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Leading Silks

Jonathan Hough KC4 New Square ‘He is just outstanding.’
Jonathan Kirk KCGough Square Chambers ‘Immense intelligence. Can pick up papers and digest them in super fast time. Very good on strategy.'
Toby Riley-Smith KCHenderson Chambers ‘Great tactical acumen and sound commercial advice coupled with a strong and persuasive advocacy style.' 
David Travers KCGough Square Chambers ‘A very good manner with clients, and an excellent advocate.’
Mark Watson KCSix Pump Court ‘Mark has been involved in many of the most significant food safety cases and is knowledge in this area is second to none.’

Leading Juniors

Jonathan GouldingGough Square ChambersHighly experienced, knowledgeable and adds great value to every case he is involved in.
Richard Heller2 Hare Court ‘He is eminently familiar with all aspects of consumer and trading law.’
Iain MacdonaldGough Square Chambers ‘Iain’s drafting of statements of case is, in a word, excellent. It is second only to his advocacy skills which shine with expertise and a knowledge that many others could only aspire to.’
Simon PopplewellGough Square Chambers 'Simon is an excellent barrister, both as an advisor and an advocate.'
Cameron CroweGough Square Chambers ‘Cameron is the go-to barrister for prosecuting our multi-handed, complex consumer fraud cases.’
William HibbertHenderson Chambers ‘He is conscientious, measured, always demonstrates excellent attention to detail, and always provides well thought-out advice.'
Jonathan LewisHenderson Chambers ‘Approachability, knowledge and ability to explain legal matters in a commercial context to a lay client.' 
Anna MedvinskaiaGough Square Chambers ‘Generally good with detail and technical legal advice.'
Julia SmithHenderson Chambers ‘Exceptionally clear. Very smart and know her area inside out. Very user friendly.' 
Kate UrellGough Square Chambers ‘She is detailed and commercial in her analysis and in her advice.'
Ruth BalaGough Square Chambers ‘Ruth is an expert in consumer finance related litigation and a go-to senior juniors in this space.’
Pascal BatesSix Pump Court 'He has an excellent grasp of detail, excellent written and verbal communication skills and gives straightforward and helpful assistance to those instructing.'
Lee BennettSix Pump Court - 'Strategic, thoughtful and very astute.'
Daniel BrayleyGough Square Chambers ‘He quickly gains an in-depth knowledge of any applicable contract terms, conditions and agreements.'
Charlotte Eborall3 Verulam Buildings ‘Charlotte is an absolutely first rate senior junior, and star silk of the future. Her advice is clear, thorough and her client handling skills are first rate.’
Lee FinchGough Square Chambers ‘Lee is a very user-friendly and extremely popular with consumer law solicitors.’
David HercockSix Pump Court ‘He is a technical genius and his ability to ferret out discrete legal points is second to none.’
Stuart JessopSix Pump Court ‘Stuart has a deep understanding of this area, which coupled with great strategic planning, skilled advocacy, and great client care makes him a go-to counsel.'
Robin KinghamGough Square Chambers 'Robin is intellectually powerful, and produces excellent written briefs.'
Lia MosesHenderson Chambers ‘Lia's particular strengths are her ability to delve to the heart of a matter and drill down to the key issues and arguments in dispute, even under tight time restrictions.'
Laura PhillipsGough Square Chambers ‘Very responsive and great attention to detail. Clear advocacy.’
Theodor Van Sante3 Verulam Buildings ‘Theodor provides clear, highly pragmatic advice and has an excellent manner with clients. His technical knowledge in this area is exceptional.’
Bradley SayGough Square Chambers 'Bradley has an excellent manner with clients, able to put them at ease while also delivering clear and frank advice.'

Rising Stars

Katie SageCrown Office Chambers 'A real star in the making. Ferociously bright and hard working with incredible powers of recall combined with an intuition for wider case strategy.'

Consumer in London Bar

Gough Square Chambers

Gough Square Chambers is ‘predominate in this area‘ and houses a number of the go-to barristers for all aspects of consumer law, be it at silk or junior level. It frequently fields teams of counsel in the market’s leading cases, including in 2021 Jonathan Kirk KC and Robin Kingham acting in a range of cannabidiol (CBD) matters, representing Healthspan in the first judicial review of the FSA’s regulatory amnesty on CBD products. Up-and-coming junior Ruth Bala has continued to advise on one of the leading consumer mis-selling cases in the country, while David Travers KC has continued to be instructed by leading businesses in the most sensitive and challenging cases. Senior junior Jonathan Goulding maintains an eclectic consumer law practice that reflects the scope of cases handled by counsel at chambers.



‘The set has been specialising in consumer law for 35 years and is predominate in this area.’

‘Always accommodating and responsive. Able to readily provide a range of experiences and specialities tailored to the needs and demands of a particular case.’

‘Gough Square is a very good set for regulatory matters.’

‘A formidable set when it comes to handling criminal enforcement matters.’


‘Helpful and attentive clerks room. Jack Bradshaw is co-operative and understanding, seeking to resolve any issues in a collaborative manner.’

‘Jack Bradshaw is the best there is. His response time is amazing and he always works hard to get work allocated to the right Barrister that suits the demands and budget of the client.’

‘Top notch. Happy to work constructively and practically no matter how trivial or complex the request for assistance (particularly Jack Bradshaw and Bob Weeks).’

‘Excellent service, in particular Jack Bradshaw, Bob Weekes and Richard Bryant.’

‘The three senior clerks have been in place for many years. They know the area of law having lived with the very many cases handled over the years.’

Work highlights

    Henderson Chambers

    Henderson Chambers is a strong choice for counsel teams in consumer protection and other trading standards matters, and has excelled recently as group litigation has become a key area with consumer law, as funders have seen an opportunity in this area. Trends on the individual side have included Toby Riley-Smith KC acting in an increasing number of cases for the CMA, including in high-profile enforcement action taken against Truly Travel Limited and its sister company Also on the regulator side, Jonathan Lewis has acted for Ofgem and the FSA, while Lia Moses continues to be a star on the rise in consumer law, particularly in mis-selling litigation.



    ‘Chambers has very good strength in depth at the junior end and can deal with a considerable amount of work.’

    ‘A strong set in the area of consumer law.’


    ‘Good communication and willingness to discuss and fees.’

    ‘Joseph Sutton, Shaun Wright and Joanna Johnstone are always willing to help and quick to provide a range of counsel with the right experience.’

    ‘Joanna Johnstone is excellent – she is very efficient and helpful.’

    ‘Excellent – prompt and they do what they say they will.’

    ‘Very user friendly and approachable and quick to get back to you re queries.’

    Work highlights

      5 Paper Buildings

      An experienced team of juniors are the bedrock of 5 Paper Buildings‘ consumer law offering, acting in an eclectic mix of matters with recent niche experience in the area of alleged ticketing fraud and other criminal matters in the consumer space. Miles Bennett is a name to note for criminal regulatory investigations, on both the prosecutor and defence sides, while Andrew Johnson is particularly strong acting for enforcing authorities. Carolina Bracken has a broad practice that has recently covered alleged fraud in ticketing and online retail, as well as emissions cases.

      Six Pump Court

      A number of impressive individuals‘ at specialist regulatory set Six Pump Court act in some of the market’s key consumer law cases, with a focus on criminal matters. In the food sector, chambers has several pre-eminent specialists, including David Hercock, who acted for the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers against the Food Standards Agency in proceedings before the Supreme Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union; and Ian Thomas, whose broad practice in the area covers both contentious and pre-dispute advice. Pascal Bates has a particular specialism in consumer issues with environmental or safety concerns, whereas Stuart Jessop is the name to note for animal welfare-related consumer matters, as well as food law.



      ‘Very good set with a number of impressive individuals.’

      ‘Impressive strength in depth and access to counsel.’

      ‘The set is very good and specialist in regulatory matters.’


      ‘Michael Hearn is friendly, helpful and prompt in responding.’

      ‘Ryan Barrow and Richard Constable are excellent – commercial, straight talking and a pleasure to deal with.’

      ‘Richard Constable is superb – very approachable and efficient.’

      ‘The best regulatory clerking team by a mile. Richard Constable is a stand out individual.’

      Work highlights