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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
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Web:
www.parklaneplowden.co.uk

Regional Bar: North Eastern Circuit

Clinical negligence

Parklane Plowden remains one of the circuit's strongest sets for clinical negligence work. It strengthened its offering this year with the arrival of dental negligence specialist Mike Hill from Trinity Chambers - he primarily handles claimant work, and in one example represented a claimant who lost 26 teeth due to long-term mismanagement of periodontal disease.

Leading Juniors

Andrew Axon - Parklane PlowdenA tough negotiator who will work hard to achieve the right result for the client.

Ranked: tier 1

Elizabeth Hodgson - Parklane PlowdenVery good with clients and excellent in court - an all-round top advocate.

Ranked: tier 1

Howard Elgot - Parklane PlowdenSpecialises in claimant work.

Ranked: tier 1

Hylton Armstrong - Parklane PlowdenGreat at distilling complex cases for clients.

Ranked: tier 1

Mike Hill - Parklane Plowden'Highly experienced in dental negligence cases.

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Copnall - Parklane PlowdenA strong clinical negligence junior.

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Friday - Parklane PlowdenHis practice includes delayed diagnosis and surgical negligence cases.

Ranked: tier 2

Stuart Jamieson - Parklane PlowdenExtremely tenacious when dealing with opponents.

Ranked: tier 2

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Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law

Following the arrival of several barristers from St Philips Chambers in 2018, Parklane Plowden is home to a Chancery and commercial team that is praised by clients for its 'strength in depth'. A recent highlight is Liddle v Liddle, where Sean Kelly represented the appellant in a partnership option dispute.

Leading Juniors

Sean Kelly - Parklane PlowdenVery good for banking law.

Ranked: tier 1

Sarah Harrison - Parklane PlowdenGood with clients and has specialist probate knowledge.

Ranked: tier 2

Stuart Roberts - Parklane PlowdenPersonable, practical and confident

Ranked: tier 2

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Costs

Parklane Plowden is home to Steven Turner, who is well known for his costs litigation expertise, which often crosses over with his personal injury expertise.

Leading Juniors

Steven Turner - Parklane PlowdenA very strong advocate.

Ranked: tier 1

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Court of Protection and community care

Parklane Plowden is home to Natalia Levine and Simon Wilkinson, who are instructed by all parties in Court of Protection matters, with one solicitor referring to them as a 'first point of call', with 'a strong presence on the market'. Key areas of work include fact-finding hearings, deprivation of liberty, and cases which overlap with care proceedings.

Leading Juniors

Natalia Levine - Parklane PlowdenA very experienced and well-respected counsel in Court of Protection matters

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Wilkinson - Parklane PlowdenAble to put clients at ease in difficult circumstances.

Ranked: tier 2

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Employment

Described by one client as 'unquestionably the strongest employment set in the North EastParklane Plowden is predominantly instructed on behalf of respondents, though members also act for claimants, including on a direct access basis. Discrimination cases are a key area of specialism, such as Seamus Sweeney's work with Glasgow City Council on multi-claimant equal pay claims, and Kirti Jeram acting for a director of Thyssenkrupp Elevator UK in a claim which included several allegations of racial harassment.

Leading Juniors

Andrew Sugarman - Parklane PlowdenArgues cogently, calmly and persuasively in court.

Ranked: tier 1

Dominic Bayne - Parklane PlowdenParticularly adept at dealing with difficult witnesses.

Ranked: tier 1

Kirti Jeram - Parklane PlowdenA strong and well-organised tribunal advocate.

Ranked: tier 1

Seamus Sweeney - Parklane PlowdenA good alternative to London counsel for complex cases.

Ranked: tier 1

Claire Millns - Parklane PlowdenGets to grips with cases very quickly.

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Ryan - Parklane PlowdenAlways very well-prepared and proactive.

Ranked: tier 2

Roger Quickfall - Parklane PlowdenRecommended for respondent work.

Ranked: tier 3

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Family and children law

Parklane Plowden has a strong reputation in family law work, and is 'particularly good with children matters', as well as being praised for their 'strong, growing team in financial remedy'. TLATA specialist Elizabeth Darlington recently represented an individual seeking to set aside her ex-partner's ownership of a property held jointly, but for which the vast majority of purchase monies had been provided by the client. In another recent highlight, Alex Taylor represented a local authority in a complex case in which care proceedings were brought against a set of parents concerning their second child, who was born in Ireland after the parents relocated when their first child was subject to adoption in the UK, with further jurisdictional issues being raised upon the birth of a third child.

Leading Juniors

Alex Taylor - Parklane PlowdenHe builds excellent relationships with professional and lay clients alike.

Ranked: tier 1

Duncan Maxwell-Stewart - Parklane PlowdenGood with detail and preparation, great with settlement negotiations.

Ranked: tier 1

Elizabeth Darlington - Parklane PlowdenExcellent on TLATA matters - a leader in her field.

Ranked: tier 1

John Jackson - Parklane PlowdenHe has an eye for the finer details and is fearless dealing with difficult issues both in the court and with clients.

Ranked: tier 1

Sara Anning - Parklane PlowdenProactive, approachable and attentive.

Ranked: tier 1

Joanne Astbury - Parklane PlowdenA superb, intelligent and determined advocate who is fearless in court.

Ranked: tier 2

Julia Nelson - Parklane PlowdenExcellent in dealing with private law matters.

Ranked: tier 2

Simon Wilkinson - Parklane PlowdenProvides honest and realistic advice in a manner in which clients can easily understand.

Ranked: tier 3

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Inquests and inquiries

Parklane Plowden is a notable presence in inquests throughout the region with a particular focus on hospital and custody deaths. Georgina Nolan recently represented the widow of a man who died during the first robotic mitral valve repair surgery in the UK, in an inquest into his death, which concluded it came as a direct result of the surgery.

Leading Juniors

Georgina Nolan - Parklane PlowdenExcellent on her feet, knowledgeable and authoritative.

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Copnall - Parklane PlowdenAnalytical, persuasive and highly intelligent.

Ranked: tier 1

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Leading Sets
Leading Sets - ranked: tier 1

Parklane Plowden

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Personal injury

With a large number of specialist practitioners among its ranks, Parklane Plowden has 'a big reputation for serious injury work in the region'. A notable recent instruction is Christopher Williams acting for the defendant funeral home in a claim for psychiatric injury brought by mourners who had witnessed pallbearers drop the coffin of a family member into its grave, breaking open the lid and exposing the body inside.

Leading Juniors

Andrew Axon - Parklane PlowdenA tough negotiator with a keen eye for detail.

Ranked: tier 1

James Murphy - Parklane PlowdenA superb advocate.

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Copnall - Parklane PlowdenConsistently provides an excellent and admirable level of service.

Ranked: tier 1

Christopher Williams - Parklane PlowdenRecommended for multi-track cases.

Ranked: tier 2

Catherine Souter - Parklane PlowdenVery good on her feet and in cross-examination.

Ranked: tier 2

Elizabeth Hodgson - Parklane PlowdenExcellent when dealing with complex cases and difficult clients.

Ranked: tier 2

Howard Elgot - Parklane PlowdenAn excellent junior counsel.

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Friday - Parklane PlowdenThorough and strategic.

Ranked: tier 2

Tom Nossiter - Parklane PlowdenWell-liked by clients and technically excellent.

Ranked: tier 2

Corin Furness - Parklane PlowdenLeaves no stone unturned to secure the best outcomes for clients.

Ranked: tier 3

Hylton Armstrong - Parklane PlowdenDeals with complex matters well.

Ranked: tier 3

Steven Turner - Parklane PlowdenA very astute tactician with excellent client skills.

Ranked: tier 3

Stuart Jamieson - Parklane PlowdenPerforms impressively in joint settlement meetings.

Ranked: tier 3

Tom Vonberg - Parklane PlowdenPragmatic with an excellent eye for detail.

Ranked: tier 3

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Property

Key areas of work for Parklane Plowden's property team include landlord and tenant, boundary disputes and conveyancing disputes. In addition, Sean Kelly is a notable practitioner in the field of agricultural and other partnership property, recently appearing in the Court of Appeal in Liddle v Liddle, which concerned the validity of an obligation to pay the first installment of a purchase price before that price has been determined.

Leading Juniors

Elizabeth Darlington - Parklane PlowdenClear, down-to-earth and knowledgeable.

Ranked: tier 1

Sean Kelly - Parklane PlowdenA strong analytical mind.

Ranked: tier 2

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