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South Square continues to garner praise for its fine company practice. Barristers at the set receive instructions from the foremost corporate law firms to advise on a range of company matters, including schemes of arrangement, shareholder disputes and directors' duties. Many of the cases they handle have a cross-border element. The set enjoys a strong reputation for its company work as it arises within the context of restructurings and insolvencies. Examples of recent company matters include advising in VB Football Assets v Blackpool FC, a dispute concerning the appointment of receivers over the assets of Blackpool FC.
Client service: "They're extremely responsive and ready to assist." "It's a very friendly clerking staff." "The clerks are excellent. They're always proactive, honest and frank." Mike Killick and Dylan Playfoot are the senior practice managers.
Barry Isaacs QC
Focuses on insolvency work and related company matters, and often handles high-profile claims and company restructurings. He has appeared in the House of Lords and the Supreme Court in a wide array of high-profile and high-value cases. His cross-border expertise includes experience in proceedings in the Cayman Islands, Bermuda and Hong Kong.
Strengths: "Barry is no-nonsense, very thorough, accessible and good with clients. He's incredibly impressive."
Recent work: Represented the scheme administrators in connection with a scheme of arrangement used to restructure the Noble Group of companies.
Daniel Bayfield QC
Displays a high level of competency in company matters as a part of his broad commercial chancery practice. He possesses additional expertise in banking and insolvency cases.
Strengths: "Hard-working and extremely clever."
Recent work: Acted in Re NN2 Newco Limited, advising, and appearing for, the scheme company on the restructuring of the Nyrstar group through a Companies Act scheme of arrangement.
David Allison QC
A highly regarded silk with a prominent offshore practice, who has appeared in disputes in the Caribbean, Dubai, New York and Guernsey. Key areas of strength include schemes of arrangement, reductions of capital and contentious company law work. His company expertise is bolstered by his prominent financial services and restructuring practices.
Strengths: "Always clear in his advice and presents issues clearly and succinctly. He has a very strong legal mind."
Recent work: Represented the creditors' committee with regard to a scheme of arrangement proposed by the Premier Oil group.
Felicity Toube QC
A respected name both at home and in the Cayman Islands courts, who handles company dispute work. She has a great depth of experience of acting for banks and corporations, particularly in an insolvency context. Her company practice is complemented by additional skills in matters concerning civil fraud and the financial services sector.
Strengths: "Felicity is excellent: she's pragmatic, user-friendly and brilliant on her feet. She's popular with clients and open and easy to work with."
Recent work: Appeared in Crumpler v Candy, litigation concerning issues of the validity of a floating charge.
An experienced senior junior with a broad company law skill set, particularly with regard to insolvency and restructuring matters. She offers niche expertise in insolvencies involving football clubs, and is particularly knowledgeable when it comes to schemes of arrangement.
Strengths: "Amazing. She's an impressive advocate who is persuasive and charming."
Jeremy Goldring QC
A versatile silk with a broad commercial practice who handles a range of company-related disputes and advisory work, including schemes of arrangement. He is regularly instructed in offshore cases, and has been called to the Bar in Grand Cayman and the BVI. Goldring offers further expertise in insolvency and banking matters.
Strengths: "Extremely thorough and clever in the most understated way."
Recent work: Appeared in Dorsey Ventures v Xio GP, a dispute concerning a private equity fund.
Mark Arnold QC
Operates a strong company practice as a part of his successful insolvency offering. His practice is international in scope, and spans a vast range of industries.
Strengths: "Very bright and very much into the detail of the case. He provides a huge amount of comfort to the instructing solicitor."
Recent work: Advised in respect of an application for orders convening meetings of creditors to consider schemes of arrangement in relation to Dutch and UK companies.
Robin Dicker QC
An exceptionally able silk who is experienced in company disputes at all levels, including cases at the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. His areas of expertise include civil fraud, insolvency and wider commercial litigation.
Strengths: "A highly intellectual lawyer who exudes knowledge and is loved by judges."
Tom Smith QC
Instructed in insolvency-related company work including cases concerning schemes of arrangement and company voluntary arrangements, and often acts for retail clients. He has a wealth of experience in the banking and financial sectors, and displays expertise in investment funds work. His work frequently involves offshore jurisdictions.
Strengths: "Tom is very easy to get hold of, easy to work with and good with clients. The quality of his work product is outstanding."
Recent work: Advised Interserve with regard to its proposed scheme of arrangement and related restructuring.