Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law in Regional Bar
18 St John Street Chambers is home to a broad range of commercial and Chancery practitioners and is instructed on a correspondingly wide range of cases. Notable specialist areas include director disqualifications and insolvency. One recent case is Direct Accident Management v Greentree Legal and Legend Legal, in which David Hoffman defended two solicitor's firms against a confidential information claim brought by a claims management company.
23 Essex Street's Manchester offering is particularly active in company and shareholder disputes, professional negligence and insolvency work. The set also includes specialist Chancery practitioners such as Tom Gosling, who recently represented a claimant with complex learning disorders and care needs, who sought financial provision from the estate of a man who was thought to be have been his father, however paternity was disputed.
9 St John Street is particularly notable in Chancery matters, though members do operate a broader commercial litigation practice. The set is recommended by clients for the 'availability and strength' of counsel available. James Fryer-Spedding recently acted for a further education college seeking payment from central government in connection with a government training scheme.
Home to one of the largest commercial teams in the region, Exchange Chambers is a noticeable presence in all areas of commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery work. The team features members with specialist practices in professional negligence, competition law, and credit hire litigation. In competition, David Went acts for a follow-on damages claimant in the truck cartel case. Mark Cawson QC co-leads on behalf of the claimants in Municipio De Mariana and others v BHP Group, a multi-party claim arising from the collapse of the of a Brazilian dam in 2015 being brought against its British owners.
At Forum Chambers, Susanne Muth is the key name to note. She appears in a wide range of cases across the northern circuit, with a particular focus on banking and financial litigation, as well as a professional negligence practice. She represents the claimant in Feltham Group of Companies v Slater and Gordon, a large-scale claim against a law firm.
Kings Chambers' commercial barristers are instructed across a wide range of cases. Lesley Anderson QC recently acted on behalf of the claimant Gavin Edmondson Solicitors v Haven Insurance Company, a Supreme Court case an insurer's direct offer to settle with claimants, bypassing their solicitors and causing the personal injury claimants to terminate their conditional fee agreements.