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

Position

Barrister specialising in insolvency, commercial, professional negligence, property, landlord and tenant, and general chancery and contentious probate litigation. Notable cases include Langstone Leisure Ltd v Wacks Caller & Pannone LLP [2012] EWHC 170, Cherry Tree Investments Ltd v Landmain Ltd [2012] EWCA Civ 33, Osteopathic Education & Research Ltd v NCS Management Ltd [2010] EWHC 1801 (QB), EPIS Services Ltd v HM Revenue & Customs [2007] EWHC 3534 (Ch); Finlan & Queenswood v EMW & Grant Thornton [2007] 4 All ER 143; Arla Foods v Barnes [2008] EWHC 2851; Re Loftus [2005] 1 WLR 1890; Re Smiths of Smithfields Ltd [2003] EWHC 568; Nathan v Leonard [2003] 1 WLR 827; Virani v Manuel Revent [2003] EWCA Civ 1651; Mahme Trust Reg v Tayeb [2002] EWHC 1543; Chellaram v Chellarm [2002] 3 All ER 17; Gandhi v Patel [2002] 1 FLR 603; El Naschie v Pitt Place [2002] HLR 52; Lowsley v Forbes [1999] AC 329.

Career

Called 1991; Middle Temple.

Memberships

Chancery Bar Association; Property Bar Association.

Education

Broxbourne School; Southampton University.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Insolvency

(2020 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

James Pickering QCEnterprise ChambersA very impressive advocate.

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 > Commercial litigation

(2020 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

James Pickering QCEnterprise ChambersA polished and measured advocate, particuarly good a presenting complex arguments in straighforward and attractive terms.

Enterprise Chambers is praised for its ‘fantastic range of members‘ all of whom are ‘personable and approachable‘. Clients appreciate the set’s ‘very able barristers, particularly at the senior junior level‘. The members are highly experienced in commercial chancery matters. Notable cases include Serious Fraud Office v Smith & Others, in which James Pickering QC (who just took silk) is representing the liquidators. Jennifer Meech represents fashion designer John Richmond, who faces claims for €54m by the liquidators of a company of which he was a director. Another highlight for Niall McCulloch was representing Brazil’s state of Mariana in a £5bn claim against BHP following a dam collapse in Brazil.

London Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

With bases in London, Bristol, Leeds, and Newcastle, Enterprise Chambers has expertise across the gamut of commercial and Chancery law matters. In recent news, James Pickering QC was appointed Queen’s Counsel; Sally Blackmore  arrived from Ely Place Chambers; Edward Francis was appointed Deputy Master of the Chancery Division.

Regional Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

With bases in London, Bristol, Leeds, and Newcastle, Enterprise Chambers has expertise across the gamut of commercial and Chancery law matters. In recent news, James Pickering QC was appointed Queen’s Counsel; Sally Blackmore  arrived from Ely Place Chambers; Edward Francis was appointed Deputy Master of the Chancery Division.