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Chambers of Michael Todd QC

33 CHANCERY LANE, LONDON, WC2A 1EN, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7242 5532
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Fax 020 7831 0125
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308 LONDON CHANCERY LANE WC2
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Web:
www.erskinechambers.com

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Erskine Chambers is ‘a very good set, filled with juniors and silks who are often top of their game’. The set shines in the areas of company shareholder and partnership disputes, as well as restructuring and insolvency. Tim Akkouh has joined Essex Court Chambers. Senior clerks Mark Swallow and Chris Reade ‘run an excellent ship’; they are assisted by first junior clerk Michael Shillingford. Offices in: London

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London Bar

Banking and finance (including consumer credit)
Leading Silks

Martin Moore QC - Erskine ChambersHugely experienced in bank ring fencing schemes

Ranked: tier 3

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

Erskine Chambers

Erskine Chambers is 'a very good set, filled with juniors and silks who are often top of their game'. The set will miss Tim Akkouh, who has joined Essex Court Chambers, although it still has several extremely well-regarded juniors among its ranks. The set is especially strong on Chancery issues, and is also noted for its fraud expertise. A notable highlight was Andrew Thompson QC's role representing BAT Industries in its dispute with Sequana, which went to the Court of Appeal.

Leading Silks

Stephen Smith QC - Erskine ChambersSuperb in his field of expertise, and can really inspire confidence in the court.

Ranked: tier 2

David Chivers QC - Erskine ChambersAlways ready with a complete answer to any legal question, regardless of how difficult or problematic it is.

Ranked: tier 3

James Potts QC - Erskine ChambersA go-to QC for company law disputes – a lovely chap, easy to work with, and frighteningly clever.

Ranked: tier 5

Andrew Thompson QC - Erskine ChambersGreat in conference, superb on the detail, comprehensive in his preparation, and always has the ear of the court.

Ranked: tier 6

Michael Todd QC - Erskine ChambersA highly experienced commercial Chancery silk.

Ranked: tier 6
Leading Juniors

Nigel Dougherty - Erskine ChambersWell regarded for commercial litigation.

Ranked: tier 3

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Company and partnership
Company - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Erskine Chambers

Erskine Chambers is noted for its 'strength in depth and large number of counsel available' for UK and offshore company law matters. In recent highlights, Andrew Thompson QC and Ben Griffiths are acting in  BAT v Sequana (a multi-jurisdictional commercial dispute regarding environmental pollution of US rivers, and claims of breach of fiduciary duty)in addition to regularly advising on corporate transactions. Also of note, Martin Moore QC is assisting Sky in its complex takeover by Comcast. In another highlight, Stephen Smith QC was instructed by JSC Mezhprombank in JSC Mezhprombank v Pugachev; complex proceedings against a former Russian oligarch in connection with the liquidation of a Russian bank and claims of misappropriation.

Company - Leading Silks

David Chivers QC - Erskine ChambersHe is a go-to for any novel, complex or non-routine company law advice.

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Todd QC - Erskine ChambersNo question, the first-choice company law barrister.

Ranked: tier 1

Martin Moore QC - Erskine ChambersHe is accessible, willing to make himself available, direct when required and creative when appropriate.

Ranked: tier 1

David Mabb QC - Erskine ChambersHis work spans both litigation and advisory.

Ranked: tier 2

Peter Arden QC - Erskine ChambersHe is a very thoughtful and user-friendly QC.

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Smith QC - Erskine ChambersHe is an experienced company law specialist.

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Thompson QC - Erskine ChambersHe is at the top of the game in company commercial disputes.

Ranked: tier 3

Ceri Bryant QC - Erskine ChambersShe has an extensive company law practice.

Ranked: tier 4

Edward Davies QC - Erskine ChambersHe is confident and has an excellent manner with clients.'

Ranked: tier 4

James Potts QC - Erskine ChambersHe is one of the go-to silks for shareholder disputes.

Ranked: tier 4
Company - Leading juniors

Andrew Thornton - Erskine ChambersOne of the leading juniors at the company Bar.

Ranked: tier 1

Catherine Roberts - Erskine ChambersShe specialises in shareholder disputes.

Ranked: tier 1

Nigel Dougherty - Erskine ChambersAn amazing tactician, superb trial advocate and has total mastery of shareholder disputes and company law.

Ranked: tier 1

Philip Gillyon - Erskine ChambersHe is a hardworking junior barrister with particular expertise in company law and related matters.

Ranked: tier 1

Ben Griffiths - Erskine ChambersA very talented junior.

Ranked: tier 2

Ben Shaw - Erskine ChambersHis strengths and qualities are his intellect and adaptability and the excellent standard of his written work.

Ranked: tier 2

Mary Stokes - Erskine ChambersAn expert in company law litigation.

Ranked: tier 2

Tim Akkouh - Erskine Chambers'He is responsive, unassuming and has a great sense of humour'.

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Horan - Erskine ChambersExtremely client friendly, pragmatic and technically astute.

Ranked: tier 3

Matthew Parfitt - Erskine ChambersHis technical ability is outstanding and he is very user friendly and responsive.

Ranked: tier 4

Patrick Harty - Erskine ChambersHe is responsive, highly intelligent and easy to work with.

Ranked: tier 4

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Fraud: civil
Leading Silks

Stephen Smith QC - Erskine ChambersOne of the very best civil fraud silks.

Ranked: tier 1

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Insolvency
Insolvency - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Erskine Chambers

Erskine Chambers contains practitioners well versed in contentious insolvencies and corporate restructuring, drawing on substantial experience from large insolvencies acted in over the last decade. The set is particularly strong in cases where insolvency intersects with banking and finance or civil fraud. David Chivers QC was instructed in Liquidators of Weavering MacroFixed Income Fund v Skandanaviska Ensiklda Banken; Peter Arden QC continued to act in Re Lehman Brothers International(Europe): the surplus schemeRaquel Agnello QC has developed a niche in the interface between insolvency and pensions law.

Leading Silks

Peter Arden QC - Erskine ChambersHe is one of the most deeply knowledgeable insolvency silks and has a finely tuned sense of how the courts are considering insolvency issues.

Ranked: tier 1

David Chivers QC - Erskine ChambersHe seems to see things that others sometimes don’t.

Ranked: tier 3

Raquel Agnello QC - Erskine ChambersHe has a fantastic technical ability and vast experience in knowing how to deal with difficult debtors and obstructive litigants.

Ranked: tier 4

Andrew Thompson QC - Erskine ChambersHe is meticulous in preparation and tenaciously persuasive in court.

Ranked: tier 5

James Potts QC - Erskine ChambersHe knows how to make the most out of a situation for the client but does not shrink from tough advice.

Ranked: tier 5

Martin Moore QC - Erskine ChambersHe is accessible, willing to make himself available, direct when required and creative when appropriate.

Ranked: tier 5

Michael Todd QC - Erskine ChambersHe is excellent in the offshore sphere.

Ranked: tier 5

Stephen Smith QC - Erskine ChambersVery responsive and switched on to the complex legal issues involved.

Ranked: tier 5
Leading Juniors

Ben Shaw - Erskine ChambersHe has an easy and authoritative manner before the court and is clearly highly rated in the field of insolvency litigation.

Ranked: tier 2

Matthew Parfitt - Erskine ChambersHis advice is very clear and comprehensive.

Ranked: tier 3

Ben Griffiths - Erskine ChambersStrongly recommended for insolvency.

Ranked: tier 4

Nigel Dougherty - Erskine ChambersVery reliable and a good all-round performer.

Ranked: tier 4

Tim Akkouh - Erskine ChambersHe has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law as well as hands on experience.

Ranked: tier 5

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Insurance and reinsurance
Leading Silks

Martin Moore QC - Erskine ChambersHe is a go-to silk for complicated insurance and reinsurance transactions

Ranked: tier 5

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Offshore
Offshore - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Erskine Chambers

Erskine Chambers' members are well versed in Chancery issues across the British Overseas Territories and the Crown Dependencies. Michael Todd QC and Philip Gillyon represented the appellant latter party in East Asia Company v PT Satria Tiratama Energindo, a Privy Council case stemming from the transfer of shares of Bali Energy, a Bermudian company with geothermal energy rights in Indonesia. Todd QC also represented the defendant law firm in Bermuda Bar Council v Walkers, a case which reached the Privy Council and concerned whether Walkers complied with the Bermudian regulator's requirement for local ownership of law firms.

Leading Silks

Michael Todd QC - Erskine ChambersOne of the most brilliant legal minds many have come cross in their careers.

Ranked: tier 1

Stephen Smith QC - Erskine ChambersHis depth of experience in fraud means he is rightly very confident in his approach to the legal issues.

Ranked: tier 2

David Chivers QC - Erskine ChambersHe has experience from stints on the BVI bench,

Ranked: tier 3

Edward Davies QC - Erskine ChambersHighly intelligent and an impressive advocate.

Ranked: tier 4
Leading Juniors

Philip Gillyon - Erskine ChambersHe has sound judgement and is first-rate in his area.

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Blake - Erskine ChambersExtremely bright, focused and practical in his approach.

Ranked: tier 3

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Pensions
Leading Silks

Raquel Agnello QC - Erskine ChambersShe is an engaging, characterful advocate, conveying a passionate belief in her client’s case.

Ranked: tier 3

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Set overviews: England and Wales

Erskine Chambers is ‘a very good set, filled with juniors and silks who are often top of their game’. The set shines in the areas of company shareholder and partnership disputes, as well as restructuring and insolvency. Tim Akkouh has joined Essex Court Chambers. Senior clerks Mark Swallow and Chris Reade ‘run an excellent ship’; they are assisted by first junior clerk Michael Shillingford. Offices in: London

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