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Chambers of James Pickering KC
Enterprise Chambers
9 OLD SQUARE, LINCOLN'S INN
LONDON
WC2A 3SR
England

North Eastern Circuit > Commercial litigation Tier 1

Enterprise Chambers ‘has an excellent range of junior counsel, all of whom are able to robustly present arguments while offering very helpful strategic advice‘ across a wide range of commercial disputes. Hugo Groves is singled out for his expertise in shareholder disputes. Duncan Heath handles instructions for claimants and defendants in contentious matters, and Matthew Maddison‘s workload includes contractual and sale disputes. Cristín Toman has an excellent track record in advising on commercial injunctions.

Leading Juniors

Hugo Groves - Enterprise ChambersHe is charming, hard working and responsive. He is not afraid to roll his sleeves up and is happy to go toe to toe with any opponent.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Matthew Maddison - Enterprise Chambers 'Matthew has an eye for detail; he is able to take others through that detail with a meticulous and most concise manner. His technical excellence is second to none.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Cristín Toman - Enterprise ChambersA calm and practical junior - experienced and thorough, and shows excellent strategic thinking.'
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

The whole set is brilliant.’

Clerking

The clerks are always extremely helpful.’

Joanne Caunt is very attentive and provides an excellent service.’

They always go the extra mile.’

North Eastern Circuit > Company and insolvency Tier 1

Praised by instructing solicitors as 'a strong go-to insolvency set', Enterprise Chambers' team has solid expertise in handling the full range of insolvency work. Hugo Groves is highly regarded for his experience in advising on insolvency cases featuring cross-border elements, and Matthew Maddison regularly acts for creditors, companies and liquidators in insolvency matters. Cristín Toman successfully appeared for the administrators in Re: Peter Jones China Limited, involving an application made to compel the Registrar of Companies to remove non-compliant documents from the register. In November 2021 Kelly Bond was appointed as a district judge.

Leading Juniors

Hugo Groves - Enterprise Chambers 'A streetwise operator who demonstrates great leadership.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Matthew Maddison - Enterprise Chambers 'He is very composed and measured in his approach, and has brilliant technical skills.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Duncan Heath - Enterprise Chambers 'Duncan is very approachable, very good on his feet in court, and provides thorough and reasoned advice.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Cristín Toman - Enterprise Chambers 'She is smart, commercial, technically strong, very calm and practical.'
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

Excellent strength in depth.’

Clerking

Always friendly and helpful.’

Excellent clerking by the experienced Joanne Caunt.’

Responsive, helpful and efficient.’

North Eastern Circuit > Property and construction Tier 1

At Enterprise Chambers, Bruce Walker‘s recent workload includes proprietary estoppel claims and possession disputes, while Cristín Toman acted for the claimant in a proprietary estoppel case relating to student accommodation buildings. Stephanie Jarron handles the full range of contentious real estate work.

Leading Juniors

Bruce Walker - Enterprise ChambersHe is an excellent property lawyer.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Cristín Toman - Enterprise Chambers 'She is thorough and robust, with clients and opposition alike. Cristín is easy to communicate with, timely and reliable.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

The quality of the barristers is very good and the chambers is very easy to deal with.’

Clerking

Joanne Caunt is very efficient and user friendly.’

Joanne Caunt and Ellen McInall in the clerks’ room at Leeds are extremely efficient.’

Joanne Caunt is first class.’

Western Circuit > Company and insolvency Tier 1

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.

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.'
Ranked: Tier 1

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.'
Ranked: Tier 1
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.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1

Testimonials

Set

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.’

Clerking

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.’

London Bar > Insolvency Tier 3

Complex insurance sector insolvencies have been a recent feature of Enterprise Chambers, a set seen as ‘a very good choice for insolvency instructions‘. One such case, Kireeva v Bedzhamov; Vneshprombank LLC v Bedzhamov and others has seen Stephen Davies KC acting for the bankruptcy trustee of the defendant, the Court of Appeal decision expected to have far-reaching consequences in cross-border cases. Niall McCulloch appearing unled in Michael J Lonsdale (Electrical) Ltd v Bresco Electrical Services Ltd ((in Liquidation)), the seminal case on the use of adjudication for the administration of construction insolvencies, was another highlight.

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 5
James Pickering KCEnterprise Chambers ‘James is an exceptional advocate with a brilliant attention to detail and his understanding of insolvency law is second to none.’
Ranked: Tier 5

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Kavan GunaratnaEnterprise Chambers ‘Kavan is an absolute superstar. Exceedingly clever, with a superb eye for detail and work ethic, and with excellent advocacy skills.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Niall McCullochEnterprise Chambers 'Niall is a sound choice for complex insolvency disputes.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Simon JohnsonEnterprise Chambers ‘Simon is an excellent insolvency junior, with an encyclopaedic grasp of the law and a calm and assured advocacy style.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Geoffrey ZelinEnterprise Chambers 'Good advocate - knowledgeable in insolvency law.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 5
James DaviesEnterprise Chambers ‘His written work is carefully presented and considered. His advocacy should not be underestimated - he is cool and confident under pressure.'
Ranked: Tier 5
Amit GuptaEnterprise Chambers ‘Amit is very responsive and is very good with the clients.'
Ranked: Tier 5
Ranked: Tier 5

Testimonials

Set

‘Good bench strength in insolvency.’

‘A good set for insolvency matters with a raft of juniors ready to take on advocacy on smaller matters going up to seniors who can appear on more substantial cases.’

‘The set is excellent with a few standout individuals.’

‘Enterprise Chambers is one of the best sets for insolvency counsel in London.’

‘Enterprise has always been a very good choice for insolvency instructions, with a large number of excellent juniors in particular.’

Clerking

‘Excellent! Responsive, reliable and commercial. Michael Ireland is unflappable and easy to deal with.’

London Bar > Company Tier 4

A robust team of juniors at Enterprise Chambers is recommended for its ‘great variety of specialisms and call’ in company law where chambers is frequently seen in a broad spectrum of matters. Niall McCulloch has built impressive impressive experience in high-profile matters, receiving a slew of insurance sector instructions following his involvement in cases regarding Eagle Star Insurance. Edward Cohen‘s recent caseload has covered the popular area of shareholder disputes, advice on technical issues of company law, and breach of duty claims against directors.

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Niall McCullochEnterprise Chambers 'He provides sound and pragmatic advice and is a pleasure to work with.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Simon Johnson - Enterprise Chambers 'Very bright, grasps issues quickly and pleads them well but succinctly.'
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

‘Responsive and good communicators, counsel availability is excellent and any reason for delay is clearly explained.’

‘The set is one of the go-to sets, great variety of specialisms and call. Definite strength in depth.’

‘A go-to chambers, particularly with property matters. The quality of the work and depth of expertise is good.’

Clerking

‘Raj Lamba provides an excellent service.’

‘Luke Clark stands out.’

London Bar > Property litigation Tier 5

Enterprise Chambers considers property litigation one of its most important practice areas, with landlord and tenant work at its core and complemented by specialist expertise in the subsidiary areas of insolvency and property-related professional negligence. The set primarily caters to the mid-tier City and regional firms, but has seen their share in the upper echelons property litigation market growing in recent years. Kavan Gunaratna has been representing the claimant in Chis 3 Ltd v Virgin Active Ltd, a case following the heavily publicised restructuring Virgin Active entered into to write off substantial rent arrears owed to its landlords; this decision will be the first to consider landlords’ rights under standard forfeiture clauses where a tenant enters into a restructuring plan, with the site in question being worth around £300 million. In Various Lessees of Duchess of Bedford House v Campden Hill Gate Ltd, Edward Francis successfully represented the claimants in an issue relating to parking rights over an adjoining private road; as well as factually complicated, this case raised complex questions regarding the operation of section 62 of the Law of Property Act.

Leading Juniors

Kavan GunaratnaEnterprise Chambers ‘Kavan remains calm under pressure, particularly in the courtroom. He has an excellent manner with clients and is able to convey often complex legal jargon in a manner which is tangible to the client.
Ranked: Tier 2
Edward FrancisEnterprise ChambersThe go-to barrister for legally and factually complex property cases, Edward’s grasp is so extensive he makes opposing counsel look unprepared. He is hugely intelligent and commits to an answer rather than sitting on the fence.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4
Zachary Bredemear –Enterprise Chambers ‘Zachary has a proactive yet easy approach, capable of providing commercial and tactical advice when required. He is well prepared in his advocacy.
Ranked: Tier 5
Richard Cherry –Enterprise Chambers ‘Through thorough preparation and clear and concise advice, Richard inspires confidence in his clients.
Ranked: Tier 5
Ranked: Tier 5
Ranked: Tier 5

Testimonials

Set 

‘A very user friendly set, all the barristers I have used have been approachable and excellent at what they do.

‘The particular advantage of instructing Enterprise Chambers is the range – and therefore availability – of counsel that it can offer.

‘Enterprise has a core of absolutely superb counsel.

Clerks 

‘Their clerks are competent in the extreme and move mountains to make things work. ’

‘First rate, they can not do enough for you.

Dispute resolution > Mediators Tier 5

Jonathan Arkush – Enterprise Chambers  Jonathan Arkush at Enterprise Chambers is a member of the mediation panels of the Chancery Bar Association, Property Bar Association, Property Law UK, Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Practitioners, and Dispute Mediation. To date, he has conducted over 350 mediations across a wide range of practice areas.

Midland Circuit > Company and insolvency

Leading Juniors

Amit GuptaEnterprise Chambers ‘Amit is approachable and easy to communicate with. He is able to quickly get a grasp of the issues, producing high quality pleadings and evidence.’ 
Ranked: Tier 2

North Eastern Circuit > Chancery, probate, and tax

Leading Juniors

Stephanie Jarron - Enterprise ChambersStephanie gives good strategic advice. She has outstanding advocacy skills; judges listen to her. She always gets on with clients, is thorough, and fantastically easy to deal with. A master tactician.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Chris Dunk - Enterprise ChambersChris is very personable, and always delivers pragmatic advice in a manner which is easy to understand. He is calm under pressure and an excellent advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 2

London Bar > Commercial litigation

Leading Juniors

Niall McCullochEnterprise Chambers ‘He goes out of his way to be available at all times of day. He provides sound and pragmatic advice and is a pleasure to work with.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 5
Ranked: Tier 5

London Bar > Partnership

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

Leading Juniors

Celso De Azevedo –Enterprise Chambers ‘Being a published author on business interruption insurance, Celso is extremely knowledgeable in this area – combine that with his commerciality (derived from many years in a client-facing role as a solicitor) and Celso is a force to be reckoned with in this area. He also understands the pressures solicitors face from their clients and turns advice around quickly.
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Social housing

Leading Juniors

Sally BlackmoreEnterprise ChambersSally gives clear, firm advice and is not afraid to take on difficult cases. In court, she is not afraid of pushing a point and judges like her practical and down to earth manner – and she gets good results.
Ranked: Tier 4

 

Enterprise Chambers is a leading set of barristers, specialising in commercial, business and property related disputes.

The set: Enterprise Chambers is unique among commercial sets in offering a nationwide presence. It has established premises in London, Bristol, Leeds and Newcastle upon Tyne and fields barristers throughout England and Wales. The set values are robustly commercial. Members understand the needs of the solicitors who instruct them and their lay clients. They aim to meet those needs with rapidly delivered, high quality, commercially sound advice and representation. Members are familiar with and experienced in all courts and tribunals, including regulatory and property tribunals, and mediations and arbitrations.

Types of work undertaken: Members carry out work across a wide range of commercial, business and property problems encountered by private individuals, small- and medium-enterprises, large corporations and public authorities alike. The set can field individual barristers at any level or a team of barristers able to take on the largest and most complex litigation. The sets core specialisms are commercial chancery, including commercial, company, insolvency, banking & financial services, property/landlord and tenant both commercial and residential and professional negligence.

The sets expertise within insolvency and property uniquely places it to deal with disputes which involve both.

Insolvency covers international and cross-border insolvency and all matters appertaining to liquidations, receiverships, administrations, voluntary arrangements, schemes of arrangement and bankruptcies, with members frequently acting for and against insolvency practitioners engaged in the adjustment of prior transactions.

Commercial work covers all legal and strategic issues facing individuals, businesses and public authorities today. These include contract, restraint of trade, loans, guarantees and other securities, sale of goods, insurance, competition law, civil fraud and tax.

Company and partnership problems, including directors€™ liabilities and disqualification, shareholder and partner disputes, unfair prejudice, derivative actions, dissolution claims and quasi-partnerships

Banking & Finance covers mortgages and charges, guarantees and indemnities, receivership and administration, negligent investment advice, product mis-selling, payment fraud and misdirected payments, project finance, hire-purchase and asset finance

Property/landlord and tenant covers all aspects of business, residential and agricultural tenancies, mortgages, conveyancing, easements, covenants, adverse possession, environmental law, housing, sale of land, legal and beneficial interests in land, and registration of land.

Members additionally cover professional negligence involving accountants, architects, barristers, insolvency practitioners, engineers, solicitors and surveyors. All aspects of licensing and regulation increasingly faced by individuals and businesses are addressed, including environmental, water and waste licensing, building regulation and remediation, as well as the licensing of alcohol, entertainment, betting, gaming, lotteries, firearms and taxis.

Many of the set€s members are recognised in the major directories as leaders in their fields and all are known to their clients for their approachability, expertise and commercial acumen.

 

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Senior Clerk Michael Ireland
Director of Operations Tracey Collins
Clerk Luke Clark
Clerk Raj Lamba
Clerk Morgon Green
Clerk Kenya Mendoza
Clerk Amber Williams
Clerk Justin Emmett
Clerk Joanne Caunt
Clerk Ellen Mcinall
Clerk Michelle Carson
Members of Chambers PICKERING KC, James (1991)
Members of Chambers DAVIES KC, Stephen (1983, KC 2000)
Members of Chambers PAGE KC, Hugo (1977, KC 2002)
Members of Chambers COHEN, Edward (1972)
Members of Chambers ARKUSH, Jonathan (1977)
Members of Chambers ZELIN, Geoffrey (1984)
Members of Chambers BROCKMAN, Christopher (1985)
Members of Chambers GROVES, Hugo (1980)
Members of Chambers LEVY, Neil (1986)
Members of Chambers KENNEDY-McGregor, Marilyn (1989)
Members of Chambers BAMFORD, Jeremy (1989)
Members of Chambers JARRON, Stephanie (1990)
Members of Chambers WILLIAMSON, Bridget (1993)
Members of Chambers WALKER, Bruce (1994)
Members of Chambers FRANCIS, Edward (1995)
Members of Chambers HEAL, Madeleine (1996)
Members of Chambers ILYAS, Shaiba (1998)
Members of Chambers McCULLOCH, Niall (2000)
Members of Chambers JOHNSON, Simon (2000)
Members of Chambers FENTEM, Ross (2003)
Member of Chambers BLACKMORE, Sally-Anne (2003)
Members of Chambers GUNARATNA, Kavan (2004)
Members of Chambers TOMAN, Cristin (2004)
Members of Chambers GUPTA, Amit (2006)
Members of Chambers BROWN, Daisy (2006)
Members of Chambers CROSSLEY, Dominic (2006)
Members of Chambers READ, Emma (2006)
Members of Chambers HEATH, Duncan (2007)
Members of Chambers MEECH, Jennifer (2008)
Members of Chambers GALE, Phillip (2008)
Members of Chambers DAVIES, James (2009)
Members of Chambers MADDISON, Matthew (2010)
Members of Chambers BOWMAKER, Louise (2011)
Members of Chambers JONES, Simon (2011)
Members of Chambers DIXON, Madeline (2013)
Members of Chambers THOMPSON, Claire (2014)
Members of Chambers TODD, Fiona (2014)
Members of Chambers DUNK, Chris (2014)
Members of Chambers INNES, Mari (2017)
Members of Chambers HODGE, Samuel (2018)
Members of Chambers MALLOCH, Kirsty (2018)
Members of Chambers VACANI, Ella (2019)
Members of Chambers JOHNSON, Pearse (2019)
Members of Chambers LANGAN KC, HH Peter*
Members of Chambers KAYE KC, HH Roger
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Jonathan Arkush photo Jonathan ArkushConducts a wide range of commercial and chancery litigation, including contract, real…
Sally Blackmore photo Sally BlackmoreSally has expertise across all areas of real property and residential and…
Edward Cohen photo Edward CohenEdward has practised since 1973 in the field of general commercial and…
James Davies photo James DaviesBarrister specialising in a broad range of commercial and chancery work, with…
Madeline Dixon photo Madeline DixonBarrister specialising in a broad range of commercial and chancery work, with…
Edward Francis photo Edward FrancisBarrister specialising in real property litigation (Including easements, restrictive covenants, conveyancing, land…
Phillip Gale photo Phillip GaleBarrister specialising in all aspects of commercial and Chancery work, with an…
Kavan Gunaratna photo Kavan GunaratnaBarrister specialising in commercial chancery litigation, corporate and personal insolvency, landlord and…
Shaiba Ilyas photo Shaiba IlyasBarrister specialising in all aspects of commercial Chancery litigation, with a particular…
Simon Johnson photo Simon JohnsonCorporate and personal insolvency: claims for and against office-holders, creditor constituencies and…
Marilyn Kennedy-McGregor photo Marilyn Kennedy-McGregorMarilyn specialises in work which is likely to become adversarial and is…
Niall McCulloch photo Niall McCullochNiall specialises in commercial law (including commercial fraud), offshore and international work…
James Pickering photo James PickeringBarrister specialising in insolvency, commercial, professional negligence, property, landlord and tenant, and…
Bridget Williamson photo Bridget WilliamsonBarrister specialising in insolvency (corporate and individual), company, property, general Chancery.
Geoffrey Zelin photo Geoffrey ZelinGeoffrey Zelin has built a broad-based practice encompassing all aspects of commercial…
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