Peter Burgess & Annabelle Wang Join South Square

South Square is delighted to announce that we will be offering tenancies to both of our 2020-2021 pupils this year. Congratulations to Peter Burgess and Annabelle Wang

Peter is a former solicitor-advocate with prior experience at a magic circle firm and a US law firm, where he worked on banking and finance matters, insolvency and commercial litigation, and international arbitration. Peter graduated with a first-class degree in Ancient and Modern History from the University of Oxford, where he was first in his year. He also holds a first-class LLB from the University of Law, and an LLM from Harvard Law School, where he was awarded the private international law prize.

Before joining South Square, Peter worked as a Judicial Assistant to Lord Sales, Lord Lloyd-Jones, and Lord Hamblen at the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. He assisted the Justices on numerous high-profile cases, including R (on the application of Miller) v The Prime Minister, on whether the advice given by the Prime Minister to the Queen that Parliament should be prorogued was lawful, Micula & Others v Romania, relating to the attempted enforcement of an investment arbitration award against Romania, and Sevilleja v Marex Financial Ltd, on the ‘reflective loss’ principle.

During pupillage, Peter gained exposure to Chambers’ core areas of practice, including insolvency and restructuring cases, banking and finance work, commercial litigation, and company law matters. Peter assisted on a wide variety of cases across these practice areas, including Primeo Fund v Bank of Bermuda & HSBC and Nero Holdings Limited v Frep 3 (Notting Hill Gate 3) Ltd & Others. He drafted advice on points including private international law issues relating to the beneficial ownership of overseas assets and the interaction between freezing injunctions, proprietary injunctions, and orders for a quick sale. Peter also drafted pleadings in a number of matters including a conspiracy claim in a liquidation, a challenge to a company voluntary arrangement, and a misrepresentation claim.

Annabelle Wang graduated with a Double First Class degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford, receiving an academic Exhibition and Scholarship. She subsequently completed the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), obtaining a Distinction. She was called to the Bar by the Inner Temple, receiving an Exhibition Award.

As a pupil, Annabelle gained exposure to all of Chambers’ core areas of practice, including corporate insolvency and restructuring, bankruptcy, banking and finance, commercial litigation, offshore, company law and trusts. She was supervised by William Willson, Clara Johnson, Henry Phillips, Charlotte Cooke, Hannah Thornley, Adam Al-Attar and Stephen Robins.

During pupillage, Annabelle assisted on a broad variety of matters spanning Chambers’ practice areas. These included the subordinated debt litigation arising out the collapse of Lehman Brothers (Re Lehman Brothers Holdings PLC (in administration)); several schemes of arrangement and restructuring plans (for example, Re Smile Telecoms Holdings ltd and Re Steinhoff International Holdings NV) and litigation concerning Ponzi schemes and the reflective loss principle. Annabelle also assisted on a number of offshore matters, including the appointment of provisional liquidators and privilege issues in the British Virgin Islands.

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