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Regional Bar: Midland Circuit
No5 Chambers’ Richard Jones QC comes highly recommended for his ‘excellent advocacy skills’. Mark Anderson QC is ‘hugely intelligent and tactically astute’, and ‘an excellent trial lawyer’. The ‘very bright’ and ‘quick-witted’ David Mitchell is noted for his ‘clear advice on tricky points’. The ‘knowledgeable’ Omar Ensaff is ‘analytical’ and ‘inspires confidence’, and ‘exceptional advocate’ Olivia Chaffin-Laird is ‘thorough’ and ‘extremely approachable’. Paul Joseph is ‘an articulate, confident advocate’ who attracts praise for his ‘meticulous attention to detail, and his ability to adopt a clear, reasoned and logical approach to cases’.
No5 Chambers is singled out for its ‘real strength in depth’. Recommended silks include the ‘excellent’ Michael Duck QC, who has a ‘well-deserved reputation’, and Rex Tedd QC, who is praised for his ‘unrivalled experience’ and ‘ability to summarise arguments and lead all involved through the decision-making process’. Of the juniors, Alexander Stein ‘will tenaciously fight his defendant’s corner’. The ‘exceptionally intelligent and hardworking’ Brian Dean, and the ‘conscientious and tenacious’ Phil Bradley are also recommended.
The ‘personable’ and ‘extremely knowledgeable’ Richard Hignett now heads the employment group at No5 Chambers and ‘excels where the issues are of a sensitive and high-risk nature’. The ‘extremely intelligent’ Helen Barney is a ‘focused and tenacious advocate’, who is noted for her ‘excellent relationship with clients’. ‘Employment law guru’ Andrew McGrath is ‘an excellent advocate’.
No5 Chambers’ Ashley Wynne is ‘an expert negotiator’, ‘extremely pragmatic’, and ‘exceptional even in the most pressurised circumstances’. The ‘highly effective’ Christopher James attracts praise for his ‘straightforward and direct manner, which clients find reassuring’. The ‘highly professional and very approachable’ Helen Arthur ‘clearly, succinctly and effectively puts her clients ’ instructions across to all those involved’. Stefano Nuvoloni, Robin Rowland and Stephanie Brown also stand out, as do Lorna Meyer QC and Michele Friel, for their expertise in cases involving children.
Within Overview, No5 Chambers (Paul Bleasdale QC) is a first tier set,
No5 Chambers retains its position as the leading regional set, and is noted for its ‘real strength in depth’ and ‘professional, helpful, and courteous clerking’. St Philips Chambers leads on Chancery, commercial, insolvency, banking and criminal matters. St Ives Chambers maintains its ‘first-class reputation’ for family law matters, notwithstanding former practice head Michael Keehan QC’s judicial appointment to the High Court. Ropewalk Chambers remains the heavyweight in Nottingham. Cornwall Street Chambers and St Mary’s Chambers both have strong reputations in family law. July 2012 saw the opening of Kings Chambers’ new Birmingham office. 1 High Pavement and Citadel Chambers maintain strong reputations in criminal matters.
No5 Chambers’ key silks include Paul Bleasdale QC, who is recommended for his ‘first-class attention to detail’, ‘encyclopaedic knowledge’, and ‘ability to deliver devastating cross-examination’; and Satinder Hunjan QC, who is ‘an excellent tactician and technical lawyer’ and ‘always puts the client first’. The ‘personable’ and ‘well-prepared’ Chris Bright QC has ‘considerable expertise’, and is noted for his ‘ability to handle the most complex matters’. Joining its ranks of standout silks is Jonathan Jones QC, who was made up in 2013. David Tyack has ‘excellent analytical skills’, and is ‘particularly good on difficult legal and procedural points’. The ‘switched-on’ Henry Pitchers is recommended for his ‘excellent written work’, and ‘approachable, friendly but straight-talking manner’. The ‘diligent’ and ‘thorough’ Simon Michael also attracts praise for his ‘detailed preparation’ and ‘excellent client care’. John Coughlan is noted for his ‘intelligent advice’, and ability to ‘inspire confidence in clients’. The ‘thorough, determined, and incredibly bright’ Robert Smallwood is ‘excellent on his feet and in conference’. The ‘exceptional’ Emma Brown is also recommended.
No5 Chambers’ Ian Dove QC is ‘personable’, ‘knowledgeable’, and ‘an effective advocate and strategic adviser’. Jeremy Cahill QC and Martin Kingston QC are recommended for their planning expertise. ‘Thorough and insightful’ junior Satnam Choongh is ‘good at complex areas of planning law’. The ‘excellent’ Jenny Wigley is recommended for planning matters. Head of public and administrative law David Lock QC is ‘impressive on his feet’, and ‘makes very complicated areas of law appear quite simple’. Abid Mahmood is ‘an exceptional advocate’, and the ‘hugely knowledgeable’ Nageena Khalique is ‘very thoughtful on her feet’. Omar Ensaff is recommended for construction matters.
Regional Bar: Western Circuit
Guildhall Chambers is a ‘premier’, full-service set which has ‘particular strength in depth’ in insolvency, commercial, personal injury and clinical negligence matters. In addition, its ‘efficient’ clerks provide ‘an outstanding level of customer service’. St John’s Chambers ‘keeps producing quality juniors, and is also very well supported by a friendly and professional clerking team’. Albion Chambers fields excellent crime and family teams, and Queen Square Chambers maintains a strong reputation in the areas of employment and crime. 12 College Place and College Chambers are the prominent Southampton-based sets. In Exeter, Rougemont Chambers has a number of recommended practitioners. Annexes on the circuit include the highly regarded 3PB, No5 Chambers and Old Square Chambers.
The ‘intelligent, personable and commercial’ Ian Dove QC at No5 Chambers has a busy developer practice. Also recommended are Richard Kimblin, who is ‘always available and gives sound practical advice’, Paul Cairnes (‘an excellent advocate, and superb in cross-examination’), Gordon Wignall, and Christopher Young.
No5 Chambers’ Dr Simon Fox is ‘undoubtedly one of the country’s leading clinical negligence juniors’. Chris Bright QC is ‘able quickly to identify the legal issues involved in a case’, and Malcolm Duthie is ‘a formidable junior in the personal injury field’. David Tyack and Stephen Campbell are also recommended.
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