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Wilberforce Chambers

Dispute Resolution

7 ranked barristersBand 3UKGlobal 2021 View ranking table

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"A supremely sophisticated and well-established set," Wilberforce Chambers has at its disposal a strong bench of barristers, with particularly impressive capability at silk level. Its members are capable of handling a wide spectrum of commercial matters, including, among others, cases arising out of company law, insolvency and civil fraud. Recent successes have included acting for the respondent in Naftogaz v Gazprom, resisting an application in the Commercial Court for immediate enforcement of an arbitral award of almost USD3 billion. Members also defended RBS in a case which questioned the bank's ability to terminate a relationship with a customer it suspected of money laundering, regardless of the impact on its client. Wilberforce barristers are well noted for their ability to represent clients in international disputes, and regularly appear in a range of jurisdictions such as Hong Kong, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands.

Client service:

"The clerks' room is a smoothly operating machine; the clerks understand the client's needs and run a very tight ship." "Everyone is a pleasure to deal with. The clerks go out of their way to help solicitors." Mark Rushton is the head practice manager.

Strengths:

Alan Gourgey QC
  "Terrific and easy to get on with." "He is very popular and has a busy practice."
Recent work: Successfully appeared for Gazprom in resisting an application for immediate enforcement of an arbitral award of almost USD3 billion.

Strengths:

Ian Croxford QC
"A brilliantly robust advocate who takes no prisoners."

Strengths:

James Walmsley
"He is incredibly logical and will look at things very thoroughly from all angles."
Recent work: Acted for Mr Titarenko in Renova v Emmerson & Others, British Virgin Islands proceedings concerning a joint venture in relation to power generation assets in Russia. The principal sum at stake was approximately USD1 billion.

Strengths:

John Wardell QC
"John has a lovely advocacy style which is easy to follow and very persuasive." "He is very impressive, proving aggressive when needs be, and is always realistic in his advice."
Recent work: Successfully defended RBS in a case which questioned its ability to terminate a relationship with a customer it suspected of money laundering, despite the fact that that as a result of this action the customer might have been unable to continue trading.

Strengths:

Marcia Shekerdemian QC
"She has a wealth of intellectual capital and great expertise."
Recent work: Acted for Countess Von Sachsenburg in a case regarding a minority shareholder petition under Section 994 of the Companies Act 2006. The case involved numerous contested allegations brought by the Countess's ex-husband relating to Mulberry House.

Strengths:

Terence Mowschenson QC
"Very client-friendly." "He is tenacious and gets to the heart of the matter quickly."
Recent work: Successfully acted for Alexander Plashekov in his action against Sky Stream, Linkov and others, regarding the ownership of 20% of the shareholding of Transaero Airlines.

Strengths:

Tim Penny QC
"He presents very dense and factually intricate material in a really clear and persuasive way."
Recent work: Represented the second defendant Mr Belyaev in National Trust Bank v Yurov. This was a USD1 billion claim against former shareholders of National Trust Bank.

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Silks (QC)

UK

Dispute Resolution: Commercial


Alan Gourgey QC
Band 2
Ian Croxford QC
Band 3
John Wardell QC
Band 1
Marcia Shekerdemian QC
Band 5
Terence Mowschenson QC
Band 4
Tim Penny QC
Band 4

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