St Philips Chambers

Restructuring/Insolvency Department

Midlands (Bar)
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Instructing solicitors praise St Philips Chambers as "the go-to set in Birmingham for insolvency-related matters." It houses a strong bench of seasoned practitioners who are regularly called upon to act for and advise liquidators, company directors and corporations of all sizes on a wide range of both contentious and non-contentious matters. Areas of expertise for the team include liquidations, administrations and CVAs, as well as complex directors' disqualification cases. The set's members are also experienced in the handling of cross-border insolvencies.

Client service: "The set is very well clerked and efficiently run." "The clerks are all fantastic." The clerking team is led by chambers director Joe Wilson.

Ali Tabari
Frequently instructed in cases concerning fraudulent trading and misfeasance, Ali Tabari is an experienced litigator in insolvency-related matters. His background in banking and finance means he is well placed to act in insolvency law cases. 
Strengths: "He's very affable, very easy to get on with and always very calm and measured in court." "He brings a good balance of commercial and technical experience to matters."
Recent work: Instructed in Re Benedict Cole, a long-running dispute arising from the administration of a temporary workers agency.

Avtar Khangure QC
Top-tier silk whose capabilities span the full spectrum of insolvency work. He frequently handles complex cases on behalf of a range of clients, with notable experience in the financial sector. Market sources are quick to highlight his strength in oral advocacy and measured approach in court. He is also a top choice for commercial disputes between directors and shareholders, especially those with an insolvency context.
Strengths: "A very slick barrister. He's incredibly bright and a real fighter in court." "A terrific negotiator."

James Morgan QC
An experienced silk who is highly regarded for his work in all aspects of personal and corporate insolvency and commercial dispute resolution. He regularly acts for liquidators and other office holders in claims against directors arising from insolvency.
Strengths: "For anything complex he is a go-to silk. Technically he's fantastic, he's one of the best prepared barristers I have ever come across and nothing fazes him in court. He's a very persuasive advocate and has the ear of the court."
Recent work: Successfully acted for Northampton Borough Council in a misfeasance and Section 423 claim brought against the former directors of Northampton Football Club.

Marc Brown
An experienced barrister who is highly regarded for his work in all aspects of personal and corporate insolvency and commercial dispute resolution. He regularly acts for liquidators and other office holders in claims against directors arising from insolvency. 
Strengths: "He's ferociously intelligent and a fantastic advocate." "He is very experienced and understands insolvency practitioners and how they work very well."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of National Asset Management Designated Activity Company in a case involving an application for court-appointed receivers over two properties.

Robert Mundy
A strong commercial junior noted for his expertise in claims brought against directors. He is instructed to act on behalf of companies, directors and liquidators.
Strengths: "He writes nicely crafted documents and skeleton arguments, and knows when to pitch and point and when to back down."
Recent work: Successfully acted for the former chief executive of Claims Direct in a challenge to a £21.2 million proof of debt.