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Chambers & Partners 2023

We are delighted to announce our continued success in the latest edition of Chambers & Partners, highlighting collective strength across our core practice areas and the expertise and experience of members of chambers and staff. We are recognised as a leading chambers in 12 areas (below), including four top-tier set rankings. Overall, we have 159 barrister rankings, which includes 28 new and improved individual rankings.

Full coverage in the 2023 guide can be found here.

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Agriculture & Rural Affairs

Mark Wonnacott KC  is a well-respected property litigator with a broad-based rural practice. Peers praise him for his knowledge of the more specialist aspects of land law, such as manorial and mineral rights.

Art and Cultural Property Law

Gilead Cooper KC
Well-known chancery barrister with in-depth knowledge of a wide range of art law topics. He often acts for major cultural institutions, including galleries, public bodies and museums.

“A great technician, who is very considered and thoughtful. He is very knowledgeable when it comes to art as he has a genuine interest in the subject.”

“Gilead’s knowledge and attention to detail are second to none. On top of this he’s client-friendly and gets to the nub of the problem very quickly.”

Bobby Friedman
Tackles a commercial/fraud-related caseload that involves a range of high-value matters concerning artists, sculptors, agencies and museums.

“Bobby is impressive. He’s got a lot of art experience and is a good advocate.”

Chancery: Commercial (Leading Set)

An impressive set, noted for its expertise in complex commercial chancery litigation arising in the UK and across several international and offshore jurisdictions. The team is regularly instructed in company, insolvency and civil fraud disputes, and offers considerable strength when undertaking complex commercial litigation involving elements of pensions, trusts and property law. One instructing solicitor notes: “The set has a very strong range of barristers at all levels from senior silks to juniors. Mermbers have an extensive range of expertise across a range of different practice areas, and collaborate well internally and with other experts to deal with complex matters.” They are instructed in high-profile matters of the greatest complexity including Craig Wright, Tulip Trading Ltd and Others v Persons Unknown, Various Bitcoin Developers, a multibillion-pound cryptocurrency claim, and Vatche Manoukian v Société Générale Banque Liban, a case concerning Manoukian’s allegations against the Lebanese branch of French banking giant Société Générale. Manoukian alleged the bank had been withholding funds from one of his accounts.

“The clerks at Wilberforce are excellent. They are very easy to deal with, responsive, sensible and commercial.”

“The clerking team is a stand-out, and the business development and marketing team also do an excellent job. They are extremely slick.”

Nick Luckman is the practice director – “Nick takes a really good, conscientious approach to his work and this filters down to the rest of the team.”

Leading silks

Alan Gourgey KC

“An exceptional barrister who is good with both professional and lay clients. Good on paper, good on law and good in front of the courts.”

“A details person.”

John Wardell KC

“A brilliant advocate who sticks to his guns. He works tirelessly for his clients.”

“He is unbelievable. He has an excellent ability to grasp cases quickly and thoroughly. He is very good with clients, terrific to work with, and always makes himself available.”

“His rise has been meteoric.”

Thomas Grant KC

“Excellent for complex international work and seems to have an encyclopaedic knowledge of so many other jurisdictions. He is excellent with clients.”

“His reputation speaks for itself. He’s very well respected and definitely adds value to any claim.”

“He has a very powerful presence and is a great courtroom performer.”

Fenner Moeran KC is known for handling sensitive trusts disputes involving complex family situations. He often acts for large financial institutions and has developed a substantial offshore disputes practice.

“Fenner is very good at reading in-between the lines. He is extremely knowledgeable and is good at seeing the bigger picture.”

James Ayliffe KC

“James is incredibly on the ball and very user-friendly.”

Terence Mowschenson KC

“Has a wealth of experience and is highly tenacious. An authoritative and persuasive advocate.”

Clare Stanley KC

“A steely performer whose advice is characterised by great clarity. She is a very pleasant advocate who is easy to deal with.”

Lawrence Cohen KC

“A forceful advocate who’s very analytical and a creative thinker.”

Lexa Hilliard KC

“An excellent silk and a go-to for complex cross-border insolvency.”

Thomas Lowe KC

“A very bright lawyer who is very easy to work with.”

“Extremely good, especially in the offshore market, he has a very well-deserved reputation, particularly for his work in the Cayman Islands.”

Tiffany Scott KC

“A trusted and respected barrister, who navigates situations well and is on top of all of the detail in a case. She is sensible and collaborative with other barristers where appropriate.”

“Tiffany is calm under pressure, very rational and good at dealing with clients.”

“Explains very complex theory in a way that clients understand.”

Tim Penny KC

“A very good advocate, who is thorough in his preparation: you feel he has covered every angle in a case.”

“His attention to detail is second to none, and he works really well in a team.”

Andrew Mold KC

“Very intelligent and insightful, he gives clear and well-reasoned advice.”

“Andrew is very considered and presents well to judges. He is good at constructing claims and understanding where the client is coming from.”

Ian Croxford KC

“Has been there and done all kinds of cases.”

“A wonderful advocate who’s brilliant at cross-examination.”

James Bailey KC 

“James is so details-oriented, and produces arguments that are both creative and intelligent.”

“A good solid presence in the courtroom.”

Marcia Shekerdemian KC 

“Her reputation precedes her: she is effective, she produces superb paperwork, she has a great way of managing people, and she is very practical and commercial in her advice.”

“Very good for opinions and drafting as she knows the law so well.”

Nikki Singla KC

“Great at rolling his sleeves up and good with clients.”

“He’s an excellent advocate whose advice is superb.”

“An extremely diligent and outrageously bright individual.”

Leading juniors 

Edward Sawyer

“Edward is extremely thorough and has a very forensic eye for detail.”

Graeme Halkerston

“Commercially minded and a deep thinker.”

Emer Murphy

“Very good at seeing the big picture and understanding what the client is trying to achieve commercially.”

James McCreath

“High in demand; he is really exceptional.”

“Very tactical, has good judgement and works really hard. A joy to work with.”

“James is very intelligent and very reliable.”

Thomas Robinson

“Cuts through to the heart of any matter and finds the quickest and most effective route to achieving his client’s aims. His advocacy is convincing and persuasive.”

“A great person to work with, who has great judgement.”

Tom Roscoe

“A superb junior and an excellent advocate with a very bright future.”

“Tom really embeds himself within a team well, and is responsive. He has no airs and graces.”

Anna Littler

“Really one to watch – she is very talented, very clever, and delightful to work with. Anna is good at handling really complex situations and has a great sense of judgement. She is thoroughly likeable too.”

Bobby Friedman

“Bobby is exceptionally talented as an advocate and when providing written or oral advice to clients.”

“He provides commercial and sensible strategy advice and can handle cases on his own against senior barristers. He tackles the most complicated cases with ease.”

Emily McKechnie

“Emily is very smart and understands her clients’ objectives and reputational and commercial drivers. She is very easy to work with and her advocacy is impressive – she inspires confidence.”

Jack Watson

“He is really good at giving very clear and straightforward advice, and is excellent on his feet.”

“Jack is all over the law but also practical and personable.”

Jonathan Chew

“Hands-on, incredibly user-friendly and team-spirited. He is pragmatic on paper and in his oral advocacy, and has the neat ability to cut through courtroom noise.”

“His advocacy skills are excellent, and he is a real team player.”

 

Chancery: Traditional (Leading Set)

Wilberforce Chambers has an impressive group of barristers who handlex complex disputes surrounding trusts and estates, often relying upon multi-jurisdictional knowledge of the law. “The set is at the top of its game,” comments a source, who continues: “It has a huge breadth of expertise and its barristers are a lively, entertaining bunch. The set is well run, responsive and a pleasure to work with.”

Client service: “The responsiveness from both counsel and the clerks room is excellent. All barristers who I have instructed have been very user-friendly and accessible. Likewise the service from the clerks room is the best I have experienced; they are always on hand to field enquiries and to assist wherever they can,” reports an interviewee.

 

The practice director is Nicholas Luckman.

Quotation symbolThe set is at the top of its game.

Chambers & Partners 2023

Brian Green KC is a respected silk whose depth of experience in both contentious and non-contentious matters is widely recognised. He works on a range of challenging cases both domestically and offshore, and is a particular expert in trusts and pensions matters. Green is the head of chambers.

“He is absolutely outstanding. His advice is strategic, clear, helpful and proactive, whilst remaining user-friendly.”

Clare Stanley KC acts in a wide range of private client and trust litigation, regularly handling highly complex disputes. She is frequently instructed in high-value matters both onshore and offshore.

“Clare is a pleasure to deal with and is very popular with clients. She is brilliant on her feet and has a calm approach. She knows trusts law back to front but also has a very strong strategic vision.”

Gilead Cooper KC is an eminent silk whose respected chancery practice is focused on contentious property and trusts. He attracts a wealth of praise for his advocacy.

“Gilead has a rapier-like intellect – he stands back and looks at the issues from angles that others would not normally consider. He is one of the great lateral thinkers of the Chancery Bar.”

Jonathan Hilliard KC has a broad traditional chancery practice that takes in a wide array of trusts matters and a substantial amount of advisory work. He is widely respected for his depth of technical knowledge. Hilliard has built a formidable practice focusing on trusts, fraud and pensions cases.

“He is a force of nature – so energetic and meticulous. He completely prepares for everything and raises everyone else’s game.”

Michael Furness KC is a deeply respected silk who has an impressive depth of knowledge across the board in traditional chancery, and is highly respected for his handling of offshore and overseas litigation. Furness is noted for his representation of clients in tax, trusts and pensions litigation.

“Michael Furness swiftly masters complex material. He sees through to the core points that really matter, whilst at the same time not losing sight of important detail.”

Robert Ham KC focuses his practice on trusts and other private client work, including tax matters, both contentious and non-contentious. He is regularly instructed in cases that go to the Supreme Court.

“He is the oracle when it comes to trusts restructuring, and has an unbelievable amount of experience  and knowledge of the area. When acting for a trustee, there is nobody better.”

Fenner Moeran KC is particularly focused on pensions and associated trusts, although he is also regularly instructed in cases concerning other contentious trusts. He has a substantial advisory practice both onshore and offshore.

“Fenner is very bright, highly skilled and agile in his advocacy. He is able to get quickly to the nub and heart of complex issues, but without losing sight of the big picture.”

Tiffany Scott KC has a depth of experience in both contentious and non-contentious trusts matters, and is frequently instructed by charities, high net worth individuals and estates. Her practice  also includes property disputes and professional liability cases, and she is noted for her involvement in offshore work.

“Tiffany is a first-rate tactician who has a real knack for seeing ahead. She combines this with encyclopedic technical knowledge.”

“She is never flustered, always prepared, extremely responsive and someone with a way about her that puts the client at ease straight away.”

Andrew Mold KC has a wide-ranging traditional chancery practice. Sources highlight his particular expertise in matters with matrimonial trust aspects to them. He also advises on complex fraud and pensions matters.

“He is very methodical and thoughtful and is certainly making a name for himself in this area.”

Jonathan Davey KC is frequently sought after for high-value and high-profile traditional chancery matters. He is noted for his expertise in charities and pensions matters, and for his handling of highly complex tax litigation.

“Jonathan is a very astute advocate and a strong favourite of HMRC. He is an absolute pleasure to work alongside and is always calm under pressure.”

Zoe Barton KC  has a broad chancery practice, which makes her a particularly fine choice of counsel for matters with commercial or real property aspects. She is also noted for work on fiduciary matters.

“Zoe Barton brings pragmatism mixed with a razor-sharp intellect to all complex trust matters.”

Leading Juniors

Andrew Child enjoys a commanding reputation in the field of traditional chancery. He is regularly sought after for high-value matters domestically, offshore and in cross-border situations, and is noted for his work on contentious trusts and estates matters, including those involving a fraud element.

“A great choice for pure trusts disputes. He’s all over the details and doesn’t jump to conclusions.”

Emily Campbell

Jennifer Seaman is a specialist in probate and estate disputes, as well as pensions and professional negligence litigation.

“Calm, measured and precise. She has a great manner with clients and inspires confidence.”

Michael Ashdown combines expertise in private client trusts law with extensive tax knowledge to handle disputes centred on wills, trusts and estates.

“An absolutely superb barrister. He is my go-to for complex trust matters and never disappoints.”

Rising Star

James Goodwin chancery practice includes assisting in probate litigation and often multi-jurisdictional succession disputes.

“A man with a great reputation, he is everything you want in a capable junior. He rolls up his sleeves and gets stuck in; he is going places.”

Charities (Leading Set)

Wilberforce Chambers is a highly distinguished chancery set whose charities specialists frequently advise foundations, charities themselves and the Charity Commission on a diverse range of issues including those concerning commercial and tax questions as they impact on charitable bodies. Individuals are active on behalf of these clients in contentious matters as well, and also represent trustees and the HMRC in cases concerning the meaning of a ‘charity’. Clients further benefit from the set’s well-renowned high-quality offshore expertise.

Michael Furness KC is an accomplished silk with long experience, most notably in trust-related matters. He is particularly active advising in relation to onshore and offshore tax issues, and on matters involving the international transfer of charitable assets and the international structuring of charitable organisations. Furness is highly versed in contentious trust litigation in a variety of jurisdictions.

“A very calm and authoritative figure, who’s incredibly quick in his analysis of complex documentation.”

Commercial Dispute Resolution (Leading Set)

Wilberforce Chambers has at its disposal a strong bench of commercial barristers, with particularly impressive capability at silk level. Its members are capable of handling a wide spectrum of commercial matters, including, among others, cases arising out of company law, insolvency and civil fraud. The set’s barristers are well known for their ability to represent clients in international disputes, and regularly appear in a range of jurisdictions such as Hong Kong, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands. In recent months members acted on Craig Wright, Tulip Trading Ltd and Others v Persons Unknown, Various Bitcoin Developers, a claim for, and brought by, the inventor of Bitcoin, whose computer was hacked and who as a result had lost access to Bitcoin worth £2–3 billion. A solicitor comments: “Wilberforce Chambers provides excellent, specialist advice tempered with commercial sense. Its members are always prepared to assist despite time pressures and the complexity of matters.”

Client service

“The clerking at Wilberforce is extremely strong. The clerks know their barristers extremely well, which is a particular strength of theirs.”

Stewart Cameron, Fraser Geddes, Danny Smillie and Andrew Barnes are the senior practice managers. All are noted for being “alive to the demands of the clients and a huge help in accommodating the instructing solicitor.”

“They are excellent. They speak our language and have a great understanding of both the case we’re handling and the pressures we’re under.”

All the senior practice managers actively engage with funders and legal service insurers to ensure that they are aware of market changes, allowing them to adapt accordingly.

Leading Silks

Alan Gourgey KC

“He is as good on his feet as he is on paper, and is a formidable cross-examiner.”

“Alan is phenomenal in terms of his commercial expertise and his experience of handling clients.”

John Wardell KC

“John is a brilliant advocate who sticks to his guns and works tirelessly for the client.”

“His ability to grasp cases so quickly and thoroughly is unbelievable.”

Terence Mowschenson KC

“Has a wealth of experience and is highly tenacious. An authoritative and persuasive advocate.”

Tim Penny KC

“Tim is an exceptional barrister, who is excellent at working in a large multi-jurisdictional team.”

“Tim is a very able advocate, who is fantastic in court.”

Ian Croxford KC

“Ian controls proceedings skilfully and is a very assuring leader for clients and instructing solicitors.”

James Bailey KC 

“James is so details-oriented, and produces arguments that are both creative and intelligent.”

“A good solid presence in the courtroom.”

Marcia Shekerdemian KC

“Marcia is an absolute master of her craft and is adored by clients.”

Jack Watson

“Jack can dissemble papers in seconds and deliver completely sound and commercial advice.”

“Jack is really industrious, he’s great at turning things around and he’s very responsive. He produces work of great quality.”

Sri Carmichael

“Sri punches above her weight even when taking on leading KCs on difficult applications.”

“She has a unique ability to make even the most complex disputes easy to manage and understand for clients.”

“Sri has impeccable attention to detail, a very in-depth knowledge of the law and a very commercial brain.”

 

Company (Leading Set)

Wilberforce Chambers represents an excellent choice of set for company matters. Its barristers frequently represent clients faced with domestic and cross-border shareholder disputes, issues of directors’ duties and breaches of fiduciary duty, among other matters. Their reputation for handling offshore work is particularly strong. Recent instructions handled include Krys v Sheikh Mohammed Bin Issa Al Jaber, a £3.5 billion claim for breach of directors’ duty, conspiracy and tracing in connection with Sheikh Mohammed Bin Issa Al Jaber’s management and dealings with the shares in a BVI company which owned a very large portfolio of hotels worldwide. The set has also been appearing in Re Vijay Mallya, a long-running, high-profile Indian bankruptcy claim concerning the fallen Kingfisher Airways tycoon.

Client service:

“The clerks are organised and efficient, and offer good engagement.”

“They have gone above and beyond on many occasions.”

“The clerks are always quick and responsive when it comes to questions of availability and fee quotation requests.”

Terence Mowschenson KC is an esteemed silk with an outstanding reputation in company disputes, among broader experience in banking, partnership and financial services matters. He offers clients recognised strength in a wide array of cases, including those relating to shareholder claims, cross-border insolvency and fraud.

“He is excellent on his feet, very good with clients, and utterly reliable.”

Lexa Hilliard KC is a well-regarded silk who frequently handles claims relating to company and insolvency law. She regularly acts in cross-border shareholder disputes and offshore litigation, and has made appearances in the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands and the Caribbean. Hilliard exhibits further strength in fraud, professional negligence and banking matters.

“Lexa has seen it all and is an expert at navigating complex cases.”

“She’s an excellent advocate who is great at lateral thinking.”

“Highly responsive and with excellent client care skills, she has a deep knowledge of the practice area.”

Marcia Shekerdemian KC  maintains a busy company practice which is complemented well by her work in insolvency and restructuring cases. She regularly advises on domestic and international disputes. Most recently, she has been engaged in several high-profile shareholder litigation matters and issues concerning breach of directors’ duty.

“Marcia is very technically minded.”

“A highly effective barrister whose reputation precedes her. She produces superb paperwork and has a great way of managing people.”

Family/Matrimonial : Trusts/Tax Experts

Leading Silks

Andrew Mold KC regularly instructed in high-value divorce cases involving complex trust assets. His practice has seen him appear in a wide range of jurisdictions, including the Isle of Man, the BVI, Switzerland, and ones in the Middle East. He has additional experience in ADR proceedings.

“Andrew Mold is extremely hard-working, really bright, very charming and very good with clients.”

“Andrew is a proactive silk who maintains an excellent grip throughout his cases. In court he’s very calm and measured even in the fraught context of an acrimonious divorce hearing.”

“A real team player, he is exceptionally pleasant and really smart. He cuts through to the issues really quickly and is a brilliant leader.”

Jonathan Hilliard KC is a well-established silk, sought after for his knowledge of intersecting chancery and family matters. He regularly appears in divorce cases for high net worth clients involving trusts in offshore jurisdictions. Hilliard is respected for his knowledge of the law and for the quality of his advocacy before international courts.

“Jonathan Hilliard is calm under pressure, technically brilliant, attentive to detail and someone who understands the interplay between all the issues. He’s a delight to work with and a real team player.”

“He’s on top of every fact and has really good knowledge of how to successfully promote cases.”

Leading Juniors

Joseph Steadman a trusts, pensions and commercial law expert with Court of Appeal experience. He was junior trusts counsel for the wife in the widely reported case of Hagen v Hagen, which involved the family behind Viking Cruises and was one of the highest-value matrimonial claims ever heard in the Family Division.

“He’s an absolute brain on a stick whose advocacy is phenomenal. Responsive, highly effective and supremely efficient, he’s a go-to for thorny issues, who can summarise incredibly complex points concisely.”

 

Fraud: Civil (Leading Set)

Wilberforce Chambers houses a strong bench of experienced barristers who are regularly instructed in high-value and multi-jurisdictional civil fraud disputes. The team is noted for its expert handling of cases involving offshore jurisdictions such as the Cayman Islands and the BVI, as well as matters arising in Asia and Europe. Members offer expertise in claims stemming from allegations of misrepresentation, conspiracy and breach of duty. Cases involving complex jurisdictional issues and contempt proceedings are also key areas of strength for the set. Recent work handled by the set’s tenants includes acting in Libyan Investment Authority v Credit Suisse and others, a USD200 million claim alleging fraud and corruption.

Client service: “The clerks are very easy to deal with, responsive and commercial. Fraser Geddes is user-friendly and a joy to work with.” “The clerks are delightful and easy to deal with. They are very accommodating and understanding.” “The set has a great clerking team who are always on top of the detail and put client management first.”

Alan Gourgey KC is routinely called upon to deal with difficult, fast-moving fraud litigation and arbitrations involving such allegations as breach of contract, deceit, bribery and misappropriation. He is successful at obtaining freezing and search orders. His instructions come from across the globe.

“Alan is a very good advocate. He is very clear and precise.”

“He is measured and diligent.”

John Wardell KC is an outstanding leader with a wide-ranging practice who is accustomed to fighting complex fraud disputes. Many of his instructions originate abroad in such places as the Middle East and the Caribbean. He bolsters his civil fraud offering with complementary knowledge in commercial chancery and professional negligence law.

“John has the ability to grasp cases so quickly and thoroughly.”

“He is very good with clients.”

“John is fantastic on his feet and at cross-examination.”

“John is a phenomenal trial lawyer.”

Ian Croxford KC is a tenacious and experienced silk who is regularly engaged in high-profile commercial disputes and professional negligence matters in which fraud is alleged.

“Ian has a very good courtroom presence and is an impressive cross-examiner.”

“Ian is very knowledgeable.”

Thomas Grant KC is an experienced silk who offers considerable expertise in freezing orders and other injunctions. He is regularly instructed in high-value disputes arising from serious allegations of fraud, negligence and breach of fiduciary duty.

“Thomas is an extremely persuasive voice in the courtroom.”

“Thomas is a fantastic advocate and great strategist.”

“He has an extremely comprehensive knowledge of fraud law.”

Tim Penny KC is an excellent advocate who has handled a number of significant fraud cases. He is especially knowledgeable in the realm of injunctive relief and is adept at obtaining and resisting worldwide freezing and search orders.

“Tim has got good quality of judgement and a sound assessment of the merits of any question.”

“Tim is eloquent and diligent.”

“Tim is very intelligent and can apply the legal aspects to the case to argue the best and strongest points for clients.”

Jonathan Hilliard KC is a skilled silk who practises civil fraud as part of thriving commercial litigation practice which also includes pensions, offshore trust and regulatory work. His cases concern a variety of allegations including dishonesty and misappropriation.

“Jonathan is calm under pressure, technically brilliant and user-friendly.”

“He is very forensic, good with clients and has got a keen eye for the detail.”

“He is incredibly thorough, experienced and knowledgeable.”

Max Mallin KC  is instructed in heavyweight fraud claims, especially those with international or banking elements. Allegations he has dealt with include conspiracy and fraudulent misappropriation of funds. He has an expert understanding of financial markets owing to his background as an investment banker.

“Max is a strong silk with great advocacy skills. He can handle complicated work and excels in front of the court.”

“Max is commercial and great with numbers.”

“He is knowledgeable and user-friendly.”

Offshore (Leading Set)

Wilberforce Chambers offers significant strength and depth in all the major offshore jurisdictions, including those in the Channel Islands, the Caribbean and Asia. Members of the set are instructed to act in matters such as trust litigation, high-value commercial disputes, fraud claims and insolvency matters. Its barristers continue to appear in a number of high-profile cases, such as AHAB v Saad Investments Company Limited, a large fraud case involving over 100 banks. One source highlights their “excellent combination of trust, insolvency and commercial expertise,” noting them as “a go-to set.” Another details how the “quality of the practitioners is exemplary.”

“Wilberforce Chambers certainly have the best clerking team. In particular, Fraser Geddes, senior practice manager, and Stewart Cameron, senior practice manager, are absolutely brilliant. They are incredibly responsive and very commercial.”

“Andrew Barnes, senior practice manager, is a standout clerk. He is a great guy and has a lovely way about him.”

“Nick Luckman, practice director, has carved out a unique position for himself both within the set and at the Bar in general.”

Brian Green KC  is a market leader in chancery work who is regularly instructed by solicitors due to his ability to handle the most complex and high-profile litigation. He has a wide-ranging practice but proves particularly adept at cases concerning trusts and pensions. He has handled matters in Bermuda, Hong Kong and Jersey.

“Brian Green is a leading light and very talented trust lawyer. He is very experienced, hard-working, and is at the top of his game in a leading set.”

Robert Ham KC is a very highly regarded practitioner who receives effusive praise for his outstanding efforts in private client work, tax law and pensions. He acts in cases in Guernsey, the Caribbean and the Isle of Man, among other jurisdictions.

“Robert Ham has vast experience and is great to have on your side.”

“He is exceptionally experienced in trust matters and has been extremely helpful. He takes instructions well.”

“Robert Ham is just legendary in the profession as a trust litigator. His written advocacy is probably the best I have ever seen.”

Thomas Lowe KC has a wealth of experience of appearing in the Cayman Islands and the BVI, acting in a wide range of private client disputes and contentious trust matters. He has a particular forte in handling litigation following the collapse of investment structures, and regularly acts in disputes between fund managers. Lowe is frequently called upon by commercial clients including banks and insurance companies. He also provides expertise in matters relating to fraud and insolvency.

“Thomas Lowe is unflappable and is a leading Cayman Islands silk.”

“He is excellent; a true offshore specialist. Few other people in the Bar have as much experience in the Cayman Islands than Thomas Lowe.”

“He is a leading barrister in the Cayman Islands and is a go-to for the jurisdiction.”

Gilead Cooper KC has a great standing in offshore litigation and has noted ability in trusts, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and professional negligence disputes. He also handles property disputes. He has appeared in court proceedings in the BVI, Bermuda, the Cayman Islands and Hong Kong.

“Gilead Cooper has a strong estate and trust practice. He is very able and thoughtful.”

“He is a fantastic trust lawyer who touches upon fraud and misinterpretation matters.”

John Wardell KC is an outstanding leader with a wide-ranging practice who is accustomed to fighting complex fraud disputes. Many of his instructions originate abroad in such places as the Middle East and the Caribbean. He bolsters his civil fraud offering with complementary knowledge in commercial chancery and professional negligence law.

“John has the ability to grasp cases so quickly and thoroughly.”

“He is very good with clients.”

“John is fantastic on his feet and at cross-examination.”

“John is a phenomenal trial lawyer.”

John Wardell KC has a strong commercial and company law practice and a broad range of expertise, including in fraud and breach of fiduciary duty cases. He is admitted to the Bar in the BVI and has further experience in the Cayman Islands.

“He is a powerful advocate.”

Jonathan Hilliard KC has an excellent reputation for trusts and commercial litigation work. His practice has led him to act in the Isle of Man, Gibraltar, the Channel Islands and the BVI, among other jurisdictions.

“He sticks to the detail and provides very good strategic and technical advice.”

“Jonathan Hilliard is a thorough and professional advocate with a comprehensive understanding of the law.”

“He is really impressive. He is very commercial and has an approachable manner.”

Michael Furness KC is an impressive silk who is especially knowledgeable in trusts and tax disputes, as well as contentious and non-contentious pension scheme work. His practice regularly leads him to appear in Bermudian trust cases, and he has experience acting in Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal. He also provides counsel on professional negligence claims.

Terence Mowschenson KC is a popular and much-admired chancery silk who has undertaken a range of banking, finance, company and insolvency cases worldwide. His practice also encompasses joint ventures and partnerships. He has appeared in a wide range of jurisdictions, including Gibraltar, the Isle of Man, the Cayman Islands and the BVI. He has additional expertise in alternative dispute resolution proceedings.

“Terence Mowschenson is unquestionably our go-to silk on heavyweight and complicated matters.”

“He is one of the best senior silks in the market.”

“He is extremely senior, sophisticated, polished and is always a voice of common sense.”

Andrew Mold KC adroitly handles a diverse range of traditional and commercial chancery matters, demonstrating considerable strength in cases concerning trusts, professional liability and company law. His practice has led him to litigate or advise on matters in the Cayman Islands, Jersey, the Isle of Man, Bermuda and Singapore. He is experienced in intra-family disputes including high-value divorce proceedings.

“He is very modest, incredibly intelligent, and inspires confidence in clients.”

Clare Stanley KC is noted for her commercial and company law practice, encompassing the likes of insolvency and fraud matters. She has further expertise in handling trust dispute cases. Clare is well versed in the intricacies of acting in a number of offshore jurisdictions, including the Cayman Islands.

“Her ability to cut to the chase on offshore trust matters is her particular skill.”

“She is a very forceful advocate and a firm opponent.”

“She is incredibly confident and robust in her approach. She fills those around her with confidence.”

Nikki Singla KC is a highly regarded performer with experience appearing for clients in the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Dubai and the Channel Islands. Solicitors turn to him for advice on a wide range of commercial and business cases, and admire him for his specialist trusts expertise. His clients include high net worth families and trustees. He regularly handles shareholder disputes, negligence and joint venture ownership disputes, among others.

“He does an extraordinary job in terms of advocacy, collaboration and strategy.”

“Nikki Singla has an excellent grasp of his field of expertise and handles matters with a professionalism that is unmatched.”

“His strength is his ability to simplify complex issues before the courts.”

Graeme Halkerston is very well acquainted with the offshore market, having worked for several years as a partner in a leading firm in the Cayman Islands. The bulk of his work is BVI or Cayman Islands based. He maintains a diverse and dynamic commercial litigation practice and has strengths in banking and financial disputes, restructuring proceedings and cross-border fraud.

“Graeme Halkerston is our go-to barrister for unfair prejudice claims. He is much better than many of the silks he appears against.”

Anna Littler has a strong practice in the offshore world. She regularly undertakes trusts litigation, including in Bermuda. She is well equipped to handle a range of issues trusts and trustees may encounter.

Pensions (Leading Set)

Wilberforce Chambers is a distinguished set, with a market-leading group of both silks and juniors, capable of handling the full spectrum of pensions work. Members are thoroughly experienced in handling large-scale, high-profile cases at the forefront of the pensions industry. Wilberforce barristers are equipped for advice and advocacy in relation to a host of regulatory matters and act for employers, trustees and the Pensions Regulator. The set is able to act in complex cases with elements of employment, trusts and tax law. In the past year, members of the set have been acting for the trustees of the Railways Pension Scheme in a case concerning the interaction of the scheme’s Protection Order and Section Rules. Wilberforce Chambers has also been representing Mitchells & Butler Pensions Plan in a rectification claim brought against the employer.

Client service: “I can’t rate the clerks highly enough. They are a highly organised and professional team who offer a seamless service; nothing is ever too much or too difficult for them.”, “The clerks are extremely helpful and responsive.”, “Fraser Geddes and Andrew Barnes, both senior practice managers at the set, are people that go out of their way to help me out.”, “The clerks were always on hand and offered continued support to us over the course of the matter. They are solutions-focused. I found them a real pleasure to work with.”

Star individuals

Brian Green KC is one of the leading lights in the pensions industry. He is frequently seen on some of the most high-profile and significant pieces of litigation. He brings well-honed advocacy skills to his litigation and offers expertise in tax and trusts law. He is noted for his experience advising on charity and legacy public sector schemes.

“Brian is fantastic, incredibly clever and thoughtful.”

“I have nothing but positive things to say about Brian. An incredibly strong and effective barrister, and personally a real pleasure to work with. He shoulders incredible responsibility in his work and was instrumental in the positive outcome for the client.”

“Brian combines exceptional technical and intellectual ability with real pragmatism. Brilliant.”

Leading Silks

Jonathan Hilliard KC is widely regarded as the go-to barrister for technical pensions issues, and he represents parties in a broad array of cases. He has significant experience in liberation, moral hazard and professional negligence matters. He is sought after by the Pensions Regulator, as well as sponsors and trustees. He has appeared in courts at all levels of the British judicial system, as well as the CJEU.

“Jonathan is one of the real stars.”

“He’s very clear and logical – brilliant at running something horrendously complex into something that is easy to understand.”

“Jonathan Hilliard is one of the most impressive lawyers I have ever seen in operation. His mastery of complicated fact patterns was unsurpassable.”

Michael Furness KC enjoys broad expertise in occupational pensions and other relevant areas, including tax law and trust litigation. He is well known for engaging in international litigation in offshore jurisdictions. Trustee boards and large household-name employers seek out his counsel.

“Michael is a top silk with vast technical experience who delivers commercial and pragmatic advice.”

“Michael has really good judgement – I would really trust his view on the law. He’s also very helpful.”

“Michael is an effective and understated advocate.”

Michael Tennet KC is one of the leading silks for pensions. He is a master in regulatory matters and additionally specialises in actuarial issues. He is regularly seen in some of the pension industry’s most high-profile and contentious cases. His broad experience includes advising trustees, employers and representative beneficiaries.

“Michael he is very careful to address complex arguments thoroughly but is also capable of being pragmatic and strategically astute.”

“He’s user-friendly, clear, pragmatic and commercial.”

“Michael is thorough and exceptionally clear.”

“A first-class pensions silk.”

Paul Newman KC is highly regarded in the industry. He acts on the full range of pension matters and is particularly recommended for high-profile, intricate cases. He acts for a diverse set of clients, including a number of FTSE 100 companies, trustees, the Pensions Regulator and the Pension Protection Fund. He is also an accomplished adviser on allegations of professional negligence.

“He is an extremely strong advocate and it was clear that the judge placed emphasis on many of the points he made in court.”

“Paul stands out from the crowd as a pensions silk. He is incisive, purposive and passionate in his work, and incredibly responsive. He’s not willing to descend into needless litigation tactics, and does everything with a sense of fairness and good humour.”

“Paul is the person you want in your corner if you are in a fight – technically excellent and at his best when his back is against the wall.”

Andrew Mold KC garners considerable praise for his impressive ability in major pensions cases. He specialises in professional negligence and the regulatory aspects of complex pensions cases. He is experienced in appellate matters, including those before the Supreme Court.

“Andrew is user-friendly.”

“He is strong all round and a safe pair of hands.”

Fenner Moeran KC is an impressive advocate, particularly well versed in pension liberation, fraud and moral hazard disputes. He frequently represents trustees, insurance companies and employers, as well as the Pensions Regulator and the government.

“I really like working with Fenner – he is efficient and enthusiastic, and clients love working with him as he is easy to work with and charming. He’s also a really good advocate, with the ear of the court.”

“Fenner is very good at reading between the lines, is extremely knowledgeable, especially on pensions law and the international ramifications of applying UK law. He sees the bigger picture.”

Leading Juniors

Edward Sawyer is a gifted and experienced pensions barrister who has appeared in several high-profile cases affecting the industry. He is often involved in long-running litigation with international elements concerning pension schemes and the Pensions Regulator. He also has prior experience of advising on professional negligence allegations.

“He’s looked to as someone who is sharp and intellectual as well as easy to work with and easy to have on your side.”

“Edward is hugely experienced and has got amazing technical knowledge – what he doesn’t know about pensions isn’t worth knowing. He’s the safest pair of hands in the Pensions Bar.”

“He understands clients’ concerns, and provides clear, succinct advice which really adds value.”

James Walmsley is an established pensions junior who is highly reputed for his diligent work ethic. He is well versed in regulatory investigations and rectification actions.

“James is incredibly hard-working and always makes himself available to get the work done to a very high standard. He has a deep understanding of the regulatory system and its impact on commercial matters.”

Thomas Robinson enjoys a wealth of experience in regulatory, moral hazard and insolvency cases all the way up to the Supreme Court. He is highly valued by the Pensions Regulator, especially for moral hazard cases. He also has experience in professional negligence cases.

“Tom is a highly experienced and capable senior junior. He’s of agile mind and he often sees things from a different perspective, which is both refreshing and reassuring in the sense that we know someone on the team is looking at all the possible permutations.”

“Thomas is very knowledgeable, very thorough and very pleasant to deal with.”

Emily McKechnie is a well-reputed chancery lawyer whose expertise in pensions is complemented by her burgeoning reputation in professional negligence. Her client roster includes representative beneficiaries, company sponsors and the Pension Protection Fund.

“She is a real go-to in this space. She has superb knowledge and understanding of pensions. Emily is very nice to deal with, very clear and capable.”

“Emily is very client-friendly, she is very commercial and it is refreshing to work with her as a team.”

James McCreath acts for employers, trustees and scheme members in a variety of pension disputes. He has gained particular exposure to Section 75 debt claims and regulatory cases, as well as professional negligence allegations in the pensions arena.

“James is extremely good, very tactical and has good judgement.”

“James is a very promising junior.”

Jennifer Seaman is well respected in the pensions arena. She offers expertise in a wide range of cases, including civil fraud, professional negligence and regulatory matters. She has represented clients solely before the High Court and appeared in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. She is particularly knowledgeable on trustee powers.

“Jennifer responds very effectively under pressure to the need to settle pleadings in complex pensions matters.”

“Jennifer is technically good and has an eye for detail.”

“She has a good, balanced advocacy style.”

Sebastian Allen is a well-regarded junior with experience in the full spectrum of pensions cases. He has advised and advocated on some of the most large-scale pensions matters including benefits indexation, equalisation and moral hazard proceedings.

“Sebastian stands out for his collaborative approach to working with solicitors and clients, demonstrating a keen and reliable eye for commercial realities. He is also a genuinely gifted technical lawyer – scarily clever, and completely on top of his brief.”

“When facing new and difficult issues, whether legal or actuarial, Sebastian is always able to quickly draw out and apply a laser-like focus to the key issues on any matter.”

“Sebastian is very commercially aware and excellent at presenting very technical legal points.”

Jonathan Chew is well versed in pensions regulation. He has experience of scheme restructurings, changes to pension increases and rectification claims, among other pensions issues.

“Jonathan is a realistic and reasonable advocate and knows when to push.”

Michael Ashdown enjoys a strong reputation among employers and trustees for his experience in regulatory matters. He is also noted for his expertise in negligence claims.

“Michael has great intellect, but he is not afraid to roll up his sleeves and get stuck in.”

“He has the ability to explain a complicated matter in a straightforward way for the client.”

Thomas Seymour is a highly experienced junior barrister with a broad commercial chancery practice encompassing both pensions and trusts.

“A go-to counsel especially for technical points on trust and pensions legislation.”

“He has a wealth of experience. Thomas has a calm manner and judges like him and like listening to him.”

Professional Negligence (Leading Set)

Wilberforce Chambers can bring to bear deep expertise in a wide range of professional negligence claims, acting for both defendants and claimants. The set is frequently sought out for solicitors’ liability claims and matters involving financial services professionals, often complicated by fraud elements. Property-related work is a strong suit, and the barristers are an obvious choice for negligence claims concerning the more complex of conveyancing matters, or major development projects. Members continue to act in matters of considerable size and importance, notably Aurium Real Estate London Ultra Prime v Mishcon de Reya, in which Ian Croxford KC represented the successful respondent.

Client Service: “Wilberforce has top-drawer clerks who go the extra mile across the board.”, “Danny Smillie is always very responsive.”, “The clerks are very responsive and helpful and it always a pleasure to work with them.”

Leading Silks

Ian Croxford KC is an impressive advocate who boasts an extensive track record of dealing with large-scale professional liability cases. He takes on claims involving a wide range of professionals, including civil engineers, stockbrokers, solicitors and management consultants, among others.

“A warhorse with real presence in the court.”

John Wardell KC maintains a strong commercial practice with a steady emphasis on professional negligence matters, in which he acts for claimants and defendants. He regularly takes on cases relating to legal, financial and property services, and also defends other barristers against claims of negligence. His professional negligence practice is supported by his experience of fraud-related work.

“A fantastic KC – great for the high-level strategy.”

James Ayliffe KC is an experienced silk who regularly takes on high-value professional negligence claims. Particularly active in cases arising in the property and legal sectors, he also handles claims relating to accountants, actuaries and financial advisers, among others.

“James is technically excellent and fantastic on his feet.”

Paul Newman KC has a wealth of experience handling professional negligence claims relating to pension schemes and other financial services. He has particular expertise in cases arising out of failure to equalise the retirement ages of pension schemes.

“Paul has provided excellent advice and always very promptly.”

Thomas Grant KC acts mainly in financial and legal sector negligence claims, with broad experience in the senior courts. He has contributed to several leading texts on the subject of professional negligence.

“He’s highly intelligent and he can see points that others can’t.”

“An impassioned silk in court. He is also a delightful person and his academic work is incredibly impressive.”

Clare Stanley KC represents a broad range of professionals in high-value negligence claims, including legal, financial, accountancy and insolvency practitioners. She is often involved in cases featuring highly complex and technical elements, especially in relation to trust law and fraud. She is regularly instructed to act on behalf of high-profile law firms and additionally represents claimants against lawyers.

“Clare is a pleasure to deal with and is very popular with clients. She is brilliant on her feet and has a calm, no-nonsense approach.”

Jonathan Seitler KC commands an impressive professional negligence practice in the property sector, often advising on claims relating to very high-value transactions. He regularly advises on cases brought as the result of allegedly faulty advice given by solicitors and valuers.

“Very calm, intelligent, thorough and friendly.”

Tiffany Scott KC is well regarded for her professional negligence-focused practice. She has experience of the full breadth of the field, having acted for both claimants and defendants, in cases involving solicitors, barristers, finance professionals and insurance brokers.

“She was very clear and highly engaged and her clients were very happy.”

Leading Juniors

Benjamin Faulkner has notable experience in professional negligence claims concerning the sale of property and pensions advice, among other matters.

“He is energetic, responsive, thoughtful, organised and very good to work with.”

Real Estate Litigation (Leading Set)

Wilberforce Chambers acts in a wide range of property matters, including both residential and commercial landlord and tenant cases, development disputes, title disputes and agricultural property cases. Members appear frequently in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. This year the set has been instructed is such matters as S Frances v The Cavendish Hotel, a business lease dispute, and Lodha Developers v GSQ, a high-value residential property matter. A source reports that the chambers has “outstanding barristers,” and another adds that “Wilberforce’s depth and breadth of expertise is one of the best in the industry.”

Client service: “Wilberforce’s client service is polished and streamlined.”, “The clerking team at Wilberforce are efficient, cordial and incredibly professional.”, “The clerking is excellent – they will bend over backwards to respond promptly and will have an honest conversation with you.”, “The team is run well, very responsive. They have modernised and expanded very well, and Stewart Cameron, senior practice manager, and Nancy Lee, practice assistant, are great.”

Star Individuals:

Joanne Wicks KC has a fine reputation as a top real estate silk, and has a practice centred on commercial and residential property transactions and professional negligence. She regularly appears in the Supreme Court. She also undertakes arbitration and expert determination work.

“Joanne is excellent. She formulates clear and well thought through arguments and presents them with confidence.”

“She is very calm under pressure, knowledgeable and good to have on a complex case for her good, clear advice.”

“Joanne is an absolute expert. She is very calm and unflappable, even in the most contentious circumstances.”

“Joanne’s advocacy is calm and controlled.”

Leading Silks

John McGhee KC is a leading property silk whose practice takes in property-related professional negligence matters as well as general real estate cases. He is admired for his tactical approach and his knowledge of equitable remedies including rectification and specific performance in a real estate context. Right to light is one area in which he has particular expertise.

“He’s encyclopedic in his approach and able to distil things down in a way that clients, experts and the judge can understand.”

“John McGhee is brilliant with complex, intricate rights to lights issues. He really is a leading light.”

“He is to the point and simple in a good way.”

Jonathan Seitler KC continues to be considered one of the top property litigation silks at the Bar. He frequently handles a broad caseload of high-profile, complex real estate disputes. He is particularly prized for his superior level of expertise in tricky appellate cases and is often at the forefront of establishing new points of law in the area.

“Jonathan is very calm and intelligent. He makes sure clients are happy and is quick to clarify why there is a strategy; he doesn’t leave them in the dark.”

“He thinks very well on his feet and is able to communicate very effectively in court because he is able to understand what the judge wants.”

“Jonathan is able to look at matters from a new perspective and different angles.”

“He has superb mastery of the law and is a canny operator.”

Mark Wonnacott KC is an established property silk with a practice involving complex property litigation, who regularly handles landlord and tenant and dilapidations cases. He has appeared at all levels of the domestic courts up to the Supreme Court. He is lauded particularly for his commercial property practice, among other aspects.

“He is extremely academic and extremely intelligent. He knows a case plan before the other side move. He’s a chess player.”

“Mark is an outstanding advocate to watch.”

Martin Hutchings KC is noted for his impressive property practice spanning contentious and non-contentious matters and professional liability. His areas of specialism include landlord and tenant matters, dilapidations and lease issues. He is also regularly instructed in relation to restrictive covenants and development agreements.

“Martin’s drafting is very good – very robust – and his advocacy is solid.”

“He is pre-eminent in his field, a phenomenal asset to any covenant team. He is also great with clients.”

“Martin is very approachable, client-friendly and acts as an extension of our team.”

Thomas Grant KC is a respected property silk with a focus on landlord and tenant matters. His practice specialises in chancery litigation and he regularly appears in the Court of Appeal. He is a general editor of Lender Claims, a leading text in the area.

James Ayliffe KC is much praised for his approach to property cases. He is the editor of a leading landlord and tenant practitioner text and he regularly handles high-value property disputes including cases relating to real estate finance deals. He is able to act in cases spanning a range of jurisdictions.

John Furber KC is particularly adept at handling landlord and tenant disputes, and an expert on development and commercial property cases. His practice also incorporates matters relating to easements and restricted covenants. He also edits a leading textbook on landlord and tenant law.

“John is extremely good on the technical side of things and I have a lot of respect for his knowledge.”

Julian Greenhill KC is a major player at the property Bar known for his expertise in handling real property and landlord and tenant cases, among his wider chancery and commercial law practice. He is noted by market sources for his excellent advocacy and client skills.

“Clients love Julian and his gentle yet forensic and effective cross-examination style. He is excellent on both the legal issues and the complex, factual and technical detail.”

Tiffany Scott KC has a highly visible practice in the property litigation sector. She has become known for her work in the full spectrum of real estate cases and has handled matters relating to rights of light, trespass and adverse possession. In addition, she also regularly tackles development disputes, and has contributed to and edited a number of prominent texts on real estate law.

“She has a great eye for detail, and is able to see the strategy and minutiae on a matter.”

“Tiffany is outstanding because of her high analytical skills.”

“Her cross-examination structure is very good, and her paperwork is very strong.”

“Tiffany acts as part of the team and is always incredibly accessible.”

Jonathan Davey KC has extensive experience of working in the Court of Appeal. He is an expert in real property and landlord and tenant disputes for clients including government departments and corporate entities. He is editor of Butterworths Property Law Handbook.

“Jonathan is wholly excellent. He can very quickly read a courtroom and seamlessly adjust his approach to suit what he’s seeing.”

“He is clear and concise.”

Zoë Barton KC has a practice that combines property, trusts and estates with other chancery work. She is known for taking on cases with elements of fraud and for acting for high street retailers. Barton is further noted for her work in property-related professional negligence claims.

“She’s a very strong technical lawyer, yet she’s able to cull a lot of information and paper to crystalise her advocacy, and to put this data across to the court in the most appealing way.”

“Zoe is very good on her feet and is not afraid to ruffle a few feathers and give hard advice without losing clients.”

Leading Juniors

Benjamin Faulkner focuses on high-profile, complex property litigation. He is noted for his user-friendly approach and attention to detail. His expertise extends to tenancy agreements and property statutes. He also handles cases related to town and village greens as well as land registration issues. He regularly takes on cases acting as sole counsel.

“Benjamin is a brilliant advocate. I had complete confidence in him in court.”

“He is very user-friendly, commercial and knowledgeable on the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954.”

Emer Murphy is a respected junior attracting notable instructions in commercial and residential landlord and tenant matters. She also acts in development disputes and property contract cases, among other matters.

“Emer is thorough and hard-working, knows all the detail, and makes sure she has everything she needs.”

“Her work is very clear and addresses the relevant issues in a concise manner. She is also very responsive to client demands.”

Harriet Holmes frequently appears in the High Court and county courts, taking on a diverse range of matters including adverse possession, enfranchisement and party wall issues. She has particular knowledge of niche areas of law including mines and minerals and telecoms. She is noted for her dedication to her clients.

“Harriet is extremely thorough, she is never underprepared. She understands what the clients are doing and gets their aims and objectives.”

“She’s commercial, down to earth and client-friendly.”

Jonathan Chew has a robust real estate litigation practice and is highly experienced in the High Court. He frequently handles high-value landlord and tenant disputes. He is also able to handle complex cases involving property-related fraud.

“Jonathan is commercial, straight to the point and will create commercial and cost-effective solutions for clients to avoid costly litigation.”

“He is very good at being available, can explain legal principles in easy to understand ways, and is also very client-friendly.”

“He has a very good and effective court manner.”

Alice Hawker acts on a wide range of matters across the property law practice area. She has significant expertise in dealing with trespass and harassment, service charge and boundary disputes, among a whole host of other issues.

“Alice is a fantastic junior with an immense ability to grasp concepts in complex disputes, and she has fantastic advocacy skills.”

“She gives clear advice to clients on steps that need to be taken and is mindful of their commercial realities.”

“Alice Hawker is very good at cross-examination.”

James McCreath acts on a broad range of real estate matters, such as forfeiture and sale agreement disputes. He works at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court. He has significant expertise in restrictive covenant cases.

“James has a very impressive mind. He has a great ability to assess where things are going to go, and his tactical decisions change the landscape.”

“James McCreath is very much a team player. He is happy to lend a hand to instructing solicitors.”

Simon Atkinson is regularly instructed in high-value real estate cases. He handles everything from disputes regarding property titles to rights of way cases and possession claims.

“Simon’s technical knowledge is superb. He is super responsive and crunches through the work.”

Tom Roscoe has a strong property practice with a particular focus on commercial matters. He has impressive experience advising clients in the public and private sectors on trespass and adverse possession issues.

“Tom Roscoe is very helpful in giving great, strategic advice.”

“Tom is very commercial and understands the needs of the instructing solicitor.”

Rising Star

Joseph Steadman regularly acts across a wide range of property law matters. He has experience in high-profile rent arrears cases, rights of way actions and leaseholder disputes. He has appeared in the County Court, tribunals and the Court of Appeal.

“Joseph Steadman’s advice is always spot on. He is persuasive and engaging at trial.”

 

Restructuring/Insolvency (Leading Set)

Wilberforce Chambers is noted for its impressive work tackling both corporate and personal insolvency matters. Members are frequently called upon to undertake cases arising both in the UK and further afield, and offer significant expertise in the handling of complex multi-jurisdictional disputes. Areas of particular strength for the set include administrations, CVAs, restructurings and schemes of arrangement. The team is also regularly instructed in cases involving complex pensions and property elements, owing to the set’s established strengths in these areas. An enviable client list includes creditors, debtors and insolvency office holders. Recent cases of note include Re Vireol, in which members acted for three directors of the company in a claim brought by liquidators for breaches of fiduciary duty. Wilberforce were also instructed on Marylebone Warwick Balfour Management v Richard Balfour Lynn and others, a claim against seven former directors for breach of fiduciary duty.

Client service: “The clerks are very helpful in finding the right counsel for the right instruction.”, “The clerks are always quick to respond and proactively follow up on enquiries.”, “Danny Smillie and Grace Mahoney are prompt, efficient and user-friendly.”

Leading Silks

Lexa Hilliard KC is an esteemed practitioner offering an impressive breadth of experience and expertise across all areas of insolvency law. She regularly takes instruction at both the domestic and international levels and has been instructed in relation to several offshore disputes in the Caribbean, Channel Islands and Isle of Man. Her respected practice focuses predominantly on advisory work.

“Lexa is a real presence in court.”

“She is a very measured and effective advocate.”

“Lexa is very user-friendly. She is able to give a commercial view at short notice.”

Marcia Shekerdemian KC is regularly approached by clients seeking advice on corporate and personal insolvency cases. She has carved out a niche in the area of fraud and asset recovery work, and regularly acts in cross-border cases. She represents a variety of clients including directors, debtors, office holders and lenders.

“There is nothing Marcia has not seen before and no problem she has not managed to solve. Clients have complete confidence in her.”

James Bailey KC is a well-regarded silk who has a strong practice encompassing commercial chancery, company and insolvency law. He frequently plays a key role in major, high-profile cases. He is frequently involved in cases concerning misfeasance and wrongful trading claims, and has considerable expertise in handling contentious recovery work.

“James is excellent. He gives very robust advice.”

Leading Juniors

Thomas Robinson is well known for his adept representation of the Pensions Regulator and continues to be a popular choice for international insolvency matters. He has experience appearing before the Supreme Court.

“He is great at finding a way through a complicated argument.”

Daniel Lewis is highly popular in the market for his advocacy style and personable manner. He undertakes wide-ranging insolvency work, with a particular emphasis on claims arising from participation in tax avoidance schemes. He is also well regarded for his handling of professional negligence claims both for and against insolvency office holders. He is noted for his expertise in international insolvency matters.

“Daniel is a fantastic advocate and an expert in his field.”

“He is excellent with clients and very much at ease in court.”

“He is approachable and efficient.”

“Daniel is a pleasure to work with.”

Bobby Friedman has a broad commercial chancery practice which encompasses civil fraud, company and insolvency disputes. He is regularly instructed in both domestic and offshore matters, and is called in the British Virgin Islands.

“Bobby is most excellent and patient.”

Sri Carmichael is regularly instructed in both corporate and personal insolvency matters. She fields considerable expertise in contentious insolvencies and has experience handling complex cases involving claims brought against directors.

“Sri never appears flustered or under pressure. She is a calming influence on both solicitors and clients and is fantastically sharp.”

“Sri is diligent and intelligent. She grasps the critical features of the case swiftly.”

“She is very engaging and client-friendly.”

Rising Star

Rachael Earle garners recognition for her individual and corporate insolvency practice. She regularly defends office holders from claims of misfeasance.

“Rachael prepares meticulously.”

“She is very approachable.”

“Rachael’s advocacy style is direct and to the point.”

“She is very effective and tenacious.”

“She is strategic with her approach and brilliant with clients.”

 

Sport

David Phillips KC of Wilberforce Chambers is a well-regarded practitioner with a wealth of experience dealing with regulatory and disciplinary disputes. He regularly sits as judicial chair for the FPA and FAPL, as well as acting as an arbitrator.

“David Phillips KC is well known in the football space. He is eloquent and cool under pressure.”

“He is articulate and experienced, and he is not scared to make difficult decisions.”

“He is a very well-respected KC and arbitrator.”

Tax (Leading Set)

Jonathan Davey KC is a highly respected silk who is trusted with complex work by both HMRC and private clients. He is noted for his work on high-value trusts. Davey is particularly well known for his recent work in high-profile film scheme litigation.

“A very good advocate, who has an excellent manner in court.”

“I’ve always been impressed by his economy as an advocate. He focuses on the key points and presents matters attractively.”

“Very approachable and makes clients feel very comfortable. He’s got a very succinct style.”

Tax: Indirect Tax

Jonathan Davey KC is an esteemed silk noted for his ability in indirect tax cases. He regularly acts for the Revenue, handling prominent VAT cases in the charity and education sectors.

“A really good technician and a very smooth advocate.”

Tax: Private Client (Leading Set)

Wilberforce is widely known as one of London’s top chancery sets and is regularly involved in the largest litigation matters in the UK and offshore. It also has a high-end tax practice for private client matters. One solicitor says: “I am fully confident in the set’s breadth of expertise and its ability to handle complex matters.” “The barristers here can advise on pretty much every aspect of offshore tax, which is extremely difficult to do,” says another.

Client service: “The staff and clerks I have dealt with have always been very efficient and pleasant to deal with,” says a source. Another reports that Wilberforce’s “clerks are some of the best in the business.” Nicholas Luckman is the set’s practice director.

Leading Silks

Jonathan Davey KC is a highly respected silk who is trusted with complex work by both HMRC and private clients. He is noted for his work on high-value trusts. Davey is particularly well known for his recent work in high-profile film scheme litigation.

“A very good advocate, who has an excellent manner in court.”

“I’ve always been impressed by his economy as an advocate. He focuses on the key points and presents matters attractively.”

“Very approachable and makes clients feel very comfortable. He’s got a very succinct style.”

Brian Green KC is a well-known chancery silk whose private client tax practice is much respected. He is an exceptional choice of counsel for taxation of trusts matters.

“One of the most well-known practitioners in this area,” he’s got an extremely good reputation.”

“An extremely bright individual, who advises on the most complex and largest trusts cases. It’s always difficult for people who are so clever to get down to our level, but he is good with clients. He has a really good client manner and can explain tricky things in lay terms.”

Trusts

Andrew Mold KC has particular expertise in breach of trust and breach of fiduciary duty claims. He is also known for his skill with regard to the treatment of trust assets in high-value divorce cases. His experience extends to offshore disputes and he is also admitted to the Cayman Islands Bar.

“Andrew is a proactive silk, whose advocacy is excellent.” “He has lots of knowledge and experience in the interplay between trusts and divorce issues.”

Brian Green KC is lauded as one of the foremost trusts barristers. He handles a broad range of both domestic and international cases, and is particularly recognised for his offshore expertise and his handling of disputes involving the variation of trusts. His recent advisory work has centred on trusts in the Bahamas, the Cook Islands, Gibraltar and New Zealand.

“He is a class act and has a deep understanding of what it takes to win a case. Amazing.”

Clare Stanley KC boasts a strong reputation in handling matters including trusts and probate, commercial litigation and professional negligence cases. She is experienced in contentious trusts litigation between beneficiaries and trustees, international trusts litigation and trust arbitration.

“Clare is a titan when it comes to complex litigation. She is very bright and commands the respect of judges.”

“Clare is the go-to silk for trusts litigation. A clear expert and a superb advocate, who is loved by clients.”

Fenner Moeran KC is known for handling sensitive trusts disputes involving complex family situations. He often acts for large financial institutions and has developed a substantial offshore disputes practice.

“Fenner is very good at reading in-between the lines. He is extremely knowledgeable and is good at seeing the bigger picture.”

Gilead Cooper KC is instructed in some of the most important and high-profile trusts cases of recent years. He has an increasingly international practice and acts for many significant clients in this area. Cooper is admitted to the BVI Bar and frequently appears in the courts of the Cayman Islands and Hong Kong.

“Has a rapier-like intellect. Gilead stands back and looks at an issue from angles that others would not consider. He thinks outside of the box.”

“A fantastic trusts lawyer.”

Jonathan Hilliard KC has appeared in many confidential and high-value trusts and divorce cases in the UK courts and in offshore jurisdictions. He also regularly acts for trustees in professional negligence and breach of trust claims. His expertise includes in-depth knowledge of trusts that hold complex corporate structures.

“Absolutely fantastic, he’s a real team player who is switched on and very technical. He is responsive and very accessible.” “Calm under pressure and a delight to work with.” “Jonathan gives robust, carefully considered, thorough advice.”

Nikki Singla KC has a wealth of experience in handling commercial and trusts matters, and is regularly seen in the Chancery Division and the Commercial Court. He is also experienced in handling international matters, with prior cases in Mauritius, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands.

“Does an extraordinary job both in terms of advocacy and in terms of collaboration and strategy.”

“Nikki has an excellent grasp of his field of expertise, and handles matters with a professionalism that is unmatched.”

“His strength is his ability to simplify complex issues before the court.”

Robert Ham KC offers significant expertise in trusts law as part of his broad private client law practice. He handles both contentious and non-contentious mandates in the UK and abroad. Ham is particularly adept dealing with offshore disputes for wealthy families and trust companies.

“A brilliant advisor, who adopts a practical approach.” “He’s exceptionally experienced in trusts matters.”

Leading Juniors

Andrew Child is a highly experienced junior with a broad knowledge of domestic and offshore trusts law. He regularly acts for personal representatives, trustees and beneficiaries in breach of trust claims. Child has in-depth expertise in trust matters with a fraud element.

“A barrister with a terrific reputation, who has a very compelling manner.”

Emily Campbell

Joseph Steadman, regularly instructed in the High Court, has a strong chancery practice that spans commercial matters as well as trusts and estates. He is experienced in handling onshore and offshore trust cases, and has particular expertise in advising in relation to tax considerations.

“Hard-working, diplomatic and industrious, and a man with excellent technical abilities.”

“The perfect junior, he is completely on top of the detail.”

“Incredibly intelligent: he has a brain the size of a planet. He is also very genial and pleasant to deal with.”

Michael Ashdown has known expertise handling chancery matters including trusts and estates. He is experienced in dealing with offshore instructions, such as in Jersey, Guernsey and the BVI, and appears regularly in the High Court and the County Court.

“Produces very readable opinions and is very responsive. He gets to the heart of any matter and presents his case extremely clearly.” “Michael is charming, hardworking and knowledgeable.”

Tom Roscoe has a strong chancery practice which includes advising on contentious trusts, wills and estates. He takes national and international instructions, and in particular has disputes experience in the Cayman Islands, the BVI and Guernsey.

“He’s a dynamo – very clever, extremely confident and very well prepared. A pleasure to work with.”

“Tom gets on top of the detail and has really good client handling skills. He is also extremely good value.”

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The history of Wilberforce Chambers

  1. 1928
  2. 1932
  3. 1943
  4. 1948
  5. 1954
  6. 1961
  7. 1976
  1. The set now known as Wilberforce Chambers was founded by Andrew Clark in 1928, not long after he was called to the Bar. He served in the First World War and won an MC, but delayed his call to the Bar until 1928. His chambers were in 11 New Court, an attractive red brick Victorian building that used to stand on the corner of Carey Street and Serle Street.

  2. There he was joined, among others, by Richard Wilberforce in 1932 and Irvine Goulding in 1936.

  3. Chambers closed down during the Second World War, thereafter re-opening in rooms on the first and upper floors of 3 New Square, Lincoln’s Inn. Andrew Clark took silk in 1943.

  4. He inherited his baronetcy on the death of his father in 1948. Between 1952 and 1960, when no new Chancery judges were appointed, he and Charles Russell QC were widely regarded as the leading advocates of the Chancery Bar.

  5. Richard Wilberforce took silk in 1954. His most famous case was the Spanish Champagne case, in which he established for the first time that a passing off action could be maintained by a class of champagne producers to protect the name champagne, and that it was not limited to the protection of the goodwill of one individual producer as had previously been considered the case.

  6. In 1961 he was appointed a Judge of the High Court. Within three years he was appointed a judicial member of the House of Lords, where he earned a high reputation for the quality of his judgments. Irvine Goulding took silk in 1961, and was appointed a High Court Judge in 1971. He was succeeded as head of chambers by Victor Hallett.

  7. The modern incarnation of chambers began in earnest in 1976 when Edward Nugee became the new head, taking silk the following year. From 10 juniors when he became head until he retired as head 30 years later, chambers expanded enormously. Many outstanding pupils became tenants, and experienced counsel from other sets also joined. The premises in 3 New Square were enlarged, but by 1993 proved too small; and the chambers moved, with half of its members occupying the Northern half of 8 New Square and further rooms in 7 and 9, and the other half occupying the new building, now 16 New Square, as remains the case today.