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South Square enjoys an international reputation for the strengths of its abilities in commercially oriented chancery work, alongside the set's signature expertise in the insolvency field. Its members are regularly called upon by a range of top-flight law firms and clients for their expertise in finance, company law, shareholder and trust matters, having made numerous appearances before domestic courts and in the offshore jurisdictions.
Client service: "Very easy to deal with in terms of organising things and agreeing fees. It is well run with a good corporate identity as a set of chambers." The clerking team is led by Mike Killick and Dylan Playfoot.
Daniel Bayfield QC
A well-liked silk with a diverse caseload and respected approach. He handles a great deal of insolvency and restructuring matters and is a particularly fine choice of counsel for banking litigation.
Strengths: "I saw him in court and he was very good. His presentation of the case was brilliant. Very clear, very logical, very coherent. He took the judge through the case in a seamless way."
David Allison QC
An established silk who brings a practical approach to both litigation and advisory work. He is particularly experienced in cross-border matters and those with some jurisdictional or conflict of law aspect. He is often trusted with extremely high-value matters.
Strengths: "Very user-friendly, very responsive, very commercial. He got up to speed very quickly and performed very well both in court. He has the ability to read the court and work out which are the best buttons to push." "Very good at dealing with both professional and lay clients."
Recent work: Continued to represent respondents in the long-running Waterfall II litigation, seeking to resolve issues raised by the distribution of almost USD7 billion in remaining Lehman Brothers assets.
Felicity Toube QC
Has an insolvency-focused practice with a significant Cayman Islands element. She also has expertise in fraud and asset tracing issues, especially when they arise in insolvency cases. Toube is well versed in international proceedings in English law and the law of other common law jurisdictions.
Strengths: "Very much a strong leader, with strong submissions of her own style." "Very good indeed."
Recent work: Acted for a receiver of high-value actions by the Libyan Investment Authority arising out of its attempt to recover damages concerning its historic investments.
Jeremy Goldring QC
A popular silk who undertakes a wide array of commercial chancery work. He is instructed on both litigation and advisory matters, and often handles insolvency, company and banking and finance matters for a range of clients.
Strengths: "He's very good and extremely nice. His style is so smooth and calm."
Mark Phillips QC
A highly respected insolvency practitioner who also takes on a significant amount of broader commercial chancery work. He is frequently trusted with cases which go to the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. He is also noted for his experience in cases with some sports element.
Strengths: "A very strong barrister, particularly in insolvency." "An effective advocate who is very tough."
Richard Fisher QC
A well-liked silk who is often trusted with high-profile corporate disputes and commercial fraud cases. He is particularly noted for his work in the crossover between commercial chancery and insolvency, as he is also a noted insolvency practitioner.
Strengths: "He proved responsive during fairly tight timeframes and was easy to work with. He also helpfully contributed on points of strategy and was mindful of the client's overall goals."
Recent work: Appeared in Cyrus v Oceanwood in proceedings seeking to enforce an option agreement allegedly triggered through the provision of funding to Norske Skog, a major international paper producer.
Robin Dicker QC
An exceptionally well-respected silk with a huge depth of experience in commercial, banking and restructuring and insolvency matters. He is frequently trusted with high-profile cases which go to the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.
Strengths: "He's very meticulous, with a really thorough, analytical approach." "He's extremely good and recognised as such."
Tom Smith QC
A distinguished silk who handles a wide array of commercial matters, with a particular focus on insolvency. He is also instructed in financial, banking and civil fraud matters.
Strengths: "I rate him very highly. He has a very attractive style of advocacy and is very clever." "A very instinctive lawyer."
Recent work: Acted for a defendant over an alleged bribe paid in connection with the acquisition of Formula One from certain German banks.