UK Bar: Company and Partnership 2018

This year sees 24 silks and 10 juniors recognised for their expertise in company and partnership law. They lead the field in these two areas, helping corporations, partnerships and individuals in both contentious and non-contentious matters.

Most Highly Regarded
1. John Machell QC Serle Court
2. Alan Steinfeld QC XXIV Old Buildings
3. Daniel Lightman QC Serle Court
1. Roderick I’Anson Banks Partnership Counsel
2. Andrew Thornton Erskine Chambers
3. Tiran Nersessian 4 Stone Buildings


ERSKINE CHAMBERS is a leading set in commercial and corporate matters and sees five standout silks recognised for their work in company and partnership law.
Edward Davies QC is a go-to name in company law and is “always highly thought of within the market” for his expertise in shareholder disputes. He is also praised for his advisory practice where he isgreat at thinking around problems”.
Head of chambers Michael Todd QC has strong experience in company-related matters where he is regarded as “a good fighter in trial”. He acts on a range of matters including takeovers, shareholder protection and financial assistance schemes.
Andrew Thompson QC is an authority on company, partnership and LLP law with a particular focus on insolvency-related matters.

SERLE COURT sees four impressive silks listed this year for their expertise in the field.
John Machell QC is a highly distinguished figure who acts on both contentious and non-contentious matters and specialises particularly in hedge fund and private equity structures. One source says, “John is the leading QC at the London Bar for partnership and LLP disputes. He is as an excellent advocate both in writing and on his feet.”
Daniel Lightman QC is a market authority and frequently acts in cases concerning unfair prejudice petitions, derivatives claims and injunctions. He is highly respected in the market for his encyclopaedic knowledge of company law.

4 STONE BUILDINGS is widely regarded as a leading set in commercial law and sees four silks recognised for their work in this area.
Robert Miles QC is a well-known figure in complex commercial litigation, particularly in the financial services sector. One source notes, “Robert is the leading barrister in company law – no question.”
George Bompas QC receives high praise for his work in litigation and arbitration relating to some of the most significant company law matters in the UK.

MAITLAND CHAMBERS sees three go-to silks highlighted in this chapter.
Rebecca Stubbs QC is an esteemed figure in company law with a particular focus on insolvency and restructuring matters.  She is often called upon by leading clients to represent them in high-stakes matters including prevention of sale and administration, where she is very well respected.
Paul Girolami QC frequently advises on proceedings both in the UK and internationally where he is renowned for his strong knowledge of highly technical company law matters.
Matthew Collings QC is a top-tier litigator in the field of company law. He is called upon for his experience in trial and appellate advocacy and is also well known for his highly regarded advisory practice.

Alan Steinfeld QC of XXIV OLD BUILDINGS is a distinguished figure in partnership law who comes highly recommended for his expertise across litigation, arbitration and mediation proceedings.


TEN OLD SQUARE sees two of its leading juniors listed this year for their leading work in company and partnership law.
Jeremy Callman is described as “excellent on partnership work” and is widely regarded as an expert in LLP matters and related litigation.
The “standout” Jonathan Gavaghan receives high praise for his skills in dispute resolution and is recognised for his superb work handling partner exits, team moves and breach of fiduciary duty.

PARTNERSHIP COUNSEL sees the “excellent” Roderick I’Anson Banks recommended for his leading counsel on partnership matters. He focuses his first-rate practice on a range of related matters including good faith issues, partner extractions and expulsions.

ERSKINE CHAMBERSAndrew Thornton is highly recommended as a leading company lawyer who “really knows his stuff”. He often represents clients in connection with high-value cross-border mergers and boasts long-standing experience handling corporate takeovers.

Tiran Nersessian at 4 STONE BUILDINGS is a go-to junior on significant company law trials. He is “our counsel of choice for complex government matters” according to one source, while another notes, “Tiran has an excellent level of knowledge and attention to detail. Clients like the way he operates.”

Mark Blackett-Ord of FIVE STONE BUILDINGS draws praise as a top-notch partnership lawyer. He regularly advises venture capital funds and limited partnerships and is “a definite inclusion in any list of leading partnership lawyers”.

GUILDHALL CHAMBERS sees Richard Ascroft recognised for his stellar work in company law, particularly when it comes to company directors’ disqualification. 

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