Restructuring/Insolvency - London (Bar)
11 Stone Buildings offers a diverse range of expertise across the corporate, commercial and chancery fields. Its restructuring and insolvency specialists are well rated and the market has noted that they have made great strides in recent times. Talent permeates these chambers, and the set has a well-deserved reputation as a fine choice for the full range of insolvency work.
Client service: "The clerks, led by Michael Couling, are very down to earth and approachable. They pick things up at short notice, work well around fees and provide an excellent all-round service." "They have a very approachable and user-friendly style that is conducive to great client relationships."
Lexa Hilliard QC
An incredibly popular silk whose straightforward approach is highly valued by instructing solicitors. She has a broad company law practice, and is expert in directors' duties, corporate restructuring and insolvency. Regularly handles headline-grabbing cases in both the domestic and international market.
Expertise: "Highly inventive and always thinks of new ways to approach a case." "A barrister with gravitas and a no-nonsense approach." "She has a tremendous depth of knowledge of insolvency issues and an immediate recall of cases that is very impressive."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of Mitsui in a successful £10 million purpose trust claim against a Lloyd's underwriter.
An impressive senior junior who draws considerable praise from market interviewees. She is highlighted for her superior expertise in cases that include elements of both insolvency and fraud. Clients value her ability to provide ingenious solutions to complex matters.
Expertise: "A fighter, she is great on her feet, knows insolvency very well and is great on the tough points." "Top notch - great with clients, she gets to the heart of the matter quickly and is as impressive at drafting as she is on her feet."
Recent work: Acted for the liquidator in re Ultraclass Limited, a £5 million misfeasance claim against directors which related to a land banking fraud.
Praised by solicitors as an extremely useful adviser and a highly adept advocate. He regularly represents clients in a range of insolvency matters before the Chancery Division, and is experienced in handling cases with an offshore element.
Expertise: "Conscientious and fantastic to work with." "Highly intelligent, he shows incredible attention to detail and is a skilled advocate."
Recent work: Acted for the Portsmouth Supporters' Trust in an opposed application by the administrators to sell the club's business and assets.
Praised for his ability to handle complex cross-border cases, he has notable expertise in pensions-related work. He is regularly instructed by the Pensions Regulator in complex cases that involve both insolvency and pensions issues.
Expertise: "Thorough, diligent, clever and also efficient, concise and accurate." "He is eloquent on his feet and has a good court presence."
Recent work: Acted in the Nortel and Lehman Brothers case on administration expenses and contingent liabilities which considered the interaction between the Pensions Act 2004 and Insolvency Act 1986.
Regularly acts for administrators and liquidators in corporate insolvency work, but is equally adept at handling personal insolvency cases.
Expertise: "She is a tenacious litigator, who never gives up." "A great advocate, who is extremely thorough and hard-working."
Recent work: Represented the liquidator of 9 Miles Down in a case which concerned claims of wrongful trading and copyright ownership issues.
Demonstrates abilities in the full range of bankruptcy and insolvency issues. Her recent work includes handling complex directors' disqualification matters and high-value bankruptcy cases.
Expertise: "Excellent - a very thorough barrister."
Recent work: Handled a case that involved an opposed bankruptcy petition with an alleged debt to the creditor of £1.7 million.
Focuses on insolvency matters, especially those that include highly technical issues. He is particularly good on insolvency cases with a fraud element to them, and is adept at handling multi-jurisdictional work.
Recent work: Acted for the administrators of Herbert Partnering Solutions in obtaining a mandatory injunction which required a landlord to provide access to leased premises.
Takes a practical approach to difficult problems and provides clients with clear and concise advice. A highly commercial junior, he is capable of representing clients in both corporate and personal insolvency matters.
Expertise: "A tenacious advocate, he gets to grips with complex issues quickly and provides practical solutions to problems."
Recent work: Acted for the joint liquidators of Hellas II in a contested application for disclosure of documents held by a Luxembourg law firm.
Has a broad insolvency practice with key strengths in fraud actions and cases concerning defective administration appointments.
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in a case that involved issues relating to piercing the corporate veil in order to recover assets so as to satisfy judgment against the director of the claimant company.
Has a broad commercial practice with insolvency as a core focus. He frequently acts for liquidators.
Expertise: "He's very good in all he does, sensible and great with the clients."
Recent work: Acted for the joint liquidators of D&D Wines International in a case that secured the removal of the administrators and the appointment of the liquidators.
An emerging talent at the junior level, who has already earned substantial praise from instructing solicitors. Acted in several high-profile insolvency cases and has gained experience in matters involving foreign proceedings.
Expertise: "Frighteningly efficient and very bright." "A really excellent junior."
Recent work: Acted for the liquidators of a personal loan provider in a case that required an application for determination on whether an insolvency regime trumps a data protection regime.
Noted for his increased presence in the market in recent times. He demonstrates solid experience in representing liquidators in the High Court, and is praised for his ability to work well with the instructing solicitor's team.
Expertise: "A very good junior, seen a lot in the market, who is not afraid to stand up to judges." "He's very personable and always willing to make time for clients."
Recent work: Acted for the joint administrators of an amusement arcade chain in a case that involved issues relating to the identification and inspection of assets.