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Leading Silks

Stephen Davies QC - Enterprise ChambersHe is formidable in applying lateral thinking to a problem.
Hugh Sims QC - Guildhall ChambersHugh combines a superb analytical legal mind with real user-friendliness and approachability. He adopts a hands-on approach and is someone you would want "in the trenches".

Leading Juniors

Jeremy Bamford - Enterprise ChambersJeremy is very accessible and reassuring in a difficult situation.
Christopher Brockman - Enterprise ChambersHe is quick-thinking and great on his feet, with a pragmatic approach.
Daisy Brown - Enterprise ChambersShe can truly battle her cases.
Andrew Marsden – Commercial Chambers
Charlie Newington-Bridges - St John's ChambersHe is very responsive, with excellent client-handling skills.
Simon Passfield - Guildhall ChambersSimon conducts himself with a quiet confidence and his reassuring manner is very helpful in dealing with clients. Always responsive, very practical and extremely knowledgeable on the law.
James Pearce-Smith - St John's ChambersHe has an eye for detail and great knowledge of this area of law. Always approachable and willing to go that extra mile.
Stefan Ramel - Guildhall ChambersStefan is always a trusted pair of hands. He is steady and reliable in court, and a calming influence for clients.
Richard Ascroft - Guildhall ChambersHe is confident, knowledgeable and tenacious. A fighter in court.
Holly Doyle - Guildhall ChambersShe is always well-prepared and will fight to the nth degree for her client.
James Hannant - Guildhall ChambersJames takes an extremely hands-on approach. He is always willing to roll up his sleeves and get into the details.
Nicholas Pointon - St John's ChambersA forensic barrister with a brilliant mind.

Rising Stars

Samuel Parsons - Guildhall ChambersHe is very bright and quickly cuts to the root of the issue. One of the best insolvency juniors around.

Company and insolvency in Regional Bar

Enterprise Chambers

Enterprise Chambers' Bristol office fields a team with established expertise in handling insolvency litigation. Stephen Davies QC is singled out as 'a leading specialist in insolvency work', and the 'tenacious' Jeremy Bamford is 'a well-known insolvency junior'. The 'calm, considered and commercialChristopher Brockman is sought after for a wide range of personal and corporate insolvency issues, including advice on breaches of fiduciary duty claims. The 'very capable' Daisy Brown is regularly instructed in shareholders' disputes and misfeasance cases.

Testimonials

Set

‘A consistently good and reputable set.’

‘Tremendous strength in depth – a good stable of juniors to support where more senior juniors become hearing blocked.’

‘A strong set and go-to for insolvency work.’

‘The philosophy is that nothing is too much trouble for the benefit of the client. I regularly attend webinars organised by the set and find the presentations to be both topical and technically excellent.’

‘They have a strong offering in the senior-junior area, who are well capable of dealing with the full array of insolvency applications and issues.’

Clerking

‘The clerking is excellent.’

‘Justin Emmett is a wonder who makes things so much easier. A cool head in a crisis he never panics but seamlessly sorts things out. He has particularly shone in the pandemic when emergency hearings are hard to organise. The court officials respect him and respond positively to his communications.’

‘Justin Emmett is a wonder. Nothing is too much trouble. I am hugely indebted to him for his help dealing with difficult cases.’

Guildhall Chambers

Guildhall Chambers has ‘a very strong insolvency offering‘, with members adept at handling contentious and non-contentious insolvency matters, and fields strength in advising on corporate recovery, turnaround and directors’ disqualification issues. Hugh Sims QC successfully represented the claimant in Rwamba v Secretary of State for BEIS, an application for leave to act as a director of two companies despite being disqualified. In another matter, Simon Passfield acted for the Official Receiver in the case of Official Receiver v Duckett, where a decade-long disqualification order was issued against a de facto director of a company which was alleged to have been a vehicle for MTIC fraud. The ‘thorough and dedicated‘ Stefan Ramel is regularly instructed in cross-border insolvency cases, while Holly Doyle is sought after for her expertise in transaction avoidance claims and complex misfeasance cases.

Testimonials

Set

‘I have worked with several of the barristers at Guildhall Chambers, mostly those who specialise in insolvency and company matters. I consider the set to be very good value – high quality barristers at reasonable rates.’

‘They are a very strong set of chambers with numerous, highly regarded specialists in their field.’

‘Strong set, first choice particularly at the junior end for insolvency work in the South West.’

‘We use Guildhall regularly. What I like about those I work with is the shared ethos of approachability and problem solving: I can put them in front of my clients and not have to step in constantly to translate advice into English. The set is strong in regional level banking work in particular.’

‘Guildhall are one of very few chambers that are an absolute pleasure to deal with. The clerks are always happy to work with solicitors to lessen burdensome matters.’

Clerking

‘The clerks are always very efficient and helpful.’

‘Guildhall Chambers now has an excellent civil clerking team led by Oliver Edwards. The insolvency team are primarily managed by Joe Stayte and Stephen Arnold, who are both adept at ensuring cases are placed with the right barrister and client care generally.’

‘Dan Cuthbertson and Joe Stayte are absolute stars with a keen understanding of the needs and wants of instructing solicitors and an eagerness to please.’

‘Dan Cuthbertson is super helpful, nothing is too much trouble and he is extremely efficient.’

‘The clerks are always willing to help and everything works very smoothly.’

St John's Chambers

The ‘very strongSt John’s Chambers has been kept especially busy handling an ongoing, steady workflow of instructions involving unfair prejudice petitions, enforcement of restrictive covenants and shareholder/director disputes. The ‘practicalNicholas Pointon is very experienced in advising on company disputes, and regularly handles unfair prejudice petitions. Recent highlights included Charlie Newington-Bridges successfully representing the applicant in a High Court s125 Companies Act 2006 application, which involved rectifying a company’s register of members following the death of the company’s sole shareholder and director; the company’s articles did not allow the applicants, who were the named executors of the estate, to appoint any directors.

Testimonials

Set

‘There has always been availability when I have booked counsel for either conferences or hearings. St Johns Chambers is a relatively large set and in my experience where one barrister was unavailable, I was provided with alternative Counsel with an appropriate level of experience to deal with the case.’

‘A chambers with a good clerking team and a wide depth of speciality.’

‘A really strong set. Takes a commercial approach and are easy to deal with from the clerks room to the members.’

Clerking

‘We have found Simon Lyons to be particularly helpful.’

‘Very responsive and helpful clerks.’

‘I find the civil clerks to be very responsive, friendly and helpful. I mainly dealt with Simon Lyons who was very approachable.’

‘Rob Bocock leads a great team: Elizabeth Champion, Simon Lyons and Paul Bennett. Really responsive.’