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Serle Court


As part of a broad Chancery-Commercial practice, Daniel Lightman KC is often instructed on challenging and novel issues of law and civil procedure, in particular in the areas of company law (including in the context of matrimonial proceedings), minority shareholder litigation (he has appeared in a number of landmark cases on unfair prejudice petitions and derivative claims), civil fraud, insolvency, breach of fiduciary duty and professional negligence.

Recent significant cases include: Re BHS Group Ltd [2022] 2 BCLC 145; Re Klimvest plc [2022] BCC 747; Taylor Goodchild Ltd v Taylor [2022] 2 BCLC 27; King v Stiefel [2022] 1 All ER (Comm) 990; Re Dinglis Properties Ltd [2021] 1 All ER 685, [2020] 1 BCLC 107, [2020] 2 BCLC 574 and [2020] 2 BCLC 607; Christoforou v Christoforou [2020] EWHC 1196 (Ch); Re G&G Properties Ltd [2020] Bus LR 762; Re Bankside Hotels Ltd [2019] 1 BCLC 434 and [2019] 2 BCLC 174; and Re Edwardian Group Ltd, Estera Trust (Jersey) Ltd v Singh [2020] WTLR 127 and [2019] 1 BCLC 171.


Called to the Bar 1995. Queen’s Counsel 2016.




ACTAPS, Chancery Bar Association, COMBAR, Family Law Bar Association and Insolvency Lawyers’ Association.


BA Lit. Hum. (First Class), Magdalen College, Oxford; Dip. Law (Distinction), City University, London. Hardwicke, Mansfield and Denning Scholar of Lincoln’s Inn.  Co-author of Cricket Grounds from the Air (2nd Ed. 2010).



Author of two chapters (on derivative claims and unfair prejudice petitions) of Joffe, Minority Shareholders: Law, Practice & Procedure (6th Ed, 2018) and of chapters 12 (duties & liabilities of administrators), 13 (duties & liabilities of receivers) & 29 (court-appointed receivers) of Lightman & Moss, The Law of Receivers and Administrators of Companies (6th Ed, 2017).  Recent publications include: ‘Unparalleled Circumstances’ (NLJ, 31 July 2020) and ‘One Way Bets and Straining at Gnats: Fixing a Fair Valuation Date in Unfair Prejudice Petitions’ (BJIBFL, Dec 2018, pp 678 – 681).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Insolvency

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Daniel Lightman KCSerle Court ‘His advocacy style is calm, considered and utterly persuasive. He is responsive, reassuring and technically astute as well as being extremely bright.’

London Bar > Family (including divorce and financial remedy)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Daniel Lightman KCSerle Court ‘Daniel’s written advocacy is precise and well thought through. He is an asset to any family law team looking for company law input.’

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Daniel Lightman KCSerle CourtDaniel is an extremely determined silk with an exceptional knowledge of the law.

London Bar > Company

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Daniel Lightman KCSerle Court ‘Daniel has an exceptional attention to detail. He was able to analyse claims and petitions and spot weaknesses others would miss.’

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Daniel Lightman KCSerle Court ‘An extraordinarily persuasive advocate at the very top of his game, he is strategically brilliant and able to identify with precision those points most likely to be determinative of the issues at hand.’

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Daniel Lightman KCSerle Court ‘He really thinks outside the box. He finds solutions when no one else can. Also a really tenacious advocate.’