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 appearing before the Court of Appeal, the Privy Council and the Supreme Court. In the past year members have been engaged in high-profile CVAs including the challenge against the New Look CVA and the successful challenge of Re Regis UK. A team from Erskine also successfully opposed a restructuring plan proposed by Hurricane Energy. This was the first time that such a plan was rejected by the courts.
"The clerks provide an excellent service."
The clerking team is led by senior clerk Phil Reeves.
Benjamin Shaw is 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 handling both contentious and non-contentious matters.
"Benjamin is very smart and has sound judgement."
"He possesses good drafting skills."
David Chivers KC remains an 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 one of the best KCs for complex corporate issues."
"He is a lateral thinker and very bright."
Raquel Agnello KC is a 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.
"Raquel immerses herself in the team and is always available to deal with any thorny problem at the drop of a hat."
"She is highly user-friendly."
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.
"Ben is very good in court."
James Potts KC is a 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.
Peter Arden KC is a 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.
"Peter is extremely approachable, user-friendly and knowledgeable."
"Peter is a very scholarly sort of barrister. He has the ear of the court."
Andrew Thompson KC is recognised for his expertise in director misfeasance and contentious insolvency matters. He has experience appearing in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.
"Andrew is a go-to expert on shareholders' disputes, director misfeasance and contentious insolvency. He has been involved in many of the key cases of recent years."