Legal Market Overview
In recent news, Russell Wilcox has expanded the 1 Chancery Lane team, working across the set’s property, commercial, and public law groups; Andrew Spencer and Jack Harding have been appointed deputy district judges on the South Eastern circuit, while Simon Trigger has been appointed a fee-paid judge of the First-tier Tribunal, assigned to the Health, Education and Social Care Chamber (Mental Health).1 Hare Court is a leading family law chambers with a particular emphasis on matrimonial and civil partnership finance which benefits from a specialist private dispute resolution practice containing 13 mediators and 11 arbitrators. In recent news, Rebecca Carew-Pole QC and Simon Webster QC took silk in early 2020, further strengthening the set at the top end and bringing the total number of silks in chambers to 14.1 King's Bench Walk continues to be at the forefront of matrimonial finance work. In recent chambers news, Christopher Pocock QC and James Roberts QC were elected as new heads of chambers, succeeding Deborah Eaton QC and Philip Marshall QC who step down after 7 years as joint heads. Harry Oliver QC was elevated to silk in early 2020, while Alexander Chandler has been appointed a Family Recorder; an associate professor of family law at the University of Oxford and tutorial fellow in law at Oriel College, Oxford, Lucinda Ferguson has joined chambers as an associate tenant.
One of the oldest chambers to specialise exclusively in tax law, 11 New Square's members handle both contentious and non-contentious tax matters, including tax planning.11 South Square is a leading chambers containing 7 Queen’s Counsel and 11 juniors specialising in all areas of intellectual property law.11KBW has strengthened its stable of leading advocates since launch of the 2020 guide. Elizabeth Prochaska, a public lawyer, specialising in education, equality and human rights, has joined the set from Matrix Chambers; public law specialist Cecilia Ivimy has returned to full-time practice; and licensing expert Philip Kolvin QC has joined from Cornerstone Barristers. Strengthening chambers at the senior end, Julian Milford , Aileen McColgan and Marcus Pilgerstorfer were all appointed silk in March 2020. Elsewhere, Charles Bourne QC has been appointed a High Court judge, assigned to the Queen’s Bench Division from 1 October 2020. In other new, the set has been appointed the sole chambers on the Bar Standards Board new Tribunal Representation Panel which replaces the regulator’s pro bono prosecution panel.
Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, 12 King's Bench Walk expanded its alternative dispute resolution services to help its clients bring stage 3, small claim, and fast track personal injury matters to a conclusion when the courts could not. In other news, Steven Snowden QC has been elected chair of the Personal Injuries Bar Association for the next two years, effective from 6 April 2020; clinical negligence specialist Vanessa Cashman has returned to practice, while personal injury specialist Marcus Dignum QC was appointed silk in March 2020.
Common law set with expertise in immigration, family, crime, and employment law, 12 Old Square has grown since the 2020 guide, thanks to the arrival of Remi Adewale from Great James Street Chambers, dual qualified in England and Scotland Kenneth McGuire, as well as Robert Leitch and Mansoor Fazli.Fourteen is a specialist family law set with particular strength in children law matters. In recent news, Ronan O’Donovan and Michael Glaser QC have been elected joint heads of chambers. 15 New Bridge Street has been strengthened following the arrival of Tana Adkin QC and Annabel Gough from Charter Chambers. Also in news of note for the crime set, Martin Rutherford QC conducted the first ever Cayman Islands High Court trial virtually, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and Mathew Turner has been appointed a Recorder, sitting on the Western Circuit.187 Fleet Street Chambers specialises in general crime and fraud work. The set has been strengthened following the arrival of five former members of Charter Chambers: Nicholas Rhodes QC, Mark Tomassi, Sean Kivdeh, Andreas O’Shea, and Jason Cross. In other news, James Onalaja has been admitted to list of specialist counsel at the new International Criminal Tribunal for Kosovo and elected to the International Criminal Court Bar Association Amicus and Training Committees.1GC | Family Law has been strengthened this year following the arrival of specialist children practitioner and deputy district judge Tahmina Rahman from Four Brick Court. Meanwhile, Malcolm Chisholm has been appointed to a part-time post as a nominated judge of the Court of Protection, and Nkumbe Ekaney QC and Andrew Norton QC have been elected the new Joint Heads of Chambers, succeeding Janet Bazley QC and Charles Geekie QC following the end of their tenures. In the clerks' room, Jordon King has joined from Pump Court Chambers.
Common law set 1MCB has expertise across a broad spectrum of areas, notably in immigration and criminal law. Dangerous dogs and animal welfare matters are a niche area of instruction for members.
2 Bedford Row specialises in criminal, fraud, health and safety, regulatory, and sports law. In recent news, Stan Reiz QC and Samuel Magee QC took silk in March 2020. Strengthening the set at the junior end, Sasha Bailey and Ashley Hendron have joined from 187 Fleet Street Chambers and Carmelite Chambers respectively. Also of note, Chris Saad has been appointed as a chair of the Safeguarding and Protection Committee by the Lawn Tennis Association.
Over the last 12 months, crime and regulatory set 2 Hare Court has seen Leon Kazakos QC and Mark Graffius QC appointed Queen's Counsel, while Kate Blackwell QC has joined as a full members while also retaining her tenancy at Lincoln House Chambers, Manchester. Strengthening the junior end, Iain Daniels and Rebecca Erkan-Bax have also joined the set from Ely Place Chambers and 4 Breams Buildings respectively. Also of note, Michael Rawlinson has been appointed a part-time, Employment Judge, deployed to the North Eastern Circuit; Sarah Przybylska and Julia Faure Walker have been appointed Treasury Counsel by the Attorney General
As a set, 2 Temple Gardens is particularly strong in travel, clinical negligence, and personal injury law, although its expertise extends beyond these core areas. In recent news, Helen Bell has been appointed a Deputy District Judge on the South Eastern Circuit. Along with Anna Hughes , Bell has also been chosen as members of the Bar Council’s inaugural Leadership Programme.Normanton Chambers is active in areas such as banking and finance, charities, clinical negligence, cost, insolvency, and insurance, among others.
London and Manchester-based 23ES has recently moved from its London home of Essex Street to 1 Gray’s Inn Square. 23ES has also announced the launch of a Small Claims Arbitration Service to resolve disputes with a value below £10,000, as well as a new Online Arbitration and Online Mediation Service. In other chambers news, Ahmed Hossain took silk and Alan Blake, formerly of Thames and Chiltern CPS, joins chambers as of 26 October 2020; Blake, along with Alan Gardner , Daniel Fugallo , and Hannah Kinch have been appointed Recorders with effect from 12 October 2020, all being assigned to the South Eastern Circuit. Mark Fenhalls QC has been elected vice-chair of the Bar 2021, with Kate Lumsdon QC appointed deputy head of chambers; Flora Page has been appointed to the Legal Services Board for a four year term with effect from 1 August 2020; Paul Ozin QC has been elected the new chair of the Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers.25 Bedford Row is a leading crime and regulatory set with a stellar reputation. In recent news, Melanie Simpson QC has been appointed Queen’s Counsel and Warwick Aleeson has joined chambers from 187 Fleet Street. Also of note, Jo Sidhu QC has been elected vice-chair of the Criminal Bar Association, effective from 1 September 2020; Dermot Keating has been appointed senior chair of the Health Service Products (Pricing, Cost Control and Information) Appeals Tribunal.
One of the premier sets for matrimonial work in London, 29 Bedford Row Chambers added to its silk ranks with Peter Mitchell QC who was elevated to Queen's Counsel in March 2020. Meanwhile, in recent news, Robert Peel QC was appointed to the High Court, effective from 6 October 2020.3 Hare Court offers expertise across a range of areas including travel, personal injury, and offshore matters. Chambers has been strengthened following the arrival of Malcolm Bishop QC, William Evans, and Richard Bottomley from Ely Place Chambers, while Christopher Loxton has joined from 4KBW.
Members of 3 Temple Gardens practice across the criminal and civil spectrums, including fraud, health and safety, licensing and regulatory, and clinical negligence, among others.
With 13 leading set rankings, 192 barrister rankings, including 79 leading silk rankings, 3 Verulam Buildings is one of the most successful chambers in this year's guide. In recent news, Rajesh Pillai has been appointed Queen's Counsel; Adam Temple joined from 4 Pump Court; Judy Fu, a former associate at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, has been awarded tenancy following a period of pupillage.33 Chancery Lane is a leading set for proceeds of crime and asset recovery instructions, as well as having expertise across the rest of the gamut of criminal law work. Amanda Pinto QC has been leading the independent Bar following her appointment as chair of the Bar Council.
Multidisciplinary set 39 Essex Chambers has continued to grow at an impressive rate over the last 12 months: commercial litigators Karishma Vora and Camilla ter Haar joined from 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square and 5 Paper respectively; construction specialists Andrew Kearney, David Sawtell and Niraj Modha arrived from St John's Chambers, Lamb Chambers, and Tanfield Chambers respectively; clinical negligence and personal injury specialist Ashley Pratt joined from 7BR; public law practitioners Ian Brownhill , Rachel Troup, Steve Broach, and Simon Murray moved from No.5 Barristers Chambers, Pump Court Chambers, Monckton, and 1 Chancery Lane respectively; dual-qualified advocate Vivek Kapoor joined from Stephenson Harwood; civil law experts Daniel Laking and Shaman Kapoor arrived from Temple Garden Chambers; employment lawyer David Mitchell joined from Ely Place Chambers. In other news, Richard Wald QC took silk, while Vikram Sachdeva QC and Celina Colquhoun have been appointed by the Lord Chancellor to an independent panel of six experts to look at potential reform of judicial review; a planning and environmental lawyer, Colquhoun was another recent arrival from No.5 Barristers Chambers.
A premier professional negligence and costs set, 4 New Square launched a new range of 'Costs ADR Services' as the Covid-19 pandemic began to impact the courts in March 2020. Roger Mallalieu QC, Richard Liddell QC, Amanda Savage QC, and door tenant Alex Hall Taylor QC were all appointed Queen’s Counsel the same month. A name of note on the international arbitration circuits, Arvind Nayar has joined chambers as a door tenant. Also of note, Murray Rosen QC was appointed by the Premier League Clubs as the first chair of their new Judicial Panel; Graeme McPherson QC was appointed as one of the Judicial Panel's members. Kendrah Potts was appointed to the LCAM arbitration and mediation panels.
A leading set of specialist family law barristers, 4 Paper Buildings bolstered its strength in depth at the top end of chambers following the elevation to silk of Barbara Mills QC and Cleo Perry QC in March 2020. Also of note this year, Rhiannon Lloyd has been appointed a Deputy District Judge on the Western Circuit.
Benefiting from offices in London and Hong Kong, 4 Pump Court is particularly strong in the areas of professional negligence, construction, and energy disputes, as well as insurance and shipping. The set was recently bolstered after Scottish silk Roddy Dunlop QC joined chambers in June 2020 in order to advance his English practice. Dunlop QC has since also been appointed as the new Dean of the Faculty of Advocates in Scotland in July 2020.4 Stone Buildings specialises in company and commercial disputes, and is particularly strong in insolvency and financial services regulatory work. In recent news, Sharif Shivji QC was appointed Queen's Counsel in March 2020, while Robert Miles QC was appointed a Justice of the High Court in the Chancery Division in April 2020.
A multidisciplinary set with offices in London and Birmingham, 4-5 Gray's Inn Square is particularly strong in social housing and local government work. In recent news, Nikesh Pandit, formerly an associate solicitor in the regulatory team at Jones Day, as joined the set, while Charles Foster arrived from Serjeants’ Inn as his new chambers expands its healthcare regulatory team. Also of note, Ian Peacock has been appointed a Recorder on the South Eastern Family Circuit and Nikki Carr was appointed a judge of the First-tier Tribunal, Property Chamber. In the clerks' room, Emily Martin has taken over as the new senior clerk.42 Bedford Row offers expertise across the employment, family, housing, and personal injury disciplines. The set's employment team has expanded this year following the arrival of Michael Salter, Gillian Crew, Catherine Urquhart, and Amy Stroud from Ely Place Chambers, and Jonathan Davies from Sergeants’ Inn Chambers. Elsewhere, Eleonore Berthelsen joined the family group from Atlantic Chambers in Liverpool. Also of note, Katie Phillips and Mary Robertson have been appointed Recorders of the Family Court, while Francis Cassidy and Caroline Landes have been appointed Deputy District Judges on the South Eastern Circuit, and Jude Shepherd has been appointed a part-time Employment Judge in the Scottish Employment Tribunal.
5 Essex Court is a leading chambers for inquest and inquiry and police law work. In recent news, Claire Palmer was appointed a Deputy District Judge on the South Eastern Circuit; Jonathan Dixey has been appointed as an Assistant Coroner for Northamptonshire; Charlotte Ventham has been appointed a Recorder of the Crown Court; and Jason Beer QC was appointed a Deputy High Court Judge.
Beyond its core specialism in criminal law 5 Paper Buildings also has expertise in regulatory, professional disciplinary, health and safety, product safety, inquests and inquiries, and courts-martial. In recent news, Andrew Johnson has been appointed a Recorder on the South Eastern, Crime Circuit.
5 Pump Court is well known for its criminal and regulatory work but the set also has expertise across the family and civil spectrums. The chambers also offers direct access instructions across its disciplines.5 St Andrews Hill is a go-to chambers for international crime and extradition matters, as well as regulatory, general crime, and POCA cases. Boosting the set's core practice areas, Sharmistha Michaels has joined from Drystone Chambers. Also of note, Ben Keith has been elected chair of the Defence Extradition Lawyers Forum and appointed a Deputy Judge of the Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber).5 Stone Buildings is a leading Chancery chambers, with particular strength in trusts and probate and Court of Protection instructions. The set has expanded following the recruitment of Raj Arumugam , previously of 9 Stone Buildings. Also of note, Amanda Hardy QC has been appointed chair of the Chancery Bar.
Home to some of the biggest names at the criminal Bar, 5KBW has been strengthened this year by the elevation to silk of Charlotte Newell QC, by the arrival of Louise Oakley from 2 Bedford Row, while Catherine Pattison has been appointed to the rank of Junior Treasury Counsel.
The market leader in defamation law, 5RB is also strong in the associated areas of data protection and privacy and media and entertainment. Following its 2019 expansion with seven new members from the now defunct One Brick Court, this past year has seen Adam Speker QC take silk, while Jonathan Barnes and Aidan Eardley have both been appointed Recorders and deployed to the South Eastern, Crime Circuit and Wales, Crime Circuit respectively.6KBW College Hill covers the full spectrum of criminal defence work, including business and regulatory crime, international crime and extradition, and asset forfeiture, but especially general crime where it is a market leader.7 King's Bench Walk is a go-to for complex insurance and reinsurance disputes, as well as shipping, general commercial disputes, and international arbitrations. In recent news, Siobán Healy QC has been appointed as a member of the Premier League Judicial Panel.
A multidisciplinary chambers that is strong across a host of areas, 7BR celebrated the elevation of Brendan Roche QC, Adrian Langdale QC, and Jennifer Carter-Manning QC to silk in March 2020. Chambers was also strengthened by the arrival of James Thomas, a specialist criminal, fraud, and regulatory practitioner, and Lubeya Ramadhan who specialises in public and private family law. Also of note, James House QC and Jas Jandu were both appointed Recorders and assigned to the Midland Circuit and South Eastern Circuit, respectively, dealing with crime.
8 New Square is a premier chambers for intellectual property matters. In recent news, Richard Meade QC has been appointed a Justice of the High Court (Chancery Division). And, after 48 years with chambers, senior clerk John Call has announced his retirement effective the end of 2020.
A solid criminal set with a niche in international crime, 9 Bedford Row recently welcomed Dr Anthony Richardson as a new tenant, strengthening chambers’ international financial crime team. The set has also approved a number of door tenants: 18 St. John Street's Michael Brady QC; Sarah Magill of Lincoln House Chambers; Tim Higginson , a qualified arbitrator and mediator, and specialist in civil, commercial, and professional negligence law; and Dr Dan Plesch , director and reader at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS University of London. Also of note, Ben Joyes has been elected a member of the Committee of the Defence Extradition Lawyers’ Forum, while Lennart Poulsen has been selected for inaugural Bar Council leadership programme.
After almost three decades based at 9 Gough Square, rebranded common law set 9 Gough Chambers has moved to new state-of-the-art facilities at 5 Norwich Street. In other recent news, fraud, commercial, and regulatory law specialist Giles Bedloe has joined the set from Drystone Chambers, while Jennifer Newcomb has been appointed a Recorder sitting in Crime on the South Eastern Circuit.
Insolvency, contentious trusts and probate, and property litigation are the core specialisms at Chancery set 9 Stone Buildings.
Atkin Chambers is a premier construction set, with expertise across the energy, arbitration, and professional negligence sectors. Chambers has been strengthened following the arrival of Shourav Lahiri from Reed Smith, where he was a partner in the firm’s energy and natural resources practice.
This year Blackstone Chambers tops the rankings charts as the set with the most top tier set rankings and most leading juniors rankings in London, as well as the chambers with the most leading set rankings, most leading silks rankings, and most barrister rankings overall across England and Wales. In the last 12 months, Michael Fordham QC was appointed a High Court Judge, assigned to the Queen's Bench Division, in December 2019; David Pievsky QC, Harish Salve SA QC, and James Segan QC were all appointed Queen's Counsel in March 2020; and chambers was further strengthened by the arrival of Charlotte Kilroy QC from Doughty Street, Craig Rajgopaul from Littleton Chambers, and Navid Pourghazi from Cloisters.
Our new guide sees Brick Court Chambers as one of the top ten sets with the most leading chambers rankings, most overall barrister rankings, and most leading silk rankings rankings across England and Wales. The future of the set looks bright as it also contains the most Rising Star barristers in this the inaugural year of that ranking category. Since launch of our last guide, Colin West was appointed chair of the London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association for a two-year period; David Scannell QC and Colin West QC were appointed Queen’s Counsel; Sue Prevezer QC, former co-managing partner of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, joined chambers along with James McClelland from Fountain Court Chambers, Sarah Bousfield from 39 Essex Chambers, and Charlotte Tan from Twenty Essex; Kelyn Bacon QC has been appointed a Justice of the Chancery Division, while Neil Calver QC joins the Queen’s Bench Division.Carmelite Chambers specialises in all areas of criminal law, including serious crime, international crime, regulatory, private prosecutions, and appeals, but have particular strength in serious fraud and financial crime matters. In recent news, Chloe Birch was appointed vice-chair of the Women in Criminal Law group and it's been all change in the clerks' room where former 2 Hare Court senior practice clerk Ben Heaviside has joined as Carmelite's new senior clerk.
London-based commercial litigation set Cerulean Chambers is composed of barristers Juliette Levy and Stuart Cakebread , consultant solicitors Fiona Mitchell and Gerda Goldinger, and commercial director Charlie Wayling.Church Court Chambers in London has expertise across the gamut of criminal law matters, as well as civil, immigration, family, regulatory, art and culture, and sports law. Cloisters is a top tier employment law set and a go-to chambers for clinical negligence and personal injury cases. Since the launch of our last guide, Schona Jolly QC was re-elected as chair of the Bar Human Rights Committee 2020-21; Caspar Glyn QC and Claire McCann were re-elected to the Legislative and Policy Committee of the Employment Lawyers’ Association; Linda Jacobs was appointed Assistant Coroner for the City of London; Sally Cowen , Akua Reindorf , Anna Beale , Olivia-Faith Dobbie , and Rachel Barrett were all appointed as fee-paid Employment Tribunal Judges; and Simon Dyer QC was appointed as a Recorder, sitting in crime on the South Eastern Circuit.Cloth Fair Chambers is a ten-member set containing leading silks and juniors specialising in criminal, fraud, and regulatory law and is seen as a go-to chambers for the most complex financial crime matters. The set's list of silks grew earlier this year after Jonathan Barnard QC was appointed Queen's Counsel in March 2020.Cobden House Chambers in Manchester is a multidisciplinary set with strengths in criminal, family, and housing law, as well as an established personal injury offering. Since launch of our last guide, chambers has been strengthened by the arrival of family and regulatory lawyer Eve Horren, former solicitor advocate, Lucie Wood, who specialises in housing and Chancery, and business crime and regulatory specialist Satpal Roth-Sharma.With offices in London and Zurich, Coram Chambers is a specialist family law set with particular expertise in public and private children's law. In recent news, Liz Isaacs QC joined the set as a door tenant, while Yasmeen Jamil and Judith Pepper have joined as full tenants of chambers; Gill Honeyman has been appointed a Recorder on the South Eastern Circuit, family division.Cornerstone Barristers has offices in London, Birmingham, and Cardiff, offering expertise in licensing, local government, and social housing, to name but a few. In recent news, the set has announced the launch of a new arbitration service, Kuljit Bhogal was appointed a Recorder of the Crown Court, and Matthew Feldman who joins the set from 42 Bedford Row.Crown Office Chambers is a commercial and common law multidisciplinary set with particular expertise in the insurance space and associated practice areas. Since our last guide, Isabel Hitching QC has been to the Civil Procedure Rule Committee for a three-year term; Claire Toogood has been appointed a Deputy Master of the Queen’s Bench Division; Kim Franklin QC was appointed to the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Committee; former Herbert Smith Freehills partner Donny Surtani joined as a door tenant. In the clerks' room, Rob Cowup, former deputy senior clerk at Keating Chambers, arrived as senior team clerk of the commercial, construction, and energy team. Elsewhere, Roger Ter Haar QC has is to focus upon work as arbitrator and adjudicator and Michael Harvey QC retired from practice after 54 years in chambers.Manchester- and Preston-based Deans Court Chambers is a multidisciplinary set with expertise in family, personal injury, crime, health and safety, and inquests, among other areas. Since publication of our last guide, Matthew Hooper joined from 7 Harrington Street Chambers in Liverpool, Paul Ozin QC joined chambers as a door tenant, and Joe Hart has been appointed as Recorder assigned to the South Eastern Circuit dealing with family matters.
A multi-specialist set, Devereux has particular strength in the fields of employment, personal injury, and tax law fields. In recent news, Robert Glancy QC was appointed to the Premier League Judicial Panel and Joshua Carey, formerly of 2 Hare Court, joined the set's tax team.Drystone Chambers is a multidisciplinary set with particular expertise across the spectrum of criminal law. In recent news, Allison Summers QC took silk in March 2020; Lynne Shirley (formerly of East Anglian Chambers), Ahmed Muen and Vaneeta Sharma (previously of Holborn Chambers) joined the set; Barnaby Hone has been appointed the first Visiting Professor of Practice at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies; Julian Norman has been appointed as a Family Court Recorder, sitting in Central London; the set has been appointed to the barristers’ panel of the London Borough's Legal Alliance; Sharmistha Michaels was appointed a chair of the Police Misconduct Panel.Erskine Chambers has specific expertise in company shareholder and partnership disputes, as well as restructuring and insolvency. In recent news, Andrew Thornton QC has been appointed Queen's Counsel in March 2020.
From its base in London and outpost in Singapore, Essex Court Chambers is one of the leading commercial sets for both domestic and international disputes. The latest guide sees the set among the top ten chambers with the most leading set rankings, the most Tier 1 set rankings, the most overall barrister rankings, and the most leading silks rankings. In recent news, Joe Smouha QC and Huw Davies QC were appointed Joint Heads of Chambers, following the announcement of David Foxton QC’s elevation to the High Court Bench in December 2019. Alison Macdonald QC and Angeline Welsh joined from Matrix Chambers, while Sean Aughey arrived from 11KBW. Toby Landau QC was elected to the governing board of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration. Hugh Mercer QC has been elected to serve as Head of the UK Delegation to The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe.
In recent news for specialist property set Falcon Chambers, Martin Dray was appointed a Deputy Master of the Chancery Division; Janet Bignell QC appointed as a Deputy High Court Judge; Gary Cowen QC and Adam Rosenthal QC took silk in March 2020.Farrar's Building is a multidisciplinary set covering the gamut of crime, commercial, and civil work, with particular strength in personal injury matters. In recent good news, Head of Chambers Patrick Harrington QC is recovering following a car accident at the beginning of the year, while Howard Cohen has been appointed a Recorder, sitting in crime on the South Eastern Circuit.Farringdon Chambers' members practice across the spectrum of criminal law matters. The set has continued its expansion plans following the arrival of Karl Volz, Toby Long, and Raymond Ali in 2020.Field Court Chambers offers expertise across a range of practice areas, including employment, family, media, and public law to name but a few. In recent news, Sarah Salmon has been chosen for Bar Council’s inaugural leadership programme, while Franklin Evans, Sarah McKeown, and Mark Baumohl have all been appointed Deputy District Judges.Field Court Tax Chambers' members have expertise in private and corporate tax matters. In recent news, Imran S Afzal was selected to participate in the inaugural Bar Council Leadership Programme.Foundry Chambers has expertise across the full range of crime-related work. In recent news, Alexandra Healy QC has been elected Head of Chambers; Anu Mohindru QC has been appointed Queen’s Counsel; Jason Sugarman QC has been elected to the Bar Council for a three year term; Emily Lauchlan, Nicki Roberson, and Brent Martin are new members of chambers, while Shamini Jayanathan and Sherbir Penang have joined as associate tenants.
With a presence in both London and Singapore, Fountain Court Chambers is a top tier set for commercial litigation, including banking and financial services and aviation matters. This year's guide sees Fountain Court among the top ten sets for the most overall barrister rankings and most silk rankings. In a strong year for the set, Giles Wheeler QC, Edward Levey QC, Robin Barclay QC, Chloe Carpenter QC, Ben Lynch QC, and Tamara Oppenheimer QC all took silk in 2020; former UK Supreme Court Justice Lord Wilson has joined chambers as an arbitrator and mediator door tenant; Nico Leslie is a new member of the Court of Arbitration for Art; and Michael Green QC was elevated to the High Court.
A busy year for leading licensing and planning set Francis Taylor Building has seen former UK Supreme Court Justice Lord Kerr join as an associate member, while Professor Gordon Anthony joined as an academic tenant, and Dr Eloise Ellis and Dr Ciara Brennan as new members of Chambers’ Academic Panel. Michael Brett has joined following his role as an employed barrister in the Governmental Legal Department. Also of note, Jeremy Phillips QC has been appointed to the Professional Conduct Panel of the Teaching Regulation Agency Panel; Richard Honey and Annabel Graham Paul joined the Committee of the Planning and Environment Bar Association; and Morag Ellis QC was appointed as Dean of the Arches (Province of Canterbury) and Auditor (Province of York), the most senior ecclesiastical judge in England.Furnival Chambers has strong expertise in crime, fraud, and extradition matters. In recent news, Harry MacDonald, formerly of Westgate Chambers, joined the set in January 2020 and Frida Hussain QC took silk in March 2020.
The multidisciplinary Garden Court Chambers has particular strengths across the fields of immigration, social housing, civil liberties, crime, and inquests and inquiries, among other areas. This year's guide sees Garden Court among the top ten sets with the most leading juniors rankings. Of particular news of note, during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, the set's family team offered free assistance to key workers seeking legal protection from domestic abuse. Since publication of the last guide, Judy Khan QC, Stephanie Harrison QC, and Liz Davies have been appointed as Joint Heads of Chambers; Allison Munroe QC took silk; Nick Bano, Abigail Holt, and Paul Powlesland joined chambers; Irena Sabic was appointed chair of the Health Service Products (Pricing, Cost Control and Information) Appeals Tribunal, and Leslie Thomas QC was appointed a Gresham Professor of Law.
Goldsmith Chambers has expertise across the spectrum of crime, civil, family, and immigration matters. In recent news, Sir Peter Smith, former High Court Judge, and Dr Dominic Thomas-James, an academic at Cambridge University, have joined chambers as associate tenants. Victoria Wilson has been selected for the inaugural Bar Council Leadership Programme.Gough Square Chambers is a leading set for consumer, food, and trading standards matters as well as financial services regulation. In recent news, Cameron Crowe has been appointed a Recorder, sitting on the Midlands Circuit in crime.Gray's Inn Tax Chambers is a go-to for high-profile disputes, both in the corporate and personal taxation spheres. In recent news, Michael Flesch QC has retired from practice a 50-year career at the Bar.
Hailsham Chambers is well known for its specialisation in clinical and professional negligence cases, as well as costs. Strengthening chambers with its ninth silk, Jamie Carpenter QC was appointed Queen’s Counsel in March 2020.
With offices in London and Oxford, Harcourt Chambers is one of the country's leading family and children law sets. In recent news, Jonathan Sampson QC has been appointed Queen’s Counsel and Mavis Amonoo-Acquah has been appointed to the Family Justice Council.
Multidisciplinary set Hardwicke, which has particular expertise across the construction, professional negligence, and property litigation space, has had an eventful year, becoming a limited company and announcing plans to move to One Gray’s Inn in mid 2021. The set's expansion plans have continued with the arrival of Mark O’Grady from Lamb Chambers, and Philipp Simon and Faisel Sadiq from Ely Place. Chambers management has also expanded with the hiring of Zoe Mellor as Practice Operations Director. In other recent news, the set has celebrated the appointment of five new Recorders: Jamal Demachkie, Andrew Skelly, Matthew Hodson (South Eastern, Crime), Rupert Higgins (Midland, Family), and Alison Meacher (South Eastern, Family).
Henderson Chambers is the leader in product liability work and also strong in associated areas of law. Since publication of the last guide, Jason Housden, previously Practice Director at Matrix Chambers, was appointed the new chambers director, succeeding John White who retired after 45 years of service to chambers. Chambers has also expanded following the arrival of Freya Foster and Hazel Jackson, while Henry Warwick QC was elevated to Queen’s Counsel and Abigail Cohen appointed Deputy District Judge.
Commercial set Keating Chambers is a leader in the field of construction, engineering, and energy disputes, as well as public procurement and professional negligence. Chambers has been strengthened by the arrival of Charles Banner QC from Landmark Chambers and John McMillan, formerly counsel at WilmerHale, as well as the elevation to silk of Krista Lee QC. Also of note, during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, chambers pledged £20,000 through the Criminal Bar Association to secure an award for a criminal pupillage that would have otherwise been withdrawn due to financial pressures faced by criminal sets.
A London and Brighton-based common law set, Lamb Building has expertise across the crime, civil, family, immigration, and public and regulatory fields. In recent news, Tim Jones, formerly with Capsticks, has joined the set's civil and housing team and Ross Talbott has been appointed a Recorder.Landmark Chambers is a leading set with particular strengths in planning, environmental, and local government matters. In recent news, Scott Lyness QC and David Blundell QC were appointed to Queen’s Counsel, with Blundell QC also appointed a Recorder to hear criminal cases on the South Eastern Circuit. Also of note, former UK Supreme Court Justice Lord Carnwath joined as an associate member.
Littleton Chambers is highly regarded as an elite employment set, but also covers not just related company, partnership and sports law issues but also a broader gamut of commercial disputes. Sports law specialist John Mehrzad QC is a 2020 silk appointment and Andrew Maguire joined from Outer Temple Chambers (and subsequently was admitted to the Irish Bar).Maitland Chambers is well-respected for a range of Chancery work, covering traditional trusts and probate work, often with charity law and offshore elements, as well commercial litigation. Sir Nicholas Platten joined as a door tenant after his retirement from the Court of Appeal; moving in the other direction Amanda Tipples QC was appointed to the Chancery Division bench in December 2019. Siward Atkins QC is a 2020 silk. Matrix Chambers is a progressive set with areas of particular recognition granted to its expertise in extradition, international criminal law, civil liberties and defamation, as well as public international law, competition, European Union and employment law. The set also has offices in Brussels and Geneva for international work. As far as chambers news is concerned, the set has grown with a number of recruits, including Tom Gillie (from Cloisters), Nichola Higgins (from Doughty Street) and three from 2 Bedford Row: Richard Whittam QC, Kwaku Awuku-Asabre and Vedrana Pehar. Those three follow in the same direction the path taken in 2019 by Jamas Hodivala QC, who is one the set's two 2020 Silks alongside Eleni Mitrophanous QC. In appointments news, associate member Luis González García was appointed by the Mexican government to the ICSID panel of arbitrators, Ken Macdonald QC is also the president of the Howard League for Penal Reform, Helen Mountfield QC is now a judge of the Jersey Court of Appeal and also principal of Mansfield College, Oxford. Senior practice manager Jason Housden is now at Henderson Chambers.
Monckton Chambers is perhaps best known for its strength in competition law, public procurement and EU law, as well as a range of public law matters both for claimants and from the Attorney-General, with 22 members on the various levels of panel. Rob Williams QC is a 2020 Silk appointment.
New Court Chambers features expertise from a range of family juniors across the family law piece, covering both public and private child law instructions as well as matrimonial finance expertise.New Square Chambers handles an eclectic range of Chancery work, including a range of property and insolvency litigation as well as company and trusts disputes both on- and offshore. Under the banner of New Square Chambers Consulting, the set has an initiative embedding barristers in law firms for informal advice prior to formal instructions. As far as recruitment is concerned, Justin Perring joined from Pallant Chambers, William Hopkin joined from Magdalen Chambers, Amit Karia joined from Thomas More Chambers.Nexus Chambers has expertise in a range of criminal defence work (including appeals), family and personal injury matters, with a notable bright spot in inquests and inquiries, typically acting for the families of the bereaved.Central England powerhouse set No5 Barristers Chambers , with its roots in Birmingham and offices in Leicester as well as Bristol and London. The set covers a full range of work in its Midland Circuit homeland, but areas singled out for praise include clinical negligence and personal injury, family law, Court of Protection, immigration and regulatory crime. Under the NoVate Direct Legal Solutions banner, the set is particularly active in seeking direct access instructions. Richard Grimshaw 's appointment as a deputy Queen's Bench Master is one of a number of part-time judicial appointments including Caroline Jennings ' appointment as a Deputy District Judge, Jessica Smeaton and Naomi Owen sitting as fee-paid Employment Judges, plus Yasmin Yasseri, Richard Oakes and Grimshaw being appointed as recorders. Peter Goatley QC and Henry Pitchers QC are two new Silk appointments. Gurprit Mattu joined chambers on her return from Collas Crill in the British Virgin Islands, Jorren Knibbe is an addition to the Bristol team from Guildhall Chambers, immigration specialist Parminder Saini joined from 12 Old Square and Femi Ogunlende is another new joiner.Old Square Chambers is well-known for its employment practice, and also features expertise in personal injury and clinical negligence as well as spaces linked to the two such as professional regulation. The set, which has presences in these areas both in London and on the Western Circuit in Bristol, celebrate four Silk appointments: Ijeoma Omambala , Deshpal Panesar, Rebecca Tuck and Katharine Newton. Tom Kirk joined from the now-defunct Ely Place Chambers and, as far as appointments are concerned, trade union law stalwart John Hendy QC was appointed as a Labour member of the House of Lords, Michael Ford QC is now a deputy High Court judge and Sarah Keogh now sits as a fee-paid employment judge.OLD SQUARE TAX CHAMBERS is particularly well-known for its work around personal taxation.
Elite commercial set One Essex Court covers a range of commercial and financial disputes in both the courts and arbitration. The set is in particular notable for its Asian connections, where it has an office in Singapore. The set has grown its Silk offering of late, with Jamie Goldsmith and Conall Patton made up in the 2020 round and tax specialists Julian Ghosh QC and Jonathan Bremner QC recruited in November 2019 from Pump Court Tax Chambers.
One Pump Court continues to offer its expertise across claimant-side immigration law, criminal defence and family law, including some of the most challenging publicly-funded cases. Catherine Robinson is a new appointment as a recorder and Stephen Knight a fee-paid FTT judge; turning to new recruits Rudolph Spurling joined from 10 King's Bench Walk and family solicitor-advocate Clive Matthews joined from FMW Law.Outer Temple Chambers is a set with expertise across personal injury, clinical negligence, pensions, employment and financial services. Sarah Crowther QC has taken over as head of chambers (the first woman to take the role at the set), and Andrew Allen QC is the set's sole 2020 silk. Emily Gordon Walker is now also a fee-paid employment judge. The set also has connections in the UAE, with presences in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and Anthony Lo Surdo SC of 12 Wentworth Selborne Chambers in Sydney is now a door tenant adding to its Australian contacts.
Boutique set Partnership Counsel is well-regarded for the most technical matters involving the use of traditional and limited liability partnerships, in a range of contexts including their use as corporate structures by law and professional services firms.Specialist Pump Court Tax Chambers houses many of the revenue Bar's elite names, with members of all levels of seniority covering the gamut of personal and corporate taxation work. With the promotion of Laura Poots and Ben Elliott to the Government Legal Department's A and B panels respectively, the set is now up to ten junior panellists on top of its strong taxpayer caseload. Nigel Jones, the set's senior clerk for over 18 years, sadly passed away on 26 November 2020.
Heavyweight London criminal set QEB Hollis Whiteman covers the full range of criminal work, including expertise in both financial crime and areas allied such as professional regulation and investigations. Kerry Broome has been appointed as junior treasury counsel, Paul Raudnitz was appointed in the 2020 silk round and Orla Daly joined the set from 5KBW .Quadrant Chambers' reputation at the apex of the London shipping Bar segues in to expertise in aviation, commodities, energy banking and a broader range of commercial disputes often involving the underpinnings of the global economy. Following his retirement from the Admirality Division, Sir Nigel Teare returned to the set's arbitrator wing (Arbitrators at 10 Fleet Street). Door tenant Bruce Harris is now the chairman of the LMAA, and Stewart Buckingham and Jeremy Richmond are 2020 Silk appointments.
Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB) is highly regarded for the full range of matrimonial finance work, with in addition to the typical work representing parties a strength in appointments as private FDR judges and other neutral parties in alternative dispute resolution.
Radcliffe Chambers has a broad range of Chancery expertise, covering matters such as private client disputes, contested probate and partnership litigation as well as more esoteric areas such as pensions and charities. Shantanu Majumdar , Kate Selway and Christopher Boardman constitute a bumper crop of silk appointments, and David Mohyuddin QC , who continues to be a member of Exchange Chambers as well, is another new member. Turning to part-time judicial appointments, Katherine McQuail has been appointed as a Deputy Master of the Chancery Division.Red Lion Chambers continues to prosecute and defend in some of the most serious criminal cases, covering all manners of offences in London elsewhere from both London chambers and an office in Chelmsford. Allison Clare and Cameron Brown are 2020 silk appointments. The set has formed RL Consulting, a separate entity which adds policy and internal investigation expertise both from former members of chambers and other luminaries including as former High Court judge Dame Linda Dobbs and former Metropolitan Police anti-terror specialist Sir Mark Rowley.
Selborne Chambers is best known for its expertise in property law. Chambers was bolstered recently by the arrival of William McCormick QC, Clifford Darton QC, Ali Reza Sinai, James Newman, George Woodhead, Max Cole, and Christopher Burrows from the now-defunct Ely Place Chambers. Elsewhere in chambers, Barnaby Hope was appointed as Deputy District Judge; Alice Hawker and Francis Ng have been appointed to the Attorney General's Panel of Counsel for a five-year term effective from 1 September 2020; and Gary Blaker QC and David Warner have been appointed as Recorders, effective from 12 October 2020.Serjeants' Inn Chambers is a leading set for police law, and has strength in depth across a number of disciplines, including clinical negligence, Court of Protection, and professional discipline work. In recent news, Angus Moon QC and Michael Horne QC were appointed joint heads of chambers in 2019, while in 2020, Hannah Hinton joined from Drystone Chambers; Chris Hough arrived from Doughty Street; Criminal specialist Mark Harries QC has arrived from Carmelite Chambers. Sophia Roper has been appointed as Recorder on the Western Circuit; and Sir Robert Francis QC retired from practice after 47 years in chambers.
Serle Court is a well regarded Chancery set, where members' workloads include civil fraud, insolvency, commercial litigation, contentious trusts and offshore matters. In the last year, Justin Higgo QC and Timothy Collingwood QC both took silk and Russell Hopkins arrived from Bright Line Law, while John Machell QC and James Weale were both admitted to The British Virgin Islands Bar.
Six Pump Court has an established presence across the South East, with chambers based in London and its annexe in Maidstone. Members practice across eleven key areas, such as crime, planning, commercial, family and regulatory law, to name a few. In recent news, Steven Walker QC and Przemysław Krzywosz have joined as associate tenants, Anthony Connerty has been appointed to the Arbitration and Mediation Pools of the Court of Arbitration for Art, Nicholas Ostrowski has been appointed to the Attorney General's Panel of Counsel, and Simon Taylor has been appointed a Recorder, assigned to the South Eastern Circuit.
Commercial set South Square has established expertise in insolvency work, however members also handle banking, offshore, fraud, and sport matters, amongst other areas. In recent news, Richard Fisher QC took silk, The Honourable Frank Newbould QC joined as associate tenant, and insolvency specialist Clara Johnson joined from 3 Hare Court.
Bristol-based St John's Chambers has an excellent reputation for its expertise across a wide gamut of practice areas; personal injury, clinical negligence and private client litigation are recognised core strengths for the set, however the chambers also offers expertise in property, commercial, family, construction, employment and planning, to name a few. In recent chambers news, Stephanie Cope was appointed as a circuit judge on the Western Circuit, and Rachel Russell and David Regan were both appointed Recorders on the Western and Wales Circuits respectively.
Tanfield Chambers is a leading property set, counting landlord and tenant matters, property litigation and commercial real estate work among its key areas of expertise. Marc Glover and Daniel Dovar were both appointed as Deputy Chancery Masters in 2020.
With offices in London and The Hague, common law set Temple Garden Chambers has strength in international crime and extradition and health and safety law, and is well known for its expertise in costs, inquests and inquiries, and personal injury law. In recent chambers news, Dominic Adamson QC took silk, and the team was bolstered by the arrival of Saoirse Townshend, Kathryn Howarth and Émilie Pottle (all formerly from The 36 Group). Anne Coulon joined as an associate tenant. Mary-Teresa Deignan has also joined from Charter Chambers. Five members of the set - Nicholas Moss (reappointed to Panel A), Myles Grandison, William Irwin, Emily Wilsdon, and Scarlett Milligan - were also appointed to the Attorney General's Panel of Counsel.Temple Tax Chambers is a well-established specialist tax set. Members handle the full range of tax instructions, including corporate, employment, international and property tax, VAT, and tax litigation.
Ten Old Square is a well-regarded Chancery and commercial law set, where members' workloads also include property, private client, charity law and Court of Protection matters.
London and Singapore-based set The 36 Group opened an annex on Cyprus in 2019. 2020 has been a busy year for the set: Martin Kingerley QC took silk; Grace Hale was appointed as district judge in Sheffield, and the 36 Commercial team has expanded with the arrival of Ben Symons (formerly of Field Court Chambers), Racheal Muldoon (formerly of Foundry Chambers), Michael Patchett-Joyce and Jeffrey Bacon, both formerly of the now defunct Ely Place Chambers, and most recently, Christian Jowett, who joined from 30 Park Place. Also of note, Paul Martenstyn has joined as the new Director of Clerking at 36 Stone as part of a legal management consultancy engagement between the 36 Group and Overture London.
Thomas More Chambers is a multidisciplinary set with strengths in crime, employment, immigration, family and insolvency law, to name a few areas. In recent news, Catherine Bradshaw (formerly of 187 Fleet Street) has joined chambers, and Sarah Lucy Cooper has been appointed Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers.
Intellectual property law is the core specialty of Three New Square; the practice is singled out in particular for its extensive expertise in patent litigation.
As a set, Three Raymond Buildings has an excellent reputation for its strength in financial, business and general crime. In recent news, Nicholas Yeo was appointed a Recorder; Matthew Butt QC took silk in 2020; Sarah Le Fevre was appointed Assistant Coroner for Gwent; and Kevin Baumber was appointed Assistant Coroner for Hertfordshire.Three Stone is highly regarded for its strength in Chancery commercial matters. In recent news, Christopher Howitt joined chambers from Kobre & Kim LLP while Mark Watson-Gandy was appointed Commander of the Order of St John.
Benefiting from offices in London and Singapore, Twenty Essex has an excellent reputation for international arbitration work. The set has seen multiple recent developments: Sir Peter Gross has returned to chambers as an arbitrator following his departure after being appointed to the bench; Simon Olleson joined the public international law team from Three Stone; Henry Byam-Cook QC, Blair Leahy QC and Philip Riches QC took silk in early 2020; Wendy Miles QC joined from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in February 2020; Judith Gill QC was elected vice president of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration, with effect from 1 April 2020; Duncan Matthews QC and Stephen Atherton QC were appointed joint Heads of Chambers, effective from 1 August 2020; Penelope Nevill and Belinda McRae were appointed to the Attorney General's Panel of Counsel, effective from 1 September 2020; and former solicitor-advocate Maria Kennedy joined from Norton Rose Fulbright.
London and Geneva-based set XXIV Old Buildings is highly regarded for its strength in offshore trust matters, and has a particular emphasis on Middle East-related work. In recent chambers news, Michael Black QC and Tom Montagu-Smith QC were appointed to the panel of the Arbitration Working Group, launched by the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts in October 2020; Lyndsey de Mestre QC has been appointed to the London Chamber of Arbitration and Mediation panel as both arbitrator and mediator; and Paul Horsfield became Head of Clerking.
With offices in London, Bristol, Manchester, and The Hague, Doughty Street Chambers has a wealth of expertise in public, civil liberties, criminal, and associated practice areas, and is among the top ten chambers for most leading junior and rising star rankings in the 2021 guide. Ben Cooper QC was appointed Queen's Counsel in March 2020. The set was further strengthened by a host of new members. In the public law and civil liberties and human rights teams, Maya Sikand, Shu Shin Luh, and Anthony Vaughan arrived from Garden Court Chambers. Sarah Palin joined the media and information law team from 1 Brick Court, while Beth Grossman joined from the now-closed Ely Place Chambers; Jonathan Lennon joined the crime team from Carmelite Chambers, as did Peta-Louise Bagott from Kingsley Napley and Rabah Kherbane from 2 Bedford Row; Leonie Hirst joined the Court of Protection and mental health team; Alice Irving joined the housing and social welfare team. In other news, Stephen Cragg QC and Benjamin Newton have been appointed as Recorders, sitting on the South Eastern and Western Circuit respectively, and David Lammy MP joined as an associate tenant.
Chancery set Wilberforce Chambers counts pensions, property, trusts and offshore matters as core specialisms. 2020 was a busy year for the set: Brian Green QC took over from Michael Furness QC as Head of Chambers; Stuart Isaacs QC, a specialist in international commercial arbitration and litigation, joined from King & Spalding LLP; Zoë Barton QC and Andrew Mold QC were appointed to silk; and Stephen Brown joined from Hardwicke.
Operating from London and Portsmouth, 2 King's Bench Walk Chambers specialises in crime, family, civil, and immigration law. In recent news, William Mousley QC has been appointed a Circuit Judge; Robin Sellers has been appointed Recorder of the Crown Court; and Angus Robertson has retired from the Bar after a 40-year career.
3 Dr Johnson's Buildings has expertise in civil and family law. In recent news, Matthew Hellens and Catherine Piskolti have been appointed joint deputy heads of chambers; Peter Wilkinson has been appointed a Fee-Paid Judge of the Employment Tribunal and a Fee-Paid Judge of the First-Tier Tribunal (Social Entitlement Chamber).
Family set 4 Brick Court has expanded over the last 12 months following the arrival of Christina Warner, whose practice includes private law, public law and financial proceedings, and former solicitor-advocate Raminder Khasriya who has experience in representing local authorities in complex care proceedings.5 Paper offers expertise in business immigration and regulatory, commercial, employment, family law, and mediation, but is particularly strong in social housing law. In recent news, Sean Pettit, Gita Chakravarty , and Angela Hall have all returned to chambers, while Elizabeth England is a new addition to the set's property team.
Based in Hong Kong, London Bar, and New York, Arbitration Chambers is a specialist international arbitration set offering arbitrator and counsel expertise across a range of sectors, including banking and finance, construction, insurance, commercial fraud, and shipping to name but a few. In January 2020, the set added Jean Kalicki and Lucy Reed to its membership in conjunction with the launch of its New York office.
Established by Red Lion Chambers' Jonathan Fisher QC, Bright Line Law is a four member, public access 'barrister law firm' providing specialist advisory, advocacy, litigation, policy, and strategic services in the fields of corporate and financial crime.
A new London set consisting of Andrew Thornhill QC, Richard Clayton QC, Suleman Ahmed, and qualified Scottish advocate and solicitor David Welsh, Exchequer Chambers specialises in tax law and related public, commercial, and international law.
Based in London, Hatton Chambers is a new set specialising in business, media, information, and sports law. Its membership, which is comprised of Timothy Atkinson, Angus Gloag, Simon Perhar, John Samson, Melissa Stock, and Jake Rudman, also offers direct public access.Lamb Chambers is a multidisciplinary set with particular expertise in commercial, property and construction, and personal injury matters. In recent news, Lucy Keane and James Culverwell have joined chambers.
A new virtual set launched in the era of Covid-19, Libertas Chambers contains 21 members, a number coming from Carmelite Chambers. Simon Csoka QC is the set's first head of chambers, while Marc King is the senior clerk.Michael Wolkind QC practices under the MC Chambers banner following his departure from 2 Bedford Row.Richmond Chambers LLP is a practice that, while regulated by the SRA and structured as an LLP, comprises primarily immigration barristers including producing its own via pupillage.2 Harcourt Buildings in London was founded by returning British prosecutors involved in the Nuremburg War Crime Trials. Its members now undertake work across the crime and regulatory landscape. Of recent note, white-collar, cyber, and organised crime specialist John Ojakovoh has joined the set.33 Bedford Row has expertise across the criminal, civil, immigration, family and commercial law disciplines. In recent news, Neil Mercer, joint head of chambers, has been appointed a Recorder for the South Eastern, Family Circuit. Meanwhile, Dr Tariq Mahmood has been appointed to the Court of Arbitration for Art Panel.
With bases in London, Bristol, Leeds, and Newcastle, Enterprise Chambers has expertise across the gamut of commercial and Chancery law matters. In recent news, James Pickering QC was appointed Queen’s Counsel; Sally Blackmore arrived from Ely Place Chambers; Edward Francis was appointed Deputy Master of the Chancery Division.