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
Email:
Web:
www.brickcourt.co.uk
London, Brussels

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Brick Court Chambers has ‘some of the most accomplished counsel in the UK’, and is ‘one of the first ports of call for difficult cases’. In particular, it is ‘a top set for big-ticket commercial litigation and administrative law’, and maintains a prominent presence in EU law. Chambers is also very active internationally, and in this context Simon Thorley QC (who recently joined as a door tenant from Three New Square) was appointed as one of the 11 international judges of the Singapore International Commercial Court. Chambers’ clerking team is ‘very business-like and professional’, with Ian Moyler and Tony Burgess singled out as ‘first rate, extremely responsive and very client-focused’. Julian Hawes and Paul Dennison also run ‘run a tight, well-managed ship’. Offices in: London

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London Bar

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

Brick Court Chambers

A ‘market leader for the crossover between public law and competition work’, Brick Court Chambers is ‘a first port of call for complex EU cases’, and has a team of ‘strong barristers at all levels of seniority’ who are ‘first rate and a pleasure to work with’.

Brick Court Chambers is ‘a fantastic set’ where all the barristers are ‘sharp and make themselves available’, and the clerks are ‘helpful, flexible and responsive’. The set ‘never disappoints’ with its service quality, and is particularly well known for commercial and regulatory judicial reviews. Recent Supreme Court cases saw members appear in Sandiford v Foreign Secretary.

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

Aidan Robertson QC - Brick Court ChambersCompletely at ease with his subject matter.

Ranked: tier 6

David Anderson QC - Brick Court ChambersHe has the ability to win over everyone persuasively and with unfailing diplomacy.

Ranked: tier 2

Jemima Stratford QC - Brick Court ChambersExtremely knowledgeable and passionate.

Ranked: tier 5

Marie Demetriou QC - Brick Court ChambersProvides pithy, accurate and well-considered advice, and understands the demands of modern-day clients.

Ranked: tier 6

Martin Chamberlain QC - Brick Court ChambersOutstanding; he always has the ear of the court.

Ranked: tier 5

Richard Gordon QC - Brick Court ChambersHighly skilled at getting to the nub of the issues in judicial review.

Ranked: tier 2
Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading juniors

Malcolm Birdling - Brick Court ChambersOn top of both the factual evidence and the law.

Ranked: tier 4

Margaret Gray - Brick Court ChambersShe has an instinctive grasp of her practice area combined with a user-friendly, personable style.

Ranked: tier 3

Maya Lester - Brick Court ChambersProvides opinions, pleadings and oral advocacy of the highest calibre.

Ranked: tier 1

Victoria Wakefield - Brick Court ChambersA brilliant lawyer; communicative, thorough and reliable.

Ranked: tier 2

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Aviation
Aviation – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Brick Court Chambers

Brick Court Chambers fields ‘strong talent for aviation cases’ covering commercial aviation issues as well as EU and competition related matters.

Aviation – Leading silks

Andrew Lydiard QC - Brick Court ChambersIntellectually rigorous.’

Ranked: tier 3

Mark Brealey QC - Brick Court ChambersStrong experience in this area.’

Ranked: tier 4

Neil Calver QC - Brick Court ChambersVery well versed in aviation law.’

Ranked: tier 3

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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 has ‘very significant expertise across both the commercial and banking litigation sectors’. Clients particularly rate the ‘incredibly strong bench of juniors’. Highlight cases include Rosserlane v Credit Suisse and UBS v KWL.

Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading silks

Mark Hapgood QC - Brick Court ChambersA giant in this field.’

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Howard QC - Brick Court ChambersAt the top of his game, quite likely the best commercial barrister in England.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Swainston QC - Brick Court ChambersA brilliant advocate, who is tenacious, committed, willing to roll up his sleeves, and great with clients.’

Ranked: tier 5

Richard Slade QC - Brick Court ChambersExcellent with clients.

Ranked: tier 5

Simon Salzedo QC - Brick Court ChambersOne of the first choices on a complex financial services case.’

Ranked: tier 4

Tim Lord QC - Brick Court ChambersA hard-hitting silk known for acting against banks; a true star in the area.’

Ranked: tier 2

Tom Adam QC - Brick Court ChambersA very able, very good advocate who is easy to work with and very bright.’

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

Simon Birt QC - Brick Court ChambersA measured and calm barrister who inspires justifiable confidence.’

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

Andrew Thomas - Brick Court ChambersHe has exceptional client skills and gets his knowledge across with both the court and the client.’

Ranked: tier 3

Craig Morrison - Brick Court ChambersExcellent strategically and astonishingly good for a relatively junior barrister.’

Ranked: tier 4

Fionn Pilbrow - Brick Court ChambersVery easy to work with; he really cares about his cases, and is a good draftsman.’

Ranked: tier 3

Fred Hobson - Brick Court ChambersAn excellent commercial junior with particular banking expertise.’

Ranked: tier 4

Sarah Abram - Brick Court ChambersA fast and very hard worker, who is excellent and going places.’

Ranked: tier 4

Stephen Midwinter - Brick Court ChambersHe has a brilliant mind and is a great advocate destined for silk.’

Ranked: tier 2

Thomas Plewman SC - Brick Court ChambersA persuasive and subtly dominant advocate who picks apart the other side’s case with precision.’

Ranked: tier 4

Tony Singla - Brick Court ChambersEffective, hardworking and good to deal with when it comes to pleadings.’

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 2

Brick Court Chambers

The ‘excellentBrick Court Chambers is home to a number of leading counsel. Numerous Supreme Court cases feature among chambers’ recent work highlights.

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

David Anderson QC - Brick Court ChambersHis institutional knowledge of both the English and EU legal systems is second to none.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jemima Stratford QC - Brick Court ChambersA strong advocate; thorough and good with clients.’

Ranked: tier 4

Martin Chamberlain - Brick Court ChambersRecommended for acting for both claimants and defendants.’

Ranked: tier 4

Paul Bowen QC - Brick Court ChambersExperienced in high-profile cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Gordon QC - Brick Court ChambersKnowledgeable and effective.’

Ranked: tier 2
Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – Leading juniors

Maya Lester - Brick Court ChambersAn amazing team player with a calmness under pressure that is much admired.’

Ranked: tier 2

Victoria Wakefield - Brick Court ChambersAn absolute pleasure to work with; communicative, thorough and reliable.’

Ranked: tier 3

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

Brick Court Chambers

Brick Court Chambers is ‘one of the best sets’, housing ‘a collection of brain boxes’. Major cases often involve multiple members, including UBS v KWL, Depfa and LBBW which involved seven barristers. At the top end, Mark Howard QC and Mark Hapgood QC appeared against each other in Akers v Samba Financial Group that is going to the Supreme Court. Overall, chambers comprises a ‘first-rate team of members and clerks’.

Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Charles Hollander QC - Brick Court ChambersHe has a wealth of experience in disclosure and privilege matters.’

Ranked: tier 4

Daniel Jowell QC - Brick Court ChambersAn excellent reputation for competition law and general commercial litigation.’

Ranked: tier 5

Harry Matovu QC - Brick Court ChambersA superb, polished and suave court performer who is brilliant on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 5

Helen Davies QC - Brick Court ChambersA brilliant lawyer with creative solutions, and a smooth and effective advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jonathan Hirst QC - Brick Court ChambersA heavyweight silk who truly understands the appellate courts.’

Ranked: tier 3

Mark Hapgood QC - Brick Court ChambersJust about the nicest and strongest QC there is at the English Bar.’

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Howard QC - Brick Court ChambersHis reputation not only precedes him, but is entirely justified.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Bools QC - Brick Court ChambersHe is always available, great to work with and great on paper.’

Ranked: tier 6

Michael Swainston QC - Brick Court ChambersA leader that you would not want to see appearing for the other side.’

Ranked: tier 4

Neil Calver QC - Brick Court ChambersInsightful and very good at strategic work.’

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Slade QC - Brick Court ChambersHe is excellent at cutting to the heart of the matter and very user-friendly.’

Ranked: tier 6

Simon Salzedo QC - Brick Court ChambersA standout barrister who gets great results and is excellent at reading the court.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tim Lord QC - Brick Court ChambersAn expert in his field and extremely thorough.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tom Adam QC - Brick Court ChambersA compelling advocate who is persuasive and agile in oral argument.’

Ranked: tier 5
Commercial litigation – New silks

Simon Birt QC - Brick Court ChambersNever less than thoroughly impressive.’

Ranked: tier 1
Commercial litigation – Leading juniors

Alan Roxburgh - Brick Court ChambersHe has a very strong and unflappable intellect and is excellent with clients.’

Ranked: tier 5

Alec Haydon - Brick Court ChambersA very good junior; responsive, quick, insightful and a very loyal team player.’

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Thomas - Brick Court ChambersA first-class barrister.’

Ranked: tier 4

Colin West - Brick Court ChambersHe is technically first rate and produces excellent written material.’

Ranked: tier 4

Fionn Pilbrow - Brick Court ChambersVery solid, reliable and thorough.’

Ranked: tier 4

Gerard Rothschild - Brick Court ChambersA very bright, able and resilient advocate.’

Ranked: tier 5

Stephen Midwinter - Brick Court ChambersHe is decisive and concise, producing clear and commercially aware guidance.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Commodities
Commodities – Leading juniors

Fionn Pilbrow - Brick Court ChambersA first-class junior, incisive and thorough with outstanding strategic sense.’

Ranked: tier 2

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EU and competition
EU and competition – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Brick Court Chambers

Brick Court Chambers’ ‘first-rate’ counsel continue to appear in high-profile and high-value competition matters such Emerald Supplies and Ors v British Airways. Other 2014 highlights saw members involved in challenges to the Tobacco Products Directive in R (British American Tobacco) v Secretary of State for Health.

EU and competition – Leading silks

Aidan Robertson QC - Brick Court ChambersAble to grasp complex issues quickly.’

Ranked: tier 3

Charles Hollander QC - Brick Court ChambersIntelligent, hardworking and authoritative.’

Ranked: tier 3

Daniel Jowell QC - Brick Court ChambersExcellent with clients and a brilliant advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Anderson QC - Brick Court ChambersSilks do not come better than him.’

Ranked: tier 2

Fergus Randolph QC - Brick Court ChambersAt the forefront of the development of damages claims for breaches of competition law.’

Ranked: tier 3

Helen Davies QC - Brick Court ChambersExtremely bright and determined.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Flynn QC - Brick Court ChambersAnalytically very strong.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jemima Stratford QC - Brick Court ChambersExtremely competent and calm.’

Ranked: tier 3

Marie Demetriou QC - Brick Court ChambersDepth and breadth of knowledge of EU law.’

Ranked: tier 2

Mark Brealey QC - Brick Court ChambersAn out-and-out expert in EU and competition law.’

Ranked: tier 2

Mark Hoskins QC - Brick Court ChambersAbsolutely first rate: incredibly bright and to the point.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Gordon QC - Brick Court ChambersHe has a fantastic grasp of, and experience in, judicial reviews.’

Ranked: tier 3
EU and competition – Leading juniors

Daniel Piccinin - Brick Court ChambersHe quickly gets to the heart of any issue.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Scannell - Brick Court ChambersKnowledgeable, pragmatic and approachable.’

Ranked: tier 3

Margaret Gray - Brick Court ChambersA popular choice for EU cases before the national courts of the UK and Ireland.’

Ranked: tier 3

Maya Lester - Brick Court ChambersHer drafting skills are excellent and unique.’

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Blakeley - Brick Court ChambersRelates extremely well to business clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

Robert O’Donoghue - Brick Court ChambersHe completely masters the material very quickly.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sarah Abram - Brick Court ChambersAlways offers extremely sound advice.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sarah Ford - Brick Court ChambersShe provides good, sensible, practical advice.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sarah Lee - Brick Court ChambersShe provides high-quality advice, which is practical, tactical and strategic.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tony Singla - Brick Court ChambersA good up-and-coming junior.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Energy
Energy – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Brick Court Chambers

Strong on any commercial dispute’, Brick Court Chambers had seven members involved in one of the largest energy arbitrations of the year. Other case highlights included Scottish Power UK v BP Exploration (with Helen Davies QC leading) and Renova International v Emmerson (a case being heard in the BVI, with Mark Howard QC leading).

Energy – Leading silks

Daniel Jowell QC - Brick Court ChambersBright and client-friendly, and delivers high-quality work every time.’

Ranked: tier 4

Harry Matovu QC - Brick Court ChambersA charming barrister who is a pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 4

Helen Davies QC - Brick Court ChambersA star at the height of her profession who really delivers when it matters.’

Ranked: tier 2

Mark Howard QC - Brick Court ChambersA pre-eminent silk active in Russian and African energy disputes.’

Ranked: tier 1

Tim Lord QC - Brick Court ChambersA bright, punchy advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4
Energy – Leading juniors

Fionn Pilbrow - Brick Court ChambersA charismatic, highly intelligent barrister.’

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Midwinter - Brick Court ChambersA decisive, commercially aware and refreshingly concise junior.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Environment
Environment – Leading silks

Richard Gordon QC - Brick Court ChambersParticular expertise in environment issues in Hong Kong.’

Ranked: tier 3

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

Brick Court Chambers

Brick Court Chambers has ‘obvious strength in depth’ and is ‘quick to respond to issues’. The high-profile VTB v Nutritek appeal before the Supreme Court saw Mark Hapgood QC and Mark Howard QC against one another.

Fraud: civil – Leading silks

Mark Hapgood QC - Brick Court ChambersParticularly adept at cutting to the heart of complicated issues.’

Ranked: tier 3

Mark Howard QC - Brick Court ChambersEverybody’s go-to man to present difficult points of law to a Court.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Swainston QC - Brick Court ChambersHe has an unrivalled understanding of Russia, Russian law and politics.’

Ranked: tier 4

Tim Lord QC - Brick Court ChambersA standout silk.’

Ranked: tier 4
Fraud: civil – Leading juniors

Fionn Pilbrow - Brick Court ChambersHe provides unambiguous, commercial and pragmatic advice in difficult and sensitive cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Fred Hobson - Brick Court ChambersGreat with clients.’

Ranked: tier 4

Stephen Midwinter - Brick Court ChambersA top senior junior.’

Ranked: tier 3

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IT and telecoms (including data protection)
IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) – Leading juniors

Nicholas Saunders - Brick Court ChambersA rare mix of commercial, IP and IT experience.’

Ranked: tier 1
Telecoms (regulatory) – Leading juniors

Sarah Lee - Brick Court ChambersA member of the Treasury A panel, recommended for telecoms regulatory disputes.’

Ranked: tier 1

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

Brick Court Chambers

At Brick Court Chambers, ‘every barrister is at the highest level, yet they are easily approachable and treat solicitors very well’. Major cases include Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines v Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association, in which Jonathan Hirst QC is acting.

Insurance and reinsurance – Leading silks

Andrew Lydiard QC - Brick Court ChambersA highly experienced insurance and reinsurance silk.’

Ranked: tier 5

Harry Matovu QC - Brick Court ChambersUses his charm to great effect in his cross-examination and advocacy.’

Ranked: tier 5

Jonathan Hirst QC - Brick Court ChambersHe has extensive experience and adopts a very commercial approach.’

Ranked: tier 2

Mark Howard QC - Brick Court ChambersA go-to silk, who is highly experienced and knowledgeable on insurance matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Swainston QC - Brick Court ChambersDevastatingly effective in cross-examination.’

Ranked: tier 4

Neil Calver QC - Brick Court ChambersA highly recommended interlocutory and trial advocate with admirable cross-examination skills.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tom Adam QC - Brick Court ChambersOne of the top brains of his generation and a hugely effective advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4
Insurance and reinsurance – Leading juniors

Alan Roxburgh - Brick Court ChambersAn excellent draftsman.’

Ranked: tier 3

Fionn Pilbrow - Brick Court ChambersA popular choice in this area.’

Ranked: tier 3

Stephen Midwinter - Brick Court ChambersA top-class insurance lawyer who is extremely approachable.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property – Leading juniors

Nicholas Saunders - Brick Court ChambersParticularly strong on EU, competition and IP cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

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

Brick Court Chambers

Brick Court Chambers contains a range of highly rated arbitrators, including QCs, juniors and retired judiciary, with Lord Hoffmann among the best-known names.

International arbitration: arbitrators – Leading individuals

Lord Hoffmann - Brick Court ChambersBrilliant intellectually and a good arbitrator.’

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

Brick Court Chambers

Brick Court Chambers has ‘a deserved reputation as a powerhouse set’. ‘Across the board, members have great charm, outstanding ability and are entirely reliable as well as very hardworking.’ Recent work highlights saw nine members involved in an arbitration with over $47bn in dispute.

International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

Helen Davies QC - Brick Court ChambersA star at the height of her profession who really delivers when it matters.’

Ranked: tier 4

Hilary Heilbron QC - Brick Court ChambersShe is indefatigable, and despite a busy schedule is always ready for calls, meetings and deadlines.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jonathan Hirst QC - Brick Court ChambersIntelligent and well respected.’

Ranked: tier 1

Klaus Reichert SC - Brick Court ChambersTechnically very strong, and very experienced in ICC arbitration.

Ranked: tier 3

Mark Howard QC - Brick Court ChambersProbably one of the best advocates at the Bar.’

Ranked: tier 3

Michael Swainston QC - Brick Court ChambersTakes on the case as though its his own and has a keen eye for detail.’

Ranked: tier 3

Neil Calver QC - Brick Court ChambersA persuasive advocate with genuine expertise in the international insurance arena.’

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Salzedo QC - Brick Court ChambersSharp, incisive and very hardworking; his advocacy is first rate and he thinks on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 4
International arbitration: counsel – Leading juniors

Fionn Pilbrow - Brick Court ChambersHe rolls his sleeves up and can produce high-quality work at short notice.

Ranked: tier 3

Stephen Midwinter - Brick Court ChambersA go-to junior who is straightforward and cerebral.’

Ranked: tier 3

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

Brick Court Chambers

The barristers at Brick Court Chambershave excellent in-depth legal knowledge as well as the commercial thinking that is required for clients’. Recent high-profile cases include Forsta AP Fonden v Bank of New York Mellon, and Cattles and Welcome Financial Services v PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Professional negligence – Leading silks

Charles Hollander QC - Brick Court ChambersA thoughtful and tenacious advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Mark Hapgood QC - Brick Court ChambersExtremely bright and quick to focus on the issues.’

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Howard QC - Brick Court ChambersOutstanding on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 2

Neil Calver QC - Brick Court ChambersA superb intellect.’

Ranked: tier 4

Simon Salzedo QC - Brick Court ChambersHe is super-bright, very commercial and grasps complex issues very quickly.’

Ranked: tier 4

Tim Lord QC - Brick Court ChambersHe has outstanding courtroom presence, strategic vision and technical cross-examination skills.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tom Adam QC - Brick Court ChambersHe combines strong intellect with clear and robust views.’

Ranked: tier 3
Professional negligence – Leading juniors

Edward Harrison - Brick Court ChambersWorks well under pressure and is able to take reasoned and commercial judgement calls.’

Ranked: tier 5

Fionn Pilbrow - Brick Court ChambersVery good on his feet, very bright and personable.’

Ranked: tier 4

Peter Irvin - Brick Court ChambersA first-class player.’

Ranked: tier 3

Stephen Midwinter - Brick Court ChambersHighly skilled.’

Ranked: tier 5

Thomas Plewman SC - Brick Court ChambersHis calm understated manner conceals an active and incisive mind.’

Ranked: tier 5

Tony Singla - Brick Court ChambersIncredibly bright.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Public international law
Public international law – Leading juniors

Maya Lester - Brick Court ChambersHer oral advocacy is of the highest calibre, displaying meticulous preparation and captivating delivery.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Public procurement
Public procurement – Leading juniors

Margaret Gray - Brick Court ChambersParticularly strong on healthcare issues.’

Ranked: tier 2

Tim Johnston - Brick Court ChambersHe has associated strengths in public and competition law.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Set overviews: England and Wales

Brick Court Chambers has ‘some of the most accomplished counsel in the UK’, and is ‘one of the first ports of call for difficult cases’. In particular, it is ‘a top set for big-ticket commercial litigation and administrative law’, and maintains a prominent presence in EU law. Chambers is also very active internationally, and in this context Simon Thorley QC (who recently joined as a door tenant from Three New Square) was appointed as one of the 11 international judges of the Singapore International Commercial Court. Chambers’ clerking team is ‘very business-like and professional’, with Ian Moyler and Tony Burgess singled out as ‘first rate, extremely responsive and very client-focused’. Julian Hawes and Paul Dennison also run ‘run a tight, well-managed ship’. Offices in: London

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Shipping
Shipping – Leading silks

Jonathan Hirst QC - Brick Court ChambersVery strong.’

Ranked: tier 5

Richard Lord QC - Brick Court ChambersA shrewd strategist and authoritative in a very unstuffy way.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Sport
Sport – Leading silks

Charles Hollander QC - Brick Court ChambersHis sports practice is complemented by strengths in EU, competition and professional negligence law.’

Ranked: tier 3

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