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Serle Court

Partnership

5 ranked barristersBand 1London (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table
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A pre-eminent set with a deep bench of barristers who act for law firms, financial services companies and other professional services clients in connection with a variety of partnership issues. Members also represent property developers and individual partners in family partnerships. The set is known for having developed strong arbitration and mediation practices and for being home to barristers who "combine detailed legal knowledge with practical application; they invariably present their advice in a client-friendly manner."

Client service:

Head clerk Steven Whitaker runs a  "very well-run clerking team" that includes the "terrific" Nicholas Hockney.

Strengths:

James Mather
A formidable junior well respected in the partnership field, particularly where the operations of solicitors' firms and property developers are concerned. He also offers notable expertise in litigation and arbitration partnership matters, both domestically and in offshore jurisdictions.
"Exceptionally bright and very articulate." "He is very responsive, incisive and user-friendly."
Recent work: Acted in Re Shannon Construction, a dispute over a substantial property joint venture relating to land in the South East, alleged to be conducted on the basis of an informal partnership.

Strengths:

Jennifer Haywood
Handles an exhaustive range of contentious and non-contentious partnership issues as part of her wide-ranging chancery practice. Active in a variety of sectors, including the legal, medical, property development and professional services spheres, and a noted authority on LLP issues, she attracts particular praise for her strategic advice and business acumen.
"Combines high-level strategic advice and lateral thinking with an attention to detail that is unsurpassed." "She is particularly well known for her partner disputes work and is excellent at mediation." "She develops good relationships with clients and gives sound advice on the merits of a case and in settlement negotiations."

Strengths:

John Machell QC
Receives extensive and enthusiastic praise from across the market as the go-to silk for the most complex or intractable pure partnership or LLP matters, his mastery of the latter being cited particularly frequently. His partnership practice covers a wide range of sectors including legal and financial services as well as family-owned partnerships.
"Without doubt a top silk in partnership and LLP matters," who is "sharp of mind, commercial and popular with clients." "He is extremely accessible and user-friendly and quickly manages to distil very complex legal issues down to their essence. John commands complete confidence and always delivers a clear analysis of the legal position and risk."
Recent work: Has recently advised various substantial solicitors’ firms on #MeToo issues, including questions relating to the expulsion of partners and SRA reporting obligations.

Strengths:

Philip Jones QC
Stands out for his clarity of thought, straightforwardness of exposition and high level of user-friendliness, founded upon many years' experience of handling partnership disputes, often on behalf of HMRC. He is also prominent in the representation of solicitors' firms and property partnerships.
"Instructed when clients are looking for a heavyweight name with sound commercial judgement."

Strengths:

Thomas Braithwaite
A versatile commercial chancery barrister with particularly extensive partnership experience in the professional services and property development spheres, where he advises on a variety of matters including bankruptcies. He also assists with arbitration procedures.
"A highly intelligent advocate who provides great client service."
Recent work: Acted in Re Bell Pottinger LLP, appearing for a number of former members of the company who were defending claims for the recoupment of their drawings from the firm.

Partnership Department

Serle Court

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Department location

6 New Square

Lincoln's Inn

London

Greater London

UK

WC2A 3QS

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Partnership


John Machell QC
Star Individuals
Philip Jones QC
Band 1

Juniors

London (Bar)

Partnership


James Mather
Band 2
Jennifer Haywood
Band 1
Thomas Braithwaite
Band 1