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.