Set Profile > Chambers of Alan Boyle QC > London , London

Chambers of Alan Boyle QC
Serle Court

Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property) Tier 1

Andrew Bruce - Serle CourtHe is very good on the technical law and incisive cross-examiner.

Fraud: civil Tier 1

Stacked with highly experienced silks and juniors, Serle Court has long been one of the leading sets when it comes to civil fraud disputes. Crossover strengths into trusts and offshore claims add to the chambers' offering. Major recent cases include Glenn v Watson, which involved five members including Elizabeth Jones QC and Justin Higgo. In Accident Exchange v McLean and others, a £127m dispute, Hugh Norbury QC and Dan McCourt Fritz represented Keoghs LLP, one of the solicitor defendants.

Leading Juniors

Nicholas Harrison - Serle CourtHugely popular for civil fraud disputes.
Ranked: Tier 1

Simon Hattan - Serle CourtIntelligent, thorough and insightful, he should be a QC.
Ranked: Tier 1

Justin Higgo - Serle CourtHe is tenacious, gets stuck in and provided fantastic support in a very difficult case.
Ranked: Tier 1

David Drake - Serle CourtUnbelievably bright and someone you want on your side.
Ranked: Tier 2

Dan McCourt Fritz - Serle CourtQuite frankly, he has it all, and will rise to the very top.
Ranked: Tier 4

Matthew Morrison - Serle CourtA very hardworking junior who provides excellent support and is a good team player.
Ranked: Tier 4

Richard Walford - Serle CourtVery measured and thorough, he also has a pleasing written style.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Silks

Elizabeth Jones QC - Serle CourtTruly the crème de la crème, at the very top of the profession.
Ranked: Tier 1

Philip Marshall QC - Serle CourtRobust and incisive litigator and adopts a proactive approach to ensure that maximum pressure is exerted on opponents.
Ranked: Tier 1

Jonathan Adkin QC - Serle CourtAlways very well prepared, easy to work with, and clever – as an advocate he's like a Sherman tank.
Ranked: Tier 2

Alan Boyle QC - Serle CourtAn excellent fraud silk.
Ranked: Tier 2

Philip Jones QC - Serle CourtA phenomenal advocate who will regularly stand head and shoulders over other commercial silks in the room.
Ranked: Tier 2

Hugh Norbury QC - Serle Court'A very user-friendly silk who commands the confidence of the court.
Ranked: Tier 2

Dominic Dowley QC - Serle CourtCharming, always available, and gets the issues quickly.
Ranked: Tier 4

Daniel Lightman QC - Serle CourtHe is tenacious and extremely intellectually rigorous.
Ranked: Tier 4

Mediators Tier 1

Serle Court's Beverly-Ann Rogers is also a member of In Place of Strife. Rogers has mediated hundreds of disputes across a broad spectrum over the last 20 years. While commercial in nature, many of her disputes involve family members or previously close associates, and she is experienced in multi-party, cross-cultural disputes.

Offshore Tier 1

Serle Court is prominent in the area, with its members handling matters ranging from contemplated disputes over trusts to Privy Council appeals on points on key company issues. Alan Boyle QC, Richard Wilson QC, and Zahler Bryan represented the beneficiary daughter in Gany Holdings v Khan, a Privy Council appeal from the BVI in the wake of a transfer of assets, whose ultimate destination was subject to dispute, as was the distribution of the majority of the trust assets to one beneficiary. Turning to the Cayman Islands, Philip Jones QC  represented the respondent in Shanda Games v Masa Capital Investments, the lead Privy Council case concerning the Cayman Islands' provision for the "fair value" to be determined by a court when a shareholder dissents from a merger. The set is also active in the Crown Dependencies, with Philip Marshall QC and Matthew Morrison having worked with Collas Crill in representing the independent directors in the long-running Guernsey Carlyle Capital Corporation v Conway case over the collapse of a fund in the 2008 case – Kathryn Purkis, who is a Jersey advocate, was formerly a partner at the firm Collas Crill providing chambers and clients with front line Channel Island experience.

Leading Juniors

James Brightwell - Serle CourtHis technical knowledge around trusts is superb.
Ranked: Tier 1

Timothy Collingwood - Serle CourtAn very bright and incredibly nice senior-junior specialising in company law.
Ranked: Tier 1

Matthew Morrison - Serle CourtOne of the finest of his generation: he combines a formidable intellect with a user-friendly manner.
Ranked: Tier 1

Kathryn Purkis - Serle CourtHer ability to find solutions to problems is second-to-none.
Ranked: Tier 1

Ruth Jordan - Serle CourtVery personable, a forthright advocate and a very able lawyer.
Ranked: Tier 2

Giles Richardson - Serle CourtExceptionally good: clients get a QC quality.
Ranked: Tier 2

Adil Mohamedbhai - Serle CourtPunchy, thoughtful and direct, he is always on his client's side.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Silks

Jonathan Adkin QC - Serle CourtA strong and well-measured presence in court, he cuts through the issues in a case swiftly and pragmatically.
Ranked: Tier 1

Alan Boyle QC - Serle CourtOne of the best of the best: a stellar intellect.
Ranked: Tier 1

Frank Hinks QC - Serle CourtVery thorough and practical in his advice.
Ranked: Tier 1

John Machell QC - Serle CourtA very modern-type Silk with a very sharp mind.
Ranked: Tier 1

Philip Marshall QC - Serle CourtA brilliant and fearless advocate - you definitely want him on your side.
Ranked: Tier 1

Elizabeth Jones QC - Serle CourtExceptional: she can lead a very large team of lawyers in the right direction.
Ranked: Tier 2

Philip Jones QC - Serle CourtA phenomenal barrister with hard-to-find trial skills and strategic prowess.
Ranked: Tier 2

Richard Wilson QC - Serle CourtHe is extremely bright, eloquent and responsive.
Ranked: Tier 3

Dakis Hagen QC - Serle CourtNot only is he exceptionally clever and delightful to work with, he is extraordinary hardworking.
Ranked: Tier 4

Private client: trusts and probate Tier 1

Serle Court is a ‘highly-rated’ set in the trusts and probate arena with members acting in the largest, high-profile, and most complex disputes, both onshore and offshore, as well as in smaller-scale litigation which often gives rise to the most interesting and novel of issues. Recent examples include Elizabeth Jones QC acting in the high-profile fraud case of  Kea v Watson. The judgment was obtained in July 2018 and the matter has now moved to enforcement. Elsewhere, Frank Hinks QC has been advising on proceedings in relation to the construction and effect of the will of a wealthy woman in Asia.

2019 Silks

Constance McDonnell QC - Serle CourtIs one of the most intelligent barristers at the Chancery Bar and identifies key points of law and factual issues which would be missed by other counsel.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

James Brightwell - Serle CourtA go-to barrister for highly technical and tricky trust matters – he is a calm and reassuring presence.
Ranked: Tier 1

William Henderson - Serle CourtIs a calming presence who is great with clients and focused on achieving the best outcome for them.
Ranked: Tier 1

Giles Richardson - Serle CourtA silk in all but name, a complete workhorse with phenomenal ability to pick up a huge and complex case and master it overnight.
Ranked: Tier 1

James Weale - Serle CourtIs confident, robust and has formidable advocacy skills – he is all over the detail but never forgets the big picture.
Ranked: Tier 2

Jonathan Fowles - Serle CourtHas the ability to distil very complex concepts and make them accessible and understood by a lay client.
Ranked: Tier 3

Andrew Francis - Serle CourtA well-regarded junior practitioner.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Silks

Alan Boyle QC - Serle CourtA master tactician with highly polished client skills and a tenacity to get the right outcome.
Ranked: Tier 1

Frank Hinks QC - Serle CourtA highly experienced and very effective silk in the offshore trusts field.
Ranked: Tier 1

Philip Jones QC - Serle CourtHis written work is first class; he is also calm and unflappable in court.
Ranked: Tier 1

Jonathan Adkin QC - Serle CourtHis advice and advocacy are spot-on.
Ranked: Tier 2

Elizabeth Jones QC - Serle CourtShe takes no prisoners and it is comforting having her on your team in complex and tense matters.
Ranked: Tier 2

John Machell QC - Serle CourtSuper user-friendly, commercial, practical and really knows his stuff.
Ranked: Tier 2

David Blayney QC - Serle CourtA very smart silk.
Ranked: Tier 3

Dominic Dowley QC - Serle CourtA hardworking silk of note.
Ranked: Tier 3

Prof Jonathan Harris QC - Serle CourtDeep knowledge of the law; commercial, pragmatic advice; fantastic to deal with – the full package.
Ranked: Tier 3

Richard Wilson QC - Serle CourtAn able and nimble advocate with excellent judgement.
Ranked: Tier 3

Charities Tier 2

Serle Court is a ‘top set with some rising stars on board.William Henderson ‘whose technical ability is second to none’ acted in the seminal case of Lehtimaki v Children’s Investment Fund Foundation. Here, the Court of Appeal reversed a previous decision when it held that the members owed the claimant some fiduciary duties. It also held that the court could not compel members of a charitable company about how to vote unless they were acting or threatening to act in breach of trust. According to one instructing solicitor, Jonathan Fowles was 'instrumental' in bringing a complex international dispute to a close. 'He understands the particular needs of charity clients and I would not hesitate to recommend him in contentious succession/probate matters.'

Leading Juniors

William Henderson - Serle CourtIs an expert on charity law.
Ranked: Tier 1

Jonathan Fowles - Serle CourtHas a deft and practical touch.
Ranked: Tier 3

Commercial litigation Tier 2

A favoured destination for many of the city's leading litigation departments, Serle Court is particularly noted for its strong grounding in offshore and fraud-related matters, which inevitably cross over heavily into the broader commercial litigation sphere. Most recently, Hugh Norbury QC led a team of four members for Keoghs LLP, one of the law firm defendants in Accident Exchange v McLean and others. Other key cases include Yukos Finance BV v Lynch & Others in which Jonathan Adkin QC was involved, and Glenn v Watson, where Elizabeth Jones QC has led a team of six juniors, including Justin Higgo, on behalf of the claimant

Leading Juniors

Simon Hattan - Serle CourtHe has an excellent written style, with his pleadings in particular being accurate, precise and considered.
Ranked: Tier 1

Justin Higgo - Serle CourtFabulously bright, hardworking and client friendly – top rate.
Ranked: Tier 2

Matthew Morrison - Serle CourtHardworking, has good judgement, and is excellent with difficult clients.
Ranked: Tier 2

Richard Walford - Serle CourtReally excels at cases which require the need for creative thinking and a flexible approach.
Ranked: Tier 2

David Drake - Serle CourtVery user friendly, hardworking and intelligent, he has a remarkably wide-ranging legal knowledge.
Ranked: Tier 3

Paul Adams - Serle CourtBright, enthusiastic and very user friendly.
Ranked: Tier 5

Adil Mohamedbhai - Serle CourtA top junior counsel – smart, very responsive, and great to work with.
Ranked: Tier 5

Leading Silks

Philip Marshall QC - Serle CourtDelivers results and balances tactical aggression with charm in court.
Ranked: Tier 2

Philip Jones QC - Serle CourtAbsolutely top class both in his written/advisory work and advocacy – clients love him.
Ranked: Tier 3

Hugh Norbury QC - Serle CourtGreat to work with, quick response rate at all hours, very bright and persuasive in court.
Ranked: Tier 3

Alan Boyle QC - Serle CourtExperienced, urbane and very responsive.
Ranked: Tier 3

Jonathan Adkin QC - Serle CourtVery hardworking, always a great team player, and an absolute pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 4

Lance Ashworth QC - Serle CourtA really tenacious advocate, able to persuade a skeptical judge.
Ranked: Tier 5

David Blayney QC - Serle CourtExceptional – the best recommendation I have had in 30 years of practice.
Ranked: Tier 5

Dominic Dowley QC - Serle CourtA pleasure to work with and extremely responsive.
Ranked: Tier 5

Elizabeth Jones QC - Serle CourtCombines exceptional intellect and tenacity with an easy and approachable manner.
Ranked: Tier 5

Daniel Lightman QC - Serle CourtHe is tenacious and extremely intellectually rigorous.
Ranked: Tier 6

Top ten under eight years’ call

Emma Hargreaves - Serle CourtHas all the details at her fingertips and is very quick thinking on her feet.
Ranked: Tier 1

Insolvency Tier 2

Serle Court's members are particularly active in cross-border insolvency cases; Philip Jones QC was instructed in Green Elite before the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal and advised the UK government with respect to the collapse of BHS and represented it in subsequent disqualification proceedings against Philip Green and Dominic Chappell. Meanwhile, James Mather is acting for an English fund management company in defence of a claim by an special purpose vehicle of Cerberus in Lady Moon v PetriccaTimothy Collingwood has a strong track-record in cases concerning directors' breaches of duty and asset recovery issues.

Leading Juniors

Timothy Collingwood - Serle CourtWell-prepared and his advocacy is persuasive.
Ranked: Tier 2

James Mather - Serle CourtA fearless advocate who is not intimidated by the seniority of counsel for the other side and holds his ground with impressive confidence.
Ranked: Tier 2

Ruth Jordan - Serle CourtHer conclusions and advice take into account the commercial realities facing clients and provide sensible suggestions.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Silks

Philip Jones QC - Serle CourtHis advice is invariably well-considered, pragmatic and commercially astute.
Ranked: Tier 2

Lance Ashworth QC - Serle CourtA really tenacious advocate, able to persuade a skeptical judge.
Ranked: Tier 3

Philip Marshall QC - Serle CourtOne of the best courtroom advocates at the commercial Bar.
Ranked: Tier 3

Alan Boyle QC - Serle CourtVery responsive and experienced.
Ranked: Tier 5

Competition Tier 2

Suzanne Rab - Serle CourtA first-class barrister with an encyclopaedic knowledge of her subject.

Financial services regulation Tier 2

Simon Hattan - Serle CourtHe can grind facts down into dust and then reassemble them into solid and cohesive arguments.

Intellectual property Tier 2

Michael Edenborough QC - Serle CourtOne of the best silks for trade mark work, he is brilliantly strategic and tactical.

Tax: corporate and VAT/indirect tax Tier 2

Philip Jones QC - Serle CourtHe is always very good in conference with clients; he provides clear, concise oral advice and it is clear that he is always on top of the papers.

Financial services regulation Tier 3

Suzanne Rab - Serle CourtA natural problem solver – her financial services and broader regulatory knowledge is extremely strong.

International arbitration: counsel Tier 3

Philip Marshall QC - Serle CourtThinks creatively about how to advance high-value, complex multi-jurisdictional cases.

Public international law Tier 3

Khawar Qureshi QC - Serle CourtAn excellent lawyer and a go-to for clients.

Professional negligence Tier 3

Serle Court has an 'array of talented barristers' for professional negligence disputes and is regularly involved in complex cases; Philip Jones QC acted for corporate service providers in the Isle of Man in Axiom Legal Financing Fund v Turnstone & Peacock, which examined the management of funds. Elsewhere, Hugh Norbury QC acted for Keoghs LLP, one of three groups of solicitor defendants, in Accident Exchange v McLean, a £127m claim regarding an alleged conspiracy arising out of the conduct of cases involving credit hire insurance claims. Ruth den Besten joined Essex Court Chambers in 2018.

Leading Juniors

Thomas Braithwaite - Serle CourtHe is a very talented barrister.
Ranked: Tier 4

David Drake - Serle CourtHe is very able.
Ranked: Tier 4

Richard Walford - Serle CourtHe is extremely knowledgeable.
Ranked: Tier 4

Andrew Bruce - Serle CourtExperienced in professional negligence cases.
Ranked: Tier 5

Leading Silks

Philip Jones QC - Serle CourtExcellent on complex cases.
Ranked: Tier 3

Lance Ashworth QC - Serle CourtVery knowledgeable.
Ranked: Tier 4

David Blayney QC - Serle CourtImpressive on professional negligence cases.
Ranked: Tier 4

Daniel Lightman QC - Serle CourtHe is incredibly able and thorough.
Ranked: Tier 4

Philip Marshall QC - Serle CourtHe is exceptional.
Ranked: Tier 4

Hugh Norbury QC - Serle CourtVery able and excellent to deal with.
Ranked: Tier 4

Banking and finance (including consumer credit) Tier 4

Serle Court has 'good-quality barristers' and its 'juniors are often better value for money than those at some of the leading banking sets', according to clients. The set punches well above its weight with members such as David Blayney QC and Simon Hattan having been instructed on several blockbuster cases, most notably the RBS Group litigation, where they were key members of the team that represented RBS.

Leading Juniors

Simon Hattan - Serle CourtAbsolutely brilliant – a real all-rounder who you can totally trust on a range of commercial and financial litigation.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

David Blayney QC - Serle CourtHis intellect has truly frightening firepower, but he wears it lightly and is incredibly easy to work with.
Ranked: Tier 2

Dominic Dowley QC - Serle CourtExtremely responsive and helpful in a time-pressured case.
Ranked: Tier 3

Philip Marshall QC - Serle CourtOne of the best courtroom advocates at the commercial Bar.
Ranked: Tier 3

Elizabeth Jones QC - Serle CourtHer intellectual powers are outstanding, as is her tenacity.
Ranked: Tier 5

Intellectual property Tier 4

Thomas Elias - Serle CourtAn excellent barrister with an eagle eye for the detail.

Professional disciplinary and regulatory law Tier 4

Kuldip Singh QC - Serle CourtA silk with a commanding court presence.

Mediators Tier 4

Serle Court's Elizabeth Jones QC has mediated multi-party cases both alone and as co-mediator; she has been instructed across a range of sectors in claims valued from £2,000 to over £50m, and in matters involving parties from different cultures.

Property litigation Tier 4

Serle Court is ‘a very good set for property litigation work’ that directs specific focus towards easements, covenants, options, land registrations, and trusts. Christopher Stoner QC recently acted on behalf of approximately 100 owners of chalets in the Court of Appeal case of Phillips & Others v Francis, pertaining to service charge issues arising from a redevelopment. In another highlight instruction, Andrew Bruce acted in Humphrey v Rogers, a High Court matter relating to the conversion of a farm building into residential accommodation.

Leading Juniors

Andrew Francis - Serle CourtAn excellent property specialist.
Ranked: Tier 1

Thomas Braithwaite - Serle CourtCuts to the chase and asks the right questions from the get go.
Ranked: Tier 2

Andrew Bruce - Serle CourtVery clever and excellent in dealing with complex property issues.
Ranked: Tier 2

Jonathan Fowles - Serle CourtA recommended property specialist.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Silks

Rupert Reed QC - Serle CourtOozes experience, very calm under extreme pressure with deadly accuracy in the courtroom.
Ranked: Tier 4

Christopher Stoner QC - Serle CourtA hugely talented barrister with an ability to grapple the most difficult legal problems.
Ranked: Tier 4

Frank Hinks QC - Serle CourtAn advocate of considerable skill, difficult to find a weakness.
Ranked: Tier 5

Philip Jones QC - Serle CourtAdvises on all aspects of freehold and leasehold law.
Ranked: Tier 5

Mediators Tier 5

Serle Court's Jennifer Haywood is an accredited CEDR mediator and mediation is forming an increasing part of her practice. She has acted as mediator in company and commercial, partnership, wills, trusts and property disputes.

Company and partnership

Members of Serle Court are 'extremely high quality, both in respect to commercial litigation and specialist fields'. Company law and partnership disputes are particular areas of expertise, and the set is extremely experienced in shareholder disputes and derivative claims, as well as for instructions arising out of China and Hong Kong. Highlights include David Blayney QC acting in unfair prejudice dispute Re Kings Solutions Group Ltd, while partnership 'doyenJohn Machell QC is instructed in Campbell v Campbell; a partnership dispute between two brothers concerning their global jewellery business. In another notable matter, Dan McCourt Fritz acted for the defendants in Grupo Mexico v Topete (Re Infund LLP), amid allegations the client had fraudulently procured the restoration of an English LLP for the purposes of pursuing a $1.5bn claim in Mexico for shares in Grupo Mexico.

Company - Leading Juniors

Timothy Collingwood - Serle CourtHe is experienced in breach of duty cases.
Ranked: Tier 1

David Drake - Serle CourtHe has knowledge of the law and confidence in his own advice.
Ranked: Tier 3

Giles Richardson - Serle CourtClever advocate with good commercial nous and is a great strategist.
Ranked: Tier 3

Paul Adams - Serle CourtHe is an excellent lawyer and a formidable adversary; he is very quick and clever and a tenacious advocate.
Ranked: Tier 4

Thomas Braithwaite - Serle CourtHe has a precise and forensic legal mind and appears to have complete mastery of his practice.
Ranked: Tier 4

Dan McCourt Fritz - Serle CourtHe brings a very sensible and pragmatic approach and is good at working collaboratively.
Ranked: Tier 4

Matthew Morrison - Serle CourtHe is extremely bright and works hard, turning things around quickly.
Ranked: Tier 4

Thomas Elias - Serle CourtHe has excellent judgement and tactical sense, well beyond what would be expected from his level of call.
Ranked: Tier 5

Company - Leading Silks

Alan Boyle QC - Serle CourtHe is very responsive and experienced.
Ranked: Tier 1

Philip Jones QC - Serle CourtHe is pragmatic and commercially astute.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Philip Marshall QC - Serle CourtHe is one of the best courtroom advocates at the commercial Bar.
Ranked: Tier 2

Lance Ashworth QC - Serle CourtHe is bright and engaging.
Ranked: Tier 4

Daniel Lightman QC - Serle CourtHe is a leading company silk whose knowledge in the area and strategic nous is legendary.
Ranked: Tier 4

Partnership - Leading juniors

Jennifer Haywood - Serle CourtShe is calm, hugely experienced in her field and very good at explaining complex concepts to lay clients.
Ranked: Tier 1

Thomas Braithwaite - Serle CourtHe has a precise and forensic legal mind and appears to have complete mastery of his practice.
Ranked: Tier 2

James Mather - Serle CourtHe is a very thoughtful and cerebral senior junior who is a real team player and an established star of the contentious partnership Bar.
Ranked: Tier 2

Partnership - Leading silks

Philip Jones QC - Serle CourtHe is pragmatic and commercially astute.'
Ranked: Tier 1

John Machell QC - Serle CourtHe is the doyen of specialist partnership counsel; he works exceptionally hard and is fantastic to work alongside; a consummate team player.
Ranked: Tier 1

Jonathan Adkin QC - Serle CourtHe has a strong but well-measured presence in court, is clear and concise in his advocacy and cuts through the issues in the case.
Ranked: Tier 3

David Blayney QC - Serle CourtHe is a fearsome lawyer; his capacity both to absorb and process information and turn that into a winning strategy is phenomenal.
Ranked: Tier 3

Frank Hinks QC - Serle CourtHe is a highly experienced and very effective QC.
Ranked: Tier 3

Set overviews: England and Wales

A ‘one-stop shop’, Chancery set Serle Court offers ‘a good spectrum of expertise’ from commercial litigation, to civil fraud, and contentious trusts, shareholder, and insolvency matters, with most of its barristers having expertise across often overlapping fields, as well as having the ‘perfect mix of on and offshore experience’. ‘Juniors are often better value for money than at some of the leading commercial/banking set,’ said one solicitor. In the last year, Constance McDonnell took silk and Zoe O’Sullivan QC arrived from One Essex Court, while Ruth den Besten departed for Essex Court Chambers. Head clerk Steve Whitaker (‘a real gent; responsive, straight-talking, and able to think outside the box’) leads the ‘impressive’ and ‘user-friendly clerks’ room. Co-senior clerks Dan Wheeler (‘commercial and a pleasure to deal with’) and Nick Hockney (‘makes the effort to know the market properly and is very well informed’) are well regarded, as is Paul Ballard (‘great to work with, always helpful, and very responsive’). John Petrie is chambers chief executive. Offices in: London

Identified as The Legal 500 UK 2017 Awards ‘Private client: trusts and probate Set of the Year’  and with two members of chambers recently listed in The Legal 500 Hall of Fame, Serle Court is acknowledged as ‘a go-to set for commercial Chancery work’ with deep expertise in areas such as civil fraud, company and partnership, insolvency, and trusts and probate. It is one of the top commercial Chancery sets’ with strength in depth and barristers suitable for whatever the need’, and its members are applauded for their ‘sheer approachability and the willingness to really engage with the cases and work as a team with instructing solicitors from the very beginning of the case to conclusion’ – The Legal 500.

The set: Widely recognised as one of the top sets at the English Bar, Serle Court is recommended in seventeen practice areas by The Legal 500: banking and finance; Charities; commercial litigation; company and partnership; competition; family law; financial services; fraud: civil; insolvency; intellectual property; international arbitration; offshore; private client: trusts and probate; professional negligence and property litigation; sport; tax: corporate and VAT, and is also recommended as a top-tier set in dispute resolution: mediators. Serle Court is one of the largest commercial Chancery sets, with 69 members, including 27 silks, and as such is well-placed to offer the right barrister (or team) for each case – something upon which Serle Court prides itself and just one facet of its commitment to exceptional service.

Types of work undertaken: Serle Court covers the whole range of what might be termed ‘business’ law, from offshore litigation concerning the world’s largest companies to domestic advice on probate matters.

Across a broad range of practice areas, Serle Court provides an equally wide range of services. The needs of clients have long been more extensive than merely drafting, advising and litigating -needless to say, Serle Court offers all those services, but Serle Court has also established itself as one of the leading ADR sets, with an impressively large number of highly regarded mediators and arbitrators, as well as many members with extensive experience of appearing in such ADR forums.

Serle Court can provide barristers at all levels to provide clear, practical advice and imaginative solutions to all types of disputes. Serle Court is experienced at putting together streamlined and powerful teams, seen as the go-to choice for big-ticket cases, often cross-border and multi-faceted; these cases have included: Glenn v Watson, Renova Industries Ltd v Emmerson International Corporation, Investec Trust (Guernsey) Ltd v Glenalla Properties Ltd, Khan v Gany Holdings, Cowan v Foreman, Estera Trust v Singh, Shlosberg v Avonwick, Ilott v Mitson, Bestfort Developments LLP v Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority, the Hyderabad Fund case, the RBS rights issue litigation, the Fiona litigation and the Lehman Brothers administration. Serle Court has also established itself as one of the leading ADR sets, with many highly regarded mediators and arbitrators as well as many members with extensive experience of appearing in ‘alternative’ dispute resolution forums.

The members are also very often instructed on opposite sides of the same case – in some cases in recent years, all barristers on all sides have been from Serle Court. Serle Court understands the overwhelming need for confidentiality in such cases and has put in place effective systems to ensure the separation of clerking and document handling, so that clients may be confident that their interests are protected.


Serle Court also undertakes a significant amount of advisory work, across the whole range of practice areas. Members appreciate both the practical and business realities of legal problems and aim to provide clear and imaginative solutions, and helpful advice – even if it is not always positive! Serle Court will always aim to provide barristers able to respond effectively to demands for urgent advice if the case requires it.

Serle Court generates a significant proportion of its work overseas: ‘Serle Court is “the go-to set” for offshore trust litigation’. Serle Court has particularly close relationships with professional clients in the Channel Islands and the Caribbean, but members also advise and appear in proceedings in the European courts, as well as in (among others) Anguilla, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cyprus, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Jersey, Liechtenstein, Middle East, Panama, Russia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Singapore, Switzerland and the US.

Many members of Serle Court are very experienced in working closely with lawyers from different jurisdictions, and, when appropriate, will happily travel abroad to see clients. They can adopt a hands-on approach to foreign litigation, either on the ground or from London, as the case requires.

Department Name Email Telephone
Head of chambers Alan Boyle QC
Chief executive John Petrie MBE
Head clerk Steven Whitaker
Senior Clerk Nicholas Hockney
Senior Clerk Daniel Wheeler
Members of Chambers BOYLE QC, Alan (1972)
Members of Chambers TALBOT QC, Patrick (1969)
Members of Chambers SINGH QC, Kuldip (1975)
Members of Chambers HINKS QC, Frank (1973)
Members of Chambers JONES QC, Elizabeth (1984)
Members of Chambers CHAISTY QC, Paul (1982)
Members of Chambers DOWLEY QC, Dominic (1983)
Members of Chambers QUIGLEY QC, Conor (1985)
Members of Chambers MARSHALL QC, Philip (1987)
Members of Chambers JONES QC, Philip (1985)
Members of Chambers ASHWORTH QC, Lance (1987)
Members of Chambers QURESHI QC, Khawar (1990)
Members of Chambers CASEMENT QC, David (1992)
Members of Chambers STONER QC, Christopher (1991)
Members of Chambers EDENBOROUGH QC, Michael (1992)
Members of Chambers MACHELL QC, John (1993)
Members of Chambers NORBURY QC, Hugh (1995)
Members of Chambers BLAYNEY QC, David (1992)
Members of Chambers ADKIN QC, Jonathan (1997)
Members of Chambers REED QC, Rupert (1996)
Members of Chambers O'SULLIVAN QC, Zoe (1993)
Members of Chambers MORAN QC, Andrew (1989)
Members of Chambers LIGHTMAN QC, Daniel (1995)
Members of Chambers WILSON QC, Richard (1996)
Members of Chambers HARRIS QC (Hon), Prof Jonathan (2006)
Members of Chambers HAGEN QC, Dakis (2002)
Members of Chambers MCDONNELL QC, Constance (2000)
Members of Chambers BURLING, Julian (1976)
Members of Chambers FRANCIS, Andrew (1977)
Members of Chambers HENDERSON, William (1978)
Members of Chambers BEHRENS, James (1979)
Members of Chambers WALFORD, Richard (1984)
Members of Chambers HARRISON, Nicholas (1988)
Members of Chambers PURKIS, Kathryn (1991)
Members of Chambers BRUCE, Andrew (1992)
Members of Chambers DRAKE, David (1994)
Members of Chambers HIGGO, Justin (1995)
Members of Chambers COLLINGWOOD, Timothy (1996)
Members of Chambers RICHARDSON, Giles (1997)
Members of Chambers BRAITHWAITE, Thomas (1998)
Members of Chambers HATTAN, Simon (1999)
Members of Chambers BRIGHTWELL, James (2000)
Members of Chambers HAYWOOD, Jennifer (2001)
Members of Chambers JORDAN, Ruth (2001)
Members of Chambers FOWLES, Jonathan (2004)
Members of Chambers MORRISON, Matthew (2004)
Members of Chambers MATHER, James (2006)
Members of Chambers MCOURT FRITZ, Dan (2007)
Members of Chambers TILLEY, Gareth (2007)
Members of Chambers WEALE, James (2007)
Members of Chambers ADAMS, Paul (2008)
Members of Chambers ELIAS, Thomas (2008)
Members of Chambers HOLCOMBE, Sophie (2009)
Members of Chambers MOHAMEDBHAI, Adil (2010)
Members of Chambers MCDONAGH, Jonathan (2011)
Members of Chambers HARGREAVES, Emma (2012)
Members of Chambers BRYAN, Zahler (2012)
Members of Chambers PROFERES, Amy (2012)
Members of Chambers RAB, Suzanne (2013)
Members of Chambers DE FROMENT, Adrian (2013)
Members of Chambers OLIVER, Jones (2014)
Members of Chambers WICKENDEN, Stephanie (2014)
Members of Chambers HURST, Sophia (2014)
Members of Chambers DINENIS, Eleni (2015)
Members of Chambers BEYNON, Charlotte (2015)
Members of Chambers HOGAN, Gregor (2016)
Members of Chambers WRAITH, Mark (2017)
Members of Chambers THOMPSON, Stephanie (2017)
Members of Chambers RANDALL, Jamie (2017)
Photo Name Position Profile
 Paul Adams  photo Paul Adams
 Jonathan Adkin QC photo Jonathan Adkin QC
 Lance Ashworth QC photo Lance Ashworth QC
Prof William Ballantyne  photo Prof William Ballantyne
 Charlotte Beynon  photo Charlotte Beynon
 David Blayney QC photo David Blayney QC
 Alan Boyle QC photo Alan Boyle QC
 Tom Braithwaite  photo Tom Braithwaite
 James Brightwell  photo James Brightwell
 Andrew Bruce  photo Andrew Bruce
 Zahler Bryan  photo Zahler Bryan
 Julian Burling  photo Julian Burling
 Paul Chaisty QC photo Paul Chaisty QC
 Timothy Collingwood  photo Timothy Collingwood
 Eleni Dinenis  photo Eleni Dinenis
 Dominic Dowley QC photo Dominic Dowley QC
 David Drake  photo David Drake
 Michael Edenborough QC photo Michael Edenborough QC
 Thomas Elias  photo Thomas Elias
 Jonathan Fowles  photo Jonathan Fowles
 Andrew Francis  photo Andrew Francis
 Dakis Hagen QC photo Dakis Hagen QC
 Emma Hargreaves  photo Emma Hargreaves
Prof Jonathan Harris QC photo Prof Jonathan Harris QC
 Nicholas Harrison  photo Nicholas Harrison
 Simon Hattan  photo Simon Hattan
 Jennifer Haywood  photo Jennifer Haywood
 William Henderson  photo William Henderson
 Justin Higgo  photo Justin Higgo
 Frank Hinks QC photo Frank Hinks QC
Mr Gregor Hogan  photo Mr Gregor Hogan
 Sophie Holcombe  photo Sophie Holcombe
 Sophia Hurst  photo Sophia Hurst
 Oliver Jones  photo Oliver Jones
 Philip Jones QC photo Philip Jones QC
 Elizabeth Jones QC photo Elizabeth Jones QC
 Ruth Jordan  photo Ruth Jordan
 Daniel Lightman QC photo Daniel Lightman QC
 John Machell QC photo John Machell QC
 Philip Marshall QC photo Philip Marshall QC
 James Mather  photo James Mather
 Dan McCourt Fritz  photo Dan McCourt Fritz
 Jonathan McDonagh  photo Jonathan McDonagh
 Constance McDonnell  photo Constance McDonnell
 Adil Mohamedbhai  photo Adil Mohamedbhai
 Andrew Moran QC photo Andrew Moran QC
 Matthew Morrison  photo Matthew Morrison
 Hugh Norbury QC photo Hugh Norbury QC
Ms Zoe O’Sullivan  photo Ms Zoe O’Sullivan
 Amy Proferes  photo Amy Proferes
 Kathryn Purkis  photo Kathryn Purkis
 Conor Quigley QC photo Conor Quigley QC
 Khawar Qureshi QC photo Khawar Qureshi QC
Professor Suzanne Rab  photo Professor Suzanne Rab
Mr Jamie Randall  photo Mr Jamie Randall
 Rupert Reed QC photo Rupert Reed QC
 Giles Richardson  photo Giles Richardson
 Beverly-Ann Rogers  photo Beverly-Ann Rogers
 Kuldip Singh QC photo Kuldip Singh QC
 Christopher Stoner QC photo Christopher Stoner QC
 Patrick Talbot QC photo Patrick Talbot QC
Ms Stephanie Thompson  photo Ms Stephanie Thompson
 Gareth Tilley  photo Gareth Tilley
 Richard Walford  photo Richard Walford
 James Weale  photo James Weale
Ms Stephanie Wickenden  photo Ms Stephanie Wickenden
 Richard Wilson QC photo Richard Wilson QC
Mr Mark Wraith  photo Mr Mark Wraith
Dr Adrian de Froment  photo Dr Adrian de Froment
Members of Staff : 24

Serle Court recognises the importance of providing a positive and supportive working environment for our barristers and staff and has done so for several years. As a growing chambers, we acknowledge the importance of maintaining a collegiate working environment and the need to ensure that all of our policies and practices enable us to do this.

Serle Court has an established Equality, Diversity and Wellbeing Committee and a Chambers Health & Wellbeing Policy with the work of that committee overseen by the Management Committee thereby ensuring it has the widest application to all aspects of Chambers. We also have a member on the Chancery Bar E&D Committee.

Serle Court’s Equality and Diversity policy aims include:

  • to secure equality of opportunity in every area of its activities.
  • to treat its members, pupils, employees, clients and the public with respect.
  • to observe and endorse the relevant provisions of the Code of Conduct and the Equality and Diversity Code, particularly when discharging any duties in the management of Chambers.
  • to strive to ensure that Chambers does not directly or indirectly discriminate against any current or prospective member, pupil, employee or client on any improper ground, such as age; disability; gender reassignment; marital or civil partnership status; pregnancy or maternity; race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin; religion or belief; sex and sexual orientation.

We are formulating a series of health and wellbeing related initiatives as part of chambers’ wellbeing strategy, as we believe that a healthy and well-motivated chambers will enhance our productiveness and effectiveness. We aim to encourage and facilitate working practices and services that support the health and wellbeing of barristers, pupils and staff.

Work/life balance is a central pillar of the Serle Court ethos. Barristers take breaks, sabbaticals and manage their workloads. Annual practice review meetings (PRM) provide an opportunity for members to discuss with clerks, the Chief Executive and the Business Development Manager how they see their next year and how much work they would like to do.

Serle Court is delighted to have received a Wellbeing Certificate of Recognition from The Bar Council by demonstrating chambers’ dedication and commitment to the wellbeing of its barristers and staff through our policies, and wellbeing programmes.