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Highly regarded in the Midlands region, St Philips Chambers is sought out for its strong commercial offering. Areas of expertise include shareholder and contract disputes, and civil fraud. The set also houses experts in real estate litigation. Regularly acting for domestic and international clients, it is a popular choice for both claimants and defendants in the automotive, finance and real estate sectors. An instructing solicitor reports: "They go out of their way to accommodate us and are very responsive and friendly. The culture is welcoming and proactive."
Client service: "The clerks go out of their way to assist. There is no pomposity and they are very skilled at dealing with solicitors." "The clerks are enthusiastic and helpful." Director of clerking Joe Wilson and senior clerk Justin Luckman lead the team.
A "pleasure to work with," he is recognised for the highly practical tenor of his advice on commercial and chancery litigation matters. He provides further expertise in areas such as banking and finance, insolvency, fraud and professional liability. He is particularly adept at handling unfair prejudice petitions and shareholder disputes. He regularly acts on behalf of national firms, banks, insolvency office holders and insurance companies, among other clients.
Strengths: "Excellent manner with clients and the judiciary, and he's not afraid to change tactics both procedurally and legally if it will give the client an edge." "Personable, bright and very good on his feet."
Recent work: Instructed by the claimant in ISS Facility Services v Select Service Partner UK, a dispute between two facility and maintenance service providers relating to invoices rendered for works carried out.
Esteemed senior junior whose previous experience as a corporate solicitor informs his highly commercial practice. He provides top-quality advocacy and advice on a variety of matters including shareholder litigation, contractual disputes and property issues. He also regularly sits as a mediator in an array of commercial and chancery disputes.
Strengths: "Exceptional in shareholder disputes and quasi-partnerships. A real team player who is very commercial." "He was always reachable and responsive, very supportive and provided very clear, robust advice."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in Leadec v Bosch Redrox, a breach of contract dispute concerning equipment used by General Motors in its production of Vauxhall Astra models.
Avtar Khangure QC
Impresses clients with his far-reaching knowledge in areas such as banking, company law, insolvency and professional negligence. His diverse clientele ranges from private individuals to major corporations.
Strengths: "He has an eye for detail, particularly when it comes to drawing up deals in mediations."
A dedicated commercial practitioner who is recognised for his insight into fraud, employment, insurance and director dispute cases, among other areas. He frequently appears before the courts to obtain injunctive relief, freezing orders and restrictive covenants for clients engaged in commercial employment disputes. A member of the Attorney General's Panel, he regularly acts for government departments including the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Justice.
Strengths: "Good at providing a very focused opinion."
James Morgan QC
Hugely respected by peers and clients for his notable proficiency in commercial and chancery disputes, particularly those relating to company insolvency. Shareholder disputes and breach of contract claims form a major part of his practice. He has further experience in breach of trust and fiduciary duty matters.
Strengths: "Very approachable and a strong advocate with great attention to detail. Very sound legal knowledge." "He's very knowledgeable, with very good commercial understanding - a fantastic legal mind."
Recent work: Acted for the defendants in a multimillion-pound damage assessment, following a trial of breach of warranty claims in relation to a share sale agreement.
An exceptional senior junior who receives accolades for his sharp intellect and detailed knowledge of commercial and chancery law. He is recognised for his provision of high-quality advice and adept representation in litigation arising out of fraud and breach of contract, as well as property and construction disputes. He is also well regarded for his handling of professional negligence actions.
Strengths: "Very bright and outstanding in his advocacy before the court." "Technically very good, very practical and clear with clients."
Recent work: Acted in a ten-day trial related to a shareholder dispute. The litigation arose when a director and 49% shareholder attempted to sack the managing director and 51% shareholder.
John Randall QC
An accomplished commercial practitioner who has been described as "the go-to QC" in Birmingham. He frequently represents financial institutions and corporations in complex commercial and chancery disputes, including contractual disputes, fraud, and issues relating to sale purchase agreements. He has further experience in sustainability and profitability issues.
Strengths: "Brilliant with the law and knows his brief inside out. He has a brilliant knack of perfectly pitching cases to judges in a way that has them eating out of his hand." "Meticulous preparation for trial and outstanding cross-examination skills."
A prominent junior barrister who is recommended for his meticulous approach and strength across a number of areas, including business disputes, property issues and consumer law. He has a particular focus on restructuring and insolvency matters. He regularly acts for companies and individual clients, in addition to garnering frequent instructions from insolvency practitioners.
Strengths: "He’s extremely bright and very clever." "His knowledge of insolvency has been second to none."
A well-regarded junior barrister, noted for his adroit handling of commercial disputes. He offers expertise in warranty claims, shareholder disputes and restraint of trade matters, and regularly appears for his clients in interim applications.
Strengths: "Mark isn't frightened to roll up his sleeves and get to work on something that doesn’t look particularly glamorous - he just gets on with it." "Very tactical and equally very sensible."
Recent work: Acted for defendants in AAH Pharmaceuticals and Barclay Pharmaceuticals v Jhoots Healthcare and Pasab, a contract dispute relating to pharmaceutical product supplies totalling around £3 million.
An established junior who frequently appears before the courts on behalf of financial institutions and public authorities. He has expertise in employment, company and insolvency matters and receives praise for his thoughtful, measured approach and impressive advocacy style. He is particularly well regarded for his handling of unfair prejudice petitions, restrictive covenant claims and disputes concerning directors' duties.
Strengths: "He possesses the rare trinity of encyclopedic knowledge, eloquent advocacy and hard work." "He is technically excellent and very responsive to client demands."
A personable and experienced barrister offering broad expertise across the field of general commercial litigation. He is particularly highly regarded for his specialist knowledge of banking and finance, company, partnership, insolvency and property disputes. Instructing solicitors note him as an experienced trial advocate.
Strengths: "He is both knowledgeable and confident. He puts clients at ease, and we highly value his skills as an advocate."
Recent work: Instructed in AIB Mortgage Bank v Keady and Others, a claim valued at around EUR2 million, to enforce charging orders by order for sale of four London properties.