Serle Court “offers a variety of skill sets that others can’t provide, and houses some of the biggest names at the Bar”
Chambers UK
The ‘go-to’ set for international trusts work, Serle Court houses ‘first-rate advisers, who also pull their weight as part of a team’
Legal 500

Serle Court is delighted to announce another successful year in Legal 500 2021 rankings

 Serle Court has been acknowledged as a Top Tier Set in the following practice areas:

Serle Court has 22 Leading Silks, and 23 Leading Juniors who are recommended across various practice areas in the 2021 directory.


Individual Recommendations

There are 146 individual recommendations this year with 49 out of 70 members of chambers receiving recommendations. 

Elizabeth Jones QC, Beverly-Ann Rogers, and James Behrens have all been recognised as Mediators in the ‘Hall of Fame’.

Oliver Jones has received recognition in Civil Fraud as a ‘Rising Star’ and we congratulate him and all of our members who have received fantastic recommendations. 

We are particularly grateful to our clients who have spent the time providing feedback on our services, and have highlighted that 'from the top to the bottom they're high-quality barristers and I've not come across one I wouldn't instruct'. 

Please see a summary of our recommendations below.  

Full coverage in the 2021 Legal 500 guide can be found here.


Leading set rankings

Art and Cultural Property (Tier 1)

Civil Fraud (Tier 1)

Mediators (Tier 1)

Offshore (Tier 1)

Private Client: Trusts and Probate (Tier 1)

Charities (Tier 2)

Commercial Litigation (Tier 2)

Insolvency (Tier 2)

Competition (Tier 2)

Financial Services Regulation (Tier 2)

Intellectual Property (Tier 2)

Tax: Corporate and VAT/Indirect Tax (Tier 2)

Banking and Finance (Tier 3)

International Arbitration: Counsel (Tier 3)

Public International Law (Tier 3)

Family (Tier 4)

Professional Negligence (Tier 4)

Property Litigation (Tier 4)

Company and Partnership


Set Overview

A ‘one-stop shop’, Chancery set Serle Court offers ‘a good spectrum of expertise’ from commercial litigation, to civil fraud, and contentious trusts, shareholder, and insolvency matters, with most of its barristers having expertise across often overlapping fields, as well as having the ‘perfect mix of on and offshore experience’. ‘Juniors are often better value for money than at some of the leading commercial/banking set,’ said one solicitor. In the last year, Constance McDonnell took silk and Zoe O’Sullivan QC arrived from One Essex Court, while Ruth den Besten departed for Essex Court Chambers. Head clerk Steve Whitaker (‘a real gent; responsive, straight-talking, and able to think outside the box’) leads the ‘impressive’ and ‘user-friendly clerks’ room. Co-senior clerks Dan Wheeler (‘commercial and a pleasure to deal with’) and Nick Hockney (‘makes the effort to know the market properly and is very well informed’) are well regarded, as is Paul Ballard (‘great to work with, always helpful, and very responsive’). John Petrie is chambers chief executive.