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Year of Call: 2004

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Clerk: Joanne Caunt

Clerk: Ellen McInall

Profile

Margaret has a thriving practice in commercial chancery litigation with an emphasis on property, company law and trusts litigation (predominantly breach of trust, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud). Margaret’s experience and expertise lies in complex and high value litigation in the High Court. Margaret often appears as sole Counsel in lengthy trials against leading silks in the field.

Margaret has been repeatedly recommended by the Legal 500 as a leading junior in the fields of Commercial Litigation, Chancery and Property and is described by the directories as “fearless”, “utterly tenacious” and “something to be reckoned with” in the courtroom.

Margaret is described by her clients as “a strong advocate and a tough negotiator and combines these skills with an excellent client manner which instils great confidence”, they say she is “unstoppable”, her “business acumen is second to none and her advocacy is superb”.

Recent highlights of Margaret’s High Court practice include the following:

  • Acting as sole Counsel for a defendant/Part 20 claimant in a £35 million proprietary estoppel and breach of fiduciary duty claim. Margaret’s client claims he has the benefit of an equity arising from a proprietary estoppel against his father and that a trust executed by family members disposing of the majority of the father’s assets was a sham. Further, Margaret’s client claims his father and brother have acted in breach of their fiduciary obligations as directors and trustees. Margaret is defending her client against counter allegations of breaches of fiduciary duty and allegations he has committed fraud whilst being managing director of the family company. Margaret will represent her client at a 6-week trial in the High Court.
  • Acting as sole Counsel for one of multiple defendants in a proprietary estoppel and unjust enrichment claim valued in excess of £9 million. Margaret represents the mother of a family at war over land with high development value. Margaret will represent her client at a 2-week trial in the High Court.
  • Acting for the petitioner in an unfair prejudice petition in respect of his shareholding in a high value family farming company. Margaret represented her client at a 4-week trial in the High Court at which the Respondents were ordered to buy her client’s shares and, in addition, pay her client £1.5 million, which represented his share of what the Respondents had caused to be lost from the company, together with the payment of his costs.
  • Acting for two petitioners in an unfair prejudice petition in respect of their multi-million pound shareholding in a family company. In this case, Margaret’s client seeks an order that the Respondents purchase her client’s shares without a minority discount being applied and orders that the Respondents restore to the company the millions of pounds they have caused to be lost by their dishonest conduct and their failure to properly account for the benefits they have received from the company. The litigation is complex as the frauds perpetuated by the Respondents on the family company span decades.
  • Successfully representing and defending, as sole Counsel, one of three defendants in a claim for sums in excess of £17 million for alleged dishonest assistance of breaches of fiduciary duty and knowing receipt of trust property. Margaret’s client was alleged to have spearheaded a sophisticated multi-million pound fraud on a highly valuable family company over the course of decades. This case required Margaret to work closely with her solicitors, and her co-defendants’ legal team, for a period of 6 years in this exceptionally lengthy and complex piece of litigation. Margaret successfully represented her client at a two-week trial of a preliminary issue and, ultimately, defeated all the claims made against her client together with securing multiple orders for costs. In concert with Counsel for her co-defendants, Margaret secured costs orders in excess of £2.6 million. Margaret successfully represented her client at numerous interim hearings in the High Court, the decisions of which were widely reported and, led by John Randall QC, upheld a first instance decision in her client’s favour in the Court of Appeal. The reported decisions in this case are the subject of comment in the White Book.
  • Successfully representing professional trustees, including obtaining privacy orders, in complex and highly contentious family trust litigation where the assets of the trust are worth in excess of £12 million.
  • Representing a defendant seeking to challenge the validity and enforceability of a loan agreement for a sum in excess of £5 million.
  • Successfully obtaining multiple freezing orders ex-parte and following contested hearings on the return dates against Respondents who threaten to dispose of real property in order to frustrate Margaret’s clients’ claims.
  • Margaret is unstoppable. Her business acumen is second to none and her advocacy is superb

    Legal 500 2022
  • Margaret has a really nice manner with clients. She is completely unflappable, very clever and very capable

    Chambers and Partners 2022
  • Margaret is a strong advocate and a tough negotiator, and combines these skills with an excellent client manner which instills great confidence

    Legal 500 2022
  • Margaret is excellent. She has great attention to detail, as well as being pragmatic and providing detailed advice

    Chambers and Partners 2022
  • She is very well prepared, measured and effective in court

    Chambers and Partners 2021
  • Margaret is a real technician. She is very good on paper

    Chambers and Partners 2021
  • Very diligent, perceptive, thorough and robust. Someone in whom you immediately have confidence, whether in conference or in court

    Legal 500 2021
  • Very thorough with a good grasp of detail; utterly tenacious

    Legal 500 2021
  • Margaret finds answers where others wouldn’t. She is tenacious beyond expectation and always goes above and beyond. She is simply the best

    Legal 500 2021
  • She is impressive and has gravitas.

    Chambers and Partners 2019
  • She’s excellent; she’s very good with clients and a very good trial advocate.

    Chambers and Partners 2019
  • She has a good manner and is very thorough and good in court.

    Chambers and Partners 2019
  • A talented and tenacious advocate with strong commercial awareness.

    Legal 500 2019
  • Tenacious, stubborn and hard-working... She puts in a huge amount of work on cases.

    Chambers & Partners 2018
  • She gets right to the heart of matters and can explain things well to clients. She is very good in front of judges too... Very knowledgeable and a confident advocate who performs very well in court.

    Chambers & Partners 2018
  • She has a very unruffled approach to cases.

    Legal 500 2017
  • A barrister with a very self-possessed demeanour.

    Legal 500 2017
  • As well as being available to talk, she is down-to-earth in presenting quite difficult concepts to clients.

    Chambers & Partners 2017)
  • She is switched on and bright.

    Chambers & Partners 2017)
  • I’ve seen her in court and she’s something to be reckoned with. She has a very direct and no-nonsense style, and I think clients really like that.

    Chambers & Partners 2017
  • Commercially astute, approachable and tenacious.”

    Legal 500 2016
  • An unrelenting advocate.

    Legal 500 2016
  • She is calm and methodical, and has really good attention to detail.

    Chambers & Partners 2016
  • She is thoughtful and thinks about things on a commercial level.

    Chambers & Partners 2016
  • She is a safe pair of hands, and very pleasant.

    Chambers & Partners 2016
  • Very good at explaining things and can always get her point across.

    Chambers & Partners 2016
  • Highly intelligent, and has an immediate grasp of the issues.

    Legal 500 2015
  • She is technically excellent, hardworking and very approachable.

    Legal 500 2015
  • She is a bright and talented practitioner.

    Chambers UK 2015
  • She is a very good and experienced chancery practitioner.

    Chambers UK 2015
  • She provides balanced, thorough and commercial advice.

    Legal 500 2014
  • She never disappoints.

    Legal 500 2014
  • An effective court performer.

    Legal 500 2014
  • She is thorough and incisive in her written work and in conference. She provides robust advice and inspires confidence in the client. She is also a strong, persuasive and able advocate.

    Chambers UK 2014
  • She is very client-friendly, with a calm and professional manner, but she also excels at getting the detail absolutely right.

    Chambers UK 2014
  • She is thorough and incisive in her written work.

Practice Areas

Significant Cases

Career and Associations

Member of the Chancery Bar Association

Member of the Northern Chancery Bar Association

Bar Vocational Course – Inns of Court School of Law (2003 – 2004)

Graduate Diploma in Law - City University of London (2002-2003)

BA, MA English Literature – New Hall Cottage, Cambridge (1999 – 2002)

Called to the Bar, Gray’s Inn, 2004