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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

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 ‘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 ‘juggle everything for their clients’, are led by joint senior clerks Paul Eeles (who is ‘always reliable and ready to try and a find a solution should a problem arise’) and Rod McGurk (who provides ‘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 - 7BRExperienced in Court of Protection and abduction matters.

Ranked: tier 3

Rachel Langdale QC - 7BRShe is utterly fearless, highly forensic and tactically astute.

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

Anita Guha - 7BRShe 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 ‘an outstanding set’, ‘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 - 7BRHe projects a studied authority in court but never appears superior or pompous.

Ranked: tier 1

Derek Sweeting QC - 7BRA skilled negotiator and advocate, with impeccable judgement.

Ranked: tier 5

Hugh Preston QC - 7BRA talented advocate, who is not afraid to take novel or difficult points.

Ranked: tier 5
Clinical negligence – New silks

Adam Weitzman QC - 7BRHe is a fearless advocate and innovative in his approach.

Ranked: tier 1
Clinical negligence – Leading juniors

Julian Matthews - 7BRHe has excellent judgement and is a skilled negotiator.

Ranked: tier 1

Peter Ellis - 7BRHe excels when a case has complex medical causation at its heart.

Ranked: tier 1

Simon King - 7BRAn excellent brain, and lovely to clients.

Ranked: tier 2

Adam Walker - 7BRHe is extremely thorough and has an excellent grasp of the medical issues.

Ranked: tier 3

Jeremy Pendlebury - 7BRHe displays an excellent understanding of medical issues, particularly in cerebral palsy matters.

Ranked: tier 3

Kate Lumbers - 7BRA very determined counsel with a pragmatic approach.

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Baker - 7BRHe is an accomplished and very skilled advocate, who shows great tenacity.

Ranked: tier 3

Simon Wheatley - 7BRAt ease with high-value claims and complex issues.

Ranked: tier 3

Timothy Meakin - 7BRVery knowledgeable, approachable and client-friendly.

Ranked: tier 3

Adam Korn - 7BRHe has a tremendous intellect and a disarming charm, which he deploys to devastating effect in cross-examination.

Ranked: tier 4

Deirdre Goodwin - 7BRExtremely experienced and knowledgeable, and she relishes a challenge.

Ranked: tier 4

Leslie Keegan - 7BRVery approachable and able.

Ranked: tier 4

Vanessa Marshall - 7BRA 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 - 7BRA veteran silk.’

Ranked: tier 2

James House QC - 7BRHis attention to detail is second to none.’

Ranked: tier 3

Lewis Power QC - 7BRJuries enjoy listening to him.’

Ranked: tier 3
Crime – Leading juniors

Gareth Weetman - 7BRHis strengths are his detailed preparation, calm advice and measured advocacy.’

Ranked: tier 3

Vanessa Marshall - 7BRHer work includes rape cases and matters with medical elements.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Employment
Employment – Leading juniors

Catherine Rayner - 7BRAn experienced employment and discrimination barrister, who is client-friendly in her approach.

Ranked: tier 4

Susan Belgrave - 7BRShe 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 - 7BRApproachable and practical, while providing high-quality advice.’

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

Andrew Wheeler - 7BRHe wastes no time getting to the important issues in a case.’

Ranked: tier 3

Steven Gray - 7BRResponsive, dedicated and committed.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Inquests and inquiries
Inquests and inquiries – Leading juniors

Bilal Rawat - 7BRAn incredibly hardworking and skilled advocate.

Ranked: tier 2

Adam Walker - 7BRHe is excellent for unusual and unique inquests.

Ranked: tier 3

James Robottom - 7BRHe 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 ‘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 - 7BRAlways impressive with his wealth of knowledge and command of the papers.

Ranked: tier 2
Personal injury – New silks

Adam Weitzman QC - 7BRHis client care skills are unsurpassable.

Ranked: tier 1
Personal injury – Leading juniors

Julian Matthews - 7BRHe has excellent judgement and is a skilled negotiator.

Ranked: tier 1

Jeremy Pendlebury - 7BRA very experienced senior junior, who is always well prepared and tenacious.

Ranked: tier 2

Simon King - 7BRFriendly and approachable, with a sharp legal mind.

Ranked: tier 2

Adam Walker - 7BRExtraordinarily meticulous in his advice.

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Baker - 7BRHe is an accomplished and very skilled advocate, who shows great tenacity.

Ranked: tier 5

Simon Wheatley - 7BRAt ease with high-value claims and complex issues.

Ranked: tier 5

Timothy Meakin - 7BRA 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 ‘gone from strength to strength’ under the leadership of top-tier silk Hugh Preston QC.

Product liability – Leading silks

Hugh Preston QC - 7BROne of the leading barristers in the country acting for claimants in product liability cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Simeon Maskrey QC - 7BRExceptionally clever and a very good strategist.’

Ranked: tier 2
Product liability – Leading juniors

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

Ranked: tier 2

Jonathan Bertram - 7BRVery clever and approachable; he has a wonderful manner with clients and experts.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Set overviews: England and Wales

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 ‘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 ‘juggle everything for their clients’, are led by joint senior clerks Paul Eeles (who is ‘always reliable and ready to try and a find a solution should a problem arise’) and Rod McGurk (who provides ‘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 - 7BRHe 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 - 7BRVery 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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