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Chambers of PJ Kirby QC and Brie Stevens-Hoare QC

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HARDWICKE BUILDING, NEW SQUARE, LINCOLN'S INN, LONDON, WC2A 3SB, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7242 2523
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Fax 020 7691 1234
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393 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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www.hardwicke.co.uk

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

An exciting, forward-thinking, solutions-focused set with a huge amount of commercial expertise,’ Hardwicke is ‘excellent from top to bottom’ and ‘continues to impress’, particularly in property litigation, real estate, and social housing fields, and it is ‘THE set for franchising work’. ‘The junior barristers are excellent for property work and there are a fair few which seriously punch above their weight.’ Solicitors also note how chambers ‘continues to go from strength to strength – its profile in the professional negligence and insurance spheres being raised hugely in recent years’. The set is also praised for delivering training sessions to law firms outside the bubble of legal London. In recent news, Brie Stevens-Hoare QC succeeded Paul Reed QC to join PJ Kirby QC as co-heads of chambers; David Lewis QC took silk in 2019 while the set’s planning team was bolstered with the arrival of Martha Grekos, formerly a partner at Howard Kennedy LLP and head of planning at Irwin Mitchell. The set has continued its growth strategy over the last 12 months with Lauren Godfrey and Charlotte John joining from 1 CROWN OFFICE ROW; Oliver Hyams from LAMB CHAMBERS; Rajiv Bhatt from Farrar's Building; and Robin Dunne from Clerksroom. Elsewhere, Simon Allison has moved to Landmark Chambers. Practice director Deborah Anderson ensures the substantial clerking team ‘goes the extra distance to help even where formal instructions are not yet ready but advice needed is urgent’. More than one solicitor commented on how ‘the best thing about chambers is its service’. ‘Its ethos of friendly commercial advice can be seen from all levels from the receptionist through to the most senior members of chambers. They are not a stuffy set. There is a real relationship between them and those instructing them.’ At senior practice manager level, Richard Sumaro is ‘quick, helpful, and thinks frequently how he can make our life easier’, while James Duncan-Hartill ‘runs a tight ship’ and is ‘a joy to liaise with; always responsive, helpful, and pragmatic’. At practice manager level, Natasha Devlin-Clingham is ‘an outstanding clerk, always helpful, very good at actioning matters urgently, and delivering a good service’; Patrick Sarson’s ‘hard work makes the process seem effortless from instruction through to representation’. The set’s ‘particularly brilliant and supportive’ chief executive, Amanda Illing, is praised for being ‘generous with her time and insights on business development and corporate social responsibility matters’. Offices in: London

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London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)
Leading Juniors

Alison Meacher - HardwickeWell regarded by instructing local authorities.

Ranked: tier 3

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Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)
Leading Juniors

Alison Meacher - HardwickeExcellent at being able to analyse large volumes of information and present a concise argument.

Ranked: tier 3

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Clinical negligence
2018 Silks

Charles Bagot QC - HardwickeHe has laser-like focus, identifying the core issues remarkably swiftly and then providing robust strategies.

Ranked: tier 1

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Commercial litigation
Leading Silks

Nigel Jones QC - HardwickeA first-class lawyer and an attractive advocate.

Ranked: tier 3
2019 Silks

David Lewis QC - HardwickeA bright and strategically creative silk.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Charles Raffin - HardwickeA very thorough junior to have on your side.

Ranked: tier 4

Emily Betts - HardwickeA future silk, her attention to detail and work ethic is second to none.

Ranked: tier 5

Sarah McCann - HardwickeA great team player, able to stand toe-to-toe with QCs but also take on board the thoughts of all.

Ranked: tier 5

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Company and partnership
Company - Leading Silks

Nigel Jones QC - HardwickeHe has a great manner with lay client and solicitor alike.

Ranked: tier 3
Company - Leading juniors

Sarah Clarke - HardwickeWorks extremely well as part of a team and is not afraid to take the unpopular points in court if she believes in them.

Ranked: tier 4

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Construction
Construction - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Hardwicke

'Forward-thinking' Hardwicke has been involved in a variety of construction disputes, with a particular growth in instructions relating to cladding defects. Paul Reed QC, assisted by the 'hardworkingSarah McCann, acted for the principal defendant in Boots UK Ltd & Prudential Pensions Ltd v (1) N and Walk Realisations Ltd, (2) Rotary Yorkshire Ltd, (3) Ridge & Partners LLP, (4) Maintenance Facilities Management Ltd, a multimillion-pound claim arising from a major fire. Meanwhile, Nigel Jones QC has been instructed to lead Catherine Piercy in Lessors & Management Company of Herons Court v HeronsLea Limited,  NHBC and Others, defending a claim brought by 20 owners of a block of flats regarding several alleged defects.

Leading Silks

Paul Reed QC - HardwickeEnormous technical ability, commands the respect of every court.

Ranked: tier 1

Nigel Jones QC - HardwickeProduces very high-quality work and always goes the extra mile.

Ranked: tier 4
Leading Juniors

Catherine Piercy - HardwickeAble to think quickly on her feet and offer strategic advice.

Ranked: tier 2

David Pliener - HardwickeHas a well deserved reputation as one of the leading juniors.

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Wheater - HardwickeHe is very thorough with an excellent knowledge of construction issues.

Ranked: tier 2

Sarah McCann - HardwickeEnormously hardworking and utterly reliable.

Ranked: tier 3

Ebony Alleyne - HardwickeShe is knowledgeable, commercially aware and considers all angles.

Ranked: tier 4

Helena White - HardwickeA high-quality, up-and-coming junior.

Ranked: tier 4

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Costs
Leading Silks

PJ Kirby QC - HardwickeRecommended for his specialist knowledge of costs, attention to detail and decisiveness.

Ranked: tier 2
Leading Juniors

Robin Dunne - HardwickeHe is technically sound, ensures he is fully prepared and is incredibly pragmatic.

Ranked: tier 3

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Court of Protection and community care
Leading Juniors

Alison Meacher - HardwickeHas an impressive ability to assimilate a large amount of information in a short space of time and to identify the core issues.

Ranked: tier 2

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Education
Leading Juniors

Shazia Akhtar - HardwickeAn extremely good advocate – she throws everything at a case.

Ranked: tier 4

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Employment
Leading Juniors

Mark Stephens - HardwickeExcellent ability to digest complex issues and to give clear, succinct and effective advice.

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Strelitz - HardwickeVery quick to get to the heart of a dispute and is known for his exceptional written work.

Ranked: tier 3

Matthew Hodson - HardwickeVery good at thinking on his feet as well as very good with clients and helps them to understand legal points easily and quickly.

Ranked: tier 4

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Insolvency
Leading Juniors

Sarah Clarke - HardwickeShe has a clear commercial manner of delivering advice and is good on her feet.

Ranked: tier 3

Alaric Watson - HardwickeHe is a barrister who will give you a balanced view as regards merits and commerciality.

Ranked: tier 4

Charles Raffin - HardwickeHe not only goes the extra mile, but does so happily.

Ranked: tier 5

Jonathan Titmuss - HardwickeTechnically and tactically very good.

Ranked: tier 5

Wendy Parker - HardwickeHas a wealth of experience in insolvency and is easy to approach.

Ranked: tier 5

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

Hardwicke

Hardwicke is 'extremely easy to deal with' and it handles a range of disputes involving insurers and insurance cover, with expertise across construction, property damage, professional liability, clinical negligence, personal injury, public liability, consumer, employer’s liability, and health and safety disputes. Paul Reed QC and David Pliener are involved in the long-running case, Volkerfitzpatrick & Keller v Stewart & Harris. Members are also experienced in insolvency matters relating to insurance disputes; Nigel Jones QC and Sarah McCann are involved in various high-value and high-profile claims relating to the insolvency of Enterprise Insurance.

Leading Silks

Paul Reed QC - HardwickeHe is incredibly sharp and excellent with clients.

Ranked: tier 2

Nigel Jones QC - HardwickeHe is clear, concise, pragmatic and robust.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

David Pliener - HardwickeHe is responsive, very bright, collaborative and very good with clients.

Ranked: tier 3

Michael Wheater - HardwickeHe delivers clear and pragmatic advice.

Ranked: tier 4

Sarah McCann - HardwickeShe is very able and extremely knowledgeable.

Ranked: tier 4

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Intellectual property
Leading Juniors

Ian Silcock - HardwickeHe has broad subject knowledge across all aspects of IP.

Ranked: tier 4

Mark Engelman - HardwickeHe is insightful, experienced and thinks outside the box.

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 4

Hardwicke

Hardwicke offers 'a wide and diverse range of barristers' who are 'available to provide advice at the drop of a hat to assist and complement those instructing'. Counsel is regularly instructed on cases concerning brain and orthopaedic injuries, fatal accidents as well as Animals Act and Montreal Convention claims. Charles Bagot QC successfully defended a high-profile claim brought by a former male model who sued Lufthansa for £7m in lost earnings, after claiming that a fall at Munich airport left him with an exacerbated squint. High-value claims involving defective staircases and the Defective Premises Act 1974 are particular areas of interest for Colm NugentGemma Witherington regularly acts for insurers and has an increasing practice pertaining to secondary victim cases.

Personal injury - 2018 Silks

Charles Bagot QC - HardwickeHe has a fantastic eye for detail but combines it with a sensible commercial approach.

Ranked: tier 1
Insurance fraud - Leading Juniors

Gemma Witherington - HardwickeShe has the knowledge and experience of breaking down complex legal and factual issues.

Ranked: tier 1
Personal injury - Leading Juniors

Colm Nugent - HardwickeA natural eye for detail who is able to carry out astute assessment of risk.

Ranked: tier 4

Gemma Witherington - HardwickeShe has the knowledge and experience of breaking down complex legal and factual issues.

Ranked: tier 5

Henry Slack - HardwickeHe is particularly strong on preparation and solid advice to clients.

Ranked: tier 5

Jasmine Murphy - HardwickeShe provides sound technical advice and achieves results which surpass expectations.

Ranked: tier 5

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Planning
Leading Juniors

Martha Grekos - HardwickeShe turns things round faster than the opposition expects.

Ranked: tier 3

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Private client: trusts and probate
Leading Silks

Brie Stevens-Hoare QC - HardwickeStrengths include the ability to communicate and relay advice to clients in a way which would put them at ease, advocacy and cross-examination of witnesses, including drafting of documents including freezing orders and applications to the court.

Ranked: tier 3

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

Hardwicke

Hardwicke is a set that is 'going from strength to strength'. Its members handle a raft of negligence instructions involving solicitors, construction and financial professionals. Paul Reed QC is leading David Pliener in acting for the claimant in Volkerfitzpatrick & Keller v Stewart & Harris, a case brought against the engineers following the settlement of the £200m ‘Accolade’ multiparty dispute in 2015. Meanwhile, John de Waal QC is instructed in Harringay Meat Traders Ltd v Ray Stevens, a £7.5m claim against a surveyor in relation to land compulsorily purchased by the London Development Agency.

Leading Silks

Nigel Jones QC - HardwickeHe is very pragmatic and excellent to work with.

Ranked: tier 2

Paul Reed QC - HardwickeHe is very sharp and incredibly thorough.

Ranked: tier 2

John de Waal QC - HardwickeHe is very user-friendly.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

David Pliener - HardwickeHe has an excellent ability to see issues clearly.

Ranked: tier 3

James Hall - HardwickeHe is commercially astute and technically very gifted.

Ranked: tier 3

Michael Wheater - HardwickeHe gives the correct advice without pulling any punches.

Ranked: tier 3

Jonathan Titmuss - HardwickeCan make the complicated simple.

Ranked: tier 4

Sarah McCann - HardwickeShe is incredibly hardworking and thorough.

Ranked: tier 4

Catherine Piercy - HardwickeVery robust and technically excellent.

Ranked: tier 5

Thomas Bell - HardwickeHe is excellent.

Ranked: tier 5

Laurence Page - HardwickeHe is very determined and thorough.

Ranked: tier 6

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Property litigation
Property litigation - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Hardwicke

Hardwicke is ‘an excellent set from top to bottom’ with ‘good strength in depth’. Noted for its ‘wide expertise and knowledgebase’, its members are adept on property-related transactional negligence, trespass injunctions, cladding, the law of nuisance, and Schedule 3A of the Communication Act 2003, in addition to public house and Airbnb-related disputes. Brie Stevens-Hoare QC is currently acting on Reiner & Wismayer v Triplark, a Supreme Court appeal concerning alienation in leases, and is also leading Lina Mattsson in the High Court case of Khoury v Kensell which is centred on restrictive covenants.

Leading Silks

Brie Stevens-Hoare QC - HardwickeShe can read a judge and knows exactly how far to push a point.

Ranked: tier 2

John de Waal QC - HardwickeHe has an exceptional knowledge of the law and an excellent ability to provide clear, concise advice.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

Jamal Demachkie - HardwickeHe always inspires confidence and cannot be faulted.

Ranked: tier 2

Alexander Bastin - HardwickeA great and determined litigator with an eye for detail.

Ranked: tier 4

Daniel Gatty - HardwickeHe has a mastery of detail and is a calm, confident presence with clients.

Ranked: tier 4

Emily Betts - HardwickeShe is a great advocate, with a calm and unflappable manner that ensures great results.

Ranked: tier 4

Laura Tweedy - HardwickeShe always goes that little further to try and better research and prepare a case.

Ranked: tier 4

Amanda Eilledge - HardwickeExcellent attention to detail coupled with a good dose of pragmatism and common sense commerciality.

Ranked: tier 5

Andrew Skelly - HardwickeParticularly strong on his feet and in cross-examination.

Ranked: tier 5

Andy Creer - HardwickeShe has fantastic attention to detail and is very technically able.

Ranked: tier 5

John Clargo - HardwickeVery commercial and thinks outside the box.

Ranked: tier 5

Lina Mattsson - HardwickeShe is technically excellent, commercially astute and ruthless in court.

Ranked: tier 5

Peter Petts - HardwickeQuickly identifies the key issues and is very responsible and reliable.

Ranked: tier 5

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Set overviews: England and Wales

An exciting, forward-thinking, solutions-focused set with a huge amount of commercial expertise,’ Hardwicke is ‘excellent from top to bottom’ and ‘continues to impress’, particularly in property litigation, real estate, and social housing fields, and it is ‘THE set for franchising work’. ‘The junior barristers are excellent for property work and there are a fair few which seriously punch above their weight.’ Solicitors also note how chambers ‘continues to go from strength to strength – its profile in the professional negligence and insurance spheres being raised hugely in recent years’. The set is also praised for delivering training sessions to law firms outside the bubble of legal London. In recent news, Brie Stevens-Hoare QC succeeded Paul Reed QC to join PJ Kirby QC as co-heads of chambers; David Lewis QC took silk in 2019 while the set’s planning team was bolstered with the arrival of Martha Grekos, formerly a partner at Howard Kennedy LLP and head of planning at Irwin Mitchell. The set has continued its growth strategy over the last 12 months with Lauren Godfrey and Charlotte John joining from 1 CROWN OFFICE ROW; Oliver Hyams from LAMB CHAMBERS; Rajiv Bhatt from Farrar's Building; and Robin Dunne from Clerksroom. Elsewhere, Simon Allison has moved to Landmark Chambers. Practice director Deborah Anderson ensures the substantial clerking team ‘goes the extra distance to help even where formal instructions are not yet ready but advice needed is urgent’. More than one solicitor commented on how ‘the best thing about chambers is its service’. ‘Its ethos of friendly commercial advice can be seen from all levels from the receptionist through to the most senior members of chambers. They are not a stuffy set. There is a real relationship between them and those instructing them.’ At senior practice manager level, Richard Sumaro is ‘quick, helpful, and thinks frequently how he can make our life easier’, while James Duncan-Hartill ‘runs a tight ship’ and is ‘a joy to liaise with; always responsive, helpful, and pragmatic’. At practice manager level, Natasha Devlin-Clingham is ‘an outstanding clerk, always helpful, very good at actioning matters urgently, and delivering a good service’; Patrick Sarson’s ‘hard work makes the process seem effortless from instruction through to representation’. The set’s ‘particularly brilliant and supportive’ chief executive, Amanda Illing, is praised for being ‘generous with her time and insights on business development and corporate social responsibility matters’. Offices in: London

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Social housing
Social housing - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Hardwicke

Hardwicke has 'tremendous depth in the social housing sphere' and is 'always able to find someone to deal with a matter'. Chambers has a strong track record acting for local authorities, housing associations and tenants across the entire spectrum of issues. The trend for a number of housing associations to consolidate into 'super housing associations' has led to the set becoming a first port of call for a number of those large entities. In one case highlight, Morayo Fagborun Bennett (who recently completed a secondment with the Peabody Trust) acted for A2 Dominion in a possession claim arising from the tenant's rent arrears, and also her failure to occupy the premises as her only or principal home. In a notably high-value matter, Laura Tweedy is defending Family Mosaic against a circa £14m damages claim brought by a tenant.

Leading Juniors

Alison Meacher - HardwickeHer housing work is interlinked with welfare assistance issues, and also those concerning vulnerable adults.

Ranked: tier 3

Laura Tweedy - HardwickeShe has a no-fuss approach, is well on top of her brief and gives confidence to clients at court.

Ranked: tier 3

Morayo Fagborun Bennett - HardwickeHas developed into a tremendous social housing barrister. She really gets the sector. Judges, clients and opponents all respect her. One who could go all the way.

Ranked: tier 4

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Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)
2018 Silks

Charles Bagot QC - HardwickeHe is highly regarded for cross-border injury cases.

Ranked: tier 1

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