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Erskine Chambers

Restructuring/Insolvency

6 ranked barristersBand 2London (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table
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Erskine Chambers is highly regarded for its broad expertise spanning the full range of insolvency and restructuring matters. Drawing on the set's recognised strengths in banking and finance, it is considered a top choice in the market for complex cases arising out of the collapse of financial institutions, and members are regularly instructed to act on behalf of bondholders and security holders in high-value disputes. Additional areas of expertise for the team include retail CVAs, international corporate restructurings and cross-border insolvencies, including those involving difficult jurisdictional issues. The set's tenants are frequently instructed in the most high-profile cases in the market, and have experience of appearing before the Court of Appeal, the Privy Council and the Supreme Court.

Client service:

"The quality of the clerking service is very impressive." The clerking team is led by senior clerks Mark Swallow and Chris Reade.

Strengths:

Ben Griffiths
Has a broad insolvency practice featuring both litigious and advisory work. He specialises in corporate insolvency and, in recent years, has appeared in some of the highest-profile cases in the market. He regularly appears in the High Court, Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and Privy Council.
"His drafting and paperwork is excellent. He's also really sharp and he cuts across detail very quickly - an impressive guy."
Recent work: Acted for two of the three respondents in an unfair prejudice petition brought by a minority shareholder concerning debt restructurings undertaken by Victoria Plumbing.

Strengths:

Benjamin Shaw
Held in high regard for his corporate insolvency and restructuring expertise, with additional strengths in company law and general commercial litigation matters. He is regularly instructed in high-profile and large-scale insolvencies, with experience of handling both contentious and non-contentious matters.
"Very talented, smart and capable." "He is a very impressive barrister."
Recent work: Instructed in a challenge to recent, high-profile CVAs that had been implemented for the purpose of reducing retail groups' rents.

Strengths:

David Chivers QC
Esteemed practitioner who offers expert counsel and representation to clients across a range of areas, with an emphasis on company law and commercial restructuring and insolvency. He has vast experience handling complex matters at both the domestic and international levels. He has represented clients at all levels of the court system, and is no stranger to the Privy Council and the Supreme Court.
"David is fantastic to work with - he is very responsive, a super-bright guy, and he does a superb job of putting concepts not easily grasped across to the judges." "He is excellent - a really strong advocate."
Recent work: Instructed in Trustees of Olympic Airlines SA Pension & Life Assurance Scheme v Olympic Airlines SA. The airline went into insolvent liquidation in Greece, but the trustees of its UK pension fund sought to wind up the company in secondary proceedings in England, so as to take advantage of UK pension protection legislation.

Strengths:

James Potts QC
Highly respected dispute resolution specialist who focuses his practice on insolvency and company law. His busy caseload features both contentious and non-contentious work, and he is particularly well versed in the area of misfeasance claims. He is also regularly instructed in administrations, winding-up petitions and voluntary arrangements. He has a fine track record in overseas litigation while regularly appearing in domestic courts.
"James is a wonderful advocate - he is technically excellent and he is able to deliver complex legal arguments in simple terms."
Recent work: Acted for the successful defendants in Burnden Holdings (UK) v Fielding, a claim brought by the liquidator alleging that a demerger involved an unlawful distribution and transactions defrauding creditors.

Strengths:

Peter Arden QC
Prominent insolvency silk who excels in international insolvency matters. He is highly popular with a range of clients, notably those in the financial sector. He is noted for his handling of cases involving sophisticated company law issues, such as corporate governance and capital maintenance. He is also adept at handling matters involving issues relating to complex financial instruments and securities.
"He is incredibly smart and has a thoroughly deep knowledge of insolvency law." "He is a very sound adviser, extremely responsive and user-friendly - a terrifically nice person to deal with." "A super-forensic barrister."
Recent work: Instructed by a number of swaps counterparties in connection with the Thomas Cook scheme of arrangement which was being proposed but was ultimately overtaken by the company's collapse.

Strengths:

Raquel Agnello QC
Distinguished silk who receives widespread commendation for her sharp mind and commercial sense. She has a particularly strong reputation in the areas of personal and corporate insolvency and pensions. She has a wealth of experience representing clients at all levels of the UK court system.
"She is very user-friendly, persuasive with judges and a strong court performer." "The personal insolvency guru - she is creative, thinks outside of the box, and on her feet she is fantastic."

Restructuring/Insolvency Department

Erskine Chambers

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Department location

33 Chancery Lane

London

Greater London

UK

WC2A 1EN

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Restructuring/Insolvency


David Chivers QC
Band 1
James Potts QC
Band 4
Peter Arden QC
Band 1
Raquel Agnello QC
Band 2

Juniors

London (Bar)

Restructuring/Insolvency


Ben Griffiths
Band 3
Benjamin Shaw
Band 4