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An instructing solicitor describes Serle Court as "a go-to chancery set," explaining: "The barristers are at the top of their game, incredibly approachable, and not afraid to get their hands dirty and muck in when things get really busy: they are true team players." The set houses an enviable bench of senior and junior barristers, and is regularly called upon to undertake the most complex cases in the market. Recent examples of these include Allianz Global Investors and Others v RSA Group Insurance, a group litigation brought by current and former shareholders against the insurance group; The Public Institution for Social Security v Al-Rajaan, a fraud claim for over USD800 million arising out of alleged bribery in respect of banking and investments of the state pension fund of Kuwait; and Wong v Grand View PTC, thought to be the largest contentious trust litigation ever. 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, with members being routinely instructed in cases in Hong Kong, the Cayman Islands, the BVI and Bermuda.

Client service

"The clerks are first-rate. They are always very responsive and helpful."

"Steven Whitaker is a star. He is always so helpful."

"The clerks at Serle Court are always very responsive to any queries raised and are quick to return with any required information in a timely fashion."

Steven Whitaker is the head clerk.

Elizabeth Jones KC "A great operator with a real presence in court."

Philip Marshall KC "Philip is an excellent advocate who consistently impresses." "He works very well in a team and is very supportive." "He's a force of nature when it comes to this field." "Both precise in his drafting and great at cross-examination."

Jonathan Adkin KC "User-friendly, easy to deal with and good at cross-examination, he takes a difficult case and runs with it." "Very commercial and bright."

David Drake "Incredibly knowledgeable and very good at delivering advice on a complicated matter very succinctly." "His written work is very good and he argues very precisely."

John Machell KC "A very able advocate: he's got an excellent style, he's very intelligent and he presents things in a way that clients like. Very balanced and sensible, he is extremely easy to work with and very responsive - with him you always know what is going on in the case." "Produces amazing insights."

Adil Mohamedbhai "Adil is very intelligent and picks up points that nobody else does." "He is very easy to work with and has a calm and reassuring manner."

Rupert Reed KC "Extremely considered in his approach and excellent on his feet." "Strategic in his thinking and someone with a pleasant manner, he is responsive and has a good eye for presenting complex matters in an appealing way." "Rupert is very good with clients. He's a smooth operator but he can roll his sleeves up and fight the good fight when needed."

James Weale "An extremely effective barrister who is heavily in demand." "Really responsive, quick and precise in his drafting, and a phenomenally hard-working man."

Lance Ashworth KC "Lance is smart, user-friendly and approachable. He really knows his law." "He is excellent in court." "Gets on top of a case really quickly."

Dakis Hagen KC "Dakis is superbly bright but also very, very hard-working. He provides an excellent service."

Simon Hattan "An ex-banker, who really understands the guts of financial transactions. He's relentlessly hard-working."

James Mather "A very good, understated yet powerful advocate, who is extremely bright. He's a very capable, interactive, and team-oriented barrister."

Dan McCourt Fritz KC "Very experienced, and an absolute joy to deal with." "Dan is fantastic. He is personable and is absolutely on top of things. His advocacy is incredibly impressive." "His written work is superb, and he functions brilliantly within a large team."

Matthew Morrison "Very good at boiling issues down and getting to the relevant points. He also appeals to clients and is very good tactically." "A very practical performer and a great advocate."

Gareth Tilley "Very bright, pragmatic and helpful, and someone who turns things round quickly." "He has a very can-do attitude in challenging situations." "His advocacy is very persuasive." "A good, thoughtful opponent, who is effective without going over the top."

Justin Higgo KC "An excellent barrister, who is very straightforward in his advice and a strategic thinker. He also has very good client-facing skills as well." "Justin comes across incredibly well and is unflappable in court."

Sophie Holcombe "Sophie Holcombe is without doubt a future silk." "She always produces high-quality work regardless of any instructions she's given." "Sophie does a thoroughly good job and is a pleasure to deal with."

Oliver Jones "Very hands-on and responsive, he is an invaluable addition to any team however mammoth or complex the matter." "Fantastically user-friendly and impressively bright."

Giles Richardson KC "Such a clever guy, and so pleasant to deal with." "Very experienced and good on the strategy."

Philip Jones KC "Hugely insightful, very helpful and responsive, and excellent in conference with clients. He is exactly what you want from an experienced chancery silk: he gives a lot of direction and is also very down to earth and easy to work with." "A very elegant advocate." "He has a supreme intellect."

Hugh Norbury KC "A rising silk, who is very direct and an easy person to listen to. Hugh is on an upwards trajectory."

Paul Adams "His written work is amazing and he has a lovely manner with clients. He is also very reliable." "A man with a superstar intellect." "A very thorough, sound and solid barrister."

Dominic Dowley KC "A really skilled tactician and an impressive advocate." "One of a kind, he has a fierce intellect and is an absolute stickler for detail."

Timothy Collingwood KC "Extremely astute, he provides strategic and insightful advice, and is extremely responsive. He has excellent client-handling skills and is lovely to deal with."

Daniel Lightman KC "Daniel is very bright and one of the top barristers in the space." "Very smart and creative, he has an encyclopaedic knowledge and is passionate about the law and the specific areas he deals in." "He has superb drafting skills."

David Blayney KC "A very cerebral character who's an original thinker."

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Dispute Resolution: Commercial Chancery

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Elizabeth Jones KC
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Daniel Lightman KC
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John Machell KC
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Jonathan Adkin KC
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Rupert Reed KC
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Dakis Hagen KC
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David Blayney KC
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Justin Higgo KC
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Dispute Resolution: Commercial Chancery

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Adil Mohamedbhai
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David Drake
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James Weale
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Gareth Tilley
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James Mather
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