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Chambers of Simon Readhead 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

Thanks to its strength in depth of β€˜knowledgable, technically excellent’ and β€˜first-class’ counsel, the β€˜top notch’ 1 Chancery Lane is recommended across the civil common law spectrum, including personal injury, clinical negligence, professional negligence, police and travel law, among other areas. Additionally, some say it has become the β€˜go-to set’ for β€˜London-based abuse work’ and for β€˜novel duty of care and local authority work’. β€˜Leading by example’, senior clerk Clark Chessis is β€˜an integral part of chambers and its smooth operation’, and with highly rated first junior David Barrow he runs, what is to some, β€˜the best and most personable clerks’ room’ in London and which β€˜tries to make your life easier.’ Offices in: London

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London Bar

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

1 Chancery Lane

1 Chancery Lane has β€˜good counsel at all levels and availability’. The set is instructed by both claimants and defendants, including medical defence organisations. Highly regarded members include Simon Readhead QC and Edward Bishop QC, the latter is acting for the defendant in a multi-million pound claim for clinical negligence in the treatment of the H5N1 β€˜bird flu’ virus.

Clinical negligence – Leading silks

Simon Readhead QC - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜Calm, assured and very smart.’

Ranked: tier 2

Edward Bishop QC - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜He is extremely bright and gets to the nub of a case immediately.’

Ranked: tier 4
Clinical negligence – Leading juniors

Sophie Mortimer - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜She is not fazed by complex medical or legal issues.’

Ranked: tier 2

Angus Piper - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜Prompt, thorough, extremely easy to work with.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Thomson - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜He thinks ten moves ahead and is brilliant to deal with.’

Ranked: tier 4

Laura Johnson - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜Her judgement is faultless, her manner is adaptable and she consistently gives 100%.’

Ranked: tier 4

Lisa Dobie - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜A very competent junior.’

Ranked: tier 4

Paul Stagg - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜He is extremely precise, robust and intelligent.’

Ranked: tier 4

Simon Trigger - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜His strengths are attention to detail and his down to earth manner with clients.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Consumer
Consumer – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

1 Chancery Lane

1 Chancery Lane is reputed for its work in travel and leisure-related cases, most notably in overseas accident litigation. Key figures include John Ross QC, who represents claimants and insurers for professional negligence and insurance issues, and Matthew Chapman QC, who has extensive experience in cross border litigation.

Consumer – Leading silks

John Ross QC - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜Recommended for travel law.’

Ranked: tier 2
Consumer – 2017 silks

Matthew Chapman QC - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜Notably strong in travel and holiday cases.’

Ranked: tier 1
Consumer – Leading juniors

Sarah Prager - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜An expert in travel law claims.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jack Harding - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜Recommended for travel law cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Education
Education – Leading silks

Andrew Warnock QC - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜He is very calm and focused and has great knowledge and experience of the law on abuse claims.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud
Personal injury – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

1 Chancery Lane

1 Chancery Lane has a β€˜large team with depth and breadth of expertise across all areas of claimant and defendant personal injury work’. Members are specialists in motor insurance fraud, local authority and abuse claims, and travel law.

Personal injury – Leading silks

Andrew Warnock QC - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜He is very calm and focused, he has great knowledge and experience of abuse claims.’

Ranked: tier 3

John Ross QC - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜He is a powerful advocate who commands the courtroom and has tenacity and eye for detail.’

Ranked: tier 3

Edward Bishop QC - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜He is a very skilled advocate, particularly when cross-examining experts. Clients like him because he is very personable.’

Ranked: tier 4
Personal injury – 2017 silks

Matthew Chapman QC - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜He concentrates on catastrophic injury actions (domestic and cross-border) and has expertise in defending complex stress at work and other employers’ liability matters.’

Ranked: tier 1
Personal injury – Leading juniors

Laura Johnson - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜She is a rising star, her grasp of detail is immense ad her knowledge and tactics are exceptional.’

Ranked: tier 4

Lisa Dobie - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜She is receptive to ideas and very much works with you as a team. Her advices are detailed and she is very good on her feet’

Ranked: tier 5

Simon Trigger - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜He is always well prepared, succinct and gives definite advice to get cases resolved.’

Ranked: tier 5

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

1 Chancery Lane

1 Chancery Lane’s Andrew Warnock QC represented the force in Supreme Court case James-Bowen v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis, which concerned whether an employer owes a duty of care to defend litigation according not only to his own interests, but the interests of his employees; the facts concern the 2003 arrest of Babar Ahmad – better known for spending eight years in prison while fighting extradition to the UK – which the force accepted was carried out with β€˜serious unjustified violence’.

Police law (defendant) – Leading silks

Andrew Warnock QC - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜He represents forces in civil claims.’

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

Geoffrey Weddell - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜Extremely unflappable and persuasive in court, his advice is always pragmatic and clear.’

Ranked: tier 1

Paul Stagg - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜Instructed by the Met in challenging cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ian Clarke - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜He defends TVP in civil claims.’

Ranked: tier 3

Laura Johnson - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜She defends claims against the police from corporates and individuals.’

Ranked: tier 3

Lisa Dobie - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜Her work includes cases against difficult litigants in person.’

Ranked: tier 3

Roderick Abbott - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜He represents forces in alleged brutality and data protection cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sophie Mortimer - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜She appears against silks in difficult cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

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

1 Chancery Lane

With a β€˜strong reputation’ 1 Chancery Lane is active in disputes involving professionals across the legal, insurance, financial services, property and construction sectors, and it is also noted for its expertise in education and local authority cases.

Professional negligence – Leading silks

John Ross QC - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜An exceptional counsel.’

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Warnock QC - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜Very impressive.’

Ranked: tier 3

Edward Faulks QC - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜Highly intelligent and eloquent.’

Ranked: tier 4
Professional negligence – leading juniors

Andrew Spencer - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜Intelligent, thorough, practical and approachable.’

Ranked: tier 6

Saleem Khalid - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜Approachable and thorough.’

Ranked: tier 6

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Property litigation and agriculture
Property litigation – Leading juniors

Zachary Bredemear - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜Particularly recommended for property-related professional negligence.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Set overviews: England and Wales

Thanks to its strength in depth of β€˜knowledgable, technically excellent’ and β€˜first-class’ counsel, the β€˜top notch’ 1 Chancery Lane is recommended across the civil common law spectrum, including personal injury, clinical negligence, professional negligence, police and travel law, among other areas. Additionally, some say it has become the β€˜go-to set’ for β€˜London-based abuse work’ and for β€˜novel duty of care and local authority work’. β€˜Leading by example’, senior clerk Clark Chessis is β€˜an integral part of chambers and its smooth operation’, and with highly rated first junior David Barrow he runs, what is to some, β€˜the best and most personable clerks’ room’ in London and which β€˜tries to make your life easier.’ 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

1 Chancery Lane is β€˜one of the main sets for travel law’ which is β€˜particularly good on package travel’ and is described as β€˜excellent’ and β€˜having no weak links’. The set is β€˜strong throughout’ with standout silks such as Matthew Chapman QC and John Ross QC, and leading juniors like Sarah Prager, who has β€˜good understanding of law’, and β€˜the quite sharp’ Jack Harding.

Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) – Leading silks

John Ross QC - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜Advises both claimants and defendants on accidents abroad and has expertise in overseas jurisdictions.’

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

Matthew Chapman QC - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜He remains one of the intellectually incisive yet approachable barristers.’

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

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

Ranked: tier 1

Sarah Prager - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜She is a doyenne of travel law barristers.’

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Spencer - 1 Chancery Lane β€˜He is very clever, has a firm grasp on the detail and will always go the extra mile in preparing his cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

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