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Chambers of Marc Willems QC

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CLIENT: Hugh Potter (Partner)
COMPANY/FIRM: Potter Rees Dolan Limited
TESTIMONIAL: “I have instructed Marc Willems and Richard Hartley for many years. They are terrific team players with great intelligence and familiarity with brain and spinal cord injured clients. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.”

CLIENT: Helen Dolan (Partner)
COMPANY/FIRM: Potter Rees Dolan Limited
TESTIMONIAL: “I have worked with Marc Willem QC for several years and he is clearly at the top of the game in a highly competitive field; he is an extremely adept advocate who is never afraid to take the more difficult points, empathetic with severely damaged Claimant’s and their families and a brilliant strategist.”

CLIENT: Tom Higson (Partner)
TESTIMONIAL: “Excellent clerking team and first rate service. Michael Jones : First port of call for complex injury litigation. Able to absorb huge amounts of information and distil the key issues quickly and effectively. Very good with clients and experts alike. Excellent advocate.”

CLIENT: Daniel Slade (Partner)
COMPANY/FIRM: Express Solicitors
“A very efficient chambers it is a pleasure to work with”.

Richard Hartley QC
“It is a pleasure to pick up a file on which I am working with Mr Hartley.
His ability to cut through the most complex issues and advise clients in extremely difficult times, with charm and humour, is wonderful.
I am confident in instructing Mr Hartley that all that could be done, has and will be done in any case in which he is advising.”

Lee Nowland
“It’s a pleasure to work with a barrister that is always happy. It’s fantastic for clients whom often are in such stressful times of their lives
I know of no one more thorough and with such meticulous attention to detail.  
His advice contains such careful and skilful planning, that you are in the safest possible hands.
You are guaranteed he will charm you, your opponent and any judge with ease.”


“A great team of well-run staff. Always on top of the ball and delivering services well above their counter parts.”

“They are a very efficient chambers it is a pleasure to work with and a great team of well-run staff. Always on top of the ball and delivering services well above their counter parts.
Their barristers are able to cut through the most complex issues and advise client’s in extremely difficult time, with charm and humour.
You can be confident that all that could be done, has and will be done.”

CLIENT: Rose Gibson (Partner)
COMPANY/FIRM: Simpson Millar
“Richard Hartley QC
Richard has the ability to produce results where others have failed.  Robust in every sense of the word, he enjoys a challenge, and his successes are no doubt due to his teamwork approach both with the clients and instructing solicitors. He is a pleasure to work with.

Anthony Mazzag
Not only is Anthony a barrister who enjoys fine attention to detail, his patience, care and understanding of clients’ needs are his key attributes.  Happy to work nationwide, he is diligent, unflappable, and always strives to ensure that his clients’ needs come first. His ability to form good working relationships with his clients is at the heart of his very high success rate. A very safe pair of hands especially with regard to fatal accident claims and catastrophic injuries.

Tim Willitts
Thorough on his papers, and does not leave a stone left unturned. Great with the more challenging clients, with very strong advocacy skills.

Julian Orr
A master with many skills, client focussed, and able to get to the crux of any case swiftly. Offering a nationwide service, with a down to earth approach and personable nature, he takes the stress out of the more complex issues. He is sensitive and pragmatic to clients’ needs, particularly with fatal accident claims, and serious injuries.

The clerks and admin staff at Cobden House are amongst the best that I have ever experienced from any chambers. It is a friendly, and efficient team who, in my view make the whole set up a ‘gold star’ service. Dan Monaghan who leads the civil clerking team in particular always makes sure that the clients are serviced by the right barrister and is always fair and helpful with fees.”

CLIENT: Sarah Mawdsley (Partners)
COMPANY/FIRM: Express Solicitors
“I think Cobden House chambers as a whole are one of the best chambers in the North from my experience, they are always very personable and helpful. I primarily utilise Lee Nowland on my multi track cases but also rate a number of other Barristers at the chambers, Richard Stevens, Chloe Murray and I have recently instructed Richard Hartley QC who is extremely approachable The staff as a whole are helpful and I work regularly with all of the clerks (Dan, Avais, Steven, Christina and Anthony) who always manage to get things done and also get things covered if a Barrister cannot help/is not available I find them reliable and knowledgeable and always willing to help.”

CLIENT: Judith Thomas-Whittingham
COMPANY/FIRM: Stephensons  LLP

  1. “Chambers as a Whole;

Cobden House Chambers provide a wide variety of clinical negligence specialist barristers ranging from Junior Counsel, experienced Senior Junior Counsel and Q.C’s.  There will always be someone available to accept instructions and conduct hearings which cannot be said for their competitors. 

  1. Individual barristers;


Anthony Mazzag
Anthony is a very knowledgeable clinical negligence specialist who is keen to explore challenging areas and he provides 100% commitment to the client.  His client care skills are exemplary and I feel at ease recommending him to my clients as I know that the legal assistance will be of the highest standard and the client will be managed in a compassionate and caring way.  Anthony, without doubt, satisfies the “friends and family” test.

Michael Jones
Michael is very approachable and clients regularly comment upon his kind, yet professional manner.  He is very knowledgeable in the field of clinical negligence and displays excellent advocacy skills.

Richard Hartley Q.C.
Richard’s continued commitment to assisting those who have suffered at the hands of medical professionals is humbling.  He displays a real passion for this area of law and his knowledge is outstanding.  Despite his seniority, Richard is only too pleased to find novel ways in which to ensure that clients are at ease and always put their needs first. 

  • Staff – individuals / collective;

The clerks at Cobden House are always on hand and can provide a response without hesitation.  They are an excellent support network for their barristers and true ambassadors for the Cobden House brand. Dan Monaghan heads the very efficient Civil Clerking team very well.

  • Why you use Cobden House.

Cobden House provide an excellent professional service and are willing and able to cover a very broad spectrum of clinical negligence cases from the inquests and minor dental claims through to those involving amputations and birth injuries.  No matter what the injury involved or the value of the case, they are fully committed to ensuring that the needs of the injured Claimant are at the forefront of their mind.  I would not hesitate to recommend Cobden House Chambers to not only my professional colleagues but also to family and friends as I am confident in their advice, professionalism and approachability. “

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