Christopher Brockman > Chambers of James Pickering KC > Bristol, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of James Pickering KC
Enterprise Chambers
4-5 College Green


Chris practices in all areas of personal and commercial insolvency

His practice areas include asset recovery on behalf of insolvency office holders, opposing and obtaining administration orders; compulsory winding up; wrongful trading/breach of directors’ duties claims; 236 applications to examine directors and examination of directors; defending trustees against claims for negligence/breach of duty; Bankruptcy Restriction Orders. He acts for the Secretary of State on various applications, including Company Directors Disqualification proceedings and public interest petitions.

Over the last few years he has developed a particular speciality in interim applications, including freezing and proprietary orders and summary judgment applications.

In the recent past Chris had been involved in numerous high profile personal and corporate insolvency cases and is frequently instructed by HMRC in relation to complex applications including on provisional liquidations. He has also successfully defeated challenges to several, and obtained personal cost orders against the directors.

Chris is an accredited mediator helping to resolve insolvency related disputes.

He is also an expert in the inter-relation of criminal law and the civil insolvency regime.

Christopher is a member of the Insolvency Lawyers’ Association and he is also a CEDR Accredited Mediator. He has spoken at numerous courses and conferences. He is a contributor to Lexis Nexis PSL (insolvency module) and Gore-Browne on Companies as well as the author of numerous insolvency related articles.

Chris’s practice includes all aspects of company, LLP, partnership and individual insolvency. His experience ranges from applications to set aside statutory demands, bankruptcy petitions, administration applications, through clawback proceedings (misfeasance, TUV, preferences, s.423 IA 1986), unlawful dividends and distributions, CVA/IVA voting appeals/revocation/unfair prejudice applications. He is a specialist in interim applications, in particular provisional liquidations and freezing orders.

Chris is Junior Counsel to the Crown Regional A Panel and appears for the Secretary of State/Official Receiver on disqualification applications.

In addition, he has acted for many directors in disqualification proceedings, and on s.17 CDDA permission applications for leave to act as a director.


Called to the Bar 1985


Insolvency Lawyers Association


Chancery Bar Association

CEDR Accredited Mediator

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Company and insolvency

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Christopher BrockmanEnterprise 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.’

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 astuteChristopher Brockman has been kept busy acting for liquidators in a range of insolvency matters.