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Guildhall Chambers

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2 ranked barristersBand 1Western (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table
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Guildhall Chambers is one of the leading sets on the Western Circuit, and its members act in a wide range of company and commercial disputes. The barristers regularly act in cases connected to shareholder disputes, breaches of directors' duties and insolvency matters. As well as company directors and shareholders, the team also advises those involved in partnerships and unincorporated associations. The set has significant experience handling unfair prejudice disputes and director disqualification proceedings. Instructing solicitors remark that Guildhall is "a top set in this area" and note that "the set has a good range of expertise."

Client service:

"The clerks are excellent: they are friendly, helpful and all the things you could want." "They come back to me very quickly, know what the barristers' strengths are and recommend them appropriately." Joe Stayte is the practice manager for commercial and insolvency matters.

Strengths:

Hugh Sims QC
Highly regarded commercial and insolvency silk with significant expertise in company disputes. He has extensive experience in unfair prejudice disputes, derivative claims and breach of fiduciary cases, acting both for and against directors.
"He is tactically astute, very good on his feet, and his written work is excellent as well." "He is a brilliant commercial silk and a serious commercial practitioner."
Recent work: Acted for the defendants in MDW Holdings v Norvill and Others, a claim regarding alleged breaches of warranties and misrepresentation in connection with a sale and purchase agreement for a waste treatment company.

Strengths:

Richard Ascroft
Well respected for his deep experience in company law disputes, with particular expertise in shareholder disputes. Ascroft's practice covers unfair prejudice petitions, challenges to the validity of distributions to members, and internal mismanagement cases. He is also adept at handling claims involving directors' duties.
"He is very good on shareholder disputes, unfair prejudice petitions and director disqualifications." "He is an extremely respected barrister and he always performs well."
Recent work: Represented the successful petitioners seeking a share purchase order for unfair prejudice in respect of a trampoline park operator.

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Guildhall Chambers

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23 Broad Street

Bristol

Bristol

UK

BS1 2HG

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Hugh Sims QC
Band 1

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Western (Bar)

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Richard Ascroft
Band 1