Kavan Gunaratna > Chambers of James Pickering QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of James Pickering QC
Enterprise Chambers


Barrister specialising in commercial chancery litigation, corporate and personal insolvency, landlord and tenant, real property, company and commercial disputes. Recent cases include London Borough of Redbribge v Mustafa [2010] EWHC 1105 (Ch); [2010] B.P.I.R. 893; Davenham Trust Ltd v White [2010] EWHC 2784 Ch; [2011] BCC 77; Bevin v Datum Finance Ltd [2011] EWHC 3542 (Ch).


Called 2004, Lincoln’s Inn (Lord Mansfield Scholar and Sir Robert Megarry Scholar); Enterprise Chambers 2006.


Chancery Bar Association.


The Haberdashers’ Askes School, Elstree; Trinity Hall, Cambridge (2003 MA Law cantab).


Travel, reading.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Property litigation

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Kavan GunaratnaEnterprise ChambersHe is very user friendly, excellent on the law, making it sound easy.

At Enterprise Chambers, ‘the clerking is good and the barristers are approachable, accessible and available’. Members demonstrate a ‘strong range of expertise and seniority, primarily specialising in landlord and tenant, development, leasing, mortgage and insolvency disputes in addition to property-related professional negligence. Kavan Gunaratna was recently instructed by the defendants in the case of Davis v Mothersdale, a property fraud trial which alleged the dishonest concealment of substantial flooding at a high-value property.

London Bar > Insolvency

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Kavan GunaratnaEnterprise ChambersExtremely good on paper. Very usable. Responsive and helpful.

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.