A London-based set with annexes in Leeds and Newcastle, the set wins strong recommendations, particularly from regional solicitors. Its main players are head of chambers Anthony Mann QC, Peter Arden, Geoffrey Zelin, Linden Ife and Hugh Jory.
Erskine Chambers (Robin Potts QC)
With head of chambers Robin Potts QC the specialist company set has one of the most highly-rated insolvency silks. Leslie Kosmin QC, Michael Todd QC, David Richards QC, David Oliver QC, Richard Snowden, Thomas Stockdale and David Chivers are also rated.
Essex Court Chambers (Gordon Pollock QC)
Does not specialise in this area but new silk Susan Prevezer QC is highly-rated as is Richard Millett, who was involved with Bermuda Fire & Marine.
One Essex Court (Lord Grabiner QC)
Does not focus on insolvency but Elizabeth Gloster QC comes highly-rated. She spent much of last year on Bermuda Fire & Marine. Juniors worth a mention are Richard Gillis, Edmund Nourse and Anthony de Garr Robinson.
24 Old Buildings (Martin Mann QC and Alan Steinfeld QC)
A solid practice with several big-hitters, no fewer than seven of its tenants win praise. They are Roger Kaye QC, Lawrence Cohen QC, Alan Steinfeld QC, Richard Ritchie (standing counsel to the DTI in insolvency matters), Francis Tregear, Elspeth Talbot-Rice and Stephen Moverley-Smith.
13 Old Square/7 Stone Buildings (Michael Lyndon-Stanford QC/ Charles Aldous QC)
These two small but powerful commercial/chancery sets merged in July this year (The Lawyer, 24 July) and one result has been an enhanced capability in insolvency. The leading lights are joint head of chambers Michael Lyndon-Stanford QC, Nigel Davis QC, Richard McCombe QC, Catherine Newman QC, Christopher Pymont QC, Matthew Collings, Guy Newey, Amanda Tipples, Rebecca Stubbs and Paul Girolami.
Serle Court Chambers (Lord Neill of Bladen QC)
Another set to have boosted its capability by merger - One Hare Court and Serle Court tied the knot in December last year. Michael Briggs QC, Alan Boyle QC, Elizabeth Jones QC, Nicholas Harrison, Philip Marshall, Philip Jones, Daniel Lightman, Philip Hoser and Victor Joffe are recommended.
4 Stone Buildings (Philip Heslop QC)
With a solid reputation and an even mix of silks and juniors, 4 Stone Buildings is particularly praised for being approachable. Rated tenants are Philip Heslop QC, John Brisby QC, Robert Hildyard QC, Anthony Bompas QC, Jonathan Crow, Peter Griffiths, Sarah Harman, Christopher Harrison and Malcolm Davis-White.
11 Stone Buildings (Murray Rosen QC)
A modern, progressive set, 11 Stone Buildings is gaining a solid reputation in insolvency but the absence of a highly-rated silk impedes further progress. Juniors receiving solid recommendations are Jane Giret who leads the team, Raquel Agnello, Marcia Shekerdemian, Christopher Boardman and Tina Kyriakides.
3 Verulam Buildings (Christopher Symons QC and John Jarvis QC)
Recognised more for its banking work than insolvency, it nevertheless has some rated individuals. Those winning acclaim are Richard De Lacy QC, Ewan McQuater, Annie Hockaday, Angharad Start and Jonathan Nash. However, it did lose its very highly-rated senior clerk Paul Cooklin to 3-4 South Square last year.