Lance Ashworth QC


Year of Call: 1987 Year of Silk: 2006

Lance is “a superb advocate, and penetrating cross-examiner” who “is absolutely fantastic with clients and is down-to-earth. He also retains knowledge to an incredible extent - he knows documents inside out the second he reads them.”

Practice Overview

Lance has a commercial and chancery practice, with a particular focus on international litigation, civil multi-jurisdictional fraud, company and insolvency cases.  He has a firm grasp of the commercial realities of any litigation and understands clients’ needs and wishes.

Lance has recently been involved in cases involving allegations of fraud and/or bribery said to have happened in Ethiopia, United States of America, Canada, France, Spain, Ireland, Portugal and Malaysia as well as in England, many involving freezing injunctions and other injunctive relief.  He also has expertise in company and commercial matters including unfair prejudice petitions, share warranty claims, hedge fund claims and professional negligence cases.

In insolvency matters, Lance acts both for and against insolvency practitioners in claims against former directors, accountants and others, as well as having done a substantial number of cases involving more technical issues that arise under the Insolvency Act 1986.

Lance was appointed a Recorder in 2005 and a Deputy High Court Judge of the Chancery Division in 2016 and sits in both the criminal and civil jurisdictions.  He has also been an accredited mediator since 2009 and undertakes Advocacy Training for junior barristers.

News & Events

  • News

    The use and abuse of unfair prejudice petitions: lessons from Loveridge v Loveridge

    "The unfair prejudice jurisdiction is flexible, but its tensile strength is not unlimited. The Loveridge decisions have been a... Read More

    News

    Chambers UK Bar 2022 - “the quintessential modern commercial chancery set”

    Serle Court is delighted to announce that chambers has been ranked in 11 practice areas in this year's Chambers UK... Read More

  • Events

    ICC FraudNet Barcelona Conference 2021

    Location: Hotel Arts Carrer de la Marina 19-21, 08005 Barcelona, Spain. Read More

    Events

    M&A webinar series: Deloitte’s Expert Determinations: the Expert’s view session

    Location: Online, via Zoom Read More

  • “He is absolutely brilliant and all over the detail in a case.” “Lance is a terrific advocate who is particularly superb on the paperwork. He pays attention to detail and is really good with the client.

    Chambers and Partners
  • He is extremely approachable and has a very good touch with clients. He’s also able to digest really complex documents and get straight to the heart of the issue, and explain this issue concisely to clients.” “He has an easy style and is very charming - he is a good cross-examiner as well as being very commercially minded, pragmatic and experienced.

    Chambers and Partners

Education & Qualifications

Pembroke College, Cambridge - MA

Oundle School

Appointments

Deputy High Court Judge (Chancery Division)

Recorder, Crown Court and County Court

Memberships

Chancery Bar Association

COMBAR

Midlands Chancery and Commercial Bar Association

Languages

German

VAT Number

487181612

Other Information

Bar Council Trustee on the Access to Justice Foundation: 2014-2021
Former Chairman of the Midlands Legal Support Trust
Chairman of Middlesex Lord's Taverners' Committee
Founder trustee of the Medical Research Fund Coventry & Warwickshire
ADR Group Accredited Mediator

In the Press

Comments: "New evaluator role in pre-pack scrutiny too vague" in Accountancy Age, October 2020

Comments;"Thomas Cook's ghost hotels - what will happen to its empty holiday resorts?" The Telegraph, October 2019

Comments; "Public sector outsourcing giant Interserve stares into the abyss, 14 months on from Carillion's collapse" - CityAm, 14 March 2019

Comments; "Homebase faces make-or-break vote on rescue plan- The Independent, 1 September 2018

Comments; "The use of CVAs and the shape of the high street" - The Independent, 10 June 2018

Comments; "The use of CVAs and the shape of the high street" - City A.M., 8 June 2018

Comments; "The use of CVAs and the shape of the high street"  - The Barrister, 7 June 2018

Comments; "High Court judgment shines light on shadow directors" - Accountancy , 18 April 2018

Comments; "High Court rules on duties of 'shadow directors" (with Matthew Morrsion) - Estates Gazette, 16 April 2018

News & Events

  • News

    The use and abuse of unfair prejudice petitions: lessons from Loveridge v Loveridge

    "The unfair prejudice jurisdiction is flexible, but its tensile strength is not unlimited. The Loveridge decisions have been a... Read More

    News

    Chambers UK Bar 2022 - “the quintessential modern commercial chancery set”

    Serle Court is delighted to announce that chambers has been ranked in 11 practice areas in this year's Chambers UK... Read More

  • Events

    ICC FraudNet Barcelona Conference 2021

    Location: Hotel Arts Carrer de la Marina 19-21, 08005 Barcelona, Spain. Read More

    Events

    M&A webinar series: Deloitte’s Expert Determinations: the Expert’s view session

    Location: Online, via Zoom Read More