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  1. Company – Leading sets
  2. Company – Leading silks
  3. Company – 2017 silks
  4. Company – 2018 silks
  5. Company – Leading juniors
  6. Partnership – Leading sets
  7. Partnership – Leading silks
  8. Partnership – 2019 silks
  9. Partnership – Leading juniors

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Partnership – Leading silks

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β€˜First class in every single way’, 4 Stone Buildings is noted for its strong clerking culture and the quality of advice offered by its members. Expertise within the set covers all aspects of company law, which has become a real focus of its work. Multiple members continued their involvement in Autonomy v Dr Michael Lynch, while Robert Miles QC is acting for Kaupthing in Vincent Tchenguiz v Grant Thornton, Kaupthing and others. With a strong international practice, Jonathan Crow QC is instructed by Koza Altin on its Court of Appeal hearing in Koza Ltd v Akcil.

Enterprise Chambers possesses β€˜a very talented group of junior counsel’ and its clerks are singled out for providing β€˜excellent service’. Recent instructions of note for members include Aerostar Maintenance International v Wilson and Elek v Bar-Tur & Bar-Tur. In May 2018, Edward Cohen appeared in a six-day trial concerning Kingstons Investments Limited, which involves misfeasance proceedings by the liquidators of a company against its shareholders and former directors. Bernard Weatherill QC left the set for Pallant Chambers.

Erskine Chambers is the β€˜premier set relating to company law matters’; standing apart on the basis of the β€˜technical expertise, competency and efficiency’ of its barristers. Members continue to be instructed on a number of influential company law matters, including Re Dee Valley Group plc and BAT v Sequana. On the advisory front, Martin Moore QC assisted Liberty Global as bidder for Cable & Wireless, which utilised a complex domestic and international acquisition structure.

Littleton Chambers enters the partnership rankings on the basis of its expertise in the developing area of restrictive covenants and business protection. Gavin Mansfield represented KPMG in Alvarez & Marsal Europe Ltd v KPMG LLP and others, successfully challenging the enforceability of an β€˜anti-team move’ restriction in the LLP agreement of the claimant.

Maitland Chambers is β€˜a top class’ commercial Chancery set backed up by a group of β€˜brilliant’ clerks. A deputy High Court judge in the Queen’s Bench and Chancery Divisions, Catherine Newman is a stand-out practitioner for company and partnership matters. She successfully defended the directors of Destiny Investments against a hostile minority shareholders’ petition in Destiny Investments Limited and others v TH Holdings and others. David Mumford acted for the defendant in BAT v Sequana, successfully resisting all but one of the claims. Jonathan Russen QC left chambers in August 2017, following his appointment as a Specialist Civil Circuit Judge, while Anthony Trace QC moved to 4 Pump Court.

New Square Chambers is β€˜a strong Chancery set’ with a number of β€˜very good’ juniors and silks, supported by β€˜exceptionally organised’ clerks. Members have expertise in all areas of company law. Typical instructions include issues arising out of commercial litigation and advisory work and litigation in relation to restructuring issues, corporate governance, and transactions. Robin Hollington QC is noted for minority shareholder cases and has a significant offshore practice.

Partnership Counsel is β€˜one of the foremost sets and the only one that is truly focused, exclusively, on partnership law’. Both members of chambers, Roderick I’Anson Banks and Simon Jelf, are veterans of the area and represent both partners and firms involved in partnership and LLP disputes, as well as advisory and drafting work. L’Anson Banks continues to represent the claimant in the family partnership dispute, Benge v Benge.

β€˜A great set’, Serle Court is β€˜stocked with magnificent lawyers’. Company law is a particular focus of its members, who are often involved in significant company litigation with an international element. Philip Marshall QC and Matthew Morrison successfully defended the independent directors of Carlyle Capital Corporation against allegations of breaches of fiduciary duty and wrongful trading in Carlyle Capital Corporation (CCC) v Conway & others. Timothy Collingwood was involved in Re Burberry Group Plc which was at the Court of Appeal.

β€˜Second to none’ South Square has β€˜a number of leading QCs, as well depth of juniors’ specialising in company law. Expertise within the set includes schemes of arrangement (both in England and offshore jurisdictions), directors’ duties and breach of duties claims. Members are also regularly instructed on M&A transactions and complex issues relating to takeovers, showcased by David Allison QC’s involvement in the AB inBev and SABMiller Β£80bn merger.

Ten Old Square is β€˜just excellent for partnership work and is involved in most of the leading cases’. Members Jeremy Callman, Jonathan Gavaghan, Naomi Winston and Gideon Roseman are noted as β€˜experts in their field’ and are instructed by both partnerships and individuals. Expertise within the set includes partner and member exits, team moves, partnership assets, LLP and partnership agreements, duties and unfair prejudice, as well as restrictive covenants, dissolutions and discrimination issues.

The silks and juniors at Wilberforce Chambers are noted for possessing β€˜a good diversity of skills’ across the spectrum of company law matters and members are increasingly taking on work with an international element. Recent standout cases include Qunar Cayman Islands Ltd v Maso Capital Investments Ltd, Garulp Limited v Garulp and Anthony Wall and Scottish Re v Davis.

β€˜Able to field talent at all levels’, XXIV Old Buildings is one of the β€˜go-to sets’ for offshore company work. Members also act on a variety of partnership disputes across industry sectors. In Re Oakhurst Property Developments, Alan Steinfeld QC successfully acted for a company pursuing claims against the beneficiaries to recover costs associated with after-the-event insurance premiums. Drawing on significant expertise in the jurisdiction, Francis Tregear QC was instructed on several Cayman Islands partnership matters. Edward Cumming QC andLyndsey De Mestre QC took silk in 2018.

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