Back to United Kingdom - The Bar

Leading Silks

Lesley Anderson KC – Kings ChambersLesley is one of the most well-respected names in this area in the country. Bringing the intellectual rigour of a past career in academia to the bar, Lesley is excellent on the law. She also has a great manner with judges and clients alike.'
Paul Chaisty KC – Kings ChambersPaul is direct and succinct, a very cogent cross examiner and very attentive to client needs in any one scenario. He is a good listener and he is always pitched against leading silks in London and always delivers.’
Mark Harper KC – Kings ChambersMark provides excellent tactical advice and is also extremely robust on his feet in both cross-examination and when advancing submissions. He also has an excellent manner with clients.'
David Mohyuddin KC – Radcliffe Chambers ‘David is really accessible and he breaks things down in an easily digestible fashion. He always gives clear advice on strategy and he puts clients at ease.’
Louis Doyle KC – Kings ChambersLouis is fantastic to work with. He makes the complex simple and is approachable and very down to earth, putting instructing solicitors immediately at ease. Combined with that, his ability to dissect an argument and an opaque suite of seemingly impenetrable documentation is second to none.'

Leading Juniors

Neil Berragan – Kings ChambersNeil excels in high pressure situations. He is a calm and collected presence and always happy to make himself available at short notice. In Court, he is a thorough and assured advocate.'
Martin Budworth – Kings ChambersMartin is a standout luminary. His thought process is a series of brilliant bullet points which grasp essential issues swiftly; his efficiency and brevity mean that he covers the same ground (and beyond) as most other Counsel in half the time. Complicated technical issues always sound so simple when explained by Martin. His dazzling intellect is allied to a practical understanding of client wants and needs. He is always helpful and genuinely inspirational.'
Giles Maynard-Connor KC –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.’
Carly Sandbach – Exchange Chambers 'Carly is very good at cutting through the issues and assimilating information very quickly. She is unafraid to be direct with clients where necessary, particularly where it is for their own good.'
Graham Sellers – Atlantic ChambersGraham is very responsive and attentive, offering an excellent service combining technical excellence with pragmatic advice.'
Jennifer Newstead-Taylor – 18 St John Street Chambers ‘Jennifer is knowledgeable and approachable. She is not daunted by cases with difficult issues and limited prospects.’
Ian Tucker – Exchange ChambersIan combines excellent technical knowledge with a level of commercial awareness that is rare in counsel. He is approachable, easy to work with and always willing to go the extra mile. He is a calm and persuasive advocate - his style is always well received by Judges at all levels.'
Anja Lansbergen-Mills  – Exchange Chambers ‘Impressive approach, thinks outside the box and really considers client requirements and aims. Really easy to work with and presents well before clients.’
George Rowell  - Exchange Chambers 'George is very bright, user friendly and exceptionally knowledgeable in the areas of insolvency law and tax avoidance schemes. He is responsive, measured, client friendly and personable.'
Richard Tetlow – Exchange ChambersRichard is very thorough with excellent attention to detail. He is great with clients, calm and unflappable on his feet.'

Company and insolvency in Regional Bar

Exchange Chambers

Exchange Chambers is a ‘go-to set in the north for insolvency matters’, offering broad-ranging expertise across shareholder and partnership disputes, directors’ disqualification proceedings, breaches of fiduciary duties, derivative claims, unfair prejudice petitions and corporate insolvency. Giles Maynard-Connor KC‘s insolvency practice focuses on both corporate and personal contentious work, and he handles work in the Cayman Islands and Gibraltar. Carly Sandbach is also recommended with a strong insolvency practice; she is highly adept at handling directors’ disqualification proceedings and public interest winding up petitions. Richard Tetlow and Ian Tucker are also key members of the set.



‘Exchange are a go-to set in the north for insolvency matters. They are very responsive and take a commercial approach.’

‘Great for insolvency work with a wide range of abilities and experience levels.’

‘Exchange is the best insolvency set in Manchester – high quality barristers with strength in depth at all levels.’

‘Good service from Exchange Chambers; they are a go-to set. They have a range of strong commercial practitioners, and someone is always available to pick up urgent work.’

‘Very good across the piece; the juniors are very capable with a strong senior tier.’


‘Nicole Haigh is very responsive and pricing is very reasonable.’

‘Joe Mawson is knowledgeable and responsive. He takes his time to get to know the instructing solicitors who can speak frankly with him regarding the type of counsel needed on a particular job.’

‘The clerking is consistently excellent. Joe Mawson is particularly good – always available, helpful and willing to go above and beyond.’

‘The clerks tend to be very responsive. Ian Spencer and Nicole Haigh are excellent.’

‘They are all equally good and relationships have been built up over the years.’

Kings Chambers

Kings Chambers is a ‘a go-to set’ for insolvency matters with ‘excellent barristers at all levels’. The members have broad ranging expertise, including on breach of directors’ duties, shareholder disputes and unfair prejudice petitions. They also represent insolvency practitioner office-holders, respondents and defendants to insolvency claims and creditors. Lesley Anderson KC leads the business and property team and other key barristers include Mark Harper KC, who advises on both corporate and personal insolvency, insolvency expert Louis Doyle KCAndrew Grantham KCDavid Casement KC and Paul Chaisty KC. Experienced juniors Neil Berragan, who represents IPs and directors in insolvency claims, and company litigation expert Martin Budworth are also worthy of note.



‘Kings Chambers are a go-to Chambers for commercial counsel. They have a wide range of experience meaning that there is always Counsel available to match the complexity and value of different cases.

‘Kings has a good strength in depth.’

‘Kings Chambers are a go-to set. They have excellent barristers at all levels.’

‘Kings Chambers have strength in depth regarding all aspects of Chancery cases, especially insolvency. They quite simply never let people down, even on the rare occasion when papers are transferred between counsel. That peace of mind is a great comfort.’

‘Kings Chambers are without doubt the pre-eminent set in the North, with a breadth of experienced and highly capable barristers. They regularly provide webinars and seminars on a variety of disciplines and subject areas.’


‘The clerks at Kings are friendly and approachable, and are always amenable. Led by the personable Gary Young, the team will always seek to accommodate all requirements and needs.’

‘Service levels from the clerks are always impeccable – the clerks will go the extra mile as a matter of routine. Jake Brooke quite simply never lets instructing solicits or clients down. In an uncertain world, one only rarely encounters such efficiency and professionalism. His forethought is a model for all.’

‘Extremely professional clerking service and they go the extra mile. This is particularly the case for Gary Young and Harry Young.’

‘The clerks are very approachable and ensure that messages are passed to their Counsel and that they respond in a reasonable time to assist with any enquiries.’

‘All of the clerks at Kings are professional, friendly and prompt in assisting with any queries. Louise Barnes in particular stands out as an excellent example.’