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1 Crown Office Row

The Chambers of Richard Booth QC

TEMPLE, LONDON, EC4Y 7HH, ENGLAND
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Brighton, London

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Undoubtedly one of the top sets for clinical negligence work in the country’, 1 CROWN OFFICE ROW has ‘great strength in depth’ with ‘a good range’ of silks, as well as senior juniors and junior counsel who are ‘all very hardworking and knowledgeable’ and ‘not unsurprisingly involved in lots of the most interesting and high-profile cases’. In London, chambers’ strengths lie in regulatory, public law, and inquests and inquiries. Meanwhile, on the South Eastern circuit, the set has a strong team across the commercial, professional negligence, crime, as well as family and children law disciplines. In recent chambers news, Robert Kellar QC and Neil Sheldon QC took silk in 2019, while clinical negligence specialist Cara Guthrie joined from Outer Temple Chambers in June 2019. In London, the clerking team is led by senior clerk Matthew Phipps and first juniors John Mclaren and Andrew Tull; David Bingham is the senior clerk in Brighton and is ably assisted by first junior James Hart. Andrew Meyler is chambers director. Offices in: London and Brighton

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London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)
Administrative and public law (including local government) - Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

1 CROWN OFFICE ROW

1 CROWN OFFICE ROW includes a number of members who have experience of acting as special advocates. Angus Mccullough QC was the Campaign Against the Arms Trade's special advocate in its challenge to the government's authorisation of the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen. Also of note, Oliver Sanders QC represented the government in a Court of Appeal case concerning the Prevent policy's guidance to universities on external speakers.

Leading Silks

Philip Havers QC - 1 CROWN OFFICE ROWThe classic insider's counsel: not there to pull down the temple, but utterly courageous when it comes to taking on the establishment.

Ranked: tier 3

Angus McCullough QC - 1 CROWN OFFICE ROWA special advocate instructed in challenging cases.

Ranked: tier 4

Oliver Sanders QC - 1 CROWN OFFICE ROWInstructed by the government in security-related cases.

Ranked: tier 4
2019 Silks

Robert Kellar QC - 1 CROWN OFFICE ROWHardworking, conscientious and flexible.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Amelia Walker - 1 CROWN OFFICE ROWShe represents the government in sensitive cases.

Ranked: tier 4

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

Jeremy Hyam QC - 1 Crown Office RowHe has an enormous grasp of the law; his written pleadings and arguments are thorough.

Ranked: tier 4

Shaheen Rahman QC - 1 Crown Office RowProduces an impressive quality of work and is an absolute pleasure to work with.

Ranked: tier 4

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Clinical negligence
Clinical negligence - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

1 CROWN OFFICE ROW

1 CROWN OFFICE ROW remains 'the go-to set for medical negligence cases', fielding 'an ever-growing pool of excellent barristers to choose from at all levels'. The set 'offers a diverse range of skills and experience', making it a first-choice for a wide range of clients in relation to high profile multi-party claims and precedent-setting cases. Philip Havers QC represented the defendant in Darnley v Croydon Health Services NHS Trust before the Supreme Court, which turned on if non-medical staff (in this case, a receptionist) owe a duty of care to patients. Henry Witcomb QC represented the claimant and John Whitting QC the defendant in SXL v West Hertfordshire NHS Trust, in which a newborn who suffered a catastrophic brain injury after a two-day delay in prescribing aciclovir caused herpes simplex virus to develop into a brain infection received a £37m award, thought to be a national record. Cara Guthrie joined from Outer Temple Chambers.

Leading Silks

Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel QC - 1 CROWN OFFICE ROW‘She has unparalleled work ethic and able to get to the heart of a case with ease.’

Ranked: tier 1

Margaret Bowron QC - 1 CROWN OFFICE ROWA real stalwart of the clinical negligence Bar.

Ranked: tier 1

Philip Havers QC - 1 CROWN OFFICE ROWHe is very experienced and provides a measured assessment of cases.

Ranked: tier 1

Paul Rees QC - 1 CROWN OFFICE ROWAn excellent tactical mind for complex cases.

Ranked: tier 1

John Whitting QC - 1 CROWN OFFICE ROWTruly excellent and first choice for a tough liability case.

Ranked: tier 2

Angus McCullough QC - 1 CROWN OFFICE ROWTactically aware and strategic in his approach to litigation.

Ranked: tier 4

Henry Witcomb QC - 1 CROWN OFFICE ROWExceptional in understanding life expectancy and quantum.

Ranked: tier 4

Clodagh Bradley QC - 1 CROWN OFFICE ROWShe has a second-to-none attention to detail combined with a sympathy to clients.

Ranked: tier 5

Shaheen Rahman QC - 1 CROWN OFFICE ROWAn excellent advocate who is extremely effective in court.

Ranked: tier 5
2018 Silks

Sarah Lambert QC - 1 CROWN OFFICE ROWA very safe pair of hands and also a costs expert..'

Ranked: tier 1
2019 Silks

Neil Sheldon QC - 1 CROWN OFFICE ROWHis understanding of medicine is fantastic and he ensures cases are well-supported.

Ranked: tier 1

Robert Kellar QC - 1 CROWN OFFICE ROWHe is able to unpick complex issues and provide very straight forward advice.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Cara Guthrie - 1 CROWN OFFICE ROWShe has a huge amount of experience on quantum in birth injury cases.

Ranked: tier 1

John Gimlette - 1 CROWN OFFICE ROWHe has excellent drafting and negotiating skills.'

Ranked: tier 3

Leanne Woods - 1 CROWN OFFICE ROWShe has excellent analytical skills.

Ranked: tier 4

Matthew Barnes - 1 CROWN OFFICE ROWHe is skilled at keeping discussions on track on the issues that matter.

Ranked: tier 4

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Environment
Leading Silks

David Hart QC - 1 Crown Office RowVery respected and active in the major cases, he is great to work with and knows his stuff.

Ranked: tier 1

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Family (including divorce and financial remedy)
Leading Silks

David Balcombe QC - 1 Crown Office RowVery experienced in pre-nuptial agreements.

Ranked: tier 4

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Immigration (including business immigration)
2019 Silks

Neil Sheldon QC - 1 Crown Office RowHe is exceptional in his drafting and will ensure that every case has the best chance of success through thorough examination of the evidence.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

David Manknell - 1 Crown Office RowHe is excellent in conference and on his feet with a real eye for detail.

Ranked: tier 4

Natasha Barnes - 1 Crown Office RowA rising star with enormous capacity for hard work. She grasps the technical detail extremely well and is superb on her feet, too.

Ranked: tier 4

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Inquests and inquiries
Inquests and inquiries - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

1 CROWN OFFICE ROW

1 CROWN OFFICE ROW is for many 'the leading set for inquests and inquiries work'. Members have appeared in inquiries covering a vast array of areas such as child abuse, matters with national security elements, deaths in custody and clinical settings and transport accidents. They have also been involved in many of the most high-profile inquests, acting for both interested parties and coroners, as well as handling judicial reviews of coroners' decisions.  Peter Skelton QC was counsel to the inquest into the death of Alexander Perepilichnyy, a businessman who allegedly helped identify the perpetrators of a $230m fraud on the Russian treasury and was found to have suffered a fatal heart attack while jogging in Surrey. Clodagh Bradley QC represents the widow of a patient of a urological surgeon who was dismissed for gross-misconduct after offering experimental treatments rather than curative surgery for bladder cancer.

Leading Silks

Peter Skelton QC - 1 CROWN OFFICE ROWHe has a relaxed bedside manner that hides a ruthless streak that cuts to the core of any issue.

Ranked: tier 1

Clodagh Bradley QC - 1 CROWN OFFICE ROWShe has an attention to detail which is second-to-none, which she combines with a warmth and sympathy to clients.

Ranked: tier 3

Oliver Sanders QC - 1 CROWN OFFICE ROWHis logical ability allows him to take an utterly rigorous and fearless stance.

Ranked: tier 3

Shaheen Rahman QC - 1 CROWN OFFICE ROWFearless on her feet, diligent and really impressive all round.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

Matthew Hill - 1 CROWN OFFICE ROWImmerses himself in the detail of any inquiry, rapidly becoming the master of voluminous documents.

Ranked: tier 1

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International crime and extradition
Leading Juniors

Catriona Murdoch - 1 Crown Office RowWell known for her expertise in cases involving human rights arguments.

Ranked: tier 3

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Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud
Personal Injury - Leading Silks

Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel QC - 1 Crown Office RowShe is tough and yet tender with vulnerable clients and gets truly life-changing results. 

Ranked: tier 2

Henry Witcomb QC - 1 Crown Office RowHe has excellent judgement and great ideas for case progression.

Ranked: tier 3
Personal injury - Leading Juniors

Justin Levinson - 1 Crown Office RowHe is the authority on child abuse cases in the country.

Ranked: tier 2

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Professional disciplinary and regulatory law
Professional disciplinary and regulatory law - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

1 CROWN OFFICE ROW

Medical regulation instructions form the backbone of 1 CROWN OFFICE ROW's professional disciplinary practice. In one representative instruction, Clodagh Bradley QC successfully defended an osteopath against allegations of unacceptable professional conduct after the defendant performed a cranial technique on a four-week-old baby. Also of note, Richard Smith acted for Dr Divyang Shukla, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon accused of sexual assault. The Medical Practitioners Tribunal did not find the charges proved.

Leading Silks

Clodagh Bradley QC - 1 CROWN OFFICE ROWShe cloaks her tenacity with charm.

Ranked: tier 4
2019 Silks

Neil Sheldon QC - 1 CROWN OFFICE ROWA very polished silk who demonstrates great client empathy.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Andrew Kennedy - 1 CROWN OFFICE ROWHe has a brilliant brain.

Ranked: tier 3

Matthew Barnes - 1 CROWN OFFICE ROWHe has an excellent tactical brain.

Ranked: tier 4

Matthew Hill - 1 CROWN OFFICE ROWVery hardworking; his preparation is meticulous.

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Smith - 1 CROWN OFFICE ROWHe has an extremely keen mind; clients love him.

Ranked: tier 4

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Set overviews: England and Wales

Undoubtedly one of the top sets for clinical negligence work in the country’, 1 CROWN OFFICE ROW has ‘great strength in depth’ with ‘a good range’ of silks, as well as senior juniors and junior counsel who are ‘all very hardworking and knowledgeable’ and ‘not unsurprisingly involved in lots of the most interesting and high-profile cases’. In London, chambers’ strengths lie in regulatory, public law, and inquests and inquiries. Meanwhile, on the South Eastern circuit, the set has a strong team across the commercial, professional negligence, crime, as well as family and children law disciplines. In recent chambers news, Robert Kellar QC and Neil Sheldon QC took silk in 2019, while clinical negligence specialist Cara Guthrie joined from Outer Temple Chambers in June 2019. In London, the clerking team is led by senior clerk Matthew Phipps and first juniors John Mclaren and Andrew Tull; David Bingham is the senior clerk in Brighton and is ably assisted by first junior James Hart. Andrew Meyler is chambers director. Offices in: London and Brighton

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Tax: corporate and VAT/indirect tax
Tax: VAT - Leading silks

Owain Thomas QC - 1 Crown Office RowHe has an almost unrivalled competence in VAT and customs duty work.

Ranked: tier 3

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