Restructuring & Insolvency

Chambers UK Bar, 2023

Set, Band 2
4 Stone Buildings is highly regarded for its expertise spanning a wide range of insolvency and restructuring matters. The set houses a strong bench of experienced barristers who are regularly called upon to handle complex insolvency litigation, and its members have considerable experience appearing in high-profile disputes. The set’s appearance in Marex Financial v Carlos Sevilleja Garcia, heard at the Supreme Court, is a standout example. Drawing on the set’s established strength in company law, members are also well regarded for their adroit handling of non-contentious restructurings and complex directors’ disqualification cases. The set is routinely instructed to act for and advise the government on an array of insolvency-related matters, and several of its junior members are on the Attorney General’s A Panels.

“The clerks are very friendly. The whole team is really great, and senior clerk David Goddard is excellent.”
“The clerks are helpful, informed and quick to assist.”

Jonathan Crow KC, Band 1
Jonathan Crow KC manages a busy caseload, splitting his time evenly between commercial and public law litigation. He frequently appears in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and ECtHR. His impressive roster of clients includes public authorities in addition to private clients.

George Bompas KC, band 3
George Bompas KC is a leading insolvency practitioner who is recognised for his expert handling of major, sophisticated insolvency disputes alongside his significant experience in ADR proceedings. He is regularly called upon to assist with international matters and multimillion-pound claims. He is frequently instructed in overseas cases in Hong Kong, Singapore, Trinidad, the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands.

John Brisby KC, Band 3
John Brisby KC has substantial experience advising on big-ticket litigation. He has appeared before the courts of the Isle of Man, Gibraltar and Bermuda, among others. He also sits as a deputy High Court judge.

Richard Hill KC, Band 3
Richard Hill KC is highly sought after by an array of clients for his extensive expertise in complex insolvency disputes and for his specialist insight into various forms of ADR. His established restructuring and insolvency practice is further complemented by deep knowledge across civil fraud, commercial and company law. He is frequently instructed by bondholders and bond trustees, and is noted as an authority in contentious restructurings.

Andrew De Mestre KC, Band 4
Andrew de Mestre KC has considerable experience across the full gamut of restructuring and insolvency law. He regularly acts on behalf of an array of clients, including bondholders, issuers and corporate trustees, and routinely appears as sole counsel in high-profile cases. He is particularly well regarded for his expertise in litigation arising from securitisation transactions and other bond issues.

Sharif Shivji KC, Band 5
Sharif Shivji KC is highly sought after for his expertise in insolvency disputes and wider commercial capabilities. He is particularly adept at handling matters arising from the collapse of financial institutions, and his broad experience covers both domestic and offshore insolvencies.

Tiran Nersessian, Band 3
Tiran Nersessian habitually attracts instructions from both private clients and government officials owing to his strong track record in this area. His flourishing practice regularly sees him appearing as sole counsel in cases up to the Court of Appeal. His experience encompasses both corporate and personal insolvency litigation. He is particularly adept at handling cases concerning directors’ disqualification and high-value contractual claims.

Anna Markham, Band 4
“Anna is practical and a good team player.”

Christopher Harrison, Band 5
Christopher Harrison has developed a highly regarded insolvency practice which is complemented by his wider strength in chancery commercial matters. He features regularly in high-profile cross-border cases and complex shareholder disputes. He is known for his expertise in obtaining freezing injunctions and also practises as a barrister in the Cayman Islands and Turks & Caicos Islands.

Donald Lilly, Band 5
Donald Lilly is an impressive performer in insolvency proceedings, particularly those regarding the estates of well-known individuals. He is experienced in working on behalf of trustees, administrators and governments, often appearing without a leader.