Enterprise Chambers

Dispute Resolution Department

UK
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Enterprise Chambers is held in particularly high esteem for the abilities of its excellent roster of juniors, who regularly handle cases across the full range of commercial chancery work. Areas of notable strength include insolvency, property and company law issues, alongside broader expertise in traditional fields such as trusts and probate work. Its members receive plaudits for their "all-round service, quality and value for money," with the "hard-working and talented barristers" earning repeated praise for their provision of "clear advice."

Client service: "Brilliantly well clerked." "The clerks are good at recommending appropriate counsel for specific jobs and seem to have genuine understanding into counsel's experiences and strengths." The team is led by senior clerk Paul Cooklin.

Edward Cohen
A very well-respected senior junior who is often instructed in place of a QC and also sits as a Recorder. He has a strong practice in joint venture and company work, and many of his cases have an international element.
Strengths: "Excellent, with a natural technical ability. He reaches the right answer before anyone else." "Excellent advocate, first-class tactician and always a fast turnaround."
Recent work: Acted as sole counsel for multiple clients in three substantial chancery actions involving claims for damages against three separate firms of solicitors for professional negligence and breach of duty, arising out of the purchase of off-plan units in English property developments.

Edward Francis
A practical and technically astute practitioner with a particular specialism in property litigation. He also acts in partnership disputes and joint venture matters, as well as insolvency and professional negligence claims.
Strengths: "In terms of his intellectual ability, he is absolutely first class and right at the top of his game. What was notable is that you won't get a better intellect. I would also say he is extremely good value as a junior, and very approachable. He also has an encyclopaedic knowledge."
Recent work: Acted for the tenant of a dentist’s surgery in a contested claim for damages for breach of covenant of quiet enjoyment arising from the landlord’s redevelopment of the retained parts of the building.

James Barker
A senior junior with a broad commercial chancery practice, who regularly tackles insolvency cases and shareholders' disputes. Interviewees praise him for his ability to take on complex and technically challenging work. He also has particular specialisation in cases concerning corporate governance and directors' duties.
Strengths: "He is a great tactician who gives an excellent and timely service. He is an incredibly convincing and formidable advocate who is always very well prepared." "Extremely knowledgeable and very approachable. Has an excellent grasp of the facts and the law and a good manner with clients."
Recent work: Acted for a claimant shareholder to bring a derivative claim on behalf of Barretts Liquormart against a director for breach of duty, in relation to the alleged misappropriation of more than GBP2 million from the company.

James Pickering QC
A calm and assured advocate who has a reputation for keeping his head and giving helpful advice. He has a complex and varied commercial chancery practice and handles a number of novel and unusual cases. His practice has a particular focus on insolvency, property and professional negligence.
Strengths: "A tactically astute, excellent advocate with great client care." "He is good at the paperwork, good on his feet, and approachable."
Recent work: Instructed on behalf of the administrators of Keison International to successfully bring claims against a former director for breaking into company premises and disrupting staff, including a subsequent committal proceeding against the director for ensuing breaches, resulting in a contempt of court judgment and a custodial sentence.

Kavan Gunaratna
A technically strong junior who is praised for his calm and thorough approach to the law. His practice takes in property, insolvency and company law cases.
Strengths: "A model advocate and our go-to for difficult cases. He's calm and persuasive with an extraordinary eye for detail and very effective at communicating with lay clients." "He is very reassuring and thorough. He is an excellent strategist. He is very good at recognising problems before they happen, and then stopping them from happening."
Recent work: Instructed on behalf of the owner of the London Trocadero Centre in a dispute arising out of the insolvency of a tenant, including High Court proceedings brought against the tenant's administrators for permission to forfeit the tenant's lease premises.

Linden Ife
A senior junior who wins respect from solicitors for her persuasive advocacy and her legal expertise. She has a broad commercial chancery practice and boasts particular strength in shareholder disputes and breach of directors' duties.
Strengths: "There's simply no one better at cross-examination. She's very accessible to her instructing solicitor and has a fast turnaround on papers. She's a hugely impressive advocate who really gets the judge on side." "She is very focused, and persuasive with both clients and the courts."
Recent work: Acted for Connexion World Cargo in a claim against a senior employee and a haulier arising out of a substantial ghost invoicing fraud.

Niall McCulloch
A respected junior whose commercial chancery practice includes insolvency, company and civil fraud matters. He is often instructed in international and cross-border cases, with a particular strength in matters in the British Virgin Islands.
Strengths: "He's an all-rounder; he's good on paper, good on his feet and clients like him." "He's an incredibly hard-working chap, you can get hold of any time of day and he's always willing to drop anything and help at a moment's notice."
Recent work: Appeared on behalf of the claimants in Li and Ji v Wing, a Hong Kong action arising out of a banking fraud perpetrated by a senior official in an investment bank.