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Serle Court

Dispute Resolution

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Instructing solicitors praise Serle Court as "a leading commercial chancery chambers," adding that "everyone at the set is sensible, collaborative and very easy to work with." It houses an enviable bench of senior and junior barristers, and is regularly called upon to undertake the most complex cases in the market. In addition to offering expertise in the handling of high-profile domestic disputes, the team is highly regarded for its expertise in litigation arising in offshore jurisdictions, and members are routinely instructed in cases in Hong Kong, the Cayman Islands, the BVI and Bermuda.

Client service:

"The clerks are very responsive, helpful and commercial when it comes to negotiating fees." "The team is very good at identifying and matching needs for specific client requirements - they make sure that they match the right barrister with the right client." "The clerks understand the practicality of litigation and go the extra mile to help." Steven Whitaker is the head clerk.

Strengths:

Adil Mohamedbhai
"An excellent junior who is very good value for money. He goes above and beyond to make sure the drafting is in top shape, and he's very nice to deal with." "He grasps complicated concepts quickly and has a very practical approach to complex legal problems. He simplifies issues and gets to the results."

Strengths:

Dakis Hagen QC
"It's a delight to watch him and his team work together so effectively. He has great judgement and excellent client-handling skills." "He's incredibly good - cautious, and highly responsive to the judge. He's very adaptable in court."

Strengths:

Dan McCourt Fritz
"Clients absolutely love him and he's very good at drafting. He's also very strong technically and he knows this subject very well." "He's excellent - very easy to deal with and brilliant at what he does."

Strengths:

Daniel Lightman QC
"Very strong on paper." "He has an outstanding legal brain."

Strengths:

David Blayney QC
"He is exceedingly bright and very good on his feet." "He is immensely clever."

Strengths:

David Drake
"An absolutely fantastic junior - he's a great advocate and is fantastic on paper. He is incredibly easy to work with." "He is phenomenal at turning things around quickly and is incredibly hard-working."

Strengths:

Dominic Dowley QC
"Has a good bedside manner and is very easy to deal with."

Strengths:

Elizabeth Jones QC
"She's very strong in court and is a truly formidable advocate." "She is very robust and impressive on her feet. A top performer."

Strengths:

Gareth Tilley
"He is very sharp and practical. He works quickly and is very realistic in his judgement." "He is extremely thorough in his consideration of the evidence and when drafting pleadings and other documents. He has proven to be an excellent advocate in court."

Strengths:

Giles Richardson
"He's just brilliant - exceptionally clever, hard-working and responsive." "He's very user-friendly and is a measured advocate."

Strengths:

Hugh Norbury QC
"He is incredible - very engaging and excellent at dealing with clients. He also has a great command of the law and is incredibly hard-working." "He is really brilliant, approachable and good to work with. He is happy to get stuck into the case."

Strengths:

James Mather
"He is absolutely phenomenally intelligent and very impressive. He gets on top of the case quickly and sees angles that others do not see. He is also brilliant in court."

Strengths:

James Weale
"He is super bright, hard-working and responsive. He's bursting with great ideas and energy. He is a superb draftsman and a strong oral advocate. He is also a real team player and a pleasure to deal with." "His written work is just absolutely excellent and he is very, very sensible in his approach."

Strengths:

John Machell QC
"Always very thorough, prepared and thoughtful - he is a brilliant appellate advocate and is sound in his approach." "He is a critical thinker and is innovative with his ideas. He is very responsive and user-friendly."

Strengths:

Jonathan Adkin QC
"A tenacious advocate. He's thoughtful and very good at considering the strategic aim of the case. He is very easy to work with."

Strengths:

Justin Higgo QC
"Very clever and gets good results."

Strengths:

Lance Ashworth QC
"He is easy to work with, commercial and practical. He's always very involved in the detail right from the beginning." "He's a good cross-examiner and is very commercially minded and pragmatic."

Strengths:

Matthew Morrison
"An extremely bright barrister and a real people person. He is brilliant with clients and very commercial, but with a formidable intellect." "He is easy to work with, practical and commercial. He takes a collaborative approach."

Strengths:

Paul Adams
"He has a phenomenal memory and can pull out an obscure case at a moment's notice. He works extremely quickly and produces substantial and lucid pleadings at an incredible speed. He is really, really impressive and a joy to work with."

Strengths:

Philip Jones QC
"He's very strong all round - very knowledgeable on the law and good at dealing with both solicitors and clients. He has the ear of the court and is a real team player." "He has astonishing problem-solving skills."

Strengths:

Philip Marshall QC
"He's a mesmerising advocate and is utterly relentless - a very powerful performer." "He takes on enormous cases and will fight like a tiger. He is resilient in the extreme."

Strengths:

Rupert Reed QC
"He has a brilliant bedside manner with clients and is very sympathetic and patient. He's a really good advocate and his written work is excellent. A class act." "He is an absolute mine of information and is technically and intellectually strong."

Strengths:

Simon Hattan
"He is incredibly thorough, and is able to master large volumes of material and tease out problems and opportunities. He is also an absolute pleasure to work with - he does not stand on ceremony and treats all team members as equals." "He is really measured, clear and sensible in his advocacy, and is also very good on paper."

Strengths:

Sophie Holcombe
"She is extraordinarily hard-working, very thorough and always fully prepared. She's brilliant."

Strengths:

Timothy Collingwood QC
"He is responsive, a good advocate and likeable as a person. He is switched on and sensible on his feet." "He is really capable and very knowledgeable on trusts law. He is tactically sensible and really hard-working."

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Silks (QC)

UK

Dispute Resolution: Commercial Chancery


Dakis Hagen QC
Band 3
Daniel Lightman QC
Band 3
David Blayney QC
Band 3
Dominic Dowley QC
Band 3
Elizabeth Jones QC
Band 1
Hugh Norbury QC
Band 2

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