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Leading Silks

Stephen Davies KC - Enterprise Chambers 'Stephen is never afraid to take on a challenge, is excellent on his feet in court, and very robust in his advice. A very user friendly, very bright and articulate silk.'
Hugh Sims KC - Guildhall Chambers 'He is a class act.'

Leading Juniors

Jeremy Bamford - Enterprise Chambers 'Jeremy is extremely responsive and thoughtful. A very effective advocate with very solid knowledge of insolvency law, and is good on paper and on his feet.'
Christopher Brockman - Enterprise Chambers 'A smart and experienced barrister who quickly gets to the real issues in a case  and helps to drive a matter forward. He has excellent manner with clients and the court.'
Charlie Newington-Bridges - St John's Chambers 'He is commercially minded and extremely able, and has a solution-focussed depth to his advice.'
Simon PassfieldGuildhall ChambersAn expert in insolvency law – he is clearly future silk material. Simon has no fear of the complex and relishes the task of unravelling the most difficult factual and legal scenario. A determined and analytical barrister.’
James Pearce-Smith - St John's Chambers 'James always considers the wider commercial implications of an action for the client. His advice is always balanced and measured, and he has a keen eye for detail.'
Stefan Ramel - Guildhall Chambers 'Stefan has in-depth knowledge of insolvency law and in particular cross-border insolvency issues. He has excellent analytical skills and is very reliable.'
James Wibberley  - Guildhall Chambers 'James is a very analytical barrister who can get to grips with any case in short order. His tactical mind is invaluable.'
Richard Ascroft - Guildhall Chambers 'Richard is a highly experienced insolvency barrister. He has a wide understanding of the law, comes across well in court and is popular with clients.'
Holly Doyle - Guildhall Chambers 'Holly is very dedicated and hardworking. She is extremely bright, able to grasp the nub of a case within minutes and provide extremely sound commercial advice. She has great poise and remains unflappable regardless of the situation.'
James Hannant - Guildhall Chambers 'He has an excellent work ethic and great analytical skills. James is very good at cutting through the rhetoric and establishing the key issues of a case.'

Rising Stars

Samuel Parsons - Erskine Chambers 'Samuel is extremely thorough and finds innovative solutions to problems. An excellent team player who comes across well with judges.'

Company and insolvency in Regional Bar

Enterprise Chambers

At the Bristol office of the 'very strong' set Enterprise Chambers, the team stands out for its 'good strength-in-depth in insolvency'. Stephen Davies KC acted in Kireeva v Bedzhamov, concerning whether a Russian trustee in bankruptcy should be recognised at common law by the English court and if so, whether the court has power to assist the trustee in respect of immovable property in England. Jeremy Bamford is sought after for his expertise in shareholder disputes, directors’ disqualification issues, unfair prejudice petitions and contentious insolvency mandates. The 'commercially astute' Christopher Brockman has been kept busy acting for liquidators in a range of insolvency matters.



Very professional set.’

Good set for out-of-London insolvency work.’

From juniors to silk there is a lot of talent and a lot of choice.’

Good breadth and strength of expertise.’


Clerks are very user friendly, and service is calm, efficient and accurate.’

Clerks are excellent and in particular a word must be given to Justin Emmett, who provides a first class service to the solicitors in every way.’

Justin Emmett is a very user friendly clerk.’

Michael Ireland has always been very helpful and responsive.’

Guildhall Chambers

Guildhall Chambers ‘offers a strong range of barristers in the field of insolvency‘. Practice head Simon Passfield is ‘the safest of hands for insolvency‘, with an excellent track record in handling a range of high-value contentious insolvency cases. The ‘very impressiveHugh Sims KC has ‘a calm and structured approach that gives the client and the court real confidence.’ Stefan Ramel is sought after for his established strength in cross-border insolvency. Elsewhere in chambers, James Wibberley is representing zoologist and conservationist Dr Jake Veasey in an unfair prejudice claim against the owners and operators of Peak Wildlife Park. In May 2022 Samuel Parsons moved to elite London set Erskine Chambers.



Guildhall is my chambers of choice for all insolvency related matters. There is a very strong team of experienced juniors and silks.’

Good depth across the insolvency spectrum from juniors to silks.’

Real quality and depth.’


The clerks at Guildhall are very proactive and user friendly.’

Very approachable and willing to be flexible to suit the commercial realities faced by clients.’

Joe Stayte is excellent. He is always friendly, efficient and reliable.’

Joe Stayte is a star!

Nothing is too much trouble for Stephen Arnold.’