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Chambers of Brian Green QC
Wilberforce Chambers
8 NEW SQUARE, LINCOLN'S INN
LONDON
WC2A 3QP
England

Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property)

Art and cultural property - Leading Silks

Gilead Cooper QC - Wilberforce ChambersA powerful intellect, offers balanced view and shows a keen interest in art and the art market.
Ranked: Tier 1

Offshore Tier 1

'A first-rate set from top to bottom', Wilberforce Chambers is 'a top Chancery set that never disappoints' covering both trusts and company-related offshore litigation. Thomas Lowe QC continues to represent the defendants in the AHAB v Saad case, which was subject to an appeal in 2019 in the Caymanian courts, which, at first instance, found the claimants operated "one of the largest Ponzi schemes in history"; John Wardell QC was brought in for the original claimants in their appeal. Clare Stanley QC represented FTI Consulting liquidators of a Cayman fund in the Caymanian Court of Appeal, overturning an anti-suit injunction obtained by BDO concerning an audit negligence claim; the juniors in the set are also instructed by liquidators, with Graeme Halkerston representing those of OneTradex, a Caymanian securities broker with a primarily local clientele. The future of chambers looks bright with Jamie Holmes, Tim Matthewson, and Tara Taylor all highlighted as rising stars.

Rising stars

Jamie Holmes - Wilberforce ChambersHe is superb and fits into a team well.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tim Matthewson - Wilberforce ChambersHe’s responsive and commercially focused.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tara Taylor - Wilberforce ChambersAble to succinctly outline complex legal questions for the court.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

John Wardell QC - Wilberforce ChambersA superb advocate with an ability to make even the most complex of issues comprehensible.
Ranked: Tier 1
Gilead Cooper QC - Wilberforce ChambersA top-drawer, excellent advocates and advisor.
Ranked: Tier 1
Michael Furness QC - Wilberforce ChambersIntelligent, curious and with a deep knowledge of his subject. Incredibly hard working.
Ranked: Tier 1

Brian Green QC - Wilberforce Chambers ‘He is an extremely clever tactician, knows all there is to know about trust law and tax, and is a bundle of energy.

Ranked: Tier 1
Robert Ham QC - Wilberforce ChambersA standout silk for offshore work.
Ranked: Tier 1
Thomas Lowe QC - Wilberforce ChambersHe is is user-friendly, client-focused and easy to work with, able to grapple with the most complex of cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Terence Mowschenson QC - Wilberforce ChambersFiercely intelligent, wonderfully articulate and never intimidated.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jonathan Hilliard QC - Wilberforce ChambersA superb operator - amazingly bright and team-oriented.
Ranked: Tier 2
Clare Stanley QC - Wilberforce ChambersHer delivery is always sharp and focused and she is never afraid to tell things as they are.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Ayliffe QC - Wilberforce ChambersIncisive, quick to spot all possible arguments and also commercial.
Ranked: Tier 3
Nikki Singla QC - Wilberforce ChambersHis display of wit in the courtroom immediately captures the attention of the judge.
Ranked: Tier 4

2020 Silks

Andrew Mold QC - Wilberforce ChambersHis input is first-rate.

Leading Juniors

Graeme Halkerston - Wilberforce ChambersInstructed on complex civil fraud matters.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Child - Wilberforce ChambersVery good on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 2
Anna Littler - Wilberforce ChambersIncredibly bright, client-friendly and always willing to get stuck in.
Ranked: Tier 3

Pensions Tier 1

Consistently rated the 'pre-eminent set' for pensions and trust litigation, the barristers at Wilberforce Chambers are said to be: 'absolutely steeped in these technical areas'. Specifically, in Safeway v Newton, Brian Green QC and Sebastian Allen secured a reference to the EU's Court of Justice on the implications of domestic/EU law for trustee powers (this is the largest-ever equalisation case worth over £100m). In addition, Michael Tennet QC and Paul Newman QC tackled the complexities of modified ill-health benefits (regarding past pensionable service) in Merchant Navy Ratings Pension Fund Trustees Ltd v Stena Line Ltd and others. Moreover, the 'top tierMichael Tennet QC recently addressed the appropriate exercise of discretionary powers in one of the sector's principal cases: British Airways plc v Airways Pension Scheme Trustees Ltd.

Rising stars

Michael Ashdown - Wilberforce ChambersExceptionally bright far beyond year of call.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Brian Green QC - Wilberforce Chambers ‘Intellectually brilliant. Fabulous bedside manner. Highly pragmatic. He is the best pensions barrister by a country mile. Worth every penny.

Ranked: Tier 1
Paul Newman QC - Wilberforce ChambersBrilliant at finding clever solutions to problems, will always give a clear view and is utterly reliable and user-friendly.
Ranked: Tier 1
Michael Tennet QC - Wilberforce ChambersHuge brain; very passionate and creative; extremely hard working; great lawyer; you really feel he is on your side.
Ranked: Tier 1
Michael Furness QC - Wilberforce ChambersAn excellent barrister particularly for difficult technical questions and questions where pensions law is interfacing with another type of law.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jonathan Hilliard QC - Wilberforce ChambersIncredibly enthusiastic about his work. He gets completely immersed in his case and that shows in his command of the papers and the subject matter in question. Very responsive despite being incredibly busy.
Ranked: Tier 2
Fenner Moeran QC - Wilberforce ChambersVery efficient yet thorough; always has the ear of the Court, knowing precisely when to push a point and judging the mood perfectly.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jonathan Davey QC - Wilberforce ChambersA top-class silk. His advocacy is attractive, thoughtful and measured.
Ranked: Tier 3
Robert Ham QC - Wilberforce ChambersAbsolutely wonderful - user-friendly, always keen to provide a helpful opinion wherever possible, creative, and willing to take a position and stick to it.
Ranked: Tier 3

2020 Silks

Andrew Mold QC - Wilberforce ChambersAndrew is superb - he combines a formidable intellect with commercial acumen, and is genuinely a pleasure to work with. Andrew was a godsend on our pensions case - he had a talent for distilling extremely complicated pensions information and analysis into the most relevant concepts and was able to explain these in a clear and concise way.

Leading Juniors

Edward Sawyer - Wilberforce ChambersProbably the best junior at the Pensions Bar. Incredibly hard working. Encyclopedic knowledge of this highly technical and complex area of law.
Ranked: Tier 1
Sebastian Allen - Wilberforce ChambersA charming and personable barrister, who I would feel confident adding to any counsel team. . He has a wealth of experience of cases involving the Pensions Regulator.
Ranked: Tier 2
Emily Campbell - Wilberforce ChambersWe very much value her ability to explain complex issues clearly, in a way that clients can understand.
Ranked: Tier 2
James McCreath - Wilberforce ChambersExtremely clever; great with clients including very senior ones- handles them very adeptly; practical; very passionate; great sense of humour.
Ranked: Tier 3
Thomas Robinson - Wilberforce ChambersVery enjoyable, pleasant to work with and impressive in meetings with clients.
Ranked: Tier 3

James Walmsley - Wilberforce Chambers ‘Very knowledgeable of pensions and more general civil procedure, demonstrating really considered advice that gives you confidence that he has the right answer.

Ranked: Tier 3
Jonathan Chew - Wilberforce ChambersA strong team player and is the perfect junior for a technical pensions case.
Ranked: Tier 4
Benjamin Faulkner - Wilberforce ChambersExtremely bright and hardworking junior with great presence beyond his call.
Ranked: Tier 4
Bobby Friedman - Wilberforce ChambersHe has an excellent knowledge of pensions law and provides helpful advice on a number of tricky issues. His written advice and submissions are very clear and articulate our legal arguments well.
Ranked: Tier 4

Emily McKechnie - Wilberforce Chambers ‘Extremely diligent - she has a brilliant ability to break down complex problems into easily digestible forms. She is also an excellent advocate. I have never identified a weakness.

Ranked: Tier 4
Thomas Seymour - Wilberforce ChambersVery thorough. Really runs points to ground. Fantastic tolerance level for technical detail. A joy to work with.
Ranked: Tier 4

Private client: trusts and probate Tier 1

Wilberforce Chambers is ‘one of the standout top sets in the field of trust and estates disputes. It has a depth of exceptionally skilled junior barristers and exceptional talent at the senior end which means that it always has the right counsel available at the right level to meet each client’s needs.’ It is regularly instructed by many of the leading private wealth firms. It is a 'remarkable set' with 'top drawer Chancery silks' including  Brian Green QC who is leading senior Hong Kong counsel in the defence of a major bank in £450m Court of Appeal proceedings over an alleged breach of trust. Fenner Moeran QC and Tiffany Scott QC enter this year's leading silk rankings, while Zoë Barton QC and Andrew Mold QC further strengthen the set at the senior end after taking silk. At the junior end has rising stars Michael Ashdown and James Goodwin.

Rising stars

Michael Ashdown - Wilberforce ChambersHas extraordinary technical knowledge and a keen eye for detail - he has an exceptional understanding of trust law in particular and is able to grasp and advise upon extremely complex matters quickly.
Ranked: Tier 1
James Goodwin - Wilberforce ChambersIs very intelligent, commercial and sensible. He goes the extra mile and is very good with clients. He has a meticulous attention to detail and is very thorough.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Michael Furness QC - Wilberforce ChambersHugely experienced.
Ranked: Tier 1
Brian Green QC - Wilberforce ChambersIs sought after for the most important, complex international trust matters, and solicitors and clients are thrilled when they are able to persuade him to take on their matter.
Ranked: Tier 1
Robert Ham QC - Wilberforce ChambersRobert's ability to identify the crux of the matter and expeditiously offer incisive, commercial, pragmatic solutions to complex questions means he is our first choice of silk to instruct and a trusted advisor.
Ranked: Tier 1
Gilead Cooper QC - Wilberforce ChambersHas an incredibly quick mind, great intellectual powers, and at the same time a wonderful capacity for creative, strategic thinking. He writes beautifully, judges clearly respect him, and he is an excellent courtroom advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Clare Stanley QC - Wilberforce ChambersIs a silk at the top of her game - she is a master tactician and strategist and an absolute star.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jonathan Davey QC - Wilberforce ChambersIs technically very knowledgeable, excellent at absorbing detailed points and articulating it simply to the judge.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jonathan Hilliard QC - Wilberforce ChambersHas an encyclopaedic knowledge of trust law and is hands on - he helps guide the client seamlessly through even the most complex of difficulties.
Ranked: Tier 3
John Martin QC - Wilberforce ChambersA very experienced silk.
Ranked: Tier 3
Fenner Moeran QC - Wilberforce ChambersIncredibly smart and easy to work with. Extremely quick on his feet and impressive in hearings. A powerful cross-examiner.
Ranked: Tier 3
Tiffany Scott QC - Wilberforce ChambersJunior silk with a fantastic ability to jump in and get to grips with a case. Tiffany is a tenacious and extremely brilliant barrister. An absolute joy to work with.
Ranked: Tier 3

2020 Silks

Zoë Barton QC - Wilberforce ChambersHuge amounts of experience and it shows, as she looks at cases as if they are living and breathing beings and has really innovative and successful ways of taking cases forwards in ways which would probably not occur to other barristers. In much demand!
Andrew Mold QC - Wilberforce ChambersHas an exceptional depth of experience in complex and high-value trusts and estates disputes. Not only is he phenomenally technically able but he is incredibly strategic. He is very sensitive to the individual client needs and is outstanding to work with.

Leading Juniors

Judith Bryant - Wilberforce ChambersVery insightful, excellent at deciphering complicated trust documents and trust powers, user-friendly and collaborative. Specialises in trust variations and deals with some of the most valuable and complicated trusts.
Ranked: Tier 1
Emily Campbell - Wilberforce ChambersExcellent analytical skills and intellect. Able to grasp a lot of information and assimilate it quickly.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Child - Wilberforce ChambersForthright, clear, very good on his feet. A real asset to have on your side.
Ranked: Tier 3

Charities Tier 2

Wilberforce Chambers is a ‘very impressive set’ that is frequently involved in some of the most high-value and complicated cases in the charity sector. One such recent highlight was Jonathan Davey QC, who is described as 'technically very knowledgeable, is excellent at absorbing detailed points and at articulating it simply to the judge', representing the HM Revenue and Customs in Life Services Ltd v HM Revenue and Customs [2019]-[2020] including [2019] UKUT 0002 (TC). This is a test case about the compatibility of UK devolution with EU law concerning the taxation of charities and similar entities in different parts of the UK. The 'excellent' Michael Furness QC is also worthy of note.

Leading Silks

Jonathan Davey QC - Wilberforce ChambersIs an exceptional advocate - he is calm, engaging and highly persuasive.
Ranked: Tier 1
Michael Furness QC - Wilberforce ChambersIs very responsive and knowledgeable.
Ranked: Tier 2

Commercial litigation Tier 2

Clients are 'spoilt for choice' at Wilberforce Chambers, which has 'an abundance of talent at all levels'. The 'excellent set' is 'always responsive and helpful', and marries strong practices in trusts, offshore and professional negligence, with broader commercial disputes. The set's capacity for handling high profile cases was demonstrated with AHAB v SAAD, in which Thomas Lowe QC and John Wardell QC respectively acted for the defendant and claimant. Alan Gourgey QC also successfully represented Gazprom in Naftogaz v Gazprom, by resisting a Commercial Court application for the immediate enforcement of a $3bn arbitral award.

Rising stars

Jamie Holmes - Wilberforce ChambersVery thorough and extends his thinking to the next level - very commercial in dealing with clients.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Alan Gourgey QC - Wilberforce ChambersAn excellent silk who is very strategic and can turn weak positions into good ones - he is a great team player and very good to work with.
Ranked: Tier 1
John Wardell QC - Wilberforce ChambersHas a fierce intellect, works very hard and is always on top of his brief - he is a very talented advocate and is, in particular, an effective cross examiner.
Ranked: Tier 2
Thomas Lowe QC - Wilberforce ChambersAn extremely effective cross examiner and very effective with clients. 
Ranked: Tier 3
Terence Mowschenson QC - Wilberforce ChambersA fantastic lawyer - I have rarely met anyone so well able to master the minutiae of a case while never losing sight of the bigger picture, including strategic considerations.
Ranked: Tier 3
Joanna Smith QC - Wilberforce ChambersSimply excellent, she is a master tactician - absolutely someone you want on your side, and not on the opposing party's.
Ranked: Tier 3
Lexa Hilliard QC - Wilberforce ChambersShe makes herself available and is tireless when dealing with a case - she really throws herself into the case and is a critical member of the team.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ian Croxford QC - Wilberforce ChambersHe is a masterful cross-examiner, very powerful in oral argument and tactically very astute.
Ranked: Tier 5
Tim Penny QC - Wilberforce ChambersAn impressive and charming advocate who has excellent judgement in choosing the points to run and the way to put them - he is particularly strong on jurisdictional issues and complex trust and tracing points.
Ranked: Tier 5
Fenner Moeran QC - Wilberforce ChambersVery clever, knows the law well, strategically savvy and is a pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 6
Clare Stanley QC - Wilberforce ChambersShe has a consistently strategic outlook and is able to draw on the depth of experience she has from the breadth of her practice, whether English focused or offshore. She instils confidence in her understanding and ability to distil complex areas of law and volumes of evidence into digestible advice.
Ranked: Tier 6

2019 Silks

James Bailey QC - Wilberforce ChambersIncredibly bright and is able to think beyond the box of the usual scenario with alacrity and charm that is a rare talent.

Leading Juniors

Iain Pester - Wilberforce ChambersSuperb on paper and an advocate who focusses on the key issues that will interest the Court.
Ranked: Tier 3
Edward Sawyer - Wilberforce ChambersVery passionate and creative and extremely hard working.
Ranked: Tier 4
Anna Littler - Wilberforce ChambersAn absolute pleasure to work with - reliable, thorough, extremely bright, nothing is too much trouble, and wonderful with clients (even in very difficult circumstances).
Ranked: Tier 5
James Walmsley - Wilberforce ChambersExtremely hard-working, on top of the papers, and has a fierce intellect.
Ranked: Tier 5

Fraud: civil Tier 2

Wilberforce Chambers has 'some brilliant people with a range of skills' and 'has really built out its civil fraud offering over the past few years and is becoming a serious contender in that space'. Its members are especially strong in related offshore, trusts, and professional negligence matters, and are praised for being 'very responsive'. High profile cases include Receivers of Sebastian Holdings v Sarek, Vik & others in which Tim Penny QC led rising star Tim Matthewson on behalf of the claimants. John Wardell QC also achieved a major victory in the Supreme Court for the appellant, Takhar, in Takhar v Gracefield Developments Limited and others

Rising stars

Tim Matthewson - Wilberforce ChambersHe is knowledgeable, technically brilliant and a very creative thinker - he looks at problems from different angles and has extracted us from some tricky positions.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Alan Gourgey QC - Wilberforce ChambersOne of the best silks around - he is exceptional in both his written and oral presentation of cases, his legal analysis is excellent and he is tactically astute.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tim Penny QC - Wilberforce ChambersDeep knowledge of the law, persuasive advocate, excellent in conference, a tremendous team player and a go-to QC for complex civil fraud.
Ranked: Tier 2
John Wardell QC - Wilberforce ChambersA real fighter - bold in his advice and opinions.
Ranked: Tier 2
Thomas Lowe QC - Wilberforce ChambersStandout star of the offshore bar - extremely bright and a pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 3
Lawrence Cohen QC - Wilberforce ChambersA real asset in complex, high-value litigation.
Ranked: Tier 4
Clare Stanley QC - Wilberforce ChambersSuperb - she reads everything, understands all the nuances and gives clear pragmatic advice on the law (of which she has an exceptional grasp) and commercial considerations.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Iain Pester - Wilberforce ChambersVery knowledgeable, great attention to detail, excellent judgement as to what will and will not play well with a court.
Ranked: Tier 2
Anna Littler - Wilberforce ChambersMeticulous preparation and attention to detail, combined with charm and a real willingness to work as part of the team.
Ranked: Tier 3
Bobby Friedman - Wilberforce ChambersFantastic at moving quickly to produce robust and complicated documents for court and then turns up to convince a judge of the need and urgency of the action being taken.
Ranked: Tier 4
Edward Sawyer - Wilberforce ChambersHighly organised, a great lawyer and very good with clients.
Ranked: Tier 4

Private client: personal tax Tier 2

Wilberforce Chambers has a distinguished history of expertise in taxation especially in relation to the taxation of trusts and estates as well as other areas such as the taxation of pension schemes and capital gains tax. In Viscount Hood as Executor of Estate of Lady Hood v HM Revenue and Customs [2018] EWCA Civ 2405 Jonathan Davey QC successfully represented HM Revenue and Customs in the Court of Appeal. The case concerned whether various arrangements which had been entered into by the late Lady Hood with her son Viscount Hood in relation to their family home had attracted inheritance tax.

Leading Silks

Jonathan Davey QC - Wilberforce ChambersIs a highly polished advocate. He has always thought about the various angles to any given issue and knows just how to pitch his points so they land with the bench.
Ranked: Tier 2
Michael Furness QC - Wilberforce ChambersProvides very practical solutions to complicated issues.
Ranked: Tier 2
Brian Green QC - Wilberforce ChambersExtraordinary ability to keep in mind the big picture while drilling down into the detail during changing circumstances in what can be high-pressure situations.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Emily Campbell - Wilberforce ChambersExcellent analytical skills and intellect. Able to grasp a lot of information and assimilate it quickly.
Ranked: Tier 3

Professional negligence Tier 2

Wilberforce Chambers has 'an excellent reputation' for professional negligence work. The set draws on its strength in areas including trusts, property and pensions to handle claims against professionals, ranging from accountants to construction professionals, tax and pensions advisers, and insurance brokers. Members have recently been involved in a number of solicitors' negligence claims, with Joanna Smith QC acting on a claim against two law firms and a planning consultant relating to a proposed commercial development in George J Goff Ltd v Chaplin Farrant Ltd & Cozens-Hardy LLP, and Jonathan Seitler QC and Benjamin Faulkner acting for the defendant in Khangura v Walker Morris, a solicitors' negligence case concerning conveyancing issues.

Leading Silks

Joanna Smith QC - Wilberforce ChambersShe is probably the best silk around. She is technically brilliant, a superb advocate and clients love her down-to-earth approach.
Ranked: Tier 1
John Wardell QC - Wilberforce ChambersHe is a brilliant advocate, strategist and tactician.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ian Croxford QC - Wilberforce ChambersHe is a masterful cross-examiner, very powerful in oral argument and tactically very astute.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jonathan Seitler QC - Wilberforce ChambersHe is outstanding. Presents advice in a clear and succinct manner. Very client-friendly.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Ayliffe QC - Wilberforce ChambersHe is bright and extremely approachable.
Ranked: Tier 3
Michael Furness QC - Wilberforce ChambersHe is highly respected by judges and opponents alike.
Ranked: Tier 3
Paul Newman QC - Wilberforce ChambersClear, concise, commercial and client friendly.
Ranked: Tier 3
Lexa Hilliard QC - Wilberforce ChambersShe stands out for her sheer depth of experience.
Ranked: Tier 4
Clare Stanley QC - Wilberforce ChambersClaire is superb; she reads everything, understands all the nuances and gives clear pragmatic advice on the law (of which she has an exceptional grasp) and commercial considerations. Extremely client friendly and to top it off, fantastic advocacy skills.
Ranked: Tier 4
Michael Tennet QC - Wilberforce ChambersHe is particularly experienced in pensions-related disputes.
Ranked: Tier 4
Joanne Wicks QC - Wilberforce ChambersShe is the complete package in respect of client, court and legal skills.
Ranked: Tier 4

2020 Silks

Zoë Barton QC - Wilberforce ChambersShe is an astute tactician.
Andrew Mold QC - Wilberforce ChambersHe provides well-judged advice and is a sensible, polished advocate.

Leading Juniors

Benjamin Faulkner - Wilberforce ChambersExcellent communicator and both quick and bright. Very good in conference, in which he combines impressive mental agility with sensitivity to the concerns of the client. He works hard and effectively, makes a point of responding quickly and thoroughly, and is a great comfort to have on the team.
Ranked: Tier 6
Emer Murphy - Wilberforce ChambersShe is decisive and critically analytical in her work.
Ranked: Tier 6
Edward Sawyer - Wilberforce ChambersHe is a very measured advocate.
Ranked: Tier 6
James Walmsley - Wilberforce ChambersHe is extremely detail oriented and has an absolute mastery of the law.
Ranked: Tier 6

Property litigation Tier 2

Wilberforce Chambers is considered a ‘pre-eminent set for property litigation with huge strength in depth at both silk and junior level’. Active on a broad array of property-related litigation, its key strengths lie in commercial and residential landlord and tenant, title and development disputes, in addition to disputes pertaining to mortgages, charges, and security. Tiffany Scott QC and Charlotte Black recently appeared in the Supreme Court in the case of Sequent Nominees Ltd v Hautford Ltd; they successfully represented the tenant in overturning a previous decision that the landlord has reasonably withheld permission to use the upper floors of the leased property as flats. In a further highlight, Jonathan Seitler QC was engaged in the case of University of London v Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Limited, a highly significant mandate as it was the first case held before the Court of Appeal to relate to interim and temporary rights under the new Telecommunications Code.

Rising stars

Joseph Steadman - Wilberforce ChambersA 2015 call who is already well-versed in High Court and Court of Appeal matters.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Jonathan Seitler QC - Wilberforce ChambersOne of the leading barristers of his generation; he thinks outside the box and is highly creative and commercial.
Ranked: Tier 1
Joanne Wicks QC - Wilberforce ChambersVery impressive and has been lead counsel in several recent leading cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Mark Wonnacott QC - Wilberforce ChambersHe is truly excellent, one of the star names in the market.
Ranked: Tier 2
Martin Hutchings QC - Wilberforce ChambersHe is excellent with clients, always clearly relaying the risks and options.
Ranked: Tier 3
John Furber QC - Wilberforce ChambersHe never sits on the fence always giving his view on an issue; his written advice is exceptionally clear.
Ranked: Tier 4
Tiffany Scott QC - Wilberforce ChambersCalm under pressure and able to explain matters in a clear and concise way. Tiffany is very much a team player. She is very happy to pick up the phone and roll up her sleeves!
Ranked: Tier 4
James Ayliffe QC - Wilberforce ChambersHe has a lovely way with clients, coming across as very calm, unflappable and extremely intelligent.
Ranked: Tier 5
Michael Barnes QC - Wilberforce ChambersExperienced when it comes to landlord and tenant, estoppel and compulsory purchase disputes.
Ranked: Tier 5
Jonathan Davey QC - Wilberforce ChambersVery user-friendly, willing to get stuck in and is able to explain complex matters to clients in a clear and accessible way.
Ranked: Tier 5
Julian Greenhill QC - Wilberforce ChambersReally outstanding, he is incredibly bright but also extremely user-friendly.
Ranked: Tier 5

2020 Silks

Zoë Barton - Wilberforce ChambersHer experience in complex fraud and trusts matters provides her with a unique take on property matters that adds great value. And her client-craft in conference is second to none. An impressive and formidable new silk.

Leading Juniors

Emer Murphy - Wilberforce ChambersEmer is extremely robust and analytical in providing advice and it is clear that she has strong attention to detail. She is also a very good client-facing barrister.
Ranked: Tier 3
Charlotte Black - Wilberforce ChambersShe is clearly incredibly intelligent but at the same time is able to explain complicated legal points to clients so that they understand them.
Ranked: Tier 4
Jonathan Chew - Wilberforce ChambersJonathan is a QC of the future. He is technically excellent but more importantly he is an integral part of the client team. His advice is always commercially focused on the client's strategic objectives.
Ranked: Tier 4
James McCreath - Wilberforce ChambersVery highly rated indeed for his legal abilities and thoroughness.
Ranked: Tier 4
Simon Atkinson - Wilberforce ChambersA star property junior, he is very bright and his knowledge of the law is second to none. His written work is also excellent - it is very clear and he has an ability to draft very complicated issues in a concise manner.
Ranked: Tier 5
Benjamin Faulkner - Wilberforce ChambersA fantastic junior with gravitas and a positive and engaging manner. Definitely a junior to watch over the next few years and a real superstar in the making.
Ranked: Tier 5
Harriet Holmes - Wilberforce ChambersHer written advocacy is excellent and she is a force to be reckoned with in the courtroom.
Ranked: Tier 5
Tom Roscoe - Wilberforce ChambersCombative when required, good on paper and great with clients.
Ranked: Tier 5

Insolvency Tier 3

Wilberforce Chambers' members specialise in corporate and personal insolvency litigation and advice in the UK and offshore. In relation to restructurings, they are able to draw on set-wide expertise in property and pensions. Marcia Shekerdemian QC focuses on contentious insolvency at the cross-roads with fraud, often with cross-border elements; she notably acted for a consortium of 12 Indian banks who have petitioned for the bankruptcy of the former Kingfisher Airways tycoon in Re Vijay MallyaLexa Hilliard QC is providing ongoing advice to the monitor of Carillion Canada in connection with its interests in the UK. In February 2020, Daniel Lewis and rising star Rachael Earle arrived from 3 Hare Court, further strengthening their new chambers at the junior end.

Rising stars

Rachael Earle - Wilberforce Chambers ‘Works extremely hard, technically very good, excellent on her feet. Very tough and doesn’t back down.

Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Marcia Shekerdemian QC - Wilberforce Chambers ‘She blends strategic guile with a razor-sharp mind and is a pleasure to work with. One of the standout silks at the insolvency bar.

Ranked: Tier 2

Lexa Hilliard QC - Wilberforce Chambers ‘Extremely hard working, excellent attention to detail and very client facing.

Ranked: Tier 3

Terence Mowschenson QC - Wilberforce Chambers ‘Has a very good eye for detail.

Ranked: Tier 4

Alan Gourgey QC - Wilberforce Chambers ‘Alan is an excellent silk who is very strategic and can turn weak positions into good ones. He is a great team player and very good to work with.

Ranked: Tier 5

2019 Silks

James Bailey QC - Wilberforce Chambers ‘He is a complete star. He gets on top of complex facts and complex issues incredibly quickly.

Leading Juniors

Iain Pester - Wilberforce Chambers ‘Capable, objective, and down to earth. Very thorough in his preparation, able to quickly home in on and get to grips with the most critical parts of a complex factual and legal case. Calm convincing as an advocate.

Ranked: Tier 4

Thomas Robinson - Wilberforce Chambers ‘He has never appeared without having complete mastery of his papers and his arguments and is always quick on his feet.

Ranked: Tier 5

Jack Watson - Wilberforce Chambers ‘Jack is a very capable barrister who displays good judgement and strategic thinking.

Ranked: Tier 5

Bobby Friedman - Wilberforce Chambers ‘A go-to junior for insolvency work.

Ranked: Tier 5

Daniel Lewis - Wilberforce Chambers ‘Works extremely hard and gets to grips with the detail.

Ranked: Tier 5

Construction

Leading Silks

Joanna Smith QC - Wilberforce Chambers ‘Very good at drilling down to the facts, has great commercial understanding and provides very clear and well-reasoned legal advice. She is a real quality act and a great team worker.

Ranked: Tier 3

Financial services regulation

Leading Silks

James Ayliffe QC - Wilberforce Chambers ‘Bright and extremely approachable.

Ranked: Tier 3

Terence Mowschenson QC - Wilberforce Chambers ‘Great attention to detail and very quick to identify the core issues in complex matters - a tenacious advocate.

Ranked: Tier 3

Energy

Leading Silks

Alan Gourgey QC - Wilberforce Chambers ‘Alan is a good QC who is serious and knows his files well. Moreover, he is a real team maker which is rare among the QCs. Very rigorous in his approach to the legal analysis and evidence. He is tactical and very clever.

Ranked: Tier 3

Agriculture

Leading Silks

Mark Wonnacott QC  - Wilberforce Chambers ‘He is regularly entrusted with agricultural tenancy and rights of way disputes.

Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Harriet Holmes  - Wilberforce Chambers ‘Her written advocacy is excellent and she is a force to be reckoned with in the courtroom.

Ranked: Tier 4

Tax: corporate and VAT/indirect tax

Tax: corporate - Leading Silks

Jonathan Davey QC - Wilberforce ChambersOne of the best advocates at the Bar and a very impressive leader. Excellent with judges, solicitors and clients. Calm, measured and unflappable, he also has an engaging style of advocacy that is highly persuasive. His written submissions are analytically rigorous and technically strong.
Ranked: Tier 3

Professional disciplinary and regulatory law

Leading Silks

Joanna Smith QC - Wilberforce ChambersVery quick to assimilate facts, very knowledgable and swift to make tactical decisions.
Ranked: Tier 4

International arbitration: counsel

Leading Silks

Alan Gourgey QC - Wilberforce Chambers 'Exceptional in all areas - tactical acumen, legal knowledge, and advocacy in front of any tribunal.'
Ranked: Tier 4

Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

Leading Silks

Lexa Hilliard QC - Wilberforce ChambersDeep-rooted knowledge of banking and finance - has a vast amount of experience in this area and is able to advise on very complex arrangements with clarity and precision.
Ranked: Tier 5

Company and partnership

Wilberforce Chambers has 'great overall strength and depth in offshore expertise', which it deploys in a range of company law settings, including financial assistance, shareholder disputes and directors' duties cases. In Wardour Trading Ltd v NekrichTerence Mowschenson QC represented the liquidator before the Supreme Court of Gibraltar in an action regarding alleged fraudulent trading. Marcia Shekerdemian QC is a key company and partnership law barrister, and is representing Jabac Finance in Jabac Finance Ltd, v Newman & Ors, Newman v Newman, Newman v Jabac Finance Ltd and ors; a complex dispute revolving around shareholders in a private family company.

Company - Leading Silks

Lexa Hilliard QC - Wilberforce ChambersBright and on the money.
Ranked: Tier 2
Terence Mowschenson QC - Wilberforce ChambersHe is amazingly good-humoured and inspires complete loyalty in clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Marcia Shekerdemian QC - Wilberforce ChambersVery approachable, practical, knowledgeable and great to work with.
Ranked: Tier 3
John Wardell QC - Wilberforce ChambersHe is brave, tenacious and has an unflappable advocacy style.
Ranked: Tier 3
Lawrence Cohen QC - Wilberforce ChambersHe can analyse the problem in great detail.
Ranked: Tier 4
Max Mallin QC - Wilberforce ChambersVery approachable and user friendly.
Ranked: Tier 4
Nikki Singla QC - Wilberforce ChambersHe can cut through the issues to identify where work is needed or where advantages are held and how to enhance a case to a winning position.
Ranked: Tier 4

Company - 2019 Silks

James Bailey QC - Wilberforce ChambersHe has bags of energy and is technically astute.

Company - Leading juniors

Graeme Halkerston - Wilberforce ChambersIntellectual and responsive.
Ranked: Tier 4
Iain Pester - Wilberforce ChambersGood client handling skills and a skilful advocate.
Ranked: Tier 4

Set overviews: England and Wales

Chancery set Wilberforce Chambers counts pensions, property, trusts and offshore matters as core specialisms. 2020 was a busy year for the set: Brian Green QC took over from Michael Furness QC as Head of Chambers; Stuart Isaacs QC, a specialist in international commercial arbitration and litigation, joined from King & Spalding LLP; Zoë Barton QC and Andrew Mold QC were appointed to silk; and Stephen Brown  joined from Hardwicke.

Testimonials

Clerks:

‘First class service. Definitely the best clerk and management team in our sphere. Fraser Geddes, Mark Rushton, Stewart Cameron and the team are consistently seeking feedback and ways to enhance their offering.’

‘All of the clerks at Wilberforce offer an excellent service. They make it their business to get to know solicitors on a personal level and are very approachable. They know their solicitors and barristers well and are therefore in an excellent position to match solicitors and barristers appropriately.’

‘All the clerks are good – up for a very special mention is Fraser Geddes – he is my main point of contact for anything – to discuss instructions of a junior or QC, to talk about fees and to discuss practicalities like service of documents and calls to the courts listing. Fraser always deals with you like you are the only firm they look after!’

‘Andrew Barnes, Senior Practice Manager made a genuine effort to understand the client’s needs and wishes and to try to accommodate them.’

‘Best clerking I know. Danny Smillie stands out.’

‘Clerks are always so helpful whether it is getting a hearing listed or getting bundles prepared or providing estimates etc. I have particularly worked with Stewart Cameron and Nancy Lee.’

‘Andrew Barnes and Stuart Cameron in particular. Their great skill is listening and responding to client needs.’

‘Excellent. The clerks are a pleasure to deal with. I have dealt in particular with Danny Smillie and Conor Michaels who are extremely responsive and take ownership of questions and issues that arise.’

‘Harvey Scott stands out as responsive, reliable, and someone who will pull out the stops to get things done.’

‘The clerks at Wilberforce are particularly strong and go out of their way to assist instructing solicitors.’

It is always a pleasure to deal with the clerks -without fail, each one is responsive, polite, and clearly well in control of managing their barrister’s workload and availability.’

‘Like the barristers, the Clerks at Wilberforce are second to none. They are friendly, professional and highly efficient. As a team, they are excellent but Fraser Geddes and Stewart Cameron are particular stars of the clerking world.’

‘Mark Rushton is fantastic at what he does. He communicates efficiently and effortlessly in every dealing I’ve had with him, as is Nancy Lee.’

Set:

‘A highly experienced, wonderful mix of hugely skilled barristers.’

‘A top Chancery set. Never disappoints.’

‘An excellent set; many of the top names in property litigation.’

‘Astounding breadth of expertise.’

‘Becoming our go-to set for professional negligence and general commercial work. Very bright juniors, accessible seniors and an excellent clerking team.’

‘Excellent chambers with clear strengths in pensions and professional negligence across a number of barristers are various calls.’

‘Fantastic strength in depth for commercial property work, and high calibre Counsel available at all levels.’

‘My experience of the set as a whole has been very good, particularly in the civil fraud and commercial litigation area.’

‘My first port of call for commercial and chancery barristers’

‘One of the go to sets of chambers for trust and tax work.’

‘Outstanding set – consistently produces high calibre barristers.’

‘Really high quality barristers. One of those sets who you hope not to find on the other side too often.’

‘The quality and strength in depth at Wilberforce is impressive. The level of technical knowledge is excellent and the training sessions they provide are valuable.’

‘They are a large set with strength in depth and so there is always someone available and a range of options. What is more, you know that you can rely on the quality of any member of the set.’

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 79 barristers (37 QCs), 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 Brian Green QC (1980)
Deputy Head of Chambers Jonathan Seitler QC (1985)
Practice Director Nicholas Luckman
Head Practice Manager Mark Rushton
Members of Chambers BARNES QC, Michael (1965)
Members of Chambers MARTIN QC, John (1972)
Members of Chambers ISAACS QC, Stuart (1991)
Members of Chambers COHEN QC, Lawrence (1974)
Members of Chambers CROXFORD QC, Ian (1976)
Members of Chambers HAM QC, Robert (1973)
Members of Chambers FURBER QC, John (1973)
Members of Chambers MOWSCHENSON QC, Terence (1977)
Members of Chambers PHILLIPS QC, David (1976)
Members of Chambers FURNESS QC, Michael (1982)
Members of Chambers WARDELL QC, John (1979)
Members of Chambers GOURGEY QC, Alan (1984)
Members of Chambers COOPER QC, Gilead (1983)
Members of Chambers TENNET QC, Michael (1985)
Members of Chambers LOWE QC, Thomas (1985)
Members of Chambers AYLIFFE QC, James (1987)
Members of Chambers HILLIARD QC, Lexa (1987)
Members of Chambers SMITH QC, Joanna (1990)
Members of Chambers NEWMAN QC, Paul (1991)
Members of Chambers WICKS QC, Joanne (1990)
Members of Chambers HUTCHINGS QC, Martin (1986)
Members of Chambers WONNACOTT QC, Mark (1989)
Members of Chambers MOERAN QC, Fenner (1996)
Members of Chambers SHEKERDEMIAN QC, Marcia (1987)
Members of Chambers STANLEY QC, Clare (1994)
Members of Chambers PENNY QC, Tim (1988)
Members of Chambers DAVEY QC, Jonathan (2003)
Members of Chambers HILLIARD QC, Jonathan (2003)
Members of Chambers MALLIN QC, Max (1993)
Members of Chambers GREENHILL QC, Julian (1997)
Members of Chambers SCOTT QC, Tiffany (1998)
Members of Chambers SINGLA QC, Nikki (2000)
Members of Chambers BAILEY QC, James (1999)
Members of Chambers BARTON QC, Zoë (2003)
Members of Chambers MOLD QC, Andrew (2003)
Members of Chambers CHILD, John (1966)
Members of Chambers SEYMOUR, Thomas (1975)
Members of Chambers POLLARD, David (2017)
Members of Chambers BRYANT, Judith (1987)
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 PESTER, Iain (1999)
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 BLACK, Charlotte (2006)
Members of Chambers ALLEN, Sebastian (2006)
Members of Chambers WALMSLEY, James (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 FRIEDMAN, Bobby (2011)
Members of Chambers ATKINSON, Simon (2011)
Members of Chambers HOLMES, Harriet (2011)
Members of Chambers WATSON, Jack (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)
Members of Chambers 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)
Door Tenants SHER QC, Jules (1968)
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. 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).