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Chambers & Partners 2017

09.11.16

The latest Chambers UK Bar directory was published on 1 November and Serle Court and its members continue to be highly recommended. We have an impressive 108 individual recommendations placing us 12th in the “highest proportion of barrister rankings” table and as a set we are recommended in 10 practice areas:

Chancery: Commercial
Chancery: Traditional
Commercial Dispute Resolution
Company
Fraud: Civil
Offshore
Partnership
Professional Negligence
Real Estate Litigation
Restructuring/Insolvency

Chambers & Partners stated: “Serle Court has a long-standing reputation in commercial and chancery work, with market commentators highlighting the set as “one of the very best commercial chancery sets, and one of the few that genuinely competes in both traditional chancery and commercial litigation.” Its senior bench features “true grandee of the Chancery Bar” Alan Boyle QC and the “very learned” Frank Hinks QC. At a junior level, charity and trusts expert William Henderson draws praise for his “encyclopaedic knowledge of charity law,” and the “articulate and charming” Dakis Hagen is tipped as a “rising star at the Bar.” 2016 saw Richard Wilson QC and Daniel Lightman QC take on postnominals, further swelling Serle Court's already considerable ranks of chancery and company silks. The set's excellent reputation in offshore matters sees it appearing in cases arising in the Channel Islands, Hong Kong, the BVI and other Caribbean jurisdictions, and members are recognised for a host of related areas of work, including company law, restructuring and insolvency, and civil fraud. John Machell QC's work in partnership and LLP matters earns him a star ranking for the fourth year since his accession to Queen's Counsel. Instructing solicitors are also full of praise for the clerks room, headed by Steve Whitaker, saying: “The clerking is first class. The senior clerks are unfailingly helpful and give reliable advice about alternative counsel when the first choice is not available."

Other highlights include:

  • Top ranked as a set in four practice areas: Chancery: Commercial, Fraud: Civil, Offshore and Partnership;
  • Philip Jones QC and Paul Chaisty QC ranked as "stars at the bar"; only 19 barristers are included in this prestigious category;
  • “Star individuals” rankings for John Machell QC in Partnership and William Henderson in Chancery: Traditional; and
  • New recommendations for Elizabeth Jones QC in Chancery: Traditional and Fraud: Civil; and Dominic Dowley QC in Offshore.

Thank you to all our clients for recommending us so highly. Full details of our rankings can be found at: http://www.chambersandpartners.com/UK-Bar/firm/10685/serle-court.


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