Company and insolvency in Regional Bar
Magdalen Chambers' William Hopkin is praised for his 'acute attention to detail whilst assimilating facts in a short timescale; excellent response and work rate; excellent client care'. Hopkin's practice spans all areas of company and insolvency work, including shareholder and director disputes, company register and share issues, corporate and personal insolvency, and claims against directors of insolvent companies, among others.
Bristol-based Enterprise Chambers offers 'City-standard counsel for the South West', with solicitors praising the collective work ethic of the set's members along with 'the strength in impressive juniors coupled with heavyweights', such as Stephen Davies QC, which 'leaves them unchallenged in the South West market in respect of insolvency work'. Jeremy Bamford is another draw for clients, due to his 'very strong knowledge of the insolvency legislation and underlying case law', as is Christopher Brockman thanks to his previous experience as a solicitor so he 'understands first hand' issues faced by instructing law firms. Also at the junior end, Daisy Brown has a 'very quick to grasp the issues, a fine grasp of detail, and is brilliant with people from all walks of life'. Recent cases of note for the set include Hellard & Anor v Graiseley Investments Ltd & Ors, Dickinson v NAL Realisations (Staffordshire) Ltd, and Guardian Care Homes (West) Ltd sub nom Hellard v Graiseley Investments Ltd.
Guildhall Chambers is 'a go-to for all insolvency and commercial advice and advocacy'. Ably lead by Hugh Sims QC, 'from the pupil through to the QC, they are all skilled advocates, and provide concise, pragmatic, and commercial advice'. The set's company law specialists act and advise in relation to unincorporated associations, partnerships, and LLPs for clients both at home and abroad. Members also advise on non-contentious insolvency issues, corporate recovery, and turnaround. Stefan Ramel acted on behalf of a curatore of an Italian insolvency; the case, which was litigated in the High Court, explored the jurisdictional reaches of Council Regulation (EC) No 1346/2000 on insolvency proceedings. Simon Passfield acted for three creditors who, with the support of 100 others, succeeded in having a failed forex trading company placed into compulsory liquidation; the unregulated company collapsed in 2019, leaving more than £60m of creditors. Also of note, Holly Doyle is regularly instructed in complex misfeasance cases, transaction avoidance claims, and contested applications for possession and sale. The future of the set looks bright with Samuel Parsons and James Hannan highlighted as rising stars in the field.
'A great set to work with as they put the needs of instructing solicitors first', St John's Chambers has noticed a significant increase in the volume of both debt recovery actions and shareholder disputes over the past year. Advice on joint venture agreements, breach of warranty claims, company structures, breaches of fiduciary duty claims, and share purchase/sale agreements also feature in recent instructions, along with unfair prejudice petitions and the enforcement of restrictive covenants. Former solicitor James Pearce-smith has a particular focus on shareholder/director disputes and claims under share purchase agreements. Meanwhile, former investment banker Charlie Newington-bridges is in particular demand for unfair prejudice petitions and related work.