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Chambers of Anna Vigars QC

23 BROAD STREET, BRISTOL, BS1 2HG, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0117 930 9000
Fax:
Fax 0117 930 3800
DX:
7823 BRISTOL
Email:
Web:
www.guildhallchambers.co.uk

Regional Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Bristol-based Guildhall Chambers is noted for its expertise in personal injury, insolvency, Chancery, employment and clinical negligence matters, with crime and regulatory law other cornerstone practice areas for the team. Matthew Porter-Bryant was appointed to the Welsh district bench and James Townsend was appointed to the circuit bench in 2017 and 2018, respectively. Recent barrister moves include a number of the commercial team to the newly opened Enterprise Chambers in Bristol and Suzanne Staunton move to Simmons & Simmons. β€˜The clerks provide an excellent service and are quick to accommodate any requirements.’ In 2017 Christy Farrer became chief executive and in 2018 principal civil clerk Justin Emmett left the set. Commercial practice manager Mike Norton is β€˜very responsive’, and principal crime, regulatory and sports clerk Lucy Northeast is β€˜very efficient’. Offices in: Bristol

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Regional Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Bristol-based Guildhall Chambers is noted for its expertise in personal injury, insolvency, Chancery, employment and clinical negligence matters, with crime and regulatory law other cornerstone practice areas for the team. Matthew Porter-Bryant was appointed to the Welsh district bench and James Townsend was appointed to the circuit bench in 2017 and 2018, respectively. Recent barrister moves include a number of the commercial team to the newly opened Enterprise Chambers in Bristol and Suzanne Staunton move to Simmons & Simmons. β€˜The clerks provide an excellent service and are quick to accommodate any requirements.’ In 2017 Christy Farrer became chief executive and in 2018 principal civil clerk Justin Emmett left the set. Commercial practice manager Mike Norton is β€˜very responsive’, and principal crime, regulatory and sports clerk Lucy Northeast is β€˜very efficient’. Offices in: Bristol

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Regional Bar : Western Circuit

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law

Guildhall Chambers’s commercial team provides β€˜sound advice’ across a broad spectrum of commercial matters, with recognised expertise in high-value and high-profile insolvency matters. The team’s recent workload includes directors’ disputes, Inheritance Act matters, professional negligence cases and traditional Chancery law matters. Adrian Palmer QC retired in 2017, and in April 2018 Stephen Davies QC, Jeremy Bamford, Christopher Brockman, Ross Fentem and Neil Levy moved to Enterprise Chambers in Bristol.

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law – Leading silks

Hugh Sims QC - Guildhall Chambers β€˜Fantastically bright; a top-class advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1
Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law – Leading juniors

Gerard McMeel - Guildhall Chambers β€˜Noted for his expertise in financial services matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Wibberley - Guildhall Chambers β€˜He provides no-nonsense and pragmatic advice.’

Ranked: tier 1

John Virgo - Guildhall Chambers β€˜Extremely thorough, incisive, quick and practical.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jay Jagasia - Guildhall Chambers β€˜Pragmatic, user-friendly, and tenacious.’

Ranked: tier 1

Katherine Gibb - Guildhall Chambers β€˜Recommended for a wide range of insolvency cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Lucy Walker - Guildhall Chambers β€˜Highly recommended for consumer credit cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Malcolm Warner - Guildhall Chambers β€˜Very experienced across a broad range of traditional Chancery and commercial matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Ascroft - Guildhall Chambers β€˜Excellent on his feet and very good with clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

Stefan Ramel - Guildhall Chambers β€˜Very intelligent, enthusiastic, responsive and commercial.’

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Passfield - Guildhall Chambers β€˜Exceptionally bright and fleet of foot.’

Ranked: tier 1

Tim Walsh - Guildhall Chambers β€˜A fierce negotiator and very able on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Construction, planning and environment

Counsel at Guildhall Chambers act for individuals, companies and landowners across a spectrum of planning and environmental disputes. Brendon Moorhouse has expertise in environmental law, and recently represented four wildlife conservation groups in the M4 public inquiry.

Construction, planning and environment – Leading juniors

Brendon Moorhouse - Guildhall Chambers β€˜He builds good rapport with clients, judges and juries.’

Ranked: tier 1

Julian Allsop - Guildhall Chambers β€˜He has brilliant technical skills.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Costs

Guildhall Chambers has β€˜the expertise to deal with all aspects of costs law’. In a recent highlight, James Wibberley appeared before the Supreme Court in a case to determine whether solicitors’ costs were payable in the event of claimants making direct settlements with insurers; the court ruled that costs would still need to be paid.

Costs – Leading juniors

James Wibberley - Guildhall Chambers β€˜Incredibly sharp on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 1

Oliver Moore - Guildhall Chambers β€˜Very knowledgeable and affable.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Court of Protection

Counsel at Guildhall Chambers have experience of dealing with deprivation of liberty matters, cases of alleged abuse and welfare matters, among other areas. Rebecca Stickler joined from No5 Barristers Chambers in December 2017.

Court of Protection – Leading juniors

Rebecca Stickler - Guildhall Chambers β€˜Technically brilliant; her advice is always accurate, clear and helpful.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Crime

According to some, Guildhall Chambers’ criminal team is β€˜second to none on the Western Circuit’. The group’s workload includes serious sexual assault and historic abuse matters, human trafficking, multi-handed drugs conspiracies and high-profile murder cases. Richard Smith QC acted for the defence in the standout R v Berlinah Wallace case where, following an original conviction for throwing sulphuric acid at her partner, Wallace was charged with his murder after his death by euthanasia; Wallace was acquitted of the murder charges.

Crime – Leading silks

Andrew Langdon QC - Guildhall Chambers β€˜Very experienced in homicide, complex fraud and drugs cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Anna Vigars QC - Guildhall Chambers β€˜An indefatigable advocate with an engaging personal style.’

Ranked: tier 1

Christopher Quinlan QC - Guildhall Chambers β€˜A first-class silk.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Smith QC - Guildhall Chambers β€˜His preparation is impeccable and he has a great client manner.’

Ranked: tier 1
Crime – Leading juniors

Anjali Gohil - Guildhall Chambers β€˜Very experienced in multi-defendant cases involving allegations of sexual abuse and gang violence.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Scutt - Guildhall Chambers β€˜He has fantastic attention to detail and great client communication skills.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Haskell - Guildhall Chambers β€˜Recent work includes high-profile sexual assault cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jennifer Tallentire - Guildhall Chambers β€˜Very calm under pressure; a zealous barrister.’

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Worsley - Guildhall Chambers β€˜Recommended for cases involving drugs conspiracies and murder.’

Ranked: tier 1

Mary Cowe - Guildhall Chambers β€˜Prosecutes and defends in cases of fraud, sexual offences and multi-handed drugs conspiracies.’

Ranked: tier 1

Nicolas Gerasimidis - Guildhall Chambers β€˜He has excellent cross-examination skills.’

Ranked: tier 1

Ramin Pakrooh - Guildhall Chambers β€˜Highly recommended for murder trials.’

Ranked: tier 1

Ray Tully - Guildhall Chambers β€˜He leaves no stone unturned in a case.’

Ranked: tier 1

Rosaleen Collins - Guildhall Chambers β€˜Very well known for handling cases involving vulnerable witnesses and defendants.’

Ranked: tier 1

Sam Jones - Guildhall Chambers β€˜A proficient tactician.’

Ranked: tier 1

Tara Wolfe - Guildhall Chambers β€˜Sharp witted, meticulous and resolute.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Employment

Guildhall Chambers’ β€˜strong’ employment practice has expertise in whistleblowing, equal pay, restrictive covenants, unfair dismissal claims and cases of discrimination on grounds of disability and sex. Douglas Leach successfully represented the claimant in the Hextall v Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police case; the key issue was whether the Force’s Shared Parental Leave policy was indirectly discriminatory in only providing the statutory minimum rate of shared parental leave pay. In July 2018 Suzanne Staunton moved to Simmons & Simmons.

Employment – Leading juniors

Allan Roberts - Guildhall Chambers β€˜Noted for his expertise in whistleblowing cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Debbie Grennan - Guildhall Chambers β€˜Her technical ability is first rate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Douglas Leach - Guildhall Chambers β€˜Very analytical and a good strategist.’

Ranked: tier 1

Julian Allsop - Guildhall Chambers β€˜Very articulate and always approachable.’

Ranked: tier 1

Kerry Gardiner - Guildhall Chambers β€˜Highly experienced in discrimination claims.’

Ranked: tier 1

Nicholas Smith - Guildhall Chambers β€˜His practice covers whistleblowing, discrimination and victimisation cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Leading sets
Western Circuit – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Guildhall Chambers (Bristol)

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Personal injury and clinical negligence

Guildhall Chambers is a β€˜very strong personal injury and clinical negligence set’ with β€˜considerable strength in depth’ in its team; members handle a broad spectrum of matters, including catastrophic injuries, fatal accidents, birth injuries, industrial disease, and psychological injuries. In 2017 Adrian Palmer QC retired and Matthew Porter-Bryant was appointed to the Welsh district bench; James Townsend was appointed to the circuit bench in January 2018.

Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading juniors

Abigail Stamp - Guildhall Chambers β€˜She always fights for her clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

Adam Chippindall - Guildhall Chambers β€˜He has a good handle on the subtle nuances of cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Anthony Reddiford - Guildhall Chambers β€˜Very commercially astute with a great eye for detail.’

Ranked: tier 1

Gabriel Farmer - Guildhall Chambers β€˜A charming barrister who gets straight to the point.’

Ranked: tier 1

John Snell - Guildhall Chambers β€˜Very knowledgeable about cases of equine litigation.’

Ranked: tier 1

Julian Benson - Guildhall Chambers β€˜Outstandingly bright and tactically brilliant; clients like his no-nonsense approach.’

Ranked: tier 1

Oliver Moore - Guildhall Chambers β€˜Very experienced in fatal accident and psychiatric injury claims.’

Ranked: tier 1

Robert Sowersby - Guildhall Chambers β€˜A very grounded barrister, who always provides pragmatic advice.’

Ranked: tier 1

Sophie Holme - Guildhall Chambers β€˜She is superb on high value and medically complex cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Selena Plowden - Guildhall Chambers β€˜Very experienced in cases involving birth injuries.’

Ranked: tier 1

Tom Panton - Guildhall Chambers β€˜His practice includes employers’ liability, fatal accidents and industrial disease cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Property

Guildhall Chambers is β€˜very strong’ in property law, with practitioners active in cases involving boundaries and rights of way disputes, proprietary estoppel, restrictive covenants, easements and village green matters, among other areas. In June 2018 Rajinder Sahonte moved to New Square Chambers.

Property – Leading juniors

Ewan Paton - Guildhall Chambers β€˜His advocacy is impressive and he provides astute advice.’

Ranked: tier 1

George Newsom - Guildhall Chambers β€˜Very well known for his expertise in restrictive covenants.’

Ranked: tier 1

Matthew Wales - Guildhall Chambers β€˜Personable and a safe pair of hands.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Selway - Guildhall Chambers β€˜His practice includes manorial rights matters, boundary disputes and rights of common.’

Ranked: tier 1

Tim Walsh - Guildhall Chambers β€˜A passionate barrister, empathetic yet clear with clients and a fierce negotiator.’

Ranked: tier 1

William Batstone - Guildhall Chambers β€˜Very experienced in farming landlord and tenant disputes.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Public law

Counsel at Guildhall Chambers have expertise in judicial reviews, and in this context, Rebecca Stickler frequently represents individuals and public bodies in challenges to the lawfulness of decisions made in the health, social care and human rights spheres. Jorren Knibbe is well known for handling public procurement disputes.

Public law – Leading juniors

Jorren Knibbe - Guildhall Chambers β€˜Very personable and client-friendly.’

Ranked: tier 1

Louise Jones - Guildhall Chambers β€˜Experienced across the spectrum of public law cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Rebecca Stickler - Guildhall Chambers β€˜Very experienced in public law cases from the health and social care sectors.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing

Guildhall Chambers’ regulatory team has β€˜strength in depth’, with notable expertise in health and safety matters and sports regulatory cases; with regards to the latter, Christopher Quinlan QC acted as chair of the disciplinary commission in the high-profile FA v Joey Barton case concerning Barton’s breach of the FA’s gambling rules.

Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing – Leading silks

Andrew Langdon QC - Guildhall Chambers β€˜A terrific advocate who has great judgement.’

Ranked: tier 1

Christopher Quinlan QC - Guildhall Chambers β€˜He has a stellar sports regulatory practice.’

Ranked: tier 1
Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing – Leading juniors

Ian Dixey - Guildhall Chambers β€˜He combines vast knowledge with a self-possessed demeanour.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Bennett - Guildhall Chambers β€˜He has shrewd tactical awareness; reads a courtroom well.’

Ranked: tier 1

Sam Jones - Guildhall Chambers β€˜He delivers advice in a commanding yet tactful manner.’

Ranked: tier 1

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