Daniel Lightman QC


Year of Call: 1995 Year of Silk: 2016

“One of the most outstanding legal brains of a generation”: Chambers & Partners, 2021.

“Fantastically bright and has very good strategic sense. Daniel is a pleasure to work with and has a wonderful demeanour with clients… Extremely bright, is inventive with his arguments and has good judgement… Always on top of the law and able to think of all possible lines of legal argument. He has a forensic eye for detail and a true gift for written advocacy”: The Legal 500, 2021.

Practice Overview

As part of a broad Chancery-Commercial practice, Daniel Lightman QC is often instructed on challenging and novel issues of law and civil procedure, in particular in the areas of company law (including in the context of matrimonial proceedings), minority shareholder litigation (he has appeared in a number of landmark cases on unfair prejudice petitions and derivative claims), civil fraud, insolvency, breach of fiduciary duty and professional negligence.

Recent significant cases include: Re Dinglis Properties Ltd [2020] 1 BCLC 107; Christoforou v Christoforou [2020] EWHC 1196 (Ch); Re G&G Properties Ltd [2020] Bus LR 762; Re Bankside Hotels Ltd [2019] 1 BCLC 434 and [2019] 2 BCLC 174; and Re Edwardian Group Ltd, Estera Trust (Jersey) Ltd v Singh [2020] WTLR 127 and [2019] 1 BCLC 171.

He is a co-author of two leading practitioner text books, contributing two chapters (on derivative claims and unfair prejudice petitions) to Joffe et al, Minority Shareholders: Law, Practice & Procedure (OUP, 6th Ed, 2018) and chapters 12 (duties & liabilities of administrators), 13 (duties & liabilities of receivers) & 29 (court receivers appointed by the court) to Lightman & Moss, The Law of Receivers and Administrators of Companies (6th Ed, 2017).  Other recent publications include: ‘Unparalleled Circumstances’ (NLJ, 31 July 2020), ‘Restricting Evidence and Cross-Examination’ (NLJ, 3 July 2020) and ‘One Way Bets and Straining at Gnats: Fixing a Fair Valuation Date in Unfair Prejudice Petitions’ (BJIBFL, Dec 2018, pp 678 - 681).

News & Events

  • News

    Chambers UK Bar 2021 Rankings - “They are excellent without exception”

    Serle Court is delighted to announce that chambers has been ranked in 11 practice areas in this year's Chambers UK... Read More

    News

    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: Civil Fraud Offshore Partnership ... Read More

  • Events

    Company Law Conference 2020

    Location: 6 New Square, Lincoln's Inn, WC2A 3QS Read More

    Events

    Channel Islands Commercial and Offshore Trusts Conference 2019

    Location: Grand Jersey Hotel & Spa, Esplande, St Helier, JE2 3QA Read More

  • “He has a brain the size of a really big planet.” “Very approachable and affable in his dealings with solicitors and the client.” “He has absolute focus on how the detail builds the complete picture.” “He does not work in half measures.” “Thorough in his preparation and skilful in presenting his statements of case”

    The Legal 500
  • Daniel Lightman is excellent: he has a superb eye for detail and is adept at spotting and exploiting the weaknesses in his opponent’s case; he can master large bundles of documents and analyse the information in them to marshal the key facts in support of a clear and powerful argument; he keeps focused on the client’s interests; and has a way of empathising with them in a way that is very much valued. He is also a good team player”

    CityWealth Leaders List
  • “Daniel displays incredible attention to detail, is a creative thinker and is someone who produces brilliant skeleton arguments… He is very passionate, bright, collaborative and doesn’t sit in his ivory tower. Clients really like him and he inspires a lot of confidence… He has an unparalleled grasp of the law and is technically superb. He has a sharp intellect and is an all-round excellent choice for chancery business…”:

    Chambers & Partners, 2020.

Education & Qualifications

BA (First Class), Magdalen College, Oxford.

Dip Law (Distinction) City University, London.

Appointments

Member of the Practical Law Company Corporate Consultation Board.

Hardwicke, Mansfield and Denning Scholar of Lincoln’s Inn.

Memberships

Chancery Bar Association, COMBAR, ACTAPS, Insolvency Lawyers’ Association, Family Law Bar Association.

Languages

Hebrew.

VAT Number

681268516

Education

University College School; Magdalen College, Oxford (BA Hons 1st, Literae Humaniores); City University (Dip Law with Distinction). Hardwicke, Mansfield and Denning Scholar of Lincoln's Inn.

Career

Called to the Bar 1995. Queen's Counsel 2016. Called (ad hoc) to the Bar of the Cayman Islands 2020.

Leisure

Jazz; cricket - co-author of Cricket Grounds from the Air (2nd Ed. 2010).

News & Events

  • News

    Chambers UK Bar 2021 Rankings - “They are excellent without exception”

    Serle Court is delighted to announce that chambers has been ranked in 11 practice areas in this year's Chambers UK... Read More

    News

    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: Civil Fraud Offshore Partnership ... Read More

  • Events

    Company Law Conference 2020

    Location: 6 New Square, Lincoln's Inn, WC2A 3QS Read More

    Events

    Channel Islands Commercial and Offshore Trusts Conference 2019

    Location: Grand Jersey Hotel & Spa, Esplande, St Helier, JE2 3QA Read More