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1 Chancery Lane has β€˜a very impressive range of counsel’ across the civil common law spectrum. In particular, chambers is recommended for personal injury, clinical negligence, professional negligence, police and travel law, among other areas. β€˜The barristers are of a consistently high standard and they provide an excellent service, and on that basis, this is a second-to-none set.’ Counsel are backed up by β€˜a smooth and effective clerks’ room’, which is a β€˜real asset to chambers’ and β€˜one of the best clerking teams in the country’. β€˜Inimitable’ senior clerk Clark Chessis is supported by β€˜star’ first junior David Barrow, and together, they β€˜run a tight ship’; β€˜they always deliver what they say they will, and recommendations on counsel are always appropriate and well considered’. β€˜Nothing is too much trouble and no other set can touch them for the service they provide’. Offices in: London

1 Crown Office Row is a β€˜superb’ set, where β€˜the quality of the counsel and their commitment is tremendous’. β€˜If a barrister isn’t available due to other commitments, one can be sure that another equally as knowledgeable and skilled will be able to take on the case at hand.’ In London, it is a β€˜go-to set for clinical negligence’ but also extremely well regarded for public law and regulatory work. The Brighton office, however, has expertise in crime, family and property matters, among other areas. The clerks are β€˜excellent’; β€˜they are very on the ball and just get things sorted’. β€˜Nothing is too much trouble and they are extremely accommodating and approachable, organising their barristers extremely well to ensure time limits are met’. London senior clerk Matthew Phipps is β€˜exceptional at his job and always goes over and above to ensure barristers provide what is needed to meet the needs of a case’. Andrew Tull, John McLaren and Chloe Turvill are also β€˜very communicative and responsive’. David Bingham is the senior clerk in Brighton and Andrew Meyler is the chambers director. Offices in: London, Brighton, Manchester

1 Essex Court specialises in civil law, with notable strengths across commercial and Chancery disputes, but additional expertise in areas such as employment, regulatory, personal injury and family law. Ian Hogg is chambers’ senior clerk. Offices in: London

1 Garden Court Family Law Chambers is β€˜one of the leading sets for children work and gaining a strong foothold in the family finance arena’. β€˜All of the barristers are friendly and helpful, and, most importantly, good at what they do’, and β€˜lay clients also regularly comment on how happy they are with their counsel’. Paul Harris β€˜has done a magnificent job since taking over as senior clerk’, leading β€˜an exceptional team’, which is β€˜engaging’ and β€˜hardworking’, making it β€˜one of the best clerks’ rooms’. Harris has β€˜developed into a first-class operator, who devotes a huge amount of energy to chambers’, β€˜spending time with solicitors to understand their needs yet still finding time to do his day job of managing counsel and the clerks – one is often left wondering when he finds time to sleep’. The senior fees clerk, Chris Ferrison, β€˜could give lessons in efficient billing to other chambers’. Offices in: London

1 Hare Court is β€˜the go-to set for family finance cases’, where members are β€˜exceptional in their knowledge, experience and service’. The set is rated as β€˜faultless’ and has β€˜good strength in depth from junior counsel up to senior silk level’; solicitors β€˜cannot recommend chambers highly enough’. The clerks also reap praise as β€˜the best in London’; they are β€˜efficient and effective as well as being courteous and proactive’, and provide β€˜a second-to-none service’. In particular, Steve McCrone is β€˜the doyen of clerks’, adopting β€˜an extremely commercial and approachable outlook, which emulated by the junior clerks’. Michael Lay and Daniel Barnett (first and second junior clerks respectively) are also β€˜strongly rated’. Offices in: London

β€˜An exceptional set’, 1 King’s Bench Walk has β€˜an excellent group of barristers with considerable expertise in both children and family finance matters’. Some say this is β€˜the go-to chambers because of its strength in depth and wide breadth of knowledge’; β€˜you can usually instruct a barrister who will fit the client’s pocket and personality, as well as with whom solicitors can have a good working relationship, which is so very important’. The clerks are also β€˜very good indeed’, delivering β€˜an excellent service’. They are β€˜always helpful and will put themselves out to help when need counsel are needed at last minute’. Furthermore, β€˜they are always responsive and cheerful with it, which is so refreshing, especially when you are up against deadlines’. Following the retirement of David Dear, Chris Gittins joined from Quadrant Chambers to take over as senior clerk and Mark Betts was promoted to deputy senior clerk. Nicola Cade and Tim Madden are also noted as β€˜very helpful’, and β€˜very good at matching the level of barrister to a case’. Offices in: London

1MCB is a common law chambers with particular strength in acting for legally aided clients. The β€˜very professional’ set contains β€˜talented yet down-to-earth barristers with deep expertise’ in areas such as crime, employment and public law. In the clerks’ room, individuals demonstrate β€˜an attentive manner’; β€˜they often go above and beyond in order to facilitate the instruction of counsel’ and do so with a β€˜human touch’. Furthermore, they adopt β€˜a business-driven approach and a focus on results’. Adam Brosnan is the senior criminal clerk and the β€˜extremely supportive’ Mark Darvell is the senior civil clerk. Offices in: London

For some, 2 Bedford Row remains β€˜the leading criminal set in the south of England’. β€˜An inexhaustible array of talent from top to bottom offers solicitors a complete service’; β€˜only the highest standards are accepted and a very strong work ethic is engendered from the start of pupillage’. Outside the pure criminal space, chambers is β€˜extremely strong for disciplinary, regulatory and fraud work, where there is also strength and depth in abundance’. The clerks’ room is β€˜a well-oiled machine’, which provides β€˜a strong personal service’. In particular, senior clerk John Grimmer β€˜remains without parallel, combining the very best traditions of a clerk (approachability, good humour and diplomacy) with the sharpest business brain going’. He β€˜runs a tight ship’ that includes Paul Rodgers (β€˜very knowledgeable and helpful’) and Lee Bartlett (β€˜responds quickly and efficiently to client needs’). β€˜Chambers as a whole takes care to approach cases in a tailored and sensitive way, which clients really appreciate.’ Offices in: London

Quasi-criminal set 2 Hare Court is β€˜absolutely top-drawer in every sense’ with β€˜no weak link in its armour’. In addition to general crime, chambers is strong in fraud and has also become β€˜one of the go-to sets for regulatory issues’. Counsel are β€˜truly skilled’ and β€˜display a flexible and commercially minded approach that is very appealing to clients’. β€˜The clerks are also very accommodating and bend over backwards to provide an excellent service’. Director of clerking Julian Campbell β€˜has created a culture very much driven by and focused on client needs’, and β€˜deserves a lot of credit for heightening chambers’ profile’. Campbell works closely with senior practice manager Ben Heaviside and, together, they are β€˜two of the best clerks in the business’. Practice clerk Tara Johnson also provides β€˜a first-class service’. Collectively, β€˜they really care about their barristers, instructing solicitors and clients, and that shines through’. Offices in: London

β€˜Strong civil set’ 2TG – 2 Temple Gardens is β€˜a go-to chambers for insurance-related disputes’ with β€˜a growing reputation for banking and other commercial litigation’. With β€˜great strength in depth’, the set houses β€˜hardworking and committed barristers’, who achieve β€˜excellent results’. β€˜Everyone – from the reception staff to the barristers – is friendly and approachable; they are very accommodating to each client’s needs and very professional.’ The clerks provide a β€˜seamless’ β€˜five-star’ service and β€˜nothing is too much trouble for them’. In particular, senior clerk Lee Tyler is β€˜one of the best in London’. He is supported by deputy senior clerk Paul Cray, and joint first juniors Matt Moylan (β€˜responsive, efficient and always helpful’) and Leanne Taylor (β€˜always a pleasure to deal with’). Offices in: London

At 3 Hare Court, the β€˜strength in depth and intellectual calibre of barristers is very impressive’. Rated for providing β€˜an extremely effective and efficient service’, the set is recommended for a range of civil law matters, such as commercial litigation, personal injury, public law and jurisdictional issues. Some say β€˜there is no set with better clerks’; β€˜they are extremely helpful, proactive and always able to provide quick and sensible cost budgets’. In particular, senior clerk James Donovan and first junior Toby Eales β€˜do everything they can to help their instructing solicitors’. Furthermore, β€˜they are very knowledgeable about the strengths and weaknesses of their barristers and will not seek to persuade you to instruct someone who may not be right for the job’. Offices in: London

3PB β€˜contains a vast array of talent with all bases covered’, which makes it β€˜a go-to set for law firm dispute resolution departments’ across the country. Indeed, chambers has six offices in the UK, with Birmingham its most recent addition – a development that coincided with arrivals from St Philips Chambers. The clerks deliver β€˜a high-quality service, and go out of their way to meet client needs and exceed expectations’. They are β€˜commercially minded’, β€˜forward-thinking’, β€˜proactive’ and β€˜approachable’, and some say β€˜they are the best in the business’. For example, Mark Heath is β€˜a very experienced and commercial clerk’; Russell Porter is β€˜a real star’; and Stuart Pringle β€˜always has his finger on the pulse’. Matthew Wildish is also noted, having joined from 1 Gray’s Inn Square with a team of barristers in 2016. Simon Astill is the chief executive. Offices in: London, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Oxford, Winchester

3 Temple Gardens is β€˜an incredibly reliable criminal set’, where β€˜the strength in depth means there is a solid number of senior counsel and a very able next wave of juniors’. The set β€˜will always try to find counsel for clients, which is indicative of the superb clerking team led by Gary Brown’. β€˜Brown is well known and respected in the industry, and has a wealth of knowledge and experience’; some say he is β€˜one of the best clerks in London’. The β€˜incredibly helpful and friendly’ individuals in his team are β€˜cut from the same cloth’ as him, and one solicitor says, β€˜I am yet to be let down by any of them’. Offices in: London

β€˜Undoubtedly the go-to set for complex and high-value banking and finance claims’, 3 Verulam Buildings is also β€˜first class for general commercial litigation’ and shows β€˜real strength in depth in arbitration’. Not only does chambers contain β€˜some of the most respected practitioners at the Bar’ in these areas, but it is also β€˜one of the best clerked sets in London’: β€˜the down-to-earth and friendly nature of chambers is reflected in the clerks – there is not a hint of arrogance about them and they have a straightforward and sensible attitude to pricing’. Senior practice manager Stephen Penson β€˜stands out as someone who appreciates the commercial realities of working with top financial clients’. His team includes Richard Ansell, who is β€˜good at cutting through the issues and getting to a solution’, Stuart Pullum, who β€˜looks after clients well and gets things done’, and Robert Croke. Robin Jackson is the chambers director. Offices in: London

With the aptitude to β€˜cover just about any sort of issue of any size’, 4 New Square has β€˜tremendous strength and depth’ in areas such as professional negligence, commercial, construction, costs, product liability and sports law. In fact, some say this is, β€˜without doubt, one of the best chambers in England and Wales, unrivalled in the experience and abilities of its barristers’. The support side of chambers is also praised for being β€˜incredibly professional’ and β€˜moving with the times’; β€˜from the receptionists and clerks to its client meeting rooms and recently updated website, the set is a very sleek organisation, where personal service is the hallmark’. Led by the β€˜first-class’ Lizzy Stewart, the clerks are β€˜some of the most experienced and helpful one can have the pleasure to work with’. The deputy senior clerks are often singled out as β€˜outstanding’: Alex Dolby is β€˜always accommodating and a pleasure to work with’, and Dennis Peck is β€˜goes the extra mile to provide a solution to whatever is thrown at him’. Senior team clerk Andrew Call is β€˜very approachable and efficient’. Offices in: London

4 Paper Buildings is β€˜always the first port of call for children law’, where there is β€˜a tremendous range of talent at all levels, such that one needs not look elsewhere’. Chambers also contains some β€˜heavy-hitting matrimonial finance lawyers’ and has β€˜made good headway in that area’ in recent times. β€˜Despite their in-depth knowledge, members all seem to have their feet firmly on the ground’, and β€˜from clerks through to pupils, junior barristers and QCs, everyone is a pleasure to deal with’. Some say the clerking is β€˜the best of any family law set’; β€˜the well-oiled machine contains agile, proactive and always accommodating individuals’, who β€˜know the meaning of personal service and ensure they always provide it’. Senior clerk Michael Reeves is β€˜a total star’, first junior Paul Hennessy is β€˜responsive, engaged and will always do his best for clients’, and second junior Kenny Martin also β€˜stands out for praise’. Offices in: London

4 Pump Court is β€˜a go-to set because it can resource work across a breadth of subject matter, whenever and wherever required’. β€˜The quality of barristers runs top to bottom and the interaction between counsel and the clerks is seamless – you can trust them all to deliver.’ With expertise in construction, IT, insurance, commercial and shipping law, β€˜the talent available is phenomenal’. Furthermore, the set is well known internationally, particularly in Hong Kong, where it is viewed as β€˜one of the best sets in the UK’. The clerks’ room is β€˜simply excellent’; individuals are β€˜incredibly helpful’, β€˜proactive’ and β€˜always meet or exceed expectations’. Ensuring β€˜a very high standard of service’, chief executive Carolyn McCombe is β€˜a star’ and β€˜has been a leader among clerks for many years’. She works closely with the senior clerks: Carl Wall, who is β€˜first class’ and β€˜goes out of his way to help’, and Stewart Gibbs, who is β€˜entirely unflappable and delivers a smooth and efficient service at all times’. Deputy senior clerk and head of business operations Jon Robinson is β€˜always responsive and accommodating’. Offices in: London

4 Stone Buildings is β€˜the go-to commercial Chancery set’ that β€˜continues to go from strength to strength’ and contains β€˜some real standout stars of the Bar’. The clerks’ room β€˜consistently impresses with its high standard of service’ and is β€˜always able to suggest suitable barristers when required at short notice’. Leading the team, David Goddard is hailed as β€˜a legend’ and β€˜a veritable clerking institution’. He and first junior Jason Doyle are β€˜outstanding’; β€˜both care passionately about the set, its clients and the service they provide, and will go the extra mile to assist’. The β€˜client-focused’ Ben Lashmar is β€˜a clerk to watch for the future’. Offices in: London

4-5 Gray’s Inn Square is well regarded for planning, property, public, commercial, regulatory, media, IP and sport law, among other areas. The senior management team comprises chambers director John Lister and senior clerk Stephen Broom. Practice manager Stephen Marshall is another name to note. Offices in: London

5 Essex Court is β€˜the go-to police chambers covering all aspects of police law at every level’. Noted also for their experience in inquests, public inquiries and employment law, β€˜counsel will always make themselves available and try to respond to the urgency of a client’s situation’. β€˜They are also willing to travel to see clients, rather than insist on the client attending a meeting in London, which, for regional police forces or matters involving security issues, can be of great assistance.’ Not only is the set β€˜stocked with very talented barristers’ but the clerks’ room also provides β€˜an excellent service’. β€˜No problem is too big’ and the team is β€˜extremely attentive and accommodating’. Senior clerk Mark Waller is β€˜exemplary’ and clerking team leaders Paul Read and James Cole are β€˜outstanding’. Offices in: London

β€˜Up-and-coming’ criminal chambers 5KBW is β€˜a serious outfit with the ability to take on very high-level cases’. β€˜A feature of the set is the flexible working patterns and user-friendly approach that the barristers are willing to adopt.’ β€˜Counsel are generally available at all levels’, including β€˜a large number of young juniors, who are very capable’, having β€˜demonstrated their talents early on’ and β€˜obtained solicitors’ trust quickly’. Chambers is β€˜run with aplomb’ by Sarah Forshaw QC, and in the clerks’ room, Lee Hughes-Gage β€˜leads a very steady ship’. His team always provides β€˜a high-quality service’ by β€˜going the extra mile’ for clients and β€˜providing the best barrister to suit client needs’. Offices in: London

5 Paper Buildings is a β€˜very reliable’ set, handling all manner of cases with a nexus of criminal law, including high-level fraud and regulatory work. There is β€˜true strength in depth’ and chambers also contains some β€˜real rising stars’. The barristers are β€˜all very personable and effective’, and β€˜the focus on client communication, accessibility and flexibility is shared/standardised across the practice’. The clerks’ room is β€˜second to none’, comprising individuals who are β€˜extremely on the ball and provide a first-rate service’. At the helm, Dale Jones is β€˜one of the best clerks’, who continues to go β€˜from strength to strength’; β€˜he has the knack of being able to suggest counsel who are right for the job’ and β€˜goes the extra mile to help’. First junior Graham Briggs is also identified as β€˜superb’; he and Jones run β€˜a very well-managed operation’. Offices in: London

5 Pump Court contains β€˜a good calibre of counsel’ across the family, civil and criminal spectrum, and provides β€˜a seamless service throughout’. Indeed, the β€˜outstanding’ clerks are β€˜always happy to assist’ and β€˜go out of their way for clients’. Family clerk Jay Dorton is singled out as β€˜friendly, approachable and very efficient’; β€˜he makes clients feel like a priority and does his best to ensure continuity of cover’. Other names to note include senior clerk Tim Markham, criminal clerk and first junior John Wooloughan, and civil clerk Adam Todd. Offices in: London

5RB is β€˜a forward-thinking set’ that β€˜solicitors would go to first every time for media law.’ Chambers β€˜just dominates the defamation and privacy field’ through its β€˜second-to-none service’ and β€˜unrivalled knowledge and experience’. It is also β€˜the go-to chambers for reputation work’ and is increasing its profile in the data protection space. β€˜Projecting a modern image’, β€˜all counsel are extremely knowledgeable and approachable, working well as a team with solicitors and clients’. Senior clerk Andrew Love β€˜ensures that the standard of the whole set is excellent’. He is β€˜personable, helpful, pragmatic and easy to get on with’, and rated by some as being β€˜among the best clerks’. β€˜Very smart, decisive and highly responsive’ deputy senior clerk Jamie Clack β€˜grasps the outline of a brief very quickly, even in complex cases, which makes dealing with him very straightforward’. As a whole, the clerking team is β€˜dynamic’, β€˜extremely reliable’ and β€˜regularly goes above and beyond’. Offices in: London

5 St Andrews Hill is noted for its expertise in criminal law, particularly extradition proceedings, where there is β€˜a good range and depth of counsel’, who are not only β€˜exceptional’ lawyers but also β€˜friendly and approachable’. The clerks are β€˜always communicative’, β€˜easy to work with’ and β€˜impress with their ability to provide alternate counsel if those initially sought are unavailable’. Chambers director Wayne King is β€˜always willing to offer assistance’ and is ably assisted by first junior Gary Norton. Offices in: London

5 Stone Buildings is β€˜the go-to chambers for all private client matters’, where β€˜there is breadth of experience across the board from silks to juniors’ and β€˜the quality of counsel at all stages of seniority is outstanding’. β€˜The big advantage of the set is that you are always able to instruct counsel at the right level.’ For example, senior clerk Paul Jennings is able β€˜to match complexity of matter and resources of funds to a suitable barrister every time’. β€˜He takes time to get to know instructing solicitors’ and is β€˜always able to get things done, even in the trickiest of situations’. First junior Dan Coote also reaps praise: β€˜he always ensures a rapid response and if a barrister is not available, he provides a replacement – not just someone who is available but someone who is suitable for the matter at hand’. As a team, all the clerks are β€˜top-notch’ and β€˜ready to go the extra mile for clients’. Offices in: London

6KBW College Hill is β€˜a go-to chambers’ for crime, fraud and regulatory work, where β€˜there is always a suitable advocate to handle the brief in question’. This is a β€˜highly professional set’, and β€˜above all, counsel are down to earth, with a sense of humour and an enthusiastic, but realistic, outlook on working within the criminal justice system’. The β€˜great’ clerks β€˜provide clear and reliable fee estimates’, and β€˜work with solicitors and counsel as part of a team’. In particular, senior clerk Andrew Barnes is β€˜very personable and accessible’, working closely with deputy senior clerk Mark Essex. First junior Richard Summerscales is also β€˜very friendly and helpful’. Offices in: London

At 7BR, counsel have expertise in a number of practice areas including personal injury, clinical negligence, product liability, family and crime. β€˜The work produced is of a consistently high standard and solicitors can have confidence that they will always be provided with an excellent service.’ On the practice management side, the clerks are β€˜very quick to respond, very proactive in making things happen, and very helpful and pleasant to deal with’. Paul Eeles in particular is β€˜excellent’, and is senior clerk alongside Steven Wright, who joined in 2017 from Three Raymond Buildings. Rachel Holmes is chambers’ chief executive. Offices in: London

7 Harrington Street’s core practice areas are crime, civil and family law. The set is noted as particularly β€˜good for crime’ with members defending and prosecuting in cases including murder, fraud and drugs conspiracies. Regulatory crime is another key area for the set. Practice director John Kilgallon is β€˜a superb rainmaker’; β€˜friendly, professional and very efficient’. His team now includes Neil McHugh, who recently joined the civil law clerking team from Cobden House Chambers, where was senior clerk. Offices in: Liverpool

7 King’s Bench Walk is β€˜always the first port of call for any insurance or reinsurance dispute’ as well as being β€˜a solid choice’ for commercial and shipping work, both litigation and arbitration. It is a set that β€˜delivers excellent results’, β€˜knows its clients well’ and is β€˜quick to spot legal trends’. Rated as β€˜the best in the Temple’, the clerks provide β€˜an exceptional service’, and are β€˜always responsive’, β€˜extremely accessible’ and β€˜approachable’. In particular, senior clerks Greg Leyden and Bernie Hyatt are β€˜always there when you need them’: Leyden β€˜goes the extra mile’ and β€˜gives solicitors the feeling of genuine partnership with the set’, and Hyatt is β€˜a legend’, who β€˜knows his stuff and the market very well’. Providing β€˜a commercial approach’, practice development and marketing director Brian Lee is β€˜very well connected internationally’. Offices in: London

8 New Square is β€˜the first port of call for IP disputes’ and has β€˜the greatest strength and depth’. β€˜The barristers are very intelligent and experienced’ but also β€˜very business-minded, recognising the importance of achieving the clients’ commercial goals and not just a win in court’. The service from the clerks is also β€˜excellent’; β€˜the team works really hard to balance out the needs of different clients and barristers’ workloads, and will bend over backwards to get a good outcome for all’. Senior clerk John Call and head of operations Tony Liddon are β€˜superb’. Their team includes practice managers Nick Wise (β€˜a terrific asset to have on the litigation team’), Martin Williams (β€˜moves heaven and earth to do whatever he can to assist’) and Ben Newham (β€˜very responsive and really easy to work with’). Offices in: London

9 Bedford Row is β€˜a formidable set’ containing β€˜exceptionally talented barristers with great experience’ in criminal law and military matters. β€˜There is also a sense of teamwork in that there is always someone of relevant experience to seamlessly step into the breach, if needed.’ Led by β€˜fantastic’ chambers director Martin Secrett, the clerks are β€˜extremely efficient and approachable in equal measure’ and β€˜always strive to make sure the service is impeccable’. Secrett works closely with senior clerk Paul Outen, and both are β€˜clearly dedicated, not just to their set but also to those who value the quality of service that the set provides’. Russell Good is also β€˜always a pleasure to speak to’. Offices in: London

9 Gough Square has β€˜tremendous strength and depth of experience in serious and catastrophic personal injury, and as a result is a go-to set for this type of work’. In fact, some say this is β€˜the best personal injury chambers in the country’. It also houses β€˜a good range of criminal practitioners’ and a family team adept at handling children law cases. Leading the clerks’ room, Michael Goodridge is β€˜ever charming and professional, and knows exactly what solicitors need and how to help them out’. β€˜Never stuffy, complacent or arrogant, he is a real pleasure to work with and the very best in the business’. His team includes senior criminal clerk David Landa, who is β€˜thoroughly reliable’, and senior family and Court of Protection clerk Jaime Brooks, who is β€˜the very example of good clerking’. Collectively, the clerks are β€˜hardworking, committed and efficient’, and β€˜excellent to deal with in terms of communication’. Offices in: London

9 Park Place has a strong reputation across criminal, family and civil law. Expertise in the latter area includes commercial and Chancery matters, employment, personal injury and public law. In the criminal space, the set was strengthened at senior level when David Elias QC was appointed silk in 2017. The β€˜excellent’ clerking team is β€˜very flexible and solution-driven – nothing is too much trouble’. In particular, senior clerk Michael Lieberman is β€˜superb’. Offices in: Cardiff

Often best known for employment and personal injury law, 9 St John Street also has β€˜a strong Chancery practice’ with a focus on contentious trust and probate work. Employment practitioners are well regarded for discrimination and whistleblowing matters, while the personal injury team is instructed in high-value and sensitive cases, including industrial disease claims. Family (particularly care work) and criminal law are other areas of instruction. The β€˜efficient and friendly’ clerking team includes senior clerks Tony Morrissey and Chris Swann, who manage the civil and criminal barristers respectively. Offices in: Manchester

Chancery chambers 9 Stone Buildings is β€˜an impressive set, which demonstrates a breadth of knowledge and experience from junior to senior counsel’, particularly for trusts and probate matters, property litigation and insolvency law. The clerks provide β€˜a very good service’, adopting a β€˜friendly and helpful approach’. Running β€˜a tight and efficient ship’, senior clerk Alan Austin is β€˜clear on fees’ and β€˜always tries to assist’. David Clayton is the first junior clerk. Offices in: London

11KBW is often best known for housing β€˜the brightest stars at the employment Bar’, however the public law team continues to go from strength to strength and chambers also has niche expertise in areas such as education, data protection and public procurement. It is β€˜a really classy set’ and members are β€˜strong right the way through the line-up’. On the clerking side, β€˜the service provided is head and shoulders above any other chambers’. Lucy Barbet is β€˜super-impressive’ and β€˜finds a solution to any difficulty that arises’, and Mark Dann is β€˜a gem of a clerk, who makes sure you are offered suitably experienced counsel and remains up to speed with matters throughout’. Barbet and Dann jointly lead the clerks’ room, which also includes first junior Lee Cutler – β€˜a standout for his β€œcan-do”, commercial, highly responsive and, above all, friendly attitude’. Andrea Kennedy is a β€˜first-class’ director of business development. Offices in: London

Tax set 11 New Square contains β€˜first-rate’ counsel, who are adept at handling both contentious and non-contentious matters, including tax planning. The set is also recommended for cross-border matters spanning Europe and Asia. The clerking is β€˜very good’, and the key contacts are senior clerk John Moore and first junior John Casey. Offices in: London

11 South Square is β€˜the first port of call for IP cases due to the expertise and efficient service on offer’. There is β€˜quality from top to bottom’ and β€˜members impress with their speed of response, diligence and commercial sense’. The clerking team is led by Ashley Carr, who is β€˜excellent and always able to assist’; he is β€˜a clever and β€œon it” clerk and an important part of chambers’ success’. The juniors that support him are also rated as β€˜excellent’. Offices in: London

At 12 King’s Bench Walk, β€˜counsel have in-depth knowledge and a high level of expertise’; it is β€˜the set of choice for personal injury matters including travel litigation, which is an area that chambers is constantly strengthening’. Certain members are also experienced in inquests, health and safety, and employment law. Solicitors praise the clerks’ room as β€˜excellent, particularly since Oliver Parkhouse’s arrival’. Bringing a renewed β€˜focus on client care’, Parkhouse joined in late 2016 as director of clerking, following previous positions at Crown Office Chambers and Old Square Chambers, and works closely with senior clerk Graham Johnson, who is β€˜a pleasure to deal with’ and β€˜always there when you need him’. At practice team leader level, Lexie Johnson is β€˜an exceptional clerk’, who is β€˜totally reliable’, and Sam Carter provides β€˜an excellent service’. Also recommended are senior practice managers Kevin McCourt (β€˜nothing is too much trouble’) and Tristan Whigham (β€˜outstanding’ and β€˜a real asset to chambers’). Offices in: London

12 Old Square is a common law set with expertise across civil, family, criminal and public law. Some members also have experience internationally in continents such as the North America, Asia and Africa. Lloyd Parker is the senior clerk. Offices in: London

18 St John Street Chambers has expertise in high-profile criminal cases, family work, and personal injury and clinical negligence matters. It is β€˜a professional set, where individuals will go out of their way to accommodate queries and requests’. In particular, β€˜nothing is ever too much trouble for the clerks’ and β€˜they can be relied upon to deliver, when needed’. Senior clerk John Hammond provides β€˜a very accessible and personal service’, and his clerks’ room is divided into civil, criminal and family sub-teams. On the civil side, Katie Brown and Ryan Pugh are β€˜extremely efficient’. James Hotchin (head criminal clerk) and the β€˜fantastic’ Camille Scott (head family clerk) are also key contacts. Offices in: Manchester

20 Essex Street is β€˜an extremely well-established set’ with strengths in shipping, international trade and commercial disputes. β€˜What stands the barristers here apart is that they are very bright and unpretentious, and on the rare occasion that your preferred counsel is not available, you will be offered a very able alternative.’ The clerks are β€˜helpful and always try and find a solution to whatever issue presents itself’. In particular, deputy senior clerks Arron Zitver and Christopher Theobald are β€˜realistic, approachable and courteous’. Other names to note on the support side include head of practice support Rachel Foxton and director of strategic development Jemma Tagg, who recently joined from Slaughter and May, where she was head of international relations. Offices in: London

An β€˜excellent’ set with β€˜enviable strength in depth’, 23 Essex Street’s expertise is rooted in criminal law and it maintains a strong presence in that space nationwide. It is β€˜something of a newcomer to the commercial and chancery scene’ in Manchester, following the arrival in 2015 of numerous barristers from the now-defunct St James’s Chambers, and is starting to β€˜rival the larger Northern Circuit sets active in that area’. Led by chambers director Richard Fowler, the clerking team is β€˜always helpful and extremely knowledgeable’. Names to note include first junior criminal clerk Adam Chapman, who β€˜knows which counsel to suggest in any situation’, and senior clerk to Manchester and Nottingham Sean Hulston, who β€˜has his finger on the pulse’; he and his deputy Kevin Ambridge β€˜help to take the stress away from solicitors if barristers need to be instructed at short notice’. Leading chambers’ clerking of the commercial team, Colin Perrin is β€˜always on hand’ and β€˜a real asset to the set’. Offices in: London, Manchester, Nottingham

25 Bedford Row is β€˜an excellent set with genuine depth in numbers, expertise and legal talent’. Well known for criminal defence work, chambers is also β€˜valued for its excellent fraud and regulatory counsel’. The barristers and clerks are β€˜approachable, professional and reliable’, and β€˜the clerks’ room has always been a strength of this set’. In particular, senior clerk Guy Williams, is β€˜the leading ambassador’ for championing client service, and deputy senior clerk Emma Makepeace is rated β€˜very highly’ for her β€˜commercial’ approach. First junior Alfie Lee is β€˜friendly and committed’, and solicitors β€˜acknowledge how well he has grown into his role, going out of his way to assist and accommodate wherever possible’. Offices in: London

29 Bedford Row Chambers has β€˜really come of age’ to the point where some now say it is β€˜the leading family law set in the country’. β€˜It continues to display strength in depth across the board’ of β€˜big-brained lawyers, who can translate complex legal issues into practical, real-world advice’. Furthermore, the clerking team is β€˜second to none and the envy of the other chambers’. Providing β€˜a Rolls-Royce service’, senior clerk James Shortall is β€˜the best in the business’ and works closely with first junior Juile Holcombe. Together, they are β€˜the dream team’, having β€˜moved client service on to a new level some years ago’. Joint first junior Hudson Brewer is also highly regarded. Offices in: London

Multidisciplinary set 30 Park Place Chambers is well known for its expertise in family law, with specialists in family finance and public and private children law. Members are also active in criminal, personal injury and public law matters, especially immigration cases. In a testament to chambers’ strength, Tracey-Lloyd Nesling and Robert Harrison were was appointed to the circuit bench in 2016. On the support side, the β€˜efficient’ Phillip Griffiths is senior clerk and Tony Naylon, Helen Dench and Kayleigh Jefferies lead the criminal, family and civil teams respectively. Collectively, the clerks provide β€˜an excellent service’. Offices in: Cardiff

β€˜Very well run and professional’, 33 Chancery Lane has β€˜a deserved reputation as the leading set for Proceeds of Crime Act work’ but is also β€˜very strong in the related fields of fraud, bribery, corruption and money laundering’. Although it is a small chambers, it has β€˜strength in depth’ in these areas. Practice director Martin Adams is β€˜a good leader’, who provides β€˜a personal service to instructing solicitors’. He and deputy practice director Chris Chiles make β€˜an excellent clerking team – extremely helpful and collaborative’. Offices in: London

39 Essex Chambers is β€˜a go-to set when you need to call on counsel who are knowledgeable in their field, good with clients and understanding of modern legal practice’. β€˜It has not only withstood the rigours of the market and litigation reforms, but flourished and expanded in arguably difficult litigation conditions to become a truly excellent, modern and outward-looking chambers.’ With core strengths in civil liability, commercial, construction, planning, environment, property and public law, it has also become a β€˜major player’ in international arbitration, particularly since the opening of offices in Singapore and Malaysia. The practice managers β€˜go above and beyond what you would expect from a normal clerking team’ and are also β€˜great at matching clients to counsel’. Names to note include senior clerks Alastair Davidson (β€˜a class act, who never lets you down’) and Michael Kaplan (β€˜impressive and accommodating’). At the time of going to press, it had been announced that chief executive and director of clerking David Barnes would be departing for Atkin Chambers and Lindsay Scott would be joining from Matrix Chambers to take over the role. Offices in: London, Manchester

42 Bedford Row is a well-known common law chambers with strength across the civil, public and family law areas, and barristers who are β€˜at the forefront of the law’ as well as being β€˜friendly and approachable’. The set is also recommended for the training sessions it provides to clients, which are β€˜always incredibly helpful and delivered in an easy-to-understand way’. The clerks are β€˜fantastic’ and senior practice managers Steve Sheridan and James Tidnam, who manage the civil and family teams respectively, β€˜are always there for you and unbelievably helpful’. Vincent Denham joined from Lamb Chambers as chambers director, following the departure of his predecessor Neil May. Offices in: London

187 Fleet Street Chambers is β€˜a mustard-keen set, jam-packed with professional, highly capable and razor-sharp barristers’. Recommended for its β€˜strength in depth’ in criminal law, the large size of the set means that there are β€˜always suitable counsel available, even at short notice’. The clerks are also β€˜exceptional’, adopting a β€˜friendly’, β€˜helpful’ and β€˜no-nonsense’ approach. In particular, senior clerk John Pyne is β€˜one of the best in the business, and certainly one of the nicest’; β€˜he is a credit to chambers’ and has β€˜developed a vibrant and talented clerks’ room’. Deputy senior clerk Michael Johnson is β€˜very knowledgeable’ and β€˜courteous’. Offices in: London

Albion Chambers is well known for criminal and family law. On the criminal side, members have expertise in fraud, murder, serious sexual offences and regulatory matters. The family team has two distinct specialisms: public and private children law and matrimonial finance. Court of Protection work is also a growing area of instruction for the set. Recent developments saw Hayley Griffiths and Tanya Zabihi join the children law team from 3PB, and Edward Burgess QC take silk in 2017. Paul Fletcher is the chambers director, while Bonnie Colbeck and Michael Harding head up the criminal and family clerking teams respectively. Offices in: Bristol

Apex Chambers is well known on the Wales and Chester circuit for crime, regulatory and professional discipline work. Barristers act in high-profile fraud, murder and sexual offences cases. Craig Mansfield is the senior clerk. Offices in: Cardiff

Demonstrating β€˜strength in depth’, Arden Chambers is β€˜the premier social housing chambers’ with broader expertise spanning public law and wider property litigation. There is β€˜always someone who can assist and accommodate, even at short notice’, and solicitors say they have β€˜always had excellent representation whenever instructing barristers from this set’. The β€˜efficient and helpful’ clerks β€˜do their best to find suitable counsel’ and are β€˜client-focused’. In particular, practice manager Harry Feldman is β€˜on the ball’ and β€˜a real gem’. Lisa Jones is the chambers director. Offices in: London

In 2014, β€˜well-regarded senior family barrister’ Ashley Murray established Ashley Murray Chambers. His expertise is in high-net-worth financial remedy cases, and he is seen as β€˜the go-to counsel for pre-nuptial agreements’. The clerking is praised as β€˜helpful’. Offices in: Liverpool

Atkin Chambers is β€˜one of the best construction and engineering chambers in the UK, if not the world’, where β€˜the strength in depth is unparalleled’. Members have β€˜substantive experience and profound knowledge of the construction industry and its latest developments’, and are also noted for their β€˜responsiveness and approachability, despite their tight schedules’. The clerks are β€˜always friendly and accommodating’, and provide β€˜a professional and attentive service’. In particular, senior clerk Justin Wilson is β€˜an asset to chambers’, who β€˜really looks after solicitors and is trusted 100% by them’; he is β€˜always reliable and transparent, and will go the extra mile to ensure client satisfaction’. At senior practice manager level, Andrew Burrows is β€˜proactive and responsive’, and β€˜happy to have an open discussion about fees’, and Rob Bryant is β€˜a standout clerk’. Julie Demeritt, the chief operations officer, is another key contact. At the time of going to press, it had been announced that David Barnes would be joining from 39 Essex Chambers as director of clerking. Offices in: London

Multidisciplinary set Atlantic Chambers is β€˜excellent’, with notable strength in family, Chancery and employment law. Personal injury and clinical negligence matters are other key areas of instruction. The service provided by the set is β€˜faultless; from reception to clerks to counsel, nothing is too much trouble’. Head clerk Lee Cadwallader provides a β€˜top-rate’ service; β€˜he will look after you, go the extra mile and do whatever he can to help’. His team β€˜effectively manages solicitor expectations’. Offices in: Liverpool

Common law set Bank House Chambers houses crime, family and civil practitioners, but is often best known for its criminal team, which has over 30 members and acts in homicide, serious sexual offences and terrorism trials, among others. In 2017, Katherine Goddard took over as head of chambers from James Baird; both are highly regarded criminal barristers. Wayne Digby is the senior clerk. Offices in: Sheffield

Becket Chambers is best known for its family practice, with expertise in public and private children law, TOLATA work and family finance matters. Members act for the children, parents and guardians, as well as local authorities. Senior clerk Paul Eaton and first junior clerk Arron Smith are praised as β€˜excellent’ – β€˜responsive, accommodating and helpful’. Offices in: Canterbury, Dartford, Eastbourne, Maidstone, Tunbridge Wells

Blackstone Chambers is β€˜a force to be reckoned with’ at the London Bar for commercial and public law instructions, where clients are β€˜spoilt for choice when selecting counsel’; β€˜the range of intellect and diversity at the set is all that any solicitor could ask for’. Furthermore, β€˜some of the up-and-coming juniors are simply brilliant and will be superstars’. The service provided is also β€˜slick’ and some say that β€˜it is miles ahead of other chambers’ in this respect. The clerks are β€˜commercial and straight-talking’, and β€˜a pleasure to deal with’, β€˜setting the standard for the profession’. In particular, Gary Oliver is β€˜a fantastic senior clerk, who trains his juniors well’, and he and chambers director Julia Hornor β€˜run a very tight ship’. At deputy senior clerk level, Adam Sloane and Derek Sutton β€˜stand out as shining examples of good clerking’, and deputy chambers director Mat Swallow provides β€˜an excellent service’. Offices in: London

The β€˜exceptional’ Brick Court Chambers is, β€˜without question, one of the leading sets in the UK, if not the best’ for commercial and public law disputes. β€˜Counsel instructed are always impressive’ and solicitors say β€˜it is hard to think of any way in which the service could be improved’. The β€˜commercial and approachable’ clerks are β€˜very-service minded, very responsive and deserve accolade’. Leading the team are joint senior clerks Ian Moyler and Julian Hawes, who β€˜can always be relied upon, and are familiar with and cater to the needs of solicitors’. The deputy senior clerks are also praised as β€˜first class’: Paul Dennison β€˜gets things sorted’ and is β€˜particularly well connected with the courts’, and the β€˜super-helpful’ Tony Burgess provides β€˜an excellent service’. Offices in: London

The β€˜reliable’ Broadway House Chambers has a strong reputation for family law and is particularly β€˜excellent for financial remedy work’. Members also handle public and private children law matters, and crime and employment are other key areas of expertise for the set. The barristers are supported by β€˜strong team of clerks, who never fail to deliver’; senior criminal clerk Hayley Sanderson and senior civil/family clerk Robin Slade are names to note. Slade is β€˜helpful, organised and really β€œgets” the role that barristers need to play within the overall litigation process’. Offices in: Leeds

β€˜High-quality’ set Byrom Street Chambers has β€˜a formidable reputation in maximum severity’ personal injury and clinical negligence cases; members are instructed in catastrophic injury, cerebral palsy, brain injury and amputation matters. A key highlight for the set is its involvement in the ongoing Mau Mau case, involving allegations of torture and maltreatment of 20,000 Kenyans by the British government in the 1950s. With β€˜incredible strength in depth’, the set houses 12 silks among its 16 practitioners. The clerks are β€˜always helpful, and go above and beyond to assist’; they are led by the β€˜very accommodating’ senior clerk Steve Price. Offices in: Manchester

Carmelite Chambers is β€˜a truly outstanding set’ for crime and fraud matters, where the β€˜service, strength in depth, switched-on ethos and all-round quality are second to none’. The β€˜hugely talented barristers’ β€˜never let you down’ and are supported by β€˜efficient, industrious and responsive’ clerks, β€˜who β€œget it” as far as strong relationships with solicitors are concerned, and simply produce the goods week in week out’. β€˜A good, thorough service with excellent client care is impressed upon all staff by Marc King, who is a stupendously talented senior clerk’ and β€˜head and shoulders above others’. Deputy senior clerk Matthew Butchard is also β€˜extremely competent’. Offices in: London

Criminal law is the key practice area at Castle Chambers, where members are well versed in prosecution and defence work across a range of matters. The set houses a number of CPS prosecutors. Ann Kenyon is the senior clerk. Offices in: Harrow

Cerulean Chambers comprises two members: Juliette Levy and Stuart Cakebread, who specialise in commercial litigation. The third member of the team is Charlie Wayling, the senior clerk. Offices in: London

Charity Law Chambers is the set of Hubert Picarda QC, one of the country’s best known charity law barristers, whose cases involve domestic and international issues, concerning the religious, medical and educational fields, among others. Offices in: London

At Charter Chambers, counsel are of β€˜an incredibly high standard’ and recommended for criminal law as well as related fraud and regulatory matters. β€˜It is a go-to set for those in an emergency or in need of barristers who can handle complex matters’. In the clerking team, practice manager Ian Sheridan is β€˜fantastic and could not be more helpful’. Providing β€˜an excellent service’, his team is β€˜straight-talking and if there is a problem it will be addressed quickly’. Other names to note on the support side include chambers director Ian Payn and deputy practice manager James Hall. Offices in: London

Church Court Chambers is a common law set with particular expertise in criminal cases. It is β€˜efficiently run’ by clerks, who are β€˜professional, courteous and expeditiously to-the-point’, so much so that some say they β€˜do not send work elsewhere’. Senior clerk Daniel Bartlett works closely with practice director Rod McGurk, who is β€˜highly experienced’ and β€˜most helpful’. Offices in: London

Civitas Law is a purely civil law set, with particular focus on commercial, employment, personal injury, clinical negligence and public law. Public law is a notable strength, with five members on the Treasury Solicitor’s panel. Inquests is another key area, with selected members appointed to the National Procurement Service panel in Wales to act as advisers to local authorities in inquests. The β€˜efficient and very approachable’ Andrea Mclean is the senior clerk; her team is β€˜very professional and responsive’, and individuals will do β€˜everything in their power to ensure solicitors get continuity of counsel’. Offices in: Cardiff

At Cloisters, β€˜you can be confident of the ability of any counsel’; β€˜the seniors are genuine experts in their respective areas and the juniors are bright, able and well priced’. Core areas of practice include employment, civil liberties, personal injury and clinical negligence law, and β€˜without exception, clients represented by barristers of this set have been highly impressed and extremely satisfied with the work done and the overwhelming commitment shown by counsel to their cases’. β€˜Hugely knowledgeable’ senior clerk Glenn Hudson β€˜leads the set impeccably and ensures it stays ahead of the game’; β€˜nothing is too much trouble for him to provide a seamless and exemplary service, tailored precisely to the needs of the client and the solicitor’. His β€˜very responsive, helpful and commercial’ team β€˜really does demonstrate in every way that it is there to assist and work with solicitors to ensure they have the best counsel and support needed at any time’. Other clerks to note are the β€˜particularly impressive’ first junior Mark Skipp and second junior Andy Hunter, who is β€˜a pleasure to work with’ and β€˜demonstrates utmost professionalism’. Offices in: London

Cloth Fair Chambers is β€˜a first-rate set’, which is β€˜replete with quality’ in the fraud and business crime fields; β€˜all the members are outstanding’ and β€˜at the forefront of white-collar developments’. Although small in size, it has a top reputation as a quasi-criminal set and continues to attract talent from other chambers – most recently in Tom Allen QC, who joined from 5 Paper Buildings. In the clerks’ room, the service provided is β€˜first class’ and Adrian Chapman is singled out as β€˜excellent’. Offices in: London

Common law set Cobden House Chambers houses practitioners who are adept at handling commercial, Chancery, crime, public law, personal injury and clinical negligence matters. Personal injury cases are a major strength, where experience spans industrial disease and catastrophic injury claims. A major highlight for the set was its involvement in the long-running Hillsborough inquests. Recent personnel changes saw senior clerk Neil McHugh move to 7 Harrington Street and Martin Leech take over as director of clerking. Offices in: Manchester

College Chambers is best known for its family practice, where barristers have expertise in TOLATA and financial remedy cases, as well as care proceedings and private law children matters. Court of Protection, employment, personal injury and public law are other areas of instruction. The clerking team is β€˜an extremely well-oiled machine’, and senior clerk Wayne Effeny β€˜will always go the extra mile’. Offices in: Southampton

Colleton Chambers’ key areas of strength are in family and criminal law. The family group has expertise in financial remedy and care proceedings, alongside complex surrogacy matters. On the crime side, the set houses four CPS grade 4 prosecutors and eight members on the RASSO panel. Branching out from the pure criminal space, the set also has regulatory expertise in health and safety and environmental matters, among others. Gareth Latchem is the family and civil clerk, and Nikkie Browning is the criminal clerk. Offices in: Exeter

Commercial Chambers is the set of Andrew Marsden, who left St John’s Chambers in 2015. Marsden specialises in commercial litigation and is β€˜very user-friendly and accessible’. Offices in: Bristol

Containing β€˜high-quality barristers’, Coram Chambers and is well regarded for children law matters and also adept at handling family finance disputes. Some say it is β€˜the go-to chambers for depth and range of experience’ and others praise the set for its β€˜quick response times, good availability of counsel and reasonable fees’. Overall the service is β€˜great’ and the clerks’ room is β€˜very professional’ and β€˜accommodating’. Senior clerk Paul Sampson is β€˜always very helpful and efficient’, and first juniors George Mo and David Sadler are other names to note. Offices in: London

Cornerstone Barristers is β€˜a top-class set’ for judicial review and local government work and, in particular, β€˜a preferred choice’ for social housing matters. It also provides β€˜a comprehensive planning and environmental offering’, β€˜great strength in depth in the licensing field’, and β€˜a good selection of barristers available at various levels of call’. The clerks are praised as β€˜very helpful’, delivering β€˜a responsive and attentive service’; β€˜on the occasion that a barrister of choice is not available, they always find an excellent replacement’. Senior clerk Ben Connor β€˜always goes out of his way to help’ and β€˜responds very well whenever barristers are needed at extremely short notice’. Other names to note on the staff side include chief executive Elizabeth Woodman and deputy senior clerk Elliot Langdorf. Offices in: London, Birmingham, Cardiff

Cornwall Street Chambers’ counsel handle crime, family, employment, regulatory and professional discipline cases. A major highlight for the set was members’ involvement in the long-running Trojan Horse inquiry into alleged Islamic radicalisation in Birmingham schools. Chambers as a whole is β€˜very accommodating’, β€˜provides a very personal service’ and β€˜goes above and beyond’. The β€˜superb’ clerking team is β€˜very helpful’ and β€˜will always meet client needs, prioritising urgent instructions and finding appropriate counsel at short notice, if needs be’. Practice manager and civil clerk Matt Fleming is β€˜always on-hand’ and β€˜always exceeds expectations’. Offices in: Birmingham, Oxford, Shrewsbury

Crown Office Chambers houses β€˜a wide breadth of counsel covering all aspects of insurance work’ from professional negligence to personal injury. It is also β€˜first class for health and safety work’ and highly regarded for construction cases, where it continues to β€˜make real inroads’. Some say that chambers is β€˜a first port of call’ as β€˜there is always a real expert available to advise you’. β€˜The quality of the clerks is also a real point of difference and a major reason for choosing the set over others.’ With β€˜a β€œcan-do” mentality’, they are β€˜ultra-responsive’, β€˜great at introducing solicitors to barristers’, and adopt a β€˜refreshing’ and β€˜creative’ approach to fees. Leading the clerks’ room is Andy Flanagan, who is β€˜a delight to work with’ and β€˜proactive in ensuring that chambers meets solicitors’ needs’. β€˜His team operates in specialist units, which means that each understands the requirements of the particular practice area.’ Names to note include senior clinical negligence and personal injury clerk James Wilkinson, who is β€˜always accommodating’ and recently joined from Old Square Chambers; senior commercial, construction and energy clerk Chris Sunderland, who is β€˜client-focused’ and β€˜one of the go-to construction clerks in London’; senior criminal regulatory and environmental clerk Toby Sparrow, who is β€˜very supportive’ and β€˜extremely organised’; and senior insurance and professional liability clerk Steve Purse, who is β€˜a modern clerk’ and β€˜will always try to go the extra mile’. Offices in: London

The β€˜excellent’ Deans Court Chambers is seen as β€˜one of the leading sets in Manchester’ with key strengths in crime, family and personal injury law, and additional expertise in regulatory, employment and clinical negligence matters. The β€˜extremely personable’ senior clerk, Matthew Gibbons, β€˜is always prepared to go the extra mile’; he leads β€˜the most capable set of clerks in the North’, where the service is β€˜exemplary’ and β€˜everyone is proactive, helpful and very experienced’. Offices in: Manchester

Dere Street Barristers houses practitioners with expertise in crime and employment law matters. With regards to the former, members handle large-scale drugs conspiracies, fraud, serious sexual offences and murder cases, while in the employment group, cases include discrimination, unfair dismissal and whistleblowing matters, among others. The set also has family, commercial, personal injury and clinical negligence teams. Senior clerk Kevin Beaumont leads an β€˜unfailingly friendly and helpful’ clerking team, which clients β€˜cannot praise too highly’; individuals provide β€˜a seamless, second-to-none service and are a genuine pleasure to deal with’. One solicitor says, β€˜they are often a lifesaver when you are under pressure’. Offices in: Newcastle, York

At Devereux, the quality of counsel is β€˜second to none’; they are β€˜willing to go the extra mile and take on difficult cases’, and are β€˜not only very knowledgeable but approachable too’. Recommended for a range of practice areas, particular strengths include personal injury, employment, telecoms regulation and tax law. Led by Vince Plant, who is β€˜good to deal with and responsive’, the clerks β€˜all take a commercial and cost-effective approach to each instruction’. At senior practice manager level, Glenn Billenness is β€˜works very hard to accommodate requests’, and Will Jackman is β€˜very helpful’. The practice managers are also praised: Chris Downes and Cyrus Biggs are β€˜very efficient and on the ball’, and Laurence Willicombe β€˜stands out as a brilliant clerk’. Offices in: London

Devon Chambers is notable for its crime practitioners, who have expertise in prosecuting a range of matters including murder, fraud and people trafficking. Expertise also spans civil, regulatory and family law, and the latter is an increasing area of practice for the set, with members acting across the spectrum of public and private law matters. Chambers manager Julie James leads the β€˜very helpful’ clerking team. Offices in: Plymouth

Doughty Street Chambers is β€˜an amazing set with great strength in depth’ and β€˜very knowledgeable barristers, who go the extra mile in terms of quality of work and client care’. β€˜There are so many accomplished members in the area of public law and human rights that one is often spoilt for choice’, however, the set is also adept in a range of criminal, civil and international law matters. The clerks are β€˜exceptional and always quick to respond to queries’, offering β€˜good availability and flexibility’. Furthermore, they are β€˜always reliable, and very commercially aware, meaning they are more than happy to negotiate a fee that meets the client’s needs and budget’. Key contacts include civil team leaders Richard Bayliss, Sian Wilkins and Anthony Ward, and crime team leaders Tom Street and Richard Vile. Maurice MacSweeney is the crime team business development director and Mark Dembovsky is chambers’ chief executive. Offices in: London, Manchester, Bristol

Formed in 2015 through the merger of Dyers Chambers and One Paper Buildings, Drystone Chambers has β€˜a very good spread of very able barristers, particularly in relation to criminal law’. The sizeable team is headquartered from London, however a considerable number of barristers work only on the South Eastern, Midlands and Western Circuits. Mark Cornell leads the β€˜first-class’ clerks, who will β€˜always go the extra mile’. β€˜The particular feature of this clerking team is that you can trust what individuals tell you and rely on their word.’ Richard Goodman and Ryan Bartlett stand out as β€˜efficient and helpful’, and Stephen McCarthy is β€˜awesome and just gets things done’. Offices in: London

East Anglian Chambers is best known for civil law, particularly Chancery and commercial disputes. However, the set is also active in the criminal space, with group leader Lynne Shirley successfully acting for the prosecution in the hoax noxious substance case R v Shirley Freed in 2016. β€˜The clerks are friendly, practical and helpful’; for example, senior clerk Fraser McLaren and first junior Dan Twite β€˜go out of their way to assist’. Offices in: Chelmsford, Ipswich, Norwich

Ely Place Chambers’ core practice groups are business, employment, property and private client, media and sport, and public and regulatory law. The set β€˜compares favourably to other chambers in terms of value for money and accessibility’, and β€˜there is a genuine feeling that the clerks and barristers are prepared to work with solicitors to provide outstanding service to the client’. β€˜Even when the counsel that you initially wanted is unavailable, the clerks do go out of their way to find a suitable alternative’; they provide β€˜exceptional’ support and β€˜always go the extra mile to ensure instructing solicitors’ needs are met’. Senior clerk Richard Sheehan builds β€˜a very good rapport’ with clients. He and Kevin Morrow are β€˜sensible, trustworthy and reliable’. Offices in: London

Enterprise Chambers is a β€˜solid set’ with notable β€˜strength in depth’ in commercial, banking, Chancery, insolvency and property law. Joanne Caunt, Ellen Cockcroft and Bethany Thompson are the key clerking contacts for the barristers practising on the North Eastern Circuit; the trio are β€˜always available and go out of their way to assist’. In London, Michael Couling is chambers director and the β€˜responsive and commercial’ Michael Ireland is senior clerk. Collectively, the support team is β€˜truly outstanding and an asset to chambers’. Offices in: London, Leeds, Newcastle

Erskine Chambers is β€˜a go-to set for company law’. However, with β€˜real strength in depth and good availability’, it is also β€˜excellent’ for general commercial litigation. β€˜Counsel and clerks try hard to accommodate urgent matters and their turnaround times are also very good.’ Providing β€˜an A* service’, the clerks’ room is β€˜first rate’ and β€˜manages the court process very well’, ensuring β€˜smooth’ progression of cases. Led by β€˜excellent’ senior clerks Mark Swallow and Chris Reade, the team is also praised as β€˜responsive’ and β€˜happy to discuss realistic fees on a case-by-case basis’. Chambers stands out for its β€˜professional approach’ and β€˜willingness to listen and adapt’ to client needs. Offices in: London

With β€˜unrivalled strength in depth’, Essex Court Chambers is β€˜the place to go to with high-value and complex disputes’; β€˜the silks are all leaders in their areas and the juniors are the best at the Bar’. With an extensive track record overseas and an office in Singapore, for many this is also β€˜the leading set for international commercial work in both courts and arbitral tribunals’, and β€˜the clerking team is keenly aware of the service issues that international law firms need to have addressed’. Jointly led by David Grief and Joe Ferrigno, the clerks’ room is β€˜far superior to competitors’’ and some say that β€˜all clerks should be like the team at Essex Court’. Grief β€˜remains the clerking master at the Bar’ – β€˜impossible to beat in terms of client service and creativity’, and Ferrigno β€˜has modernised chambers and fundamentally recognises the issues solicitors face’. Team leader and first junior clerk Ben Perry is β€˜always helpful and client-focused’, and Jack Wood (also team leader) is also β€˜consistently brilliant to deal with’. Offices in: London

Exchange Chambers has offices across the Northern and North Eastern circuits, giving the set β€˜great strength in depth’. With over 160 barristers across three bases, chambers β€˜has excellent counsel at all levels’, who are most reputable for their crime, commercial and personal injury practices. The crime team has over 30 CPS grade 4 prosecutors and a major recent highlight was the successful prosecution of three teenagers who murdered a 14-year old boy with a Gurkha knife in Carlisle. In a testament to the set’s reputation, three members – Simon Berkson, Philip Parry and Sarah O’Brien – were appointed to the circuit bench in 2016 and 2017. Additionally, Louis Browne QC took silk in 2017. β€˜The clerks are amazing and run a very tight ship’. For example, Manchester senior clerk Nick Buckley and Liverpool practice manager Jonathan I’Anson are β€˜particularly knowledgeable and easy to deal with’, and Leeds senior clerk Ian Spencer is β€˜approachable and always willing to go the extra mile’. Chambers director Tom Handley is β€˜extremely client-oriented and a definite β€œmover and shaker”, who knows the market well’. Offices in: Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds

Falcon Chambers is β€˜the best property set in the country’, meaning clients β€˜never have cause to doubt members’ legal knowledge, delivery or opinion’. It contains a number of β€˜leading lights’ and the β€˜technical advice provided is second to none’. On the support side, some say that β€˜the clerks’ room has improved immeasurably in recent times’; it is a β€˜first-class’ operation – β€˜accessible, flexible and commercial’, and β€˜a pleasure to deal with’. Although former senior clerk Steven Francis will be missed, Johnathan Stannard β€˜seems to be stepping up to the plate well as he takes over’ and solicitors have β€˜welcomed the arrival’ of β€˜excellent’ second junior clerk Joanna Meah from Tanfield Chambers. Also noted are first junior Mark Ball, who is β€˜a superstar’ – β€˜always extremely helpful, very responsive and accommodating’, and second junior Robert Frankish. Chambers director Edith Robertson is β€˜pragmatic and good to deal with’. Offices in: London

β€˜First-class set’ Farrar’s Building is β€˜a preferred chambers’ for personal injury work, where barristers have β€˜perfect experience’ and β€˜great depth of knowledge’. It is also adept in criminal law, and is firmly entrenched in the London and Welsh legal markets. The clerks are β€˜incredibly helpful and accommodating’, adopting β€˜a team approach with law firms and counsel’, and providing β€˜an excellent service’. Senior clerk Alan Kilbey is β€˜extremely experienced’ and has β€˜a very effective manner with solicitors’, and first junior James Shaw provides clients with β€˜all the assistance they need’. First junior Andrew Duckett and second junior Kraig Marsh are β€˜a godsend’ and β€˜very responsive’. Offices in: London

Based in Bermondsey, Farringdon Chambers is best known for criminal law, with related expertise in regulatory issues, such as health and safety cases. Robert Archer is chambers’ senior clerk. Offices in: London

Fenners Chambers has β€˜a strong line-up of counsel’ with expertise in commercial Chancery, crime, property, regulatory and employment matters. The β€˜always friendly and helpful’ clerks β€˜take the time to listen to clients and think outside the box to find a solution’. β€˜Very personable’ senior clerk Paul Green and β€˜excellent’ deputy senior clerk Cathy Hugo are key contacts. Offices in: Cambridge

With β€˜great breadth and depth of experience’ in areas such as employment, family, media and public law, Field Court Chambers has β€˜an excellent range of counsel, who always impress with the quality of their work and willingness to go the extra mile’. The clerks also garner praise: β€˜they are dependable and never let you down’, and β€˜provide splendid support’. In particular, senior clerk Ian Boardman is β€˜helpful and friendly’ and β€˜tailors the service he provides to suit client needs’. He is supported by deputy senior clerk Mark Townsend (β€˜very efficient and pleasant to deal with’) and first junior Hayley Walker (β€˜outstanding at what she does and always trying to accommodate’). Some say they β€˜have tried other Chambers in the past but always come back to this set due to the excellent service from the clerks and barristers’. Offices in: London

Field Court Tax Chambers specialises in private and corporate tax matters, both contentious and non-contentious. With experience in the UK courts, the European Court of Justice, the Privy Council and other courts overseas, clients have included governments, tax authorities, multinational corporations, charities and celebrities. Practice managers Marie Burke and Stephanie Talbot are described as β€˜user-friendly’. Offices in: London

Five Paper is β€˜a very strong set with extremely knowledgeable barristers able to assist at short notice’. β€˜There is a very good range of counsel, particularly at the junior end, and so there is almost always someone of good quality available for instruction.’ The fees are also β€˜reasonable’ and in that respect, β€˜chambers has positioned itself ideally in the market’. It is often best known for social housing work, where members demonstrate significant β€˜understanding of client needs’, but it is also experienced in commercial, property, employment and family law. The β€˜particularly helpful’ David Portch leads the clerking team, which is β€˜very friendly and always very willing to assist’. Everyone in the support team is β€˜great, from the telephone handler to the clerks’; β€˜they always put themselves out to assist you and to get the right person for your matter’. At first junior level, Gemma Lewis β€˜makes solicitors’ jobs a lot easier – her work ethic and client service are exceptional’, and Rachel Dewing is β€˜interested, polite and β€œswitched-on”, and she does what she says she will do’. Offices in: London

In 2017, 9-12 Bell Yard relaunched as Foundry Chambers when it moved to new premises in Quality Court off Chancery Lane. It has β€˜good strength at all levels’ in criminal law (including fraud and regulatory matters) as well as related expertise in tax matters and public law. Angela May leads the clerks’ room and is ably assisted by first junior Steve Parr. Offices in: London

North Eastern set Fountain Chambers recently opened a second office located in Newcastle; the administrative team remains based in Middlesbrough. Chambers’ practice areas include crime, family, housing, Court of Protection, inquests and regulatory work. Civil matters, including personal injury and employment, are also areas of instruction. Amanda Mallett, Emma Anderson, Samantha Rumins, Ryan Holden and Shanaz O’Brien make up the clerking team. Offices in: Middlesbrough, Newcastle

Fountain Court Chambers is a β€˜top-drawer’ set with β€˜a deep bench of very talented barristers’, who are β€˜approachable and pleasant people to deal with’. It is β€˜the first choice for banking and finance disputes’ but equally strong in general commercial and regulatory work, and β€˜now contains the rare breed of barristers who can operate seamlessly between civil law, criminal law and the regulatory environment’, following lateral hires and the launch of a corporate crime team in 2016. Alex Taylor and his deputy Paul Martenstyn lead a β€˜very proactive’ clerks’ room that β€˜stands apart in terms of its focus on developing relationships with law firms’. β€˜It provides an exceptional service’ and has β€˜a good eye for client needs’. The team leaders are also recommended: Sian Huckett and Reiss Nott are β€˜singled out for their responsiveness’; Katie Szewczyk adopts β€˜a results-driven approach’ and is β€˜a pleasure to work with’; and Richard Evans is β€˜an excellent clerk – helpful, friendly and accommodating’. Offices in: London

Fourteen is β€˜an impressive set with a wide skill-set’ across children and family law. The β€˜brilliant’ barristers β€˜never disappoint’ and β€˜there is always someone available to assist, when needed’. In addition, the clerks’ room is β€˜consistently very courteous and friendly’. Despite some changes to personnel, the team is rated as β€˜strong’ and is now led by practice director J-P Schulz, who joined from St Philips Stone in 2016. Senior practice manager James Mitchell is β€˜a remarkable clerk, who is always willing to help wherever possible and will often move mountains to do so’. Offices in: London

Recommended for its β€˜depth of expertise’ across planning, environment, licensing and public law, Francis Taylor Building is β€˜at the top of its game at the moment’ with β€˜extremely experienced silks backed up by a great crop of juniors’. Some say β€˜this is one of the easiest chambers to work with’, where individuals β€˜know exactly what solicitors need’. β€˜The clerks are all knowledgeable and accommodating, and it is a pleasure to work with them’; β€˜even though a particular barrister may be very busy, they make an effort to work around availability’. β€˜Responsive and superbly organised’, β€˜they are a credit to Paul Coveney’, who is β€˜one of the best senior clerks in London’. At principal clerk level, Andrew Briton β€˜makes every effort to assist’, James Kemp is β€˜always very helpful and professional’, and Tom Rook β€˜ensures the best service for clients’. Offices in: London

Furnival Chambers houses β€˜top-quality’ and β€˜effective’ advocates across the spectrum of criminal law, providing β€˜an elite level of representation, which simultaneously feels like a safe pair of hands’. β€˜Even if your first-choice counsel is not available, the clerks will ensure that someone of appropriate experience and skill is offered.’ Indeed, senior clerk Stephen Ball is β€˜the finest clerk you will ever meet – bar none; once you have met him, you know what real clerking really is’. He is β€˜a true legend’, β€˜hands-on’ and β€˜his clerking skills are like poetry in motion’. First junior Joel Mason also β€˜goes out of his way for clients’. Offices in: London

As one of the largest sets in the country, Garden Court Chambers has β€˜a huge bank of counsel and therefore there is generally an advocate available to deal with most hearings’. β€˜Clients can be sure to receive the best service’ as the barristers are β€˜very sound in terms of their knowledge of the law and how they correspond with clients’. β€˜You know that by instructing Garden Court your clients stand a much better chance of winning.’ Committed to defending human rights and civil liberties, chambers has particular strengths throughout the spectrum of public law, as well as in crime and family matters. Key contacts include senior civil clerk Phil Bampfylde (β€˜a great asset to chambers and nothing is too much trouble’), immigration practice manager Lisa O’Leary (β€˜very approachable and works hard to meet client requirements’) and family practice manager Sumaya Gilmore (β€˜very helpful and responsive’). They and the other clerks are led by the β€˜exemplary’ Colin Cook, who has β€˜a clear long-term business plan and is building it effectively’. Glenn Fletcher is chambers’ director. Offices in: London

Multi-disciplinary set Garden Court North Chambers is well known for its dedication to publicly funded work and β€˜protecting the rights of individuals and the vulnerable’. Chambers’ core areas of expertise include immigration, criminal defence, social housing, inquests and personal injury work. Recent headline instructions include four advocates acting for families in the Hillsborough inquests. Chambers director Sarah Wright leads the clerking team. Offices in: Manchester

Exhibiting β€˜good strength in depth’, Goldsmith Chambers is β€˜the place to go to for high-quality advice and advocacy’, particularly in the context of crime, family, immigration and wider public law. Counsel are β€˜always approachable and responsive’, and the clerks are β€˜entirely professional and helpful’. Key contacts include senior clerk John Francis; senior criminal clerk Lynn Pilkington; and senior civil, family and immigration clerk Alex Nunn. Collectively, the support team provides β€˜a very good service’. Offices in: London

Gough Square Chambers is, β€˜without doubt, the leading set for consumer law matters’ with β€˜eminent QCs, heavy-hitting mid to senior juniors and some brilliant rising stars’. There is β€˜great strength in depth, ever more so given the recent expansion’ through lateral recruits from The 36 Group. So much so, that one solicitor says they β€˜would not go elsewhere for consumer work’. Senior clerk Bob Weekes is β€˜the best in the business’ – β€˜always courteous, helpful, friendly and pragmatic’; β€˜he really understands the nuances of consumer law and what you need as a solicitor’. He and Richard Bryant β€˜do not over-promise and under-deliver’. Overall, the clerks’ room is β€˜a professional and skilled outfit’ that clients β€˜have confidence in’. Offices in: London

Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers has a distinct focus on the prevention of tax disputes but is also experienced in handling litigation in the UK and beyond. Located on Queen Street in the City of London, the set’s offices are β€˜brilliantly located and modern’, and clients say β€˜it is a pleasure to meet there’. The clerking team is led by the β€˜brilliant’ Chris Broom, who β€˜knows the business and the market, and does all he can to meet everyone’s expectations’. Ben Stern is the deputy senior clerk. Offices in: London

Guildford Chambers’ practice areas include Chancery and employment matters, but the set has notable strength in family law, where the barristers are β€˜very experienced’ in private and public law relating to children as well as TOLATA claims. Senior clerk Simon Morris and first junior Gavin Street are β€˜very efficient and take the time to make you feel valued as a client’. Offices in: Guildford, London

Although based in Bristol, Guildhall Chambers is β€˜an excellent set with national coverage’ and noteworthy expertise in Chancery, insolvency, employment, personal injury, clinical negligence and commercial matters. Outside the civil space, criminal and regulatory law are also key practice areas for the set. In 2017, Anna Vigars QC took silk and Louise Jones joined the set as a full tenant from Temple Garden Chambers. The β€˜fantastic’ clerks are β€˜among the most proactive and professional’ in the business, and β€˜bend over backwards to assist’. Principal civil clerk Justin Emmett is β€˜extremely personable, friendly and helpful’, and principal crime, regulatory and sports clerk Lucy Northeast provides β€˜an excellent service’. Offices in: Bristol

Hailsham Chambers is β€˜an excellent set with a good mix of experienced senior and junior barristers’, who are β€˜great listeners and extremely nice people’. The set β€˜deserves its reputation as a key professional indemnity set’ and is very highly regarded for clinical negligence and costs law; β€˜there is always someone at the right level to deal with a specific piece of work’ in these areas. Chambers also houses β€˜the best clerks around’; β€˜all are friendly and accommodating, and you always feel that they will do their best to help where they can’. Senior clerk Stephen Smith β€˜doesn’t promise anything he can’t deliver and understands solicitors’ needs’; deputy senior clerk Michael Kilbey is β€˜extremely helpful and always able to recognise the nature of a claim’; and first junior Stuart Paley β€˜goes above and beyond what is expected’. Offices in: London

Harcourt Chambers is well known in London and across the South of England as β€˜a great specialist family set’, hosting β€˜a great mix of knowledgeable silks and bright and ambitious juniors’. Members have expertise in children law work, including serious physical and sexual abuse, shaken baby syndrome and child relocation/abduction matters. International family law work is another key area. Simon Boutwood is an β€˜exceptionally effective’ chambers director, ably assisted in Oxford by senior practice manager Judith Partington, who is described as chambers’ β€˜secret weapon’ and β€˜a brilliant clerk’. London practice manager Matthew Molloy β€˜would never let you down’. Offices in: London, Oxford

Hardwicke is β€˜a very forward-thinking, dynamic and user-friendly chambers’, where the barristers are not only β€˜talented’ but also β€˜well versed in modern technology, responsive and very open about their workloads to assist with managing client expectations’. With strengths in commercial, construction, insurance and property law, chambers communicates its expertise through β€˜a great programme of talks and seminars’, and a newsletter that β€˜is amusing, easy to read and highlights relevant legal points in a practical way’. The service provided is β€˜far ahead compared to other sets’ and the clerking is also β€˜the best’, providing β€˜innovative fee structures’, β€˜great administrative support’ and β€˜understanding of both solicitors’ and barristers’ needs’. Chief executive Amanda Illing and practice director Deborah Anderson are at the helm, with other key contacts including senior practice managers Richard Sumarno, who β€˜develops a strong working relationship with the clients from the outset’, and and the recently promoted James Duncan-Hartill, who is β€˜a credit to the set’. Offices in: London

Recommended for a range of civil disputes, Henderson Chambers has β€˜unparalleled strength in depth’; β€˜from the silks down to pupil barristers, all counsel are, without exception, of very high quality’. Furthermore, the service is β€˜top class’ and β€˜everyone goes out of their way to be user-friendly’. The practice managers make up β€˜one of the most proactive clerking teams, getting to get to know instructing solicitors and doing a good job at matching clients with the right person for the particular job’. Running β€˜a tight ship’, John White is β€˜the best chief clerk in the business, who makes you feel he is part of your team and is always there to support you 100%’. Senior practice manager Daniel Kemp also β€˜provides excellent liaison’ and is recommended alongside practice managers Nick Bryant, who β€˜moves mountains to ensure that requirements are met’, and Daniel Smith, who is β€˜always helpful and responsive’. Offices in: London

Specialist family set Hind Court Chambers is β€˜a very friendly and approachable chambers’, where β€˜if your preferred counsel is not available, you can be sure that the clerks will be able to recommend someone else within the set who can do the job’. β€˜They always ensure that demand can be met without compromising on quality’, and at the helm of the clerks’ room is David McDonald, who has β€˜a fantastic relationship with solicitors, is extremely personable and is always willing to go the extra mile’; β€˜nothing is too much trouble for him to ensure a top-class service provided’. Assisting McDonald is Andy Jobson, who is β€˜a pleasure to work with’ and β€˜does all he can to accommodate instructing solicitors’. Offices in: London

Hirst Chambers is home to Leonie Hirst, who left Garden Court Chambers in 2016 to set up her own set. A sole practitioner, she handles work involving public law and human rights, and specialises in deprivation of liberty and unlawful detention cases. Offices in: London

Demonstrating β€˜huge breadth and depth’, Hogarth Chambers is β€˜excellent’ in the field of intellectual property and β€˜a set you can call upon to β€œmake it happen”’. The clerks are β€˜a pleasure to deal with’ and β€˜refreshingly business-focused and commercial’; they β€˜work well as a team’ and are β€˜incredibly helpful when it comes to billing and cost matters, which really makes it easier for solicitors to build a long-term relationship with them’. Senior clerk Clive Nicholls is β€˜shrewd at getting you the barrister you need/want’; assistant clerk John Davies is β€˜very measured and calm, and gets things done’; and consultant Ian Bowie is β€˜very user-friendly’. Offices in: London

Swansea-based Iscoed Chambers’ members have expertise in crime, employment, property and personal injury matters. A recent highlight for the set saw David Harris being instructed in a case regarding fatal mesothelioma from asbestos exposure. The clerks are β€˜very helpful’, and Avril Llewellyn is chambers’ director, who β€˜works hard to ensure that instructions are turned around promptly’. Offices in: Swansea

KBW is very well known for its criminal practice and is also a β€˜strong set’ for family, regulatory, employment and public law matters. In particular, members are recognised for representing police forces in cases across the North East. Criminal practitioner David Brooke QC took silk in 2017 before being appointed as the new head of chambers. Head of the clerking team Jayne Turner β€˜is always very helpful’. Offices in: Leeds

KCH Garden Square is particularly well known for crime and family law. Members also have expertise in civil matters including Chancery, employment and professional negligence work. Anthony Krogulec and Stuart Walker head up the crime and civil/family clerking teams respectively. Offices in: Nottingham, Leicester

Keating Chambers is β€˜an exceptional set’ with β€˜enormous strength in depth in construction law’ and β€˜a focus on and understanding of the complex and evolving PPP infrastructure sphere’. For some, it is not only β€˜the number-one construction set in the UK’ but also β€˜one of the go-to chambers for complex Middle Eastern matters’. The practice managers are β€˜efficient, organised and helpful’, and are led by CEO and director of clerking Declan Redmond and business development director Holly Gavaghan: Redmond is β€˜approachable and dependable – a true great in the world of clerking’, and Gavaghan has β€˜really helped develop the team’. Deputy senior clerk Rob Cowup is β€˜proactive, conscientious and friendly’, and the senior practice managers also garner praise: Ted Paterson is β€˜enthusiastic and committed to the development of long-term relationships’, and Will Shrubsall is β€˜particularly efficient and prepared to deal with issues quickly and effectively’. Offices in: London

Kenworthy’s Chambers is a β€˜very approachable’ set with particular strength in criminal, employment and public law, and a broader civil law practice that extends to areas such as personal injury and family law. Practice manager Maria Rushworth is the key clerking contact. Offices in: Manchester

Kings Chambers is β€˜an excellent set’, housing barristers with β€˜a wide range of specialist expertise’ across the civil law spectrum in areas such as commercial, Chancery, insolvency, planning and personal injury. Chambers is also well known for its niche expertise in areas such as costs. Key developments in 2017, saw Nigel Poole QC take over from Dr Nicholas Braslavsky QC as head of chambers and Sam Karim QC appointed silk. On the support side, β€˜the clerks are all excellent’; William Brown, Colin Griffin and Stephen Loxton are chief clerks for Manchester, while Gary Smith is the senior clerk in Birmingham and Rory Davis in the key contact in Leeds. Collectively, they are β€˜very helpful and efficient without being pushy’ and β€˜try their hardest to make your chosen counsel available’. Some say they are β€˜the best’ in the business. Offices in: Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham

Lamb Building’s β€˜impressive barristers’ are highly regarded for their β€˜technical expertise’ and β€˜accommodating attitude’; β€˜they are personable and always willing to assist, and you know that if you pick up the phone to discuss a case, there will be someone in chambers who will take the call and offer sound advice and guidance’. As a common law set, it contains β€˜a range of counsel to fit a particular clients’ needs’ and it is β€˜very much trusted by solicitors to represent clients’ interests professionally’. Immigration is a particular strength of chambers, and managing that team is Philip Silverman – β€˜a fantastic clerk, who can be relied upon’. Gary Goodger is the senior clerk. Offices in: London, Brighton

Lamb Chambers has β€˜strength in depth’ across civil law, meaning solicitors β€˜have no qualms in approaching the set for any sort of litigation, be it from junior multi-track claims through to complex commercial matters with an international element’. The service from the clerks is β€˜excellent’ and β€˜cannot be faulted’. Senior practice clerk Philip Alden and practice clerks Paul O’Mullane and Cliff Alderson are β€˜incredibly accommodating, always available, and always coming up with solutions; all three are cut from the same cloth and, most importantly, make clients feel at home and valued as part of their service’. One solicitor says, β€˜I could not ask for more’. Offices in: London

Landmark Chambers is β€˜the leading planning set in London and beyond’, β€˜excellent for public law’, and β€˜one of the best for its range of counsel in the property litigation field’. Further, it has related experience in environmental law and β€˜true strength in depth’ in the niche area of rating and valuation. With β€˜a full complement of eminent silks supported by a large team of first-rate juniors, chambers is perfectly equipped to provide the highest quality service’. The clerks are also hailed as β€˜the best in the business’, β€˜skilfully led’ by Jay Fullilove, who provides β€˜a client-focused and efficient service’. At deputy senior clerk level, Bill King and Kevin Squires are β€˜a pleasure to deal with’ and have β€˜a wealth of experience’. Offices in: London

Lincoln House Chambers has a very strong reputation for crime with β€˜phenomenal strength in depth’ in this area and counsel who have expertise in cases involving historical sexual abuse, homicide and fraud. Chambers’ strengths are clear from its involvement in high-profile cases such as the Rochdale child sex abuse trials, where members acted for the prosecution. The set has also seen an uptick in regulatory work in recent years. In a testament to chambers’ reputation, two members – Rachel Smith and Bernadette Baxter – were appointed to the circuit bench in November 2016. The β€˜proactive’ clerking team is led by David Wright, β€˜whose infectious enthusiasm makes him a joy to work with’. Offices in: Manchester

Linenhall Chambers is β€˜a very helpful set, where individuals go above and beyond to help, even at the last minute’. It has a solid reputation for family and criminal law on the Wales and Chester circuit and across the North West of England, as well as expertise in areas such as employment, property, personal injury and commercial law. The β€˜very good clerks’ include senior criminal clerk Gareth Stickels, senior family clerk Gavin James Reeves and senior civil clerk James D’Arcy. Martin Griffiths is the chambers director. Offices in: Chester

Littleton Chambers is β€˜an excellent employment set’ and β€˜strong’ for commercial litigation and sports law. With β€˜no airs and graces’, β€˜the service is friendly’, and although counsel are β€˜incredibly knowledgeable and strategically focused’, they β€˜all seem to have a more down-to-earth approach’ in comparison to other chambers. Overall, it is β€˜a diverse and welcoming set, which solicitors do not hesitate to instruct when the need arises’. The clerking team is β€˜first class’ and β€˜really understands and supports solicitors’; β€˜if your first-choice counsel is not available, you know the clerks will always get you a first-rate substitute’. Senior clerk Jason Drakeford β€˜goes above and beyond’; deputy senior clerk Dan Woodbridge β€˜works well as part of a team’ and β€˜provides an excellent service’; and client relationship manager Tim Tarring is β€˜very approachable and adaptable’. Team leader Philip Salisbury recently joined from Matrix Chambers, while former Slater and Gordon partner Liz Dux took over as chambers director from Nigel McEwen. Offices in: London

Magdalen Chambers specialises in civil and family law, with the latter being a key area of instruction; family finance and public children law matters have featured in members’ recent workloads. On the civil side, cases often have a property flavour, but members are equally adept in planning, commercial and insolvency matters. Senior clerk James Basden and civil clerk Harry Turner provide β€˜a very effective personable service and are also very commercial in terms of fees’; solicitors would β€˜thoroughly recommend them’. Offices in: Exeter

Maitland Chambers is β€˜an excellent commercial Chancery set’ with β€˜very impressive property capability’ and β€˜very strong offshore barristers’ to boot. It houses β€˜down-to-earth silks’ and β€˜the strongest collection of juniors going’; β€˜without exception, all counsel are very good’ – β€˜technically excellent’, β€˜commercially minded’ and β€˜client-friendly’. Delivering β€˜a stellar service’, β€˜the clerks provide smooth and efficient support’ and β€˜nothing is too much trouble for them’. β€˜They have deep knowledge of the individual skills of their barristers and are able to add a valuable insight the moment they pick up the phone.’ In particular, John Wiggs β€˜transcends the role of senior clerk, adding real value to client relationships and chambers as a whole’. He runs β€˜a slick operation’, is β€˜always courteous’ and β€˜makes you feel like your needs are his primary concern’. Deputy senior clerk Robert Penson – β€˜the polar opposite of the pantomime villain clerks of the small screen’ – is β€˜a brilliant port of call and never fails to go the extra mile’. Harry Gilson (also deputy senior clerk) is β€˜responsive and willing to take a commercial approach’. Stewart Thompson is the chambers director. Offices in: London

β€˜At the top of its game’, Matrix Chambers is β€˜a very solid set for complex litigation’ with deep experience spanning public, criminal, employment, media and sport law. It is also recommended for international matters and has had an office in Geneva since 2013. β€˜When you instruct chambers you know you are getting a top-end service from a top-end set, and the new website and refurbishment adds a degree of professionalism that is rarely rivalled at the Bar.’ The β€˜slick’ and β€˜phenomenally good’ practice management team β€˜goes above and beyond the call of duty’; β€˜in short, they are the best of the best’. Practice director Jason Housden is β€˜extremely helpful, reliable, personable and accommodating’, and senior practice manager Paul Venables is a β€˜maestro of clerking’ and β€˜will always go out of his way to ensure clients are looked after’. Also a senior practice manager, Cliff Holland is highly regarded: β€˜nothing is too much trouble for him’. Offices in: London

Monckton Chambers has β€˜breadth and depth across all levels from silks to junior barristers’. It has expertise across the public law and regulatory spectrum, but is singled out as β€˜the place to go to for EU law and competition advice’, and clients praise chambers’ ability to communicate insights surrounding these ever-changing areas: for example, β€˜the Brexit blog is excellent and showcases the knowledge and commercial awareness of the set’. On the support side, β€˜the front of house is personal and friendly, yet professional’, and the clerks are β€˜very, very attentive’. Senior clerk David Hockney is β€˜first class’ and β€˜always responsive’, and first junior John Keegan is β€˜approachable and very easy to deal with’ – β€˜nothing is too much trouble’. Offices in: London

Exhibiting β€˜depth of counsel’ New Court Chambers is recommended for children law cases but also has experience in financial remedy and Court of Protection disputes. The clerks are β€˜outstanding’ – β€˜responsive and totally reliable’. β€˜They know what solicitors need and provide it. Simple.’ As senior clerk, Paul Bloomfield β€˜leads the clerking team well’ and is ably supported by first junior James Stammers. Offices in: London

New Park Court Chambers’ key strengths are in crime and regulatory work, where members are regularly instructed by the General Medical Council and the Royal College of Nursing in cases of professional misconduct. The team is also well versed in family law. Tim Coulson is the chambers director, and Wayne Stevens and Janet Jackson are the senior clerks for criminal and civil/family law respectively. Offices in: Leeds, Newcastle

New Square Chambers is a well-regarded Chancery set with expertise in commercial and private client litigation, as well as strength in other areas such as media, intellectual property and public law. In the clerks’ room, individuals are β€˜always willing to help’, β€˜very quick to respond’ and adopt β€˜a friendly manner with solicitors’. Head of clerking Phil Reeves is β€˜an excellent operator’, who β€˜runs a great team’. β€˜You can rely on his recommendations and solicitors have absolute faith in his advice.’ β€˜Helpful and commercial’ deputy head of clerking Michelle Greene is β€˜a delight to work with’, and β€˜goes the extra mile to assist and to find suitable counsel if the requested barrister is unavailable’. Offices in: London

No.1 High Pavement Chambers is a dedicated criminal set with barristers who prosecute and defend across a range of high-profile cases involving murder, drugs conspiracies and serious violent crime. Nigel Wragg is the senior clerk. Offices in: Nottingham

In the words of one solicitor, No5 Barristers Chambers is β€˜a great set with great clerks and great barristers’. It is particularly praised as β€˜innovative and forward-thinking’, and the β€˜wide range of experienced counsel can be called upon and trusted’. Indeed, there are over 230 barristers across four offices, who have expertise in commercial, construction, crime, family, employment, personal injury, clinical negligence, property, planning, public law and regulatory cases. Recent developments saw Michelle Heeley QC, Phil Bradley QC and Stefano Nuvoloni QC take silk, while on the practice management side, Geoff Carr became the London director of clerking, having previously been the senior clerk at family set Fourteen. Carr is part of the β€˜very friendly and approachable’ clerks’ room, led nationally by chief executive and director of clerking Tony McDaid, who is β€˜always looking for ways to improve the service and meet instructing solicitors’ needs rather than stick to rigid structures’. Offices in: Birmingham, London, Bristol, Leicester

No.18 Barristers Chambers houses β€˜approachable’ barristers, who have particular expertise in family work. Employment, personal injury and public law, particularly immigration, are other key areas of practice. β€˜The clerks are always on-hand to assist’; for example, senior clerk Mark Windebank is β€˜always a pleasure to deal with and is someone who makes things happen’. Offices in: Southampton

Octagon Chamber’s key areas of expertise are in crime, employment and family law. Robert Gibson leads the clerking team, while Gemma Mulloy and Stephen Unsworth are the key contacts for the family and criminal groups respectively. Offices in: Norwich

Old Square Chambers houses β€˜true experts in employment law’, who are β€˜quite simply brilliant’, but the set is also recommended for personal injury and clinical negligence work, and, in addition, has β€˜built a reputation for high-quality advice and advocacy in the professional discipline space’. The barristers are β€˜extremely approachable and down to earth’, as well as being β€˜trend-setters and law-changers of the highest order, who provide a highly effective service’. The clerks do β€˜a fantastic job’ too, β€˜always going the extra mile’; β€˜nothing is ever a problem’. Senior clerk William Meade in particular is β€˜a star’, who β€˜delivers an outstanding service and takes great care to ensure instructing solicitors are very well looked after’. His team includes team leaders Paul Adams, who is β€˜very diligent, helpful and prompt in replying to all enquiries’, and Jack Wheeler. Consultant Nick Salt is also β€˜a first-rate clerk’. Deputy senior clerk Graham Smith recently joined from Crown Office Chambers. Offices in: London, Bristol

With expertise in private and corporate tax, Old Square Tax Chambers has β€˜strength in depth’ and barristers who are β€˜a pleasure to deal with’ and β€˜very responsive, even when on holiday’. Senior clerk Tony Hall is β€˜a force to be reckoned with’, and his team is β€˜friendly and easy to deal with’. Franco Lombardi and Adam Blades complete the clerks’ room. Offices in: London

For some, One Brick Court is β€˜the best chambers for defamation work, providing in-depth knowledge of the issues that face publishers and their clients’, as well as expertise in the evolving area of data protection and privacy. β€˜It is a friendly set that has taken steps in recent times to bolster its silks at the top end and the number of junior counsel at the other end.’ David Mace runs β€˜a first-class, reliable and experienced clerking team’, which includes the β€˜marvellous’ Melvin Warner, who is β€˜a pleasure to deal with and goes over and beyond the call of duty’, and Emma Billimore. Offices in: London

Containing β€˜some of the most determined, diligent and dynamic counsel’, One Essex Court is β€˜as good as it gets at the Bar’. Hailed as β€˜an exceptional set with no weak links’, β€˜it is the epitome of strength in depth’ and β€˜renowned for the biggest and most high-profile commercial, banking and fraud cases’. However, chambers is also experienced in other areas, such as intellectual property. On the practice management side, some say that the clerking here is β€˜probably the best of all the Magic Circle sets’. The clerks are β€˜personable, commercial and reliable’, β€˜always willing to go the extra mile’, and also β€˜reasonable and pragmatic on fees’. Darren Burrows is β€˜one of the best senior clerks in the business’ and his deputy Jackie Ginty is β€˜always a first port of call’. Offices in: London

One Pump Court is a common law set with particular strengths in immigration, crime and family work. There is β€˜a rich seam of talent’ and the barristers are β€˜highly skilled’ in the areas they practice. Furthermore, β€˜the set appears very collegiate in its approach’ and β€˜there is always an experienced barrister available’. The clerks are β€˜friendly’, β€˜responsive’, β€˜efficient’ and β€˜organised’; key names include senior clerk Ian Burrow and practice managers Mycal Thomas and Scott Haley. Offices in: London

Practitioners at Oriel Chambers have expertise in commercial, Chancery and regulatory matters, especially actions involving the police. Personal injury is another key area, with members specialising in industrial disease and motor insurance fraud. β€˜All the clerks are approachable and friendly’; key contacts include chambers’ director Sarah Cavanagh and chambers’ manager Paul Thompson. Offices in: Liverpool, Preston

With expertise across business and healthcare law, Outer Temple Chambers has particular specialisms in areas such as personal injury, clinical negligence, pensions, employment and financial services. One solicitor says, β€˜we use this chambers more frequently than any other due to the high level of experienced counsel and the overall service that is provided not only to us but also our clients’. It adopts an β€˜innovative’ approach and is β€˜the perfect example of a modern set’. For example, the clerks demonstrate β€˜great use of technology as well as flexibility and approachability’. Collectively, they make an β€˜exceptional’ team and β€˜will go out of their way to accommodate’. The key contacts for the healthcare unit are business development directors Graham Woods and Paul Barton, who are β€˜excellent and nothing is too much trouble for them’. In the business team, David Smith (β€˜a real pleasure to work with’) and Dave Scothern (β€˜responsive and commercial in his approach’) are the business development directors. Christine Kings and Steve Graham lead the staff. Offices in: London, Manchester

Pallant Chambers has β€˜great depth’ in commercial, employment, property and family law. On the family side, a recent highlight for the set was its involvement in a High Court case regarding alleged child radicalisation. Members also have niche expertise in homelessness cases. Alister Williams is β€˜a superb senior clerk and under his watch, the set has gone from strength to strength’. The service provided by his team is rated as β€˜first class’. Offices in: Chichester

β€˜Fantastic set’ Park Square Barristers has β€˜unrivalled strength in depth on the North Eastern circuit’, housing over 120 barristers with expertise in criminal, family and regulatory matters. Chambers’ strength in criminal law is evidenced, for example, in having 23 CPS Grade 4 prosecutors and 27 RASSO panel members. Senior managing clerk Richard Sadler leads the β€˜brilliant’ clerking team, which includes senior civil clerk Francine Kirk (β€˜highly professional, helpful and approachable’), and regulatory and public law clerk Madeleine Gray (β€˜first class and an asset to chambers’). Key contacts also include senior criminal clerk Andrew Thornton and senior family clerk Claudine Cooper. Collectively, the team β€˜understands the gravity of each case to the client and therefore ensures that the counsel selected match the requirements and personality’. Offices in: Leeds

β€˜Excellent set’ Parklane Plowden has a strong reputation for employment, personal injury and clinical negligence matters. It has also grown the family law team in recent times and is handling an increasing amount of Court of Protection work. In another recent development, Christopher Williams took over from Andrew Axon as head of chambers. On the support side, the service provided by the clerks is β€˜first class’; β€˜they are both professional and pragmatic, and have a β€œcan-do” attitude’. Practice director Michael Stubbs is β€˜a fantastic ambassador for the set’; clerking director Andy Gray is β€˜always helpful’; senior clerk Mark Williams is β€˜fantastic’; and senior civil clerk Sharon Robson is β€˜superb’. Offices in: Leeds, Newcastle

At Partnership Counsel, the service is β€˜excellent’, and although it contains just two members, Roderick l’Anson Banks and Simon Jelf, both are extremely highly regarded in the partnership law arena. Practice manager Tyroon Win has β€˜never been anything other than entirely charming, professional, flexible and cooperative’. β€˜He is the epitome of an excellent clerk’, and β€˜particularly good at ensuring calls are returned and immediate access to counsel is given on urgent issues’. Offices in: London

Pump Court Chambers has β€˜high-calibre barristers’, particularly within the area of family law, where over 40 practitioners have expertise in high-value matters. Members’ reputations mean they are involved in high-profile disputes such as the multimillion-pound Veluppillai v Veluppillai case. Commercial, crime, regulatory, employment and property law are other key practice areas. On the support side, β€˜the clerks are helpful and efficient, and have a β€œcan-do” attitude’; β€˜they are β€œswitched on” and keen to work with instructing solicitors to find solutions’. Chief clerk David Barber is β€˜superb’, as is his deputy Tony Atkins, for whom β€˜nothing is too much trouble’. Offices in: London, Winchester, Swindon

Demonstrating β€˜unrivalled strength in depth’, Pump Court Tax Chambers is β€˜undoubtedly the biggest and best tax set in London, with many eminent QCs and a huge array of talented juniors coming through’. In fact, for some, the juniors here are β€˜the best at the Bar’. The clerks also provide β€˜a first-class service’; they are β€˜all extremely helpful and easy to deal with’, and β€˜will always try to fit you in and make sure their barristers are delivering on time’. Senior clerk Nigel Jones is β€˜superb’ and β€˜the doyen of clerking’. Team leaders John Poyser and Bruno Antoniotti are also β€˜very accomplished’. Offices in: London

QEB Hollis Whiteman is β€˜the go-to set for the full range of criminal practice, both prosecution and defence’, where β€˜members can cover all types of work from fraud, corruption and regulatory cases to general crime’. β€˜A squad with great depth’, there are β€˜fantastic barristers at all levels’ and some say that β€˜chambers has gone from strength to strength since setting up in the City in 2011’. It also has β€˜the best clerks’ room among all the criminal sets in London’, comprising β€˜friendly, efficient and dedicated individuals, who know the needs of their clients and members’. Senior clerk Chris Emmings is β€˜smart in every way, and very committed to hard work and a good service’, and one solicitors says, β€˜I see him as one of the main reasons why chambers has taken off as well as it has in recent years’. First junior Faye Patis β€˜stands out as a driven, business-minded clerk, who is an invaluable asset to the set’; working closely with Emmings, they make β€˜a formidable and entirely reliable duo’. Second junior clerk David O’Sullivan is also β€˜excellent at client care and widely held in very high regard’. Alastair Rhodes is the chambers director. Offices in: London

Quadrant Chambers is β€˜a top-flight go-to set in relation to commercial litigation, shipping and admiralty matters’, with additional expertise in aviation, energy and insurance disputes. For many, it is β€˜at the top of its game’ due to the β€˜quality of members across all ranks from QC to newly qualified’ and the β€˜extremely proactive and approachable’ clerks, who are β€˜among the best’. Leading the practice management, Gary Ventura and Simon Slattery are β€˜well connected and respected; they know the market well and are very good at building relationships’. Ventura is β€˜a tremendous support’ and will β€˜never hesitate to put himself out to help if a crisis looms’, and Slattery is β€˜hugely experienced’ and β€˜sets a good example’. Assistant senior clerk Pauline Roberts also provides β€˜an impeccable service’. Offices in: London

Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB) excels in family law, particularly financial remedy work. β€˜With a roster boasting expertise and accessibility’ and β€˜top barristers at every level’, it is β€˜virtually without peer in the market’. β€˜The quality of the pupils is also excellent and the set clearly takes training seriously to equip junior barristers well.’ In the clerks’ room, the β€˜outstanding’ Howard Rayner has β€˜taken over seamlessly as senior clerk, following his move to chambers in 2016 and is taking the set forward ably’. His team is β€˜a well-oiled machine’, comprising individuals who are β€˜professional and reliable, and go out of their way to help’. Names to note include first junior Jon Bartlett, who is β€˜very approachable, proactive and on the ball’, and Elizabeth Seymour, who is β€˜a pleasure to work with’. Offices in: London

Barristers at Queen Square Chambers are active across the Western Circuit and South Wales, and have expertise in criminal, regulatory, personal injury, clinical negligence, commercial, family and employment law. Head of clerking James Dowse β€˜is always very friendly and helpful’, and Steve Freeman is the chief executive. Offices in: Bristol, Cardiff

β€˜Renowned Chancery set’ Radcliffe Chambers is β€˜the chambers of choice’ for areas such as contentious trusts and probate, charity law, pensions, real estate, insolvency and general commercial litigation. Clients note that the set has had β€˜a very successful year’ and β€˜the presence of Fiona Fitzgerald as chief executive has taken it up to another level’. β€˜She is measured and, as a former practitioner, understands the challenges of solicitors.’ In the clerking team, individuals provide a β€˜first-rate’ service, β€˜genuinely care about their clients’, and adopt β€˜a sensible and commercial attitude to cost budgeting’. It is β€˜one of the most responsive clerks’ rooms’, which is β€˜extremely helpful, accommodating and proactive’. In particular, joint senior clerks Keith Nagle and John Clarke are β€˜a pleasure to work with’. Practice managers Justin Allen, Lee Wright and Nathan Ellingham have β€˜a great grasp of what their teams are up to’ and β€˜really look after instructing solicitors’. Offices in: London

Red Lion Chambers is β€˜a one-stop shop for criminal law’, where β€˜you can send matters knowing that if your first choice of advocate is not available, you will be assured of top-drawer service from any replacement offered’. Chambers is β€˜the bedrock of a criminal solicitor’s practice and never lets you down, always delivering excellence’. Led by Mark Bennett and his deputy Nick Parkinson, the clerks are β€˜first class’ and β€˜can be relied upon for their help, advice and prompt response to any query’. Practice manager Lee Young has β€˜great ability’ and β€˜ought to be canonised’. Offices in: London, Chelmsford

Family law is a key practice area at Regency Barristers Chambers, where members have expertise financial remedy matters, as well as experience in public and private children law proceedings. Employment, property, personal injury and Chancery law are other predominant areas of instruction. Toby Lowther leads the clerking team. Offices in: Peterborough

Ropewalk Chambers is β€˜a go-to regional set for personal injury’, with members who have niche expertise in areas such as industrial disease. The set has recently seen an uptick in claimant clinical negligence instructions, and also handles commercial, property, construction, costs, planning and environmental cases. β€˜Very personable’ senior clerk Tony Hill β€˜will bend over backwards to assist’; β€˜he manages chambers well, and works very hard to ensure relationships with instructing lawyers are forged at all levels and developed and maintained’. Deputy senior clerk Alan Odiam is β€˜very reliable’, and clerking team leader Adrian Kelly is β€˜particularly responsive and helpful’. Collectively, the clerks are regarded as β€˜among the best’ in the business. Offices in: Nottingham

Selborne Chambers β€˜punches above its weight’ in areas such as professional negligence and commercial disputes, and β€˜continues to make substantial strides as one of the top and go-to property litigation sets’. β€˜Chambers is clearly pushing itself forward and has strong barristers across all call levels’, who are β€˜extremely personable’. β€˜The support staff are always very helpful, and the recent reorganisation of the clerking team has made them even better – more approachable and easier to work with.’ β€˜Proactive, business-focused and extremely keen to please’, they are led by recently promoted senior clerks Paul Bunting and Darren Madle, who are β€˜very knowledgeable and appreciative of clients’ commercial realities’. Bunting is β€˜just exceptional – such a delight to work with and always the first port of call’, and Madle β€˜provides a reliable service’. James Clarke and Oliver Ventura (first and second junior respectively) are β€˜very responsive’. Offices in: London

Public and private children law is the key area of expertise at Senate House Chambers, where members’ workloads include non-accidental injuries, fabricated illnesses, serious sexual abuse and female genital mutilation cases. Crime and civil matters are other areas of instruction. The clerking team, comprising Sue Crook, Rebecca Davis and Elaine Christie, is β€˜very personable’ and β€˜approachable’. Offices in: Northampton

Serjeants’ Inn Chambers is β€˜at the top of the clinical negligence field’ and also β€˜the market leader’ in police, inquests and professional discipline law, with β€˜a good mix of barristers at different levels of call’. The set provides β€˜a gold-standard service’ through β€˜very approachable’ counsel and β€˜top-quality clerks’. For example, β€˜excellent’ senior clerk Lee Johnson β€˜runs a tight ship’ and provides β€˜unwavering support’. His team includes Samantha Jones, for whom β€˜nothing is ever too much trouble’, and Tom O’Connor. The addition of client care director Catherine Calder in 2014 was β€˜a significant move for chambers and has brought the set much more up to date’. Completing the senior management team alongside Calder and Johnson, chambers’ business director Martin Dyke is also recommended. For one solicitor, this is β€˜the most efficient and helpful of all sets I use’; β€˜the approach is friendly yet professional and everyone will do what they can to assist clients’. Offices in: London

For some, Serle Court is β€˜one of the best sets in London’ and β€˜fast becoming the go-to chambers for high-value commercial and Chancery litigation’. β€˜All of the barristers are extremely business-minded and approachable, and you know that whenever you instruct them, the advice that you get will be spot-on.’ The set also houses β€˜very impressive clerks’ and β€˜solicitors are confident they can approach them with any case’. Head clerk Steve Whitaker is β€˜unsurpassable at the Bar for the service he provides his clients’; β€˜no job is too big or too small, he handles everything with a smile, and he is your first port of call when you have an urgent matter come in on a Friday night’. Senior clerk Nick Hockney is also β€˜among the best clerks in the business’ – β€˜unfailingly helpful, constructive and creative’. John Petrie is chambers’ chief executive. Offices in: London

Six Pump Court is β€˜a leading set’ for regulatory work, and some solicitors β€˜rarely instruct outside chambers as it contains the all the skills needed to service work involving health and safety, environmental, trading standards and consumer law’. Other key areas of expertise include crime and planning. β€˜There is a broad range of counsel on offer to cover routine hearings right through to eminent silks to engage on large-scale and complex cases.’ Overall, β€˜the calibre of the barristers is very high and they are very client-focused’. Chambers is also β€˜well geared up for direct access’, and adopts a β€˜constructive and flexible’ approach to work in this area. On the support side, the set has β€˜without doubt, one of the best clerks’ rooms’ and β€˜from the moment you enter chambers you feel confident that you are in a professional and helpful organisation’. Senior clerk Richard Constable is β€˜superb and a pleasure to deal with’, and first juniors Graham Colloff and Ryan Barrow are also recommended: Colloff is β€˜prompt, efficient and friendly’, and Barrow β€˜ensures the smooth running of matters through to conclusion’. Offices in: London, Maidstone, Tunbridge Wells

South Square is β€˜in a league of its own for insolvency law’ combining β€˜vast amounts of talent with fantastic β€œbedside manner”’. β€˜All members are superb and also flexible, meaning they can readily turn their hand to commercial litigation matters as well’. Jointly led by senior practice managers Mike Killick and Dylan Playfoot, β€˜the clerks are responsive and keen to ensure a good client experience’. Killick β€˜always makes you feel like an important client’, and Playfoot is β€˜commercial in his outlook, responsive and genuinely cares about chambers and its barristers providing a top-quality service’. At practice manager level, Jim Costa β€˜deserves special mention’ and Marco Malatesta is β€˜a pleasure to work with’. William Mackinlay joined as chambers director in 2017, following the retirement of his predecessor Ron Barclay-Smith. Offices in: London

Spire Barristers is the new identity of the set formerly known as 37 Park Square, after it underwent a rebrand in July 2017. The set now specialises exclusively in family and public law, and practitioners handle the full range children law matters, including care proceedings and abuse cases. Matrimonial finance and Court of Protection work are also key areas of instruction. The β€˜excellent’ clerks are headed by Leigh Royall. Offices in: Leeds

St Ives Chambers has a strong reputation in family law, including financial remedy, children and care work. The set is well known for its expertise surrogacy matters, and in this space, Elizabeth Isaacs QC led Adem Muzaffer in a landmark case where a single father was granted a parental order to bring up his child who was conceived via surrogacy. Other key practice areas are crime, Chancery, regulatory, housing and property law. The β€˜friendly and approachable’ clerking team includes civil and family finance practice manager Ross Hands, who β€˜stands out for his client care’; family practice manager Sarah Robinson, who is β€˜one of the best clerks in the West Midlands’; and crime practice manager Philip Hidson, who β€˜goes above and beyond wherever possible’. Jackie Maskew is the chambers director. Offices in: Birmingham

St John’s Buildings is β€˜a heavyweight set’, which houses over 230 members across its four offices and is one of the largest on the Northern and North Eastern circuits. A common law set, chambers has a strong reputation for family, personal injury and Court of Protection matters, with criminal, commercial, Chancery and employment law as other key specialist areas. β€˜The clerks go out of their way to help’ and β€˜go well beyond what is expected of them’ to provide β€˜a first-class service’. Chris Ronan is the chief executive. Offices in: Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, Chester

For one solicitor, St John’s Chambers is β€˜one of the leading sets in the South West’, providing β€˜London-quality advice locally’ and β€˜a good breadth and depth of expertise’. The set specialises in civil matters and is noted for its strength in commercial, construction, family, personal injury, clinical negligence, regulatory and public law matters. Inquests and inquiries is another key area for the group. On the support side, the clerks are β€˜very efficient’ and chief executive Derek Jenkins β€˜goes the extra mile’. The practice managers are Robert Bocock, who β€˜provides a first-class service’; Annette Bushell, who has β€˜a sound commercial approach’; and Luke Hodgson, who is β€˜a star, ensuring solicitors are in safe hands’. Offices in: Bristol

β€˜Specialist family set’ St Mary’s Chambers is well known for handling public law care proceedings, particularly abuse and non-accidental injury cases. Divorce and financial remedy are other key areas of instruction. Senior clerk Scott Baldwin is β€˜very efficient and amiable’, and β€˜has turned chambers around in the last ten years’. First junior Kamla Chall-Bange is also noted for providing β€˜a first-class service’. Offices in: Nottingham

St Paul’s Chambers is predominantly known for its expertise in crime but has related experience in regulatory matters. A recent highlight for the set was its involvement in the ongoing Mau Mau Kenyan reparation claims. On the support side, the clerks are β€˜always easy to communicate with’ and provide β€˜a top-quality service’ with β€˜a smile on their faces’. Senior clerk Jayne Drake is β€˜incredibly well organised and has really pushed the set forward in recent years’. In November 2016, Simon Bickler QC took over as head of chambers when Andrew Stubbs QC was appointed to the bench. Offices in: Leeds

St Philips Chambers is the second-largest set in the country, bringing together barristers with wide-ranging expertise: the Birmingham office has experience across civil, family and criminal law, the Leeds base is particularly well known for Chancery and commercial work, and the London office is rooted in shipping law. Indeed, everyone in London and elsewhere who practises commercial law operates under the brand name of St Philips Stone. The set is also well known in Asia and benefits from members based in the region and an office in Singapore. Law firms say, β€˜individuals at this chambers are willing to work with solicitors to find a solution – whether it is to source a suitable expert or to hold seminars for clients – and they do this without hesitation’. β€˜The clerks are also prepared to listen to feedback with a view to improve the set’s overall market share, which is very refreshing.’ Director of clerking Joe Wilson leads an β€˜excellent’ team, which is β€˜responsive and understanding of time and fee pressures’. Key contacts include London-based Luke Irons, whose β€˜demeanour rests well with solicitors and global law firms’, and Leeds-based Stephen Render, who is β€˜very personable and always accommodating’. Offices in: Birmingham, Leeds, London

Family law is a key area of expertise at Stour Chambers, where members are adept at public and private children law, family finance and abduction cases. In the clerking team, senior clerk Marc Goddard β€˜does a fantastic job, and is knowledgeable, approachable and friendly’. He is ably assisted by junior clerk Charlie Mills, who is β€˜always ready to assist with any query’, and Jenny Rees, who is β€˜a formidable fees clerk’. Offices in: Canterbury

Tanfield Chambers is β€˜renowned for its strength in property law’ and β€˜pre-eminence in the area of leasehold enfranchisement’. The barristers are β€˜exceptionally talented’ and the set is praised for its β€˜strength in depth’, not only in the property space but also across the civil law spectrum. The clerks’ room provides β€˜an excellent service’ and the senior practice managers are recommended: Zoe Bluck is β€˜always a pleasure to deal with’ and β€˜making a big effort to build relationships with law firms’; Richard Powell is β€˜becoming an asset to chambers very quickly due to his ability to think on his feet, offer alternative counsel, and negotiate competently and confidently on fees’; and Billy Forecast is β€˜very helpful and turns things around quickly’. Eamonn Kelly is chambers’ chief executive. Offices in: London

Temple Garden Chambers is β€˜an outstanding set, where there is genuine strength in depth and always someone more than suitable to cover any situation and at any time’. It is best known for cases involving the health or insurance sectors but also has significant expertise in costs and public law. β€˜Solicitors remain loyal to chambers because it always delivers’, and one client says, β€˜I have yet to find another set that can offer the same quality of counsel, service and breadth’. In addition, β€˜all barristers work with the philosophy of approachability and teamwork in mind and the clerking team understands the importance of this’. β€˜From the top to the bottom, the clerks are polite, helpful and efficient – nothing is too much trouble.’ In particular, senior clerk Dean Norton, is β€˜a genuine asset and a fantastic ambassador with a keen business mind’; for some, β€˜he is probably the best clerk in London’. First junior Keith Sharman provides β€˜outstanding customer care and professionalism’, and Nancy Rice (also first junior) β€˜understands the importance of client relationships and is willing to be flexible when needed and where possible’. Offices in: London

Providing β€˜strength in depth’, Temple Tax Chambers delivers expertise in a range of tax matters in the UK and abroad, including handling direct and indirect tax and private client matters. The β€˜super-efficient’ clerks are β€˜everything you would want: knowledgeable, helpful and friendly’. Senior clerk Claire James and first junior Lucy Campbell, in particular, are β€˜approachable and responsive’. Offices in: London

Ten Old Square is β€˜a small but dynamic set’, which is β€˜a very strong choice for Chancery work at all levels’, and β€˜punches above its weight in terms of quality of counsel and quality of cases members are involved in’. All the clerks are β€˜commercial’, β€˜responsive’, β€˜efficient’ and β€˜do what they say they will do’. In particular, senior clerk Keith Plowman is β€˜always fully engaged in working with instructing solicitors and his barristers to ensure the best possible service is provided’. Also recommended are deputy senior clerk Marc Schofield, who β€˜ensures that cases and arrangements for hearings run smoothly’, and first junior Faye Bennett, who is β€˜a pleasure to deal with’. Offices in: London

With β€˜a range of experienced counsel to suit all occasions and clients’, The 36 Group brings together barristers with expertise in family, criminal and civil law. It is β€˜a dynamic set’ that β€˜should be a household name for solicitors’. The family division of chambers, known as β€œ36 Family”, is clerked by a team led by Danny Chapman, who has β€˜made great strides over the last few years’ and β€˜understands what is important for family practitioners’. Together with first family clerk Ashley London, the duo are β€˜head and shoulders above other family clerks and always go the extra mile’. Other key contacts include operations manager and criminal practice manager Michelle Simpson, while on the civil side, business development manager Steven Newbery and senior civil clerk Everton Wedderburn are the names to note. Collectively, the clerks are β€˜always very willing to help and provide counsel at the last minute, when needed.’ Offices in: London

β€˜Punching well above its weight’, Thomas More Chambers is a common law set with β€˜an excellent array of barristers’ and β€˜an enviable international practice’. The clerks are β€˜first rate’; β€˜they go above and beyond to assist counsel, the instructing solicitors and ultimately, the client’. In particular, chief clerk Stuart Sellen is β€˜a pleasure to deal with and provides a bespoke service’, and senior civil clerk Craig Brown is β€˜efficient and helpful – nothing is too much trouble for him’. Senior criminal clerk Clifford Strong is also a key contact. Offices in: London

Specialist intellectual property set Three New Square has β€˜an unmatched talent pool of silks, senior juniors and baby juniors with diverse technical and legal backgrounds from which to construct a blockbuster team’. β€˜When you are in the rough and tumble of high-stakes litigation, having this set on your side is a must’; β€˜not only are the barristers incredibly intelligent and hardworking, they are also collaborative, responsive and a joy to work with, and becoming increasingly commercial and client-savvy, understanding the importance of face-time with clients, which engenders a cohesive team unit’. In the clerks’ room, individuals are β€˜outstanding at assisting solicitors in every conceivable way’; β€˜they frequently go above and beyond what is expected of them, gaining clients’ complete trust’. Senior clerk Nicholas Hill is β€˜part of the new breed of senior clerks engaged with customer service’ and is β€˜a fantastic asset to have on the litigation team’. His team includes Tim Fairburn, who is β€˜dependable, responsive and a pleasure to work with’, and David Court, who is β€˜approachable and keen to assist’. Offices in: London

For some, Three Raymond Buildings β€˜is, without doubt, the best quasi-criminal/fraud set in the UK’ and β€˜the leading licensing and gambling chambers’, from which, clients β€˜would not go anywhere else’. β€˜As a whole, the set is well grounded and populated with bright lawyers, who are very committed to their work.’ The β€˜superb’ clerks also reap praise for β€˜going out of their way to assist’ and their β€˜approachability’. Leading the team, Eddie Holland β€˜really understands the needs of solicitors and is able to bridge the link with counsel seamlessly and courteously’. Other names to note include Dean Brown, who is β€˜brilliant’, and Robert Eager, who is β€˜a joy to work with’. Offices in: London

Three Stone is β€˜a very good Chancery set’ that is now in its second year following the merger between 3 Stone Buildings and Thirteen Old Square Chambers. Bringing together β€˜very able and approachable counsel at all levels’, it is adept at taking on a range of civil cases. The clerks’ room is β€˜tremendously helpful’, β€˜reliable’, β€˜responsive’ and β€˜very good on fees’. For some, it is β€˜the best support team in London as it cannot do enough for its clients’. Senior clerk Justin Brown is β€˜user-friendly’ and deputy senior clerk Gary Bateman is β€˜superb’. The first juniors are also recommended: Bill Rice β€˜always delivers’ and Steve Anten provides β€˜excellent assistance’. Offices in: London

Chelmsford-based Trinity Chambers is adept at family law, where matrimonial finance, TOLATA and Children Act cases are key areas of expertise. Members also have experience in personal injury claims. Chief clerk Keith Willmore leads the support team. Tony Sleigh is senior clerk. Offices in: Chelmsford

North East set Trinity Chambers is noted for its strength in family law, particularly in financial remedy cases. However, chambers is also active in Chancery law, crime, employment, personal injury/clinical negligence and regulatory matters. In a testament to chambers’ strength, Nicola Shaw was appointed to the circuit bench in 2016 and Caroline Goodwin QC took silk in 2017. The set provides β€˜an exceptional service to professional and lay clients, and counsel and clerks are always willing to assist – nothing is too much trouble’. Simon Stewart is the practice director, and β€˜talented’ leaders’ clerk Richard Embley has β€˜a real ability to match cases to appropriately skilled and experienced counsel’. Offices in: Middlesborough, Newcastle

Westgate Chambers is best known for criminal and family law. On the crime side, members are adept at prosecuting and defending in general and regulatory crime cases, while in the family practice, the predominant area of instruction is public law care proceedings. James Still is senior clerk and Paul Tuffs is deputy senior clerk. Offices in: Lewes

Wilberforce Chambers is β€˜undoubtedly one of the top, if not the top, set at the Chancery Bar’. β€˜A force to be reckoned with when it comes to property, insolvency and commercial disputes, it attracts an extremely high calibre of barristers from the top QCs down to the newest juniors – you know you can always rely on them 100%.’ It also has β€˜incredible strength in depth to cater for offshore disputes’ and dominates the niche area of pensions law. On the support side, the clerks’ room is β€˜exceptional’ and β€˜the best around at the moment’. In particular, the β€˜extremely knowledgeable’ Mark Rushton is β€˜simply fantastic with instructing solicitors’; β€˜he knows his clients inside out and ensures the team consistently delivers excellent service’. Nicholas Luckman is β€˜probably the best practice director in the London commercial market’, and he and Rushton β€˜go the extra mile to assist’. The team leaders are also singled out: Fraser Geddes is β€˜practical, responsive and commercially minded’; Colin Everson β€˜goes out of his way to ensure a fantastic service’, and Danny Smillie is β€˜first class’. Offices in: London

Members of Wilberforce Chambers in Hull handle a broad range of cases, spanning criminal, family and employment law. Phillip Paxton is the practice manager. Offices in: Hull

XXIV Old Buildings is β€˜one of the go-to sets in London’ and β€˜a top choice for Chancery and offshore disputes’, where β€˜counsel are not only highly talented but also adept at responding to client needs’, working β€˜hand-in-hand with solicitors’. The practice management team is also β€˜a great asset to chambers’ and β€˜will move heaven and earth for clients’ to provide β€˜a helpful and responsive service’. Key clerks include Daniel Wilson and James Ladbrook, who are β€˜a pleasure to deal with’, and Perry Brown, who is β€˜efficient and user-friendly’. Sue Medder β€˜does an outstanding job as chambers director and has shaped the set into one that is capable of meeting the demands of clients in the modern legal world’. Offices in: London

β€˜Quality’ set Zenith Chambers has notable β€˜strength in depth’ in its family team, where members have particular expertise in children law cases and matrimonial finance. Personal injury and housing are also core specialisms for chambers. The staff provide β€˜a consistently excellent service’, and are led by chief executive Simon Coatsworth, who is β€˜client-focused and pleasant to deal with’. Other names to note include β€˜conscientious and efficient’ senior family clerk Rebecca Hartley, senior criminal clerk Karen Davis, and β€˜always very helpful’ senior civil clerk Paul McNab. Offices in: Leeds

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