Mark Phillips QC - South Square β€˜A tenacious advocate – direct and tactically astute.’

Ranked: tier 3

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