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Clinical negligence

Index of tables

  1. Leading Silks
  2. 2019 Silks
  3. Leading Juniors

Leading Silks

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2019 Silks

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    • Sarah Pritchard QC - Kings ChambersFantastic with clients and excellent in conference.

Leading Juniors

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Paul Kirtley is the key figure in Exchange Chambers medical negligence team on circuit and is primarily instructed for the claimant in claims relating to the general practitioner, surgical and birth injury spaces.

Kings Chambers' clinical negligence practice has strengthened in the last year, with defendant specialist Sarah Pritchard QC taking silk in 2019. The set is instructed across both claimant and defendant matters nationally, though the set's North Eastern presence leans more towards the defendant.

Members of Park Square Barristers are active across the clinical negligence sector, and the set has experience at both the junior and senior level. Key areas of work include birth injury, delayed diagnosis, and surgeons negligence.

Parklane Plowden remains one of the circuit's strongest sets for clinical negligence work. It strengthened its offering this year with the arrival of dental negligence specialist Mike Hill from Trinity Chambers - he primarily handles claimant work, and in one example represented a claimant who lost 26 teeth due to long-term mismanagement of periodontal disease.


Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law

Index of tables

  1. Leading Silks
  2. Leading Juniors

Leading Silks

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    • Hugh Jory QC - 4 New SquareA go-to for insolvency and commercial cases.

Leading Juniors

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    • Eleanor D'Arcy - Kings ChambersHard-working, enthusiastic and pragmatic.
    • Andrew Lattimer - Kings ChambersRecommended for undue influence matters and breach of fiduciary duty claims.
    • Eleanor Temple - Kings ChambersIntellectually and commercially savvy.

4 New Square is home to Hugh Jory QC following his 2018 move from Enterprise Chambers, and he has maintained his presence in the North East. In Alex Reid Ltd v Walker and Lambourne, he acted for the claimant company in a breach of duty claim against a former managing director and a senior sales employee, who diverted business opportunities and set up a competing business.

Stephen Fletcher is the key name to note for chancery work at Dere Street Barristers, also maintaining a more general commercial litigation practice. Notably, Fletcher defended a company director in Manolete Partners plc v Mercury Tax Group (in liquidation), which involved a £1m breach of duty claim. 

Enterprise Chambers is home to the 'go-to' team for insolvency work in the region according to some clients and is praised for its 'good availability of counsel', 'user-friendliness' and 'strength in depth'.  In addition to insolvency, members are also instructed on commercial litigation and Chancery matters. Of recent note, Cristín Toman represented the major creditor of NJM Clothing Limited in a challenge to the validity of administrator appointments.

Exchange Chambers is home to several strong commercial practitioners, and is praised for the 'good availability of counsel', and particularly the set's contingent of 'very capable insolvency juniors'. Other notable aspects of the set's offering include competition and EU law work, where David Went is one of the most notable names outside of London, and shareholder disputes, where Lisa Linklater and Alfred Weiss are particularly strong. Recent highlights for the set include Linklater's representation of shareholders in a crowd-funded property development who sought to remove company directors, and Went's representation of the Road Haulage Association in a group action in the truck cartel scandal.

Members of Kings Chambers act on a wide range of commercial and Chancery matters, with particular specialisms in company law, insolvency and banking litigation. Louis Doyle recently represented a borrower claiming £30m in total damages from three institutional lenders for breach of contract and conspiracy. Helen Gardiner joined the set from St Philips Chambers in January 2019.

Following the arrival of several barristers from St Philips Chambers in 2018, Parklane Plowden is home to a Chancery and commercial team that is praised by clients for its 'strength in depth'. A recent highlight is Liddle v Liddle, where Sean Kelly represented the appellant in a partnership option dispute.

Members of Trinity Chambers are instructed in a wide range of commercial, company and Chancery matters, with financial misselling cases a key growth area for the set. Another notable area of specialism is alternative dispute resolution, with several qualified mediators in chambers.

Chancery specialist Nicola Phillipson of Zenith Chambers focuses on contested probate and Inheritance Act claims, and is highly experienced in mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.


Construction, planning and environment

Index of tables

  1. Leading Silks
  2. Leading Juniors

Leading Silks

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    • David Manley QC - Kings ChambersVery professional, courteous and approachable.
    • Paul Tucker QC - Kings ChambersAlways provides very commercial advice, and is great with clients.

Leading Juniors

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    • Martin Carter - Kings ChambersExceptionally capable and personable.
    • Jonathan Easton - Kings ChambersAn excellent junior planning counsel.
    • Ruth Stockley - Kings ChambersAn excellent advocate in planning litigation and inquiries.

Kings Chambers' planning team has experience in a wide range of matters, including villiage greens and construction law, infrastructure cases. Members are instructed at both the first instance and appeal stages, while the set is praised by clients for its 'strength in depth'.


Costs

Leading Juniors

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Parklane Plowden is home to Steven Turner, who is well known for his costs litigation expertise, which often crosses over with his personal injury expertise.


Court of Protection and community care

Leading Juniors

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    • Francesca Gardner - Kings ChambersA real tactician with excellent knowledge of the law.
    • Natalia Levine - Parklane PlowdenA very experienced and well-respected counsel in Court of Protection matters
    • Joseph O'Brien - St John's BuildingsHe remains the king of Court of Protection work on circuit.
    • Jacqui Thomas - Spire BarristersSound, wise and well-informed.
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    • Ella Anderson - Spire BarristersA very capable advocate with an exceptional eye for detail.
    • Fay Collinson - Kings ChambersVery good with difficult or argumentative clients.
    • Laura Twist - Spire BarristersAn excellent advocate with genuine skill and specialist knowledge.
    • Simon Wilkinson - Parklane PlowdenAble to put clients at ease in difficult circumstances.

Kings Chambers' Court of Protection team is instructed on behalf of all parties, with particular specialisms in serious medical treatment disputes, capacity to consent issues, and deprivation of liberty. Fay Collinson joined the set from Parklane Plowden in May 2018.

Parklane Plowden is home to Natalia Levine and Simon Wilkinson, who are instructed by all parties in Court of Protection matters, with one solicitor referring to them as a 'first point of call', with 'a strong presence on the market'. Key areas of work include fact-finding hearings, deprivation of liberty, and cases which overlap with care proceedings.

Spire Barristers' Court of Protection team is particularly notable for its work in complex medical cases, often involving complex capacity issues or time pressures. One such example is East Lancashire NHS Foundation Trust v PW, where Laura Twist acted for the NHS trust seeking best-interest declarations concerning the amputation of a schizophrenic's infected foot, which the patient opposed: the case was heard on the same day as the operation was recommended by clinicians, due to the 48-hour time limit needed to reduce risk of further damage.

St John's Buildings is home to Joseph O’Brien, who is instructed on behalf of both protected parties and health care providers, as well as families and local authorities. Key areas of work include health care, deprivation of liberty and contested property issues.


Crime

Index of tables

  1. Leading Silks
  2. Leading Juniors

Leading Silks

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    • Simon Bickler QC - St Paul's ChambersDown to earth and communicates well with clients.
    • Caroline Goodwin QC - Trinity ChambersInvolved in a range of serious cases.
    • Sam Green QC - St Paul's ChambersRecent work includes murder cases and other serious violent crime.
    • John Harrison QC - St Paul's ChambersBribery and corruption cases are a particular specialty.
    • Toby Hedworth QC - Trinity ChambersRecent work includes serious violence and sexual offences.
    • Gul Nawaz Hussain QC - Bank House ChambersHis practice includes serious sexual offences, terrorism, and serious violent crime cases.
    • Simon Kealey QC - New Park Court ChambersVery hard working and a great barrister.
    • Nicholas Lumley QC - New Park Court ChambersA outstanding advocate and astute tactician.
    • Peter Makepeace QC - Dere Street BarristersRecommended for serious drug-related cases.
    • Kama Melly QC - Park Square BarristersShe is particularly prominent in sexual offences cases.
    • Jason Pitter QC - New Park Court ChambersActive in a wide range of criminal cases
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    • David Brooke QC - KBWRecommended for homicide cases.
    • Nigel Edwards QC - St Paul's ChambersCarrying his strong junior reputation for fraud over into his silk practice.
    • Katherine Goddard QC - Bank House ChambersParticularly experienced in sexual offences and cases involving complex medical evidence.
    • Tahir Khan QC - Broadway House ChambersProsecutes and defends in a wide range of serious criminal cases.

Leading Juniors

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    • Adam Birkby - New Park Court ChambersRecommended for cases involving young defendants.
    • James Bourne-Arton - St Paul's ChambersA very smooth and polished advocate.
    • Andrew Dallas - Park Square BarristersParticularly adept at handling motoring cases.
    • Rodney Ferm - Broadway House ChambersHis command of his brief is excellent, and his advocacy is always of the highest quality.
    • Lee Fish - New Park Court ChambersA strong criminal junior.
    • Glenn Gatland - Trinity ChambersHis calm, understated cross-examination can be devastatingly effective.
    • Stephen Grattage - Exchange ChambersA formidable advocate.
    • Craig Hassall - Park Square BarristersSpecialises in serious fraud cases.
    • Ian Howard - Broadway House ChambersHis practice includes high-profile violent crime, sexual offences and serious organised crime.
    • Chloe Hudson - New Park Court ChambersShe researches and prepares her cases to an exceptional standard.
    • James Lake - St Paul's ChambersA rising star who is always tenacious in his approach.
    • Ian Mullarkey - KBWHis practice includes sexual offence cases, as well as cases involving vulnerable defendants or complex technical evidence.
    • Glenn Parsons - Park Square BarristersActive in multi-handed cases, predominantly for the defence.
    • Jonathan Sandiford - St Paul's ChambersFocuses his practice on prosecution, with a strong track record in trading standards prosecutions.
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    • Zaiban Alam - Bank House ChambersRecommended for cases involving vulnerable defendants.
    • Matthew Bean - KBWHis preparation is meticulous and his advocacy measured and highly effective.
    • Paul Cleasby - KBWProsecutes and defends a wide range of cases.
    • Rupert Doswell - KBWNaturally intuitive with a jury, tactically superb and an outstanding advocate.
    • Julian Jones - Park Square BarristersHard-working, dogged, and conscientious.
    • Shufqat Khan - Park Square BarristersIncisive and meticulous, with a commanding presence in court.
    • Sean Smith - Exchange ChambersCalm, measured, and highly intelligent.
    • Rebecca Stevens - KBWSpecialises in serious sexual and violent offences.
    • Stephen Wood - Broadway House ChambersNotable for his prosecution of cold cases.
    • Nick Worsley - Zenith ChambersHis practice includes complex fraud and serious violent crime.

Sheffield-based Bank House Chambers carries a strong reputation for criminal work, and remains one of the key sets in the area for this kind of work. Specific strong suits for the set include terrorism cases, where Gul Nawaz Hussain QC is particularly renowned, and sexual offences, where Katherine Goddard QC, who took silk in 2019, is a key practitioner.

Members of Broadway House Chambers are instructed in a wide range of serious criminal cases, including violent crime, sexual offences and drug offences as well as fraud. Several members of the set's crime team are currently prosecuting and defending in the Rotherham child sexual exploitation enquiry.

At Dere Street Barristers, members prosecute and defend in a wide range of criminal cases. Recent highlights include John Elvidge QC's representation of a defendant financial consultant in a five-month multi-defendant SFO prosecution and Peter Makepeace QC securing an acquittal for a defendant in a joint enterprise murder case, in which several of the co-accused were convicted of murder or manslaughter.

Exchange Chambers' 'tremendous strength in depth' enables it to provide a strong service across a wide range of criminal instructions. Nick Johnson QC recently acted for the first defendant in a gang-related assassination case, involving two murders, and in which three of the six charges led to acquittals. Emma Bennett departed the set for Parklane Plowden.

KBW's criminal team is instructed on serious cases such as drug-related or sexual offences and serious violent crime. In a notable recent case, Anthony Dunne prosecuted, as a junior alone, four defendants charged with conspiracy to supply drugs and firearms, with the lead defendant also facing a further charge relating to the supply of a handgun to a known organised criminal group.

New Park Court Chambers is 'one of the standout chambers in the region' for criminal work, with a strong range of counsel at both ends of the call spectrum. The set has substantially expanded its range of practitioners as well, with Simon Kealey QC, Ashleigh Metcalf, Jessica Strange, and Geraldine Kelly arriving from Zenith Chambers. Notable recent cases for the set include a £10m missing trader intra-community (MTIC) fraud trial lasting three months, in which Alistair Mcdonald QC and Nicholas De La Poer prosecuted.

Park Square Barristers is the 'chambers of choice' for many criminal solicitors within the region, with clients praising the 'strong range of alternative counsel' that can be provided where necessary. Head of chambers Richard Wright QC is known for prosecuting some of the circuit's most high-profile cases, and recently prosecuted in in the Huddersfield grooming trials, with Kate Batty acting as his junior. In another stand-out case, Peter Moulson QC defended a restaurant owner charged with gross negligence manslaughter following the death of a patron from an allergic reaction, only the second such prosecution to be undertaken.

St John's Buildings' Sheffield presence 'offers a broad range of experienced criminal barristers', particularly on the prosecution side of the aisle. 'Stand-out' junior Ian Goldsack recently prosecuted two women of previous good character who were convicted of the murder of a woman they believed to have information about a stolen necklace, acting as a junior alone against two silks. Richard Thyne acted as the lead junior for the crown in an eight-handed county lines drug conspiracy case.

St Paul's Chambers is home to both junior and senior criminal specialists, and the set is most notable for the strong fraud and business crime focus of many of its members, who are instructed for both the prosecution and defence in such cases. As a result, the set has good relationships with several prosecution bodies other than CPS, such as trading standards and the SFO. Bribery and corruption is another specialist area.

Trinity Chambers is a significant presence in the Newcastle and Teeside area for criminal work, though members are also instructed from further afield. Violent crime and sexual offences remain key areas of work for the set. Caroline Goodwin QC defended a client accused of a series of three arson attacks against the same victim, including an an attack on a house, concerning a supposed debt.

Tom Storey remains a notable criminal practitioner at Zenith Chambers, with experience in serious violent, sexual and drug-related cases, primarily for the prosecution an often as a leading junior. Nicholas Worsley is notable for his experience in cases involving children, either as defendants or victims. The set has also seen several recent departures with Simon Kealey QC, Geraldine Kelly, Ashleigh Metcalf, and Jessica Strange moving to New Park Court Chambers .


Employment

Leading Juniors

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Members of Broadway House Chambers are often instructed on TUPE matters, as well as acting for both claimant an respondents on a range of equality act matters and unfair dismissal cases. Paul Smith recently represented a respondent care home in 31 claims of age discrimination, sex discrimination, harassment, and victimisation, all of which were dismissed.

Dere Street Barristers ' employment team is home to several strong practitioners, and recently provided juniors on both sides of Court of Appeal case City of York Council v Grosset, which concerned the definition of disability discrimination law set down in the Equality Act 2010, and saw Samuel Healy acting for the council while Angharad Davies represented the former teacher. Other notable cases include Healy's successful representation of a respondent school following an allegation of sexual orientation discrimination brought by a heterosexual man who had been dismissed.

Exchange Chambers' employment team is instructed to represent clients at all levels of the court system, from employment tribunals up to the Court of Appeal, as well as in settlement meetings and mediations. Discrimination cases are a key area of work for the set. A recent highlight is Ashley Serr's continued representation of the respondent in De Groen v Gan Menachem Nursery, which concerned allegations of discrimination on the grounds of the claimant's lack of belief by the respondent Orthodox Jewish nursery, now in the appeals process - the matter was remitted back to tribunal after some findings of direct discrimination were upheld and some of indirect discrimination were not.

KBW is home to Simon Mallett, who acts for both claimants and respondents in a wide range of employment law cases, including on a direct access basis, and has a particular focus on representing respondent police forces in employment claims. Notable recent cases include a whistleblowing claim brought by a senior finance manager at HSBC on the claimant side, and the defence of a race discrimination claim against a police force on the employer side.

Kings Chambers is home to a team of strong employment specialists, with experience in a wide range of cases for both employees and employers, as well as advising clients outside of litigation. Ben Williams recently represented a claimant healthcare assistant who was dismissed for making a complaint about a manager, obtaining costs as well as damages.

Described by one client as 'unquestionably the strongest employment set in the North EastParklane Plowden is predominantly instructed on behalf of respondents, though members also act for claimants, including on a direct access basis. Discrimination cases are a key area of specialism, such as Seamus Sweeney's work with Glasgow City Council on multi-claimant equal pay claims, and Kirti Jeram acting for a director of Thyssenkrupp Elevator UK in a claim which included several allegations of racial harassment.

St Philips Chambers is home to Bruce Frew, who is often instructed on behalf of respondents for discrimination and unfair dismissal cases. He recently represented a respondent in a complex disability discrimination claim, in which it was conceded that the claimant was disabled on one of the four disabilities claimed, but the employer continued to dispute the fourth. Helen Gardiner and Paul Wilson departed the set for Kings Chambers and an in-house position with Make UK (formerly the EEF) respectively.

Members of Trinity Chambers are instructed by both claimants and respondents in employment law cases, with a particular focus on equal pay cases as well as wider discrimination work.


Family and children law

Index of tables

  1. Leading Silks
  2. Leading Juniors

Leading Silks

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Leading Juniors

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Broadway House Chambers is a key set for family law in the region, with clients praising its 'strength in depth'. The set is instructed across the area, but is most notable for members' financial remedy practices, particularly in cases involving international assets.

Dere Street Barristers is active across the spectrum of family law matters, though it is most notable for members' particular experience in public law children proceedings, often involving non-accidental injury. The set is recommended by clients for its 'considerable strength in depth' and its 'welcoming and friendly approach'.

Members of KBW are instructed primarily on private law proceedings, with a particular focus on complex fact-finding hearings involving abuse allegations. Olivia Checa-Dover is notable for her increasing prevalence in complex private law children proceedings, while Manisha Marwaha has considerable experience in cases with an international aspect, as well as representing vulnerable clients.

New Park Court Chambers is home to Valerie Sterling, who is active in all aspects of family work, including both private and public child law matters, predominantly acting for parents in such cases, as well as maintaining a matrimonial finance practice.

Park Square Barristers' family team is most notable for its work in complex care proceedings, though members are instructed across the full range of public and private law matters, including family finance. According to clients, the team is a 'first-choice set' for family law matters on the circuit. Martin Todd joined the set from Dere Street Barristers in March 2019.

Parklane Plowden has a strong reputation in family law work, and is 'particularly good with children matters', as well as being praised for their 'strong, growing team in financial remedy'. TLATA specialist Elizabeth Darlington recently represented an individual seeking to set aside her ex-partner's ownership of a property held jointly, but for which the vast majority of purchase monies had been provided by the client. In another recent highlight, Alex Taylor represented a local authority in a complex case in which care proceedings were brought against a set of parents concerning their second child, who was born in Ireland after the parents relocated when their first child was subject to adoption in the UK, with further jurisdictional issues being raised upon the birth of a third child.

As the circuit's only specialist family law set, it comes as no surprise that Spire Barristers is home to a strong contingent of experienced family barristers. Key areas of work include cases concerning non-accidental injuries, sexual abuse, accusations of coaching, and fabricated or induced illnesses.

At Trinity Chambers, members are instructed across the spectrum of family law, including both children law and financial remedy. Of recent note, Margaret Sweeting represented the respondent father, a serving police officer, in a case involving implacable hostility between the parties and which had to take into account the mother's psychological difficulties.

Regarded as one of the leading sets for family law work on circuit, Zenith Chambers is praised by clients for its 'wealth of experienced barristers', 'good junior counsel', and strong private law experience. In addition to private Children Act cases, members are also active in public law proceedings and financial remedy cases.


Immigration

Leading Juniors

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    • Roxanne Frantzis - KBWAn expert litigator.
    • Manisha Marwatha - KBWA rising star.

Members of KBW are often instructed at all levels of the judicial system in relation to immigration cases, acting for all parties involved, though the set is most notable for its work on behalf of the Home Office. Notable recent cases include Roxanne Frantzis' work for the government in Upper Tribunal case R (Rostami) v Secretary of State for the Home Department, concerning removals to Iran.


Inquests and inquiries

Index of tables

  1. Leading Silks
  2. Leading Juniors

Leading Silks

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    • Paul Greaney QC - New Park Court ChambersOther barristers pale in comparison.

Leading Juniors

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Members of KBW are commonly instructed by police forces in inquests and 'never fail to deliver the goods'. A key recent work example is Ian Mullarkey's representation of West Yorkshire Police in the inquest into the death of Nathan Cooke, who hanged himself within hours following his release from police custody.

New Park Court Chambers is home to Paul Greaney QC, who is involved in several major inquests and inquiries, often with a high degree of media attention. Notable high-profile mandates include the Manchester bombing inquiry, as well as the Grenfell Tower inquiry, with Greaney leading Nicholas De La Poer in the latter for gas contractor tRIIO.

Park Square Barristers is home to Janine Wolstenholme, who has significant experience in Article 2 inquests. She represented the National Probation Service in an inquest into the death of a woman who was murdered by her former partner, who was a year previously released on license following a conviction for a previous murder in similar circumstances.

Parklane Plowden is a notable presence in inquests throughout the region with a particular focus on hospital and custody deaths. Georgina Nolan recently represented the widow of a man who died during the first robotic mitral valve repair surgery in the UK, in an inquest into his death, which concluded it came as a direct result of the surgery.


Leading Sets


Personal injury

Index of tables

  1. Leading Silks
  2. Leading Juniors

Leading Silks

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Leading Juniors

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Dere Street Barristers is home to Daniel Edwards, who specialises in catastrophic injury cases - he primarily acts for claimants, but also does some defendant work.

Exchange Chambers 'always has the right person for the case' and its members are commonly instructed in high-value cases involving catastrophic injuries. Pankaj Madan represented the defendant in a chronic pain case, in which an injury resulted in a loss of employment rendering the claimant ineligible for indefinite leave to remain, resulting in a substantial loss of future earnings claim.

Kings Chambers has bolstered its presence within the region in the past year with the arrival of Toby Coupe from Park Square Barristers. Members are instructed on a wide range of complex work, often dealing with catastrophic injuries, industrial disease and workplace accidents.

Members of Park Square Barristers represent both claimants and defendants in a wide range of personal injury matters, with several members being particularly in demand to defend against fraudulent claims. Other key areas of practice include catastrophic injury and industrial disease claims.

With a large number of specialist practitioners among its ranks, Parklane Plowden has 'a big reputation for serious injury work in the region'. A notable recent instruction is Christopher Williams acting for the defendant funeral home in a claim for psychiatric injury brought by mourners who had witnessed pallbearers drop the coffin of a family member into its grave, breaking open the lid and exposing the body inside.

St Paul's Chambers is predominantly instructed on behalf of claimants in personal injury cases, with a particular focus on complex, large-scale cases. Of note in 2018, Sophie Mitchell's work on the Mau Mau civil litigation came to an end, while Robert Smith secured a seven-figure settlement for a pedestrian claimant involved in a contested road accident.

Zenith Chambers has a strong presence in personal injury work, acting for both claimants and defendants in a wide range of matters. Members of the 'very strong' team are praised by clients for their ability to 'feed off each other's expertise'. In a recent work example, Mark Henley was instructed on behalf of the Ministry of Justice to defend a mesothelioma claim that was initially pleaded at over £1m.


Property

Leading Juniors

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Enterprise Chambers houses one of the largest groups of property barristers in the region, and is regarded as a 'go-to set' for property litigation by several clients. Bruce Walker recently acted for one claimant in a complex dispute concerning the control of land interests, which involved the removal of trustees, disputed tenancy agreements and occupation rents, among other issues. Jonathan Rodger recently departed for Trinity Chambers.

William Hanbury is the key figure in property litigation for Exchange Chambers in Leeds, with a practice including possession claims and disputes concerning leases and easements.

Key areas of work for Parklane Plowden's property team include landlord and tenant, boundary disputes and conveyancing disputes. In addition, Sean Kelly is a notable practitioner in the field of agricultural and other partnership property, recently appearing in the Court of Appeal in Liddle v Liddle, which concerned the validity of an obligation to pay the first installment of a purchase price before that price has been determined.

Zenith Chambers is particularly notable for its housing practice, with members capable of acting on either side in landlord and tenant matters, including possession claims. Of recent note, Peter Marcus acted for Kirklees Council in a possession claim brought against an absentee tenant.


Public law

Index of tables

  1. Leading Silks
  2. Leading Juniors

Leading Silks

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    • Richard Clayton QC - Kings ChambersA brilliant advocate.

Leading Juniors

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    • Hannah Lynch - St Paul's ChambersSpecialises in special educational needs cases.

At Kings Chambers, Richard Clayton QC is a public law specialist, acting on a wide range of civil liberties, judicial review and local government matters.

St Paul's Chambers is home to Hannah Lynch, who specialises in education law matters, particularly in relation to special educational needs. Lynch acts primarily for respondent local authorities in these matters, often defending against appeals of Education, Health and Care Plan decisions in the upper tribunal.


Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing

Index of tables

  1. Leading Silks
  2. Leading Juniors

Leading Silks

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    • Paul Greaney QC - New Park Court ChambersHas the complete respect and confidence of the Court at every level of jurisdiction.
    • Sam Green QC - St Paul's ChambersHighly knowledgeable and academic
    • Jason Pitter QC - New Park Court ChambersA tenacious and highly effective advocate
    • Richard Wright QC - Park Square BarristersHighly experienced in environmental and agricultural matters.

Leading Juniors

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    • Sharon Beattie - New Park Court ChambersIn demand for cases with a medical element.
    • Adam Birkby - New Park Court ChambersSpecialises in health and safety and professional disciplinary work.
    • Simon Mallett - KBWA police law specialist.
    • Anna Wilkinson - Park Square BarristersAn experienced health and safety prosecutor.
    • Toby Wynn - KBWA stong advocate who puts officers at ease in misconduct proceedings.

Paul Kirtley at Exchange Chambers maintains a wide professional disciplinary practice covering police law, the regulation of solicitors and medical sector disciplinary proceedings. Other key areas include sports discipline work, where Kirtley acts for both athletes and governing bodies.

Police law is the watchword at KBW, with members frequently in demand for the defence of civil claims against the police and representation of forces in misconduct hearings. Olivia Checa-Dover recently acted for Northumbria Police in misconduct proceedings brought against an officer who had arrested a man attempting to take his own life.

New Park Court Chambers houses a substantial regulatory team with experience in a wide range of matters. Key areas of work include health and safety cases, environmental prosecutions, police law and other professional disciplinary hearings. Health and safety law expert Jason Pitter QC recently represented a sole trader accused of gross negligence manslaughter concerning a bespoke cot made by the defendant following the death of an infant due to design defects.

Members of Park Square Barristers are commonly instructed in health and safety cases, with a particular focus on the prosecution of such cases. Other notable areas of specialism include food standards and Environment Agency prosecutions, as well as police law.  Of recent note, Richard Wright QC represented the CPS in an appeal brought by slaughterhouse operator M Najib & Sons, which had been convicted of failing to supply samples for the monitoring of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (a category of prion diseases which includes scrapie).

St Paul's Chambers is home to Samuel Green QC, who specialises in health and safety cases and police misconduct proceedings, with a significant track record in both prosecution and defence. Green recently defended a police officer in a misconduct hearing in which it was alleged that during an inquest into the death of a former paratrooper members of the deceased's family were put under unauthorised surveillance.


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