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12 King's Bench Walk

Chambers of Paul Russell QC

TEMPLE, LONDON, EC4Y 7EL, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7583 0811
Fax:
Fax 020 7583 7228
DX:
1037 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
Email:
Web:
www.12kbw.co.uk
Bristol, London

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

At 12 King’s Bench Walk, ‘counsel have in-depth knowledge and a high level of expertise’; it is ‘the set of choice for personal injury matters including travel litigation, which is an area that chambers is constantly strengthening’. Certain members are also experienced in inquests, health and safety, and employment law. Solicitors praise the clerks’ room as ‘excellent, particularly since Oliver Parkhouse’s arrival’. Bringing a renewed ‘focus on client care’, Parkhouse joined in late 2016 as director of clerking, following previous positions at Crown Office Chambers and Old Square Chambers, and works closely with senior clerk Graham Johnson, who is ‘a pleasure to deal with’ and ‘always there when you need him’. At practice team leader level, Lexie Johnson is ‘an exceptional clerk’, who is ‘totally reliable’, and Sam Carter provides ‘an excellent service’. Also recommended are senior practice managers Kevin McCourt (‘nothing is too much trouble’) and Tristan Whigham (‘outstanding’ and ‘a real asset to chambers’). Offices in: London

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Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)
Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – 2016 silks

Harry Steinberg QC - 12 King’s Bench WalkRapidly establishing himself in this area.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Environment
Environment – 2016 silks

Harry Steinberg QC - 12 King’s Bench WalkAn exceptional advocate with first-class knowledge.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Inquests and inquiries
Inquests and inquiries – Leading silks

Michael Rawlinson QC - 12 King’s Bench WalkBeyond everything a client would ever want in a silk.’

Ranked: tier 3

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

12 King’s Bench Walk

12 King’s Bench Walk is ‘the go-to chambers for depth of expertise and quality of service’. Barristers are regularly instructed in high-value catastrophic injury cases and have notable experience in matters involving brain and spinal injury, industrial disease, work-related stress and insurance fraud. Chambers also has a growing travel law practice.

Industrial disease – Leading silks

Andrew Hogarth QC - 12 King’s Bench WalkHe is very knowledgeable and tactically astute.

Ranked: tier 1
Insurance fraud – Leading silks

William Featherby QC - 12 King’s Bench WalkHighly regarded.

Ranked: tier 1
Personal injury – Leading silks

Paul Russell QC - 12 King’s Bench WalkA fierce, determined intellect and a persuasive advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Worthington QC - 12 King’s Bench WalkThe leader of choice in personal injury.’

Ranked: tier 2

William Audland QC - 12 King’s Bench WalkA very able advocate, who is very much on top of his game.’

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew Hogarth QC - 12 King’s Bench WalkHe has a superb grasp of the most complex areas of personal injury law.’

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Methuen QC - 12 King’s Bench WalkBehind his abundant charm lies a cunning tactician with a brilliantly sharp legal brain.’

Ranked: tier 4

William Featherby QC - 12 King’s Bench WalkIncisive, with the ability to grasp complex medical issues.’

Ranked: tier 4
Industrial disease – 2016 silks

Harry Steinberg QC - 12 King’s Bench WalkHis grasp of the complicated legal issues surrounding mesothelioma is second to none; a go-to barrister in this area.

Ranked: tier 1
Personal injury – 2016 silks

Harry Steinberg QC - 12 King’s Bench WalkA strong barrister and a thoughtful and insightful tactician.’

Ranked: tier 1
Industrial disease – Leading juniors

Gemma Scott - 12 King’s Bench WalkShe is willing to go the extra mile.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Brace - 12 King’s Bench WalkHe can be relied upon for first-class advice.’

Ranked: tier 1

Niall Maclean - 12 King’s Bench WalkHe has a formidable intellect, which he rigorously applies on behalf of mesothelioma sufferers.’

Ranked: tier 1

Patrick Kerr - 12 King’s Bench WalkHe is a superb advocate and highly intelligent.’

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Levene - 12 King’s Bench WalkHe is very reliable and knowledgeable.’

Ranked: tier 1
Insurance fraud – Leading juniors

Niall Maclean - 12 King’s Bench WalkHe goes the extra mile and demonstrates assiduous attention to detail.’

Ranked: tier 1

Nigel Lewers - 12 King’s Bench WalkVery thorough, calm and decisive.’

Ranked: tier 1

Patrick Kerr - 12 King’s Bench WalkA true expert with an excellent bedside manner.’

Ranked: tier 1
Personal injury – Leading juniors

Henry Charles - 12 King’s Bench WalkHe combines incredible tenacity with a huge grasp of details of cases and the law.’

Ranked: tier 1

Nigel Lewers - 12 King’s Bench WalkUnflappable, with a gentle but effective manner.’

Ranked: tier 1

Catherine Brown - 12 King’s Bench WalkAn accomplished and dogged advocate – her approach is always fair but no quarter is given.’

Ranked: tier 2

Hugh Hamill - 12 King’s Bench WalkA thorough and skilled negotiator, with a good eye for detail.’

Ranked: tier 2

Patrick Vincent - 12 King’s Bench WalkAs an advocate, his calm and authoritative submissions resonate with judges.’

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Roy - 12 King’s Bench WalkA fierce advocate, who is very bright but also practical.’

Ranked: tier 3

Daniel Tobin - 12 King’s Bench WalkVery client-focused, extremely personable and a skilled negotiator.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Sanderson - 12 King’s Bench WalkHe has excellent analytical skills and robust judgement.’

Ranked: tier 3

Gemma Scott - 12 King’s Bench WalkShe has an excellent grasp of the law.’

Ranked: tier 3

Simon Levene - 12 King’s Bench WalkHe has masses of experience with particular expertise in quantum.’

Ranked: tier 3

David White - 12 King’s Bench WalkA standout barrister in the personal injury field.’

Ranked: tier 4

Marcus Dignum - 12 King’s Bench WalkVery commercial and a good negotiator.’

Ranked: tier 4

Philip Mead - 12 King’s Bench WalkHe has a great command of European law issues and how they affect domestic cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

Arun Katyar - 12 King’s Bench WalkHe has superb knowledge of personal injury matters.’

Ranked: tier 5

James Candlin - 12 King’s Bench WalkVery forensic, yet approachable and affable.’

Ranked: tier 5

Niall Maclean - 12 King’s Bench WalkHe provides practical advice on complex problems.’

Ranked: tier 5

Richard Viney - 12 King’s Bench WalkHe provides clear, concise and excellent advice.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence – Leading silks

Ronald Walker QC - 12 King’s Bench WalkVery experienced.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Set overviews: England and Wales

At 12 King’s Bench Walk, ‘counsel have in-depth knowledge and a high level of expertise’; it is ‘the set of choice for personal injury matters including travel litigation, which is an area that chambers is constantly strengthening’. Certain members are also experienced in inquests, health and safety, and employment law. Solicitors praise the clerks’ room as ‘excellent, particularly since Oliver Parkhouse’s arrival’. Bringing a renewed ‘focus on client care’, Parkhouse joined in late 2016 as director of clerking, following previous positions at Crown Office Chambers and Old Square Chambers, and works closely with senior clerk Graham Johnson, who is ‘a pleasure to deal with’ and ‘always there when you need him’. At practice team leader level, Lexie Johnson is ‘an exceptional clerk’, who is ‘totally reliable’, and Sam Carter provides ‘an excellent service’. Also recommended are senior practice managers Kevin McCourt (‘nothing is too much trouble’) and Tristan Whigham (‘outstanding’ and ‘a real asset to chambers’). Offices in: London

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Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)
Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

12 King’s Bench Walk

12 King’s Bench Walk houses ‘well-known and extremely highly regarded’ barristers, who ‘provide a first-rate service’. The set has a market-leading personal injury practice but is also adept in inquests involving disasters abroad and aviation cases. William Audland QC acted in Alison Hamilton v Kuoni Travel, regarding the liability of a tour operator for an alleged rape of a holidaymaker by a member of hotel staff.

Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) – Leading silks

William Audland QC - 12 King’s Bench WalkHe is able to master complex quantum issues in high-value cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Rawlinson QC - 12 King’s Bench WalkHe is always ready to fight hard for clients to get the best result.’

Ranked: tier 2
Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) – Leading juniors

Philip Mead - 12 King’s Bench WalkExtremely cerebral and on a higher plane when it comes to the machinations of Europe.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Candlin - 12 King’s Bench WalkHe has excellent technical knowledge and is balanced and practical in his approach.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Sullivan - 12 King’s Bench WalkHe is always prepared to go the extra mile to advise on issues that do not fall within his brief.’

Ranked: tier 3

John-Paul Swoboda - 12 King’s Bench WalkHe delivers commercially focused, pragmatic and detailed advice.’

Ranked: tier 3

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