Maitland Chambers

Dispute Resolution Department

UK
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"Indubitably one of the very best sets in this area," Maitland Chambers is "a fantastic chambers with strength in depth, and one that has some real stars in its ranks." "From the most junior level upwards, you can be confident that you're in capable hands." The set is one of the first ports of call for any instructing solicitor faced with a major piece of commercial chancery litigation. Instructions handled include anything from fraud and contentious trusts cases to professional negligence matters and shareholder disputes. Commentators say: "Maitland is a set full of approachable and switched-on counsel who are very responsive and clearly know what they're doing."

Client service

"The clerks are very responsive, very conscientious and very helpful." "We get a great service: they look after us very well, they know what we like and we don't like, and they know how we operate." Much-respected senior clerk John Wiggs leads the team.

Strengths

Amanda Tipples QC
A highly regarded chancery practitioner with a practice that takes in property law and complicated partnership matters. She also has recognised experience in company and personal insolvency, administration and voluntary arrangements as well as claims brought by and against liquidators, administrators and trustees. Her technical ability is particularly praised.
"A very clear, no-nonsense advocate. She is clearly marked for further greatness." "She is a bright cookie."
Recent work: Acted for CL Projects and the late Lord Avebury in a complex dispute concerning issues in relation to the winding-up of a partnership.

Strengths

Andrew Twigger QC
A strong advocate with a good appeals practice. His work is varied and encompasses company law, insolvency and civil fraud cases. He also acts in commercial arbitrations and mediations as well as offshore litigation.
"A very good strategist with very good judgement." "He is persuasive and forceful on his feet and very accessible and easy to deal with."
Recent work: Acted in Wood v Sureterm Direct, appearing on behalf of the successful respondent in a Supreme Court appeal arising out of the sale of an insurance business.

Strengths

Benjamin John
A well-liked junior with a substantial commercial chancery practice. He has a reputation for working hard on large and complex cases, including the much-watched Article 50 litigation, and is noted for his prowess in shareholder and partnership disputes. His practice also has a strong international element.
"Immensely clever. His attention to detail is exemplary, and judges respect him very highly indeed." "Very, very bright and meticulous, he doesn't leave any stone unturned and has a very nice way of expressing himself."
Recent work: Instructed in a dispute between shareholders and investors regarding the operation of the business of one of the main players in the Indian razor market.

Strengths

Catherine Newman QC
"A fearsome litigator" with a diverse and substantial commercial chancery practice. She appears in all courts up to the Supreme Court and Privy Council, and has a very strong offshore practice. Her practice has a particular focus on business disputes, and sources praise her for her work on corporate matters.
"Has considerable presence, knows her stuff and is more than comfortable handling big cases." "She is just fantastically reliable and confident in her advice, without being arrogant. She also takes an inclusive approach and feels like part of the team."
Recent work: Assisted with the construction of a USD1.2 billion settlement agreement in relation to Dutch proceedings arising out of investor claims against BNP Paribas Fortis.

Strengths

Christopher Pymont QC
Head of chambers and a lawyer with a broad and significant commercial chancery practice. He handles substantial cases which raise important points of law. He is also a deputy High Court judge for the Chancery Division of the High Court.
"Has a nice rapport with the court and presents things in a calm way, with a view to what the judge is going to be interested in." "He is so clear on his feet, and very concise. Judges are eating out of his hand by the end."
Recent work: Acted for the defence in Ivey v Genting, which concerned a claim by a professional gambler who sought to recover GBP7.7 million he said he had won playing punto banco at Crockfords casino.

Strengths

David Mumford QC
A well-liked junior silk with a very good commercial chancery practice. Sources particularly highlight his technical legal ability and his coolness when on his feet. He has experience of appearing in such locations as Singapore, Hong Kong, Jersey and the Cayman Islands.
"Very calm as an advocate, he gives an air of assurance in court. He is bright, assured and effective." "A very cerebral advocate whose thoughtfulness comes across in his submissions."
Recent work: Acted in BAT v Sequana, a case concerning USD800 million claims to recover allegedly unlawful dividend distributions.

Strengths

Edmund Cullen QC
Handles company and professional negligence cases as part of a broad commercial chancery practice. Several of his cases have a media and entertainment or IP element to them. His works include cases concerning the enforcement of guarantees and security, breaches of warranty and asset tracing.
"A user-friendly silk who is an excellent communicator."
Recent work: Acted in a claim against the directors and advisers of a property investment company alleging fraud and conspiracy.

Strengths

Matthew Collings QC
A respected QC with a litigious and advisory commercial chancery practice that is strong on company law and insolvency cases. Sources describe him as a good litigator who is excellent at cases where the client is in a tight spot. He also has extensive experience of working on international matters in Hong Kong, the Channel Islands, the Bahamas, Jamaica and Iceland.
"An extremely well-polished barrister who has a really impressive, unruffled manner." "Indefatigable, positive, enthusiastic and highly imaginative, he is so full of clever arguments and willing to argue things most of us aren't brave enough to."
Recent work: Acted in Conway v Eze, a case involving allegations of bribery over the sale of a valuable house.

Strengths

Michael Gibbon QC A former investment banker whose practice includes complex insolvency and tax matters. He is regarded by peers as a pleasant and forensically-minded individual. Gibbon has particular experience of acting in cases involving financial instruments, insolvency and restructuring, as well as analysis of financial information.
"Far-sighted and demonstrates really sound judgement." "His grasp of detail is incredibly good. He can just digest incredibly complicated cases and master them astonishingly quickly."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in NIIB v Deutsche Bank, a GBP9 million dispute over a contractual payment in the context of a failed tax avoidance scheme.

Strengths

Olivier Kalfon
Although particularly praised for his insolvency practice, he also has expertise in fraud, company law and international commercial litigation. Sources praise his advocacy as well as his technical capabilities. Kalfon has experience of acting in disputes in the Cayman Islands, the BVI and St Kitts and Nevis.
"Extremely capable intellectually and robust in terms of his advocacy, he is a tenacious advocate. Very little, if anything, gets past him. He doesn't play dirty and never veers away from being entirely appropriate in what he does and says in court." "His work on pleadings is impressive; he has a very easy drafting style that is clear and to the point."

Strengths

Thomas Grant QC
A well-liked silk who is respected for his advocacy and capable advice. He is co-editor of Sweet & Maxwell's 'Civil Fraud'. Grant is regularly instructed in a wide range of general chancery and commercial litigation including professional negligence and property claims.
"Not afraid of taking novel points and very much in tune with clients' sensitivities and opponents' weaknesses." "He can adapt and think outside of the box. There is tremendous breadth to his intellect, and he is always very clear and logical in what he says. His delivery in court is fluent and beautiful, and he is able to give the judges what they want."
Recent work: Acted in Galazi v Christoforou, a large claim brought against a property manager for alleged breach of fiduciary duty in the management of a substantial property portfolio.

Strengths

Thomas Munby
Has a particular strength in banking and civil fraud cases, as well as property and company law matters. Sources describe him as a clever lawyer with the ability to win the trust of a judge and to work well in a team.
"Has encyclopaedic knowledge and is impressively on top of huge bodies of material. He has gravitas beyond his years, and is very measured and sensible in what he says." "His advocacy is always very thorough and complete, and judges trust him."
Recent work: Acted in FBN (UK) Bank Limited v LTAM & Ors, a EUR160 million claim by a bank against its customers and guarantors.

Strengths

Timothy Calland
Has a broad commercial chancery practice, but is particularly strong on applications for immediate injunctive relief. He is a capable advocate who has worked on major cases involving fraud and insolvency. He has experience of appearing in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.
"Very reassuring and unflappable, he uses his exceptionally quick mind to ensure he always gets a good outcome." "A very thorough, calm and considered advocate."
Recent work: Advised and acted for the residents of a London street and ultimately also the freehold management company in a dispute over the control of that company.

Strengths

Watson Pringle
A popular junior with a specialism in civil fraud, whose drafting is particularly praised by interviewees. He is regularly led by senior silks, but also frequently appears as sole counsel. He has a broad commercial chancery litigation practice which includes contractual and shareholder disputes and corporate insolvency matters.
"Very clever, straightforward and polite, and someone you can trust. "He is very, very compelling as an advocate and can more than hold his own against leading counsel. Judges warm to him immediately."
Recent work: Acted in Slater & Gordon (UK) Limited v Watchstone Group. Pringle appeared for the defendant in this claim for GBP637 million in fraudulent misrepresentation and breach of warranty arising out of the highly publicised sale of the personal injury law firm Quindell in 2015.