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UK Bar: Company & Partnership 2016

This year 29 practitioners have been identified by our research as the leaders in the field.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Leading Silks
Malcolm David White QC XXIV Old Buildings
Alan Steinfeld QC XXIV Old Buildings
Gabriel Moss QC South Square
David Blayney QC Serle Court
Leading Juniors
Hugo Groves Enterprise Chambers
David Eaton Turner New Square Chambers
Richard Ascroft Guildhall Chambers
Martha Maher St Johns Chambers


Erskine Chambers has become firmly established as an “pre-eminent” set for company and partnership work, which is demonstrated by the inclusion of four silks in our research this year. Martin Moore QC is “extensively experienced” and “exceptional” in areas of large-scale, complex corporate transactions and reorganisations. Michael Todd QC is “hugely respected” by peers as he heads the chambers, and is considered the “go-to lawyer” on his speciality knowledge in litigation and transaction advice. David Chivers QC is a “renowned” silk, known to be “unbelievably bright” and to give “exceptional advice”. James Potts QC is a “market leader” in all aspects of corporate and contentious issues, as well as a “highly experienced” advocate at all levels. Ceri Bryant QC is in a “class of her own” covering a broad practice and boasting an “impressive roster of clients”.

Three silks from XXIV Old Buildings garner recognition on the list. Malcolm Davis-White QC is “well-recognised” as a “formidable opponent” who is popular with peers and clients alike. His practice covers a wide range of contentious and non-contentious commercial matters. Alan Steinfeld QC comes recommended for his “expert knowledge” in a range of commercial litigation and fraud matters. Elspeth Talbot Rice QC is “vastly experienced” and is known to be a “robust thinker” and problem-solver. Clients “wouldn’t hesitate to recommend” her.

At 4 Stone Buildings, George Bompas QC is a “leading authority” on major public corporate matters in the UK. Holding a “formidable reputation” as an astute cross-examiner, he is seen as a “great tactician” and “brilliant problem-solver”. Jonathan Crow QC is known for his “stellar” work on a broad range of litigation procedures, both for public authorities and private clients. Robert Miles QC is recommended for “expert handling” of clients in courts domestically and abroad, and is particularly experienced in large and complex finance litigation cases.

Serle Court is represented by three silks. David Blayney QC is “truly outstanding” as a commercial and chancery practitioner, and is often a “key player” in large commercial matters. Alan Boyle QC is a “highly distinguished” silk, and involved in many high-profile cases. He is considered to be “technically excellent” by many. Philip Jones QC is “internationally renowned” with a broad practice that spans commercial and company issues in Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man, Bermuda, Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands among others. Daniel Lightman QC is “incredibly smart and articulate”. Clients like his “resolute focus” and “unbounded wisdom” in order to achieve successful results in a case.

St Philips Chambers is represented by John Randall QC who is a “distinguished barrister” in areas of chancery and commercial law, and clients state he is a “pleasure to work with”. Avtar Khangure QC is “incredibly gifted” in many areas of company law. Peers respect his “pragmatic” approach.

South Square’s Gabriel Moss QC is mentioned for his “encyclopaedic knowledge” and “wealth of expertise” in the field, and is known as being “good on his feet”.

Axiom Advocates’ David P Sellar QC is a “bright spark” at the Scottish bar, and is particularly noted for “stellar” advisory work in applications to the Court of Session.


Enterprise Chambers’ Hugo Groves is a “fierce intellect” on American and cross-border matters, and applies a “sound and practical” approach to all company, partnership and commercial matters.

At Guildhall Chambers, Richard Ascroft is the “person you turn to for tricky cases” as he has many years of experience in the sector as well as particularly for appearing at all levels of courts.

At St John’s Chambers, Martha Maher is “sensational” in matters of commercial litigation, company disputes, partnership litigation and insolvency.

4 Stone Buildings is represented by Christopher Harrison who is “personable and gets on well with clients” which makes him a very effective commercial and chancery litigator, often working on cases with an international dimension.

From New Square Chambers, David Eaton Turner is “excellent on his feet” and is regularly instructed on shareholder disputes, liquidations, administration and trustees in bankruptcy, as well as by banks in relation to securities, commercial frau and asset recovery.

Representing Five Stone Buildings Mark Blackett- Ord is a “true specialist” when it comes to venture capitals funds, LLPs and other limited partnerships. He has also advised often on difficult cases.

At 48 Bedford Row (Partnership Counsel), Roderick I’Anson Banks is a “seasoned advocate” in the area of partnership and LLP laws. Known to many as the “go-to lawyer” in this regard, he is a “font of knowledge” and clients find him “reliable and trustworthy”.

St Philips Chambers’ Andrew Charman is “simply brilliant”, possessing great expertise and experience over years of “very active” work in company law matters, particularly non-contentious transaction and drafting work.

Of Axiom Advocates, David Thomson is “very strong” in commercial litigation, and has emphasis on commercial property and leasing, commercial contracts and insolvency litigation.

At Erskine Chambers, Andrew Thornton is “in a class of his own”, leading many corporate transactions in the UK. Notably, he has been instructed in the merger between Xtrata Plc and Glencore Group Plc.

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