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Leading Silks

Stephen Davies QC - Enterprise ChambersVery approachable and client focussed. Has an understanding of a client's business and personal goals and focusses the approach in terms of advice and the way it is delivered accordingly.
Hugh Sims QC - Guildhall ChambersThe shining star at this set, ably supported by the juniors he works with.

Leading Juniors

Jeremy Bamford - Enterprise ChambersAble to quickly identify the pertinent issues and to interpret in the commercial context. Comfortable working both technically with lawyers but also direct with clients. Sets realistic deadlines and always delivers. Clear focus when making oral submissions.
Christopher Brockman - Enterprise ChambersChris is very knowledgeable in his sector (Insolvency), hugely focused on the matter before him considering every angle and when on his feet in Court, he is very impressive. He is also a thoroughly nice chap who builds a very good rapport with client and solicitor.
Charlie Newington-Bridges - St John's ChambersCommercially astute. Hard working. Very responsive and easy to work with.
Simon Passfield - Guildhall ChambersClear thinking, technically excellent and really client friendly. Simon is our go to barrister for any insolvency matter and we regularly instruct him on matters where he acts against leading counsel. Simon is extremely calm and remains unruffled even when placed under significant pressure.
James Pearce-Smith - St John's ChambersVery capable and able to dig out of the mire the true issues to address. Instils confidence in the clients that he knows what he is talking about and is very much on their side.
Stefan Ramel - Guildhall ChambersAbsolutely brilliant barrister for insolvency and litigation.
Richard Ascroft  - Guildhall Chambers ‘Experienced in both company and insolvency-related matters.
Daisy Brown - Enterprise ChambersDaisy is without exception the brightest junior counsel I have worked with in my career to date. She is incredibly versatile, an accomplished advocate and demonstrates a rare level of commitment to the matters she works on. Her tenacity is palpable to clients.
Holly Doyle - Guildhall ChambersHolly's written advocacy is the best of any opponent I have been against. She is meticulous in her preparation and is able to make the key points in a concise and powerful way. Her oral advocacy is silky smooth and highly persuasive. She has a very calm court manner and gives the impression of being totally unflappable.
William Hopkin - Magdalen ChambersWill is easy to get along with and clearly enjoys his work. The opinions he produces are technically thorough but also easy to digest and for clients to understand. Clients have been very happy with the results and I have had no hesitation to ask for his help again.

Rising Stars

James Hannant - Guildhall ChambersJames is very bright and quick to get to grips with complex sets of facts and to get on top of the documents. His legal advice is always pragmatic, concise and commercially-focused. He is also exceptionally good with clients.
Samuel Parsons - Guildhall ChambersHe has excellent attention to detail and presentation skills during various hearings. He is hard working and organised and knows law very well.

Company and insolvency in Regional Bar

Magdalen Chambers

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.

Enterprise Chambers

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 & OrsDickinson v NAL Realisations (Staffordshire) Ltd, and Guardian Care Homes (West) Ltd sub nom Hellard v Graiseley Investments Ltd.

Guildhall Chambers

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.

St John's Chambers

'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.