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12 King's Bench Walk

Chambers of Paul Russell QC

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

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Offering ‘a breadth of experience that is unrivalled’, 12 King's Bench Walk is ‘in a class of its own’ for ‘complex and major loss personal injury claims’ and is increasingly recognised for international claims. Chambers has ‘a long history and impressive pedigree’ with ‘responsive, flexible, and collaborative’ counsel, but it has nonetheless ‘modernised its approach of late’ to maintain its status as a leading personal injury and industrial disease set and make further inroads into the clinical negligence space. Solicitors also praise the set’s ‘first-class’ and ‘well-planned’ seminars and CPD training. Chambers has recently been strengthened by the arrival of Ivan Bowley, an industrial disease and workplace injury claims specialist, from Lincoln House Chambers; Hollie Patterson joined the employment team from Capsticks LLP; and Scottish advocate Craig Murray brings his ten years of personal injury and clinical negligence expertise from north of the border after the completion of his pupillage. The clerks’ room has ‘improved tenfold’ since the appointment of ‘approachable’ director of clerking Oliver Parkhouse who has ‘transformed, reinvigorated, and elevated the standard of clerking and marketing to a new high’. The ‘market leading’ team is ‘proactive and bend over backwards to assist’; ‘you don’t get any nonsense when it comes to agreeing brief fees’; ‘Nothing phases them and if a matter is urgent they will deliver’. ‘Extremely helpful and friendly’ Graham Johnson is a ‘standout’ senior clerk who ‘never lets you down’ and ‘one who can solve any problem’; ‘first-class’ practice team leader Tristan Whigham ‘always delivers’ as ‘there is no problem too large or too small for him to sort out’ and ‘he takes the time to find out about the case and ensure both client and instructing solicitor are in good hands’; ‘top notch’ Lexie Johnson stands out in terms of diary management and problem solving and has a ‘never-say-no attitude’. A recent recruit from Fountain Court Chambers, practice team leader George Boggis is ‘excellent, prompt, and efficient’; senior practice manager Kevin McCourt and junior practice managers Megan Pryde and Harry Gamble are also well-regarded. The set has also recently recruited Alex Jones from MAITLAND CHAMBERS , who joined as an assistant team leader. Offices in: London

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Aviation
Leading Silks

Michael Rawlinson QC - 12 King's Bench WalkHe is a very strong advocate.

Ranked: tier 4

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Clinical negligence
Leading Juniors

Henry Charles - 12 King's Bench WalkHe is able to navigate the most unusual of medical mistakes and takes a practical approach to his cases.

Ranked: tier 3

John-Paul Swoboda - 12 King's Bench WalkHe has strong medical knowledge and is a firm fighter when matters get to court.

Ranked: tier 4

Vanessa Cashman - 12 King's Bench WalkShe is very thorough in the preparation stages of a case and this then shines through in her presentation at either a trial or joint settlement meeting.

Ranked: tier 4

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Costs
Leading Juniors

Andrew Roy - 12 King's Bench WalkHis advocacy is well paced and always well received.

Ranked: tier 4

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Employment
Leading Juniors

Carolyn D’Souza - 12 King's Bench WalkHer knowledge of whistleblowing law is vast; her strengths lie in being able to quickly build a rapport with clients and her ability to work collaboratively in shaping a case.

Ranked: tier 4

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Inquests and inquiries
Leading Juniors

Edward Ramsay - 12 King's Bench WalkHe has a natural instinct of which lines of inquiry to pursue with witnesses.

Ranked: tier 3

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

12 King's Bench Walk

12 King's Bench Walk has 'modernised its approach to become one of the leading chambers for personal injury'. The 'go-to set for asbestos disease litigation' draws on a wealth of 'unrivalled experience' acting in high-value and complex claims, and is gaining momentum in the international catastrophic injury arena. Stephen Worthington QC and Patrick Vincent acted for the appellant in the Supreme Court decision of Cameron v Hussain, an important judgement on accidents where drivers are untraced. William Audland QC is noted for his specialism in cross-border claims and issues of jurisdiction.

Industrial disease - Leading Silks

Andrew Hogarth QC - 12 King's Bench WalkImpressive advocate with a refreshing no-nonsense approach.

Ranked: tier 1

Harry Steinberg QC - 12 King's Bench WalkAn excellent barrister who communicates legal issues to clients in a straightforward manner.

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Rawlinson QC - 12 King's Bench WalkFaultless knowledge of the law in the field of disease litigation.

Ranked: tier 1

Steven Snowden QC - 12 King's Bench WalkMeticulous in his preparation and very effective on his feet.

Ranked: tier 1
Insurance fraud - Leading Silks

William Featherby QC - 12 King's Bench WalkOutstanding advocate who is extremely experienced in catastrophic injury claims.

Ranked: tier 1
Personal Injury - Leading Silks

William Audland QC - 12 King's Bench WalkA go-to leader in serious international injury cases.

Ranked: tier 1

Paul Russell QC - 12 King's Bench WalkExcellent forensic analysis and superb drafting skills.

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Worthington QC - 12 King's Bench Walk‘Go-to’silk for tricky liability disputes and significant causation and quantum cases.

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Hogarth QC - 12 King's Bench WalkImpressive advocate with a refreshing no-nonsense approach.

Ranked: tier 4

Harry Steinberg QC - 12 King's Bench WalkAn excellent barrister who communicates legal issues to clients in a straightforward manner.

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Methuen QC - 12 King's Bench WalkEffective mediator, who is able to promote a common sense approach between seemingly irreconcilable parties.

Ranked: tier 4

William Featherby QC - 12 King's Bench WalkOutstanding advocate who is extremely experienced in catastrophic injury claims.

Ranked: tier 4
Industrial disease - Leading Juniors

Gemma Scott - 12 King's Bench WalkHer knowledge of the development of the understanding of asbestos risks is peerless.

Ranked: tier 1

John-Paul Swoboda - 12 King's Bench WalkHe provides a pragmatic approach to matters especially complex multi-defendant claims.

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Brace - 12 King's Bench WalkHe has extensive knowledge of asbestos disease cases and that shows in his advice.

Ranked: tier 1

Niall Maclean - 12 King's Bench WalkHe has built up an impressive knowledge of the law relating to asbestos-related cases.

Ranked: tier 1

Patrick Kerr - 12 King's Bench WalkA genuine star for asbestos disease claims who is not afraid to run novel arguments.

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Levene - 12 King's Bench WalkHe excels in asbestos disease litigation.

Ranked: tier 1
Personal injury - Leading Juniors

Henry Charles - 12 King's Bench WalkAn astute mind whose mastery of the law is first-class.

Ranked: tier 1

Nigel Lewers - 12 King's Bench WalkExtremely bright in dealing with cases of utmost complexity.

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Roy - 12 King's Bench WalkHe is a strong negotiator and has the added value of real costs expertise.

Ranked: tier 2

David Sanderson - 12 King's Bench WalkHe gets great results in roundtable meetings.

Ranked: tier 2

Hugh Hamill - 12 King's Bench WalkHe is very thorough in preparation and able to negotiate difficult settlements.

Ranked: tier 2

Marcus Dignum - 12 King's Bench WalkA strong advocate who is willing to take a robust approach to liability.

Ranked: tier 2

Patrick Vincent - 12 King's Bench WalkGo-to barrister for indemnity matters.

Ranked: tier 2

David White - 12 King's Bench WalkHe has an eye for detail providing clear but balanced advice supported by strong assessment of the evidence.

Ranked: tier 3

Daniel Tobin - 12 King's Bench WalkStrong negotiator who presses the right buttons to obtain maximum results.

Ranked: tier 3

Gemma Scott - 12 King's Bench WalkHer knowledge of the development of the understanding of asbestos risks is peerless.

Ranked: tier 3

Simon Levene - 12 King's Bench WalkHe excels in asbestos disease litigation.

Ranked: tier 3

Arun Katyar - 12 King's Bench WalkHe has sound judgement and provides realistic, commercial advice.

Ranked: tier 5

Catherine Peck - 12 King's Bench WalkShe will know the papers inside-out and really gets to grips with the cases quickly and effectively.

Ranked: tier 5

James Sullivan - 12 King's Bench WalkHe will always go the extra mile to advise on difficult issues.

Ranked: tier 5

Niall Maclean - 12 King's Bench WalkHe has built up an impressive knowledge of the law relating to asbestos-related cases.

Ranked: tier 5

Philip Mead - 12 King's Bench WalkAlmost needs no mention as one of the barristers with a big brain for all things private international law.

Ranked: tier 5

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Set overviews: England and Wales

Offering ‘a breadth of experience that is unrivalled’, 12 King's Bench Walk is ‘in a class of its own’ for ‘complex and major loss personal injury claims’ and is increasingly recognised for international claims. Chambers has ‘a long history and impressive pedigree’ with ‘responsive, flexible, and collaborative’ counsel, but it has nonetheless ‘modernised its approach of late’ to maintain its status as a leading personal injury and industrial disease set and make further inroads into the clinical negligence space. Solicitors also praise the set’s ‘first-class’ and ‘well-planned’ seminars and CPD training. Chambers has recently been strengthened by the arrival of Ivan Bowley, an industrial disease and workplace injury claims specialist, from Lincoln House Chambers; Hollie Patterson joined the employment team from Capsticks LLP; and Scottish advocate Craig Murray brings his ten years of personal injury and clinical negligence expertise from north of the border after the completion of his pupillage. The clerks’ room has ‘improved tenfold’ since the appointment of ‘approachable’ director of clerking Oliver Parkhouse who has ‘transformed, reinvigorated, and elevated the standard of clerking and marketing to a new high’. The ‘market leading’ team is ‘proactive and bend over backwards to assist’; ‘you don’t get any nonsense when it comes to agreeing brief fees’; ‘Nothing phases them and if a matter is urgent they will deliver’. ‘Extremely helpful and friendly’ Graham Johnson is a ‘standout’ senior clerk who ‘never lets you down’ and ‘one who can solve any problem’; ‘first-class’ practice team leader Tristan Whigham ‘always delivers’ as ‘there is no problem too large or too small for him to sort out’ and ‘he takes the time to find out about the case and ensure both client and instructing solicitor are in good hands’; ‘top notch’ Lexie Johnson stands out in terms of diary management and problem solving and has a ‘never-say-no attitude’. A recent recruit from Fountain Court Chambers, practice team leader George Boggis is ‘excellent, prompt, and efficient’; senior practice manager Kevin McCourt and junior practice managers Megan Pryde and Harry Gamble are also well-regarded. The set has also recently recruited Alex Jones from MAITLAND CHAMBERS , who joined as an assistant team leader. 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 has an 'enviable reputation' for international personal injury and travel law matters, where it has 'superb senior and junior counsel'. Noble Caledonia Ltd v Air Niugini is a notable case for William Audland QC, as is X v Kuoni Travel, which examines the contractual and vicarious liability of a tour operator for sexual assault; the case was referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union in July 2019. Harry Steinberg QC was instructed by the claimant in Alistair Inglis v Ministry of Defence, which was a test case regarding noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus caused by exposure to noise while serving in the Royal Marines.

Leading Silks

William Audland QC - 12 King's Bench WalkAn excellent advocate who provides clear and concise advice.

Ranked: tier 1

Harry Steinberg QC - 12 King's Bench WalkHe specialises in large-scale group claims.

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Rawlinson QC - 12 King's Bench WalkHe is experienced in international claims.

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Methuen QC - 12 King's Bench WalkHe is very strong on cross-border claims.

Ranked: tier 2
Leading Juniors

Philip Mead - 12 King's Bench WalkGreat on jurisdictional issues and a tactical mastermind.

Ranked: tier 1

James Sullivan - 12 King's Bench WalkHe has a real eye for detail and provides clear and concise advice which is always to the point.

Ranked: tier 2

James Candlin - 12 King's Bench WalkHe is a careful and meticulous cross-examiner.

Ranked: tier 2

John-Paul Swoboda - 12 King's Bench WalkHe is a pleasure to work with and is a rising star in the travel law domain.

Ranked: tier 3

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