Wilberforce has a strong reputation for its work across all areas of company law, including financial assistance, shareholder disputes and directors’ duties issues. It has particular expertise on high-value corporate reorganisations and on offshore transactional advice and litigation.
The complementary expertise of all our members in equity and trusts provides the framework for a deeper understanding of the issues ensuing from breaches of the fiduciary duties owed to companies, equitable compensation, and the proprietary remedies arising out of wrongful disposals of company assets.
Our members offer expert advice and advocacy in relation to a wide range of company law issues such as:
- Shareholder disputes
- 994 petitions (under Companies Act 2006)
- Derivative actions
- Share and business sale agreements
- Breach of warranty disputes
- Shareholder agreements
- Financial assistance
- Directors’ duties and negligence
- Disqualification of directors
- Restoration of companies to the register
- Corporate insolvency – winding up, administration, CVA, receivership
- Accounting/audit negligence
Instructions come from large, multinational corporations, through to medium sized and small companies and their directors and shareholders. A number of our members have particular experience of company law disputes in other jurisdictions, including most of the principle offshore jurisdictions, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Rankings and recognition
Wilberforce is ranked as a leading company law set in both Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500. Coverage below.
Chambers & Partners UK 2024: 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. Its reputation for handling offshore work is particularly strong. Notable recent instructions include the liquidators’ claim of breach of fiduciary duties against the former directors of BHS, and a share dispute regarding Laboratoire XO, which was pursued in both the UK and Luxembourg.
The Legal 500 UK 2024: Wilberforce Chambers has ‘strength-in-depth in all areas to the highest standard’ for insolvency and company law matters. The set has ‘a wide range of amazing juniors all the way up to the KCs, but particularly a phenomenal stable of mid-level juniors – you can’t go wrong’. Members are sought after for both domestic and cross-border company law work, including financial assistance, shareholder disputes and directors’ duties matters. Lexa Hilliard KC recently acted for the defendant in Titanium Capital Investments Limited, Philip Falzon Sant Manduca & Others v. Jonathan Hughes, Hughes Group Limited & Others, a high-value dispute between former partners of a business selling Covid tests. In Re Zaha Hadid, the vastly experienced Terence Mowschenson KC conducted an inquiry into corporate governance at the architectural practice of the late Dame Zaha Hadid. In 2022, the set recruited Thomas Grant KC from Maitland Chambers, who handled Wells v Hornshaw, Re Transwaste Aggregates for the claimants, which resulted in a fifteen-day High Court trial in respect of an unfair prejudice petition. Outstanding junior Sri Carmichael is frequently instructed on s.994 unfair prejudice petitions and breach of directors’ duty claims.
Chambers Bar Awards 2023: Wilberforce wins Set of the Year and Chancery Set of the Year
Chambers Bar Awards 2023: Tim Penny KC wins Chancery Silk of the Year
The Legal 500 Bar Awards 2022: Wilberforce wins Chancery Set of the Year
Chambers Bar Awards 2022: Clare Stanley KC wins Chancery Silk of the Year
Chambers Bar Awards 2021: Thomas Grant KC wins Chancery Silk of the Year