Restructuring/Insolvency - London (Bar)
11 Stone Buildings has a well-deserved reputation as a one-stop shop for handling the full spectrum of insolvency issues. It advises and represents bankrupts, insolvency practitioners, companies and office holders in contentious scenarios, and also handles significant non-contentious restructurings and insolvencies. Sources praise it for being a modern set that has a strong commitment to client service.
Client service: "The clerks are very informative, happy to help, and almost always find a barrister that fits a particular case, even at short notice." Chambers director Michael Couling has over 20 years of experience of working in top commercial chambers.
Lexa Hilliard QC
An experienced adviser and advocate, who is particularly highly praised by sources for the high quality of her written advice. She acts in both corporate and personal insolvency cases, and is recognised as being particularly adept at advising on cross-border issues.
Expertise: "Displays real class and is good with multi-jurisdictional issues."
Recent work: Represented and advised an Israeli trustee in bankruptcy, who is looking to set aside an anti-suit injunction.
Specialises in both personal and corporate insolvencies, and also has an active practice advising on directors' liabilities and disqualification actions. He is particularly praised by sources for his clear understanding and articulation of legal issues.
Expertise: "He has an excellent ability to synthesise complex information into a clear line of argument." "Incisive, and he understands the core issues of complex legal problems effortlessly."
Recent work: Acted in a contested administration application on behalf of a petitioning creditor in the High Court.
Has a strong corporate and personal insolvency practice, and is also effective in banking cases. He is regarded as a sophisticated and erudite adviser.
Expertise: "He exudes authority, and has the ability to grasp complex issues quickly."
Recent work: Acted for the liquidators in a major wrongful trading claim against the directors of an insolvent construction company.
Has a broad commercial chancery practice, and frequently acts in insolvency and fraud-related disputes. He is highly praised in the market for his commercial good sense and solid advice.
Expertise: "He is extremely clever and his drafting skills are very good." "He has a great deal of commercial acumen and a sharp legal mind."
Recent work: Acted in an application seeking a winding-up order for a sports and social club.
An excellent senior junior, capable of taking on large-scale corporate and personal insolvency cases. She is highly rated for her intelligent and committed approach.
Expertise: "Has a very incisive mind and a comprehensive knowledge of insolvency law." "She always delivers good, practical advice and tackles problems with vigour."
Recent work: Represented Bank of Moscow in its challenge to the UK bankruptcy of the Russian 'banana king' Vladimir Kekhman.
Recognised by sources for her excellent client care skills, and her ability to produce high-quality advice at very short notice. She acts in both corporate and personal insolvency disputes.
Expertise: "She is very good at handling a difficult appointment, and has a very user-friendly approach."
Recent work: Advised and represented 21st Century Lifts in a dispute with HMRC over a winding-up petition regarding a substantial alleged sum of outstanding PAYE and NIC.
A commercially savvy and technically adroit counsel, who primarily works in insolvency and pension-related disputes. He also has experience of acting in offshore jurisdictions.
Expertise: "He combines a surefooted academic approach with a practical slant."
Recent work: Advised and acted for the provisional liquidators of a UK company which possesses major Montenegro hotels.
Works extensively in the insolvency sphere, and advises on corporate and personal insolvency issues, as well as directors' disqualifications, and fraud.
Expertise: "She is very approachable, very bright and a very easy person to deal with."
Recent work: Advised Universal Pictures regarding the use of goods supplied prior to an administration which were retained or used without the supplier's permission.
An experienced and impressive junior, who is a particularly able courtroom advocate. He specialises in corporate and personal insolvency work, and also advises on directors' disqualification proceedings.
Expertise: "He is a very confident advocate."
Recent work: Acted for Ernst & Young (Canada) in an action brought regarding its conduct as interim receivers of a Canadian company.
Specialises in acting in corporate insolvency situations, and is valued by his clients for his sound judgement and perspicacity.
Expertise: "He gives firm, robust advice, and picks up issues very quickly." "His attention to detail is second to none, and he has an impressive ability to grasp issues immediately."
Has an established reputation as an adviser in commercial and company law, and regularly handles insolvency and fraud cases. He advises on both domestic and cross-border issues.
Expertise: "He is poised and thorough. He's very together, very reassuring and very calm."
Recent work: Instructed by the liquidators of D&D Wines International on various claims arising from the liquidation.
Has an active company, commercial and insolvency practice. She acts in both personal and corporate insolvency disputes, and also deals with directors' duties issues.
Expertise: "Impressively practical and commercial." "She is approachable, and her drafting and advice are both very good."
Recent work: Acted for the creditor in an application by a debtor to set aside a statutory demand on the basis that the debtor lacked the capacity to enter into a guaranteed share option agreement.