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Chambers of James Pickering KC
Enterprise Chambers

North Eastern Circuit > Company and insolvency Tier 1

Enterprise Chambers garners praise as an ‘excellent‘ set, with ‘a very good range of insolvency barristers‘. Recent instructions include the ‘very approachableCristín Toman acting in Levi Solicitors LLP v Wilson & Anor, involving issues arising from the interpretation of provisions in a JCT standard construction contract relating to insolvency and proof of debt under a Creditor’s Voluntary Arrangement. Matthew Maddison ‘is excellent and his technical knowledge is second to none; he is helpful, proactive and meticulous‘. Hugo Groves is well versed in handling cross-border insolvency cases.

Leading Juniors

Matthew MaddisonEnterprise Chambers 'Matthew is a calm and persuasive advocate who is unflappable on his feet. He has a fantastic intellect, and is extremely quick to critically analyse information and identify the pertinent issues.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Hugo GrovesEnterprise Chambers 'Hugo is a joy to work with. He is clever, astute and a team player who is very good with clients. He thinks quickly on his feet.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Cristín TomanEnterprise Chambers 'Cristín is very thorough and good on her feet.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2


‘Joanne Caunt provides an excellent service, and always goes above and beyond to make sure you find suitable counsel.’

A strong set of counsel.’

Clerks are very responsive.’

North Eastern Circuit > Property and construction Tier 1

Very professional setEnterprise Chambers is home to a team with noted expertise in contentious real estate work, which is a particular area of strength for Stephanie Jarron. Cristín Toman handles a broad spectrum of property matters, including injunctions and rights of way disputes, and the ‘very well-preparedBruce Walker has a solid track record in advising on, among other areas, possession disputes, proprietary estoppel claims, and trespass matters.

Leading Juniors

Bruce WalkerEnterprise Chambers 'Bruce is a very talented property lawyer.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Stephanie JarronEnterprise Chambers 'Stephanie is excellent. She combines approachability, flexibility, technical excellence and sensitivity to the needs of the client.'
Ranked: Tier 2


Joanne Caunt is an extremely helpful clerk.’

Western Circuit > Company and insolvency Tier 1

Enterprise Chambers has established itself as a ‘go-to‘ company and insolvency set on the Western Circuit. Stephen Davies KC has extensive experience acting in high-profile insolvency cases throughout his career and is ‘simply brilliant with clients‘. Recently in Derby County FC Ltd v English Football League, he represented the joint administrators of the football club in relation to its restructuring, which involved the defeat of two claims for damages by other clubs alleging a conspiracy to injure on the part of the insolvent club. Christopher Brockman is ‘good on his feet and gets the measure of the court‘ – he is regularly instructed by HMRC, including in relation to applications for the appointment of provisional liquidators. Jeremy Bamford has an excellent reputation for handling disciplinary complaints and regulatory proceedings involving insolvency practitioners as well as director disqualification proceedings, while Claire Thompson has built a strong insolvency practice and in Re Gallagher recently acted for the trustee in bankruptcy in connection with an annulment application by the bankrupt pursuant to s.282(1)(b) of the Insolvency Act 1986.

Leading Silks

Stephen Davies KCEnterprise Chambers ‘Stephen has an excellent knowledge of bankruptcy law - everything is at the tip of his fingers. His written work is always of the highest quality and his advocacy style is fluent, persuasive, engaging and, above all, fearless, even in the face of aggressive opposition and an unsympathetic bench.' 
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Jeremy BamfordEnterprise Chambers ‘Jeremy is very methodical and never misses a thing. He is also strong on his feet and very persuasive.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Christopher BrockmanEnterprise Chambers ‘Chris is an expert in hostile administration orders and provisional liquidator applications. He grasps difficult legal and factual issues well and provides clear and commercial advice to clients. His advocacy is well structured and delivered in a way judges can understand.' 
Ranked: Tier 1
Claire Thompson - Enterprise Chambers 'Claire is a go-to insolvency counsel. She is an outstanding advocate who is always incredibly quick to digest the details of any case, however complex and however piecemeal. Claire quickly develops sustainable arguments and a pragmatic strategy for case management and ADR.' 
Ranked: Tier 2


‘Justin Emmett is second to none.’

‘The clerks are excellent, particularly Raj Lamba who is always responsive, friendly and very pragmatic on the issue of fees.’

‘Enterprise is an excellent set in the field of contentious insolvency, with quality juniors in particular.’ 

‘Enterprise Chambers is a ‘go-to’ chambers for insolvency work in the South West.’ 

‘A strong chambers with good quality barristers in key centres.’

‘The clerks are well-organised, approachable and friendly.’ 


Work highlights

London Bar > Insolvency Tier 3

‘Efficient and friendlyEnterprise Chambers have been involved in significant cross-border cases and high profile litigation, such as Octavian Security Ltd v Ghuman which saw James Pickering KC led a team in a contested freezing injunction and then various contested bankruptcy proceedings against the former directors. Stephen Davies KC has acted in cases relating to the interface of the law and practice of insolvency in the banking and finance space, while Kavan Gunaratna  has expertise in disputes concerning insolvent tenant companies, including advising creditors on the insolvencies of Debenhams. Hugo Groves  is noted for his work in litigating claims involving directors and third parties in and around a variety of insolvency scenarios.

Rising stars

Samuel HodgeEnterprise ChambersSam is very good and quick to get to the point. His style is co-operative and discursive.’ 
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 3
Stephen Davies KCEnterprise Chambers 'Stephen is very, very good to work with. He turns work around exceptionally quickly and produces written work that is of a very high quality. He integrates well as part of a team and is very easy to work with collaboratively to achieve results for clients.'
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 2
Kavan GunaratnaEnterprise Chambers ‘Confident and measured advocate.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Niall McCullochEnterprise Chambers ‘Niall’s written submissions are great. He is very user-friendly and willing to roll his sleeves up when necessary – nothing is too much trouble.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Hugo GrovesEnterprise Chambers 'Hugo is excellent in the insolvency litigation space.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Amit GuptaEnterprise Chambers ‘Amit has a number of strengths and qualities that single him out from others - he is friendly, approachable, proactive and adaptable.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Simon JohnsonEnterprise Chambers ‘Simon is an extremely good advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 5
James DaviesEnterprise Chambers ‘James is an excellent all-rounder. He is a great team player, is great with clients and manages expectations appropriately. He is calm and measured on his feet, which gives him credibility, but his written work is also excellent. You want James on your team.'
Ranked: Tier 5
Phillip Gale  – Enterprise ChambersHis advice is clear and his drafting is accurate.  He is calm when presenting the case.  He is courteous and professional.’
Ranked: Tier 5


‘The service is exemplary. Morgon Green deserves particular mention on an urgent short notice matter he went above and beyond.’

‘The set as a whole has a strong insolvency team with good choice at all levels.  The training programmes are very accessible and regular.’

‘The clerks are very helpful and responsive.  They have worked with us in the past to help with the logistics of the case.’

‘Enterprise Chambers are an excellent chambers and indeed a go to chambers for all areas of insolvency in particular, and company law in general.’

‘Efficient and friendly.’

‘Enterprise have a large number of juniors who are well versed in insolvency law. They are able to supply a selection of juniors often at short notice.’



Work highlights

London Bar > Company Tier 3

Enterprise Chambers is ‘strong for company disputes and insolvency’ and clients regard it as ‘a very friendly set with a real team spirit’. Members cover all aspects of litigation and advisory work involving companies, directors and shareholders, including unfair prejudice claims, derivative actions, claims against directors and directors’ disqualification matters. Top-rated junior Niall McCulloch was recently instructed in Bouchier, Williams and Bell (Liquidators of Tiuta International) v Booth and Nicholas, on behalf of the liquidators of an insolvent company, regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, regarding a £70m fraud perpetrated on an unregulated investment fund and its investors. The ‘fiercely intelligentSimon Johnson is also sought after for cross-border disputes.

Leading Juniors

Niall McCullochEnterprise Chambers ‘Niall's written submissions are great and he is very user-friendly and willing to roll his sleeves up when necessary.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Edward CohenEnterprise Chambers ‘A tremendous barrister, Edward is extremely bright, thorough and provides detailed advice and expertly drafted pleadings.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Geoffrey ZelinEnterprise Chambers ‘Geoffrey provides very good commercial advice and is very good on his feet.’ 
Ranked: Tier 3
Simon JohnsonEnterprise Chambers ‘Simon works incredibly hard, his energy and stamina were notable, and his advocacy is calm, assured and robust.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Kavan Gunaratna Enterprise Chambers ‘Kavan has a huge intellect and is really impressive to watch in court.’
Ranked: Tier 5


‘The clerks are excellent, and particular mention goes to Michael Ireland, Raj Lamba and Kenya Mendoza. They are quick to respond and very helpful, although Simon Johnson was quite happy to correspond directly.’

‘The clerks are very on the ball and efficient and Michael Ireland is really excellent.’

‘Accommodating and responsive clerks. They’re always there to help.’

‘Efficient and pleasant to deal with from my experience.’

‘Enterprise Chambers is strong for company disputes and insolvency.’

‘Enterprise is a very friendly set with a real team spirit. There are excellent barristers at all levels, but some of the senior juniors are hidden gems and exceptionally good.’

‘Enterprise is an excellent set, with strength in depth, and a variety of counsel who can make themselves available.’

‘Affable and approachable chambers with a variety of people to instruct for different years of call.’

Work highlights

London Bar > Property litigation Tier 5

Property litigation remains a primary focus area for Enterprise Chambers. The set specialises in landlord and tenant matters, with an offering supplemented by specialist expertise in the areas of insolvency and property-related professional negligence. Kavan Gunaratna acted for the claimant in Circus Apartments Ltd v Domus BWW Group, a High Court case in which the landlord was seeking unpaid rent and disrepair claims following the collapse of the tenant into insolvency administration. Edward Francis acted on behalf of various lessees in Camden Hill Gate Ltd v Duchess of Bedford House RTM Company Limited, which concerned the scope and application of the principle that parking enjoyed as of right by residents of a block can be converted into an easement of parking.

Leading Juniors

Kavan GunaratnaEnterprise Chambers ‘There is no junior barrister who prepares a case better throughout and for trial. Meticulous and exacting, Kavan knows exactly the line to tread when presenting a case to the court and is absolutely uncompromising to devastating effect.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Edward FrancisEnterprise Chambers ‘Excellent attention to detail. Thorough written analysis and helpfully summarised advice. Pragmatic solutions offered.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 4
Geoffrey ZelinEnterprise Chambers ‘Excellent on his feet. Geoffrey will stick to his convictions and is user-friendly.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Zachary Bredemear –Enterprise Chambers ‘Zach has an eye for detail, and is an excellent advocate. He has the ability to focus in on the detail and focuses on those matters that will truly win a case.'
Ranked: Tier 5
Richard Cherry –Enterprise Chambers ‘Richard is an extremely able advocate who prepares his cases with great diligence and leave no issue unexplored or investigated. He is extremely thorough and provides the very best service to his client.'
Ranked: Tier 5
Ranked: Tier 5
Sally Ann Blackmore Enterprise Chambers ‘Sally is an excellent communicator and works closely with our instructing officers to provide clear and concise advice. She is always available to discuss matters and maintains excellent relationships.’
Ranked: Tier 5


‘The clerks are approachable, reasonable and courteous. I often liaise with Mark Townsend and Ian Boardman who are both sensible and always wiling to assist.’

‘The clerks are very on the ball and efficient and Michael Ireland is really excellent.’

‘The clerks room are always quick to respond and to deal with any enquiries that we have.  They are knowledgeable of Counsels work load, and easy to deal with.’

‘The clerks are very on the ball and efficient and Michael Ireland is really excellent.’

‘Enterprise is an extremely friendly set with a real team spirit.  There are excellent barristers at all levels, but some of the senior juniors are hidden gems and exceptionally good.’

‘Chambers have a wide variety of counsel at hand to assist in a broad range of areas.’

‘A very strong set and varied set. Friendly and approachable.’

‘Extremely capable in property and insolvency work. They have good strength in depth.’

Work highlights

Dispute resolution > Mediators Tier 5

Jonathan Arkush – Enterprise Chambers  Jonathan Arkush at Enterprise Chambers is 'an exceptional mediator who strikes the perfect balance between being authoritative (such that clients and their lawyers respect his views and guidance) and empathic (such that clients feel heard and respected). Clients really couldn't ask for more in a mediator'. Arkush, who has conducted over 350 mediations to date, 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.

Work highlights

North Eastern Circuit > Commercial litigation

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Matthew MaddisonEnterprise Chambers 'Matthew is helpful, proactive and meticulous. He provides clear, considered and concise advice in extremely complex matters. He has a fantastic intellect and is extremely quick to critically analyse information and identify the pertinent issues. He is a calm and persuasive advocate who is unflappable on his feet.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2

North Eastern Circuit > Chancery, probate, and tax

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 2
Stephanie JarronEnterprise ChambersShe has the ability to take a case and see the heart of it. In advocacy she is calm and consistent, yet also strong and determined. A pragmatic junior.’
Ranked: Tier 2

Midland Circuit > Company and insolvency

Leading Juniors

Amit GuptaEnterprise Chambers 'Amit is an outstanding advocate and is very persuasive. He is terrific at the conference and good on paper as well. He is an excellent all-rounder.'
Ranked: Tier 2

London Bar > Commercial litigation

Leading Juniors

Niall McCullochEnterprise Chambers 'Does a very good job and is very able.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Edward CohenEnterprise Chambers 'Extremely bright, thorough and does not miss a beat.'
Ranked: Tier 5
Geoffrey ZelinEnterprise Chambers 'Very good commercial advice, very good on his feet, and very knowledgeable.'
Ranked: Tier 5

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

Leading Juniors

Celso De Azevedo –Enterprise Chambers 'Celso is very experienced in the insurance market and knows very well the usual policies and coverages. He is undisputedly specialised in complex insurance cases and intricate contracts.'
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > Social housing

Leading Juniors

Sally BlackmoreEnterprise Chambers 'Sally is a confident, assured and persuasive advocate.'
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 and 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 – 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 – 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 – including directors€™ liabilities and disqualification, shareholder and partner disputes, unfair prejudice, derivative actions, dissolution claims and quasi-partnerships

Banking and finance – 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 – 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.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior Clerk Michael Ireland clerks@enterprisechambers.com 020 7405 9471
Director of Operations Tracey Collins clerks@enterprisechambers.com
Business Development Executive Greg Piner clerks@enterprisechambers.com
Clerk Duane Hitchman clerks@enterprisechambers.com
Clerk Raj Lamba clerks@enterprisechambers.com
Clerk Morgon Green clerks@enterprisechambers.com
Clerk Kenya Mendoza clerks@enterprisechambers.com
Clerk Mia Bailey clerks@enterprisechambers.com
Clerk Justin Emmett clerks@enterprisechambers.com
Clerk Joanne Caunt clerks@enterprisechambers.com
Clerk Ellen Mcinall clerks@enterprisechambers.com
Clerk Michelle Carson clerks@enterprisechambers.com
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 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 BREDEMEAR, Zachary (1996)
Members of Chambers DE AZEVEDO, Celso (1997)
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 READ, Emma (2006)
Members of Chambers HEATH, Duncan (2007)
Members of Chambers PANDYA, Abha (2007)
Members of Chambers GALE, Phillip (2008)
Members of Chambers DAVIES, James (2009)
Members of Chambers CHERRY, Richard (2009)
Members of Chambers MADDISON, Matthew (2010)
Members of Chambers NEWMAN, Simon (2010)
Members of Chambers DIXON, Madeline (2013)
Members of Chambers JONES, Simon (2011)
Members of Chambers PASK, Christopher (2013)
Members of Chambers THOMPSON, Claire (2014)
Members of Chambers TODD, Fiona (2014)
Members of Chambers DUNK, Chris (2014)
Members of Chambers TIMSON, Dale (2016)
Members of Chambers INNES, Mari (2017)
Members of Chambers HODGE, Samuel (2018)
Members of Chambers VACANI, Ella (2019)
Members of Chambers JOHNSON, Pearse (2019)
Members of Chambers BEOR-ROBERTS, Bertram (2021)
Members of Chambers FREEMAN, James (2021)
Members of Chambers MORIARTY, Matthew (2022)
Members of Chambers LANGAN KC, HH Peter*
Members of Chambers KAYE KC, HH Roger
Photo Name Position Profile
Chris Dunk photo Chris Dunk Chris has a broad commercial and chancery practice. His experience includes general…
Hugo Groves photo Hugo Groves Hugo has many years experience of dealing with insolvency related matters including…
Duncan Heath photo Duncan Heath Duncan has an impressive all-round Chancery practice covering both traditional and commercial…
Cristín Toman photo Cristín Toman Cristín has a strong commercial chancery practice, with particular expertise in all…
Bruce Walker photo Bruce Walker Bruce specialises in property advice and litigation.  He is also very experienced…