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Chambers of Susan Hunter

101 VICTORIA STREET, BRISTOL, BS1 6PU, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0117 923 4700
Fax:
Fax 0117 929 4821
DX:
743350 BRISTOL 36
Email:
Web:
www.stjohnschambers.co.uk

Regional Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

For one solicitor, St John’s Chambers is ‘one of the leading sets in the South West’, providing ‘London-quality advice locally’ and ‘a good breadth and depth of expertise’. The set specialises in civil matters and is noted for its strength in commercial, construction, family, personal injury, clinical negligence, regulatory and public law matters. Inquests and inquiries is another key area for the group. On the support side, the clerks are ‘very efficient’ and chief executive Derek Jenkins ‘goes the extra mile’. The practice managers are Robert Bocock, who ‘provides a first-class service’; Annette Bushell, who has ‘a sound commercial approach’; and Luke Hodgson, who is ‘a star, ensuring solicitors are in safe hands’. Offices in: Bristol

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Regional Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

For one solicitor, St John’s Chambers is ‘one of the leading sets in the South West’, providing ‘London-quality advice locally’ and ‘a good breadth and depth of expertise’. The set specialises in civil matters and is noted for its strength in commercial, construction, family, personal injury, clinical negligence, regulatory and public law matters. Inquests and inquiries is another key area for the group. On the support side, the clerks are ‘very efficient’ and chief executive Derek Jenkins ‘goes the extra mile’. The practice managers are Robert Bocock, who ‘provides a first-class service’; Annette Bushell, who has ‘a sound commercial approach’; and Luke Hodgson, who is ‘a star, ensuring solicitors are in safe hands’. Offices in: Bristol

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Regional Bar : Western Circuit

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law

St John’s Chambers has ‘strength in depth’, with members active in commercial litigation, professional negligence, banking, and – increasingly – bankruptcy and insolvency cases. It is also considered ‘the strongest Chancery set in Bristol’, and in this context, Leslie Blohm QC appeared in the Cowshed Cinderella case concerning a proprietary estoppel claim on a dairy farm.

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law – Leading silks

Leslie Blohm QC - St John’s ChambersHe is very grounded but has an air of absolute authority.’

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

Alex Troup - St John’s ChambersHe has expertise in contentious probate issues.’

Ranked: tier 1

Charles Auld - St John’s ChambersIncredibly bright and pragmatic; a pleasure to deal with.’

Ranked: tier 1

Charlie Newington-Bridges - St John’s ChambersHe exudes confidence and commercial awareness.’

Ranked: tier 1

Christopher Jones - St John’s ChambersRecommended for traditional Chancery matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Guy Adams - St John’s ChambersHis practice incorporates a wide range of commercial and Chancery cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

John Dickinson - St John’s ChambersHe has expertise in commercial dispute resolution and insolvency matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Pearce-Smith - St John’s ChambersActs for individuals and companies in insolvency matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Martha Maher - St John’s ChambersA quick and decisive thinker.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Clarke - St John’s ChambersHis soft-spoken courtroom manner is hugely effective.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Stead - St John’s ChambersAn extremely good advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Construction, planning and environment

St John’s Chambers has ‘a number of very able barristers, who specialise in construction law’, as well as planning matters, where Peter Wadsley and David Fletcher are key contacts. Wadsley recently acted in a case regarding planning applications involving alleged Masonic activity.

Construction, planning and environment – Leading juniors

Andrew Kearney - St John’s ChambersHis technical knowledge is first class.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Fletcher - St John’s ChambersHighly recommended for planning matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Pearce-Smith - St John’s ChambersExperienced in construction disputes.’

Ranked: tier 1

Peter Wadsley - St John’s ChambersA strong advocate who inspires confidence.’

Ranked: tier 1

Rebecca Taylor - St John’s ChambersShrewd, industrious and precise.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Stead - St John’s ChambersHighly recommended for professional negligence-related construction cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Court of Protection

At St John’s Chambers members have experience in deputyship issues, deprivation of liberty matters, welfare cases, and allegations of financial abuse.

Court of Protection – Leading juniors

Alex Troup - St John’s ChambersCalm, wise and candid, with a defined sense of authority.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Employment

St John’s Chambers’ employment practice covers a wide range of employment matters, including unfair dismissal, discrimination and victimisation matters, to name a few. David Regan is recommended for disability discrimination cases.

Employment – Leading juniors

David Regan - St John’s ChambersVery experienced in disability discrimination matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Matthew White - St John’s ChambersHis expertise covers a wide range of employment matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Family and children law

As ‘a very good set with particular strength in family law’, St John’s Chambers has a range of experience in high-value financial remedy cases as well as public and private law children matters. Niche expertise includes forced marriage, surrogacy and suspected radicalisation. Recent high-profile work saw Kathryn Skellorn QC appearing in the Court of Appeal in a case concerning a mother seeking permission to name her fraternal twin children ‘Preacher’ (male) and ‘Cyanide’ (female); the appeal has been dismissed. In 2016, Carol Mashembo left for Magdalen Chambers and Louise O’Neill was appointed to the bench.

Family and children law – Leading silks

Christopher Sharp QC - St John’s ChambersHe has a brilliant mind that understands the intricacies of any case.’

Ranked: tier 1

Kathryn Skellorn QC - St John’s ChambersClients are in awe of her.’

Ranked: tier 1
Family and children law – Leading juniors

Abigail Bond - St John’s ChambersVery experienced in multi-handed public law cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Commins - St John’s ChambersA phenomenal thinker.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jody Atkinson - St John’s ChambersRecommended for family finance cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Judi Evans - St John’s ChambersA formidable and assiduous character.’

Ranked: tier 1

Julia Belyavin - St John’s ChambersHardworking and excellent on her feet.’

Ranked: tier 1

Lucy Reed - St John’s ChambersAn extremely able barrister, who is liked by her clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

Nick Miller - St John’s ChambersA solid and very experienced barrister.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Norman - St John’s ChambersHe punches above his weight.’

Ranked: tier 1

Susan Hunter - St John’s ChambersHighly recommended for family financial remedy claims.’

Ranked: tier 1

Zahid Hussain - St John’s ChambersVery experienced across all areas of children law.’

Ranked: tier 1

Zoe Saunders - St John’s ChambersShe builds supportive client connections.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Inquests and inquiries

The team at St John’s Chambers acts for bereaved relatives, police authorities, government departments and local authorities in inquests. Tom Leeper was instructed in the double inquest into the deaths of Cerys Yemm and Matthew Williams; Williams killed Yemm at a hostel just weeks after being released from prison and also died at the scene shortly after police discharged a taser and arrested him. Emma Zeb represented Bristol City Council in the inquest into the death of Robert Crane in a fire at his flat; and Rachel Russell represented the pilot’s family in the inquest into the deaths of Lord Ballyedmond, Declan Small, Carl Dickerson and Lee Hoyle in a fatal helicopter crash.

Inquests and inquiries – Leading juniors

Emma Zeb - St John’s ChambersA very staunch advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Rachel Russell - St John’s ChambersRecommended for all types of inquest work.’

Ranked: tier 1

Tom Leeper - St John’s ChambersHighly experienced in deaths in custody inquests.’

Ranked: tier 1

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

St John’s Chambers (Bristol)

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Personal injury and clinical negligence

St John’s Chambers is a ‘go-to firm in Bristol’ for personal injury and clinical negligence matters. Practitioners are instructed in cases including catastrophic injuries, fatal accidents and surgical negligence. Andrew McLaughlin is well known for his expertise in industrial disease claims.

Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading silks

Christopher Sharp QC - St John’s ChambersAn outstanding silk.’

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

Andrew McLaughlin - St John’s ChambersHe is very bright and able.’

Ranked: tier 1

Ben Handy - St John’s ChambersHe combines great client-care skills with tactical nous.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Regan - St John’s ChambersVery thorough with great attention to detail.’

Ranked: tier 1

Emma Zeb - St John’s ChambersShe is great with clients, particularly in sensitive family cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Glyn Edwards - St John’s ChambersHe has a brilliant tactical brain.’

Ranked: tier 1

Matthew White - St John’s ChambersHe has a very calm demeanour and fantastic attention to detail.’

Ranked: tier 1

Rachel Russell - St John’s ChambersClients appreciate her calm but highly effective approach to cross-examination.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Stead - St John’s ChambersHe has tactical excellence and appreciates the crucial aspects of cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Tom Leeper - St John’s ChambersHe has a very reassuring client manner.’

Ranked: tier 1

Timothy Grice - St John’s ChambersHe has a great eye for detail.’

Ranked: tier 1

Vanessa McKinlay - St John’s ChambersClear and concise yet approachable and reassuring.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Property

St John’s Chambers is ‘an excellent set’ with ‘strength in depth’ in its property group. Members have experience in commercial disputes, rights of way matters, agricultural cases and restrictive covenants, among other areas.

Property – Leading silks

Leslie Blohm QC - St John’s ChambersAn incredible brain.

Ranked: tier 1
Property – Leading juniors

Alex Troup - St John’s ChambersHis tactical guidance is spot-on.’

Ranked: tier 1

Charles Auld - St John’s ChambersHe quickly assimilates a great deal information to cut straight to the legal issues and the commercial position.’

Ranked: tier 1

Christopher Jones - St John’s ChambersExperienced across a wide range of property matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Guy Adams - St John’s ChambersVery experienced in property disputes.’

Ranked: tier 1

John Sharples - St John’s ChambersAn advocate to be reckoned with.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Public law

The public and administrative law group at St John’s Chambers continues to receive instructions in judicial reviews.

Public law – Leading juniors

David Fletcher - St John’s ChambersHighly experienced in judicial reviews.’

Ranked: tier 1

Guy Adams - St John’s ChambersA very eloquent advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing

St John’s Chambers has expertise across a wide spectrum of health and safety, regulatory, and licensing disputes. Prof. Roy Light is well known as a licensing specialist and acts for clients from arts/entertainment venues, clubs and restaurants, to name but a few. Simon Morgan and Andrew McLaughlin are key names for health and safety matters.

Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing – Leading juniors

Andrew McLaughlin - St John’s ChambersA very personable, sound adviser.’

Ranked: tier 1

Prof. Roy Light - St John’s ChambersVery well known for his expertise in licensing matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Morgan - St John’s ChambersHe has a forthright courtroom manner.’

Ranked: tier 1

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