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Industrial Disease - Leading Silks

Andrew Hogarth QC - 12 King's Bench WalkHe has an astounding ability to identify significant issues with ease and be there waiting with a smile when everyone else catches up to him.
Michael Kent QC - Crown Office ChambersHis advocacy is calm, measured and incisive - he is greatly respected by judges and opponents alike. 
David Platt QC - Crown Office ChambersDavid is without doubt the finest silk in practice in respect of his asbestos work.
Michael Rawlinson QC - 12 King's Bench WalkMichael has an amazing ability to get to grips with complex procedural issues within a very short period of time.
Steven Snowden QC - 12 King's Bench WalkA real heavyweight silk who has an attractive advocacy style and an easy manner. 
Harry Steinberg QC - 12 King's Bench WalkHarry is excellent at identifying the key themes that will resonate with the court then presenting them in a calm and persuasive manner.
Robert Weir QC - DevereuxThe word "eminent" best describes his ability.

Insurance Fraud - Leading Silks

Personal Injury - Leading Silks

William Audland QC - 12 King's Bench WalkA master tactician in assessing the merit of a case and advising upon a strategy to leverage litigation risk against your opponent.
Neil Block QC - 39 Essex ChambersAn excellent QC who brings wisdom and calmness to any situation.
Benjamin Browne QC - 2 Temple GardensHe is a giant in the field. He knows the law inside out and is very effective in conference.
Stephen Killalea QC - DevereuxAn exceptional negotiator and advocate and a thoroughly nice human being.
William Latimer-Sayer QC - CloistersWilliam is the leading silk when it comes to quantum. He literally wrote the book on quantification of damages in personal injury cases.
Gerard McDermott QC - Outer Temple ChambersGerard is skilled in the art of negotiation whilst also being able to form a rapid and lasting bond with clients, who have absolute faith in his advice and judgement.
David Platt QC - Crown Office ChambersDavid is without doubt the finest silk in practice in respect of his asbestos work.
Robert Weir QC - DevereuxThe word "eminent" best describes his ability.
Stephen Worthington QC - 12 King's Bench WalkHe is a fierce advocate, highly respected by the judiciary, fellow barristers, experts and insurance clients alike.
Simon Browne QC - Temple Garden ChambersSimon has very good communication skills and a calm manner which makes clients feel assured and at ease with the advice provided. Excellent at negotiation.
Robert Glancy QC - DevereuxClearly an advocate of the highest order, and he is someone that has been involved in many of the important cases in this area. 
Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel QC - 1 Crown Office RowElizabeth-Anne is able to strip away the irrelevancies of every case and get to the crux of the issue light years before anyone else. 
Marie Louise Kinsler QC - 2 Temple GardensShe brings an unrivalled knowledge of private international law to the complex area of personal injury cases where questions of jurisdiction and applicable law arise.
Jacob Levy QC - 9 Gough ChambersIncredibly hardworking, Jacob brings an enormous depth of experience to a case and is widely respected by peers and opponents alike.
Simeon Maskrey QC - 7BRCharming, great with clients, competitive, and incredible advocate and a good tactician.
Dominic Nolan QC - Hailsham ChambersWhat sets Dominic apart is his ability as a negotiator. He combines dogged determination with first-class people skills to achieve excellent results.
Derek O'Sullivan QC - 39 Essex ChambersTenacious, thorough and an excellent advocate.
Julian Picton QC - Hailsham ChambersAlways adopts a detailed forensic approach while never losing sight of the core issues.
Susan Rodway QC - 39 Essex ChambersA great advocate - definitely someone you want on your side. 
Paul Rose QC - Old Square ChambersA superb, classy operator. A very steely negotiator, not afraid of a fight, opponents respect him and clients love him for it.
Paul Russell QC - 12 King's Bench WalkPaul is an excellent advocate, his forensic analysis is second to none, and he is able to deal with very difficult experts and witnesses in an effortlessly charming way.
Henry Witcomb QC - 1 Crown Office RowHenry is very experienced, he excels at dealing with difficult RTC liability cases and high value quantum work, and particularly understands the complexities of evaluating life expectancy.
Grahame Aldous QC - 9 Gough ChambersTotally unflappable - a masterful advocate.
Charles Bagot QC - Gatehouse ChambersHe has full control of the facts, the arguments and, ultimately, the court.
Ben Collins QC - Old Square ChambersFirst-class negotiation skills and a brilliant manner with vulnerable and seriously injured claimants.
Charlie Cory-Wright QC - 39 Essex ChambersVery well-respected and senior, as well as being very clever and good with clients. 
James Counsell QC - Outer Temple ChambersJames is a smooth and calm operator with great client care.
Sarah Crowther QC - Outer Temple ChambersSarah is an expert in jurisdiction cases and handles complex jurisdictional points with great aptitude and skill.
Nina Goolamali QC39 Essex Chambers 'Nina has an excellent eye for detail. She is very thorough and approachable, very commercial and excellent on complex quantum and liability cases.'
Richard Lynagh QC - Crown Office ChambersA very gentle and calm advocate who shows great patience with clients who have been through difficult times.
Stuart McKechnie QC - 9 Gough ChambersHe has a wealth of experience in representing children who have sustained life changing injuries and navigating parents through the legal system so that the best result can be achieved; this niche area of law is an area Stuart excels in both on a legal and human level.
John Ross QC - 1 Chancery LaneA tour de force trial advocate. Always willing to put himself out for their client.
Steven Snowden QC12 King’s Bench WalkSteven is a persuasive advocate who has the ear of the court.
Andrew Warnock QC - 1 Chancery LaneA good strategist who is able to assimilate large amounts of information and is liked by insurers and clients.
Christopher Wilson-Smith QC - Outer Temple ChambersA great tactician and technician, Christopher is the barrister you want for your client in the most challenging cases.
Edward Bishop QC - 1 Chancery LaneGreat at putting clients at ease whilst maintaining and inspiring confidence - a superb advocate. 
Patrick Blakesley QC - Crown Office ChambersPatrick is a formidable opponent, striking the right balance between pragmatism and tenacity.
Matthew Chapman QC - 1 Chancery LaneGreat at identifying and addressing the key issues in complex cases. You are immediately on the front foot if you have Matthew as part of your team.
Katherine Deal QC - 3 Hare CourtKatherine isolates the issues that will be a bar to settlement at an early stage and works to develop a strategy to deal with those issues to promote early case resolution.
Joel Donovan QC - CloistersHe has a thorough and considered approach, as well as an ability to maintain a calm demeanour in demanding negotiations.
John Foy QC - 9 Gough ChambersJohn has the ability to get to the nub of the issue quickly and efficiently, enjoys a challenge, and has immense knowledge and experience.
Andrew Hogarth QC - 12 King's Bench WalkHe has an astounding ability to identify significant issues with ease and be there waiting with a smile when everyone else catches up to him.
Theo Huckle QC - Doughty Street ChambersA charismatic, clear calm and compelling advocate who can be trusted entirely to do a brilliant job.
Robert Kellar QC - 1 Crown Office RowGood strategic skills and ability to set out in clear terms to a difficult client an unpalatable set of options.
Christopher Kennedy QC - Crown Office ChambersVery well respected across the board.
Michael Kent QC - Crown Office ChambersHis advocacy is calm, measured and incisive - he is greatly respected by judges and opponents alike. 
Giles Mooney QC - 9 Gough ChambersA go-to barrister on difficult (but ultimately winnable) liability cases, a fighter who leaves no stone unturned to get the right result for the claimant.
Martin Porter QC - 2 Temple GardensMartin has carved out a niche for himself as a top bicycle accident silk - he argues difficult points fearlessly and is inventive in his approach to litigation. 
Michael Rawlinson QC - 12 King's Bench WalkMichael has an amazing ability to get to grips with complex procedural issues within a very short period of time.
Harry Steinberg QC - 12 King's Bench WalkHarry is excellent at identifying the key themes that will resonate with the court then presenting them in a calm and persuasive manner.
Nathan Tavares QC - Outer Temple ChambersUnflappable with a great eye for detail, Nathan is also a first-class advocate and tactician.
James Todd QC - 39 Essex ChambersA diligent and polished advocate who has a very good reputation in the insurance industry.
Adam Weitzman QC - 7BRAdam is a brilliant advocate. His cross-examination is second to none.
Eliot Woolf QC - Outer Temple ChambersSupremely intelligent, patient with clients and in control before opponents and the court.

Personal Injury - 2020 Silks

Marcus Dignum QC12 King’s Bench WalkA first-class advocate whose technical expertise and presentation skills impress both clients and judges.
Henry Pitchers QC - No5 Barristers ChambersHe has a naturally calm and quietly confident manner about him, which makes him a natural leader who is reassuring to all others in the room.

Personal Injury - 2021 Silks

James Arney QCTemple Garden ChambersA thoughtful and compelling advocate with an analytical approach to liability and quantum. 
Judith Ayling QC - 39 Essex ChambersJudith is a measured and impressive barrister who brings her great intellect and attention to detail to bear in high-value claims.
Andrew Davis QC - Crown Office ChambersAndrew is an extremely sophisticated and effective operator.
Emily Formby QC - 39 Essex ChambersEmily cuts to the issues and is sensible and pragmatic.
Patrick Vincent QC - 12 King's Bench WalkHe makes decision-making with even the most technical and complex legal arguments easy for judges, with his logical and digestible, but well-considered, submissions.
Angus Withington QCHenderson ChambersHe is an excellent advocate as well as brilliant on paper.

Industrial Disease - Leading Juniors

Aliyah Akram - 12 King's Bench WalkShe has a very high knowledge base in respect of asbestos claims and is gimlet-eyed over detail to be put into the schedule of loss.
Ivan Bowley - 12 King's Bench WalkIvan is a formidable barrister, whose meticulous preparation and detailed knowledge of asbestos disease litigation means he easily gains the confidence and trust of often vulnerable and very poorly clients.
Matthew Boyle - Crown Office ChambersHe is a superb tactician and provides excellent advice.
Michael Brace - 12 King's Bench WalkHe is very experienced in the technical aspects of asbestos disease work and can cut through evidence to get to the nub of a case quickly.
Jamie Clarke - Crown Office ChambersTenacious yet silky smooth in all that he does - a consummate negotiator.
Jeremy Crowther - 9 Gough ChambersJeremy is an exceptionally good advocate, and gives thoughtful advice. Very kind with vulnerable claimants.
Stephen Glynn - 9 Gough ChambersStephen has an excellent mind for detail and deals efficiently with complex cases while taking a pragmatic and practical approach.
Peter Houghton - Crown Office ChambersAn exceptionally robust advocate who presents arguments in an extremely persuasive manner, and also takes an active role both pre and post hearings. 
Patrick Kerr - 12 King's Bench WalkHe is one of the go-to barristers in the field of industrial disease - doesn't hesitate to take on very difficult cases and achieve success in them.
Niall Maclean - 12 King's Bench WalkOne of the most impressive barristers in asbestos claims, with a real eye for detail.
Alexander Macpherson - Crown Office ChambersHe is able to identify and navigate through challenging causation issues in an effective and pragmatic way.
John McDonald - 2 Temple GardensOn his feet John is ferocious even when dealing with the most complex of issues.
Robert O’Leary - Crown Office ChambersRobert has one of the best technical abilities in terms of complex industrial diseases; he can handle the most complex medical causation arguments with ease.
Gemma Scott - 12 King's Bench WalkShe is an expert in asbestos litigation and has been involved in some of the recent test cases.
John-Paul Swoboda - 12 King's Bench WalkJohn-Paul is an exceptional junior. He is willing to take on difficult cases and gives each case his all.
A. John WilliamsCrown Office ChambersA perfectly pitched balance of authority and sensitivity, appreciated by witnesses and judges alike. 

Insurance Fraud - Leading Juniors

Sadie Crapper - 39 Essex ChambersSadie is a formidable barrister. She is precise, careful, and forensic and works very hard.
Charles Curtis - Temple Garden ChambersShows a pragmatic and sensible approach.
Alex Glassbrook - Temple Garden ChambersMeticulous in the approach to case preparation, understands the needs of the client and ensures they are the focus throughout.
Paul Higgins - Crown Office ChambersA go-to barrister with a wealth of experience in defending fundamental dishonesty claims.
Edward Hutchin - Temple Garden ChambersA go-to barrister for civil fraud claims. The best choice for cases that involve heavy detail. 
Henry Morton Jack - 2 Temple GardensA go-to for liability-disputed personal injury cases (both EL/PL and motor). 
Anastasia Karseras - 2 Temple GardensEloquent and highly persuasive, as well as close to omniscient when it comes to technical fraud matters. 
Tim Sharpe - Temple Garden ChambersAn astute barrister with keen attention to detail. 
Lionel Stride - Temple Garden ChambersLionel is extremely knowledgeable, meticulous and a firm negotiator.
Gemma WitheringtonCrown Office Chambers ‘ A strong and assertive counsel, who is clear in her advice and excellent in liaising with witnesses and clients. 

Personal Injury - Leading Juniors

Emma Zeb  – Gatehouse Chambers ‘An excellent tactician who is always prepared to ask difficult questions when required. Extremely personable and fantastic with witnesses and clients. ’
Laura Begley - 9 Gough ChambersLaura is just impressive all round. One of the most forensic barristers out there; superb command of the evidence; up to speed with case law and medical literature; sensitive to the fact that some issues will be hard for a client to engage with. 
James Bell - Temple Garden ChambersHe is a good negotiator who avoids grandstanding; comfortably handles difficult personalities; and focuses on achieving results.
Christian Du Cann - 39 Essex ChambersFormidable on his feet, clever and good with people, he is forensic and will fight hard.
Henry Charles - 12 King's Bench WalkHenry has an impressive breadth of knowledge about legal and practical subjects which he uses to focus potentially complicated issues to provide practical and workable solutions.
Bernard Doherty - 39 Essex ChambersA cool head at all times and supreme with his knowledge and advice. A QC in all but name.
Shaun Ferris - Crown Office ChambersShaun provides silk quality as a junior.
Jeremy Ford - 9 Gough ChambersA top class senior-junior - as good as most QCs but without the title. 
Marcus Grant - Temple Garden ChambersOne of the country's leading experts in subtle brain injury claims and chronic injury claims.
Daniel Lawson - CloistersUnquestionably one of the leading claimant PI juniors.
Justin Levinson - 1 Crown Office RowThe ultimate professional and unrivalled leader in child abuse litigation.
Nigel Lewers - 12 King's Bench WalkHis technical knowledge and expertise is phenomenal, especially in cases involving multiple parties, complex liability and indemnity arguments.
Julian Matthews - 7BRSuperb with clients and a master tactician.
Andrew Roy - 12 King's Bench WalkA razor-sharp intellect coupled with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the case law, who is able to combine both into dazzling and fearless advocacy.
Christopher Russell - 2 Temple GardensPreparation and attention to detail are second to none and counsel's negotiating skills are out of this world. 
David Sanderson - 12 King's Bench WalkDavid has an authoritative air, yet works in a calm, laid back and collaborative fashion. He has an ability to cut to the chase and find clarity when faced with complex scenarios.
Bruce Silvester - 9 Gough ChambersAn excellent negotiator who is highly respected by his peers and a match for any QC he may come up against.
A. John WilliamsCrown Office ChambersA perfectly pitched balance of authority and sensitivity, appreciated by witnesses and judges alike. 
Charles Woodhouse - Old Square ChambersHe has the command of the court room and his advocacy is a joy to observe.
Richard Cartwright - DevereuxRichard shows a very great attention to detail and in particular is excellent with calculating losses.
Lee Evans - Farrar's BuildingVery knowledgeable about the medical research and able to explore complex medical issues in detail with experts. A strong negotiator yet also pragmatic.
Niazi Fetto - 2 Temple GardensA most impressive lawyer and advocate, who has a calm and reassuring presence but is never slow to point out a potential problem and offer a solution. 
Catherine Foster - Crown Office ChambersAn incredible advocate with an innate ability to construct a logical and persuasive legal argument.
Richard Furniss - 42 Bedford RowAn extremely composed, authoritative and persuasive advocate, who effortlessly puts clients' minds at ease.
Stephen Glynn - 9 Gough ChambersStephen has an excellent mind for detail and deals efficiently with complex cases while taking a pragmatic and practical approach.
Hugh Hamill - 12 King's Bench WalkGreat at getting to grips with a case, and has a superb strike rate for settlements.
Katherine Howells - Old Square ChambersNot afraid to take on the really difficult cases, in fact she thrives on them. She has an excellent technical eye and is super organised.
Laura Johnson - 1 Chancery LaneLaura is compassionate and has a great manner with clients but is equally happy in the cut and thrust of advocacy.
Simon King - 7BRSimon is articulate and his advice is excellent - he will not shy away from a difficult point, even when speaking to the claimant, and this can be very important when managing expectations.
Alexander Macpherson - Crown Office ChambersHe is able to identify and navigate through challenging causation issues in an effective and pragmatic way.
Scott Matthewson - 42 Bedford RowA disarmingly charming barrister whose light-hearted and self-deprecating approach belies his skill as a highly experienced and highly effective advocate.
Daniel Tobin - 12 King's Bench WalkDaniel is very good at taking a step back and and applying his expertise to the broad facts in working out how to make a claim successful, as well as having an excellent eye for important issues in a case. 
Harry Trusted - Outer Temple ChambersHe has a keen eye for detail without losing sight of the bigger picture.
David White - 12 King's Bench WalkHe is particularly hot on costs issues, and is fast building a reputation in this technical area. An asset on any team.
Richard Wilkinson - Temple Garden ChambersRichard is a very thoughtful and diligent barrister, who prepares well and is ready to stand his ground.
Rehana Azib - 2 Temple GardensIncredibly bright, astute and able to understand the intricacies of complex legal points as well as the wider needs of the clients.
Matthew Boyle - Crown Office ChambersHe is a superb tactician and provides excellent advice.
Ben Bradley - Outer Temple ChambersAble to distil the important issues swiftly and think outside the box to find solutions. 
Geoffrey Brown - 39 Essex ChambersGeoffrey is an extremely able and vastly experience advocate. He is an excellent pleader and has a great ability to influence and control the court.
Sadie Crapper - 39 Essex ChambersSadie is a formidable barrister. She is precise, careful, and forensic and works very hard.
Romilly Cummerson - 39 Essex ChambersRomilly is a very personable barrister, thorough in her preparation and strategically aware.
Peter Freeman - Temple Garden ChambersPeter is a tower of strength in complex, tricky and hard-fought cases.
Perrin Gibbons - 9 Gough ChambersPerrin is a joy to work with, very responsive and approachable, quick to provide solutions to knotty issues and deal with those head on in an empathetic and considerate way.
Richard Gregory - 42 Bedford RowPersonable, quietly confident and a persuasive advocate.
Roger Harris - 2 Temple GardensHighly intelligent but remains pragmatic and clear.
Robert Hunter - DevereuxGreat in court, very good with clients and provides detailed clear advice.
Paul Kilcoyne - Temple Garden ChambersUnrivalled depth of knowledge of the military and how it functions. A go-to barrister for military personal injury claims. 
Harry Lambert - Crown Office ChambersAn excellent barrister. Harry is able to rapidly identify the key issues in complex cases. He is also a highly effective cross-examiner.
Timothy Meakin - 7BRHe has a direct, no-nonsense style and is excellent at clarifying complex issues and getting to the heart of a matter.
Colin Mendoza - DevereuxHe is a formidable advocate, whether articulating a case in writing, dealing with technical procedural issues or in oral advocacy.
Colm Nugent - Gatehouse ChambersHe shows a steely resolve to see a case through to conclusion. 
Jeremy Pendlebury - 7BRA real fighter and excellent in cases involving liability issues. Will certainly go the distance for the client.
Patrick Sadd - Outer Temple ChambersExcellent knowledge of the law in complex child abuse cases - he is brilliant with vulnerable clients and sensitive to their needs. 
Gemma Scott - 12 King's Bench WalkShe is an expert in asbestos litigation and has been involved in some of the recent test cases.
Paul Stagg - 1 Chancery LaneTechnically excellent and always provides good insight into claims. 
Lionel Stride - Temple Garden ChambersLionel is extremely knowledgeable, meticulous and a firm negotiator.
Christopher Walker - DevereuxQuick-thinking and adapts to changing scenarios quickly - tenacious but not aggressive. 
James Aldridge - Outer Temple ChambersMeticulously well-prepared, he provides very sensible, measured advice.
Camilla Church - 39 Essex ChambersCamilla is always extremely well-prepared, has excellent technical skills and is very strategic in her approach.
Jamie Clarke - Crown Office ChambersTenacious yet silky smooth in all that he does - a consummate negotiator.
Laura Collignon - Thomas More ChambersA strong advocate who likes to get into the tough issues and tackle them head on - she adds value to any legal team.
Adam Dawson - 9 Gough ChambersAdam is great with clients and has an exceptional attention to detail.
Quintin Fraser - 39 Essex ChambersAn exceptional advocate. Excellent preparation and forensic cross-examination. 
Roger Hiorns - 9 Gough ChambersRoger has a wonderful blend of calmness and confidence that makes him such an impressive advocate.
Anna Hughes - 2 Temple GardensAnna instinctively knows the best points to take. She is a skilled advocate who consistently delivers excellent results.
Christopher Kemp - Outer Temple ChambersExcellent in settlement meetings and thinks outside the box to achieve a settlement.
Mark Stephen Lomas - 3PBAn exceptional barrister: meticulous and thorough, with a brilliant, agile mind.
Niall Maclean - 12 King's Bench WalkOne of the most impressive barristers in asbestos claims, with a real eye for detail.
John Meredith-Hardy - Farrar's BuildingOnce instructed he immerses himself completely in the case, considering all aspects so as to best advise.
Jasmine Murphy - Gatehouse ChambersShe has an ability to digest complex medical evidence quickly and provide comprehensive and well-thought-through advice. 
Angela Rainey - 39 Essex ChambersVery keen and eager to meet expectations, as well as being good with clients.
David Rivers - Old Square ChambersHe is a bold and tactically shrewd advocate who is willing to stand his ground.
Shahram Sharghy  - 1 Crown Office Row  ‘Shahram is a consummate courtroom advocate, ensuring he achieves the very best possible results for his clients.
Christopher Stephenson - 9 Gough ChambersSuperb with his clients and puts them at ease in stressful situations. Identifies the issues early and offers clear and pragmatic advice.
James Sullivan - 12 King's Bench WalkHe has excellent attention to detail, adds real value to cases and is very able when it comes to managing clients and experts alike.
Kiril Waite - 7BRStrategically excellent on difficult cases. Provides alternative views on complex issues.
Adam Walker - 7BRAdam is everything you want from counsel in terms of intellect, preparation and tactical advice.
Guy Watkins - Farrar's BuildingA great all-rounder who is insightful and lends value to the work he undertakes. Cool under fire.
Andrew Wille - Farrar's BuildingFocussed attention to detail, able to deal with complex financial arrangements when assessing the value of a claim.
Gemma WitheringtonCrown Office Chambers ‘ A strong and assertive counsel, who is clear in her advice and excellent in liaising with witnesses and clients. 
Andrew Young - 3 Hare CourtA thorough and diligent barrister, especially in serious injury matters.
Aliyah Akram - 12 King's Bench WalkShe has a very high knowledge base in respect of asbestos claims and is gimlet-eyed over detail to be put into the schedule of loss.
Andrew Arentsen - Farrar's BuildingAndrew is a very smart advocate, who is very calm and pragmatic in dealing with complex personal injury claims.
Thomas Banks - 12 King's Bench WalkHe has a real specialty in military claims and can bring a breadth of knowledge and understanding that you simply cannot find elsewhere.
Tamar Burton - CloistersA wonderful advocate who is dominant in court and exceptionally well prepared.
Jonathan Butters - DevereuxJonathan is very thorough, and in particular is very good at cross-examination. 
James Byrne - 9 Gough ChambersJames has a particular flair for advocacy, and also works well with clients and really makes them feel like he is in their corner.
Craig Carr - 7BRCraig provides clear, concise, considered advice.
Suzanne Chalmers - Crown Office ChambersSuzanne takes an excellent, thoughtful and methodical approach to cases.
Daniel Clarke - Outer Temple ChambersHe is perceptive to every detail, and is deliberate and precise in his tactics.
Emma Corkill - 39 Essex ChambersHer pleadings are incisive and reflect careful thought about the issues in the case.
Stephen Cottrell - DevereuxHe brings a calmness to the case and it is clear he is a hard working and very clever barrister.
Thomas Crockett - Hailsham ChambersThomas pays great attention to detail and always provides quick and concise advice.
Jeremy Crowther - 9 Gough ChambersJeremy is an exceptionally good advocate, and gives thoughtful advice. Very kind with vulnerable claimants.
Robert Cumming - 2 Temple GardensImpressive and innovative - a strong advocate, a strategic and tactical genius and a practical and exceptional lawyer. 
Charles Curtis - Temple Garden ChambersShows a pragmatic and sensible approach.
Ian Denham - Outer Temple ChambersEven in the most complex of situations, Ian has a knack for establishing where and what the bottom line is, allowing a client to make the best informed decision possible.
Lisa Dobie - 1 Chancery LaneLisa is utterly committed to each case, able to relate to any witness, and tenacious in court. 
Jim Duffy - 1 Crown Office RowHis advocacy skills are exceptional, being persuasive and using an expert sense of judgement.
Christopher Edwards - Old Square ChambersHe gives good pithy advice with the confidence of someone who is both extremely bright and on top of his brief.
Deirdre Goodwin - 7BREncyclopaedic knowledge of brain injury claims. Very experienced indeed.
Nicola Greaney - 39 Essex ChambersGreat attention to detail. Very experienced. Extremely personable and knowledgeable.
John Greenbourne - Crown Office ChambersJohn has meticulous attention to detail, a sensible and pragmatic approach to cases and puts clients at ease with his approachable manner.
Joshua Hedgman - Farrar's BuildingExceptional written work and a skilled advocate.
Isaac Hogarth - 12 King's Bench WalkIsaac is very thorough, considered and extremely intelligent.
Jack Holborn - 39 Essex ChambersJack is a hardworking and knowledgeable advocate, who has good control of the court and judge.
Robert Horner - 9 Gough ChambersWilling to take on any case and fight through to the end.
Henry Morton Jack - 2 Temple GardensA go-to for liability-disputed personal injury cases (both EL/PL and motor). 
Samantha Jones - 39 Essex ChambersHer knowledge of the area is remarkable, and her client care abilities are second to none.
Anastasia Karseras - 2 Temple GardensEloquent and highly persuasive, as well as close to omniscient when it comes to technical fraud matters. 
Arun Katyar - 12 King's Bench WalkArun is extremely capable and utterly forensic. He is a ferocious advocate, as well as being tactically astute.
Jack Macaulay - Crown Office ChambersJack roots out the nub of a case and deploys a strategic and commercial approach to litigation.
Michelle Marnham - 3PBMichelle provides excellent advice and is alive to the strengths and weaknesses of a case.
Meghann McTague - 2 Temple GardensVery clever, able to cut through a mass of detail to what matters, super-reliable and efficient, a pleasure to work with.
Iain O’Donnell – 1 Crown Office RowIain is a diligent and precise barrister who has a fantastic rapport with clients and experts.
Johnathan Payne - 9 Gough ChambersJohnathan's style in court is always appreciated by the judge and ensures the best result for his clients.
Catherine Peck - 12 King's Bench WalkA fearless and persuasive advocate who is meticulous in her preparation.
Andrew Peebles - Farrar's BuildingVery good technically and clear in his advice.
Angus Piper - 1 Chancery LaneVery good with witnesses, impressive in court and a pleasure to work with. 
Helen Pooley - 9 Gough ChambersShe is very approachable, gives clear advice and is an excellent advocate.
Michael Rapp - Temple Garden ChambersMichael has the complete range of skills and ability one can hope for from a barrister, which each element seemingly as impressive as the other.
Nina Ross - 12 King's Bench WalkCrystal-clear in her thinking and analysis, she is able to marshal the material and frame the argument for maximum impact.
Liam Ryan - 7BRCombines silk-like knowledge with empathy and a real enthusiasm in the niche area of psychiatric injury at work. 
Adam Samuel - Old Square ChambersHe has a very analytical and tactical mindset and is great on his feet.
Hannah Saxena - Farrar's BuildingHannah is excellent with medical experts in conference and breaks down the issues quickly and deals with any matters in a very concise way. 
Henry Slack - Gatehouse ChambersHenry has a very open manner, and is good at conference and on his feet. 
Charlie Sparling - Old Square ChambersA very thorough and diligent barrister, and a persuasive advocate.
John-Paul Swoboda - 12 King's Bench WalkJohn-Paul is an exceptional junior. He is willing to take on difficult cases and gives each case his all.
Anna Symington - 12 King's Bench WalkShe is meticulous in her preparation, as well as being thoughtful and wise in the advice given.
Gurion Taussig - 9 Gough ChambersExcellent in conferences, particularly with vulnerable claimants.
Colin Thomann - 39 Essex ChambersColin is very industrious, calm, clear-headed and perceptive.
Simon Trigger - 1 Chancery LaneGreat in court, superb written work, very practical, responsive and intelligent. 
Victoria Webb - Old Square ChambersVictoria is an excellent all-rounder. Approachable, realistic and pragmatic, compassionate, tenacious.
James Weston - 7BRHis advice has always been excellent and his determination has produced fantastic results. 
Simon Wheatley - 7BRThoughtful, innovative and flexible.
Helen Wolstenholme2 Temple GardensHelen is an excellent advocate; knowledgeable and articulate.
Lucy Wyles - 2 Temple GardensLucy is very knowledgeable but also very approachable - she takes no time at all getting up to speed and gets to the point in the quickest time possible. 
Will Young - Outer Temple ChambersWill is a really impressive junior barrister and is fast becoming a go-to choice in catastrophic injury claims.

Personal Injury - Rising Stars

Max Archer - 12 King's Bench WalkMax is a future superstar of the personal injury Bar.
James Beeton - 12 King's Bench WalkJames has a brilliantly analytical yet creative legal intellect which he brings to bear in the most legally challenging of claims, with jurisdictional issues being a particular forte of his.
Bruno Gil - Old Square ChambersHe brings to cases a level of insight and problem solving that is well beyond his call.
Christopher Johnson - Doughty Street ChambersHas great attention to detail, and an analytical mind - a confident and persuasive advocate who connects well with clients.
Tara O’Halloran - Old Square ChambersA great courtroom advocate and cross-examiner.
Olinga Tahzib - Outer Temple ChambersOlinga has a fantastic head for numbers. His schedules of loss are a work of art.

Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud in London Bar

12 King's Bench Walk

12 King's Bench Walk continues to be regarded as a 'set of importance within the area of personal injury litigation'. This 'slick, well oiled and professional outfit' is 'bursting with talent' and fields 'some impressive barristers at all levels'; the silk offering was strengthened even further by the appointment of Patrick Vincent QC  in 2021. Steven Snowden QC and John-Paul Swoboda are noted for their involvement with Witham v Steve Hill Ltd, an important case in determining the proper breadth and scope of the Fatal Accidents Act, which also serves to illustrate the chambers' reputation as a 'leading set for asbestos-related compensation claims'. In another key recent highlight, William Audland QC appeared in the landmark case of Swift v Carpenter, which changed the law as to how a claim for the capital costs of accommodation in the context of a negative discount rate should be quantified.

Testimonials

Set

‘Excellent set bursting with talent and bright lawyers.’

‘Leading set for asbestos-related compensation claims.’

’12 KBW are justifiably regarded as being a leading set in personal injury work.’

‘They are a slick, well oiled and professional outfit with some impressive barristers at all levels. The silks are heavily committed to bringing on their junior talent and this shows.’

‘A set of importance within the area of personal injury litigation.’

Clerking 

‘The clerks are excellent – very helpful and responsive.’

‘The clerks’ room are always available and will do all that they can to facilitate matters.’

‘Tristan Whigham, Lexie Johnson, George Boggis and Harry Gamble all provide tremendous support.’

‘Graham Johnson is always very helpful and willing to go the extra mile to assist.’

‘Oliver Parkhouse and Tristan Wigham are at the top of their game. They provide superlative client care. They are professional and efficient at all times.’

39 Essex Chambers

39 Essex Chambers continues to be seen as 'an undoubted leader in the personal injury arena', and is particularly 'well known for undertaking sterling work on behalf of defendant insurers'. The 'plethora of top quality QCs' at the set was recently increased even further; Emily Formby QC and Judith Ayling QC both took silk in 2021, while Nina Goolamali QC is a respected arrival from 2 Temple Gardens. Neil Block QC is leading Camilla Church for the defendants in the Court of Appeal case Al Najar v Cumberland Hotel, in which an intruder entered a hotel bedroom and attempted to murder several occupants, causing catastrophic injuries. In an illustration of the set's expertise in sports injury work, Susan Rodway QC and Emma Corkill are representing a group of former professional rugby union players in their landmark claims against Rugby Football Union, Welsh Rugby Union and World Rugby.

Testimonials

Set

‘Excellent set – an undoubted leader in the personal injury arena.’

‘The available of a range of high-quality advocates handling a broad range of work is what sets 39 Essex apart.’

’39 Essex Chambers is in the front rank of personal injury claims.’

‘A strong set which is well known for undertaking sterling work on behalf of defendant insurers.’

’39 Essex is a strong set when it comes to defendant personal injury work, counting amongst its members a plethora of top quality QCs and also having many very competent juniors amidst its ranks, which makes for considerable strength in breadth and depth.’

Clerking 

‘Excellent clerking, accessible and efficient.’

‘Very helpful clerks with immediate responses when needed. Always keen to assist.’

‘Ben Sundborg is excellent. He knows his clientele very well and will go out of his way to meet clients’ needs. He is always keen to look at ways of improving service delivery. Very personable and professional.’

‘Tom Gibbons is an outstanding clerk. There is nothing he cannot make happen. He will go above and beyond to make sure we get what we need, when we need it.’

‘The clerking team provide an impeccable service.’

9 Gough Chambers

9 Gough Chambers is ‘fully deserving of its reputation as a leading set in the field of personal injury‘, consisting as it does of ‘hard hitters willing to take on risks and offer practical advice to get the best results for clients‘. The chambers fields an ‘incredible wealth of barristers‘, and its offering was recently strengthened even further by the arrival of highly rated senior junior Bruce Silvester from Devereux. In Northern Ireland, Stuart McKechnie QC is acting for the claimant, a millionaire businessman, in Millar v Oliver, a spinal cord injury claim following a road traffic collision. Industrial disease is another key area of expertise for the set; Stephen Glynn and Jeremy Crowther are singled out for their expertise in this type of work. Andrew Ritchie QC (as was) was appointed to the High Court bench, effective October 2021.

Testimonials

Set

‘An excellent set with hard hitters willing to take on risks and offer practical advice to get the best results for clients.’

‘9 Gough Chambers is a leading chambers in the PI field.’

‘As a set 9GC are exceptional in this area. They have strength and depth second to none, and all of their barristers are at the very top of their game.’

‘Fully deserving of its reputation as a leading set in the field of personal injury.’

‘An excellent set of chambers with an incredible wealth of barristers, capable of anything thrown its way.’

Clerking 

‘The clerks are first class. They are approachable and respond to enquiries in a quick and efficient manner. I have been working closely with Ellie Brand and Sean Jacks and they are both excellent.’

‘They are friendly, efficient and professional.’

‘The clerks are proactive, and I am impressed with Ellie Brand who is completely reliable.’

‘Clerks will always go out of their way to help and are polite and knowledgeable.’

‘The clerks are efficient and responsive – with particular mention going to Ellie Brand.’

Crown Office Chambers

Crown Office Chambers fields an ‘impressive array of very capable barristers that are able to deal with cases of the highest value‘, and the offering was recently strengthened even further by the appointment of Andrew Davis QC and Farrah Mauladad QC to silk. Michael Kent QC acted for a claimant in Aviva Insurance Limited & Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, a case which centered around claims that the scheme by which the government makes insurers liable for state benefits received by personal injury claimants infringes their convention rights. In a recent illustration of its deserved reputation as ‘one of the stand-out sets for occupational disease litigation defence‘, David Platt QC represents the defendant in Westgate v British Airways, a group litigation case consisting of over 200 claimants and five airlines based over a claimed condition named “aerotoxic syndrome”, the existence of which is disputed by the European Aviation Safety Agency. The junior end of chambers was bolstered by the arrival of Gemma Witherington  from Gatehouse Chambers in August 2021.

Testimonials

Set

‘Crown Office Chambers are certainly the set of choice for defendant lawyers handling asbestos litigation.’

‘Excellent set with a broad range of talented counsel.’

‘Crown Office Chambers have an impressive array of very capable barristers that are able to deal with cases of the highest value.’

‘This set remains one of the stand-out sets for occupational disease litigation defence.’

‘Crown Office Chambers is one of the top personal injury sets. They have counsel for every occasion.’

Clerking 

‘Greg Frewin and James Wilkinson offer an excellent service. They are always willing to assist where they can and are very approachable.’

‘The clerks are extremely efficient and good communicators.’

‘The service is always first class.’

‘Their clerks are excellent – always on the ball and available. Sam Barrett, Joe Shepherd and Connor Thomas are all particularly helpful, efficient and proactive.’

‘Greg Frewin is is at the top of his game – simply superb.’

2 Temple Gardens

Noted for its 'strong reputation and intellectual prowess', 2 Temple Gardens continues to stand out as a 'go-to in terms of all cross-border matters', and is also marked out as 'very strong in defendant work and in cases concerning fraud'. In a recent example of the set's expertise in international work, Andrew Bershadski and Robert Cumming acted on opposing sides in the Court of Appeal case Kadie Kalma v African Minerals Limited, a group action brought by 142 residents of Sierra Leone in relation to injuries sustained at the hands of the local police which, according to the claimants, a mining company was vicariously liable for.  Another highlight sees Niazi Fetto representing the defendant in the serious abuse case of GDH v Department for Health & Social Care, which concerns British children sent from institutions to South Rhodesia (as was) and Australia in the 1950s and 60s, where they were abused.

Testimonials

Set 

‘2TG are a great chambers and they are a go-to in terms of all cross border matters. A pleasure to work with.’

‘Huge strength in depth both at QC and junior level. Very strong in defendant work and in cases concerning fraud.’

‘They have a strong reputation in the PI world.’

‘They offer a wide range of excellent personal injury and insurance practitioners, offering expertise across the board. They have strength in breadth and depth – with fledgling junior juniors who work quickly and efficiently, more senior juniors who have each developed unique experiences and expertise, and eminently trustworthy silks to lead. With years of experience and success behind it, 2TG is surely a go-to set for all matters relating to PI and insurance.’

‘A truly excellent and professional set. I tend to look to 2TG for my most difficult claims given 2TG’s strong reputation and intellectual prowess.’

Clerking 

‘Lee Tyler is nothing short of exceptional. He goes above and beyond to provide the best possible service and works around the clock to make sure the client’s needs are met.’

‘The whole clerking team is very efficient and reliable. They tailor their service to clients’ individual needs and act quickly and with discretion as required.’

‘With Lee Tyler at the clerking helm and assistance from the likes of Ollie Gillen-Smith, Leanne Taylor and Billy Hammonds, we are guaranteed a responsive and trustworthy service.’

‘The clerks have been exemplary. They are always willing to help and provide any assistance that may be required.’

‘Clerks’ room as a whole works extremely hard to fulfil client needs. Lee Tyler in particular is a master of finding the right barrister for the right case.’

Devereux

The 'exceptionally strong' offering of 'counsel with a range of experience and expertise' at Devereux ensures that the set is seen as 'something of a powerhouse when it comes to high-value claimant personal injury work'. In a recent highlight, 'pioneering barrister' Robert Weir QC acted for claimants who were injured in hammer attack by an intruder into their hotel rooms, in the Court of Appeal case Al-Najar v Cumberland Hotel (London) Ltd. Stephen Killalea QC is another standout practitioner, whose regular workload encompasses the full spectrum of catastrophic injury matters, predominantly brain and spinal injuries. The chambers was further strengthened by the recent arrival of 'quick thinking' Christopher Walker from Old Square Chambers.

Testimonials

Set

‘An excellent set with lots of depth.’

‘Devereux is something of a powerhouse when it comes to high value claimant personal injury work.’

‘Devereux maintain a relatively small but exceptionally strong PI team.’

‘Devereux Chambers are an excellent set in the field of claimant personal injury. They have a good selection of counsel with a range of experience and expertise.’

‘The set has an unparalleled depth of expertise in personal injury. The barristers are knowledgeable in all areas of personal injury including claims involving niche industries such as commercial and sport diving and accidents abroad.’

Clerking 

‘Cyrus Biggs is an absolute star.’

‘Always very helpful, efficient and professional.’

‘James Hudson is very adept at liaising between counsel and instructing solicitors to accommodate urgent requests.’

‘A real good bunch of clerks.’

‘Excellent service. Vince Plant and Cyrus Biggs are outstanding. Always helpful, commercially focussed and responsive.’

Outer Temple Chambers

Outer Temple Chambers is regarded as a 'rich bed of expertise and knowledge', having 'attracted exceptional talent that can handle both claimant and defendant work' and now fielding 'some heavyweight silks, some very promising juniors and everything in between'. The set is valued particularly its expertise in a wide range of sub-specialities, and is a go-to for 'anything slightly out of the ordinary as it is anticipated that they have the exact expertise required'. Sarah Crowther QC's recent appearance in the Supreme Court for the respondent in FS Cairo (Nile Plaza) LLC v Brownlie further cemented the set's reputation as a 'leader in cross-border injury claims'. James Counsell QC's involvement with DSN v Blackpool Football Club is a notable example of the set's activity in the historic sexual abuse space - he successfully represented the claimant, who was sexual abused by football scout Frank Roper during a club tour to New Zealand in 1987 when he was thirteen, securing costs on an indemnity basis.

Testimonials

Set

‘The set has an excellent (and justified) reputation in this field.’

‘Outer Temple are modern thinkers and have moved with the times in the past few years. They have attracted exceptional talent that can handle both claimant and defendant work.’

‘Outer Temple is a “ich bed of expertise and knowledge. They are always a go-to set whenever I have anything slightly out of the ordinary as it is anticipated that they have the exact expertise required and will be able to simply help provide a different perspective and approach.’

‘Now a recognised leader in cross-border injury claims.’

‘Great depth of experience within the PI Bar. Some heavyweight silks, some very promising juniors and everything in between. A great set.’

Clerking 

‘Mark Gardner is a meticulous and organised clerk who offers a superb service. He is an asset to Outer Temple Chambers.’

‘Excellent service. Clerks will go the extra mile.’

‘Paul Barton always finds a way to make things happen. All of the clerks are approachable, professional and have a great knowledge of their barristers’ skill sets.’

‘Fabulous clerks – always extremely helpful and accommodating.’

‘Paul Barton is a dynamo in terms of business development and management of the clerks’ room.’

1 Chancery Lane

A 'host of top go-to counsel' can be found at 'wonderful set' 1 Chancery Lane. The chambers continues to be particularly well regarded for its expertise in public authority work. Andrew Warnock QC is representing the South Yorkshire police in group litigation for psychiatric injuries brought by 600 claimants, who allege that they were victims of a police cover-up arising out of the Hillsborough litigation. 'Tour de force trial advocate' John Ross QC is noted for his specific expertise in acquired brain injuries, while Matthew Chapman QC  is highly regarded for his extensive experience in defending complex stress at work and employers’ liability cases.

Testimonials

Set

‘The set has great strength in depth, with some very talented juniors.’

‘Superb set with a host of top go-to counsel.’

‘1CL has a hugely talented team of barristers in the area of international law including some very promising juniors.’

‘An excellent set, providing a great service.’

‘Wonderful set of chambers.’

Clerking 

‘Fantastic and helpful clerks’ room, under the formidable leadership of Clark Chessis.’

‘The clerks make the whole process of instructing counsel smooth and efficient.’

‘An incredibly helpful and approachable clerks’ room. Clark Chessis and David Barrow are truly exceptional.’

‘Excellent clerking. Always able to help and accommodate.’

‘The clerks are superb.’

7BR

7BR is a 'highly respected chambers' for the full gamut of personal injury work, taking on a range of matters ranging from maximum severity brain and spinal injuries through to military claims and sports injuries. Known for fielding barristers who are 'masters of their specialist field', this is regarded especially as a 'top set in the area of abuse-related cases'. The chambers is heavily involved with work relating to the Grenfell Tower fire; Simeon Maskrey QC is acting for a group of fifteen residents bringing claims for loss, damage and injury as a result of the tragedy, while Kiril Waite is defending the Metropolitan Police against group litigation brought by police officers, firefighters, survivors and relatives for pure psychiatric injuries - a challenging injury to claim for with much case law stemming from the Hillsborough disaster - following the events on the night of the fire.

Testimonials

Set 

‘I have instructed various members of chambers over the years, all of whom have been masters of their specialist field.’

‘They offer a fantastic, interesting training programme in the Skeleton Series.’

‘7BR know what they are good at and specialise in those areas. Their barristers do not spread themselves too thinly across work types which makes them the best in the business at what they do.’

‘Highly respected chambers for PI.’ 

‘Possibly the top set in the area of abuse-related cases.’

Clerking 

‘Paul Eeles and Mark Waterson are both absolutely fantastic at their job and are always willing to assist and help out where possible. They are both incredibly personable and utter professionals.’

‘Prompt and efficient clerking. A well organised set.’

‘I have worked with Paul Eeles and Mark Waterson. They are both friendly, approachable and efficient in all the work they do and nothing is a problem. They will support with finding barristers, setting up hearings and for me they are the faces of 7BR.’

‘All of the clerks are helpful and diligent.’

‘James Hamilton-Flack has always been very helpful.’

Old Square Chambers

With its 'mix of highly skilled barristers' who are 'always well prepared, clever and good operators in court' and its clerking team who 'really go the extra mile', Old Square Chambers is 'very deserving of the excellent reputation it holds'. Ben Collins QC is noted for his expertise in high-value brain injury cases; one recent example sees him acting for the claimant in AM v Ortec and others, a matter with multiple defendants, including one located overseas, arising from a brain injury sustained in a fall from height at work. In addition, he and Bruno Gil  are acting for the defendant in Eaglesham, Bass and others v MoD, a multi-claimant case arising from Q Fever among armed forces in Afghanistan.

Testimonials

Set 

‘Old Square Chambers are always efficient and provide an outstanding service.’

‘Old Square Chambers are first rate. They are always well prepared, clever and good operators in court.’

‘A very professional set. A good mix of highly skilled barristers in the personal injury arena.’

‘Old Square Chambers is a powerhouse in the defendant personal injury space, with strength-in-depth.’

‘Great set. Always works really hard to help. Very deserving of the excellent reputation it holds.’

Clerking 

‘The clerking team at Old Square is one of the best at the Bar. William Meade is simply excellent and leads a team who really go the extra mile.’

‘The clerks are excellent, especially William Meade, Olivia Moliterno and Paul Adams. They respond promptly to requests and are very organised.’

‘William Meade is brilliant, responsive, helpful and nothing is too much trouble. A pleasure to work with.’

‘William Meade is very personable and always on hand. He will go out of his way to make life as easy as possible. Olivia Moliterno is super responsive and extremely efficient.’

‘The clerking is excellent, William Meade is a top-notch clerk who leads his team effectively and is a classy communicator.’

Temple Garden Chambers

Temple Garden Chambers offers 'an abundance of talent at all levels', ensuring that it is seen as a 'go-to for serious injury, catastrophic injury and fatal accident cases'. James Arney QC recently took silk, joining such well regarded names as Simon Browne QC and Jonathan Watt-Pringle QC. The chambers is also widely known for its expertise in cases where fraud is alleged; in a recent example of this, newly ranked Tim Sharpe represented the insurer AXA v Reid, in which former mixed martial artist and media personality Alexander Reid was imprisoned for eight weeks for contempt of court after falsely claiming a kickboxing champion he knew was a witness to a road traffic collision in which he was involved.

Testimonials

Set

‘The set is blessed with an excellent range of barristers for serious injury.’

‘I have always been impressed with the level of junior counsel they bring through into chambers. It’s as if they have a blueprint for producing great counsel.’

‘There is a host of excellent barristers at the set.’

‘Excellent set of chambers and a go-to for serious injury, catastrophic injury and fatal accident cases. The chambers has an abundance of talent at all levels, from QC to senior juniors to junior counsel which gives me confidence when instructing any member at any level as a number of others can step in if needed.’

‘First rate. They have genuine strength in depth with many of the members being recognised as leaders in their fields.’

Clerking 

‘The clerks are pleasant and accommodating. Dean Norton, Keith Sharman and Nancy Rice are exceptional.’

‘The clerking is very intelligently managed and always very reliable.’

‘All the clerks are friendly, helpful and efficient. I really couldn’t ask for anything more.’

‘Very good and responsive service.’

‘Very thorough and quick to come back.’

1 Crown Office Row

The 'excellent range' of 'very bright barristers' at 'exceptional set' 1 Crown Office Row have 'the expertise and availability to assist with even the most complex of claims'. Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel QC acts for a group of victims injured and bereaved families in civil proceedings against the Motor Insurers' Bureau concerning in the Westminster Bridge terrorist attack in March 2017. . Gumbel QC also represents the claimants in DFX and others v Coventry City Council, concerning a local authority's failure to remove children from a family where they were sexually abused despite  carrying out psychological reports and monitoring the family for fifteen years. An especially key name to note for childhood sexual abuse work is 'unrivalled leader' Justin Levinson, who recently acted for the respondent in the landmark Court of Appeal case London Borough of Haringey v FZO, which considered issues of vicarious liability in the context of a child groomed while was at a school and continued to be abused after he left.

Testimonials

Set

‘Excellent set of very bright barristers.’

‘Chambers has an excellent range of barristers available and this would be one of our go-to sets in this area of law.’

‘Exceptional set with very experienced and knowledgeable barristers.’

‘This is an all-round great set. From the moment of first approach to the conclusion of a matter, the service provided is friendly, diligent, and efficient.’

‘I have found that 1COR have a wide breadth of strong counsel. I have never had a difficulty finding a junior or silk who has the expertise and availability to assist with even the most complex of claims.’

Clerking 

‘The clerks are top rate.’

‘Very slick chambers – very organised and responsive.’

‘Andrew Tull is excellent, always helpful and easy to get along with.’

‘Great clerking team – personable, helpful and knowledgeable.’

‘Service from the clerks is always efficient and friendly and very responsive.’

3 Hare Court

'Excellent, traditional set' 3 Hare Court is known particularly for its international and travel- related personal injury work, but the 'very capable barristers' at this chambers also regularly handle domestic matters, including serious head and spinal injuries, catastrophic and fatal accidents. Howard Stevens QC is representing the defendant in Frayne v Alim Investments Ltd, a claim in the High Court brought by magician Dynamo, who alleges he was rendered unable to work owing to food poisoning contracted at the defendant's KFC franchise. Katherine Deal QC is another key name to note at silk level.

Testimonials

Set

‘3 Hare Court are an excellent, traditional set who will always be top of my list to instruct.’

‘Chambers are very responsive.’

‘3 Hare Court is a very solid set in the cross-border personal injury/travel claims arena.’

‘The set does have alternative very capable barristers.’

‘Good availability of counsel at varying levels to suit different instructions.’

Clerking 

‘The clerks are very responsive and always diligent.’

‘Toby Eales is superb.’

‘The clerks are always helpful and polite.’

‘The clerks’ room is excellent – Toby Eales goes out of his way to help.’

‘Helpful, friendly clerks.’

Cloisters

Cloisters is a 'very impressive set' which continues to be 'well regarded in the serious injury world'. The practitioners are 'all good at tailoring their approach to the individual client' and 'often go over and above' to achieve successful outcomes. This chambers is home to much lauded William Latimer-Sayer QC , who is often seen as 'the leading silk when it comes to quantum'; he is currently representing the claimant in Azizeh v Talukdar & the Motor Insurance Bureau, a very high value claim which follows a hit and run, which left the claimant profoundly disabled. The set also fields some 'very promising juniors', one of whom is the newly ranked Tamar Burton.

Testimonials

Set 

‘Cloisters is very well regarded in the serious injury world.’

‘Huge strength of depth at all levels, including some very promising juniors.’

‘Have a range of counsel who are all excellent at their level and are all good at tailoring their approach to the individual client. A very impressive set who often go over and above to get the work done and support the client.’

‘Very experienced and knowledgeable in catastrophic PI claims.’

‘Chambers are first class and always ready to help.’

Clerking

‘Glenn Hudson and Mark Skipp are particularly excellent. Both very responsive and always willing to go the extra mile.’

‘Organised and efficient.’

‘I have never been let down by the clerks who respond to requests in a timely manner.’

‘Nothing is too much trouble for Glenn Hudson, and both William Parkhouse and Andy Hunter are very approachable and efficient. A well run clerks’ room.’

‘Always friendly and approachable.’

Farrar's Building

Farrar's Building is known for providing an 'excellent all-round service', 'offering the complete package of suitable, capable counsel for specific problems'. The set handles high-value and high profile personal injury work, and is also comfortable taking on international matters, occupation disease work and cases involving allegations of fraud. In a recent highlight, Andrew Wille secured a gross settlement sum of just under £5m for a young Romanian man who was employed on a construction site in the UK and suffered a traumatic amputation of one leg and neuropathic damage to the other. Newly ranked practitioners Joshua Hedgman and Hannah Saxena are also worthy of note.

Testimonials

Set

‘Very strong chambers with dedicated expertise and knowledge.’

‘An excellent all-round service, offering the complete package of suitable, capable counsel for specific problems.’

‘Farrar’s Building is correctly considered a leading personal injury set and the service that you receive is befitting of this reputation.’

‘In terms of personal injury they are very knowledgeable, and also able to think outside of the box.’

‘Farrar’s is an excellent personal injury set.’

Clerking 

‘Efficient and friendly clerking.’

‘Andrew Duckett and James Shaw in particular are always on hand and able to help.’

‘There are no weak links in the clerking team; all are highly knowledgeable individuals who can accommodate any request, however short notice it may be. They prepare and assist their barristers as well as possible, and are a pleasure to deal with.’

‘The clerking team at Farrar’s really stand out as being excellent, particularly Kraig Marsh and Andrew Duckett.’

‘I have always found Farrar’s Building to provide a great clerking service, often offering practical solutions to unavoidable scheduling issues. Andrew Duckett always delivers and just gets the job done in a no-nonsense and pro-active way.’

Gatehouse Chambers

Gatehouse Chambers fields 'robust yet approachable' barristers with a 'wide range of expertise', as well as 'fantastic clerks who are always willing to assist and find solutions'. The set handles a wide variety of claims, including brain injuries, career-ending limb and back injuries, spinal fractures and fatalities, and is also known for its expertise in Animals Act claims; Jasmine Murphy is noted for her work on equine cases. In a recent highlight, Charles Bagot QC acted pro bono for the appellant in DP v Topmark Claims Management Ltd, a leading case concerning the operation of the mesothelioma scheme. Bagot and Murphy are also involved with FX GX (Protected Party) v Hasan, a high value brain injury claim which illustrates the set's increasing proficiency in cross-border work. In August 2021 Emma Zeb  was a new arrival from St John's Chambers, while Gemma Witherington  moved to Crown Office Chambers.

Testimonials

Set 

‘Gatehouse is an excellent set.’

‘The set offers a wide range of expertise.’

‘Gatehouse are a strong set.’

‘The barristers are robust yet approachable. They are always willing to help, even in a crisis.’

‘Gatehouse has a good range of suitable barristers of all levels to use, who are always friendly and approachable.’

Clerking 

‘Fantastic clerks who are always willing to assist and find solutions.’

‘Natasha Devlin-Clingham is extremely thorough and efficient.’

‘Ben Smith is very helpful, pleasant and a great asset to the set.’

‘The clerks are on the ball. They are readily available and I have never had an issue they have been unable to resolve.’

‘The clerks are always helpful and accommodating.’