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Martin Moore QC

Call: 1982 Silk: 2002

Martin is a leading Silk for company law litigation and advice, corporate finance, financial services, and insolvency.

He has particular expertise in large-scale, complex corporate transactions and reorganisations (including takeovers and mergers), schemes of arrangement, and schemes for the transfer of insurance and banking business (Part VII transfers).

He is heavily engaged in Brexit planning and transactions for financial services groups.

An adviser of the highest quality on company matters, who is regularly instructed on some of the largest and most complicated takeovers and transactions.

Chambers & Partners


  • Corporate governance
  • Capital markets
  • M&A
  • Takeovers
  • Structured finance
  • Joint ventures
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Corporate reorganisations
  • Part VII business transfers
  • Cross-border mergers

Martin has acted for the following:

In the matter of Dee Valley Group Plc – Martin acted for Severn Trent Water Limited, the bidder in a take-over scheme of arrangement

SAB Miller on its proposed takeover by Anheuser-Busch InBev

Friends Life’s acquisition by Aviva plc

Bid for Songbird Estates

Cross-border merger of International Game Technology Inc and GTech S.p.A.

Invensys plc on its aquisition by Schneider Electric Ltd

A significant shareholder in Bumi Resources plc

Verizon Inc on its $130bn transaction with Vodafone

Glencore International plc on its controversial acquisition of Xstrata plc

William Hill plc on its acquisition of Sportingbet plc

Dentsu on its aqcuisition of Aegis plc

Cookson Group plc on its demerger

Britvic plc on its aborted reverse takeover by AG Barr plc

VT Group plc on its acquisition by Babcock International plc

Liberty International plc on its demerger

Prudential plc in connection with the attempted acquisition of AIA Asia

Kraft Foods Inc on its acquisition of Cadbury plc

BA plc on its merger with Iberia

Financial Services

  • Financial regulation and enforcement
  • Prospectus liability
  • Financial promotion
  • Collective investment schemes
  • Market abuse / insider dealing
  • Part VII business transfers
  • Client money

Martin is considered the go-to Silk for Part VII transfers. He has advised and appeared on:

The integration by Royal London of the long-term business of Co-operative Insurance Society.

The domestication of the Hong Kong branch of the Prudential.

The acquisition by Barclays Bank plc of ING Direct.

The rationalisation of the European businesses of Met Life following its acquisition of AIG.

The sale of Egg Bank to the Yorkshire Building Society.

The rationalization of the Royal & Sun Alliance’s general insurance carriers.

Internal reorganisations for Zurich.

The innovative reattribution of the £1.2bn of its inherited estate undertaken by the Aviva group of companies.

The transfer to Santander UK plc of the deposit taking and mortgage lending business of Alliance & Leicester plc.

The transfer to Banco Halifax Hispania of the Spanish branch of Lloyds TSB Bank.

The transfer of the with-profit and non-profit annuity businesses of the Equitable Life Assurance Society to, respectively, the Prudential and Canada Life.

The transfer of the deposit taking and mortgage lending business of Cheltenham & Gloucester plc to Lloyds TSB plc.

The transfer out of Society of Lloyds of the business of Highway Insurance.

The transfer of all Swiss Re’s United Kingdom business to a Luxembourg entity and the creation of a UK registered Societas Europaea, believed to be a first.

The transfer of all the United Kingdom custodian and corporate trust business of J.P. Morgan to the Bank of New York.

The Resolution Life group of companies’ reorganisation of their long-term insurance business.

Martin has written two opinions for the Financial Reporting Council which are publicly available. The first entitled The True and Fair Requirement Revisited which considered the impact of European legislation and international accounting standards on the true and fair requirements. The second entitled International Accounting Standards and Its True and Fair View. Martin advises the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales on technical issues arising from the interaction of accounting matters and company law. He advised on TECH 02/10 on realised profits and continues to advise on other guidance issued to the accountancy profession.

Martin has been involved in advising on numerous issues arising from the near collapse of the banking system in 2008 including advising the Royal Bank of Scotland plc in relation to the adjustment of the pension arrangements for its former chief executive.

Memberships & Publications


Chancery Bar Association

South Eastern Circuit



Ranked in Chambers and Partners (Company and Insurance) and  Legal 500 (Company & Partnership and Insolvency)

“He’s very sharp-witted and knowledgeable, and the clarity of his advice is excellent. He understands clients and what they are looking to achieve.”

“Fabulous to work with. He’s the first call for Part VII and insurance regulatory advice. Clients trust in him and he always provides excellent service.” “A very smooth operator who is very impressive in court. He is bright and commercial.”

“Very responsive, highly commercial and excellent with clients.”

“Offers a great combination of technical expertise, encyclopaedic knowledge and commercial pragmatism. He is also extremely approachable.”

“Highly dependable, incredibly responsive and always willing to provide a route through difficult problems.”

“Has outstanding technical knowledge and takes a pragmatic approach.”

“He provides robust support and is willing to engage on matters raised by the regulator in a firm but sensible manner.”

Martin Moore QC is a star individual commended for being “technically first class” and “a barrister who carries a lot of weight with the judiciary”. His expertise in transactional matters has been noted: “leading silk on transfers of insurance businesses, without a doubt.” He receives strong market support…

…highly rated Martin Moore QC, is a “fully tried and tested lawyer” who was heavily involved in the Equitable Life saga. Credited for being “able to think his way out of any situation,”

Martin Moore QC an exceptional reputation in the field of company law, particularly for his work on corporate reorganisations and insurance company schemes.

Expertise: “He is responsive, commercial and a pleasure to deal with.” “He’s very good at putting complicated advice in context and packaging it for clients in ways that they can follow.”

“He combines a pragmatic approach with great analytical skills.”

“Recommended for his expertise in corporate insolvency matters.”

“Particularly recommended for advice on takeover schemes.”

“Very approachable and willing to roll his sleeves up.”

“He provides clear and well-reasoned advice, and is a pleasure to deal with.”

“Well regarded for corporate insolvency matters.”

“Pragmatic, service oriented, brilliantly analytical and flexible.”

Martin Moore QC is seen to be “very user-friendly” and to have “a market-leading reputation which is more than justified” and praised for being “polite and where occasion demands it, firm.”

“He is good at managing expectations and gives extremely clear explanations.”

the “first port of call” for technical advice on take-overs and related Company matters.

“very measured advocacy”, and is “unflappable when on his feet”

The Chambers 100 UK Bar

The Chambers Bar 100 ranks the top barristers practising at the Bar of England and Wales. There are two separate tables: one listing the top 100 juniors, and one listing the top 100 silks. To be shortlisted, these barristers must be ranked in Bands One or Two or as ‘Star Individuals’ in a key area of law in The Chambers UK Bar Guide.

Martin Moore QC “provides a combination of legal expertise and practical judgement that is hard to beat.” He is renowned for the expertise he brings to a variety of matters in the field of company law, and is particularly well known for handling with care and consideration cases concerning schemes of arrangement, corporate reorganisations and insurance company schemes. Sources describe him as a practitioner who “is much more concerned about providing the right result than asserting his own importance,” and who “is keen to understand the commercial environment in which an issue arises and is willing to work with instructing solicitors to find solutions.”

Ranked in

Chambers & Partners –
Company - Star Individual, Insurance

Legal 500 –
Company & Partnership, Insolvency

Chambers & Partners UK Bar Top 100 QCs –


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