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Serle Court attracts another leading silk


Lance Ashworth QC – whose practice covers commercial, insolvency, company, chancery and civil fraud law – has joined leading commercial and chancery chambers Serle Court.

Lance was called to the Bar in 1987 and took silk in 2006. He has practised for almost 24 years in Birmingham, where he headed a 44 strong commercial team of barristers. His chancery commercial practice dovetails completely with Serle Court’s. Recently, he has been involved in litigation arising out of alleged fraudulent representations leading to the sale of a scrap metal group for £94 million. His current case load includes a matter arising out of proceedings in Michigan, USA; an unfair prejudice petition in relation to a company valued at £35 million; and international bribes in connection with the supply of tools to a household name in the manufacture of domestic appliances. He also sits as a Recorder in both civil and criminal courts.

He is highly recommended in the legal directories, ranked in Band 1 for Chancery, Commercial Dispute Resolution and Restructuring/Insolvency by Chambers & Partners which describes him as "a ferocious cross-examiner," who attracts high praise among clients as "down-to-earth, approachable and willing to pick up the phone at any time of the day."

Nicola Sawford, Chief Executive of Serle Court commented on Lance’s arrival: “We are delighted to welcome Lance Ashworth QC to Serle Court. He has an excellent reputation in Chancery and Commercial matters and his expertise will further strengthen chambers’ standing in these areas.”

Commenting on his move Lance said: “After years of doing battle with members of Serle Court, I am very excited to be joining them. My work fits perfectly with the work undertaken by Serle Court and I look forward to bringing yet further expertise to the set.”

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