David Chivers KC > Erskine Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Erskine Chambers
33 CHANCERY LANE
LONDON
WC2A 1EN
England

Position

David is a highly experienced, sought-after silk who specialises in company law, corporate litigation and corporate restructuring/insolvency – onshore, offshore and internationally. He is known for the quality of both his advocacy and advisory skills. David has acted on many of the leading cases and transactions in these areas, including: Dee Valley Group Plc; Vodafone PLC/ Verizon; Shire PLC; BHP Billiton PLC, Validus Holdings v IPC (corporate advisory and schemes of arrangement); Jackson v Dear; Liverpool Football Club –  RBS v Hicks; Arbuthnott v Charterhouse; Ron Dennis v TAG and McLaren Technology (corporate litigation); Trustees of Olympic Airlines SA Pension Scheme v Olympic Airlines; Singularis v PwC; PwC v Saad; Weavering v SEB; DD Realisations (Supreme Court and Privy Council, insolvency); Halliwells LLP, Constellation Group (restructuring).  

Career

Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn and Chair of Audit and Risk Committee. Admitted to the Bars of the following jurisdictions: BVI, and ad hoc to Bermuda and Cayman. Acting Judge of the BVI Commercial Court January to March 2018.

PUBLICATIONS:
Contributor to Co-operatives that Work (Spokesman 1988); Practice and Procedure in the Companies Court (Lloyds of London Press 1997); The Law of Majority Shareholders Power, Use and Abuse (OUP 2017).

Memberships

ChBA, ILA, III, RISA (Cayman).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Insolvency

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

David Chivers KCErskine Chambers ‘David provides his clients with detailed knowledge of the law and practical analysis and problem-solving.’

London Bar > Company

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

David Chivers KCErskine Chambers ‘David is an outstanding company law barrister. He provides his clients with detailed knowledge of the law and practical analysis.’

Undoubtedly top of the league in company law, from the silks down to the juniors‘, Erskine Chambers are the standout set, housing members that cover the range of both litigation and transactional matters. The set were unsurprisingly a key player across various of the market trends this year, one notable area being contested schemes of arrangement. A particular highlight in that respect saw David Chivers KC leading Andrew Blake in hedge fund HBK’s successful opposition to Caesars Entertainment’s acquisition of William Hill. Martin Moore KC acted on the opposite side in that case and is, along with Chivers, routinely instructed on the highest stakes cases spanning multiple jurisdictions. Michael Todd KC specialises in contentious and transactional advice on company law in the UK and internationally, whereas Peter Arden KC‘s practice has more of an insolvency and restructuring focus. Experienced company and finance litigation expert David Mabb KC is another name to note, and Andrew Thompson KC has a standout practice in both LLP law and shareholder disputes, including representing the five non-executive directors of Carillion in defending directors disqualification proceedings. Experienced senior junior Catherine Roberts also has vast experience in shareholder disputes in England and offshore, and Nigel Dougherty is another highly regarded senior figure.

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

David Chivers KCErskine Chambers ‘David is an outstanding company law barrister. He provides his clients with detailed knowledge of the law and practical analysis and problem-solving.’

The English Bar Offshore > The English Bar Offshore

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

David Chivers KCErskine Chambers