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Chambers of Richard Lynagh QC

2 CROWN OFFICE ROW, TEMPLE, LONDON, EC4Y 7HJ, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7797 8100
Fax:
Fax 020 7797 8101
DX:
80 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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Web:
www.crownofficechambers.com

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

An β€˜impressive’ set for professional negligence and personal injury work, Crown Office Chambers also has β€˜an outstanding construction and engineering practice’ and, for some, is their β€˜first port of call’. Under the leadership of senior managing clerk Andy Flanagan, the β€˜professional and friendly’ clerks’ room is β€˜excellent’ and β€˜ensures a seamless service is provided’. Commercial, construction and energy clerk Chris Sunderland β€˜provides a first-class service’. On the clinical negligence and personal injury team, senior clerk James Wilkinson goes β€˜above and beyond to secure preferred counsel’; Greg Frewin is β€˜one of the best clerks to deal with and provides an exceptional service’; Oliver Edwards is β€˜extremely responsive, very capable and very personable’. Insurance and professional liability clerks Steve Purse and Matthew Solari are β€˜efficient and very helpful’; Joe Shepherd and Sam Barrett β€˜go the extra mile to find a barrister for a piece of work with a quick turnaround or tight deadline’. The 'excellent' senior criminal regulatory and environmental clerk Toby Sparrow and his leading health and safety team are 'immensely helpful and highly responsive'. Nick Hamilton and Christopher Kent are also worthy of note. Solicitors also highlighted how β€˜on visits to chambers, their front office team are equally professional and helpful as the clerks and barristers’. Offices in: London

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London Bar

Clinical negligence
Clinical negligence – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Crown Office Chambers

Crown Office Chambers is a β€˜solid, pleasant and helpful set’ with β€˜good range of counsel and clerks who are willing to assist wherever possible’. Members act in various claims, including obstetrics and gynaecology, cardiology, neurosurgery, neurology, oncology and orthopaedics, accident and emergency medicine, colorectal surgery, ophthalmology, ENT surgery, the contraction of MRSA, the conduct of out-of-hours GPs, and the treatment of epilepsy.

Clinical negligence – Leading silks

Alexander Antelme QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜He is a great advocate who knows his stuff.’

Ranked: tier 3
Clinical negligence – Leading juniors

Charlotte Jones - Crown Office Chambers β€˜She is an impressive advocate and relates to clients to give them confidence.’

Ranked: tier 2

Claire Toogood - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Frighteningly quick and never at the expense of being thorough.’

Ranked: tier 2

Farrah Mauladad - Crown Office Chambers β€˜A very skilled and impressive advocate with limitless energy.’

Ranked: tier 2

Paul Dean - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Great skill in taking complex matters with detailed and timely responses.’

Ranked: tier 3

Gordon Catford - Crown Office Chambers β€˜A safe pair of hands.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Construction
Construction – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Crown Office Chambers

Known for its expertise in high-profile property damage cases, members of Crown Office Chambers β€˜often go beyond the call of duty, and have no issue dealing with questions and queries, something clients greatly appreciate’. David Sears QC was involved in Halsbury Homes Ltd v Adam Architecture Ltd, where the Court of Appeal held that the payment notice regime in the Construction Act 1996 did apply to final accounts.

Construction – Leading silks

Andrew Rigney QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Intellectual heavyweight impeccably polite, a top-class advocate and he gets the law right first time, every time.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Sears QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Very clever, thoughtful, precise and unfailingly good humoured – in Court he is awesome.’

Ranked: tier 2

Roger ter Haar QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜A very accomplished cross-examiner who has an instinctive feel for advocacy.’

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Curtis QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Provides an air of confidence: takes control of the room in a calm but commanding way.’

Ranked: tier 5
Construction – Leading juniors

Anna Laney - Crown Office Chambers β€˜A very good junior.’

Ranked: tier 2

Crispin Winser - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Provides that combination of skills that are key in a senior junior: clear strategy, concentration on what really matters combined, and strong delivery.’

Ranked: tier 3

James Medd - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Articulate but also very measured and his judgement of what the court will/will not wear is usually very accurate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Carlo Taczalski - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Destined for great things; immensely hardworking and unflappable.’

Ranked: tier 4

Charles Pimlott - Crown Office Chambers β€˜A technically excellent lawyer and a genuine pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 4

Isabel Hitching - Crown Office Chambers β€˜An extremely competent tactician who provides very strong strategy.’

Ranked: tier 4

Michele de Gregorio - Crown Office Chambers β€˜A very reassuring presence in conference and in court.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Consumer
Consumer – 2018 silks

Simon Antrobus QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜There is no trial too big for him.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Energy
Energy – Leading silks

Andrew Rigney QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Charming, diligent, courteous, authoritative, incredibly hardworking – just an all-round delight to work with.’

Ranked: tier 3

Roger ter Haar QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Hugely experienced and a fantastic advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Environment
Environment – Leading silks

John Cooper QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Very good on environmental, particularly major pollution, incidents: he gets to grips with the detail and cross-examination.’

Ranked: tier 4
Environment – Leading juniors

Malcolm Galloway - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Excellent criminal law barrister in relation to environmental, health and safety work.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Health and safety
Health and safety – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Crown Office Chambers

As β€˜a go-to set for health and safety and inquest work’, Crown Office Chambers’ β€˜incredibly strong team’ is active in high-profile cases. Multiple members of the set are involved in the Grenfell Tower Fire Inquiry; and individuals including John Cooper QC, James Ageros QC, new silk Simon Antrobus QC and Dominic Kay QC are instructed to advise on the Didcot Power Station collapse.

Health and safety – Leading silks

James Ageros QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜He is calm, strategically savvy and a highly capable and eloquent advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

John Cooper QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜A brilliant trial advocate and an asset in any fight.’

Ranked: tier 2
Health and safety – New silks 2017

Dominic Kay QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜A skilled advocate who has a nuanced approach to his work.’

Ranked: tier 1
Health and safety – New silks 2018

Simon Antrobus QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜A true specialist whose QC appointment is well-merited.’

Ranked: tier 1
Health and safety – Leading juniors

Mark Balysz - Crown Office Chambers β€˜A great junior with solid criminal knowledge and an impressive manner in court.’

Ranked: tier 1

Mike Atkins - Crown Office Chambers β€˜He is unstinting in his work ethic and commitment to the case.’

Ranked: tier 2

Alice Jarratt - Crown Office Chambers β€˜A brilliant junior who is focused, tenacious and attentive to the detail.’

Ranked: tier 4

Malcolm Galloway - Crown Office Chambers β€˜He often has the edge when dealing with prosecutors.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Inquests and inquiries
Inquests and inquiries – 2018 silks

Simon Antrobus QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Exceptional; knows his practice area inside out and is very popular with clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

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

Crown Office Chambers

Crown Office Chambers is β€˜a very good set, which has strength in depth, particularly in insurance’. This can be seen from high-profile cases such as British Gymnastics Association v Perkins Slade, with Ben Quiney QC taking the lead, and complex aggregation dispute Spire Healthcare v Royal Sun Alliance, in which Daniel Shapiro is acting as sole counsel for Spire. The set β€˜provides excellent service’ across an insurance practice that spans both construction and property-related insurance claims on the one side, and complex personal injury and clinical negligence cases on the other.

Insurance and reinsurance - Leading silks

Andrew Rigney QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Intellectually very sharp, hardworking, accessible, great with clients and a good advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Roger ter Haar QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Able to get on top of complex detail very quickly, and is very persuasive in front of tribunals.’

Ranked: tier 4

Ben Quiney QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜A rare calmness in the face of adversity, which is a massive attribute when dealing with difficult and complex cases.’

Ranked: tier 5

David Sears QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜A calm, measured approach, he strikes a good balance between the details and big picture.’

Ranked: tier 5

Michael Curtis QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Technically excellent and very thorough, he has a very calm manner that puts clients at ease.’

Ranked: tier 5

Richard Lynagh QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Extremely knowledgeable and very thorough with minute attention to detail.’

Ranked: tier 5
Insurance and reinsurance – Leading juniors

Daniel Shapiro - Crown Office Chambers β€˜An insurance and reinsurance specialist, well regarded in the market.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Medd - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Well liked and highly rated.’

Ranked: tier 2

Anna Laney - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Rapid and sharp, she moves you quickly forward and is great at cutting out the waffle.’

Ranked: tier 4

James Sharpe - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Both detailed and excellent technically.’

Ranked: tier 4

John Greenbourne - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Very easy to deal with and gets to the meat of the issues quickly.’

Ranked: tier 4

Julian Field - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Has sound tactical judgement as a result of a wealth of experience.’

Ranked: tier 4

Michele De Gregorio - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Immensely hardworking, very bright, an excellent lawyer, and very good with clients.’

Ranked: tier 4

Rebecca Taylor - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Particular experience in working for insurers.’

Ranked: tier 4

Steven Coles - Crown Office Chambers β€˜A calm presence, he is good with expert witnesses, has an eye for detail and is strong on technical issues.’

Ranked: tier 4

Suzanne Chalmers - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Acts in all kinds of insurance disputes.’

Ranked: tier 4

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International arbitration: arbitrators
International arbitration: arbitrators – Leading individuals

Andrew Bartlett QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜An exemplary arbitrator: super hardworking, fearsomely clever, courteous and firm.’

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International arbitration: counsel
International arbitration: counsel – Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

Crown Office Chambers

Crown Office Chambers is a β€˜very impressive set of chambers with an outstanding construction and engineering practice’. While energy and infrastructure disputes dominate the agenda, members are also seeing an increasing amount luxury yacht-related arbitrations.

International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

Roger ter Haar QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜A very impressive advocate, calm, tenacious and utterly charming.’

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Rigney QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜An excellent barrister.’

Ranked: tier 4
International arbitration: counsel – Leading juniors

Crispin Winser - Crown Office Chambers β€˜One of the top junior barristers in the construction/arbitration field.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud
Personal injury – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Crown Office Chambers

β€˜A first-class’ defendant set, Crown Office Chambers has β€˜a wealth of talent at all levels in the personal injury field’. The work produced is β€˜always of a high standard’ and even if your barrister of choice is unavailable β€˜they will always be able to find counsel to suit the matter in hand’, including high-value and complex cases.

Industrial disease – Leading silks

David Platt QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜I can only say that on anything disease related he is the go-to silk.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Kent QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜He is always up to speed with changes in every aspect of asbestos disease.’

Ranked: tier 1
Personal injury – Leading silks

David Platt QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜He is always very well prepared, excellent with clients and easy to work with.’

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Lynagh QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜The consummate QC, there is no better.’

Ranked: tier 3

Michael Kent QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Excellent advocate, great client skills.’

Ranked: tier 4
Industrial disease – 2018 silks

Patrick Blakesley QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜He is excellent with clients – calm, supportive and reassuring, particularly with those who find themselves in vulnerable positions.’

Ranked: tier 1
Personal injury – 2018 silks

Patrick Blakesley QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜He is an eloquent advocate, with an easy manner, but hard as nails when needed.’

Ranked: tier 1
Industrial disease – Leading juniors

A John Williams - Crown Office Chambers β€˜An excellent advocate who always gets good results in difficult cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Alexander Macpherson - Crown Office Chambers β€˜His practice encompasses the full range of conditions caused by work.’

Ranked: tier 1

Matthew Boyle - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Excellent at cutting to the chase in conference, skilled and tenacious in cross-examination, and a very good record of wins.’

Ranked: tier 1
Personal injury – Leading juniors

Andrew Davis - Crown Office Chambers β€˜He is always in control and never shies away from a challenge.’

Ranked: tier 1

Shaun Ferris - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Shrewd tactician, excellent at negotiation, down to earth and great with clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

John Williams - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Excellent both in his results and the obviously high levels of preparation.’

Ranked: tier 2

Alexander Macpherson - Crown Office Chambers β€˜He is very thorough and practical in his advice.’

Ranked: tier 3

Catherine Foster - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Arguably the best cross-examiner at trial, tenacious and able to get to the heart of the issues.’

Ranked: tier 3

Matthew Boyle - Crown Office Chambers β€˜He is top-notch, his legal advice and advocacy are consistently first class and he is also highly personable.’

Ranked: tier 3

Harry Lambert - Crown Office Chambers β€˜His depth of PI knowledge is exceptional and he is especially helpful on quantum.’

Ranked: tier 5

Jamie Clarke - Crown Office Chambers β€˜A reliable, thorough and forensic counsel who can see the bigger picture.’

Ranked: tier 5

John Greenbourne - Crown Office Chambers β€˜He is relentless in his pursuit of the right outcome and confronts the difficult issues.’

Ranked: tier 5

Paul Dean - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Turns around work quickly.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Product liability
Product liability – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Crown Office Chambers

Crown Office Chambers is β€˜an excellent defendant set’, with barristers described as β€˜maestros in the courtroom’. The work undertaken varies from large pharmaceutical group litigation, such as the Thalidomide case, to complex consumer product actions, with recent cases involving a faulty white good causing a tower block fire, prior to the Grenfell disaster.

Product liability – Leading silks

Alexander Antelme QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜First-class advocate, one of the leading silks in the product liability field.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jonathan Waite QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜A maestro in the courtroom and leaves no stones unturned, very strategic.’

Ranked: tier 1
Product liability – Leading juniors

David Myhill - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Among the most impressive barristers in the field.’

Ranked: tier 2

Erica Power - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Particularly experienced in group actions involving pharmaceuticals and medical devices.’

Ranked: tier 2

Harry Lambert - Crown Office Chambers β€˜A thorough, hardworking barrister.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Medd - Crown Office Chambers β€˜He has a truly excellent analytical ability.’

Ranked: tier 2

Shaun Ferris - Crown Office Chambers β€˜A tenacious and effective performer in court.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Professional discipline and regulatory law
Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading juniors

Sandesh Singh - Crown Office Chambers β€˜He prepares very thoroughly and works tirelessly to get on top of the issues in the most technical cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Crown Office Chambers

Crown Office Chambers is highly regarded for its construction-related professional negligence experience, and is also active across claims involving insurance brokers, IFAs, auditors, lawyers, independent financial advisers, engineers, valuers, quantity surveyors and architects. Acting on both sides, Ben Quiney QC is leading James Sharpe against John Greenbourne in Perry v Raleys, a series of claims arising from the alleged under-settlement of miner’s VWF claims.

Professional negligence – Leading silks

Roger ter Haar QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Very experienced in construction-related professional negligence cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Rigney QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜He is exceptional, particularly on construction and engineering cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Sears QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜A superb advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Harvey QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜He is a pre-eminent QC in professional negligence.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ben Quiney QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜He brilliant at breaking matters down into bite-sized chunks and guiding lay clients through choppy waters as a result.’

Ranked: tier 3

Michael Curtis QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜A brilliant choice for construction cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Lynagh QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜He has wide experience in professional negligence cases.’

Ranked: tier 4
Professional negligence – leading juniors

Daniel Shapiro - Crown Office Chambers β€˜He is thorough, robust and user friendly.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jason Evans-Tovey - Crown Office Chambers β€˜An excellent advocate and his drafting skills are magnificent.’

Ranked: tier 1

John Greenbourne - Crown Office Chambers β€˜He is exceptionally clever and has a great eye for detail; he leaves no stone unturned.’

Ranked: tier 3

Suzanne Chalmers - Crown Office Chambers β€˜She deals with complicated legal matters with ease, and in a way that puts the client at ease.’

Ranked: tier 3

Elizabeth Boon - Crown Office Chambers β€˜She is a great team player with a particular expertise in construction-related claims.’

Ranked: tier 4

Ian Wright - Crown Office Chambers β€˜He is experienced in construction and engineering professional negligence disputes.’

Ranked: tier 4

Julian Field - Crown Office Chambers β€˜He is experienced in property damage and insurance cases.’

Ranked: tier 5

Rebecca Taylor - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Experienced in construction-related cases.’

Ranked: tier 5

Carlo Taczalski - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Immensely hardworking and unflappable.’

Ranked: tier 6

David Myhill - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Very user friendly, practical and commercial.’

Ranked: tier 6

James Sharpe - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Delivers clear written opinions.’

Ranked: tier 6

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Set overviews: England and Wales

An β€˜impressive’ set for professional negligence and personal injury work, Crown Office Chambers also has β€˜an outstanding construction and engineering practice’ and, for some, is their β€˜first port of call’. Under the leadership of senior managing clerk Andy Flanagan, the β€˜professional and friendly’ clerks’ room is β€˜excellent’ and β€˜ensures a seamless service is provided’. Commercial, construction and energy clerk Chris Sunderland β€˜provides a first-class service’. On the clinical negligence and personal injury team, senior clerk James Wilkinson goes β€˜above and beyond to secure preferred counsel’; Greg Frewin is β€˜one of the best clerks to deal with and provides an exceptional service’; Oliver Edwards is β€˜extremely responsive, very capable and very personable’. Insurance and professional liability clerks Steve Purse and Matthew Solari are β€˜efficient and very helpful’; Joe Shepherd and Sam Barrett β€˜go the extra mile to find a barrister for a piece of work with a quick turnaround or tight deadline’. The 'excellent' senior criminal regulatory and environmental clerk Toby Sparrow and his leading health and safety team are 'immensely helpful and highly responsive'. Nick Hamilton and Christopher Kent are also worthy of note. Solicitors also highlighted how β€˜on visits to chambers, their front office team are equally professional and helpful as the clerks and barristers’. Offices in: London

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