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Chambers of Paul Brown QC and Rupert Warren QC.

Living Wage
180 FLEET STREET, LONDON, EC4A 2HG, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7430 1221
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Fax 020 7421 6060
DX:
1042 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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Web:
www.landmarkchambers.co.uk

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

β€˜A leading public law set’, the β€˜impressive’ Landmark Chambers has β€˜a seemingly bottomless depth and breadth of expertise’, particularly in planning where it is described as β€˜a premier set’ covering all areas – including more niche fields, such as green belt. Providing β€˜a high level of service and at reasonable rate’, chambers also offers β€˜strength in depth in other areas, such as rating legislation’, while one solicitor described it as β€˜a pathfinder in the field of immigration law’. The whole clerking team has β€˜an in-depth knowledge of planning law and procedure’, meaning it is well placed to recommend individuals with particular interest or experience. The clerking team is β€˜skilfully led’ by chief clerk, Jay Fullilove, who is ably assisted by experienced senior practice managers Bill King, Kevin Squires, Mark Ball and Ben Connor, who are all recommended as β€˜knowledgeable, responsive, commercial and, above all, helpful’. At practice manager level, Neil Perry β€˜knows his barristers really well; is pleasant, with great humour; speaking to him is like speaking with an old friend’. Michael Gooch is β€˜exceptionally helpful’ and Richard Bolton is β€˜extremely efficient’. Offices in: London

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London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)
Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Landmark Chambers

Landmark Chambers β€˜offers strength and depth in a number of areas’ and is home to β€˜a broad and formidable selection of individuals’. In a case on whether the Royal Prerogative is available to revoke the passports of terrorism suspects, David Blundell acted for the Secretary of State for the Home Department. Meanwhile, David Elvin QC was instructed on a case considering the lawfulness of the government allowing exploratory drilling preparatory to fracking.

Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading silks

Richard Drabble QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜He is known for social welfare cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Lock QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜A compelling advocate with a breadth of practice and total understanding of NHS legislation.’

Ranked: tier 4

James Maurici QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜Phenomenally good, straightforward to deal with and stays calm under pressure.’

Ranked: tier 4

David Elvin QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜Absolutely brilliant.’

Ranked: tier 5

Timothy Corner QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜He is candid on weaknesses and looks for ways to strengthen the case at each turn.’

Ranked: tier 5
Administrative and public law (including local government) – 2017 silks

Fiona Scolding QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜She fights very hard for her clients and gets impressive results.’

Ranked: tier 1

Samantha Broadfoot QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜She is a sensible and persuasive advocate, liked and respected by her opponents and the courts.’

Ranked: tier 1
Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading juniors

Declan O’Callaghan - Landmark Chambers β€˜He is very knowledgeable in his field and he always has time to discuss the issues.’

Ranked: tier 1

Tim Buley - Landmark Chambers β€˜He is a go-to for government work and has a lot of crossover expertise.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Blundell - Landmark Chambers β€˜A first-class advocate, who is hugely popular with central government.’

Ranked: tier 2

Katherine Olley - Landmark Chambers β€˜Her advocacy and drafting are really good and her ability to make complex cases look simple.’

Ranked: tier 2

Charles Banner - Landmark Chambers β€˜Very versatile, an excellent planning practice and also a very good EU and public lawyer.’

Ranked: tier 3

Alex Goodman - Landmark Chambers β€˜He is one of the best junior advocates and he can turn around a sceptical bench.’

Ranked: tier 4

Carine Patry - Landmark Chambers β€˜She is very quick on her feet in addressing all the issues.’

Ranked: tier 4

Gwion Lewis - Landmark Chambers β€˜He presented his case effectively and attractively and has a real presence.’

Ranked: tier 4

Galina Ward - Landmark Chambers β€˜Approachable and knowledgeable; a first-class advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jacqueline Lean - Landmark Chambers β€˜She is outstanding in this field.’

Ranked: tier 4

Sasha Blackmore - Landmark Chambers β€˜She has a wide-ranging public law practice and is thorough and thoughtful.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)
Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Landmark Chambers

Landmark Chambers is β€˜an efficient, well-oiled machine’ that takes on a broad range of cases from the Northern Ireland’s abortion ban in cases of rape, incest and serious foetal abnormality, to arguing over restrictions to commercial catch limits on fishing licences and whether they are incompatible with the right to peaceful enjoyment of possessions. Of note, Fiona Scolding QC is senior counsel to the Independent Inquiry into Childhood Sexual Abuse. Charles Banner acted in R (HC) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions before the Supreme Court, which concerned whether, and in what circumstances, a non-EU citizen residing in the UK as a primary carer is entitled to social benefits.

Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – Leading silks

James Maurici QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜Provides consistently excellent verbal and written advice. Measured and extremely effective.’

Ranked: tier 4

Stephen Knafler QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜Professional, dedicated, knowledgeable and an inspiration to all who work alongside him.’

Ranked: tier 4
Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – 2017 silks

Fiona Scolding QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜Knowledgeable, reliable, and with accurate drafting skills.’

Ranked: tier 1
Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – Leading juniors

Charles Banner - Landmark Chambers β€˜Deep thinker; considers all angles. Is client/outcome focused.’

Ranked: tier 2

Tim Buley - Landmark Chambers β€˜Very knowledgeable, especially concerning mental health and detention issues.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Blundell - Landmark Chambers β€˜Very knowledgeable and persuasive. Superb manner.’

Ranked: tier 3

Declan O’Callaghan - Landmark Chambers β€˜He has the excellent ability to analyse complex judgments and apply them to his cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Graham Denholm - Landmark Chambers β€˜Tactically astute and is particularly expert on immigration detention issues.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Costs
Costs – Leading silks

David Holland QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜A very clever and safe pair of hands.’

Ranked: tier 3
Costs – Leading juniors

Rupert Cohen - Landmark Chambers β€˜He advises on time and never falls down on quality.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Court of Protection and community care
Court of Protection and community care – Leading silks

David Lock QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜He has a huge brain and understands the NHS like no other counsel.’

Ranked: tier 1

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EU law
EU law – Leading silks

James Maurici QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜Phenomenally good, straightforward to deal with, seems to handle a very big case load.’

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Drabble QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜The doyen of EU social security law.’

Ranked: tier 3
EU law – Leading juniors

Charles Banner - Landmark Chambers β€˜Extremely bright and one of the ablest juniors at the Bar. User friendly, accessible and cuts to the heart of the issue in double quick time.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Blundell - Landmark Chambers β€˜Gets to the heart of a case – he is clever, but also practical; a crisp, clear, concise and persuasive advocate who has the ear of the court.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Education
Education – 2017 silks

Fiona Scolding QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜She is brilliant – incredibly persuasive, a scarily good (but incredibly nice) opponent.’

Ranked: tier 1
Education – Leading juniors

Galina Ward - Landmark Chambers β€˜She is extremely thorough and determined.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Energy
Energy – Leading silks

Russell Harris QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜Tenacious and very client friendly, with an ability to get right to the heart of the matter.’

Ranked: tier 4
Energy – Leading juniors

Charles Banner - Landmark Chambers β€˜An exceptional barrister – fantastically bright, hardworking and accessible. Can handle anything you or the other side can throw at him.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Environment
Environment – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Landmark Chambers

Landmark Chambers is a β€˜very well-rounded set, with a range of counsel for every issue and good availability of alternatives.’ In the Supreme Court, Neil Cameron QC acted for the local authority in Dover District Council v CPRE (Kent) regarding duties to give reasons, while James Maurici QC and Gwion Lewis appeared for the Environment Agency in R (Mott) v Environment Agency on whether fishermen should be compensated from public funds if their fishing rights are restricted in the public interest to avoid ecological damage.

Environment – Leading silks

David Elvin QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜Fantastic brain and experience, with tremendously clear advice.’

Ranked: tier 1

Rhodri Price Lewis QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜A brilliant strategist with an abundance of grace, intellect and wit. A pleasure to work with at every turn.’

Ranked: tier 2

Christopher Katkowski QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜He is wonderfully succinct, wholly commercial and very client friendly.’

Ranked: tier 3

James Maurici QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜A top environmental barrister.’

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Drabble QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜Recommended for public law, planning and environment.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tim Mould QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜A very amenable and good advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Forsdick QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜Gets straight to the detail but never loses sight of the overall objective.’

Ranked: tier 4

Timothy Corner QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜Recommended for inquiry work.’

Ranked: tier 4
Environment – Leading juniors

Charles Banner - Landmark Chambers β€˜Regularly acts for UK government in its most complex environmental litigation.’

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Moules - Landmark Chambers β€˜Very calm and manages client's expectations very well.’

Ranked: tier 2

Gwion Lewis - Landmark Chambers β€˜Has a particular gift in dealing with highly technical evidence and multi-faceted or particularly complex matters.’

Ranked: tier 4

Simon Pickles - Landmark Chambers β€˜Very experienced and clear in his advice.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Immigration (including business immigration)
Immigration (including business immigration) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Landmark Chambers

Landmark Chambers β€˜is the set I would always contact first’, according to a source who adds β€˜and all the clerks are excellent.’ The set has expertise acting both for and against the government with members appearing in all domestic and international courts.Richard Drabble QC acted for the appellant in a successful challenge to the statutory provisions requiring foreign criminals to appeal from abroad – the government’s so-called β€˜deport first, appeal later’ policy.

Immigration (including business immigration) – Leading silks

Richard Drabble QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜A very good leading counsel.’

Ranked: tier 1

Stephen Knafler QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜He is very clever and a heavyweight that judges love.’

Ranked: tier 2
Immigration (including business immigration) – Leading juniors

David Blundell - Landmark Chambers β€˜He is a first-class advocate who is hugely popular with central government.’

Ranked: tier 2

Galina Ward - Landmark Chambers β€˜You feel really safe when she is on board, she is very good on her feet and respected by peers.’

Ranked: tier 2

Tim Buley - Landmark Chambers β€˜He is very clever and tenacious.’

Ranked: tier 2

Declan O’Callaghan - Landmark Chambers β€˜He is very knowledgeable and is dedication to each and every one of his cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Graham Denholm - Landmark Chambers β€˜His written work is meticulous, he is a strong advocate and is calm under pressure.’

Ranked: tier 3

Christopher Jacobs - Landmark Chambers β€˜One of the lawyers that shines at Landmark.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Planning
Planning – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Landmark Chambers

Landmark Chambers is β€˜exceptionally strong in planning law’, which is demonstrated by the number of high-profile instructions received by its members. Christopher Lockhart-Mummery QC acted for the successful developer in Hopkins Homes Ltd v Suffolk Coastal DC. The set also appeared for both sides in Dover District Council v CPRE – Neil Cameron QC and Matthew Reed QC – on the extent of a local planning authority’s duty to provide reasons for its decisions. The team has been strengthened following the arrival of Jenny Wigley from No5 Barristers Chambers, as well as Alex Goodman, who re-joined chambers in December 2017.

Planning – Leading silks

Christopher Katkowski QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜Super responsive: one of the few barristers who will have read absolutely everything.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Elvin QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜Absolutely brilliant.’

Ranked: tier 1

Russell Harris QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜In a class of his own, he has a very good reputation for substantial London development schemes, design and heritage issues.’

Ranked: tier 1

Christopher Lockhart-Mummery QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜Magisterial and commercial – an unusual combination.’

Ranked: tier 2

Neil Cameron QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜Always excellent.’

Ranked: tier 2

Neil King QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜Recommended for compulsory purchase orders.’

Ranked: tier 2

Rhodri Price Lewis QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜A brilliant strategist who can cut through to identify the client's central objective.’

Ranked: tier 2

Timothy Corner QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜Great depth for regeneration schemes and gets the best out of the team.’

Ranked: tier 2

Tim Mould QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜Very amenable and good advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

William Hicks QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜Recommended for retail and traffic issues.’

Ranked: tier 2

Dan Kolinsky QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜Intelligent, knowledgeable, personable, diligent and a good team player.’

Ranked: tier 3

John Hobson QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜Recommended for appeals and judicial reviews.’

Ranked: tier 3

Rupert Warren QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜Experienced, sharply commercial and a pleasure to do business with.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Forsdick QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜Gets straight to the detail but never loses sight of the overall objective.’

Ranked: tier 4

James Maurici QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜Probably the most intelligent barrister in planning and has a voracious ability to absorb the details of big cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

John Litton QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜Very commercial and client-facing.’

Ranked: tier 4

Paul Brown QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜A towering intellect and an outstanding advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4

Reuben Taylor QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜A brilliant planning lawyer and advocate, with excellent legal acumen.’

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Drabble QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜He brings wide experience of working for developers and local authorities in major planning inquiries.’

Ranked: tier 4
Planning – 2017 silks

Matthew Reed QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜He is accessible, approachable and a good listener in conference.’

Ranked: tier 1
Planning – 2018 silks

Graeme Keen QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜Fine attention to detail, with calm authority and excellent advocacy.’

Ranked: tier 1
Planning – Leading juniors

Charles Banner - Landmark Chambers β€˜A real jewel in the planning Bar crown: very sharp intellect with a lot of common sense.’

Ranked: tier 1

Stephen Morgan - Landmark Chambers β€˜Well respected and very dedicated to his work.’

Ranked: tier 1

Robert Walton - Landmark Chambers β€˜Calm under pressure, he reads the situation extremely well, and is always well prepared.’

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Whale - Landmark Chambers β€˜An intellectual heavyweight: accessible and personable.’

Ranked: tier 2

Scott Lyness - Landmark Chambers β€˜Recommended for public inquiries.’

Ranked: tier 2

Guy Williams - Landmark Chambers β€˜Junior counsel of the very highest calibre: very strong in relation to compulsory purchase and compensation matters.’

Ranked: tier 3

Gwion Lewis - Landmark Chambers β€˜An excellent junior with notable reputation for matters involving a Welsh law dimension.’

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Moules - Landmark Chambers β€˜Very calm and manages client’ expectations very well.’

Ranked: tier 3

Alex Goodman - Landmark Chambers β€˜His depth of knowledge of planning and enforcement is immense.’

Ranked: tier 4

Heather Sargent - Landmark Chambers β€˜Razor sharp and completely unflappable: without a doubt a rising star of the planning Bar.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jacqueline Lean - Landmark Chambers β€˜Outstanding.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Property litigation and agriculture
Property litigation – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Landmark Chambers

Landmark Chambers is a β€˜one of the leading property litigation sets’ and β€˜maintains a very high standard of service’. Four members of chambers – Timothy Morshead QC, Dan Kolinsky QC, Zack Simons and Luke Wilcox – were involved in the Supreme Court case of Iceland Limited v Berry, in what became an inter-chambers battle concerning plant and machinery regulations in the law of rating.

Agriculture – Leading silks

David Elvin QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜He gets straight to the heart of the case and is extremely commercially aware.’

Ranked: tier 2
Property litigation – Leading silks

David Holland QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜A bright and tenacious individual, who inspires confidence.’

Ranked: tier 1

John Male QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜Highly rated generally and as a mediator.’

Ranked: tier 3

Katharine Holland QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜Technically excellent and incredibly good with clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

Timothy Morshead QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜Technically very able and produces excellent written work.’

Ranked: tier 3

Dan Kolinsky QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜Offers an excellent mix of legal analysis and high-quality skills as an advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4

Tom Weekes QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜He continues to burnish his reputation in restrictive covenant and rights of light work’. ’

Ranked: tier 5
Property litigation – Leading juniors

Nicholas Taggart - Landmark Chambers β€˜Moves between landlord and tenant, easements, and infrastructure projects with ease.’

Ranked: tier 1

Camilla Lamont - Landmark Chambers β€˜She has an encyclopaedic knowledge in a number of areas of property law.’

Ranked: tier 2

Myriam Stacey - Landmark Chambers β€˜A real heavyweight junior, fierce in pursuing the client’s position.’

Ranked: tier 2

Galina Ward - Landmark Chambers β€˜An exceptional counsel, her advocacy is effective and tenacious.’

Ranked: tier 3

Stephen Bickford-Smith - Landmark Chambers β€˜Recommended for party wall matters.’

Ranked: tier 3

Katrina Yates - Landmark Chambers β€˜Just the type of character you want in your corner, her advice is clear and punchy.’

Ranked: tier 4

Thomas Jefferies - Landmark Chambers β€˜His knowledge of leasehold enfranchisement and valuation issues is second to none.’

Ranked: tier 4

Toby Watkin - Landmark Chambers β€˜Proactive and formidable in his advice, prepared to go the extra mile.’

Ranked: tier 4

Aaron Walder - Landmark Chambers β€˜Gets to know the documents in depth and has great retention of facts.’

Ranked: tier 5

David Nicholls - Landmark Chambers β€˜A level-headed and strong counsel who thinks outside the box.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Public procurement
Public procurement – Leading juniors

Charles Banner - Landmark Chambers β€˜He is extremely enthusiastic and proactive and has amassed considerable experience.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Set overviews: England and Wales

β€˜A leading public law set’, the β€˜impressive’ Landmark Chambers has β€˜a seemingly bottomless depth and breadth of expertise’, particularly in planning where it is described as β€˜a premier set’ covering all areas – including more niche fields, such as green belt. Providing β€˜a high level of service and at reasonable rate’, chambers also offers β€˜strength in depth in other areas, such as rating legislation’, while one solicitor described it as β€˜a pathfinder in the field of immigration law’. The whole clerking team has β€˜an in-depth knowledge of planning law and procedure’, meaning it is well placed to recommend individuals with particular interest or experience. The clerking team is β€˜skilfully led’ by chief clerk, Jay Fullilove, who is ably assisted by experienced senior practice managers Bill King, Kevin Squires, Mark Ball and Ben Connor, who are all recommended as β€˜knowledgeable, responsive, commercial and, above all, helpful’. At practice manager level, Neil Perry β€˜knows his barristers really well; is pleasant, with great humour; speaking to him is like speaking with an old friend’. Michael Gooch is β€˜exceptionally helpful’ and Richard Bolton is β€˜extremely efficient’. Offices in: London

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Social housing
Social housing – Leading silks

Stephen Knafler QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜Tremendously experienced and vastly knowledgeable, but still very approachable.’

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Drabble QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜The kind of barrister you wouldn’t want to see on the other side.’

Ranked: tier 3

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