3 Verulam Buildings has a growing expertise in restructuring and insolvency matters, drawing on the set's established strengths in banking and finance, civil fraud and general commercial litigation. The set is well regarded for its handling of contentious commercial insolvencies, and its tenants are regularly called upon to act for insolvency practitioners in high-value, cross-border recovery actions. Members are instructed in cases at both a domestic and international level, and recent cases handled by the team include acting for Air Berlin in a EUR2 billion claim against its former major shareholder Etihad. The set's enviable client list includes several insolvent financial institutions, liquidators and major corporates.
"The clerks are excellent - they always get back to you and are sensible and easy to deal with." "The clerks are cooperative and helpful in sorting out fees. Stephen Penson and Stuart Pullum are joint senior practice managers.
Adrian Beltrami KC acts for insolvency clients as part of his broader commercial practice, which also encompasses banking, financial services and fraud. He is known for his expertise in handling domestic work, while he is equally adept at handling multi-jurisdictional concerns.
"He is excellent - a very strong advocate, super smart and a pleasure to deal with." "Adrian is meticulous in his approach, always well prepared and all over the facts and the law." "A brilliant advocate and commercial barrister."
Instructed by Lehman Brothers Holdings to advise and represent the company in the waterfall disputes concerning the distribution of surpluses within the Lehman estate.
Ewan McQuater KC is a renowned barrister who is regularly instructed in big-ticket insolvency cases. His broader areas of associated expertise include commercial dispute resolution and civil fraud, among others. He is adept at handling matters with an offshore slant, regularly appearing in courts in the Cayman Islands, the British Virgin Islands and the Isle of Man.
"An amazing advocate - he's very quietly persuasive, really methodical and very thoughtful." "A very experienced barrister who can deliver fair and balanced advice in difficult circumstances."
Philip Hinks is an esteemed barrister with a broad-ranging practice. He regularly handles high-value, major insolvency disputes, demonstrating particular skill in matters containing a fraud element. His insolvency practice is complemented by his broader expertise in financial services matters.
"He is pragmatic, commercial and responsive." "An excellent barrister."
Acted for the administrators of Mediterranean Insurance and Reinsurance, an insolvent insurance undertaking.
Matthew Hardwick KC is roundly praised by market commentators for his strength in court and his client service. He habitually appears in both contentious and non-contentious insolvency cases for a diverse range of clients. He is a go-to for offshore insolvencies and has noted experience handling disputes in the British Virgin Islands.
"He is an able, enthusiastic and energetic advocate."
Instructed in a USD70 million claim by Raiffeisen Bank arising out of Asia Coal Energy Ventures' takeover of Asia Resource Minerals plc, the indirect owner of one of Indonesia's largest coal producers.
Jamie Riley KC is especially well regarded in the area of corporate insolvency. He is equally adept at handling domestic and offshore cases, and has featured in a number of significant matters. He is regularly instructed by international investment funds and leading banks, predominantly appearing in the High Court.
"A first-class advocate with extensive experience." "He's super efficient."
Advised a director and majority shareholder and his nominated administrators regarding the restructuring and administration of Rococò Chocolates.
Angharad Start is a junior who is recognised for her high-quality contribution to a number of high-profile insolvency cases. She demonstrates expertise across the board, regularly acting in matters such as shareholder disputes, wrongful trading litigation and misfeasance claims. She is called on by a diverse client base that includes large corporates, banks and government bodies.
"She has a razor-sharp mind and is fantastic to deal with."
Instructed in Liquidators of Direct Golf v John Andrew & ors, a case in which wrongful trading and other misfeasance claims brought at the instance of Mike Ashley against the ex-director of Direct Golf.