Lexa Hilliard QC
Education: LLB (Hons) London School of Economics and Political Science; Diploma in EC Law from Kings College London
Language: Working knowledge of German
Lexa Hilliard QC is a well-respected commercial chancery silk with a strong expertise in domestic and international insolvency, general commercial and company litigation, professional negligence and civil fraud.
Between 1990 and 2011, she practised from South Square, another leading London set. Prior to that, she lectured in law at Durham University and worked for 9 months as part of the in-house legal team at Lloyds Bank Plc. She was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2009 and is a CEDR accredited mediator.
She often acts in cases arising out of large domestic or international corporate restructurings or insolvencies such as Halliwells, Lehman Brothers, Madoff Securities International Ltd, Enron, Woolworths, Land of Leather and Farepak. Her expertise in conflicts of laws and jurisdictional disputes is very relevant in such cases.
At the same time Lexa frequently acts in cases involving civil fraud, professional negligence, banking, contractual disputes and breaches of fiduciary duty. For example, she represented a large number of individuals in the Buncefield litigation in a negligence claim against major oil companies.
What others say
Lexa has consistently been recommended in the leading legal directories for a number of years. Chambers UK recommends her as a leading silk in the areas of commercial chancery and insolvency. Legal 500 also recommends her in commercial litigation, company, insolvency and professional negligence. Undoubtedly, Lexa's expertise contributed to 11 SB being ranked as a leading set for company & partnership and professional negligence for the first time in Legal 500 2013. Praise for her includes:
She continues to impress market commentators with her firm command of commercial chancery matters. She is deemed to be an expert on insolvency issues and shareholder disputes. Expertise: "She is a superbly subtle advocate with excellent knowledge of complex issues." "She is very hands-on and has a great manner about her." (Chancery: commercial - Chambers UK 2014)
Has a good reputation for her work on a range of offshore company law matters. She has notable experience on the company law aspects of insolvency cases. Expertise: "She is clear and has an incisive mind." Recent work: she has been acting on behalf of the limited partners of OS Cayman LP in an application to wind up the partnership on just and equitable grounds. (Company - Chambers UK 2014)
An incredibly popular silk whose straightforward approach is highly valued by instructing solicitors. She has a broad company law practice, and is expert in directors' duties, corporate restructuring and insolvency. Regularly handles headline-grabbing cases in both the domestic and international market. Expertise: "Highly inventive and always thinks of new ways to approach a case." "A barrister with gravitas and a no-nonsense approach." "She has a tremendous depth of knowledge of insolvency issues and an immediate recall of cases that is very impressive." Recent work: acted on behalf of Mitsui in a successful £10 million purpose trust claim against a Lloyd's underwriter. (Restructuring/Insolvency - Chambers UK 2014)
Lexa Hilliard QC is "excellent in court", and is praised for her "combination of a mature and sensible approach with a meticulous eye for detail". (Company - Legal 500 2013)
"Always a delight to work with", Lexa Hilliard QC is "extremely good with clients, efficient with paperwork, and a persuasive advocate". (Commercial litigation - Legal 500 2013)
...Lexa Hilliard QC, who "provides thorough and well-thought-through commercial advice". (Insolvency - Legal 500 2013)
Lexa Hilliard QC is retained as an adviser and leading silk on high-value litigation. She provides expert opinions on English law to insolvent international entities, and represents noteholders and corporations, including Kaupthing, throughout court proceedings. Instructing solicitors praise her preparation, advocacy and teamwork skills, noting that she demonstrates an "ability to think about novel ways to approach questions, especially when there is no case law on the matter". (Restructuring/Insolvency – Chambers UK 2013 and Chambers Global 2013)
Lexa Hilliard QC is an expert in company, insolvency and shareholder disputes. Speaking of her one interviewee remarked: "Lots of barristers are good advocates, but not many are team players - she is". Hilliard recently had a key role in insolvency proceedings relating to Hellas Telecommunications. (Chancery: commercial – Chambers UK 2013 and Chambers Global 2013)
Lexa Hilliard QC is ‘an exceptional advocate, with great skill at cross-examination: definitely someone who will battle the client’s corner’. (Commercial litigation - Legal 500 2012)
Lexa Hilliard QC has a good reputation in domestic and international insolvency, litigation, and civil fraud, and impresses with her ‘knowledge and practical application of insolvency rules and laws’. (Insolvency - Legal 500 2012)
Another new and highly prized acquisition is "top-quality lawyer" Lexa Hilliard QC, who joins from 3-4 South Square. Among her recent cases, she has acted in a shareholder dispute pertaining to a pharmaceutical company, and is appearing in a similar dispute regarding a group of companies operating in Australia and the United Arab Emirates. This "canny tactician" has also handled a number of professional negligence actions against law and accountancy firms. (Chancery: commercial - Chambers UK 2012)
A new arrival at 11 Stone Buildings, Lexa Hilliard QC is hailed by sources as an excellent advocate and a tough opponent. She also earns praise for being "highly responsive and an astute strategist". Commentators are in no doubt that the set's secural of her services represents a notable feather in its cap. (Restructuring/Insolvency - Chambers UK 2012)
Lexa Hilliard QC is a "wonderful advocate who is great to work with". She is leading the case of D/S Norden A/S v Samsun Logix Corporation. (Restructuring/Insolvency - Chambers UK 2011)
Lexa Hilliard recently took silk much to the delight of her many fans. A tenacious advocate who "works her socks off for her clients", she was always destined for elevation according to those in the know. (Restructuring/Insolvency -Chambers UK 2010)
"High hitter" Lexa Hilliard is favoured for her "tough and persuasive" advocacy style. "She's got plenty of get-up-and-go" and is "truly delightful both in and out of court", according to clients. (Restructuring/Insolvency - Chambers UK 2009)
Similarly impressive, Lexa Hilliard, is a "very experienced" junior who impresses in court, where she is known as a "real terrier". (Restructuring/Insolvency - Chambers UK 2008)
Lexa Hilliard is often used for international cases as she has a broad experience of different jurisdictions. She is also "an excellent pick for complex matters" as she is "creative, accessible and strategically sound". (Restructuring/Insolvency - Chambers UK 2007)
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