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Phil Reeves (Senior Clerk) – 020 7611 9805 / [email protected]

Michael Shillingford (Deputy Senior Clerk) – 020 7611 9807 / [email protected]

Alex Calder (Senior Practice Manager) – 020 7611 9806 / [email protected]

Tenants: 28

THE CHAMBERS:

Erskine Chambers is recognised as the being pre-eminent in company law and a leading set in insolvency, financial services and corporate/commercial litigation (including civil fraud and asset recovery) members have a particular niche in being brought in where a Company point has been missed. Chambers’ size (28 barristers including 11 KCs) allows it to maintain expertise in its core practice areas while fielding effective teams in Commercial Court and Chancery Division litigation.

WORK UNDERTAKEN

Company Law:

Erskine is the go-to set for company law disputes and corporate transactions, including: shareholder disputes (Kleanthous v Paphitis; Bumi; Re Dee Valley Group plc), joint venture disputes and technical company litigation (Eclairs v JKX; Enviroco v Farstad - both Supreme Court) derivative claims (ClientEarth v Shell). Members have advised on all of the largest UK corporate transactions of recent years, including Anheuser-Busch InBev/SAB Miller, Friends Life/Aviva, Invensys/Schneider, Glencore/Xstrata and Vodafone/Verizon. Erskine provides counsel for the majority of schemes of arrangement (William Hill), Part VII transfers (Royal London/CIS, Barclays/ING), and reductions of capital.

Corporate/Commercial Litigation & Arbitration:

A large proportion of Erskine’s work is litigation at the intersection between company, commercial and insolvency law, including: commercial disputes; directors’ disqualification ( Carillion) breach of fiduciary duty (BTI v Sequana - Supreme Court; Hewlett Packard and Autonomy v Lynch); breach of duty (ENRC v SFO) LLP and funds disputes (Re Charterhouse Capital; F&C Investments v Barthelemy); and civil fraud and asset recovery (PrivatBank v Kolomoisky & Others) Members have particular expertise in freezing injunctions and other forms of interim relief.

Insolvency:

Erskine has a strong reputation for both contentious insolvency and corporate restructuring. Insolvency litigation often involves cross-border issues ( Lehman Brothers Holdings Limited; Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda) and Omnia (In Liquidation); Singularis v PwC; PwC v Saad; MF Global; Sturgeon Central Asia Ltd). Restructurings include insolvent schemes of arrangement, administrations and CVAs (Regis UK Limited (in administration); Lazari Properties v New Look; SphinX, Halliwells).Chambers had two teams involved in the litigation arising from the well-known collapse of Carillion, recently described as the largest and most complex trading insolvency in the UK, and the highest profile directors’ disqualification proceedings for many years. The claim against the NEDs (represented by one of the Erskine teams) was abandoned by the Claimant (the Secretary of State) at the door of the Court the day before a 13-week trial in October 2023 – a major triumph for the whole defence team.

Financial Services:

Members undertake both contentious and non-contentious FSMA work. Litigation includes: funds, collective investment schemes and public offers of securities; prospectus liability (RBS Rights Issue litigation); financial conduct, regulation and enforcement (Lehmans Client Money) and interest rate swap claims against banks. Non-contentious work includes Part VII business transfers, securitisation and structured finance.

International:

Erskine’s work is highly international, whether advising on multi-jurisdictional transactions or litigating complex cross-border disputes (Jardine Strategic Holdings Limited; Nam Tai Property Inc) Members are active in a large number of offshore jurisdictions, including the Channel Islands, Cayman, BVI, Bermuda, Turks & Caicos, St Vincent and Grenadine, Hong Kong and Singapore and have extensive trial experience, from First Instance to Appellate and Privy Council.

Members
  • Michael Todd KC (1977) (KC-1997)
  • David Mabb KC (1979) (KC-2001)
  • Martin Moore KC (1982) (KC-2002)
  • David Chivers KC (1983) (KC-2002)
  • Peter Arden KC (1983) (KC-2006)
  • Raquel Agnello KC (1986) (KC-2009)
  • Andrew Thompson KC (1991) (KC -2014)
  • James Potts KC (1994) (KC-2013)
  • Andrew Thornton KC (1994) (KC-2020)
  • Edward Davies KC (1998) (KC-2017)
  • Benjamin Shaw (2002) (KC - 2023)
  • Catherine Roberts (1986)
  • Nigel Dougherty (1993)
  • Stephen Horan (2002)
  • Ben Griffiths (2004)
  • Matthew Parfitt (2005)
  • Jack Rivett (2010)
  • Anna Scharnetzky (2011)
  • Chantelle Staynings (2012)
  • Andrew Blake (2012)
  • Samuel Parsons (2015)
  • Conor McLaughlin (2017)
  • Philip Morrison (2018)
  • Seamus Woods (2018)
  • Tom Hall (2021)
  • Dan Butler (2021)
  • Carleen Sobczyk (2022)
  • Lily Church (2022)
  • Nick Segal (2018) (Sol-1982)
  • * Associate Member
  • Look Chan Ho (2002)*
  • * Door Tenant

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London (Bar)
Chancery: Commercial
1 Set
5 Ranked Barristers
Set
Chancery: Commercial
2
Chancery: Commercial
2
Band 2
Silks (KC)
1
David Chivers KC
1
Band 1
James Potts KC
2
James Potts KC
2
Band 2
2
Peter Arden KC
2
Band 2
4
Edward Davies KC
4
Band 4
Juniors
3
Jack Rivett
3
Band 3
Commercial Dispute Resolution
1 Set
3 Ranked Barristers
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Commercial Dispute Resolution
5
Commercial Dispute Resolution
5
Band 5
Silks (KC)
3
Andrew Thompson KC
3
Band 3
James Potts KC
3
James Potts KC
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Band 3
5
David Chivers KC
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Company
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18 Ranked Barristers
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1
Company
1
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Silks (KC)
David Chivers KC
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Martin Moore KC
Star Individuals
Michael Todd KC
Star Individuals
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Andrew Thompson KC
1
Band 1
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Andrew Thornton KC
1
Band 1
1
David Mabb KC
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Band 1
James Potts KC
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James Potts KC
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Band 1
2
Edward Davies KC
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Peter Arden KC
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