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7BR

Chambers of Collingwood Thompson QC

LONDON, WC1R 4BS, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7242 3555
Fax:
Fax 020 7242 2511
DX:
347 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
Email:
Web:
www.7br.co.uk

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

β€˜There is a breadth and depth of knowledge’ at 7BR, which is well known for personal injury and clinical negligence cases, with additional strengths in areas such as crime, family and children law. Solicitors β€˜really enjoy working with the barristers; they are incredibly approachable and go out of their way to help’. The clerks, who are rated for their willingness to β€˜juggle everything for their clients’, are led by joint senior clerks Paul Eeles (who is β€˜always reliable and ready to try and a find a solution should a problem arise’) and Rod McGurk (who provides β€˜an excellent service through being approachable and responsive’). Former chief executive Fay Gillott left for Atkin Chambers and was replaced by Rachel Holmes, who previously held strategic development, marketing and business management roles in the education sector. Offices in: London

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London Bar

Children law (including public and private law)
Children law (including public and private law) – Leading silks

Barbara Connolly QC - 7BR β€˜Experienced in Court of Protection and abduction matters.’

Ranked: tier 3

Rachel Langdale QC - 7BR β€˜She is utterly fearless, highly forensic and tactically astute.’

Ranked: tier 3
Children law (including public and private law) – Leading juniors

Anita Guha - 7BR β€˜She is a fighter, who puts forward the most brilliant arguments; clients love her passion and enthusiasm.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Clinical negligence
Clinical negligence – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

7BR

7BR is β€˜an outstanding set’, β€˜where there is a number of leading silks and juniors’. The set has a growing defendant practice in addition to its thriving claimant workload.

Clinical negligence – Leading silks

Simeon Maskrey QC - 7BR β€˜He projects a studied authority in court but never appears superior or pompous.’

Ranked: tier 1

Derek Sweeting QC - 7BR β€˜A skilled negotiator and advocate, with impeccable judgement.’

Ranked: tier 5

Hugh Preston QC - 7BR β€˜A talented advocate, who is not afraid to take novel or difficult points.’

Ranked: tier 5
Clinical negligence – New silks

Adam Weitzman QC - 7BR β€˜He is a fearless advocate and innovative in his approach.’

Ranked: tier 1
Clinical negligence – Leading juniors

Julian Matthews - 7BR β€˜He has excellent judgement and is a skilled negotiator.’

Ranked: tier 1

Peter Ellis - 7BR β€˜He excels when a case has complex medical causation at its heart.’

Ranked: tier 1

Simon King - 7BR β€˜An excellent brain, and lovely to clients.’

Ranked: tier 2

Adam Walker - 7BR β€˜He is extremely thorough and has an excellent grasp of the medical issues.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jeremy Pendlebury - 7BR β€˜He displays an excellent understanding of medical issues, particularly in cerebral palsy matters.’

Ranked: tier 3

Kate Lumbers - 7BR β€˜A very determined counsel with a pragmatic approach.’

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Baker - 7BR β€˜He is an accomplished and very skilled advocate, who shows great tenacity.’

Ranked: tier 3

Simon Wheatley - 7BR β€˜At ease with high-value claims and complex issues.’

Ranked: tier 3

Timothy Meakin - 7BR β€˜Very knowledgeable, approachable and client-friendly.’

Ranked: tier 3

Adam Korn - 7BR β€˜He has a tremendous intellect and a disarming charm, which he deploys to devastating effect in cross-examination.’

Ranked: tier 4

Deirdre Goodwin - 7BR β€˜Extremely experienced and knowledgeable, and she relishes a challenge.’

Ranked: tier 4

Leslie Keegan - 7BR β€˜Very approachable and able.’

Ranked: tier 4

Vanessa Marshall - 7BR β€˜A first-rate advocate, who goes above and beyond for her clients.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Crime
Crime – Leading silks

Nigel Rumfitt QC - 7BR β€˜A veteran silk.’

Ranked: tier 2

James House QC - 7BR β€˜His attention to detail is second to none.’

Ranked: tier 3

Lewis Power QC - 7BR β€˜Juries enjoy listening to him.’

Ranked: tier 3
Crime – Leading juniors

Gareth Weetman - 7BR β€˜His strengths are his detailed preparation, calm advice and measured advocacy.’

Ranked: tier 3

Vanessa Marshall - 7BR β€˜Her work includes rape cases and matters with medical elements.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Employment
Employment – Leading juniors

Catherine Rayner - 7BR β€˜An experienced employment and discrimination barrister, who is client-friendly in her approach.’

Ranked: tier 4

Susan Belgrave - 7BR β€˜She is calm and authoritative, and gets results.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Fraud: crime (including money laundering and asset forfeiture)
Fraud: crime (including money laundering and asset forfeiture) – Leading silks

Collingwood Thompson QC - 7BR β€˜Approachable and practical, while providing high-quality advice.’

Ranked: tier 2
Fraud: crime (including money laundering and asset forfeiture) – Leading juniors

Andrew Wheeler - 7BR β€˜He wastes no time getting to the important issues in a case.’

Ranked: tier 3

Steven Gray - 7BR β€˜Responsive, dedicated and committed.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Inquests and inquiries
Inquests and inquiries – Leading juniors

Bilal Rawat - 7BR β€˜An incredibly hardworking and skilled advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Adam Walker - 7BR β€˜He is excellent for unusual and unique inquests.’

Ranked: tier 3

James Robottom - 7BR β€˜He is an effective advocate, and is knowledgeable and liked by clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Personal injury
Personal injury – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

7BR

7BR provides β€˜a breadth and depth of knowledge and experience in personal injury law’. Numerous barristers are currently working on historic abuse claims, as well as focusing on other areas of personal injury.

Personal injury – Leading silks

Simeon Maskrey QC - 7BR β€˜Always impressive with his wealth of knowledge and command of the papers.’

Ranked: tier 2
Personal injury – New silks

Adam Weitzman QC - 7BR β€˜His client care skills are unsurpassable.’

Ranked: tier 1
Personal injury – Leading juniors

Julian Matthews - 7BR β€˜He has excellent judgement and is a skilled negotiator.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jeremy Pendlebury - 7BR β€˜A very experienced senior junior, who is always well prepared and tenacious.’

Ranked: tier 2

Simon King - 7BR β€˜Friendly and approachable, with a sharp legal mind.’

Ranked: tier 2

Adam Walker - 7BR β€˜Extraordinarily meticulous in his advice.’

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Baker - 7BR β€˜He is an accomplished and very skilled advocate, who shows great tenacity.’

Ranked: tier 5

Simon Wheatley - 7BR β€˜At ease with high-value claims and complex issues.’

Ranked: tier 5

Timothy Meakin - 7BR β€˜A very capable negotiator and advocate.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Product liability
Product liability – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

7BR

Leading claimant set 7BR is instructed in the majority of big-ticket group actions, such as the PIP breast implant litigation. The set’s product liability practice has β€˜gone from strength to strength’ under the leadership of top-tier silk Hugh Preston QC.

Product liability – Leading silks

Hugh Preston QC - 7BR β€˜One of the leading barristers in the country acting for claimants in product liability cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Simeon Maskrey QC - 7BR β€˜Exceptionally clever and a very good strategist.’

Ranked: tier 2
Product liability – Leading juniors

Adam Korn - 7BR β€˜A truly charming advocate, who is a real winner with judges and clients alike – a match for any silk.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jonathan Bertram - 7BR β€˜Very clever and approachable; he has a wonderful manner with clients and experts.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Set overviews: England and Wales

β€˜There is a breadth and depth of knowledge’ at 7BR, which is well known for personal injury and clinical negligence cases, with additional strengths in areas such as crime, family and children law. Solicitors β€˜really enjoy working with the barristers; they are incredibly approachable and go out of their way to help’. The clerks, who are rated for their willingness to β€˜juggle everything for their clients’, are led by joint senior clerks Paul Eeles (who is β€˜always reliable and ready to try and a find a solution should a problem arise’) and Rod McGurk (who provides β€˜an excellent service through being approachable and responsive’). Former chief executive Fay Gillott left for Atkin Chambers and was replaced by Rachel Holmes, who previously held strategic development, marketing and business management roles in the education sector. Offices in: London

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Sport
Sport – Leading juniors

Timothy Meakin - 7BR β€˜He has a natural talent at making clients feel at ease immediately.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Fraud and corporate crime

Head of 7BR, Collingwood Thompson QC represented the claimant in Citic Pacific v Secretary of State for Justice, a case before the Hong Kong Court of Appeal regarding legal professional privilege.

Fraud and corporate crime – Leading silks

Collingwood Thompson QC - 7BR β€˜Very easy to work with and very responsive.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Market overview

7BR’s Collingwood Thompson QC has experience in legal professional privilege and financial regulation matters in Hong Kong. On the administrative side, joint senior clerks Paul Eeles and Rod McGurk are key contacts, alongside chief executive Rachel Holmes.

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