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  1. Commercial litigation – Leading sets
  2. Commercial litigation – Leading silks
  3. Commercial litigation – 2016 silks
  4. Commercial litigation – 2017 silks
  5. Commercial litigation – Leading juniors
  6. Commercial litigation – top ten under eight years’ call

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3 Verulam Buildings is β€˜excellent for high-value litigation’ with a β€˜strong mix of silks and juniors’, and β€˜all-round great service’ on offer. Members have been a mainstay on some of the UK’s largest disputes, such as the recently settled RBS rights issue litigation. Other highlights include Terra Firma v Citigroup and Vincent Tchenguiz v Grant Thornton.

Brick Court Chambers is a β€˜fantastic brain-box set’ that is β€˜the one to go to for commercial litigation’. Clients also appreciate that members are β€˜alive to the commercial realities that instructing solicitors face’. Highlight cases involving several members include Terra Firma v Citigroup, Libyan Investment Authority v SociΓ©tΓ© GΓ©nΓ©rale, and Holyoake v Candy.


One Essex Court

One Essex Court is right at the very top of the commercial litigation market. Β Barristers here appear for a broad spectrum of parties in a significant amount of the major commercial litigation that passes through the UK Courts. Β From short procedural hearings and injunctions to large, complex trials, barristers at One Essex Court are sought after for their powerful intellects, market leading advocacy skills and β€˜commercial’ good judgment.

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Essex Court Chambers is β€˜full of talented people’ and β€˜probably the top set in London’, which added to its already strong stable of juniors, as well as its capabilities in civil fraud, through the arrival of Ciaran Keller and James Sheehan from Maitland Chambers. Highlight cases included BAT v Sequana, a top-tier showdown with David Foxton QC and Joe Smouha QC on opposing sides.

Fountain Court Chambers is an β€˜excellent set’ that has expanded in recent times through high-profile lateral hires in the commercial litigation space and beyond. Highlight cases include Property Alliance Group v RBS, the RBS rights issue litigation, and Pinchuk v Bogolyubov and Kolomoisky.

One Essex Court is β€˜an extremely talented and impressive set’, and a β€˜go-to chambers for commercial work’. The barristers are β€˜consistently excellent, especially from mid to senior levels’. Unsurprisingly, members have been involved in several blockbuster cases, including Terra Firma v Citigroup, Autonomy v Dr Michael Lynch, and the RBS rights issue litigation.

7 King’s Bench Walk is a β€˜top set for insurance and commercial litigation’ with β€˜several brilliant silks as well as some excellent juniors’. Clients β€˜consistently get excellent service from members and are never disappointed with their performance’. Highlight cases include Excalibur Ventures v Texas Keystone and Republic of Djibouti v Boreh.

Blackstone Chambers β€˜clearly has exceptional strength in depth in its commercial litigation line-up’ and members continue to get instructed on their fair share of major commercial disputes, including Libyan Investment Authority v SociΓ©tΓ© GΓ©nΓ©rale and Crown Bidco v Vertu Holdings Oy.

Maitland Chambers is β€˜a brilliant set’, where members β€˜are technically excellent and commercially minded’. It has β€˜great strength in depth and a great clerks’ room’, and β€˜fields a very strong team for domestic and offshore disputes’. Although Ciaran Keller and James Sheehan joined Essex Court Chambers, the set still has a broad array of quality silks and juniors, who are regularly picked for some of the market’s largest cases.

Serle Court is a β€˜go-to set, particularly for its strength in commercial, banking and trusts disputes’, where counsel are β€˜great team players’ and encourage a β€˜culture that makes every case a huge intellectual pleasure’. Four members were involved in the RBS rights issue litigation, while seven worked on Glenn v Watson, regarding the BVI joint venture company Spartan Capital.

4 Stone Buildings is highly rated for commercial disputes, especially involving company, contractual and insolvency matters, and praised for its β€˜fantastic depth and skillset’. In Jonathan Crow QC and Robert Miles QC, the set has two of the best regarded advocates in the country. Highlights include Pinchuk v Bogolyubov and Kolomoisky, and Autonomy v Dr Michael Lynch (the Hewlett-Packard litigation).

An β€˜extremely well-established commercial set with very strong international trade expertise’, 20 Essex Street has β€˜a number of high-calibre individuals, who can provide good turnaround on jobs’ and have a very loyal following among some of the City’s top litigation departments. Recent highlights include Libyan Investment Authority v Goldman Sachs International and OMV Petrom v Glencore International.

Erskine Chambers is a first-class Chancery set that has moved well beyond its traditional confines of company law advice. Members are regularly involved in major commercial Chancery disputes, often with a strong civil fraud element. Top cases on this front include Mezhprombank v Pugachev and the Lehman Brothers Waterfall III proceedings.

Quadrant Chambers has an excellent bench of commercial barristers, well versed in areas such as trade, commodities, shipping and more general contractual disputes. Members have been involved in several groundbreaking cases, including Enviroco v Farstad Supply that went before the Supreme Court, and Caterpillar NI v John Holt & Co.

South Square’s β€˜strength across the piste is strong’, and while it is β€˜the pre-eminent insolvency set, it is also excellent in general commercial litigation’. Members have been heavily involved in the Lehman Waterfall proceedings, as well as high- profile cases such as Vincent Tchenguiz v Grant Thornton.

Wilberforce Chambers is a β€˜dynamic and hard-hitting’ set with β€˜growing prominence in this area’. It is β€˜the place to go to for reliable, client-friendly and no-nonsense counsel’. A team led by Joanna Smith QC won a significant Supreme Court victory in Cavendish Square Holding v Makdessi.

XXIV Old Buildings is β€˜a top Chancery set’ with a β€˜fantastic group of barristers at all levels, covering all disciplines such as offshore and domestic trust-based advice and litigation’. Several members are representing Lloyds shareholders in their claim against the directors and the bank concerning its HBOS takeover.

4 Pump Court houses β€˜very good barristers’ and β€˜chambers’ approach to pricing enables some solicitors to use the set when otherwise they would not get authority to instruct counsel at all’. Nigel Tozzi QC is leading a team representing the claimants in the $650m Golden Belt litigation.

Enterprise Chambers is praised for its β€˜strength and depth across the board’, and is particularly noted for its insolvency expertise. Solicitors acknowledge the β€˜fantastic team of barristers and support staff’.

Littleton Chambers is establishing itself as a β€˜go-to set for London commercial and insolvency litigation’ and β€˜has some excellent barristers, particularly at junior level’. Charles Samek QC led James McWilliams in Abela v Baadarani – a case which has held, for the first time, that there is jurisdiction to grant a search order against a non-defendant.

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