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St Philips Chambers

Chambers of Andrew Smith QC

41 PARK SQUARE, LEEDS, LS1 2NP, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0113 244 6691
Fax:
Fax 0113 394 7474
Email:
Web:
www.st-philipsstone.com

Regional Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

St Philips Chambers is the second-largest set in the country, bringing together barristers with wide-ranging expertise: the Birmingham office has experience across civil, family and criminal law, the Leeds base is particularly well known for Chancery and commercial work, and the London office is rooted in shipping law. Indeed, everyone in London and elsewhere who practises commercial law operates under the brand name of St Philips Stone. The set is also well known in Asia and benefits from members based in the region and an office in Singapore. Law firms say, β€˜individuals at this chambers are willing to work with solicitors to find a solution – whether it is to source a suitable expert or to hold seminars for clients – and they do this without hesitation’. β€˜The clerks are also prepared to listen to feedback with a view to improve the set’s overall market share, which is very refreshing.’ Director of clerking Joe Wilson leads an β€˜excellent’ team, which is β€˜responsive and understanding of time and fee pressures’. Key contacts include London-based Luke Irons, whose β€˜demeanour rests well with solicitors and global law firms’, and Leeds-based Stephen Render, who is β€˜very personable and always accommodating’. Offices in: Birmingham, Leeds, London

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Regional Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

St Philips Chambers is the second-largest set in the country, bringing together barristers with wide-ranging expertise: the Birmingham office has experience across civil, family and criminal law, the Leeds base is particularly well known for Chancery and commercial work, and the London office is rooted in shipping law. Indeed, everyone in London and elsewhere who practises commercial law operates under the brand name of St Philips Stone. The set is also well known in Asia and benefits from members based in the region and an office in Singapore. Law firms say, β€˜individuals at this chambers are willing to work with solicitors to find a solution – whether it is to source a suitable expert or to hold seminars for clients – and they do this without hesitation’. β€˜The clerks are also prepared to listen to feedback with a view to improve the set’s overall market share, which is very refreshing.’ Director of clerking Joe Wilson leads an β€˜excellent’ team, which is β€˜responsive and understanding of time and fee pressures’. Key contacts include London-based Luke Irons, whose β€˜demeanour rests well with solicitors and global law firms’, and Leeds-based Stephen Render, who is β€˜very personable and always accommodating’. Offices in: Birmingham, Leeds, London

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Regional Bar : Midland Circuit

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law

Members of St Philips Stone are experienced in domestic and international commercial dispute resolution. The team acts across all areas of commercial, banking and Chancery law, and is viewed as having β€˜deep insolvency experience’. Recent case highlights include acting in a Β£4m professional negligence case involving alleged inaccurate auditing, and handling a contractual dispute regarding property investment in Dubai. In 2017, James Morgan QC took silk and Andrew Maguire left to join Outer Temple Chambers.

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law – Leading silks

Avtar Khangure QC - St Philips Stone β€˜Very compelling on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 1

Edward Pepperall QC - St Philips Stone β€˜Very experienced in restraint of confidentiality matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Morgan QC - St Philips Stone β€˜His legal advice is first-rate.’

Ranked: tier 1

John Randall QC - St Philips Stone β€˜A ferociously intelligent silk.’

Ranked: tier 1
Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law – Leading juniors

Ali Tabari - St Philips Stone β€˜A highly skilled and persuasive advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Amit Gupta - St Philips Stone β€˜Approachable, knowledgeable and commercially aware.’

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Charman - St Philips Chambers β€˜A specialist in shareholder disputes.’

Ranked: tier 1

Kate Rogers - St Philips Stone β€˜Pertinacious, energetic and technically accomplished.’

Ranked: tier 1

Marc Brown - St Philips Stone β€˜Good on his feet and quick to offer practical solutions to issues.’

Ranked: tier 1

Matthew Weaver - St Philips Stone β€˜Astute, responsive and great with clients and judges.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Crime

St Philips Chambers has β€˜strong advocates in the field of crime’ and areas of instruction include white-collar fraud, serious sexual offences, corporate manslaughter, murder and drugs conspiracies. Leader of the Midland Circuit Richard Atkins QC resides at the set and in 2016 he successfully prosecuted in the Lauren Jeska case, where a transgender athlete attempted to kill the head of HR at UK Athletics. In another matter, Jennifer Josephs led the prosecution in the R v Danny Murphy trial, regarding a conspiracy to supply high-purity class A drugs.

Crime – Leading silks

Andrew Smith QC - St Philips Chambers β€˜Recommended for both prosecution and defence in serious criminal cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Christopher Millington QC - St Philips Chambers β€˜Very experienced in gross negligence manslaughter cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Crigman QC - St Philips Chambers β€˜Recommended for high-profile murder cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Peter Haynes QC - St Philips Chambers β€˜He commands the respect of the bench.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Atkins QC - St Philips Chambers β€˜A very impressive silk; juries love him.’

Ranked: tier 1
Crime – Leading juniors

Ben Mills - St Philips Chambers β€˜An industrious lawyer with a rigorous approach.’

Ranked: tier 1

Ben Williams - St Philips Chambers β€˜Specialises in cases of murder and fraud.’

Ranked: tier 1

Heidi Kubik - St Philips Chambers β€˜Adroit at handling clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jennifer Josephs - St Philips Chambers β€˜She has the makings of a future silk.’

Ranked: tier 1

Naomi Gilchrist - St Philips Chambers β€˜Her advocacy style is fearless yet appealing to judge and jury.’

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Davis - St Philips Chambers β€˜He has great intellectual acumen.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Employment

The employment team at St Philips Chambers has expertise in a wide range of areas including TUPE, sexual harassment, whistleblowing, and discrimination on grounds of sex, disability, race and religion.

Employment – Leading silks

Edward Pepperall QC - St Philips Chambers β€˜Recommended for complex and high-profile discrimination claims.’

Ranked: tier 1
Employment – Leading juniors

David Maxwell - St Philips Chambers β€˜He has a brilliant legal mind.’

Ranked: tier 1

Dr Mirza Ahmad - St Philips Chambers β€˜Experienced in cases involving restrictive covenants and dismissals.’

Ranked: tier 1

Edmund Beever - St Philips Chambers β€˜He has a fine analytical mind.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jonathan Gidney - St Philips Chambers β€˜Well-informed and excellent in tribunals.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jonathan Meichen - St Philips Chambers β€˜Very approachable, very personable and very knowledgeable.’

Ranked: tier 1

Sarah George - St Philips Chambers β€˜A very accomplished advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Sophie Garner - St Philips Chambers β€˜Quick to win a client’s confidence.’

Ranked: tier 1

Tariq Sadiq - St Philips Chambers β€˜A calm, precise and balanced advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Family and children law

St Philips Chambers has β€˜a wide variety of specialist counsel’ handling public and private children law involving child death, serious neglect, and international child abduction. On the money side, Louise McCabe and Jonathan Nosworthy specialise in financial remedy cases. In 2016 Vanessa Meachin and Lawrence Messling left for 3PB, and Evelyn Bugeja joined from Cornwall Street Chambers.

Family and children law – Leading juniors

Elizabeth Walker - St Philips Chambers β€˜A fantastic advocate with a calm and candid style.’

Ranked: tier 1

Evelyn Bugeja - St Philips Chambers β€˜Very experienced in representing vulnerable witnesses.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jonathan Nosworthy - St Philips Chambers β€˜An exceptional cross-examiner, who is brilliant with clients; a silk in the making.’

Ranked: tier 1

Louise McCabe - St Philips Chambers β€˜She is driven, confident and pulls no punches.’

Ranked: tier 1

Leisha Bond - St Philips Chambers β€˜Unafraid to don the gloves and fight for her clients’ best interests.’

Ranked: tier 1

Nicholas Brown - St Philips Chambers β€˜Fantastically analytical and a creative problem solver.’

Ranked: tier 1

Rosalyn Carter - St Philips Chambers β€˜Her level of service is first-rate.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Leading sets
Midland Circuit – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

St Philips Chambers (Birmingham)

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Personal injury and clinical negligence

The personal injury and clinical negligence team at St Philips Chambers represents claimants and defendants. Areas of work include disease litigation, physical and psychiatric injuries to vulnerable adults, catastrophic injuries, and road traffic accidents.

Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading juniors

Andrew Evans - St Philips Chambers β€˜Recommended for cosmetic surgery clinical negligence cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Colin Baran - St Philips Chambers β€˜An expert in clinical negligence and medical law.’

Ranked: tier 1

Thomas Rochford - St Philips Chambers β€˜He is very impressive in court.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Property

St Philips Stone’ areas of expertise include easements, rights of way cases for landlords and developers, boundary disputes, and commercial leases.

Property – Leading silks

John Randall QC - St Philips Stone β€˜An authority on property disputes.’

Ranked: tier 1
Property – Leading juniors

Anthony Verduyn - St Philips Stone β€˜He has a β€œcan-do” attitude and seeks practical solutions to difficult problems.’

Ranked: tier 1

John Brennan - St Philips Stone β€˜A strong and determined negotiator.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Public law

St Philips Chambers maintains a specialist practice in human rights law, covering prisoners’ rights, mental health and extradition matters. Tariq Sadiq recently acted for the Secretary of State in a case regarding the Calais β€˜Jungle Camp’.

Public law – Leading silks

John Randall QC - St Philips Chambers β€˜An extremely talented silk.’

Ranked: tier 1
Public law – Leading juniors

Dr Mirza Ahmad - St Philips Chambers β€˜Very commercially aware.’

Ranked: tier 1

Tariq Sadiq - St Philips Chambers β€˜An effective and thorough negotiator.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing

Regulatory counsel at St Philips Chambers prosecute and defend in health and safety cases and licensing matters. Ben Mills recently appeared in the HSE v West Midlands Police case, where a counter-terrorism officer was injured by a machine used to dismantle seized weapons. Barry Berlin was appointed to the circuit bench in 2016.

Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing – Leading silks

Kevin Hegarty QC - St Philips Chambers β€˜Noted for regulatory crime cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Atkins QC - St Philips Chambers β€˜Recommended for trading standards cases.’

Ranked: tier 1
Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing – Leading juniors

Andrew Evans - St Philips Chambers β€˜Unflappable and industrious.’

Ranked: tier 1

Ben Mills - St Philips Chambers β€˜His advocacy skills are understated yet effective.’

Ranked: tier 1

Naomi Gilchrist - St Philips Chambers β€˜Insightful and bright.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Regional Bar : North Eastern Circuit

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law

St Philips Stone handles a range of commercial and Chancery matters, including probate, trusts, wills, partnership, and shareholder and business sale disputes. Stuart Roberts successfully represented the claimant in the case of Pratt v Kingsley, a dispute over the validity of a will found five years after the death of the testator.

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law – Leading juniors

Dominic Crossley - St Philips Stone β€˜His technical expertise is first-rate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Gregory Pipe - St Philips Stone β€˜Very experienced in shareholder and business sale disputes.’

Ranked: tier 1

Peter Cherry - St Philips Stone β€˜Recommended for commercial disputes with a Chancery element.’

Ranked: tier 1

Stuart Roberts - St Philips Stone β€˜A very good advocate with sound client-care skills.’

Ranked: tier 1

Sean Kelly - St Philips Stone β€˜His cross-examinations are always a joy to watch.’

Ranked: tier 1

Sarah Harrison - St Philips Stone β€˜Extremely bright, ferocious, and very good on the details.’

Ranked: tier 1

William Buck - St Philips Stone β€˜A very bright barrister with an analytical approach.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Construction, planning and environment

St Philips Stone houses Anthony Edwards, who has expertise in heavyweight construction disputes.

Construction, planning and environment – Leading juniors

Anthony Edwards - St Philips Stone β€˜Experienced in cases involving construction disputes.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Employment

Members at St Philips Chambers frequently appear in the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT), acting for claimants and respondents in matters including discrimination, unfair dismissal and whistleblowing claims.

Employment – Leading juniors

Bruce Frew - St Philips Chambers β€˜Recommended for all areas of employment law.’

Ranked: tier 1

Helen Gardiner - St Philips Chambers β€˜Great with clients, intelligent, and very good on her feet.’

Ranked: tier 1

Paul Wilson - St Philips Chambers β€˜Very personable and quick to put clients at ease.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Leading sets
North Eastern Circuit – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

St Philips Chambers (Leeds)

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Property

Dominic Crossley at St Philips Stone has a mixed Chancery and property practice. On the property side, he is instructed in adverse possession, easements, boundaries and covenants disputes, and TOLATA matters.

Property – Leading juniors

Dominic Crossley - St Philips Stone β€˜A robust and very approachable barrister.’

Ranked: tier 1

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