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Leading Silks

Adrian Beltrami QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsSimply an exceptional senior silk and one of the leaders of the commercial Bar. Adrian has the rare skill of being able to combine precise technical analysis with commercial pragmatism.
Jonathan Crow QC - 4 Stone BuildingsA superb intellect. His submissions whether written or oral are crystal in their clarity and always incisive. His great skill is in making highly complex and contentious issues seem simple and self-evident.
Helen Davies QC - Brick Court ChambersA stellar advocate and a true leader in every respect.
Jonathan Gaisman QC - 7 King's Bench WalkJonathan contributes intellectual rigour, determination, fierce work ethic. flair and willingness to discuss issues with the client.
Alan Gourgey QC - Wilberforce ChambersAn outstanding Silk: a terrific lawyer and great tactician with excellent judgement and compelling advocacy. He also leads a team very well.
Mark Howard QC - Brick Court ChambersA market leader and top of the class for advocacy. Mark can turn trials with razor sharp advocacy and ability to make hugely complex facts and concepts persuasively simple to understand.
Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsAli has a unique ability to spot winning points in a case and to deliver arguments in a way which judges find appealing.
Duncan Matthews QC - Twenty EssexHe is brilliant. Unflappable, highly attuned to the needs of his clients and instructing solicitors and a first rate advocate who is a delight to work with.
Ewan McQuater QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA towering presence and a silk of real heft and gravitas. He is a true heavyweight and someone solicitors have no hesitation instructing on the most difficult of cases, or where the client wants a QC from the very top drawer.
Laurence Rabinowitz QC - One Essex CourtBrilliance combined with approachability, which makes a compelling combination.
David Railton QC - Fountain Court ChambersAn absolutely outstanding advocate, who also manages to have an extraordinary grip on the detail. Never wrong-footed, he provides cautious but firm advice.
Joe Smouha QC - Essex Court ChambersOne of the most serious heavyweights at the Bar for heavy-duty commercial litigation, particularly with a fraud element. One to use for serious and incisive cross examination.
Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court ChambersIn the band of the real elite at the commercial Bar. He is tremendously clever, monumentally hard-working, always superbly well-prepared and an outstanding and highly effective cross-examiner. Courts have the greatest of respect for him.
Sonia Tolaney QC - One Essex CourtShe is quite simply the gold standard. A brilliant advocate who always gets her tone spot-on.
David Allen QC - 7 King's Bench WalkA straight-talking and formidable QC, highly effective at cross-examination and oral advocacy.
Robert Anderson QC - Blackstone ChambersAn excellent trial lawyer with great advocacy skills; always able to talk his clients out of a tight spot; can think on his feet and always displays good judgement.
Stephen Auld QC - One Essex CourtA formidable advocate, but thoroughly charming and a real pleasure to work with.
John Brisby QC - 4 Stone BuildingsA very bright lawyer. A great strategist and tactician. A very effective advocate.
Charles Béar QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe has a very imaginative and forceful intellect, and is a good tactician. Skilful at constructing arguments in a form that will be attractive to commercial judges.
Philip Edey QC - Twenty EssexHe is client-friendly, a brilliant strategist and without a doubt one of the most distinguished commercial barristers in London.
Vernon Flynn QC - Brick Court ChambersHe has an excellent rapport with the judge and can break down very complex legal questions into a simple outcome.
Lord Grabiner QC - One Essex CourtThe best courtroom lawyer of his generation.
Andrew Green QC - Blackstone ChambersAn outstanding trial advocate. A fearless and fearsome cross examiner, with an excellent manner with clients and solicitors - Andrew really gets it in terms of commercial objectives.
Richard Handyside QC - Fountain Court ChambersA true safe pair of hands - he never puts a foot wrong even under the most intense courtroom pressure.
Andrew Hochhauser QC - Essex Court ChambersIncredibly tough and thorough.
Elizabeth Jones QC - Serle CourtStellar in every respect and will take Serle Court to new heights following her recent appointment as Head of Chambers. A wonderful lawyer.
Nigel Jones QC - Gatehouse ChambersThe best commercial QC I've worked with by some distance. He is a superb advocate, excellent with clients and a pleasure to deal with.
Daniel Jowell QC - Brick Court ChambersA very able, clever and reliable QC and who solicitors would not hesitate to instruct on a large piece of commercial litigation.
Gavin Kealey QC - 7 King's Bench WalkAn outstanding appellate advocate, with a brilliant ability to engage the panel and bring arcane, complex points to life. He is a true team player and leader, and clients invariably trust him wholeheartedly.
Neil Kitchener QC - One Essex CourtAn outstanding advocate with a sharp-wit and is capable of ingenious tactical maneuvering. He is the best type of silk - one that is not afraid to tell the client when they are pushing a bad point, but will fight their case tooth and nail regardless.
Tim Lord QC - Brick Court ChambersAn excellent advocate. He works exceptionally hard and is always thoroughly prepared. His oral advocacy skills are impressive.
Kenneth MacLean QC - One Essex CourtExcellent, with a well-earned reputation for his intellect and tenacity in his advocacy. Kenneth is willing to take on challenging instructions where his skills make the difference between victory and defeat.
Philip Marshall QC - Serle CourtA very good tactician who is able to consider all of the strategic matters in a case and how best to deploy to maximise pressure on the opponent.
John McCaughran QC - One Essex CourtHe has an excellent legal mind and great knowledge of the energy sector, combined with a commercial approach. His advocacy is highly effective, and he is easy to work with.
Paul McGrath QC - Essex Court ChambersA brilliant combination of academic thinking and commercial nous. A pleasure to work with and a fine court presence.
Ian Mill QC - Blackstone ChambersIan’s advice on strategy in the final weeks before trial is critical to his ultimate success in cases. He is a ferocious advocate, particularly in his cross-examination of witnesses.
Catherine Newman QCMaitland Chambers 'Not afraid to mix it up, which is important in hard-fought litigation.'
Jeffery Onions QC - One Essex CourtWhen solicitors need a real heavyweight, Jeffery is one of their top choices. He will never shy away from a fight if it needs to be had, and his forensic legal analysis is uncompromising.
Andrew Onslow QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA superb tactician who is excellent in trial and hugely respected by the judiciary.
Craig Orr QC - One Essex CourtHe is tremendously hard working, clever, and a top guy. He is just so talented and will just roll up his sleeves and get stuck in.
Simon Rainey QC - Quadrant ChambersExtremely intelligent, fantastic on his feet and an absolute pleasure to work with - a truly superb silk.
Stuart Ritchie QC - Fountain Court ChambersOne of the best advocates: authoritative, strong, always anticipating counter arguments and finding ways round them. An excellent QC.
Simon Salzedo QCBrick Court Chambers 'Simon is incredibly bright, and whilst always polite, identifies the key points quickly and effectively. He is prepared to engage and debate whilst at the same time having clear views on the issues. He is very efficient in his work, as well as being very hard-working.'
Daniel Toledano QC - One Essex CourtA great lawyer and gentleman - he has inner steel, great intellect and has matured wonderfully into the QC role.
Nigel Tozzi QC - 4 Pump CourtA brilliant star who is extremely client-friendly.
John Wardell QC - Wilberforce ChambersHe is able to think outside the box. A great legal mind, strategic and practical.
Jonathan Adkin QC - Serle CourtHe is clever, calm and works very well as part of a team. He instills confidence in clients and courts alike, and his style of advocacy is direct, polite but highly effective.
George Bompas QC - 4 Stone BuildingsA consummate advocate whose style is to engage in effective dialogue with the bench. There is no theatrics, bluster or hyperbole; just calm, measured, clinical persuasion that wins the day.
Richard Boulton QC - One Essex CourtHe brings together his leading legal and accounting experience in a formidable manner to be the go to silk for disputes involving complex issues of quantum and/or accounting evidence.
David Chivers QC - Erskine ChambersA razor-sharp intellectual who provides instant and well-delivered advice. Authorative and demanding of respect. Peerless advocacy. He has a fantastic client and court manner.
Alain Choo Choy QC - One Essex CourtExtremely smart and hands-on.
Stephen Cogley QC - 4 Pump CourtCreative and very commercial, Stephen is on top of the detail at all times and a pleasure to work with.
Charles Dougherty QC - 2 Temple GardensCharles is a sensational commercial barrister: academic and practical in equal measure, and a persuasive advocate.
Paul Downes QC - Quadrant ChambersA really really impressive silk. Very easy to work with and hugely experienced. Paul has a good way with the court - he gets them to listen to him.
Andrew George QC - Blackstone ChambersAndrew is extremely bright, works hard and is a great advocate. He has presence in a court room and is good at effective cross examination.
Patrick Goodall QC - Fountain Court ChambersA class act: hugely responsive, extremely user-friendly, absolutely thorough in his approach, and not afraid of arguing the trickier points.
Charles Graham QC - One Essex CourtCharles is a rare combination of affable and supremely bright. He is a joy to work alongside, with a positive approach and a very user-friendly style that belies his intellect.
Jeffrey Gruder QC - Essex Court ChambersErudite and technically strong. Jeffrey has a wealth of experience.
Richard Hill QC - 4 Stone BuildingsAn excellent leader on substantial cases with good strategic and tactical judgement.
Timothy Howe QC - Fountain Court ChambersTimothy is regarded as one of the leading individuals in this field. He is a thorough and attractive advocate and has a keen eye for strategy and the killer legal point.
Andrew Hunter QC - Blackstone ChambersA pleasure to work with and responsive, bright, commercial and simply excellent legally. An advocate of the finest quality.
John Jarvis QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsCommercial, clever and ferociously hard-working.
Philip Jones QC - Serle CourtOne of the most elegant and persuasive advocates around. Extremely well respected by the tribunal, in part because integrity is ever at the forefront of his approach.
David Joseph QC - Essex Court ChambersExtremely knowledgeable in the area of jurisdiction and also arbitration-related litigation; he really gets into the detail of a case. He is thoughtful, imaginative and full of energy and a highly persuasive advocate.
Robert Levy QC - XXIV Old BuildingsAn excellent trial advocate. He is the best solicitors have seen on cross-examination, delivering a perfectly executed strategy which leaves the other side's case is tatters.
Paul Lowenstein QC - Twenty EssexHe is extremely knowledgeable, prepares his cases thoroughly and comes at them from a strategic perspective. Paul is a forceful advocate. Everything you want in a top commercial silk.
Alan Maclean QC - Blackstone ChambersA real force to be reckoned with - he has enormous energy and is very quick.
Hodge Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHodge is a superb strategist. He is a pleasure to work with and very warm with clients. He can coordinate and lead multiple teams of lawyers in cross-border litigation and is very shrewd in plotting out where a case will be won or lost.
Roger Masefield QC - Brick Court ChambersVery clever and a nice advocacy style and good strategically. He’s developing into a real front rank silk.
Harry Matovu QC - Brick Court ChambersA fantastic advocate who distils the most complex issues into crisp and clear submissions.
Andrew Mitchell QC - Fountain Court ChambersAn extremely clever silk who is great to work with, commercial, fun and highly experienced in commercial litigation. Andrew sets high standards for his team and is very skilled at getting the best out of all those who work with him.
Richard Morgan QC - Maitland ChambersThe complete barrister. Incredibly clever, responsive, a lateral thinker who understands the points that will play best with the Court, and a great strategist. He is a phenomenally hard worker and a fantastic team player.
Stephen Moriarty QC - Fountain Court ChambersA phenomenally clever lawyer, whose grasp of fine detail is as strong as his hold on complex overarching legal principles. His advocacy is unabrasive and extremely compelling.
Terence Mowschenson QC - Wilberforce ChambersA remarkable lawyer. He has an incredible eye for detail but never misses the wood for the trees.
Jonathan Nash QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsTechnically excellent and user-friendly, he has a great rapport with judges and quick on his feet.
Hugh Norbury QC - Serle CourtA hands-on QC who is very commercial and has a great ability to cut through the issues and has an excellent manner with clients.
Christopher Pymont QC - Maitland ChambersA very good advocate.
David Quest QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery commercial and a team player; David is calm and patient with clients.
Elspeth Talbot Rice QC - XXIV Old BuildingsA formidable and powerful advocate, with real gravitas in court. Her no-nonsense approach and fearless and combative style is admired by both the court and opponents.
Stephen Rubin QC - Fountain Court ChambersStephen has an incredibly deep and detailed understanding of both English and BVI law. He is able to draw on that knowledge in order to identify relevant and helpful legal principles on matters of both procedure and substance.
Richard Salter QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery efficient and very thorough and can be relied upon to come up with a clear view and clear advice.
Charles Samek QC - Littleton ChambersPowerful advocate with a memorable turn of phrase. A great tactician capable of navigating a path through to the desired final goal.
Tom Smith QC - South SquareTom has really emerged as a top choice for litigation. He is thoughtful, measured and a strong cross-examiner.
Richard Waller QC - 7 King's Bench WalkIncredibly good in court and a brilliant strategist. He is extremely hard working and great to work with.
Lance Ashworth QC - Serle CourtHe knows his law and his advocacy is panther-like: you never know when he will strike. He is always at the end of the phone and is seen as a core member of the team.
Camilla Bingham QC - One Essex CourtOne of the most effective advocates and cross-examiners of her generation. She is also a delight to work with, and a team player.
Michael Bloch QC - Blackstone ChambersMichael is extremely clever and has a great way with words.
Graham Chapman QC - 4 New SquareGraham contributes intellectual rigour and thoroughness in preparation. He is particularly user friendly and an excellent advocate.
Jeffrey Chapman QC - Fountain Court ChambersAn outstanding barrister in every respect. He is exceptionally bright, highly effective, and a very clear and cogent advocate.
Richard Coleman QC - Fountain Court ChambersA real team player who appreciates the wider commercial issues for the client.
Matthew Collings QC - Maitland ChambersOne of the most tenacious and imaginative operators at the Bar. A go-to for clients in a tight spot, as he has performed miracles.
Derrick Dale QC - Fountain Court ChambersAffable but steely and effective.
Simon Davenport QC - 3 Hare CourtSimon is a brilliant leader and silk who is not afraid to roll up his sleeves and get stuck into the finer details but can also tell the client what is likely to happen and why.
Rhodri Davies QC - One Essex CourtA formidable intellect and a top-end commercial silk. He inspires complete confidence, is fantastic to work with, and has a great bedside manner.
Jonathan Davies-Jones QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsJonathan combines a fantastically impressive intellect and command of detail with a real pragmatism on a case.
Anneliese Day QC - Fountain Court ChambersBrilliant on her feet and very good at cutting through the other side's case. Her attention to detail is superb.
Graham Dunning QC - Essex Court ChambersA star barrister.
Thomas Grant QC - Maitland ChambersA highly compelling advocate and brilliant with clients.
Sioban Healy QC7 King’s Bench WalkBright, incredibly hardworking, forensically detailed and very-well prepared. She is a very strong advocate.
Lexa Hilliard QC - Wilberforce ChambersA genuine pleasure to work with. Lexa's knowledge is wide-ranging and her experience and confidence combine to have a calming effect on a case.
Charles Hollander QC - Brick Court ChambersVery clear and robust in his advice, but he is also an excellent listener who takes on board matters raised by other members of the team, regardless of seniority.
Sa'ad Hossain QC - One Essex CourtA go-to silk at the commercial Bar, particularly for shareholder and M&A disputes. He is easy to work with, a great team player and a terrific advocate.
Stephen Houseman QC - Essex Court ChambersVery smart, and a polished and highly effective advocate. He is also very calm under pressure and user-friendly - Stephen doesn't get flustered if things don't go quite to plan and is also a great team-player.
Robert Howe QC - Blackstone ChambersRobert produces excellent written work. He is very analytical in his approach and is able to quickly cut through and identify the key issues, which is not as easy as it sounds.
Peter Knox QC - 3 Hare CourtPeter has a wonderful air of gravitas which is very convincing and reassuring to instructing solicitors and clients.
Daniel Lightman QC - Serle CourtAn outstanding lawyer. Not only does he have great mastery of the technical side of a case, Daniel is also completely on top of the factual detail.
David Lord QC - Three StoneExtremely easy to work with - he quickly gains a client's confidence and calm and unflappable under pressure.
Michael McLaren QC - Fountain Court ChambersWell-suited to complex litigation and works well in teams, being able to make the most of assistance and delegation. As an advocate, forceful and courageous.
Tim Penny QC - Wilberforce ChambersAn excellent advocate whose thoughtful, balanced and considered style is highly effective.
Anthony Peto QC - Blackstone ChambersAn excellent advocate who has that precious ability to sense which way the wind is blowing in a hearing and adapt his approach accordingly.
Nathan Pillow QC - Essex Court ChambersA brilliant cross-examiner who is fantastically easy to work with, generous with his time and has a deep strategic insight.
Alistair Schaff QC - 7 King's Bench WalkA very clever barrister and a superb advocate.
Richard Slade QC - Brick Court ChambersRichard has a vast amount of experience in cross-border cases, gives confident and measured advice, is very good with clients, and persuasive in court. He remains a go-to leading counsel in this area.
Stephen Moverley Smith QC - XXIV Old BuildingsHe has impressive court room presence and brings a wealth of experience to his cases. User-friendly across the team and with clients.
Paul Stanley QC - Essex Court ChambersExceptionally clever.
Alan Steinfeld QC - XXIV Old BuildingsAlan commands the court room - he is incredibly intelligent and sparkly.
Andrew Thompson QC - Erskine ChambersIncredibly bright, thorough, calm, a fantastic advocate, and a pleasure to work with.
Steven Thompson QC - XXIV Old BuildingsAn awesome talent. Provides exccellent advice and does not sit on the fence.
Nicholas Vineall QC - 4 Pump CourtVery knowledgeable and personable.
Tom Weisselberg QC - Blackstone ChambersAbsolutely first-rate. One of the very very best advocates to work with. Supremely competent and delightful.
Antony White QC - Matrix ChambersVery intelligent, strategic, easy to work with, good with clients and crisp and authoritative in advocacy. A gem.
David Alexander QC - South SquareOne of the most experienced barristers in this area. He has a good sense of how arguments should be presented most effectively.
David Allison QC - South SquareExtremely quick up the curve, getting on top of issues and materials more quickly than most of his peers. He is a forceful advocate and his advice is emotionally sound and sensible.
Andrew Ayres QC - Twenty EssexVery user-friendly. Andrew has a very smooth advocacy style and very good court presence - has a real air of authority and is unflappable.
Guy Blackwood QC - Quadrant ChambersGuy has a top class legal brain combined with an unbelievable ability to assimilate the facts of a case. He is a master cross-examiner and has a huge work ethic.
David Blayney QC - Serle CourtA brilliant technical mind with the capacity to bring detail to life and think creatively about seemingly intractable problems.
Michael Bools QC - Brick Court ChambersVery clever, good on his feet and lovely to work with.
Aidan Christie QC - 4 Pump CourtAidan has a very good knowledge of the law and he knows how to apply it. He is very user friendly and good with clients.
Andrew Clutterbuck QC - 4 Stone BuildingsHe contributes strong technical knowledge allied to commercial good sense. A great team player.
Jonathan Cohen QC - Littleton ChambersA hugely accomplished and popular barrister, who manages to combine thorough intellectual analysis and charm with fundamental toughness. He will fight for the client every step of the way and he is very, very good in court.
Ian Croxford QC - Wilberforce ChambersHard-working and very bright.
Huw Davies QC - Essex Court ChambersHighly recommended for complex disputes.
Jasbir Dhillon QC - Brick Court ChambersJasbir is a complete master of the courtroom. A superb legal mind who also knows how to fight in court.
Dominic Dowley QC - Serle CourtRobust in his views which is always attractive to clients. Dominic is never afraid to stand up and fight his clients' corner which is enormously valued by them.
David Edwards QC - 7 King's Bench WalkDavid is meticulous in preparation, and excellent in written and spoken advocacy.
Ben Elkington QC - 4 New SquareHis strengths are a first-rate brain, fantastic judgement and commerciality. Charm personified and a wonderful advocate.
Michael Fealy QC - One Essex CourtAmongst the most hands-on and tactically astute members of the Bar.
Orlando Fraser QC - 4 Stone BuildingsVery charismatic and a great orator. He has the ability to take very complicated concepts and fine distinctions and to distil them into an easily digestible form, not only for judges, but also for clients.
David Head QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsDavid is very solid and gets the job done. He can see through the mess to the key issues which need to be resolved.
Charles Kimmins QC - Twenty EssexBalanced and measured, with sound commercial judgement, and all over the details.
Fenner Moeran QC - Wilberforce ChambersFenner identifies essential issues in cases very quickly. He has a brilliant analytical brain and communicates wonderfully with clients.
David Mumford QC - Maitland ChambersAn exceptionally measured and impressive advocate who commands the respect of the court.
Daniel Oudkerk QC - Essex Court ChambersFirst and foremost, just a superb advocate. Dan only focuses on what matters and is crisp and clear in his delivery. He truly is one of the very best.
Zoe O’Sullivan QC - Serle CourtExtremely sharp intellectually but combined with being incredibly responsive with practical advice. Her advocacy was also very impressive - high energy, assertive and to the point.
Rosalind Phelps QC - Fountain Court ChambersShe has a mastery of the detail, strategic vision, tactical nous and the most fantastic client handling skills. She is an utter, utter pleasure to work with.
James Potts QC - Erskine ChambersExcellent. A go-to barrister for all corporate or shareholder disputes. James is excellent – incredibly bright, easy to work with, hugely committed and a great cross-examiner.
Graham Read QC - DevereuxHis trial advocacy is robust and well-structured, and his straightforward and accessible manner during submissions at appellate and interim hearings is highly persuasive.
David Reade QC - Littleton ChambersVery personable and down to earth with the ability to get on well with clients and work with the team to get a result.
Rupert Reed QC - Serle CourtRupert is a commercially focused and astute barrister with a profound understanding of the Middle East, particularly the DIFC.
Rebecca Sabben-Clare QC - 7 King's Bench WalkFirst-class: available, firm and good at expressing views and giving directions, very clear as to divisions of responsibility. She is an excellent drafter and has excellent judgement on technical issues.
Andrew Spink QC - Outer Temple ChambersHe has tremendous presence, and impeccable judgement, whilst being user-friendly and commercial in his outlook. He is a rare breed and a first-class advocate.
Clare Stanley QC - Wilberforce ChambersClare is technically brilliant, really easy to work with and great on her feet.
Romie Tager QC - Selborne ChambersRomie boldly goes where other barristers fear to tread, but always exercising good judgement. He is an excellent tactician with utter command of the court room and is able to store vast quantities of data in his head.
Robert-Jan Temmink QC - Quadrant ChambersA super advocate, a fantastic tactician and a real pleasure to work with. He represents the next generation of top QCs in London - incredibly bright but able to work collaboratively as part of much bigger teams. A real gem of a silk.
Michael Todd QC - Erskine ChambersA superb heavyweight senior counsel.
Felicity Toube QC - South SquareExcellent to deal with.
Francis Tregear QC - XXIV Old BuildingsA consummate gentleman, cool under pressure and exceedingly pleasant to deal with regardless of the demands of the case. Francis is thoughtful and measured in his advocacy and highly responsive.
Andrew Twigger QC - Maitland ChambersVery easy to deal with. Excellent with clients. A first-rate advocate - particularly at appellate level.
Adam Zellick QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe has a superb knowledge of the law, and is an excellent, measured advocate on his feet and a great drafter. He has taken to Silk like a duck to water.
Lawrence Akka QC - Twenty EssexA calm, collected and extremely intelligent barrister with clarity of thought and an ability to articulate complicated concepts in a simple way.
Simon Birt QC - Brick Court ChambersHis attention to detail and knowledge of the documents is first-rate. He is also a compelling advocate, who has a reassuring and effective style in the courtroom.
James Brocklebank QC - 7 King's Bench WalkImpressively on top of what factually-heavy cases, and distilling his advice clearly for foreign clients whose first language is not English. He is also tactically astute and a crisp advocate.
Aidan Casey QC - 3 Hare CourtAn absolute pleasure to work with. He is extremely bright, tenacious, meticulous in his attention to detail and fantastic with clients.
Simon Colton QC - One Essex CourtAn instructing solicitors' dream. He is highly responsive, a master of civil procedure and process, a great tactician and a simply brilliant advocate.
Edmund Cullen QCMaitland ChambersEdmund has an outstanding intellect and excellent judgement. He is easy to work with, extremely responsive and brilliant in court.
Edward Cumming QC - XXIV Old BuildingsHe is fantastic at absorbing and analysing complex information quickly, and can formulate very sound advice at an impressive speed.
Edward Davies QC - Erskine ChambersHighly efficient and a real expert on company law matters. Edward gets to the heart of the issues quickly and identifies and tailors strategies which best suit the client's objectives.
Shaheed Fatima QC - Blackstone ChambersProbably one of the smartest people I've ever met. An excellent and tenacious advocate, but also great with clients.
Andrew Fletcher QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsAndrew reads the court and earns the respect of judges through his careful and precise approach; he is across the detail and has very sound judgement. He is a pleasure to work with.
Steven Gee QC - Monckton ChambersVery thorough, knowledgeable and hands-on. He tests the case repeatedly and never leaves any stones unturned.
Jeremy Goldring QC - South SquareA bright, tenacious, articulate and committed barrister. He has an excellent way with the written word.
Patrick Green QC - Henderson ChambersA deadly cross-examiner, he is an extremely persuasive advocate and particularly effective in the appellate courts.
Matthew Hardwick QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsMatthew is fantastically hard-working and has a very impressive attention to detail and to case preparation. His advocacy skills are excellent, he has a very pleasant manner that is effective with judges and he is very efficient in cross-examination of witnesses.
Stephen Hofmeyr QC - 7 King's Bench WalkAuthoritative, personable and extremely intelligent.
Hugh Jory QC - 4 New SquareIncredibly clever and a standout advocate who has the ear of the court. He is excellent with clients, but does not pull any punches.
David Lewis QC - Twenty EssexExtremely bright and he has very strong analytical skills. He is unerringly pleasant to work with, always willing to muck-in and be part of a legal team. David is very user-friendly indeed. His advocacy is first-rate.
Richard Lissack QC - Fountain Court ChambersRichard combines a user-friendly down to earth approach with clever legal analysis. He always spots winning points, has the ear of the judiciary, is a real team player and a joy to work with.
John Lockey QC - Essex Court ChambersHighly intelligent, understated in style of advocacy, courteous and witty.
John Machell QC - Serle CourtHe is smart, knows his stuff, particularly on partnership disputes. John's written work is very good.
Lionel Persey QC - Quadrant ChambersHe has real insight into the issues in a case and cuts to the heart of it.
Akhil Shah QC - Fountain Court ChambersFirst-rate, highly responsive and shows excellent judgement in challenging cases.
Nikki Singla QC - Wilberforce ChambersFantastically clever, an excellent technical lawyer and advocate. A Rolls-Royce among QCs.
Geraint Webb QC - Henderson ChambersHe is formidably intelligent, but remarkably free of ego - he will constantly consider strategy and how best to build and deploy a client's case.

2020 Silks

Christopher Boardman QC - Radcliffe ChambersA very strong silk who provides crystal clear advice and is highly commercial.
Richard Fisher QC - South SquareOutstanding. Incredibly responsive despite a very busy practice. A go-to silk for complex insolvency matters with broad restructuring experience.
Jamie Goldsmith QC - One Essex CourtOne of the hardest working individuals at the Bar.
Justin Higgo QC - Serle CourtA fabulous team player and is great at explaining really complicated issues in simple terms.
Blair Leahy QC - Twenty EssexA strong new silk who is very responsive and understands the complexities involved in large-scale multi-jurisdictional matters.
Edward Levey QC - Fountain Court ChambersFirst-rate: he combines a sharp intellect with pragmatism and good commercial sense. He is very user-friendly and a delight to work with.
Ben Lynch QC - Fountain Court ChambersBen has an exceptional ability to grasp the technical issues quickly and thoroughly. He grapples with the most complex cases pragmatically and is able to deliver advice that is commercial and practical.
Tamara Oppenheimer QC - Fountain Court ChambersShe has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law of privilege. She is extremely easy to work alongside in a team, and is a great advocate.
Conall Patton QC - One Essex CourtOne of the standout young silks at the Commercial Bar. Conall's written and oral advocacy is concise and to the point - he has the ability (that judges love) to skewer the point in the fewest possible words. He is one of the opponents who, when you see his name, your heart sinks a little.
James Pickering QC - Enterprise ChambersExtremely knowledgeable, but also able to convey his complex ideas to clients in simple terms, and his general conduct with clients is second to none.
Rajesh Pillai QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsGreat fun to work with, combining deep knowledge of the case with energy and a great courtroom style.
Philip Riches QC - Twenty EssexHe does a sterling job - his advocacy is clear, concise and he adapts easily in the face of time restrictions.
Jeremy Richmond QC - Quadrant ChambersA great combo of a hard hitter and a deep thinker. Ideal choice for clients who face a real fight.
Sharif Shivji QC - 4 Stone BuildingsAs an advocate, he can simplify very complicated evidence and he is a tenacious cross-examiner.
Henry Warwick QC - Henderson ChambersA very bright thinker, clearly a very effective advocate and a real team player who is a pleasure to work with. He is bound to be a very successful silk.
Colin West QC - Brick Court ChambersVery bright, very approachable and a real team player.

2021 Silks

Rupert D'Cruz QC - Littleton ChambersA great team-player and extremely knowledgeable in particular in the CIS space. Also very good judgement
David Davies QC - Essex Court ChambersA wonderful barrister.
Laurence Emmett QC - One Essex CourtA very astute operator and a brilliant advocate. He gets to the heart of the issue very quickly and can foresee potential challenges and strengths of the parties positions very quickly and often more so than the other side.
Andrew Fulton QC - Twenty EssexVery responsive and hardworking, and a clear and persuasive advocate.
Michael Holmes QC - 7 King's Bench WalkExceptionally bright, while at the same time remaining very user-friendly and approachable. He is able to absorb large amounts of detailed information very quickly and then provide reliable, clear legal advice.
Laura John QC - Fountain Court ChambersA charming and very effective advocate. She has a strong commercial and practical approach and is not afraid to get stuck into the arguments.
Adam Kramer QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA highly expert commercial lawyer with a particular interest and expertise in quantum and damages. He is focused, very intelligent and extremely assertive.
James McClelland QC - Brick Court ChambersExtraordinarily hard-working, clever, with great attention to detail and calm under fire.
Matthew Parker QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA polished and highly effective advocate. He has real steel in his submissions, backed with a very attuned sense of what judges are looking for. His written product is always first-class.
Tony Singla QC - Brick Court ChambersA well-deserved promotion to QC. A top-draw advocate, especially cross-examination.
George Spalton QC4 New SquareGeorge is the complete article. He is an astute strategist, an excellent advocate and a great team player.
James Willan QC - Essex Court ChambersIntellectually outstanding, creative and pragmatic when it comes to problem-solving; he takes ownership of cases and is a real team playe.

Leading Juniors

Tim Akkouh - Essex Court ChambersHugely experienced with great insight and judgement.
Ruth den Besten - Essex Court ChambersA brilliant junior: smart and immensely energetic.
Simon Hattan - Serle CourtHighly diligent, genial, and commercially-minded. He is a user-friendly barrister, and provides blue riband work.
Sebastian Isaac - One Essex CourtHe has it all. A fabulous strategist, very clever lawyer, very user-friendly, wide-ranging knowledge and ability to understand and explain esoteric concepts, brilliant draftsman and strikes the right tone in court.
Benjamin John - Maitland ChambersHe is the whole package - very clever, excellent on paper and in oral advocacy, charming, good-humoured and client-friendly. A really superb barrister.
Michael Lazarus - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery sharp, very bright and a fast worker.
James Sheehan - Essex Court ChambersHe is a pleasure to work with - astute, hard-working, highly experienced and has a can-do attitude. He has a calm, considered but punchy advocacy style which holds up well to silks many years his senior.
Nicholas Sloboda - One Essex CourtQuite simply the outstanding junior barrister of this generation. He is clever, drafts well and is a pleasure to work with.
Robert Weekes - Blackstone ChambersAn excellent barrister with in-depth expertise on both procedural points and wider litigation strategy. He is a clear and persuasive advocate.
Victoria Windle - Blackstone ChambersA superstar. Clever, unflappable and a joy to work with. She is just a pleasure to have on the team.
Simon Adamyk - New Square ChambersHe provides extremely good written work - when Simon says something is the position, it is the position. Hugely thorough.
Rupert Allen - Fountain Court ChambersSuper clever and super hardworking, personable and unassuming. One of the very best commercial juniors at the Bar.
Richard Blakeley - Brick Court ChambersRichard is a stellar Commercial Court junior with a wonderfully incisive mind.
Matthew Bradley - 4 New SquareOne of the leading juniors at the commercial litigation Bar. Excellent on paper, fearless in court.
Anna Dilnot - Essex Court ChambersFantastic in court - she knows just how to pitch the most difficult submissions.
Christopher Harrison - 4 Stone BuildingsAbsolutely on top of his game. He does not equivocate but provides clear advice to enable a client to take commercial and informed decisions.
Linden Ife - Enterprise ChambersA very robust advocate, meticulous attention to detail who provides very strong written work.
Susannah Jones - Twenty EssexSusannah is superb. Clever and thoughtful. She has the ability to remember and assimilate every detail in a case in no time. Her drafting is really first-class - an outstanding senior junior.
Ciaran Keller - Essex Court ChambersA future leader in the field.
David Lascelles - Littleton ChambersHe is a stellar black-letter lawyer, as well as immensely hard-working - a great team-player. He will go the extra five miles for the client and find the main road, not an irrelevant bye-way.
James MacDonald - One Essex CourtCalm, collected and supremely talented. Wonderful to work with, and charming with clients. Intellectually excellent.
Craig Morrison - Brick Court ChambersAn exceptional junior - one of solicitors' all time favourites. He has a very rare mix of qualities in that he is extremely clever, but also understands the client's commercial reality and is a really fantastic team player.
Matthew Morrison - Serle CourtMatthew is an excellent advocate who really hits home with points. He has near-surgical cross-examination skills, unsettling even the strongest of witnesses.
Rebecca Page - Maitland ChambersA sharp and analytical junior who is not afraid to get stuck into difficult drafting and advice issues. Very hard working and a real team player.
David Peters - Essex Court ChambersIncredibly bright, incredibly user-friendly, and willing to pull his weight and get into the details. Also a brave and intelligent advocate capable of getting the better of QCs.
Alexander Polley - One Essex CourtHe has a remarkable appetite for work, attention to detail and confidence, and all wrapped up in a super-bright personality. A pleasure to work with.
Leona Powell - Blackstone ChambersA brilliant advocate who is jaw-droppingly quick at getting on top of complex cases.
Clare ReffinOne Essex CourtA pleasure to work with. She grasps complex facts with ease and understands the economics behind the transaction that lead to the dispute.
Nehali Shah - One Essex CourtVery user-friendly, with quick turn-around times and a nice drafting style.
David Eaton Turner - New Square ChambersA really wise head and assured voice for clients.
Can Yeginsu - 4 New SquareHugely committed, very bright and with outstanding client skills. He has good judgment as to which arguments will attract the court.
Stuart Adair - XXIV Old BuildingsGo-to counsel for substantial and complex cases, a definite alternative for a Silk. He is good on his feet and aggressive when he needs to be.
Paul Adams - Serle CourtHe produces pleadings, skeletons, advice and correspondence of perfect polish at the drop of a hat. He is a delight to work with.
Simon Atrill - Fountain Court ChambersPersonable, with excellent analytical skills, he is good with clients and produces impressive advocacy.
Natasha Bennett - Fountain Court ChambersA great junior. She is incredibly intelligent, has great attention to detail and formulates inventive and strong arguments.
Emily Betts - Gatehouse ChambersFantastic. She has a superb brain and an unusually good eye for spotting issues coming down the track. She's very personable and client-friendly, and incredibly user-friendly for our more junior lawyers.
Edward Brown - Essex Court ChambersDirect and straight to the point, he grasps issues quickly, analyses them thoroughly and provides straightforward advice.
Fraser Campbell - Blackstone ChambersA very strong all-rounder, offering tight drafting, cogent advice and deft advocacy. He excels on his feet and is a master cross-examiner, with an assurance beyond his years of call.
Adam Cloherty - XXIV Old BuildingsAn absolute star. Practical yet thorough and very user-friendly.
Alexander Cook - 4 Stone BuildingsA highly motivated and intelligent junior who can quickly get to the nub of the issue but who is not afraid to listen before stating opinions or options. His work rate is phenomenal and always of the highest standard.
Michael D'Arcy - One Essex CourtA first-class brain, coupled with an extremely personable manner. He is capable of both performing creative in-depth legal analysis on novel points and providing a highly commercial perspective.
Josephine Davies - Twenty EssexVery responsive and absolutely a team player. Her legal analysis is excellent and her resulting drafting is top-notch.
David Drake - Serle CourtStellar intellect and utterly brilliant.
Anton Dudnikov - Essex Court ChambersA fiercely bright, commercial junior. His drafting is second to none, as is his command of the relevant legal principles. Anton's pragmatic approach sets him apart from other juniors at his level.
James Duffy - Fountain Court ChambersAn outstanding barrister who clearly operates at a junior silk level. Extremely smart and a great team player. A very good person to work with, even under pressure and during hearings, and also an excellent advocate.
Richard Eschwege - Brick Court ChambersOne of the fastest and hardest workers at the commercial Bar, which is full of hard workers. Richard does not let commitment to the client's case cloud his judgement about where the merits lie.
Richard Hanke - 3 Verulam BuildingsAn impressive advocate. He is very quick to think on his feet, and highly persuasive in his arguments.
Edward Harrison - Brick Court ChambersAbsolutely brilliant – strategic, insightful and highly skilled in all respects well beyond his years. You want him on your team and in your corner. A true star and an absolute pleasure to work with.
Philip Hinks - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery good indeed. Philip is good on law and facts, rolling up his sleeves and producing high quality work.
Edward Ho - Brick Court ChambersA superb draftsman and strategic thinker with a great commercial mind, and clearly very bright.
Nigel Hood - New Square ChambersHis strengths are excellent communication skills. He is very proactive and accessible, and works hard to get the right result for the client. Great court presence.
Olivier Kalfon - Maitland ChambersA sublime tactician. Very easy to work with and client-friendly. A truly modern practitioner of the Bar who is down to earth but with razor-sharp legal skills and subtle but deft advocacy skills.
Tina Kyriakides - Radcliffe ChambersA great talent - a great brain and very helpful and user friendly.
Niall McCullochEnterprise ChambersHardworking, approachable and with sound judgement.
George McPherson - 3 Verulam BuildingsGeorge has an excellent analytical brain, an unusual ability to think laterally and a capacity to make clear and persuasive submissions on complex matters.
Hugh Miall - XXIV Old BuildingsHe is really top notch. With superb strategic judgement, he is very easy to work with and a star in the making.
Alexander Milner - Fountain Court ChambersHe has an encyclopaedic knowledge of Russian law and the ability to swiftly work out what points will wash with the English Court and which won't. He can conduct a cross-examination on Russian law that cuts to the heart of the matter and exposes any fallacies in the expert analysis.
William Moffett - Radcliffe ChambersHe has an excellent level of technical knowledge and an eye for the detail. He ets out advice clearly and concisely and is very good on tactical considerations throughout.
Laura Newton - Brick Court ChambersExtremely talented and a huge pleasure to work with. Proactive and very user-friendly.
Shail Patel - 4 New SquareA top-notch junior. A star in the making. Incredibly smooth with the most difficult judges.
Alexander Pelling - XXIV Old BuildingsAlexander is great to work with - he focuses in on the key points with an eagle eye, superb draftsman and great advocate.
Sandy Phipps - One Essex CourtExtremely approachable and flexible. He is sharp-minded and very responsive and always adds value. Solicitors really like working with him.
Stephen Robins - South SquareSolicitors have never failed to appreciate the quality of his advice, written work and advocacy.
Bajul Shah - XXIV Old BuildingsVery bright, he possesses a deep understanding of the law. A very effective advocate with a gentle style.
Michael Watkins - One Essex CourtOne of the best juniors. Incredibly bright, very thorough, but also really astute tactically and commercially. He is the complete package: there are not many like him at the Bar.
Elizabeth Weaver - XXIV Old BuildingsSuperb - she has all of the qualities of a silk, and is hugely experienced and effective both with clients and in the court room. She is a fantastic all round advocate who solicitors would not hesitate to instruct again.
Emily Wood - Essex Court ChambersOne of the most impressive all-round barristers. She is technically superb, her written submissions and advice are second-to-none and she is a spectacular oral advocate.
Alexander Wright4 Pump CourtA very bright junior, who is very hard working and knowledgeable. Good with deadlines and very reliable.
Adam Al-Attar - South SquareFerociously bright and talented: a commanding presence on his feet with a calm, measured style that destroys opponents and inspires respect from the bench.
Nicola Allsop - Quadrant ChambersFantastic with clients and with an excellent manner, she keeps clients reassured in all conferences and responds quickly to all queries clients have. All work is done quickly and diligently and with complete competence.
Alex Barden - Fountain Court ChambersExcellent at seeing straight to the heart of complex issues.
Stuart Benzie - 2 Temple GardensResponsive and practical, gives sensible commercial advice and always available and on hand to deal with queries.
Paul Casey - Fountain Court ChambersSuper bright, commercially astute and procedurally excellent. Very affable and a real pleasure to work with. His drafting skills are second to none.
Harriet Fear Davies - DevereuxOne of the most accomplished juniors of her generation, with great commercial sense, a complete understanding of the law, and a practical approach to problem-solving. She is also a fearless advocate.
Marc Delehanty - Littleton ChambersVery approachable, courteous and personable. Also incredibly thorough and comprehensive on paper.
Tom Ford - Essex Court ChambersAn absolute machine. He can single-handedly dismantle a team of five or more on the other side with his sharp legal mind and extraordinary work ethic and determination to win.
Tom Gentleman - 4 Stone BuildingsTom has a calm and relaxed demeanour which helps to reduce the stress of working on a highly pressurised matter. His drafting and legal analysis is very strong.
Paul Greenwood - 4 Stone BuildingsStrong on the law, drafts beautifully, very easy to work with. His relaxed yet authoritative style puts clients at their ease and instils confidence.
Alexander Halban - Littleton ChambersAn incredibly able advocate who quickly and succinctly identifies and deploys the salient points in a very effective and engaging manner which always has the ear of the court.
Patrick Harty   - One Essex CourtAn absolutely excellent junior: very diligent, analytical, mature beyond his years.
Josephine Higgs - 7 King's Bench WalkShe has brilliant attention to detail. Extremely diligent and very responsive.
Fred Hobson - Brick Court ChambersFred is super-responsive and brings quality analysis to every case he works on.
Stuart Hornett - Selborne ChambersHe has very good judgement and is good at anticipating outcomes. A very confident advocate who drafts clear paperwork.
Keir Howie - 7 King's Bench WalkHugely intelligent and easy to work with. His drafting skills put him ahead of any other junior of similar call.
Emma Jones - One Essex CourtEmma is thoughtful and easy to work with. She has exceptional analytical ability and drafts beautifully. A real star.
Timothy Killen - 2 Temple GardensTim is a standout junior, head and shoulders above the rest. He is supremely intelligent, sensible and really understands client service.
Edward Knight - XXIV Old BuildingsHe has a gravitas and presence that demands attention. His brain is the size of a planet.
Geoffrey Kuehne - Brick Court ChambersGeoffrey has the perfect combination of technical brilliance plus the courtroom skills to fight as hard as it takes.
Lisa Lacob - 3 Verulam BuildingsCommercially astute and an assured advocate. Lisa is very personable and good with lay clients, and highly responsive.
Nicole Langlois - XXIV Old BuildingsThoughtful, commercial, approachable and experienced, she takes care to consider the practical as well as the pure law aspects.
Gary Lidington - Radcliffe ChambersTechnically excellent and also very commercial and practical. He is able to see the big picture and the end game from the parties' perspectives and apply that to his advice.
Anna Littler - Wilberforce ChambersShe has an excellent grasp of all the issues and a rare ability to handle difficult characters in a sensitive and productive way. Good judgement and great forensic skills mean Anna is destined to do really well.
David Lowe - Blackstone ChambersA fantastic barrister who is extremely calm under pressure and a pleasure to work with. His written work is superb and his client relationship skills are brilliant.
Alexander MacDonald - 7 King's Bench WalkHis legal analysis is excellent and very well presented. He cuts to the core of the case with ease.
Marcus Mander - 7 King's Bench WalkIncredibly smart and considered in everything he does, he is approachable and knowledgeable and very user-friendly.
Emily McKechnie - Wilberforce ChambersHer analysis of the law and facts is always spot-on. She always knows the right answer and gives it straight away. Her written work is second to none. Basically, one of the best senior juniors at the commercial Chancery Bar.
Belinda McRae - Twenty EssexBelinda is outstanding. One of the best communicators in the business. An intellectual powerhouse with a straight forward communication style.
Simon Mills - Five PaperHe is very good at forensic analytic detail. He is also charming and clients trust him immediately. Instructing solicitors rely on him hugely.
Adil Mohamedbhai - Serle CourtHe is conspicuously bright, a very effective and accomplished advocate both in writing and orally, and has a superb commercial brain.
Thomas Munby - Maitland ChambersExceptional on his feet. A really powerful advocate with an authority in court well beyond his year of call. His written work is excellent and his judgment is sound. All in all hugely impressive.
Sam Neaman - Littleton ChambersVery charming. Clients and solicitors enjoy working with him. Extremely hard working and generous with his time. He is such a team player and a skilled barrister.
Dov Ohrenstein - Radcliffe ChambersHe is always incredibly well prepared for every scenario and eventuality, able to grasp complex areas of law and procedure, and is a pleasure to work with.
Laurence Page - Gatehouse ChambersCharismatic, commercially astute, very good with clients and solicitors, and extremely hard working.
Luke Pearce - Twenty EssexObviously highly intelligent but at the same time extremely calm and measured and a pleasure to work with. He is confident and assertive enough to deal with and impress difficult clients.
Kendrah Potts - 4 New SquareBrilliant both with drafting and advocacy, very hands-on and easy to work with, very easy to communicate with and always prompt to respond.
Watson Pringle - Maitland ChambersWatson has an unerring ability to find the killer points and then deliver the winning blows. A top advocate.
Charles Raffin - Gatehouse ChambersA very charming advocate who is particularly good at putting a client at ease and conveying the merits of a case to the judge accurately and succinctly.
Alan Roxburgh - Brick Court ChambersAlan has a very thorough and forensic approach to legal issues. He is clearly very clever and he shows unwavering commitment to the case.
Adam Rushworth - One Essex CourtHe has an excellent, clear written style coupled with top-quality legal analysis. A real star junior.
Michael Ryan - 7 King's Bench WalkMichael has aan instinctive knack for getting the right answer with minimal effort, he just gets it. Really practical and commercial, and invariably the first port of contact on the case.
Edward Sawyer - Wilberforce ChambersAn outstanding draftsman, and a quite excellent technical lawyer. Incredibly collegiate and helpful and supportive to work with, responsive and hard working.
Laurie Scher - Maitland ChambersExtremely hardworking, intelligent and sharp, Laurie is an innovative yet pragmatic thinker, which enables navigation of the most complex of issues without losing sight of commercial perspective.
Andrew Scott - Blackstone ChambersAndrew is extremely sharp and very experienced for his year of call. Quick to get to the nub of new issues and offer commercial routes through.
Derek Spitz - One Essex CourtDerek has a strong reputation in high-profile and complex litigation.
Justina Stewart - Outer Temple ChambersPhenomenally bright, commercial in a way that most barristers would not dare, and an absolute delight to work with, there is no on the fence with Justina there is an opinion and an answer, usually in very short order.
Joseph Sullivan - Quadrant ChambersA fantastic barrister who gets to the heart of issues, and expresses advice in a clear, concise and digestible manner. A first-rate advocate.
Charlotte Tan - Brick Court ChambersVery thorough and user friendly, with great attention to detail.
Rachel Tandy - Henderson ChambersFirst-class counsel of the highest calibre and go-to counsel – instruct her before your opponent does.
Andrew Thomas - Brick Court ChambersVery approachable and gives straightforward, quick and effective advice. Good drafting and ability to distil complex factual matrices into efficient pleadings.
Karishma Vora - 39 Essex ChambersA very hard working lawyer, who is always ready to go the extra mile for her client. Her written advocacy is of a high standard and she is able to break come complicated issues and present them is a simplified and persuasive manner.
James Walmsley - Wilberforce ChambersJames provides laser-focused and practical advice; he cuts to the heart of the matter quickly and confidently. His written work is exceptional.
James Weale - Serle CourtYou want James in your corner. His energy is infectious and he searches far and wide for the best solution for the client.
Oliver Assersohn - XXIV Old BuildingsOliver has a rare mix of commercial acumen, empathy and wide-ranging communication skills which enable productive engagement at all levels.
Clara Benn - 7 King's Bench WalkVery analytical and bright. She is a pleasure to work with and can always be trusted to deliver excellent client service and advice.
Michael Bolding - Brick Court ChambersAn excellent team player, with encyclopaedic knowledge of the case and strong analytical skill.
Jeremy Brier - Essex Court ChambersA very powerful advocate with a dogged determination in arguing his case, both in written and oral advocacy.
Sri Carmichael - Gatehouse ChambersA very good advocate; very aware and able to adapt submissions to suit the situation. Responsive and great to have on your team. Well-liked by clients.
Timothy Chelmick - 4 New SquareA wonderfully practical approach that boils down complex litigation to the essentials and makes it easier for solicitors and clients alike.
Richard Clegg - Selborne ChambersAbsolutely brilliant and tenacious with opponents. He provides very clear and precise advice, well explained for clients - and is an absolute pleasure to work with.
Edward Cohen - Enterprise ChambersEdward is very thorough and has an extraordinary grasp of the law and the relevant issues. Very calm and clear, offering the client security and satisfaction.
Lucy Colter - 4 New SquareWholly committed to the case - diligent and hard working. She is a pleasure to work with.
Gregory Denton-Cox - 4 Stone BuildingsQuick, sharp and completely in control of the facts of the case. He has an excellent strategic sense and is not afraid to roll up his sleeves and get his hands dirty.
Daniel Edmonds - Fountain Court ChambersTalented, focused, hard working and of talent beyond his years of call.
Thomas Elias - Serle CourtCalm and unflappable, noticeably so when under intense pressure. He has a keen forensic eye for detail, and is highly commercial.
Rosanna Foskett - Maitland ChambersVery bright, commercially minded and extremely hard working. She is creative and will always go the extra mile for clients; she is absolutely a go-to commercial junior.
Jonathan Gavaghan - Ten Old SquareVery personable, great with clients and an extremely persuasive advocate. His skeleton arguments are always very well written.
Peter Head - Blackstone ChambersVery user-friendly and down to earth. Bright, pragmatic and clear-thinking. Excellent on his feet.
Malcolm Jarvis - Twenty EssexExcellent on jurisdictional matters.
Anne Jeavons - 3 Verulam BuildingsA strong advocate with a command of the detail and the ability to convey complex matters in very simple terms. Anne is also user-friendly and approachable. Overall, Anne is an excellent junior who solicitors really enjoy working with.
Tamara Kagan - One Essex CourtIntelligent, pragmatic and a pleasure to work with. Solicitors would instruct her on all of my matters if I could.
Anna Lintner - 39 Essex ChambersAbsolutely one of my favourite commercial juniors and a star in the making.
Christopher Lloyd - Erskine ChambersA highly effective advocate who commands the confidence of the court beyond his level of call.
Paul Marshall - Cornerstone BarristersOutstanding in his commercial practice.
Sarah McCann - Gatehouse ChambersAn excellent technical and practical lawyer.
James McWilliams - 3 Verulam BuildingsThe complete package: incredibly sharp on matters of black letter law, experienced beyond his years on matters of strategy, a great team member and a real gent.
Jennifer Meech - Enterprise ChambersA tenacious advocate who is happy to take on more senior counsel and even silks. She is technically good too and someone you would want on your side.
Tom Mountford - Blackstone ChambersHe is impressive even in the top echelons of the commercial Bar, where he operates. He is going places.
Simon Oakes - Quadrant ChambersSimon has a very good brain and thinks outside of the box - one to watch.
Rachel Oakeshott - One Essex CourtShe always delivers to the highest standards and is carving out an excellent practice and portfolio of cases.
Benjamin Parker - 7 King's Bench WalkExtremely clever. He has a superb grasp of case law relating to tort and contract, allied to excellent clarity of expression.
Angharad Parry - Twenty EssexTechnically brilliant with a real eye for detail - Angharad has an uncanny ability to unravel the most complex legal issues with surprising ease.
Richard Power - Fountain Court ChambersA brilliant junior who can find the key point with laser-like precision and then deploy it before the court, where he knows exactly how to get the judge’s ear.
Helen Pugh - Outer Temple ChambersA tenacious, confident advocate who is incredibly switched on. Clients appreciate Helen's determination, and her commitment to their case.
Alexander Riddiford - South SquareHe is a superb draftsman who really knows how to structure a skeleton argument to engage the court's attention and to focus on the lead points that are likely to win the argument.
Amy Rogers - 11KBWFirst class - she has the ability to produce top-quality documents at a rapid speed.
Gerard Rothschild - Brick Court ChambersCalm and collected so as to deliver a very polished and analytical service.
Max Schaefer - Brick Court ChambersIncredibly quick and clever, a real team player, and with an astonishing work rate and output. also a forensic and effective advocate who inspires complete confidence when he is on his feet.
Ming-Yee Shiu - Littleton ChambersIncredibly articulate and precise, she has the detail of the case nailed down and is able to assimilate all the information and turn it into practical and detailed advice.
Shane Sibbel - Blackstone ChambersAn absolute star - extremely bright, gets stuck into the detail, very commercial and client friendly. One of the most responsive and helpful barristers.
Carlo Taczalski - Crown Office ChambersA confident lawyer and advocate who never shies away from the difficult points, and strives to find new angles on existing issues.
Niranjan Venkatesan - One Essex CourtExceptionally talented and has the skills and manner that totally belie his relatively junior level. His knowledge of the law is encyclopaedic - solicitors have never known any lawyer with such knowledge and recall of authorities.
Geoffrey Zelin - Enterprise ChambersA technically strong, unflappable and measured advocate.

Rising Stars

Joyce Arnold - One Essex CourtShe has a brain the size of a planet but worn extremely lightly - A real team player, solicitors would be lost without her.
Ian Bergson - Fountain Court ChambersTechnically very able, very bright and a delight to work with - one to watch for the future.
William Day - 3 Verulam BuildingsA fabulous barrister. William is intellectually brilliant coupled with an easy manner and very approachable.
Sam Goodman - Twenty EssexAn outstanding prospect. He is an excellent lawyer who shows great judgement and is very articulate.
Lara Hassell-Hart - 4 Stone BuildingsVery clever and inordinately hard working. She does a fantastic job.
Jamie Holmes - Wilberforce ChambersExceptionally hard working and a real pleasure to work with, highly responsive and astute, and tactically very good.
William HooperMonckton ChambersVery bright and easy to work with, and happy to lead on pretty large, complex cases despite his relatively junior years. He speaks with gravitas. A star junior and one to watch.
Oliver Jones - Serle CourtA really excellent junior. Brilliant with clients. Completely on top of the detail. Very strong on the law and a huge asset to any team.
Sophie Shaw - Brick Court ChambersFantastic - very able and responsive, a very able drafter and a very good all-round lawyer.
Felix Wardle - Essex Court ChambersExtremely bright and adds tremendous value to cases. Particularly good with intellectually challenging matters such as complex foreign law. A creative and deep thinker.
Ben Woolgar - Brick Court ChambersDelightful to work with - super clever, highly knowledgeable and gets completely his client’s (and instructing solicitors’) needs.

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Chambers of Lord Grabiner QC

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One Essex Court is a pre-eminent commercial set of barristers’ chambers in London. Members provide specialist legal advice, support and advocacy services worldwide, and the barristers’ expertise covers all areas of arbitration, litigation, regulation and dispute resolution.

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3 Verulam Buildings

3 Verulam Buildings has 'a plethora of excellent barristers, all of whom are extremely approachable', and clients appreciate the 'great strength in depth, especially amongst the juniors'. Senior and junior members are regularly instructed on some of the largest commercial disputes to hit the London and international courts and tribunals. A notable highlight was Tatneft v Bogolyubov & Others - a case concerning a Ukrainian oil refinery with multiple interlocutory points addressing complex issues of law - in which Ewan McQuater QC and Matthew Parker QC successfully represented the defendants who had the claims against them dismissed in February 2021. McQuater QC and David Quest QC also represented the defendant in PCP Capital Partners v Barclays Bank. Another major mandate is Arcelormittal v Essar Steel & VTB Bank, a matter concerning the enforcement of an ICC arbitral award, in which Adrian Beltrami QC is representing VTB.

Testimonials

Set

‘3VB are one of my go to sets for commercial work. They have real strength in depth and numerous members of Chambers are a class act. ‘

‘High-quality throughout, easy to work with and adaptable, flexible barristers. A go-to set.’

‘Huge strength in depth of expertise and availability of counsel. An impressive offering.’

‘Hugh strength-in-depth. My preferred set on complex and/or high-end litigation.’

‘3VB remains the top set for commercial litigation and in our view international arbitration given their strong international roster of associate members. They remain the set of choice of us as firm when its comes to complex litigation dispute or when an opinion is required on commercial law matters.’

Clerking

‘The clerks are very responsive and helpful. Nothing is too much trouble for them.’

‘One of the best clerks’ rooms – responsive and accommodating.’

‘The clerks at 3VB are sensitive to the requirements of the client and do not see fit to push a QC all the time when the work required can be done by a high quality junior barrister of which 3VB has a good line up. Stuart Pullum and Stephen Penson are exceptional in this regard.’

‘The clerks are great. Stuart Pullum, their head clerk, is the person I mostly deal with. He’s a lovely man. Very commercial and sensible.’

‘We always receive a very high standard of service from 3VB, who take time to know our client needs, not just our firm. This makes our work that much easier.’

Brick Court Chambers

Brick Court Chambers is a 'superb set' that offers 'almost universal quality' and is 'probably the set with the best black letter/technical lawyers in London'. The set boasts some of the market's undisputed super-silks, including Mark Howard QC who led a team of six members, including Michael Bools QC, Geoffrey Kuehne, and rising star Ben Woolgar,  for the first defendant Igor Kolomoisky in Privatbank v Kolomoisky and others, which is set for trial in 2022. Another major case has been Tugushev v Orlov, Roth and Petri, where Helen Davies QC, Richard Slade QC and Richard Blakeley are representing Alexander Tugushev. The arrival of Vernon Flynn QC from Essex Court Chambers adds further strength, particularly for international disputes.

Testimonials

Set

‘Brick Court Chambers has, over the last few years, really cemented its position as the very best commercial chambers in London. The set has incredible depth and breadth in terms of its practitioners and continues to get better (the recent addition of Vernon Flynn QC being one very good example).’

‘One of the top sets with a range of top calibre lawyers – approachable – not self-important. They run a good commercial law year in review seminar amongst many others.’

‘Powerful set with massive strength in depth and across disciplines.’

‘Brick Court is now rightly thought of as being as preeminent in commercial litigation as it has been for public law and EU law.’

‘Incredibly strong depth of knowledge. Willing to make resourcing work at short notice.’

Clerking

‘The service in Brick Court is good and perhaps a notch ahead of its competitors. The clerks are responsive and personable. Paul Dennison is particularly impressive.’

‘Jo Francis is very client focused and helpful, provides a very good and prompt service and is a pleasure to work with.’

‘Philip Wilkes was incredibly helpful in both the initial selection of leading counsel and in arranging work throughout.’

‘Will Jackman is a very competent clerk, quick and effective communication and diary management and very fair/reasonable on fee estimates and fixed/capped fee proposals.’

‘Paul Dennison is extremely approachable and commercial – he makes life easy for us and I like working with him.’

Essex Court Chambers

Essex Court Chambers is to some the 'go-to commercial set above all others' and 'the universal quality of its counsel marks it out as exceptional'. Perhaps a mark of the set's quality and depth is its ability to carry on despite the departure of several high profile silks in 2021, in part owing to sanctions imposed on the set by the Chinese government. A glance at the calibre of the set's new silks and juniors  suggests the future remains bright. Among these, James Willan QC was sole counsel to Nikolay Fetisov, one of the defendants in National Bank Trust v Yurov, a matter concerning an alleged misappropriation of funds from a Russian bank, with Nathan Pillow QC, David Davies and Anton Dudnikov appearing for the claimant, and Paul Stanley QC acting for another defendant. Joe Smouha QC also led for the claimants in PCP Capital Partners LLP v Barclays Bank plc with a team that included James Sheehan.

Testimonials

Set

‘Fantastic strength in depth – the pre-eminent dispute resolution chambers.’

‘Essex Court Chambers is a fantastic set, with an excellent range of silks and juniors covering all commercial bases.’

‘They have so many first rate individuals – you are spoiled for choice. Good to see more diverse crop of barristers coming through.’

‘Top-flight commercial litigation and civil fraud set. Perhaps the market leader.’

‘Top class set which we as a firm use as one of our go to sets for this type of work and more widely. ‘

Clerking

‘Oliver Butcher and Oliver Duane stand out.’

‘The clerks are extremely helpful and quick to acknowledge the type of assistance that is needed on particular cases. I have found Jack Wood to be very helpful when seeking assistance from Essex Court chambers. Jack Wood is quick to respond to queries and always does his very best to ensure that the right help can be provided even in tight time frames.’

‘Clerking is excellent – particularly Kevin Grubb.’

‘Top class service. Katie Myles and Joe Ferrigno are very good and straightforward to deal with. ‘

‘The clerks are fantastic. Ben Perry in particular is responsive, helpful and extremely knowledgeable.’

Fountain Court Chambers

Fountain Court Chambers is 'exceptional in every regard' and praised for its stable of 'technically excellent and very approachable' silks and juniors. Away from its client-facing work, the set is also commended for its 'active network and events to promote gender equality in the profession'. The set's workload includes some of the largest cases to hit the market. Notable highlights include VTB Capital plc v Republic of Mozambique, regarding defaulted sovereign debts to Mozambique, in which David Railton QC , Timothy Howe QC, and rising star, Ian Bergson, are among those representing VTB Capital. Bankim Thanki QC and Simon Atrill also represented Ukrainian government in the Supreme Court in Times Travel v Pakistan International Airlines, in which the court examined issues of economic duress, a doctrine relevant to the its dispute with Law Debenture Trust over an alleged bond default.

Testimonials

Set

‘Fountain Court are obviously very strong across financial services, markets and high-value commercial matters. Their overall service is slick and user-friendly.’

‘Fountain Court offers a breadth of counsel to cover most commercial disputes, across a range of values. We are always offered a suitable option when a chosen barrister is unavailable, and unlike with some other sets the clerks seem to pay genuine attention to the nature of the case and client before pushing any alternative forwards.’

‘Fountain Court is a great chambers and has real strength in depth at all levels. They are clearly one of the top three or four sets in the country for commercial litigation work.’

‘Nobody ever got fired instructing counsel from Fountain Court.’

‘It is an excellent set. I have never worked with anyone at Fountain Court or appeared against anyone at Fountain Court who was not a barrister at the very top of their game.’

Clerking

‘Clerks are very helpful. Katie Szewczyk stands out particularly for being efficient yet friendly.’

‘Top class, one of the best if not the best clerks rooms.’

‘The clerking team are second to none. They are efficient, proactive and excellent at communicating.’

‘The service and clerking is top-notch. Responsive, pragmatic, and supportive. Katie Szewczyk is excellent.’

‘Sian Huckett is excellent at understanding what is required and understanding client requirements and willing to consider flexibility in fee arrangements.’

One Essex Court

One Essex Court is 'the chambers to beat on general commercial matters' and a 'stand-out in terms of bench strength and leading counsel'. The set's size ensures high quality options at every level of call, with some of the market's best known silks at the most senior end. One of the set's most notable recent cases was Travelport Ltd and others v WEX Inc, one of the first M&A disputes to emerge as a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic, in which Laurence Rabinowitz QC, Sa’ad Hossain QC and Sebastian Isaac represented the claimant, with Sonia Tolaney QC , Conall Patton QC, James MacDonald and Emma Jones on the opposing side. Another highlight was PCP Capital Partners v Barclays Bank, in which Jeffery Onions QC led Alexander Polley for Barclays.

Testimonials

Set

‘One Essex Court is my top choice for commercial cases. They have an abundance of excellent and easy to work with barristers across all levels.’

‘One Essex Court is a go-to set for the most complex and demanding cross-border litigation in the Commercial Court. The members of Chambers work effectively together, and are willing to get involved in the detail with their instructing solicitors, which produces a formidable team.’

‘First class in every respect. Huge depth of quality across all levels – from most junior to most senior barristers.’

‘One Essex Court are, to me, the pre-eminent commercial set in London. I have used them for over 20 years and have never been let down.’

‘One Essex Court has exceptional strength in depth, offering some of the best commercial barristers around. It remains our go-to set for commercial disputes.’

Clerking

‘The clerks at One Essex are a factor that sets them apart from other sets. They are responsive, helpful and just all round a pleasure to deal with. I have never had to chase them or been let down when I’ve made requests even out of hours.’

‘The clerks are responsive, courteous and proactive. Ben O’Hanlon and David Amdor are particular stars.’

‘The clerks are tremendous. They provided essential service and support with a positive attitude and very high degree of professionalism.’

‘The clerks at One Essex Court are exceptional. Nothing is ever too much, nor too late in the day. Rob Smith in particular is a delight to work with and a highly accomplished clerk whose professional standards are second to none. He clearly has an extensive knowledge of the barristers at the chambers and is a shining star within the set.’

‘The clerks are the most responsive I deal with. They are easy to use, no nonsense and are therefore efficient to deal with as you know you will not be messed around. Rob Smith is particularly good.’

7 King's Bench Walk

7 King's Bench Walk is an 'excellent set' where the 'overwhelming majority of barristers are  of an impressive standard and very helpful and responsive', with the 'quality apparent throughout both silks and juniors'. In addition to the set's core strengths of insurance and shipping, the set's members are regularly sought for major commercial and fraud cases. Several leading silks and juniors were involved in the FCA Business Interruption Test case concerning if policies cover government-mandated closures citing Covid-19, with Gavin Kealey QC, Jonathan Gaisman QC and Josephine Higgs a small selection of those involved for various interested parties. Other notable cases include PDVSA Servicios SA v PetroSaudi Oil Services in which David Allen QC and Michael Ryan are representing PetroSaudi, an attempt to use funds held by Clyde & Co, but argued to be the proceeds of the 1MDB fraud, to satisfy an arbitral award.

Testimonials

Set

‘Great strength in depth for insurance and reinsurance and commercial litigation.’

‘7KBW is the highest quality set. Very clever barristers. ‘

‘They have some very clever barristers and are involved in many large commercial cases. I think they have real strength in depth.’

‘In my experience 7KBW contains almost wall-to-wall superbly intelligent lawyers. ‘

‘A top class chambers for complex commercial disputes, and the chambers to bear in insurance and shipping.’

Clerking

‘Gary Rose is extremely helpful and approachable.’

‘The clerks at 7KBW are very responsive, very friendly and good.’

‘I have a lot of time for Greg Leyden and his colleagues. They are friendly and commercial.’

‘Gary Rose is excellent: always helpful and always available.’

‘Ed Johns has been extremely responsive and helpful in terms of updates regarding fees and availability.’

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers has 'top quality barristers at every level' and is praised for its versatility, marrying commercial litigation 'with expertise across many disciplines'. The set is especially noted for its impressive roster of juniors. Members are regularly called upon in headline-grabbing cases, particularly those with an international, regulatory or public law angle. Notable highlights included representing a Thai political exile against defendants across multiple jurisdictions in Suppipat & Others v Narongdej & Others, a dispute between Thai parties concerning the sale of two energy companies, in which Victoria Windle and Shane Sibbel were both led by Anthony Peto QC for the claimants. Several members have also been involved in the Ingenious Group Litigation, including Robert Anderson QC, Andrew Green QC and Andrew Hunter QC.

Testimonials

Set

‘Very strong set of chambers. Almost all of the barristers there are first rate.A large range to choose from.’

‘An excellent set – I instruct a number of their barristers. Without exception they are all first rate. The set has strength and depth to field enquiries for wide ranging disputes at short notice.’

‘Amazing. They have everything you need at the top level with incredible junior support. If I was only allowed to instruct one chambers again in my career it would be Blackstone.’

‘Blackstones is our preferred Chambers without a doubt. The ‘client experience’ is second to none and replicates our approach to our own clients. They have real strength in depth and understand our preferences as a firm to ensure they offer us those individuals who offer not only superb experience but also will work well with us.’

‘Outstanding quality of work and experience in the field of commercial litigation. Barristers can be counted on to marry technical expertise with commercial acumen.’

Clerking

‘I have known Derek Sutton for over 10 years. He goes out of his way to get things done for you.’

‘The clerks look after us very well. They make the effort to get to know us and respond to our needs. Derek Sutton stands out in terms of his client care and pragmatism.’

‘Gary Oliver is very user friendly and supports us to get the right counsel.’

‘Excellent experience of Danny Compton in the clerks’ room. Very responsive, user-friendly and sensible.’

‘I have always had a great experience with the Blackstone clerks’ team. Extremely prompt, friendly and approachable – they are the city’s standout clerks’ room from my perspective. In particular: Billy Brian is very personable, prompt and accommodating; Danny Compton is similarly prompt, pragmatic and has a very commercial approach to time sensitive and urgent matters. Adam Sloane is extremely knowledgeable, friendly and approachable.

Maitland Chambers

Maitland Chambers is 'a very good set with exceptional barristers' where the 'members are all formidable written and oral advocates with tremendous technical expertise'. A particular sweet spot is the overlap between big ticket commercial and chancery cases, including fraud, insolvency and offshore. Recent highlight matters include Tugushev v Orlov - in the words of Mrs Justice Carr 'a bitter and high-profile between two Russian businessmen in relation to the Norebo Group' - which is set for trial in 2022, with Christopher Pymont QC leading a five member team, including Benjamin John. Other highlight cases include Blue Power Group SARL v ENI Norge SA, where Andrew Twigger QC is leading for the claimant, and Melford Capital v Wingfield Digby, where Thomas Grant QC and Thomas Munby acted for the defendant.

Testimonials

Set

‘Maitland are my ‘go to’ set for general commercial litigation. I have used their silks and their senior juniors (as well as some junior juniors) throughout my career and the quality of advocate, and service generally, is hard to beat.’

‘Maitland is a pleasure to deal with. Whenever I recommend a barrister from Maitland to a client, I know that they will be absolutely first rate. ‘

‘The best set for complex commercial claims. Brilliant in civil fraud.’

‘Maitland’s client service is excellent and have really top-flight silks matched with great juniors.’

‘A top notch practice with a skilled and vastly experienced team always on stand-by to help with the most complex commercial disputes. The provision of in house training has been very helpful and well received. Counsel make themselves available and when that cannot be achieved, work as a team to bring in a replacement.’

Clerking

‘The clerks room is second to none. Responsive, commercial, good humoured and genuinely understand the cases and people they are dealing with. Danny Wilkinson is always available and a real star.’

‘Excellent – John Wiggs and Jason Windle are brilliant.’

‘Excellent. Very responsive and helpful. John Wiggs stands out.’

‘Fabulous – Rob Penson is a real gem.’

‘The clerking team are very pleasant to deal with. I am particularly impressed with Luke Irons. Luke is always willing to go the extra mile, and has a flexible and fair approach when it comes to negotiating counsel fees. He has an appreciation that certain counsel might be more suitable for particular matters than others and will make appropriate recommendations. This candour is appreciated, and helps generate a sense of trust between the instructing solicitors and clerk team.’

Serle Court

Serle Court is an 'excellent' set, and 'market leaders in large scale litigation involving trusts - the barristers are efficient and reliable and will always make time for work even when they are extremely busy'. The set's strengths in Chancery and offshore matters also extends to broader commercial disputes, where its silks and juniors can regularly be found on the largest claims to hit the London courts. Prominent mandates include The Public Institution for Social Security v Al-Rajaan, a fraud claim involving Kuwait's pension fund, in which Philip Marshall QC and Simon Hattan are representing one defendant, and Jonathan Adkin QC another. Elizabeth Jones QC, Justin Higgo QC, Paul Adams and five other juniors within the set represented the New Zealand businessman Sir Owen Glenn in a bitter joint venture dispute running in parallel with Jersey proceedings, Kea v Watson, which saw the defendant committed to prison for contempt of court for four months in 2020.

Testimonials

Set

‘Serle Court’s commercial litigation capabilities complement their other core offerings (fraud and trusts predominantly) to make this a go-to set for many cases, particularly where there is overlap between these core offerings.’

‘The chambers as a whole has a wealth of experience in commercial litigation.’

‘Serle Court remain the go-to set for contentious trusts and probate work particularly where there are commercial elements to it. They are all brilliant and possess such strength and depth as a set. The junior barristers at Serle Court are absolutely first rate.’

‘Superbly skillful at all levels and a great team from clerks to QCs.’

‘Serle Court are a tremendously modern and sophisticated set. They are better known for their trusts and private client work, but their commercial litigation practice is also formidable. They are a very big player in the offshore world and one of the true premier sets. All are excellent advocates, with excellent legal skills. They have a tremendous set of juniors, many of whom are obviously stars of the future. They are also all very easy to work with. Stuffiness is very much left at the door and there are no prima donnas.’

Clerking

‘The clerks are fantastic. They really do make every effort to assist and understand the needs of a project. Emma Quin is always friendly and super helpful.’

‘The service received and the assistance of the clerks’ room is excellent. The head clerks in particular are very open to discussions on rates and CFAs.’

‘Nick Hockney will bend over backward for me, always charming and always at the end of a phone.’

‘The Serle Court clerks room is friendly, accommodating and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Paul Ballard is of particular note. Extremely flexible and always willing to assist on fees to navigate difficult commercial clients.’

Twenty Essex

Twenty Essex 'is an excellent chambers for commercial disputes' and has made strong inroads into the market in recent years. Clients are quick to praise its 'impressive array of commercial barristers who are leaders in their field or will be leaders of the next generation'. Duncan Matthews QC is one of the set's leading silks and represented the fourth defendant, Igor Mints, against fraudulent  conspiracy claims brought by two Russian banks in PJSC National Bank Trust v Mints, a case that involved six members in total, with Philip Edey QC and Andrew Fulton QC representing Russian businessman Boris Mints. Paul Lowenstein QC and Sam Goodman are also representing the Frontier Investment Management Partners, the third defendant  in The Libyan Investment Authority v Credit Suisse International and ors, one of a portfolio of disputes concerning Libya's sovereign wealth fund.

Testimonials

Set

‘Twenty Essex is an excellent set with whom I and my firm work with regularly. They have excellent counsel at all levels of seniority and each is approachable and provides high quality advice.’

‘Twenty Essex are brilliant and are on the rise.’

‘Twenty Essex offers great variety of counsel and availability.’

‘Twenty Essex are an excellent set with expertise across the experience spectrum. In terms of banking and commercial work they are one of the very best and their growing practice in insolvency will stand them in good stead for many years to come.’

‘A very commercial set. I love to work with Twenty Essex.’

Clerking

‘Very strong support, friendly, professional and commercial. Tara Shah seems to know what instructing solicitors want and how to deliver the service.’

‘Flawless service. Sam McDowell is a real asset. He is extremely on the ball, always available, follows through on every task.’

‘Jemma Tagg has brought admirable modernity to the set and it seems to be thriving as a result. We have also received excellent training sessions from them on many occasions, on all sorts of commercial litigation issues.’

‘Tara Shah is friendly, communicative and easy to deal with. I am always thrilled to be dealing with her on a case.’

‘Chris Theobald is excellent.’

Wilberforce Chambers

Wilberforce Chambers is 'a great commercial litigation set with excellent specialists', whose expertise go well beyond traditional strengths of trusts and insolvency law. Among the silks, Alan Gourgey QC is a standout name, and has been leading Anna Littler for one of the defendants in Libyan Investment Authority v Credit Suisse and others, a dispute concerning several transactions the sovereign fund entered into with Credit Suisse. John Wardell QC is another key silk and has been leading Emily McKechnie for Grupo Mexico in Grupo Mexico v Registrar of Companies, concerning the question of the Court’s power to order rectification of the register to reverse the administrative restoration of an LLP where the restoration had been obtained through the provision of fraudulent material. Joanna Smith QC left the set for the High Court bench.

Testimonials

Set

‘A great set with real strength in depth; all the barristers there are really easy to work with and great at what they do.’

‘Wilberforce are excellent. We use many of their juniors and know and trust the team well. ‘

‘They continue to offer a consistently high quality service and boast some of the Country’s leading barristers.’

‘Wilberforce is the best chancery commercial chambers there is. It has great strength at all levels.’

‘The set has real strength and depth and some real heavy hitters.’

Clerking

‘Really commercial and practical, they look to meet your and the clients’ needs at every opportunity.’

‘Clerk’s room is great and very responsive, able to help with all queries. Andrew Barnes and Ben Rippengale in particular.’

‘Fraser Geddes stands out for responsiveness and “can do” attitude. His team management skills are exemplary.’

‘The clerks are always friendly, helpful and responsive.’

‘Well run, efficient, very responsive, commercially aware.’

XXIV Old Buildings

XXIV Old Buildings 'has an astounding number of highly talented barristers, from experienced QCs to the most junior of juniors, practicing across a wide range of topics from traditional Chancery work to commercial work'. The set is especially strong on offshore and trusts work, but has successfully shifted to a much more full service offering in recent years. Robert Levy QC and Hugh Miall represented over a hundred claimants in Ward & Ors v Savill, in a bit to recover assets from offshore entities involved in a major tax avoidance scheme. In addition to several top level silks, the set also fields a number of highly experienced and respected senior juniors, such as Elizabeth Weaver, Stuart Adair, Bajul Shah  and Alexander Pelling who regularly lead on their own matters.

Testimonials

Set

‘XXIV Old Buildings are my go-to commercial chancery set. They have a very deep bench of talent.’

‘Excellent standard of counsel – strong in commercial litigation across the board.’

‘XXIV Old Buildings have long commanded a significant place in respect of offshore matters but increasingly are seen as heavyweights on both commercial litigation as well as fraud matters. Their insolvency expertise is growing and they represent excellent depth and breadth in that area.’

‘Chambers has a very strong Middle East practice, with many of the leading practitioners at silk and junior level.’

‘Impressive Chambers. Well managed and a depth of quality counsel.’

Clerking

‘A professional and responsive clerking team, and their hard work to develop the chambers is paying off.’

‘Perry Brown is a superstar.’

‘The clerks’ room is excellent. They are very receptive to client needs and are reasonable in any negotiation of fees. They get the job done, especially in tricky listing disputes.’

‘They were excellent – commercial, approachable and sympathetic.’

‘The set is benefitting from Paul Horsfield’s marketing and business development experience.’

4 New Square

Several leading domestic and international law firms commend 4 New Square's 'great strength in depth and commercial approach' and its 'great QCs and juniors at all levels'. Coupled with the set's broader commercial strengths are market-leading credentials in complementary areas such as professional negligence and insurance. Notable cases include Vneshprombank LLC v Georgy Bedzhamov & Ors in which several members including Justin Fenwick QC and Lucy Colter represented one of the defendants, Georgy Bedzhamov. Graham Chapman QC and George Spalton QC, who recently took silk, also represented the fifth defendant, Viva Telecom in LIC Telecommunications SARL v VTB Capital PLC.

Testimonials

Set

‘Excellent chambers for professional negligence, insurance and general commercial litigation.’

‘ Good quality juniors to support leading counsel.’

‘The set are experts in commercial litigation. They have supreme strength in depth from leading counsel all the way to their juniors of recent call.’

‘4 New Square has in the last ten years become a top commercial litigation chamber, harnessing its very strong international links in the US, CIS, Middle East and Continental Europe. They have strength in depth at all levels and some real superstars at every level. All barristers here are very nice to work with.’

‘An understated but very impressive set. Always available and keen to assist. A pleasure to work with and my go-to for commercial disputes.’

Clerking

‘Very pleasant and high quality service.’

‘Very good, Alex Dolby in particular is a pleasure to work with.’

‘James Barrass and James Whitmore are very responsive – they are good at making recommendations when we have new instructions.’

‘Very commercial and always happy to help.’

‘Very strong client service and clerks are responsive. Alex Dolby and Lizzy Stewart stand out and seem to be the main leaders for big commercial cases.’

4 Stone Buildings

4 Stone Buildings is considered a 'leading commercial chambers with top tier juniors and some of the best silks at the commercial/Chancery Bar'. Clients also appreciate its ability 'to take instructions in a wide range of areas with particular strength in commercial company and fraud disputes'. Members regularly find themselves on the largest disputes to hit the market, such as  Autonomy Corporation v Lynch in which Richard Hill QC, Sharif Shivji QC and Tom Gentleman are all involved for various parties - the matter sits against a broader backdrop of multiple civil and criminal cases concerning HP's takeover of Autonomy. George Bompas QC also achieved a notable decision on behalf of the appellant in the Supreme Court in Marex Financial Ltd v Carlos Sevilleja Garcia, a case re-examining the law on reflective loss.

Testimonials

Set

‘4 Stone Buildings is a fantastic set to go to in the commercial litigation sphere. They are commercial and able to offer exceptional practitioners throughout the experience spectrum.’

‘4 Stone have set the standard of a modern commercial set – responsive and commercial.’

‘Have used this chambers on many occasions in the past, outstanding selection of leaders and juniors to choose from across all disciplines. Chambers have always supported the wider legal fraternity with outstanding lectures and training seminars. Much deserved recipients of awards and accolades.’

‘A go to set for corporate disputes with great strength in depth.’

‘4 Stone Buildings are a top flight set of barristers with real depth of quality and experience. They are consistently at the top end of reported cases and are a first port of call for almost all matters.’

Clerking

‘David Goddard runs a lean but mighty team – they are responsive, helpful, commercial and practical and makes solicitors’ lives easier. Ben Lashmar and Ellie Hecht were excellent to deal with.’

‘Ryan Tunkel is someone that you can do business with.’

‘Fast, efficient and effective on identifying the right counsel for the job.’

‘Great clerks who are always happy to consider funding options. Ryan Tunkel stands out.’

‘Ben Lashmar has been in the clerk’s room since I started working with this set. The clerks are helpful and I recently needed a barrister to assist on a written advice on short notice on a banking topic. I was impressed with the responsiveness given that everyone was working remotely.’

Quadrant Chambers

Quadrant Chambers is 'a strong set' with 'a particularly strong reputation for complex contract disputes in sectors such as shipping, technology, corporate and financial litigation'. The set has an impressive roster of silks and juniors at all levels of experience, and bring a diverse array of skillsets to the table. Notable cases include DAZN v IMG, where Paul Downes QC is leading Nicola Allsop for the defendants in a case concerning the COVID-19 linked force majeure termination of licensing agreements for the broadcast of Italian football matches in South America. Guy Blackwood QC and Joseph Sullivan are also acting for the claimant in ABT Auto Investments v Aapico, a dispute concerning the enforcement of a share pledge.

Testimonials

Set

‘We use Quadrant Chambers a great deal for IT and commercial work. The quality and strength of their commercial counsel is terrific, the clerks are easy to deal with and we are always given good information about fees and availability.’

‘Quadrant is my go to for commercial litigation and trading in particular.’

‘A set that is on the ascendancy and which is clearly having a great year despite the pandemic. A lot of talent available.’

‘The Chambers are our go to for all maritime and commercial matters. They have a good mix of barristers of varying levels, without compromising on quality.’

‘Quadrant is a class act throughout. A really clever and slick operation.’

Clerking

‘Always helpful, Gary Ventura is a legend obviously, but the others are all good.’

‘Gary Ventura is a brilliant senior clerk. He is straight and direct to deal with and always looks at the wider relationship.’

‘The clerks are fantastic. The level of service is absolutely first rate – head and shoulders above other top sets.’

‘The Clerks are very efficient, hands on and have good relations with the Court and their clerk colleagues within the commercial court system.’

‘Very good. Simon Slattery is sensible and commercial taking the right line between getting the best deal for his tenants and not abusing a position. Daryl Hughes is increasingly confident and a calming presence.’

South Square

South Square has a top notch reputation for insolvency, but is also extremely well-regarded in broader commercial litigation, banking, fraud and offshore disputes. The silks and juniors are especially noted for their technical prowess, and the set's service levels and published materials come highly recommended. In Discovery (Northampton) Ltd v Debenhams Retail Ltd, Tom Smith QC and Richard Fisher QC successfully defended Debenhams in a dispute with former shareholder Mike Ashley arising out of the retailer's restructuring. David Alexander QC represented one of the creditors in a dispute arising from the collapse of the retailer Toys’ R’ Us, in which Mark Phillips QC appeared for the other side.

Testimonials

Set

‘I have the highest regard for South Square Chambers. They have an excellent bench strength both at the senior and junior end. Their particular area of recognised expertise has, for a long time, centered on insolvency but the reality is that their expertise extends very significantly beyond that. For my part, my practice spans insolvency, financial and broader commercial litigation and it would be very rare for one or two counsel at South Square not to be in any shortlist of three that I submit to the client. South Square also offers excellent training and presentations, certainly in relation to insolvency law and practice but also beyond.’

‘South Square is a very strong set, with very knowledgeable and talented barristers. It is seen by many as the ‘go to’ set for certain banking and restructuring work, but the barristers I have instructed have been excellent in dealing with commercial disputes outside of these areas.’

‘South Square is undeniably the leading set of barristers for restructuring and insolvency and very able for general commercial litigation.’

‘South Square is superb in my view. Chock full of excellent juniors and peerless silks. My favorite set.’

‘South Square is best known for its strength in insolvency and restructuring, but they have wider strengths in commercial litigation and corporate trust disputes.’

Clerking

‘The clerks are highly professional and helpful. Can’t fault the service level.’

‘Dylan Playfoot is excellent – sensible and commercial.’

‘The clerks room is excellent – they are helpful, responsive, commercial, and do not over-promise.’

‘All very good. Marco Malatesta is a long server who always delivers.’

‘Excellent service, very responsive clerks.’

4 Pump Court

4 Pump Court fields several strong silks and juniors with a good track record in major commercial disputes. This comes in addition to acknowledged strengths in more specialised fields of insurance, construction and IT. Leading silks such as Stephen Cogley QC have had extremely busy years and recently led highly-rated junior Alexander Wright in VTB Commodities Trading v JSC Antipinsky Refinery, in which they secured a worldwide freezing order against the refinery. Several members including Nicholas Vineall QC are also involved in Woodford Investors v Link Solution case, arising from the collapse of the Woodford investment funds. The highly versatile Nigel Tozzi QC also remains a leading figure in the market, and is currently involved in Apache UK Investment Ltd v Esso Exploration and Production Ltd, a case concerning obligations to decommission offshore oil installations.

Testimonials

Set

‘4 Pump Court are a very good set, with a wide range of expertise across the spectrum of commercial disputes.’

‘4 Pump Court is really constructive, commercial and approachable.’

‘A  strong chambers, with good clerking. Very proactive on the marketing side and provide us with a range of seminars and knowledge sharing, leading to a good partnership between my firm and Chambers.’

‘An excellent set with a real mix of differing specialities.’

‘4 Pump Court is a very strong set.’

Clerking

‘The most helpful and accommodating set of clerks around.’

‘Clerks room is excellent. Very prompt attention. Stewart Gibbs is very commercial and user friendly.’

‘Mark Latham is a good communicator and acts quickly in response to urgent queries.’

‘I have known Oliver Miney for a number of years and he is very approachable, always willing to tackle any issues sensibly and quickly to ensure the relationship continues to develop positively.’

‘4PC stands out for its excellent clerking, always ensuring that matters are dealt with by someone with the right experience and level of seniority in a cost effective manner.’

Enterprise Chambers

Enterprise Chambers is 'a go-to for commercial and insolvency work' with 'a strong team across the chambers'. The set differs from others in the London rankings due to its strong UK footprint, with locations in Bristol, Leeds, and Newcastle, in addition to the capital. James Pickering QC is one of the set's lead silks for Commercial Court claims and recently advised the liquidators on Hotel Portfolio II UK Ltd v SMA Investment Holdings Ltd, a matter which has feature complex privilege issues. The set has a strong stable of senior juniors, including Linden Ife, who represented the claimants in Close Brothers Asset Finance v A&M Commercials Ltd, involving claims of misrepresentation that could have implications for the asset finance market. Niall McCulloch, Edward Cohen and Geoffrey Zelin also have active commercial practices.

Testimonials

Set

‘It is a close-knit set who work well together. A good range of barristers, but with some very notable talent. Excellent clerks. A considerable number of well-delivered webinars in particular over the last year and first rate seminars on specific subjects.’

‘Quality and depth at all levels.’

‘The set is going from strength to strength and growing throughout the country. They have been hosting a series of webinars on topical subjects which have all been very well received and is something I consider they should continue with. ‘

‘Enterprise are superb for insolvency and contract disputes.’

‘Our go to set for chancery litigation. Strength in depth, user friendly, flexible on fees.’

Clerking

‘Luke Clark and Michael Ireland are personable, hard-working and extremely responsive. Hard to find clerks in other sets who deliver the same service.’

‘The clerking team are formidable. They will move heaven and earth to help. With Michael Ireland at the clerking helm, there is nothing this set cannot achieve.’

‘Responsive, very capable and hard working clerks. Service delivered superior to that in other sets.’

‘Luke Clark and Michael Ireland are the two clerks I have dealt with. They have been very responsive, easy to deal with and reasonable and flexible in relation to financial arrangements.’

‘The clerks are the best I have worked with – always willing and keen to provide the service I need.’

Erskine Chambers

Erskine Chambers enjoys a market-leading reputation for company law matters, which feeds into a broader spectrum of Chancery and commercial work. The set's roster of silks and juniors command a loyal following, although firms will miss commercial fraud specialist, Stephen Smith QC, who retired in November 2020. Junior silk Edward Davies QC had a strong year and is on the claimant side for the blockbuster Hewlett Packard v Autonomy case, a civil matter running in parallel to a US extradition request for Autonomy's founder, Mike Lynch. Christopher Lloyd is also making a good name for himself in  commercial fraud cases and is junior counsel for a nationalised bank in a dispute with Ukranian oligarchs in PrivatBank v Kolomoisky & Ors. Other notable mandates include  Andrew Thompson QC's role for the defendant in BAT Industries v Sequana, which went to the Supreme Court in 2021. James Potts QC is also well regarded in this area.

Testimonials

Set

‘Great set in terms of leaders and juniors. There is someone with the experience and expertise to cove all complex commercial and company law issues.’

‘Superb from top to bottom.’

‘Excellent set with both strength and depth. All members of Chambers are specialist practitioners at the peak of their profession.’

‘Very strong on company law matters. We receive contentious and non-contentious training for our firm. The set has real depth with a large number of expert practitioners available.’

‘Great set in terms of leaders and juniors. There is someone with the experience and expertise to cover all complex commercial and company law issues.’

Clerking

‘Very responsive and approachable to discuss the right counsel and any fee estimates.’

‘The clerks are, without fail, friendly, helpful and efficient.’

‘Excellent and responsive clerking well lead by Chris Reade and Mark Swallow.’

‘The clerks take real pride in managing the service delivered (Mark Swallow cares a great deal about developing relations).’

‘I have had a long-term relationship with these chambers and their clerks, who always go the extra mile for me.’

Gatehouse Chambers

Gatehouse Chambers is the new name for the set known as Hardwicke Chambers prior to its move to One Lady Hale Gate. The quality of the members remains, with 'great breadth of counsel a different levels of seniority, and across different practice areas, all of whom are excellent technical and practical lawyers'. The quality at the junior end is especially strong, with several making a strong impression. Nigel Jones QC remains the set's leading commercial litigation silk, as demonstrated by his success for Sanjay Shah and other defendants in the epic Skat litigation, concerning what the Danish government alleges is a multi-billion dollar "cum-ex" fraud, in which he is leading Laurence Page.  Sri Carmichael is being led by Jones QC in FIML v Diallo, a dispute concerning the alleged fraudulent diversion of money due to a Caymanian investment fund arising from the early repayment to the fund of a loan by Reading Football Club.

Testimonials

Set

‘There is strength in depth, particularly in recent years as a result of expansion. The quality is good.’

‘A very a good set. Over the last 10 years or so I have instructed many different counsel in various different areas of law from this set. They have been my “go to set” for many years. The set regularly offers training, which is particularly useful during the pandemic. ‘

‘Excellent overall impression about chambers with barristers with exceptional interpersonal skills.’

‘The set is strong and offers a good balance of value and experience.’

‘Has good strength-in-depth, and their counsel and clerks live in the real world. They constantly have innovative solutions to complex issues, and have excellent bedside manner.’

Clerking

‘Service from the clerks’ room is good. Adam Blades is very easy to deal with and helpful.’

‘The clerks are very eager to impress and do whatever is necessary to fulfill my clients’ needs.’

‘Excellent. Amy McClean is great – she’s a force of nature.’

‘The clerk’s room is very good and user friendly. They find solutions and not problems. They show flexibility and help us look good in front of our clients.’

‘Richard Sumarno is great, always on hand to deal with unusual matters.’

Littleton Chambers

Littleton Chambers has 'a significant number of excellent counsel' at senior and junior level with strong expertise in commercial litigation and civil fraud claims. The set's traditional strengths in employment law provide an extra twist to its broader offering, making it an increasingly popular alternative to some of the more established commercial litigation sets. Senior silks such as Charles Samek QC are regularly sought out for major banking and commercial disputes, such as Deposit Guarantee Fund of Ukraine and JSC Finance & Credit Bank v Zhevago and others. Junior silks such as Jonathan Cohen QC are rapidly making a name for themselves and represented footballer Lionel Messi in Olswang LLP v Messi, which concerns the enforcement of a judgment for unpaid legal fees. Other key members include Russian speaker Rupert D’Cruz QC, who took silk in 2021, and highly rated junior David Lascelles.

Testimonials

Set

‘Littleton is an extremely well-structured chamberd with a lot of experts in multiple areas of the field.’

‘Littleton Chambers is one of my main chambers of choice, I have instructed a number of barristers from Littleton over the years and have always been impressed with the quality of the barristers and their client friendly approach. ‘

‘The set has developed considerable expertise at all levels in commercial and civil fraud work, and they are earning a well-deserved reputation in these fields.’

‘Our experience of the set as a whole has been extremely positive – strength in depth is excellent on the sports side for example and Littleton have been flexible and responsive when we have had potential instructions and/or queries; Very impressed.’

‘A good all round set. They have become one of my “go to” Chambers for commercial litigation work, especially anything with an employment dimension.’

Clerking

‘Dan Woodbridge is responsive and goes above and beyond the call of duty and unlike some is very willing to adopt sensible commercial and practical approaches to instructions.’

‘Very good and effective clerking and transparent on fees.’

‘Clerks are very punctual and helpful. They would always take this extra step to assist the client.’

‘The clerks are brilliant. Scott Hersey and Dan Woodbridge are extremely helpful, always go “above and beyond” with the service they provide. They are always quick to return emails or phone calls and have sorted out some tricky issues for me over the years, they have been a huge help with Court related issues as well as being sensible on fees and are always a pleasure to deal with.’

‘The clerks’ room is very well run. Jason Drakeford and Andrew Sargeant, in particular, are very helpful and efficient.’