Mr Giles Maynard-Connor QC > Chambers of Bill Braithwaite QC > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Bill Braithwaite QC
Exchange Chambers
M3 3NW

Work Department

Commercial; Insolvency; Professional Negligence


Giles is recognised as a robust, thorough advocate. He has a clear grasp of commercial issues and how best to overcome them. He works with his clients, favouring a team approach, particularly when faced with complex issues. With an in-depth understanding of the commercial world, he is adept at keeping his clients informed and aware of any issues that may arise at the earliest opportunity. Giles is a truly commercial litigator in terms of approach to his cases and his clients’ interests and needs. He recognises the importance of achieving his clients’ aims and objectives (whether at trial or through ADR) as quickly and as cost effectively as possible.

Giles is consistently noted as a leader in his field, is highly regarded for his ‘technical knowledge and commercial know-how’, and has a wealth of experience dealing with substantial commercial litigation. Over the last 28 years he has appeared at all levels up to and including the Court of Appeal and even in the Supreme Court of the Seychelles and in the Supreme Court of Gibraltar.

His practice has a particular emphasis on civil and corporate fraud, company and contentious insolvency work, professional negligence (claimant and defendant) and banking.

Before taking Silk, Giles was Junior Counsel to the Crown (Regional Panel A) and his work for the Secretary of State focused on contentious public interest winding up petitions, including the appointment of provisional liquidators and appropriate injunctive relief, and disqualification applications under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986.

In recent years he has successfully completed a number of high profile high value corporate fraud cases, leading other junior Counsel, and has successfully acted as the leading Counsel for the Secretary of State in what was then the largest public interest petition brought by Companies Investigations.

Giles has also recently appeared in the Supreme Court of Gibraltar, where he successfully appealed against a decision of a liquidator of a foreign insurance company in order to confirm a substantial proof of debt based on a UK judgment; and has dealt with the high profile insolvency of the Redcar based steel business operated by SSI UK Ltd, now in liquidation.

He has also represented over 300 claimants in a multi-million pound corporate fraud case in the Cayman Islands.

Giles was appointed Queen’s Counsel in December 2020, with effect from 15 March 2021.


Called 1992; Silk 2021; Junior Counsel to the Crown (Provincial Panel)


  • Chancery Bar Association
  • Insolvency Lawyers Association
  • Northern Circuit Commercial Bar Association
  • R3
  • Northern Chancery Bar Association 


  • Lancaster University (LLB)
  • Inns of Court School of Law

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Commercial litigation

(2021 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Giles Maynard-Connor QCExchange ChambersGiles is first class. One of the names solicitors have on speed dial for significant disputes.

Exchange Chambers is a ‘very impressive commercial set‘ that has ‘real strength, depth and quality‘. The set displays expertise in corporate and personal insolvency work, shareholder, company and partnership litigation and disputes, commercial fraud. David Mohyuddin QC  has a broad commercial litigation practice with expertise in handling fraud and deceit allegations. Carly Sandbach  handles a wide variety of commercial litigation cases and represents banks, multi-nationals, small businesses, professional firms and private individuals. David Went is also noted and represented Road Haulage Association in Road Haulage Association Limited v MAN SE and ors, a leg of the truck cartel competition law case. The ‘excellentJames Malam and Stephen Connolly who is a ‘strong technical lawyer‘ are also noted. Giles Maynard-Connor QC took Silk in the 2021 round, and Mark Cawson QC (as was) was appointed to the bench in November 2020.

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Company and insolvency

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Giles Maynard-Connor QC –Exchange Chambers ‘Excellent advocate with a great ability to get to the essential aspects of any case. Very good with clients, very commercial and extremely thorough in preparation.’

Exchange Chambers has a ‘strong insolvency set‘ with ‘real strength, depth and quality‘. The set offers a broad range of contentious and non-contentious company work, with particular expertise in shareholder and partnership disputes, directors’ disqualification and breaches of fiduciary duties. Giles Maynard-Connor QC‘s insolvency practice focuses on contentious insolvency work, both corporate and personal – he was appointed as a Silk in the 2021 round. Carly Sandbach has a broad corporate and personal insolvency practice and is described as ‘excellent‘. Ian Tucker is also recommended.