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Chambers of James Pickering QC
Enterprise Chambers


Barrister specialising in commercial and Chancery litigation, especially insolvency and corporate reconstruction; recent cases of note: Aerostar Maintenance International Ltd v Wilson [2012] EWHC 1353 and [2010] EWCH 2032 (directors’ duties, dishonest assistance, knowing receipt, conspiracy); Gray v GTP Group Ltd re F2G Realisations Ltd [2010] EWCH 1772 (floating charges); Clydesdale Financial Services Ltd v Smailes [2010] BPIR 62 (leading case on removal of administrators); STM v Condor Insurance Ltd [2006] All ER (D) 72 (guarantees); Moody v Condor Insurance Ltd [2006] 1 WLR 1847 (guarantees); State Securities plc v Liquidity Ltd [2006] Au ER (D) 212 (priority of company charges); Hill & Tyler Ltd [2005] 1 BCLC 41 (financial assistace); Tesco v Pook and Universal Projects (UK) Ltd [2004] IRLR 618 (fiduciary duties); Reid (John) and Sons re (Strucsteel) Ltd [2003] 2 BCLC 319 (unfair prejudice); Dexter Ltd v Harley [2001] All ER (D) 79 (jurisdiction); Michael Gerson (Leasing) Ltd v Wilkinson [2001] QB514 (seller in possesion).


Called 1982; Lincoln’s Inn.


Chancery Bar Association; Association of Business Recovery Professionals.


Sutton High School; Oxford University 1981 MA (Jurisprudence).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Insolvency

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Linden IfeEnterprise ChambersHer knowledge of the most obscure and complex areas of insolvency law is second to none and she is my go-to insolvency lawyer for any knotty issue.

At Enterprise Chambers, insolvency is a key area for members, who act in high-value and often cross-border cases, arising from insolvencies, liquidations, restructurings and administrations. Linden Ife is a senior junior who often acts as leading counsel, with expertise in recovering unlawful dividends paid before insolvency, as well as in claims against directors and insolvency practitioners; exemplified by Clydesdale v Smailes where the administrators were successfully removed. Kavan Gunaratna is another well-regarded junior and has expertise in insolvency matters involving property, commercial and banking law. Elevated to silk in 2020, James Pickering QC acted in Re Mintpal, one of the first provisional liquidations based on a debt in digital currency. Also of note, Madeline Dixon is developing a strong insolvency practice, with experience in cross-border cases.

London Bar > Company and partnership

Enterprise Chambers is home to ‘some good and reliable juniors‘ practising company law. Most notable is Linden Ife, who is an expert in breach of fiduciary duty and misfeasance claims against directors. She was instructed by the state of Western Australia in Re Fairbridge Pinjarra and Prince’s Trust, a case involving claims made against the state by former child migrants as a result of the activities of dissolved company Fairbridge. On the advisory front, Niall McCulloch continues to assist Eagle Star Insurance with the restructuring of its insurance entities. James Barker is also noted as an expert in directors duties.

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Linden IfeEnterprise ChambersSuperb advice, very responsive and excellent in Court.