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Chambers of William McCormick QC

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This set is widely respected for its first-class services in commercial and property matters, media and defamation, employment, public and administrative law, personal injury, healthcare, as well as business offences and inquests.

The set: Ely Place Chambers has always been known for its excellent advocacy skills. Its members are natural litigators committed to achieving the best possible results for their clients and have a track record of delivering on this commitment. While the highest profile cases often involve trial advocacy the set’s reputation is based on the high standard of the client care and written advocacy that inevitably precedes any court appearance. Members have long been lauded as valuing a ‘team’ ethos focusing on the client’s needs.

Chambers has a diverse client base including individuals, businesses, professionals, media organisations and central and local government, all of whom appreciate the high-quality and personalised service it provides

Types of work undertaken:Chancery/commercial: the chancery/commercial team at Ely Place provides sound, practical advice so that clients can make effective and fully informed commercial decisions.

Chambers’ workload includes contractual disputes, insolvency matters, professional negligence cases, sports-related disputes, cross-border disputes and international arbitrations involving high-net-worth individuals and businesses, and contractual disputes arising out of the relationships between financial institutions and their clients. Disputes as to rights under shareholder agreements or agreements for the sale of businesses coupled with unfair prejudice petitions and claims alleging breaches of directors’ duties and derivative actions form another substantial element of the cases.

The team draws from a breadth of legal knowledge across a range of disciplines and jurisdictions, with members regularly appearing overseas or advising in relation to disputes and the enforcement of judgments involving, among other systems, the US, France, Belarus, Switzerland, DIFC, Russia, Isle of Man, Iran, Iraq, Malaysia, Turkey, Azerbaijan and the Caribbean.

Property: Ely Place has expanded its property group by recruiting established and recognised practitioners in this field over recent years. Members have appeared in a number of reported and important property cases and continue to be engaged in such litigation at both first instance and on appeal. The work ranges from advising on major commercial transactions to representing public bodies in housing and L&T matters and covers the full gamut of property disputes. Members of the team have a particular speciality in the law relating to watercourses, flooding and the water industry.

Media: Ely Place has a small but vibrant media group with a long-standing reputation for punching above its numerical weight due to the talents of its members. It is able to call on expertise gained from members who have previously worked in the print and television media, and its juniors are making increasingly regular appearances in defamation and privacy cases.

Employment: Ely Place is a leading set for employment and discrimination law and is a first port of call for advice and advocacy for a growing number of high-profile law firms and lay clients such as BAA, Network Rail, EE, GlaxoSmithKline and for unions such as UCATT, Unison and UNITE. Members of the group are regularly instructed by police forces and local authorities throughout the country. In addition, members of the group advise in and conduct High Court actions concerning contractual employment disputes, including those involving injunctive relief to enforce covenants or fiduciary duties. Its highly experienced members include a fee-paid employment judge, legally qualified chair for police disciplinary tribunals, disciplinary assessor for the ACCA and three treasury counsel.

Inquests: a thriving area of work is representing interested parties at inquests. Members of the healthcare and prison and police law groups regularly advise and appear in such proceedings.

Above material supplied by Ely Place Chambers (Chambers of William McCormick QC).

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