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Within Children law (including public and private law) Children law (including public and private law) - Leading silks

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Within Clinical negligence, 7BR Chambers (Simeon Maskrey QC) is a second tier set,

7BR Chambers displays strength in depth and has ‘a pool of experts in this field', which was recently expanded with the arrival of Deirdre Goodwin from 13 King’s Bench Walk. The civil clerking team, led by Paul Eeles, has ‘all the organisational skills one could ask for'.

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Within Crime, 7BR Chambers (Simeon Maskrey QC) is a third tier set,

7BR Chambers’ barristers prosecute and defend cases offshore, as well as maintaining a strong UK practice. Members appear in high-profile cases such as the Julian Assange extradition hearing and appeal.

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Within Employment Employment - Leading juniors

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Within Fraud: crime (including money laundering and asset forfeiture), 7BR Chambers (Simeon Maskrey QC) is a third tier set,

7BR Chambers continues to appear in high-profile cases. Members recently defended the former Isle of Man attorney general during fraud charges.

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Within Health and safety Health and safety - Leading juniors

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Within Personal injury, tier 4

7BR Chambers handles maximum severity brain and spinal claims at the senior end to fast-track and small claims at the junior end. The set is particularly well-versed in abuse cases.

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Within Product liability, 7BR Chambers (Simeon Maskrey QC) is a third tier set,

7BR Chambers is instructed in headline class actions such as the metal-on-metal hip replacement case. Hugh Preston QC is one of three barristers instructed by the group litigation order steering committee for the claimants in the PIP breast implants litigation.

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Within Set overviews: England and Wales,

7BR Chambers provides expertise in a range of areas, with notable strengths in clinical negligence, personal injury, product liability and criminal law. Solicitors are ‘quite happy instructing anyone in chambers because they are all experts in their own fields'. The service is ‘first class', and ‘the clerks are prepared to go the extra mile'. ‘They make sure that everything runs efficiently and that their clients’ needs are always met'; ‘most importantly, they recommend barristers based on their expertise and call, not on how free their diaries are'. Particular names to note include senior criminal clerk Rod McGurk, and senior civil clerk Paul Eeles, who is ‘very approachable and amenable'. Fay Gillott is the chief executive. Offices in: London

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