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The 36 Group

36 BEDFORD ROW, LONDON, WC1R 4JH, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7421 8000
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Fax 020 7421 8035
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360 LDE
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Web:
www.36group.co.uk
London, Singapore

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

The 36 Group has β€˜certainly made inroads into the traditional sets’ dominance of the family market’. In addition to its family practice, the β€˜leading multi-specialist set’ provides β€˜top-notch’ barristers with expertise in criminal and civil law, and, following the arrival of members from Stone Chambers, shipping and international trade counsel. β€˜An excellent set with some first-class criminal barristers’, β€˜36 Crime’ practice manager Michelle Simpson and first crime clerk Lloyd Hawkins have β€˜done an excellent job’ promoting their extradition team and have β€˜an obvious care and pride over their counsel’. Hawkins in particular is β€˜very good at building and maintaining relationships with instructing solicitors’. The clerking team of the family division, known as β€˜36 Family’, is led by Danny Chapman, who β€˜runs a team of quality clerks and is always prepared to go that extra mile when required’. Members of the brand formerly known St Philips Stone (Stone Chambers) have now joined The 36 Group under the new brand name β€˜36 Stone’, and continue to be clerked by senior clerk Luke Irons. Other key contacts from the civil team include business development manager Steven Newbery and senior civil clerk Everton Wedderburn. Collectively, the clerking team β€˜understand the need to keep clients happy’ and β€˜will always do their best to assist a solicitor’. The clerks also appreciate β€˜the financial constraints some clients face and always anxious to help where they can’. Offices in: London

St Philips Chambers maintains a presence across the Midlands and North Eastern circuits, housing barristers who are active in commercial, criminal, regulatory, personal injury and clinical negligence, family, and property law cases, among other areas. Members of St Philips Stone (formerly Stone Chambers) in London have departed to form β€˜36 Stone’, part of The 36 Group. Other key developments include Rosalyn Carter and Louise McCabe appointed to the circuit and district benches, respectively, while Heidi Kubik QC took silk shortly before being appointed to the circuit bench. Joe Wilson is the clerking director.

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London Bar

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

The 36 Group

The 36 Group is β€˜making remarkable headway and is one to watch’. It is β€˜strong’ in care and private children work with particular specialisms in international children and modern families. William Tyler QC successfully led in the Court of Appeal in a complicated case involving parental alienation, implacable hostility to contact and a transfer of residence.

Children law (including public and private law) – Leading silks

Hannah Markham QC - The 36 Group β€˜Has the ear of the judge.’

Ranked: tier 3

William Tyler QC - The 36 Group β€˜An exemplary and driven children silk whose presentation, drafting and advocacy is highly regarded.’

Ranked: tier 3
Children Law (including public and private law) – Leading juniors

Kate Grieve - The 36 Group β€˜Her strengths lie in her efficiency and attention to detail.’

Ranked: tier 4

Emily James - The 36 Group β€˜A very good advocate.’

Ranked: tier 5

Kelly Webb - The 36 Group β€˜Fights a case like it is her own.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Commodities
Commodities – Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

The 36 Group

In June 2018, the former members of Stone Chambers, which in 2016 became part of St Philips Stone, joined the The 36 Group to create "36 Stone". Vasanti Selvaratnam QC is the set’s only silk handling commodities cases, but Charles Debattista is a leading junior in this field, and in Thunderbird v Wellgrain he handled a complex case arising from soybean shipments.

Commodities – Leading silks

Vasanti Selvaratnam QC - The 36 Group β€˜A specialist in high-value commercial litigation and arbitration, especially those involving complex technical issues.’

Ranked: tier 4
Commodities – Leading juniors

Charles Debattista - The 36 Group β€˜Known as "Mr. International Trade", he is a star junior who would be recommended among any group at any set.’

Ranked: tier 1

Dominic HappΓ© - The 36 Group β€˜An indomitable advocate who conducts his cases in his own particular stylish manner and with an irresistible sense of humour.’

Ranked: tier 2

Mark Jones - The 36 Group β€˜Well versed in shipping and commodities disputes, including the sale and carriage of physical commodities.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ravi Aswani - The 36 Group β€˜Bright, user friendly and one to watch; he senses the needs of clients and gives good commercial advice.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Crime (general crime)
Crime (general crime) – Leading silks

Dean Armstrong QC - The 36 Group β€˜A very effective cross-examiner with sound tactical and strategic judgement.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Family law (including divorce and financial remedy)
Family law (including divorce and financial remedy) – Leading silks

Valentine Le Grice QC - The 36 Group β€˜A walking legal bible.’

Ranked: tier 4
Family law (including divorce and financial remedy) – Leading juniors

Niki Langridge - The 36 Group β€˜Phenomenally bright.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Financial services
Financial services – Leading silks

Philip Hackett QC - The 36 Group β€˜An imposing court presence and an asset to anyone who instructs him.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Fraud: crime
Fraud: crime – Leading silks

Dean Armstrong QC - The 36 Group β€˜100% a battler.’

Ranked: tier 3

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International crime and extradition
International crime and extradition - Leading juniors

Florence Iveson - The 36 Group β€˜An exceptional advocate – her work is always praised by lay clients.’

Ranked: tier 2

Emilie Pottle - The 36 Group β€˜She has an excellent knowledge of the law, which she uses to identify and pursue new arguments.’

Ranked: tier 3

Saoirse Townshend - The 36 Group β€˜She has a nice manner in court and is very good and efficient on the paperwork.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Set overviews: England and Wales

The 36 Group has β€˜certainly made inroads into the traditional sets’ dominance of the family market’. In addition to its family practice, the β€˜leading multi-specialist set’ provides β€˜top-notch’ barristers with expertise in criminal and civil law, and, following the arrival of members from Stone Chambers, shipping and international trade counsel. β€˜An excellent set with some first-class criminal barristers’, β€˜36 Crime’ practice manager Michelle Simpson and first crime clerk Lloyd Hawkins have β€˜done an excellent job’ promoting their extradition team and have β€˜an obvious care and pride over their counsel’. Hawkins in particular is β€˜very good at building and maintaining relationships with instructing solicitors’. The clerking team of the family division, known as β€˜36 Family’, is led by Danny Chapman, who β€˜runs a team of quality clerks and is always prepared to go that extra mile when required’. Members of the brand formerly known St Philips Stone (Stone Chambers) have now joined The 36 Group under the new brand name β€˜36 Stone’, and continue to be clerked by senior clerk Luke Irons. Other key contacts from the civil team include business development manager Steven Newbery and senior civil clerk Everton Wedderburn. Collectively, the clerking team β€˜understand the need to keep clients happy’ and β€˜will always do their best to assist a solicitor’. The clerks also appreciate β€˜the financial constraints some clients face and always anxious to help where they can’. Offices in: London

St Philips Chambers maintains a presence across the Midlands and North Eastern circuits, housing barristers who are active in commercial, criminal, regulatory, personal injury and clinical negligence, family, and property law cases, among other areas. Members of St Philips Stone (formerly Stone Chambers) in London have departed to form β€˜36 Stone’, part of The 36 Group. Other key developments include Rosalyn Carter and Louise McCabe appointed to the circuit and district benches, respectively, while Heidi Kubik QC took silk shortly before being appointed to the circuit bench. Joe Wilson is the clerking director.

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Shipping
Shipping – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

The 36 Group

"36 Stone" was formed after members of Stone Chambers, which in 2016 became part of St Philips Stone, joined the The 36 Group in the summer of 2018. The β€˜responsive’ set and offers β€˜high-quality expertise and experience’ for shipping matters. In other work, Ravi Aswani was instructed on behalf of the appellant shipowners in Navalmar UK Limited v Kale Maden Hammaddeler Sanayi ve Ticaret AS, an appeal against an LMAA arbitration award which raised points of importance about the meaning of β€˜port limits.’

Shipping – Leading silks

Elizabeth Blackburn QC - The 36 Group β€˜Performs well under pressure and has excellent instincts.’

Ranked: tier 1

Vasanti Selvaratnam QC - The 36 Group β€˜She has a proactive style.’

Ranked: tier 3
Shipping – Leading juniors

Rachel Toney - The 36 Group β€˜Very thorough and charming to deal with.’

Ranked: tier 1

Charles Debattista - The 36 Group β€˜Has a wealth of experience.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Shirley - The 36 Group β€˜He is down to earth but with an immense intellect.’

Ranked: tier 2

Mark Jones - The 36 Group β€˜First-rate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ravi Aswani - The 36 Group β€˜Has a detailed and measured approach.’

Ranked: tier 2

Dominic HappΓ© - The 36 Group β€˜He is an indomitable advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Thomas Steward - The 36 Group β€˜He is very hardworking, and good at finding authorities that can make all the difference to a case.’

Ranked: tier 3

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