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Serle Court > The Legal 500 Rankings
Fraud: civil Tier 1
'The quality is excellent' at Serle Court which is 'a go-to set for fraud claims generally'. Clients rate the strength in depth, where 'from the top to the bottom they're high-quality barristers and I've not come across one I wouldn't instruct'. Members have strong expertise in fraud cases with an offshore element, and also in the Middle East. Claims such as Glenn v Watson has involved several members, including Elizabeth Jones QC, new silk Justin Higgo QC, Paul Adams, and rising star Oliver Jones. Daniel Lightman QC is also leading Adil Mohamedbhai in Griffith v Gourgey.
Oliver Jones - Serle Court ‘A rising star in this area - he is very strong on the law; his grasp of complex equitable and asset tracing issues is very impressive. He takes a collaborative approach that makes him a delight to work with. His advice is considered, mature and tactically aware.’
Mediators Tier 1
Beverly-Ann Rogers - Serle Court Beverly-Ann Rogers of Serle Court is also a member of IPOS Mediation. Rogers 'has a deservedly high reputation, particularly in private client, trust and family provision cases. She is very adept at making clients trust her and is highly sensitive to what the parties' real concerns are'. She has mediated hundreds of disputes across a broad spectrum of issues, and her mediations, although commercial in nature, frequently touch on emotive family matters. Rogers' experience also includes multi-party and cross-cultural disputes.
Offshore Tier 1
For many Serle Court 'provides a good combination of commercial acumen and trusts expertise, making them an ideal set for offshore trusts and commercial work', covering a range of work in the British Overseas Territories and beyond. In Bermuda, numerous members of chambers are instructed in the Wong v Grand View Private Trust Company litigation over five Bermudian trusts holding billions of US dollars, including Jonathan Adkin QC and Adil Mohamedbhai for the trustees, and Dakis Hagen QC, James Brightwell and Emma Hargreaves for the claimants. Philip Jones QC represented the former in Shanda Games v Maso Capital in both the Caymanian courts and before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, a matter concerning the entitlement of dissenting shareholders to "fair value" of their shares under s238 of the island's Companies Law and any interest payable. Channel Island highlights include 2020 silk appointment Timothy Collingwood QC and Brightwell acting in Rawlinson & Hunter Trustees v Investec Trust case, a Guernsey leg of the Tchenguiz saga. Ruth Jordan is well-connected in the Bahamas, and advises among others Carnival Corporation. Frank Hinks QC retired in April 2020.
The barristers at Serle Court are ‘universally high quality from bottom to top. It is striking how well they work together as a cohesive team and they really care about their clients. They fight cases with real tenacity but without taking bad points.’ All the barristers are ‘incredibly capable in this area – you really can’t go wrong using this set. One of the very best Chancery sets out there with terrific strength in depth.' Members act in the most complex and high-value cases in this area both onshore and offshore. A recent case of note is Alan Boyle QC acting in Gany Holdings v Zorin Khan which centred on issues regarding a discretionary trust in the BVI. Also of note among the highly accomplished juniors are Emma Hargreaves, Adil Mohamedbhai, and James Weale, all of whom are new additions to this year's junior rankings.
Charities Tier 2
Serle Court has a number of superb practitioners; among them William Henderson who is junior counsel to the Treasury on charity matters. Henderson continues to be involved in one of the most important cases in charity law at the moment and is acting for the charity in Lehtimaki v Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (UK) . The case potentially affects all charity trustees by defining the circumstances in which the court can interfere with the exercise of their discretionary trusts and powers. Henderson has ‘so much real-world experience – his opinions come with real authority and insight, and an assurance that if it gets messy, the opinion will command respect from others.’ Another key member is the ‘hugely bright’ Jonathan Fowles who shows ‘superb attention to detail’ and obtains a promotion in this year's rankings.
Commercial litigation Tier 2
Serle Court is an 'absolutely top-class set for commercial chancery and civil fraud work' where the barristers are 'of a universally high quality, from bottom to top'. Clients also note that it is 'striking how well they work together as a cohesive team'. Notable cases include Glenn v Watson, in which Elizabeth Jones QC is leading a team of seven members, including Justin Higgo QC and Paul Adams. Another highlight is Rusteem Magdeev v Equix Diamonds DMCC & Others, where Jonathan Adkin QC and Adil Mohamedbhai are acting for the defendant, Equix Diamonds DMCC.
Insolvency Tier 2
Serle Court has 'a number of brilliantly-skilled barristers' focusing on restructuring and insolvency, with a fast-growing offshore practice in Guernsey, Gibraltar and Cayman. Members frequently appear before the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, particularly in cases involving fraud and partnership law. In 2019, Philip Jones QC acted in the successful disqualification proceedings against Dominic Chappell arising out of the collapse of BHS. Philip Marshall QC, leading James Mather, is representing the former chairman of Kingfisher Airlines in defence of bankruptcy proceedings arising from an alleged debt of £1bn. In recent news, Timothy Collingwood QC took silk in March 2020.
Serle Court is an 'excellent commercial set' whose members are often instructed on market-leading and complex banking and finance disputes, including many with an international angle. Recent mandates include The Public Institution for Social Security v Al-Rajaan, a dispute involving Kuwait's state pension fund in which Philip Marshall QC and Simon Hattan represented one of the defendants. David Blayney QC is regularly involved in heavyweight disputes, including ongoing proceedings linked to the Lehman Brothers collapse. Rupert Reed QC is often silk of choice for Middle Eastern financial disputes, such as (1) First Abu Dhabi Bank PJSC (2) FAB Securities LLC v. Larmag Holdings BV before the DIFC Court and Court of Appeal.
Professional negligence Tier 4
The 'commercial and accessible' Serle Court has 'a number of impressive silks in the professional negligence space'. The 'user-friendly' set acts on claims against a wide range of professionals, and is particularly strong in cases with company elements, as well as international and offshore matters. Recent highlights include Philip Jones QC representing the defendant corporate services providers in the Isle of Man High Court in Wickes & Ors v Humbles & Ors, which relates to the management of a property development, and Daniel Lightman QC acting for the defendant in Estera Trust & Anor v Singh & Ors, a claim concerning the duties of company directors.
Property litigation Tier 4
A ‘very strong set with excellent knowledge and many good advocates’, members of Serle Court specialise in easement, option, land registration and trust disputes in addition to litigation arising from restrictive covenants and rights of lights. Andrew Francis is 'one of the leading experts on restrictive covenants; serving as the author of the leading text on the subject'. Distinguished expertise is also held in relation to the laws relating to waterways with Christopher Stoner QC recently acting on the Court of Appeal case of Jones v Canal & River Trust; the matter related to the application of s.8 of the British Waterways Act 1983 in an instance where a residential vessel was removed from an inland waterway.
According to one client, Serle Court's 'members are the best in town' for Chancery work, where they continue to exhibit exceptional litigation expertise. Areas of particular strength are shareholder disputes and derivative claims, with barristers such as Philip Jones QC specialising in disputes arising from China and Hong Kong. Daniel Lightman QC, leading Emma Hargreaves, represented the CEO in Re Edwardian Group Limited, successfully convincing the court to reject a section 994 petition. New 2020 silk Timothy Collingwood QC is a shareholder disputes expert, acting for the petitioners against a private equity house for control of a company in Re: R-Squared Holdco Limited. On the partnership side, Jennifer Haywood is a respected junior with an active contentious and non-contentious practice.
Always responsive and helpful. I always know and trust Steven Whitaker will do his best to seek a solution to any problem be it on fees or resourcing.
Clerksroom is a well oiled machine. Dan Wheeler is particularly helpful and efficient.
Steven Whittaker and all his colleagues are always a pleasure to deal with – prompt, helpful, efficient and friendly
I find the clerks responsive and service oriented. If you have an issue you can have a direct conversation in which they listen and engage. The clerking team is well led by Steve Whitaker.
I have a very good relationship with the Serle Court clerks. They are very proactive and easy to deal with.
Steve Whittaker and Daniel Wheeler in particular are responsive, can-do and commercial – and a pleasure to deal with.
The clerks are fantastic. They are sensible in their dealings over fees, always helpful and responsive. Put simply I think they are the best set of clerks.
An excellent set which has particular strength in its depth and range of experience.
Fabulous set – there’s no one there I wouldn’t instruct, from the top to the bottom they’re high quality barristers.
In my experience, Serle Court are an extremely impressive set, particularly for commercial litigation/civil fraud. Strength in depth is clearly no issue, and having instructed a handful of barristers from the set, I have not had anything but positive experiences to date.
One of the top sets, lots of outstanding practitioners, a pleasure to deal with.
Probably the best set of chambers for contentious trust work. At the QC and junior level, a consistency in ability that one does not find everywhere.
Quite simply a top tier chancery set. Very impressive indeed in every respect.
Serle Court provide a good combination of commercial acumen and trusts expertise, making them an ideal set for offshore trusts and commercial work, especially in Bermuda and Cayman.
Tremendously good set in all their practice areas. Very user-friendly counsel. All extremely talented but pragmatic.
Serle Court > Set Profile
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 nineteen practice areas by The Legal 500: banking and finance; charities; commercial litigation; company and partnership; competition; family law; financial services regulation; fraud: civil; insolvency; intellectual property; international arbitration; offshore: private client trusts and probate; professional disciplinary and regulatory law; professional negligence; property litigation; public international law; 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 68 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; Municipality of Mariana and Ors v BHP Group plc and anor; Yukos Finance BV & Others v Stephen Lynch & Ors; High Commissioner for Pakistan In the United Kingdom v Prince Muffakham Jah & Ors  EWHC 2551 (Ch); 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’s ‘members are experienced in handling matters ranging from contemplated disputes over trusts to Privy Council appeals on points on key company issues.’ The set 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.
|Head of chambers||Elizabeth Jones QC|
|Chief Executive||John Petrie MBE|
|Head Clerk||Steven Whitaker|
|Senior Clerk||Nicholas Hockney|
|Senior Clerk||Daniel Wheeler|
|Business Development Manager||Charlotte Davidson|
|Members of Chambers||JONES QC, Elizabeth (1984)|
|Members of Chambers||TALBOT QC, Patrick (1969)|
|Members of Chambers||SINGH QC, Kuldip (1975)|
|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||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 QC, Justin (2019)|
|Members of Chambers||COLLINGWOOD QC, Timothy (2019))|
|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||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)|
|Members of Chambers||HOPKINS, Russell (2018)|
|Paul Adams||Chancery and commercial, with a particular focus on company, joint venture and…||View Profile|
|Jonathan Adkin||Barrister specialising in chancery and commercial disputes, including civil fraud, trusts, insolvency,…||View Profile|
|Lance Ashworth||Commercial litigation, insolvency, company/chancery, professional negligence. Recent cases include: Loveridge v. Loveridge…||View Profile|
|Prof William Ballantyne||Specialist areas of practice concern Arab laws, comparative commercial law, arbitration. Important…||View Profile|
|Charlotte Beynon||Charlotte joined Serle Court in October 2016 following successful completion of her…||View Profile|
|David Blayney||General commercial and chancery litigation, particularly: commercial, banking, insolvency, companies, trusts, charities,…||View Profile|
|Alan Boyle||Alan is one of the most senior and distinguished silks at the…||View Profile|
|Tom Braithwaite||Barrister specialising in commercial and chancery litigation, with particular expertise in the…||View Profile|
|James Brightwell||Specialises in contentious and non-contentious trusts and estates and commercial chancery litigation.…||View Profile|
|Andrew Bruce||Andrew is a leading senior junior in real estate litigation and has…||View Profile|
|Zahler Bryan||Zahler has a broad commercial chancery practice, with particular emphasis on company…||View Profile|
|Julian Burling||General commercial lawyer with particular specialism in all aspects of insurance and…||View Profile|
|Paul Chaisty||Barrister and a leading practitioner in Chancery and commercial litigation, including individual…||View Profile|
|Timothy Collingwood||Tim practises across the broad range of the commercial-chancery spectrum, but with…||View Profile|
|Eleni Dinenis||General commercial and chancery practice||View Profile|
|Dominic Dowley||Barrister dealing with civil fraud; commercial litigation; contentious trust disputes; insurance litigation…||View Profile|
|David Drake||General commercial litigation (SPI North Ltd v Swiss Post International (UK) Ltd…||View Profile|
|Michael Edenborough||All aspects of intellectual property law and practice, and technical commercial disputes,…||View Profile|
|Thomas Elias||Commercial chancery barrister regularly instructed in a wide range of business disputes,…||View Profile|
|Jonathan Fowles||Charities, domestic and international trusts, and probate; property litigation.||View Profile|
|Andrew Francis||Barrister with a practice which specialises in real property advice and litigation.…||View Profile|
|Dakis Hagen||Chancery litigation with an emphasis on contentious trusts (international and domestic), civil…||View Profile|
|Emma Hargreaves||Emma Hargreaves specialises in general commercial chancery litigation, particularly trusts disputes (international…||View Profile|
|Prof Jonathan Harris||Barrister practising in all areas of commercial and chancery law; private international…||View Profile|
|Nicholas Harrison||Barrister specialising in commercial fraud, international trust and general commercial Chancery litigation.…||View Profile|
|Simon Hattan||Commercial chancery litigation, including in particular commercial fraud and breach of fiduciary…||View Profile|
|Jennifer Haywood||Serle Court: commercial/chancery, in particular partnership, company, contentious trusts and probate and…||View Profile|
|William Henderson||Barrister specialising in domestic and international trust, probate and administration of estate…||View Profile|
|Justin Higgo||Specialist in commercial and chancery litigation and advice with extensive offshore experience…||View Profile|
|Frank Hinks||Barrister with specialist domestic and international trusts practice (advisory, drafting, litigation and…||View Profile|
|Mr Gregor Hogan||Gregor joined Chambers in October 2017 and is developing a busy practice…||View Profile|
|Sophie Holcombe||Sophie Holcombe has a commercial chancery practice, with a particular focus on…||View Profile|
|Philip Jones||Barrister specialising in Chancery and commercial litigation, companies and insolvency, financial services,…||View Profile|
|Elizabeth Jones||Barrister with broad Chancery and commercial practice; mediator.||View Profile|
|Oliver Jones||Ollie Jones is a barrister at Serle Court. He has a busy…||View Profile|
|Ruth Jordan||Barrister specialising in Chancery and commercial litigation, in particular company and insolvency…||View Profile|
|Daniel Lightman||As part of a broad Chancery-Commercial practice, Daniel Lightman QC often engages…||View Profile|
|John Machell||Barrister specialising in general Chancery and commercial litigation including partnership, LLPs, companies,…||View Profile|
|Philip Marshall||Barrister specialising in: commercial fraud (Emmerson v Renova; Orb v Ruhan; Constantin…||View Profile|
|James Mather||Barrister specialising in chancery and commercial litigation, partnership, companies and insolvency, financial…||View Profile|
|Dan McCourt Fritz||Chancery, commercial and property.||View Profile|
|Jonathan McDonagh||All areas of chancery and commercial practice, in particular civil fraud, contentious…||View Profile|
|Constance McDonnell||Barrister specialising in Chancery litigation, in particular contentious trusts and probate, Inheritance…||View Profile|
|Adil Mohamedbhai||Barrister specialising in all areas of chancery and commercial practice, in particular…||View Profile|
|Andrew Moran||Barrister dealing with chancery/commercial litigation, commercial fraud, freezing and search and seize…||View Profile|
|Matthew Morrison||Commercial chancery litigation, with a particular emphasis on civil fraud, company and…||View Profile|
|Hugh Norbury||Hugh has a broad commercial and chancery practice, with a particular emphasis…||View Profile|
|Zoe O'Sullivan||Zoe O’Sullivan QC is a robust and experienced advocate who thrives on…||View Profile|
|Amy Proferes||Barrister with broad chancery and commercial practice; particular interest in traditional chancery…||View Profile|
|Kathryn Purkis||Kathryn is a leading senior junior in offshore litigation and has variously…||View Profile|
|Conor Quigley||Barrister specialising in European Union law and competition law, with particular expertise in…||View Profile|
|Khawar Qureshi||Barrister practising in commercial litigation, international arbitration, public international law, administrative and…||View Profile|
|Professor Suzanne Rab||Suzanne Rab specialises in EU law and competition law matters combining cartel…||View Profile|
|Mr Jamie Randall||Jamie joined Chambers in October 2018. He is developing a practice across…||View Profile|
|Rupert Reed||Queen’s Counsel specialising in commercial and financial disputes, with a strong focus…||View Profile|
|Giles Richardson||View Profile|
|Beverly-Ann Rogers||Barrister specialising in mediation across a wide range of chancery and commercial…||View Profile|
|Kuldip Singh||Commercial litigation; chancery commercial litigation; commercial fraud; financial services; banking; arbitration; professional…||View Profile|
|Christopher Stoner||Specialist in property, Chancery and commercial litigation (especially landlord and tenant, mortgages,…||View Profile|
|Patrick Talbot||Barrister specialising in commercial and Chancery litigation and advice (including acting for…||View Profile|
|Ms Stephanie Thompson||Stephanie joined chambers in October 2018 following the successful completion of her…||View Profile|
|Gareth Tilley||All areas of commercial and chancery litigation including: civil fraud, asset tracing…||View Profile|
|Richard Walford||Barrister specialising in commercial disputes (including commercial arbitrations (ICC, LCIA etc), share…||View Profile|
|James Weale||Chancery and commercial litigation, arbitration, trusts (offshore and onshore), probate, civil fraud,…||View Profile|
|Ms Stephanie Wickenden||Stephanie was called to the Bar in 2014. Stephanie specialises in Intellectual…||View Profile|
|Richard Wilson||General chancery, with a strong emphasis on litigation (both onshore and offshore)…||View Profile|
|Mr Mark Wraith||Mark joined Chambers in October 2018 following the successful completion of his…||View Profile|
|Dr Adrian de Froment||Barrister specialising in all areas of chancery and commercial practice, in particular…||View Profile|
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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 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. Experience of flexible working from the pandemic means barristers and employees are able to adopt a working pattern that best suits their needs and Serle Court responds positively to accommodate the best work/life balance for the individual barrister.
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. Please find more information on our CSR page here.
CLIENT: Shona Coffer
COMPANY/FIRM: Mishcon de Reya LLP
TESTIMONIAL: With an extremely strong junior offering, some very special silks and superb clerking Serle Court is an obvious choice for all corporate litigation disputes. In over 10 years of working with Serle Court I have never had any issue on fees or the quality of work.
CLIENT: Mr Keith Oliver
COMPANY/FIRM: Peters and Peters Solicitors LLP
TESTIMONIAL: We have enjoyed an extraordinarily close relationship with Serle Court since 1989 when we were fortunate to be recommend by the late great Sir Gavin Lightman to a junior in Chambers, Michael (now Lord) Briggs, and the rest is history. As our own litigation practice expanded we marched almost step by step with Serle Court as Chambers itself grew adding a number of Commercial heavyweights to its existing thriving Chancery based practice. The move from 13 Old Square to 6 New Square cemented the strength and depth and all around excellence that each member of Chambers reflects – incredibly able, wonderfully accessible and even in the most challenging of cases it is like working on a day to day basis with your closest friends. In a legal world where so much has changed in the last few years it remains a tribute to the philosophy and brand of those who have chosen to develop their careers at Serle Court, and all those who have subsequently joined that fundamentally Serle Court represents a Chambers that is a first among equals. We look forward to continuing our wonderful relationships for many years to come.
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