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UK Bar: Company & Partnership 2017

Our Company and Partnership listings comprise 37 top barristers, both silks and juniors, with many decades of experience between them. Barristers from three destination sets in the area, Serle Court, 4 Stone Buildings and Erskine Chambers, make up more than half of the barristers listed this year.

Most Highly Regarded
George Bompas QC 4 Stone Buildings
Daniel Lightman QC Serle Court
Alan Steinfeld QC XXIV Old Buildings


SERLE COURT boasts six superb barristers, including five QCs, in our listings. Its barristers received the most nominations in the area for their expertise in domestic and offshore company and partnership disputes.
Daniel Lightman QC is a “hugely bright, hard-working and creative” barrister who “sees both the finer detail that others don’t and the bigger picture, and is an asset on any case”, according to one peer. Sources particularly highlight his “expertise in fiduciary duties” while others describe him as “the man for unfair prejudice minority shareholder company matters”.
Philip Jones QC is highly regarded by sources who describe him as a “safe pair of hands on company cases”. He is well known for his expertise in offshore company issues.
Head of chambers Alan Boyle QC has 45 years’ experience handling a wide range of domestic and international company law issues.
David Blayney QC is an experienced and high-quality company law advocate who is best known for his work in connection with Lehman Brothers’ collapse. He also has deep expertise in partnership disputes.
John Machell QC is “really good” when it comes to cases involving partnership and LLP disputes as well as trusts and fiduciary duties matters.

4 STONE BUILDINGS also features six leading company and partnership barristers in this year’s research, with four silks recommended. Its outstanding team covers a wide range of commercial chancery work, with company and partnership matters a major area of expertise.
Head of chambers George Bompas QC is widely recommended by peers in the market who note his “skill on highly technical company issues” as a key strength. He regularly acts on cases involving company disputes arising from insolvencies.
Sources highlight Robert Miles QC for his “exceptional skills” in the area, also noting him as an “excellent advocate”. He remains one of the leading figures at the Bar for company disputes.
Jonathan Crow QC is a “real star” who is “quite exceptional in the field”, according to some of his fellow silks. He has over 35 years’ experience in company disputes, including more than 10 as a silk.
Andrew Clutterbuck QC is described by one peer as an “absolute leading silk” in the company arena. He is frequently instructed on complex trust and fiduciary and shareholder disputes.

ERSKINE CHAMBERS leads the way with seven practitioners listed this year, of whom six are silks.
Michael Todd QC is a seasoned silk who sources praise for his skills in both advisory work and litigation covering a range of corporate and company work. He is also head of chambers.
New silk Edward Davies QC is “definitely an in demand, up-and-coming barrister for shareholder disputes”, according to one peer, while another describes him as “particularly good” in the area.
Martin Moore QC has “first-rate company law knowledge and excellent judgement”, according to one solicitor, who also praises his “highly analytical and practical advice”.

Three barristers from MAITLAND CHAMBERS secure listings this year, all of them new inclusions in this chapter.
Paul Girolami QC comes “highly recommended in this field” by peers for his skill in shareholder disputes and directors’ duties cases.
Rebecca Stubbs QC is a “very strong young silk” who specialises in company disputes as well as insolvency cases. She has appeared in a number of major domestic and offshore cases.
Matthew Collings QC is an experienced silk with substantial experience across an array of company law matters. He was part of the team representing Cedar Capital Partners in the Supreme Court in its appeal against FHR European Ventures.

Two barristers from EXCHANGE CHAMBERS are also listed.
Mark Cawson QC primarily handles insolvency and restructuring matters, including directors’ disqualification cases.
Edward Bartley-Jones QC has a broad-based commercial and chancery practice and is well known for his skill as an advocate.

Stephen Davies QC of GUILDHALL CHAMBERS is “very well regarded for company and insolvency” matters, according to peers. He has particular expertise in directors’ disqualification matters.

The “extremely bright and tenacious” John Randall QC of ST PHILIPS STONE CHAMBERS “never fails to impress clients”, according to sources. His broad commercial and chancery practice includes deep experience in company and partnership matters.

Alan Steinfeld QC of XXIV OLD BUILDINGS is one of the most experienced barristers at the Bar whose expertise spans a plethora of practice areas, including company. He continues to appear in some of the most significant shareholder disputes.


At SERLE COURT, company law expert Timothy Collingwood is an experienced junior who is highlighted as a “very good and very sensible” by one silk. His expertise covers a wide range of shareholder disputes and he has appeared in a range of offshore cases in addition to his domestic work.

Two juniors at 4 STONE BUILDINGS are also highlighted.
Christopher Harrison is the leading senior junior at the set for company work, with notable experience in shareholder disputes.
Tiran Nersessian “is on his way to being a leading practitioner” in company law, according to sources. He has appeared in a number of cases involving directors’ duties.

Roderick I’Anson Banks of PARTNERSHIP COUNSEL is “the counsel you want on your team in any partnership dispute” says one commentator, who also highlights his “concise, authoritative advice” on matters in the area. He has more than 40 years of experience in the area.

Martha Maher of ST JOHN’S CHAMBERS has 30 years’ experience in commercial chancery work. She has extensive expertise in partnership disputes and directors’ disqualification cases.

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