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Wilberforce Chambers

Restructuring/Insolvency

6 ranked barristersBand 3London (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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Wilberforce Chambers is noted for its impressive work tackling both corporate and personal insolvency matters. Members are frequently called upon to undertake cases arising both in the UK and further afield, and offer significant expertise in the handling of complex multi-jurisdictional disputes. Areas of particular strength for the set include administrations, CVAs, restructurings and schemes of arrangement. The team is also regularly instructed in cases involving complex pensions and property elements, owing to the set's established strengths in these areas. An enviable client list includes creditors, debtors and insolvency officeholders. Instructing solicitors note that Wilberforce has "a superb reputation and an impressive bench of barristers."

Client service:

"The clerks are very responsive, keen to help and will chase things up at court - they're willing to show initiative and help in any way they can." "The clerking service is second to none and you can always get hold of someone - head practice manager Mark Rushton runs a tight ship."

Strengths:

Bobby Friedman
Bobby Friedman has a broad commercial chancery practice which encompasses civil fraud, company and insolvency disputes. He is regularly instructed in both domestic and offshore matters, and is called in the BVI.
"A personable, passionate and persuasive advocate."
Recent work: Acted for the insolvency practitioners in Re Ideal Windows, a claim seeking the repayment of monies from the director of a now insolvent company on the basis of wrongful trading/illegal dividends/payments made that were preferences and/or transactions at an undervalue.

Strengths:

Daniel Lewis
Daniel Lewis is highly popular in the market for his advocacy style and personable manner. He undertakes wide-ranging insolvency work, with a particular emphasis on claims arising from participation in tax avoidance schemes. He is also well regarded for his handling of professional negligence claims both for and against insolvency office holders. He is noted for his expertise in international insolvency matters.
"He is just as alive to the commercial aspects of litigation as he is to the technical position." "He's a pleasure to work with and is good on his feet."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of a group of investors seeking the appointment of administrators over a large group of hotels which were alleged to have been operated as a collective investment scheme.

Strengths:

James Bailey QC
James Bailey QC is a well-regarded silk who has a strong practice encompassing commercial chancery, company and insolvency law. He frequently plays a key role in major, high-profile cases. He is frequently involved in cases concerning misfeasance and wrongful trading claims and has considerable expertise handling contentious recovery work.
"He's really analytical, methodical, hard-working and gets to the point quickly."
Recent work: Instructed in Lynda Dixon v Nicholas Myers and Adam Stephens (in their capacity as administrators of L&ND Development and Design), a case which considered apparently conflicting authorities providing guidance as to the circumstances in which insolvency office holders should or should not assign causes of action.

Strengths:

Lexa Hilliard QC
Lexa Hilliard QC is an esteemed practitioner offering an impressive breadth of experience and expertise across all areas of insolvency law. She regularly takes instruction at both the domestic and international levels and has been instructed in relation to several offshore disputes in the Caribbean, Channel Islands and Isle of Man. Her respected practice focuses predominantly on advisory work. 
"She is extremely user-friendly, approaches things in a clear and pragmatic way, and through her seniority and experience she has a very good understanding of how judges think." "She always provides a top service and puts her clients as a priority."
Recent work: Instructed in Marylebone Warwick Balfour Management Limited v Richard Balfour Lynn and others, a claim for £38 million against seven former directors for breach of fiduciary duty in causing the company to make large payments to themselves at the expense of HMRC.

Strengths:

Marcia Shekerdemian QC
Marcia Shekerdemian QC is regularly approached by clients seeking advice on corporate and personal insolvency cases. She has carved out a niche in the area of fraud and asset recovery work, and regularly acts in cross-border cases. She represents a variety of clients including directors, debtors, office holders and lenders.
"She is very, very intelligent and her attention to detail is excellent." "One of the most insightful and perceptive barristers at the Bar." "She's calm, very bright, reassuring and forthright - absolutely top drawer."
Recent work: Acted for a law firm in Re Garwood, a dispute over office holder remuneration and legal fees received by the firm for work done by its deceased former partner Garwood, who was dual-qualified and took insolvency appointments as trustee in bankruptcy but used his law firm for work on the estates.

Strengths:

Thomas Robinson
Thomas Robinson is well known for his adept representation of the Pensions Regulator and continues to be a popular choice for international insolvency matters. He has experience appearing before the Supreme Court.
"He's pragmatic, client-friendly and good on his feet." "He is very reassuring with clients and solicitors."
Recent work: Acted for the Pensions Regulator in regulatory proceedings seeking contributions for the pension scheme of the Silentnight Group. The case arose from the pre-pack administration of the group in 2011.

Restructuring/Insolvency

Wilberforce Chambers

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Location

8 New Square

Lincoln's Inn

London

Greater London

UK

WC2A 3QP

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Restructuring/Insolvency


James Bailey QC
Band 5
Lexa Hilliard QC
Band 2
Marcia Shekerdemian QC
Band 2

Juniors

London (Bar)

Restructuring/Insolvency


Bobby Friedman
Band 5
Daniel Lewis
Band 4
Thomas Robinson
Band 2