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UK Bar London (Bar) Chancery: Commercial

Chancery Commercial: concerns all commercially related cases heard in the Chancery Division including company, shareholder, partnership, banking, pensions, financial services, insolvency, professional negligence, tax, media and IP matters.

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Band 1
  1. 4 Stone Buildings
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    4 Stone Buildings
    Chancery: Commercial
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 1 | 19 Years Ranked
    4 Stone Buildings is an impressive chancery set, housing a strong bench of barristers at both senior and junior level who are well versed in high-profile and complex disputes. The team's expertise spans a wide range of areas, and members routinely undertake cases involving financial services and banking, commercial contracts and insolvency law. Shareholder disputes are also a key area of strength for the team, drawing on the set's established expertise in company law. The set's barristers are regularly instructed in litigation arising in the oil and gas sector, and have experience of acting in both domestic and international matters. As testament to their skill they have recently been involved in some major cases including Autonomy Corporation v Michael Lynch, a USD5 billion claim heard over a ten-month trial, and Republic of Mozambique v Credit Suisse, a very high-profile fraud case which is being litigated in a number of jurisdictions around the world. Commentators say: "It is an excellent set for the more complex work."
  2. Maitland Chambers
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    Maitland Chambers
    Chancery: Commercial
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 1 | 19 Years Ranked
    Maitland Chambers retains its reputation as a leading set for commercial chancery matters. The set's impressive bench of barristers is regularly mentioned by interviewees: "Maitland has an excellent range and choice of counsel at all levels." Chambers offers significant expertise in banking and finance, insolvency and civil fraud claims, and its barristers have experience of handling both domestic and international litigation and arbitrations. Recent cases of note include Tugushev v Orlov & Others, a huge dispute over the ownership of stakes in a massive international fishing business run through companies in Russia, England and Hong Kong, and Re Carillion, a case concerning the largest corporate collapse of the last decade. Other matters include Raiffeisen Bank AG v Asia Coal Energy Ventures Limited, a claim to enforce a USD70 million sale and purchase agreement for distressed debt and associated security.
  3. Serle Court
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    Serle Court
    Chancery: Commercial
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 1 | 19 Years Ranked
    An instructing solicitor describes Serle Court as "a go-to chancery set," explaining: "The barristers are at the top of their game, incredibly approachable, and not afraid to get their hands dirty and muck in when things get really busy: they are true team players." The set houses an enviable bench of senior and junior barristers, and is regularly called upon to undertake the most complex cases in the market. Recent examples of these include Allianz Global Investors and Others v RSA Group Insurance, a group litigation brought by current and former shareholders against the insurance group; The Public Institution for Social Security v Al-Rajaan, a fraud claim for over USD800 million arising out of alleged bribery in respect of banking and investments of the state pension fund of Kuwait; and Wong v Grand View PTC, thought to be the largest contentious trust litigation ever. In addition to offering expertise in the handling of high-profile domestic disputes, the team is highly regarded for its expertise in litigation arising in offshore jurisdictions, with members being routinely instructed in cases in Hong Kong, the Cayman Islands, the BVI and Bermuda.
  4. Wilberforce Chambers
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    Wilberforce Chambers
    Chancery: Commercial
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 1 | 19 Years Ranked
    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: "The set has a very strong range of barristers at all levels from senior silks to juniors. Mermbers have an extensive range of expertise across a range of different practice areas, and collaborate well internally and with other experts to deal with complex matters." They are instructed in high-profile matters of the greatest complexity including Craig Wright, Tulip Trading Ltd and Others v Persons Unknown, Various Bitcoin Developers, a multibillion-pound cryptocurrency claim, and Vatche Manoukian v Société Générale Banque Liban, a case concerning Manoukian’s allegations against the Lebanese branch of French banking giant Société Générale. Manoukian alleged the bank had been withholding funds from one of his accounts.
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Band 2
  1. Essex Court Chambers
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    Essex Court Chambers
    Chancery: Commercial
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 2 | 5 Years Ranked
    This set's barristers are noted for their expert handling of complex and high-profile commercial chancery disputes, with the team offering significant strength in civil fraud and banking litigation. The team receives regular instructions to handle cases in offshore jurisdictions, and frequently undertakes complex shareholder disputes involving the Far East and the CIS. Regularly instructed on both sides of major commercial chancery disputes, they have been involved in some of the most celebrated cases of recent years including BTA v Ablyazov, SKAT (the Danish Customs and Tax Administration) v Solo Capital, and Bat v Sequana.
  2. South Square
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    South Square
    Chancery: Commercial
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 2 | 19 Years Ranked
    In addition to offering significant strength in insolvency law, South Square is also highly regarded for its expertise in a wide range of commercial chancery disputes. The team is well versed in the handling of both contentious and non-contentious matters. Members are regularly called upon to act in claims brought against accountants and professional service firms and complex cases involving derivatives and securitisation transactions, among other commercial matters. The team is known for its expert handling of both domestic and international disputes. Recent examples include Primeo Fund v HSBC, one of the leading cases on the application of the reflective loss principle on creditor claims, and Privatbank v Kolomoisky, the leading case on the scope of Article 6(1) of the Lugano Convention and whether it is subject to a 'sole object' test.
  3. XXIV Old Buildings
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    XXIV Old Buildings
    Chancery: Commercial
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 2 | 19 Years Ranked
    XXIV Old Buildings is highly regarded for its expertise in complex cases arising in offshore jurisdictions, earning praise from instructing solicitors who say: "It is clear they're one of the leading sets in this area." The set's members undertake a wide range of commercial chancery matters, and are frequently instructed in high-value commercial litigation, especially civil fraud and insolvency disputes. The team is also well versed in commercial matters involving elements of professional negligence, trusts and partnership law, drawing on the set's established strengths in these areas.
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Band 3
  1. 3 Verulam Buildings
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    3 Verulam Buildings
    Chancery: Commercial
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 3 | 8 Years Ranked
    3 Verulam Buildings is particularly well regarded for its handling of commercial chancery litigation involving complex elements of banking and financial services law. Members are also well versed in civil fraud and insolvency disputes, and are regularly called upon to appear in major litigation arising in several international and offshore jurisdictions. Cases of note include Phones4U Ltd (in administration) v EE, Vodafone UK and Others, a major claim alleging collusion by mobile network operators forcing Phones4U into insolvency, and the landmark USD300 million claim against Tesco arising from Tesco's misreporting of its profitability.
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    Enterprise Chambers
    Chancery: Commercial
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 3 | 19 Years Ranked
    An impressive set, noted for its expertise in high-value commercial litigation as well as complex insolvency, company and property matters. Instructing solicitors praise Enterprise Chambers for its "good breadth of junior and senior barristers." The team is particularly well regarded for its handling of shareholder disputes, and members are regularly instructed in both domestic and international matters. Its recent cases include Hotel Portfolio II UK Ltd v SMA, a significant piece of litigation arising out of a commercial fraud valued at £220 million. The case gave rise to a judgment which gives significant guidance on the law of constructive trusts both in England and Jersey.
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    Erskine Chambers
    Chancery: Commercial
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 3 | 7 Years Ranked
    Erskine Chambers is well regarded for its expertise spanning a wide range of commercial chancery matters, and its strong bench of barristers is routinely instructed in high-profile cases. Members are experienced in the handling of complex commercial litigation, including difficult insolvency, banking and financial services, company and civil fraud disputes. Over the years the set has been involved in many of the leading cases before the Chancery and Commercial courts, including HP and Autonomy v Lynch, BTA Bank v Ablyazov, and Mezhprombank v Pugachev.
  4. New Square Chambers
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    New Square Chambers
    Chancery: Commercial
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 3 | 19 Years Ranked
    New Square Chambers handles commercial chancery disputes arising both in the UK and in several offshore jurisdictions. Areas of strength for the team include complex contractual disputes, insolvencies, shareholder disputes and high-value commercial fraud claims. The team is well versed in shareholder and partnership disputes. Members have experience of appearing before the highest courts in the UK and the Caribbean. They have recently been involved in such cases as In re Montpelier Trust and Corporate Services (Isle of Man), a matter concerning an alleged £45 million embezzlement, and a £6 million claim arising out of the collapse of Lendy Ltd.
  5. Radcliffe Chambers
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    Radcliffe Chambers
    Chancery: Commercial
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 3 | 5 Years Ranked
    An impressive set with noted expertise in commercial chancery matters. Instructing solicitors are quick to praise Radcliffe Chambers' insolvency offering, while its strong bench of barristers also offers considerable strength in high-stakes banking, civil fraud and securities matters. International disputes concerning commercial trusts are also a key area for the team.
  6. Selborne Chambers
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    Selborne Chambers
    Chancery: Commercial
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 3 | 3 Years Ranked
    Selborne Chambers is a well-regarded set offering significant expertise in commercial chancery litigation. Members are regularly instructed in civil fraud, company, partnership and general commercial disputes, as well as complex trusts and property cases. Instructing solicitors praise the barristers' expertise in these areas, saying: "The barristers at Selborne are fantastic at handling complex and sophisticated disputes."