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Chambers of Michael Furness QC

8 NEW SQUARE, LINCOLN'S INN, LONDON, WC2A 3QP, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7306 0102
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Fax 020 7306 0095
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311 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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Web:
www.wilberforce.co.uk

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

The β€˜polished’ Wilberforce Chambers is β€˜the best in the market’ for pensions litigation work and one of the β€˜premier’ offshore sets as it can offer β€˜a choice of top flight barristers who can offer a deep understanding of the offshore legal market and who have hands-on experience in the offshore courts’. Chambers β€˜has grown and gone from strength to strength’ since the β€˜solutions driven’ Nicholas Luckman was appointed as practice director. Luckman (β€˜a stalwart in the offshore legal world’) and head clerk Mark Rushton are β€˜both responsive and sensitive to client needs and oversee a commercially focused clerks’ room’. Rushton in particular is praised for β€˜going out of his way to ensure a fantastic service and constantly asking how they can get even better’. The clerking team is β€˜second to none’, providing β€˜an integral part of the exceptional service the set provides its clients’. Solicitors highlight β€˜cream of the crop’ Colin Everson, who β€˜clearly understands the market very well, and is always keen to go the extra mile’; the β€˜standout’ Fraser Geddes; a β€˜superb’ Ben Rippengale, who is β€˜on the ball, efficient, personable and a genuine pleasure to deal’; and Stewart Cameron, who is β€˜responsive and great at trying to fix listing problems as well as squeezing in assistance from counsel at short notice when we need it’. In addition, Danny Smillie and the β€˜impressive’ Nancy Lee are also recommended. Offices in: London

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London Bar

Charities
Charities – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Wilberforce Chambers

Wilberforce Chambers has β€˜some of the best and the brightest at the Bar’ for charities work. Jonathan Davey QC appeared in a high-profile test case regarding the meaning of β€˜charity’ and β€˜devoted to social wellbeing’, as well as the implications of the European Union’s principle of direct effect, in Life Services Ltd v Commissioners for HMRC.

Charities – Leading silks

Jonathan Davey QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜Clever and able to tackle highly fact-sensitive, multifaceted disputes with ease.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Furness QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜He is very good at providing legal and tactical advice on tricky issues.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Wilberforce Chambers

Wilberforce Chambers is β€˜undoubtedly a leading set with great strength in depth’, where traditional areas of expertise, such as offshore work, compliment the set’s increasingly commercial focus. Members have been involved in several major cases, including Sabbagh v Khoury, PCP v Barclays Bank and Abela v Baadarani. Clients praise the β€˜responsive, helpful, and excellent’ clerk’s room.

Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Alan Gourgey QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜An excellent trial advocate and skilled cross-examiner, having him retained is a huge asset.’

Ranked: tier 2

Terence Mowschenson QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜Charming with clients and speaks with incredible authority in court.’

Ranked: tier 3

Joanna Smith QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜A first-class advocate and has charmed the appellate court judges on numerous occasions.’

Ranked: tier 4

John Wardell QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜Rapidly gained the trust and respect of the clients, and has a very thorough approach.’

Ranked: tier 4

Thomas Lowe QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜An excellent strategist with unparalleled knowledge of Cayman Islands law.’

Ranked: tier 4

Lexa Hilliard QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜Incredibly impressive; very clear and concise and extremely quick to grasp the issues.’

Ranked: tier 5

Ian Croxford QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜Highly experienced in complex commercial claims.’

Ranked: tier 6
Commercial litigation – 2017 silks

Max Mallin QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜That rare beast of being all things: advocate, legal analyst, commercial resolver and understands figures.’

Ranked: tier 1
Commercial litigation – 2018 silks

Nikki Singla QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜His drafting skills are top notch, his knowledge of trusts and offshore litigation second to none.’

Ranked: tier 1
Commercial litigation – Leading juniors

Iain Pester - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜A deep thinker who plans meticulously.’

Ranked: tier 3

Edward Sawyer - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜So courteous, great judgement and an excellent advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4

James Bailey - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜Turns work around quickly and to an exceptionally high standard.’

Ranked: tier 4

James Walmsley - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜He has a forensic eye and is an excellent tactician.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Company and partnership
Company – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Wilberforce Chambers

The silks and juniors at Wilberforce Chambers are noted for possessing β€˜a good diversity of skills’ across the spectrum of company law matters and members are increasingly taking on work with an international element. Recent standout cases include Qunar Cayman Islands Ltd v Maso Capital Investments Ltd, Garulp Limited v Garulp and Anthony Wall and Scottish Re v Davis.

Company – Leading silks

Lexa Hilliard QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜She wins a case before you've set foot in the court room.’

Ranked: tier 2

Terence Mowschenson QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜A very commanding presence in court and he is easy to work with.’

Ranked: tier 2

John Wardell QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜He is extremely approachable to clients and is not afraid of doing tasks that silks normally would not.’

Ranked: tier 3

Marcia Shekerdemian QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜Strong advocate, very aware of law and practice.’

Ranked: tier 3

Lawrence Cohen QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜He is a very careful and well-balanced silk.’

Ranked: tier 4
Company – 2017 silks

Max Mallin QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜Very commercial, user friendly for solicitors and loved by clients.’

Ranked: tier 1
Company – 2018 silks

Nikki Singla QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜He is not afraid to pull up his sleeves, get stuck in to the detail of the case.’

Ranked: tier 1
Company – Leading juniors

Graeme Halkerston - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜A strong and commercial barrister.’

Ranked: tier 4

Iain Pester - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜A deep thinker who plans meticulously with a real ability to predict issues.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Construction
Construction – Leading silks

Joanna Smith QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜In the construction sphere, she is recommended for professional liability work.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Financial services
Financial services – Leading silks

James Ayliffe QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜Great with clients, strong strategically, and an excellent advocacy style.’

Ranked: tier 3

Terence Mowschenson QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜He has many strengths including care and attention to detail and speed of response.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Wilberforce Chambers

Wilberforce Chambers is β€˜a tremendously commercial-minded set’ whose barristers are β€˜hugely respected in their individual fields, yet prepared to go above and beyond to assist’. Members are involved in a broad range of fraud cases, including many with an offshore element, such as AHAB v SAAD. Other highlights include Sabbagh v Khoury and Abela v Baadarani.

Fraud: civil – Leading silks

Alan Gourgey QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜Extremely hardworking and approachable, and of great assistance in fraud cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

John Wardell QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜Has an incisive mind and fights his clients’ corner tenaciously.’

Ranked: tier 3

Lawrence Cohen QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜Popular for fraud and offshore work.’

Ranked: tier 4

Thomas Lowe QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜A first-class advocate and he always identifies potential issues immediately.’

Ranked: tier 4

Tim Penny QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜An excellent fraud lawyer - produces great written work and is excellent on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 4
Fraud: civil – 2017 silks

Max Mallin QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜A brilliant advocate; his advice is clear and straightforward.’

Ranked: tier 1
Fraud: civil – Leading juniors

Iain Pester - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜Has a real ability to predict issues that could trouble a court; he also knows how to solve them.’

Ranked: tier 3

Edward Sawyer - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜An excellent draftsman with a great eye for points of forensic detail.’

Ranked: tier 4

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IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory)
IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) – Leading silks

Alan Gourgey QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜He is an excellent trial advocate and is a skilled cross-examiner.’

Ranked: tier 3
IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) – Leading juniors

Thomas Robinson - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜A shrewd junior who is an excellent team player.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Insolvency
Insolvency – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Wilberforce Chambers

Wilberforce Chambers is noted for having β€˜a good diversity of skillsets’ and β€˜excellent’ clerks who β€˜work hard to make things happen’. Members were involved in a number of major insolvency matters in 2017, including Leeds v Lemos, a case relating to a high-value and high-profile bankruptcy.

Insolvency – Leading silks

Lexa Hilliard QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜Really bright, hardworking and user friendly.’

Ranked: tier 3

Marcia Shekerdemian QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜A strong advocate and an absolute delight to instruct and work with.’

Ranked: tier 3

Terence Mowschenson QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜Easy to work with.’

Ranked: tier 4

Alan Gourgey QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜Objective and commercial-driven.’

Ranked: tier 5
Insolvency – Leading juniors

James Bailey - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜Excellent in insolvency cases with a cross-border dimension.’

Ranked: tier 3

Iain Pester - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜A deep thinker who plans meticulously and has a real ability to predict issues.’

Ranked: tier 5

Thomas Robinson - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜An outstanding team player with a really astute commercial ability.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property)
Art and cultural property – Leading silks

Gilead Cooper QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜He is always thorough and impressive.’

Ranked: tier 1
Media and entertainment – 2018 Silks

Nikki Singla QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜He is not afraid to get stuck in to the detail of the case.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Offshore
Offshore – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Wilberforce Chambers

Wilberforce Chambers β€˜has many of the leading barristers in the world for international trust litigation, and many of its silks are involved in the most significant cases’. Gilead Cooper QC provided expert evidence on onshore and offshore trusts law in a Supreme Court of Pakistan case which led the the removal of Nawaz Sharif as prime minister of Pakistan; the matter concerned the beneficial ownership of properties in London owned by BVI companies linked in Sharif’s children. Thomas Lowe QC is representing Saad Investment Company in a case concerning an alleged $9bn AHAB Ponzi scheme.

Offshore – Leading silks

Brian Green QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜He handles work concerning Hong Kong, Bermudan and Cayman trusts.’

Ranked: tier 1

Gilead Cooper QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜Creative and intellectually agile, he uses his wit to his advantage.’

Ranked: tier 1

Lexa Hillard QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜Instructed in offshore cases, including investment fund liquidations.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Furness QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜Hugely experienced, with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law.’

Ranked: tier 1

Robert Ham QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜Instructed in sensitive Cayman cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Terence Mowschenson QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜Easy to work with – he is very good at picking things up late and getting up to speed quickly.’

Ranked: tier 1

John Wardell QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜Instructed in TCI, Cayman and Gibraltar cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Thomas Lowe QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜An expert in insolvency law with offshore expertise.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Ayliffe QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜He appears in BVI, Hong Kong and Cayman cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jonathan Hilliard QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜An excellent barrister – he leads clients expertly through difficult matters.’

Ranked: tier 3

Clare Stanley QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜An extremely effective and user-friendly operator.’

Ranked: tier 4
Offshore – 2018 silks

Nikki Singla QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜He appears in BVI, Cayman and Manx litigation.’

Ranked: tier 1
Offshore – Leading juniors

Graeme Halkerston - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜He brings prior expertise as a litigator in a Caribbean firm.’

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Mold - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜Also admitted to the Cayman Bar, his work includes cases with matrimonial elements.’

Ranked: tier 2

Anna Littler - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜Very bright and provides very clear advice.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Pensions
Pensions – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Wilberforce Chambers

As β€˜easily the strongest pensions set in the market’, Wilberforce Chambers’ β€˜exceptional breadth of experience’ and β€˜premier group of outstanding individuals’ places it as β€˜the go-to set for any issues in the pensions world’. Fenner Moeran QC is representing the Pensions Regulator in the high-profile BHS pension schemes deficit moral hazard case; Brian Green QC is acting in Barnardo’s v Buckinghamshire and others in the Supreme Court; and Jonathan Hilliard QC is acting for the trustees of the Silentnight pension scheme in a test case relating to pre-pack deals.

Pensions – Leading silks

Brian Green QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜A very experienced and knowledgeable silk who presents with style.’

Ranked: tier 1

Paul Newman QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜He is impressive in his rigorous analysis of the legislation.’

Ranked: tier 1

Fenner Moeran QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜An extremely dependable advocate who always has the ear of the court.’

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Tennet QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜He has particular skill with the strategic elements of cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Furness QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜He is intellectually excellent with brilliant client-handling skills.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jonathan Hilliard QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜A true star that is rising at a meteoric rate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Robert Ham QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜He is sharp minded, commercial and has a wonderful delivery.’

Ranked: tier 3
Pensions – Leading juniors

Andrew Mold - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜He is rock solid on the law while remaining very commercial.’

Ranked: tier 2

Edward Sawyer - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜He combines being exceptionally bright with a strong practical sense.’

Ranked: tier 2

Emily Campbell - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜She has a sharp intellect and provides silk-quality advice.’

Ranked: tier 2

Sebastian Allen - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜He instils complete confidence in clients.’

Ranked: tier 2

James McCreath - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜He is incredibly user friendly and fully dedicated to the client’s cause.’

Ranked: tier 3

Thomas Robinson - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜He is highly intelligent and excellent on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 3

Benjamin Faulkner - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜He has an incredible legal brain and a keen eye for detail.’

Ranked: tier 4

Emily McKechnie - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜A great advocate who is user friendly and very bright.’

Ranked: tier 4

James Walmsley - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜A key name for regulatory actions.’

Ranked: tier 4

Thomas Seymour - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜A wise junior who can be relied upon.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Private client: personal tax
Private client: personal tax – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Wilberforce Chambers

Private client: personal tax – Leading silks

Brian Green QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜He is very clever and articulate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jonathan Davey QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜He makes things simple and easily digestible for the judge.’

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Furness QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜A skilled advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Private client: trusts and probate
Private client: trusts and probate – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Wilberforce Chambers

Wilberforce Chambers is a β€˜strong set, with excellent strength and depth throughout, and some very bright people’. Members are experienced in international work, particularly in offshore jurisdictions. Gilead Cooper QC acted in a claim brought by the executor of a high-profile Saudi government minister for disclosure of information by the family of a Lebanese businessman.

Private client: trusts and probate – Leading silks

Brian Green QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜Has a superb analytical and inventive brain.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Furness QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜Recommended for his work on large family trusts.’

Ranked: tier 1

Robert Ham QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜A master of trust law.’

Ranked: tier 1

Gilead Cooper QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜Thinks outside the box.’

Ranked: tier 2

Clare Stanley QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜Clare is a punchy advocate with real gravitas in the area of contentious trusts.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jonathan Hilliard QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜One of the best young silks in the business.’

Ranked: tier 3

John Martin QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜A very experienced Chancery practitioner.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jonathan Davey QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜He has a way of making something unreasonable appear reasonable and attractive.’

Ranked: tier 3
Private client: trusts and probate – 2018 silks

Tiffany Scott QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜Excellent attention to detail and a good calming way with clients.’

Ranked: tier 1
Private client: trusts and probate – Leading juniors

Emily Campbell - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜Insightful, wise and brilliant.’

Ranked: tier 1

Judith Bryant - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜Hugely experienced and practical.’

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Child - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜He has a great analytical brain.’

Ranked: tier 3

Mark Studer - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜He is very bright.’

Ranked: tier 3

ZoΓ« Barton - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜She is extremely eloquent and can think quickly on her feet.’

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew Mold - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜You can be confident that he will find the answer to the most complicated of cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

John Child - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜He is very good on detail.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Wilberforce Chambers

Wilberforce Chambers is an β€˜excellent set for professional negligence’ cases and its expertise spans claims against solicitors, barristers, accountants, auditors, actuaries, construction professionals, finance practitioners, company directors and insurance brokers. Joanna Smith QC is acting for the claimant lender in Tiuta International Ltd v De Villiers Chartered Surveyors, a valuers claim. John Wardell QC acted for the claimant in a case against Bird & Bird LLP, for negligence in relation to the conveyance of a Β£26m property in North London.

Professional negligence – Leading silks

John Wardell QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜Really grasps the detail of a case.’

Ranked: tier 1

Ian Croxford QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜His attention to detail and ability to identify alternative and sustainable arguments combined with pragmatic advice is invaluable.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jonathan Seitler QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜He is particularly noted for property-related professional negligence cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Joanna Smith QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜Her written work is exceptional, she is a ferocious advocate, tactically astute and handles clients incredibly well.’

Ranked: tier 2

John Martin QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜He regularly handles international professional negligence cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Joanne Wicks QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜She is very commercial as well as being technically excellent, and clients like her approachable style.’

Ranked: tier 3

Michael Tennet QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜Very bright.’

Ranked: tier 3

Michael Furness QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜He is noted for pensions-related professional negligence work.’

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Newman QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜He is thoughtful in his responses and gives clients confidence.’

Ranked: tier 3

Clare Stanley QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜Super on the detail, great with clients, commercial and excellent on her feet.’

Ranked: tier 4

David Phillips QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜He is disarmingly charming and puts his clients at ease while maintaining a laser focus on the issues at hand.’

Ranked: tier 4

James Ayliffe QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜He is pro-active and hardworking.’

Ranked: tier 4

Lexa Hilliard QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜Very able.’

Ranked: tier 4
Professional negligence – 2018 silks

Julian Greenhill QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜Brilliant.’

Ranked: tier 1

Nikki Singla QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜He really gets stuck into the details.’

Ranked: tier 1

Tiffany Scott QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜Superb.’

Ranked: tier 1
Professional negligence – leading juniors

ZoΓ« Barton - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜A highly-rated junior.’

Ranked: tier 4

Andrew Mold - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜He is clever and diligent.’

Ranked: tier 5

Graeme Halkerston - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜Highly regarded.’

Ranked: tier 5

Benjamin Faulkner - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜He is very thoughtful and always prepares fully.’

Ranked: tier 6

Edward Sawyer - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜A pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 6

Emer Murphy - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜She has a phenomenal work rate.’

Ranked: tier 6

Emily McKechnie - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜Responsive and user friendly.’

Ranked: tier 6

Sebastian Allen - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜First rate.’

Ranked: tier 6

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Property litigation and agriculture
Property litigation – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Wilberforce Chambers

Wilberforce Chambers has β€˜excellent strength in depth in property matters’ and is β€˜the premier set for commercial work’. In the Supreme Court, Joanne Wicks QC and Benjamin Faulkner are acting for the appellant in S Franses Ltd v The Cavendish Hotel, a matter of general importance which concerns a landlord’s attempt to evict a protected business tenant on the basis of redevelopment works that the tenant argues serves no genuine commercial purpose.

Property litigation – Leading silks

Jonathan Seitler QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜An unbelievable brain which he uses to obtain technical and commercial advantages.’

Ranked: tier 2

Joanne Wicks QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜Trustworthy and reliable, as well as being technically excellent.’

Ranked: tier 2

Martin Hutchings QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜The go-to person for complex dilapidations claims and a real joy to work with.’

Ranked: tier 3

Mark Wonnacott QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜The first name on the list when heavy ammunition is needed in a dispute.’

Ranked: tier 3

John Furber QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜Good technically, very approachable and clear with clients.’

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Barnes QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜Instructed for estoppel, landlord and tenant matters and compulsory purchases.’

Ranked: tier 4

James Ayliffe QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜Very commercial and great with clients.’

Ranked: tier 5
Property litigation – 2018 silks

Julian Greenhill QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜Dynamic, forward thinking, progressive and engaged.’

Ranked: tier 1

Tiffany Scott QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜Calm and methodical, her written advice is clear and concise.’

Ranked: tier 1
Agriculture – Leading juniors

ZoΓ« Barton - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜She is rated very highly.’

Ranked: tier 3
Property litigation – Leading juniors

ZoΓ« Barton - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜Her strong verbal communication is evident through her advocacy and good rapport with clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

Emer Murphy - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜Unflappable and comes up with innovative solutions to issues.’

Ranked: tier 4

Charlotte Black - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜Building a good reputation in the dilapidations world.’

Ranked: tier 5

Jonathan Chew - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜Comprehensive in his approach, an impressive and effective advocate.’

Ranked: tier 5

James McCreath - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜Technically able, switched on and offers good strategic solutions.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Set overviews: England and Wales

The β€˜polished’ Wilberforce Chambers is β€˜the best in the market’ for pensions litigation work and one of the β€˜premier’ offshore sets as it can offer β€˜a choice of top flight barristers who can offer a deep understanding of the offshore legal market and who have hands-on experience in the offshore courts’. Chambers β€˜has grown and gone from strength to strength’ since the β€˜solutions driven’ Nicholas Luckman was appointed as practice director. Luckman (β€˜a stalwart in the offshore legal world’) and head clerk Mark Rushton are β€˜both responsive and sensitive to client needs and oversee a commercially focused clerks’ room’. Rushton in particular is praised for β€˜going out of his way to ensure a fantastic service and constantly asking how they can get even better’. The clerking team is β€˜second to none’, providing β€˜an integral part of the exceptional service the set provides its clients’. Solicitors highlight β€˜cream of the crop’ Colin Everson, who β€˜clearly understands the market very well, and is always keen to go the extra mile’; the β€˜standout’ Fraser Geddes; a β€˜superb’ Ben Rippengale, who is β€˜on the ball, efficient, personable and a genuine pleasure to deal’; and Stewart Cameron, who is β€˜responsive and great at trying to fix listing problems as well as squeezing in assistance from counsel at short notice when we need it’. In addition, Danny Smillie and the β€˜impressive’ Nancy Lee are also recommended. Offices in: London

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Sport
Sport – Leading silks

David Phillips QC - Wilberforce Chambers β€˜An excellent all-round sports practitioner. Very amiable and a very effective, experienced advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

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