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Chambers of Mark Howard 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
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Web:
www.brickcourt.co.uk

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

The β€˜exceptional’ Brick Court Chambers is, β€˜without question, one of the leading sets in the UK, if not the best’ for commercial and public law disputes. β€˜Counsel instructed are always impressive’ and solicitors say β€˜it is hard to think of any way in which the service could be improved’. The β€˜commercial and approachable’ clerks are β€˜very-service minded, very responsive and deserve accolade’. Leading the team are joint senior clerks Ian Moyler and Julian Hawes, who β€˜can always be relied upon, and are familiar with and cater to the needs of solicitors’. The deputy senior clerks are also praised as β€˜first class’: Paul Dennison β€˜gets things sorted’ and is β€˜particularly well connected with the courts’, and the β€˜super-helpful’ Tony Burgess provides β€˜an excellent service’. Offices in: London

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Market overview

Brick Court Chambers handles a range of heavyweight commercial work in London, with a growing presence in international arbitration worldwide. Julian Hawes and Ian Moyler are the joint senior clerks.

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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

Brick Court Chambers

Brick Court Chambers has β€˜the perfect approach to solicitor relationships’, and is β€˜a set that you can turn to for any challenge, no matter how complex or novel’. Martin Chamberlain QC acted for the Scottish government in the Supreme Court hearing regarding the constitutionality of Westminster’s attempt to unilaterally trigger Article 50. Chambers is also involved in the plain-packaging tobacco challenge.

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

David Anderson QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A charming and hugely experienced advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Martin Chamberlain QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A tour de force; his strengths are many; his weaknesses are none.’

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Gordon QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Authoritative and imaginative; he has literally no weaknesses.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jemima Stratford QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Absolutely first-rate.’

Ranked: tier 4

Marie Demetriou QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Clearly intelligent, with the ability to reduce complex issues to simple ones for the court.’

Ranked: tier 4

Aidan Robertson QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Fantastic, in-depth knowledge of the nexus between EU and UK law.’

Ranked: tier 5

Paul Bowen QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A tenacious and pugnacious advocate with a realistic approach to advisory work.’

Ranked: tier 5
Administrative and public law (including local government) – 2016 silks

Maya Lester QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Collaborative, efficient and clear-eyed in her judgement.’

Ranked: tier 1
Administrative and public law (including local government) – 2017 silks

Sarah Ford QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜The astonishingly young age at which she took silk reflects her exceptional skill and talent.’

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

Victoria Wakefield - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Clever and strategic; a silk-in-waiting.’

Ranked: tier 2

Margaret Gray - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Makes herself available at short notice and delivers very quick turnaround times.’

Ranked: tier 3

Malcolm Birdling - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A highly skilled, highly experienced, tenacious advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Aviation
Aviation – Leading silks

Neil Calver QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Excellent.’

Ranked: tier 3

Martin Chamberlain QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜He makes technical legal arguments seem devastatingly clear and compelling.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Banking and finance (including consumer credit)
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Brick Court Chambers

β€˜A go-to set for the biggest, most complex work’, Brick Court Chambers is β€˜experienced at addressing contractual and banking claims’, and is β€˜highly recommended’ by solicitors. Counsel regularly act for banks and claimants in a range of disputes, with several going to the highest court level, such as the CoCo bonds expedited Supreme Court hearing for Lloyds Banking Group. Several members were also involved in Property Alliance Group v RBS in the Financial List.

Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading silks

Mark Howard QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜One of the very best.’

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Hapgood QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Absolutely brilliant; a recognised leader in banking litigation.’

Ranked: tier 1

Tim Lord QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Very commercial and dogged with a great strategic approach.’

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Salzedo QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜An exceptional performer and a completely safe pair of hands for heavy financial cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jasbir Dhillon QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Meticulous; he will not leave a stone unturned in pursuing an argument.’

Ranked: tier 5

Michael Swainston QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A leader that you wouldn’t want to see appearing on the other side.’

Ranked: tier 5

Roger Masefield QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Unfailingly polite and a delight to work with.’

Ranked: tier 5

Richard Slade QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜His drafting is strong and he is very easy to work with.’

Ranked: tier 5
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – 2016 silks

Thomas Plewman QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Incisive and clear-thinking in his advice, both orally and on paper.’

Ranked: tier 1
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – 2017 silks

Stephen Midwinter QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A first-choice new silk, particularly on complex banking matters.’

Ranked: tier 1
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading juniors

Andrew Thomas - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A very thorough adviser, who is strategically adept in presenting difficult arguments to court.’

Ranked: tier 3

Fionn Pilbrow - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Good at building rapport with the judge.’

Ranked: tier 3

Fred Hobson - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Calm and measured in his approach, showing excellent judgement.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tony Singla - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A very impressive individual and a good draftsman.’

Ranked: tier 3

Craig Morrison - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Super-hardworking, lightning-efficient and very user-friendly.’

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Eschwege - Brick Court Chambers β€˜An outstanding junior, who, even by commercial Bar standards, works phenomenally hard.’

Ranked: tier 4

Sarah Abram - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Highly recommended for banking disputes.’

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

Brick Court Chambers

Brick Court Chambers handles a good mix of claimant and defendant work. Paul Bowen QC was involved in the death row appeals challenging the constitutionality of mandatory death penalties in Trinidad for people with mental disorders.

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

Richard Gordon QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A clear expert.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Anderson QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜An excellent advocate, who provides well-researched and thought-out advice.’

Ranked: tier 3

Martin Chamberlain QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Measured and pointed advocacy coupled with encyclopaedic legal knowledge.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jemima Stratford QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A fearless advocate, who is always prepared to take difficult points.’

Ranked: tier 4

Paul Bowen QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A careful and conscientious lawyer, who pursues issues with great determination.’

Ranked: tier 4
Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – 2016 silks

Maya Lester QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Fantastic knowledge of terrorism and sanctions laws.’

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

Victoria Wakefield - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Exceptionally talented and pragmatic.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Brick Court Chambers

Brick Court Chambers is a β€˜fantastic brain-box set’ that is β€˜the one to go to for commercial litigation’. Clients also appreciate that members are β€˜alive to the commercial realities that instructing solicitors face’. Highlight cases involving several members include Terra Firma v Citigroup, Libyan Investment Authority v SociΓ©tΓ© GΓ©nΓ©rale, and Holyoake v Candy.

Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Mark Howard QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Quite simply the best advocate at the commercial Bar.’

Ranked: tier 1

Helen Davies QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Highly effective at getting on top of the detail.’

Ranked: tier 2

Mark Hapgood QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜One of the grand QCs and one of the better team players at that level.’

Ranked: tier 2

Simon Salzedo QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Excellent, and his command of accounting policies and techniques is a real asset.’

Ranked: tier 2

Tim Lord QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A very good lawyer and advocate, and an excellent project manager.’

Ranked: tier 2

Neil Calver QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Very good on paper and in trial, where he knows how to play the court and the judge.’

Ranked: tier 3

Charles Hollander QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Seen as the leading lawyer on conflicts by many firms.’

Ranked: tier 4

Harry Matovu QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A gifted advocate with a superb voice and a great ear for a memorable soundbite.’

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Swainston QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Exceptionally bright and devastatingly effective in cross-examination.’

Ranked: tier 4

Daniel Jowell QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Delivers clear commercial advice on complex issues.’

Ranked: tier 5

Tom Adam QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜First-class with excellent experience in this area.’

Ranked: tier 5

Andrew Henshaw QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Very smart and straightforward; not a prima donna, he just gets on with the job.’

Ranked: tier 6

Michael Bools QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A first-rate advocate and a very good lawyer.’

Ranked: tier 6

Richard Slade QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A strong commercial silk.’

Ranked: tier 6

Roger Masefield QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Unswervingly impressive and a master tactician.’

Ranked: tier 6
Commercial litigation – 2017 silks

Stephen Midwinter QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A very strong, up-and-coming silk.’

Ranked: tier 1
Commercial litigation – Leading juniors

Alec Haydon - Brick Court Chambers β€˜He is very efficient and can absorb a lot of detail quickly.’

Ranked: tier 2

Fionn Pilbrow - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A clever lawyer, talented advocate and β€œblue-sky” thinker.’

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Thomas - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Excellent both on his feet and on paper, he deploys his skills with precision.’

Ranked: tier 4

Alan Roxburgh - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A highly intelligent and dedicated barrister with a great command of detail.’

Ranked: tier 4

Colin West - Brick Court Chambers β€˜He has a great ability to speak a client’s language and make the complicated simple.’

Ranked: tier 4

Edward Harrison - Brick Court Chambers β€˜An excellent, hardworking, bright and unflappable junior.’

Ranked: tier 5

Gerard Rothschild - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Very careful and thorough, and unafraid to argue tricky points in tricky circumstances.’

Ranked: tier 5

Laura Newton - Brick Court Chambers β€˜An up-and-coming star.’

Ranked: tier 5

Oliver Jones - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A clever and hardworking junior, and an original thinker.’

Ranked: tier 5
Commercial litigation – top ten under eight years’ call

Geoffrey Kuehne - Brick Court Chambers β€˜An effective and highly commercial junior with a strong track record.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Commodities
Commodities – Leading juniors

Fionn Pilbrow - Brick Court Chambers β€˜First class, hardworking and committed to cases; one of the best juniors.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Competition
Competition – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Brick Court Chambers

β€˜Oozing excellence’, Brick Court Chambers’ enviable docket saw several members appearing for Visa and Mastercard in multilateral interchange fee litigation. The set is a go-to name for pharmaceutical clients and received instructions in separate Pfizer and Flynn appeals against fines imposed by the Competition and Markets Authority. Mark Brealey QC left for Monckton Chambers.

Competition – Leading silks

Daniel Jowell QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜An excellent advocate with a very sharp mind.’

Ranked: tier 1

Helen Davies QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜An all-around star, who is very persuasive on her feet and in control of her case.’

Ranked: tier 1

Marie Demetriou QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜She has an effective manner in court and is one of her clients’ favourite advocates.’

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Hoskins QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Charming, exceptional and measured; a real star.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Flynn QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Superbly knowledgeable and liked by clients.’

Ranked: tier 2

Kelyn Bacon QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜One of the best technical competition lawyers at the Bar, and a really fine advocate to boot.’

Ranked: tier 2

Aidan Robertson QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Superb in every way.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jemima Stratford QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A very clear thinker, who is easy to work with and delivers thoughtful advice.’

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Gordon QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜He is clear, concise and cuts straight to the chase.’

Ranked: tier 3
Competition – 2016 silks

Maya Lester QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A busy silk with a fast-growing practice.’

Ranked: tier 1

Sarah Lee QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Clients love her commercial approach.’

Ranked: tier 1
Competition – 2017 silks

Robert O’Donoghue QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜His expertise includes abuse of dominance matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Sarah Ford QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A standout silk.’

Ranked: tier 1
Competition – Leading juniors

Margaret Gray - Brick Court Chambers β€˜An absolute superstar.’

Ranked: tier 2

Sarah Abram - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A high-class advocate, who gets to the heart of a legal problem very quickly.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Scannell - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Bailey - Brick Court Chambers β€˜He has an encyclopaedia of case law at his fingertips.’

Ranked: tier 3

Daniel Piccinin - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A definite star, wise beyond his years.’

Ranked: tier 3

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EU law
EU law – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Brick Court Chambers

Brick Court Chambers is a β€˜stable of very impressive counsel’, who are β€˜ready for any challenge’ and adopt a β€˜perfect approach to client relationships’. The set maintains a high-profile docket; for example, the judicial review challenge to the plain-packaging legislation and Arkady Rotenberg v Council of the European Union, arising from the EU-imposed restrictive measures on Russia.

EU law – Leading silks

David Anderson QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A leading EU public law advocate, who has a way of making his side seem eminently reasonable.’

Ranked: tier 1

Marie Demetriou QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A calm and assured performer, who gets her points across well.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Flynn QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A superb advocate, who provides measured advice tailored to the specific court.’

Ranked: tier 2

Kelyn Bacon QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Incredibly bright and willing to go the extra mile for her clients.’

Ranked: tier 2

Aidan Robertson QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜He combines vast knowledge, pragmatism and a no-nonsense manner with a commercial approach.’

Ranked: tier 3

Daniel Jowell QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Great strategic thinker.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jemima Stratford QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Simply terrific.’

Ranked: tier 3

Martin Chamberlain QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜He commands the attention and respect of the bench.’

Ranked: tier 3

Fergus Randolph QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A broad pair of shoulders in a challenging field.’

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Gordon QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Exceptionally gifted and a great person to work with.’

Ranked: tier 4
EU law – 2016 silks

Maya Lester QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜The voice of reason in court, a superb drafter and a precise advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Sarah Lee QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Highly recommended.’

Ranked: tier 1
EU law – Leading juniors

David Scannell - Brick Court Chambers β€˜He has a thorough understanding of facts and the ability to simplify complex information.’

Ranked: tier 3

Margaret Gray - Brick Court Chambers β€˜She comes up with decisive arguments that elude others.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sarah Abram - Brick Court Chambers β€˜An outstanding junior, who always sees the wood for the trees.’

Ranked: tier 3

Victoria Wakefield - Brick Court Chambers β€˜One of the fastest intellects at the Bar.’

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Blakeley - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Brilliant, very sharp and a true superstar.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Energy
Energy – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Brick Court Chambers

Brick Court Chambers is β€˜among the elite sets’ and β€˜represents quality across the board’. Chambers’ headline instructions included BVI litigation proceedings arising from a multimillion-dollar energy joint venture between Russian oligarchs, and resisting appeal brought by Scottish Power against BP for alleged breach of long-term gas supply contracts.

Energy – Leading silks

Mark Howard QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A counsel you want on your side in a difficult situation.’

Ranked: tier 1

Helen Davies QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A compelling and tenacious advocate with an outstanding intellect.’

Ranked: tier 2

Daniel Jowell QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜An accomplished advocate, who is commercially minded and highly regarded by clients.’

Ranked: tier 4

Harry Matovu QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜An extremely capable and creative silk, who has an unrivalled way of arguing cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

Tim Lord QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Alert to opportunities that arise during the hearing and quick to exploit them in his client’s interest.’

Ranked: tier 4
Energy – 2017 silks

Stephen Midwinter QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 1
Energy – Leading juniors

Fionn Pilbrow - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Really committed and capable of producing excellent work under pressure.’

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Eschwege - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A heavyweight player in arbitration and litigation.’

Ranked: tier 3

Gerard Rothschild - Brick Court Chambers β€˜An excellent junior with a sound knowledge of the electricity industry.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Environment
Environment – Leading silks

Richard Gordon QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜He demonstrates excellent advocacy skills, careful preparation of arguments and a real skill in reading the court.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Financial services
Financial services – Leading silks

Mark Hapgood QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Brilliant, and a recognised leader.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Brick Court Chambers

Brick Court Chambers is β€˜obviously one of the top sets’, where the barristers are β€˜very commercial and approachable’. It has a long track record acting in major fraud cases, and the last year has been no exception. Members have been involved in some of the market’s longest-running cases, including Libyan Investment Authority v Goldman Sachs International, and the Bank of St Petersburg v Vitaly Arkhangelsky trial, which lasted almost six months.

Fraud: civil – Leading silks

Mark Howard QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Devastating in court.’

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Hapgood QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A very good advocate and very hardworking.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tim Lord QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜The most tenacious advocate and cross-examiner.’

Ranked: tier 3

Michael Swainston QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A very well-regarded senior member of the Bar with a strong Russia and CIS practice.’

Ranked: tier 4

Roger Masefield QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A brilliant strategic thinker and absolutely on top of his brief.’

Ranked: tier 4

Simon Salzedo QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜One of the best: clear-thinking, responsive, and a first-class advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4
Fraud: civil – 2017 silks

Stephen Midwinter QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Exceptionally bright, efficient and also a very good advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1
Fraud: civil – Leading juniors

Fionn Pilbrow - Brick Court Chambers β€˜First-class and capable of producing excellent work under pressure.’

Ranked: tier 1

Edward Harrison - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Very easy to work with, a good team player and user-friendly.’

Ranked: tier 3

Fred Hobson - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A very good commercial fraud junior with strong legal and drafting skills.’

Ranked: tier 4

Laura Newton - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Very clever, hardworking and very good at keeping a strong market profile.’

Ranked: tier 4

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IT and telecoms (including data protection)
Telecoms (regulatory) – 2016 silks

Sarah Lee QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜An excellent strategist.’

Ranked: tier 1
IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) – Leading juniors

Nicholas Saunders - Brick Court Chambers β€˜He has a brilliant unflappable quality in court.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Insurance and reinsurance
Insurance and reinsurance – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Brick Court Chambers

There are β€˜no weak links’ at Brick Court Chambers, which maintains β€˜quality across the board’ and frequently receives instructions in high-profile cases with an international angle. Mark Howard QC is representing the claimants in Single Buoy Moorings v Zurich Insurance and others and is also acting in the Ocean Victory appeal proceedings.

Insurance and reinsurance – Leading silks

Mark Howard QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜He commands the room, displays an unflappable mastery of his brief and is unrivalled on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 1

Neil Calver QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A tenacious cross-examiner and trial strategist, who knows how to appeal to a judge.’

Ranked: tier 2

Tom Adam QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A wonderful team player and an outstanding performer.’

Ranked: tier 3

Harry Matovu QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Consistently first-rate.’

Ranked: tier 4
Insurance and reinsurance – 2017 silks

Stephen Midwinter QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A forceful and indomitable advocate, whose star continues to rise.’

Ranked: tier 1
Insurance and reinsurance – Leading juniors

Fionn Pilbrow - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A reliable counsel and tenacious advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4

Tony Singla - Brick Court Chambers β€˜An exceptional junior with real intellectual horsepower.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property – Leading juniors

Nicholas Saunders - Brick Court Chambers β€˜He has a brilliant unflappable quality in the court.’

Ranked: tier 4

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International arbitration: arbitrators
International arbitration: arbitrators – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Brick Court Chambers

Brick Court Chambers has a hugely impressive mix of barristers and ex-judges on its books, many of whom are considered go-to names in this area.

International arbitration: arbitrators – Leading individuals

Lord Hoffmann - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A first-class arbitrator.’

Hilary Heilbron QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Diligent, focused and experienced in major matters.’

Klaus Reichert SC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A very bright, sound lawyer, who is a pleasure to work with.’

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International arbitration: counsel
International arbitration: counsel – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Brick Court Chambers

Brick Court Chambers has a selection of silks and juniors with very good expertise in commercial arbitrations and investment treaty disputes, both as counsel and arbitrators. Among the recent work highlights, members appeared on both sides of the hugely significant Micula v Romania case.

International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

Neil Calver QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜An excellent silk.’

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Howard QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜One of the first you would look to when in search of a heavy-hitter.’

Ranked: tier 2

Klaus Reichert SC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Competent, calm, able and always on top of his file.’

Ranked: tier 3

Michael Swainston QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜His cross-examination skills are second to none; he can go toe-to-toe with anyone.’

Ranked: tier 3

Helen Davies QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Highly respected for energy and commercial arbitrations.’

Ranked: tier 4

Hilary Heilbron QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A ubiquitous arbitration specialist.’

Ranked: tier 4

Simon Salzedo QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜He is excellent to work with, very clever and gives clear and robust advice.’

Ranked: tier 4
International arbitration: counsel – 2017 silks

Stephen Midwinter QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜High-level intellect combined with pithy, practical and decisive advice.’

Ranked: tier 1
International arbitration: counsel – Leading juniors

Edward Ho - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Very user-friendly and bright.’

Ranked: tier 2

Fionn Pilbrow - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A leading junior, who is very hardworking and produces excellent work.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Professional discipline and regulatory law
Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading silks

Simon Salzedo QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜He has good judgement, is obviously bright and good in conference.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tom Adam QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A robust advocate, who adapts his style expertly to the case in hand.’

Ranked: tier 4
Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading juniors

Kyle Lawson - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Excellent with clients and very quick – that means he has a bright future.’

Ranked: tier 4

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

Brick Court Chambers

Brick Court Chambers is a β€˜pre-eminent commercial litigation set’ with β€˜excellent individuals’ and β€˜vast experience in professional negligence cases’, including high-value accountancy claims. Several members appeared in UBS v KWL – the professional negligence part of a Commercial Court trial. In other work, Simon Salzedo QC and Tom Adam QC defended Ernst & Young in multiple cases brought by clients following the failure of a film finance tax planning scheme.

Professional negligence – Leading silks

Mark Howard QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Really strong in court and a very strong analyst and examiner.’

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Hapgood QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Excellent experience.’

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Salzedo QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Tremendously insightful and is very quick to spot the critical points.’

Ranked: tier 2

Tom Adam QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜He provides clear thinking and pragmatic advice.’

Ranked: tier 2

Charles Hollander QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A go-to silk for heavyweight commercial disputes and claims involving discrete conflict or confidentiality issues.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tim Lord QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Unrivalled people skills.’

Ranked: tier 3

Neil Calver QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Gives advice on complex issues in a straightforward and uncomplicated manner.’

Ranked: tier 4
Professional negligence – 2016 silks

Thomas Plewman QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A very experienced barrister, who is measured, clear and pragmatic.’

Ranked: tier 1
Professional negligence – 2017 silks

Stephen Midwinter QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Thorough and able.’

Ranked: tier 1
Professional negligence – Leading juniors

Fionn Pilbrow - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Meticulous and very hardworking.’

Ranked: tier 3

Peter Irvin - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Highly rated.’

Ranked: tier 3

Edward Harrison - Brick Court Chambers β€˜His powers of analysis are razor-sharp, and he is very user-friendly to work with.’

Ranked: tier 4

Tony Singla - Brick Court Chambers β€˜He is easy to deal with, and gives assured and clear-thinking advice.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Public international law
Public international law – Leading silks

Michael Swainston QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜He performs very well and is highly regarded.’

Ranked: tier 3
Public international law – 2016 silks

Maya Lester QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Her drafting skills are exceptional and she is extremely persuasive in court.’

Ranked: tier 1
Public international law – Leading juniors

Oliver Jones - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Outstanding in his writing and one to watch for the future.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Public procurement
Public procurement – Leading juniors

Margaret Gray - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Renowned for her multi-jurisdictional expertise.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tim Johnston - Brick Court Chambers β€˜An excellent junior, who brings wider public and commercial experience to the case.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Set overviews: England and Wales

The β€˜exceptional’ Brick Court Chambers is, β€˜without question, one of the leading sets in the UK, if not the best’ for commercial and public law disputes. β€˜Counsel instructed are always impressive’ and solicitors say β€˜it is hard to think of any way in which the service could be improved’. The β€˜commercial and approachable’ clerks are β€˜very-service minded, very responsive and deserve accolade’. Leading the team are joint senior clerks Ian Moyler and Julian Hawes, who β€˜can always be relied upon, and are familiar with and cater to the needs of solicitors’. The deputy senior clerks are also praised as β€˜first class’: Paul Dennison β€˜gets things sorted’ and is β€˜particularly well connected with the courts’, and the β€˜super-helpful’ Tony Burgess provides β€˜an excellent service’. Offices in: London

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Shipping
Shipping – Leading silks

Richard Lord QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜One of the best.’

Ranked: tier 2

Simon Birt QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜His ability to convey a point succinctly and clearly is second to none.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Commercial

Brick Court Chambers’ Charles Hollander QC, who is called to the Bar in both the London and Hong Kong, appears in a range of commercial disputes, including civil fraud, joint venture disputes and competition law matters.

Commercial – Leading silks

Charles Hollander QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜His admission in Hong Kong is a real plus for clients looking for specialist competition skills.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Market overview

Brick Court Chambers handles a range of heavyweight commercial work in London, with a growing presence in international arbitration worldwide. Julian Hawes and Ian Moyler are the joint senior clerks.

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