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Maitland Chambers

Dispute Resolution

10 ranked barristersBand 3UKGlobal 2021 View ranking table

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A set with members who are well versed in a wide range of areas of commercial litigation, and who are especially well known for handling company and insolvency-related disputes and cases involving allegations of civil fraud. Members are regularly involved in international cases, and are routinely selected to appear in the most complex of trials. Notable recent highlights include acting in the high-value Russian fishing business ownership dispute between Tugushev and Orlov, and defending Tesco against claims brought by shareholders over the supermarket's accounting scandal. Interviewees report that "Maitland barristers' attention to detail is very good. They are people who invariably come back with suggestions which move a case forward."

Client service:

"The clerks are very proactive and responsive." John Wiggs, the senior clerk, "knows the market exceptionally well and is more entrepreneurial than many other clerks. He thinks broadly about how his barristers will fit into a team, and introduces them in a way that is friendly. Good at networking, he ensures that he receives active feedback on his barristers' service from those that instruct them."

Strengths:

Andrew Twigger QC
"He is incredibly bright, a real whizz-kid." "A brilliant advocate who is fearless."
Recent work: Defended Merrill Lynch International against claims brought by CFH Clearing concerning a number of foreign exchange transactions which occurred at around the time when the Swiss National Bank announced that the Swiss franc had been 'de-pegged' from the euro.

Strengths:

Benjamin John
"Brilliant strategically and very good with clients, he delivers a great service." "He's tremendous fun, has great judgement and is very responsive."
Recent work: Acted for Vitaly Orlov in a case against Alexander Tugushev over the ownership of a fishing business run by the Norebo Group.

Strengths:

Christopher Pymont QC
"He is knowledgeable and a safe pair of hands." "His advocacy is so persuasive it is hypnotic."
Recent work: Acted for the first defendant in Tugushev v Orlov, a dispute concerning the ownership of a substantial Russian fishing group.

Strengths:

David Mumford QC
"A popular choice in the commercial field, he's a very clever barrister with a wonderful advocacy style, who is a wonderful team player."
Recent work: Defended Tesco against claims brought by institutional shareholders arising out of its 2014 accounting scandal.

Strengths:

Dominic Chambers QC
"Gets to the point quickly and is a pleasure to deal with." "He thinks about his cases very hard and fights for his clients."
Recent work: Acted for United Company Rusal (a company associated with the Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska) in its USD1.5 billion claim against Crispian Investments (a company associated with Roman Abramovich). The case concerned a shareholders' agreement.

Strengths:

Matthew Collings QC
"Very imaginative and always brings a new angle." "He is very clever and a very effective cross-examiner."
Recent work: Appeared for the defendants in Promontoria v  Isaacs and Nicoll, a case concerning claims brought by a hedge fund for the recovery of multimillion-pound debts.

Strengths:

Richard Morgan QC
"Has a very fine grasp of the legal issues in a case."
Recent work: Acted for Broad Idea in its opposition to a British Virgin Islands freezing injunction granted in support of Hong Kong proceedings for alleged impropriety by the director of a listed company.

Strengths:

Rosanna Foskett
"Absolutely brilliant: she's really bright, very hands-on and a team player." "She is hard-working, efficient and someone who delivers quality work on time."
Recent work: Acted for the administrators of LB Holdings 2 in litigation arising out of the collapse of Lehman Brothers.

Strengths:

Thomas Munby
"An incredibly hard-working junior who is an asset to any team. His written advocacy is consistently impressive." "He is an experienced and effective junior who is extremely user-friendly."
Recent work: Represented UC Rusal Plc in its dispute with Crispian Investments Ltd. This was a shareholder dispute between Rusal (one of the world’s largest aluminium companies) and entities associated with Roman Abramovich and Vladimir Potanin concerning the proposed sale of a USD1.5 billion stake in Norilsk Nickel, one of the world’s largest nickel and palladium companies.

Strengths:

Watson Pringle
"Charming to both clients and opponents, he is detail-oriented and perfect in his presentation in court." "He is very strong on Russian matters."
Recent work: Defended Rukhadze, Alexeev and Marson against a claim brought by Recovery Partners and Revoker concerning diversion of corporate business opportunities, breach of fiduciary duty, conspiracy and knowing receipt.

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Silks (QC)

UK

Dispute Resolution: Commercial


Andrew M Twigger QC
Band 3
Christopher Pymont QC
Band 2
David Mumford QC
Band 2
Dominic Chambers QC
Band 5
Matthew Collings QC
Band 4
Richard Morgan QC
Band 5