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Leading Silks

Lesley Anderson QC - Kings ChambersLesley has the ability to cut through complex issues and to swiftly deliver strategic advice in a straightforward, down to earth manner. She is very approachable and a joy to work with because of this.
Paul Chaisty QC - Kings ChambersPaul is obviously very bright, but cross-examination and court skills are his forte. Paul recently won a major victory after a three week trial, attributable almost entirely to cross-examination skills. Paul demonstrates tenacity and strategy.
Mark Harper QC - Kings ChambersMark is a prodigy virtuoso with a first-class aptitude and instinct.
David Mohyuddin QCExchange Chambers 'Extremely approachable, responsive and hands on. Very much a team player. Legal and strategic advice is always clear and robust and advocacy is first rate.'

2020 Silks

Louis Doyle QC - Kings ChambersIncredibly knowledgeable and commercial. Great in front of clients and always comes across totally professional.
Andrew Grantham QC - Kings ChambersAndrew is very experienced in his field and his written work is excellent. Andrew is one of the most responsive and client friendly silks in Manchester. He is an absolute pleasure to work with. It is genuinely difficult to find something remotely negative to say about Andrew.

Leading Juniors

Neil Berragan - Kings ChambersNeil is excellent, particularly in client conference and on his feet. His advice and advocacy is compelling. He sees the 360 picture always.
Martin Budworth - Kings ChambersMartin’s advice is worth its weight in gold; practical, commercial, robust and – crucially – always correct. He is hard-working and dynamic.
Giles Maynard-Connor QC –Exchange Chambers ‘Excellent advocate with a great ability to get to the essential aspects of any case. Very good with clients, very commercial and extremely thorough in preparation.’
Graham Sellers - Atlantic ChambersAlways on hand for support, extremely knowledgeable and creative. Good on feet and drafting.
Jennifer Newstead Taylor - 18 St John Street ChambersUser-friendly and responsive. Experienced in complex director disqualification cases and provides clear, practical advice.
Claire Bunbury - 23 Essex StreetClaire is excellent with clients, always responsive, pragmatic and thorough in her advice, extremely knowledgeable and a very effective advocate.
Tom Gosling - 23 Essex StreetTom has brilliant interpersonal skills and a great down-to-earth approach which puts him ahead of the game when dealing with our clients. His commerciality combined with his ability to explain more complex areas of law and litigation make him an invaluable asset when our clients are faced with tough decisions.
David Green - Atlantic ChambersDavid is very reliable, commercial and pragmatic. He quickly identifies and focuses on the main issues in the case and his pleadings are skilfully drafted. David relates well to a variety of clients and his advice in conference is delivered clearly and at a level that the client can understand. David is always well prepared for any conference or hearing and is a skilled negotiator.
Richard Tetlow - Exchange ChambersThe qualities Richard has are undoubtedly attention to detail and quality of the work produced. He is also prepared to roll up his sleeves and fight the client's corner as an advocate if required. The service he provides is however delivered with an overarching commercialism and he gives it to you straight. He would never leave you in any doubt as to the strengths or weakness of a particular point.
Ian Tucker - Exchange ChambersIan is incredibly knowledgeable and is a definite QC in the making!

Rising Stars

Arnold Ayoo Henderson Chambers  ‘Arnold is a star in the making at the Bar. He has made excellent progress as a junior and is certainly going to make rapid progress in his career. He is very bright, a safe pair of hands, works incredibly hard and is confident. This is exactly what I want from Counsel. He is persuasive and, in my experience, offers a level of gravitas in his advocacy above and beyond his level of call.

Company and insolvency in Regional Bar

Exchange Chambers

Exchange Chambers has a ‘strong insolvency set‘ with ‘real strength, depth and quality‘. The set offers a broad range of contentious and non-contentious company work, with particular expertise in shareholder and partnership disputes, directors’ disqualification and breaches of fiduciary duties. Giles Maynard-Connor QC‘s insolvency practice focuses on contentious insolvency work, both corporate and personal – he was appointed as a Silk in the 2021 round. Carly Sandbach has a broad corporate and personal insolvency practice and is described as ‘excellent‘. Ian Tucker is also recommended.

Testimonials

Set

‘Exchange are our first port of call.’

‘Excellent, especially the training programme in the insolvency sector.’

‘Exchange Chambers are my go to set for insolvency work, particularly across the North. I find junior counsel to be of a very high standard who all adopt a commercial, modern approach. ‘

‘Excellent set. Good strength in depth. Very proactive.’

‘As much as Tom is our go-to Counsel, Exchange Chambers is our first choice for almost all of our work. Excellent strength in depth but notably amongst the juniors, particularly junior juniors. They appear to recruit and train exceptionally well. We always have a good range of options even sometimes at short notice.’

‘Exchange Chambers has become a formidable set and have very high quality counsel. Throughout the pandemic, various training courses have been offered, which have all been very popular and informative.’

‘The pricing structures in Exchange are excellent and commercially minded. The availability of counsel is good.’

‘Exchange Chambers is excellent for insolvency matters – having a wide range of Counsel to choose from depending on the complexities of the case. The Counsel at Exchange are of a very good standard and the clerk (Joe Mawson) on most, if not all, occasions has been able to find Counsel to cover a hearing even if at the last minute.’

‘The annual insolvency seminar is very useful providing an update on recent insolvency developments.’

Clerking

‘Joe Mawson is excellent, always responds promptly, listens to any concerns and always happy to make recommendations if the requested counsel is not available but is always honest about Counsels capabilities and will advise if he believes matter may be a little too complex for one of the more junior barristers.’

‘The Clerks’ room is very helpful, informed and attuned to the particular barrister that will suit a particular case or circumstance dependent on availability.’

‘I generally contact Nicole Haigh who is very responsive and has a good understanding of what is required.’

Kings Chambers

Kings Chambers is a 'go to set for all insolvency matters', and demonstrates strong expertise in unfair prejudice actions and shareholder disputes. The set is 'approachable and cost effective' and has 'highly competent barristers'. Key barristers to note include David Casement QC, Paul Chaisty QC and Mark Harper QC who is 'very good in this field'. Chaisty represented the defendant in Juan v Kwok which involved allegations of minority shareholder oppression and breach of fiduciary duty before the commercial courts in the British Virgin Islands. Neil Berragan and Andrew Grantham QC receive high praise, as do Lesley Anderson QC. Other notable individuals include Louis Doyle QC, who is 'very commercial' and Martin Budworth, who is 'always pragmatic'. Doyle represented two of the three director defendants in Manolete Partners v Timol and others, a case that involved a £60m misfeasance claim.

Testimonials

Set

‘I have always been happy with Kings they are approachable and have a range of available barristers.’

‘Excellent for commercial disputes work – good variety of excellent barristers at mixed levels of seniority and a helpful clerking team.’

‘Kings is an excellent set. ‘

‘Very good strength in depth. My go to set for all insolvency matters. If desired Counsel is not available, they either make them available or find someone suitable who is.’

‘Kings Chambers is by far the best set in the North of England with an excellent selection of highly competent barristers from junior to QC.’

‘I like working with Kings Chambers as the Birmingham based clerks are user friendly and good. The Chambers also have good strength and depth for insolvency work outside of London. ‘

‘Kings Chambers are my first choice for Chambers. Kings Chambers is a leading insolvency Chambers with a large number of strong Counsel who I use regularly. Their training courses are practical and their barristers are approachable and often available for initial advice whether or not this leads to formal instructions.’

Clerking

‘We have developed an excellent relationship with the clerks at Kings Chambers over the years. We particularly enjoy working with Gary Young.’

‘The clerks at Kings Chambers are extremely friendly and helpful, and try their utmost to be of assistance.’

‘There has not been any service issues with the clerks. I have found it a very personal service.’

‘Gary Young is an excellent clerk.’

‘Their clerks always go above and beyond to try and help particularly with urgent instructions.’

‘Jake Brooke – personable, engaging and charismatic. Nothing is ever too much trouble. Flexible, practical and sensible. Best of all, and a rarity – he always does what is says he is going to do.’