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Leading Silks

William Audland KC12 King’s Bench Walk 'William is a leader in every sense of the word. As good on paper as he is in court, where he is a master at work.'      
Neil Block KC39 Essex Chambers ‘Neil must be one of the best personal injury silks in the country. He has a great reputation within the insurance industry and his presence often puts fear into his opponents.’
Benjamin Browne KC2 Temple Gardens ‘Very responsive and skilled at managing experts.'
Simon Browne KC39 Essex ChambersSimon is a go-to silk for serious personal injury work.’
Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel KC1 Crown Office Row ‘Just fantastic. There is no better PI silk. She is tenacious, a skilled negotiator and nothing ever fazes her.’
Stephen Killalea KCDevereuxStephen is outstanding; his down-to-earth nature does not detract from his tremendous authority. He is one of the top silks in the field.'
William Latimer-Sayer KCCloisters ‘One of the go-to silks on high-value catastrophic injury matters. He is a delight to work with. A genuine star and phenomenally gifted.’
Jacob Levy KCDeka ChambersJacob is a powerhouse in the claimant personal injury world. His tenacity and the effort he puts into cases delivers a first-class service for the catastrophically injured.’
Simeon Maskrey KC7BR ‘Incredibly bright, practical and realistic in his advice, probably one of the best advocates around in difficult cases.'
Gerard McDermott KCOuter Temple Chambers ‘One of the go-to silks on high-value catastrophic injury matters – a delight to work with.’
David Platt KCCrown Office Chambers ‘ A very bright, sharp, meticulous and well-prepared advocate with great interpersonal skills who always provides sound advice.’
Michael Rawlinson KC12 King’s Bench Walk ‘Michael is the nuke button to press to totally demolish opponents.’ 
Steven Snowden KC12 King’s Bench Walk Steven is one of the most balanced barristers at the personal injury Bar. He works for both claimants and defendants which gives him a unique insight that benefits everyone.’
Robert Weir KCDevereux ‘Robert is a leading serious personal injury silk; his technical ability and eye for detail is outstanding.’
Stephen Worthington KC12 King’s Bench Walk ‘Stephen is the best personal injury silk at the Bar and is respected by the entire profession. He settles the hardest cases with ease.’      
Charles Bagot KCGatehouse ChambersThe complete barrister; technical and legal capabilities not in question.’
Charlie Cory-Wright KC39 Essex Chambers ‘One of the premier opinions in the business. Very kind and good with clients, forensic, able and good on his feet.'      
Robert Glancy KCDevereux 'Robert has excellent client care and advocacy skills. Clear and concise legal advice, whilst being highly empathetic and sensitive with client.'      
Nina Goolamali KC39 Essex Chambers ‘Nina prepares impeccably, has unsurpassed knowledge and is a friendly and approachable team player.’      
Michael Kent KCCrown Office Chambers ‘He is top of the range – to be used when you need the best; a silk with real strategic nous coupled with gravitas, who prepares meticulously for conferences or court.’      
Marie Louise Kinsler KC2 Temple GardensMarie Louise brings a first class intellect to the analysis of legal issues, resulting in crystalline advocacy, which is enormously persuasive.'
Stuart McKechnie KCDeka Chambers ‘When it comes to catastrophic injury claims, Stuart is the most outstanding and hard-working silk of his generation.’
Dominic Nolan KCHailsham Chambers ‘Dominic’s ability to direct all parties in settlement meetings is noteworthy and, similarly, he is a very persuasive advocate in court.’      
Derek O’Sullivan KC39 Essex Chambers 'Derek is an absolute powerhouse in court - he is in his element when on his feet, cross-examining.'      
Susan Rodway KC39 Essex Chambers ‘A hugely experienced silk, who’s not afraid of a fight. Very good with clients and works well as part of a team.’    
Paul Rose KCOld Square Chambers ‘Nothing gets past this silk; he is top-drawer. His cerebral and inquisitive approach with an eye for every detail means that injured claimants always get a superb result.
Paul Russell KC12 King’s Bench Walk ‘Paul is a first-class barrister and excellent advocate, he is forensically analytical, he gets to the issues quickly and effortlessly achieving fantastic results. A pleasure to work with.'      
Harry Steinberg KC12 King’s Bench Walk ‘His command of the subject matter is second-to-none. Harry is prepared to look at more unusual claims and is skilled at identifying and assessing the issues.’
Jonathan Watt-Pringle KCTemple Garden Chambers ‘Fantastic advocacy skills, keeps very calm under fire, is super bright with excellent judgement.’      
Henry Witcomb KC1 Crown Office RowHenry is the best barrister there is in personal injury; kind, compassionate and clever.'
Grahame Aldous KCDeka ChambersTotally unflappable – a masterful advocate.
Edward Bishop KCDeka Chambers ‘Edward is very intelligent, approachable and down-to-earth.’
Patrick Blakesley KCCrown Office Chambers ‘Patrick has the ability to see the broad picture in litigation and the experience to make swift tactical decisions.'
Matthew Chapman KCDeka ChambersMatthew is technically astute and a real expert for both claimants and defendants.’
Ben Collins KCOld Square ChambersBen achieves first-class outcomes and is very calm and reassuring for clients.’
James Counsell KC - Outer Temple ChambersJames is a smooth and calm operator with great client care.
Sarah Crowther KCOuter Temple Chambers ‘Sarah is a charming and persuasive advocate, adept at explaining difficult concepts in a digestible way.'
Christopher Kennedy KCCrown Office Chambers ‘Christopher would be at the top of any list of defendant silks to go to on cases of utmost severity. He is technically superb and extremely easy to work with.’
Richard Lynagh KCCrown Office Chambers ‘The grand master of personal injury work with immense presence during negotiations.'
Giles Mooney KCDeka Chambers ‘Giles is superb on his feet. He is erudite, well-prepared and masterful under pressure.’      
John Ross KCDeka ChambersA formidable intellect with an eye for detail.’
Nathan Tavares KCOuter Temple Chambers ‘Nathan is utterly charming and a determined and firm opponent.' 
Andrew Warnock KCDeka ChambersAndrew is, or should be, the first port of call for complex personal injury cases, especially those with multiple parties, or a notable historic element.’
Adam Weitzman KC7BR ‘Not afraid of a fight. A go-to leading counsel for high-value cases.'
Christopher Wilson-Smith KC - Outer Temple ChambersA great tactician and technician, Christopher is the barrister you want for your client in the most challenging cases.
Alexander Antelme KCCrown Office Chambers 'Alex has impressive advocacy skills and is extremely talented. He is very clever and makes a complex issue sound very simple.'      
Katherine Deal KC3 Hare Court ‘Great poise and directness of thought.'
Marcus Dignum 12 King’s Bench Walk ‘Marcus has taken seamlessly to silk and maintained his easy-going style. He is an astute tactician and very skilled at cutting through to the crux of the issues.’
Joel Donovan KCCloisters ‘Joel is very clever, sees the issues in a case for what they are and has a strategy to get the best possible outcome.'      
Steven Ford KC – 7BR ‘Steven is very effective on his feet. He is calm, reasonable and sensitive, but always robust.’
John Foy KCDeka ChambersJohn’s strengths are his experience, technical analysis of the evidence, clear and concise advice, sense of humour and advocacy.’
Jonathan Hand KCOuter Temple Chambers ‘Jonathan is calm and thorough. He is a very kind and supportive team player but prepared to be decisive when required.’
Martin Porter KC2 Temple Gardens ‘Martin is a leading choice for cycling claims; having carved out a niche in the field of cycling litigation.'
Simon Readhead KCDeka Chambers ‘A truly outstanding silk; extremely knowledgeable and skilful.’
James Todd KC39 Essex Chambers ‘James has an eye for detail, particularly on cases involving possible fraud.'
Christopher Wilson-Smith KCOuter Temple ChambersChristopher has a sharp legal mind and real gravitas in the field of catastrophic injury claims.’      
Eliot Woolf KCOuter Temple Chambers ‘Eliot is kind, thoughtful, carefully considered before clients and highly respected in discussions with opponents.'      

2021 Silks

James Arney KCTemple Garden Chambers 'His strengths are in his thoroughness of preparation, knowledge of every aspect of the case, tactical astuteness and the clarity of his advice.'
Judith Ayling KC - 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 KC – Crown Office Chambers ‘Andrew has superb attention-to-detail, is very forensic, enthusiastic and approachable and is completely comfortable with complex, multi-million pound cases.’
Emily Formby KC – 39 Essex Chambers ‘Emily is able to cut through to the nub of a case in no time at all. She is particularly good with experts.’
David Tyack KC – No5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘David is thorough, meticulous and always willing to go the extra mile for clients.’
Patrick Vincent KC12 King’s Bench Walk Patrick has a fantastic, calm temperament which is reassuring at all times. His strength is his knowledge his great ‘bedside manner’ when talking to clients.’
Angus Withington KCHenderson ChambersAngus is approachable, responsive, incredibly hardworking and flexible.'

2022 Silks

Rehana Azib KC - 2 Temple GardensIncredibly bright, astute and able to understand the intricacies of complex legal points as well as the wider needs of the clients.
Charles Woodhouse KCOld Square ChambersHe has the command of the court room and his advocacy is a joy to observe.
Lucy Wyles KC - 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. 

Personal Injury - Leading Juniors

Laura BegleyDeka Chambers ‘Laura is extremely professional in her ability to analyse complex information and explain them to lay clients.’
James BellTemple Garden Chambers ‘James is a top-drawer senior junior. He is both a skilful advocate and an engaging negotiator.'
Christian Du Cann39 Essex Chambers ‘Christian is an excellent advocate, he will always go above and beyond and it is evident that his cases really matter to him.'
Henry Charles12 King’s Bench Walk ‘Henry has a great analytical brain which quickly gets to the heart of the issue.'
Bernard Doherty39 Essex Chambers ‘Bernard’s approach is always spot on - good to have on-side. He gets to the crux of complex matters effortlessly and has a wonderful way of working.’
Shaun FerrisCrown Office Chambers ‘Shaun has meticulous preparation, alongside true attention-to-detail and a grasp of issues in the case. Excellent with clients.'
Niazi Fetto2 Temple GardensNiazi is an outstanding junior. He has a tireless work-ethic, a fierce intelligence and puts clients completely at ease.'   
Jeremy FordDeka Chambers ‘Jeremy is strong in every respect, particularly with catastrophically injured clients. Delivers sensible advice backed up with an extremely impressive knowledge of the law.’
Catherine FosterCrown Office Chambers ‘Catherine is an outstanding advocate with a superior ability to analyse the key issues; the results from hearings that Catherine deals with often exceed expectations.’
Marcus GrantTemple Garden Chambers ‘Marcus is a silk in all but name. He has been one of a handful of the very top juniors at the PI bar for years.'
Patrick Kerr  – 12 King’s Bench WalkPatrick is an outstanding counsel that provides silk-level service on every case he is instructed upon.’
Daniel LawsonCloisters ‘Daniel is highly recommended amongst the senior juniors.' 
Justin Levinson1 Crown Office Row ‘Justin is the go-to expert on child abuse cases. He has a superb command of this difficult area of law and is regularly engaged in pioneering and cutting edge cases in the higher courts.'
Nigel Lewers12 King’s Bench Walk ‘Nigel is a very calm and considered advocate whom instils confidence in those working with him.'
Niall Maclean12 King’s Bench Walk ‘Niall has extensive experience dealing with asbestos related claims and can safely be relied upon to give straightforward advice in this highly specialist field of work.'
Julian Matthews7BR ‘Julian is absolutely excellent, first-class and the master of his brief. He is incredibly tactically astute, has seen it all and delivers his arguments in a delightful, charming way.'
Andrew Roy12 King’s Bench Walk ‘First-rate and amongst those waiting to take silk. Total mastery of the detail is the mark of his preparation'
Christopher Russell2 Temple Gardens ‘Christopher is in has vast knowledge of subject matter and a disarming manner with opponents and judiciary, but is very tough when necessary.
David Sanderson12 King’s Bench Walk ‘David has incredible forensic ability and is able to do the work of the accident reconstruction expert; determining complex calculations on road traffic cases.’
Gemma Scott12 King’s Bench Walk 'Gemma is an outstanding junior at the heart of the engine room at 12KBW, able to to master the most complex legal and factual issues in catastrophic injury claims with consummate ease.'
Bruce SilvesterDeka Chambers ‘A very strong advocate whom is always on top of the issues, which engenders trust from clients at the outset. Consistently, he is pitted against leading counsel, and wins the day.’
A. John Williams  – Crown Office Chambers 'John has unparalleled knowledge of occupational disease claims but he is also a joy to work with, great with clients and a brilliant advocate.'
Aliyah Akram12 King’s Bench Walk ‘Approachable and responsive, Aliyah gives confident and thorough advice.'
Michael Brace 12 King’s Bench Walk ‘Michael is able to advise on a range of cases to include more novel cases such as hypersensitivity pneumonitis claims.’      
Ben BradleyOuter Temple Chambers ‘Ben is able to see through extraneous issues and get to the root of the problem quickly. He is at the top of his game.'      
Richard Cartwright - DevereuxRichard shows a very great attention to detail and in particular is excellent with calculating losses.
Lee EvansFarrar’s BuildingStraight-talking, gets to the issues quickly and is commercially focused, always ahead of the pack with his intuition with what is next.'
Richard Furniss42 Bedford Row ‘Richard is astute, strategic and has a great gift for marshalling evidence and honing in on the key issues of a case.'
Stephen GlynnDeka Chambers ‘Stephen is a hugely experienced barrister, widely respected within the industry.’
Hugh Hamill12 King’s Bench Walk 'Hugh is an excellent barrister and advocate both in and out of the court room, leading in the field of chronic pain cases.'      
Roger Harris2 Temple Gardens 'Roger is extremely able and he quickly identifies the salient issues in a case.'
Katherine HowellsOld Square Chambers ‘Katherine is courteous and pleasant with a first-rate legal mind.’
Simon King7BR ‘Very good attention-to-detail. He explains matters in a clear, concise and no-nonsense style that is very much appreciated by clients.'      
James LaughlandTemple Garden Chambers ‘James is one of the best for attention-to-detail.’
Alexander MacphersonCrown Office Chambers ‘Alexander is exceptionally good with complex and novel procedural issues.'      
Scott MatthewsonSerjeants’ Inn Chambers ‘Scott is approachable, excellent with clients and is able to explain matters in a way which client’s understand.’
Colin MendozaDevereux ‘Colin is meticulous in his attention-to-detail and he is very good with lay clients.’
Colm NugentGatehouse Chambers ‘Colm is a future silk. He is commanding, persuasive and a great communicator.’
Lionel StrideTemple Garden Chambers ‘Lionel’s attention-to-detail in the preparation of documents is exceptional.’
Daniel Tobin12 King’s Bench WalkDaniel is a very user-friendly barrister who puts clients and witnesses immediately at their ease.'
Harry TrustedOuter Temple Chambers ‘Harry has a total command of quantum law.'
David White12 King’s Bench Walk ‘David is a calm and measured barrister with a supreme understanding and feel for the law.'   
Richard WilkinsonTemple Garden Chambers 'A well-regarded junior.' 
Ivan Bowley 12 King’s Bench Walk ‘Ivan exudes calmness and is very firm but always fair.’
Matthew BoyleCrown Office Chambers ‘Matthew is pleasure to work with , always exceptionally prepared.’
Simon BrindleDeka Chambers ‘Simon is extremely thorough and leaves no stone unturned. He thinks carefully and broadly about special damages.’
Geoffrey Brown39 Essex Chambers ‘Geoffrey is always excellently prepared and his attention-to-detail is magnificent.’
Jamie ClarkeCrown Office ChambersA top-class performer at the junior bar in personal injury work. Always calm and polite.'      
Sadie Crapper39 Essex Chambers ‘Sadie is an intellectual lawyer, who is tenacious in the pursuit of her clients' interests, impressive in Court and a tough negotiator.'      
Romilly Cummerson39 Essex Chambers ‘Romilly is personable and gets to the heart of the issues quickly. She is easy to deal with and handles difficult personalities well.'
Quintin Fraser39 Essex Chambers ‘Quintin has good attention-to-detail on liability, causation and quantum issues. He's tactically shrewd and rated by insurer clients.'
Peter FreemanTemple Garden Chambers ‘First-class with both insurance clients and insureds and is excellent at strategizing commercially.’      
John GreenbourneCrown Office Chambers ‘John has an unerring eye for detail, provides excellent analysis of evidence and quickly builds a good relationship with clients.'
Richard Gregory42 Bedford Row 'Richard is incredibly astute, with a very analytical approach.'
Peter Houghton  – Crown Office Chambers ‘Peter is exceptional in his handling of both liability and quantum experts, especially where they are complex causation issues.’
Robert HunterDevereuxVery approachable and client-focused.'
Paul KilcoyneTemple Garden Chambers ‘Paul instils confidence in clients and has a truly empathetic approach which doesn't go unnoticed.'
Harry LambertCrown Office ChambersHarry continues to impress with his robust approach to all aspects of litigation, particularly quantum and negotiations.’
Timothy Meakin - 7BRHe has a direct, no-nonsense style and is excellent at clarifying complex issues and getting to the heart of a matter.
Robert O’Leary Crown Office ChambersHas an encyclopaedic knowledge, an excellent command of detail and can be relied upon to accurately identify and assess the issues in a case.
Jeremy Pendlebury7BRJeremy will fight with everything he has and he will always go the extra mile. He is an excellent advocate.'       
Patrick SaddOuter Temple ChambersPatrick is one of the leading barristers in the country dealing with child abuse litigation. He is completely on top of the complex developing areas of law.'
Paul StaggDeka Chambers ‘A safe and trusted pair of hands. His advice will always be well thought-out and pragmatic.’
John-Paul Swoboda12 King’s Bench Walk ‘John-Paul is a standout junior in the personal injury field, willing to take on challenging and difficult cases that many others would not be willing to.’
Kiril Waite7BRGreat with clients, a strong advocate and good on his feet.'   
Christopher WalkerDevereuxA first-rate advocate with the ability to cut through to the heart of the case effortlessly.'      
Gemma WitheringtonCrown Office Chambers ‘Gemma is a safe pair of hand with particular expertise in secondary victim claims.'      
Jonathan ButtersDevereuxJonathan is a super junior; always spot on and can get to the crux of a case with apparent ease.'
James ByrneDeka ChambersJames is very hardworking, and on his feet he is an impressive advocate.’
Craig Carr7BRVery knowledgeable and able to give advice clearly on complex issues.'
Suzanne ChalmersCrown Office Chambers ‘Suzanne is incredibly clever and gets to the heart of every issue in record time.'
Camilla Church39 Essex ChambersCamilla is a very intelligent barrister.'
Emma Corkill39 Essex Chambers ‘Emma is an outstanding advocate who can think quickly on her feet and is tenacious when it comes to fighting for her clients.'
Stephen CottrellDevereux ‘Extremely technically able in a wide variety of serious injuries, particularly brain injury and complex polytrauma cases.'
Jeremy CrowtherDeka Chambers ‘Jeremy is very experienced , personable and delivers his advice in a straightforward and kind fashion.’
Robert Cumming2 Temple GardensA powerful and forceful advocate with excellent attention-to-detail - always very responsive.'
Adam DawsonDeka ChambersAdam is compassionate and has a superb manner with clients. He is robust and thorough and gives clear and practical advice.’      
Ian DenhamOuter Temple ChambersIan is an accomplished advocate, measured yet tenacious.'
Lisa DobieDeka Chambers ‘Lisa is a rising star; she has a good rapport with clients and puts them at ease.’ 
Nicola Greaney39 Essex ChambersNicola is exceptional. Her standout qualities are her clear, logical and analytical mind and her dedication to the job.'
Joshua HedgmanFarrar’s Building ‘Joshua’s written work is superb and he is a top advocate; a go-to junior.’
Roger HiornsDeka Chambers ‘Roger is an expert and very knowledgeable in his field.’
Anna Hughes2 Temple GardensAnna is an extremely thorough and well-prepared barrister.'
Henry Morton Jack2 Temple Gardens ‘Henry is amongst the best for defending insurance fraud cases; fantastically persuasive in court – he can rip a claimant’s case to pieces in minutes.’
Mark Lomas – 3PBMark is quite simply a fantastic barrister.’
Jack MacaulayCrown Office ChambersJack is very personable and adaptable; a smooth exterior but remains very much in control.'
Meghann McTague2 Temple Gardens 'Has a great intellect, an ability to see the wood for the trees and fantastic organisational skills; she is exceptional.'
John Meredith-HardyFarrar’s Building ‘John's attention-to-detail is second-to-none and he is an excellent advocate.'      
Jasmine MurphyGatehouse Chambers ‘Great preparation and organisation, alongside good drafting and attention-to-detail.'
Iain O’Donnell – 1 Crown Office RowHe is very experienced in the field of child abuse litigation and also adult assault cases. He has a sound grasp of the law and has a good reassuring manner with clients.’
Johnathan PayneDeka Chambers ‘Johnathan truly goes the extra mile for his clients.’
Catherine Peck12 King’s Bench Walk ‘Strong attention-to-detail and a willingness to go the extra mile.      
Charlotte Reynolds 12 King’s Bench Walk ‘Charlotte is a fantastic barrister to work with, she gets to the issues quickly and firmly, she is incredibly thorough and knows her case inside out.’
David RiversOld Square ChambersDavid is a bold and fearless advocate.’      
Nina Ross 12 King’s Bench Walk 'Her way with clients is second-to-none. Clear advice coupled with empathy is exactly what vulnerable clients require and she delivers it in spades.'
Liam Ryan7BR ‘Exceptional knowledge of psychiatric injury claims.'      
Adam Samuel – Old Square Chambers ‘Accessible, easy to work with and an excellent advocate.’
Shahram Sharghy  – 1 Crown Office Row 'Shahram has a very impressive thorough and personable approach.'
Tim Sharpe  – Temple Garden ChambersTim is astute and has a keen attention-to-detail and provides commercial yet robust advice.’      
Henry SlackGatehouse ChambersHenry is efficient and always produces work quickly and to a high standard.'
Christopher StephensonDeka ChambersSuperb with his clients and puts them at ease in stressful situations. Identifies the issues early and offers clear and pragmatic advice.
James Sullivan12 King’s Bench Walk 'James is an excellent lawyer, with fine judgment, whose tactics and running of cases, as well as his advocacy, are exemplary.'
Adam Walker7BR ‘Adam is the best prepared and most thorough barrister. He knows the papers better than everyone else in the room, every time.'
Andrew WilleFarrar’s Building ‘Andrew takes a forensic approach to evidence and is clear and well-reasoned in his advice.'
Andrew ArentsenFarrar’s Building ‘Andrew is calm, thorough, has a good attention-to-detail. He is thoroughly charming to work with.’
Richard Baker 7BRRichard is a very hard working, authoritative and responsive barrister. Frankly, impressive all-round.’
Thomas Banks12 King’s Bench Walk 'Thomas is fabulous.'
James Beeton 12 King’s Bench Walk ‘James is thorough in pleadings, tactical when advising in conference and warm with clients.’
Helen Bell 2 Temple Gardens ‘Helen is quick to grasp the issues, efficient and knowledgeable.’
Andrew Bershadski2 Temple Gardens 'Andrew is formidably bright, hardworking and always very well-prepared. He has a high reputation as an advocate.'
Nick Blake Farrar’s Building ‘He is approachable, pragmatic, helpful and a very good advocate.’
Tamar Burton CloistersTamar is fantastic; switched-on, effective, personable and incredibly hardworking. Super junior counsel in big cases – contributes beyond her years.’
James Candlin 12 King’s Bench WalkJames is a careful and conscientious barrister with great judgement whose meticulous case preparation makes him an excellent choice for fraud work in particular.’      
Daniel ClarkeOuter Temple Chambers 'Daniel is very bright, but wears his erudition lightly and is thus very approachable.'
Howard Cohen Farrar’s Building ‘Howard is a genial and capable opponent, who focuses on the material issues in the case and works hard to find solutions to disputes.’
Thomas Crockett - Hailsham ChambersThomas pays great attention to detail and always provides quick and concise advice.
Brian Cummins – Old Square Chambers ‘A robust advocate with a keen eye for detail, who seeks to add value for his clients.’      
Huw Davies  – Farrar’s Building ‘Pragmatic and quickly cuts to the issues.’
Jim Duffy1 Crown Office RowVery hardworking and very clear and detailed advices prepared in tricky cases.'      
Christopher EdwardsOld Square Chambers ‘Christopher is astute and puts clients them at ease.’
Laura ElfieldDeka Chambers ‘Laura is meticulous in her analysis of the evidence and her attention to detail is quite exceptional.’
Angela Frost 12 King’s Bench Walk ‘Angela’s forensic preparation for hearings is exemplary.’
Bruno Gil – Old Square Chambers ‘Bruno is one to watch in the future.’
David Green 12 King’s Bench Walk ‘The quality of David’s advice is second-to-none.’
Jack HardingDeka Chambers ‘Jack is very thorough and approachable.’
Jack Harris 2 Temple Gardens ‘A conscientious and well prepared barrister who has an eye for detail in complex personal injury matters. Jack has an excellent manner with clients and adopts a pragmatic approach to risk assessment and negotiation.’      
Emma-Jane Hobbs Temple Garden Chambers ‘Emma-Jane is a strong advocate in court, good on paperwork and has a knack of building a rapport with clients.’
Isaac Hogarth12 King’s Bench Walk ‘Isaac is a wonder.’
Jack Holborn39 Essex ChambersJack is a great junior, clearly enjoys his work and is very approachable.
Rory Holmes Crown Office Chambers ‘Rory is unflappable and provides clear and concise advice at all times.’
Robert HornerDeka Chambers 'He is professional and meticulous in his approach and his approachable manner goes down very well with clients.'
Anthony Johnson – Temple Garden Chambers ‘Anthony has a reputation for fearless and forceful advocacy, persuading courts to make findings of fundamental dishonesty on a regular basis.’
Samantha Jones39 Essex ChambersSamantha is very quick, she also has an unwavering eye for detail and excellent judgement.'
Anastasia Karseras2 Temple GardensImpeccable preparation and the consequential ability to turn a point on its head and refocus the court's understanding to your advantage.'      
Arun Katyar12 King’s Bench Walk 'He is a solid and careful opinion, he works very hard, is very good with clients and very calm under pressure.'
Caroline Lody 7BRHer advocacy is clear, calm and persuasive.’
Kara LoraineOld Square Chambers ‘Kara is very clear and focused on arguing her client’s best case; a joy to work with.’      
Chesca Lord Cloisters ‘Very approachable and has a clear understanding of the relevant issues to the claim. Clients like her and she is without doubt a future personal injury star.’
Michelle Marnham3PBMichelle is always thorough and well-prepared.'
Andrew PeeblesFarrar’s BuildingStrong technical ability.
Angus PiperDeka ChambersHis certain charm belies a steely resolve.’      
James PurnellHenderson Chambers 'James is highly responsive and personable.'      
Michael RappTemple Garden Chambers ‘Astute, pragmatic, realistic and knows what will work.'
Benedict RodgersDeka Chambers ‘Ben is go-to counsel for complex liability disputes; calm and composed, but will fight ferociously when required.’      
Dominic Ruck Keene 1 Crown Office Row Very sure on his feet, in command of his brief, and able to read the Court and provide the judges with arguments that they will be receptive to.’      
Oliver Rudd 12 King’s Bench Walk He is very hands-on, thorough and approachable. He always gives 100% and is reliable.’      
Hannah SaxenaFarrar’s Building 'Hannah is thorough, approachable, dedicated and hard-working.'
John SchmittDeka Chambers ‘John a preferred barrister for cases in London. He has a lovely manner about him but is sharp as a tack.’
Charlie Sparling – Old Square Chambers ‘Charlie is a very strong advocate and regularly beats silks in court. His advice is of the highest-quality.
Michael Standing 39 Essex Chambers ‘Michael is brilliant in trials, gives excellent written advice, is very approachable and willing to help.’
Anna Symington12 King’s Bench Walk ‘Anna is excellent.’
Gurion TaussigDeka Chambers ‘Gurion is an excellent barrister. He is extremely hard working and leaves no stone unturned for his clients.’
Holly Tibbitts – Deka Chambers ‘Very sympathetic with clients and will fight for their interests.’
Simon TriggerDeka Chambers ‘A real powerhouse of personal injury, Simon fights hard for every client in court but also provides good solid commercial advice.’
Victoria WebbOld Square ChambersVictoria fights extremely well and hard for clients. She is a very able barrister who is a gifted robust advocate.’      
James Weston7BR ‘James' ability to articulate the issues and nuances of developing areas of law with clarity and apply that to individual cases, is exceptional.'      
Simon Wheatley7BRSimon is so in control, so prepared and tackles important issues in a case with ease.'      
Richard Wheeler 3PBRichard is a brilliant barrister. He is a fearsome and well prepared advocate, who pushes hard for his clients.’
Nadia Whittaker Crown Office ChambersNadia is an excellent advocate, great on her feet, her advice is always spot on.’      
Helen Wolstenholme2 Temple Gardens ‘Helen has a fantastic manner; her drafting skills are exemplary, she is responsive and is widely respected.'      
Will YoungOuter Temple ChambersPhenomenally well prepared for all aspects of the case; very much tipped for the top.'      

Personal Injury - Rising Stars

Max Archer12 King’s Bench Walk ‘Max has a lovely manner with clients and breaks things down for easy understanding.
Carin Hunt – Outer Temple Chambers ‘Good to work with. Personable and down-to-earth. Good with clients. She shows great empathy and understanding with bereaved clients.’      
Cressida Mawdesley-Thomas12 King’s Bench WalkCressida has already amassed an extremely impressive caseload, far beyond that of many barristers much more senior.’      
Olinga TahzibOuter Temple ChambersOlinga is a highly technical barrister with a powerful intellect.'
Spencer Turner 12 King’s Bench Walk ‘Spencer has already developed a practice that exceeds his seniority.’
Eloise Turnnidge 3PB ‘Eloise is a competent individual and absolute pleasure to work with. She prepares in good time and has an excellent eye for detail. Corresponding with her is very easy.’

Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud in London Bar

12 King's Bench Walk

The set at 12 King’s Bench Walk is described as ‘the best personal injury set at the Bar’, and has a reputation for its breadth of expertise across the set, which range from catastrophic and fatal personal injury work, to industrial disease and fraud. ‘Brilliant mind’ William Audland KC is instructed for the Rugby Football League on the high-profile concussion matters brought by multiple claimants in Dyson & Others v RFL. Patrick Kerr is worthy of mention, having recently succeeded for the claimant in a mesothelioma claim against the BBC. Michael Rawlinson KC notably led Kate Boakes and Cressida Mawdesley-Thomas successfully for the claimant in Mather v Ministry of Defence, wherein a £3m settlement was reached for a former RAF airman who developed multiple sclerosis following exposure to solvents in excess of the maximum standard regulatory limits.

Testimonials

Set

’12 KBW is the best personal injury set at the Bar. They have strength and depth at all levels.’      

‘The chambers are excellent. A very broad skill set, helpful, specialists in their field. They work closely with my firm on complex, specialist claims.’

‘The set have a wealth of specialists in asbestos-related disease and always have able cover available if originally instructed counsel is not available.’

Clerking

‘The clerks’ room is excellent; easy to deal with and noting is ever too much trouble.’

‘Good clerks who take the time to get to know their clients.  Oliver Parkhouse runs a tight ship, Graham Johnson is superb and George Boggis is an up and coming leader.’

‘All the clerks I have dealt with have been helpful and have gone out of their way to arrange meetings and trials.’

‘The clerks do an excellent job. They are very responsive and will do all they can to assist.’      

‘The clerks are all first-rate and will go out of their way to accommodate and facilitate instructions.’

The clerks are available and organised. Service is always first-class.’      

39 Essex Chambers

39 Essex Chambers is described as being ‘one of the top personal injury sets’ and the team frequently acts on complex, maximum severity matters. Its strength was bolstered significantly in 2021 by the addition of four barristers, including Simon Browne KC, who carries consistently impressive work acting on severe brain and spinal injury cases of high-value and complexity, a recent example of which being his leading for the defendant public house in Kinder v The Cricketers Arms, a case concerning an allegedly inebriated pub customer who, after walking through the door the cellar, fell down steps and resultantly became tetraplegic and is claiming multi-millions in damages; the case involves novel areas of licensing law. Another recent addition to the team, Nina Goolamali KC is described as ‘impeccable’ in this practice area and has particular expertise in personal injury cases in a sports context, whilst the ‘formidable’ Charles Cory-Wright KC is noteworthy for his high-value and frequently cross-jurisdictional catastrophic work. At the junior end, Michael Standing is developing a strong traumatic brain injury practice.

Testimonials

Set

‘One of the top personal injury sets, with great depth.’

‘They are a first-rate set in the area.’

‘A very good set with excellent depth in connection with personal injury cases.’ 

’39 Essex are one of the leading personal injury and clinical negligence sets in the country. The quality of their practitioners is consistently high and they have an excellent reputation in the field.’

’39 Essex Chambers is an excellent set; well managed, rich in good quality, impressive barristers and second-to-none in terms of their ability to field talented counsel at all levels, juniors through to silks.’      

Clerking

‘The clerks are very friendly and always happy to help.’      

‘Always a good service from the clerks.’      

‘Fast and responsive clerking, timely invoicing, pleasant and helpful. Hannah Milne and Ben Sundborg are the two clerks I speak to the most and both very easy to work with and pleasant.’      

‘Ben Sundborg is standout clerk who gets things done.’      

‘The clerks’ room at 39 Essex Chambers is well organised, reliable and easy to interact with, effectively representing the interests of counsel whilst delivering a good service to their clients.’

Work highlights

    Crown Office Chambers

    The ‘well-established’ set Crown Office Chambers has a strong reputation in personal injury work and is particularly renowned for its industrial disease specialism. Christopher Kennedy KC successfully represented the defendant at appeal in Campbell v Advantage Insurance Co Ltd, a case regarding the test to be applied when considering the contributory negligence of an intoxicated passenger, a point previously unclarified in the English law. Further, senior-junior Catherine Foster ‘s unled work on the Lambeth Redress Schemeassisting victims of childhood sexual assault, as well as her work in defence of a Jehovah’s Witnesses congregation allegedly vicariously liable for a rape committed by a group elder in BXB v Watch Tower and others, have been particularly notable.

    Testimonials

    Set

    ‘The set offers a wide variety of counsel at varying levels making them attractive to use.’

    ‘A well-established set.’     

    ‘Crown Office Chambers are my go to set for all levels of personal injury work. They never let us down and are brilliant to work with.’      

    ‘An excellent set, particularly in relation to disease work, where they are specialists.’      

    ‘This is one of the strongest sets in the country in my field of injury and disease.’  

    Clerking

    ‘Greg Frewin manages the set of counsel exceptionally well and is reliable, especially when sorting hearings last minute.’

    ‘Excellent – clerks are all very approachable and quick to respond.’      

    ‘Chambers are friendly and the clerks are efficient and willing to assist with any tasks they can.’      

    ‘The clerks are friendly, helpful and a pleasure work with.’      

    ‘An excellent team of clerks led by James Wilkinson. Nothing is too much trouble and they are very responsive; a class act.’     

    Work highlights

      Deka Chambers

      The ‘excellent’  Deka Chambers has a strong reputation for its ‘high-quality barristers with experience in the field.’ Giles Mooney KC has acted on standout catastrophic injury work, namely for the claimant on the 2021 Court of Appeal case Ford v Seymour-Williams, which shows his niche expertise in matters involving the Animals Act 1971; additional notable work includes his action for claimants involved in Croydon tram crash, a matter involving particular points on prosthetics. From the 1 Chancery Lane side of the merger, Simon Readhead KC, described as having a ‘genuine star quality’, has handled impressive work on fatal and serious injury matters, often involving psychiatric factors, and Matthew Chapman KC is active in catastrophic injury cases, which are often international in scope and feature complex causation issues.

      Testimonials

      Set

      ‘A very good set with a broad range of experience, always willing to listen and help out on a range of issues.’      

      ‘In my opinion, the best set for personal injury work because it has so many high-quality barristers with experience in the field of personal injury.’      

      ‘A 21st century set in terms of service delivery, technology, chambers’ facilities but, above all, a modern and collaborative attitude to working.’     

      Clerking

      ‘Michael Goodridge is a titan of the clerking world. He is absolutely first-class, and chambers runs very efficiently under his leadership. Phones are answered promptly (which is rare) and the clerks are genuinely helpful and always call back if assistance cannot be provided immediately.’

      ‘The clerks are helpful, efficient and provide a very professional service.’

      ‘The service from the clerks’ room is impeccable and, frankly, streets ahead of any other Chambers.’

      ‘Clerks are helpful and efficient.’ 

      ‘The clerks as a whole were extremely efficient and very helpful at all times, particularly we required urgent assistance.’      

      Work highlights

        2 Temple Gardens

        The set at 2 Temple Gardens has a strong reputation for its ‘enormous experience’ in the field of personal injury. Notably, Lucy Wyles KC and the ‘extremely knowledgeable’ Rehana Azib KC are both newly appointed silks at the chambers. In addition, Benjamin Browne KC is continuing to act on high-value, complex catastrophic injury matters, namely acting for the defendant care home in the cross-border quantum dispute case of Sullivan v The Care Agency in the Supreme Court of Gibraltar. Marie Louise Kinsler KC is leading for the defence in the case of Peacock v Del Seatek and Hyundai Heavy Industries, involving a diving accident off the coast of India and resultant complex issues of jurisdiction for the claimant. Further, ‘outstanding junior’ Niazi Fetto is developing an impressive reputation for his mesothelioma work, and has also led juniors on international maximum severity matters. Also at the junior end, Helen Bell and the ‘well-regarded’ Jack Harris are up-and-coming in this practice area.

        Testimonials

        Set 

        ‘There is strength in the number of barrister of all calls available.’

        ‘A very strong set even by the capital’s standards.’

        ‘An above average set with some real superstars.’

        ‘A very well-known set in this area with enormous experience.’      

        Clerking

        ‘Clerking is first-rate, particularly Lee Tyler and Matthew Moylan.’

        ‘2TG are my go-to chambers in London as the clerks are really helpful and counsel have always provided a high-standard of work.’      

        ‘Great service from the clerks, particularly Lee Tyler and Billy Hammonds.’

        ‘The clerks are very user-friendly and happy to assist wherever possible.’      

        Devereux

        The personal injury team at Devereux is described as a ‘super set of chambers with a large depth of knowledge’. The ‘razor sharp’ Stephen Killalea KC continues to excel in the field, with consistently impressive work on high-value catastrophic cases, particularly those caused by road traffic accidents. In addition, junior Colin Mendoza is consistently involved in high-quality, independently-led work in high-value cases of serious injury. Notably, he is assisting on quantum in a claim against the event governing body brought by a marshal at a motocross event at Weymouth Beach who, whilst assisting a fallen rider, was hit by the second defendant’s motorcycle after he had ignored yellow flags and took the jump at full speed, landing on the claimant’s head, which resulted in brain damage. Stephen Cottrell , who is frequently led by top-tier silks on the most complex of matters, and Jonathan Butters , who has a developing specialism in mesothelioma matters, both warrant particular recognition also.

        Testimonials

        Set

        ‘A super set of chambers with a large depth of knowledge on all personal injury matters, including the most serious of catastrophic injury.’

        ‘A leading set with fantastic senior barristers.’

        ‘Devereux Chambers has a good availability of specialist counsel, including some very good senior juniors.’

        ‘A go-to set for catastrophic injury work.’

        ‘An excellent set with top silks and juniors alike; one of the best around.’      

        Clerking

        ‘The clerks are excellent, they know the role inside out and a pleasure to work with.’

        ‘Good clerks: friendly ,efficient and communicative; particularly James Hudson.’

        ‘Excellent clerks- Cyrus Biggs in particular.’

        ‘Exceptionally helpful and communicative clerks especially Cyrus Biggs who is sheer class.’   

        ‘The clerks work very hard to accommodate challenging diaries – very responsive and always seeking to assist.’ 

        Work highlights

          Outer Temple Chambers

          ‘Premier league’ set Outer Temple Chambers is noted as having ‘household names, leading lights and stars of the future’ in personal injury. Jonathan Hand KC‘s equine specialism warrants notable mention, including Rapolti v Redbarn Stud, in which case he defended a farm in high-value negligence claims brought by a trainer who required upper limb amputation when bitten by stallion which was attacked by another stallion; the claim was brought under the Animals Act 1971 and important issues of scope of ownership and the meaning of ‘keeper’ under the Act were discussed. Christopher Wilson-Smith KC has also continued his work on complex catastrophic and fatal injury work, which often has a cross-border element. Nathan Tavares KC‘s cases are often complex and consistently involve severe brain, spinal and orthopaedic injury cases, including ones with such additional complicating factors as pre-existing learning disabilities to consider. Junior Ben Bradley , described as ‘top-drawer and destined for silk’ has done particularly impressive work for sexual assault victims, whilst Ian Denham is developing an international specialism.

          Testimonials

          Set

          ‘A great set – always willing to put the right barrister forward to help out.’

          ‘The go-to set in London for heavyweight catastrophic injury work with household names, leading lights and stars of the future under one roof.’

          ‘In recent years, the set has grown considerably in terms of barristers who can turn their hand to cross-border personal injury work. They have some excellent juniors coming through. An excellent set of chambers.’

          ‘Outer Temple is a premier league set.’      

          ‘A strong set in personal injury work. A good variety of different skill sets and experience.’

          Clerking

          ‘Clerks are first-class and always accommodating.’

          ‘Graham Woods and Paul Barton both fantastic clerks.’

          ‘I have always received good and prompt service from the clerks at Outer Temple.’

          ‘The clerks are very efficient, professional and provide a good service.’      

          ‘A very good clerking team. Highly responsive and polite.’

          Work highlights

            7BR

            7BR is noted as a ‘fantastic set of chambers’. The team deals with a range of complex personal injury work, with some particular focus across the set on psychiatric injury and abuse. Particularly standout recent work comes from Adam Weitzman KC, whom has acted successfully in defence of the council in DFX v Coventry City Council, a case wherein four claimants were seeking £40m from the local council in relation to parental neglect and abuse they suffered over the course of fifteen years; it was found at trial that no duty of care existed, placing a damper on potential future claims against social workers. Steven Ford KC is another notable name, particularly for his action on brain injury matters, as well as on complex sexual abuse cases. ‘Master of his brief’ and leading junior Julian Matthews has continued to act on complex catastrophic injury cases, including ones resulting from road traffic accidents.

            Testimonials

            Set 

            ‘A leading set for historical sexual abuse litigation and general personal injury litigation, particularly on complex and catastrophic claims.’  

            ‘I regularly use several of the barristers in this set because they have such strength-in-depth.’   

            ‘7BR are a fantastic set of chambers! I have barristers from this set instructed on the majority of my cases as I have absolute confidence that there will be counsel available with the expertise required.’   

            ‘7BR is one of the pre-eminent sets on abuse claims and claims against public authorities. They provide extensive and varied training in this area.’   

            ‘7BR has a broad spectrum of counsel at the variety of levels needed.’

            Clerks

            ‘A superb clerking team.’   

            ‘The clerks have been fantastic, particularly Paul Eeles! They have always offered alternative counsel quickly where the primary counsel instructed has been unavailable.’   

            ‘An excellent training programme and effective clerking.’   

            ‘The clerks are always helpful and friendly.’   

            ‘7BR has a broad range of excellent barristers and the clerks are extremely helpful.’   

            Old Square Chambers

            The personal injury set at Old Square Chambers is renowned for its ‘talent in the personal injury field’. Recent developments amidst the team include the 2022 appointment to silk of Charles Woodhouse KC, and the continued impressive caseloads of Paul Rose KC and Ben Collins KC respectively. At the junior end, Kara Loraine has been led on matters including the ongoing £33m High Court case of Mathieu v Aviva, wherein she is acting for an art student who suffered a traumatic brain injury when hit by a moped in 2015 but went on to become a successful contemporary artist; discussions include whether provisional damages can be awarded for the risk of developing dementia and on the taxation of damages for a claimant residing abroad claiming for the onset of later illness. In addition, Adam Samuel is notable for his representation of high-profile defendant insurers on multi-million-pound matters, including Galvin v Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police, wherein the claimant policeman was seeking damages against the force for injuries suffered whilst he pursued a suspected thief, and his proceeding retirement from front line duties in the force – the claim was dismissed in full.

            Testimonials

            Set

            ‘Old Square have always had talent in the personal injury field.’      

            ‘An excellent set.’      

            ‘A good set to use and I would recommend them for PI work.’      

            ‘Old Square Chambers are a quality set with a depth-of-knowledge across a wide are of my area of specialism.’      

            ‘London is a competitive area for sets and Old Square are one of the leading sets in the field of personal injury litigation.’      

            Clerking

            ‘Senior Clerk Will Meade is the best in the business. He understands client value and will go out of his way to ensure that the service provided is exceptional. I highly-rate the clerks at chambers.’      

            ‘The clerking is excellent; they are always prepared to go the extra mile.’      

            ‘Old Square chambers are fantastic. The clerks, especially Olivia Moliterno and Will Meade, care as much about our clients as we do.’

            ‘The clerks are one of the many reasons why we instruct Old Square.’      

            ‘Good clerking.’      

            Work highlights

              Temple Garden Chambers

              Temple Garden Chambers is known as a ‘good set for high-value personal injury work’ and has a strong reputation for having ‘well-regarded silks and a particularly impressive line up of senior juniors’. Jonathan Watt-Pringle KC is described as ‘fantastic’ and acts on consistently high-value catastrophic cases, a recent example acting in defence of the BBC on the high-profile case of Stansfield v BBC, wherein a traumatic head injury suffered by a presenter as part of multiple crash-test stunts for the Bang Goes the Theory television series; the case involved complex factors of contributory negligence. In addition, as regards the juniors, Anthony Johnson notably successfully represented the defendant alongside Simon Browne KC in the Court of Appeal case Seabrook v Adam, in which Part 36 offers were discussed; the court accepted that a Part 36 offer had to be appraised in the context of the surrounding circumstances of the proceedings and confirmed that Part 36 offers in relation to liability only will not apply in cases where liability has already been conceded. Insurance fraud specialists in the set include Edward Hutchin and ‘accomplished advocate’ Tim Sharpe.

              Testimonials

              Set

              ‘This set of barristers and clerks are the best. They make me look good because they do such a great job.’

              ‘A great set  with a wide variety of styles at different levels to suit most tastes.’ 

              ‘Temple Garden Chambers is an excellent set and has an abundance of talent at all levels in personal injury. I instruct from junior juniors to leading counsel on varied value cases, and I am confident in being able to instruct multiple counsel at all levels. ‘     

              ‘A good, solid broad-based PI and employment set with plenty of depth and strength in these areas.’      

              ‘Temple Garden Chambers are a very good set for high-value personal injury work, with some well-regarded silks and a particularly impressive line up of senior juniors.’      

              Clerking

              The Clerks play a massive part in the popularity of this set.

              Clerks service is the best around. Keith Sharman in particular is faultlessly responsive and helps to run a great team under Dean Norton      

              The service is excellent and the clerks’ room  team are reliable, proactive and personable.      

              Generally deal with the same clerk, Jack Hebron who is very organised and responds quickly.      

              ‘The clerks are excellent and really set the standard. They are always highly responsive and prepared to work collaboratively in order to accommodate us. Jordon Gallifant is excellent.’     

              Work highlights

                1 Crown Office Row

                1 Crown Office Row has a reputation for being ‘a very strong set of exceptional and skilled silks and juniors’ in personal injury, with a particular specialism in abuse claims on top of cases involving physical injuries. Notable work this year includes the ‘incredibly skilled’  Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel KC‘s complex and high-value work in cases of catastrophic injury in adults and children. In addition, Henry Witcomb KC has continued his maximum severity injury cases involving brain, spine and tetraplegic injury. At the junior end, Iain O’Donnell has been promoted in the rankings for his exceptional work for historical abuse victims, particularly the claimant survivors of historical sexual abuse at a childrens’ home in Various Claimants v London Borough of Lambeth (Shirley Oaks Survivors Group claims). In addition, Dominic Ruck Keene deserves mention for his growing specialism in psychiatric injury and stress at work cases.

                Testimonials

                Set

                ‘ A really great set of barristers who know their area of law exceptionally well.’      

                ‘A superb chambers, offering a broad range of disciplines. Undoubtedly the best set for abuse work.’      

                ‘A very strong set of exceptional and skilled silks and juniors.’

                ‘1COR are a brilliant set. They are fairly diverse in their expertise. There is a coterie of counsel who specialise in abuse and high-end clinical negligence work, and it is for these strengths that we know them.’      

                ‘1COR is one of the best common law sets of chambers at the Bar. It has strength-in-depth and and all of its members are intellectually out of the top-drawer. It is well balanced in terms of diversity and ensures that all junior members are properly supported. Overall, it is a go-to set in terms of personal injury practice.’

                Clerking

                ‘The clerks are professional yet friendly and helpful’      

                ‘The clerks work hard to get things done.’      

                ‘The clerks are fantastic, particularly Louis Candy; very responsive with emails and eager to please.’      

                ‘The clerks are friendly, professional and responsive.’      

                ‘The clerks are great- always willing and able to facilitate requests from instructing solicitors to trial availability and liaising with the court for listing approvals.’      

                Cloisters

                Cloisters  has a reputation as a ‘very good set of highly-respected silks and juniors’ in the personal injury space. In particular, the team members this year continue their impressive work on road traffic accident-induced catastrophic injury work. Namely, William Latimer-Sayer KC is representing the claimant, a former RAF air traffic controller who suffered severe spinal injury resulting in complete motor and sensory paraplegia as a result of a bicycle accident on the A32, in the case of Rose v Taylor; following the accident the claimant won a gold and two silver medals at the 2018 Invictus Games in Sydney. In addition, Latimer-Sayer KC has led newly ranked ‘future personal injury star’ Chesca Lord, who deals solely with complex quantum, on high-value matters of catastrophic injury. Tamar Burton is active in, among other areas, motor injury cases and often led by high-ranking Silks. Patricia Hitchcock KC retired in 2021.

                Testimonials

                Set

                ‘Cloisters are one of the best sets in this area of work. Their strength-in-depth is very impressive.’ 

                ‘A very good set of highly-respected silks and junior.’      

                ‘Cloisters are an excellent, almost old-fashioned set in that they are a relatively small set with a group of excellent barristers, whom are all highly-respected and provide a personal service to those solicitors who have instructed them for years.’      

                ‘Cloisters are an excellent chambers we know well and their support teams and barristers are first-rate.’      

                ‘Cloisters are excellent.’      

                Clerking

                ‘A good clerks’ room – very accommodating.’      

                ‘A good, very competent clerks’ room – experienced and helpful. One could not ask for more.’      

                ‘The clerks are proficient and cope well with demand.’      

                ‘I have had a good experience with the clerks.’      

                ‘The best clerking team I work with.’     

                Work highlights

                  Farrar's Building

                  ‘Excellent set’ Farrar’s Building has a strong personal injury offering, with a particular weighting towards juniors in its team. Particularly exceptional members include Joshua Hedgman , who frequently acts on high-value catastrophic injury work, namely having represented the defence on the multi-party action brought against them in the case of Various Claimants v Lime Green Events Limited (We Are FSTVL) regarding a stampede in a festival queue in 2019 which led to numerous injuries, ranging in severity. Huw Davies is also noteworthy for his representation of high-profile defendants on complex quantum cases, as is Howard Cohen for his frequently high-value independent action on injury cases and Nick Blake for his complex and consistently high-value cases.

                  Testimonials

                  Set

                  ‘Farrar’s has a number of excellent individuals whom we instruct frequently.’      

                  ‘Farrar’s is an excellent set with a good range of counsel for all types of cases. They are my go-to’ set.’      

                  ‘The set has a good offering at different levels.’      

                  ‘Farrar’s Building is my preferred set for personal injury claims. They have a large number of suitably experienced counsel that can assist on personal injury matters, and I have always been pleased by any of the ‘substitutes’ if my preferred choice of Counsel is unavailable for any reason.’

                  ‘A good set of chambers and choice of counsel.’     

                  Clerking

                  ‘Very approachable clerks. James Shaw and Kraig Marsh are both very amenable.’      

                  ‘The clerks are always efficient, friendly and helpful.’      

                  ‘The clerks at chambers are all extremely friendly and approachable.’     

                  ‘A fabulous group of clerks.’      

                  ‘A great set of chambers; the clerks are exceptionally helpful and provide quick responses. They are always able to accommodate requests for counsel at short notice.’ 

                  Work highlights

                    Gatehouse Chambers

                    Gatehouse Chambers has a strong reputation as a ‘fantastic set’ in personal injury with a ‘good range of barristers.’ Charles Bagot KC, described as ‘doing his utmost with every instruction’, continues to work on high-profile, high-value and often cross-border cases, including Hoff v Langley Design & Multiple Defendants, in which he is acting for the furniture company, one of multiple defendants in the case wherein furniture collapsed onto a six-year-old school child causing catastrophic brain injury. In addition, junior Colm Nugent continues to excel in the set, acting on cross-border, high-profile cases, which this year have included such complex matters as catastrophic brain injury, amputation and multiple fatalities, many of which he has acted on unled.

                    Testimonials

                    Set

                    ‘This is a good and well-known set with a number of experienced advocates who also have part-time judicial office.’      

                    ‘Gatehouse always offer appropriate Counsel when requested, even at short notice, which is hugely appreciated. They also host a good range of webinars on relevant and current topics of interest. All in all, Gatehouse are a great set of people to work with.’      

                    ‘The set have a good range of barristers; counsel always tend to be available and reply quickly to questions and instructions.’ 

                    ‘Gatehouse is a fantastic set. It is ambitious but also holds personal relationships dear in what might be considered by some, an old-fashioned way, nonetheless crucial to those instructing their Counsel.’

                    ‘A hard act to beat.’      

                    Clerking

                    ‘Very strong indeed for personal injury. Natasha Devlin-Clingham is the stand out clerk for the department; she’s knowledgeable, listens to what is needed and she is a problem solver. Full marks!’      

                    ‘The clerks are great and have a fantastic awareness of the needs of the instructing solicitors, as well as being diligent, responsive and approachable.’      

                    ‘All the clerks at Gatehouse Chambers are courteous and helpful.’

                    ‘The clerks are very good and they have a strong set of training seminars.’      

                    ‘The clerks always seem very attentive. I have never had any issues. They liaise promptly regarding matters such as conferences, hearings and fees and are always on hand in case a stand in is needed.’      

                    Work highlights