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Chambers of John Ross QC

LONDON, WC2A 1LF, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7092 2900
Fax:
Fax 020 7404 9876
DX:
364 LONDON CHANCERY LANE WC2
Email:
Web:
www.1chancerylane.com

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

1 Chancery Lane has β€˜a very impressive range of counsel’ across the civil common law spectrum. In particular, chambers is recommended for personal injury, clinical negligence, professional negligence, police and travel law, among other areas. β€˜The barristers are of a consistently high standard and they provide an excellent service, and on that basis, this is a second-to-none set.’ Counsel are backed up by β€˜a smooth and effective clerks’ room’, which is a β€˜real asset to chambers’ and β€˜one of the best clerking teams in the country’. β€˜Inimitable’ senior clerk Clark Chessis is supported by β€˜star’ first junior David Barrow, and together, they β€˜run a tight ship’; β€˜they always deliver what they say they will, and recommendations on counsel are always appropriate and well considered’. β€˜Nothing is too much trouble and no other set can touch them for the service they provide’. Offices in: London

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London Bar

Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)
Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – Leading juniors

Paul Stagg - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜Creative and unafraid to use innovative arguments.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Clinical negligence
Clinical negligence – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

1 Chancery Lane

1 Chancery Lane is β€˜an excellent set’ with β€˜strength in depth’. The team is β€˜technically strong’, provides β€˜an excellent service’, and includes barristers who are both β€˜approachable and knowledgeable’. Chambers is particularly noted for its β€˜effective juniors, who all have good commercial awareness.’

Clinical negligence – Leading silks

Simon Readhead QC - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜Highly intelligent and exceptionally talented.’

Ranked: tier 2

Edward Bishop QC - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜A robust and clear-sighted advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4
Clinical negligence – Leading juniors

Sophie Mortimer - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜She is exceptionally intelligent with an in-depth grasp of the law.’

Ranked: tier 2

Angus Piper - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜Highly recommended by solicitors.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Thomson - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜He is excellent on his feet and has a determined court manner.’

Ranked: tier 4

Laura Johnson - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜She is a tough negotiator, who is prepared to think outside the box.’

Ranked: tier 4

Lisa Dobie - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜She has a broad practice and acts for claimants and defendants.’

Ranked: tier 4

Paul Stagg - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜He is personable but firm in settlement negotiations.’

Ranked: tier 4

Simon Trigger - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜He gives good practical advice.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Consumer
Consumer – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

1 Chancery Lane

Demonstrating β€˜strength in depth’, 1 Chancery Lane is β€˜a premier set of chambers’ for consumer law, with counsel who are β€˜approachable and knowledgeable’ and β€˜provide an excellent service’.

Consumer – Leading silks

John Ross QC - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜He has a formidable intellect.’

Ranked: tier 2
Consumer – 2017 silks

Matthew Chapman QC - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜One of the main players.’

Ranked: tier 1
Consumer – Leading juniors

Sarah Prager - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜A leading practitioner of her field, with excellent advocacy skills and a good sense of humour.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jack Harding - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜He is very thorough, approachable and conscientious.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Education
Education – Leading silks

Andrew Warnock QC - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜Swift and proficient.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud
Personal injury – Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

1 Chancery Lane

Delivering β€˜a consistently high-standard’ service, 1 Chancery Lane’s personal injury practice is closely linked to its extensive expertise across the public law spectrum. The set is also noted for travel-related claims.

Personal injury – Leading silks

Andrew Warnock QC - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜Strong on local authority and abuse cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

John Ross QC - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜A formidable intellect, who is always calmness personified under pressure.’

Ranked: tier 3

Edward Bishop QC - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜A highly intelligent, astute barrister, who is considerate of clients’ needs.’

Ranked: tier 4
Personal injury – 2017 silks

Matthew Chapman QC - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜One of the main players in this arena.’

Ranked: tier 1
Personal injury – Leading juniors

Laura Johnson - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜Quietly confident and reassuring; an excellent trial advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4

Lisa Dobie - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜An excellent advocate.’

Ranked: tier 5

Simon Trigger - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜Recommended for sexual abuse claims.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Police law (defendant)
Police law (defendant) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

1 Chancery Lane

1 Chancery Lane is a β€˜strong civil set for personal injury and human rights claims’, which also handles police representation at inquests. Sophie Mortimer advised Essex Police on a civil claim, which settled, brought by the family of Lee Balkwell regarding the police’s failure to carry out an effective investigation into his death in 2002. Balkwell was crushed to death by a cement mixer, and a subsequent inquest returned a verdict of unlawful killing due to gross negligence.

Police law (defendant) – Leading silks

Andrew Warnock QC - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜Instructed to defend in human rights and personal injury cases involving the police.’

Ranked: tier 3
Police law (defendant) – Leading juniors

Geoffrey Weddell - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜Calm, but with a measured aggression on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 1

Paul Stagg - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜A go-to counsel for Human Rights Act claims: a walking law library.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ian Clarke - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜Instructed in a range of public law and personal injury cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Laura Johnson - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜She represents forces in personal injury cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Lisa Dobie - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜Instructed in a range of cases ranging from police employment through to personal injury.’

Ranked: tier 3

Roderick Abbott - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜A counsel of choice for the Met in sensitive cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sophie Mortimer - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜She appears in Human Rights Act cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

1 Chancery Lane

1 Chancery Lane has β€˜considerable expertise and depth of talent in the field of professional indemnity’ with β€˜excellence at every level’. The set is recognised for legal, insurance, financial services, real estate and construction professional negligence work, as well as local authority and education claims. John Ross QC appeared in Legg v Sterte Garage and Aviva UK, and Andrew Warnock QC acted in CFC v Westminster City Council.

Professional negligence – Leading silks

John Ross QC - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜First-rate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Warnock QC - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜First class.’

Ranked: tier 3
Professional negligence – Leading juniors

John Norman - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜Brilliant.’

Ranked: tier 3

Karen Shuman - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜Approachable with a fearsome intellect.’

Ranked: tier 3

Angus Piper - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜Efficient.’

Ranked: tier 4

Ivor Collett - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜Very approachable and easy to deal with.’

Ranked: tier 4

Marc Rivalland - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜Impressive.’

Ranked: tier 5

Nicholas Yell - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜Highly rated.’

Ranked: tier 5

Andrew Spencer - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜Exceptional.’

Ranked: tier 6

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Property litigation and agriculture
Property litigation – Leading juniors

Karen Shuman - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜Very easy to work with and she will research until she gets an answer.’

Ranked: tier 4

Zachary Bredemear - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜Clients have nothing but positive things to say about him.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Set overviews: England and Wales

1 Chancery Lane has β€˜a very impressive range of counsel’ across the civil common law spectrum. In particular, chambers is recommended for personal injury, clinical negligence, professional negligence, police and travel law, among other areas. β€˜The barristers are of a consistently high standard and they provide an excellent service, and on that basis, this is a second-to-none set.’ Counsel are backed up by β€˜a smooth and effective clerks’ room’, which is a β€˜real asset to chambers’ and β€˜one of the best clerking teams in the country’. β€˜Inimitable’ senior clerk Clark Chessis is supported by β€˜star’ first junior David Barrow, and together, they β€˜run a tight ship’; β€˜they always deliver what they say they will, and recommendations on counsel are always appropriate and well considered’. β€˜Nothing is too much trouble and no other set can touch them for the service they provide’. Offices in: London

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Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)
Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

1 Chancery Lane

For some, 1 Chancery Lane is β€˜the leading travel law set’, with β€˜approachable, straight-talking barristers, who provide an excellent service’ and are β€˜leading lights in the field’. John Ross QC appeared in Brownlie v Four Seasons Holdings, a landmark Court of Appeal case involving an off-package contract and tort fatal claim in which the claimant’s husband and daughter were killed as a result of a defective and improperly maintained vehicle operated by Four Seasons.

Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) – Leading silks

John Ross QC - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜He has no weaknesses.’

Ranked: tier 1
Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) – 2017 silks

Matthew Chapman QC - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜He has amazing knowledge of conflicting jurisdictional issues.’

Ranked: tier 1
Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) – Leading juniors

Jack Harding - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜A diligent and switched-on junior.’

Ranked: tier 1

Sarah Prager - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜A leading practitioner in her field with excellent advocacy skills.’

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Spencer - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜He will work tirelessly to find an angle in a case and make it work for the client.’

Ranked: tier 2

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