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Wilberforce Chambers

Chancery: Commercial

25 ranked barristersBand 1London (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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An impressive set, noted for its expertise in complex commercial chancery litigation arising in the UK and across several international and offshore jurisdictions. The team is regularly instructed in company, insolvency and civil fraud disputes, and offers considerable strength when undertaking complex commercial litigation involving elements of pensions, trusts and property law. One instructing solicitor notes that the set has "tremendous strength in depth in the commercial chancery area."

Client service:

"A great clerking team to work with. All involved are very communicative and give exceptional service on all levels. They are consummate professionals and they make things work for you." "The set also provides great social and networking events." Nick Luckman is the practice director.

Strengths:

Alan Gourgey QC
"He's excellent on the law, his advocacy is superb and he is very good to work with."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in Vneshprombank v Bedzhamov, a case concerning a £1 billion-plus claim relating to the collapse of the bank, which involved allegations of fraud and conspiracy.

Strengths:

Andrew Mold QC
"He has a good feel for the arguments and how they will pan out. His written work is good and he has astute judgement as to how issues will unfold in a courtroom."
Recent work: Acted for the liquidator of a Russian bank who brought a claim for over £1 billion against an alleged perpetrator of a fraud which led to the bank’s collapse.

Strengths:

Anna Littler
"She is really thorough, really knowledgeable and easy to work with."
Recent work: Acted for the defendants against a claim alleging that the claimants were defrauded of millions of euros while participating in a tax avoidance scheme in Switzerland by a criminal group involved in money laundering and drug trafficking across Morocco and Europe.

Strengths:

Bobby Friedman
"He is incredibly bright and brilliant on his feet."
Recent work: Acted for the claimants in Dalkilic and Pekin v Pekin and Another, a Chancery Division claim for declarations that the shares of a food distribution company are held on trust for the claimants, together with orders for seven-figure payments of dividends.

Strengths:

Clare Stanley QC
"Unflappable and has brilliant knowledge and experience of the law and the court process generally. She has pretty fearsome cross-examination skills and is a very good tactician."
Recent work: Acted for the joint official liquidators of Ardent in relation to claims it had brought against its former auditors, BDO Cayman, arising from a fraud perpetrated on Ardent by its New York-based credit advisers.

Strengths:

Edward Sawyer
"Outstanding and excellent with clients. His quiet manner hides a ferocious advocate."
Recent work: Acted in re Boxclever Pension Scheme, appearing for the ITV group in a regulatory claim which sought to make ITV liable for £115 million liabilities of a failed joint venture.

Strengths:

Emer Murphy
"Bright as a button and impresses clients straight away. She is great to work with and her advice is commercial."
Recent work: Instructed in a claim relating to a development property in Canary Wharf known as Ensign House, Admiral’s Way. It was alleged that various defendants hijacked a maturing business opportunity in respect of Ensign House and diverted it to the first defendant.

Strengths:

Emily McKechnie
"She is incredibly knowledgeable, has sound judgement and commercial sense, and can explain quite complex concepts."
Recent work: Instructed in BGC Brokers LP & Others v Tradition (UK) Ltd & Others, a claim for damages concerning breaches of confidence by an employee who transferred BGC’s confidential information to its competitor, Tradition.

Strengths:

Fenner Moeran QC
"Very pragmatic, sensible and commercially minded." "Fenner gets to the point very quickly and puts his clients at ease because he is very approachable. He tailors his advice to the issues and is a very good advocate."
Recent work: Instructed in Bostani v Pieper, an asset pursuit and recovery case brought against a defendant who had hidden assets through a number of offshore trust and corporate structures.

Strengths:

Graeme Halkerston
"Super responsive and highly thoughtful with his answers. He is very tactical in his thinking."
Recent work: Instructed in a EUR65 million fraud claim by a Dutch oil company, KMG, against a former director of Swiss conglomerate DPH, owned by Romania’s richest man, Dinu Patriciu.

Strengths:

Ian Croxford QC
"A man of gravitas and dynamism who cuts through all the confusion in a case."

Strengths:

Jack Watson
"He grasps things so quickly and just knows what you have to do next. Jack goes the extra mile for you and is  always at hand."
Recent work: Acted in Oberman v Collins, appearing as sole counsel for the claimant in a five-day High Court trial relating to the ownership of an £8 million property portfolio.

Strengths:

James Ayliffe QC
"He is simply excellent, hugely intelligent, hard-working and a master tactician. James is superb on his feet, hugely persuasive and always a real pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Acted for the defendants against a claim for alleged conspiracy, breaches of fiduciary duty, knowing assistance, and other equitable wrongdoing in relation to a joint venture for the acquisition and development of valuable land in the north of England.

Strengths:

James Bailey QC
"He is very responsive and very helpful."
Recent work: Instructed in Say Chong Lim v Francis Ong et al, a claim regarding an alleged fraud perpetrated by the defendant over a number of years through a complex company structure.

Strengths:

James McCreath
"A class act, who's very bright, logical, and tactically smart. He is very quick-thinking and effective on his feet."
Recent work: Acted for the defendants in a dispute concerning the purchase of a £106 million penthouse in a luxury development in Mayfair.

Strengths:

John Wardell QC
"Excellent and takes an 'all hands on deck' approach to things."
Recent work: Instructed in Recovery Partners GP Limited v Rukhadze and Others, appearing for a claimant who successfully sued the defendants for breach of fiduciary duty involving the wrongful diversion of the opportunity to provide services to the family of the late Georgian businessman Arkadi Patarkatsishvili.

Strengths:

Lawrence Cohen QC
"Incredibly experienced and fantastic at managing a team. He understands the nuances of operating in different jurisdictions and their working practices."
Recent work: Appeared in Haywood v Striker, Bahamian proceedings which prised control of Grand Bahama Port Authority Ltd (thought to be worth several hundred million dollars) from a dishonest trustee and placed it into the hands of a judicial trustee.

Strengths:

Lexa Hilliard QC
"She is fantastic and just so easy to work with. Lexa is a great advocate, who has the ear of the court. She is down to earth and matter of fact."
Recent work: Acted in Barrowfen Properties Limited v Patel & Stephens & Bolton LLP, a claim against a defendant director and his former solicitors for breach of fiduciary duty, conspiracy and deceit.

Strengths:

Nikki Singla QC
"He is very good at cutting through the key issues in a dispute and keeping a close eye on the ultimate objective."
Recent work: Acted in Last Lion v Moores Freres & Co, a dispute between shareholders of the company owning Vewd Software, one of the leading OTT streaming services to TV sets in the world.

Strengths:

Terence Mowschenson QC
"One of the wisest heads at the Commercial Chancery Bar, he has decades of experience which he applies in a practical and approachable manner. There is nothing he has not seen."
Recent work: Instructed in Wardour Trading Ltd v Nekrich, an action brought by the liquidator of a company for fraudulent trading against those who allegedly caused the company to incur liabilities of USD50 million.

Strengths:

Thomas Lowe QC
"Very pragmatic, understands the law very well, and explains things in a way clients can understand."
Recent work: Instructed in re Torchlight Fund, proceedings in the Cayman Islands relating to an application to wind up an investment fund.

Strengths:

Thomas Robinson
"An excellent strategist and an extremely effective advocate."
Recent work: Instructed in a case by the Pensions Regulator seeking £96 million arising from the purchase of the Silentnight mattress business by a US private equity house out of a pre-pack administration.

Strengths:

Tiffany Scott QC
"Impressive, pragmatic and very commercial." "She gives really succinct, direct, practical advice, and is obviously extremely intelligent and very good legally. What really impresses is how she rolls her sleeves up and dives into the case."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in proceedings before the Guernsey Royal Court relating to the transfer of shares in a Guernsey company, in which undue influence and/or the existence of a trust were claimed.

Strengths:

Tim Penny QC
"A good, strong advocate, who is thoroughly pleasant, personable, sensible and reasonable. He's a good litigator."
Recent work: Instructed in a claim in the Cayman Grand Court seeking to set aside transactions to defraud creditors and damages in unlawful means conspiracy against a group of companies owning iron ore interests in Canada.

Strengths:

Tom Roscoe
"Very user-friendly, easy-going and always accessible. He is very sharp-witted in an understated way and comes up with very clever points."
Recent work: Acted as junior counsel for the liquidators of a company in the Lehman Brothers group in an ongoing dispute as to how competing ‘subordinated debt’ claims to Lehman Brothers’ assets should rank.

Chancery: Commercial

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Chancery: Commercial


Alan Gourgey QC
Band 1
Andrew Mold QC
Band 4
Clare Stanley QC
Band 3
Fenner Moeran QC
Band 2
Ian Croxford QC
Band 3
James Ayliffe QC
Band 2

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