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Chambers of Christopher Pymont KC
Maitland Chambers
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LONDON
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England

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London Bar > Charities Tier 2

Maitland Chambers has a strong reputation for not only the experience of its members within the charity sector, but also in adjacent sectors which impact the running of charities. Matthew Smith is described by one client as a ‘real star of the charity Bar‘ and was recently involved in Jaffer v Jaffer & others, a membership dispute within the Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri, a Shia Muslim organisation. Christopher McCall recently represented the Charity Commission in Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust And Others v Derby City Council And Others, a High Court dispute as to whether NHS Foundation Trusts have charitable status. Andrew Westwood KC, who was appointed Silk in 2022, also appeared unled in the a matter regarding Keeping Kids Company, whose collapse in 2015 attracted significant media attention, an important case concerning the role of the directors of charities in financial difficulty.

Leading Silks

Christopher McCall KCMaitland ChambersChristopher has tremendous experience, wisdom and legal authority.’  
Ranked: Tier 1
Michael Gibbon KCMaitland ChambersMichael has great knowledge of the subject-matter and a sensible approach to guide charity clients through difficult issues.’
Ranked: Tier 3

2022 Silks

Andrew Westwood KCMaitland ChambersAndrew has a great intellect and is very easy to work with. He has in-depth knowledge of the law and is an excellent advocate.
Andrew Westwood KC – Maitland ChambersGood grasp of law, provides practical support and very easy to work with.

Leading Juniors

Matthew SmithMaitland Chambers ‘One of the best and most experienced advocates in charity matters'.
Ranked: Tier 1
Maxim Cardew Maitland ChambersMaxim is both hugely practical and has great attention to detail.'  
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

Maitland is one of the key chambers in this area.’

‘Very good at traditional Chancery work.’

Clerking

‘They are helpful and responsive.’

Work highlights

    London Bar > Commercial litigation Tier 2

    Maitland Chambers is ‘an excellent set of chambers with huge bench strength‘. Complimentary expertise  in related areas such as offshore, insolvency and fraud make it a destination set for high profile commercial disputes. David Mumford KC and Thomas Munby KC are on the team representing the Qatari government in Qatar v Banque Havilland SA, a claim concerning an alleged conspiracy by the bank and the government of the United Arab Emirates, which severed diplomatic relations with Qatar between 2017 and 2021, to cause a run on the value of the riyal and Qatari sovereign debt. Munby KC, alongside Duncan McCombe, was also led by Andrew Twigger KC on behalf of the claimant in Bugsby Property v LGIM Commercial Lending, involving a damages claim against a Legal & General group company for an alleged breach of an exclusivity agreement, which concluded with a four-week trial.

    Leading Silks

    Richard Morgan KCMaitland Chambers ‘He is an exceptional advocate who uses his natural wit to handle (and dismantle) challenging witnesses. He is always (at least) one step ahead.'
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Thomas Grant KCMaitland Chambers ‘Tom is a powerhouse both in his thinking and as an advocate. He is preposterously intelligent but uses this as a means of problem solving which is hard to match even amongst silks. He is overwhelmingly persuasive as an advocate, and commands authority in the court.'
    Ranked: Tier 3
    David Mumford KCMaitland Chambers ‘He is frighteningly bright, has excellent judgement, is a great team player and has the perfect blend of technical excellence and commercial astuteness. His advocacy and court room presence continue to grow - judges listen to him and has achieved some outstanding results for our clients.'
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Andrew Twigger KCMaitland Chambers ‘Andrew is a fantastic advocate - always thoroughly prepared, and gives a very eloquent presentation of complex points to the court.'
    Ranked: Tier 5
    Gregory Banner KC – Maitland Chambers ‘Extremely commercial and sees the bigger picture. Works well with others including other barristers. Clients like his calm assured approach and he is forensic in his preparation for trial and hearings.’
    Ranked: Tier 6
    Edmund Cullen KCMaitland Chambers ‘It is a real pleasure to hear Edmund's advocacy. As long as he is not your opponent. Because he has authority, gravitas and tone that delivers. His advisory and strategic advice is also excellent.'
    Ranked: Tier 6

    2022 Silks

    Thomas Munby KCMaitland Chambers ‘A new silk. Will be a star. Solicitors would happily give him senior silk work. Phenomenally clever, and utterly charming.’

    Leading Juniors

    Benjamin JohnMaitland Chambers ‘Technically outstanding and entirely dedicated to the cause.'
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Rebecca PageMaitland Chambers ‘Rebecca is a very reassuring and calm presence. She delivered concise and clear advice to agitated clients who were then felt empowered to take the right decision for them in difficult circumstances.'
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Olivier KalfonMaitland Chambers ‘Massive attention to detail. User friendly - he picks up the phone and chats things through frequently. Tactical nous. Able and exacting advocate.'
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Watson PringleMaitland Chambers ‘Watson is a fantastic senior junior. He works extremely hard and is across all the detail of the cases on which I work with him, while also being very good at client and team management.'
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Laurie ScherMaitland ChambersExtremely hardworking, intelligent and sharp, Laurie is an innovative yet pragmatic thinker, which enables navigation of the most complex of issues without losing sight of commercial perspective.'
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Rosanna FoskettMaitland Chambers ‘Rosanna is very impressive: hard-working, thorough and bright. She has demonstrated an incredible grasp of the detail as well as a keen strategic focus.'
    Ranked: Tier 5
    Duncan McCombe  - Maitland Chambers 'Duncan is a brilliant rising junior, who brings boundless energy and enthusiasm to every case. He is someone you would want on your team in any difficult situation.' 
    Ranked: Tier 5

    Testimonials

    Set

     ‘Maitland has particular strength in running the line between pure insolvency and commercial asset recovery. They have the tactical awareness required in guiding commercial litigation to the best outcome, backed up by deep founded knowledge in black letter insolvency law.’

     ‘Maitland are an excellent set of chambers with huge bench strength. I have worked with may of the barristers there over the years and have always been impressed. Never wanting and never disappointed.’

     ‘Maitland’s service levels are outstanding and the responsiveness and engagement from the team is superb. Highly technical barristers who are easy to deal with and work well in teams.’

     ‘Maitland is clearly one of the leading commercial and chancery sets, with plenty of strength in depth, and a great clerk’s room.’

     ‘Fantastic set full of clever barristers.’

     Clerking

     ‘Maitland has an excellent clerks’ room which is responsive, straightforward and welcoming.’

    London Bar > Fraud: civil Tier 2

    Maitland Chambers has ‘great talent at all levels, including at the more junior end‘ , and maintains excellent credentials for high value fraud claims. The set’s renowned Chancery expertise ensures a strong grounding in insolvency and offshore-related fraud issues. Recently Thomas Grant KC and Caley Wright  have been representing the defendants in a £180m claim brought by the administrators of London Capital & Finance against several of the company’s senior executives who received funds prior to its insolvency. David Mumford KC is also leading Thomas Munby KC on behalf of Qatar in State of Qatar v Banque Havilland, following claims for conspiracy arising out of an international scheme, involving among others the Emirati government, to cause a run on the value of its sovereign debt and a collapse in its currency.

    Leading Silks

    Richard Morgan KCMaitland ChambersRichard is one of the best advocates. He knows the law inside out and is a particular expert in cases involving injunctions and jurisdictional issue. His oral submissions are a masterclass in how to get the client’s case across. He is a go to silk for defendant work in civil fraud cases.’
    Ranked: Tier 1
    David Mumford KCMaitland Chambers ‘David is very well versed in the overlapping worlds of fraud and contentious trusts. He has a very measured style and cuts to the case. He quickly spots winning points in complex cases. A leader in his field.'
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Thomas Grant KCMaitland Chambers ‘Tom is a genuine star of the Bar, leaving him much in demand. He is thoroughly charming with judges and clients alike and has a formidable grasp of the detail of even the most complicated cases.'
    Ranked: Tier 2
    George Hayman KCMaitland Chambers ‘He's been doing this work since before it was fashionable - knows fraud inside out, from injunctions to substantive claims. A delight to work with, exceptionally user friendly.'
    Ranked: Tier 3

    2022 Silks

    Thomas Munby KCMaitland Chambers ‘A charming advocate with a lovely voice and beguiling style. Also a charming and very fair opponent, with good understanding of the law.'

    Leading Juniors

    Benjamin JohnMaitland Chambers ‘Technically outstanding and entirely dedicated to the cause.'
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Watson PringleMaitland Chambers ‘Watson is great to work with: hard working, engaging and user-friendly. Cuts through issues well to deliver clear, calm and authoritative advice.'
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Caley WrightMaitland Chambers ‘Caley assimilates, analyses and retains the detail of matters very quickly. He is pragmatic, commercial and responsive. Excellent on his feet with a deceptively cool and measured approach.’
    Ranked: Tier 3

    Testimonials

    Set

     ‘Maitland’s service levels are outstanding and the responsiveness and engagement from the team is superb. Highly technical barristers who are easy to deal with and work well in teams.’

     ‘Maitland remains an excellent commercial and Chancery set.  There is great talent at all levels, including at the more junior end.  Seemingly, it is a set going from strength to strength.’

     ‘We have a strong working relationship with Maitland who listen to our needs and field top barristers at all levels. They are organised, insightful and reliable.’

     ‘Ahead of the game and will always  make your opponent sweat.’

     ‘Leaders in their field.’

     Clerking

     ‘John Wiggs is a real leader and a knowledgeable and helpful port of call.’

    Work highlights

      London Bar > Insolvency Tier 2

      A powerhouse for insolvency, with real strength across the board‘, Maitland Chambers acts in disputes that arise in a vast range of industries, from small-scale insolvencies of individuals and local businesses, to complex, global insolvencies and associated asset recovery. Catherine Addy KC appeared for Carillion, acting by the official receiver as its liquidator, in FCA v Carillion PLC (in liquidation), an appeal coming out of the demise of the construction and facilities management company. A number of members are involved in the landmark Greensill administration, and a further highlight has Matthew Collings KC acting for the joint administrators in the £237m insolvency of London Capital & Finance.

      Leading Silks

      Catherine Addy KCMaitland Chambers 'She is frighteningly bright but commercial, approachable and above all incredibly effective. Catherine has a superb court room manner and is a tenacious and persuasive advocate.'
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Ranked: Tier 4
      Michael Gibbon KCMaitland Chambers ‘Technically excellent, commercial and innovative.'
      Ranked: Tier 5

      Leading Juniors

      Olivier KalfonMaitland Chambers  'Olivier is an all-rounder with no obvious weaknesses.'
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Rebecca PageMaitland Chambers ‘Rebecca is fantastic - very clever, very responsive, very commercial.'
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Rosanna FoskettMaitland Chambers 'Rosanna is very impressive: hard-working, thorough and bright.'
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Tim CallandMaitland Chambers ‘Tim is very accessible, gives clear, easily digestible advice which is commercial – everything the modern Bar should be.’
      Ranked: Tier 5
      Maxim CardewMaitland Chambers 'A true asset to have on your team when there is a difficult issue or time sensitivity.'
      Ranked: Tier 5
      Rowena PageMaitland Chambers 'Rowena is both technically minded and a gifted advocate. She is highly commercial, but still approachable and easy to deal with.'
      Ranked: Tier 5
      Ranked: Tier 5
      Matthew SmithMaitland Chambers 'Matthew is never phased, no matter how unusual or unique the case is.'
      Ranked: Tier 5

      Testimonials

      Set

      ‘Excellent strength in depth as regards insolvency and restructuring.’

      ‘Counsel at Maitland Chambers are efficient and approachable. They are hard working, user-friendly, and generous with their time.’

      ‘Maitland is a powerhouse for insolvency, with real strength across the board.’

      ‘Maitland Chambers is our favourite insolvency and chancery set. All the silks and juniors seem to be good and the clerking team is also commercial and helpful.’

      ‘Due to the breadth of the set’s general commercial chancery practice, all their barristers supplement their insolvency expertise with a broader perspective and skillset, which is really valuable.’

      Clerking

      ‘John Wiggs is a consummate professional and one of the most user-friendly clerks I have ever dealt with.’

      London Bar > Company Tier 2

      Praised for its bench strength and ‘highly technical barristers‘, Maitland Chambers holds company law work as a mainstay of its overall practice. Among its silks, Catherine Addy KC  in 2021 was appointed as Standing Counsel to the CMA to lead their efforts in pursuing company director disqualification orders. Head of chambers Christopher Pymont KC leads counsel to the latter party in Tugushev v Orlov, a high-valued dispute referred to as the “final act” in a long-running shareholder litigation in respect of a series of Russian, Hong Kong and English companies between two Russian businessmen over the Norebo Group fishing company. In this case, Pymont KC leads Benjamin John, one of an impressive crop of juniors that also includes Rebecca Page who stands out in the crossover matters with insolvency law.

      Leading Silks

      Ranked: Tier 2
      Catherine Addy KCMaitland Chambers ‘Catherine is a complete barrister. She works incredibly hard, is enormously clever and is a fantastic advocate.’
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Michael Gibbon KCMaitland Chambers 'Cuts to the chase immediately. Very considered and clear thinking.'
      Ranked: Tier 4
      Thomas Grant KCMaitland Chambers 'Tom is a superb advocate, straight from the top drawer.'
      Ranked: Tier 4
      David Mumford KCMaitland Chambers 'David has a very strong legal brain and a measured advocacy style which is highly effective.'
      Ranked: Tier 4
      Ranked: Tier 4
      Gregory Banner KCMaitland Chambers 'Forensic to the core. Clients like his easy manner but underneath he is prepared for war and always on top of his brief.'
      Ranked: Tier 4

      2022 Silks

      Thomas Munby KC - Maitland Chambers 'Thomas is very thorough and across the detail (both factual and the law).'

      Leading Juniors

      Rebecca Page - Maitland Chambers 'Rebecca is clever, organised and responsive. She inspires confidence in clients.'
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Benjamin John - Maitland Chambers 'Incredibly bright and entirely dedicated to the cause.'
      Ranked: Tier 4
      Rosanna FoskettMaitland Chambers 'Rosanna is very impressive: hard-working, thorough and bright.'
      Ranked: Tier 5
      Alec McCluskeyMaitland Chambers 'Alec is good on the detail and impressive on his feet. A very capable pair of hands.'
      Ranked: Tier 5

      Testimonials

      Set

      ‘Maitland have true bench strength and are an exceptional set which improves each year.’

      ‘Maitland is a strong set with high quality professional and support staff.’

      ‘Great strength in depth.’

      ‘Maitland’s service levels are outstanding and the responsiveness and engagement from the team is superb.’

      ‘Highly technical barristers who are easy to deal with and work well in teams.’

      Clerking

      ‘Superb. John Wiggs is a real leader and a knowledgeable and helpful port of call.’

      London Bar > Private client: trusts and probate Tier 3

      Maitland Chambers is a ‘first-class chambers’, and the team members of the set are regularly involved in cases related to private clients, trusts and probate, both on and offshore. Christopher McCall KC is ‘extremely effective at coming up with commercial solutions for highly complicated matters’ and specialises in trust law. ‘Incredibly details-oriented’ Thomas Fletcher is the key junior of the team.

      Leading Silks

      Christopher McCall KCMaitland Chambers ‘Christopher's knowledge, wisdom and approachability set him apart. He is great at thinking around the problem and will use every tool to arrive at the right answer. He is a real treasure-trove of legal knowledge and experience in the private client field. ’
      Ranked: Tier 2

      Leading Juniors

      Thomas Fletcher – Maitland Chambers ‘Thomas is incisive and analytical. He works exceptionally hard and has an excellent eye for detail. He is able to explain concepts and views clearly and concisely, but in a way that conveys both authority and underlying substance.’
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Ranked: Tier 4

      Testimonials

      Set 

      ‘Maitland Chambers has a well-deserved reputation as a leading chancery set.’

      ‘Maitland have extraordinary strength in depth.’

      Clerking 

      ‘John Wiggs is very responsive and helpful.’

      ‘The clerks are generally very efficient and responsive.’

      Dispute resolution > Mediators Tier 3

      Beverley Vara – Maitland Chambers Beverley Vara at Maitland Chambers is 'an excellent mediator, who is not afraid to challenge each party's understanding of their case, quickly identifying areas where both parties can make concessions'. A former real estate litigation head at Allen & Overy LLP, Vara is experienced across a wide range of commercial disputes involving domestic and international parties from a range of sectors.

      London Bar > Partnership Tier 3

      As one of the leading Chancery sets, Maitland Chambers barristers are involved in various aspects of matters involving partnerships. At silk level, David Mumford KC has advised on a number of partnership disputes, both in arbitration and litigation, while junior Alec McCluskey has particular expertise in dealing with partnership issues arising out of international structures employed by hedge funds, private equity funds and other investment vehicles.

      Leading Silks

      David Mumford KC - Maitland Chambers  ‘Excellent all-rounder. Quality advocate with a persuasive manner and well marshalled arguments.’
      Ranked: Tier 3

      Leading Juniors

      Alec McCluskeyMaitland Chambers ‘Alec is very quick to grasp the principal issues and able to analyse situations swiftly.’
      Ranked: Tier 3

      Testimonials

      Set

      ‘Maitland is a leading Chancery set and has high quality profession and support staff.’

      ‘A large set with a wide variety of specialisations.’

      ‘A go-to commercial set.’

      Clerking

      ‘The clerks are helpful and responsive.’

      ‘Well clerked set of chambers.’

      ‘The clerks are responsive.’

      London Bar > Property litigation Tier 4

      Maitland Chambers encompasses prominent experts, both silks and juniors, in a wide range of property litigation areas; from residential enfranchisement to property development, acting for private individuals up to large multinational companies. Christopher Pymont KC represented AP Wireless II in the combined Supreme Court appeal of Cornerstone v Compton Beauchamp/Ashloch and On Tower v AP Wireless; the first case to clarify certain aspects of the Electronics Communications Code governing the siting of telecoms infrastructure on private land. In one of the most anticipated cases of 2022, Philomena Harrison is acting for the appellants in BNY Mellon v Cine-UK Ltd, tackling the legally and factually complex issue of rent arrears caused by Covid-19. Michael Pryor continues to represent the global energy company in Pearson Plc & Strandbrook Ltd v Shell International, defending his challenge to a high value liability claim to commercial service charges before the High Court.

      Leading Silks

      Ranked: Tier 3
      Andrew Walker KCMaitland ChambersA prepared and thorough advocate, rather than a table thumper, Andrew wins his cases through incisive argument laced with charm.
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Thomas Grant KCMaitland ChambersAn outstanding advocate who judges really listen to, Thomas possesses a laser-like focus on the issues that really matter in a case. 
      Ranked: Tier 5

      Leading Juniors

      Michael PryorMaitland Chambers ‘Michael has such clarity of thought, insight and a wealth of experience; ultimately making him a superb strategist. He has an innate ability to explain extremely complex matters to clients with confidence and objectivity.
      Ranked: Tier 1
      Tim CallandMaitland ChambersTim is very trustworthy and his clients respond well to his easy approach. A brilliant professional, his advocacy is calm and measured and the advice he gives is always well considered.
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Richard FowlerMaitland ChambersA superb legal brain with a seemingly encyclopaedic knowledge of the law, Richard is a compelling advocate who always gives silk-quality advice.
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Philomena HarrisonMaitland ChambersTechnically astute, Philomena is able to identify the key areas of a dispute from the outset and rapidly judge the direction in which it is heading. 
      Ranked: Tier 4
      Adam Smith - Maitland ChambersVery thoughtful, thorough and commercial and strategic in his advice.
      Ranked: Tier 4
      Maxim CardewMaitland Chambers ‘Maxim is extremely considered when giving his views and provides detailed and thorough analysis.
      Ranked: Tier 4
      Ranked: Tier 5
      Paul ClarkeMaitland Chambers ‘Paul is a great tactician who time and time again outsmarts his opposition. His advocacy skills are fantastic, clear and concise in his submissions and brilliant in cross-examination.
      Ranked: Tier 5

      Testimonials

      Sets 

      ‘Maitland are a particularly user friendly set. They are swift to respond and the barristers are unstuffy, happy to be instructed directly and without unnecessary formality .

      ‘Maitland Chambers continue to be a powerhouse in property litigation. All the barristers I have dealt with have been skilled and I have never not been able to find what I need when enquiring.

      ‘Maitland is a leading commercial set at the top of their game. They possess a wealth of experience and strength in numbers. ’

      ‘A top set, having many recognised leaders and junior barristers in their field of expertise.

      Clerks 

      ‘Maitland clerks are very professional and provide a rapid service. I have found James Rose particularly efficient and helpful.

      ‘Their clerks are exceptional and always want to help. The response times are brilliant and consistently better than any other set that I work regularly with. Rob Penson is someone I will always reach out to as I know I will be in safe hands. ’

      London Bar > Media and entertainment

      Leading Silks

      Edmund Cullen KCMaitland Chambers 'A top quality media and entertainment barrister.'
      Ranked: Tier 1

      London Bar > Tax: corporate

      Leading Silks

      Michael Gibbon KCMaitland Chambers ‘He wears his outstanding intellect lightly, is a joy to work with and provides clear commercial advice at all times.’
      Ranked: Tier 2

      London Bar > Professional negligence

      Leading Silks

      Thomas Grant KCMaitland Chambers 'Clear firm advice; confident advocate; very good with clients.'
      Ranked: Tier 3

      London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

      Leading Silks

      Richard Morgan KCMaitland Chambers 'Richard has one of the sharpest minds in the business. A great choice for difficult cases where bold, and often creative, strategies are required.'
      Ranked: Tier 4

      London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

      Leading Silks

      Thomas Grant KCMaitland Chambers ‘Clear firm advice; confident advocate; and very good with clients.'
      Ranked: Tier 5
      David Mumford KC - Maitland Chambers 'David has a very strong legal brain and a measured advocacy style which is highly effective.' 
      Ranked: Tier 5

      Leading Juniors

      Alec McCluskeyMaitland Chambers ‘Alec is an outstanding senior junior - incredibly pro-active, and leads cases by the neck. His dynamism and leadership is extremely impressive. He is both a first rate advocate and extremely good to work with.'
      Ranked: Tier 2

      London Bar > Agriculture

      The English Bar Offshore > The English Bar Offshore Tier 3

      Members at Maitland Chambers have appeared in many leading offshore cases across a range of jurisdictions, being called to upon to advise across jurisdictions in the Caribbean, Bermuda and the Channel Islands. The chambers is well-known for acting on a range of high profile civil fraud, commercial and trust matters. Richard Morgan KC has extensive knowledge of freezing orders and jurisdiction disputes - he has appeared in a number of leading cases, with recent success found in the representation of the defendant in the Privy Council case of Convoy Collateral v Broad Idea & Choi, which revolved around a freezing order discharge and jurisdiction challenge. Olivier Kalfon is experienced within commercial litigation within the BVI and Cayman Islands. Thomas Fletcher ‘s practice focuses on complex and high value trusts matters, with the bulk of his practice focusing on jurisdictions such as Bermuda and Gibraltar.

      Maitland Chambers is widely recognised as one of the leading sets at the English Bar practising primarily in the fields of business and property litigation. Its multi-disciplinary expertise across a broad range of both chancery and commercial disciplines has proved crucial to clients where cases span a number of areas, and provides an advantage in terms of the service offered when traditional specialisms overlap. Maitland Chambers is one of the largest commercial chancery sets, with over 60 members, including 24 silks.

      The set: Maitland Chambers handles a very wide range of cases from major litigation involving multinational companies to property disputes in the county courts. Much of its work is done in London, although it frequently advises and appears for clients in other parts of the UK and overseas. Many of its barristers are full members of overseas Bars, including Hong Kong, Singapore, the Cayman Islands, the British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Cyprus, the Channel Islands and the US. Its barristers sit as arbitrators (in arbitrations involving both domestic and international subject-matter) and are instructed as mediators and legal assessors. The size and breadth of chambers expertise means that it can provide teams of barristers to deal rapidly and thoroughly with complex cases that raise a broad range of issues. Its barristers and staff are committed to providing exceptional service and its barristers are committed to giving advice and representation at a level that is recognised in the directories and by clients, year after year, for its exceptional quality, comprehensiveness and practicality.

      Types of work undertaken
      Banking and financial services: supply/purchase of investment services and products; regulatory and enforcement issues; the operation of unauthorised collective investment schemes; compliance with anti-money laundering regulations.

      Charities: across the NGO sector, registration of innovative charitable objects, resolving issues as to tax liabilities and fundraising, and helping charities seeking schemes to enhance or modernise their workings.

      Commercial disputes: private equity, funds and investment management; real estate; oil and gas; telecommunications, media and technology; transport and logistics; sale of goods transactions; large-scale, multi-party litigation having as its subject-matter for example investment schemes, business sales and joint ventures.

      Company, Partnership and LLPs: directors’ duties; shareholder disputes; takeovers, M&As; corporate reconstructions; loan capital and banking securities; schemes of arrangement and reductions of capital; insurance schemes; partnership accounts disputes and restrictive covenants; the formation, terms, operation and dissolution of partnerships; fiduciary and other partnership duties; liability to third parties; the winding-up of partnerships; unfair prejudice; insolvent partnerships and insolvent/bankrupt partners.

      Civil fraud and asset recovery: freezing and search order relief, through to trial and the tracing and recovery of assets in the UK and internationally. Civil claims based on dishonesty; asset recovery.

      Insolvency and restructuring: corporate and personal insolvency, including international and cross-border insolvency.

      Intellectual property, media and entertainment: licensing and contractual disputes and issues arising out of co-productions and joint ventures and grants of media and broadcasting rights; intellectual property rights.

      International and offshore: corporate and contentious trusts and taxation advice; international commercial litigation and arbitration, in local overseas jurisdictions and in the Privy Council.

      Professional negligence: claims against accountants and auditors, other financial professionals and intermediaries; architecture and building design, art valuation, estate agency, commercial agency, IT consultancy, corporate and personal taxation, and pension fund valuation.

      Real estate: residential and commercial landlord and tenant; land purchase, development and adverse rights and remedies; land registration; lending transactions and security; professional negligence; mines, minerals, natural resources; energy, telecommunications and utilities; rural land use; joint venture and fiduciary disputes.

      Private client: foreign trustees and trusteeship; variation of trusts; duties and potential liabilities of trustees of potentially insolvent estates; advice, drafting and representation in relation to wills, probate and estates matters.

      DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
      Senior Clerk John Wiggs
      Chambers Director Richard Khaldi
      Head of Chambers PYMONT KC, Christopher (1979)
      Members of Chambers McCALL KC, Christopher (1966)
      Members of Chambers NEWMAN KC, Catherine (1979)
      Members of Chambers CUNNINGHAM KC, Mark (1980)
      Members of Chambers McGHEE KC, John (1984)
      Members of Chambers COLLINGS KC, Matthew (1985)
      Members of Chambers JOHNSON KC, Edwin (1987)
      Members of Chambers PARKER KC, Christopher R (1984)
      Members of Chambers CHAMBERS KC, Dominic (1987)
      Members of Chambers PEACOCK KC, Nicholas (1989)
      Members of Chambers MORGAN KC, Richard (1988)
      Members of Chambers WALKER KC, Andrew (1991)
      Members of Chambers GIBBON KC, Michael (1993)
      Members of Chambers TWIGGER KC, Andrew (1994)
      Members of Chambers CULLEN KC, Edmund (1990)
      Members of Chambers STUBBS KC, Rebecca (1994)
      Members of Chambers DUTTON KC, Timothy (1985)
      Members of Chambers GRANT KC, Thomas (1993)
      Members of Chambers ALDRIDGE KC, James (1994)
      Members of Chambers MUMFORD KC, David (2000)
      Members of Chambers ADDY KC, Catherine (1998)
      Members of Chambers BANNER KC, Gregory (1988)
      Members of Chambers HAYMAN KC, George (1998)
      Members of Chambers ATKINS KC, Siward (1995)
      Members of Chambers EVANS, Timothy (1979)
      Members of Chambers HARRY, Timothy (1983)
      Members of Chambers HARRISON, Philomena (1985)
      Members of Chambers PRYOR, Michael (1992)
      Members of Chambers WESTWOOD, Andrew (1994)
      Members of Chambers HANHAM, James (1996)
      Members of Chambers CLARKE, Paul (1997)
      Members of Chambers CALLAND, Tim (1999)
      Members of Chambers SMITH, Matthew (2001)
      Members of Chambers SMITH, Adam (2001)
      Members of Chambers PAGE, Rebecca (2001)
      Members of Chambers JOHN, Benjamin (2002)
      Members of Chambers FOWLER, Richard (2003)
      Members of Chambers KALFON, Olivier (2003)
      Members of Chambers MCCLUSKEY, Alec (2005)
      Members of Chambers DEWAR, Fiona (2005)
      Members of Chambers PRINGLE, Watson (2005)
      Members of Chambers MUNBY. Thomas (2006)
      Members of Chambers ALLCOCK, Jonathan (2007)
      Members of Chambers FOSKETT, Rosanna (2008)
      Members of Chambers SCHER, Laurie (2008)
      Members of Chambers WRIGHT, Caley (2008)
      Members of Chambers PHILLIPS, Oliver (2009)
      Members of Chambers BALLANCE, James (2009)
      Members of Chambers FLETCHER, Thomas (2009)
      Members of Chambers JHITTAY, Narinder (2010)
      Members of Chambers ILETT, Hannah (2011)
      Members of Chambers PERSELLI, Francesca (2011)
      Members of Chambers MCCOMBE, Duncan (2012)
      Members of Chambers CARDEW, Maxim (2012)
      Members of Chambers PAGE, Rowena (2012)
      Members of Chambers KINMAN, James (2013)
      Members of Chambers MCNICHOLAS, Gabriella (2013)
      Members of Chambers GRANGER, Edward (2013)
      Members of Chambers MEULI, Edward (2014)
      Members of Chambers HADKISS, Amanda (2014)
      Members of Chambers LOVEDAY, Ted (2016)
      Members of Chambers TURNER, Ryan (2017)
      Members of Chambers GAILEY, Emily (2017)
      Members of Chambers MITCHELL, James (2018)
      Members of Chambers KING, Charles (2019)
      Members of Chambers BUNTING, Joseph (2019)
      Members of Chambers ARMITAGE, Edward (2019)
      Members of Chambers LIVESEY, Edlyn (2020)
      Members of Chambers FORSYTH, Rory (2020)
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      Catherine Addy photo Catherine AddyAll types of chancery and commercial litigation including: banking and financial services,…
      James Aldridge photo James AldridgeBarrister specialising in corporate/commercial litigation with an emphasis on contractual and fiduciary…
      Jonathan Allcock photo Jonathan AllcockCommercial and chancery litigation and arbitration, including in particular civil fraud, tracing…
      Siward Atkins photo Siward AtkinsBarrister specialising in Chancery and commercial litigation, involving any kind of dispute…
      James Ballance photo James BallanceJames Ballance has a busy advocacy and advisory practice, encompassing a wide…
      Gregory Banner photo Gregory BannerBarrister specialising in corporate, insolvency and commercial work and related areas, including…
      Tim Calland photo Tim CallandTim has more than twenty years’ experience providing advice and advocacy across…
      Maxim Cardew photo Maxim CardewBarrister specialising in chancery and commercial chancery litigation.
      Dominic Chambers photo Dominic ChambersPrincipal area of practice is commercial law litigation and arbitration, including banking,…
      Paul Clarke photo Paul ClarkeBarrister specialising in property litigation, landlord and tenant, and professional indemnity.
      Matthew Collings photo Matthew CollingsOver 150 reported cases establish the breadth of Matthew’s expertise in his…
      Edmund Cullen photo Edmund CullenHas broad expertise in chancery and commercial litigation, with particular emphasis on…
      Mark Cunningham photo Mark CunninghamLitigator specialising in: company/corporate insolvency (UKLI v Chohan [2013]; SBIS v Potiwal…
      Fiona Dewar photo Fiona DewarChancery, commercial, property, company and insolvency litigation.
      Timothy C Dutton photo Timothy C DuttonBarrister and specialist in property-related litigation, with strong emphasis on landlord and…
      Timothy Evans photo Timothy EvansBarrister specialising in company and commercial litigation, including insolvency; professional negligence; pensions…
      Thomas Fletcher photo Thomas FletcherThomas Fletcher specialises in trusts law and related private client work, which…
      Rory Forsyth photo Rory Forsyth
      Rosanna Foskett photo Rosanna FoskettCommercial and chancery litigation and arbitration (domestic and international), including business agreements…
      Richard Fowler photo Richard FowlerBarrister specialising in commercial Chancery litigation, in particular contractual disputes, individual and…
      Michael Gibbon photo Michael GibbonCommercial chancery practice, in particular for what is now the Department of…
      Edward Granger photo Edward GrangerBarrister specialising in commercial chancery litigation.
      Thomas Grant photo Thomas GrantBarrister specialising in commercial chancery, professional negligence and real estate litigation.
      Amanda Hadkiss photo Amanda HadkissAmanda specialises in commercial chancery litigation. She acts for corporate clients and…
      James Hanham photo James HanhamPrincipal areas of practice is real estate related litigation and advice concerning…
      Philomena Harrison photo Philomena HarrisonBarrister specialising in property and property-related litigation; all aspects of real property…
      George Hayman photo George HaymanCommercial litigation and arbitration. George’s practice covers heavy commercial disputes of all…
      Hannah Ilett photo Hannah IlettHannah is developing a broad commercial chancery practice encompassing litigation and advisory…
      Narinder Jhittay photo Narinder JhittayNarinder Jhittay has a varied commercial and chancery practice encompassing both litigation…
      Benjamin John photo Benjamin JohnCommercial and chancery litigation and arbitration, often with major international or jurisdictional…
      Olivier Kalfon photo Olivier KalfonOlivier specialises in commercial chancery litigation with a strong emphasis on business…
      James Kinman photo James KinmanBarrister specialising in chancery and commercial chancery litigation.
      Edlyn Livesey photo Edlyn Livesey
      Christopher McCall photo Christopher McCallBarrister practising at the Chancery Bar, specialising in trusts; charity.
      Alec McCluskey photo Alec McCluskeyAlec’s practice spans the whole range of commercial and chancery work, with…
      Duncan McCombe photo Duncan McCombeBarrister specialising in commercial and commercial chancery disputes. He has also been…
      Edward Meuli photo Edward MeuliBarrister specialising in all areas of Chancery and commercial litigation.
      Richard Morgan photo Richard MorganQC specialising in civil fraud and jurisdiction issues, insolvency, Chancery and commercial…
      David Mumford photo David MumfordBarrister specialising in commercial and chancery litigation, including business agreements and general…
      Thomas Munby KC photo Thomas Munby KCCommercial litigation and arbitration, with a strong Chancery background. Thomas is best…
      Catherine Newman photo Catherine NewmanBarrister specialising in trial and appellate advocacy in Chancery, Commercial and offshore…
      Rebecca Page photo Rebecca PageRebecca’s practice covers commercial chancery litigation and arbitration, with a strong emphasis…
      Rowena Page photo Rowena PageRowena specialises in commercial chancery litigation, with a strong emphasis on insolvency,…
      Christopher Parker photo Christopher ParkerChris specialises in commercial chancery and business disputes with a particular emphasis…
      Nicholas Peacock photo Nicholas PeacockThe mainstays of Nicholas’ work are financial services litigation and advice (particularly…
      Oliver Phillips photo Oliver PhillipsBarrister specialising in commercial, chancery, company, property, insolvency litigation and advisory work,…
      Watson Pringle photo Watson PringleWatson specialises in commercial and civil fraud litigation, with a particular emphasis…
      Michael Pryor photo Michael PryorBarrister specialising in property and general commercial chancery litigation, including real property…
      Christopher Pymont photo Christopher PymontBarrister specialising in commercial Chancery, property (especially landlord and tenant), professional negligence,…
      Laurie Scher photo Laurie ScherSpecialises in many areas of business and property litigation. His recent workload…
      Adam Smith photo Adam SmithBarrister specialising in all areas of commercial Chancery work, with particular experience…
      Matthew Smith photo Matthew SmithCommercial chancery litigation, including company and insolvency questions, contractual and trust-related disputes.…
      Rebecca Stubbs photo Rebecca StubbsBarrister specialising in company law, insolvency and corporate reconstruction and financial services.
      Ryan Turner photo Ryan TurnerBarrister specialising in commercial chancery and general commercial litigation with a particular…
      Andrew Twigger photo Andrew TwiggerAndrew Twigger QC has extensive experience of High Court litigation and regularly…
      Beverley Vara photo Beverley VaraExperienced mediator who has successfully mediated a wide range of commercial disputes…
      Andrew Walker photo Andrew WalkerAndrew Walker QC is a litigator, adviser and legal expert. He also…
      Andrew Westwood KC photo Andrew Westwood KCBarrister specialising in commercial and Chancery, including company law, insolvency and charities.
      Caley Wright photo Caley WrightBarrister specialising in commercial chancery disputes with a particular emphasis on civil…