Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law in Regional Bar
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.
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 QC, Gerard McMeel, and James Wibberley represented the respondents in the Supreme Court case Lowick Rose LLP v Swynson Ltd.
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.