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Stephen Whitaker - Banking, Finance and Financial Regulation

His main practice areas are:-

• Company and Partnership
• Trusts and Probate
• Insolvency
• Property
• Commercial and Banking

Publications include joint editor in the current re-editing of Mithani: Directors' Disqualification and a number of other books, including the title "Corporate Insolvency" in the Encyclopedia of Forms and Precedents (2004). In practice from 1971-1995 with John Knox QC and others at 11 New Square Lincoln's Inn - a traditional chancery set - where he still retains a door tenancy. First chancery lawyer to join No5 Chambers (as an associate tenant in 1982) full-time 1996 to date.

Detailed cv in all practice areas available from practice managers or by download.


Manchester Grammar School, Worcester College Oxford
(Andrew Dixon Scholar); MA in Jurisprudence, BCL


"A very senior junior who certainly knows his onions." "A very, very clever man and a safe pair of hands who wouldn't need a leader." 
Chambers UK 2017

"A very solid performer - on legal analysis, he's probably better than anyone."
Chambers UK 2016

"Receives warm market approval for his handling of a broad range of partnership disputes."
Chambers UK 2014


Chancery Bar Association; Midland Chancery and Commercial Bar Association; Professional Negligence Bar Association.


Recent cases include:-

Barclays Bank v Harris (Reported as: Royal Bank of Scotland plc v Etridge (No 2)) House of Lords [2001] UKHL 44; [2002] 2 AC 773, in which he wrote the first draft of the "generic" case for the wives. Re Smith (A Bankrupt); Smith v Ian Simpson & Co [2001] Ch 239, Court of Appeal (Change of carriage orders on bankruptcy petition;
Insolvency Rules 1986 and ultra vires)