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Leading Silks

Stephen Jourdan KCFalcon ChambersStephen is quite simply brilliant. He is great with clients, hugely knowledgeable, thorough and cuts through complex matters like a knife cuts through butter.'
Caroline Shea KCFalcon Chambers 'Caroline is a very assured advocate who adopts a well prepared and methodical approach.'
Jonathan Karas KCFalcon Chambers 'An outstanding barrister. Jonathan is a passionate advocate, which goes down well with clients and solicitors.'
George Laurence KCNew Square Chambers 'His recall and attention to detail is excellent. His ability to look beyond the obvious and think outside of the box is exceptional.'
James Maurici KCLandmark Chambers 'James is easy to work with and responsive. His depth and breadth of experience means he has a good instinct and is adept at thinking strategically.'
Oliver Radley-Gardner KCFalcon ChambersAn outstanding silk who is popular with clients.’
Catherine Taskis KC – Falcon ChambersCatherine is excellent on the law. She has a serene court manner and is great with clients.’

2023 Silks

Edward Peters KC - Falcon Chambers 'A silk with a meticulous eye for detail.'

Leading Juniors

Rebecca Cattermole – 39 Essex ChambersA junior with a scholarly, considered and accurate approach.’
Nathan WellsRadcliffe Chambers 'An extremely bright, thorough and analytical junior.'
Emily WindsorFalcon Chambers ‘Emily's advice shows a deep understanding of commercial issues, and she sets out useful and pragmatic solutions.’
Ashley Bowes  – Landmark Chambers  ‘Ashley is a focused junior who remains unfazed under pressure, and his arguments are compelling.’
Ciara FairleyFalcon Chambers 'Ciara provides down-to-earth, accurate and strategically astute advice. Clients adore her.'
Ned WestawayFrancis Taylor BuildingNed is a first-rate barrister. He is approachable, congenial, calm, resourceful, thorough, and persistent.
Paul WilmshurstNew Square Chambers 'Paul has very good knowledge of planning and property issues within an agricultural context.'
Simon AdamykNew Square Chambers 'Simon has an meticulous approach to preparation and a forensic advocacy style. His laser focus in court is popular with judges.'
Ross CrailNew Square Chambers 'Ross is extremely knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with.'
Greville HealeyFalcon Chambers 'Greville has extensive knowledge on agricultural property disputes; he is also very commercial and liked by clients.'
Joseph OllechFalcon Chambers 'A junior whose advice is prompt and precise.'
Jamie SutherlandFalcon Chambers 'Jamie is an exceptionally thorough and tenacious junior.'
Aidan BriggsNew Square ChambersAidan is extremely bright, responsive, articulate and great with clients. His advice is succinct and accessible, and he is excellent on his feet.’
Juan Lopez39 Essex Chambers 'A driven and incisive advocate.'

Rising Stars

Gavin BennisonFalcon Chambers 'Gavin is excellent on the law, and he has a calm manner in court.'

Agriculture in London Bar

Falcon Chambers

The gold standard set for agricultural property disputes‘, Falcon Chambers reports an uptick in instructions involving mining and mineral rights and telecoms work as allied areas to agricultural law. In a prominent work highlight, Stephen Jourdan KC, Oliver Radley-Gardner KC and Gavin Bennison appeared before the Court of Appeal in O G Thomas Amaethyddiath v Turner & Ors, an agricultural case concerning the validity of a notice to quit subject to the protection of the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986; the agricultural holding was held under a verbal tenancy. Jonathan Karas KC has been kept busy advising on rural mineral transactional work. Property litigation specialist Catherine Taskis KC is sought after for her track record in handling agricultural succession disputes, proprietary estoppel issues and contentious farming partnership matters. In March 2023 Edward Peters KC was elevated to silk.


Joanne Meah is excellent. She is straightforward in her approach and always delivers. She is efficient and effective.’

Falcon is a very strong set.’

A good calibre set.’

Very good – strength in numbers and expertise.’

‘The clerks room is helpful, friendly and efficient.’

‘Clerks are very helpful and professional.’

All the clerks are sharp, efficient and helpful.’

Francis Taylor Building

Members of Francis Taylor Building's agriculture and rural affairs practice are regularly instructed in cases involving common land, village and town greens, rights of way and highways. The team's client base includes public authorities, landowners, private individuals and government entities. Douglas Edwards KC has a strong track record in handling applications brought under the Commons Act 2006, and Morag Ellis KC has expertise in assisting with village green inquiries. Ned Westaway stands out for the 'strength and clarity of his arguments and advocacy'.


Everyone, from the clerks to the reception staff, is friendly and approachable.’

The clerks are visible, personable and will engage proactively with instructing solicitors.’

Fantastic – very efficient and friendly.’

New Square Chambers

New Square Chambers is active in a wide range of rural and agricultural work, with a solid track record in handling contentious mandates regarding public access to land. George Laurence KC garners praise as 'one of the top barristers in his field', and Paul Wilmshurst has been kept busy advising on village green applications and public rights of way disputes. Simon Adamyk is sought after for his expertise in advising on public access over land, and Ross Crail provides 'first-rate advice'. The 'well-prepared' Aidan Briggs is very experienced in assisting with a broad spectrum of agricultural disputes, including Inheritance Act claims involving farms.


‘Very good clerking – quick to get back and very easy to deal with. Michelle Green is excellent, and Cameron Grant is very responsive.’

‘Nathan Hitchman and Charlie Sherwood are both very good.’

‘New Square is an excellent set.’ 

‘Good set.’

Helpful and efficient.’