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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

7BR (previously known as 7 Bedford Row) is particularly highly regarded for personal injury, clinical negligence, product liability and criminal work. It is a set with ‘excellent counsel who never fail to impress’, and takes ‘a service-focused approach’. The clerks are ‘highly efficient and organised, and will go out of their way to assist’. Joint senior clerk Paul Eeles is ‘very personable and always attentive to the needs of his clients’, and clinical negligence and personal injury clerk Mark Waterson is ‘very eager to help’; ‘both are a big asset to chambers and nothing is ever too much trouble’. Joint senior clerk Rod McGurk is also praised as ‘very user-friendly’. Fay Gillott is chambers’ chief executive. 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 - 7BRShe has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law relating to surrogacy and assisted reproduction.’

Ranked: tier 3

Rachel Langdale QC - 7BRHer command of the law is second to none.’

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

Anita Guha - 7BRCommitted to clients and a joy to work with.’

Ranked: tier 2

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

7BR

7BR is ‘the set of choice for all types of clinical negligence matters, particularly in complex and sensitive cases’; ‘the members consistently provide excellent advice and work very hard for those they represent’. Chambers’ recent headline cases include Woodland v Essex County Council in the Supreme Court and the inquest of one-year-old Hayley Fullerton.

Clinical negligence – Leading silks

Derek Sweeting QC - 7BRHe is always thoroughly prepared, and has outstanding skills as a negotiator and advocate.’

Ranked: tier 5

Hugh Preston QC - 7BRHe is frighteningly intelligent and able to dig into anything complicated with ease.’

Ranked: tier 5

Simeon Maskrey QC - 7BRIn a league of his own; very few have his brains, ability to assimilate complex information quickly, and charm with clients.’

Ranked: tier 1
Clinical negligence – Leading juniors

Adam Korn - 7BRAn excellent advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Adam Walker - 7BRHe goes out of his way to assist clients; it definitely feels like a team approach when you have him on board.’

Ranked: tier 4

Adam Weitzman - 7BRHe has a great eye for detail and is a phenomenal advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4

Deirdre Goodwin - 7BRShe has a profound grasp of law and medicine, and is particularly effective with complex claims.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jeremy Pendlebury - 7BRHe is exceptionally bright and thorough, and always aims to get the very best result for the client.’

Ranked: tier 3

Julian Matthews - 7BRAn excellent communicator, who has an uncanny ability to grasp highly complex issues of law.’

Ranked: tier 1

Kate Lumbers - 7BRShe is exceptionally detailed and ensures no stone is left unturned.’

Ranked: tier 3

Leslie Keegan - 7BRHe has excellent medical knowledge and always fights hard for clients.’

Ranked: tier 4

Peter Ellis - 7BRHe carefully analyses the evidence, pleads complex clinical negligence cases well, and gets excellent results.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Baker - 7BRVery approachable and knowledgeable.’

Ranked: tier 3

Simon King - 7BRHe has a very good reputation in this area.’

Ranked: tier 2

Simon Wheatley - 7BRA very strong barrister, both in conference and court; he stands his ground extremely well.’

Ranked: tier 2

Timothy Meakin - 7BRClients like his down-to-earth approach.’

Ranked: tier 3

Vanessa Marshall - 7BRHer robust advocacy is enthralling to watch.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Crime
Crime – Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

7BR

7BR appears on both sides of homicide, rape and drug offence trials. The clerks are praised as ‘particularly responsive’.

Crime – Leading silks

Nigel Rumfitt QC - 7BRA long track record of acting in high-profile trials.’

Ranked: tier 2
Crime – New silks

James House QC - 7BRHe consistently gets the law right.’

Ranked: tier 1
Crime – Leading juniors

Gareth Weetman - 7BRA safe pair of hands.’

Ranked: tier 3

Vanessa Marshall - 7BRExperienced in appearing on both sides of sex assault trials.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Employment
Employment – Leading juniors

Catherine Rayner - 7BRShe has the affinity to put all clients at ease and garner confidence from first meeting.’

Ranked: tier 4

Susan Belgrave - 7BRShe has a calm and assured cross-examination style.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Fraud: crime (including money laundering and asset forfeiture)
Fraud: crime (including money laundering and asset forfeiture) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

7BR

7BR members handle domestic and cross-border frauds including MTICs and film tax relief schemes.

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

Collingwood Thompson QC - 7BRAble and extremely good to work with.’

Ranked: tier 3
Fraud: crime (including money laundering and asset forfeiture) – Leading juniors

Andrew Wheeler - 7BRCombines expertise of serious fraud with know-how on legal professional privilege.’

Ranked: tier 3

Steven Gray - 7BRRecommended for handling cross-border and offshore fraud compliance.’

Ranked: tier 4

Tim Bowden - 7BRHighly regarded for money laundering and POCA matters.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Inquests and inquiries
Inquests and inquiries – Leading juniors

Bilal Rawat - 7BRParticularly impressive and client-friendly.’

Ranked: tier 3

James Robottom - 7BRThorough, enthusiastic and bright; he is one to watch.’

Ranked: tier 3

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

7BR

7BR is ‘a very well-run set’, where ‘the clerks provide an excellent service, the fees are realistic and the barristers never let you down’. Chambers has ‘huge strength in depth’ across the board, with a growing specialism in historic sexual abuse work.

Personal injury – Leading silks

Simeon Maskrey QC - 7BRHe has a razor-sharp mind, and the ability to handle huge volumes of information and grasp the heart of matters.’

Ranked: tier 2
Personal injury – Leading juniors

Adam Walker - 7BRClients like and respect him in equal measures; he just instils confidence in everything he does.’

Ranked: tier 4

Adam Weitzman - 7BRAlways well prepared, calm under pressure and a fearless advocate.’

Ranked: tier 5

Jeremy Pendlebury - 7BRHe is meticulous in his preparation and always has a handle on the fine detail no matter how substantial the papers.’

Ranked: tier 2

Julian Matthews - 7BRHe performs at the level of a leader and has superb client-facing skills.’

Ranked: tier 1

Peter Ellis - 7BRA very effective advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Baker - 7BRRecommended for his thoroughness, easy-going nature and advocacy which produces results.’

Ranked: tier 5

Simon King - 7BRHe works well as part of a team, and is very good with clients.’

Ranked: tier 2

Simon Wheatley - 7BRHe has a passion for his work and will stand his ground extremely well.’

Ranked: tier 5

Timothy Meakin - 7BRExcellent at putting expert witnesses through their paces.’

Ranked: tier 5

William Chapman - 7BRHe is absolutely focused on achieving the right outcomes for his clients.’

Ranked: tier 5

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

7BR

Claimant set 7BR is ‘strong for product liability and clinical negligence’, and ‘offers a broad range of barristers at different levels’. Hugh Preston QC appears in almost all the current high-profile group actions – including PIP breast implant litigation (where he is instructed by the GLO steering committee for claimants) and multiple prosthetic hip group actions, including DePuy.

Product liability – Leading silks

Hugh Preston QC - 7BRAn expert in the field, but down to earth and a very strong advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Simeon Maskrey QC - 7BRA genius who can unravel the most complex of cases and create an overarching case strategy that is tactically brilliant.’

Ranked: tier 3
Product liability – Leading juniors

Adam Korn - 7BRExcellent with clients and a superb advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Set overviews: England and Wales

7BR (previously known as 7 Bedford Row) is particularly highly regarded for personal injury, clinical negligence, product liability and criminal work. It is a set with ‘excellent counsel who never fail to impress’, and takes ‘a service-focused approach’. The clerks are ‘highly efficient and organised, and will go out of their way to assist’. Joint senior clerk Paul Eeles is ‘very personable and always attentive to the needs of his clients’, and clinical negligence and personal injury clerk Mark Waterson is ‘very eager to help’; ‘both are a big asset to chambers and nothing is ever too much trouble’. Joint senior clerk Rod McGurk is also praised as ‘very user-friendly’. Fay Gillott is chambers’ chief executive. Offices in: London

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Sport
Sport – Leading juniors

Timothy Meakin - 7BRA consummate professional who has the detail of the case he is working on at his fingertips.’

Ranked: tier 3

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