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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

Crown Office Chambers is ‘a friendly set’, which has ‘enormous strength in depth’ in health and safety, insurance (particularly personal injury) and construction law, ensuring it can field ‘expert counsel at the right level, often at short notice’. The clerks provide ‘a very attentive service’ and are led by the ‘business-minded’ Andy Flanagan, who is ‘accessible, friendly, resourceful, and polite in the face of extenuating circumstances’. Two senior team clerks joined in 2015, namely Oliver Parkhouse from Old Square Chambers, and the ‘terrific’ Chris Sunderland from Keating Chambers, who is considered to be ‘a big coup for the set’. The third senior team clerk is Steve Purse, who is ‘forward-thinking and a pleasure to deal with’. 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 considered ‘a go-to chambers, where the calibre of clinical negligence barristers is excellent’.

Clinical negligence – Leading silks

Alexander Antelme QC - Crown Office ChambersA passionate and formidable advocate.

Ranked: tier 4
Clinical negligence – Leading juniors

Charlotte Jones - Crown Office ChambersShe is sympathetic with clients and tough with opponents.

Ranked: tier 2

Claire Toogood - Crown Office ChambersShe is tenacious, and will work herself to the bone to get a result.

Ranked: tier 3

Farrah Mauladad - Crown Office ChambersUtilises facts to the client’s best advantage.

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Dean - Crown Office ChambersCreative with arguments and new lines of developing case law.

Ranked: tier 3

Gordon Catford - Crown Office ChambersHe is good at assessing the quality of the evidence and identifying gaps.

Ranked: tier 4

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Construction
Construction – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Crown Office Chambers

At Crown Office Chambers, David Sears QC acted for the successful appellant in Harding v Paice. Andrew Rigney QC has been active in numerous international arbitration proceedings, particularly in the energy sector.

Construction – Leading silks

Roger ter Haar QC - Crown Office ChambersWell-respected by his peers and clients alike.

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Rigney QC - Crown Office ChambersHis infectious energy and drive make him a class act in court.’

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew Bartlett QC - Crown Office ChambersA standout silk.

Ranked: tier 3

David Sears QC - Crown Office ChambersVery approachable and a real pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 3

Michael Curtis QC - Crown Office ChambersA first-rate advocate.

Ranked: tier 5
Construction – New silks

Kim Franklin QC - Crown Office ChambersA skilled advocate with a pragmatic approach.

Ranked: tier 1
Construction – Leading juniors

Anna Laney - Crown Office ChambersHer swift focus is unsettling for opponents and commands confidence in her submissions.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Medd - Crown Office ChambersHe works tirelessly and has a great team ethic.

Ranked: tier 2

Charles Pimlott - Crown Office ChambersHis advocacy works extremely well in the Technology and Construction Court.

Ranked: tier 3

Crispin Winser - Crown Office ChambersHis excellent style of cross-examination proves effective with witnesses.

Ranked: tier 3

Cyril Chern - Crown Office ChambersQuick to grasp the essence of any dispute and resolve it fully and completely.

Ranked: tier 3

Isabel Hitching - Crown Office ChambersShe has an awesome intellect and always examines issues from all angles.’

Ranked: tier 3

Michele de Gregorio - Crown Office ChambersSuperbly responsive with a terrific eye for detail.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Consumer
Consumer – Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

Crown Office Chambers

Crown Office Chambers is ‘an established force’ in this field, largely due to the expertise and experience of leading junior Simon Antrobus, who is in demand by well-known retailers, hotels and restaurant chains.

Consumer – Leading juniors

Simon Antrobus - Crown Office ChambersA significant force in this area; he deserves to be a silk.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Costs
Costs – Leading juniors

Simon J Brown - Crown Office ChambersExtremely diligent and user-friendly.

Ranked: tier 2

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Energy
Energy – Leading silks

Roger ter Haar QC - Crown Office ChambersAn excellent strategist and one of the best advocates.’

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew Rigney QC - Crown Office ChambersHe has a thorough analytical approach to the legal, factual and expert issues.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Environment
Environment – Leading juniors

Malcolm Galloway - Crown Office ChambersHis client care is second to none and he is the top junior for environmental prosecutions.

Ranked: tier 2

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

Crown Office Chambers

Crown Office Chambersmaintains a strong and well-deserved reputation’ and is ‘the first port of call’ for large corporate clients involved in very complex matters. Dominic Kay and Simon Antrobus are also well versed in the environmental aspects of health and safety regulation.

Health and safety – Leading silks

James Ageros QC - Crown Office ChambersHe has a varied practice focused on workplace fatalities.

Ranked: tier 2

John Cooper QC - Crown Office ChambersTenacious and committed; no point is lost on him and his strategy is first class.

Ranked: tier 2
Health and safety – New silks

James Maxwell-Scott QC - Crown Office ChambersA level-headed advocate, combining intellectual ability with a lack of stuffiness.

Ranked: tier 1
Health and safety – Leading juniors

Dominic Kay - Crown Office ChambersAn excellent technician, who knows the law backwards.’

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Antrobus - Crown Office ChambersAn outstanding junior; well prepared, organised and great with clients.

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Balysz - Crown Office ChambersA very skilled advocate; he knows which buttons to press to make an impression with juries.

Ranked: tier 2

Mike Atkins - Crown Office ChambersHe is diligent and has a great eye for detail.

Ranked: tier 3

Malcolm Galloway - Crown Office ChambersA robust advocate and a good team player.

Ranked: tier 4

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

Crown Office Chambers

Members of Crown Office Chambers are ‘friendly, helpful and very experienced in insurance and reinsurance’. Daniel Shapiro acted as sole counsel for the Greek producing broker in Involnert Management v Aprilgrange.

Insurance and reinsurance – Leading silks

Andrew Bartlett QC - Crown Office ChambersProficient in the technical aspects of insurance cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

Andrew Rigney QC - Crown Office ChambersTechnically excellent and user-friendly.

Ranked: tier 4

Roger ter Haar QC - Crown Office ChambersHe brings a wealth of experience to any dispute.’

Ranked: tier 4

David Sears QC - Crown Office ChambersVery responsive and good with the clients.’

Ranked: tier 5

Michael Curtis QC - Crown Office ChambersStellar and effective.’

Ranked: tier 5

Richard Lynagh QC - Crown Office ChambersHis easy manner helps enormously in negotiations.’

Ranked: tier 5
Insurance and reinsurance – Leading juniors

Daniel Shapiro - Crown Office ChambersHe deals well with the most difficult of clients and has gravitas in court.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Medd - Crown Office ChambersAlthough a junior, he has the skills of a QC.’

Ranked: tier 2

Anna Laney - Crown Office ChambersShe tailors her approach to the specific case with a view to achieve the best outcome for the client.’

Ranked: tier 3

John Greenbourne - Crown Office ChambersHe provides thoroughness and a rigorous test of the evidence.’

Ranked: tier 3

Julian Field - Crown Office ChambersAn insightful senior junior, who is as good as silk.’

Ranked: tier 3

Michele De Gregorio - Crown Office ChambersHis knowledge of case law and its application is up to the minute.’

Ranked: tier 3

Rebecca Taylor - Crown Office ChambersNoted for her knowledge of policy and coverage issues.

Ranked: tier 3

Steven Coles - Crown Office ChambersTechnical skills combined with diligence.

Ranked: tier 3

Suzanne Chalmers - Crown Office ChambersProficient in handling property-related and business interruption claims.

Ranked: tier 3

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International arbitration: arbitrators
International arbitration: arbitrators – Leading individuals

Andrew Bartlett QC - Crown Office ChambersA top-flight arbitrator, who is much sought after; he is even-handed, calm and courteous.

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

Crown Office Chambers

Crown Office Chambers is ‘excellent to work with’ and enjoys a good standing in the infrastructure and construction arena. Members have recently been involved in key cases throughout Africa, the Middle East, the Far East and Eastern Europe.

International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

Roger ter Haar QC - Crown Office ChambersA fearsome operator, whose cross-examination of witnesses can be devastating.

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Rigney QC - Crown Office ChambersAn outstandingly clever barrister.

Ranked: tier 4
International arbitration: counsel – Leading juniors

Dr Cyril Chern - Crown Office ChambersHe has a wealth of international arbitration experience and an incisive style.

Ranked: tier 2

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Personal injury
Personal injury – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Crown Office Chambers

Crown Office Chambers provides ‘good strength in depth’ and ‘very responsive’ barristers. The set is recommended for its strengths in stress and disease claims, particularly asbestos, asthma and vibration white finger cases.

Personal injury – Leading silks

David Platt QC - Crown Office ChambersHe is the consummate tactician and a natural negotiator.

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Lynagh QC - Crown Office ChambersHe is extremely knowledgeable and has a very keen eye for detail.

Ranked: tier 3

Michael Kent QC - Crown Office ChambersVery intelligent and capable of very quick thinking on his feet.

Ranked: tier 4
Personal injury – Leading juniors

Steven Snowden - Crown Office ChambersHe understands the insurance market and what they want out of a case.

Ranked: tier 1

Shaun Ferris - Crown Office ChambersHe is very highly regarded by insurers for his thorough approach and sound advice.

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Davis - Crown Office ChambersQuite simply the best communicator with his instructing solicitor.

Ranked: tier 2

A John Williams - Crown Office ChambersAn outstanding advocate, who is also client-focused and a joy to work with.

Ranked: tier 2

Patrick Blakesley - Crown Office ChambersHe is calm, thoughtful and has a good manner with clients and judges.

Ranked: tier 2

Alexander Macpherson - Crown Office ChambersHe has a detailed, yet pragmatic approach.

Ranked: tier 3

Catherine Foster - Crown Office ChambersHer advocacy is first-rate and she is one of the best cross-examiners.

Ranked: tier 3

Claire Toogood - Crown Office ChambersIntelligent and clever, and tough in cross-examination.

Ranked: tier 4

Matthew Boyle - Crown Office ChambersExtremely efficient with paperwork and very good with clients.

Ranked: tier 4

John Greenbourne - Crown Office ChambersSuperb attention to detail and preparation.

Ranked: tier 5

Paul Dean - Crown Office ChambersHe has excellent subject knowledge and provides realistic advice.

Ranked: tier 5

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

Crown Office Chambers

There is a ‘range of expertise’ at Crown Office Chambers, where ‘all the barristers have in-depth knowledge of their particular area’. Chambers is defending in the Depuy metal-on-metal group litigation and acting for the claimants in Thalidomide.

Product liability – Leading silks

Jonathan Waite QC - Crown Office ChambersAn experienced heavyweight.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Spencer QC - Crown Office ChambersA leading defence practitioner very highly regarded by clients and courts alike.’

Ranked: tier 1

Alexander Antelme QC - Crown Office ChambersA first-class advocate, who pays great attention to detail.’

Ranked: tier 2
Product liability – Leading juniors

Harry Lambert - Crown Office ChambersA very detailed and focused counsel, who never misses a trick.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Medd - Crown Office ChambersA very competent and approachable junior.’

Ranked: tier 2

Shaun Ferris - Crown Office ChambersHe immediately grasps the important issues and understands the commercial realities.’

Ranked: tier 2

Erica Power - Crown Office ChambersHer skillset includes personal injury, group litigation and product liability knowledge.’

Ranked: tier 3

Toby Gee - Crown Office ChambersMethodical and persuasive.’

Ranked: tier 3

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

Crown Office Chambers

Crown Office Chambers is praised for its ‘strength in depth’ and ‘first-class expertise’ in professional negligence matters. It is particularly noted for legal, construction and property-related cases.

Professional negligence – Leading silks

Andrew Bartlett QC - Crown Office ChambersA first-class silk with razor-sharp intellect.’

Ranked: tier 1

Roger ter Haar QC - Crown Office ChambersOne of the very best.’

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Rigney QC - Crown Office ChambersHe has infectious energy and drive, and is a class act in court.’

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Harvey QC - Crown Office ChambersOutstanding.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Sears QC - Crown Office ChambersHe is very responsive and has a good manner with clients.

Ranked: tier 3

Ben Quiney QC - Crown Office ChambersClever, practical and easy to work with.’

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Curtis QC - Crown Office ChambersFirst rate.’

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Lynagh QC - Crown Office ChambersExceptional.’

Ranked: tier 4
Professional negligence – Leading juniors

Daniel Shapiro - Crown Office ChambersHis advice is always clear, concise and responsive.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jason Evans-Tovey - Crown Office ChambersVery highly regarded.’

Ranked: tier 2

John Greenbourne - Crown Office ChambersA master of detail and also very good on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 3

Ian Wright - Crown Office ChambersSuperb.’

Ranked: tier 4

Suzanne Chalmers - Crown Office ChambersShe provides pragmatic and commercial advice.’

Ranked: tier 4

Julian Field - Crown Office ChambersFirst rate.’

Ranked: tier 5

Rebecca Taylor - Crown Office ChambersVery bright.’

Ranked: tier 5

David Myhill - Crown Office ChambersVery approachable.’

Ranked: tier 6

Elizabeth Boon - Crown Office ChambersImpressive.’

Ranked: tier 6

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Set overviews: England and Wales

Crown Office Chambers is ‘a friendly set’, which has ‘enormous strength in depth’ in health and safety, insurance (particularly personal injury) and construction law, ensuring it can field ‘expert counsel at the right level, often at short notice’. The clerks provide ‘a very attentive service’ and are led by the ‘business-minded’ Andy Flanagan, who is ‘accessible, friendly, resourceful, and polite in the face of extenuating circumstances’. Two senior team clerks joined in 2015, namely Oliver Parkhouse from Old Square Chambers, and the ‘terrific’ Chris Sunderland from Keating Chambers, who is considered to be ‘a big coup for the set’. The third senior team clerk is Steve Purse, who is ‘forward-thinking and a pleasure to deal with’. Offices in: London

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