Lance Ashworth QC


Year of Call: 1987 Year of Silk: 2006

Lance is “a superb advocate, and penetrating cross-examiner” who “is absolutely fantastic with clients and is down-to-earth. He also retains knowledge to an incredible extent - he knows documents inside out the second he reads them.”

Practice Overview

Lance has a commercial and chancery practice, with a particular focus on international litigation, civil multi-jurisdictional fraud, company and insolvency cases.  He has a firm grasp of the commercial realities of any litigation and understands clients’ needs and wishes.

Lance has recently been involved in cases involving allegations of fraud and/or bribery said to have happened in Ethiopia, United States of America, Canada, France, Spain, Ireland, Portugal and Malaysia as well as in England, many involving freezing injunctions and other injunctive relief.  He also has expertise in company and commercial matters including unfair prejudice petitions, share warranty claims, hedge fund claims and professional negligence cases.

In insolvency matters, Lance acts both for and against insolvency practitioners in claims against former directors, accountants and others, as well as having done a substantial number of cases involving more technical issues that arise under the Insolvency Act 1986.

Lance was appointed a Recorder in 2005 and a Deputy High Court Judge of the Chancery Division in 2016 and sits in both the criminal and civil jurisdictions.  He has also been an accredited mediator since 2009 and undertakes Advocacy Training for junior barristers.

News & Events

  • News

    We have been shortlisted for the Legal 500 UK Bar Awards 2019

    Serle Court are delighted to be nominated for 5 awards at The Legal 500 UK Bar Awards 2019! We are nominated for... Read More

    News

    International Trusts and Commercial Litigation Conference - New York - Update

    As we announced earlier this year, Serle Court’s International Trusts and Commercial Litigation Conference will take place... Read More

  • Events

    Hot Topics in Insolvency - Wednesday 19 September 2018

    Location: Serle Court, 6 New Square, London, WC2A 3QS Read More

    Events

    International Trusts and Commercial Litigation Conference – New York

    Location: The InterContinental New York Barclay Hotel, New York Read More

  • “absolutely fantastic with clients and is down-to-earth. He also retains knowledge to an incredible extent - he knows documents inside out the second he reads them.”

    Chambers and Partners
  • Instructing Solicitors “praised him for his technical and strategic proficiency.”

    Chambers and Partners

Education & Qualifications

Pembroke College, Cambridge - MA

Oundle School

Appointments

Deputy High Court Judge (Chancery Division)

Recorder, Crown Court and County Court

Memberships

Chancery Bar Association

COMBAR

Midlands Chancery and Commercial Bar Association

Languages

German

VAT Number

487181612

Other Information

Bar Council Trustee on the Access to Justice Foundation
Former Chairman of the Midlands Legal Support Trust
Chairman of Middlesex Lord's Taverners' Committee
Founder trustee of the Medical Research Fund Coventry & Warwickshire
ADR Group Accredited Mediator

Awards

Chambers UK

Ranked - Leading Barrister

The Legal 500

Leading Individual

Chambers Global

Leading Barrister

News & Events

  • News

    We have been shortlisted for the Legal 500 UK Bar Awards 2019

    Serle Court are delighted to be nominated for 5 awards at The Legal 500 UK Bar Awards 2019! We are nominated for... Read More

    News

    International Trusts and Commercial Litigation Conference - New York - Update

    As we announced earlier this year, Serle Court’s International Trusts and Commercial Litigation Conference will take place... Read More

  • Events

    Hot Topics in Insolvency - Wednesday 19 September 2018

    Location: Serle Court, 6 New Square, London, WC2A 3QS Read More

    Events

    International Trusts and Commercial Litigation Conference – New York

    Location: The InterContinental New York Barclay Hotel, New York Read More