UK Bar: Company & Partnership 2019

This year we recognise 22 silks and 11 juniors in the company and partnership market, who receive praise for their outstanding work assisting entities and individuals.

Most Highly Regarded
1. John Machell QC  Serle Court
2. Daniel Lightman QC  Serle Court
3. Alan Steinfeld QC  XXIV Old Buildings
1. Roderick l’Anson Banks Partnership Counsel
2. Jeremy Callman  Ten Old Square


Erskine Chambers sees five standout silks listed.
David Chivers QC draws praise from peers who describe him as “a first-class barrister” and “really good” in multinational corporate reorganisations. His experience spans a wide range of matters, from joint ventures to takeovers.
Michael Todd QC is well respected among peers who consider him “an excellent silk” and praise his decades of experience handling complex company law matters. 
Edward Davies QC has extensive experience in a wide range of corporate litigation, insolvency and governance work, and is known for his strong expertise in related company law matters.  

Serle Court has four individuals recognised here.
John Machell QC is an expert in company law and partnership cases, impressing sources who describe him as “the LLP guru” and “the go-to person” at the Bar. One source effuses: “He is such a big name in the field that nothing further needs to be said.”
Daniel Lightman QC receives plaudits from peers and clients alike who highlight his “excellent sense of the court and very good judgement”. One source notes: “He is one of the most brilliant barristers I have ever instructed.”
Lance Ashworth QC is “a first-rate performer” according to sources who commend his deep experience in company matters, including professional negligence and unfair prejudice proceedings.
Philip Jones QC also gains recognition in this chapter for his expert handling of shareholder disputes, breach of duties claims and partnership relationships.

Maitland Chambers is home to four experts in the company and partnership field.
Matthew Collings QC is a “brilliant silk” say sources who highlight his ability “to turn a bad case into a good case”. They note “he knows his stuff, clients like him and judges listen to him”.
Mark Cunningham QC has vast experience in company and partnership disputes, most notably involving complex corporate insolvency and company litigation on an international scale.

4 Stone Buildings also has four silks highlighted.
George Bompas QC gains recognition for his superb work on cross-border company disputes, an area in which he is recognised for his vast experience.
Sources describe Robert Miles QC as “an outstanding barrister with very good judgement” who regularly acts in sophisticated company and partnership proceedings as counsel and arbitrator.

Alan Steinfeld QC of XXIV Old Buildings has deep and varied experience in company law litigation and is “highly respected in partnership law matters”. His practice is highly international and he also has experience acting as mediator in the field.


Ten Old Square sees two impressive juniors listed.
Jeremy Callman focuses his practice on high-value company and partnership litigation, acting for clients in a diverse array of issues in the field. He is well versed in representing both individuals and companies.
Jonathan Gavaghan is an experienced junior with deep knowledge of acting in partnership proceedings and company law disputes.

Andrew Thornton at Erskine Chambers is “well known in the field” for his excellent work acting for clients in company disputes with an emphasis on corporate takeovers.

Partnership Counsel’s Roderick l’Anson Banks is a statesman in the field who stands out for his deep experience and impressive knowledge of partnership and LLP matters.

Jennifer Haywood of Serle Court frequently represents clients in an array of company law matters, and has additional experience of working in mediation and arbitration proceedings. 

Nicholas Trompeter from Selborne Chambers is recognised as “an excellent junior” by interviewees who commend his impressive work on sophisticated company and partnership disputes. 

Tiran Nersessian of 4 Stone Buildings is a well-recognised junior who regularly acts in high-profile company disputes involving insolvencies and company liability.

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