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Chambers of Jacob Levy QC

LONDON, EC4A 3DG, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7832 0500
Fax:
Fax 020 7353 1344
DX:
439 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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Web:
www.9goughsquare.co.uk

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

9 Gough Square has ‘successfully attracted barristers who are exceptionally good and yet truly approachable’. The set is well recognised for personal injury work and have a varied mixture of experience – both claimant and defendant – has several clinic negligence experts, and has ‘a good selection of criminal practitioners at all levels’. In recent news, Jacob Levy has assumed the role of head of chambers, Giles Mooney took silk in 2019, and Max Melsa joined from 2 Dr Johnson’s Buildings. The overall ethos of the set extends into ‘the most proficient clerking team in the business’. Director of clerking and business development Michael Goodridge is ‘an absolute asset to chambers’ as he ‘encompasses all the qualities that other sets’ senior clerks seemingly lack – he truly stands apart as a moderniser; he is also the most capable of all the senior clerks, and appreciates the commercial matrix facing the firms who instruct the set’. A ‘rising star’, executive civil clerk Ellie Brand is ‘really carving out a great reputation’ for herself for being ‘hardworking and organised’. ‘Excellent’ junior executive civil clerk Philip Austin has arrived from 12 King's Bench Walk. Gordon Walters is the new director of operations following the departure of John Irving and consultant clerk Garry Farrow has left chambers after 43 years of service. Offices in: London

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Children law (including public and private law)
Children law (including public and private law) - Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

9 Gough Square

9 Gough Square is 'a hardworking set' with 'an excellent choice of barristers and pupils who understand the demands of public law work' and 'provide consistently good results and advice'. Members routinely advise on a myriad of issues from radicalisation through to sexual abuse cases. In addition, they represent parents in disputes over children arrangements.

Leading Juniors

Tim Parker - 9 Gough SquareA brilliant advocate.

Ranked: tier 2

Esther MacLachlan - 9 Gough SquareA highly rated junior.

Ranked: tier 4

Oliver Millington - 9 Gough SquareA fantastic litigator, he is reliable, presents cases very clearly, and has excellent client skills.

Ranked: tier 4

Tara Vindis - 9 Gough SquareAn experienced advocate.

Ranked: tier 4

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

9 Gough Square

9 Gough Square is a 'good set of chambers with a range of strengths' and 'sound medical knowledge'. High-value birth injury, spinal surgery, fertility treatment and sterilisation claims are all areas of expertise for its barristers, who are also experienced in dealing with genetic issues and delayed cancer diagnosis cases. Grahame Aldous QC and Stuart McKechnie QC reached a multi-million pound settlement, following a Court of Appeal decision (EXP v Barker) concerning allegations of bias on the part of experts, on behalf of a district judge who suffered a disabling stroke after a failure to identify and treat a cranial aneurysm.

Leading Silks

Andrew Ritchie QC - 9 Gough SquareHe gives very clear and robust advice.

Ranked: tier 4

Grahame Aldous QC - 9 Gough SquareHe is detailed, focussed and gets under the skin of the case.

Ranked: tier 4

Jacob Levy QC - 9 Gough SquareHe is savvy, conscientious and an excellent choice for complex and high-value work.

Ranked: tier 5
2018 Silks

Stuart McKechnie QC - 9 Gough SquareAlways one to push the boundaries on difficult quantum matters.

Ranked: tier 1
2019 Silks

Giles Mooney QC - 9 Gough SquareFantastic on his feet and a master of cross-examination.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Laura Begley - 9 Gough SquareMeticulous attention to detail and extremely good and efficient with clients.

Ranked: tier 1

Christopher Stephenson - 9 Gough SquareHe is tactically astute and very thorough with experts.

Ranked: tier 4

Perrin Gibbons - 9 Gough SquareShe can convey the issues succinctly and ensures that the client is on board for the entire journey.

Ranked: tier 4

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Court of Protection and community care
Leading Juniors

Edward Lamb - 9 Gough SquareAn always well prepared junior.

Ranked: tier 3

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Crime
2018 Silks

Tom Little QC - 9 Gough SquareA stylish and well-prepared advocate who pays great attention to detail.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Claire Harden-Frost - 9 Gough SquareTough and empathetic, which makes her counsel of choice for the most sensitive cases.

Ranked: tier 3

Emily Verity - 9 Gough SquareHer advice is always thorough and valuable.

Ranked: tier 3

James Thacker - 9 Gough SquareA very robust advocate who knows when to pick his fights.

Ranked: tier 3

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Fraud: crime
2018 Silks

Tom Little QC - 9 Gough SquareA a real team player and leaves no stone unturned.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

James Thacker - 9 Gough SquareA very robust advocate who knows when to pick his fights.

Ranked: tier 3

Eleanor Mawrey - 9 Gough SquareShe is a focused and determined junior.

Ranked: tier 4

Gareth Munday - 9 Gough SquareAn always decisive junior.

Ranked: tier 4

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Health and safety
Leading Juniors

Claire Harden-Frost - 9 Gough SquareHer calm demeanour and natural authority make her a formidable opponent.

Ranked: tier 4

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Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud
Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

9 Gough Square

The 'professional yet approachable' 9 Gough Square has 'successfully attracted barristers who are exceptionally good'.  As well as 'established silks', the set has a 'remarkable team of leading juniors' who are 'cutting edge' and 'not afraid of taking difficult cases to trial'. Claimant catastrophic injury is at the core of the practice, with expertise spanning brain, spinal, and amputation cases. Giles Mooney QC is a recent silk appointment. Andrew Ritchie QC acted for the claimants in Carlos Valencia Estrada & Seb John v BP, a claim in relation to two fatalities arising from the Al Qaeda terrorist attacks on the defendant's gas facility in Algeria. Grahame Aldous QC specialises in personal injury claims with an international or maritime setting, while Laura Begley has particular expertise in criminal injuries compensation claims.

Personal Injury - Leading Silks

Andrew Ritchie QC - 9 Gough SquareHe is fantastically astute and absolutely at the top of his field.

Ranked: tier 1

Grahame Aldous QC - 9 Gough SquareNotable for his clear-thinking and strategic advice. 

Ranked: tier 3

Jacob Levy QC - 9 Gough SquareNo stone is left uncovered in relation to liability or quantum disputes.

Ranked: tier 3

John Foy QC - 9 Gough SquareHe has an ability to think outside the initial issues.

Ranked: tier 4
Personal injury - 2018 Silks

Stuart McKechnie QC - 9 Gough SquareHe has an encyclopaedic knowledge of all things quantum.

Ranked: tier 1
Personal injury - 2019 Silks

Giles Mooney QC - 9 Gough SquareAbsolutely masterful, great on his feet, and has a super manner with vulnerable clients.

Ranked: tier 1
Industrial disease - Leading Juniors

Jeremy Crowther - 9 Gough SquareHe sees the strengths and weaknesses of the most complex case immediately.

Ranked: tier 1

Stephen Glynn - 9 Gough SquareA future silk – his analysis of difficult issues is excellent.

Ranked: tier 1
Personal injury - Leading Juniors

Laura Begley - 9 Gough SquareExtremely hardworking and a very safe pair of hands for complex cases.

Ranked: tier 1

Nicolas Hillier - 9 Gough SquareA fearsome advocate for his clients who is forensic with the evidence.

Ranked: tier 1

Stephen Glynn - 9 Gough SquareA future silk – his analysis of difficult issues is excellent.

Ranked: tier 2

Jeremy Ford - 9 Gough SquareHe delivers sensible advice backed up by an extremely impressive knowledge of the law.

Ranked: tier 3

Perrin Gibbons - 9 Gough SquareA highly effective litigator who shows utter commitment and concern for her clients.

Ranked: tier 3

Simon Brindle - 9 Gough SquareSimon is great at grasping the key issues very quickly and has a fantastic technical mind.

Ranked: tier 3

Christopher Stephenson - 9 Gough SquareHe has the rare skill of adapting his manner to perfectly suit the needs of his client.

Ranked: tier 4

Roger Hiorns - 9 Gough SquareHe is a leading force in complex occupational disease claims.

Ranked: tier 4

Shahram Sharghy - 9 Gough SquareHe has great drafting skills and is able to get to the issues in a case.

Ranked: tier 4

Adam Dawson - 9 Gough SquareHe is great with clients and fair but firm with opponents.

Ranked: tier 5

Johnathan Payne - 9 Gough SquareHis standard of client care is truly exceptional.

Ranked: tier 5

Jeremy Crowther - 9 Gough SquareHe sees the strengths and weaknesses of the most complex case immediately.

Ranked: tier 5

Linda Nelson - 9 Gough SquareVery user friendly, approachable and has a good manner with clients.

Ranked: tier 5

Robert Horner - 9 Gough SquareIntelligent, very client-focused and an eye for detail.

Ranked: tier 5

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Police law (defendant)
Leading Juniors

Edwin Buckett - 9 Gough SquareWell known for representing police forces in disciplinary matters.

Ranked: tier 2

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Set overviews: England and Wales

9 Gough Square has ‘successfully attracted barristers who are exceptionally good and yet truly approachable’. The set is well recognised for personal injury work and have a varied mixture of experience – both claimant and defendant – has several clinic negligence experts, and has ‘a good selection of criminal practitioners at all levels’. In recent news, Jacob Levy has assumed the role of head of chambers, Giles Mooney took silk in 2019, and Max Melsa joined from 2 Dr Johnson’s Buildings. The overall ethos of the set extends into ‘the most proficient clerking team in the business’. Director of clerking and business development Michael Goodridge is ‘an absolute asset to chambers’ as he ‘encompasses all the qualities that other sets’ senior clerks seemingly lack – he truly stands apart as a moderniser; he is also the most capable of all the senior clerks, and appreciates the commercial matrix facing the firms who instruct the set’. A ‘rising star’, executive civil clerk Ellie Brand is ‘really carving out a great reputation’ for herself for being ‘hardworking and organised’. ‘Excellent’ junior executive civil clerk Philip Austin has arrived from 12 King's Bench Walk. Gordon Walters is the new director of operations following the departure of John Irving and consultant clerk Garry Farrow has left chambers after 43 years of service. Offices in: London

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Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)
Leading Silks

Grahame Aldous QC - 9 Gough SquareExtremely thorough and has a very good manner with clients.

Ranked: tier 2
2019 Silks

Giles Mooney QC - 9 Gough SquareHe is experienced in handling complex cases involving accidents at sea.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Linda Nelson - 9 Gough SquareShe is a marine specialist; very intelligent, approachable, reliable and quick to grasp the issues.

Ranked: tier 3

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