Duncan Heath > Chambers of James Pickering QC > Leeds, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of James Pickering QC
Enterprise Chambers


Barrister specialising in commercial, company, insolvency and traditional chancery work.


Called 2007, Lincoln’s Inn.


German. Russian.


Chancery Bar Association.


Sir John Nelthorpe School, Brigg; Pembroke College, University of Cambridge (2005 MA Modern and Medieval Languages German and Russian); Nottingham Law School (2006 Graduate Diploma in Law, 2007 Bar Vocational Course); Nottingham Trent University (2007 LLB Award).


Cricket and football.

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Duncan HeathEnterprise ChambersDuncan is a superb all-rounder. He builds a trusting rapport with lay clients very easily, whilst at the same time pulling no punches in his negotiations. He has a first rate legal-mind, as demonstrated by both his shrewd advice and formidable advocacy.

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 > Commercial litigation

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Duncan HeathEnterprise ChambersDuncan is first class and a pleasure to deal with; he is both extremely approachable and technically excellent. He also has a particularly calm and measured manner which clients find very reassuring, whether in Court or in a mediation setting.

Enterprise Chambers has ‘very high-quality practitioners‘ who cover the breadth of commercial dispute resolution, including shareholder disputes, banking, breach of warranty, and restraint of trade, as well as litigation concerning the sale, supply, and carriage of goods. In recent instructions of note, Cristín Toman acts for the Bank of Scotland in its claim to recover a sum in excess of £425,000, and for possession of a commercial property in Leeds. Duncan Heath acted for the defendant, a commercial agent, in Project Lower Ltd v Contract Natural Gas Limited, a multi-million-pound claim brought against it for unpaid commission, damages, compensation, and indemnity. Matthew Maddison is acting for a building services company against a company established by three of its former employees in an unjust enrichment claim. In the High Court, Margaret Griffin is being led in a complex unfair prejudice petition which follows over a decade of litigation between the parties.

Regional Bar > North Eastern Circuit > Property and construction

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Duncan HeathEnterprise ChambersVery bright and approachable. Liked by client and gives clear and comprehensible advice in the most complex of cases.

Regional Bar > North Eastern Circuit > Company and insolvency

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Duncan HeathEnterprise ChambersDuncan is an excellent advocate, calm and unflappable, has superb attention to detail and is extremely down-to-earth and client-friendly.