Matthew Parfitt > Erskine Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Erskine Chambers


Matthew is an advocate, litigator and adviser who specialises in company and insolvency law. He was appointed to the Attorney General’s panel to act in government litigation in 2010 (C Panel) and 2015 (B Panel), and has substantial unled advocacy experience. He is ranked in Chambers & Partners and in the Legal 500 as a leading junior for company law, and in the Legal 500 for insolvency. The directories say he is a “clever, accommodating and client-friendly junior counsel”; “he is quietly persuasive and his advocacy is faultless”; and he has “a cool head, a comprehensive knowledge of his field and an excellent responsiveness to pressurised demands”. His most notable recent court work includes: Burnden v Fielding [2019] EWHC 1566 (trial: unlawful dividends and transactions defrauding creditors); [2018] UKSC 14 (Supreme Court – limitation period for claims against directors); public interest winding up trials: Re Viceroy Jones New Tech Ltd [2018] EWHC 3404 Ch (truffle tree pension scheme); BHS Group v Retail Acquisitions [2017] 2 BCLC 472 (winding up; disputed debts; meaning of ‘insolvency’); Allers v Anno 11 [2016] EWHC 388 (first instance and Court of Appeal) – construction of compulsory purchase power in a company’s articles of association.


Called 2005; Lincoln’s Inn.


Chancery Bar Association; Commercial Bar Association.


Winchester College; Exeter College, Oxford (2003 MA Hons Classics (First Class)); City University (2004 CPE).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Insolvency

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Matthew ParfittErskine Chambers ‘Matthew has an incredibly deep knowledge of company law matters, which sets him apart from his peers in insolvency-related work.’

London Bar > Company

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Matthew ParfittErskine Chambers ‘Precision of thought, attention to detail, personability, clarity of expression and excellent both on paper and in person.’