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The Legal 500, 2016

Top Tier Recommendations

  • Pensions
  • Private client: trusts and probate

Recommendations

    • Banking and finance (including consumer credit)
    • Charities
    • Commercial litigation
    • Company and partnership – Company
    • Fraud: civil
    • IT and telecoms (including data protection)
    • Insolvency
    • International arbitration: counsel
    • Media and entertainment
    • Pensions
    • Private client: personal tax
    • Professional negligence
    • Property litigation

Set Overview

Wilberforce Chambers is ‘one of the pre-eminent sets for offshore Chancery and commercial disputes’, and ‘one of the most modern, commercially minded chambers at the Bar’. It houses ‘an excellent choice’ of barristers, which increased in 2015 through the arrival of a team of barristers from the now-defunct 11 Stone Buildings. The new members boosted the set’s profile in a number of practice areas, including insolvency law. The clerks ‘go above and beyond the service provided by other sets’, and have ‘a good understanding of what solicitors require’. For some, it is ‘probably the best clerking operation in the business’ and ‘one of the reasons solicitors use the set so often’. At the helm of the clerks’ room are practice director Nicholas Luckman (who has ‘done well to improve the visibility of the set internationally’) and head clerk Mark Rushton, who is ‘really helpful’. Fraser Geddes ‘stands out for his warmth of personality and efficiency’, Colin Everson can be ‘utterly relied upon’, and Danny Smillie is ‘always responsive and friendly

Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

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Charities

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Commercial litigation

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  • Edward Sawyer One of the most industrious juniors at the Bar.
  • Iain Pester Very good on paper and on his feet, and very well prepared.
  • Max Mallin He is exceptionally commercial and numerate, and never loses sight of the big picture.
  • Nikki Singla Passionate and clever on his feet, and a go-to advocate for difficult business disputes.

 

Company and partnership – Company

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  • Tim Penny QC Very good at interim orders and the strategy of using them in a complex asset recovery case.

Leading Juniors:

  • Graeme Halkerston A great operator and team player, who is extremely knowledgeable
  • Iain Pester His knowledge and analysis is superior
  • Max Millin  A very effective and astute operator.
  • Nikki Singla His drafting skills are top notch and his knowledge of trusts and offshore litigation is second to none

 

Construction

Leading Silks:

  • Joanna Smith QC She is a first-class advocate, who is ferocious in cross-examination

 

Fraud: civil

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IT and telecoms (including data protection)

Leading Silks:

  • Alan Gourgey QC He stands out for his incredible intellectual capacity and quick wit.

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  • Thomas Robinson His strengths are his intellect, work rate and rigorous application.

 

Insolvency

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  • Iain Pester Knowledgeable and easy to work with.
  • Thomas Robinson Highly recommended with strong experience in offshore-related matters.

 

Media and entertainment

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  • Nikki Singla His creative thinking helps to build confidence with the client.

Pensions

Leading Silks: 

  • Fenner Moeran QC Extremely good on the strategy of pensions liberation scams.
  • Michael Furness QC Candid in his assessment of risk and prepared to take a robust view.
  • Michael Tennet QC Always a class act; he cares a great deal about his cases and clients.
  • Paul Newman QC An absolutely outstanding advocate, who fights cases with passion.
  • Robert Ham QC Approachable, supportive and authoritative.
  • Brian Green QC Fantastic intellect, excellent client skills and great on his feet.

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Private Client: personal tax

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Private Client: trusts and probate

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  • Andrew Child At the top of his game
  • Andrew Mold Recommended for international trust disputes
  • John Child An expert on landed estates and large family trusts.
  • Judith Bryant She provides clarity in her opinions and is recommended for Variation of Trusts Act applications
  • Mark Studer A leader in his field
  • Tiffany Scott Calm, practical and good with clients
  • Emily Campbell A trust law genius, who is incisive and practical

 

Professional negligence

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Property litigation

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Leading Juniors:

  • Charlotte Black Particularly clear and precise in relation to the complexities of dilapidations.
  • Emer Murphy One of the top juniors at the Chancery Bar; her attention to detail and rigorous analysis is particularly good.
  • Tiffany Scott Willing to explore issues and find creative solutions
  • Julian Greenhill His knowledge of property law and its oddities is fantastic; he is superb value for money.