Hugo Groves > Chambers of James Pickering QC > Leeds, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of James Pickering QC
Enterprise Chambers


Barrister specialising in insolvency, company and commercial.


Called 1980; Gray’s Inn; attorney and counsellor at law New York State 1989. Publications: ‘Corporate Insolvency Law & Practice’ (Butterworths), and ‘Enterprise Chambers Annotated Guide to Insolvency’ (2006).


Chancery Bar Association; Insolvency Lawyers’ Association; member of R3.


University of Leicester (1979 LLB); University of London (1981 LLM).

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > North Eastern Circuit > Chancery, probate, and tax

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Hugo GrovesEnterprise ChambersA knowledgeable and approachable junior counsel.

With ‘a good crop of juniors‘, Enterprise Chambers offers ‘a very good service and an array of counsel to assist with Chancery matters‘. Instructed by leading law firms, members are experienced in the traditional fields of trusts and probate and Inheritance Act claims, as well as specialist areas like insolvency, real property, and company law, which benefit from their Chancery expertise. Among the team, the ‘knowledgeableHugo Groves is a leading junior in this sector and has recently been involved claims arising out of tax avoidance/mitigation schemes. ‘Always in-demand for a reason‘, Duncan Heath is a ‘go-to junior‘for contentious trusts and probate, and property matters, and Stephanie Jarron has ‘an excellent reputation‘ in estate disputes. Christopher Buckingham appeared unled for the successful appellant in Lomax v Lomax in the Court of Appeal and is considered ‘without a shadow of doubt amongst the best of the best. You want him on your side‘.

Regional Bar > North Eastern Circuit > Company and insolvency

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Hugo GrovesEnterprise ChambersHe is approachable, knowledgeable, collaborative with a sense of humour even in stressful situations.

Enterprise Chambers is a ‘fantastic set of chambers which is very wide-ranging and has strength in depth‘. ‘The set includes is a go-to for insolvency work with highly skilled and knowledgeable barristers within their ranks‘. Members handle both personal and large company insolvencies and company matters. Former City solicitor Hugo Groves acted for the replacement insolvency practitioners in Re Varden Nuttall Limited (In Administration),  successfully obtaining a multi-million-pound judgment against the defendant. Australia-qualified Cristín Toman has acted in a number of matters for administrators in relation to defects in their appointments, while Kelly Bond appeared for the successful liquidator in Re Reeson Homes Ltd, a three-day trial concerning a company which had transferred its only asset, a development site, to a connected company shortly prior to liquidation; the respondents alleged the property was held on trust, an argument that was rejected by the court.

Regional Bar > North Eastern Circuit > Commercial litigation

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Hugo GrovesEnterprise ChambersA go-to for business, partnership and commercial disputes.

London Bar > Insolvency

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Hugo GrovesEnterprise ChambersHe is is a very knowledgeable senior junior who is always reliable and easy to work with.