Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law in Regional Bar
4 New Square is home to Hugh Jory QC following his 2018 move from Enterprise Chambers, and he has maintained his presence in the North East. In Alex Reid Ltd v Walker and Lambourne, he acted for the claimant company in a breach of duty claim against a former managing director and a senior sales employee, who diverted business opportunities and set up a competing business.
Stephen Fletcher is the key name to note for chancery work at Dere Street Barristers, also maintaining a more general commercial litigation practice. Notably, Fletcher defended a company director in Manolete Partners plc v Mercury Tax Group (in liquidation), which involved a £1m breach of duty claim.
Enterprise Chambers is home to the 'go-to' team for insolvency work in the region according to some clients and is praised for its 'good availability of counsel', 'user-friendliness' and 'strength in depth'. In addition to insolvency, members are also instructed on commercial litigation and Chancery matters. Of recent note, Cristín Toman represented the major creditor of NJM Clothing Limited in a challenge to the validity of administrator appointments.
Exchange Chambers is home to several strong commercial practitioners, and is praised for the 'good availability of counsel', and particularly the set's contingent of 'very capable insolvency juniors'. Other notable aspects of the set's offering include competition and EU law work, where David Went is one of the most notable names outside of London, and shareholder disputes, where Lisa Linklater and Alfred Weiss are particularly strong. Recent highlights for the set include Linklater's representation of shareholders in a crowd-funded property development who sought to remove company directors, and Went's representation of the Road Haulage Association in a group action in the truck cartel scandal.
Members of Kings Chambers act on a wide range of commercial and Chancery matters, with particular specialisms in company law, insolvency and banking litigation. Louis Doyle recently represented a borrower claiming £30m in total damages from three institutional lenders for breach of contract and conspiracy. Helen Gardiner joined the set from St Philips Chambers in January 2019.
Following the arrival of several barristers from St Philips Chambers in 2018, Parklane Plowden is home to a Chancery and commercial team that is praised by clients for its 'strength in depth'. A recent highlight is Liddle v Liddle, where Sean Kelly represented the appellant in a partnership option dispute.
Members of Trinity Chambers are instructed in a wide range of commercial, company and Chancery matters, with financial misselling cases a key growth area for the set. Another notable area of specialism is alternative dispute resolution, with several qualified mediators in chambers.