Neil Berragan



36 Young Street, Manchester, M3 3FT
DX: 718188 MCH 3
Direct Dial: 0161 832 9082


5 Park Square, Leeds, LS1 2NE
Direct Dial: 0113 242 1123


Embassy House, 60 Church Street,
Birmingham, B3 2DJ
Direct Dial: 0121 200 3570

Clerked by:
Gary Young
Harry Young


Neil has represented a number of football clubs in a variety of commercial disputes. He acted for a rugby league player caught up in a contract dispute between Leeds Rhinos and Bradford Bulls, and currently represents a group of former Spanish and Argentinian PL players in a large film scheme claim. Neil has chaired the AGM of the British Wrestling Association and is the current chair of the BWA Selection Appeals Committee.

Significant Reported Cases

Ticket2Final OU v Wigan Athletic AFC  [2015] EWHC 61b (Ch) LTL 2/2/2015. Successfully defended the club against allegations of fraud in connection with a commercial sponsorship deal.

Anthony McGill v SEM Group, Bolton Wanderers  & others [2014] EWHC 3000 (QB) (Merc.) Successfully defended the club, executives and senior coaching staff against a football agent’s claim that he had been fraudulently ‘cut out’ of a transfer agreement.

Henning Berg v Blackburn Rovers [2013] EWHC 1070 Ch, unsuccessful attempt to withdraw admission of liability for manager’s severance pay made by the club’s managing director without authority of club owners – praised by judge for brave attempt to argue the impossible.

Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police v Wigan Athletic AFC [2009] 1 WLR 1580 (CA), defining rights of police to charge for policing football matches.


"His court work is just fantastic - he's really great on his feet." "He is excellent, a very solid advocate and very good with clients." "A tough litigator who is very strong on all commercial disputes."

Chambers UK


Neil practises in the specialist business courts (Mercantile, Chancery and TCC) in Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Birmingham. He also appears in the High Court in London (including the Companies Court, Commercial Court and TCC) and in the Court of Appeal.

His practice is focused on advocacy, both oral and written.

Neil is recognised as one of the leading juniors for commercial work in the North West, and he is regularly instructed against QCs.

Neil frequently acts on applications for interim relief, where his experience and understanding of the court process enables him to provide clients with practical and realistic advice, and to focus case preparation to the client’s best advantage.

He has acted in a number of commercial arbitrations, domestic and international.

He has acted for a large number of major plc clients in the in substantial commercial disputes. He also has advised and acted in many substantial shareholder disputes, and other important company and insolvency matters.

Neil has advised and represented numerous solicitors and other professionals in partnership and LLP disputes.

Year of Call: 1982

Areas of Expertise

Northern Circuit Commercial Bar Association (NCCBA)

Northern Chancery Bar Association (NChBA)

Chancery Bar Association (ChBA)

Professional Negligence Bar Association (PNBA)



Pembroke College Oxford MA (Jurisprudence)

Holt Award, Gray’s Inn



Chambers UK 2018

"Neil is very able and an excellent advocate." "A tenacious and polished advocate."

"He has a sharp intelligent mind and a calm approach. He is robust and reliable." "He is thorough, detailed and very bright."

"An extremely able junior and a very clear advocate; judges rate him." "A phenomenal knowledge of this area of law and very adept at getting to the heart of the matter quickly."

"He's sound, a good lawyer and a good all-round barrister."

"Neil's ability to pick up matters quickly and to present our client's case very effectively played a crucial part in securing the desired outcome."

"He has extensive experience and is very well connected in the regulatory side of sport."

Chambers UK 2017

"Realistic and commercial, and quickly gains the trust of clients." "Provides knowledgeable, solid and pragmatic advice."

"His court work is just fantastic - he's really great on his feet." "He is excellent, a very solid advocate and very good with clients." "A tough litigator who is very strong on all commercial disputes."

"He is a fantastic advocate: he is someone who will take a case and grab it by the neck." "A highly regarded barrister who is always very well prepared."

Chambers UK 2016

"A top-notch barrister with a real ability to empathise and interpret complex legal principles for the layman."

"In a tough corner, he is the counsel to get to first. He is calm, assured, and a clear, focused thinker who wins the respect of judges but is challenging in witness cross-examination."

"He is clearly very experienced and has very sound judgement, which in turn inspires confidence. He is a safe pair of hands and is good with clients."

"His strengths are his preparedness to be instructed at short notice and to make himself available out of hours."

Chambers UK 2015

"A senior junior with a very good advocacy style; he gets more done by saying less." "He's ferocious. He'll always put up a good fight."

"He can turn his hand to anything. He saves the day at the last minute, keeping things calm and pulling out all the stops."

"He is a strong advocate with wide experience in partnership law. He is tactically good and able to forensically identify the relevant from the irrelevant."

"He is a strong and measured advocate." "He has a real gravitas about him."

Chambers UK 2014

"He is QC - quality: firm and robust, with a good analytical mind.” "He is very strategic in his submissions. His drafting is fantastic - he is a details person."

"He brings to the table advocacy skills of the highest level, making him a trial lawyer of considerable stature, but he also combines this with excellent and focused opinions and drafts."

"He is calm, assured, and a clear and focused thinker." "He is one of the go-to barristers in Manchester. A very dependable and knowledgeable junior."

"He is a very thorough and formidable advocate. He also has the ability to give simple, clear advice to a client who is not a lawyer."

Chambers UK 2013

" highly effective," "intellectually brilliant" and someone who provides "silk-like quality and dependability.”

“...regularly acts against silks in the Northern business courts. Clients like him as

"he's a determined man who doesn't panic. If he takes a point he can be relentless with it." Observers say: "He's good because he offers clear, cogent and practical advice."

“ described as a "strong advocate" by peers who note that he is well regarded in the insolvency area.”

Legal 500 2018

‘Intelligent, perceptive and determined.’

Legal 500 2017

‘A hugely experienced advocate; there is nothing he has not seen.’

Legal 500 2012

"Recommended for commercial dispute resolution"


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