A true specialist set, covering all areas of consumer law, Gough Square Chambers has vast expertise in both civil and criminal matters. Consumer credit, financial services, consumer protection and regulatory are the main areas of instruction. Jonathan Kirk QC and Iain Macdonald acted for Tesco in Tesco Stores Limited v Birmingham City Council in a dispute around the use-by date labelling under EU regulation. Jonathan Goulding has been advising on online sales practices, while Cameron Crowe is noted for trading standards offences. Kevin De Haan QC has long-standing expertise in matters relating to pharmaceutical product safety, as well as Fintech and cryptocurrencies.
Consumer in London Bar
5 Paper Buildings is one of the 'pre-eminent sets in consumer law and related matters in London, if not England and Wales', according to some. The set excels at consumer credit, product safety, environment, health and safety, and food safety matters, and is praised for its 'excellent team ethos and great client service'. Miles Bennett and Denis Barry are both noted for criminal regulatory investigations. Also of note, Andrew Johnson's practice revolves around the representation of enforcing authorities and, on a secondary scale, defendants, on matters relating to unsafe products, intellectual property infringements and counterfeit goods.
Henderson Chambers is a 'good set at 360 degrees', with a 'professional and well-organised clerking team.' The barristers are praised for their great expertise in consumer credit, consumer protection, and finance law. Of particular note in chambers, finance houses and banks are often represented by the highly regarded Richard Mawrey QC, while, in trading standards and product liability law, Nazeer Chowdhury is acting in the VW emissions litigation, and Toby Riley-smith QC was instructed by Whirlpool in the inquiry arising from the Grenfell Tower disaster. Chambers' members also act in civil and criminal cases with environmental, health and safety, and food safety, and increasingly on government consumer cases, with a focus on FCA instructions.
Six Pump Court is a 'very helpful and efficient' set with a broad spectrum of cases across the consumer law field. The 'really smart barristers' are particularly sought after for their 'prominence in health and safety' and food law, and their 'in-depth knowledge' of the corresponding regulation. David Travers QC acted in a significant liability case for an online retailer, while Mark Watson QC defended Tesco, Iceland, and Nandos in different claims involving food safety and hygiene claims. Also of note, Pascal Bates' recent work included the representation of an overseas importer accused of breaches of consumer protection laws.