Appellate Advocacy

South Square has a strong market reputation for its members’ appellate practices, with members regularly arguing cases before the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and the appellate Courts of various other jurisdictions (including the Privy Council). Members’ appellate practices cover a wide variety of practice areas including insolvency/ restructuring, company law, fraud related disputes, commercial litigation, financial services, insurance and a number of others.

Many of our barristers are sought out specifically for their appellate expertise, with a view to maintaining clients’ victories on appeal or reversing losses at first instance. Members provide clients with a pragmatic, innovative and exemplary service and are often the first port of call for complex matters when an appeal is being considered or is already underway.

Appellate work differs from advocacy at first instance. It requires not only a thorough understanding of the appeals process but also the ability to apply a deep understanding of the law in innovative and practical ways. Anyone seeking to appeal a judgment should consider first if their barrister/chambers have a sufficiently strong track record in acting on appeal matters.

The depth and breadth of South Square’s appellate offering is illustrated by the experience of many members in recent cases:

Supreme Court

Bedzhamov and Kireeva [2021] EWHC 2281 (Ch) – Stephen Robins KC, William Willson

Nihal and Andrew Blake – Jon Colclough

Re Lehman Brothers International (Europe) [2013] UKSC 52 – Mark Phillips KC, Stephen Robins KC v Tom Smith KC v Felicity Toube KC v Daniel Bayfield KC v David Allison KC v Barry Isaacs KC

Privy Council

Sian Participation Corp v Halimeda International [2023] – Paul Fradley

Tianrui Holding Company Ltd v China Shanshui Cement Group Ltd [2023] Tom Smith KC, Paul Fradley

C-Care (Mauritius) Ltd v Employment Relations Tribunal & Others [2023] UKPC 2 – Aidan Casey KC

Primeo v HSBC [2023] UKPC 40  – Tom Smith KC, Richard Fisher KC, Robert Amey v William Willson, Toby Brown

Abaco (RDA) Ltd v The Rt Hon Perry Christie & Others – Aidan Casey KC

Ma v Wong [2022] UKPC 14 – David Alexander KC, Ryan Perkins v Adam Goodison

Court of Appeal

Darty Holdings SAS v Carton-Kelly [2023] EWCA Civ 1135 – Tom Smith KC, Henry Phillips

Floreat Investment Management Limited (FIML -v- FIRL and others) [2023] EWCA Civ 440 – Oliver Hyams

Mercy Global Consult Limited [2023] EWHC 749 (Ch) – Clara Johnson

Adler [2023] EWHC 916 (Ch) – Daniel Bayfield KC, Ryan Perkins, Annabelle Wang v Tom Smith KC, Adam Al-Attar

LA Micro Group (UK) Ltd v. LA Micro Group, Inc [2023] EWCA Civ 214 – Oliver Hyams

Sian liquidation dispute regarding conflict liquidator appointments [2023] – Richard Fisher KC

Coinomi Limited [2022] EWHC 3178 (Ch) – Stephen Robins KC

Lehman Brothers Holdings Scotland LP [2022] Bus LR 10 ­– Mark Phillips KC, William Willson, Edoardo Lupi v Richard Fisher KC

Cassini SAS v Emerald Pasture Designated Activity Company & others [2022] EWCA Civ 102 – Daniel Bayfield KC, Matthew Abraham v David Allison KC, Ryan Perkins

Chu Kong v Ocean Sino Limited et al [BVIHCMAP2021/0048] – Mark Phillips KC, Hilary Stonefrost v Richard Hacker KC

LB Holdings Intermediate 2 Limited (in Administration) v Lehman Brothers Holdings plc (In administration) [2020] EWHC 1681 – Mark Phillips KC, William Willson, Edoardo Lupi v Richard Fisher KC

FSHC Group Holdings Ltd v GLAS Trust Corp Ltd [2019] EWCA Civ 1361 – Matthew Abraham

Three Rivers District Council v Bank of England [2003] AC (HL) – Mark Phillips KC, Tom Smith KC, Barry Isaacs KC

Toshoku Finance UK [2002] 1 WLR 671 (HL) – Mark Phillips KC, Felicity Toube KC

West Mercia Safetywear v Dodd [1988] BCLC 250 (CA) – Mark Phillips KC

Re Paramount Airways Ltd ((in Administration)) – Mark Phillips KC

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