Head of chambers
Mr Alan Boyle QC
Acknowledged as “one of the very best commercial chancery sets, and one of the few that genuinely competes in both traditional chancery and commercial litigation”, Serle Court “offers a variety of skill sets that others can’t provide, and houses some of the biggest names at the Bar” – Chambers UK.
Serle Court is one of the leading commercial chancery sets with 70 barristers including 28 silks. Widely recognised as a leading set, Serle Court is recommended in 10 areas of practice by Chambers & Partners and 19 areas of practice in Legal 500. Serle Court has a stimulating and inclusive work environment and a modern approach.
Serle Court’s main areas of chancery and commercial practice include: civil fraud, commercial litigation, company, insolvency, international and offshore, partnership and LLP, private client trusts and probate, property, mediation and arbitration.
Other areas of expertise include: administrative and public law, art, banking and financial services, charities, competition law and state aid, court of protection, EU law, insurance and reinsurance, intellectual property, private international law, professional negligence, public international law, regulatory and disciplinary, sports, entertainment and media, tax and telecommunications and information technology.
Serle Court is interested in well-rounded candidates from all backgrounds. Chambers looks for highly motivated individuals with outstanding intellectual ability, combined with a practical approach, sound judgment, an ability to develop good client relationships and the potential to become excellent advocates. Serle Court has a reputation for “consistent high quality” and for having members who are “highly intelligent, user-friendly, approachable and supportive” and seeks the same qualities in pupils. Chambers requires a degree classification of a good 2.1 as a minimum. Serle Court is committed to equality and diversity and encourages and welcomes applications from women, people of minority ethnic origin and people with disabilities, as well as candidates from other groups which are under-represented in the legal sector.
Serle Court offers an excellent preparation for successful practice, a genuinely friendly and supportive environment, the opportunity to learn from some of the leading barristers in their field and a real prospect of tenancy. Pupils sit with four pupil supervisors in order to experience a broad range of work. Chambers aims to recruit up to three pupils each year.
Chambers now participates in the online pupillage applications scheme Pupillage Gateway. Applications must be made through the Pupillage Gateway.
About 30 available each year. The application form is available at www.serlecourt.co.uk/join-us/mini-pupillage.
Serle Court offers awards of £65,000 for 12 months, of which up to £22,500 can be drawn down during the BPTC year. Chambers also provides an income guarantee worth up to £120,000 over the first two years of practice.
Administrative & public law
The public law Bar spans the full range of administrative, public and constitutional law.
Banking & finance
Barristers and banks generally cross paths when something costly has gone wrong in relation to a transaction or product.
Traditional chancery includes trusts, probate, real property and tax, while commercial chancery covers a range of finance and business disputes.
Commercial dispute resolution
The commercial Bar covers a range of areas, including banking, sale of goods and shipping, insolvency, civil fraud, and insurance/reinsurance.
Company law is relevant to almost everything a company does, from filing annual returns to proper procedure in relation to board decisions.
Some of the biggest insolvencies have billions of pounds at stake, so there can be lucrative work for barristers.
<p>IP barristers advise on issues such as infringement disputes, issues on validity of registered IP rights, and commercial agreements that deal either exclusively with IP rights or with IP rights in the wider context of larger commercial transactions.</p>
Landlord & tenant/housing
<p>Housing/landlord and tenant law encompasses all aspects of residential and commercial tenancies covering issues like disrepair, human rights and succession.</p>
Clinical negligence is a type of professional liability involving disputes between patients and healthcare providers.
<p>Property law (now sometimes labelled as ‘real estate’) embraces a wide range of work, including ‘real property’ such as contracts for sale, covenants and land registration, trusts over land; and commercial and residential tenancies involving issues as diverse as disrepair, possession claims, succession and assignment. </p>