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Lesley
Anderson QC

"A truly exceptional silk" - Chambers UK

Year of call: 1989
QC:2006

Introduction

Lesley Anderson QC practises in all aspects of chancery and commercial disputes especially those involving companies, corporate and personal insolvency, professional negligence and commercial property.

She was recently named as one of The Chambers 100 UK Bar which ranked the top 100 silks practising in England & Wales and described as: “Combines approachability, technical ability and excellent tactical judgement”.

She has appeared three times in the Supreme Court since 2013.

Lesley is particularly well known for her expertise in complex and sensitive shareholder/unfair prejudice disputes (three of the most recent involve well known High Street brands of, respectively, hair stylers, shoes and a chain of hotels and health clubs), breaches of trust and fiduciary duties and share and asset sale claims (“follow the money” type claims).

Clients include banks and private equity investors, multinationals and major public companies as well as a number of smaller manufacturing and e-commerce companies and professional firms and insolvency practitioners.  She acts for and against the Government including on public interest winding up and directors’ disqualification.

She acts regularly as an arbitrator and mediator and offers Early Neutral Evaluation (see her separate Mediator Profile).

She contributes regularly to legal and professional conferences and in-house training for solicitors and other professionals and to books and journals. She was formerly a legal academic at the University of Manchester and training manager for the Norton Rose M5 Group of solicitors’ practices.

Lesley also practises (since 1991) at Kings Chambers in Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham.  In 2016 she was shortlisted as Regional Silk of the Year in the Legal 500 Awards.

Lesley is married to Colin and has two grown-up step-children Gareth and Lindsay.  When not working she spends time in Edinburgh (for the food, culture and rugby), a small cottage in Sutherland (for the food, walks and spoiling Max, an adopted Shetland pony) and travel (most recently Australia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, USA and Dubai).

What the directories say about Lesley

Since being in practice Lesley has received consistent recommendations in Chambers Guide where she is ranked as a Band 1 silk in six practice areas: Chancery; Commercial Dispute Resolution; Partnership; Professional Negligence; Real Estate Litigation; and Restructuring/Insolvency and in the Legal 500 where she is ranked as leading silk in two areas: Commercial, Banking, Insolvency & Chancery and Property.

She is also ranked in Who’sWho Legal UK Bar for Insolvency and Restructuring and Real Estate.

“Extremely academic, extremely good on her feet and expressive without being aggressive” (Chambers UK).

“She is very thorough, tactically very astute – a big personality in negotiation.  An excellent advocate who is very empathetic with clients” (Chambers UK).

“A tenacious, combative yet measured advocate who always impresses clients” (Legal 500).

“If there’s anything difficult or complex you need your number-one team on, she’s your first port of call” (Chambers UK).

Professional Associations

  • Bencher of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple (2011)
  • Chancery Bar Association (including co-opted member of the Committee)
  • Northern Chancery Bar Association (immediate past Chairman)
  • Northern Circuit Commercial Bar Association
  • Associate Member R3
  • Northern Circuit
  • North Eastern Circuit
  • Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Lexis/Nexis PSL for restructuring and insolvency
  • Honorary member of the Editorial Board of the Manchester Review of Law, Crime and Ethics
  • Bencher of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple (2011)
  • Chancery Bar Association (including co-opted member of the Committee)
  • Northern Chancery Bar Association (immediate past Chairman)
  • Northern Circuit Commercial Bar Association
  • Associate Member R3
  • Northern Circuit
  • North Eastern Circuit

Publications

“Negotiating or gain based remedies in contract – account of profits, Wrotham Park and its progeny” [2016] Manchester Review of Law, Crime and Ethics Vol 5.185

Qualifications

  • Deputy High Court Judge since 2008
  • Recorder since 2006
  • CEDR accredited mediator since 2000
  • Arbitrator
  • University of Manchester LLB (Hons)

CSR

Chairman of the Pro-Bono Sub-Committee of the Chancery Bar Association.