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Chambers of Richard Lynagh QC

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

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Crown Office Chambers houses β€˜a wide breadth of counsel covering all aspects of insurance work’ from professional negligence to personal injury. It is also β€˜first class for health and safety work’ and highly regarded for construction cases, where it continues to β€˜make real inroads’. Some say that chambers is β€˜a first port of call’ as β€˜there is always a real expert available to advise you’. β€˜The quality of the clerks is also a real point of difference and a major reason for choosing the set over others.’ With β€˜a β€œcan-do” mentality’, they are β€˜ultra-responsive’, β€˜great at introducing solicitors to barristers’, and adopt a β€˜refreshing’ and β€˜creative’ approach to fees. Leading the clerks’ room is Andy Flanagan, who is β€˜a delight to work with’ and β€˜proactive in ensuring that chambers meets solicitors’ needs’. β€˜His team operates in specialist units, which means that each understands the requirements of the particular practice area.’ Names to note include senior clinical negligence and personal injury clerk James Wilkinson, who is β€˜always accommodating’ and recently joined from Old Square Chambers; senior commercial, construction and energy clerk Chris Sunderland, who is β€˜client-focused’ and β€˜one of the go-to construction clerks in London’; senior criminal regulatory and environmental clerk Toby Sparrow, who is β€˜very supportive’ and β€˜extremely organised’; and senior insurance and professional liability clerk Steve Purse, who is β€˜a modern clerk’ and β€˜will always try to go the extra mile’. Offices in: London

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

Crown Office Chambers

Crown Office Chambers is β€˜an excellent set with a good mix of experienced barristers’, who have β€˜in-depth knowledge and a high level of expertise’ as well as a β€˜commercial and client-oriented’ approach.

Clinical negligence – Leading silks

Alexander Antelme QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜A passionate advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4
Clinical negligence – 2017 silks

Steven Snowden QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜A highly experienced advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1
Clinical negligence – Leading juniors

Charlotte Jones - Crown Office Chambers β€˜She is always thoroughly prepared.’

Ranked: tier 2

Claire Toogood - Crown Office Chambers β€˜She takes a robust approach and will never shy away from a fight.’

Ranked: tier 3

Farrah Mauladad - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Excellent.’

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Dean - Crown Office Chambers β€˜He is very pragmatic and sensible.’

Ranked: tier 3

Gordon Catford - Crown Office Chambers β€˜A solid barrister, who is able to make clients feel at ease.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Construction
Construction – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Crown Office Chambers

The β€˜top-notch’ members of Crown Office Chambers handle domestic and international disputes arising from energy and infrastructure projects. Michael Curtis QC was involved in Amey Wye Valley v The County of Herefordshire District Council, while David Sears QC was instructed by a design and build subcontractor in a dispute arising from the construction of a new campus for Barnsley College. Jane Davies Evans left for 3 Verulam Buildings.

Construction – Leading silks

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

Ranked: tier 2

David Sears QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜One of the best advocates, who is loved by clients.’

Ranked: tier 2

Roger ter Haar QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜A very experienced, persuasive and effective advocate, who is popular with clients.’

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Curtis QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜A very able advocate, who is brilliant in court.’

Ranked: tier 5
Construction – 2016 silks

Kim Franklin QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜An excellent new silk.’

Ranked: tier 1
Construction – Leading juniors

Anna Laney - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Great at cutting out the waffle and putting matters in the right order to achieve results in hopeless cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Crispin Winser - Crown Office Chambers β€˜A confident advocate, who goes out of his way to achieve the best result for his clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

James Medd - Crown Office Chambers β€˜An excellent advocate, recommended for property damage matters with complex technical background.’

Ranked: tier 3

Charles Pimlott - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Forthright in his advice, formidable in court and able to deliver within tight timescales.’

Ranked: tier 4

Cyril Chern - Crown Office Chambers β€˜His superb depth of knowledge and cross-examination skills put him in the upper echelon of barristers.’

Ranked: tier 4

Isabel Hitching - Crown Office Chambers β€˜A first-class senior junior and a superb tactician, who is masterly with the game plan.’

Ranked: tier 4

Michele de Gregorio - Crown Office Chambers β€˜He is bright, immensely hardworking and inspires confidence in clients.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Consumer
Consumer – Leading juniors

Simon Antrobus - Crown Office Chambers β€˜He is hardworking and has good judgement.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Energy
Energy – Leading silks

Roger ter Haar QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜An absolutely excellent strategist and one of the best on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew Rigney QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜He has an astonishing ability not only to absorb detail but to use it to great effect.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Environment
Environment – Leading silks

John Cooper QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜He is very good on environmental law, particularly major pollution incidents.’

Ranked: tier 4
Environment – Leading juniors

Malcolm Galloway - Crown Office Chambers β€˜He has excellent client skills and management of expectations.’

Ranked: tier 2

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

Crown Office Chambers

The β€˜exceptional’ Crown Office Chambers houses some of the β€˜leading barristers in the field’, who frequently appear in high-profile proceedings; for example, Simon Antrobus represented the owners of the Alton Towers theme park in relation to the highly publicised rollercoaster accident. John Cooper QC handled prosecutions for Tarmac and Interserve. Malcolm Galloway joined from Old Square Chambers.

Health and safety – Leading silks

James Ageros QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜A commandingly good barrister.’

Ranked: tier 2

John Cooper QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜An excellent advocate who commands respect.’

Ranked: tier 2
Health and safety – 2016 silks

James Maxwell-Scott QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜An excellent trial tactician, who provides reasoned and committed advice.’

Ranked: tier 1
Health and safety – 2017 silks

Dominic Kay QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Outstanding and in high demand.’

Ranked: tier 1
Health and safety – Leading juniors

Simon Antrobus - Crown Office Chambers β€˜He operates like a silk.’

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Balysz - Crown Office Chambers β€˜He has excellent technical skills and a real ability to read clients’ expectations.’

Ranked: tier 2

Mike Atkins - Crown Office Chambers β€˜A real lawyers’ lawyer, who demonstrates a painstaking attention to detail and outstanding intellect.’

Ranked: tier 3

Alice Jarratt - Crown Office Chambers β€˜An outstanding junior, who leaves no stone unturned.’

Ranked: tier 4

Malcolm Galloway - Crown Office Chambers β€˜A heavyweight advocate, who is robust when required with clients and opponents.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Inquests and inquiries
Inquests and inquiries – Leading juniors

Simon Antrobus - Crown Office Chambers β€˜A class act with a razor-sharp mind.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Insurance and reinsurance
Insurance and reinsurance – Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

Crown Office Chambers

Crown Office Chambers β€˜gives the clients exactly what they are looking for’ thanks to its β€˜great breadth of practitioners in liability, property and construction-related claims’. Members were instructed in several reported cases, such as Spire Healthcare v Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance (handled by Daniel Shapiro), and numerous high-profile arbitration proceedings.

Insurance and reinsurance – Leading silks

Andrew Rigney QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Excellent on his feet and attentive to detail.’

Ranked: tier 3

Roger ter Haar QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Well respected, with a badge of quality.’

Ranked: tier 4

David Sears QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜He is renowned for his expertise and has a fantastic manner with clients.’

Ranked: tier 5

Michael Curtis QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Extremely capable and user-friendly, with a fantastic attention to detail.’

Ranked: tier 5

Richard Lynagh QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜He provides a pragmatic analysis of the issues informed by his wealth of experience.’

Ranked: tier 5
Insurance and reinsurance – Leading juniors

Daniel Shapiro - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Extremely intelligent and client-friendly.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Medd - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Technically flawless, immensely hardworking and a superb advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Anna Laney - Crown Office Chambers β€˜A fabulous lawyer, who is great with clients and very responsive.’

Ranked: tier 4

John Greenbourne - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Thorough, analytical and good on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 4

Julian Field - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Incisive and concise.’

Ranked: tier 4

Michele De Gregorio - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Down to earth and very good at calming down heated situations.’

Ranked: tier 4

Rebecca Taylor - Crown Office Chambers β€˜A name to note for property damage and professional indemnity claims.’

Ranked: tier 4

Steven Coles - Crown Office Chambers β€˜His technical excellence and calm manner put clients at ease.’

Ranked: tier 4

Suzanne Chalmers - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Highly recommended for property damage claims.’

Ranked: tier 4

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International arbitration: arbitrators
International arbitration: arbitrators – Leading individuals

Andrew Bartlett QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜A top-class chairman with a razor-sharp intellect.’

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

Crown Office Chambers

Crown Office Chambers is a β€˜terrific set of chambers, with excellent members and a great clerks room too’. Construction, energy and infrastructure are core areas for the set’s most active arbitration practitioners.

International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

Roger ter Haar QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜A popular choice for construction disputes and international arbitration.’

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Rigney QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Phenomenally hardworking, thorough, calm, persuasive and experienced.’

Ranked: tier 4
International arbitration: counsel – Leading juniors

Dr Cyril Chern - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Absolutely superb in complex international high-value matters.’

Ranked: tier 2

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

Crown Office Chambers

Crown Office Chambers’s barristers have β€˜a high level of expertise’ and provide β€˜great depth of experience and quality representation’. The β€˜excellent team’ continues to handle catastrophic injury cases involving severe brain and spinal injury, as well as stress and disease claims.

Industrial disease – Leading silks

David Platt QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Someone solicitors always want on their team.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Kent QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜A very high-quality silk.’

Ranked: tier 1
Personal injury – Leading silks

David Platt QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜First-class knowledge of his area, matched by a finely honed tactical prowess.’

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Lynagh QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Highly knowledgeable in his field and has a wealth of experience to draw upon.’

Ranked: tier 3

Michael Kent QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜He has a profound understanding of legal principles and how to construct a case.’

Ranked: tier 4
Industrial disease – 2017 silks

Steven Snowden QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Superb knowledge of the insurance market.’

Ranked: tier 1
Personal injury – 2017 silks

Steven Snowden QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Very bright, approachable, good with clients and unflappable.’

Ranked: tier 1
Industrial disease – Leading juniors

A John Williams - Crown Office Chambers β€˜He has a wonderful ability to reduce complex law into easy-to-understand bite-sized pieces.’

Ranked: tier 1

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

Ranked: tier 1

Matthew Boyle - Crown Office Chambers β€˜A solid performer who provides sensible and pragmatic advice.’

Ranked: tier 1
Insurance fraud – Leading juniors

Alexander Macpherson - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Particularly experienced in defending fraudulent PI claims.’

Ranked: tier 1
Personal injury – Leading juniors

Shaun Ferris - Crown Office Chambers β€˜He is always there to help and is very aware of the current issues faced by defendants.’

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Davis - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Highly rated for his broad personal injury practice.’

Ranked: tier 2

A John Williams - Crown Office Chambers β€˜A formidable trial advocate and ruthless in cross-examination.’

Ranked: tier 2

Patrick Blakesley - Crown Office Chambers β€˜A superb trial advocate with a commanding courtroom presence.’

Ranked: tier 2

Alexander Macpherson - Crown Office Chambers β€˜He provides very good response times, and is clear and to-the-point.’

Ranked: tier 3

Catherine Foster - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Particularly impressive.’

Ranked: tier 3

Matthew Boyle - Crown Office Chambers β€˜He is great to work with and always goes the extra mile.’

Ranked: tier 4

Harry Lambert - Crown Office Chambers β€˜He has a razor-sharp intellect.’

Ranked: tier 5

John Greenbourne - Crown Office Chambers β€˜He has an incredible attention to detail, leaving no stone unturned.’

Ranked: tier 5

Paul Dean - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Very pragmatic and sensible.’

Ranked: tier 5

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

Crown Office Chambers

Crown Office Chambers is β€˜a very solid set’, comprising barristers with β€˜in-depth knowledge and a high level of expertise in this area’. Work undertaken ranges from large pharmaceutical group litigation to complex consumer product actions, with recent cases involving contaminated blood products and experimental drugs.

Product liability – Leading silks

Alexander Antelme QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜A passionate advocate, who communicates persuasively.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jonathan Waite QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Bright, creative and good with clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Spencer QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜A highly regarded practitioner with notable experience.’

Ranked: tier 1
Product liability – Leading juniors

Erica Power - Crown Office Chambers β€˜A formidable advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Harry Lambert - Crown Office Chambers β€˜He is an all-rounder, who is superb at whatever he turns his hand to.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Medd - Crown Office Chambers β€˜An intelligent and highly skilled junior.’

Ranked: tier 2

Shaun Ferris - Crown Office Chambers β€˜A shrewd tactician and an excellent negotiator.’

Ranked: tier 2

Toby Gee - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Recommended for his broad product liability practice that spans medical and non-medical issues.’

Ranked: tier 3

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

Crown Office Chambers

Crown Office Chambers is β€˜an excellent set, with a great reputation for insurance work including professional negligence’. Adopting a β€˜proactive’ and β€˜creative’ approach, the set shows β€˜fabulous attention to client care’. David Sears appeared in a high-profile Court of Appeal case, Mrs Basia Lejonvarn v Mr & Mrs Burgess, which examined if a professional consultant owed a tortious duty of care when providing gratuitous services in relation to a friend’s garden redevelopment.

Professional negligence – Leading silks

Roger ter Haar QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Outstanding experience.’

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Rigney QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜He adopts a very practical approach.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Sears QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Very responsive, user-friendly, and great with clients.’

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Harvey QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Thoroughly prepared.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ben Quiney QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Ferociously intelligent but at the same time very down to earth and approachable.’

Ranked: tier 3

Michael Curtis QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Excellent.’

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Lynagh QC - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Very thorough.’

Ranked: tier 4
Professional negligence – Leading juniors

Daniel Shapiro - Crown Office Chambers β€˜An excellent advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jason Evans-Tovey - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Thorough in his preparation and magnificent on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 1

John Greenbourne - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Incredibly talented.’

Ranked: tier 3

Suzanne Chalmers - Crown Office Chambers β€˜She has a sharp mind, a commercial approach and the ability to absorb large quantities of information.’

Ranked: tier 3

Ian Wright - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Excellent.’

Ranked: tier 4

Elizabeth Boon - Crown Office Chambers β€˜She provides fabulously clear written opinion and deals thoroughly with everything.’

Ranked: tier 5

Julian Field - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Highly rated.’

Ranked: tier 5

Rebecca Taylor - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Excellent.’

Ranked: tier 5

Carlo Taczalski - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Wise beyond his call.’

Ranked: tier 6

David Myhill - Crown Office Chambers β€˜Extremely intelligent, but at the same time, very approachable, supportive and proactive.’

Ranked: tier 6

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Set overviews: England and Wales

Crown Office Chambers houses β€˜a wide breadth of counsel covering all aspects of insurance work’ from professional negligence to personal injury. It is also β€˜first class for health and safety work’ and highly regarded for construction cases, where it continues to β€˜make real inroads’. Some say that chambers is β€˜a first port of call’ as β€˜there is always a real expert available to advise you’. β€˜The quality of the clerks is also a real point of difference and a major reason for choosing the set over others.’ With β€˜a β€œcan-do” mentality’, they are β€˜ultra-responsive’, β€˜great at introducing solicitors to barristers’, and adopt a β€˜refreshing’ and β€˜creative’ approach to fees. Leading the clerks’ room is Andy Flanagan, who is β€˜a delight to work with’ and β€˜proactive in ensuring that chambers meets solicitors’ needs’. β€˜His team operates in specialist units, which means that each understands the requirements of the particular practice area.’ Names to note include senior clinical negligence and personal injury clerk James Wilkinson, who is β€˜always accommodating’ and recently joined from Old Square Chambers; senior commercial, construction and energy clerk Chris Sunderland, who is β€˜client-focused’ and β€˜one of the go-to construction clerks in London’; senior criminal regulatory and environmental clerk Toby Sparrow, who is β€˜very supportive’ and β€˜extremely organised’; and senior insurance and professional liability clerk Steve Purse, who is β€˜a modern clerk’ and β€˜will always try to go the extra mile’. Offices in: London

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