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Company - Leading Silks

George Bompas QC - 4 Stone BuildingsA very reassuring presence.
Alan Boyle QC - Serle CourtVery responsive and experienced. He is an absolute delight to work with.
John Brisby QC - 4 Stone BuildingsHonest in his delivery of advice but always mindful of the client's wider strategic goals.
David Chivers QC - Erskine ChambersAn excellent silk for company law-related instructions.
Jonathan Crow QC - 4 Stone BuildingsStrong advocate, confident, gravitas, great with clients.
Richard Hill QC - 4 Stone BuildingsAn exceptional advocate and star of the bar.
Philip Jones QC - Serle CourtHe provides clear, concise oral advice and it is clear that he is always on top of the papers.
Robert Miles QC - 4 Stone BuildingsA leading company silk.
Martin Moore QC - Erskine ChambersHe is thoughtful; a very effective advocate.
Alan Steinfeld QC - XXIV Old BuildingsGarners respect and loved by clients. Very impressive and knowledgeable in partnership law.
Michael Todd QC - Erskine ChambersHe has deep experience - perhaps the best company law practitioner at the bar.
David Allison QC - South SquareFirst rate, really excellent.
Peter Arden QC - Erskine ChambersHe is incredibly clever and easy to work with.
Robin Dicker QC - South SquareA go-to choice when the case is so difficult it makes your head hurt.
Andreas Gledhill QC - Blackstone Chambers BarristersHe is an excellent technical lawyer, with a deep knowledge of this area of law and great poise in court.
Lexa Hilliard QC - Wilberforce ChambersBright and on the money.
Robin Hollington QC - New Square ChambersExceptionally good on paper, encyclopaedic knowledge of company law. Top silk for shareholder disputes.
Barry Isaacs QC - South SquareHe is extremely diligent, and exceptional on technical business valuation matters, particularly in cross-examination of experts on the subject.
David Mabb QC - Erskine ChambersA noted litigator.
Philip Marshall QC - Serle CourtAn exceptionally intelligent and thorough individual.
Terence Mowschenson QC - Wilberforce ChambersHe is amazingly good-humoured and inspires complete loyalty in clients.
Catherine Newman QC - Maitland ChambersGets to the heart of things quickly.
Christopher Pymont QC - Maitland ChambersWell ordered, old-school court style goes down well with judges - taken seriously and trusted.
Elspeth Talbot Rice QC - XXIV Old BuildingsQuite simply a superb lawyer and a great person to have on your team.
Anthony de Garr Robinson QC - One Essex CourtHe is a true expert in company law disputes. He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law and great judgement.
Stephen Moverley Smith QC - XXIV Old BuildingsVery sharp mind. Great clarity in drafting. Tactical nous.
Stephen Smith QC - Erskine ChambersStephen is fantastic in large, complex cases. He is clear and deeply experienced.
Francis Tregear QC - XXIV Old BuildingsHis advocacy is superb and his drafting and insight into the intricacies of a case is exceptional.
Catherine Addy QC - Maitland ChambersShe gives advice that is concise, clear and commercial.
David Alexander QC - South SquareTeam player, good communication skills, popular with clients, very available and accessible.
Mark Arnold QC - South SquareHe is able to explain complex issues with ease and articulate clear and concise submissions both in writing and before a judge.
Stephen Atherton QC - Twenty Essex ‘Held in high regard by clients.
Daniel Bayfield QC - South SquareHead and shoulders above most of his peers in terms of quality of service.
Michael Black QC - XXIV Old BuildingsClear and concise in his advice.
Matthew Collings QC - Maitland ChambersA very good advocate for company matters.
Nigel Jones QC - HardwickeGoes the extra mile to fight for clients.
Edmund Nourse QC - One Essex CourtImpressive visionary who remains clear and focused throughout.
Christopher Parker QC - Maitland ChambersA strong work ethic combined with an incredible intellect.
Marcia Shekerdemian QC - Wilberforce ChambersVery approachable, practical, knowledgeable and great to work with.
Tom Smith QC - South SquareTechnically brilliant, extremely hard working and a genuine star.
Andrew Thompson QC - Erskine ChambersHe is amongst the leading names for joint venture, company and shareholder litigation where the focus is adversarial.
Felicity Toube QC - South SquareHuge strength in depth of expertise.
John Wardell QC - Wilberforce ChambersHe is brave, tenacious and has an unflappable advocacy style.
Lance Ashworth QC - Serle CourtBright and engaging.
Gregory Banner QC - Maitland ChambersQuick to see the issues and work to an innovative and clever approach.
Lawrence Cohen QC - Wilberforce ChambersHe can analyse the problem in great detail.
Edward Cumming QC - XXIV Old BuildingsHuge amounts of energy, and an appetite to get involved in the detail of a matter.
Edward Davies QC - Erskine ChambersExtremely knowledgeable on, and with vast experience in, company law issues and disputes.
Glen Davis QC - South SquareAn immensely knowledgeable and experienced practitioner.
Michael Gibbon QC - Maitland ChambersHas the ability to get to the heart of a case and focus upon key issues.
Thomas Grant QC - Maitland ChambersHe offers clear, succinct, pragmatic advice.
Daniel Lightman QC - Serle CourtExtremely bright, is inventive with his arguments and has good judgement.
Bridget Lucas QC - Fountain Court ChambersShe grasps the commercial essence of a situation immediately and inspires confidence.
Max Mallin QC - Wilberforce ChambersVery approachable and user friendly.
William McCormick QC - Selborne ChambersA seasoned silk who combines brilliant advocacy and analysis with a user-friendly style: he always adds value.
Lyndsey De Mestre QC - XXIV Old BuildingsProvides clear advice.
David Mumford QC - Maitland ChambersHighly cerebral, thoughtful advisor. A real asset on any team.
James Potts QC - Erskine ChambersAn impressive advocate.
Nikki Singla QC - Wilberforce ChambersHe can cut through the issues to identify where work is needed or where advantages are held and how to enhance a case to a winning position.
Rebecca Stubbs QC - Maitland ChambersA really good company law barrister.

Partnership - Leading Silks

Philip Jones QC - Serle CourtHe provides clear, concise oral advice and it is clear that he is always on top of the papers.
John Machell QC - Serle CourtDeep level of expertise on all matters LLP or partnership.
Alan Steinfeld QC - XXIV Old BuildingsGarners respect and loved by clients. Very impressive and knowledgeable in partnership law.
Jonathan Cohen QC - Littleton ChambersHis strength is his immense intellect combined with commercial and strategic acumen.
Catherine Newman QC - Maitland ChambersGets to the heart of things quickly.
David Reade QC - Littleton ChambersHe combines forensic technical knowledge with big canvas thinking. He is innovative in his approach and is always interested in developing the current law as far as possible to meet his clients' best interests.
Elspeth Talbot Rice QC - XXIV Old BuildingsQuite simply a superb lawyer and a great person to have on your team.
Jonathan Adkin QC - Serle CourtHe is extremely persuasive and effective on his feet.
Andrew Ayres QC - Twenty EssexA delight to work with.
David Blayney QC - Serle CourtLarge-spirited and unflappable.
Frank Hinks QC - Serle CourtAn effective advocate.
Gavin Mansfield QC - Littleton ChambersHe is a joy to work with, able to cut through the waffle to drill down to the point and find a sensible resolution.
Francis Tregear QC - XXIV Old BuildingsHis advocacy is superb and his drafting and insight into the intricacies of a case is exceptional.

2021 Silks

Hermann Boeddinghaus QC - 4 Stone BuildingsSpots the issues early; extremely responsive; pleasant to deal with.

Company - 2019 Silks

James Bailey QC - Wilberforce ChambersHe has bags of energy and is technically astute.
Andrew de Mestre - 4 Stone BuildingsDrafts beautifully and works seriously hard. Has real technical strength and excellent judgement.

Company - 2020 Silks

Timothy Collingwood QC - Serle CourtNoted for breach-of-duty cases.
Blair Leahy QC - Twenty Essex ‘She is extremely user friendly and always willing to go the extra mile to make sure that the quality of the work she produces is of outstanding standards.
Sharif Shivji QC - 4 Stone BuildingsFerociously hard-working.
Andrew Thornton QC - Erskine ChambersA top junior silk.

Partnership - 2019 Silks

Mohinderpal Sethi QC - Littleton ChambersVery intelligent and explains complex concepts clearly while having an excellent grip on the detail.

Company - Leading Juniors

Stuart Adair - XXIV Old BuildingsHe has a first-class knowledge of company and partnership law and a great ability to dissect the issues in a case, analyse them and apply the law to them.
Nigel Dougherty - Erskine ChambersAn amazing tactician, superb trial advocate and has total mastery of shareholder disputes and company law.
Philip Gillyon - Erskine ChambersExtremely diligent and thorough, and engages deeply in the points under discussion.
Christopher Harrison - 4 Stone BuildingsVery knowledgeable, great draftsman, very quick, good judgement and so easy to work with.
Linden Ife - Enterprise Chambers ‘Excellent advocate, able to get judges on side, a tough cross-questioner and persuasive in arguments.
Tina Kyriakides - Radcliffe ChambersExcellent knowledge of company law. Is excellent with the most complex of cases (and difficult of clients).
Catherine Roberts - Erskine ChambersNoted for shareholder disputes.
David Eaton Turner - New Square ChambersVery good in assimilating a lot of background facts and providing a detailed written advice.
Tim Akkouh - Essex Court ChambersHe drafts beautifully, is an excellent team player and really grasps what the client's priorities are.
Gregory Denton-Cox - 4 Stone BuildingsAn intellectual superpower.
Ben Griffiths - Erskine ChambersHis written work product is first rate, and he is very responsive.
David Lascelles - Littleton ChambersMasters complex issues swiftly and has a great ability to explain them simply to clients. In particular, though, he is always approachable, quick to respond and happy to help.
Niall McCulloch - Enterprise Chambers ‘He is very bright and his written work is concise and articulate. Great on his feet in court.
Ben Shaw - Erskine ChambersA superb lawyer for company disputes. Highly forensic approach, excellent knowledge of relevant case law and the right gut instinct for how a case will play out in court.
Mary Stokes - Erskine ChambersA good company law litigator.
Elizabeth Weaver - XXIV Old BuildingsAn exceptional junior for company law matters.
Simon Adamyk - New Square ChambersHe is incredibly bright and an absolute go-to barrister for anything that is horrendously complicated.
Alex Barden - Fountain Court ChambersHe is all over the detail of very complex cases and is extremely charming and pleasant to work with.
James Barker - Enterprise Chambers ‘He is bright and measured, and keen to understand the detail.
Ruth den Besten - Essex Court ChambersShe is a standout junior.
Christopher Buckley - Radcliffe ChambersHe is on top of the detail and isn't afraid to tell it how it is.
Edward Cohen - Enterprise Chambers ‘One of the best drafters. Pleadings and witness statements are beacons of clarity and easy to read.
David Drake - Serle CourtClever and a pleasure to work with.
Paul Greenwood - 4 Stone BuildingsHe has a calm, down to earth, practical style.
Stephen Horan - Erskine ChambersClient-friendly and pragmatic.
James Knott - 4 Stone BuildingsVery easy to work with, thorough and technically brilliant.
Hugh Miall - XXIV Old BuildingsVery good grip of the authorities and superb ability to marshal the facts and present them persuasively.
Tiran Nersessian - 4 Stone BuildingsHis judgement is second to none.
Rebecca Page - Maitland ChambersA brilliant mind, very thorough, fantastic advocate, personable and down to earth.
Giles Richardson - Serle CourtQuick and incisive, good with clients and fun to work with.
James Sheehan - Essex Court ChambersHe is an outstanding junior.
Geoffrey Zelin - Enterprise Chambers ‘Highly responsive, works very hard, always available, very clever, a go-to person for everything, and a straight talker.
Paul Adams - Serle CourtExcellent, and always proactive and helpful.
Thomas Braithwaite - Serle CourtSuper efficient! Very knowledgeable and able to simplify very complex matters.
Sarah Clarke - HardwickeA fearless litigator willing to fight hard for her clients; believes in her arguments and is unwavering.
Alexander Cook - 4 Stone BuildingsHappy to really get involved in the case and very thorough.
Dan McCourt Fritz - Serle CourtA collaborative team player who is great on detail.
Tom Gentleman - 4 Stone BuildingsHe is an essential part of the counsel team.
Graeme Halkerston - Wilberforce ChambersIntellectual and responsive.
Patrick Harty - Erskine ChambersImpressive and provides a good service.
Benjamin John - Maitland ChambersVery clever and diligent.
Simon Johnson - Enterprise Chambers ‘Incredibly user-friendly and not afraid of the fight.
Jonathan Lopian - New Square ChambersHis highly analytical approach ensures that no points are left unexplored so that he always approaches each matter with a fresh pair of eyes.
Matthew Morrison - Serle CourtHis analysis of the issues is always very articulate and thorough.
Thomas Munby - Maitland ChambersHe is excellent on his feet and often out performs more senior advocates.
Sam O’Leary - One Essex CourtHe is a great lawyer, very much on top of shareholder disputes.
Matthew Parfitt - Erskine ChambersAn impeccable advocate with a calm and collected manner.
Adrian Pay - New Square ChambersA good choice for shareholder disputes and oppression claims. Excellent on the big picture (with a deep knowledge of the field) and very strong on drafting and presentation of evidence.
Iain Pester - Wilberforce ChambersGood client handling skills and a skilful advocate.
Alastair Tomson - 4 Stone BuildingsHe performs exceptionally well and is particularly strong when cross-examining.
Harris Bor - Twenty Essex ‘He is a real fighter for the clients and a persuasive oral advocate.
Matthew Bradley - 4 New SquareHe has commercial know-how.
Fraser Campbell - Blackstone ChambersNot only is he incredibly intelligent, but he is like an encyclopaedia in the field of unfair prejudice law, having been involved in most of the high-value unfair prejudice cases over the last few years.
Thomas Elias - Serle CourtVery bright, clear-thinking and tactically astute.
Rosanna Foskett - Maitland ChambersShe is brilliant at getting to grips with the complexities of cases and presenting them lucidly and attractively.
Emma Hargreaves - Serle CourtShe is very bright, ferociously hard-working and tactically very savvy.
Anna Markham - 4 Stone BuildingsShe is a very knowledgeable junior to have on your side.
Jack Rivett Erskine Chambers ‘Extremely intelligent and knowledgeable but combines this with an easy-going manner and an astute grasp of tactics.’

Partnership - Leading Juniors

Roderick I’Anson Banks - Partnership CounselHe is a complete specialist in the area of partnership law.
Jeremy Callman - Ten Old SquareHe is simply brilliant. His knowledge of LLP and Partnership law is unsurpassed.
Jennifer Haywood - Serle CourtShe obviously knows her subject very well and gives clear and sensible advice.
Simon Jelf - Partnership CounselA true expert in his specialist field and gives pragmatic advice while always being sympathetic to the personal situation of his client.
Mark Blackett-Ord - 5 Stone BuildingsHis knowledge is fantastic and he really is a leading authority in partnership law; very diligent and approachable.
Thomas Braithwaite - Serle CourtSuper efficient! Very knowledgeable and able to simplify very complex matters.
Jonathan Gavaghan - Ten Old SquareHe is wonderful with clients and they are always impressed with his astonishing intellect and knowledge.
James Mather - Serle CourtVery clever, razor sharp mind, absorbs the detail, pugnacious when necessary.
Gideon Roseman - Ten Old SquareConsistently superb in terms of analysis and detail; leaves no stone unturned and gives every case his all leaving nothing on the field.
Naomi Winston - Ten Old Square ‘Fantastic attention to detail and an absolute expert on the law.
Edward Cohen - Enterprise Chambers ‘One of the best drafters. Pleadings and witness statements are beacons of clarity and easy to read.
Helen Galley - XXIV Old BuildingsApproaches cases very sympathetically, but also in a pragmatic and no-nonsense way.
Ciaran Keller - Essex Court ChambersHe is a complete all-rounder: super bright, all over the detail, calm under pressure, clear and confident with clients, very easy to work with and forms an integral part of our team.
James Bickford Smith - Littleton ChambersHe is able to respond pro-actively to all manner of scenarios and excels at responding to difficult scenarios and difficult clients.

Company - Rising Stars

Timothy Sherwin - XXIV Old BuildingsHe is exceptionally bright, years ahead of his call in his knowledge and capability, extremely approachable and conscientious.

Company and partnership in London Bar

4 Stone Buildings

4 Stone Buildings is 'a very strong set in the company law area with strong performers across the board.' Members are well-versed n the spectrum of matters, including M&A, corporate finance, redutions and reorganisations, as well as directors' duties and shareholders' rights issues. Jonathan Crow QC continues to go from strength to strength, and is instructed by the claimant in Maso Capital Investments Ltd v Shanda Games Ltd, a Privy Council test case concerning the valuation of shares under the Cayman Islands appraisal legislation. John Brisby QC is another big name litigator and, leading Alexander Cook in Cruz City v Unitech Limited et al, represented Unitech in its enforcement of an arbitral award arising from the financing of a property transaction in India, involving freezing and receivership orders. Sharif Shivji QC was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2020; he appeared in a ten-month trial where he successfully represented Michael Lynch in the fraud case of Autonomy Corporation v Michael Lynch.

ENTERPRISE CHAMBERS

Enterprise Chambers is home to 'some good and reliable juniors' practising company law. Most notable is Linden Ife, who is an expert in breach of fiduciary duty and misfeasance claims against directors. She was instructed by the state of Western Australia in Re Fairbridge Pinjarra and Prince’s Trust, a case involving claims made against the state by former child migrants as a result of the activities of dissolved company Fairbridge. On the advisory front, Niall McCulloch continues to assist Eagle Star Insurance with the restructuring of its insurance entities. James Barker is also noted as an expert in directors duties.

Erskine Chambers

The 'pre-eminent set for company law', Erskine Chambers houses leaders in their field for litigation and transactional work, including barristers who regularly act in the highest-profile shareholders' disputes. Michael Todd QC stands out for his litigation and transactional practice in the UK and internationally, and is currently advising Inmarsat in relation to a scheme of arrangement arising from its acquisition by four US funds. David Chivers QC, also known for his advocacy and advisory work, advised Royal Dutch Shell as the £47bn  acquirer of British Gas. Andrew Thornton QC took silk in 2020 and Andrew Thompson QC successfully represented British American Tobacco at the court of appeal in BAT Industries v Sequana, a claim arising from an allegedly unlawful breach of a fiduciary duty.

Littleton Chambers

Littleton Chambers is 'an excellent set, with a number of respected silks' and is particularly noted for its partnership law bench-strength. The group continues to handle partner departures and team moves, in addition to cases involving allegations of harassment and sexual misconduct. With a commercial dispute resolution and employment law background, Jonathan Cohen QC has developed an impressive practice handling partnership break-ups and their associated claims. Head of chambers Gavin Mansfield QC is noted for matters involving lateral hires and contentious exits. For company law instructions, David Lascelles is 'excellent' for director and shareholder disputes.

Maitland Chambers

A capable set of experts in company and partnership matters, Maitland Chambers' barristers continue to handle high-profile shareholder and offshore company disputes, in litigation and at arbitration. A key specialty, partnership instructions include disputes for professional firms and high-value family partnerships. A seasoned advocate, Catherine Newman QC represented the principal individual respondent in Destiny Investments Limited and Others v TH Holdings and Others, a £500m minority shareholders' petition. In Re Sprintroom; Potamianos v Prescott, Rebecca Page appeared unled before the Court of Appeal, representing an appellant in a case involving unfair prejudice claims.

New Square Chambers

'A great set, stuffed to the gunnels with super bright individuals', New Square Chambers' members cover the gamut of contentious and non-contentious company law work, with a stand-out offshore practice. Robin Hollington QC is known for shareholder disputes and regularly appears in the BVI, Cayman Islands, Hong Kong, and Singapore. He is leading Adrian Pay in Re Compound Photonics, an unfair prejudice petition, on behalf of the minority shareholders. In (1)Elnur Aliyev (2) Pure Energy Developments SARL v (1) Panacea Resource Solutions Limited (2) Panacea PED LimitedJonathan Lopian is representing the first defendant in a contractual and unfair prejudice claim.

Partnership Counsel

Partnership Counsel is entirely dedicated to partnership law matters, with a practice encompassing traditional business and partnerships, LLPs, and joint venture arrangements, representing both individuals and the partnership entities. Senior junior Roderick I’Anson Banks has a stellar reputation in the area and is currently representing Medivet in Lawlor v Medivet Group Ltd, a case regarding the right to charge expenses on the applicable partnership agreements. Also of note, Simon Jelf has developed a specialism in medical partnerships in the NHS.

Serle Court

According to one client, Serle Court's 'members are the best in town' for Chancery work, where they continue to exhibit exceptional litigation expertise. Areas of particular strength are shareholder disputes and derivative claims, with barristers such as Philip Jones QC specialising in disputes arising from China and Hong Kong. Daniel Lightman QC, leading Emma Hargreaves, represented the CEO in Re Edwardian Group Limited, successfully convincing the court to reject a section 994 petition. New 2020 silk Timothy Collingwood QC is a shareholder disputes expert, acting for the petitioners against a private equity house for control of a company in Re: R-Squared Holdco Limited. On the partnership side, Jennifer Haywood is a respected junior with an active contentious and non-contentious practice.

South Square

South Square is noted as 'a great set for any company or insolvency disputes', with a strong practice handling creditor schemes of arrangement, restructurings, shareholder and directors' duties cases. With both a litigation and advisory practice, David Allison QC is a go-to expert in schemes of arrangement, shareholders' and joint venture agreements; he is acting for the ad-hoc creditors' committee in relation to a scheme of arrangement proposed by Interserve Group. Also of note, Daniel Bayfield QC acted for a group of landlords, funded by Sports Direct, challenging the Debenhams company voluntary arrangement. And Felicity Toube QC has an active Cayman Islands practice, and is an expert in international proceedings under English law.

Ten Old Square

Praised for being 'as good as it gets for partnership issues' members of Ten Old Square have a strong reputation for partnership disputes and advisory work. 'Clever strategistJeremy Callman focuses on litigating partnership and LLP disputes, as well as advising managing partners on internal issues. Naomi Winston represents firms and individuals and partners, and has developed a strong advisory practice, in relation to internal issues and partnership documentation.

Wilberforce Chambers

Wilberforce Chambers has 'great overall strength and depth in offshore expertise', which it deploys in a range of company law settings, including financial assistance, shareholder disputes and directors' duties cases. In Wardour Trading Ltd v NekrichTerence Mowschenson QC represented the liquidator before the Supreme Court of Gibraltar in an action regarding alleged fraudulent trading. Marcia Shekerdemian QC is a key company and partnership law barrister, and is representing Jabac Finance in Jabac Finance Ltd, v Newman & Ors, Newman v Newman, Newman v Jabac Finance Ltd and ors; a complex dispute revolving around shareholders in a private family company.

XXIV Old Buildings

Experts in company and partnership law, barristers in XXIV Old Buildings lead the way in Chancery and offshore work, as well as domestic and international partnership disputes in the professional services industries. Elspeth Talbot Rice QC's practice spans both company and partnership; she is acting for BVI company Ben Nevis in a case involving a claim by the South African Revenue Service for the wrongful transfer of assets for the purposes of evading tax. Elizabeth Weaver is acting for the defendants in Carlyle Capital Corporation Limited (in liquidation) and others v Conway & others, a $2bn breach of contract and fiduciary duty claim arising out of the failure of a US hedge fund incorporated in Guernsey. Making a name for himself as 'years ahead of his call', rising star Timothy Sherwin has an increasingly active practice in section 994 petitions and companies held in trust structures.