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Leading Silks

Lesley Anderson QC - Kings ChambersFabulous in court. Tenacious cross-examination; masterful approach to the documentation; a pleasure to use and to put in front of the client.
David Casement QC - Kings ChambersA superb, intellectual silk.
Mark Cawson QC - Exchange ChambersHe is a determined advocate who is not thrown by anything that the other side might raise. Calm bright and authoritative. Commands respect from the Judges. Good team player and safe and reliable pair if hands.
Paul Chaisty QC - Kings ChambersHe is a very impressive silk.
Mark Harper QC - Kings ChambersHe is an excellent advocate with great presence. User friendly, always happy to roll up his sleeves and get stuck in. Clients warm to him quickly and he is comfortable with difficult clients.
David Mohyuddin QC - Exchange ChambersDavid is a pleasure to work with. He quickly gets to the heart of complex issues and provides sound and clear strategic advice. He is also a reassuringly thorough and tenacious advocate.

2020 Silks

Louis Doyle QC - Kings ChambersExtremely strong commercially, excellent at understanding the solicitor and client objectives and needs, also displays a great depth of technical knowledge and understanding.
Andrew Grantham QC - Kings ChambersVery bright and a superb mastery of the detail.

2021 Silks

Giles Maynard-Connor QC - Exchange ChambersTechnically very able; clear and persuasive advocate; proactive, responsive and team focused. Drives cases forward and reads judges well.

Leading Juniors

Neil Berragan - Kings ChambersNeil is able to quickly grasp the relevant details in an instruction and takes a direct approach to where necessary with clients.
Martin Budworth - Kings ChambersMartin is an excellent advocate who presents his client's arguments and advances their case in a compelling manner.
Carly Sandbach - Exchange ChambersCarly is a very strong advocate who is also technically excellent and provides concise, clear and commercially sensible advice.
Graham Sellers - Atlantic ChambersExcellent advocacy skills. Quickly offers clients commercial and pragmatic solutions when difficulties arise. Always available to discuss cases and always takes an interest in the case throughout the litigation.
Jennifer Newstead Taylor - 18 St John Street ChambersJennifer adds true value to any legal team and impresses with a willingness to go the extra mile alongside a meticulous and commercial approach. Jennifer knows her key clients inside-out so her advice is decisive and can be immediately applied.
Claire Bunbury - 23 Essex StreetGoes above and beyond in order to find a solution.
Tom Gosling - 23 Essex StreetTom is a sharp advocate and very user friendly. He offers sound pragmatic commercial advice and solutions in rapidly moving matters. Tom is readily avaliable and willing. A standout barrister who I am always happy to recommend to clients and colleagues alike.
David Green - Atlantic ChambersHe has good foresight and is very approachable.
Richard Tetlow - Exchange ChambersGood to work with. Team player. Nothing too much trouble. Reliable and hard working.
Ian Tucker - Exchange ChambersSupremely intelligent. Very quick to absorb the relevant facts and provide clear, authoritative advice at a level perhaps beyond his year of call. Very easy to work with - deals with instructions quickly and efficiently.

Company and insolvency in Regional Bar

18 St John Street Chambers

'Regularly top of the list when choosing counsel', 18 St John Street Chambers' Jennifer Newstead Taylor specialises is regularly instructed by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy in insolvency processings, including public interest winding up petitions, applications for bankruptcy restrictions orders (BROs), and directors’ disqualification proceedings. She is also instructed by the Official Receiver in BROs and is praised by clients for being 'bright, enthusiastic, and a great team player'.

23 Essex Street

The Manchester arm of 23 Essex Street is home to 'sharp advocate' Tom Gosling who has a predominantly company law-based practice, advising and representing parties in shareholder and LLP disputes. These include contractual claims, breach of trust or fiduciary duty, winding-up, and unfair prejudice petitions. Recent instructions of note include London Borough of Camden & Preston City Council v Saint Benedict’s Land Trust Limited, the first reported case to consider whether failure to verify a winding-up petition in accordance with rr.7.6,7.7 and 7.9 Insolvency Rules 2016 rendered the petition a nullity. Claire Bunbury also comes highly recommended in the field of insolvency and restructuring.

Atlantic Chambers

In Liverpool, Atlantic Chambers' Chancery & Commercial team is headed by David Green. The group has a broad range of specialties including personal and corporate insolvency, as well as company and partnership law. Graham Sellers is a go-to for insolvency-related instructions.

Exchange Chambers

'Top set in the North West', Exchange Chambers has 'excellent strength in depth' in the fields of company and insolvency law. In recent instructions of note, Mark Cawson QC has been acting for defendant directors in respect of £5m-plus claim for damages for breach of fiduciary duty brought by the liquidators of a company in liquidation. He also led Ian Tucker in acting for creditor and preferential shareholder on a successful application for an administration order, the purpose of which was to enable a conspiracy claim, potentially in excess of £100m, to be pursued against another former director and secured creditor. Also at the junior end, Carly Sandbach appeared in Keyworker Homes (North West) Limited, a landmark High Court decision on the ability of directors/companies to appoint administrators out of court and out of hours.

Kings Chambers

Kings Chambers is 'the best set in the North of England' for company and insolvency work according to some solicitors. In the company arena, the set's members handle a broad range of matters, including unfair prejudice actions and shareholder disputes, while they also act on behalf of officeholders, companies, directors, and debtors, offering advice on contentious, non-contentious, personal, and corporate insolvency. Chambers has a wealth of talent at the senior end with Lesley Anderson QC, Mark Harper QCDavid Casement QC, and Paul Chaisty QC all seen as leaders in the field. Louis Doyle and Andrew Grantham strengthened the senior ranks after both were elevated to silk in the first quarter of 2020. At the junior end, Neil Berragan and Martin Budworth are the names to note.