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Chambers of Susan Hunter

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

Regional Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Civil law set St John's Chambers is an β€˜outstanding regional set’ with β€˜excellent depth and breadth’. The group has expertise in commercial, construction, family, personal injury, clinical negligence, regulatory, public and inquests and inquiries matters. On the support side, β€˜the clerks are always very helpful and a pleasure to deal with’ and chief executive Derek Jenkins is β€˜outstanding’. The practice managers are Robert Bocock, who β€˜provides a first-class service’; Annette Bushell, who β€˜will go out of her way to assist’; and Luke Hodgson, who is β€˜always very helpful and highly knowledgeable’. Offices in: Bristol

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Regional Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Civil law set St John's Chambers is an β€˜outstanding regional set’ with β€˜excellent depth and breadth’. The group has expertise in commercial, construction, family, personal injury, clinical negligence, regulatory, public and inquests and inquiries matters. On the support side, β€˜the clerks are always very helpful and a pleasure to deal with’ and chief executive Derek Jenkins is β€˜outstanding’. The practice managers are Robert Bocock, who β€˜provides a first-class service’; Annette Bushell, who β€˜will go out of her way to assist’; and Luke Hodgson, who is β€˜always very helpful and highly knowledgeable’. Offices in: Bristol

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Regional Bar : Western Circuit

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law

With a reputation as a β€˜leading regional heavyweight’ for commercial matters, St John's Chambers’ members are instructed across the spectrum of commercial cases including professional negligence, partnership disputes, bankruptcy and insolvency matters and fraud. The set is also noted for its β€˜wealth of knowledge and experience’ in Chancery matters and in a major work highlight for the set, Leslie Blohm QC is acting in the ongoing high-profile Barry Pring case concerning a millionaire who died intestate in the Ukraine; his family claim his Ukrainian widow was complicit in his death and has thus forfeited her right to a share of his estate. Martha Maher recently left the set.

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law – Leading silks

Leslie Blohm QC - St John's Chambers β€˜A brilliant operator with a fantastic legal brain.’

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

Alex Troup - St John's Chambers β€˜A natural advocate, who always speaks with great authority combined with persuasive charm.’

Ranked: tier 1

Charles Auld - St John's Chambers β€˜Highly analytical with a charming client manner.’

Ranked: tier 1

Charlie Newington-Bridges - St John's Chambers β€˜Reassuring in court and excellent in front of a judge.’

Ranked: tier 1

Christopher Jones - St John's Chambers β€˜He always supplies solid commercial advice.’

Ranked: tier 1

Guy Adams - St John's Chambers β€˜Determined, intelligent and approachable.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Pearce-Smith - St John's Chambers β€˜Detail oriented and client friendly.’

Ranked: tier 1

John Dickinson - St John's Chambers β€˜He has superb attention to detail.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Clarke - St John's Chambers β€˜Cerebral and a quick thinker on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 1

Natasha Dzameh - St John's Chambers β€˜Extremely intelligent, with an eye for practical and innovative solutions.’

Ranked: tier 1

Nicholas Pointon - St John's Chambers β€˜Persuasive, relentlessly forensic and quick on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 1

Oliver Wooding - St John's Chambers β€˜A robust advocate who demonstrates great client empathy.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Stead - St John's Chambers β€˜Recommended for professional negligence cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Construction, planning and environment

St John's Chambers’s β€˜very impressive’ team is noted for its expertise in construction and planning matters. Recent instructions include construction contractual disputes and planning permission appeals.

Construction, planning and environment – Leading juniors

Andrew Kearney - St John's Chambers β€˜A brilliant tactician who instils confidence in his clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Fletcher - St John's Chambers β€˜He has expertise in planning law cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Pearce-Smith - St John's Chambers β€˜An imperturbable barrister.’

Ranked: tier 1

Peter Wadsley - St John's Chambers β€˜He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of planning and environmental matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Rebecca Taylor - St John's Chambers β€˜She has an incredible eye for detail.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Stead - St John's Chambers β€˜Very experienced in professional negligence-related construction matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Court of Protection

In a standout matter for St John's Chambers, Abigail Bond and Alex Troup were instructed by different parties in a case regarding whether the legal test for the capacity to marry required the person involved to understand that the marriage would automatically revoke their will.

Court of Protection – Leading juniors

Abigail Bond - St John's Chambers β€˜Fiery, quick and proactive.’

Ranked: tier 1

Alex Troup - St John's Chambers β€˜Bold and tenacious, with a first-class analytical mind.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Employment

Counsel at St John's Chambers act in discrimination, unfair dismissal, victimisation and equal pay matters, among other areas. David Regan has particular expertise in disability discrimination cases, while Matthew White is noted for handling restrictive covenant matters.

Employment – Leading juniors

David Regan - St John's Chambers β€˜Well known for his expertise in disability discrimination matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Matthew White - St John's Chambers β€˜He has experience in restrictive covenant matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Family and children law

St John's Chambers houses β€˜excellent family barristers with specialist expertise’ across the full range of family law matters, public and private law children cases and high-value financial remedy cases. Recent niche areas of instruction include child abduction and parental alienation matters. In November 2017 Caroline Elford joined from Queen Square Chambers.

Family and children law – Leading silks

Christopher Sharp QC - St John's Chambers β€˜A formidable advocate who can immediately put clients at ease.’

Ranked: tier 1

Kathryn Skellorn QC - St John's Chambers β€˜An extremely self-assured and eloquent silk.’

Ranked: tier 1
Family and children law – Leading juniors

Abigail Bond - St John's Chambers β€˜Painstaking and sensitive with clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Commins - St John's Chambers β€˜Fiercely bright, personable and determined.’

Ranked: tier 1

Caroline Elford - St John's Chambers β€˜Very experienced in children law matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jody Atkinson - St John's Chambers β€˜Very sagacious and resolute.’

Ranked: tier 1

Judi Evans - St John's Chambers β€˜Straight talking and stalwart.’

Ranked: tier 1

Julia Belyavin - St John's Chambers β€˜Recommended for a broad range of family law matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Lucy Reed - St John's Chambers β€˜She is unafraid of tackling complex and challenging cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Nick Miller - St John's Chambers β€˜He has impeccable judgement.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Norman - St John's Chambers β€˜Experienced in financial remedy cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Susan Hunter - St John's Chambers β€˜She has a commanding presence in court.’

Ranked: tier 1

Zahid Hussain - St John's Chambers β€˜Noted for his expertise in children law cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Zoe Saunders - St John's Chambers β€˜She is a fearless advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Inquests and inquiries

Counsel at St John's Chambers continue to represent bereaved relatives, government departments, local authorities and police authorities in inquests. Inquests into deaths in prison are another key area of instruction for the team; Emma Zeb was instructed in the Article 2 inquest into the death of Jagjeet Samra, who committed suicide in prison.

Inquests and inquiries – Leading juniors

Emma Zeb - St John's Chambers β€˜A stalwart and conscientious advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Matthew White - St John's Chambers β€˜He has forensic attention to detail.’

Ranked: tier 1

Rachel Russell - St John's Chambers β€˜Very experienced across a range of inquest matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Tom Leeper - St John's Chambers β€˜He has a very reassuring client manner.’

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’ has β€˜excellent strength in depth’ in its personal injury and clinical negligence team and as such, members handle a broad spread of matters, including fatal accidents, surgical/GP negligence, catastrophic injuries, employers’ and public liability matters, birth injuries and Highway Act claims. Andrew McLaughlin is a key name at the set for industrial disease claims.

Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading silks

Christopher Sharp QC - St John's Chambers β€˜A brilliant silk.’

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

Andrew McLaughlin - St John's Chambers β€˜Formidable on his feet; he takes no prisoners.’

Ranked: tier 1

Ben Handy - St John's Chambers β€˜Very practical and can see the bigger picture in cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Regan - St John's Chambers β€˜He has technical brilliance and a very sensitive and understanding client manner.’

Ranked: tier 1

Emma Zeb - St John's Chambers β€˜A tenacious barrister.’

Ranked: tier 1

Glyn Edwards - St John's Chambers β€˜He is wonderful with clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Marwick - St John's Chambers β€˜He has a fantastic manner with clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

Matthew White - St John's Chambers β€˜He has particular expertise in cases involving highway claims.’

Ranked: tier 1

Rachel Russell - St John's Chambers β€˜Noted for her expertise in employers’ and public liability claims.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Stead - St John's Chambers β€˜An excellent advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Tom Leeper - St John's Chambers β€˜A specialist in clinical negligence claims.’

Ranked: tier 1

Timothy Grice - St John's Chambers β€˜He is brilliant on paper and on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 1

Vanessa McKinlay - St John's Chambers β€˜She fights her client’s corner.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Property

St John's Chambers has β€˜in depth knowledge’ of a wide range of property matters; practitioners’ workloads include boundary disputes, restrictive covenants, proprietary estoppel, rights of way, eviction cases and trusts of lands matters.

Property – Leading silks

Leslie Blohm QC - St John's Chambers β€˜An outstanding silk.’

Ranked: tier 1
Property – Leading juniors

Alex Troup - St John's Chambers β€˜Very responsive and approachable.’

Ranked: tier 1

Charles Auld - St John's Chambers β€˜A great strategist who can make the most complex matters straightforward.’

Ranked: tier 1

Christopher Jones - St John's Chambers β€˜He has a strong court presence and holds his ground well.’

Ranked: tier 1

Guy Adams - St John's Chambers β€˜He shines in court proceedings.’

Ranked: tier 1

John Sharples - St John's Chambers β€˜He has a first-class mind.’

Ranked: tier 1

Natasha Dzameh - St John's Chambers β€˜A very sharp and user-friendly barrister.’

Ranked: tier 1

Oliver Wooding - St John's Chambers β€˜He has a great eye for detail.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Public law

Judicial reviews form the backbone of instructions for the public and administrative law group at St John's Chambers.

Public law – Leading juniors

David Fletcher - St John's Chambers β€˜Noted for his expertise in judicial reviews.’

Ranked: tier 1

Guy Adams - St John's Chambers β€˜A very methodical barrister.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing

The regulatory team at St John's Chambers is active in cases involving breaches of health and safety law, licensing disputes and fatal accidents. Licensing expert Prof. Roy Light represents a broad spectrum of clients, from international corporations and arts/entertainment venues to restaurants and taxi operators. Simon Morgan is noted for his experience in health and safety cases.

Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing – Leading juniors

Prof. Roy Light - St John's Chambers β€˜A licensing law specialist.’

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Morgan - St John's Chambers β€˜An indomitable advocate, with a sound grasp of health and safety law.’

Ranked: tier 1

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