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Parklane Plowden

Chambers of Christopher Williams

19 WESTGATE, LEEDS, LS1 2RD, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0113 228 5000
Fax:
Fax 0113 200 1018
DX:
26404 LEEDS PARK SQUARE
Email:
Web:
www.parklaneplowden.co.uk

Regional Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Parklane Plowden is a β€˜fantastic set which has a large depth and breadth of experience’, most prominently in employment, personal injury and clinical negligence and family law. In another recent development, the commercial team has been strengthened by the arrival of barristers from St Philips Chambers. On the support side, the clerks are β€˜friendly and helpful and always willing to go the extra mile’. Practice director Michael Stubbs is β€˜a pleasure to work with’; senior clerk Mark Williams is β€˜excellent’; and senior civil clerk Sharon Robson is β€˜brilliant, always happy to help and very responsive’. Clerking director Andy Gray is no longer at the set. Offices in: Leeds, Newcastle

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Regional Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Parklane Plowden is a β€˜fantastic set which has a large depth and breadth of experience’, most prominently in employment, personal injury and clinical negligence and family law. In another recent development, the commercial team has been strengthened by the arrival of barristers from St Philips Chambers. On the support side, the clerks are β€˜friendly and helpful and always willing to go the extra mile’. Practice director Michael Stubbs is β€˜a pleasure to work with’; senior clerk Mark Williams is β€˜excellent’; and senior civil clerk Sharon Robson is β€˜brilliant, always happy to help and very responsive’. Clerking director Andy Gray is no longer at the set. Offices in: Leeds, Newcastle

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Regional Bar : North Eastern Circuit

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law

Parklane Plowden’s commercial and Chancery team has particular expertise in contractual and property disputes. In 2018 Peter Cherry, Sarah Harrison, Sean Kelly and Stuart Roberts joined from St Philips Chambers.

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law – Leading juniors

Peter Cherry - Parklane Plowden β€˜Very experienced in handling Chancery-related commercial disputes.’

Ranked: tier 1

Sean Kelly - Parklane Plowden β€˜He has a fantastic ability to quickly assimilate the key details in a case.’

Ranked: tier 1

Sarah Harrison - Parklane Plowden β€˜An expert in contentious probate cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Stuart Roberts - Parklane Plowden β€˜Smooth, charming and good on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Costs

Parklane Plowden houses Steven Turner, who has a solid track record in acting for clients in multimillion-pound joint settlement meetings and has appeared unled in Court of Appeal cases regarding fixed costs.

Costs – Leading juniors

Steven Turner - Parklane Plowden β€˜Very well known for his expertise in costs matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Court of Protection

Natalia Levine at Parklane Plowden is well known for her Court of Protection practice, and she has particular expertise in health and welfare cases.

Court of Protection – Leading juniors

Natalia Levine - Parklane Plowden β€˜She has a brilliant eye for detail.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Employment

Members of Parklane Plowden have extensive experience across a panoply of employment matters, including unfair dismissal, whistleblowing, TUPE, harassment and discrimination on grounds of age, disability, sex and pregnancy. The set also reports an uptick in equal pay claims.

Employment – Leading juniors

Andrew Sugarman - Parklane Plowden β€˜A fiercely bright and commercially astute advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Webster - Parklane Plowden β€˜Recommended for a wide spectrum of employment cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Dominic Bayne - Parklane Plowden β€˜Very experienced in TUPE, equal pay and discrimination matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Kirti Jeram - Parklane Plowden β€˜She remains very composed under pressure.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Ryan - Parklane Plowden β€˜His advice is concise and considered.’

Ranked: tier 1

Roger Quickfall - Parklane Plowden β€˜He is well liked by clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

Seamus Sweeney - Parklane Plowden β€˜Clients like his polished style and reassuring manner.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Family and children law

Viewed as β€˜a heavyweight set of family law practitioners’ by instructing parties, Parklane Plowden’s key focus is in children law care cases, with matrimonial finance and TOLATA matters growing areas of strength.

Family and children law – Leading juniors

Duncan Maxwell-Stewart - Parklane Plowden β€˜A creative thinker with a confident demeanour.’

Ranked: tier 1

Elizabeth Darlington - Parklane Plowden β€˜An authority in TOLATA cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Joanne Astbury - Parklane Plowden β€˜Very clever and a force to be reckoned with in court.’

Ranked: tier 1

John Jackson - Parklane Plowden β€˜Very personable and a staunch advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Julia Nelson - Parklane Plowden β€˜Very confident before a judge.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Inquests and inquiries

The inquests and inquiries team at Parklane Plowden is instructed by bereaved families and institutions in inquests into deaths in care homes and road accidents, among other areas. Richard Copnall is well known for handling Article 2 inquests, often pertaining to deaths in custody and in prison.

Inquests and inquiries – Leading juniors

Richard Copnall - Parklane Plowden β€˜Confident, intelligent and assertive in cross-examination.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Leading sets
North Eastern Circuit – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Parklane Plowden (Leeds, Newcastle)

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Personal injury and clinical negligence

Parklane Plowden houses β€˜a strong set of personal injury counsel’ and is also traditionally strong in the field of clinical negligence. The team’s expertise spans industrial disease claims, catastrophic injuries, employers’ liability and claims suspected to be fraudulent. David Wilby QC is well known for his practice in cerebral palsy claims.

Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading silks

David Wilby QC - Parklane Plowden β€˜Highly recommended for the full spectrum of personal injury and clinical negligence matters.’

Ranked: tier 1
Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading juniors

Andrew Axon - Parklane Plowden β€˜Extremely bright, good on his feet and great with witnesses.’

Ranked: tier 1

Catherine Souter - Parklane Plowden β€˜Her practice includes public and occupiers’ liability cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Christopher Williams - Parklane Plowden β€˜Very energetic and builds excellent client rapport.’

Ranked: tier 1

Elizabeth Hodgson - Parklane Plowden β€˜She is a superb advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Howard Elgot - Parklane Plowden β€˜A smooth and determined barrister.’

Ranked: tier 1

Hylton Armstrong - Parklane Plowden β€˜He has a good manner with clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Murphy - Parklane Plowden β€˜He inspires confidence in clients and immediately puts them at ease.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Copnall - Parklane Plowden β€˜He leaves no stone unturned in a case.’

Ranked: tier 1

Stephen Friday - Parklane Plowden β€˜He has excellent technical knowledge.’

Ranked: tier 1

Tom Nossiter - Parklane Plowden β€˜He has a good style with lay clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

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