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Wilberforce Chambers

Chancery: Commercial

24 ranked barristersBand 1London (Bar)UK Bar 2021 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. Instructing solicitors praise Wilberforce Chambers as "a pre-eminent set that provides an excellent service," adding that "it houses a real depth of talent." Standout cases recently handled by the set's members include Takhar v Gracefield Developments and Others, a high-profile case heard in the Supreme Court that redefined the test for setting aside judgments for fraud.

Client service:

"The clerking team is fantastic - they know their barristers very well and have a good handle on their skill set. They really understand the type of work the barristers do and are an efficient team who are quick to turn around on requests." "The clerking service is engaging and everyone is prompt to respond and endeavours to deal with concerns fairly." "Practice director Nick Luckman is very smooth and user-friendly." Mark Rushton is the head practice manager.

Strengths:

Alan Gourgey QC
"He's very easy to work with and is a very good advocate. He achieves successful result after successful result."

Strengths:

Andrew Mold QC
"He has a great balance between technical skill and commercial sense - he never gets lost in the technical detail. He is also very, very good with clients and is an excellent communicator." "Andrew makes complicated matters seem simple. He's also very personable."

Strengths:

Anna Littler
"An excellent barrister - she is really committed and has a good analytical mind." "She's absolutely superb. When she speaks everyone listens to her and she is a really deep thinker."

Strengths:

Bobby Friedman
"Experienced, diligent and helpful."

Strengths:

Clare Stanley QC
"Clare is hard-working and reliable." "She's excellent - very responsive and great in court. She's very authoritative and is highly respected by the judiciary. Her written work is very compelling."

Strengths:

Edward Sawyer
"One of the best draftsmen at the junior Bar, with a great eye for detail. He's a very reliable barrister." "He is unbelievably intelligent, and sees angles that nobody else ever spots. He's very thorough, very likeable, excellent with clients, and a very good advocate. He's sympathetic but very analytical."

Strengths:

Emer Murphy
"Emer is super-smart, always focused on strategic outcomes and is willing to go the extra mile for her clients. Her advice is clear, direct and well thought out, and she works fast and hard. She is also friendly, approachable and a real pleasure to work with." "A fantastic junior - her attention to detail is unmatched and clients are impressed by the quantity and quality of her work."

Strengths:

Fenner Moeran QC
"Fenner has a great manner with clients and is particularly good at explaining complicated areas in simple ways so that clients understand. He is good on his feet and is a delight to work with." "He has great strategic instincts and is very outcome-focused and pragmatic. He manages to be modern in a very old-fashioned world."

Strengths:

Graeme Halkerston
"He is very impressive on his feet and good at reading the court and pushing difficult points as far as they can go."

Strengths:

Ian Croxford QC
"He is a particularly outstanding trial lawyer - one of the best barristers for cross-examinations."

Strengths:

Jack Watson
"Super bright and very focused on the detail." "A great drafter and good with clients - an impressive individual."

Strengths:

James Ayliffe QC
"Simply top notch - he is able to assess complex situations and devise highly effective strategies. He inspires confidence in clients, is first class on his feet and a pleasure to deal with." "He's measured, understated and thoughtful in his advice."

Strengths:

James Bailey QC
"He's extremely measured, thinks everything through very carefully and is great with clients."

Strengths:

James McCreath
"His written work is really impressive."

Strengths:

John Wardell QC
"He's brilliant when it comes to matters of fraud and is always on top of his cases. A very user-friendly barrister." "He is at the top of his game when it comes to complex fraud and has an incisive mind. He's able to explain matters clearly and has a huge courtroom presence."

Strengths:

Lawrence Cohen QC
"He is very good - very analytical and a creative thinker." "His strengths are his immense competence, thoroughness and experience, all of which make for a quick turnaround time on opinion work."

Strengths:

Lexa Hilliard QC
"Her reputation is truly fantastic. She's a brilliant practitioner for any insolvency or restructuring matter and has such a loyal following. Judges really listen to her." "Her pleadings are good and she's also very practical when dealing with clients."

Strengths:

Nikki Singla QC
"He is really impressive on his feet and gets under the skin of the case really quickly. He sees the commercial side of the case not just the legal matters." "He is always on top of the detail and is a very good trial advocate."

Strengths:

Terence Mowschenson QC
"He is extremely engaging to work with and very user-friendly. He is excellent at digesting complex legal and factual scenarios and distilling them into clear and well-crafted arguments. He has a calm and confident demeanour in court and delivers his arguments in a clear and well-structured manner."

Strengths:

Thomas Lowe QC
"A fantastic trial advocate - he is excellent in court."

Strengths:

Thomas Robinson
"A great strategist and very hard-working. He has a good court manner." "Very able and easy to work with."

Strengths:

Tiffany Scott QC
"She is really strategic and has an eye for the detail. Her communication skills are great and she puts clients at ease. She is very knowledgeable and a pleasure to deal with." "Her ability to tap into the details of a case at a moment's thought is what sets her apart from other counsel in this area."

Strengths:

Tim Penny QC
"A really brilliant, thoughtful and compelling advocate. His written work is excellent, and he's a pleasure to work with." "He's extremely thorough and capable of getting through a lot of material while maintaining the quality of his drafting. In his oral submissions he's able to represent some very dense and factually intricate material in a really clear and persuasive way. An excellent leader."

Strengths:

Tom Roscoe
"He is great - ferociously intelligent and his drafting is always impeccable. He can deal with anything you throw at him." "An impressive and charming advocate."

Chancery: Commercial Department

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Chancery: Commercial


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