Set Profile > Chambers of Christopher Pymont QC > London, England
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7 STONE BUILDINGS, LINCOLN'S INN
Chambers of Christopher Pymont QC > The Legal 500 Rankings
Agriculture Tier 1
Charities Tier 2
Maitland Chambers has 'a good reputation in charity law – particularly under Christopher McCall QC’s tenure'; clients say it is a ‘quality set with a good reputation in charity law.’ Much of the members' work is appellate and relates to religious charities litigation, as well as advising on challenges to the Charity Commission. Recent highlights include Matthew Smith acting in an appeal against the commission relating to the appointment of interim managers over charities connected with private schools.
Commercial litigation Tier 2
With a 'very deep bench' of barristers, Maitland Chambers provides 'a number of very good juniors' and 'some excellent silks' who 'are all a pleasure to deal with'. Members standout for their experience in major commercial Chancery disputes, often with a fraud or offshore element. Members have also seen action on several major Russia and CIS-related claims. Head of chambers Christopher Pymont QC and Thomas Munby represented UC Rusal Plc in its dispute with Crispian Investments Ltd, while Pymont and Benjamin John acted for Vitaly Orlov and Tugushev v Orlov and Others.
Fraud: civil Tier 2
Maitland Chambers is 'a brilliant set' that 'always has counsel available to assist'. Clients also benefit from the set's Chancery strengths, particularly when it comes to property-related fraud issues. Major recent cases include Tugushev v Orlov and Others, in which George Hayman QC was one of three members representing Vitaly Orlov.
Insolvency Tier 3
Maitland Chambers' barristers are 'very clever and always great to deal with', bringing their skills to bear on a range of insolvency law matters. Junior silk Catherine Joanne Addy QC has developed a strong practice and represented the joint administrators in Re Cambridge Analytica (UK) Limited and others (in administration); in a successful application for the conversion of administrations and appointment of the joint administrators as joint liquidators. Catherine Newman QC acted for Dregon Land, as the respondent in BTA Bank v Ablyazov and others.
Pensions Tier 3
Offshore Tier 3
A well-regarded Chancery set, Maitland Chambers is involved in many high-profile matters and Privy Council appeals. Thomas Fletcher advised Investec on two Privy Council cases as part of the Tchenguiz saga.
Members of Maitland Chambers are involved in some of the most complicated and high-value disputes, including all aspects of trusts and other fiduciary relationships, as well as wills, probate, and estate matters. In one example, Christopher Pymont QC acted in a complex claim for a breach of trust by a beneficiary of a private family trust.
Property litigation Tier 3
The ‘expertise in property litigation’ at Maitland Chambers is ‘outstanding’ with the set particularly renowned for its work on possession hearings, commercial disputes, and insolvency-related instructions. Christopher Pymont QC recently acted in Moore v Moore, an appeal to the Court of Appeal, which was allowed in part and concerned a proprietary estoppel claim of approximately £10m. Elsewhere, John McGhee QC acted in the Court of Appeal case of Generator v Lidl and was successful in resisting a constructive trust claim.
Mediators Tier 4
Maitland Chambers' Beverley Vara is 'a very able, personable, sensible and tenacious mediator'. A former Allen & Overy LLP real estate litigation head, Vara transferred to the bar to focus on mediation work. Approximately half of her practice is property related, and she has also recently undertaken banking, professional negligence, corporate, commercial contract and trust-related mediations.
Professional negligence Tier 4
Maitland Chambers houses 'several excellent barristers for professional negligence work'. The set is regularly involved in professional negligence disputes involving accountants, auditors, financial professionals, lawyers, and property professionals.
Maitland Chambers is a popular choice for complex banking cases and has several top silks and juniors among its ranks. A recent highlight was Red Kite Management Ltd v Barclays Bank Plc, in which Catherine Newman QC and Alec McCluskey both acted.
Maitland Chambers is 'a really first-class, professional set with great strength and depth in all manner of commercial disputes and arbitrations'. Standout barristers include Catherine Newman QC, who successfully acted for the directors in Destiny Investments Limited and Others v TH Holdings and others; defending a minority shareholders' petition. In Omers Administration v Tesco Plc, David Mumford QC is retained to defend Tesco against claims for damages brought by shareholders relating to an accounting scandal in 2014. Catherine Joanne Addy QC continues to be instructed by HMRC in relation to Ingenious Film Partners 2 LLP, Inside Track Productions LLP, Ingenious Games LLP (as lead appellants) v HMRC, which is now on appeal.
‘One of the top Chancery sets’, Maitland Chambers is ‘a really first-class professional chambers’ with ‘great strength and depth’ in commercial disputes and arbitrations, as well as being a leading stable for trusts and probate specialists and having ‘a good reputation’ in charity law. The set’s barristers are described as ‘proactive and turn work around quickly with follow up responses being timely and of an excellent standard’. In chambers news, Andrew Walker QC returned to practice following tenure as chair of the Bar Council. Solicitors are impressed by the clerking team, which is thought of as ‘helpful, communicative, proactive, charming, and professional’. Senior clerk John Wiggs and deputy senior clerk Robert Penson are ‘among the best in the business’. In a recent addition to the clerking team, Luke Irons joined as deputy senior clerk from The 36 Group. Offices in: London
Chambers of Christopher Pymont QC > Firm Profile
Maitland Chambers is ranked as a pre-eminent commercial Chancery barristers’ chambers in the UK. With 27 Silks and 42 juniors, its reputation for excellence and the high calibre of its barristers extends throughout the commercial and Chancery spheres.
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 disputes: 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 law and contractual 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: directors’ duties; shareholder disputes; takeovers, M&As; corporate reconstructions; loan capital and banking securities; schemes of arrangement and reductions of capital; insurance schemes.
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.
Partnership and LLPs: 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.
Pensions: occupational and personal pension schemes and other pension arrangements.
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.
Trusts and settlements: foreign trustees and trusteeship; variation of trusts; duties and potential liabilities of trustees of potentially insolvent estates.
Wills, estates and family provision: advice, drafting and representation in relation to wills, probate and estates matters.
|Chambers director||Stewart Thompson|
|Senior clerk||John Wiggs|
|Members of Chambers||PYMONT QC, Christopher (1979)|
|Members of Chambers||McCALL QC, Christopher (1966)|
|Members of Chambers||DRISCOLL QC, Michael (1970)|
|Members of Chambers||NEWMAN QC, Catherine (1979)|
|Members of Chambers||CUNNINGHAM QC, Mark (1980)|
|Members of Chambers||McGHEE QC, John (1984)|
|Members of Chambers||COLLINGS QC, Matthew (1985)|
|Members of Chambers||JOHNSON QC, Edwin (1987)|
|Members of Chambers||PARKER QC, Christopher R (1984)|
|Members of Chambers||CHAMBERS QC, Dominic (1987)|
|Members of Chambers||PEACOCK QC, Nicholas (1989)|
|Members of Chambers||MORGAN QC, Richard (1988)|
|Members of Chambers||TIPPLES QC, Amanda (1991)|
|Members of Chambers||WALKER QC, Andrew (1991)|
|Members of Chambers||GIBBON QC, Michael (1993)|
|Members of Chambers||TWIGGER QC, Andrew (1994)|
|Members of Chambers||CULLEN QC, Edmund (1990)|
|Members of Chambers||STUBBS QC, Rebecca (1994)|
|Members of Chambers||DUTTON QC, Timothy (1985)|
|Members of Chambers||GRANT QC, Thomas (1993)|
|Members of Chambers||ALDRIDGE QC, James (1994)|
|Members of Chambers||AYRES QC, Andrew (1996)|
|Members of Chambers||NESBITT QC, Simon (1996)|
|Members of Chambers||MUMFORD QC, David (2000)|
|Members of Chambers||ADDY QC, Catherine (1998)|
|Members of Chambers||BANNER QC, Gregory (1988)|
|Members of Chambers||HAYMAN QC, George (1998)|
|Members of Chambers||THOMAS, Nigel (1976)|
|Members of Chambers||EVANS, Timothy (1979)|
|Members of Chambers||DAGNALL, John (1983)|
|Members of Chambers||HARRY, Timothy (1983)|
|Members of Chambers||CLIFFORD, James (1984)|
|Members of Chambers||HARRISON, Philomena (1985)|
|Members of Chambers||PRYOR, Michael (1992)|
|Members of Chambers||WESTWOOD, Andrew (1994)|
|Members of Chambers||ATKINS, Siward (1995)|
|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||MCCOMBE, Duncan (2012)|
|Members of Chambers||CARDEW, Maxim (2012)|
|Members of Chambers||BROCK, Laurie (2013)|
|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||MCLEOD, Andrew (2017)|
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