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Serle Court

Dispute Resolution

14 ranked barristersBand 2UKGlobal 2021 View ranking table

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A regular presence in the Commercial Court and Chancery Division, Serle Court is a set peopled with strong practitioners at both silk and junior level. Members are highly regarded for their capabilities, with sources reporting: "They are pragmatic, commercial and user-friendly." Individuals at the set regularly guide clients through high-value cases in the market, many of which are international in scope. Recent cases include Carlyle Capital v Conway & Others, a claim for in excess of USD1 billion arising out of mortgage-backed securities trading, the largest claim brought in Guernsey. Another highlight saw the practitioners represent the administrators of Lehman Brothers in inter-company financing issues and subordinated debt claims totalling USD10 billion.

Client service:

"The clerks, led by Steve Whitaker, are brilliant." "They are helpful, friendly and responsive."

Strengths:

Daniel Lightman QC
"His submissions are extremely good and he is very impressive." "He has exceptional knowledge and expertise, particularly in relation to company disputes."
Recent work: Represented Andreas Dinglis and Master Holdings Group, the respondents to a petition presented by Dinglis's son and daughter alleging that the family established property holding and property management companies were run in an unfairly prejudicial manner.

Strengths:

David Blayney QC
"Very cerebral and good-humoured," "he is an original thinker."
Recent work: Acted for Constantin Medien in its claim against Bernie Ecclestone over an alleged USD44 million bribe in connection with the sale of the Formula One Group in 2005.

Strengths:

Elizabeth Jones QC
"Very bright and an incredibly tough commercial litigator." "She has a very good sense of where the case is going as she sees the big picture."
Recent work: Instructed on behalf of Sir Owen Glenn in various proceedings against Eric Watson relating to a British Virgin Islands joint venture company, Spartan Capital.

Strengths:

Hugh Norbury QC
"User-friendly and excellent in terms of his strategy and tactics." "Hugh Norbury QC is incredible: he is very engaging, has a great command of the law and is incredibly hard-working."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in ArcelorMittal v Essar Steel, a case concerning two steel manufacturing giants.

Strengths:

John Machell QC
"Very well prepared, a really nice person to work with and a very good team player." "He is very impressive and perceptive."
Recent work: Successfully acted for the defendant in Danilina v Chernukhin, a Russian oligarch case involving a property development.

Strengths:

Jonathan Adkin QC
"Instils confidence in the client very quickly." "He is extremely persuasive and effective on his feet, including in cross-examination, and he really gets into the weeds of the case."
Recent work: Acted as lead counsel for one of the defendants in The Public Institution for Social Security v Al-Rajaan and Others, a case regarding a Kuwaiti state agency that alleged breaches of banking obligations and money-laundering against a number of Swiss banks and other individuals.

Strengths:

Justin Higgo QC
"Highly enthusiastic, he rolls up his sleeves and is always on top of the law." "He simplifies difficult concepts and makes the job look easy."
Recent work: Acted in Munkenbeck v The Vinyl Factory, an unjust enrichment claim relating to the redevelopment of Marshall Street Baths in central London.

Strengths:

Lance Ashworth QC
"He is absolutely brilliant and all over the detail in a case." "Lance is a terrific advocate who is particularly superb on the paperwork. He pays attention to detail and is really good with the client."
Recent work: Acted for Grove Park Properties in suing the Royal Bank of Scotland for the recovery of monies paid in respect of a loan which was voided due to an alteration of the loan agreement. He also defended the company against a counterclaim of GBP16 million.

Strengths:

Matthew Morrison
"Brilliant with clients, very commercial and a man with a formidable intellect." "He is all over the detail and very proactive."
Recent work: Acted for the third defendant in a case, a Mr Ramkhumar, in respect of claims brought by the Punjab National Bank which alleged that loans totalling USD37 million were procured by fraudulent misrepresentation and deceit.

Strengths:

Paul Adams
"Very able and pays amazing attention to detail." "He does a very good job and his drafting is impressive."
Recent work: Acted for Sir Owen Glenn and Kea Investments in a dispute regarding a joint venture.

Strengths:

Philip Jones QC
"A good advocate who is very hard-working." "He's not afraid to get his hands dirty and he produces great written work."
Recent work: Acted for Ng Man Sun in a share dispute with Chen Mei Huan over a British Virgin Islands company which is the ultimate owner of a hotel and casino in Macau.

Strengths:

Philip Marshall QC
"He understands the evidence very quickly and he is a clear strategist who is easy to work with." "Philip is fantastic in court and so smooth on his feet."
Recent work: Acted for the administrators of Lehman Brothers in relation to inter-company financing issues and subordinated debt claims totalling USD10 billion.

Strengths:

Simon Hattan
"He is extremely hard-working, responsive and able to turn around work in tight timeframes."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant and counterclaimant in Noksel Celik AS v Bemaco Steel, a multimillion-pound claim arising out of a contract for the supply of steel piping.

Strengths:

Zoe O'Sullivan QC
"She gives the right answer quickly and her advice is really clear."
Recent work: Appeared in Shanghai Shipyard v Reignwood International Investment (Group) Company Ltd, acting for the defendant in resisting claims of USD340 million.

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Silks (QC)

UK

Dispute Resolution: Commercial


Daniel Lightman QC
Band 4
David Blayney QC
Band 4
Elizabeth Jones QC
Band 2
Hugh Norbury QC
Band 4
John Machell QC
Band 3
Jonathan Adkin QC
Band 3

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