UK Bar: Restructuring & Insolvency 2019

This year, our research into the leading figures in high-value restructuring and insolvency work has identified 31 silks and 15 juniors. They stand out for their ability to manage domestic and cross-border insolvency and restructuring litigation.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Stephen Atherton QC  20 Essex Street Chambers
2. William Trower QC  South Square 
1. Richard Fisher  South Square
2. Tony Beswetherick  20 Essex Street Chambers 


South Square performs well this year with an impressive 12 practitioners highlighted in this chapter.
William Trower QC is “a very senior and well-respected advocate” who stands out for his excellent work representing clients in complex insolvency and restructuring proceedings.
Jeremy Goldring QC is well known in the UK market for his extensive experience handling complex restructuring cases, insolvencies and schemes of arrangement matters for multinational companies.
Robin Dicker QC is “an outstanding barrister” who offers clients top-tier representation in restructuring and insolvency disputes involving some of the largest financial institutions in the world.
Mark Phillips QC is highlighted as “amazing on offshore work” by peers who note he “is a delight to be led by”. He specialises in high-value restructurings on an international scale, which span a wide range of industries.
David Allison QC is “an outstanding younger QC” known for his superb work on corporate restructurings where he regularly represents clients in relation to proceedings in offshore jurisdictions.
Tom Smith QC has a deep and varied practice where he acts for clients both domestically and off-shore on complex restructuring matters.
Daniel Bayfield QC regularly advises clients in high-profile restructuring and insolvency work, an area in which he stands out for his extensive experience.
Felicity Toube QC has decades of experience in the restructuring market, which extends to both domestic and offshore matters including high-value international restructuring and insolvency proceedings.

Erskine Chambers sees three experts listed.
David Chivers QC regularly acts for clients in technical restructuring and insolvency issues, often in a cross-border context and relating to offshore proceedings.
Peter Arden QC is a well-regarded silk with impressive experience handling high-value restructuring and insolvency matters across a wide range of industries.
James Potts QC draws praise from peers who highlight him as “a wonderful advocate” who is “excellent, sensible and measured” when dealing with contentious work in the UK and internationally.

Maitland Chambers also has three standout silks recognised.
Catherine Addy QC is an expert in sophisticated insolvency work and wins respect from sources who describe her as “an excellent silk”.
Paul Girolami QC has decades of experience in the market and is well known as an expert in disputes relating to high-value insolvencies.
Michael Gibbon QC is a first-class barrister who impresses with his ability in contentious matters relating to international insolvency proceedings. His experience in high-stakes advocacy in the area is notable, and he regularly acts for individuals and companies alike.

4 Stone Buildings has three individuals listed.
Robert Miles QC is a highly experienced silk who stands out for his impressive knowledge of disputes in the insolvency space.
Of over 40 years’ call, George Bompas QC possesses profound experience in contentious matters, regularly acting in high-value, complex restructuring and insolvency proceedings.
Andrew de Mestre QC is well versed in high-value insolvency proceedings, and is highly sought after by office holders and defendants for his strong expertise in the field.

At 20 Essex Street Chambers, Stephen Atherton QC stands out as one of the foremost restructuring and insolvency silks in the country. He is a go-to name for sophisticated insolvency proceedings, particularly relating to offshore jurisdictions.


South Square performs well with eight juniors recognised in this chapter.  
Richard Fisher is “a great junior” who is frequently involved in multi-jurisdictional restructuring and insolvency matters, and has acted on some of the largest insolvencies in the UK.
Charlotte Cooke distinguishes herself as a highly sought-after barrister in sophisticated insolvency proceedings and is well known for her work on high-profile matters. 
Marcus Haywood is highlighted by sources who describe him as “an "outstanding junior, who is one to watch in particular”. They add that he “will be one of the go-to people" for complex insolvency work.
Georgina Peters has significant expertise in high-value restructuring work, impressing sources with her expert handling of schemes of arrangement and debt rescheduling.
William Willson focuses his top-tier practice on high-value insolvencies, with experience of representing clients in offshore jurisdictions and domestic courts.
Stephen Robins draws praise for his work on insolvencies in the financial and other sectors, ranging from high-value winding-up proceedings to trustee work.

4 Stone Buildings has two barristers highlighted.
Tiran Nersessian impresses peers and clients alike who note that he is “very commercial and practical” with “great technical knowledge”. They note that he “has great strategic skill to navigate complex problems”.
Sharif Shivji is a top-class restructuring barrister who excels in domestic and international litigation surrounding complex administrative proceedings.

20 Essex Street Chambers is home to Tony Beswetherick who offers clients comprehensive representation in a wide range of restructuring and insolvency proceedings that are often multi-jurisdictional.

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