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  1. Professional negligence - Leading Sets
  2. Professional negligence - Leading Silks
  3. Professional negligence - New Silks
  4. Professional negligence - Leading Juniors

Professional negligence - Leading Silks

Professional negligence - Leading Juniors

4 New Square is ‘very well regarded for professional negligence work’, and fields ‘an array of outstanding barristers’. Justin Fenwick QC is ‘top of the tree’, and ‘has real gravitas’. Ben Hubble QC is ‘a shrewd operator, and someone you can rely on’. Nicholas Davidson QC is noted for his ‘exceptional intellect’, and Roger Stewart QC is ‘approachable, calm, fiercely intelligent, and supremely analytical’. Graeme McPherson QC is highlighted for his ‘excellent analysis and common-sense approach’. Patrick Lawrence QC has ‘a sharp mind, and is very good with clients’. The ‘outstandingLeigh-Ann Mulcahy QC, the ‘pragmatic and commercialMichael Soole QC, the ‘brilliantGraham Eklund QC, and ‘responsiveDavid Turner QC are also recommended. Jamie Smith exhibits ‘exceptional attention to detail’, and Siân Mirchandaniwill always get to the bottom of any issue’. The ‘highly organisedHugh Evans, the ‘well-preparedClare Dixon and Helen Evans (‘formidable on paper, on her feet, and in cross-examination’) also stand out. Scott Allen is ‘very hardworking and diligent’, and Richard Liddell is ‘good at cutting through the noise to get at the points that matter’. Carl Troman is ‘very thorough and accurate’, and Charles Phippsstands out when matters get complicated’. Katie Powell is ‘always quick to respond’, and George Spalton is noted for his ‘real intellect’. Tim Chelmick is also recommended. The ‘truly first-rateFiona Sinclair QC took silk in 2013. Sue Carr QC and Jeremy Stuart-Smith QC recently joined the bench, and David Sears QC joined Crown Office Chambers.

4 Pump Court boasts ‘enormous strength in depth for professional negligence work’, and is commended for its ‘very professional clerking’ and ‘consistently good response times’. The ‘formidableNigel Tozzi QC led ‘exceptional juniorKate Livesey in Browne Jacobson v Mace & Jones. Livesey is singled out as having ‘a good eye for detail, and the ability to handle complex technical and legal issues with ease’. The ‘highly experiencedChristopher Moger QC and ‘clear and incisiveAidan Christie QC also stand out, as does the ‘approachableJames Cross QC, who ‘pulls out all the stops to provide excellent service’. Andrew Neish QC is noted for his ‘tenacious, no-nonsense approach’, and Jeremy Nicholson QC’s ‘exceptional eye for detail leaves no stone unturned’. Recommended juniors include Rachel Ansell, Lynne McCafferty, and the ‘exceptionalSimon Henderson . Benjamin Pilling is ‘approachable, down-to-earth and client friendly’, and Alexander Hickey is ‘articulate and tactically astute’.

Brick Court Chambers has ‘vast strength in depth’, and is ‘very responsive and very commercial’. Standout silks include the ‘thoroughMark Hapgood QC, who has a ‘wealth of experience’; the ‘outstandingMark Howard QC ; Tom Adam QC, who has ‘a keen intellect’; the ‘fantasticNeil Calver QC ; and Charles Hollander QC . Among the ‘strong’ team of juniors, the ‘top-notchJonathan Dawid, the ‘very responsiveFionn Pilbrow, and Peter Irvin are ‘highly recommended’. George Leggatt QC was recently appointed as a High Court judge.

3 Verulam Buildings is noted for its ‘very good service’ and ‘real in-depth expertise’, and has ‘excellent clerks’. Andrew Sutcliffe QC has ‘a formidable intellect’. The ‘hugely experiencedAndrew Onslow QC is also recommended, as are Thomas Weitzman QC, who is ‘very straightforward and easy to work with’, the ‘brilliantChristopher Symons QC, and Rory Phillips QC . The set benefits from ‘a wealth of strong juniors’, including Matthew Parker, who is acting for the claimants in a claim against a firm of accountants arising from the audit of a complex financial model. The ‘highly knowledgeableSophie Mallinckrodt also stands out, as does Jonathan Davies-Jones QC, who is ‘a real asset’. William Edwards is ‘very bright, thorough, incisive, and a persuasive orator’. Nicholas Craig displays ‘very good judgement’.

Wilberforce Chambers is ‘a very impressive set’ which pays ‘uniform attention to detail’. Jonathan Seitler QC’s ‘cross-examination is a technical masterclass’. Also recommended are Michael Tennet QC (‘a real expert’), the ‘knowledgeableDavid Phillips QC, John Martin QC, and the ‘extremely hardworkingJohn Wardell QC . James Ayliffe QC is singled out for his ‘charming manner’. The ‘very approachableJoanna Smith QC appeared in Seaton & Others v Seddon & Others. The ‘tenaciousClare Stanley, the ‘technically strongJonathan Evans, and Julian Greenhill also attract praise.

Atkin Chambers has ‘great strength in depth across all levels of experience’, and its clerks are ‘always very helpful and responsive’. David Streatfeild-James QC is ‘excellent at everything he turns his hand to’. The ‘extremely thoroughSimon Lofthouse QC and ‘very experiencedChantal-Aimée Doerries QC also stand out. Recommended juniors include James Howells, who provides ‘clear and concise advice’; Camille Slow, who is ‘a brilliant and skilled advocate who gets to the bottom of a matter very quickly’; and the ‘very responsiveJennifer Jones . Mark Raeside QC was recently appointed as a Specialist Senior Circuit Judge.

1 Chancery Lane has ‘a real specialism in professional negligence’, and its members are ‘always willing to go the extra mile’. Among the ‘excellent silks and juniors’, Lord Faulks QC stands out for his ‘easy-going manner, which belies a keen strategy that greatly facilitates any negotiations’. John Ross QC is singled out for his ‘formidable intellect’. At junior level, Ivor Collett has ‘a reputation that matches his intellect’, and Karen Shumanwill not rest until every single possible outcome has been thoroughly investigated’. John Norman and Alastair Hammerton also attract praise, as does Angus Piper, for his ‘astute and tenacious advocacy’.

Crown Office ChambersMichael Harvey QC is ‘something of a legend for his painstaking thoroughness’, and Roger ter Haar QC is ‘a legendary cross-examiner’. Andrew Rigney QC is ‘very clever and extremely hardworking’. The ‘very impressiveAndrew Bartlett QC and Richard Lynagh QC are also highly rated. Among the juniors, Jason Evans-Tovey is ‘a very polished performer’, and Daniel Shapiro is noted for his ‘meticulous approach’. Ben Quiney is ‘a tough and very clever opponent’. John Greenbourne and Suzanne Chalmers are also recommended. The ‘brilliantDavid Sears QC recently joined from 4 New Square.

Very professional and easy to deal with’, Fountain Court Chambers provides ‘consistently good advice’. Stephen Moriarty QC (‘excellent in both his written and oral advocacy’) is leading the ‘thoughtful and consideredJames Cutress for the defendant in a high-profile case in the Cayman Islands concerning a claim by a hedge fund against its investment advisers. Other recommended individuals include the ‘proactive and tenaciousMark Simpson QC ; Timothy Dutton QC, who is ‘always measured and thoughtful’; the ‘brilliantBankim Thanki QC ; Michael Brindle QC, who ‘is consistently thorough’; Guy Philipps QC, who recently acted in the Al-Suleiman litigation; and Derrick Dale QC, who is ‘very good with clients’. Recommended juniors include Deepak Nambisan, Rosalind Phelps, David Murray, and Tamara Oppenheimer, who is ‘always on top of her brief’.

Hailsham Chambers fields ‘a good core of barristers in the professional indemnity arena’. Bernard Livesey QC is ‘nothing short of excellent in his advice, preparation and advocacy skills’. William Flenley QC is ‘extremely able and academically strong’, and Michael Pooles QC is ‘good on his feet’. Francis Bacon is ‘very sound and unflappable, with a wealth of experience in his core areas’, and Simon Wilton is noted for his ‘meticulous and detailed approach’. Anthony de Freitas is noted for his ‘expert knowledge and excellent tactical advice’. Derek Holwill is ‘one of the best’, and Simon Howarth is ‘sharp, thorough, collaborative and commercial’.

Maitland Chambers’ barristers are ‘technically brilliant, always responsive, and easy to use’. Recommended silks include the ‘renowned Anthony Trace QC, who is ‘excellent at cross-examination’; the ‘brilliantMichael Driscoll QC ; the ‘incredibly thoroughEdwin Johnson QC ; and Tom Leech QC, who is ‘impressively knowledgeable in a wide range of areas’. At junior level, David Mumford is ‘clear and concise’, and Timothy Harry is ‘flexible, commercial and very popular with clients’.

Serle Court is ‘a very well-organised set’ noted for the ‘excellent response times of its clerks and barristers alike’. The ‘meticulousPhilip Jones QCquickly gets right to the bottom of the issue’, and is rated alongside the ‘brilliant, tenacious and responsivePhilip Marshall QC . Recommended juniors include Ruth den Besten, Richard Walford (‘a very experienced pair of hands’), the ‘incredibly knowledgeableDaniel Lightman, David Drake (‘an exceptionally clear thinker’), the ‘highly regardedAndrew Bruce, and Geraldine Clark, who has ‘excellent drafting skills’. New silk David Blayney QC is ‘a talented barrister whose creativity and attention to detail are second to none’. The ‘excellentThomas Braithwaite and ‘very intelligent, thorough and hardworkingDakis Hagen also attract praise.

2 Temple Gardenshouses some real stars’, and its clerks are ‘very responsive and personable’. The ‘hugely experiencedRobert Moxon Browne QC has ‘a vast legal brain’, and Neil Moody QC is ‘excellent on complex, technical matters’. Very active in solicitors’ negligence cases, new silk Charles Dougherty QC is ‘excellent on his feet, and able to organise his thoughts so that the court can follow his argument’. At junior level, Andrew Miller is ‘brilliant’, Christopher Lundie is ‘intelligent and creative’, and Sonia Nolten is ‘extremely hardworking’.

Keating Chambers is praised for its ‘excellent response times’. Recommended silks include the ‘very commercialMarcus Taverner QC, Alexander Nissen QC, who is ‘first rate for construction’, and the ‘highly knowledgeableAdrian Williamson QC . Among the juniors, the ‘very focused and hardworkingKrista Lee stands out.

7 King’s Bench Walk retains ‘a very strong reputation in insurance work’. Jonathan Gaisman QC is ‘an incredibly bright and able barrister, with excellent cross-examination skills’. The ‘technically excellentChristopher Butcher QC has experience in claims involving insurance brokers, solicitors and accountants. At junior level, the ‘highly ratedN G Casey and ‘very thoroughJames Brocklebank are recommended.

A very strong set’, XXIV Old Buildings is singled out for its ‘approachable and responsive clerks’. Its silks include the ‘firm and focusedAlan Steinfeld QC, who was instructed in Crest Nicholson v Regional; and Francis Tregear QC, who is ‘a very safe pair of hands’. Michael Gadd is ‘very knowledgeable’, and Elizabeth Weaveralways makes herself available even when timescales are tight’.

Radcliffe Chambers is ‘a very efficient’ set which benefits from ‘first-class’ clerking. Keith Rowley QC has ‘impressive analytical skills’, and Robert Pearce QC is another ‘highly regarded’ silk. Tom Dumont is ‘extremely knowledgeable’, and Elizabeth Ovey has ‘considerable insight and intuition’. Peter Dodge is ‘an excellent advocate and problem solver’. The ‘excellentGrant Crawford and William Moffett are also recommended.

Selborne Chambers is recommended for its ‘responsiveness, availability, and excellent turnaround times’. Hugh Jackson is ‘proactive and conscientious, and has a keen forensic eye’. Justin Kitson is ‘very user friendly, enthusiastic and very bright’, and Ian Clarke is ‘very strong on technical issues’.

At One Crown Office Row, the ‘deeply knowledgeableGuy Mansfield QC and ‘very client-focusedPhilip Havers QC stand out.

Key figures at One Essex Court include Alain Choo Choy QC, Craig Orr QC, who ‘possesses the rare combination of piercing intellect, studious attention to detail and user-friendliness’, and Andrew Lenon QC . Alexander Polley is noted for his ‘sharp mind, maturity, commitment, and considerable common sense’.

The ‘very user-friendly’ team at Essex Court Chambers includes Graham Dunning QC, Christopher Smith QC and David Foxton QC .

Littleton ChambersClive Freedman QC is ‘highly recommended’.

Key individuals at the ‘very commercially focused11 Stone Buildings include Jeremy Cousins QC, whose ‘quality of advice and written work is always excellent’, and Lexa Hilliard QC .

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