The Legal 500

Brick Court Chambers

Chambers of Jonathan Hirst QC and Helen Davies QC

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London Bar

Top-tier recommendations


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’ highly respected silks include the ‘outstandingDavid Anderson QC, the ‘imaginative and innovativeRichard Gordon QC, and Jemima Stratford QC, who is ‘impressive, thorough, and down to earth’. New silk Martin Chamberlain QC comes highly recommended, and is ‘exceptionally intelligent and impressive in the clarity of his advice’. The ‘excellentJasbir Dhillon QC also took silk in 2013. The ‘talented’ and ‘extremely hardworkingMaya Lester is also recommended.

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

Brick Court ChambersAndrew Lydiard QC is ‘very user friendly’, and Mark Brealey QC is highly regarded for his experience in EU and competition related work. The ‘hugely cleverNeil Calver QC is ‘a very safe pair of hands’.

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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,

At Brick Court Chambers, the ‘accessible and inclusiveRichard Gordon QC is noted for his ‘imaginative approach to identifying civil liberties and human rights points’. New silk Martin Chamberlain QC is ‘exceptionally intelligent, user friendly, and hardworking’. The ‘outstandingMaya Lester is also well regarded.

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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 ‘simply a first-class’ set which ‘invariably gets results’. Mark Howard QC is ‘one of the best of his generation’; ‘no one can come near him’. Charles Hollander QC attracts praise for his ‘formidable experience of commercial litigation and sports matters’. Helen Davies QCexhibits the polish and finesse of one of the finest barristers at the Bar’. ‘Streetwise trial advocateAlan Maclean QC* is ‘a force to be reckoned with in the courtroom’. Also recommended is Simon Salzedo QC, who ‘can turn his mind to quite literally anything’. Among the juniors, Simon Birt is ‘one of the best senior juniors at the Bar’, and his ‘intellectual grasp is formidable’. Fionn Pilbrow is ‘undoubtedly a star of the future’, who ‘wins the trust of the court by virtue of his good judgement and charming advocacy’. *Alan Maclean QC is now at Blackstone Chambers.

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Within Commodities,

Also recommended are the ‘very knowledgeablePaul Downes QC at 2 Temple Gardens, who represented the defendant in the $6.8m Standard Chartered v Schulte dispute concerning gasoil sales to Ghana; Nicholas Craig at 3 Verulam Buildings, who is ‘excellent, responsive and readily contactable’ and is a regular presence on LCIA arbitrations; commodities and shipping specialist Sean O’Sullivan at 4 Pump Court, who is noted for his ‘excellent analysis, and very thorough, strong advocacy skills’; and Brick Court ChambersRichard Lord QC, who is ‘approachable and articulate in presenting a case’.

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

Brick Court Chambers is noted for its ‘great strength in depth, very strong barristers, and good clerking’, and its members regularly appear in high-profile disputes; recent examples include Berezovsky v Abramovich and Cherney v Deripaska. Highly rated silks include Mark Howard QC (who is ‘devastating in cross-examination’), Alan Maclean QC*, who is ‘a force to be reckoned with in the courtroom’, and Helen Davies QC . Daniel Jowell QC is ‘charming as an advocate and as an adviser’, and Fionn Pilbrow is ‘undoubtedly a star of the future’. Fellow junior Stephen Midwinter is also recommended. Roger Masefield QC took silk in 2013. *Alan Maclean QC is now at Blackstone Chambers.

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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,

A leading set for competition law’, Brick Court Chambers has ‘significant strength in depth at silk level’. Its barristers continue to appear in numerous seminal cases, including Intel’s appeal against a €1bn fine for market abuse before the General Court in Luxembourg. Nicholas Green QC is ‘a strong strategic thinker’, and has an ‘enormously effective’ advocacy style. He recently appeared in Intel v EU Commission. David Anderson QC also regularly attracts roles in major European cases. The ‘creativeMark Brealey QC was involved in the BCL Old Co v BASF Supreme Court case, as well as the high-profile Deutsche Bahn v Morgan Crucible follow-on damages case. ‘Team playerMark Hoskins QCknows the law backwards’, and is ‘very good at managing huge and complex cases’. James Flynn QC is ‘an iron fist in a velvet glove’, and appeared in Sky v Ofcom. The ‘user-friendlyMarie Demetriou QC is ‘great at drafting’, and is ‘willing to get her hands dirty’. Helen Davies QC is ‘clear and effective in written and oral advocacy’. David Vaughan QC is a veteran of major European cases, and ‘excellent advocateFergus Randolph QC appeared in the high-profile MasterCard competition damages litigation. Aidan Robertson QC has ‘very good client skills’, and Daniel Jowell QC is an established silk for both commercial and EU and competition cases. Richard Gordon QC is ‘extremely knowledgeable’ and ‘an outstanding advocate’. The ‘very astuteJemima Stratford QC and ‘user-friendly’ Derrick Wyatt QC are also recommended. ‘A superb senior junior’, Kelyn Bacon is ‘bright’ and ‘responsive’, and ‘gets the job done’. ‘First choice for competition litigation’, Maya Lester is also on the rise. Other noteworthy juniors include the ‘hardworkingDavid Scannell ; ‘standout juniorTony Singla, who has ‘a fantastic legal brain’; Robert O’Donoghue, who is ‘a deep thinker on policy matters’; Sarah Lee, who provides ‘high-quality strategic and tactical input’; and ‘rising starDaniel Piccinin.

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

Brick Court Chambers fields ‘some of the best commercial fraud silks in the world, and top-quality clerks’. Noted figures include Mark Howard QC, who is ‘undoubtedly a star’; the ‘phenomenally cleverMark Hapgood QC ; Michael Swainston QC, who is ‘a good communicator’; and Tim Lord QC (‘a creative thinker’). Andrew Henshaw QC and Roger Masefield QC took silk in 2013. The ‘commercially awareStephen Midwinter and the ‘very hardworkingFionn Pilbrow are among the recommended juniors.

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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’ George Leggatt QC (now appointed to the High Court) led Simon Salzedo QC at the Court of Appeal in the £100m ACE v Standard Life case. Also recommended are the ‘very commercial and cleverNeil Calver QC ; Fionn Pilbrow, who is ‘fantastic to deal with’, and ‘impresses clients’; Jonathan Hirst QC, for his ‘commercial, user-friendly advice’; and Richard Lord QC, for marine and energy matters. Harry Matovu QC, Simon Birt, Tony Singla, and the ‘very brightStephen Midwinter also stand out, as does Roger Masefield QC, who took silk in 2013.

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Within Intellectual property,

Other recommended individuals include Michael Bloch QC* at Wilberforce Chambers, who is ‘receptive to which way the judge is moving and very quick to adapt’; Michael Edenborough QC of Serle Court, who is ‘a safe pair of hands’; Blackstone ChambersTom Weisselberg and Ian Mill QC, who demonstrates ‘a good grasp of key issues in a case’; Tim Penny and the ‘commercially awareRobert Deacon at 11 Stone Buildings; Thirteen Old Square Chambers’ Jonathan DC Turner, who is ‘a mine of information on IP law’; New Square ChambersMalcolm Chapple and Madeleine Heal, who win plaudits for their ‘client-friendly’ approach; Nicholas Saunders at Brick Court Chambers; and Mark Engelman and Ian Silcock at Hardwicke.*Michael Bloch QC is now at Blackstone Chambers

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

Brick Court Chambers is ‘one of the strongest commercial sets in London’. Hilary Heilbron QC’s ‘intelligence’ and ‘responsiveness’ mark her out as ‘one of the best QCs out there’. Mark Howard QC is ‘a devastating cross-examiner who gives clear and practical strategic advice’. Michael Swainston QC is praised for his ‘impressive advocacy and written submissions, and his tenacity when questioned by the tribunal’. Neil Calver QC is ‘a persuasive advocate, with genuine expertise in the international insurance arena’.Alan Maclean QC* is ‘a very good advocate, with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law’. Simon Salzedo QC is ‘a great all-rounder; user friendly, responsive, very able, and good with clients’. Jasbir Dhillon QCprepares meticulously, and challenges both solicitors and clients in a charming but effective manner. He is an impressive advocate before arbitral tribunals, adapting his style where necessary’. Among the juniors, Fionn Pilbrow is ‘an up-and-coming star, with an excellent drafting style’. *Alan Maclean QC is now at Blackstone Chambers.

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Within IT and telecoms (except regulatory) IT and telecoms (except regulatory) - Leading Juniors

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

The ‘phenomenalCharles Hollander QC at Brick Court Chambers handles Formula 1, boxing and football cases, and Jonathan Hirst QC is commended for his ‘consistently excellent strategic decisions’ in music and broadcasting disputes. Marie Demetriou QC represented the ECB in the BskyB v Ofcom competition case, and is singled out alongside the ‘hands-on and pragmaticHelen Davies QC, who is ‘brilliant on competition issues’. Recommended juniors include Richard Blakeley, Oliver Jones, and ‘future starTony Singla .

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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 has ‘vast strength in depth’, and is ‘very responsive and very commercial’. Standout silks include the ‘thoroughMark Hapgood QC, who has a ‘wealth of experience’; the ‘outstandingMark Howard QC ; Tom Adam QC, who has ‘a keen intellect’; the ‘fantasticNeil Calver QC ; and Charles Hollander QC . Among the ‘strong’ team of juniors, the ‘top-notchJonathan Dawid, the ‘very responsiveFionn Pilbrow, and Peter Irvin are ‘highly recommended’. George Leggatt QC was recently appointed as a High Court judge.

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Within Public international law Public international law - Leading Silks

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Within Public procurement,

Also recommended are Serle Court’s Conor Quigley QC, who regularly advises on the interface between state aid and public procurement; Littleton ChambersPeter Trepte, who handles issues relating to EC procurement rules and the WTO Agreement; and Margaret Gray of Brick Court Chambers, who is noted for her expertise in the energy and environmental sectors, and has appeared in more than 30 cases before the Luxembourg courts.

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Within Shipping,

Other noteworthy practitioners include Richard Lord QC at Brick Court Chambers, who is ‘highly commercial, and quick to see the wood from the trees’; Sean O’Sullivan at 4 Pump Court, for his ‘very smooth style’; the ‘user-friendlyNicholas Craig at 3 Verulam Buildings; James Watthey at Hardwicke, who ‘has a good understanding of the important legal issues’; and the ‘excellentStephen Dennison QC at Atkin Chambers.

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Within Treasury Panel Lists Junior Counsel to the Crown - A Panel

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London Bar: Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

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

Brick Court Chambers is another ‘go-to set for complex banking litigation’, and its clerks are ‘very switched on and focused on the business’. Mark Howard QC is ‘among the best of his generation’, and ‘ a supremely able cross-examiner with a feel for how the case will go’. Mark Hapgood QC is ‘devastating on his feet’, and ‘one of the finest silks at the Bar for derivatives-related litigation’. The ‘tenaciousTim Lord QC is ‘one of the first choices for investors in disputes with large investment banks’, and is noted for his ‘ability to deliver crippling blows to unwary opponents in court’. Simon Salzedo QC is noted for his combination of ‘huge intellect, clear and calm judgement, and willingness to go for the jugular when needed’. New silk Jasbir Dhillon QCleaves no stone unturned in his preparation’, and is ‘particularly excellent on derivatives and finance issues’. The set also benefits from an ‘incredibly strong’ roster of juniors, among them Andrew Thomas, who is ‘extremely thorough in his analysis and thinking’, and ‘tactically shrewd in his submissions, particularly in court’. Simon Birt is ‘an excellent junior’, who attracts praise for ‘the fullness of his grasp of complex details’. Stephen Midwinter is ‘a tremendous junior’, and is praised for his ‘very lean, focused, and strategically astute pleadings’. Jonathan Dawid is noted for his ‘ability to grasp technically complex legal and commercial issues frighteningly quickly’, and for his ‘outstanding drafting’. Fred Hobsonpicks difficult conceptual issues up in a nanosecond’.

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