The Legal 500

Brick Court Chambers

Chambers of Jonathan Hirst QC and Helen Davies QC

7-8 ESSEX STREET, LONDON, WC2R 3LD, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7379 3550
Fax:
Fax 020 7379 3558
DX:
302 LONDON CHANCERY LANE WC2
Web:
www.brickcourt.co.uk
Email:
London, Brussels

London Bar

Within Administrative and public law (including local government), Brick Court Chambers (Jonathan Hirst QC and Helen Davies QC) is a second tier set,

Brick Court Chambers is regarded for its expertise across public, EU and competition law, and for its ‘clear investment into the depth of its offering'. Significant cases include R (Bancoult) v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and Bank Mellat v HM Treasury.

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Within Aviation, Brick Court Chambers (Jonathan Hirst QC and Helen Davies QC) is a third tier set,

Brick Court Chambers is experienced in EU and Competition law, and has advised on cases concerning slots at airports and various carrier difficulties with providers. It also handles commercial aviation matters and leasing cases.

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Within Banking and finance (including consumer credit), Brick Court Chambers (Jonathan Hirst QC and Helen Davies QC) is a third tier set,

Brick Court Chambers is ‘a highly successful set in which very bright counsel operate'. It is also rated as a ‘strong' choice for financial products litigation. Key banking disputes included Barclays Bank v Graiseley and JP Morgan v BVG v Clifford Chance.

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Within Civil liberties and human rights (including public inquiry law and actions against the police), Brick Court Chambers (Jonathan Hirst QC and Helen Davies QC) is a second tier set,

Brick Court Chambers ‘has a solid reputation', with counsel acting in leading cases of national and international significance. The recently elevated Martin Chamberlain QC is widely recognised as a standout barrister.

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Within Commercial litigation, Brick Court Chambers (Jonathan Hirst QC and Helen Davies QC) is a first tier set,

Brick Court Chambers is often a ‘first port of call for high-value, complex commercial disputes', which is reflected in the set’s recent workload. Excalibur Ventures v Texas Keystone, Constantin Medien AG v Bernard Ecclestone and others, and the Alexandros T dispute, which went to the Supreme Court are all cases of note. Some say ‘there is scarcely a weak link' among the barristers, with ‘strength in depth from top to bottom'. Many also consider it ‘the strongest set for disputes where there are Russian and fraud aspects involved'.

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Within Commodities Commodities - Leading juniors

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Within Energy, Brick Court Chambers (Jonathan Hirst QC and Helen Davies QC) is a second tier set,

Brick Court Chambers has ‘strength in depth from top to bottom'. Its reputation rests partly on its role in disputes such as Berezovsky v Abramovich, though its broad energy expertise is demonstrated by recent matters involving issues such as fracking and the acquisition of seismic data in North Africa. Harry Matovu QC recently acted in Excalibur Ventures LLC v Texas Keystone Inc & Ors.

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Within Environment Environment - Leading silks

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Within EU and competition, Brick Court Chambers (Jonathan Hirst QC and Helen Davies QC) is a first tier set,

Brick Court Chambers reaps praise as a ‘top-rate', ‘simply outstanding' and ‘very dynamic' set. Members have experience at a domestic level and also before the Luxembourg courts and the European Commission in Brussels, and appeared in most of the follow-on actions before the Competition Appeal Tribunal and High Court in 2013. A noteworthy case highlight was David Anderson QC and David Scannell’s involvement in AbbVie v EMA before the Court of Justice of the European Union.

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Within Fraud: civil, Brick Court Chambers (Jonathan Hirst QC and Helen Davies QC) is a first tier set,

Brick Court Chambers has ‘incredible strength in depth', and both the clerks and barristers win plaudits for their responsiveness. Among recent work highlights, members represented both sides in the expedited appeal of VTB Bank v Nutritek in the Supreme Court.

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Within Insurance and reinsurance, Brick Court Chambers (Jonathan Hirst QC and Helen Davies QC) is a third tier set,

Brick Court Chambers is ‘a premier set for commercial litigation and arbitration', and handles matters in a wide range of areas, including marine and aviation. Members have been involved in multimillion-dollar reinsurance claims arising from the 2010-11 New Zealand earthquakes, and the successful Supreme Court appeal relating to a maritime insurance claim brought by the owners of the Alexandros T vessel. Tom Adam QC is acting for the RSM Tenon Group’s professional indemnity insurers in several coverage matters. Sir Sydney Kentridge QC retired.

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Within Intellectual property Intellectual property - Leading juniors

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Within International arbitration: arbitrators, Brick Court Chambers (Jonathan Hirst QC and Helen Davies QC) is a second tier set,

Brick Court Chambers is commended for its ‘all-round strength in arbitration', and its arbitrators are ‘a cut above the rest'. The set has seven retired judges among its members, as well as 13 QCs with a strong track record in arbitration.

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Within International arbitration: counsel, Brick Court Chambers (Jonathan Hirst QC and Helen Davies QC) is a second tier set,

Brick Court Chambers is ‘an exceptionally strong set for international arbitrations, particularly those with Russian/CIS elements'. As well as general commercial arbitrations, chambers is increasingly involved in major Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) disputes. Tenants often act in the same cases, with one energy-related London Court of International Arbitration case involving nine members.

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Within IT and telecoms IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) - Leading juniors

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Within Media and entertainment, Brick Court Chambers (Jonathan Hirst QC and Helen Davies QC) is a second tier set,

Brick Court Chambers is known as ‘a go-to media and entertainment set'. Chambers’ recent work includes continued involvement in the Pay TV Competition Appeal Tribunal case that went to the Court of Appeal, and acting for pub landlords in a case relating to premiership football matches televised via satellite decoder cards obtained from outside the UK.

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Within Professional negligence, Brick Court Chambers (Jonathan Hirst QC and Helen Davies QC) is a second tier set,

Brick Court Chambers houses ‘an array of top-notch individuals for professional negligence matters' and provides ‘first-rate service'. It is active in finance, accountancy, tax, law and property-related disputes. Recent high-profile cases include Cattles Group Limited v PwC and Stichting Beheer Beroepsvervoer v Goldman Sachs Management International.

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Within Public international law Public international law - Leading juniors

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Within Public procurement Public procurement - Leading juniors

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Within Set overviews: England and Wales,

Brick Court Chambers is ‘the premier set for commercial disputes', with particular strength in EU and competition, civil fraud, insurance and energy litigation. Housing ‘a large number of very intelligent and versatile barristers', the set is also recognised for its highly regarded public law practice and arbitration experience. In 2013, Helen Davies QC became the set’s first female joint head of chambers, replacing Nicholas Green QC (now a High Court judge) and joining Jonathan Hirst QC. ‘Clients can be assured of a very high minimum standard of service', and the clerks’ room reaps praise as ‘outstanding and completely trustworthy'. For some, ‘they are skilled business developers, with a very professional and helpful approach'; ‘the best around, by a long way'. Senior clerks Julian Hawes and Ian Moyler ‘set the tone for likeability and user friendliness'. Former clerk Deborah Anderson left chambers in 2014. Offices in: London

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Within Shipping Shipping - Leading silks

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Within Sport Sport - Leading silks

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