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Leading sets

Western 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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College Chambers’ commercial team has experience in directors’ liability matters, partnership disputes, insolvency cases, and trusts and wills matters. Derek Marshall and Carol Davies are key contacts.

Commercial Chambers is home to Andrew Marsden, who is particularly noted for commercial, company and partnership disputes.

Guildhall Chambers has a β€˜diversity of expertise’ in its commercial group and is β€˜recognised nationally’ for high-value insolvency litigation. Members are also instructed in multimillion-pound professional negligence disputes and Chancery law matters, as well as niche areas such as Data Protection Act cases.

Michael Berkley is a key name at Magdalen Chambers for commercial matters and contentious probate.

No5 Barristers Chambers houses Omar Ensaff and David Taylor; Ensaff has expertise in insolvency proceedings and Taylor is known for his practice in professional negligence claims.

Pump Court Chambers houses experts in wills, inheritance and probate disputes, and is also strong across the spectrum of commercial litigation. In February 2017, Christopher Wilkins joined from Pallant Chambers.

At Queen Square Chambers, Hamish MacBean is well known for commercial contract disputes; in 2016, he acted for the claimants in Marshall v Tesco, regarding a defective solar panel installation. Charles Murray is active in insolvency cases.

St John’s Chambers has β€˜strength in depth’, with members active in commercial litigation, professional negligence, banking, and – increasingly – bankruptcy and insolvency cases. It is also considered β€˜the strongest Chancery set in Bristol’, and in this context, Leslie Blohm QC appeared in the Cowshed Cinderella case concerning a proprietary estoppel claim on a dairy farm.


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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Construction, planning and environment – Leading juniors

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The team at 3PB has expertise across a range of construction, planning and environmental matters. Members continue to be active in village green applications and appeals.

Guildhall Chambers’ environmental team acts for individuals as well as companies and landowners. Julian Allsop is well known for construction law and is very experienced in disputes relating to defective work, delay and disruption, and loss and expense.

At Magdalen Chambers, the head of the planning practice group, Gavin Collett, made a successful challenge to the Secretary of State in the High Court.

Paul Cairnes QC at No5 Barristers Chambers is well known for his expertise in planning matters; he has recently acted in a case regarding a significant residential development in Cornwall.

St John’s Chambers has β€˜a number of very able barristers, who specialise in construction law’, as well as planning matters, where Peter Wadsley and David Fletcher are key contacts. Wadsley recently acted in a case regarding planning applications involving alleged Masonic activity.


Costs

Costs – Leading juniors

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Guildhall Chambers is experienced across a range of costs disputes, and Oliver Moore recently acted in a case to determine costs following a clinical negligence trial arising from the suicide of a young person.


Court of Protection

Court of Protection – Leading juniors

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No5 Barristers Chambers has β€˜excellent counsel’ in its Court of Protection team, who are instructed in cases of deprivation of liberty, disputes over personal capacity, serious medical treatment, and health and welfare applications involving decisions about residence.

At St John’s Chambers members have experience in deputyship issues, deprivation of liberty matters, welfare cases, and allegations of financial abuse.


Crime

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

Crime – Leading silks

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Crime – Leading juniors

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3PB is an β€˜excellent set’ for criminal law, such as murder cases, large-scale drug trafficking matters, serious sexual offences and violent crime. Nigel Lickley QC recently prosecuted in a case where a care home worker killed an elderly resident by setting their room on fire.

Members at Albion Chambers are well known for acting in fraud matters, regulatory crime, murder and serious sexual offences. New silk Edward Burgess QC has particular expertise in rape and historic sexual abuse cases.

Colleton Chambers’ criminal team houses four grade 4 prosecutors and eight members on the RASSO panel. The group prosecutes and defends in drug trafficking, sexual offences, serious murder and violent crime cases, among others. Robert Linford was appointed to the circuit bench in 2016.

Devon Chambers has β€˜strength in depth’ for criminal prosecution instructions, which most recently comprise murder cases, large-scale fraud and drugs conspiracies, serious sexual offences, and people trafficking. Head of chambers Jason Beal recently acted in a case involving allegations of false imprisonment at a North Devon care home.

Members at Drystone Chambers have expertise in serious crime. Matthew Jewell specialises in cases involving drug trafficking, while Robert Bryan is known for acting in serious sexual offences cases.

Guildhall Chambers has a β€˜broad array of experience’ in criminal matters, such as high-profile murder cases, serious sexual assault matters and multi-handed drugs conspiracies. Christopher Quinlan QC recently prosecuted an amateur boxer who beat a young soldier to death. Anna Vigars QC took silk in 2017.

Pump Court Chambers is known for acting in high-profile murder trials as well as in serious sexual offences cases. Nigel Pascoe QC appeared in the standout R v Adam Cross case where, following an original conviction for grievous bodily harm, Cross was retried for murder for the same offence. In another matter, James Newton-Price successfully prosecuted a 15-year-old girl, who attempted to murder her best friend at school.

The criminal team at Queen Square Chambers continues to be instructed in high-profile fraud cases, as well as serious sexual offences and murder matters. Robin Shellard appeared in a case concerning seven Somali males who were accused of sexually abusing five vulnerable teenage girls.


Employment

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  1. Employment – Leading silks
  2. Employment – Leading juniors

Employment – Leading silks

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Employment – Leading juniors

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The employment team at 3PB has experience in unfair dismissal claims, discrimination cases, whistleblowing and harassment matters, among other areas. Matthew Curtis recently joined from College Chambers.

Richard Shepherd is head of the employment team at Albion Chambers, where barristers are active in contractual disputes, TUPE and professional disciplinary matters.

Guildhall Chambers is an β€˜impressive employment set’, with β€˜strength in depth’ in the areas of disability discrimination, whistleblowing and unfair dismissal claims, among others. Allan Roberts successfully represented the police in the Bampton v Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire Police case; the key issue was whether police pensions indirectly discriminate against females and part-time employees under UK and EU law.

Ian Wheaton is the employment team leader at No.18 Barristers Chambers, where members’ workloads include unfair and wrongful dismissal, discrimination, and whistleblowing matters.

Old Square Chambers is a β€˜very impressive employment set’ that has handled a variety of instructions recently, such as high-profile whistleblowing claims, dismissal cases and discrimination matters. In a particular highlight, Michael Ford QC, Mark Whitcombe and Spencer Keen were instructed by the intervener, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, in the groundbreaking tribunal fees case in the Supreme Court.

Pump Court Chambers houses employment specialists, who are particularly well known for acting in discrimination, unfair dismissal cases and whistleblowing matters. Gary Self is experienced in representing members of police forces.

Members of the employment group at Queen Square Chambers act in discrimination, harassment, equal pay, unfair dismissal and whistleblowing cases, among others.

St John’s Chambers’ employment practice covers a wide range of employment matters, including unfair dismissal, discrimination and victimisation matters, to name a few. David Regan is recommended for disability discrimination cases.


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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Family and children law – Leading juniors

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The family group at 3PB, led by Hamish Dunlop, has β€˜a wide range of expertise’ in matrimonial finance, non-accidental injuries, child abduction, domestic abuse and neglect cases, among others. Hayley Griffiths and Tanya Zabihi left for Albion Chambers in early 2017.

The family group at Albion Chambers is split into two distinct teams: public and private children law and matrimonial finance. In 2017, Hayley Griffiths and Tanya Zabihi joined the children law team from 3PB.

Family law is a key practice area at College Chambers, where the members have expertise across a range of matters. Douglas Taylor was appointed a circuit judge in 2016.

Colleton Chambers’ key areas of strength remain family finance and care matters. However, the set has recently seen a growth in surrogacy-related work, with Christopher Godfrey acting in such cases.

Victoria Hoyle leads the family team at Devon Chambers; her predominant area of practice is in public and private law children cases. In public law matters, she is known for mainly representing parents, particularly those with learning difficulties.

The family team at Magdalen Chambers is β€˜very strong with respect to financial and children work’. In public children law matters, the set has seen a recent increase in instructions involving sexual abuse and non-accidental injuries. In October 2016, Carol Mashembo joined the set from St John’s Chambers.

No.18 Barristers Chambers’ key strengths include matrimonial finance and public and private law children work. Care, placement and adoption proceedings are main areas of instruction for the set.

Pump Court Chambers is an β€˜excellent family set’ with β€˜strength in depth’. Matrimonial finance is a key area, with over 45 practitioners in this team; up-and-coming junior Jennifer Lee was instructed in the Veluppillai v Veluppillai Β£1.4m matrimonial finance case, in which the judge made an unusual decision to publish the judgment in full in order to expose the β€˜abysmal’ behaviour of the husband. Members are also experienced in private law children matters. Penny Howe QC was appointed silk in 2017.

Richard Carron and Caroline Elford are key contacts at Queen Square Chambers for family law matters, especially serious childcare cases.

As β€˜a very good set with particular strength in family law’, St John’s Chambers has a range of experience in high-value financial remedy cases as well as public and private law children matters. Niche expertise includes forced marriage, surrogacy and suspected radicalisation. Recent high-profile work saw Kathryn Skellorn QC appearing in the Court of Appeal in a case concerning a mother seeking permission to name her fraternal twin children β€˜Preacher’ (male) and β€˜Cyanide’ (female); the appeal has been dismissed. In 2016, Carol Mashembo left for Magdalen Chambers and Louise O’Neill was appointed to the bench.


Inquests and inquiries

Inquests and inquiries – Leading juniors

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The team at St John’s Chambers acts for bereaved relatives, police authorities, government departments and local authorities in inquests. Tom Leeper was instructed in the double inquest into the deaths of Cerys Yemm and Matthew Williams; Williams killed Yemm at a hostel just weeks after being released from prison and also died at the scene shortly after police discharged a taser and arrested him. Emma Zeb represented Bristol City Council in the inquest into the death of Robert Crane in a fire at his flat; and Rachel Russell represented the pilot’s family in the inquest into the deaths of Lord Ballyedmond, Declan Small, Carl Dickerson and Lee Hoyle in a fatal helicopter crash.


Personal injury and clinical negligence

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  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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Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading juniors

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3PB is recommended for personal injury and clinical negligence claims across the Western Circuit. Members have expertise in acting for children and individuals who lack capacity in clinical malpractice claims.

Devon Chambers houses Stuart Frampton, who is well known for acting in catastrophic injury cases, including fatal accidents and spinal injuries.

Daniel Bennett and David Haines are key contacts at Doughty Street Chambers for personal injury and clinical negligence matters.

Guildhall Chambers has an β€˜excellent personal injury and clinical negligence team’. With regards to the former, members appear in cases of industrial disease, catastrophic injuries, and psychological injuries.

Practitioners at No5 Barristers Chambers handle a wide range of clinical negligence cases; claims include mismanagement of labour resulting in serious disabilities, surgical errors, and GP negligence. Dr Simon Fox QC specialises exclusively in clinical negligence work.

Clinical negligence and personal injury are key areas of instruction for the β€˜extremely approachable’ practitioners at Old Square Chambers. Cases include fatal accidents, industrial disease, catastrophic injuries, and employers’ and personal liability matters.

Pump Court Chambers houses personal injury and clinical negligence practitioners Adam Gadd and Kevin Haven. Gadd specialises in personal injury claims and has appeared in the Court of Appeal, while Haven predominantly acts for claimants in clinical negligence cases and has a niche focus in cases involving dental matters and psychiatric claims.

Members at Queen Square Chambers have experience across personal injury and clinical negligence work. The set has seen a recent rise in clinical negligence cases, including failure to diagnose and surgical error matters.

St John’s Chambers is a β€˜go-to firm in Bristol’ for personal injury and clinical negligence matters. Practitioners are instructed in cases including catastrophic injuries, fatal accidents and surgical negligence. Andrew McLaughlin is well known for his expertise in industrial disease claims.


Property

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  1. Property – Leading silks
  2. Property – Leading juniors

Property – Leading silks

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Property – Leading juniors

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Antonietta Grasso is head of the property team at College Chambers and her practice includes landlord and tenant matters, restrictive covenants, boundary disputes and adverse possession matters.

Guildhall Chambers is a β€˜good property set’ with members who have β€˜a broad range of expertise’ across cases including agricultural and rural disputes, village greens, easements, restrictive covenants, boundaries, adverse possession and trusts of land.

The team at Magdalen Chambers has expertise across a range of property matters, including boundary disputes, contentious probate, landlord and tenant, restrictive covenants and TOLATA claims. Russell James, however, is very experienced in housing and homelessness matters.

No5 Barristers Chambers is instructed in a variety of property cases including easements, restrictive covenants, adverse possession, landlord and tenant, and land purchase matters.

Members of Pump Court Chambers are experts in landlord and tenant, restrictive covenant, adverse possession, planning enforcement and boundary disputes, among other areas. Christopher Wilkins joined the set from Pallant Chambers in February 2017.

St John’s Chambers is β€˜an excellent set’ with β€˜strength in depth’ in its property group. Members have experience in commercial disputes, rights of way matters, agricultural cases and restrictive covenants, among other areas.


Public law

Public law – Leading juniors

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Guildhall Chambers is home to Jorren Knibbe, who specialises in public procurement disputes. Louise Jones recently joined the set as a full tenant from Temple Garden Chambers.

No.18 Barristers Chambers houses Laura Baines, who has a niche practice in immigration cases and has made frequent appearances in the First-tier and Upper Tribunals.

Nadia Motraghi at Old Square Chambers is currently acting for trade unions in the Pitchford Inquiry regarding allegations of blacklisting and victimisation by undercover police.

The public and administrative law group at St John’s Chambers continues to receive instructions in judicial reviews.


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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Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing – Leading juniors

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The team at 3PB has experience in prosecuting and defending medical and healthcare professionals. Sports regulatory work is another key area, particularly for Louis Weston, with members appearing before the British Horseracing Authority and the Greyhound Board of Great Britain.

Kate Brunner QC and Alan Fuller are names to note for regulatory cases at Albion Chambers.

The regulatory group at Colleton Chambers acts for local authorities as well as individuals in cases involving trading standards breaches, animal welfare, and health and safety matters. In 2016, David Sapiecha acted in a case regarding the fatal electrocution of a young farmer.

Guildhall Chambers’ team is strong in health and safety matters. James Bennett has particular expertise in prosecuting and defending cases involving complex electrocutions.

The team at Old Square Chambers has experience in health and safety cases, as well as disciplinary proceedings involving doctors.

Members of Pump Court Chambers are frequently instructed in health and safety cases involving serious and/or fatal injuries.

Oliver Willmott is a key contact at Queen Square Chambers for health and safety matters and pollution cases. He is also noted for his extensive experience in maritime matters.

St John’s Chambers has expertise across a wide spectrum of health and safety, regulatory, and licensing disputes. Prof. Roy Light is well known as a licensing specialist and acts for clients from arts/entertainment venues, clubs and restaurants, to name but a few. Simon Morgan and Andrew McLaughlin are key names for health and safety matters.


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