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Serle Court


Commercial litigation, insolvency, company/chancery, professional negligence. Recent cases include: Loveridge v. Loveridge [2020] EWCA Civ 1104 – interim relief in unfair prejudice petitions and partnership disputes; Taylor v. Rhino Overseas Inc [2020] EWCA Civ 353 and [2019] EWHC 1951 (Ch) – agency, undisclosed principal, unlawful means conspiracy; Re The Hut Group [2020] EWHC 5 (Ch) – striking out unfair prejudice petition; Zedra Trust Co (Jersey) Ltd. v. Hut Group Ltd [2019] EWHC 2191 (Comm) – expert determination in share purchase agreement; Blackstar Advisors v. Cheyne Capital International [2019] EWCA Civ 2210  – investment introductory agreement; O’Brien v. TTT Moneycorp [2019] EWHC 1491 (Comm) – SPA, conditions precedent; Grove Park Properties v. Royal Bank of Scotland [2018] EWHC 3521 (Comm) – pleading of fraud arising out of bank’s conduct in earlier litigation; Instant Access Properties v. Rosser [2018] EWHC 756 (Ch) – insolvency, breach of fiduciary duty, shadow directors, fraudulent trading, ratification; BFS Group v. Foley [2017] EWHC 2799 (QB) – bribery, secret profits, fraud; Bank Alkhair v Al Refai [2018] EWHC 616 (Comm) – Bahrain judgments, enforcement, set-off, fraud; Palm Beach Offshore – Cayman insolvency, good faith, redemption shares; Emmott v Michael Wilson & Partners Ltd [2015] EWCA Civ 1028 – civil contempt, dissipation of assets, director’s liability.


Called 1987, Middle Temple; Recorder 2005; QC 2006; Mediator 2009; Deputy High Court Judge 2016.




Chancery Bar; COMBAR; Midlands Commercial and Chancery Bar Association.


Educated at Oundle School; Pembroke College, Cambridge (MA). Trustee of the Access to Justice Foundation; Chairman, Middlesex Lord’s Taverners Committee.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Insolvency

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Lance Ashworth KCSerle Court

With ‘real strength in insolvency, company and partnership workSerle Court barristers are a frequent presence in some of the market’s key cases. In State Bank of India v Mallya, the UK’s largest individual insolvency proceedings, Philip Marshall KC has led James Mather representing Vijay Mallya, the chairman of United Breweries Group whose extradition for alleged financial crimes is requested by the Indian government, in defending bankruptcy proceedings. Among the cases arising from energy company insolvencies in 2021, Lance Ashworth KC acted for the liquidators of Economy Energy Ltd in disputes arising from the appointment by Ofgem of a Supplier of Last Resort to take over the supply of electricity and gas to customers of the supplier.

London Bar > Company

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Lance Ashworth KCSerle Court

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Lance Ashworth KCSerle Court ‘An excellent barrister.’

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Lance Ashworth KCSerle CourtAn excellent barrister.’