Set Profile > Wilberforce Chambers > London, England

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

London Bar > Offshore Tier 1

One of the pre-eminent offshore sets‘, Wilberforce Chambers has a presence across all of the principal offshore jurisdictions, with expertise in company-related litigation and seen as ‘one of the strongest in the area of trusts.Thomas Lowe QC, John Wardell QC and 2020 silk Andrew Mold QC are acting for different parties in a case regarding an application to wind-up the Torchlight investment fund, which is now one of the longest-running recent Cayman Island cases. Clare Stanley QC is acting for the joint official liquidators of Ardent in BDO (Cayman) Ltd v Ardent Harmony Fund Inc (in Official Liquidation), while David Phillips QC is representing the former party in the politically sensitive litigation Estate Management and Business Development Co Ltd v Namalco Construction Services Ltd & Ors. On the junior side, Graeme Halkerston continues to impress, recently acting for liquidators of Global Steel Holdings in recovery investigations.

Rising stars

Jamie HolmesWilberforce ChambersA supremely bright junior, Jamie leaves no point unconsidered.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tim MatthewsonWilberforce ChambersA future (if not current) star whose prodigious work ethic and drafting are impeccable.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Gilead Cooper QCWilberforce ChambersThe best of the best, his analytical skills are razor-sharp.
Ranked: Tier 1
Michael Furness QCWilberforce ChambersIntellectually sharp, calm, hardworking and commercial.
Ranked: Tier 1
Brian Green QCWilberforce ChambersEqually brilliant in contentious and non-contentious cases, he has exceptional depth of knowledge bolstered by experience.
Ranked: Tier 1
Robert Ham QCWilberforce ChambersA real doyen in tax, Chancery and commercial chancery work who offers excellent strategic as well as technical advice.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Terence Mowschenson QCWilberforce ChambersTerry has encyclopedic knowledge of trusts and company law and commercial injunctions.
Ranked: Tier 1
Clare Stanley QCWilberforce ChambersA highly skilled and utterly fearless advocate, and a first choice for representation in any contentious trusts or estate situation.
Ranked: Tier 1
John Wardell QCWilberforce ChambersOne of the true masters of the courtroom and absolutely in his element when on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jonathan Hilliard QCWilberforce ChambersSharp, focussed and a genuine team player – a real asset to have on board for a team assisting with larger cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Ayliffe QCWilberforce ChambersJames has good broad commercial practice and is highly experienced.
Ranked: Tier 3
Nikki Singla QCWilberforce ChambersHugely intelligent and hard working, he is very commercial and considered in his approach.
Ranked: Tier 4

2020 Silks

Andrew Mold QCWilberforce ChambersAble to identify technical legal arguments that were missed by other leading counsel.

Leading Juniors

Graeme HalkerstonWilberforce ChambersA great tactician, and someone who you would rather have in your tent than in the other side’s.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 3
Anna LittlerWilberforce ChambersAnna is able to absorb huge amounts of information, detect valuable insights and develop sophisticated legal arguments on the back of them.
Ranked: Tier 3
Michael AshdownWilberforce ChambersHis intellect, attitude and accessibility are extremely impressive.
Ranked: Tier 4
Elizabeth HoughtonWilberforce ChambersBright, hard working and clear-thinking.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

Wilberforce are a very reliable set in which you know you can rely on the high quality and reputation of any one who you instruct.

Wilberforce is a force to be reckoned with in the offshore trusts world.

They are one of the pre-eminent offshore sets and have extensive strength in depth at all levels.

Clearly one of the top sets in the field.

They are a major player in the offshore market.

Clerking

The clerks are very responsive and offer a first rate service.

Nick Luckman and Mark Rushton are both charming, responsive and professional.

Very good – Andrew Barnes and Fraser Geddes in particular.

The clerks room is excellent. Andrew Barnes is one of the best in the field and Jess Edson is a pleasure to deal with.

The service provided is well-organised and professional.

London Bar > Pensions Tier 1

Rated as 'the elite of the pensions bar', Wilberforce Chambers' members continue to advise and act in the industry's most complex and cutting edge issues. Michael Tennet QC, Edward Sawyer, and Jonathan Chew act for Mitchells & Butlers trustees in a major rectification claim estimated to be worth over £100m, on the issue of indexing benefits to RPI inflation; Fenner Moeran QC acts for the representative beneficiary. Members are also instructed in Merchant Navy Ratings Pension Fund v Stena Line Ltd and others, considering whether a time bar applies to the right to unpaid pension benefits. The case, thought to have over £100m at stake includes Tennet QC and Moeran QC, and the addition of Paul Newman QC (for the trustee), Thomas Robinson, 'technically brilliant' Emily McKechnie (for the representative beneficiaries).

Rising stars

Joseph Steadman - Wilberforce ChambersJoe is quick on the uptake and has a good instinct in this area and I feel will become a well known figure in the area in due course.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Michael Furness QC - Wilberforce ChambersOutstanding technician - absolutely unparalleled technical knowledge he is someone Judges listen to. One of the most highly respected individuals in this area.
Ranked: Tier 1
Brian Green QC - Wilberforce Chambers An absolutely top flyer in this sphere. Outstanding advocate, hugely clever, profound expertise, and incredibly supportive of his instructing solicitors.
Ranked: Tier 1
Paul Newman QC - Wilberforce ChambersVery quick, very user friendly and a real team player.
Ranked: Tier 1
Michael Tennet QC - Wilberforce ChambersIntellectually very strong and brings a lot of creativity, very collaborative and works hard to drive the team and client forward.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jonathan Hilliard QC - Wilberforce ChambersJonathan is bright and insightful. A good communicator and makes himself available.
Ranked: Tier 2
Fenner Moeran QC - Wilberforce ChambersA master in pensions law, particularly with an international dimension. Unusual to find a barrister with such a keen intellect, but who can also see the bigger picture. Delivers extremely insightful advice as a result.
Ranked: Tier 2

2020 Silks

Andrew Mold QC - Wilberforce ChambersAndrew goes from strength to strength. He is a highly regarded and very well-liked member of the pensions bar. Easy to work with and technically excellent.

Leading Juniors

Edward Sawyer - Wilberforce ChambersEdward is always my first choice in the pensions litigation space. Extremely bright and hard working, a great team player and someone who always over delivers. He will almost certainly be a QC in the near future.
Ranked: Tier 1
Sebastian Allen - Wilberforce ChambersBright, astute, calm and unflappable. He is personable, easy to deal with and an excellent strategic thinker.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
James McCreath - Wilberforce ChambersJames is an outstanding junior. He is as smart as they come, very diligent, and an absolute pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 3
Thomas Robinson - Wilberforce ChambersCalm, pragmatic and impressive. An excellent manner.
Ranked: Tier 3
James Walmsley - Wilberforce ChambersJames is respected for his acumen and raw intelligence, particularly in actuarial or financial matters.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jonathan Chew - Wilberforce ChambersJonathan has a good instinctive sense for responding to queries and issues which means he is well able to cut to the real points of focus very quickly. He is a sharp mind.
Ranked: Tier 4
Emily McKechnie - Wilberforce ChambersTechnically brilliant, excellent with clients and judges! Easy to work with and a real team player.
Ranked: Tier 4
Thomas Seymour - Wilberforce ChambersVery personable and calm and a fount of knowledge and experience.
Ranked: Tier 4
Michael Ashdown - Wilberforce ChambersTechnically excellent, hugely enthusiastic and extremely diligent.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

‘Wilberforce remain the elite of the pensions Bar.’

‘First-rate set with leading practitioners in pensions, trusts, and property law. Huge range of counsel, many being the leaders in their field.’

‘Wilberforce is very strong in pensions – a lot of choice and coverage at different levels. No shortage of options from silks to juniors.’

Clerking

‘Really excellent. Patient and responsive. Fraser Geddes and Danny Smillie in particular have gone out of their way to assist as much as possible.’

‘Superb – efficient, effective and responsive.’

London Bar > Private client: trusts and probate Tier 1

Wilberforce Chambers ‘obviously is one of the top sets for offshore trusts’ and is a ‘set that excels in this field.’ The ‘highly intelligentBrian Green QC is acting for the defendant (a major bank) in £450m Hong Kong proceedings concerning the alleged breach of trust and other consequential issues. In another major case Gilead Cooper QC (an ‘intellectual giant’) is acting for Paul Nicholls (guardian of the infants) in Kea v Watson & Ors, a long-running dispute between two New Zealanders before the Jersey courts, concerning the validity of an interim arrêt (a form of seizure) of interests in three trusts to enforce payment of UK judgments.

Rising stars

Michael AshdownWilberforce ChambersMichael’s intellect, attitude and accessibility are extremely impressive.
Ranked: Tier 1
James GoodwinWilberforce ChambersTechnically, commercially and intellectually capable. Extremely effective and an advocate who is able to hold his own against silks. James is able to read the court and its mood effectively. Fantastic written advocacy.
Ranked: Tier 1
Joseph SteadmanWilberforce ChambersExtremely intelligent, he knows the law backwards, gives very practical advice. He is an ideal person to have on the team.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Gilead Cooper QCWilberforce ChambersA piercing intellect and a highly imaginative approach to the issues thrown up in trusts disputes make Gilead one of the top ranking, go to barristers in this area. It has always been a very great pleasure working with him.
Ranked: Tier 1
Michael Furness QCWilberforce ChambersA top, top silk with vast experience who delivers concise and commercial advice.
Ranked: Tier 1
Brian Green QCWilberforce ChambersBrian is phenomenal – both on legal excellence and personality. He is astute, wise and highly emotionally intelligent. Brian has an extraordinary ability to deliver difficult advice in a compassionate and persuasive manner.
Ranked: Tier 1
Robert Ham QCWilberforce ChambersThere is probably no London QC more experienced in Bermuda trust law than Robert. He provides real gravitas to any case. His technical ability is matched by his approachability.
Ranked: Tier 1
Clare Stanley QCWilberforce ChambersA skilled advocate who builds great relationships with clients. Clare combines a down to earth approach with an encyclopaedic and authoritative knowledge of trusts law. She is thoroughly across the detail yet maintains a clear strategic focus and is completely committed to pursuing the best result for the client.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jonathan Davey QCWilberforce ChambersHe is just super in terms of written and oral advocacy. He is great with clients – having a conference with him must be like being given a hug by valium; he really makes you believe that everything is under control and will be alright. He has a great connection with judges and a huge amount of experience in complex litigation.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Fenner Moeran QCWilberforce ChambersHe has a brilliant analytical brain, communicates wonderfully with clients. Picks up essential points in a case very quickly.
Ranked: Tier 3
Tiffany Scott QCWilberforce ChambersTiffany provides insightful and comprehensive advice on very complex trust matters. She is approachable and is quick to understand and address the needs of clients.
Ranked: Tier 3

2020 Silks

Zoë Barton QCWilberforce ChambersZoë is very clear, decided and commercial in advising, is technically very good and is also good in relation to points of evidence.
Andrew Mold QCWilberforce ChambersAndrew is an understated and very polite assassin. He brings clarity to great complexity and it is his precision that really sets him apart.

Leading Juniors

Emily CampbellWilberforce ChambersShe has a brain the size of a mountain, and cuts through problems with razor sharp clarity, a problem solver, rather than a problem maker.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set 

‘This is a pre-eminent set with some legendary members in this world.’

‘The Chambers is made up of great talent and there is always help at a high level when needed.

‘Fantastic set with quality throughout.’

Excellent, top of the market, with a price tag to match, but worth every penny!

‘Wilberforce is undoubtedly the top set in the trusts and probate world. Its strength in depth is second to none.’

‘The set as a whole has an extremely strong profile in the area with some really stellar performers.

Clerking 

‘The clerking at Wilberforce is exceptional and exemplary. All of the clerks are so efficient and brilliant at what they do. Fraser Geddes deserves specific praise – he really understands what solicitors need and works tirelessly to help make cases run smoothly. The up and coming Harvey Scott looks set to follow in his footsteps.’

Excellent clerking. We love Stewart Cameron.

Always available and helpful with great knowledge of the members’ abilities.’

‘Excellent service, friendly and approachable. Mark Rushton stands out.’

‘First-rate.’

I have always found them hugely personable and straightforward to deal with.’

London Bar > Charities Tier 2

At Wilberforce Chambers, the key practitioners are Jonathan Davey QC and the ‘extremely goodMichael Furness QC, who provides ‘very practical advice‘. In a prominent highlight, Davey QC acted for HM Revenue and Customs in Life Services Ltd v HM Revenue and Customs, a test case which focused on the issue of the status of supplies that were provided by charities and quasi-charities in the context of EU tax law.

Leading Silks

Jonathan Davey QC - Wilberforce ChambersHe works extremely hard and is very conscientious. He plans meticulously for every hearing, meaning he is well-prepared for any question that may be asked by the court or tribunal. He is also extremely approachable, making him a popular choice with clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Michael Furness QC - Wilberforce ChambersMichael is simply superb. His advice is technically brilliant, but also commercial and pragmatic.
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

‘Its range of fees is very competitive.’

Clerking

Excellent and very helpful.’

London Bar > Commercial litigation Tier 2

Wilberforce Chambers is 'a great commercial litigation set with excellent specialists', whose expertise go well beyond traditional strengths of trusts and insolvency law. Among the silks, Alan Gourgey QC is a standout name, and has been leading Anna Littler for one of the defendants in Libyan Investment Authority v Credit Suisse and others, a dispute concerning several transactions the sovereign fund entered into with Credit Suisse. John Wardell QC is another key silk and has been leading Emily McKechnie for Grupo Mexico in Grupo Mexico v Registrar of Companies, concerning the question of the Court’s power to order rectification of the register to reverse the administrative restoration of an LLP where the restoration had been obtained through the provision of fraudulent material. Joanna Smith QC left the set for the High Court bench.

Rising stars

Jamie Holmes - Wilberforce ChambersExceptionally hard working and a real pleasure to work with, highly responsive and astute, and tactically very good.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Alan Gourgey QC - Wilberforce ChambersAn outstanding Silk: a terrific lawyer and great tactician with excellent judgement and compelling advocacy. He also leads a team very well.
Ranked: Tier 1
John Wardell QC - Wilberforce ChambersHe is able to think outside the box. A great legal mind, strategic and practical.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Terence Mowschenson QC - Wilberforce ChambersA remarkable lawyer. He has an incredible eye for detail but never misses the wood for the trees.
Ranked: Tier 3
Lexa Hilliard QC - Wilberforce ChambersA genuine pleasure to work with. Lexa's knowledge is wide-ranging and her experience and confidence combine to have a calming effect on a case.
Ranked: Tier 4
Tim Penny QC - Wilberforce ChambersAn excellent advocate whose thoughtful, balanced and considered style is highly effective.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ian Croxford QC - Wilberforce ChambersHard-working and very bright.
Ranked: Tier 5
Fenner Moeran QC - Wilberforce ChambersFenner identifies essential issues in cases very quickly. He has a brilliant analytical brain and communicates wonderfully with clients.
Ranked: Tier 5
Clare Stanley QC - Wilberforce ChambersClare is technically brilliant, really easy to work with and great on her feet.
Ranked: Tier 5
Nikki Singla QC - Wilberforce ChambersFantastically clever, an excellent technical lawyer and advocate. A Rolls-Royce among QCs.
Ranked: Tier 6

Leading Juniors

Anna Littler - Wilberforce ChambersShe 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 mean Anna is destined to do really well.
Ranked: Tier 4
Emily McKechnie - Wilberforce ChambersHer analysis of the law and facts is always spot-on. She always knows the right answer and gives it straight away. Her written work is second to none. Basically, one of the best senior juniors at the commercial Chancery Bar.
Ranked: Tier 4
Edward Sawyer - Wilberforce ChambersAn outstanding draftsman, and a quite excellent technical lawyer. Incredibly collegiate and helpful and supportive to work with, responsive and hard working.
Ranked: Tier 4
James Walmsley - Wilberforce ChambersJames provides laser-focused and practical advice; he cuts to the heart of the matter quickly and confidently. His written work is exceptional.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

‘A great set with real strength in depth; all the barristers there are really easy to work with and great at what they do.’

‘Wilberforce are excellent. We use many of their juniors and know and trust the team well. ‘

‘They continue to offer a consistently high quality service and boast some of the Country’s leading barristers.’

‘Wilberforce is the best chancery commercial chambers there is. It has great strength at all levels.’

‘The set has real strength and depth and some real heavy hitters.’

Clerking

‘Really commercial and practical, they look to meet your and the clients’ needs at every opportunity.’

‘Clerk’s room is great and very responsive, able to help with all queries. Andrew Barnes and Ben Rippengale in particular.’

‘Fraser Geddes stands out for responsiveness and “can do” attitude. His team management skills are exemplary.’

‘The clerks are always friendly, helpful and responsive.’

‘Well run, efficient, very responsive, commercially aware.’

London Bar > Company and partnership Tier 2

As a set, Wilberforce Chambers is prominent in the company and insolvency law spheres and takes on cases relating to directors duties, breaches of fiduciary duty and boardroom disputes. Marcia Shekerdemian QC leads the representation of Jabac Finances in complex claims and cross claims under the Companies Act section 994 comprising a listed 22-day trial involving a breach of statutory duty claim and two minority shareholder petitions.Among others, Lexa Hilliard QC acts on significant directors’ disputes incorporating offshore elements. In a substantial transactional mandate for the set, James Bailey QC was instructed on the company law elements of the Racing Point Formula One team’s rebrand to Aston Martin, following team owner Lawrence Stroll’s purchase of a minority stake in the motor manufacturer.

Company - Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 2
Terence Mowschenson QCWilberforce ChambersTerry’s judgement in complex commercial matters, particularly those concerning directors duties and shareholder disputes, is second to none.
Ranked: Tier 2
Marcia Shekerdemian QCWilberforce ChambersBrilliantly approachable. Marcia’s depth of experience and wisdom are second to none as is her ability to tell it as it is.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
James Bailey QCWilberforce ChambersExcellent on all fronts.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4
Max Mallin QCWilberforce ChambersA leading practitioner in shareholder/equity disputes. Vastly experienced in cross-border, complex and multi-party contractual disputes.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

A great set.

Wilberforce is one of the leading chambers in the sphere of shareholder/equity disputes and contractual claims.

There is always availability or counsel willing to pick up a matter when capacity is an issue.

Excellent set with a lot of talented individuals.

Top notch.

Clerking

Great team, builds lasting relationships.

The clerks are first rate. The gold standard that every chambers should seek to achieve.

Their service level and responsiveness are excellent.

Fraser Geddes is top notch and goes above and beyond.

Great clerks team right across the board.

London Bar > Fraud: civil Tier 2

Wilberforce Chambers is 'an excellent set with a deep bench of experience'. In addition to the high-quality silks and juniors, clients also appreciate the set's infrastructure which is well placed to handle fast-moving fraud claims. Coupled with this is the set's excellent standing for offshore disputes, where it is among the very best in London. Alan Gourgey QC has an excellent reputation in this field and is currently leading Jack Watson on behalf of the a Russian bank in liquidation in Vneshprombank v Bedzhamov, in which a ten-week trial involving claims of conspiracy and fraud is set for early 2022. Another leading figure is John Wardell QC who, alongside Thomas Lowe QC and Watson, was representing AHAB in its epic two-decade, $128 billion fraud dispute, AHAB v Saad Investments Company Limited, which was awaiting its Cayman Islands Appeal Court judgment at press time against several outstanding defendants, having agreed a settlement with Saad in October 2020.

Rising stars

Tim Matthewson - Wilberforce ChambersTim is as clever as he is diligent. He has a prodigious work ethic and his drafting is impeccable.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Alan Gourgey QC - Wilberforce ChambersAn outstanding Silk: a terrific lawyer and a great tactician with excellent judgement and a compelling advocate. He also leads a team very well.
Ranked: Tier 1
John Wardell QC - Wilberforce ChambersPeerless in fraud cases, able to get to grips with the most complicated of cases and give robust, and aggressive advice when required. Very responsive. Loved by clients and instructing solicitors alike.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tim Penny QC - Wilberforce ChambersBrilliant in all respects. He is tactically astute, quick to grapple with complex issues of law and a first-rate advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Fenner Moeran QC - Wilberforce ChambersA first-rate counsel who solicitors go back to time and time again. He is always enthusiastic and pleasant to deal with - clients love him for that.
Ranked: Tier 4
Clare Stanley QC - Wilberforce ChambersAn outstanding and well-liked practitioner who cuts to the chase quickly and always gives exemplary advice. Clare is willing to take a chance on cases which others would dismiss.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Anna Littler - Wilberforce ChambersShe has all the attributes to be a top QC - fine judgment, great attention to detail, a creative mind and excellent legal knowledge. Solicitors just know that any document she delivers will be first rate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Bobby Friedman - Wilberforce ChambersBobby moves very quickly to deal with urgent cases and has his finger on the pulse of the court when it comes to urgent interim relief.
Ranked: Tier 3
Edward Sawyer - Wilberforce ChambersExcellent with clients and very bright, he is an outstanding lawyer.
Ranked: Tier 4
Jack Watson - Wilberforce ChambersExtremely smart, analytical, decisive as well as being user-friendly and approachable: a great asset to any litigation team.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

‘Have some excellent barristers in the civil fraud, international asset recovery and insolvency areas.’

‘We use Wilberforce chambers on a regular basis and will continue to do so – they have an impressive depth and breadth to their practice.’

‘A great set with real strength in depth; all the barristers there are really easy to work with and great at what they do.’

‘Excellent set; my go to set. Very deep bench of experience.’

‘Wilberforce a are great set of specialists in serious fraud matters.’

Clerking

‘Really commercial and practical, they look to meet your and the clients’ needs at every opportunity.’

‘Pleasant, capable and professional. I have been particularly impressed by Nancy Lee.’

‘Clerks are fantastic at fraud matters as they have a seemingly direct line to the Court to get urgent matters dealt with. Andrew Barnes and Ben Rippengale in particular.’

‘The clerks are always helpful and put themselves out to be responsive and help with listing issues. I have dealt in particular with Harvey Scott who always responds quickly and bends over backwards to find a solution if help is needed.’

‘The clerks’ room provides an excellent level of service. They’re all really responsive and always seem happy to help. Nicholas Luckman has shown himself to be sensible on fees and my day-to-day dealings with clerks such as Harvey Scott, Luke Farmer, Andrew Barnes and Antonia Matthew has been hassle-free and effective.’

London Bar > Private client: personal tax Tier 2

Wilberforce Chambers has an illustrious history of advising on the taxation of trusts and estates as well as on the taxation aspects of pension schemes and capital gains tax. In the case of Gareth Clark v HM Revenue and Customs, which reached the Court of Appeal, Jonathan Davey QC is acting for HM Revenue and Customs in a test case concerning the liberation of pension funds through the setting up of UK and offshore trusts and other such structures.

Leading Silks

Jonathan Davey QCWilberforce ChambersAn excellent leader, communicator and advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Brian Green QCWilberforce ChambersA genius and brilliant in all respects. Brian is incredibly generous with his time and attention, making time for even the most insignificant matters. He has the ability to cut through the seemingly most intractable issues with ease, grace and good humour. A joy to work with!
Ranked: Tier 2

London Bar > Professional negligence Tier 2

Stellar setWilberforce Chambers garners praise for its ‘quality and strength in depth‘. The ‘top class‘ team stands out for its expertise in handling negligence claims pertaining to pensions and property, and has also been kept busy acting in claims against a range of professionals, including solicitors, barristers, accountants and tax advisers. Jonathan Seitler QC is representing 54 investor claimants in a group action against a firm of solicitors concerning investments in student accommodation in Yorkshire. Clare Stanley QC, ‘an impressive advocate‘ with ‘a compelling courtroom style‘, has established strength in handling cases regarding alleged negligence in relation to the trusts sector. In January 2021, Joanna Smith QC was appointed to the High Court bench.

Leading Silks

Jonathan Seitler QCWilberforce ChambersHe is fabulous to work with. Highly intelligent and establishes a great rapport with the client.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Michael Furness QCWilberforce ChambersMichael has huge technical knowledge and provides measured, firm advice. Judges listen to him.
Ranked: Tier 3
Paul Newman QCWilberforce ChambersPaul has incredible experience and knowledge of all pension related matters. Very sound in his advice.
Ranked: Tier 3
Clare Stanley QCWilberforce ChambersClare is a total star. She is a fierce cross-examiner, super-smart, hard working and gets to the key issues instantly. She can quickly break down the most complicated of cases into comprehensible parts.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 4

2020 Silks

Leading Juniors

Benjamin FaulknerWilberforce ChambersBenjamin is fiercely intelligent and has a commanding but personable advocacy style.
Ranked: Tier 5
James WalmsleyWilberforce ChambersA brilliant technical and strategic thinker. He is particularly well-suited to large and complex cases and will get on top of the facts quickly.
Ranked: Tier 6
Edward SawyerWilberforce ChambersA fearless advocate. Highly intelligent with an impeccable memory and eye for detail.
Ranked: Tier 6

Testimonials

Set

A user-friendly set‘.

Clerking

Very efficient‘.

Very personable and provide a great service to their instructing solicitors‘.

The service is very attentive‘.

London Bar > Property litigation Tier 2

Wilberforce Chambers combines notable senior expertise with a strong team of junior barristers, with a strong offering across the full range of property matters, most notably commercial landlord and tenant work, development disputes, mortgages, title disputes, and rural economy issues. Joanne Wicks QC and Emer Murphy appeared in the Duval v 11-13 Randolph Crescent Ltd case before the Supreme Court, a case relating to landlord-tenant permissions for covenant breaches. Martin Hutchings QC and James McCreath were involved in Devine v Housing Solutions Ltd, a legally significant restrictive covenants case concerning whether a developer who had knowingly constructed houses in breach of restrictive covenant could rely on the public interest in those houses being occupied to justify modifying the covenant. Jonathan Seitler QC is heavily involved in telecoms cases, particularly the burgeoning area of litigation relating to the new code, and appeared before the Court of Appeal in Cornerstone PLC v Ashloch, AP Wireless, which will determine what rights telecoms operators have under the new telecoms code during the term of a telecoms lease.  Mark Wonnacott QC and Harriet Holmes were involved in The trustees of the Williams-Wynn 1987 Settlement v Natural Resources Body for Wales, a landmark mines and minerals case.

Rising stars

Joseph SteadmanWilberforce ChambersJoseph has always dealt with matters thoroughly with great attention to detail. Joseph is very easy to work with and is friendly, approachable and realistic with advice.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Jonathan Seitler QCWilberforce ChambersJonathan’s ability to think outside of the box is remarkable. The way his mind works in order to find angles to really create a legal argument is fantastic and means that we always go to him to help us to fight our way out of a corner. His advocacy skills and powers of persuasion are second to none. He controls the court room with his smart wit and, at times, humour and is fantastically persuasive on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 1
Joanne Wicks QCWilberforce ChambersAbsolutely at the top of the game for property related disputes. A pleasure to work with and so clear and concise in her advice. Has to be in the very top echelon in this jurisdiction and always a first choice. Always willing to roll up the sleeves and gets stuck in. Every angle is always covered and one feels in extremely safe and capable hands. Technically very astute.
Ranked: Tier 1
Martin Hutchings QCWilberforce ChambersMartin gets to the nub of the issues quickly and concisely. He does not sit on the fence and is prepared to give a clear view, something that is valued by clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 4
Tiffany Scott QCWilberforce ChambersTiffany’s attention to detail is second to none. She is incredibly thorough, always happy to pick up the phone to chat something through and excellent when cross-examining. Highly skilled in extracting information from elderly and infirm witnesses in a sensitive but determined manner. She is very client friendly and unlike many barristers, acknowledges that her involvement is part of a bigger picture.
Ranked: Tier 4
James Ayliffe QCWilberforce ChambersHardworking. An excellent team player. Cautious but proactive, with strategic ideas and suggestions. Paperwork is very clear and precise, and work is produced on time.
Ranked: Tier 5
Ranked: Tier 5
Jonathan Davey QCWilberforce ChambersHe is a reassuring presence, calm, great personality, very charming and puts clients at ease quickly. He works well behind the scenes with the solicitor team and rolls his sleeves up and incredibly accessible and responsive. He understands the team approach and is very easy to work with, and a very nice person on top of it all, shows genuine interest in people.
Ranked: Tier 5
Julian Greenhill QCWilberforce ChambersAbsolutely brilliant. Really client-friendly. Excellent on his feet, both in making submissions and in cross-examination. Gives clear, focussed advice and works well as a team with his solicitors.
Ranked: Tier 5

2020 Silks

Zoë Barton QCWilberforce ChambersSteely with a superior legal and commercial brain. One to have on your side in the toughest of fights. She will concentrate on the killer points! Her good written work and great advocacy will carry the tribunal. A go-to QC for the difficult cases and clients.

Leading Juniors

Emer MurphyWilberforce ChambersShe provides commercial advice in a clear, readily understandable way which can be acted upon.
Ranked: Tier 2
James McCreathWilberforce ChambersHighly intelligent with great intuition. Easy to work with and hard working.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 4
Jonathan ChewWilberforce ChambersVery analytical, strong on practical and technical law. Good with the tribunal and opposition. Good paperwork and prompt turnaround.
Ranked: Tier 4
Benjamin FaulknerWilberforce ChambersVery good on landlord and tenant matters. User-friendly with clients, combined with excellent technical skills and attention to detail (which can be a rare combination!). Charms the judges. Very much a team-player.
Ranked: Tier 4
Simon AtkinsonWilberforce ChambersSimon has an incredible appetite for work, is able to process huge amounts of information in a short space of time. He has an absolute mastery of the law and is also very good on his feet – clients have real confidence in him.
Ranked: Tier 5
Harriet HolmesWilberforce ChambersExceptional drafting skills. Very good with clients, friendly, approachable.
Ranked: Tier 5
Tom RoscoeWilberforce ChambersTom continues to be my go-to in this area. As well as being a compelling and brilliant Chancery lawyer, he’s great on his feet, engaging, reactive, commercial and really knows his stuff. His practical application and commercial advice is always well-received. He continues to impress and turns around work within required timescales.
Ranked: Tier 5

Testimonials

Set

Good at ensuring good relationships are maintained. Excellent, quick, responsive and personable. Very easy to work with.

Great set for property litigation and a number of excellent seniors and juniors – so real strength and depth. They have been very visible through the pandemic and great use of social media!

A very solid set with strength in depth and a good number of go to barristers. They will always provide a great service and a very supportive team.

Huge strength in depth throughout the field of property litigation. Its possible to find an expert in every aspect of contentious property work.

Clerking

Mark Rushton is a great clerk, very professional and a pleasure to deal with.

Very effective and efficient – fees are competitive. Helpful and responsive clerking team.

Really good, sensible, straight talking, don’t over promise and find a solution to most things.

The set is complemented by a knowledgeable, friendly and talented clerking team.

London Bar > Insolvency Tier 3

Wilberforce Chambers‘ insolvency group is specialised in both personal and corporate insolvency advice and related litigation. Recent highlights for members include Lexa Hilliard QC‘s involvement in the lucrative, multi-party trial arising from the collapse of Lehman Brothers; and Marcia Shekerdemian QC representing a consortium of Indian banks, seeking former Force India Formula One team owner Vijay Mallya’s bankruptcy for a £1bn. 2019 silk James Bailey QC had a busy year working on both onshore and offshore matters, and Rachael Earle stood out among the very active crop of juniors at chambers.

Leading Silks

Lexa Hilliard QCWilberforce ChambersAlways happy to roll up her sleeves and work with instructing solicitors and able to give excellent legal guidance.
Ranked: Tier 2
Marcia Shekerdemian QCWilberforce ChambersTechnically excellent, commercially minded and pragmatic, she also gives great tactical advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Bailey QCWilberforce ChambersA creative thinker who gets to the heart of the issue quickly. He is my go-to counsel for contentious insolvency work.
Ranked: Tier 5
Terence Mowschenson QCWilberforce ChambersA remarkable, experienced and knowledgeable lawyer.
Ranked: Tier 5
Clare Stanley QCWilberforce ChambersClare has a real ability to cut through the detail and identify the heart of the issues before proposing simply distilled and clear counter-arguments and solutions.
Ranked: Tier 5

Leading Juniors

Rachael EarleWilberforce ChambersAn unbelievably sharp junior barrister who instils confidence.
Ranked: Tier 5
Bobby FriedmanWilberforce ChambersVery skilled at getting to the heart of a case quickly and coming up with a clear and coherent strategy.
Ranked: Tier 5
Ranked: Tier 5
Thomas RobinsonWilberforce ChambersAlways calm, reassuring, insightful, bright and very well prepared.
Ranked: Tier 5
Jack WatsonWilberforce ChambersHis technical knowledge of insolvency law is first rate and his written work is extremely thorough.
Ranked: Tier 5

Testimonials

Set

Growing reputation for insolvency mandates and the property expertise of the set makes them particularly good in restructurings where there are significant landlord liabilities involved.

They are a first class set.

The strength in depth of barristers is good.

Clerking

Clerks do fine job – responsive.

Harvey Scott is easy to liaise with and responsive.

Overall service and clerking is good. Fraser Geddes is always super helpful as are Stewart Cameron, Nancy Lee and Antonia Matthew.

Fraser Geddes is one of the best clerks around. He knows his barristers and is always willing to go the extra mile to find the right counsel for a new instruction.

Very impressive – streets ahead of other clerking teams. They have the mentality of a law firm delivering consistent quality across the board. Mark Rushton runs a tight ship.

London Bar > Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property)

Art and cultural property - Leading Silks

Gilead Cooper QCWilberforce ChambersBright and unflappable. Cuts through complex issues in a very straightforward manner. Gilead is a very effective and assured advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1

London Bar > Agriculture

London Bar > Energy

Leading Silks

Alan Gourgey QC - Wilberforce ChambersA go-to silk, he is incredibly incisive and approachable and a joy to work with.
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > Financial services regulation

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

Leading Silks

Alan Gourgey QCWilberforce ChambersThe best all-round QC in London with in-depth knowledge of arbitration procedures and a unique ability to grapple with complex foreign legal systems and laws.
Ranked: Tier 3
John Wardell QCWilberforce ChambersHe has an excellent command of equity and trust law which is increasingly a rare thing especially amongst lawyers who hold themselves out to know about arbitrations as well.
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Tax: corporate and VAT/indirect tax

Tax: corporate - Leading Silks

Jonathan Davey QC - Wilberforce ChambersJonathan is an excellent advocate - calm, measured and highly persuasive, and very good indeed at responding effectively to questions from the court or tribunal.
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

Leading Silks

Lexa Hilliard QCWilberforce ChambersA rare find in that she combines academic rigour with commercial acumen and excellent advocacy skills.
Ranked: Tier 5

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Commercial

Leading Silks

Stuart Isaacs QCWilberforce Chambers ‘He is phenomenally incisive in his analysis and extremely persuasive in his court craft.
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 78 barristers (36 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
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 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 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 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)
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, Ramganesh (2020)
Members of Chambers SLINGO, Benjamin (2020)
Door Tenants SHER QC, Jules (1968)
Door Tenants FURZE, Caroline (1992)
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 Michael Ashdown  photo Michael Ashdown Michael has a broad chancery practice, encompassing all areas of commercial and…
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 Zoë Barton photo Zoë Barton Call: 2003
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 Elizabeth Houghton  photo Elizabeth Houghton Elizabeth has a very broad commercial chancery practice. She frequently appears in…
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 Daniel Lewis  photo Daniel Lewis Dan is highly experienced in the full range of personal and corporate…
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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).