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Chambers of Peter Knox QC

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Within Administrative and public law (including local government) Administrative and public law (including local government) - Leading silks

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Within Civil liberties and human rights (including public inquiry law and actions against the police), 3 Hare Court (Peter Knox QC) is a third tier set,

3 Hare Court fields ‘excellent silks', and is particularly strong in Privy Council matters.

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Within Commercial litigation Commercial litigation - Leading silks

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Within Construction Construction - Leading juniors

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Within Employment Employment - Leading juniors

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Within Fraud: civil Fraud: civil - Leading silks

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Within Immigration (including business immigration) Immigration (including business immigration) - Leading juniors

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Within Insolvency Insolvency - Leading silks

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Within International arbitration: counsel International arbitration: counsel - Leading juniors

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Within Personal injury, tier 5

At 3 Hare Court, ‘other extremely capable barristers are always available if your first choice is not'. The set has specialist expertise in injuries suffered abroad.

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Within Professional negligence Professional negligence - Leading juniors

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Within Property litigation Property litigation - Leading juniors

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Within Set overviews: England and Wales,

3 Hare Court fields ‘a very good calibre of barrister'; and has ‘some really good juniors coming through the ranks'. The set handles a range of civil law matters, with particular expertise in Privy Council work, overseas cases and personal injury disputes, especially those involving accidents abroad. Insolvency and civil fraud are also growth areas. The clerks are ‘unfailingly charming, helpful and responsive', and ‘really do work hard to make solicitors lives easier'. ‘They are a delight to deal with, as they are totally unstuffy, conscientious, and will always go that extra mile'; ‘a lot of the credit for that must go to senior clerk James Donovan who very much leads by example'. Offices in: London

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