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Stephen Whitaker - Professional Negligence

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.


"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


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


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)