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North Eastern Circuit – Leading sets

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Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law

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  1. Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law – Leading silks
  2. Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law – Leading juniors

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law – Leading silks

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Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law – Leading juniors

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Dere Street Barristers has expertise in commercial and Chancery disputes, including directors’ duties and partnership cases. Stephen Fletcher is a key name.

Enterprise Chambers is β€˜a solid set’ for commercial and Chancery matters, where members have expertise in insolvency matters, contentious trusts and probate, and shareholder disputes, among other areas. In February 2017, Jonathan Klein was appointed to the circuit bench.

Lisa Linklater is a key contact for commercial Chancery matters at Exchange Chambers; her practice includes high-value shareholder and insolvency disputes, and she recently acted for the administrators in a precedent-setting case regarding the scope of the court’s powers when ending administration.

Kings Chambers is noted for its strong insolvency team, where members represent companies, directors and debtors across a range of matters. Banking and commercial disputes are other key areas of expertise.

New Park Court Chambers houses James Normington and Ashley Tucker, who have particular expertise in traditional Chancery matters, notably wills, probate, and trusts.

Members of Park Square Barristers’ commercial and Chancery team have expertise in insolvency, TOLATA, probate, trusts, wills and contractual disputes, among other areas.

St Philips Stone handles a range of commercial and Chancery matters, including probate, trusts, wills, partnership, and shareholder and business sale disputes. Stuart Roberts successfully represented the claimant in the case of Pratt v Kingsley, a dispute over the validity of a will found five years after the death of the testator.

Trinity Chambers is well known for its expertise in Chancery law, where members act in cases involving wills and probate, trusts, estates, professional negligence, landlords and tenants, and insolvency, among other areas.

Zenith Chambers houses Nicola Phillipson, who has extensive experience in Chancery matters, particularly in probate and Inheritance Act cases.


Construction, planning and environment

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  1. Construction, planning and environment – Leading silks
  2. Construction, planning and environment – Leading juniors

Construction, planning and environment – Leading silks

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    • David Manley QC - Kings Chambers β€˜A thorough silk, who gets straight to the point.’
    • Paul Tucker QC - Kings Chambers β€˜A highly accomplished advocate, who is excellent with clients.’

Construction, planning and environment – Leading juniors

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    • Martin Carter - Kings Chambers β€˜A very personable barrister, who builds excellent rapport with everyone he works with.’
    • Jonathan Easton - Kings Chambers β€˜Recommended for town and country planning cases.’
    • Anthony Edwards - St Philips Stone β€˜Experienced in cases involving construction disputes.’
    • Ruth Stockley - Kings Chambers β€˜She has excellent legal knowledge.’

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Recent case highlights for Kings Chambers saw Paul Tucker QC successfully defend a High Court challenge to quash a planning inspector’s decision in the case of R (St Modwen) v Secretary of State and East Riding of Yorkshire.

St Philips Stone houses Anthony Edwards, who has expertise in heavyweight construction disputes.


Costs

Costs – Leading juniors

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    • Steven Turner - Parklane Plowden β€˜Very experienced in costs matters.’

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Steven Turner is a key contact at Parklane Plowden for costs. He has appeared alone in Court of Appeal cases regarding fixed costs and represented clients in multimillion-pound joint settlement meetings.


Court of Protection

Court of Protection – Leading juniors

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    • Francesca Gardner - Kings Chambers β€˜Extremely bright and very talented.’
    • Natalia Levine - Parklane Plowden β€˜Intelligent and a safe pair of hands in court.’
    • Joseph O’Brien - St John’s Buildings β€˜He excels in his knowledge of the law.’

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Francesca Gardner at Kings Chambers in Leeds is β€˜an up-and-coming star’ in the area of Court of Protection; her practice includes a range of mental health and capacity cases involving deprivation of liberty, covert medication and human rights matters.

Parklane Plowden houses Natalia Levine, who has a niche practice in Court of Protection cases involving welfare elements. She also has expertise in the mismanagement of finances.

Joseph O’Brien at St John’s Buildings is very well known for his Court of Protection practice, and he has particular expertise in deprivation of liberty cases.


Crime

Index of tables

  1. Crime – Leading silks
  2. Crime – Leading juniors

Crime – Leading silks

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    • Simon Bickler QC - St Paul’s Chambers β€˜A formidable and very astute advocate.’
    • David Brooke QC - KBW β€˜A very experienced criminal practitioner.’
    • Michelle Colborne QC - Broadway House Chambers β€˜She specialises in cases of homicide, infant death and serious sexual offences.’
    • Bryan Cox QC - St Paul’s Chambers β€˜Very experienced in cases of serious fraud and murder.’
    • John Elvidge QC - Dere Street Barristers β€˜Very experienced in high-profile homicide cases.’
    • Dafydd Enoch QC - New Park Court Chambers β€˜A silk of high intellectual calibre.’
    • Caroline Goodwin QC - Trinity Chambers β€˜She has expertise across a broad spectrum of criminal matters.’
    • Paul Greaney QC - New Park Court Chambers β€˜An outstanding advocate with extensive knowledge of criminal law.’
    • John Harrison QC - St Paul’s Chambers β€˜Recommended for prosecuting and defending serious criminal matters.’
    • Toby Hedworth QC - Trinity Chambers β€˜A fantastic communicator, who distils complex facts into intelligible themes.’
    • Jamie Hill QC - Fountain Chambers β€˜Known for appearing in high-profile murder cases.’
    • Abdul Iqbal QC - Park Square Barristers β€˜He maintains absolute mastery over the facts.’
    • Nick Johnson QC - Exchange Chambers β€˜He has an excellent courtroom manner and affinity with clients.’
    • Simon Kealey QC - Zenith Chambers β€˜A specialist in people trafficking, fraud and money laundering cases.’
    • Tahir Khan QC - Broadway House Chambers β€˜Recommended for cases involving serious sexual offences.’
    • Nicholas Lumley QC - New Park Court Chambers β€˜He is unflappable, charming, and always has the ear of the court.’
    • Alistair MacDonald QC - New Park Court Chambers β€˜A very accomplished advocate.’
    • Peter Makepeace QC - Dere Street Barristers β€˜His recent cases include murder, people trafficking and historic sexual abuse.’
    • Kama Melly QC - Park Square Barristers β€˜An expert in sexual offences cases.’
    • Peter Moulson QC - Park Square Barristers β€˜Highly regarded for complex homicide cases.’
    • Andrew O’Byrne QC - St John’s Buildings β€˜Eloquent yet concise, and instils complete confidence in clients.’
    • Jason Pitter QC - New Park Court Chambers β€˜Very intelligent with a rigorous work ethic.’
    • Tim Roberts QC - Fountain Chambers β€˜He has niche expertise in cases involving undercover operations.’
    • Robert Smith QC - New Park Court Chambers β€˜Very experienced across a range of heavyweight cases.’
    • Christopher Tehrani QC - Exchange Chambers β€˜A very bright silk, who is excellent on his feet.’
    • Adrian Waterman QC - KBW β€˜Very experienced in homicide cases.’
    • Robert Woodcock QC - New Park Court Chambers β€˜His areas of expertise include murder, sexual abuse and large-scale drugs conspiracies.’
    • Richard Wright QC - Park Square Barristers β€˜A go-to silk for serious criminal cases.’

Crime – Leading juniors

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    • Nicholas Askins - Broadway House Chambers β€˜Prosecutes and defends in cases of major and organised crime.’
    • James Baird - Bank House Chambers β€˜Recommended for heavyweight crime cases.’
    • Richard Barradell - KBW β€˜Well known for his criminal defence work.’
    • Gillian Batts - Park Square Barristers β€˜She specialises in sexual offences cases and fraud work.’
    • Emma Bennett - Exchange Chambers β€˜Her organisational skills and attention to detail are admirable.’
    • Adam Birkby - New Park Court Chambers β€˜Recent cases include multi-handed drugs conspiracies, homicide and sexual offences.’
    • James Bourne-Arton - St Paul’s Chambers β€˜He is thorough and quick to grasp the issues in a case.’
    • Denise Breen-Lawton - St Paul’s Chambers β€˜An intellectually astute barrister, who commands the court.’
    • Helen Chapman - St Paul’s Chambers β€˜Experienced across a range of serious criminal matters.’
    • Paul Cleasby - KBW β€˜Very experienced in serious sexual offences cases.’
    • Julie Clemitson - Dere Street Barristers β€˜Recommended for cases involving vulnerable defendants and witnesses.’
    • Tony Cornberg - Trinity Chambers β€˜His practice covers the full spectrum of serious criminal matters.’
    • Steven Crossley - Exchange Chambers β€˜Recommended for police misconduct hearings.’
    • Andrew Dallas - Park Square Barristers β€˜Very experienced across a panoply of crime work.’
    • Nicholas de la Poer - New Park Court Chambers β€˜Recommended for defending in serious criminal cases.’
    • Amanda Denton - KBW β€˜Recommended for a broad spectrum of serious criminal matters.’
    • Sophie Drake - Broadway House Chambers β€˜Known for prosecuting and defending in cases involving serious sexual offences.’
    • Anthony Dunne - KBW β€˜Shrewd, puissant and self-possessed in cases.’
    • Nigel Edwards - St Paul’s Chambers β€˜He has extensive experience in serious fraud cases.’
    • Christine Egerton - KBW β€˜Experienced across a panoply of criminal matters.’
    • Glenn Gatland - Trinity Chambers β€˜An incisive cross-examiner, who is more than capable of holding his own against silks.’
    • Katherine Goddard - Bank House Chambers β€˜Recommended for defence work in crime cases.’
    • Ian Goldsack - St John’s Buildings β€˜A criminal law specialist.’
    • David Gordon - Park Square Barristers β€˜A fearless and very persuasive advocate.’
    • Stephen Grattage - Exchange Chambers β€˜Experienced in complex criminal cases.’
    • John Gregg - Broadway House Chambers β€˜His practice includes fraud cases, serious sexual offences claims and drugs conspiracies.’
    • Peter Hampton - Broadway House Chambers β€˜Completely imperturbable when handling serious matters; judges like him.’
    • Craig Hassall - Park Square Barristers β€˜Conscientious and good with clients.’
    • Gerald Hendron - Broadway House Chambers β€˜Experienced across a range of criminal matters.’
    • Ian Howard - Broadway House Chambers β€˜Recent cases include murder and drug trafficking.’
    • Chloe Hudson - New Park Court Chambers β€˜An excellent junior, who is down to earth, practical and meticulous.’
    • Gul Nawaz Hussain - Bank House Chambers β€˜He has expertise in terrorism trials.’
    • Geraldine Kelly - Zenith Chambers β€˜A tenacious and highly experienced barrister.’
    • James Lake - St Paul’s Chambers β€˜He is an exceptional talent.’
    • Jeremy Lindsay - Spire Barristers β€˜Recommended for cases of serious sexual offences and violence.’
    • Mark McKone - Park Square Barristers β€˜Defends and prosecutes across a range of criminal matters.’
    • Ian Mullarkey - KBW β€˜Experienced across an array of serious criminal cases.’
    • Paul O’Shea - St John’s Buildings β€˜A very experienced advocate in criminal cases.’
    • Glenn Parsons - Park Square Barristers β€˜Astute and imperturbable, with brilliant client-care skills.’
    • Robin Patton - Fountain Chambers β€˜Well known for his expertise in cybercrime.’
    • Michael Rawlinson - Exchange Chambers β€˜Fearless, tenacious and very personable.’
    • Anne Richardson - Dere Street Barristers β€˜An expert in historic sexual abuse cases.’
    • Jonathan Sandiford - St Paul’s Chambers β€˜Very experienced in prosecution work.’
    • Catherine Silverton - Park Square Barristers β€˜A tower of strength with a fantastic legal mind.’
    • Andrew Smith MBE TD - Bank House Chambers β€˜Recommended for historic sexual abuse cases.’
    • Chris Smith - New Park Court Chambers β€˜Very experienced in fraud and money laundering cases.’
    • Robert Stevenson - Park Square Barristers β€˜Quick-witted, methodical and conscientious.’
    • Tom Storey - Zenith Chambers β€˜Recommended for a broad range of criminal matters.’
    • Richard Thyne - St John’s Buildings β€˜His practice includes murder, serious sexual offences and drug trafficking matters.’
    • Taryn Turner - Park Square Barristers β€˜A very experienced advocate, who builds good rapport with clients.’
    • Hal Watson - St Paul’s Chambers β€˜Very experienced in complex fraud cases.’
    • Nicholas Worsley - Zenith Chambers β€˜A very smooth and capable advocate.’

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The criminal team at Bank House Chambers prosecutes and defends across all types of cases, including murder and manslaughter, fraud, serious sexual offences, and terrorism trials.

Broadway House Chambers has β€˜an array of talented counsel’, who are well versed in homicide, serious violence, drugs conspiracies and money laundering cases. The set has seen an uptick in serious sexual offences work, in which context, Tahir Khan QC and Michelle Colborne QC acted for the prosecution and defence respectively in a trial resulting from the Rotherham child sexual abuse investigations.

Dere Street Barristers has a reputation for handling high-profile sexual offences, homicide and fraud cases. Robert Woodcock QC left for New Park Court Chambers in January 2017.

Recent cases for the criminal team at Exchange Chambers have included high-profile people trafficking, multi-handed murder and serious sexual offences matters.

Fountain Chambers houses Jamie Hill QC and Robin Patton, the latter of whom is noted for his expertise in cybercrime.

KBW’s criminal practitioners have expertise in multi-handed murder, fraud and terrorism cases, among other areas. David Brooke QC took silk in 2017, and prior to that, he was the lead junior who prosecuted 12 defendants for Class A drug dealing and possession of firearms with intent.

New Park Court Chambers has over 50 practitioners in its criminal team, who handle high-profile homicide, sexual offences, drugs, human trafficking, fraud and terrorism cases, to name but a few. In 2016, Paul Greaney QC successfully prosecuted Mohammed Syeedy for the murder of a local imam; it is claimed that Syeedy was influenced by ISIS beliefs. Robert Woodcock QC joined from Dere Street Barristers in January 2017.

Park Square Barristers is home to over 60 criminal practitioners, including numerous CPS grade 4 prosecutors and RASSO-approved practitioners. The set prosecutes and defends in equal measure in high-profile cases of terrorism, serious sexual offences, murder and multi-handed drugs conspiracies. David Dixon was appointed to the circuit bench in November 2016.

Jeremy Lindsay at Spire Barristers is well known for defending in serious sexual offences cases.

Members of St John’s Buildings are active across the spectrum of criminal law, including drug trafficking, attempted murder and organised crime cases.

St Paul’s Chambers is particularly well known for its expertise in fraud, while other key areas of expertise include serious sexual offences and murder trials. A key highlight for the set is Bryan Cox QC’s involvement in the ongoing Mau Mau Kenyan reparation claims for alleged torture and human rights abuses. Andrew Stubbs QC was appointed to the circuit bench in November 2016.

Trinity Chambers’ areas of expertise include multimillion-pound drugs conspiracies, serious sexual offences, murder and people trafficking matters. Caroline Goodwin QC took silk in 2017.

Zenith Chambers’ crime team predominantly prosecutes across a range of matters including homicide, people trafficking, fraud and serious violence cases. Simon Kealey QC took silk in 2017.


Employment

Employment – Leading juniors

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    • Jamie Anderson - Trinity Chambers β€˜He builds strong client relationships.’
    • Simon Anderson - Park Square Barristers β€˜Well known for acting in discrimination, victimisation, bullying and harassment claims.’
    • Dominic Bayne - Parklane Plowden β€˜A strong and calm advocate who is good with clients.’
    • Colin Bourne - Kings Chambers β€˜His practice includes TUPE, unfair dismissal and whistleblowing cases.’
    • Jane Callan - Trinity Chambers β€˜She has a wealth of experience and sharp analytical skills.’
    • Angharad Davies - Dere Street Barristers β€˜She has recent experience in unfair dismissal and harassment claims.’
    • Bruce Frew - St Philips Chambers β€˜Recommended for all areas of employment law.’
    • Helen Gardiner - St Philips Chambers β€˜Great with clients, intelligent, and very good on her feet.’
    • Simon Goldberg - Trinity Chambers β€˜Very knowledgeable on complex areas of employment law.’
    • Paras Gorasia - Kings Chambers β€˜A highly talented barrister who delivers on every level.’
    • Samuel Healy - Dere Street Barristers β€˜Clients and judges love his calm demeanour.’
    • Nicholas Hill - Park Square Barristers β€˜Known for representing blue-chip companies in employment matters.’
    • Helen Hogben - Trinity Chambers β€˜An adamant and painstaking cross-examiner.’
    • Kirti Jeram - Parklane Plowden β€˜Clients appreciate her impressive command of details.’
    • Paul Kirtley - Exchange Chambers β€˜He has an insightful eye for the heart of a case.’
    • Catherine Knowles - Exchange Chambers β€˜Recommended for discrimination matters.’
    • Edward Legard - Dere Street Barristers β€˜A silk in junior’s clothing.’
    • Simon Mallett - KBW β€˜His practice includes whistleblowing, discrimination and unfair dismissal claims.’
    • Alex Modgill - Broadway House Chambers β€˜Experienced across a broad spectrum of employment matters.’
    • Jamie Morgan - Trinity Chambers β€˜An excellent advocate who builds client rapport very quickly.’
    • Roger Quickfall - Parklane Plowden β€˜An employment specialist.’
    • Ashley Serr - Exchange Chambers β€˜A direct and smooth-spoken advocate.’
    • Paul Smith - Broadway House Chambers β€˜Clients like his approachability and dedication to cases.’
    • Richard Stubbs - Trinity Chambers β€˜Recent cases include TUPE, discrimination and unfair dismissal claims.’
    • Andrew Sugarman - Parklane Plowden β€˜Technically and tactically astute with an engaging personal style.’
    • Seamus Sweeney - Parklane Plowden β€˜He has a sure touch when engaging with lay clients.’
    • Antoine Tinnion - Trinity Chambers β€˜A sound advocate with the human touch.’
    • Andrew Webster - Parklane Plowden β€˜A strong, thorough and personable advocate.’
    • Alfred Weiss - Exchange Chambers β€˜A highly knowledgeable barrister with a strong courtroom presence.’
    • Steven White - New Park Court Chambers β€˜A very experienced employment barrister.’
    • Ceri Widdett - Exchange Chambers β€˜Very experienced in discrimination cases.’
    • Ben Williams - Kings Chambers β€˜He is a very user-friendly barrister.’
    • Paul Wilson - St Philips Chambers β€˜Very personable and quick to put clients at ease.’

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Members at Broadway House Chambers have expertise across the full range of employment matters, including TUPE, unfair dismissal, discrimination and restrictive covenants.

Dere Street Barristers is β€˜strong on employment law’ with counsel representing local authorities, NHS Trusts and companies across a broad spectrum of matters including discrimination, unfair dismissal, whistleblowing, TUPE and harassment. Members act for claimants and respondents. Angharad Davies returned to the set from St Paul’s Chambers in November 2016.

Exchange Chambers has β€˜a good employment team’ which acts for employers and employees in a wide range of matters, including whistleblowing, discrimination, TUPE and unfair dismissal cases. Recent highlights for the set include Ashley Serr acting in the high-profile whistleblowing case Frost v Ministry of Defence.

KBW houses Simon Mallett, who is well known for representing police forces in a variety of employment cases including whistleblowing and disability discrimination.

Recent cases for the employment team at Kings Chambers have included discrimination, harassment and unfair dismissal claims. The team continues to act for NHS trusts.

New Park Court Chambers houses Steven White, whose practice includes unfair dismissal, TUPE and harassment cases.

The team at Park Square Barristers has expertise across the ambit of employment law; members represent individuals and companies in unfair dismissal, discrimination and TUPE claims, among other areas.

Parklane Plowden is a β€˜very strong set for employment law’. Members have expertise across the whole spectrum of employment matters including TUPE, unfair dismissal, discrimination, harassment and whistleblowing cases. The barristers act for claimants and respondents, with slight emphasis on representing the latter in disputes.

Members at St Philips Chambers frequently appear in the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT), acting for claimants and respondents in matters including discrimination, unfair dismissal and whistleblowing claims.

The employment group at Trinity Chambers is widely recognised for its expertise in equal pay disputes; other key areas of instruction include discrimination, whistleblowing and unfair dismissal cases. Helen Hogben has particular experience in cases of victimisation and discrimination involving police forces and the NHS.


Family and children law

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  1. Family and children law – Leading silks
  2. Family and children law – Leading juniors

Family and children law – Leading silks

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    • Simon Bickler QC - St Paul’s Chambers β€˜A consummate silk, who builds good relationships with clients.’
    • John Hayes QC - Zenith Chambers β€˜His command of the law is second to none.’
    • Taryn Lee QC - Spire Barristers β€˜An outstanding silk, who is fearless in fighting for her clients.’
    • Nicholas Stonor QC - Trinity Chambers β€˜He is highly intelligent, conscientious and relates brilliantly to clients.’

Family and children law – Leading juniors

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Broadway House Chambers’ family team has β€˜strength in depth’ and particular expertise in financial remedy work. Complex public and private children law cases are another key area of expertise, where members represent local authorities, parents and guardians.

Dere Street Barristers’ team is experienced across the full range of family law matters but have particular expertise in children law, with an emphasis on care proceedings and abuse cases.

Fountain Chambers houses Collette Price, who has expertise in family finance matters. Care proceedings is another key area of instruction for the set.

Olivia Checa-Dover at KBW has expertise in private law disputes and Manisha Marwaha handles cases involving potential international relocation of children.

New Park Court Chambers’ family team is well versed across the spectrum of public and private law, with a particular focus on children cases involving physical and sexual abuse. Matrimonial finance is another key area of instruction for the set.

Park Square Barristers is β€˜a strong family set’, which focuses on children cases involving abuse, non-accidental injury, and fabricated/induced illnesses. Matters involving alleged radicalisation of children is a growing area of instruction for the set.

The team at Parklane Plowden has a β€˜strong depth of knowledge’ in family law, primarily in children law care cases, but matrimonial finance is an increasing area of practice for the set. Elizabeth Darlington joined from Zenith Chambers in June 2017.

Family law is a key area of expertise at Spire Barristers, where members are adept at handling public and private law children work, particularly in sensitive cases of severe abuse. Cases with international elements are another main area of instruction. Naomi Madderson left for Wilberforce Chambers in July 2016.

St John’s Buildings’ family team is very experienced in children law; members represent parents, local authorities and guardians in cases involving abuse, non-accidental injuries and relocation.

Simon Bickler QC at St Paul’s Chambers is very experienced in high-end abuse cases, while Nicola Saxton has expertise in high-value matrimonial finance disputes.

Trinity Chambers has β€˜strength in depth in family law’, with members handling children cases with an international element alongside financial remedy matters. Nicola Shaw was appointed to the circuit bench in 2016.

Wilberforce Chambers houses Naomi Madderson, who joined from Spire Barristers in July 2016 and has expertise in public and private children law disputes.

Zenith Chambers has β€˜a solid team of family barristers’, who focus on a trinity of areas: children, family finance and adult care. John Hayes QC, for example, has expertise in serious public law children cases, focusing on non-accidental injury and abuse disputes, often appearing in the High Court. Elizabeth Darlington moved to Parklane Plowden in June 2017.


Inquests and inquiries

Inquests and inquiries – Leading juniors

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    • Richard Copnall - Parklane Plowden β€˜Superb on his feet with a keen eye for detail.’
    • Ian Mullarkey - KBW β€˜Known for representing police forces in inquests.’
    • Michael Rawlinson - Exchange Chambers β€˜He has the human touch with lay clients.’

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Exchange Chambers houses Michael Rawlinson, who has expertise in inquests into, for example, suicide and deaths in custody.

Ian Mullarkey at KBW is well known for acting on behalf of the police in inquests.

The team at Parklane Plowden represents institutions as well as bereaved families in inquests into deaths in custody and road traffic accidents, among other areas. Richard Copnall has particular expertise in Article 2 inquests.


Personal injury and clinical negligence

Index of tables

  1. Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading silks
  2. Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading juniors

Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading silks

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    • Andrew Lewis QC - Park Square Barristers β€˜A highly accomplished and very friendly silk.’
    • David Wilby QC - Parklane Plowden β€˜A robust negotiator with meticulous attention to detail.’

Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading juniors

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    • Simon Anderson - Park Square Barristers β€˜Very experienced in industrial disease and employers’ liability claims.’
    • Hylton Armstrong - Parklane Plowden β€˜He is very bright and has a great rapport with clients.’
    • Andrew Axon - Parklane Plowden β€˜An intellectual heavyweight.’
    • Richard Copnall - Parklane Plowden β€˜A very strong advocate and negotiator.’
    • Toby Coupe - Park Square Barristers β€˜Known for acting in claims involving life-changing injuries.’
    • Justin Crossley - Zenith Chambers β€˜His practice includes high-value personal injury claims.’
    • Judy Dawson - Park Square Barristers β€˜Very experienced in insurance fraud cases.’
    • Michael Ditchfield - Kings Chambers β€˜He has a wealth of talent.’
    • Daniel Edwards - Dere Street Barristers β€˜Recommended for cases involving catastrophic injuries and/or fatalities.’
    • Howard Elgot - Parklane Plowden β€˜Experienced in catastrophic injury claims.’
    • Gordon Exall - Zenith Chambers β€˜His legal knowledge is all-encompassing; clients are reassured by him.’
    • Stephen Friday - Parklane Plowden β€˜Highly intelligent and tactically canny.’
    • Jonathan Godfrey - Parklane Plowden β€˜Well known for acting in cases involving sports-related injuries.’
    • Mark Henley - Zenith Chambers β€˜He has very good tactical nous.’
    • Mike Hill - Trinity Chambers β€˜Very experienced in dental negligence claims.’
    • Elizabeth Hodgson - Parklane Plowden β€˜An incisive advocate, who is excellent with clients.’
    • Ruwena Khan - Zenith Chambers β€˜Her practice includes industrial disease and clinical negligence disputes.’
    • Paul Kirtley - Exchange Chambers β€˜A superb analyst.’
    • William Lindsay - Park Square Barristers β€˜He has a very thorough approach to cases.’
    • Pankaj Madan - Exchange Chambers β€˜Very experienced in high-value catastrophic injury claims.’
    • Simon Mallett - KBW β€˜An expert in industrial disease claims.’
    • James Murphy - Parklane Plowden β€˜He has an impressive skill for revealing pertinent facts by shrewd questioning.’
    • Tom Nossiter - Parklane Plowden β€˜Clients love his self-assured manner.’
    • Richard Paige - Park Square Barristers β€˜Recommended for multi-track personal injury cases.’
    • Sarah Pritchard - Kings Chambers β€˜She has a staunch approach to cases and a great client manner.’
    • Fiona Ross - Park Square Barristers β€˜Very experienced in personal injury claims.’
    • Matthew Smith - Park Square Barristers β€˜He is a brilliant advocate.’
    • Robert Smith - St Paul’s Chambers β€˜Known for acting in cases involving serious injuries.’
    • Catherine Souter - Parklane Plowden β€˜Good on her feet, persuasive, and an impressive negotiator.’
    • Christopher Williams - Parklane Plowden β€˜His straightforward advice puts clients at ease.’
    • Andrew Wilson - Zenith Chambers β€˜He is precise and to the point, with an eye for detail.’
    • Peter Wilson - Park Square Barristers β€˜An excellent advocate; judges respect him.’

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Dere Street Barristers’ members are active in a range of personal injury and clinical negligence cases including industrial disease, catastrophic injuries, employers’ liability and motor fraud, to name a few areas.

Exchange Chambers houses Paul Kirtley and Pankaj Madan. Kirtley is well known for handing catastrophic injury matters following road traffic accidents and medical negligence, while Madan has expertise in brain injury cases.

KBW’s personal injury practice focuses on employers’ liability and occupational disease cases, in which members act for claimants and defendants. Simon Mallett is a key contact.

Sarah Pritchard at Kings Chambers is well known for her clinical negligence practice, acting for defendants in high-value claims. Michael Ditchfield is recommended for industrial disease work, particularly in cases involving asbestos exposure.

Park Square Barristers is well known for insurance fraud claims and personal injury matters, particularly industrial disease claims. Andrew Lewis QC has particular experience in catastrophic brain and spinal cord injury cases.

Parklane Plowden has β€˜many experienced members’ in the field of personal injury and clinical negligence, with expertise spanning catastrophic injury, industrial disease claims and employers’ liability. David Wilby QC has particular experience in cerebral palsy claims, and catastrophic brain and spinal injuries cases.

St Paul’s Chambers’ recent workload has included cases of industrial disease, medical negligence, catastrophic injury and failure to diagnose.

Trinity Chambers houses Mike Hill, an expert in dental negligence cases due to previously qualifying as a dental surgeon. His recent cases include delayed cancer diagnoses.

Zenith Chambers has β€˜a depth of talent’ for personal injury cases; members predominantly act for claimants in matters involving catastrophic injuries, employers’ liability, fatal accidents and industrial disease.


Property

Property – Leading juniors

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Enterprise Chambers is well known for its expertise in real estate matters, such as landlord and tenant issues, adverse possession claims and boundary disputes, to name a few areas. Jonathan Klein was appointed to the circuit bench and Bruce Walker joined from Exchange Chambers in February and March 2017 respectively.

Exchange Chambers houses William Hanbury, whose practice includes boundary disputes, landlord and tenant matters and conveyancing cases. Bruce Walker left for Enterprise Chambers in March 2017.

Dominic Crossley at St Philips Stone has a mixed Chancery and property practice. On the property side, he is instructed in adverse possession, easements, boundaries and covenants disputes, and TOLATA matters.

Charles Holland is a key contact at Trinity Chambers for property matters; his recent cases include possession claims and rights of way disputes.

Zenith Chambers is well known for its β€˜specialist housing counsel’: Peter Marcus handles anti-social behaviour and disrepair matters, and Nicola Phillipson’s recent instructions include homelessness and possession claims.


Public law

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  1. Public law – Leading silks
  2. Public law – Leading juniors

Public law – Leading silks

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    • Richard Clayton QC - Kings Chambers β€˜His practice includes high-profile human rights cases.’

Public law – Leading juniors

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    • Roxanne Frantzis - KBW β€˜Highly recommended for immigration matters.’
    • Manisha Marwaha - KBW β€˜An immigration law specialist.’

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Immigration law is the keystone of KBW’s public law practice. Roxanne Frantzis has appeared in the first and upper tiers of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber in appeals. Manisha Marwaha recently acted in an appeal addressing the risk of harm to Kurds returning to Iran due to their ethnicity.

Kings Chambers houses Richard Clayton QC, whose practice includes judicial reviews, civil liberties and human rights cases.


Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing

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  1. Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing – Leading silks
  2. Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing – Leading juniors

Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing – Leading silks

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    • Paul Greaney QC - New Park Court Chambers β€˜An excellent communicator, who commands the respect of his peers.’
    • Samuel Green QC - St Paul’s Chambers β€˜An extremely bright and accessible silk, and a master tactician.’
    • John Harrison QC - St Paul’s Chambers β€˜Highly regarded for his health and safety work.’
    • Jason Pitter QC - New Park Court Chambers β€˜A silk with a calm and assuring approach to cases.’

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    • Jeremy Barnett - St Paul’s Chambers β€˜He has great client communication skills.’
    • Sharon Beattie - New Park Court Chambers β€˜Very experienced in medical disciplinary matters.’
    • Adam Birkby - New Park Court Chambers β€˜Noted for police disciplinary matters.’
    • Olivia Checa-Dover - KBW β€˜She has an exceptionally sharp mind and an eye for detail.’
    • Simon Clegg - Park Square Barristers β€˜He is a very diligent and precise lawyer.’
    • Steven Crossley - Exchange Chambers β€˜A very experienced barrister.’
    • Tom Gent - Park Square Barristers β€˜He can immediately put clients at ease.’
    • Stephen Grattage - Exchange Chambers β€˜Experienced in prosecuting serious health and safety matters.’
    • Craig Hassall - Park Square Barristers β€˜A strong advocate, who acts with intelligence and calm authority.’
    • Charles Holland - Trinity Chambers β€˜He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of all aspects of licensing law.’
    • Chloe Hudson - New Park Court Chambers β€˜An excellent junior – down to earth, meticulous and user-friendly.’
    • Alun Jones - St Paul’s Chambers β€˜He cuts straight to the relevant issues in a case.’
    • Paul Kirtley - Exchange Chambers β€˜He builds good rapport with clients.’
    • Simon Mallett - KBW β€˜His practice includes police disciplinary matters.’
    • Ros Scott Bell - Trinity Chambers β€˜Her craft and oratory skill make her superb to watch in court.’
    • Robert Stevenson - Park Square Barristers β€˜Astute, methodical and conscientious.’
    • Anna Wilkinson - Park Square Barristers β€˜She is very good at putting witnesses at ease.’
    • Toby Wynn - KBW β€˜He has a great legal brain.’

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The regulatory practice at Exchange Chambers covers health and safety, and professional discipline matters.

KBW is noted for being β€˜very good at police work’, particularly disciplinary matters (including misconduct hearings) and in inquests arising from deaths in police custody. Toby Wynn represented the West Yorkshire Police in a week-long inquest into the death of a young man who had ingested cocaine while being held in police custody.

Members of New Park Court Chambers’ β€˜outstanding’ regulatory team act for the General Medical Council (GMC) to prosecute doctors and the Royal College of Nursing to represent nurses before the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in cases of professional misconduct. Police disciplinary work is another key area. Samuel Green QC left for St Paul’s Chambers in October 2016.

Park Square Barristers’ members are β€˜very good for regulatory matters’, including prosecuting in environmental criminal proceedings. Craig Hassall successfully acted for the prosecution in a gross negligence manslaughter case concerning a fatal reaction to peanuts; the defendant was sentenced in May 2016.

The regulatory team at St Paul’s Chambers is well known for acting in professional disciplinary cases, as well as environmental regulatory and financial services cases. Jeremy Barnett handles high-value financial cases, while Alun Jones has particular expertise in the healthcare regulatory space. Samuel Green QC joined from New Park Court Chambers in October 2016.

Trinity Chambers houses Ros Scott Bell, who specialises in food safety and trading standards cases.


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