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This section concentrates principally on barristers advising on transactional company matters. Work recognised within this broad category includes schemes of arrangement, M&A and corporate governance advice, in addition to contentious matters related to shareholder and partnership disputes. Please note that matters pertaining to insolvency are considered under Restructuring/Insolvency.

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Band 1
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    Erskine Chambers
    Company
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 1 | 19 Years Ranked
    Erskine Chambers continues to occupy its place as the foremost company set in London. Sources from across the market reach consensus when lauding it as the go-to set for the most sophisticated and prominent matters in this area of the law. Members of Erskine, both senior and junior, demonstrate market-leading capabilities in heavyweight contentious and non-contentious company matters, and receive routine instructions from the country's top solicitors. Barristers at Erskine possess a strong command of schemes of arrangement, M&A, partnership and shareholder disputes and general corporate advisory work, as part of an all-encompassing offering. The set has recently been involved in such matters as the high-profile contested takeover of William Hill Plc by Caesars Entertainment, as well as the Carillion PLC director's disqualification proceedings. Interviewees report that "Erskine Chambers is the first port of call for any complex company law matter."
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Band 2
  1. 4 Stone Buildings
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    4 Stone Buildings
    Company
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 2 | 19 Years Ranked
    4 Stone Buildings is a standout set whose company law abilities are the subject of widespread praise. At both the senior and junior levels, its barristers provide high-quality advice on substantial matters. Within its broad company offering, the set enjoys an especially good reputation for its work concerning shareholder disputes and breaches of fiduciary duty. Recent cases handled include Lëhtimaki v Cooper, a significant Supreme Court decision which established that the members of charitable companies are in a fiduciary relationship with respect to the purposes of their organisation. The set has also been involved in Secretary of State for Health v Servier Laboratories Ltd, a multimillion-pound claim against a pharmaceutical company for overcharging the NHS through wrongly securing extensions to its patents. Sources comment: "This is an excellent set full of very strong barristers, who provide precise and high-quality advice."
  2. Maitland Chambers
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    Maitland Chambers
    Company
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 2 | 19 Years Ranked
    Maitland Chambers houses a number of highly regarded company law barristers and is well known as a set with significant capabilities in the area. It is engaged by prominent solicitor firms to assist with matters both contentious and non-contentious, and is particularly noted for its abilities in litigation involving offshore jurisdictions. Barristers at Maitland have recently played a role in Destiny Investments Limited and Others v TH Holdings and Others, a minority shareholder petition against the directors, and continue to be involved in the TMO Renewables Ltd v Reeves litigation. Clients report: "I've never referred something to them, however complex or high-value, and not found the right person."
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Band 3
  1. Serle Court
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    Serle Court
    Company
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 3 | 19 Years Ranked
    Serle Court has a solid reputation for company law work, particularly as it pertains to contentious matters such as breach of duty claims, derivative claims and shareholder disputes. Members here are frequently engaged to advise on matters with significant cross-border dimensions, including those in the BVI, Hong Kong and the Cayman Islands. They have recently been involved in the Trina Solar case, a matter concerning the de-listing of a Chinese-controlled solar panel business from the New York Stock Exchange via the Cayman Islands merger provisions. Other matters undertaken include Re: Changyou.com Ltd, a high-profile shareholder dispute in the Cayman Grand Court worth several hundred million US dollars. Sources comment: "The set has numerous excellent options for company and fraud work."
  2. South Square
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    South Square
    Company
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 3 | 19 Years Ranked
    South Square continues to garner praise for its fine company practice. Barristers at the set receive instructions from the foremost corporate law firms to advise on a range of company matters, including schemes of arrangement, shareholder disputes and directors' duties. Many of the cases they handle have a cross-border element. The set enjoys a strong reputation for its company work as it arises within the context of restructurings and insolvencies. Recent work includes acting for the Deep Ocean Group, a provider of sub-sea cable-laying services, in relation to its UK restructuring plan. Members also acted in Primeo Fund v HSBC, one of the leading cases on the application of the company law 'reflective loss principle'.
  3. XXIV Old Buildings
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    XXIV Old Buildings
    Company
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 3 | 19 Years Ranked
    Market sources are quick to highlight the strength of the company offering at XXIV Old Buildings, and reserve particular praise for the strength of its expertise in connection with offshore matters. A number of the market's leading barristers practise at the chambers and receive instructions in a variety of company matters. Commentators state: "This is a set with great heft, full of very professional advocates."
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Band 4
  1. New Square Chambers
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    New Square Chambers
    Company
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 4 | 16 Years Ranked
    New Square Chambers is widely respected for its solid company law practice, and houses a number of highly rated specialists who are well equipped to act in both transactional and litigious capacities. Barristers at the set exhibit demonstrable capabilities in schemes of arrangement, breach of duty claims and unfair prejudice claims, among a number of other matters. Examples of recent work include Enterprise Insurance Co (in liquidation)v EHL and others, an alleged breach of fiduciary duty following the organisations liquidation.
  2. Wilberforce Chambers
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    Wilberforce Chambers
    Company
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 4 | 12 Years Ranked
    Wilberforce Chambers represents an excellent choice of set for company matters. Its barristers frequently represent clients faced with domestic and cross-border shareholder disputes, issues of directors' duties and breaches of fiduciary duty, among other matters. Their reputation for handling offshore work is particularly strong. Recent instructions handled include Krys v Sheikh Mohammed Bin Issa Al Jaber, a £3.5 billion claim for breach of directors’ duty, conspiracy and tracing in connection with Sheikh Mohammed Bin Issa Al Jaber’s management and dealings with the shares in a BVI company which owned a very large portfolio of hotels worldwide. The set has also been appearing in Re Vijay Mallya, a long-running, high-profile Indian bankruptcy claim concerning the fallen Kingfisher Airways tycoon.