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Leading Silks

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Leading Juniors

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    • Charles Auld - St John's ChambersA thoroughly knowledgeable advocate who gives practical advice.
    • Amy Berry - Pump Court ChambersA seasoned litigator who is excellent with figures.
    • Christopher Brockman - Enterprise ChambersRecommended for insolvency work.
    • Daisy Brown - Enterprise ChambersA highly persuasive advocate with an incredible grasp of the detail.
    • Michael Clarke - St John's ChambersVery bright and always comes up with practical solutions.
    • Carol Davies - College ChambersVery experienced in handling wills and administration of estates.
    • John Dickinson - St John's ChambersAn intellectual force to be reckoned with, producing detailed advice which is nothing short of bomb-proof.
    • Natasha Dzameh - St John's ChambersProfessional, knowledgeable, and with a good eye for detail.
    • William Hopkin - Magdalen ChambersHis advice is first rate, commercially minded, and pragmatic.
    • Cheryl Jones - 3PBAn excellent Chancery junior.
    • Christopher Jones - St John's ChambersHas an excellent manner with clients and provides very clear and practical advice.
    • Derek Marshall - College ChambersVery experienced in commercial disputes, including claims against directors, as well as Inheritance Act claims.
    • Simon Passfield - Guildhall ChambersRobust, responsive and an able advocate.
    • Nicholas Pointon - St John's ChambersA reliable junior with an excellent understanding of trust law.
    • Robert Sheridan - Colleton ChambersHis availability and work rate are second to none.
    • Lucy Walker - Guildhall ChambersSpecialises in advisory work for clients in the financial sector.
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Cheryl Jones at 3PB specialises in Chancery work, and is recommended for her 'dedication and commitment to direct access clients'.

Southampton-based College Chambers is home to a group of counsel with experience acting across the Chancery and commercial spaces, and who have a strong focus on heavily-contested Inheritance Act 1975 claims.

Robert Sheridan at Colleton Chambers has a broad civil practice, but is most notable for his Chancery work, including probate and Inheritance Act claims, alongside a broader commercial litigation practice.

Launched in May 2018, the Bristol office of Enterprise Chambers houses a team of insolvency specialists who are praised by clients for their 'wealth of expertise' and 'strength in depth'. Key practitioners include Stephen Davies QC, who recently acted for the applicants in Zinc Hotels (Investment) Ltd & Anor v Beveridge & Others, which dealt with the authority of the court to appoint additional administrators where applications to remove the existing administrators are pending. 

Guildhall Chambers has a large number of specialist Chancery and commercial barristers and is particularly prominent in the banking and financial services sectors, where it is described by some instructing solicitors as the 'go-to set' in the region. In a recent highlight matter, Hugh Sims QCGerard McMeel, and James Wibberley represented the respondents in the Supreme Court case Lowick Rose LLP v Swynson Ltd.

William Hopkin of Magdalen Chambers is experienced in a wide range of commercial litigation matters, including shareholder disputes and director disqualification, as well as charity law.

Members of Pump Court Chambers are best known for their expertise in Chancery matters, although commercial litigation is another key work area for the set. Of recent note, Mark Dubbery was successful in his representation of a widow claiming provision from the estate of her late husband more than 25 years after the original claim deadline.

St John's Chambers is home to a large team of commercial practitioners who are instructed in a wide range of cases including professional negligence and breach of contract claims. The set also reports a substantial increase in the number of wills and trusts-related instructions received in the past year, with the set being praised by solicitors as 'the go-to chambers outside London' for this area of work. In one representative instruction of note, Leslie Blohm QC and Natasha Dzameh recently acted for the parents of a millionaire who died intestate, and where his wife was alleged to have forfeited her claim by unlawfully killing the deceased.

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