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Firm Profile

Wilberforce Chambers

Firm Profile


  • Profile
  • 8 New Square
  • Lincoln's Inn
  • London
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • WC2A 3QP

Firm profile submitted by Wilberforce Chambers

Head of Chambers Michael Furness QC
Practice Director Nick Luckman
Executive Director John Treacy
Head Clerk Mark Rushton
Clerks Danny Smillie, Fraser Geddes, Colin Everson, Stewart Cameron, Andrew Barnes
Tenants 66

The Chambers

The set is widely recognised as one of the leading chambers in its core specialist areas of commercial and financial services, pensions, private client and trusts, property and professional negligence. With 66 barristers (29 QCs) (including 3 door tenants), the set is able to offer specialist barristers at all levels of seniority and across the spectrum of commercial and chancery work. It has individuals who possess excellent reputations for their specialist capabilities in the additional fields of arbitration and dispute resolution, company, construction, banking, insolvency, intellectual property, sports and media law, planning and charities. With its strength and depth of expertise, members of chambers undertake many of the most complex and important cases. They work hard to build and maintain strong long-term relationships with their clients, who include the leading UK and international law firms, multinational corporations, major organisations, private companies and individuals. Clients value the modern quality of chambers’ clerking and organisational management and the approachable service provided by barristers and clerks.

  • Members Michael Barnes QC (1965) (QC-1981)
  • Jules Sher QC (1968) (QC-1981) ° ARB
  • John Martin QC (1972) (QC-1991)
  • Robert Ham QC (1973) (QC-1994)
  • John Furber QC (1973) (QC-1995)
  • Lawrence Cohen QC (1974) (QC-1993)
  • Ian Croxford QC (1976) (QC-1993)
  • David Phillips QC (1976) (QC-1997)
  • Terence Mowschenson QC (1977) (QC-1995)
  • John Wardell QC (1979) (QC-2002)
  • Brian Green QC (1980) (QC-1997)
  • Michael Furness QC (1982) (QC-2000)
  • Stephen Davies QC (1983) (QC-2000) °
  • Gilead Cooper QC (1983) (QC-2006)
  • Alan Gourgey QC (1984) (QC-2003)
  • Jonathan Seitler QC (1985) (QC-2003)
  • Michael Tennet QC (1985) (QC-2006)
  • Thomas Lowe QC (1985) (QC-2008)
  • Martin Hutchings QC (1986) (QC- 2011)
  • James Ayliffe QC (1987) (QC-2008)
  • Lexa Hilliard QC (1987) (QC - 2009)
  • Marcia Shekerdemian QC (1987) (QC - 2015)
  • Tim Penny QC (1988) (QC-2016)
  • Joanna Smith QC (1990) (QC-2009)
  • Joanne Wicks QC (1990) (QC-2010)
  • Paul Newman QC (1991) (QC-2009)
  • Clare Stanley QC (1994) (QC-2015)
  • Fenner Moeran QC (1996) (QC-2014)
  • Jonathan Davey QC (2003) (QC-2016)
  • Jonathan Hilliard QC (2003) (QC-2016)
  • Max Mallin QC (1993 (QC-2017)
  • John Child (1966)
  • Thomas Seymour (1975)
  • Mark Studer (1976)
  • Gabriel Hughes (1978)
  • Judith Bryant (1987)
  • Gabriel Fadipe (1991)
  • Caroline Furze (1992) °
  • Graeme Halkerston (1994)
  • Emily Campbell (1995)
  • Julian Greenhill (1997)
  • Andrew Child (1997)
  • Tiffany Scott (1998)
  • Iain Pester (1999)
  • James Bailey (1999)
  • Nikki Singla (2000)
  • Edward Sawyer (2001)
  • Andrew Mold (2003)
  • Thomas Robinson (2003)
  • Zoë Barton (2003)
  • Emily McKechnie (2005)
  • Charlotte Black (2006)
  • Sebastian Allen (2006)
  • James Walmsley (2007)
  • Benjamin Faulkner (2008)
  • Anna Littler (2008)
  • James McCreath (2009)
  • Emer Murphy (2009)
  • Tom Roscoe (2010)
  • Jonathan Chew (2010)
  • Simon Atkinson (2011)
  • Bobby Friedman (2011)
  • Jack Watson (2012)
  • James Goodwin (2013)
  • Michael Ashdown (2013)
  • Elizabeth Houghton (2014)
  • Tim Matthewson (2014)
  • Jamie Holmes (2014)
  • Joseph Steadman (2015)
  • ° Door Tenant
  • ARB Arbitrator

Work Undertaken

Arbitration & Alternative Dispute Resolution:
The set is able to call on a wide range of expertise and experience both in providing first-class advice and representation in arbitrations and mediations and in acting as arbitrator / mediator / expert.

Banking & Finance: Loan agreements, mortgages and charges, guarantees, other forms of security, retail banking, consumer credit, syndicated lending, asset/ project finance, asset tracing, preservation and recovery, insolvency issues, professional negligence claims against those advising lenders.

Commercial: Including agency, civil / commercial fraud, confidentiality, construction, contract, energy, joint ventures, partnerships, and telecommunications.

Company: Shareholder disputes, section 994 petitions, derivative actions, share and business sale agreements, breach of warranty disputes, shareholder agreements, financial assistance, directors’ duties, disqualification of directors, conduct of meetings, restoration of companies to the register, OEICs, corporate insolvency, accounting / auditing negligence.

Financial Services: Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, FCA enforcement and disciplinary proceedings, unit trusts, OEICs and other collective investment schemes, mis-selling claims, Financial Ombudsman Service cases, professional negligence claims in the financial services field, insolvency of investment firms.

Intellectual Property & Information Technology: Brand protection and enforcement, designs and copyright, patents and trade secrets, computer contracts and other commercial agreements, databases, data protection, privacy law, EU competition and International law.

Insolvency: Liquidation, administration, receivership, CVAs, bankruptcy, IVAs, asset tracing, preservation and recovery, avoidance of transactions defrauding creditors, disclaimer of onerous property.

International & Offshore: The nature of the work conducted overseas is varied and often high profile, reflecting the broad spectrum of work which members of Chambers undertake - including trust litigation, company and commercial law, property and intellectual property disputes.

Pensions: Trust law, regulatory and tax issues arising in connection with occupational pension schemes and other employment-related trusts.

Private Client, Trust & Taxation: Contentious and non-contentious litigation involving private trusts and trusts in a wider commercial context both in the UK and worldwide; drafting, advice on administration and construction; taxation of trusts, personal tax and estate planning (including offshore tax planning) and tax litigation.

Professional Liability: Of accountants, actuaries, auditors, company directors, financial advisors, insurance brokers, investment managers, barristers, solicitors, surveyors and trustees and construction-related professional negligence.

Commercial and residential landlord and tenant law, property-related insolvency, proprietary estoppel, property finance and mortgages, restrictive covenants, easements and profits, property-related torts and questions of title, and the sale and registration of land.

Regulatory & Associated Law: Financial services, professionals, sport, utilities, transport, environmental and planning.