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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
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Web:
www.7br.co.uk

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

7BR is a ‘forward-thinking, progressive’ set which is ‘commercially aware and client focused’. Chambers has ‘very good bench-strength at all levels’ with ‘a healthy number of counsel who come with prior expertise outside of the law’. The set also benefits from maintaining a broad range of practice areas, which ‘helps when faced with challenging problems which require cross-practice expertise’ and ‘enables the barristers to maintain a broader perspective’. The set has expanded over the last 12 months, welcoming catastrophic injuries specialist Kiril Waite from 1 CHANCERY LANE; clinical negligence and family junior Sarah Edwards from Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB); crime junior Stephen Ferson from Furnival Chambers; and clinical negligence, inquests, and personal injury junior Ross Beaton, previously of the European Commission and the Government Legal Department; Lee Parkhill moved to Cornerstone Barristers. The clerks’ room provides ‘a first-rate service’ with ‘clerks who know their barristers and who is best placed for any particular case’. The ‘great’ team is led by co-senior clerks Paul Eeles (‘one of the best, personable clerks’) and Steven Wright (‘exceptionally helpful and easy to deal with’). Elsewhere in the ‘friendly and efficient’ clerks’ room, ‘adept’ first junior Mark Waterson has ‘great knowledge of his counsel and whether they are a good fit with solicitors and clients’. Offices in: London

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London Bar

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)
Leading Juniors

Ben Isaacs - 7BRHe has excellent analytical skills.

Ranked: tier 3

Jennifer Carter-Manning - 7BRA very talented senior junior.

Ranked: tier 3

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Children law (including public and private law)
Leading Silks

Barbara Connolly QC - 7BRIs a seasoned leader in complex children’s cases – she is forensic in her approach and able to grasp the important aspects in a difficult case.

Ranked: tier 2

Rachel Langdale QC - 7BRCombines an incredible eye for detail with an ability to see the big picture; her advocacy is a compelling mix of forensic skill and compassion.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

Anita Guha - 7BRIs always fully prepared and goes the extra mile.

Ranked: tier 2

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

7BR

7BR has an 'excellent and deserved reputation in clinical negligence work'. Barristers demonstrate particular expertise in cerebral palsy and spinal injuries arising from negligent medical care. In a recent highlight, Simeon Maskrey QC and Jeremy Pendlebury successfully represented the claimant in Darnley v Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, in which the Supreme Court found non-medical staff (in this case, a receptionist) owe a duty of care to patients. Maskrey QC also represented the doctor in MNX v Khan, in which the Court of Appeal overturned a decision that a mother could obtain wrongful birth damages for an additional disability over and above the one that was negligently tested for.

Leading Silks

Simeon Maskrey QC - 7BROne of the first names on the team sheet for the most complex cases.

Ranked: tier 1

Adam Weitzman QC - 7BRHis knowledge of the law and its application in the courtroom is second-to-none.

Ranked: tier 4

Derek Sweeting QC - 7BRHe is a very persuasive advocate who always puts forward well thought-out arguments.

Ranked: tier 4

Hugh Preston QC - 7BRHe is extremely personable whilst remaining professional with the client.

Ranked: tier 4
Leading Juniors

Julian Matthews - 7BRHe has a tremendous ability to quickly grasp complex medical issues.

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Baker - 7BRHe is not afraid to fight the client’s corner robustly.

Ranked: tier 2

Simon King - 7BRHe is exceptional at logically analysing expert evidence and managing experts.

Ranked: tier 2

Adam Walker - 7BRHe excels in quantum analysis and at settlement meetings.

Ranked: tier 3

Jeremy Pendlebury - 7BRHe is quick-thinking and fantastic in settlement meetings.

Ranked: tier 3

Leslie Keegan - 7BRHe is able to get a clear grasp of the issues involved in complicated areas of clinical negligence.

Ranked: tier 3

Simon Wheatley - 7BRHe is able to analyse in detail and exercise pragmatism at the same time.

Ranked: tier 3

Timothy Meakin - 7BRExcellent with clients, very empathetic and explains things clearly.

Ranked: tier 3

Adam Korn - 7BRHe brings an air of calm when there is complexity and worry for clients.

Ranked: tier 4

Deirdre Goodwin - 7BRShe is vastly experienced and knowledgeable.

Ranked: tier 4

Jonathan Bertram - 7BRHis down-to-earth explanation of legal procedure gives clients a justified confidence in him.

Ranked: tier 4

Kate Lumbers - 7BRExcellent at putting a client at ease and explaining difficult issues.

Ranked: tier 4

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Crime
Leading Silks

Pavlos Panayi QC - 7BRA persistent and determined advocate with a good turn of phrase.

Ranked: tier 3
2018 Silks

Vanessa Marshall QC - 7BRShe has a track record of cases with medical issues.

Ranked: tier 1

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Employment
Leading Juniors

Elaine Banton - 7BRA very knowledgeable and compelling employment law advocate with a first-class eye for the key point in a case.

Ranked: tier 4

Susan Belgrave - 7BRCalm and authoritative while able to identify with the client.

Ranked: tier 4

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Fraud: crime
Leading Silks

Collingwood Thompson QC - 7BRClients benefit from his calm approach and straightforward advice.

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Wheeler QC - 7BRA silk who combines judgement, patience and class.

Ranked: tier 3

Pavlos Panayi QC - 7BRVery impressive in front of a jury and with clients.

Ranked: tier 3

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Inquests and inquiries
Leading Juniors

Adam Walker - 7BRCareful and thorough, he takes his time with the client to ensure they understand the process.

Ranked: tier 3

James Robottom - 7BRHe is an inquest specialist with excellent command of voluminous disclosure.

Ranked: tier 3

William Chapman - 7BRPersuasive and courteous but persistent.

Ranked: tier 3

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International crime and extradition
2019 Silks

Nigel Povoas QC - 7BRVery well known for prosecuting in STL cases.

Ranked: tier 1

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Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud
Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

7BR

7BR is a 'well-managed, comprehensive and well-stocked supplier of counsel' for personal injury litigation. The set has 'a strong range of juniors and silks' who take on cases ranging in value and field of expertise, encompassing maximum severity brain and spinal claims as well as abuse work. Having appeared before the European Court of Justice and the Supreme Court, Simeon Maskrey QC's practice encompasses maximum severity brain and spinal injury claims. Simon King is regularly instructed on cases involving multiple expert disciplines; while military personal injury law is a particular specialism for Timothy Meakin.

Personal Injury - Leading Silks

Simeon Maskrey QC - 7BRHis depth of legal knowledge means he is the barrister you want to be sat behind in any complex case.

Ranked: tier 2
Personal injury - Leading Juniors

Julian Matthews - 7BRA QC in disguise.

Ranked: tier 1

Jeremy Pendlebury - 7BRHe is reassuring to clients and not afraid of a difficult case.

Ranked: tier 2

Simon King - 7BRHe has a smooth but deceptively effective approach to litigation.

Ranked: tier 2

Timothy Meakin - 7BRHe is able to cut through the issues quickly and has a fantastic analytical mind.

Ranked: tier 3

Adam Walker - 7BRVery good with clients.

Ranked: tier 4

Deirdre Goodwin - 7BRHer attention to detail is little short of incredible.

Ranked: tier 5

Liam Ryan - 7BRHis knowledge in relation to stress at work claims is impressive.

Ranked: tier 5

Simon Wheatley - 7BRHe is able to analyse in detail but exercise pragmatism at the same time.

Ranked: tier 5

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

7BR

'Quality set' 7BR is highly regarded in claimant-side product liability and has 'particular depth at the silk level'. Its barristers have acted in some of the most significant product liability group actions, including the metal on metal hip, PIP breast implant, and vaginal mesh litigations. Other recent cases included Lewin v Glaxosmithkline, a catastrophic spinal injury claim, with Simeon Maskrey QC leading Adam Korn.

Leading Silks

Hugh Preston QC - 7BRA class act and very effective advocate, who usually has the ear of the court.

Ranked: tier 1

Simeon Maskrey QC - 7BROutstanding. One of the leading claimant QCs in the field.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Adam Korn - 7BRA strong advocate.

Ranked: tier 2

Jonathan Bertram - 7BRAn experienced and reliable counsel.

Ranked: tier 2

Julian Matthews - 7BRHe exudes and inspires confidence and his preparation is meticulous.

Ranked: tier 3

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Set overviews: England and Wales

7BR is a ‘forward-thinking, progressive’ set which is ‘commercially aware and client focused’. Chambers has ‘very good bench-strength at all levels’ with ‘a healthy number of counsel who come with prior expertise outside of the law’. The set also benefits from maintaining a broad range of practice areas, which ‘helps when faced with challenging problems which require cross-practice expertise’ and ‘enables the barristers to maintain a broader perspective’. The set has expanded over the last 12 months, welcoming catastrophic injuries specialist Kiril Waite from 1 CHANCERY LANE; clinical negligence and family junior Sarah Edwards from Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB); crime junior Stephen Ferson from Furnival Chambers; and clinical negligence, inquests, and personal injury junior Ross Beaton, previously of the European Commission and the Government Legal Department; Lee Parkhill moved to Cornerstone Barristers. The clerks’ room provides ‘a first-rate service’ with ‘clerks who know their barristers and who is best placed for any particular case’. The ‘great’ team is led by co-senior clerks Paul Eeles (‘one of the best, personable clerks’) and Steven Wright (‘exceptionally helpful and easy to deal with’). Elsewhere in the ‘friendly and efficient’ clerks’ room, ‘adept’ first junior Mark Waterson has ‘great knowledge of his counsel and whether they are a good fit with solicitors and clients’. Offices in: London

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