Leading Silks

Jonathan Hough QC - 4 New SquareTremendously intelligent, responsive, and hard working. Knows consumer credit law inside out and had the client's confidence instantly. He provided great expertise and value to the litigation process and also the parallel ADR effort.
Jonathan Kirk QC - Gough Square ChambersAn outstanding advocate who can distil the most complex of cases to something so straightforward.
Toby Riley-Smith QC - Henderson ChambersAn excellent counsel for consumer cases and we would have no hesitation in recommending him.
David Travers QC  - Gough Square ChambersExtremely bright and able to assimilate vast amounts of detail very quickly.
Kevin de Haan QC - Gough Square ChambersVery strong on gambling regulation and European law, he is creative and user-friendly.
Mark Watson QC - Six Pump CourtExtremely knowledgeable in relation to regulatory cases and a fantastically strong advocate.

2020 Silks

Henry Warwick QC - Henderson ChambersA brilliant legal mind and very persuasive advocate, who engenders trust with the bench.

Leading Juniors

Jonathan Goulding - Gough Square ChambersHighly experienced, knowledgeable and adds great value to every case he is involved in.
Iain Macdonald - Gough Square ChambersA calm and down-to-earth advocate with a measured style which has gravitas and persuasion.
Fred Philpott - Gough Square ChambersStill a top class operator in the consumer field.
Cameron Crowe - Gough Square ChambersCameron has a thorough understanding of the complexities and technicalities of the practice area as well as being able to apply the law in a commercial and pragmatic fashion.
William Hibbert - Henderson ChambersVery intelligent and good at explaining difficult concepts.
Julia Smith - Henderson ChambersA technically excellent barrister.
Ian Thomas - Six Pump CourtHe has considerable knowledge of the food hygiene legal landscape.
Kate Urell - Gough Square ChambersAn excellent and tenacious advocate highly respected within the industry.
Daniel Brayley - Gough Square ChambersDaniel has as a very good knowledge of all aspects of consumer protection law and he gives high quality, pragmatic legal advice.
Charlotte Eborall - 3 Verulam BuildingsVersatile and quick on her feet.
Lee Finch - Gough Square ChambersExtremely measured, Lee speaks with authority in this area of law.
David Hercock - Six Pump CourtExtremely hardworking and has a keen eye for spotting even the most technical of arguments.
Stuart JessopSix Pump Court 'A very experienced barrister. He knows his area inside out. He is great to work with and very client friendly. One of my go-to counsel.'
Jonathan Lewis - Henderson ChambersHe is a superb junior with an excellent knowledge of consumer law and a quick grasp of the facts.
Anna Medvinskaia - Gough Square ChambersTenacious, diligent and gets great results.
Gordon MenziesSix Pump CourtGordon has an impeccable grasp of detail and turns all instructions around very quickly.
Laura PhillipsGough Square ChambersExtraordinarily clever, very hard working and has a real grasp of what are the issues in a case.
Theodor Van Sante - 3 Verulam BuildingsListened to by clients on calls and very responsive to instructing solicitors.
Bradley Say - Gough Square ChambersA formidable and convincing advocate.

Rising Stars

Lia Moses - Henderson ChambersAn extremely intelligent individual and formidable advocate, her advice and performance evolves with instructions.

Consumer in London Bar

Gough Square Chambers

Gough Square Chambers 'offers an unrivalled strength in depth in this area' with members covering all areas of consumer law at both silk and junior level. Among its recent highlight cases, Jonathan Kirk QC led Iain MacDonald in acting for Tesco in Tesco Stores Limited v Birmingham City Council, Birmingham Magistrates’ Court, a landmark food law case regarding labelling of use-by dates. Anna Medvinskaia has also acted for a supermarket in a case of a similar subject matter. Covid-19 inevitably impacted the market and in related work, Julian Gun Cuninghame's counsel to the Marshall family in Arkin v Marshall was the lead case on the coronavirus possession stay when it went before the Court of Appeal.

Testimonials

Set

Undoubtedly the best set for consumer work.

Have long been one of the strongest sets on the consumer law front and thoroughly deserving of their reputation. Their slightly traditional approach is actually a strength.

Gough Square Chambers is the best set for consumer law. Every barrister is a genuine expert in the field. They offer an unrivalled strength in depth in this area.

Not sure there are any better sets for consumer and consumer credit work.

Very strong on trading law and food safety.

Clerking

Bob Weekes leads a reliably professional clerks’ room and is ably supported by Richard Bryant and Jack Bradshaw.

Bob Weekes is always responsive and brings vast experience to a professional clerk’s room.

The clerks and the service they provide is excellent and well organised. In particular I have had regular dealings with Jack Bradshaw who I have found to be extremely helpful and accommodating.

The clerks will always endeavour to accommodate and Jack Bradshaw is an outstanding, attentive second clerk.

A proper old school personal touch and desire to form long term relationships with instructing solicitors.

Six Pump Court

Six Pump Court is a specialist regulatory set, praised for its ‘strength in depth of the team, the breadth of their expertise and their ability to see the wider picture without losing sight of the detail‘. Pascal Bates has a particular specialism in consumer issues with environmental or safety concerns and he has acted for the Suffolk Coastal Port Health Authority in several importation cases, most recently involving a consignment of honey. In food law, David Hercock is a key contact, advising in the majority of Supreme Court and Court of Appeal cases in that field, including acting for the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) against the FSA in proceedings that have been before the Court of Justice of the European Union, the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and the Administrative Court.

Testimonials

Set

There is counsel at all levels from very junior to QC and there is always someone suitable to deal with any particular case.

The strength in depth of the team, the breadth of their expertise and their ability to see the wider picture without losing sight of the detail is second to none.

The best regulatory set in the country, without a doubt!

I have used many barristers over the years and found them all to be high calibre and accomplished advocates.

The set offers a broad range of specialisms, with knowledgeable clerks, high-quality pupils, experienced and expert juniors and highly regarded QCs.

Clerking

Excellent. I deal mostly with Michael Hearn who is an asset to Chambers. Nothing is too much trouble.

A fantastic team – always available, realistic and keep everyone informed.

I have always found Richard Constable and Ryan Barrow to be good, professional and easy to deal with.

Richard Constable is one of the hardest working and diligent people I have ever met. He is also very wise.

Whenever I need to speak to counsel or have an urgent matter, they can be relied on to provide options of junior/ senior junior and leading counsel who could assist.

5 Paper Buildings

5 Paper Buildings have an experienced team of juniors dedicated to costs matters, with caseloads covering a range of sectors and members excel in  product safety, environment, health and safety, and food safety. Miles Bennett is a key name in criminal regulatory investigations, and Carolina Bracken remains frequently engaged in consumer fraud cases from pre-charge through to confiscation. Andrew Johnson has a particularly strong practice in acting for enforcing authorities across the spectrum of consumer law cases, including unsafe products, IP infringement and counterfeit goods.

Henderson Chambers

'An excellent chambers in consumer law', Henderson Chambers has 'great depth in regulatory cases', handling consumer protection and other trading standards matters. Toby Riley-Smith QC has considerable expertise in consumer group mass litigations, including his representation of Whirlpool in proceedings resulting from the Grenfell disaster. On the junior side, Julia Smith is representing the Competition and Markets Authority in enforcement action against care home providers in CMA v Care UK, while rising star Lia Moses has recently focused on litigation regarding mis-selling.

Testimonials

Set

An excellent chambers in consumer law. They would always be my go-to chambers in this area of law.

Strong set of barristers across the board – great range of skill sets and seniority.

I have used Henderson Chambers for many years and the chambers as a whole have been very professional.

Henderson has a number of go-to counsel for down to earth, user-friendly but very competent representation.

Clerking

I find the clerks extremely helpful and respectful, and they do their utmost to secure our chosen barristers for hearings.

Jason Housden, the new chambers director, is a phenomenon.

Jason Housden goes extra mile to for clients, willing to assist outside of traditional working hours, very quick turn-arounds, easy to deal with.

Shaun Wright is responsive, organised and easy to deal with.

Joseph Sutton is a good rapport builder, responsive, proactive and provides creative scheduling solutions to accommodate instructions.