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Chambers of Brian Green KC
Wilberforce Chambers
8 NEW SQUARE, LINCOLN'S INN
LONDON
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England

London Bar > Pensions Tier 1

Wilberforce Chambers is commended by clients for its ‘unrivalled strength in depth‘ in pensions, and in particular for the set’s expertise on ‘the most complex and challenging‘ cases. In the case of Railways Pension Scheme Trustee Ltd v Atos, a matter concerning the correct calculation of how much members should pay into “shared cost” defined benefit schemes, Brian Green KC and Edward Sawyer acted on behalf of the trustees. Paul Newman KC  is representing Newell Rubbermaid in a dispute over its conversion of defined benefit rights into define contribution scheme, with issues as to if the conversion is discriminatory on the grounds of sex.

Leading Silks

Michael Tennet KCWilberforce ChambersA very safe pair of hands. Sound judgement and a calm reassuring presence.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Michael Furness KCWilberforce Chambers 'Strong technically and great at finding practical solutions to issues.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Paul Newman KCWilberforce Chambers 'He is an extremely clear and precise advocate in court. His opinions are commercially pragmatic and easy to read.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Brian Green KCWilberforce ChambersTop tier, at the top of his game, and an excellent creative mind.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Jonathan Hilliard KCWilberforce Chambers 'A real star in the making; formidable technical skills and reads a court very well.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Fenner Moeran KCWilberforce ChambersFenner is pragmatic, responsive, and really good with clients.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Mold KCWilberforce Chambers 'Andrew has an excellent, clear style which helps reassure clients when dealing with extremely complex issues.'
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Edward SawyerWilberforce ChambersA superb draftsman and one who has a real forensic eye for points of detail.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Sebastian AllenWilberforce Chambers 'Easy to work with. Incredibly bright and client focused.'
Ranked: Tier 2
James McCreathWilberforce Chambers 'A real team player, extremely bright with excellent drafting skills.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Thomas RobinsonWilberforce ChambersTom is a leading figure for insolvency and pensions litigation, an overlap which comes up time and time again. A good strategist, his advice is well-judged and practical. He is also personable and precise.’
Ranked: Tier 3
James WalmsleyWilberforce Chambers 'James is a brilliant strategist. His ability to absorb vast and complex fact patterns and apply acute legal analysis to them is peerless.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Michael AshdownWilberforce Chambers 'Michael is incredibly bright with an irrepressible enthusiasm for the finer points of the law, which is combined with an engaging advocacy style almost unusual for someone so technical.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Jonathan ChewWilberforce ChambersJonathan provides brilliant support to his leaders before and during trial, as well as being assured on his own in the Court of Appeal.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Emily McKechnieWilberforce ChambersEmily is a pleasure to work with. She is very experienced in pensions litigation. She is also extremely hard-working, and very bright.
Ranked: Tier 4
Thomas SeymourWilberforce Chambers 'Fantastic researcher and team player. He continues to get better and better.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Jennifer SeamanWilberforce Chambers 'Jenny balances clear and concise technical advice with sensible and commercial solutions to identified problems.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Joseph SteadmanWilberforce ChambersOne of the brightest juniors. Intellectually very capable but wears his learning lightly.'
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

‘The clerking at Wilberforce is, simply stated, second to none. Danny Smillie and Fraser Geddes deserve special mention. They understand their solicitor-clients’ needs. This is a real selling point.’

‘Across the board, the clerks are very responsive and nothing is too much trouble. Conor Michaels, in particular, stands out for his professional yet personable manner. He’s always got everything covered.’

‘The clerks are first class. Fraser Geddes is a shining light of client service, listening to and acting upon any particular clients needs and understanding the need to work closely with instructing solicitor to deliver the best possible service.’

‘The clerks are always easy to contact and deal with any administrative issues in a very efficient and friendly manner.’

‘This set is a market leader.’

‘Wilberforce have an outstanding roster of barristers for pensions. The quality is high and they will always find availability when required.’

‘Wilberforce continue to be a leading set for pensions.’

‘A broad team of impressive and talented individuals at all levels, with deep expertise in the sector, outstanding technical skill and great commercial insight.’

Work highlights

London Bar > Private client: trusts and probate Tier 1

Wilberforce Chambers is ‘a leading set on all matters relating to trusts’ and ‘a real powerhouse in private wealth work’. ‘Trusts expert’ Clare Stanley KC is ‘a persuasive advocate’; sherepresented Simon Halabi in the Halabi v Equity Trust case before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, an appeal from the Jersey courts concerning if trustees have priority over other creditors of an insolvent trust. In addition, Jonathan Davey KC represented HMRC in Levack v Bay Trust International test case concerning the doctrine of mistake, and trustees placing themselves at risk of mistakes as applied to tax structures, in this case one established by the practice of struck-off solicitor-turned-pornographer Paul Baxendale-Walker. Turning to the set’s juniors. Simon Atkinson represented the trustees in Goodrich v AB – a case concerning if provisions in a trust deed drawn up in 1990 should, in the light of subsequent legislation, should be interpreted as including stepchildren as children and civil partners as spouses.

Leading Silks

Gilead Cooper KCWilberforce Chambers ‘Gilead has the ability to take hugely complex issues and distil them into crystal-clear concepts that clients and courts find compelling. He is a first-rate advocate and consummate trust lawyer.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Brian Green KCWilberforce Chambers ‘Brian is an outstanding intellect, with a complete mastery of the papers and a single-minded determination to protect his clients, with the capacity to roll up his sleeves and do what is required on a case, even if it may be considered beneath an advocate of his calibre. He is a complete team player and inspires those around him to operate at a higher level.’  
Ranked: Tier 1
Clare Stanley KCWilberforce ChambersClare is an outstanding advocate. She is always meticulously prepared in court, delivers punchy submissions and searches cross-examination.
Ranked: Tier 1
Robert Ham KCWilberforce Chambers ‘Robert is incredibly knowledgeable, bright and articulate. He is well-liked by clients.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Jonathan Hilliard KCWilberforce Chambers ‘Jonathan has an incredible ability to be all over the detail of a matter and provides excellent strategic and commercial advice. He has an amazing mind and is incredibly knowledgeable.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Tiffany Scott KCWilberforce Chambers ‘Tiffany is a superb advocate with an extraordinary grasp of all issues. Her superpower is her modesty.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Zoë Barton KCWilberforce ChambersZoë is very robust and commercial and has great judgement.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Mold KCWilberforce Chambers ‘Andrew has a first-rate mind. His advocacy and cross-examination are insightful and incisive. He is also supremely user-friendly, works well with people at all levels, and is strategically brilliant.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Jonathan Davey KCWilberforce Chambers ‘Jonathan has an impressive knowledge of trusts law. He is a tenacious advocate who fights his client’s corner with great skill and care. His written work is excellent, charming the reader to his way of thinking.’
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

James GoodwinWilberforce Chambers ‘James has an outstanding intellect and a complete mastery of his brief. He instils confidence in all who work with him. He is a simply magnificent lawyer.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Michael AshdownWilberforce Chambers ‘Michael can explain the most complex trust issues clearly and cogently. His drafting skills are second-to-none. He is extremely bright, user-friendly and responsive.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Elizabeth Houghton Wilberforce Chambers ‘Elizabeth is articulate, bright and very hard-working.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4
Edward Sawyer Wilberforce Chambers ‘Edward is exceptionally able, a very strong strategist and advocate. He is creative in working out how to use the court processes to get the client where it needs to be. He has excellent oral and written advocacy - just the right blend of succinctness and detail and is able to present complex facts clearly.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

‘Nicholas Luckman is an exceptional presence in the clerk’s room. He always ensures excellent advice is delivered to clients by the barristers, even at short notice and in challenging circumstances.’

‘Wilberforce Chambers clerks a professional, efficient and very smooth service under the leadership of Nicholas Luckman.’

‘Wilberforce Chambers is an excellent set with a wide range of chancery expertise, including in some very specialist areas such as pensions work.’

‘Wilberforce Chambers is a strong set, packed to the rafters with skilled barristers at all levels.’

‘Wilberforce Chambers is an excellent and go-to set, the range of expertise is very wide, and the private client briefings are excellent.’

Work highlights

London Bar > Commercial litigation Tier 2

One of the largest commercial Chancery chambers in London, Wilberforce Chambers houses ‘a lot of good people for commercial disputes‘. Recent highlights include Alan Gourgey KC, in Arma Partners Limited v Wejo Limited, defending approximately £16m claims over a SPAC transaction, a relatively rare incident of litigation over special purposes acquisition companies. In Suppipat & others v Narongdej & 16 others, Tim Penny KC was leading counsel for the main defendant (as well as the 17th defendant) in a $2bn claim, which arose from an alleged fraud involving a Thai wind farm company. In a boost to the set’s silk ranks, Thomas Grant KC, who has particular experience in heavyweight, multi-party disputes, joined from Maitland Chambers in October 2022.

Rising stars

Daniel Petrides – Wilberforce ChambersVery clever and hardworking, and a strong advocate despite his recent call.
Ranked: Tier 1
Daniel Scott - Wilberforce Chambers 'Daniel prepares thoroughly and his advocacy is excellent. His cross-examination is piercing and helps clients prevail.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

John Wardell KCWilberforce Chambers ‘John is a superb strategist, who gives clear and confident advice. He is also fantastic advocate, who is always up for the fight, and he has a magical ability to read judges which means his advice is always spot on.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Alan Gourgey KCWilberforce Chambers ‘Alan is an excellent advocate with fine judgement, as well as being a creative lawyer who is great with clients. He is also knowledgeable on the law and turns around paperwork very quickly.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Thomas Grant KC – Wilberforce Chambers ‘No apparent weaknesses as a barrister. He has an untiring attention to detail, is meticulous in his preparations for hearings, and is forceful yet amiable on his feet. Put quite simply, he is the pinnacle of the London Bar.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Thomas Lowe KCWilberforce Chambers 'An incredibly gifted advocate with unparalleled experience of Cayman Islands insolvency, company law and commercial disputes. He has a deep understanding of the machinations of Cayman law and the principles underpinning it, and his ability to craft technical arguments is second to none.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Lexa Hilliard KCWilberforce Chambers ‘Lexa never stops thinking, researching and investigating ways to get the best outcome for a client. Her advocacy is a joy to behold – she puts so much personality into her presentation and is extremely persuasive.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Terence Mowschenson KCWilberforce Chambers ‘A fantastic and very incisive advocate - although he understands all the complexities of the case, he focuses on the key, winning points. Clients never fail to be impressed by the quality of his work.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Tim Penny KCWilberforce ChambersTim is thorough in his approach, covering cases from all angles - also a very fine advocate.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Clare Stanley KCWilberforce Chambers ‘Clare is a brilliant advocate, who excels at building a rapport with the bench and adapting on her feet as a case develops. She is extremely impressive in cross-examination, and dealing with complicated facts and subject matter.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Fenner Moeran KCWilberforce Chambers ‘Fenner is a superb advocate, who is able to distil the most complex legal concepts into words which judges not only understand but also find compelling. His direct and authoritative style make him a first-choice advocate for most hearings.’
Ranked: Tier 5
Ranked: Tier 5
Nikki Singla KCWilberforce Chambers ‘Nikki is incredibly commercial and the best silk around when it comes to interaction with clients. He is adept at working with all types of clients and putting them at ease in stressful circumstances. He is also always willing to roll up his sleeves and get stuck into the detail.’
Ranked: Tier 5
James Bailey KC – Wilberforce ChambersPut simply, James is an outstanding advocate. He has the ear of the bench from the moment he steps into the courtroom, giving clients an immediate leg up on opponents, particularly when litigating in the Chancery Division and the Companies Court.
Ranked: Tier 6

Leading Juniors

Anna LittlerWilberforce ChambersAnna is fantastic. She is tirelessly hardworking - nothing is too much trouble and her attention to detail is fantastic. She achieves this while remaining practical and client friendly, which is no mean feat. When Anna is on board clients know they will get a top-level service, for both advisory work and advocacy.
Ranked: Tier 3
Edward SawyerWilberforce Chambers ‘Exceptionally able, and a very strong strategist and advocate. Not fazed by difficult legal/factual issues, and creative in working out how to use court processes to get the client where it needs to be.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Emily McKechnieWilberforce Chambers ‘Emily is a KC in the making - incredibly smart and great to deal with.'
Ranked: Tier 4
James WalmsleyWilberforce Chambers ‘James understands cases quickly and is incisive in getting to the important issues at hand. He has very strong judgement and understands how judges approach cases and issues.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Sri Carmichael  – Wilberforce ChambersVery diligent and thorough. Sri always takes care to keep clients updated with the progress of her work. Clear and concise drafting skills, and good empathy with clients.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Bobby Friedman  – Wilberforce Chambers ‘Bobby has a great deal of knowledge about a range of legal issues, and is able to work on a wide variety of commercial cases while making them seem like his specialist areas. He commands a courtroom with strong and confident advocacy, and often tussles successfully with far more experienced advocates.’
Ranked: Tier 5
Jessica Brooke - Wilberforce Chambers 'Very thorough and a great asset to cases, bringing a calmness to the challenges of disputes.'
Ranked: Tier 5
Jack Watson  – Wilberforce Chambers ‘Jack is superb at grasping the relevant facts and works through papers quickly and efficiently. Clients are made to feel at ease whilst he deftly explains the issues and navigates them through any difficulties. In court, he is quietly persuasive and instils confidence through his understated, focused approach. ’
Ranked: Tier 5

Testimonials

‘Andrew Barnes, Antonia Matthew, Conor Michaels, Tara Shah and George Salvage are always eager to assist and solve any issues.’

‘Andrew Barnes is particularly enjoyable to work with.’

Wilberforce Chambers has a lot of good people for commercial disputes.

Wilberforce is a wonderful full-service set that engages in a modern and commercial way with instructing solicitors.

Always able to recommend appropriate counsel at the appropriate level, and communicate cost and time estimates well and fairly.

The clerks are very approachable and a joy to deal with.

Excellent clerking and practice management.

They go out of their way to find suitable Counsels that fit with solicitors’ practises, and – importantly – their approach to litigation.

Work highlights

London Bar > Fraud: civil Tier 2

A ‘wonderful full-service set that engages in a modern and commercial way with instructing solicitors‘, Wilberforce Chambers‘ civil fraud work is closely aligned to the set’s enviable offshore practice. In Bourlakova v Bourlakov, Alan Gourgey KC acts for the principal defendant in a high-profile claim concerning ownership of approximately $3bn of assets. John Wardell KC represented a shopping centre magnate in his defence of a €55m claim brought against him by the Bank of Ireland, which claimed that he had lied about his assets and liabilities in a statement of affairs. Clare Stanley KC also routinely acts in major fraud cases; and in a boost to chambers, Thomas Grant KC, an expert in obtaining and defending freezing and related interim orders, joined from Maitland Chambers in October 2022.

Rising stars

Jia Wei LeeWilberforce ChambersA really bright and attentive junior who goes out of his way to accommodate the client. A star in the making.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Alan Gourgey KCWilberforce Chambers ‘Alan is a heavyweight, polished advocate who is at the top of his game. He has the gravitas, expertise and judgement to hold together a difficult team of lawyers from many different jurisdictions and drive through strategy, as well as to persuade the court on difficult arguments.
Ranked: Tier 1
John Wardell KCWilberforce Chambers ‘John is a superb strategist who gives clear and confident advice. He is a fantastic advocate who has a magical ability to read judges, which means his advice is always spot-on.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Thomas Grant KCWilberforce ChambersAn exceptional barrister, who is widely regarded as the standout fraud expert of our time. His advocacy skills are remarkable, complemented by an unparalleled knowledge of the law.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tim Penny KCWilberforce ChambersTim is an outstanding advocate. He is particularly adept at dealing with enormous volumes of documentary material, which can be a hallmark of complex fraud trials.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Thomas Lowe KCWilberforce Chambers 'An incredibly gifted advocate with unparalleled experience of Cayman Islands insolvency, company law and commercial disputes.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Fenner Moeran KCWilberforce Chambers ‘Fenner is excellent all round. He is superb on the technical detail, but also a first-rate advocate and brilliant with clients.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Anna LittlerWilberforce Chambers ‘Anna shows incredibly good judgement in picking out the winning points on the cases, and is persuasive in getting co-defendants on board with running those points. Anna also assimilates substantial facts very quickly and is very strong on the law.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Bobby FriedmanWilberforce Chambers ‘Bobby controls the courtroom while conducting a case, and produces very persuasive oral submissions. He is always challenging barristers with more years of experience than him, and knows how to convince a judge of the merits of his argument.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Alice HawkerWilberforce ChambersAlice’s assuredness and command of factual detail, as well as deep knowledge of relevant authorities and procedure really stand her apart as a go-to junior.
Ranked: Tier 4
Sri CarmichaelWilberforce ChambersFerocious intellect and laser-like attention to detail. A super junior destined to be a super silk.
Ranked: Tier 4
Jamie HolmesWilberforce ChambersJamie is exceptionally bright and endlessly hardworking. Tactically astute, he is always three moves ahead.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4
Tim MatthewsonWilberforce Chambers ‘Always ready to do battle and fight the client's corner. Can grasp difficult issues deftly whilst efficiently peeling back his opponents' arguments.’
Ranked: Tier 4
James Goodwin  – Wilberforce Chambers ‘James is extremely hardworking and diligent. His written advocacy in particular is second to none, and it is a pleasure to instruct him on complex commercial litigation cases. especially those involving elements of civil fraud.’
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

‘Andrew Barnes is at the top of the clerking game and is on top of all the detail of the cases he manages and his barristers’ practice areas.’

‘Stewart Cameron is particularly impressive but the whole team is a delight to work with. Commercial and sensible.’

‘Conor Michaels and Nancy Lee are always very helpful and diligent.’

‘Excellent all round. Conor Michaels has been consistently helpful in often difficult situations.’

‘The clerks are approachable and solution focused.’

‘The clerking room is very engaged and skilled.’

‘They have some very good practitioners in this area at silk and senior junior level.’

‘Wilberforce is a wonderful full-service set that engages in a modern and commercial way with instructing solicitors.’

Work highlights

London Bar > Insolvency Tier 2

Wilberforce Chambers specialise in all aspects of corporate and personal insolvency litigation and advice, both domestically and internationally. Lexa Hilliard KC was instructed In the matter of Lehman Brothers Holdings PLC, a high value and multi-party trial arising out of the Lehman Brothers’ collapse concerned with the ranking of different tranches of subordinated debt, totaling several billions. Marcia Shekerdemian KC specialises in all aspects of personal and corporate insolvency, while Daniel Lewis‘ insolvency practice focusses on director and office-holder misfeasance and cross-border work, with expertise in offshore financial services insolvencies.

Leading Silks

Lexa Hilliard KCWilberforce Chambers ‘She is an extremely engaging advocate. She always holds the court’s attention. You wouldn’t want to be against Lexa.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Marcia Shekerdemian KCWilberforce Chambers ‘Absolute leader in her field. Respected and loved by all. Can drill down to the main issues in breakneck speed to seize the issues and suggest original solutions to conclude disputes succinctly.'
Ranked: Tier 2
James Bailey KCWilberforce ChambersJames' strengths are attention to detail, clear and concise advice and excellent advocacy. His clients feel in good hands.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Clare Stanley KCWilberforce Chambers ‘Clare thoroughly deserves all of the recognition in the market she is currently receiving. She is a top grade silk who is just as comfortable dealing with a complex insolvency matter as she is in highly contentious commercial litigation and private client disputes. Her written work is as wonderful as her court room advocacy.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 5

Leading Juniors

Sri CarmichaelWilberforce Chambers ‘Sri’s a great advocate.  She is very good on her feet, and is able to read the judge and the room well, and change tack as required. She is diligent, responsive, and has great client handing skills.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Jack WatsonWilberforce Chambers ‘Jacks strengths are his ability to understand the matter so quickly. He confidently provides commercial advice and has vast knowledge of the relevant areas of law.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 5
Bobby FriedmanWilberforce Chambers ‘Extremely cool and commanding presence and personality- unflappable and to the point.'  
Ranked: Tier 5
Thomas Robinson - Wilberforce Chambers 'He is incredibly bright, knowledgeable, organised and a great team player. These characteristics are all displayed in his calm, measured advocacy, albeit he is tenacious when the circumstances demand.'
Ranked: Tier 5
Daniel LewisWilberforce Chambers ‘Daniel is excellent, very able, good with putting clients at ease and concise. His advocacy is very very good.'
Ranked: Tier 5
Rachael EarleWilberforce Chambers ‘She is incredibly bright, committed and tenacious.'
Ranked: Tier 5

Testimonials

‘Wilberforce are very quick to react to requests for assistance and Jack Paxton makes himself available even when inconvenient.’

‘Very good Chambers to deal with. Clerks are always helpful and get back to you quickly, which is very helpful. Both George Salvage and Jessica Edson are a pleasure to deal with and make our jobs a lot easier.’

‘Fantastic, Antonia Matthew and Grace Mahoney are amazing, efficient and obliging.’

‘Clerks are attentive, responsive and go the ‘extra’ mile, in particular Andrew Barnes.’

‘Antonia Matthew is a pleasure to work with.’

‘Andrew Barnes is fantastic leading at the front. Approachable, readily available and always finds me the right man/woman for the job and at reasonable cost. He is a regular attendee on the usual conference circuits and great at maintaining client relationships, regularly keeping in touch. Andrew is ably assisted by Antonia Matthew at the junior clerk end.’

‘Excellent set great team at all levels in each field well managed.’

‘Wilberforce chambers ranks at the top of the Premier League when it comes to insolvency. Fantastic talent at both ends of the spectrum (Silk to Junior) which makes for an enviable position amongst their competition.’

Work highlights

London Bar > Professional negligence Tier 2

Wilberforce Chambers is a leading set which combines dedicated experience in professional negligence with their overall impressive knowledge in the areas of finance, legal, construction, and insurance. In the case, Persimmon, Taylor Wimpey v Osborne Clarke, Jonathan Seitler KC acts for 54 claimants in a group action against solicitors in relation to the claimants’ investments in student accommodations, where the investors lost money as a result of factors which it is said the solicitors ought to have reported. Additionally, Ian Croxford KC successfully acted for Mischon de Reya LLP in Aurium Real Estate London Ultra Prime Ltd v Mishcon de Reya LLP – Aurium claimed that the solicitors had provided Aurium negligent advice in respect to its legal rights concerning a building being demolished.

Leading Silks

Jonathan Seitler KC – Wilberforce Chambers ‘Jonathan is a leading barrister in the area of professional negligence and has a razor-sharp focus on the issues that matter in a case.’
Ranked: Tier 1
John Wardell KCWilberforce Chambers 'John is a formidable advocate and a real star in court. He provides exceptional strategic advice to clients while also able to get to grips with the details of the matter and focus on the important issues.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Michael Furness KCWilberforce ChambersReally bright, very calm, very user-friendly - tries his hardest to find a solution.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Paul Newman KCWilberforce Chambers ‘Hugely knowledgeable and innovative thinking. Good client skills too.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Clare Stanley KCWilberforce Chambers ‘Clare is a brilliant advocate, who excels at building a rapport with the bench and adapting on her feet as a case develops. She is extremely impressive in cross-examination, and dealing with complicated facts and subject matter.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Thomas Grant KC – Wilberforce Chambers ‘Tom has an untiring attention to detail, is meticulous in his preparations for hearings and is forceful yet amiable on his feet. Put quite simply, he is the pinnacle of the London Bar.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Lexa Hilliard KCWilberforce ChambersLexa leaves no stone unturned and will not be phased by the opponent's guerilla tactics. She is a very persuasive advocate and will always have solid advice for the client. It is a pleasure to work with Lexa.' 
Ranked: Tier 4
Zoë Barton KCWilberforce Chambers 'Zoe is straight to the point and realistic about the chances of success.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Andrew Mold KCWilberforce Chambers ‘Andrew is a model, all-round high-performing barrister. He is smooth and confident, without any trace of superiority. He is at the top of his game.’
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Benjamin FaulknerWilberforce ChambersA fabulously clever junior.’
Ranked: Tier 5
Edward SawyerWilberforce ChambersGood with clients and with an amazing brain. Edward really listens to questions and is very polite to all - he is calm and provides really wise advice.’
Ranked: Tier 6
James WalmsleyWilberforce Chambers 'James is a fantastic advocate, particularly where there is a pensions angle. He is great with clients and is a pleasure to instruct. He is not afraid to express his opinion and guides the client down the right path from the word go.'
Ranked: Tier 6

Testimonials

‘The clerking team as a whole is fantastic and very easy to use. They are open and honest in their dealings, are approachable and genuinely nice people.’

‘The clerks are all very competent.’

‘Clerks are responsive and helpful.’

‘The service is great and the clerks are always very responsive and willing to work with you on fees.’

‘Excellent clerking.’

‘Impressive property litigation set with barristers covering a number of more niche aspects of the discipline. We have received training from a number of Wilberforce barristers, which has been extremely useful.’

‘A truly a full-service set with experience in pretty much every area at the bar. They have an exceptionally strong team in commercial litigation, civil fraud, tax and trusts and professional negligence.’

“Great set. They are always on my shortlist.’

Work highlights

London Bar > Property litigation Tier 2

With a wealth of experience at the senior level, Wilberforce Chambers acts on all forms of property litigation. Core areas of focus for the set include commercial landlord and tenant, development, mortgages and property rights concerning economy. Jonathan Seitler KC acted before the Supreme Court in On Tower v AP Wireless, a group appeal brought by numerous cell site operators involving numerous issues of the Telecommunications Code, including the interpretation of the transitional provisions between the new and old codes. Joanne Wicks KC is acting on R (Annington Property Ltd & Others) v The Secretary of State for Defence, a case concerning a proposal by the MoD to reacquire married quarters it disposed of via a sale and leaseback arrangement using conventional enfranchisement law. Tiffany Scott KC represented the claimant in Clifford v Grosvenor West End Properties, in which the inhabitant of a Mayfair mews home sought to require the Duke of Westminster to eject prostitutes and drug dealers from an adjacent block of flats.

Leading Silks

Jonathan Seitler KC – Wilberforce Chambers ‘He has many strengths, but his ability to instantly develop rapport with clients and establish confidence and trust stands out.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Joanne Wicks KCWilberforce Chambers ‘The premier property silk, a real problem solver who can think outside the box and comes up with innovative solutions. She is calm, collected and great with clients. Her advocacy is excellent.'
Ranked: Tier 1
John McGhee KCWilberforce Chambers  ‘John is a pre-eminent property silk who stands head and shoulders above the rest. One of his key strengths is his experience in complicated property structuring and joint ventures.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Martin Hutchings KCWilberforce Chambers ‘If you want calm and measured advice on a real estate litigation matter then Martin  is who you should instruct. He is technically brilliant but also so great at teasing out the arguments in court to bring the judge around to his way of thinking.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Tiffany Scott KCWilberforce Chambers ‘Tiffany is an excellent advocate, her written advice is thorough and considered, she always looks at matters from every angle, ensuring that her clients are fully-prepared and there are no nasty surprises.  She is one of the best silks at the Bar.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 4
Zoë Barton KCWilberforce Chambers ‘A first-rate silk who can off-balance the most established of opponents. A triple threat combining fine strategic thinking, no-nonsense effective advocacy and rolled-up sleeves collaboration with instructing solicitors.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Jonathan Davey KCWilberforce Chambers ‘Jonathan has an impressive knowledge of a large number of different areas of law which he seems to easily draw on when advising and drafting. He is incredibly thorough in all aspects of his work.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 5
Thomas Grant KC – Wilberforce Chambers  ‘Superb advocate. Lucid, persuasive and focused. Commands the court room and is not afraid to fight his corner against the judge and his opponents.’
Ranked: Tier 5
Julian Greenhill KCWilberforce Chambers ‘Julian is an intelligent and very experienced and thorough KC who is easy to work with,  excellent with clients and able to grasp complex issues quickly and efficiently. His written work is always comprehensive and well thought through and his advocacy is excellent.'
Ranked: Tier 5
Ranked: Tier 5

Leading Juniors

Emer MurphyWilberforce Chambers ‘Emer is technical and sharp in her subject matter, very responsive and easy to work with. She is robust and solutions orientated and not fazed when faced with aggressive litigation tactics. When working with Emer you know you’re in safe hands.’
Ranked: Tier 2
James McCreathWilberforce ChambersA barrister with an impressive intellect and excellent intuition, James is tactically astute and hard-working.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Benjamin FaulknerWilberforce Chambers ‘Ben is truly phenomenal. Technically brilliant and a superb advocate. Ben is very much part of the team, he consistently goes above and beyond and is always a total pleasure to deal with.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Jonathan ChewWilberforce Chambers ‘Jonathan is simply top-drawer. His highly analytical in approach and asks all the right questions. He is determined to solve even the most knotty of problems and clients value his robust but rounded commercial advice.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Harriet HolmesWilberforce Chambers ‘Intellectually outstanding and very thorough on the papers. Always gives sound, commercial and helpful advice.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 5
Tom RoscoeWilberforce Chambers ‘Tom is action-orientated and decisive. He gets stuff done. He likes the rough and tumble of court and is an effective and enthusiastic advocate. Tom is excellent on complex site-recovery issues.'
Ranked: Tier 5
Alice HawkerWilberforce Chambers  ‘Alice is very good with clients. She has good attention to detail and is extremely knowledgeable, which gives clients confidence and peace of mind. She produces very good written advice and pleadings.’
Ranked: Tier 5
Joseph SteadmanWilberforce Chambers ‘Joseph is very measured with a speedy grasp of issues and a practical approach, and is also a very approachable individual.’
Ranked: Tier 5
Ranked: Tier 5

Testimonials

‘The clerks are excellent – particularly Andrew Barnes. He is always available and comes back with a response quickly.’

‘The clerks set Wilberforce apart. They are so responsive and always try and accommodate the instruction.’

‘Clerks are responsive and always seek to assist and accommodate to ensure preferred counsel can be available or made available.’

‘Superb. They move mountains in the interests of their clients and the case. The clerks are responsive and proactive. It really is a first class service.’

‘Wilberforce is a great set. The quality of the barristers in the real estate sector is second to none.’

‘Wilberforce Chambers is at the top of the game, their barristers are competent in so many areas it is hard for them not to be the first port of call.’

‘A very strong set at all levels. Set apart by both the quality and breadth of expertise their barristers. A particular strength is their ability to handle cases that span more than one specialist area because of the wide expertise of their barristers (without compromising on quality).’

‘A set bursting with talent at every level, experts across a wide playing field, strategic and adept.’

Work highlights

London Bar > Tax: personal Tier 2

Wilberforce Chambers is well regarded for matters relating to the taxation of estates and trusts, and is praised by clients for having ‘excellent depth for pensions work.’ Jonathan Davey KC has a highly active disputes practice, including taking a leading role for HMRC in Ingenious Film Partners 2 LLP and others v HMRC, a £1.6bn tax dispute in the film and games industries.

Leading Silks

Jonathan Davey KCWilberforce Chambers ‘Accessible and very easy to work with, excellent strategic insight and expertise in the inheritance tax field.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Michael Furness KCWilberforce Chambers 'Michael's written advice is extremely clear. He provides direct and clearly reasoned views on difficult pensions problems and avoids fence sitting.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Brian Green KCWilberforce Chambers 'Brian is very generous with his time and expertise and approaches everything in a spirit of finding a solution. He is a brilliant lawyer.'
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

‘Stewart Cameron is a pleasure to deal with. He ensures that enquiries are dealt with promptly, proactively updates instructing solicitors, and is helpful, transparent and realistic when providing fee quotes.’

‘The clerks are very efficient and pleasant to deal with.’

‘They are a strong set with an ever-growing presence in tax.’

‘Wilberforce Chambers have excellent depth for pensions work.’

 

Work highlights

London Bar > Company Tier 2

Wilberforce Chambers has ‘strength-in-depth in all areas to the highest standard’ for insolvency and company law matters. The set has ‘a wide range of amazing juniors all the way up to the KCs, but particularly a phenomenal stable of mid-level juniors – you can’t go wrong’. Members are sought after for both domestic and cross-border company law work, including financial assistance, shareholder disputes and directors’ duties matters. Lexa Hilliard KC recently acted for the defendant in Titanium Capital Investments Limited, Philip Falzon Sant Manduca & Others v. Jonathan Hughes, Hughes Group Limited & Others, a high-value dispute between former partners of a business selling Covid tests. In Re Zaha Hadid, the vastly experienced Terence Mowschenson KC conducted an inquiry into corporate governance at the architectural practice of the late Dame Zaha Hadid. In 2022, the set recruited Thomas Grant KC from Maitland Chambers, who handled Wells v Hornshaw, Re Transwaste Aggregates for the claimants, which resulted in a fifteen-day High Court trial in respect of an unfair prejudice petition. Outstanding junior Sri Carmichael is frequently instructed on s.994 unfair prejudice petitions and breach of directors’ duty claims.

Leading Silks

Lexa Hilliard KCWilberforce Chambers ‘Lexa is a true heavyweight, highly experienced, amazing with clients, a real fighter but with a real hard work ethic.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Terence Mowschenson KCWilberforce Chambers ‘With enormous experience in the area, Terry remains a go-to advisor and advocate on complex matters of corporate governance.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Marcia Shekerdemian KCWilberforce Chambers ‘A real powerhouse - technically brilliant and a great tactician who knows how to move cases forward.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Max Mallin KCWilberforce Chambers ‘An outstanding leader, Max has a smooth manner and is a superb performer.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Clare Stanley KCWilberforce Chambers ‘Clare is an impressive and forceful advocate, extremely quick-thinking on her feet and an excellent litigation strategist.’
Ranked: Tier 4
James Bailey KCWilberforce Chambers ‘James is an outstanding advocate who has the ear of the bench from the moment he steps into the courtroom, and he is tactically brilliant.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Thomas Grant KCWilberforce Chambers ‘Tom has no apparent weaknesses, showing an untiring attention to detail, and he is forceful yet amiable on his feet.’
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Sri CarmichaelWilberforce Chambers ‘A ferocious intellect, laser-like attention to detail and a trojan-like work ethic, Sri is a super junior destined to be a super silk.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 5
Stephen Brown - Wilberforce Chambers ‘Stephen is a very measured barrister and is able to cut through the complexities of a matter.’
Ranked: Tier 5
Daniel Lewis - Wilberforce Chambers ‘Daniel is not only technically astute but very commercially minded, and his advocacy is engaging, thoughtful, well-toned and effective.’
Ranked: Tier 5

Testimonials

‘Andrew Barnes, Fraser Geddes and Danny Smillie all deserve special mention for their excellence and are genuinely a pleasure to deal with. The clerking team as a whole is fantastic and very easy to use. They are open and honest in their dealings, are approachable and genuinely nice people.’

‘Antonia Matthew is very helpful and good. She knows her job very well.’

‘The clerks provide all the support you could reasonably expect. Danny Smillie has been a great help over the years in recommending particular counsel and assisting whenever required.’

‘Fabulous trustworthy clerks who really understand the service and how to deal with solicitors. Andrew Barnes, Fraser Geddes and Antonia Matthew are all really good at their jobs.’

‘User-friendly, accessible and flexible. Everything you should expect from a modern set is there.’

‘A pleasure to work with from the clerks to the counsel. Always looking to assist wherever they can. Counsel is always available to assist. A wide range of amazing juniors all the way up to the KCs.’

‘The set contains a high number of highly skilled and effective barristers.’

‘Strength-in-depth in all areas to the highest standard.’

Work highlights

London Bar > Art and cultural property

Leading Silks

Gilead Cooper KCWilberforce Chambers ‘Very cerebral and knowledgeable and excellent for a written opinion.’
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Bobby FriedmanWilberforce Chambers ‘Bobby embodies what is best about the modern Bar – ferocious bright and relentlessly hard-working, with a facility for rapidly mastering large volumes of detail whilst never losing sight of the big picture commercial and legal strategic considerations.’
Ranked: Tier 1

London Bar > Charities

Leading Silks

Jonathan Davey KCWilberforce Chambers 'A dedicated silk who prepares meticulously.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Michael Furness KCWilberforce ChambersHis technical knowledge is second-to-none and his pragmatic approach is much valued.’
Ranked: Tier 2

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

London Bar > Tax: corporate

Leading Silks

Jonathan Davey KCWilberforce Chambers ‘Jonathan is an excellent advocate - able to quickly judge the mood of the Tribunal and to adapt as necessary. He is eloquent and extremely persuasive.’
Ranked: Tier 2

London Bar > Energy

Leading Silks

Alan Gourgey KCWilberforce Chambers ‘Alan is an excellent advocate with fine judgement, as well as being a creative lawyer who is great with clients.’
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

Leading Silks

Tim Penny KCWilberforce ChambersTim leaves no stone unturned, always trying to find the weaknesses in our own case in order to address the same at an early stage. He combines that approach with good advocacy in order to achieve successful outcomes.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Lexa Hilliard KCWilberforce Chambers ‘Lexa is relentless, never stops thinking, researching and investigating ways to get the best outcome for a client. Her advocacy is a joy to behold.  She puts so much personality into her presentation and is extremely persuasive.’
Ranked: Tier 5
Thomas Grant KCWilberforce ChambersIncredible tenaciousness and beyond-thorough preparation make Thomas an excellent choice.  He is intellectually astute but is out to win the case and is a very strong advocate, ready to disarm his opponents.’  
Ranked: Tier 5

London Bar > IT and telecoms (infrastructure and contracts)

Leading Silks

Jonathan Seitler KC – Wilberforce Chambers ‘Jonathan is a brilliant advocate with a real creative flair. He finds a way out of even the trickiest of corners and frequently breaks new ground with his arguments. He does it all with his own unique brand of humour which puts clients and judges at ease. He is a joy to work with.’ 
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Crypto and blockchain assets

Leading Juniors

Sri Carmichael – Wilberforce Chambers ‘Sri is very bright, calm and confident.  She gives excellent commercial advice and is a pleasure to work with.’
Ranked: Tier 2

London Bar > Agriculture

The English Bar Offshore > The English Bar Offshore Tier 1

Wilberforce Chambers is noted for being ‘excellent from top to bottom’ and retains its robust offshore reputation for representing international clients on high-profile and complex cases in the Bahamas, Bermuda, BVI, Cayman Islands and the Channel Islands. Prominently, Clare Stanley KC is acting in Kuwait Ports Authority v Port Link, regarding derivative actions brought on behalf of exempted limited partnerships and raising important points of law in relation to security for costs. Robert Ham KC is well-known for his offshore litigation and advisory practice, which emphasises trust law. Gilead Cooper KC is praised as ‘one of the top silks in the international trust and estate litigation world’, while turning to the set's senior juniors, Graeme Halkerston is an expert in offshore and cross-border Chancery litigation, particularly matters in the Cayman Islands and BVI. Anna Littler maintains her broad offshore practice, encompassing fraud claims, company and insolvency issues and trusts disputes.

Leading Silks

Thomas Lowe KCWilberforce Chambers 'Tom is an excellent trial advocate and is a pleasure to work with.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Gilead Cooper KCWilberforce Chambers 'Gilead is very experienced and provides thoughtful insights as to the law and strategy.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Brian Green KCWilberforce Chambers 'Brian is a masterful advocate and is the most valuable member of any team. He brings unusual, valuable insights, and deploys creative strategies that others would not have imagined. He has a wonderful mind, and can be very intellectual but is also practical, strategic, down to earth and can articulate the most complex matters clearly and succinctly. '
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Clare Stanley KCWilberforce Chambers 'Clare is extremely user-friendly and always very committed to the client's cause. She is good at developing novel and compelling arguments in difficult circumstances. Excellent in court and hitting a sweet-spot in reputation and instructions offshore over the last few years.'
Ranked: Tier 1
John Wardell KCWilberforce Chambers 'John is a master tactician, with a great ability to pull the various strands of a case together.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Michael Furness KCWilberforce Chambers 'Michael has excellent analytical skills. He is able to reduce highly complex matters to core issues and convey the points of focus which matter. He listens and readily tests other hypotheses and is a pleasure to deal with.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Terence Mowschenson KCWilberforce Chambers ‘Terry commands the respect of the court, and is a persuasive and engaging advocate with sound judgement.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Nikki Singla KCWilberforce Chambers 'Nikki is a committed advocate and fiercely analytical in his approach. He holds his opinions strongly and is not afraid to voice them.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Tiffany Scott KC - Wilberforce Chambers 'Tiffany's advocacy is first class: effective and persuasive and always well prepared. She is a first class barrister - very hard working, astute and tactically sound but also a real pleasure to work with.'
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Graeme HalkerstonWilberforce Chambers ‘Graeme is a top pick for offshore work. He really knows his offshore cases and the nuances of the offshore company and insolvency legislation. He is absolutely great on his feet – really well-prepared and researched. He holds his ground under the most difficult questioning. He rarely fails to get a result and is always thinking about different angles of attack.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Anna LittlerWilberforce Chambers ‘Anna has an excellent grasp of all the issues and a rare ability to handle difficult characters in a sensitive and productive way. Good judgement and great forensic skills meaning she is destined to do really well. Anna is able to stand up and fight her corner in an intelligent and persuasive way.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Elizabeth HoughtonWilberforce Chambers ‘Clarity of thinking and drafting. Understands the key issues very quickly and provides practical advice which the clients appreciate.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Michael AshdownWilberforce Chambers 'Michael is extremely bright and and very quickly gets to grips with complex matters, including those with an international dimension and issues of foreign law. Consistently impresses with his written and oral advices.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Tom Roscoe - Wilberforce Chambers 'A great draftsman and strategist. You definitely want him on your side.'
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

‘Always very responsive – Nicholas Luckman, Andrew Barnes and Antonia Matthew in particular.’

‘Great guidance from Nick Luckman and Fraser Geddes.’

‘Nick Luckman is the best known and liked barrister’s clerk in London. Top drawer clerks! User friendly and hugely intelligent, just like their barristers.’

‘Wilberforce has great strength-in-depth and a number of top silks for trusts work.’

‘Extraordinary depth in the area of trusts and taxation.’

‘Wilberforce Chambers has many of the leading barristers in the world of international trust litigation. Many of the set’s silks are seen as at the top of the profession and are usually involved in the most significant cases.’

‘Wilberforce has a strong and capable stable of barristers.’

‘Wilberforce are a top set. They are excellent from top to bottom.’

Work highlights

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Commercial

Leading Silks

Stuart Isaacs KC – Wilberforce Chambers 'His advocacy is always impeccable. He is calm, and judges and tribunals give huge weight to his submissions. A silk with authority and gravitas.'
Ranked: Tier 2

Middle East: The English Bar > Commercial

Leading silks

Stuart Isaacs KCWilberforce Chambers 'Stuart is a delight to work with, balanced and measured in his approach.'
Ranked: Tier 2

The set:

The set is widely recognised as one of the leading chambers in its core specialist areas of commercial litigation, insolvency, pensions, private client and trusts, property, professional negligence and arbitration. With 82 barristers (37 KCs), chambers is able to offer specialist barristers at all levels of seniority and across the spectrum of commercial and chancery work. It has individuals who possess excellent reputations for their specialist capabilities in the additional fields of arbitration, art and cultural property, banking and financial services, company and partnership, construction, fraud, IT and telecoms, restructuring and insolvency, sport, and tax. With its strength and depth of expertise, members of chambers undertake many of the most complex and important cases in the UK and overseas. Members work hard to build and maintain strong long-term relationships with their clients, including leading UK and international law firms, multinational corporations, major organisations, private companies and individuals. Clients value the modern quality of chambers’ clerking and organisational management and the approachable service provided by barristers and clerks.

Types of work undertaken:

Arbitration and alternative dispute resolution: chambers provides first-class advice and representation in arbitrations and mediations and acts as arbitrator, mediator and expert.

Banking and finance: loan agreements; mortgages and charges; guarantees; other forms of security; retail banking; consumer credit; syndicated lending; asset and project finance; asset tracing; preservation and recovery; insolvency issues; professional negligence claims against those advising lenders.

Commercial: including agency; civil and commercial fraud; confidentiality; construction; contract; energy; joint ventures; partnerships and telecommunications.

Company: shareholder disputes; s994 petitions; derivative actions; share and business sale agreements; breach of warranty disputes; shareholder agreements; directors’€™ duties; disqualification of directors; conduct of meetings; restoration of companies to register; OEICs; corporate insolvency; accounting and auditing negligence.

Financial services: Markets Act 2000; FCA enforcement and disciplinary proceedings; unit trusts; OEICs; mis-selling claims; Financial Ombudsman Service cases; insolvency of investment firms.

Insolvency: liquidation; administration; receivership; bankruptcy; IVAs, asset tracing; preservation and recovery; avoidance of transactions defrauding creditors; disclaimer of onerous property; CVAs.

International and offshore: the nature of the work conducted overseas is varied and often high-profile, reflecting the broad spectrum of work which members of chambers undertake including trust litigation; company and commercial law; property and intellectual property disputes.

Pensions: trust law; regulatory and tax issues arising in connection with occupational pension schemes and other employment-related trusts.

Private client, trusts and taxation: contentious and non-contentious litigation involving both private trusts and trusts in the wider commercial context, both in the UK and worldwide.

Professional liability: of accountants; actuaries; auditors; company directors; financial advisors; insurance brokers; investment mergers; barristers; solicitors; surveyors and trustees; and construction-related professional negligence.

Property: commercial and residential landlord and tenant law; property-related insolvency; proprietary estoppel; property finance and mortgages; restrictive covenants; easements and profits; property-related torts and questions of title; and the sale and registration of land.

Regulatory and associated law: financial services; professionals; sport; utilities; transport; environmental and planning.

 

Department Name Email Telephone
Head of Chambers GREEN KC, Brian (1980)
Deputy Head of Chambers SEITLER KC, Jonathan (1985)
Practice Director Nicholas Luckman
Members of Chambers BARNES KC, Michael (1965)
Members of Chambers MARTIN KC, John (1972)
Members of Chambers ISAACS KC, Stuart (1991)
Members of Chambers COHEN KC, Lawrence (1974)
Members of Chambers CROXFORD KC, Ian (1976)
Members of Chambers HAM KC, Robert (1973)
Members of Chambers FURBER KC, John (1973)
Members of Chambers MOWSCHENSON KC, Terence (1977)
Members of Chambers PHILLIPS KC, David (1976)
Members of Chambers FURNESS KC, Michael (1982)
Members of Chambers WARDELL KC, John (1979)
Members of Chambers GOURGEY KC, Alan (1984)
Members of Chambers McGHEE KC, John (1983)
Members of Chambers COOPER KC, Gilead (1983)
Members of Chambers TENNET KC, Michael (1985)
Members of Chambers LOWE KC, Thomas (1985)
Members of Chambers AYLIFFE KC, James (1987)
Members of Chambers HILLIARD KC, Lexa (1987)
Members of Chambers NEWMAN KC, Paul (1991)
Members of Chambers WICKS KC, Joanne (1990)
Members of Chambers HUTCHINGS KC, Martin (1986)
Members of Chambers WONNACOTT KC, Mark (1989)
Members of Chambers MOERAN KC, Fenner (1996)
Members of Chambers SHEKERDEMIAN KC, Marcia (1987)
Members of Chambers STANLEY KC, Clare (1994)
Members of Chambers PENNY KC, Tim (1988)
Members of Chambers DAVEY KC, Jonathan (2003)
Members of Chambers HILLIARD KC, Jonathan (2003)
Members of Chambers MALLIN KC, Max (1993)
Members of Chambers GREENHILL KC, Julian (1997)
Members of Chambers SCOTT KC, Tiffany (1998)
Members of Chambers SINGLA KC, Nikki (2000)
Members of Chambers BAILEY KC, James (1999)
Members of Chambers BARTON KC, Zoë (2003)
Members of Chambers MOLD KC, Andrew (2003)
Members of Chambers CHILD, John (1966)
Members of Chambers SEYMOUR, Thomas (1975)
Members of Chambers POLLARD, David (2017)
Members of Chambers FADIPE, Gabriel (1991)
Members of Chambers HALKERSTON, Graeme (1994)
Members of Chambers CAMPBELL, Emily (1995)
Members of Chambers CHILD, Andrew (1997)
Members of Chambers SAWYER, Edward (2001)
Members of Chambers BROWN, Stephen (2013)
Members of Chambers ROBINSON, Thomas (2003)
Members of Chambers LEWIS, Daniel (2003)
Members of Chambers McKECHNIE, Emily (2005)
Members of Chambers ALLEN, Sebastian (2006)
Members of Chambers WALMSLEY, James (2007)
Members of Chambers SEAMAN, Jennifer (2007)
Members of Chambers FAULKNER, Benjamin (2008)
Members of Chambers LITTLER, Anna (2008)
Members of Chambers McCREATH, James (2009)
Members of Chambers MURPHY, Emer (2009)
Members of Chambers ROSCOE, Tom (2010)
Members of Chambers CHEW, Jonathan (2010)
Members of Chambers HOLMES, Harriet (2011)
Members of Chambers HAWKER, Alice (2011)
Members of Chambers FRIEDMAN, Bobby (2011)
Members of Chambers ATKINSON, Simon (2011)
Members of Chambers CARMICHAEL, Sri (2012)
Members of Chambers WATSON, Jack (2012)
Members of Chambers BROOKE, Jessica (2012)
Members of Chambers ASHDOWN, Michael (2013)
Members of Chambers GOODWIN, James (2013)
Members of Chambers EARLE, Rachael (2013)
Members of Chambers HOUGHTON, Elizabeth (2014)
Members of Chambers MATTHEWSON, Tim (2014)
Members of Chambers HOLMES, Jamie (2014)
Members of Chambers STEADMAN, Joseph (2015)
Members of Chambers TAYLOR, Tara (2015)
Members of Chambers SCOTT, Daniel (2016)
Unregistered Barrister GOLDTHORPE, Cara (2017)
Members of Chambers LEE, Jia Wei (2017)
Members of Chambers MITCHELL, Francesca (2017)
Members of Chambers PETRIDES, Daniel (2018)
Members of Chambers LUCAN-WILSON, Lemuel (2018)
Members of Chambers BARTSCHERER, Caspar (2019)
Members of Chambers LAKSHMAN, Ram (2020)
Members of Chambers SLINGO, Benjamin (2020)
Full-time Arbitrator SHER KC, Jules (1968)
Full-time Arbitrator MORGAN, Sir Paul (1975)
Door Tenants FURZE, Caroline (1992)
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Equality and diversity

Wilberforce Chambers is committed to equal opportunities in all aspects of its work. All barristers are committed to observing the Bar Standards Board’s Equality and Diversity Rules of the Code of Conduct in relation to non-discrimination in the acceptance of work, the carrying out of that work and all dealings with clients, colleagues, staff and others. Staff are committed to complying with this policy.

It is our policy to treat everyone equally and fairly regardless of their racial group, colour, ethnic or national origin, nationality, citizenship, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, religion or political persuasion.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Wilberforce maintains a strong commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR). Through our Bar Access Programme we are actively involved in outreach and access initiatives to encourage and support people from diverse backgrounds in developing a career at the Bar. An important element of the Bar Access Programme is our on-going partnership with the Sutton Trust (the well-known charitable foundation whose aim is to promote social mobility) through which we support their various initiatives in the legal arena. For example, we continue to run mini-pupillage/placement programmes for their Pathways to Law pupils and Pathways Plus students and a number of our Members are actively involved in a mentoring programme for Sutton Trust students.

We have also built strong relationships with the Legal Social Mobility Partnership, and the Pegasus and Bar Placement (Social Mobility Foundation) programmes, and provide support to the Barristers’ Benevolent Association and the Strand Trust (via sponsoring the King’s College London’s Trust Law prize, which rewards the student who obtains the best result in the LLB Law of Trusts examination each year).