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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

β€˜Top set’ Brick Court Chambers has β€˜a well-deserved reputation for all-round quality’ in commercial litigation work; its β€˜substantial roster of excellent and creative advocates’ provides β€˜great strength in depth’ for EU law instructions; while a β€˜pre-eminence’ in competition law and antitrust work, leaves solicitors with β€˜a feeling of being in the best hands’. The β€˜slick’ and β€˜proactive’ clerking team is β€˜top class, straightforward, transparent’ and β€˜very good at developing and promoting the qualities of their juniors’. The clerk’s room has undergone change of late, with former senior clerks Julian Hawes and Ian Moyler stepping down from their roles after many years of distinguished service (Hawes remains in chambers as director of clerking). Paul Dennison (β€˜first class’) and Tony Burgess (β€˜makes the job of managing client expectations a lot easier’) have now been promoted to joint senior clerks. The β€˜industrious’ Jo Francis is β€˜responsive, friendly and efficient’, while the β€˜brilliant’ Luke Carvalho β€˜is professional and very easy to deal with’. As one solicitor put it: β€˜One doesn’t often notice a significant difference between the clerking teams of major sets of chambers; but Brick Court is unmatched.’ 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 β€˜has incredible strength and depth and always provides a first-rate experience’. The clerking team is also highlighted for being β€˜unmatched’ in its services. Its clients span corporates, individual claimants, NGOs and an array of public bodies for which it takes on matters ranging from regulatory challenges to human rights violations. Some of its high-profile and constitutionally important work includes a challenge to the law on abortion laws in Northern Ireland, in which Martin Chamberlain QC acted for the Attorney General of NI. On the corporate front Jemima Stratford QC acted for Bayer in a judicial review concerning use of the cancer drug Avastin.

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

David Anderson QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A very good advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Martin Chamberlain QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜He is a strategic thinker and can read the court. He is graceful but with a steely nerve.’

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Gordon QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜He has a wonderfully rigorous mind and has a range of niche practice areas.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jemima Stratford QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A measured advocate with strong EU and public law skills and sector knowledge.’

Ranked: tier 4

Marie Demetriou QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜She was brilliant on an urgent judicial review and delivered a fantastic result for the client.’

Ranked: tier 4

Aidan Robertson QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Unparalleled knowledge of administrative, public and European law.’

Ranked: tier 5

Maya Lester QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜She has an outstanding intellect and drafting skills that are unique and exceptional.’

Ranked: tier 5

Paul Bowen QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜He commands the respect of judges.’

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

Sarah Ford QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜She is a diligent and disciplined opponent and has the ear of the court.’

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

Victoria Wakefield - Brick Court Chambers β€˜She is clever, polished, hardworking and user friendly.’

Ranked: tier 2

Margaret Gray - Brick Court Chambers β€˜She has excellent drafting skills and is practical and commercial.’

Ranked: tier 3

Malcolm Birdling - Brick Court Chambers β€˜He provides advice with a confidence and clarity that belies his year of call.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Aviation
Aviation – Leading silks

Neil Calver QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Very strong; a brilliant barrister.’

Ranked: tier 2

Martin Chamberlain QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜He displays calm judgement.’

Ranked: tier 4
Aviation – 2017 silks

Stephen Midwinter QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Fantastic young silk; he has great intellect.’

Ranked: tier 1

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

Brick Court Chambers

Brick Court Chambers is a β€˜very impressive set for financial services litigation,’ where β€˜the barristers all seem intellectually a notch above those at other sets’. The set is seen to be going β€˜from strength to strength across the board, with fantastic barristers from top to bottom’. Members can regularly be found on the biggest claims, acting both for and against the banks, including Law Debenture Trust v Ukraine, St Petersburg v Arkhangelsky, and Property Alliance Group v RBS.

Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading silks

Mark Hapgood QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Very commercial and devastating on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Howard QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Probably the leading commercial advocate at the Bar.’

Ranked: tier 1

Tim Lord QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Rightly regarded as a go-to silk to lead large teams in the most complex and high profile disputes.’

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Salzedo QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜An excellent, measured advocate, who is a good tactician and has a good manner with clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jasbir Dhillon QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜One of the most experienced advocates in ISDA Master Agreements in the UK.’

Ranked: tier 4

Helen Davies QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜An excellent advocate who inspires client trust.’

Ranked: tier 5

Michael Swainston QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Has a formidable reputation as a cross-examiner – forensic and to the point questions.’

Ranked: tier 5

Richard Slade QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Very good with clients; calm, straightforward, and commercial.’

Ranked: tier 5

Roger Masefield QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜An excellent silk with a strong practice.’

Ranked: tier 5
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – 2017 silks

Stephen Midwinter QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Unfailingly courteous and very helpful, a star in the making.’

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

Andrew Thomas - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Provides excellent support and is very responsive and professional.’

Ranked: tier 3

Fred Hobson - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A pleasure to work with, very creative and excellent with challenging clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

Fionn Pilbrow - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Great at stepping in on short notice to help with difficult situations, one of my go-to barristers.’

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Eschwege - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Outstanding – to the point and very collegiate, and even by the high standards of the Bar he is very hardworking.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tony Singla - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A very fine barrister, his drafting is excellent and tight, his advocacy very impressive.’

Ranked: tier 3

Alan Roxburgh - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Takes any legal problem and resolves it quickly and effectively.’

Ranked: tier 4

Craig Morrison - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Fearsome intellect, Trojan work ethic and perfectly calibrated judgement.’

Ranked: tier 4

Sarah Abram - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Excellent technical skills allied with a fantastic capacity to analyse complex material.’

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

In the past 12 months, barristers at Brick Court Chambers have been instructed across very diverse areas, including Privy Council death row appeals and constitutional issues with a direct impact on human rights such as R (Miller) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, which concerned the procedure by which the UK government could initiate withdrawal from the European Union. Also of note, Martin Chamberlain QC acted in the Supreme Court in Walker v Innospec, representing a retired gay man whose pension scheme only provided a spousal pension entitlement to opposite sex couples. In Rahmatullah v Ministry of Defence & FCO, Maya Lester QC acts for the claimant in a challenge to his detention and torture in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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

Richard Gordon QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Clear, concise, authoritative, persuasive and imaginative.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Anderson QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Hugely experienced and charming.’

Ranked: tier 3

Martin Chamberlain QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Extremely clever, very thoughtful and a strategic thinker.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jemima Stratford QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Always prepared to argue difficult cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

Maya Lester QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Gives measured and considered advice and comes across as the voice of reason in court.’

Ranked: tier 4

Marie Demetriou QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Formidable advocate and fantastic strategist.’

Ranked: tier 4

Paul Bowen QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜He combines a ferocious intellect with commercial pragmatism.’

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

Victoria Wakefield - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Clever and strategic.’

Ranked: tier 3

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

Brick Court Chambers

Brick Court Chambers is the β€˜thoroughbred stable of the commercial Bar’ and β€˜a top-rated set for very good reason’, thanks to its β€˜great array of experience in all types of commercial disputes’. The barristers are β€˜uniformly excellent’. The chambers is also commended for its clerks, who are β€˜responsive, knowledgeable and always happy to help’. The set has been involved in some of the largest trials of the past year, including Holyoake v Candy Brothers, Libyan Investment Authority v Societe Generale, and DP World v Republic of Djibouti.

Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Helen Davies QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜An absolutely brilliant silk and definitely in the top league.’

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Howard QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜His mere coming on board a case can be catalyst for the enemy wanting to settle.’

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Hapgood QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A very persuasive advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Simon Salzedo QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A tremendous team player and very effective, economical, forensic advocate and cross-examiner.’

Ranked: tier 2

Tim Lord QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A strong trial advocate with an engaging manner.’

Ranked: tier 2

Neil Calver QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Ticks all the boxes, he is a very effective and persuasive advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Charles Hollander QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜An excellent technical lawyer and a persuasive advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4

Harry Matovu QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Very considered and commercial and brilliant to work with.’

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Swainston QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Always asks forensic and to-the-point questions.’

Ranked: tier 4

Daniel Jowell QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A clear thinking and polished advocate.’

Ranked: tier 5

Roger Masefield QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A terrific practitioner, very calm, very bright, and particularly strong on the law.’

Ranked: tier 5

Tom Adam QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Very good, very bright, able and user friendly.’

Ranked: tier 5

Andrew Henshaw QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Clients, solicitors and judges respect him for his calm and measured approach.’

Ranked: tier 6

Michael Bools QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A delight to work with, always makes himself available and very user friendly.’

Ranked: tier 6

Richard Slade QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Excellent at cutting to the heart of the matter, and very user friendly.’

Ranked: tier 6
Commercial litigation – 2017 silks

Stephen Midwinter QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A very highly rated junior commercial silk who is clearly going places.’

Ranked: tier 1
Commercial litigation – Leading juniors

Alec Haydon - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Very creative, and great at finding the difficult points to trouble an adversary.’

Ranked: tier 2

Fionn Pilbrow - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Very accessible and responsive, and passionate about what he does.’

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Thomas - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Very quick to get to the heart of complex cases and his contract analysis is superb.’

Ranked: tier 4

Alan Roxburgh - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Has exceptional intellectual ability and brings an astounding attention to detail in his analysis.’

Ranked: tier 4

Colin West - Brick Court Chambers β€˜He turns round his work very quickly and is a real team player.’

Ranked: tier 4

Oliver Jones - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Outstanding, commercial, and goes above and beyond to help.’

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Blakeley - Brick Court Chambers β€˜He is incisive and a real asset on complex cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

Tony Singla - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A very highly rated commercial junior who is clearly going places.’

Ranked: tier 4

Edward Harrison - Brick Court Chambers β€˜His ability to get across the technical detail of a case incredibly quickly is particularly impressive.’

Ranked: tier 5

Gerard Rothschild - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Highly recommended for his responsiveness, commerciality and client-friendly approach.’

Ranked: tier 5

Geoffrey Kuehne - Brick Court Chambers β€˜One of the rising stars of the London Bar across both commercial litigation and arbitration.’

Ranked: tier 5

Laura Newton - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Sensible, pragmatic responsive, and understands solicitors’ practices from previous experience.’

Ranked: tier 5

Richard Eschwege - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Incredibly bright and turns work around very quickly.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Commodities
Commodities – Leading juniors

Fionn Pilbrow - Brick Court Chambers β€˜One of the stars in a star-studded set, he simplifies every case and could be backed against most silks.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Competition
Competition – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Brick Court Chambers

Brick Court Chambers has a β€˜substantial roster of excellent and creative advocates’ and β€˜is very good at developing and promoting its juniors’. The set remains a go-to name for pharmaceutical clients and several of its members received instructions from both Actavis and GSK against separate fines imposed by the Competition and Markets Authority. Other significant projects have included Daniel Jowell QC’s involvement in the Trucks Cartel litigation, as well as James Flynn QC and Marie Demetriou QC acting on opposite sides of Apple v Qualcomm before the patent court, which involves the licensing of patents in mobile phones.

Competition – Leading silks

Daniel Jowell QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Clear thinking and polished advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Helen Davies QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A go-to counsel for competition disputes; an excellent advocate who inspires client trust.’

Ranked: tier 1

Kelyn Bacon QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Incredibly bright, has a fantastic depth of understanding and will give a decisive view in a no nonsense way.’

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Hoskins QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Down to earth and well regarded, he is technically very strong and an astute strategist.’

Ranked: tier 1

Marie Demetriou QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Timely in responding to questions, approachable and easy to work with, constructive, and has a good sense of judgement, including in advocacy.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Flynn QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Smart, accessible and easy to work with, he has in-depth knowledge of the law.’

Ranked: tier 2

Aidan Robertson QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A great ability to cut to the chase getting to the important issues quickly, and conveys the same in a comprehensible manner to clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jemima Stratford QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Thinks carefully about the issues and a good team player. Top-level experience of SEP/FRAND issues.’

Ranked: tier 3

Maya Lester QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜An excellent, clear, concise, precise and effective advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Gordon QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Clarity of thought and management of arguments.’

Ranked: tier 3
Competition – 2017 silks

Robert O’Donoghue QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Well regarded and in high demand, he is very strong on Article 101/Chapter 1 and 102 TFEU issues.’

Ranked: tier 1

Sarah Ford QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜High quality, steady and sensible. She is a very promising junior silk in competition law.’

Ranked: tier 1
Competition – Leading juniors

Sarah Abram - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Hardworking and great at dealing with difficult clients (or difficult judges).’

Ranked: tier 1

Daniel Piccinin - Brick Court Chambers β€˜The go-to competition law junior at the Bar. He is quick, incredibly bright, mature beyond his years and extremely diligent, plus a delight to work with.’

Ranked: tier 2

Margaret Gray - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A compelling advocate, with a calm and highly credible style.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Bailey - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Has an unsurpassed knowledge of competition law and is very able to apply it; responsive and enjoyable to work with.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Scannell - Brick Court Chambers β€˜He is extremely thorough and has a pragmatic approach.’

Ranked: tier 3

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

Brick Court Chambers

β€˜Quality set’ Brick Court Chambers has β€˜an impressive array of barristers specialising in a variety of complex areas of law’. The chambers services a wide range of EU-related sectors, including advice on the telecoms, aviation and pharmaceuticals sectors, and questions of freedom of movement and fundamental rights. Following its prominent role in R (Miller), the set is prepared to take advantage of further Brexit-related litigation; Fergus Randolph QC has re-established his professional base in Brussels where the set also has door tenants based. In a recent highlight, Aidan Robertson QC represented the UK before the EU General Court in a challenge to state aid for Hinkley Point C power station. Bringing the application, Austria argued it was a breach of EU rules for the UK government to subsidise the nuclear facilities, an argument rejected by the court in Brussels.

EU law – Leading silks

David Anderson QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜The top barrister for EU law.’

Ranked: tier 1

Marie Demetriou QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Manages to make the implausible sound plausible, using a very calm measured style.’

Ranked: tier 1

Daniel Jowell QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Extremely strong advocate; he has an excellent strategic mind and a good client manner.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Flynn QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Excellent, focused and pragmatic. Good instinct for strategy.’

Ranked: tier 2

Kelyn Bacon QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Unbeatable for state aid advice. Provides excellent, pragmatic advice.’

Ranked: tier 2

Aidan Robertson QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜He has great strength in depth and pre-eminence in EU law; there is a feeling of being in the best hands.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jemima Stratford QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Practical, calm, thoughtful, and a good team player.’

Ranked: tier 3

Martin Chamberlain QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A superb, tenacious silk with strong written advocacy skills.’

Ranked: tier 3

Fergus Randolph QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Exceptionally responsive and dedicated to the cause. He applies his mind to the client’s problems and then takes it from there, which is a desperately rare quality for a barrister.’

Ranked: tier 4

Maya Lester QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Exceptionally talented, and has an uncanny ability to immediately identify the key to a complex issue.’

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Gordon QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Clarity of thought and management of arguments.’

Ranked: tier 4
EU law – Leading juniors

David Scannell - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A technically excellent and a creative thinker.’

Ranked: tier 3

Margaret Gray - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Hugely intelligent and can be relied upon to come up with the winning points that others will miss.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sarah Abram - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A great lawyer who has an indefatigable personality, which is particularly valuable during attritional litigation. Clients appreciate her enthusing personality.’

Ranked: tier 3

Victoria Wakefield - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A highly knowledgeable and very able European lawyer.’

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Blakeley - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A versatile and analytically brilliant lawyer.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Energy
Energy – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Brick Court Chambers

β€˜Excellent across a range of disciplines’, including public law, competition law and commercial disputes, Brick Court Chambers is also praised for its β€˜service-focused clerks’. Peers note the set’s regulatory and corruption expertise: Harry Matovu QC is acting for Wartsila (defendant) in a claim brought by VIP (claimant) against parties including Standard Chartered involving a power plant in Dar es Salaam. On the commercial side, Fionn Pilbrow acted for MMG in an insurance and breach-of-warranty dispute against Glencore arising from the sale and purchase of the $6bn Las Bambas copper mine in Peru.

Energy – Leading silks

Mark Howard QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Amazing.’

Ranked: tier 1

Helen Davies QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Superb and measured.’

Ranked: tier 2

Daniel Jowell QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Excellent.’

Ranked: tier 4

Harry Matovu QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜The consummate cross-examiner; superb on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Bools QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Bright, knowledgeable, and understands the energy sector extremely well; fun to work with, too.’

Ranked: tier 4

Simon Birt QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Highly intelligent and pragmatic; superb both on paper and in the courtroom.’

Ranked: tier 4
Energy – 2017 silks

Stephen Midwinter QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Fantastic; very user friendly and a strong up-and-comer.’

Ranked: tier 1
Energy – Leading juniors

Fionn Pilbrow - Brick Court Chambers β€˜One of the stars in a star-studded set; presents every case compellingly in his written and oral advocacy.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Eschwege - Brick Court Chambers β€˜One of the finest lawyers of his generation; destined for great things.’

Ranked: tier 3

Gerard Rothschild - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Outstanding; very capable and clever.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Environment
Environment – Leading silks

Richard Gordon QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Difficult to beat as an imaginative and extremely agile lawyer, able to unlock the most difficult problems and present them with tremendous clarity and conviction.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Financial services
Financial services – Leading silks

Mark Hapgood QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Particularly adept at cutting to the heart of complicated issues.’

Ranked: tier 3

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

Brick Court Chambers

Brick Court Chambers is β€˜a first choice chambers’ with β€˜strength in depth at all levels’. The set’s premier standing for commercial disputes, inevitably leads to a huge amount of fraud work, in which several juniors and silks have excellent reputations. Members were involved in several high-value cases, including the high-profile Holyoake v Candy Brothers. Five members are also facing each other on different sides in Gerald Metals v Timis, Benkert & Buehler.

Fraud: civil – Leading silks

Mark Howard QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜The absolute doyen of cross-examination and trial game management.’

Ranked: tier 1

Tim Lord QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A superb advocate and master strategist.’

Ranked: tier 2

Roger Masefield QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Superb at managing large teams and particularly strong on commercial fraud.’

Ranked: tier 3

Simon Salzedo QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Immerses himself in the detail and puts in long hours himself.’

Ranked: tier 3

Mark Hapgood QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Provides practical, commercial and strategic advice and is a very persuasive advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4

Neil Calver QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Takes the fight to the opponents with not a word wasted.’

Ranked: tier 4
Fraud: civil – 2017 silks

Stephen Midwinter QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Supremely smart, erudite and clear in his views, he is also economical and insightful in his drafting.’

Ranked: tier 1
Fraud: civil – Leading juniors

Fionn Pilbrow - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A delight to work with, his written work is excellent; he works extremely well under pressure.’

Ranked: tier 1

Edward Harrison - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Has extremely strong technical knowledge in procedural and substantive issues arising in fraud cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Fred Hobson - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Lovely to work with, down to earth, incredibly bright, clients love him.’

Ranked: tier 4

Laura Newton - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A great team player who provides fantastic support to leaders and solicitors.’

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Blakeley - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A bright junior with a particular expertise in sanctions.’

Ranked: tier 4

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IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory)
IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) – 2018 silks

Nicholas Saunders QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Clients love him – he commands respect in meetings, and is thoughtful in manner and very successful in court.’

Ranked: tier 1
Telecoms (regulatory) – 2017 silks

Sarah Ford QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Her submissions are clear, well structured and persuasive, and put forward her client’s case with aplomb.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Insurance and reinsurance
Insurance and reinsurance – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Brick Court Chambers

The β€˜enormous strength in breadth and depth’ of the β€˜excellent barristers at all levels of call’ helps Brick Court Chambers to occupy a dominant role in the insurance litigation market. Six members, including Mark Howard QC and Neil Calver QC, are instructed on both sides of Single Buoy Moorings Inc v Zurich Insurance plc, which, at the time of publication, was the highest value case before the Commercial Court. Calver is also instructed in respect of a multi-million dollar arbitration arising out of New Zealand earthquake damage.

Insurance and reinsurance - Leading silks

Neil Calver QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜His preparation is second to none.’

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Howard QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜An ability to reduce very complex arguments of law to simple and understandable propositions.’

Ranked: tier 2

Tom Adam QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A depth of experience in the insurance market.’

Ranked: tier 2

Harry Matovu QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Very bright, user friendly and a pleasure to deal with.’

Ranked: tier 4
Insurance and reinsurance – 2017 silks

Stephen Midwinter QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Should be designated an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Brains), which he combines with pithy, practical and commercial advice.’

Ranked: tier 1
Insurance and reinsurance – Leading juniors

Fionn Pilbrow - Brick Court Chambers β€˜First class, hardworking, responsive and is really committed to his cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

Tony Singla - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Very clever, good written work, perceptive, not to mention a robust and persuasive advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property – 2018 silks

Nicholas Saunders QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Excellent for broad IP and commercial matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

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

Brick Court Chambers

Brick Court Chambers benefits from the expertise of some incredibly high-calibre ex-judges as well as several leading specialist arbitration barristers, all considered leaders in their field.

International arbitration: arbitrators – Leading individuals

Lord Hoffmann - Brick Court Chambers β€˜He’ll ask a question and that’s the end of the case.’

Hilary Heilbron QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Smart, hardworking, and decisive but collegial.’

Klaus Reichert SC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Did an excellent job as chair.’

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

Brick Court Chambers

Brick Court Chambers β€˜has a wide array of excellent counsel’ with plenty of experience in major commercial arbitrations, as well as an increasing number of BIT claims and disputes coming out of Africa. Significant highlights include the high-profile mining-related dispute, Gerald Metals v Frank Timis, which has involved several members from chambers.

International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

Neil Calver QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜His submissions are clear, well focused and highly effective.’

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Howard QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A must for the shortlist of any bet-the-company dispute.’

Ranked: tier 2

Helen Davies QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜In top class for intellectual ability and advocacy.’

Ranked: tier 3

Klaus Reichert SC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Deftly navigates all points on the compass.’

Ranked: tier 3

Harry Matovu QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A quintessential lawyer who is knowledgeable on diverse subject matter.’

Ranked: tier 4

Hilary Heilbron QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Popular both as arbitrator and counsel.’

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Swainston QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Very well regarded for his cross-examination skills.’

Ranked: tier 4

Simon Salzedo QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜He has a great knack of reading the tribunal and knows how far to push a point.’

Ranked: tier 4
International arbitration: counsel – 2017 silks

Stephen Midwinter QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A fantastic young silk; very user friendly.’

Ranked: tier 1
International arbitration: counsel – Leading juniors

Edward Ho - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Extremely thorough in his approach, and his input and guidance on strategy is excellent.’

Ranked: tier 2

Fionn Pilbrow - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Incredibly bright, user friendly, and clearly should be a junior silk.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Offshore
Offshore – 2017 silks

Stephen Midwinter QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A new London silk also called to the BVI Bar.’

Ranked: tier 1

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

Simon Salzedo QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜He is instructed in FRC cases.’

Ranked: tier 3
Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading juniors

Tony Singla - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A really safe pair of hands in disciplinary cases concerning auditors – he knows the area inside out.’

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€˜premier set’ for professional negligence work, it has β€˜excellent quality at all levels’, and is often instructed in cases involving major accountancy firms, banks and other financial institutions, solicitors, insurance brokers, actuaries, and tax advisers. Tim Lord QC led Simon Salzedo QC, Stephen Midwinter QC and Craig Morrison in acting for KWL in resisting the appeal by UBS in a case which examined the professional negligence of a portfolio manager. Tom Adam QC is acting for Ernst & Young in a case involving a film finance tax avoidance scheme. Adam is also leading Tony Singla in a case brought by Northern Rock against Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.

Professional negligence – Leading silks

Mark Howard QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜First class; experienced.’

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Hapgood QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Strong, experienced advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Salzedo QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜He is extremely perceptive of the strengths and weaknesses of any scenario and is also a genuinely gifted advocate before judges.’

Ranked: tier 2

Tom Adam QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜He is smart, good on his feet in court, and is on top of the detail.’

Ranked: tier 2

Charles Hollander QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜He gives good advice in difficult areas, where judgement is needed as well as a good grasp of the law.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tim Lord QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜He is very quick to grasp the essence of a case and the point upon which the case will be decided.’

Ranked: tier 3

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

Ranked: tier 4
Professional negligence – 2017 silks

Stephen Midwinter QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A strong advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1
Professional negligence – leading juniors

Fionn Pilbrow - Brick Court Chambers β€˜His advocacy is vigorous and compelling.’

Ranked: tier 3

Peter Irvin - Brick Court Chambers β€˜He is experienced in cases involving lawyers’ negligence.’

Ranked: tier 3

Edward Harrison - Brick Court Chambers β€˜He takes a commercial and detailed approach to his cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

Tony Singla - Brick Court Chambers β€˜He is experienced in cases involving auditors’ and solicitors’ negligence.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Public international law
Public international law – Leading silks

Maya Lester QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Innovative and creative in thought, and the leading barrister on the issue of sanctions.’

Ranked: tier 3

Michael Swainston QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜His coordination of the work and his advocacy is very impressive.’

Ranked: tier 3
Public international law – Leading juniors

Robert McCorquodale - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Very friendly, charming and generous, with a strong court presence.’

Ranked: tier 2

Oliver Jones - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Outstanding, commercial, and goes above and beyond to help.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Public procurement
Public procurement – Leading juniors

Margaret Gray - Brick Court Chambers β€˜A compelling advocate with a calm and highly credible style.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tim Johnston - Brick Court Chambers β€˜Very responsive, intelligent and commercially minded, one to watch for the future.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Set overviews: England and Wales

β€˜Top set’ Brick Court Chambers has β€˜a well-deserved reputation for all-round quality’ in commercial litigation work; its β€˜substantial roster of excellent and creative advocates’ provides β€˜great strength in depth’ for EU law instructions; while a β€˜pre-eminence’ in competition law and antitrust work, leaves solicitors with β€˜a feeling of being in the best hands’. The β€˜slick’ and β€˜proactive’ clerking team is β€˜top class, straightforward, transparent’ and β€˜very good at developing and promoting the qualities of their juniors’. The clerk’s room has undergone change of late, with former senior clerks Julian Hawes and Ian Moyler stepping down from their roles after many years of distinguished service (Hawes remains in chambers as director of clerking). Paul Dennison (β€˜first class’) and Tony Burgess (β€˜makes the job of managing client expectations a lot easier’) have now been promoted to joint senior clerks. The β€˜industrious’ Jo Francis is β€˜responsive, friendly and efficient’, while the β€˜brilliant’ Luke Carvalho β€˜is professional and very easy to deal with’. As one solicitor put it: β€˜One doesn’t often notice a significant difference between the clerking teams of major sets of chambers; but Brick Court is unmatched.’ Offices in: London

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Shipping
Shipping – Leading silks

Richard Lord QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜He is clever and very thorough.’

Ranked: tier 2

Simon Birt QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜He is very detail-orientated.’

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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