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Leading Silks

Stephen Davies KCEnterprise Chambers ‘Stephen has an excellent knowledge of bankruptcy law - everything is at the tip of his fingers. His written work is always of the highest quality and his advocacy style is fluent, persuasive, engaging and, above all, fearless, even in the face of aggressive opposition and an unsympathetic bench.' 
Hugh Sims KCGuildhall ChambersHe is wonderful on his feet and effortlessly gets judges on side. He is great with clients and extremely bright, articulate and hard-working.’ 

2024 Silks

Simon Passfield KCGuildhall Chambers 'Simon has exceptional knowledge and ability. He is excellent at providing practical advice on complex situations and simply brilliant on his feet where his sharpness and intelligence really shine through. He is a star, a KC in the making.' 

Leading Juniors

Jeremy BamfordEnterprise Chambers ‘Jeremy is very methodical and never misses a thing. He is also strong on his feet and very persuasive.'
Christopher BrockmanEnterprise Chambers ‘Chris is an expert in hostile administration orders and provisional liquidator applications. He grasps difficult legal and factual issues well and provides clear and commercial advice to clients. His advocacy is well structured and delivered in a way judges can understand.' 
Charlie Newington-BridgesSt John’s Chambers ‘Charlie is commercial, good with numbers, and able to get to the heart of matters quickly.' 
James Pearce-SmithSt John’s Chambers ‘He is known for his attention to detail.’
Stefan RamelGuildhall ChambersStefan has a broad range of commercial, banking and insolvency experience. He is both every astute and personable and good on his feet.' 
Claire Thompson - Enterprise Chambers 'Claire is a go-to insolvency counsel. She is an outstanding advocate who is always incredibly quick to digest the details of any case, however complex and however piecemeal. Claire quickly develops sustainable arguments and a pragmatic strategy for case management and ADR.' 
James Wibberley  – Guildhall Chambers ‘James is very personable, client friendly and is an innovative thinker with sound commercial understanding. He is very sharp and reactive during cross-examination and is clear and concise in every point he makes. James also has a great ability to read opponents, witnesses and judges and makes the right calls based on his astute observations.' 
Richard AscroftGuildhall Chambers ‘Richard has a particularly strong reputation when it comes to director disqualification cases. He is fiercely intelligent, hard-working and courteous. Richard is also easy to work with.’
Holly DoyleGuildhall ChambersHolly's attention to detail is second to none. She deconstructs factually and legally messy disputes and produces written advice which is easy to digest. Holly has a warm but authoritative manner and she takes the time to ensure that clients and instructing solicitors fully understand her advice.' 
James HannantGuildhall Chambers ‘James' written and analytical skills are excellent. He is also responsive and collaborative.' 

Rising Stars

John Churchill – Guildhall Chambers ‘John is a very technical barrister with superb drafting skills. He is clear, authoritative, and robust. He does all the basics well and where he stands out is his ability to think on his feet.’ 

Company and insolvency in Regional Bar

Enterprise Chambers

Enterprise Chambers has established itself as a ‘go-to‘ company and insolvency set on the Western Circuit. Stephen Davies KC has extensive experience acting in high-profile insolvency cases throughout his career and is ‘simply brilliant with clients‘. Recently in Derby County FC Ltd v English Football League, he represented the joint administrators of the football club in relation to its restructuring, which involved the defeat of two claims for damages by other clubs alleging a conspiracy to injure on the part of the insolvent club. Christopher Brockman is ‘good on his feet and gets the measure of the court‘ – he is regularly instructed by HMRC, including in relation to applications for the appointment of provisional liquidators. Jeremy Bamford has an excellent reputation for handling disciplinary complaints and regulatory proceedings involving insolvency practitioners as well as director disqualification proceedings, while Claire Thompson has built a strong insolvency practice and in Re Gallagher recently acted for the trustee in bankruptcy in connection with an annulment application by the bankrupt pursuant to s.282(1)(b) of the Insolvency Act 1986.


‘Justin Emmett is second to none.’

‘The clerks are excellent, particularly Raj Lamba who is always responsive, friendly and very pragmatic on the issue of fees.’

‘Enterprise is an excellent set in the field of contentious insolvency, with quality juniors in particular.’ 

‘Enterprise Chambers is a ‘go-to’ chambers for insolvency work in the South West.’ 

‘A strong chambers with good quality barristers in key centres.’

‘The clerks are well-organised, approachable and friendly.’ 


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Guildhall Chambers

Guildhall Chambers‘ ‘excellent’ contentious insolvency and company law team boasts a ‘great variety of junior and senior counsel‘ with broad combined expertise, including in proceedings under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 and bankruptcy restrictions orders. Insolvency work, both corporate and personal, forms a significant part of Richard Ashcroft’s practice. He also has broad directors’ duties and company law expertise and regularly acts for and against office holders in relation to transaction avoidance claims and directors’ misfeasance proceedings. John Churchill, an ‘excellent advocate‘ with ‘superb drafting skills‘, has notable experience acting in director misfeasance claims on behalf of the Official Receiver. Holly Doyle has a ‘pragmatic approach to matters‘ and her practice too sees her regularly instructed in connection with misfeasance cases, as well as transaction avoidance claims and contested applications for possession and sale. She also boasts niche expertise in relation to the professional duties and liability of insolvency office holders. Hugh Sims KC‘s commercial practice often involves corporate insolvency work.


‘The clerks at Guildhall Chambers are helpful and efficient – particularly Stephen Arnold and Joe Stayte.’

‘A very good chambers with great depth in insolvency.’ 

‘Regionally the go-to chambers for insolvency matters, with a good range of counsel.’ 

‘Guildhall Chambers is the go-to set in the South West for both regional and London-centric work.’

‘Guildhall has a great variety of junior and senior counsel and have always had someone available to assist with cases when required.’

‘The clerks’ room and service is brilliant. The clerks are always on hand to assist with filing skeletons, or even taking bundles to court if required.’ 

‘The clerking service is very good at Guildhall.’ 

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