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Guildhall Chambers

Commercial Dispute Resolution

6 ranked barristersBand 1Western (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table
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Standout set on the Western Circuit whose barristers possess an extensive body of commercial expertise. Its members receive regular mandates to handle complex commercial litigation, with a strong leaning towards financial services work, professional negligence and fraud-related matters. The set's barristers routinely act in a broad array of contractual disputes, as well as shareholder and insolvency litigation.

Client service:

"I have no complaints. Both the level of counsel and clerking offered by Guildhall has, in my experience, been excellent." "Guildhall would be one of our top-tier chambers to go to." Joe Stayte and Stephen Arnold are practice managers for the commercial and insolvency team.

Strengths:

Hugh Sims QC
A formidable barrister who handles all manner of contentious commercial issues, from commercial agency disagreements to construction disputes. He is instructed across a broad range of sectors, including technology, sports and financial services. He is also noted for his expertise in professional negligence, company and insolvency matters.
"Hugh is a consummate silk: he really is a serious operator." "He is very commercial and user-friendly." "Hugh is brilliant when on his feet in court - he was very sharp-witted and able to establish a good rapport with the judge."
Recent work: Represented the claimants in URE Energy v Notting Hill Genesis Housing Association, which involved a £3.75 million claim alleging the wrongful repudiation of an electricity supply contract.

Strengths:

James Wibberley
His practice includes disputes arising from professional negligence and breach of contract. He specialises in the financial services sector. He is also adept at handling contractual disputes concerning fraud and misrepresentation, and offers expertise in restrictive covenants and other business protection matters.
"He gave very clear and commercial advice, and he is very user-friendly." "He is really good in terms of analysis and is nice to deal with, so I can see why he is regularly instructed in complex cases." "I was very impressed with his advocacy, particularly his cross-examination."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in Power Electric Generators v Fawsitt Holden Energy, a case considering whether the vendor of an Ofgem-accredited generator was obliged to fund Ofgem accreditation in order to obtain the full asking price for the device.

Strengths:

Jay Jagasia
Advises on a broad range of commercial disputes, including those arising from breach of duty, mis-selling of financial products and supply chain issues. He is also regularly instructed in energy law matters. He is frequently called upon to act both for and against large financial institutions.
"He is very experienced because he used to be a solicitor, which does make a difference." "He always seems very busy with complex matters."
Recent work: Acted as junior counsel for the claimant in Norham Holdings Group v Lloyds Bank, a multimillion-pound claim for damages relating to alleged LIBOR manipulation.

Strengths:

John Virgo
Focuses on financial product mis-selling, including pensions, investments and interest rate swaps, as well as related regulatory work. He is also frequently instructed in commercial contract disputes and cases concerning insurance coverage. He regularly handles cases in offshore jurisdictions including the Isle of Man and Jersey.
"He's specialised in financial services cases but he brings the same level of forensic thoroughness to every case that I give him." "He has a very good way with clients - he comes across as very accessible and easygoing, but also very bright."
Recent work: Acted in Welsby v Lloyds Bank, a multimillion-pound claim alleging LIBOR rigging and the resulting destruction of the claimant's portfolio.

Strengths:

Richard Ascroft
His practice encompasses breaches of agreement, restrictive covenants and insolvency law. He is particularly adept at handling claims that involve breaches of warranty, interference with goods and professional negligence. He currently serves on the Attorney General's regional panel of junior counsel.
"He showed immediate understanding of my situation, and his professional opinion at that time was happily proved correct." "Richard Ascroft turns things around really quickly and gives unequivocal advice."
Recent work: Made successful applications to strike out claims alleging breaches of fiduciary and tortious duty on the part of a financial adviser, as well as an application to commit the defendant for contempt of court.

Strengths:

Stefan Ramel
Active junior whose practice covers directors' disputes, professional negligence claims and insolvency. He is also experienced in handling shareholder disputes, breaches of contract and broker/lending fee claims. He is frequently instructed in disputes involving applications for urgent injunctions. He regularly acts on behalf of major banks and other lending institutions.
"Very hard-working and has a very sharp mind." "Stefan has a very practical and commercial approach, and my clients like him."
Recent work: Acted for two of the defendants in Flogas Britain v CKS, Eaton and Others. The claim alleged they were illegally selling gas canisters.

Commercial Dispute Resolution Department

Guildhall Chambers

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23 Broad Street

Bristol

Bristol

UK

BS1 2HG

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Silks (QC)

Western (Bar)

Commercial Dispute Resolution


Hugh Sims QC
Band 1

Juniors

Western (Bar)

Commercial Dispute Resolution


James Wibberley
Band 2
Jay Jagasia
Band 2
John Virgo
Band 1
Richard Ascroft
Band 2
Stefan Ramel
Band 2