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Kings Chambers

Chancery

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Kings Chambers enjoys a sterling reputation for chancery work on the Northern Circuit. Its broad array of silks and juniors are frequently instructed on both contentious and non-contentious commercial and traditional chancery matters, including finance litigation, land, trusts and probate matters. "People would say Kings is the number one set in Manchester for chancery work," says one source. Another interviewee comments: "There's always a high-quality selection of barristers."

Client service:

"The clerks are attentive, efficient, friendly and helpful." "The clerking is first-rate and exceptional. There is always someone available to talk through problems, and the clerks are innovative when it comes to dealing with clients, timescales and payments." Gary Young and Harry Young are key contacts in the clerking team.

Strengths:

Andrew Grantham QC
Has extensive experience in commercial chancery litigation. He provides considerable expertise on shareholder and partnership disputes, and breach of trust and fiduciary duty cases. 
"He has a very personable manner. Judges like him and he always comes across as very reasonable when he speaks." "He's good on the detail."
Recent work: Acted in a claim regarding two guarantees and whether the guarantors remained liable on the guarantees after they were replaced as trustees.

Strengths:

Andrew Latimer
A highly experienced junior with expertise in commercial litigation and chancery matters. He is frequently instructed in unfair prejudice petitions and breach of fiduciary duty claims.
"He's a ferocious advocate and he really gets stuck into a case." "He has a huge brain and he wears it very lightly."
Recent work: Acted in a case concerning the alleged forgery of signatures. The defendant and claimant were practising solicitors.

Strengths:

David Casement QC
A leading commercial chancery silk who excels in both litigation and arbitration. He frequently acts for claimants and defendants in large-scale company and partnership disputes as well as insolvency litigation matters.
"David is one of the best in the North. He's really intelligent, he really knows his stuff and he presents well in court." "His advice is second to none. He is technically excellent and an extremely good communicator."
Recent work: Acted in a shareholder dispute between family shareholders in a construction company, concerning allegations of breaches of fiduciary duty and prejudicial conduct.

Strengths:

Eleanor d'Arcy
Has a notable reputation for handling a broad range of commercial chancery matters. She is instructed in relation to property, corporate restructuring and insolvency disputes.
"She is very detailed and methodical." "In court she is fantastic with the judge, putting across her arguments very eloquently and forcefully."
Recent work: Represented the claimant in a dispute between the co-owners of a property. The case involved allegations of fraud and forgery of documents.

Strengths:

Eleanor Temple
Manages a practice built on complex chancery and commercial work. She deals with asset tracing, international trust disputes and partnership cases.
"She gets to grips with the issues straight away and comes back with incisive and helpful comments that advance the case." "She is very measured in court and she performs very well."
Recent work: Acted in a case regarding the dismissal of a shareholder for alleged gross misconduct for sending confidential banking information to the company’s bankers in deadlock situation.

Strengths:

Fay Collinson
Noted for her strong traditional chancery practice. She is frequently instructed on contentious and non-contentious wills, trusts and probate matters. She also has a growing Court of Protection practice.
"Her ability to empathise and engage with the client is outstanding." "She has good attention to detail - she doesn't miss a thing."
Recent work: Instructed by a beneficiary in a contentious probate claim involving capacity issues. The case involved the cross-examination of ten witnesses.

Strengths:

Jeffrey Terry
A well-known and respected barrister in the field of chancery work, he is well versed in traditional chancery matters, particularly contested probates and estates administration, as well as commercial litigation and business disputes.
"I have a respect for his abilities and skill set."

Strengths:

Lesley Anderson QC
A widely regarded leader in the market who handles contentious chancery and commercial matters. She offers expertise in areas including breach of contract matters, shareholder issues and VAT.
"She is tremendously impressive. She has that gift of being able to communicate complicated ideas very simply to clients." "Lesley is able to cut through large amounts of information to get to the heart of the case and identify the key points. She is outstanding on her feet."
Recent work: Acted in disqualification proceedings against the former directors of a charity.

Strengths:

Louis Doyle QC
A commercial chancery specialist who frequently advises on commercial litigation, insolvency, shareholder disputes and directors' duties matters. He regularly handles cases involving complex financial issues.
"He is very proactive and exceptionally good with clients." "He is a very slick advocate."
Recent work: Defended two of three director defendants in a multimillion-pound misfeasance claim involving alleged breaches of duty and trust arising out of the collapse of a company.

Strengths:

Mark Harper QC
Enjoys a strong reputation for the breadth of chancery disputes he handles. He has a notable practice representing parties in civil fraud, insolvency, partnership disputes and commercial litigation matters.
"His cross-examination is excellent and he has a good feeling for what the key points were." "Mark is a very persuasive advocate. He has a really good style in court and certainly has the ear of the judges."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant directors in a multimillion-pound claim alleging that they had breached their statutory duties by selling a property instead of retaining and developing it.

Strengths:

Neil Berragan
A well-known commercial chancery practitioner working on contentious shareholder matters and company procedure issues. He works in courts in Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool, acting for clients on property and business cases.
"Neil has been there, seen it, done it. He is a very calm advocate - he doesn't waste his words and he really commands the ear of the court." "You know the advice he's giving you is spot on."
Recent work: Acted in a dispute between two brothers regarding an alleged 50:50 joint venture that provides clinical services and equipment to the NHS.

Strengths:

Paul Chaisty QC
A widely respected QC in chancery and commercial litigation. He is well known for his work on business law disputes, partnership disputes and insolvency matters. 
"He knows the law back to front." "He is accessible, he picks up the issues very quickly and he explains them really well to both qualified solicitors and non-qualified clients."
Recent work: Acted in a multimillion-pound claim regarding breach of contract and unjust enrichment. The case involved scientific evidence relating to hazardous waste treatments.

Strengths:

Richard Lander
A well-recognised barrister with a practice centred on both traditional and business-related chancery work, regularly handling wills disputes and estate litigation, as well as substantial commercial litigation. He also has an established real estate practice.
"He is prepared to get into the nitty gritty." "He's a very intelligent barrister, completely straight up, and he does a good job for his clients."
Recent work: Acted in a case regarding the obligations of trustees to give disclosure of trust documents to a minor beneficiary's litigation friend where there were concerns regarding abuse of information.

Chancery Department

Kings Chambers

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36 Young Street

Manchester

Lancashire

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M3 3FT

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Silks (QC)

Northern (Bar)

Chancery


Andrew Grantham QC
New Silks
David Casement QC
Band 1
Lesley Anderson QC
Band 1
Louis Doyle QC
New Silks
Mark Harper QC
Band 1
Paul Chaisty QC
Band 1