St Philips Chambers

Chancery Department

Midlands (Bar)
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St Philips Chambers is a "highly respected set and home to some very bright legal minds." Barristers at the set regularly handle traditional chancery matters, as well as commercial cases concerning insolvency, professional negligence and shareholder disputes.

Client service: "The clerking service is very friendly and accommodating." Joe Wilson is the director of clerking.

Andrew Charman

A company law specialist who, in addition to his contentious practice, carries out advisory and transactional work. Charman also handles general commercial litigation and professional negligence matters involving accountants, financial services professionals and solicitors.
Strengths: "Andrew is robust in his approach and technically flawless, which is a combination that inspires great confidence in his clients." "Andrew has provided excellent counsel with good, clear advice. He is very effective in the courtroom and has a no-nonsense approach, always cutting to the heart of the matter."
Recent work: Acted in a petition alleging unfair prejudice by a private equity investor including by seeking to remove private shareholders and acquire shares and loan notes with an alleged value of £30 million for £1.

James Morgan QC

Has a well-regarded commercial chancery practice, including company law, fraud and insolvency. He regularly handles applications for interim relief, including injunctions and freezing orders.
Strengths: "He's fantastic and has a great brain." "He is a good advocate and very realistic."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in a £1 million counterclaim for an account of profits arising out of a profit sharing agreement. The case involved complex accountancy evidence.

John Brennan

Has a broad chancery practice, including real property, professional liability, contentious probate and insolvency. His wills, trusts and probate work also includes Inheritance Act claims, breaches of trust and fiduciary duty, and non-contentious trust matters.
Strengths: "He is a leading light in this area and he's readily capable of engaging in huge litigation."
Recent work: Acted in a long-running dispute between shareholders following an attempt by a director and 49% shareholder to sack a managing director and 51% shareholder.

John Randall QC

A leading chancery silk who concentrates on the commercial side of the practice area. He does work in professional negligence and sport cases, as well as real property and company law. Randall is also an accredited mediator.