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Anderson QC

"Combines approachability, technical ability and excellent tactical judgement." Chambers UK, 2014

Year of call: 1989


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. 

In 2014, she was 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 twice 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).  

Recommended as a leading Band 1 silk in six practice areas for Chambers UK Guide for 2018: Chancery; Commercial Dispute Resolution; Partnership; Real Estate Litigation, Restructuring/Insolvency and Professional Negligence; in the Legal 500 for 2017 as a leading silk in Commercial, Banking and Insolvency and Property and in Who’sWhoLegal UK Bar 2016 for Insolvency & Restructuring and Real Estate.

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 has acted for and against the Government including on public interest winding up and directors’ disqualification. 

Lesley became a Recorder in 2006 and since 2008 sits as Deputy High Court Judge of the Chancery Division and as an Arbitrator.  She acts regularly as mediator and offers Early Neutral Evaluation.

Former legal academic at the University of Manchester and training manager for Norton Rose M5 Group of solicitors’ practices. 

She contributes regularly to legal and professional conferences and in-house training for solicitors and other professionals and to books and journals.

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.

What the directories say about Lesley

Since being in practice Lesley has received consistent recommendations in Chambers Guide where she is ranked for 2018 as a Band 1 silk in six practice areas: Chancery; Commercial Dispute Resolution; Partnership; Real Estate Litigation; Restructuring/Insolvency and Professional Negligence and in the Legal 500 for 2015 where she is ranked in two areas: Commercial, Banking and Insolvency and Property.

She is also ranked in Who’sWhoLegal UK Bar 2016 for Insolvency and Restructuring and Real Estate.

Chambers UK 2018

"Extremely academic, extremely good on her feet and expressive without being aggressive".

"Exceedingly able, experienced and client-focused. Her advocacy is second to none".

Who’sWhoLegal UK Bar 2016

… a thoroughly impressive” practitioner.  “Savvy and experienced”, she is known for “keenly protecting clients’ best interests”. 

Chambers UK 2016

A tenacious Chancery counsel who is excellent in cross-examination.  She is able to dissect cases quickly and is first class in conference. She adopts a real common-sense approach”.

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

Well respected by clients and judges”.  “A ferocious advocate and a very good lawyer”.

She is also razor-sharp and incredibly nice; she’s very good with clients.” “She is very user-friendly but she doesn’t take any nonsense – she’s an iron fist in a velvet glove”.

Legal 500 2015

A tenacious, combative yet measured advocate who always impresses clients”.

Chambers UK 2015

"She is very hands-on and the quality of her advice is excellent." "She is as impressive as ever and works on high-profile cases." "A truly exceptional silk." "If there's anything difficult or complex you need your number-one team on, she's your first port of call."


  • CEDR accredited mediator
  • Deputy High Court Judge
  • University of Manchester LLB (Hons)

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

Hardwicke Unrobed

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 Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia and Dubai).