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39 Essex Chambers

Chambers of Neil Block QC and Alison Foster QC

81 CHANCERY LANE, LONDON, WC2A 1DD, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7832 1111
Fax:
Fax 020 7353 3978
DX:
298 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
Email:
Web:
www.39essex.com
Kuala Lumpur, London, Manchester, Singapore

Katherine Barnes

Tel:
Work 020 7832 1111
Email:
39 Essex Chambers (Chambers of Neil Block QC and Alison Foster QC)

Career

Katherine practises planning and environmental law, as well as public law and human rights in its broadest sense (with particular expertise in health, community care, education and discrimination law).

She graduated from Queens’ College, Cambridge with a First Class degree in French and Spanish before converting to law. She then obtained an LLM with distinction in public law and human rights from the London School of Economics.

Katherine has appeared as sole counsel in the High Court, Upper Tribunal, Court of Protection, County Court, Crown Court and Magistrates Courts. She has also appeared as a junior in the Court of Appeal.

She is listed as one of the ‘Highest Rated Planning Juniors Under 35’ by Planning Magazine (2018).

As co-chair of Young Legal Aid Lawyers, Katherine is committed to access to justice and legal aid work.

Member

  • Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA)
  • Human Rights Law Association (HRLA)
  • Planning and Environmental Bar Association (PEBA)
  • United Kingdom Environmental Law Association (UKELA)
  • Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL)

Education

  • Queens' College, University of Cambridge: BA(Hons) French and Spanish (First Class) (2010)
  • City University: GDL (2012)
  • The London School of Economics, LLM Public Law and Human Rights (Distinction) (2013)
  • BPP University, BPTC (2014)


London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Within: Set overviews: England and Wales

The ‘very progressive39 Essex Chambers is ‘a go-to for insurance, commercial litigation and construction disputes’ and is ‘streets ahead in the personal injury arena’. The ‘spot on’ set offers ‘a great mix of experience’ and ‘a diverse group of barristers’ who are ‘always willing to get involved as part of the wider legal team’. Chambers has grown over the last year with the likes of Samantha Jones, Katherine Barnes Fiona Paterson joining from 7BR, Francis Taylor Building and Serjeants' Inn Chambers, respectively. Chambers’ move into a ‘superb new building with fantastic facilities’ and its ‘very personable and professional’ service from reception staff is also worth highlighting. The loss of the ‘brilliant commercial law clerk’ David Barnes to Atkin Chambers set tongues wagging last year, but 39 Essex has filled the hole with ‘excellent’ new chief executive and director of clerking Lindsay Scott, who joined from Matrix Chambers. Senior clerks Alastair Davidson and Michael Kaplan run a ‘knowledgeable and friendly’ clerking team that is ‘at the top of its game’ and which provides ‘value-added services’. At senior practice manager level, Ben Sundborg is ‘particularly strong on client care’ and ‘well respected by clerks and clients alike’; Andrew Poyser is ‘committed to client service’; Peter Campbell ‘makes you feel like your work is important and is given priority’; and Sheraton Doyle is ‘extremely helpful’. Practice manager Nik Merison (‘invests a lot of time developing relationships for the longer term that are built on trust’) is also worthy of note. Offices in: London, Manchester, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur

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Regional Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Within: Set overviews: England and Wales

The ‘very progressive39 Essex Chambers is ‘a go-to for insurance, commercial litigation and construction disputes’ and is ‘streets ahead in the personal injury arena’. The ‘spot on’ set offers ‘a great mix of experience’ and ‘a diverse group of barristers’ who are ‘always willing to get involved as part of the wider legal team’. Chambers has grown over the last year with the likes of Samantha Jones, Katherine Barnes Fiona Paterson joining from 7BR, Francis Taylor Building and Serjeants' Inn Chambers, respectively. Chambers’ move into a ‘superb new building with fantastic facilities’ and its ‘very personable and professional’ service from reception staff is also worth highlighting. The loss of the ‘brilliant commercial law clerk’ David Barnes to Atkin Chambers set tongues wagging last year, but 39 Essex has filled the hole with ‘excellent’ new chief executive and director of clerking Lindsay Scott, who joined from Matrix Chambers. Senior clerks Alastair Davidson and Michael Kaplan run a ‘knowledgeable and friendly’ clerking team that is ‘at the top of its game’ and which provides ‘value-added services’. At senior practice manager level, Ben Sundborg is ‘particularly strong on client care’ and ‘well respected by clerks and clients alike’; Andrew Poyser is ‘committed to client service’; Peter Campbell ‘makes you feel like your work is important and is given priority’; and Sheraton Doyle is ‘extremely helpful’. Practice manager Nik Merison (‘invests a lot of time developing relationships for the longer term that are built on trust’) is also worthy of note. Offices in: London, Manchester, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur

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