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3PB

Chambers of David Berkley QC

ROYAL TALBOT HOUSE, 2 VICTORIA STREET, BRISTOL, BS1 6BB, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0117 928 1520
Fax:
Fax 0117 928 1525
DX:
7836 BRISTOL
Email:
Web:
www.3pb.co.uk

Regional Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

With barristers operating out of six UK offices, 3PB’s β€˜strength in depth is remarkable’. A key highlight for the set was Hamish Dunlop appearing in the Supreme Court regarding the high-profile Owens v Owens divorce case. Recent key developments in 2018 include Vanessa Meachin QC taking silk and Simon Lillington joining from College Chambers. The clerks are β€˜extremely proactive and on the ball’, and β€˜they know their barristers well’. Chambers directors Mark Heath, Russell Porter, Stuart Pringle and Matthew Wildish are key contacts. Simon Astill is the chief executive. Offices in: London, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Oxford, Winchester

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Regional Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

With barristers operating out of six UK offices, 3PB’s β€˜strength in depth is remarkable’. A key highlight for the set was Hamish Dunlop appearing in the Supreme Court regarding the high-profile Owens v Owens divorce case. Recent key developments in 2018 include Vanessa Meachin QC taking silk and Simon Lillington joining from College Chambers. The clerks are β€˜extremely proactive and on the ball’, and β€˜they know their barristers well’. Chambers directors Mark Heath, Russell Porter, Stuart Pringle and Matthew Wildish are key contacts. Simon Astill is the chief executive. Offices in: London, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Oxford, Winchester

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Regional Bar : Midland Circuit

Family and children law

3PB’s team has expertise across a broad range of family law matters, including matrimonial finance, international child abduction and relocation, as well as cases of fabricated and induced illnesses. Vanessa Meachin QC took silk in 2018.

Family and children law – Leading silks

Elizabeth McGrath QC - 3PB β€˜Very well known for her expertise in financial remedy cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Vanessa Meachin QC - 3PB β€˜A stellar advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1
Family and children law – Leading juniors

Lawrence Messling - 3PB β€˜He approaches cases with care and consideration.’

Ranked: tier 1

Poonam Bhari - 3PB β€˜A family law specialist.’

Ranked: tier 1

Suzanne Coleclough - 3PB β€˜Very experienced in cases involving care and adoption proceedings.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Leading sets
Midland Circuit – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

3PB (Birmingham)

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Regional Bar : South Eastern Circuit

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law

3PB receives instructions in cases covering shareholder disputes, insolvency, directors’ disqualification matters and contractual disputes.

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law – Leading juniors

James Davies - 3PB β€˜Intrepid and imaginative.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Court of Protection

3PB’s Court of Protection team handles general welfare matters and deprivation of liberty cases; Louise Worton has particular expertise in property and affairs cases.

Court of Protection – Leading juniors

Louise Worton - 3PB β€˜A discerning and focused barrister.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Employment

3PB’s employment team has experience in breach of contract, discrimination and unfair dismissal cases, among other areas.

Employment – Leading juniors

Andrew MacPhail - 3PB β€˜A very user-friendly barrister.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Family and children law

At 3PB, members are adept at handling cross-jurisdictional cases, financial remedy matters and public and private children law issues, including cases of abduction and relocation. In June 2018 Katherine Dunseath moved to 1GC | Family Law.

Family and children law – Leading juniors

Nicola Martin - 3PB β€˜A robust and approachable advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Tom Tyler - 3PB β€˜Noted for his expertise in matrimonial finance work.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Leading sets
South Eastern Circuit – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

3PB (Oxford)

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Property

3PB’s property team has solid expertise in commercial and residential landlord and tenant matters; boundary disputes and TOLATA cases are also prominent in the group’s workload.

Property – Leading juniors

James Davies - 3PB β€˜Very client-friendly.’

Ranked: tier 1

Joshua Dubin - 3PB β€˜His advice is precise and succinct.’

Ranked: tier 1

Louise Worton - 3PB β€˜She has particular expertise in landlord and tenant cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Regional Bar : Western Circuit

Construction, planning and environment

3PB’s group is adept at handling a broad range of construction, planning and environmental matters. Recent work includes construction-related disputes and village green applications and appeals.

Construction, planning and environment – Leading juniors

Paul Newman - 3PB β€˜Commercially astute and sharp on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 1

William Webster - 3PB β€˜An expert in land law.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Crime

3PB has β€˜great breadth and depth’ in its criminal team, with members acting in large-scale drug trafficking matters, high-profile historic sexual offences, murder cases and violent crime. In a particular highlight, multiple members of the group acted in the high-profile R v Kevin Downton case regarding the murder of businessman Guy Hedger.

Crime – Leading silks

Adam Feest QC - 3PB β€˜He can react to the unexpected without missing a beat.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Vere-Hodge QC - 3PB β€˜His expertise includes homicide, serious sexual offences and firearms cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Nigel Lickley QC - 3PB β€˜Highly experienced in prosecuting and defending across serious crime cases.’

Ranked: tier 1
Crime – Leading juniors

David Reid - 3PB β€˜Very experienced in serious crime cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Richards - 3PB β€˜A winner with judges and juries.’

Ranked: tier 1

Elisabeth Bussey-Jones - 3PB β€˜Steadfast and compelling; an excellent advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Nicholas Cotter - 3PB β€˜A consummately able barrister.’

Ranked: tier 1

Nick Robinson - 3PB β€˜An expert in defending in serious crime cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Onslow - 3PB β€˜Fearless in court and unyielding in his cross-examination.’

Ranked: tier 1

Robert Grey - 3PB β€˜An accomplished problem-solver who knows how to get the best result.’

Ranked: tier 1

Timothy Bradbury - 3PB β€˜A dedicated barrister who remains calm under fire.’

Ranked: tier 1

Tom Horder - 3PB β€˜An unruffled barrister with a light touch.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Employment

3PB’s employment practice covers a broad spectrum of employment matters, with extensive experience in whistleblowing, equal pay, unfair dismissal claims and discrimination cases.

Employment – Leading juniors

Colin McDevitt - 3PB β€˜He effortlessly puts clients at ease.’

Ranked: tier 1

Craig Ludlow - 3PB β€˜Very knowledgeable and builds great client rapport.’

Ranked: tier 1

Gareth Graham - 3PB β€˜An excellent cross-examiner with a brilliant bedside manner with clients and witnesses.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Dawson - 3PB β€˜Very intellectual and a quick thinker on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 1

Matthew Curtis - 3PB β€˜Very experienced in discrimination cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Tibbitts - 3PB β€˜Noted for his expertise in unfair dismissal cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Stephen Wyeth - 3PB β€˜An extremely safe pair of hands.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Family and children law

β€˜Excellent set’ 3PB’s family team is β€˜very strong on both financial specialists and child law specialists’. Key areas of instruction include matrimonial finance, child abduction, non-accidental injuries, domestic and sexual abuse cases and care and placement applications, among others. In a major highlight for the set, Hamish Dunlop appeared in the Supreme Court in the high-profile Owens v Owens divorce case; the key issue is whether the current divorce laws should be reformed to allow no-fault divorce. In June 2018 Simon Lillington joined from College Chambers.

Family and children law – Leading juniors

Elisabeth Hudson - 3PB β€˜A thorough, resolute and empathetic advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Emma Harman - 3PB β€˜She has particular expertise in working with clients who have learning difficulties.’

Ranked: tier 1

Gemma Chapman - 3PB β€˜A formidable and tenacious advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Hamish Dunlop - 3PB β€˜Highly recommended for financial provision cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Lucy Hendry - 3PB β€˜A fabulous junior with the makings of a silk.’

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Elliott - 3PB β€˜A specialist in family law.’

Ranked: tier 1

Melissa Barlow - 3PB β€˜Highly intelligent and very good with vulnerable clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

Nicola Martin - 3PB β€˜A vigorous advocate, and a very safe pair of hands.’

Ranked: tier 1

Rachael Goodall - 3PB β€˜A fearless advocate who takes no prisoners.’

Ranked: tier 1

Sarah O’Hara - 3PB β€˜She has notable strength in placement and adoption cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Lillington - 3PB β€˜Highly experienced in family finance cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Steven Howard - 3PB β€˜A meticulous advocate with the human touch.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Leading sets
Western Circuit – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

3PB (Bristol, Bournemouth, Winchester)

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Personal injury and clinical negligence

Members of 3PB’s team handle a wide range of personal injury and clinical negligence cases; claims include fatal accidents, brain injuries, failure to diagnose and negligent surgery, to name a few. In September 2017 Hugh Rimmer moved to 9 Gough Square, and in March 2018 Naomi Rees moved to Old Square Chambers.

Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading juniors

Colin McDevitt - 3PB β€˜He has a systematic approach to complex claims.’

Ranked: tier 1

Duncan McNair - 3PB β€˜A first-class cross-examiner.’

Ranked: tier 1

Hamish Dunlop - 3PB β€˜Well known for his expertise in clinical negligence matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Lomas - 3PB β€˜A top-quality performer.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Property
Property – Leading juniors

Antonietta Grasso - 3PB β€˜Highly experienced across a broad spectrum of property matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

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