Set overviews: England and Wales in London Bar

1 Chancery Lane

In recent news, Russell Wilcox has expanded the 1 Chancery Lane team, working across the set’s property, commercial, and public law groups; Andrew Spencer  and Jack Harding  have been appointed deputy district judges on the South Eastern circuit, while Simon Trigger  has been appointed a fee-paid judge of the First-tier Tribunal, assigned to the Health, Education and Social Care Chamber (Mental Health).

Testimonials

Clerks:

‘Absolutely brilliant, especially Clark Chessis who leads the clerking team. Organised, always keen to assist.’

‘Best in the business. Clark Chessis is an outstanding operator, and he continues to develop terrific talent – David Barrow and Dan Oliva in particular are top-class clerks.’

‘Clark Chessis is an experienced and thorough clerk, and his professional approach is mirrored by the junior clerks – David Barrow is an example. Chambers have adapted to the covid-19 challenges well, offering to arrange virtual meetings and RTMs and taking the stress out of this for us.’

‘Clerk Chessis and David Barrow and marvellous. Supremely experienced and unflappable.’

‘Excellent service, making it very easy to instruct the right barrister for the right case.’

‘Great clerking team. Clark Chessis in particular is approachable and very knowledgeable of his team’s strengths..

‘I enjoy a very good relationship with the Clerks, notably the Head Clerk, Clark Chessis and David Barrow who are always very helpful and do their utmost to accommodate my clients requirements. They are always prepared to listen and take views on board and provide general advice.’

‘The best clerks’ room in the business. Clark Chessis leads by example, David Barrow and Dan Oliva should also be mentioned. All of the clerks are personable, engaging, extremely well-organised and have superb in-depth knowledge of the abilities of their tenants. They never fail to pick the right barrister for the right case.’

‘The clerks reflect the set and adhere to the same values. They are all reliable, supportive and efficient.’

Set:

‘1 Chancery Lane are a leading set of Chambers who have consistently provided a range of counsel with a depth of knowledge and experience in clinical negligence cases.’

‘1 Chancery Lane have excellent junior and leading Counsel partnerships that lend themselves well to large and high profile cases.’

‘1 Chancery Lane is a very good set with a broad range of experience and expertise.’

‘1 Chancery Lane is the leading travel law and personal injury set. It has a good range of barristers, some budding juniors and superb, unrivalled senior juniors doing travel litigation work.’

‘A very solid set of Chambers who have never let me down. They have a deep range of experience of this type of work with some excellent silks and senior juniors.’

‘Excellent clinical negligence set with an abundance of experienced juniors and QCs.’

‘Good strong set especially for local authority / police authority claims work.’

‘I have instructed many sets of chambers but I come back to 1 Chancery Lane time and time again because they are the experts in local authority litigation and they are nice people to work with.’

‘The best travel set in the country.’

‘The set is my go-to Chambers for their strength in depth, availability and responsiveness.’

‘The silks at 1 Chancery Lane are the main strength. A range of brilliant brains specialising in clinical negligence.’

1 Hare Court

1 Hare Court is a leading family law chambers with a particular emphasis on matrimonial and civil partnership finance which benefits from a specialist private dispute resolution practice containing 13 mediators and 11 arbitrators. In recent news, Rebecca Carew-Pole QC and Simon Webster QC took silk in early 2020, further strengthening the set at the top end and bringing the total number of silks in chambers to 14.

Testimonials

Clerks:

‘All clerks are professional, diligent, organised, efficient. They provide a top-class service to supplement the outstanding legal services their barristers provide.’

‘All of the clerks in the Chambers are first class, from Ryan to Steve McCrone. They are pragmatic and helpful.’

‘The best in the business – they really are. They go above and beyond to help on cases.’

‘Daniel Barnett is brilliant – he is the best of all of the family clerks in London! Nothing is too much trouble, he is organized and on top of everything and always does what he says he will.’

‘Excellent clerks’ room led by Steve McCrone and ably supported by his team including Max Brian who is very responsive on providing timely fee estimates and confirming availability of Counsel.’

‘Steve McCrone, Daniel Barnett and Mike Lay offer a first class clerking service.’

‘The clerks’ room is exceptional and available 24/7. They have a full insight in respect of Family Law procedures. Steve Mccrone, Dan Barnett and Mike Lay are always one step ahead when dealing with a solicitor’s needs.’

Set:

‘1 Hare Court are an excellent chambers for matrimonial finance work and for other complex cases and I use a number of their barristers at all levels.’

‘1 Hare Court are one of the leading sets of chambers dealing with financial remedy work in the country.’

‘1 Hare Court are our go to chambers. The strength of barristers they have at both senior and junior levels is unmatched.’

‘1 Hare Court is a brilliant set. They have excellent people from top to bottom. The barristers I work with from this set are approachable and always helpful when last minute emergencies occur.’

‘1 Hare Court is, by a huge margin, the best family law and financial remedy set in the country. It has best silks and juniors and has strength in numbers.’

‘1HC are one of the top family sets around. They are particularly known as being very cerebral, technical lawyers.’

‘1HC’s QC offering is unparalleled with stellar individuals who are questionably leaders in their field.’

‘A great set. I have used them for decades and they never disappoint.’

‘An unrivalled collection of specialist financial remedy barristers with many excellent people to chose from at both senior and junior level.’

‘Great set, especially at the more senior end but also throughout, all round the best set in London. The set I always go to first since it has the sharpest, most talented barristers but also generally best with clients and very professional.’

1 King's Bench Walk

1 King's Bench Walk continues to be at the forefront of matrimonial finance work. In recent chambers news, Christopher Pocock QC and James Roberts QC were elected as new heads of chambers, succeeding Deborah Eaton QC and Philip Marshall QC who step down after 7 years as joint heads. Harry Oliver QC was elevated to silk in early 2020, while Alexander Chandler  has been appointed a Family Recorder; an associate professor of family law at the University of Oxford and tutorial fellow in law at Oriel College, Oxford, Lucinda Ferguson has joined chambers as an associate tenant.

Testimonials

Clerks:

‘A brilliant team of clerks. Mark Betts is always incredibly helpful.’

‘Always available and ever calm. Nicola Cade knows the industry very well indeed.’

‘Chris Gittins is a breath of fresh air and with the rest of the excellent clerking team makes 1KBW a pleasure to work with.’

‘Efficient, proactive and user friendly. Tim and Nicola run an experienced and extremely helpful team.’

They cannot be more helpful especially Nicola Cade (Mark Betts, Chris Gittins and Tim Madden all very helpful, responsive and easy to deal with). All good with court listing and other sets of chambers.’

Mark Betts is the stand out clerk. He is friendly, organised and knows everyone in the industry.’

‘The clerks always go out on a limb to help. They are friendly and the level of service provided is excellent.’

‘The clerks at 1KBW are excellent. They go above and beyond. I feel that they are an extension of my team and will often help me out of a tricky situation (for example if a hearing has been listed at short notice and also on one occasion printing a bundle for me so I could attend a short notice hearing. Faultless.’

Set:

‘1 KBW is a top notch set – with first class barristers at all levels working there.’

‘1 KBW is my ‘go to’ set. The quality of barristers is excellent at every level for all types of work.’

‘1KBW are a go to set for finance cases and child law cases. They have a range of barristers at different levels of call and have an excellent clerking team who are always willing to assist.’

‘1KBW are my go to family set in London and I consider them to be the leading chambers in the country.’

‘1KBW has a wide range of top quality senior and junior barristers. Known for their heavyweight financial work they all have team who can handle any type of children work.’

‘A top set with a particularly strong stable of juniors across all types of family law work.’

‘I have worked with 1KBW for many years now and consider the Chambers to be one of my first points of call when instructing a barrister for hearing.’

‘KBW are absolutely in the top tier for family work, both children and financial.’

‘Simply put, excellent chambers and my go to. High calibre of barristers with excellent experience.’

‘They have consistently excellent, helpful barristers – particularly at the junior end – and deal with the full range of issues from complex financial cases to issues of jurisdiction in children disputes.’

11 New Square

One of the oldest chambers to specialise exclusively in tax law, 11 New Square's members handle both contentious and non-contentious tax matters, including tax planning.

Testimonials

Clerks:

‘Courteous and capable manner. Helpful. Prompt and easy to deal with. The senior clerk provides one with confidence that matters will be handled properly in a business like and transparent manner which is a definite strength to be recommended.’

‘The Clerks are very helpful and proactive in managing client expectations and workflows.’

‘Tom Rook in particular is praiseworthy for his well-organised, highly responsive and client-focused approach.’

Set:

’11 New Square are a leading tax set, including a number of members who are leaders in this field.’

‘Friendly and approachable. Good mix and range of ages and experience providing a depth of confident reliable advisors.’

‘I have always been impressed by their clear thinking. I have some experience of other barristers in the tax field, but none has matched the quality of analysis and presentation that I have found in this set.’

‘I have worked with 11 New Square for 14 years, on various matters. I consider it to be, without doubt, one of the top tax sets. The strength-in-depth of its barristers is virtually unparalleled, and I cannot identify a single occasion in 15 years on which I have felt that I have received anything other than the highest quality advice or case presentation.’

11 South Square

11 South Square is a leading chambers containing 7 Queen’s Counsel and 11 juniors specialising in all areas of intellectual property law.

11KBW

11KBW has strengthened its stable of leading advocates since launch of the 2020 guide. Elizabeth Prochaska, a public lawyer, specialising in education, equality and human rights, has joined the set from Matrix Chambers; public law specialist Cecilia Ivimy has returned to full-time practice; and licensing expert Philip Kolvin QC has joined from Cornerstone Barristers. Strengthening chambers at the senior end, Julian Milford , Aileen McColgan  and Marcus Pilgerstorfer  were all appointed silk in March 2020. Elsewhere, Charles Bourne QC has been appointed a High Court judge, assigned to the Queen’s Bench Division from 1 October 2020. In other new, the set has been appointed the sole chambers on the Bar Standards Board new Tribunal Representation Panel which replaces the regulator’s pro bono prosecution panel.

Testimonials

Clerks:

‘A very good clerking service is always offered.’

‘Tom Street and Christopher Smith are always delightful to deal with. Helpful and professional.’

‘An excellent, proactive and efficient team – Martin Pownall in particular.’

‘Nothing is ever too much trouble and they make an effort to accommodate any requests and to help in any way they can.’

‘Chris Smith provides excellent service and a safe pair of hands.’

‘Everyone in the clerks’ room at 11KBW seems to have the right priorities and to put the interests of lay clients first wherever possible. They are also personable, likable people.’

‘Excellent clerking and head clerk Mark Dann is particularly impressive, commercial, easy to use and to work with.’

Excellent. Single out Mark Dann, head clerk, for being proactive and highly approachable to discuss matters of sensitivity and confidentiality; Harry Gilsom, down-to-earth, responsive clerk, always looking after the client’s interests.’

‘Fantastic – best clerks I work with, and they work very hard to give a good service/bend over backwards to help.’

‘Lee Cutler is a real super star – attentive, accessible and invaluable – regardless of the time of day. One of the best employment law clerks out there.’

‘Lucy Barbet is a consummate, modern and engaging senior clerk.’

‘Mark Dann, in my view, is one of the absolute standout clerks in London. He is excellent and shines head and shoulders above the rest.’

‘The clerking is excellent. It is headed up by the highly approachable Mark Dann and Lucy Barbet, but there is real strength in depth throughout, including the excellent Martin Pownall and Lee Cutler.’

Set:

’11 KBW are rightly considered one of the best sets of Employment Barristers in London. They have a number of QCs who are very impressive.’

’11 KBW are top drawer for public procurement and State aid work, with excellent EU and public law pedigree.’

’11 KBW is, in my view, one of the pre-eminent sets for employment law, with incredible strength in depth and a very impressive focus on employment.’

’11KBW are my chambers of choice. I am yet to be disappointed with their barristers.’

’11KBW are my go to chambers for all education related matters. Their expertise in the field is up there with the best in my opinion. There is always someone available who has relevant experience .’

’11KBW are my “go to” set for employment work. Whilst other sets have particular individuals I use, 11KBW has the greatest strength in depth both in terms of silks and juniors.’

’11KBW are the go to chambers for public law and information law. The strength in depth is unparalleled and I would be confident recommending any barrister at the chambers to clients.’

’11KBW has a number of superb advocates.’

’11KBW is composed of excellent and very nice barristers – committed to their clients, fiercely intelligent and, above all, fair: they play with a straight bat.’

’11KBW is the best public law set. Members are exceptional.’

’11KBW is unquestionably the “go to” data protection set in London. Most of the leading practitioners work from there, which must give them a collective advantage over competing sets. Their barristers are usually found in the ground-breaking cases in this rapidly developing and hotly contested field.’

12 King's Bench Walk

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, 12 King's Bench Walk expanded its alternative dispute resolution services to help its clients bring stage 3, small claim, and fast track personal injury matters to a conclusion when the courts could not. In other news, Steven Snowden QC has been elected chair of the Personal Injuries Bar Association for the next two years, effective from 6 April 2020; clinical negligence specialist Vanessa Cashman  has returned to practice, while personal injury specialist Marcus Dignum QC was appointed silk in March 2020.

Testimonials

Clerks:

‘A very professional and friendly chambers. Oliver Parkhouse who is Director of Clerking is excellent.’

‘Clerking team is very professional. Forward thinking, innovative and have an excellent can do attitude.’

‘Efficient, well-organised, friendly and reliable. A team to trust.’

‘Excellent. The likes of Tristan Whigham and Lexie Johnson lead a highly responsive team who will go out of their way to work with instructing lawyers and assist wherever they can.’

‘George Boggis is always willing to go the extra mile to accommodate needs so far as possible.’

‘Oliver Parkhouse and George Boggis provide excellent client care services.’

‘Oliver Parkhouse has a modern approach and is well known and liked. He has done a lot to modernise 12KBW’s brand and reach.’

‘Graham Johnson is a stalwart, always supportive, helpful and wise in tricky circumstances.’

‘One of the most superb Clerking teams out there – Oliver Parkhouse runs a very impressive outfit.’

‘Outstanding. All the clerks are receptive and really helpful, as you would expect with any leading chambers, but a special “shout out” to Graham Johnson who always goes the extra mile.’

‘The Director of Clerking, Oliver Parkhouse, is absolute class – he understands the business, his client’s needs and he looks after you in a way which is both modern and commercial but also has a touch of tradition about it. Other stand out members of the clerking team with a bright future ahead in clerking are Harry Gamble, Megan Pryde and George Boggis.’

‘The service is always exceptional. Tristan Whigham in particular is a fabulous clerk, very attentive and helpful.’

Set:

’12 KBW are an elite set with a number of excellent barristers.’

’12 KBW have spent the last 20 years assembling a chambers of 1st Class Trial Lawyers especially in the field of PI and Travel Law.’

’12 KBW is a very strong set for Personal Injury/ Insurance related work. They have some very experienced QCs and senior juniors but also younger barristers coming up through the ranks who are showing good promise.’

12 kbw is a very strong set. They have in depth PI counsel. They are at the very top of the game in terms of ID work and PI. The juniors as well as the silks are excellent.’

’12 Kings Bench Walk is the go-to set for asbestos related illness work and has strength from juniors to leaders. It offers bespoke support to the Claimant asbestos related illness field.’

’12KBW cover the whole range of catastrophic injury work, with the highest concentration of market leading barristers in this field.’

‘A very strong set which benefits from handling both claimant and defendant work so opinions are measured whilst retaining passion for whichever cause they are fighting.’

‘Chambers is at the forefront of issues of Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) and has a wealth of experience in their junior Counsel.’

‘I primarily use 12 KBW because they provide such a good service. I rate them at the top of the market for defendant personal injury large loss/catastrophic injury work. The set has never let me down.’

‘I have worked with 12 KBW for approx 20 years, the last 3 years primarily with the International and Travel practice group. The breadth of knowledge in this area is second to none with a large pool of juniors and seniors to assist whether that be a fast track, multi track of large loss/complex claim.’

12 Old Square

Common law set with expertise in immigration, family, crime, and employment law, 12 Old Square has grown since the 2020 guide, thanks to the arrival of Remi Adewale from Great James Street Chambers, dual qualified in England and Scotland Kenneth McGuire, as well as Robert Leitch and Mansoor Fazli.

Testimonials

Clerks:

‘Clerks are really helpful and on time.’

‘The clerks are helpful and friendly.’

‘The clerks’ room at 12 Old Square is extremely friendly and approachable with a can-do attitude. The ethos in the clerks’ room is always excellent and they are a group of real problem solvers. In particular, we recommend Ishaq who is a tireless warrior in the clerks’ room there! He goes over and above to provide exceptional service and is available all hours of every day almost. His work does not stop when he leaves Chambers for the day. He is on call at all times like any top clerk is. Lloyd, the Head clerk also comes highly recommended for his professional and capable attitude to solicitors’ concerns and problems. He consistently makes himself available and will act courteously and with an attitude which endears him to us solicitors.’

Set:

’12 Old Square is a fantastic Chambers which is well respected, particularly within the field of immigration. The set has produced some top-quality barristers over the years. Having been established for more than 50 years it has weathered the storms of the profession which many other sets, even commercial sets, have been unable to.’

’12 Old Square is respected amongst firms for its diversity and its friendly approach. The set will always find a solution even to the most intractable of problems. We have held a long and deep relationship with 12 Old Square and instruct many of their barristers for the high class work they produce and the well respected representation which they provide to our clients. The set consistently punches above its weight, especially against some of the bigger immigration sets. A quick look at many of the key immigration decisions of recent years in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court will show you that 12 Old Square are consistently there at the top.’

‘The Chambers is very approachable and has a laid back but professional approach to all their affairs. The Chambers is not just a set which we instruct but a place where we have formed lasting friendships and mutual respect with their members and clerks down the years.’

Fourteen

Fourteen is a specialist family law set with particular strength in children law matters. In recent news, Ronan O’Donovan  and Michael Glaser QC have been elected joint heads of chambers.    

Testimonials

Clerks:

A good team. Regular communication and will always go the extra mile to find you suitable Counsel.

All the clerks are friendly and approachable and offer a very efficient service.

Always available, friendly/polite and very prompt in coming back.

I find the clerks friendly and efficient.

I have found that the clerks will go above and beyond to assist even if their set does not have Counsel available. The communication with the clerks and the service offered by them is impressive.

James Mitchell and Joe Lamb are both excellent.

Joe Lamb – very efficient.

The clerks are always helpful and try hard to find counsel to help. I feel our mutual clients are always at the forefront of their minds. Joseph Lamb is particularly helpful and knowledgeable. He always knows who will be best for the job at hand.

James Mitchell always goes the extra mile – he will resolve any problem.

The clerks are excellent. They go above and beyond to be helpful.

The clerks are exceptional at Fourteen and are ahead of their competitors. Every case that is sent to Fourteen feels valued. I know my clients will be well looked after.

The clerks are exceptionally helpful and always courteous. They respond when they say they will and often go the extra mile by doing so out of typical office hours.

The clerks are helpful and friendly, and always available. Joe Lamb and James Mitchell are particularly impressive.

The support team and clerks are brilliant. Always happy to help and easy to deal with.

Very good response times – will always offer you alternative counsel if preferred counsel is not available – and will continually review situation in case counsel does become available.

Accessible and willing to be flexible with the availability of counsel.

An excellent clerking team Fourteen is strong at all levels. Skilfully led by the formidable Michael Glaser this is a set populated by likeable, approachable and talented practitioners – particular at the junior end. Chris Stevenson stands out amongst children practitioners as technically strong with a fine reputation amongst judges.

As barristers chambers become more corporate, there is a softer more human feel to Fourteen that I and my clients like.

Clerks are also helpful, and available, and easy to talk to. Some of the best clerks we deal with.

Set:

Fourteen are a fantastic Chambers, and usually my very first call when looking to instruct counsel. There is an excellent variety of very strong barristers and fantastic up and coming young juniors. They are value for money in private instructions, and go above and beyond when instructed. They are always aware of the latest law and trends and we often ask them to come to our firm for seminars and legal updates which never disappoint.

Fourteen are a very strong set and one that we regularly instruct for financial work. The junior barristers are particularly impressive in comparison to other family law chambers, with a wide range of skills and approaches and capable advocates at every call.

Fourteen are an excellent set. I would not hesitate to recommend them to others. They have a high number of members of equally standing and strength and always offer an equally good alternative if your first choice is not available. They have recently delivered a training programme in our office which was excellent.

Fourteen chambers is known to have barristers who are competitively competent in their legal knowledge and presentation. They are well regarded within the family law environment and commands respect from those around them.

Fourteen have been my go to chambers for years. The chambers have outstanding depth of barristers available, even on short notice, and all barristers are very experienced and have the right expertise.

I have instructed Fourteen for Family work for over 2 decades; they are my chambers to go to. They have an extremely talented team of family Barristers who secure good outcomes at a reasonable price. They are also flexible on deemed fees.

The training programmes are excellent. We had one a few weeks ago which was informative, and done via Teams. It was great for team morale.

15 New Bridge Street

15 New Bridge Street has been strengthened following the arrival of Tana Adkin QC and Annabel Gough from Charter Chambers. Also in news of note for the crime set, Martin Rutherford QC conducted the first ever Cayman Islands High Court trial virtually, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and Mathew Turner has been appointed a Recorder, sitting on the Western Circuit.

Testimonials

Clerks:

‘Clerks room is fantastic – they work as a great team. The particular star is Joe Wheeler, a bright unassuming person with fantastic interpersonal skills. Certainly solicitors’ favourite. Does his job with ease.’

‘Excellent service from the clerks, in particular Tom Parker and Joe Wheeler.’

‘Glenn Matthews is a fantastic senior clerk with a calm and friendly approach. Glenn is a fair and well balanced senior clerk.’

‘I cannot fault the service provided by the clerks. Tom Parker is my point of call there, and has always been extremely helpful, going out of his way in order to accommodate requests I may have. He is efficient and has never let me down.’

Joe Wheeler is a fantastic clerk and true gem who is respected by his contemporaries, solicitors and barristers. Joe’s communication skills put you at ease that work will be covered and deadlines met.’

‘The clerks’ room is incredibly professional. Glenn Matthews is a fantastic senior clerk who is immensely hard working and completely reliable. Chambers administrator, Sue Wright is the most organised person I know, incredibly efficient and no task is too much for her. They are a great team with real enthusiasm for providing a top class service to both professional and lay clients.’

‘The service is second to none and we feel largely down to the work put in by Senior Clerk, Glenn Matthews. He has brought with him a real sense of tact, a measured approach to any problem and a keen eye to ensure that each matter progresses smoothly and as it should.’

‘User friendly, in-depth knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of their members. Will do all they can to make you feel that your work takes precedent. All three Clerks are easily approachable.’

‘Joe Wheeler is an amazing Clerk, often described as Solicitor’s favourite clerk. Everything is done with ease and you can always have confidence if he accepts instructions, he will fulfil his commitment to your firm and ensure cover is found.’

Set:

’15 NBS are an excellent set with a cross section of very experienced counsel who are comfortable in dealing with general crime and complex crime.’

15 NBS Chambers is a fantastic set. My first choice due to their expertise and general approach to solicitors and clients alike. All are great to work with!’

’15 NBS Chambers is a great set. The size is perfect for all members to interact and support one another to the benefit of their instructing solicitor.’

’15 NBS is an excellent set with very experienced counsel , the chambers have a “can do” attitude.’

’15 NBS is an impressive set with a number of star performers in its ranks.’

’15 New Bridge Street Chambers offer great calibre Counsel resulting in seasoned advocates but also team players.’

‘A great set with a balance of senior and junior counsel that are geared to supporting solicitors’ needs.’

‘A really good set up, created a calm environment which made it easy to conduct business. There was the availability of support when or if required.’

‘Good chambers. Friendly, approachable and got a range of good quality barristers of all levels of call.’

‘The barristers in 15NBS are refreshingly friendly, approachable and down-to-earth in all their dealings.’

‘We have been instructing 15 NBS Chambers for many years. They have experienced, in depth, hard working counsels who will fight for our clients.’

187 Fleet Street Chambers

187 Fleet Street Chambers specialises in general crime and fraud work. The set has been strengthened following the arrival of five former members of Charter Chambers: Nicholas Rhodes QC, Mark Tomassi, Sean Kivdeh, Andreas O’Shea, and Jason Cross. In other news, James Onalaja  has been admitted to list of specialist counsel at the new International Criminal Tribunal for Kosovo and elected to the International Criminal Court Bar Association Amicus and Training Committees.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Clerks always provide an excellent, professional service. Head clerk, John Pyne, will always go the extra mile to ensure counsel are available for hearings.

Clerks provide an excellent and professional service. Head clerk, John Pyne, never lets you down.

Clerk’s room is excellent; I have had outstanding service though-out, in particular from Senior Clerk John Payne, who in my experience has been charming, efficient, reliable and helpful. He is one of the best, and certainly one of the friendliest Senior Clerks around.

John Pyne (senior clerk) is up there with the best. He is friendly and always at the end of the phone.

John Pyne is straight and reliable and one of my preferred clerks.

John Pyne is a brilliant clerk who is always available to assist in finding a barrister even when you have to instruct someone at the last minute.

Steve Parr is an able and ambitious 1st junior clerk.

Supportive clerks who always ensure that they provide suitable counsel, often at short notice and on occasions where private funding needs to be discussed, they are very realistic and reasonable in the fees they quote. There are out of office contacts should an emergency arise.

The clerks are always efficient and approachable, and always ready to problem solve for their professional clients.

The clerks are always friendly and helpful. The senior clerk, John Pyne, is very easy to deal with and always keen to help.

The clerks are invaluable and always helpful. If its possible to juggle diaries around they will to adapt to listing changes.

Set:

187 Fleet Street has many barristers who are extremely able criminal barristers.

187 Fleet Street is a leading set of chambers with many highly skilled and experienced advocates who are instructed by both defence solicitors and prosecuting agencies. Their members combine first class legal knowledge with formidable courtroom advocacy. They always provide effective handling and management of complex cases and sensitive issues.

187 Fleet Street is an excellent all-round set of Chambers which specialises in high quality advocacy in all tax and criminal cases.

187 Fleet Street is an excellent set of chambers with a number of highly respected practitioners who are leaders in their field. They are able to offer expertise across the full spectrum of general crime and financial crime. Professional clients speak highly of the service that they receive from the set.

187 is a traditional criminal set. The membership has strength in depth and can provide a comprehensive service from the Magistrates’ Court to the Supreme Court.

Chambers has a depth of talent at all levels and a healthy balance of defence, prosecution, regulatory and tax work.

Members of 187 Fleet Street are known for being friendly and approachable. It is an excellent set at which to undergo pupillage, with no sense of tenants looking down on pupils.

The set is very accommodating and always make every effort to have instructed counsel available.

1GC | Family Law

1GC | Family Law has been strengthened this year following the arrival of specialist children practitioner and deputy district judge Tahmina Rahman from Four Brick Court. Meanwhile, Malcolm Chisholm  has been appointed to a part-time post as a nominated judge of the Court of Protection, and Nkumbe Ekaney QC and Andrew Norton QC have been elected the new Joint Heads of Chambers, succeeding Janet Bazley QC  and Charles Geekie QC following the end of their tenures. In the clerks' room, Jordon King has joined from Pump Court Chambers.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Every member of the clerking team at 1GC family Law strives to work together to offer a first class service to clients.

Friendly and approachable clerks room. Good commercial awareness but equally very personable. Paul Harris leads by example and is hard working and honest. Harry Smith and Sam Ditchman are an absolute delight to work with.

Paul Harris and David McDonald in the clerks’ room are very experienced clerks who are extremely user-friendly and could not be more helpful or willing to assist.

Paul Harris is great – as well as being extremely personable you get the impression that he runs a very well organised team of good individuals who know what they are doing and go out of their way to help. David McDonald is very good too in terms of being helpful and reactive to issues.

Paul heads up a fantastic team of clerks. Friendly, efficient and down to earth. They are an absolute pleasure to deal with.

The clerks are always incredibly efficient. I would single out Tiffany Daniels for mention as she is always very on the ball and incredibly helpful, but the whole team is first-class.

The clerks are in my view the best in London. Paul Harris as head clerk and Sam Ditchman, who is my “go to” clerk. Flexible, hard-working, fun to work with, accommodating, commercial.

The clerks of 1GC are particularly helpful, attentive, and always on hand to support.

The senior clerk, Paul Harris, really knows the market and the system, and works very hard to great effect.

The service provided by Paul Harris and David McDonald is excellent. They are always willing to go the extra mile to make sure that a suitable barrister is available.

There is not another senior clerk in the family bar whose judgement I trust in barrister selection more than Paul Harris.

They are on the ball, quick to deliver, efficient and charming. Love the new office. Paul Harris always understands what is needed and always tries hard to deliver – they are a well run set.

Set:

1GC are a top-end set, very efficient, well organised and with first-rate facilities.

1GC are a super strong set. They offer a great lecture program which showcases their talent and is great for client solicitors to learn and network.

1GC are my ‘go to’ set for children cases. They have a great range of barristers who are excellent advocates and equally excellent with the client.

1GC are renowned for their children work, you know when you instruct them that, whoever you instruct, the case will be thoroughly prepared and the client well represented.

1GC are very much one of the best sets for private law children work and they have a wide range of talented barristers from senior silks to new tenants.

1GC Family Law is the top London set for children law. They are an incredibly strong team with no weak links. You know you are in good hands with any barrister in Chambers. The clerks are friendly, expedient, helpful and honest.

1GC is an excellent chambers; its range in both experience and areas of expertise means that there is always someone available to assist.

Extremely strong team with a personality fit for every client. Achieve great results and a pleasure to work with.

Their training programmes are excellent and they have been particularly good at providing online training sessions during the pandemic and lock down.

The chambers are a strong family set – one of the most highly regarded – with very experienced senior silks and good mid range juniors.

We often instruct barristers from 1GC and find that each of the barristers we have worked with have been brilliant and the clerks are extremely helpful. The chambers as a whole is very approachable and we will of course continue to work with them in the future.

1MCB

Common law set 1MCB has expertise across a broad spectrum of areas, notably in immigration and criminal law. Dangerous dogs and animal welfare matters are a niche area of instruction for members.

Testimonials

Clerks:

‘Excellent. My main dealings are with Adam Brosnan who will always discuss the diary with you, always return your calls and always respond to your emails.’

‘Good service, helpful in respect of finding cover and costs.’

‘I am impressed that they are willing to assist with cases, especially those that may be out of London.’

‘Adam Brosnan is a very reliable and efficient senior clerk.’

‘Mike Alexander and Tim Markham are the main points of call and always willing to assist. Both are diligent and on top of keeping the diary in order and making sure that papers are prepared and in order.’

‘The clerks are very good and respond to us promptly.’

‘The clerks’ room are helpful and try to assist even if they do not have capacity by making inquires of other chambers. They are friendly, professional and accommodating.’

‘The Criminal aspect of chambers is superbly led by Adam Brosnan, the chief clerk. He knows his barristers’ strengths and has often recommended counsel for cases who have been the perfect fit. The clerking team will always go out of their way to provide assistance, including at late notice and unsocial hours, and I can always be sure that they will do their very best to help me whenever I turn to them.’

Set:

‘As a solicitor I have instructed 1MCB for many years. They are an excellent set. Notwithstanding the fact that they have very few Silks – they have a reputation for being a tough set of  “fighters”.’

‘Good solid criminal set with helpful clerking.’

‘I have instructed 1MCB chambers for many years and they have handled cases of the most serious nature for me including murders, firearms, conspiracies, kidnapping, drugs and sexual offences. Chambers has a fantastic depth of experience within its Counsel and even if preferred Counsel is unavailable there is invariably a more than suitable alternative to take the case on.’

‘I regularly instruct 1MCB. I instruct several barristers from the chambers and they are all of high quality.’

2 Bedford Row

2 Bedford Row specialises in criminal, fraud, health and safety, regulatory, and sports law. In recent news, Stan Reiz QC and Samuel Magee QC took silk in March 2020. Strengthening the set at the junior end, Sasha Bailey and Ashley Hendron have joined from 187 Fleet Street Chambers and Carmelite Chambers respectively. Also of note, Chris Saad has been appointed as a chair of the Safeguarding and Protection Committee by the Lawn Tennis Association.

Testimonials

Clerks:

All the clerks are very helpful and have never failed to assist me when I have had to instruct counsel at the last minute.

All the clerks are very professional. John Grimmer in particular understands what solicitors require and always ensures those requirements are met.

Clerks are very professional with an excellent team spirit and as a client I feel valued and always looked after in terms of communication and updates.

Due to our longstanding relationship with Chambers we have built an excellent working relationship with the Clerks.

I deal directly with John Grimmer. A real gentleman who shepherds his barristers expertly. He is incredibly easy to deal with, pragmatic, flexible and always provides excellent advice.

Paul is efficient in dealing with queries and issues that have come up. He is also willing to go beyond his “clerk centered” duties to assist us.

The clerks are really helpful and efficient. Paul Rodgers is one of the best in London.

Set:

2 Bedford Row are now real heavy weights in all areas of regulatory crime. The set houses a number of barristers who are not only good technical lawyers but are also brilliant advocates.

2 Bedford Row is a good all round set delivering a high calibre service in Crime, Fraud and Regulatory matters.

2 Bedford Row is one of the best chambers out there. They are a dream to work with from a practitioners point of view. Very able and very dedicated in providing a first class service.

2 Bedford Row is one of the leading Crime sets and have always provided a very effective service to solicitors and their clients.

2 Bedford Row is one of the leading sets in the country for criminal regulatory work (including health and safety). Their Counsel are excellent, and Chambers has real strength in depth.

One of the best, if not the best, sets in the country in the fields of crime, business investigations and corporate governance, inquiry and inquest work, regulatory work and health and safety work.

The best criminal/fraud set in London/South East. Tremendous strength in depth where only the highest standards are accepted and where a very strong work ethic is engendered from start of pupillage.

2 Hare Court

Over the last 12 months, crime and regulatory set 2 Hare Court has seen Leon Kazakos QC and Mark Graffius QC appointed Queen's Counsel, while Kate Blackwell QC has joined as a full members while also retaining her tenancy at Lincoln House Chambers, Manchester. Strengthening the junior end, Iain Daniels  and Rebecca Erkan-Bax  have also joined the set from Ely Place Chambers and 4 Breams Buildings respectively. Also of note, Michael Rawlinson  has been appointed a part-time, Employment Judge, deployed to the North Eastern Circuit; Sarah Przybylska  and Julia Faure Walker  have been appointed Treasury Counsel by the Attorney General

Testimonials

Clerks:

2 Hare Court provide an overall excellent and efficient service and clerks room.

All clerks are excellent, Ben Heaviside and Julian being the most senior who are both excellent. From the moment you walk in to chambers you are very well looked after.

Efficient, friendly and helpful at all times. They understand the needs of Instructing Solicitors in particularly identifying suitable Counsel for specific cases and assisting with listings etc. as required.

Julian Campbell and Ben Heaviside run a very smooth and professional operation. They really know their market.

Julian Campbell goes that extra mile to advise and arrange everything that he can to make the clients life easier. He has an excellent communication style and is very quick at responding

Julian Campbell is an excellent leader of a strong team, which always knows and reacts to the needs of its members and clients.

The clerks again remain the best. They are approachable and friendly and sort problems out before you even know they existed.

The clerks are very responsive and try their hardest to accommodate any requests. They are one of the best clerking teams from senior to the most junior clerks.

The service offered is always professional and personal at the same time. Ben Heaviside and Chloe Skingsley are approachable, passionate about their work and always go above and beyond.

The service provided by the clerks room is always extremely good. Especially from Ben and Julian. They know the business inside out, understand the market and are extremely trustworthy.

Set:

2 Hare Court is a well established prosecuting set. Respected and professional in the field of high profile cases at the top end of all types of crime.

2 Hare Court are a highly professional set. They are a “go to” set for serious and complex criminal matters. They have an array of hugely talented Counsel.

2 Hare Court are an exceptional set and the leaders in the field. There is not a barrister in the set who is not a leader in their field and therefore you can rely upon them for the best service on every occasion. A set of top notch barristers.

They provide an excellent regular written update of relevant case law and very good training talks on request.

2 Hare Court has firmly established itself as a leading set in the regulatory space, in particular for health and safety work. The set is committed to delivering an annual training programme to clients. Counsel are instructed in many of the leading cases.

An excellent set covering all aspects of crime with the appropriate levels of seniority.

Chambers have demonstrated their ability to provide counsel in a range of cases across the country. Every barrister instructed has a meticulous approach and provides thorough and detailed advice at every stage of a case. Counsel are all highly professional and skilled.

2 Temple Gardens

As a set, 2 Temple Gardens is particularly strong in travel, clinical negligence,  and personal injury law, although its expertise extends beyond these core areas. In recent news, Helen Bell  has been appointed a Deputy District Judge on the South Eastern Circuit. Along with Anna Hughes  , Bell has also been chosen as members of the Bar Council’s inaugural Leadership Programme.

Testimonials

Clerks:

2TG has an excellent team of knowledgeable clerks – led by Lee Tyler (who is outstanding and very well respected by clients).

2TG is an extremely professional, friendly and efficient chambers. Clerks are always on hand to assist particularly in high pressure situations. Oliver Gillen-Smith and Leanne Taylor stand out amongst a very good team.

Absolutely top notch! Has been particularly good at responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Always helpful and cooperative. Paul Cray in particular is responsive and charming.

By virtue of chambers’ longstanding experience and up-to-date training, the clerks have an excellent understanding of the specialist nature of this practice area and the particular skills and expertise which clients require.

Excellent – always prompt in responding and they work hard to show you that they value the work. Lee Tyler is a flawless clerk; charismatic and sincere.

Faultless service from the clerks. Leanne Taylor also delightful to deal with.

Great team of clerks at 2 Temple Gardens. Lee Tyler will always go the extra mile to assist clients.

I have always found the clerks’ room very efficient. Lee Tyler, the senior clerk, is very highly regarded, liked and respected around the Bar and among solicitors.

Matt Moylan and the clerks are great at developing relationships and being commercial.

Ollie Gillen-Smith deserves special mention for going above and beyond and is always a pleasure to speak to.

The clerks are excellent, and are very flexible with accommodating specific requests. Lee Tyler and Paul Cray are really fantastic.

The clerks provide a flexible and professional service. Matt Moylan is the clerk who has particular responsibility for the 2TG Sports team. He is responsive and efficient and has excellent knowledge of the sector.

Very responsive and accommodating; I have mostly dealt with Lee Tyler, Billy Hammonds and Matthew Moylan and it has been a pleasure throughout.

Set:

2 Temple Gardens are probably my first choice now for advice, with a numbers of excellent barristers at all levels.

2 Temple Gardens has a particularly high reputation in clinical negligence, as well as more widely in professional negligence, property damage and other insurance-backed fields. They are able to supply capable barristers at all levels of call in their specialist fields. They have very good general visibility and a high reputation in the market; they also produce regular seminars and practitioner articles of high quality.

2 Temple Gardens has real strength-in-depth for personal injury, with very experienced counsel at all levels.

2 Temple Gardens is one of my favourite chambers. Clerks are smart and make you feel valuable to them; they are also very quick to respond. They offer free high quality seminars.

One of its strengths in relation to product liability claims is its extensive expertise in property damage and conflict of laws cases.

2 Temple Gardens tend to have a reputation for acting mostly for Defendants in product liability cases, however this is starting to change. As a set they offer well respected training in this area. They are always at the cutting edge of product liability cases.

2 Temple Gardens has an extremely strong civil fraud team, with experience at all levels. Counsel are always available to advise swiftly and decisively on difficult fraud issues.

2 Temple Gardens have a good and wide personal injury team. They have competent and experienced barristers at all levels and I have always been impressed with any “stand ins”. They run a number of training programmes – particularly recently, amid the Covid-19 pandemic, they have been very prompt to introduce

2 Temple Gardens have an exceptional travel team. I consider them my “go to” set for any work involving cross border/jurisdictional issues. They have real knowledge and strength in depth in this area and are market leaders.

2 Temple Gardens is a first class set with great strength in depth and some outstanding individuals. It has a strong track record of recruiting highly talented individuals at the junior end. it has a market-leading programme of client seminars and webinars.

2 Temple Gardens professional negligence practitioners have a formidable reputation for handling high-value, cutting edge and sensitive professional negligence cases across a wide range of professions. It is particularly strong in TCC claims, but also in relation to disputes concerning solicitors and barristers; insurance and financial services; and surveyors and valuers.

An excellent and very friendly set. They also embrace less traditional ways of working which helps greatly; for instance I have never been asked for paper copies of instructions, and come lockdown, they immediately put on short and highly relevant training sessions by video-link.

Normanton Chambers

Normanton Chambers is active in areas such as banking and finance, charities, clinical negligence, cost, insolvency, and insurance, among others.

23ES

London and Manchester-based 23ES has recently moved from its London home of Essex Street to 1 Gray’s Inn Square. 23ES has also announced the launch of a Small Claims Arbitration Service to resolve disputes with a value below £10,000, as well as a new Online Arbitration and Online Mediation Service. In other chambers news, Ahmed Hossain  took silk and Alan Blake, formerly of Thames and Chiltern CPS, joins chambers as of 26 October 2020; Blake, along with Alan Gardner , Daniel Fugallo , and Hannah Kinch  have been appointed Recorders with effect from 12 October 2020, all being assigned to the South Eastern Circuit. Mark Fenhalls QC has been elected vice-chair of the Bar 2021, with Kate Lumsdon QC appointed deputy head of chambers; Flora Page  has been appointed to the Legal Services Board for a four year term with effect from 1 August 2020; Paul Ozin QC has been elected the new chair of the Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Wayne King is a highly dedicated and motivated clerk who has breathed a new life and strength into 23ES since his arrival. The ethos of chambers is impressive as is the attention to the career paths of individual counsel – which has doubtless helped to attract some of the talented newer members.

Wayne King has a very clear vision for chambers and I have no doubt he will achieve it. He recognises the importance of engaging with counsel, working with them to improve and establish connections and career pathways.

Adam Chapman is the supremo of the clerks’ room and can handle anything the criminal justice system throws at him.

Sean Hulston and Kevin Ambridge in Manchester provide a service that goes above and beyond that provided by many other sets. If you need a hearing covering at short notice they will take that stress from you, sort out the cover and then let you know. For a very busy criminal defence firm this is a most reassuring and time saving service. The clerks are approachable and reliable.

Sean Hulston is an exceptional clerk who is always willing to go out of his way to make sure counsel’s dairies run smoothly. Mr Hulston’s communication skills are priceless and this allows instructing solicitors to manage client’s expectations accordingly if required.

Sean Hulston is the senior clerk of the Manchester Annex Chambers. The service provided by the clerks is excellent. They are pro-active in dealing with cases and assist at short notice when required. This takes a serious amount of stress away from the instructing solicitor.

The clerking team is always helpful when you contact them either by telephone or email. Colin Perrin is a particularly helpful clerk. He responds quickly and will re-arrange diaries where he can to assist all parties involved. Nothing is ever too much trouble and I have always managed to book counsel with no issues.

Colin Perrin is an excellent clerk, always available and willing to help; a credit to the barristers he assists and his chambers.

The clerks room is excellent and has striven and succeeded in maintaining an excellent service during the Covid crisis. Adam Chapman is an impressive clerk who is well respected by members of chambers and clients alike.

The clerks’ room is great. Headed by Wayne King, Adam Chapman and Jack Shah are particularly good. They are responsive and efficient.

The clerks are very responsive. They are at the forefront with their training offering. They are gaining a strong reputation in Manchester, notwithstanding they are a relatively new entrant.

Set:

23 Essex Street are a chambers who pride themselves in the integrity and professionalism of all of their members. An impressive set with an array of excellent barristers. Leading Members are regularly instructed to prosecute and defend in some of the highest profile cases at any one time.

23 Essex Street Chambers is a set that I have used extensively in respect of fraud, money laundering and confiscation cases. They have a good depth of very capable barristers in these areas.

23 Essex Street has a good calibre of barristers, which means there is always someone to instruct. The clerking team are also approachable, encourage a rapport to build relationships and will assist where they can.

23 Essex Street possesses barristers of the highest calibre, who both prosecute and defend the most serious of criminals matters. They have a reputation for excellence that is founded in fairness and hard work.

As a solicitor I have found dealing with the chambers so easy. No hassles. Attendance notes always arrive quickly, communication is excellent and any problem is resolves quickly. They are a chambers you can rely on. A depth of barristers of all years of call.

Each member of the set who I have engaged has demonstrated real expertise as would be expected but with a down to earth approach. This is a really great set.

I would perhaps say this, but 23 Essex Street houses some absolutely top quality briefs.

Since instructing 23 Essex Street we have been impressed at their strength in depth but also the approachability of both the advocates themselves and the clerking staff. We have also been provided with the opportunity to engage in training programmes provided, without cost, by chambers.

The Chambers are an experienced set, particularly in the area of contentious probate. I have instructed a few Counsel in this Chambers and they are knowledgeable in what they do. We have been to a few lectures which they have put on which were informative and useful.

The commercial arm of Chambers is situated in Manchester but still offers national coverage, making it a one stop shop for all matters rating related. The Clerks are personable and knowledgeable, ensuring that Counsel has all the required papers and is in the right place at the right time. The team make it quick and easy to find out who is available to attend any particular hearing at any venue on a given date with an ability to suggest alternatives where appropriate. An all round stellar outfit.

The set has gone from strength to strength in Manchester with some really good additions to chambers. The members can be trusted to look after your clients and provide a great service to those instructing them. If it is that a particular barrister that you wish to instruct is not available then you can be guaranteed to be offer somebody of equal or more senior call.

25 Bedford Row

25 Bedford Row is a leading crime and regulatory set with a stellar reputation. In recent news, Melanie Simpson QC has been appointed Queen’s Counsel and Warwick Aleeson has joined chambers from 187 Fleet Street. Also of note, Jo Sidhu QC has been elected vice-chair of the Criminal Bar Association, effective from 1 September 2020; Dermot Keating has been appointed senior chair of the Health Service Products (Pricing, Cost Control and Information) Appeals Tribunal.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Emma Makepeace is an incredible, tenacious and exceptional force in chambers. Alfie Lee is exceptional.

Guy Williams, Alfie Lee and Emma Makepeace head up the clerks’ room with great efficiency and skill and are always approachable, understanding and accommodating to the needs of their lay and professional clients.

Guy Williams, Emma Makepeace and Alfie Lee are a class clerking act. The clerks room is friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. They are a real credit to chambers and I consider the clerks team to be on a par with the best clerks in London.

Outstanding. What makes the clerks’ room work so well at 25BR is the division of labour between Guy Williams, Emma Makepeace and Alfie Lee – they are all excellent, and have attributes which complement each other very successfully.

Alfie Lee is particularly impressive in the manner in which he assist in the day-to-day running of chambers and in the management and development of client relationships. He is extremely reliable and goes that extra mile should the need ever arise.

The clerking team, led by Guy Williams is second to none. All of the clerks go out of there way to ensure that instructing chambers is smooth and goes without issue. The ‘out of hours service’ provided is also exceptional and a member of the clerking teams can be contacted 24/7 in the event of an emergency.

The clerks are completely on the ball. They simply understand what a solicitor wants from a set of chambers. They guarantee exceptional service in terms of the Counsel that they are able to offer, and the service that they, as a Chambers, should offer over and above that. Alfie Lee is a superstar clerk in the making.

The clerks offer an excellent service and when issues do arise the contact is timely and realistic with a solution to the problem already on hand. Very impressive clerking team.

The clerks room are the backbone of chambers. They are without doubt second-to-none. They never let you down, are always your back-up. I would be lost without them. Alfie Lee is definitely a rising star.

Guy Williams is the consummate professional, always willing to assist and commands the utmost respect.

Set:

25 Bedford Row are a superb set with a range of barristers equipped to deal with the most complex fraud and serious crime cases.

25 Bedford Row are, in my humble opinion, the best criminal set in London. They have an amazing array of barristers, all of whom are of the highest standard. You are guaranteed excellent client service and legal representation if you instruct 25 Bedford row.

25 Bedford Row from top to bottom has talented counsel. They are committed to the highest standards of professionalism and fearless in representing those who are accused of wrongdoing in a criminal or regulatory environment.

25 Bedford Row is the number one criminal set. Their breadth of know knowledge, expertise and skill is undeniably untouchable by any other set in the country.

25 Bedford Row remain my prime set of chambers. The set comprises counsel with vast talent yet all are approachable and give 100% to every case. They are active in wider legal debate, provide an excellent training programme for solicitors and have real quality throughout.

25 Bedford Row’s strength in depth, quality and expertise is second-to-none. They are unreservedly the number one criminal set in the country.

Chambers have demonstrated their ability to provide counsel in a range of cases across the country. Every barrister instructed has a meticulous approach and provides thorough and detailed advice at every stage of a case. Counsel are all highly professional and skilled.

In my opinion, they are unrivalled as a Criminal Defence set of chambers. From pupils to QCs, the standard is very high. A testament to chambers.

It is a confident, well run set with many excellent barristers. The clerks are available and easy to communicate with.

29 Bedford Row Chambers

One of the premier sets for matrimonial work in London, 29 Bedford Row Chambers added to its silk ranks with Peter Mitchell QC who was elevated to Queen's Counsel in March 2020. Meanwhile, in recent news, Robert Peel QC was appointed to the High Court, effective from 6 October 2020.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Brilliant clerking. They are all outstanding. Exceptionally organised. They coped very well with the effects of Covid-19. The clerks were able to ensure that the courts and the instructing lawyers were able to deal with the technology for remote hearings by planning ahead.

Clerks are always willing to have a discussion about fees and be fair and reasonable. They are well mannered, down to earth and willing to go that extra mile to help.

Excellent clerking throughout and very helpful in dealing directly with the courts when needed.

I always have great service from the clerks. They are extremely responsive and efficient. Nothing ever seems to much for them.

Incredibly helpful, understanding on fees, very approachable and professional. They help set the culture of the Chambers which is one of professionalism and warmth.

James Shortall is amongst the strongest Head clerks. Very responsive. Highly personable. Reliable. A pleasure to deal with.

The clerks are brilliant. Particularly James Shorthall, Julie Holcombe, Ben Cross and Jamie Critchell.

The clerks are excellent, especially Julie Holcombe. They will always accommodate my needs and are willing to do all they can to help clients if necessary.

The clerks are friendly and accessible and listen to concerns on costs and any particular client needs. They work with you as a team to find the right barrister for the case at the right price.

The clerks at 29 Bedford Row are excellent. They are friendly, prompt to deal with enquiries and always clear about fees and availability. They are a pleasure to deal with.

The clerks room is second to none. Professional, slick, with a proper eye on business development. 29BR clerks are stand out in terms of availability, approachability, and work ethic

Wonderful clerks. James Shorthall in particular is brilliant. Always goes the extra mile to help the firm and for us to connect with Counsel.

Set:

29 Bedford Row are a first class set for matrimonial cases, you know your case is in safe hands with this Chambers.

29 Bedford Row is excellent all round for private financial remedy and children work. They have huge strength in depth and Counsel available to suit every client, case and price point.

29 BR remain one of the leading sets with exceptional experience/talent across the board.

A superb scope of quality, experienced counsel from the juniors to the head of Chambers. A very professional and personable set. My first choice.

Chambers are extremely personable and have a breadth of experience from their barristers. The clerking team will always try and assist their instructing solicitors where they can and have proven to excel in these Covid-19 times. They have been beyond superb in supporting us.

The go to set for financial remedy on divorce. A slick performance and service at every stage of the process. Very impressed with them taking full advantage of their technology and offering remote webinars on important subjects so early during lockdown.

The set has both strength and depth for the entire range of family law work. They are right up there with the very small number of truly top flight family law sets.

They are without question one of the leading family law sets in the country. They have a number of excellent barristers and really helpful and approachable clerks.

They have some real stars of the future coming through at the junior end. The chambers remain dynamic and the ones which others look to in terms of planning for the future.

This is an excellent set, from top to bottom. They have experts who are at the top of their game and competitive fees too.

3 Hare Court

3 Hare Court offers expertise across a range of areas including travel, personal injury, and offshore matters. Chambers has been strengthened following the arrival of Malcolm Bishop QC, William Evans, and Richard Bottomley from Ely Place Chambers, while Christopher Loxton has joined from 4KBW.  

Testimonials

Clerks:

Excellent clerks – particularly Toby Eales and James Donovan who are extremely helpful and try to be extremely accommodating.

James Donovan, senior clerk, has always been particularly impressive and accommodating in terms of recognition of need, knowledge of progress of the matters, urgency of response and follow-up.

I have found the clerks very proactive, helpful and knowledgeable. A special mention for Darren Whitbread and Duane Hitchman.

James Donovan leads an extremely friendly, efficient and effective team.

Out and out the best clerks, never miss a call, respond out of hours, they all know all of their Barristers and instructing solicitors, no task is too small or too big.

The clerking team led by James are amongst the best in the business. They are helpful, accommodating and sensible on fees. All of the clerks have a good knowledge of the work undertaken by Chambers to help place cases and agree fees quickly.

The clerks have always been approachable, reasonable and accommodating. I have liaised with a number of clerks in Chambers, in particular Toby and Simon, and am grateful to them for their infallible determination to assist us with our cases.

Set:

3 Hare Court is a professional and reliable outfit, offering services of Barristers who are experienced and highly skilled in their fields. We find Counsel to be readily available to assist us with cases and queries, and I believe the set strives to instil in all of its members a desire to be committed to its clients; to provide the highest levels of advice; and to handle cases with care and attention.

3 Hare Court is my first choice for general commercial and business disputes. The set’s Counsel have a breadth and depth of experience that enables them to handle complex and time sensitive cases with confidence. They seem to genuinely care about building relations with us and our clients. I have never been let down by 3 Hare Court and I cannot recommend them highly enough.

3 Hare Court is second to none in providing a service, from QC to Pupil to clerk they look after their clients, they are client focused a rarity in today from London Chambers.

I have been very impressed with 3 Hare Court throughout the years I have used them. They have an excellent array of barristers with vast experience in commercial litigation, so are well placed to assist on any value or complexity of claim.

In my view, the Chambers is a strong player, with excellent people on board.

The set is one of the best known for its insolvency provision and most certainly has strength in depth in this field. Availability of counsel is also generally good.

There is no shortage of qualified and experienced barristers in the area in question and counsel will spare no effort in making themselves available, in concert with the relevant instructing solicitors, ably supported by the appropriate clerk.

This is a strong commercial litigation, civil fraud and insolvency set. However, it also ventures out into such new areas as cryptocurrency and blockchain related disputes.

3 Temple Gardens

Members of 3 Temple Gardens practice across the criminal and civil spectrums, including fraud, health and safety, licensing and regulatory, and clinical negligence, among others.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Gary Brown – one of the premier clerks at the criminal bar.

Gary Brown has been a huge asset to chambers for many years. He is dependable and incredibly astute in finding the right counsel for each case. He is well supported by Mike Cross who is a straight talking clerk, who will always do his best to help you out. Mike will bend over backwards for you to get the job done. You always know where you stand with him.

Mike Cross at 3TG is exceptional. Helpful and approachable, he will always find a solution.

Set:

3 Temple Gardens are a fantastic set, made up of a number of fantastically talented barristers, all of whom are willing to deal with any matters they are instructed in. I think their friendliness and presentation as a chambers who are all very supportive of one another is what sets them apart.

3 Temple Gardens are well-known and respected. The clerking team is professional and very experienced.

3 Temple Gardens is, in my opinion, an under rated criminal set. There is strength in depth with some outstanding members at all levels. I am always impressed by their counsel.

Excellent Chambers – with the exception of a handful of other barristers I use 3 Temple Gardens exclusively. A broad choice of advocates able to cover the most minor to the most serious of offences.

They are always able to find the right barrister for the case.

3 Verulam Buildings

With 13 leading set rankings, 192 barrister rankings, including 79 leading silk rankings, 3 Verulam Buildings is one of the most successful chambers in this year's guide. In recent news, Rajesh Pillai has been appointed Queen's Counsel; Adam Temple joined from 4 Pump Court; Judy Fu, a former associate at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, has been awarded tenancy following a period of pupillage.

Testimonials

Clerks:

3VB stands out for the quality of its clerking. Always reasonable, professional and a pleasure to deal with, the clerks are trusted and valuable members of the team.

Andrew Monks is highly communicative and very friendly. Always goes the extra mile to assist.

Great clerks room – they really ‘get’ the client issues that instructing solicitors face and they are flexible, pragmatic and innovative in coming up with solutions. Stephen and Richard stand out.

Probably the best clerked set in London. Fantastically led by Steve Penson who gets everything spot on all of the time. Andrew Monks and Stuart Pullum can never do enough to help you get the right barrister and ensure everything runs smoothly.

The clerking at 3VB is exceptional. Nothing is ever too much trouble and their response times are superb. Working with Theodor, I have mostly dealt with Andrew Monks and more recently Ellie Sanders, both of whom are outstanding clerks.

The clerks are exceptional. Always willing to go the extra mile for clients and solicitors. Richard Ansell and Rob Croke in particular stand out.

The clerks at 3VB are always responsive, communicative and helpful. Stuart Pullum gets things done when they need to be done in a pragmatic no-nonsense way.

The clerks’ room is excellent: in particular Stuart Pullum is particularly effective as he’s responsive, very friendly and very accommodating where necessary.

The clerks’ room is very approachable and responsive; in particular, Andrew Monks, the practice manager for junior counsel, who is friendly, has a good command of ongoing cases and always goes the extra mile.

The “senior junior” clerks are positive and helpful and, particularly during the COVID 19 lockdown and having to deal with virtual court hearings, have been of invaluable assistance.

We have been very pleased with the service from 3VB across a range of cases, and found all of the clerks to be competent, prompt and helpful.

Set:

3VB are at the forefront of the Commercial Bar and International arbitration. A true heavyweight set with a down to earth touch.

3VB are our set of choice. They offer unbelievable strength in depth, brilliant clerking and have some of the best barristers in the financial services sector.

3VB has a great reputation and is a “go-to” set for complex commercial disputes.

3VB has great strength-in-depth in financial services disputes expertise across the full spectrum of juniors to senior silks. It is the “go-to” set for disputes in this field.

3VB is an impressive set. I would definitely turn to them for a case which required a Rolls Royce academic barrister at any level.

3VB is extremely user friendly, building strong relationship with those instructing their tenants, ensuring a fast efficient and supremely professional service. They go the extra mile in facilitating client and adviser requests wherever possible.

3VB is my go-to chambers for all financial and complex commercial disputes. The expertise of its barristers from the most senior members of chambers to the most junior is exceptional. I have worked with approximately 1/3 of the members of 3VB during my career and not once have I been disappointed. They are universally hard working, approachable and have a great team spirit.

3VB is one of our preferred sets for commercial disputes work. They have an array of talent at every level, offering great intellect, technical excellence and advocates of the highest calibre.

3VB remain one of the best sets to use for contractual and banking matters. The training they offer is exceptional and it is great that they leave London to ensure that all instructing solicitors have the opportunity to attend the training sessions.

A very strong set. Good strength in depth, not as expensive as some rival sets. 3VB barristers offer great skill but also excellent engagement and teamwork.

33 Chancery Lane

33 Chancery Lane is a leading set for proceeds of crime and asset recovery instructions, as well as having expertise across the rest of the gamut of criminal law work. Amanda Pinto QC has been leading the independent Bar following her appointment as chair of the Bar Council.

Testimonials

Clerks:

The clerks are very good. Responsive and helpful.

Brilliant. Very fast and very responsive.

Excellent – Martin, the senior clerk, in particular is very impressive.

Very good clerks room. Martin, the senior clerk, is not only very efficient but is also knowledgeable in the area of law himself!

Martin Adams and Chris Chiles are excellent.

Superb clerks’ room. Well organised and well run. Martin Adams and the team do a fantastic job. Very responsive and always ready to find solutions to problems. Good knowledge of what members are up to. Martin Adams really understands what is important to clients.

Set:

The “go to” set for POCA work and asset recovery. Great strength and depth, together with unsurpassed expertise.

The leading set in POCA and asset forfeiture. Second to none. Well-run and slick, as well as very commercial.

Extremely slick, well-run and commercial. Definitely the premier set for POCA and business crime.

33 Chancery Lane is the go-to set for POCA and asset forfeiture work, as well as financial crime generally.

33 Chancery Lane is a go to set for cases with a strong international and proceeds of crime element. They arrange an annual conference which has become a fixture in the legal calendar for white collar practitioners.

39 Essex Chambers

Multidisciplinary set 39 Essex Chambers has continued to grow at an impressive rate over the last 12 months: commercial litigators Karishma Vora and Camilla ter Haar joined from 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square and 5 Paper respectively; construction specialists Andrew Kearney, David Sawtell and Niraj Modha arrived from St John's Chambers, Lamb Chambers, and Tanfield Chambers respectively; clinical negligence and personal injury specialist Ashley Pratt joined from 7BR; public law practitioners Ian Brownhill , Rachel Troup, Steve Broach, and Simon Murray moved from No.5 Barristers Chambers, Pump Court Chambers, Monckton, and 1 Chancery Lane respectively; dual-qualified advocate Vivek Kapoor joined from Stephenson Harwood; civil law experts Daniel Laking and Shaman Kapoor arrived from Temple Garden Chambers; employment lawyer David Mitchell joined from Ely Place Chambers. In other news, Richard Wald QC took silk, while Vikram Sachdeva QC and Celina Colquhoun have been appointed by the Lord Chancellor to an independent panel of six experts to look at potential reform of judicial review; a planning and environmental lawyer, Colquhoun was another recent arrival from No.5 Barristers Chambers.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Consistently brilliant and always available. We have a strong long standing relationship with the clerks and while work patterns go up and down in terms of instruction – the relationship isn’t affected at all.

All demonstrate that elusive factor, excellence.

All very efficient and friendly; realise they need to engage with solicitors, more so than some of the more traditional sets.

Amazing service with fast response and ability to deal with matters promptly – Niki Merison in particular stands out.

Andy Poyser is my go-to clerk, we’ve known each other for 15 years and he has always been there for me.

We receive an excellent service from all of the clerks, and they regularly go the extra mile in terms of obtaining availability and also assisting with listings; filing Court documents etc.

Ben Sundborg and Tom Gibbons are always on hand to help. The more junior clerk, Jamie Tucker is equally impressive.

Albie Barton is outstanding. He is engaging, flexible, courteous and represents the set immaculately.

Ben Sundborg is excellent. Very knowledgeable about the personal injury sector.

Clerks are responsive, helpful and always prepared to ‘pull out all the stops’ to meet their instructing solicitors and clients’ needs.

Clerks such as Andy Poyser set the benchmark for other clerks to follow.

Excellent – Sheraton Doyle and Pete Campbell deserve a special mention – always willing to go above and beyond

Jamie Tucker and Peter Campbell very helpful and respond very quickly.

I have found the clerks very helpful; Peter Campbell is excellent and has a good knowledge of instructing solicitors. A high-quality service is provided by all clerks I have dealt with.

I particularly enjoy liaising with Ben Sundborg and Tom Gibbons, both exceptionally helpful and friendly clerks at 39.

Mark Winrow and Niki Merison are proactive clerks who respond swiftly to requests for counsel bookings and go beyond what is expected.

The clerks are good. They are very good at managing expectations and timescales.

The clerks are very good and are proactive. Andy Poyser in particular is very knowledgeable in the area and you can always have a sensible conversation with him.

The clerks are very well versed in the area of law, meaning I do not have to walk them through the matter and they can advise who is available and best suited to the case. Niki Merison is first-rate and able to assist at very short notice. He has even attended our office over a weekend, to collect urgent documents in a recent matter, going well out of his way on a weekend.

The clerks at 39 Essex are fantastic. Peter Campbell and Jamie Tucker in particular deserve particular recognition for the seamless way in which they manage caseloads, papers, billing and diary clashes. The clerks are always willing and flexible to accommodate diary clashes and are extremely responsive to both emails and calls.

The clerks at 39 Essex Chambers are efficient, responsive, always available, personable and provide a service beyond what would be expected. Hannah Milne is excellent.

The prof discipline clerking team, led by Peter Campbell, is really good and he works hard to keep solicitors happy. Peter is excellent and Jamie, his assistant, has also been very helpful at times.

Set:

39 Essex are in my view a leading set in the area of professional discipline and regulation and in public law. I have instructed various members over past years. In my view, one of the particular strengths of their barristers is that their expertise in professional disciplinary cases is underpinned by a strong public law focus.

I have been impressed by the programme of remote webinars the set has quickly produced in response to the current Covid-19 situation. These have provided high-quality insight into a number of very topical legal aspects arising from the current crisis, at a time when many lawyers find themselves working in isolation with limited professional contact.

39 Essex are one of, if not, the best chambers for Court of Protection work, not many chambers can rival the number of brilliant barristers that it has with a high quality of expertise in Court of Protection work. The chambers also offers excellent training.

39 Essex are rightly regarded as one of the London heavyweight sets, especially for regulatory / public law. They are well known for their experience with public inquiries.

39 Essex are the lead set when it comes to Court of Protection and related work. They are incredibly strong across the team and provide the best resources and training in the most accessible way. No one is accepted into the team without being amongst the best in the field.

39 Essex are way ahead of their competition in the field of public law. They offer an unparalleled range of exceptional juniors and leading counsel. They are involved in all of the high-profile cases – it is becoming frequently common for multiple parties in the same high-profile case to all be represented by 39 Essex, such is their reputation and expertise.

39 Essex Chambers have a real expertise in Construction and Engineering Law, with Counsel at all levels who are able to assist clients at the appropriate level.

39 Essex Chambers is second-to-none in terms of the strength-in-depth and range of counsel. As a set they are able to offer high quality counsel at all levels specialising in all areas of clinical negligence practice. 39 Essex Chambers provide high-quality newsletters and training.

39 Essex Chambers provides the complete service in terms of personal injury. They are always able to provide high-quality counsel across the range of experience and according to the needs of the case. They have never let me down and the strength of their counsel is complimented by excellent training, newsletters and additional support.

39 Essex has a strong public law practice and are one of the go-to sets in that area.

39 Essex has a very strong international practice. They have also built up a deep bench of construction specialists.

39 Essex has unrivalled strength and depth in the energy sector – in both counsel and arbitrators.

39 Essex is a strong commercial / common law set. They have some very notable construction law barristers and arbitrators.

39 Essex is my London Chambers of choice. If preferred counsel is not available there is always somebody of at least equal calibre offered.

39 Essex offer regular training and webinars of the highest quality. I have attended a number of internal and external training arranged by this chambers and I have found them very informative. As a set, they are a leader in clinical negligence with a wealth of talent.

A large set with a wide range of practice of areas. A strong international arbitration practice.

Strength in-depth; huge talent pool from QC to juniors. Every part of this set is exceptional.

Chambers offers superior expertise in the area of community care and Court of Protection work as well as sufficient expertise is peripheral and complimentary areas. There is very good availability of junior and senior counsel with significant relevant expertise.

Strong training programmes; always available without obligation. While they have some strong key names, they have the best collective of juniors in the market for those occasions when clients simply don’t need the input or cost of a QC. The consistent strength of the wider team is in my view grossly underrated.

I (genuinely) think they are a fantastic chambers. Modern, unstuffy, really solid client care and a fantastic set of barristers and staff. Couldn’t recommend them highly enough.

One of the leading chambers in personal injury. There are many well known and respected counsel to choose from.

The whole set is brilliant. I use counsel of all levels of experience and there are many exceptional and helpful members to choose from.

There are some real PI stars here but the set is probably best recognised for its strengths in the commercial field. It is an up and coming set regarding costs.

This set has a wealth of experience in public law and specifically in the field of mental capacity law; they have been involved in many of the very high-profile cases that have hit the headlines.

Very organised and commercial approach, good range of experience amongst members of the set, training programme includes panel discussions with members of chambers looking at the same legal issues from different perspectives which is very useful and interesting.

We have worked with this set for decades. A go-to set. Great depth and range of skills and experience. My choice and constant recommendation .

This Chambers probably has more strength and depth in the Energy field than any of its competitors.

4 New Square

A premier professional negligence and costs set, 4 New Square launched a new range of 'Costs ADR Services' as the Covid-19 pandemic began to impact the courts in March 2020. Roger Mallalieu QC, Richard Liddell QC, Amanda Savage QC, and door tenant Alex Hall Taylor QC were all appointed Queen’s Counsel the same month. A name of note on the international arbitration circuits, Arvind Nayar has joined chambers as a door tenant. Also of note, Murray Rosen QC was appointed by the Premier League Clubs as the first chair of their new Judicial Panel; Graeme McPherson QC was appointed as one of the Judicial Panel's members. Kendrah Potts was appointed to the LCAM arbitration and mediation panels.

Testimonials

Clerks:

A superbly professional set, supported by equally excellent clerks. They go the extra mile. Dennis Peck and Adam Homes have been particularly accommodating.

A very good clerks’ room. Friendly, commercial and always willing to help out. One of the best clerked sets in London.

All excellent. Lizzy Stewart is one of the finest I have ever come across.

All works very efficiently. Their seminars and podcasts are of a very high quality and they are streets ahead of competitors in understanding the value of regular high-quality seminars of this type. Alison’s clerk, Jack, is great to work with and very commercial in his approach on fees.

Andrew Call is particularly good and will always pick up a query to attempt to find a solution.

The clerks room is excellent at Four New Square. Dennis Peck in particular is outstanding, since he has worked at chambers for years and is familiar with the particular strengths of each barrister such that he can recommend the right barrister for each matter. They’re also very willing to be flexible which can be very helpful.

I have not yet encountered an unhelpful clerk. Particular mention goes to Jack Boggans and Andrew Call as being extremely helpful.

Very good service; always wiling to negotiate a reasonable fee in a pragmatic manner. Can negotiate staged payments and will at least consider CFA’s

Clerks are responsive and engaging. Nothing is too much trouble and will happily discuss potential instructions and right counsel to go to.

Clerks at 4NS are excellent and extremely practical. They add real value and are a joy to work with.

Clerks room is very good. They are straightforward and, helpfully, always provide a clear view as to the availability and suitability of their barristers for new matters.

Dennis Peck is always willing to go the extra mile to support our clients on counsel requirements and very good to work with.

Dennis Peck, Alex Dolby and Andrew Hall are responsive, pragmatic and sensible.

Excellent – I worked extensively with Tom Woolsey and he was always very helpful and supportive

I found Alex Dolby and Jack Boggans to be very impressive. Both were quick to turn around various requests and were proactive from their end to ensure the smooth execution of the instructions.

I have always used Dennis Peck and am always impressed with his speed in returning calls and knowledge of barristers skills across the set and so able to recommend appropriate people to me for a particular issue.

I have dealt with Chris Ebdon and Alex Dolby, both of whom are easy to deal with, always respond quickly and keep me informed.

I have found 4 New Square to have exceptional Clerking and they are all very responsive to me and my needs and a pleasure to work with.

Led by Lizzie Stewart, the clerks room is excellent. I feel I can speak freely to Lizzie and know that she will give me straightforward, honest, advice about the availability or suitability of members of Chambers. That is rare and very valuable to me.

Lizzy Stewart, Alex Dolby and James Barrass are all brilliant clerks, they work with the client on fees and estimates, overall the chambers is very user friendly.

The Chambers is very well run. Lizzie Stewart thoroughly understands the market and what instructing solicitors need. She has devised an imaginative and effective marketing strategy and brand, in my view.

The clerking team, for whom nothing is too much effort, are always willing to assist and are extremely responsive, in particular Adam Homes and Dennis Peck. They help resolve any logistical problems or issues with minimal fuss and are always willing to offer support when we are in London for meetings or hearings which is very helpful given we have traveled down from the North-West and do not have a local office we can use. They are friendly and approachable and a pleasure to work with.

The clerks are very helpful and attentive. They are always quick to respond to availability and fee queries. The clerks that I have dealt with recently include Dennis Peck, Nick Angliss and Jack Boggans. I have found all of them really helpful, especially Nick and Jack more recently who have assisted me in re-arranging hearings and co-ordinating availability in a multi-party disputes by taking it upon themselves to liaise with other parties’ clerks and the Court to secure a date.

Set:

4 New Square are my go-to Chambers. They offer an excellent service and are always able to provide strength in depth. Their training programme is also extensive and excellent.

4 New Square are my preferred set for professional negligence advice. All of their barristers at whatever level of qualification are at the top of the profession. Instructions are turned around in the promised time scale. Overall, very good Chambers.

4 New Square are one of the most approachable and user-friendly sets, who do their utmost to ensure that cases can be adequately covered by counsel, including at short notice where necessary. Counsel are invariably approachable and pragmatic in dealing with instructions, queries or requests. Work (both paper and in attendance at court / in conference) is always to a very impressive standard and is good value to the client. Training sessions are always well planned and engaging, often delivered in a way which presents difficult issues in an easy to understand format.

4 New Square are probably considered the pre-eminent set amongst the London professional indemnity and insurance markets. Whilst not necessarily the cheapest set, the quality of barristers, from junior level through to Queen’s counsel, is consistently impeccable. In addition, 4 New Square are renowned for their first-rate seminars and training programmes, particularly their annual professional indemnity conference, which is always widely attended and well received by solicitors, insurers and other market participants.

4 New Square are the set I always go to for insurance coverage work, particularly work with a fraud angle. There is an excellent of range of counsel from QC to more junior level depending on the needs of the case.

4 New Square are the ‘go to’ set for professional negligence claims or civil fraud claims in the professional negligence context. I would rarely look beyond this set for claims of this nature which has high quality counsel at all levels.

4 New Square are, and always have been, one of the go-to sets for professional negligence work. They have unrivalled strength in depth in this area. As such, there is always someone available. And because they are, pretty much without exception, excellent, it’s never usually a problem if the first or second choice is not available.

4 New Square has undeniable strength-in-depth in the field of professional negligence. There has to be a good reason to look elsewhere. This means that if a chosen barrister is unavailable, they are able to offer someone with an equivalent skill set.

4 New Square is a go-to set for all matters of costs. They do the leading cases and have the specialists whose knowledge is shared in-house. They always find someone for you, even at the last minute. They provide an interesting training/marketing/networking programme for solicitors including events focusing on women, which are some of the most interesting and thought-provoking events I have attended.

4 New Square is becoming one of the top sets for commercial international arbitration now and their expertise in public international law is making them increasingly a go-to set for investment arbitrations too. We have been very impressed by the modern approach of their barristers (who seem to work well in teams as well as individuals).

4 New Square is filled with knowledgeable barristers most of whom I have worked with from time to time. The 4 New Square annual Professional Negligence conference is s must attend event for most PI solicitors. In addition, 4 New Square have also conducted bespoke training by attending our offices to deliver training sessions to our junior lawyers.

4 New Square is my go-to set of chambers for professional risks work, especially solicitor defence matters on which the wide range of expertise is almost dizzying in its strength and breadth. There are simply no bad apples in this barrel!

4 New Square is the go-to set for commercial matters. All of the barristers I have worked with are excellent lawyers, personable, efficient and effective. On occasion chambers has allowed us to use their conference facilities when working in London even when they are not involved in the particular case.

4 New Square is the ‘gold standard’ for professional negligence. We’ve instructed numerous barristers from the Chambers for professional negligence cases both large and small and only ever been impressed.

4 New Square remain one of our go-to sets for civil litigation, particularly in professional negligence claims and in complex cases involving allegations of fraud/similar wrongdoing.

4 New Square remain the go-to set in professional negligence matters. The clerking is very effective and user-friendly. Having such a broad range of excellent barristers, with all levels of qualification, they really do provide a one-stop shop for professional negligence matters.

Four New Square is a leading set in the field of professional indemnity. They are a ‘go-to’ when counsel is required on a case. There is also a good range of specialism and expertise so it is generally easy to find someone with an underlying knowledge of a specific area of law – eg a professional indemnity specialist with experience of banking and finance, accountancy, wills and trusts, construction, sport, costs etc. The barristers and clerks are approachable and responsive. They are also happy to provide training to our team and also regularly publish articles, podcasts etc which helps with keeping abreast of legal developments.

I am generally very impressed by 4 New Square. They have great strength in depth and there is nearly always a barrister available who can offer the services required.

I have used 4 New Square (and its predecessor) for 20 years+. I always receive good service from all members of Chambers. They are extremely well-versed in professional negligence / insurance disputes and remain my ‘go to’ set for this work. I regularly attend their briefings which are always pitched at just the right level having regard to the breadth of experience of their audience.

I have worked with a number of 4NS’s barristers that practice sports law. Each of them are highly competent and a pleasure to work with. They are my go-to set for sports-related matters.

I have worked with a number of counsel from 4 New Square over the past couple of years and have always been impressed by them. In general, I have found 4NS counsel to be down-to-earth and good with clients but also very technically competent. Fees are generally very reasonable compared to the wider market.

I prefer 4 New Square to the other sets in this area for both insurance and reinsurance work and professional indemnity claims. In my experience they tend to be more reasonable in price, and more commercial in their approach, than other chambers. They are aware of the cost pressures that insurers are under and manage those well.

I work extensively with 4 New Square. It is my go-to set for professional indemnity work due to the first-rate experience of its members and the high levels of service.

I would describe 4NS as being an outstanding set who have set very high standards for their work ethics, specialisation, expertise and responsiveness and certainly the chamber of ‘choice’ as far as we are concerned. In specific and this is relevant to our work type, we have found both the silks and barristers to be very competent to handle multi-jurisdiction disputes which spread across different jurisdictions and impressed with their ability to work with clients, experts and counsels from other countries.

4 Paper Buildings

A leading set of specialist family law barristers, 4 Paper Buildings bolstered its strength in depth at the top end of chambers following the elevation to silk of Barbara Mills QC  and Cleo Perry QC in March 2020. Also of note this year, Rhiannon Lloyd has been appointed a Deputy District Judge on the Western Circuit.

Testimonials

Clerks:

4PB chambers are a pleasure to work with, the clerks are brilliant and are so helpful and friendly. They are wonderful to speak to and always happy to help where they can. They are flexible with the fees for the barristers who are so very reasonable compared to other sets of chambers and they always deliver an excellent service.

4PB has an excellent clerking team. They are all friendly and efficient. They go the extra mile for instructing solicitors. It’s a pleasure to work with 4PB.

A reliable clerks room that will always offer help and support. Kenny Martin and Glenn Bennet are real stars making you feel like an extension of the team.

Always helpful and find a solution quickly – bend over backwards but make it look easy – in particular the impressive Paul.

Always supportive. Owen Beedle is wonderful and goes beyond the call of duty to make things happen.

Excellent. First rate. Michael is a great senior clerk and that is illustrated by the performance of the clerking team overall. Friendly, approachable, helpful attitude.

Exceptional. Michael Reeves is an exceptional figurehead for the clerks and representative of the set.

Good clerks’ room. They’ve transitioned well to remote working. Led by Michael who is personable, organised and has dealt with any difficulties we have had very well.

Great. Paul Harris is my main contact. Organised and will bend over backwards to try and assist.

Michael Reeves and Paul Hennessy have cultivated and groomed an exceptional clerks room. Leading from the front and by example they have delivered an amazing services which is practiced throughout the clerks room. Whilst praise should go to Michael and Paul, Kenny Martin, Glenn Bennett, Denise Fallon and Jamie Byrne are stars in their own right.

Michael Reeves heads an experienced clerks’ room with dedicated and amenable juniors who are always prepared to go the extra mile. They have excelled themselves and adapted well to the fast pace of the Covid-19 restrictions, including making their own facilities available to practitioners. Kenny Martin and Glenn Bennett come in for particular praise with their pragmatism and professionalism.

Michael Reeves is a stand out leader of the clerks room and Kenny Martin and Glenn Bennett are rising stars.

Paul Hennessy is a revolution – always a pleasure to work with and on hearing about the issues in a case he can immediately pinpoint the right counsel for the job. He has never failed to impress me with his enthusiasm and commitment to striving to get the best for his instructing solicitor and their client.

Paul Hennessy is excellent. I think the Clerks room at 4PB are very strong. Always helpful and knowledgeable about the work and the needs of instructing solicitors. Also very efficient.

The best clerks! Completely reliable. Helpful on fees. Can believe their recommendations of counsel.

The clerking is efficient and non-fussy. I always have the impression that the clerks are there to provide a service to solicitors and it is a very slick service.

The clerks are always extremely helpful. The nature of a Hague Convention application means that action needs to be taken fast and the clerks were responsive and accommodating.

The clerks are always pleasant and helpful, with Michael Reeves on hand to help out if there is a problem. I feel they are keen to help and have assisted in the past when I need counsel at short notice.

The clerks are super helpful, always ready to assist with any tricky listing issues and their insider knowledge of the courts and connections to court staff has been a godsend during the Covid crisis.

The clerks room is second to none. Paul Hennessy always goes above and beyond and will fix any problem and will do anything to ensure that the professional client is satisfied. Their response to Covid-19 and their ability to work unaffected has been impressive.

There is strength in depth within the clerks room who will go above and beyond to assist.

They are a solid team working for each other and all of chambers. They make solicitors also feel part of their team too. Paul Hennessey is an outstanding clerk.

They know exactly which barrister will suit a particular case. You won’t be fobbed off; if they have no one suitable, they will tell you. Really likeable clerking team, efficient, and quick to produce fee notes (which we like!)

Set:

4 Paper Buildings – the best children law set in the country, and the leader in the field of international children law.

4 Paper Buildings has an excellent team of barristers – I have instructed many of them over the past year and they have all done a great job – they are always incredibly well prepared, and the team – from juniors to QCs are passionate and dedicated advocates who care about their clients’ outcomes, want the best for them and will go above and beyond to get them the outcome they deserve.

4 Paper Buildings has an excellent team of barristers – I have instructed many of them over the past year and they have all done a great job – they are always incredibly well prepared, and the team – from juniors to QCs are passionate and dedicated advocates who care about their clients’ outcomes, want the best for them and will go above and beyond to get them the outcome they deserve. They also have some of the best children arbitrators around.

4 Paper Buildings have many highly experienced and dedicated barristers within their ranks. They never fail to impress, whether acting for or against, in their professionalism and willingness to go the extra mile on behalf of their client.

4 Paper Buildings is my preferred ‘go-to’ set for all family law matters. Their breadth of experience means that there will always be someone who can help on any particular case.

The calibre of counsel is very high and they regularly act in cutting edge / ground breaking / High Court and higher cases. It is very easy to recommend a barrister at 4PB to a client. I get consistently good feedback on the barristers I work with there.

4PB has strength at every level – and across all aspects of family law. Their clerking team is rightfully highly regarded as being pragmatic and helpful.

4PB is a very strong set and my go to for private children work. I rate them very highly. The availability and calibre of counsel, from the top to the more junior end of the set, are excellent.

4PB is brilliant, a lovely clerking team, counsel who are really strong in their fields and reliable, and most importantly great to work with.

4PB is home to very many impressive family law barristers – they are our main competitors and their reputation of excellence is well deserved.

4PB is the best chambers across the range of call for all issues relating to children and one of the best across the range of call for money cases. it is a team chambers – among the barristers and as between staff and barristers.

An amazing set with strength in depth. With the strength of numbers there is no need for you to look at another set.

A massive set with strength in depth at all levels of seniority. Arguably the set has the go-to Silks for children work in the country.

A master class set of chambers which has quality running through it from top to bottom.

A really great set. If my favoured choices aren’t available there is usually someone else. There is also always a good new crop of those just starting out and a few years call. They are always bright and try very hard to please.

Absolutely fantastic set, full of knowledgeable and personable barristers who really know their stuff as well as having a clerks room that is second to none.

Availability of counsel is good, experts in their field and willing and available to offer help on an ad hoc basis which is greatly appreciated.

I instruct a number of counsel at 4PB, primarily in respect of financial order proceedings. I feel there is an excellent range of choice, which helps with selecting the right barrister for each client.

I rate 4PB very highly as a specialist children set. I have instructed them in county court, High Court, Court of Appeal and UKSC cases. I will continue to do so as I have always received an excellent services. 10s across the board.

Outstanding set, for strength-in-depth, availability of counsel, quality of representation, going the extra mile, clerking, quality of Silks.

The best family set in the country. Strengths from QC to very junior tenants in all aspects of family law, finance and children, public and private.

They are a great set of chambers who have adapted seamlessly to the remote working requirement. They deal with issues expeditiously and with utmost care for their solicitors and clients.

4 Pump Court

Benefiting from offices in London and Hong Kong, 4 Pump Court is particularly strong in the areas of professional negligence, construction, and energy disputes, as well as insurance and shipping. The set was recently bolstered after Scottish silk Roddy Dunlop QC joined chambers in June 2020 in order to advance his English practice. Dunlop QC has since also been appointed as the new Dean of the Faculty of Advocates in Scotland in July 2020.

Testimonials

Clerks:

The clerks offer a very good service. They are always approachable, efficient and responsive. They are prepared to engage constructive, open and transparent discussions around budgets and fees, and put forward helpful solutions. Overall, very easy to deal with.

Stewart is fantastic – very commercial, reciprocal, sensible on fees.

Mr Gibbs is particularly affable and I enjoy dealing with him. Whilst issues have been few and far between, whenever they have arisen he has dealt with them quickly and fairly.

First rate – very responsive and helpful. We had a tricky issues on fees and they were able to help us work with the client to achieve a successful outcome.

Bill Griffiths is very responsive and approachable.

Carl Wall is very smooth and gets you what you need.

A very well-managed set. Practice manager Stewart Gibbs knows the market well and the clerks are all good to deal with.

Stewart Gibbs, Sam Penny and Carl Wall are all excellent. Responsive, friendly and work as part of the team to provide our ultimate client with value for money and a timely service.

Set:

4 Pump Court is an excellent chambers. They have a modern approach, answering questions directly and quickly. In relation to construction they have some excellent specialist barristers/silks that we frequently use.

I have worked with several counsels from 4 Pump Court. They always have counsels who are ready to provide their professional service to my client and me. We have never been disappointed.

4 Pump Court are very good at offering a team of barristers that can work well together on appropriate cases.

4 Pump Court has a very strong reputation in IT – both at a senior and junior level.

The juniors at 4 Pump Court that I have worked with are all very user-friendly and are good with clients too.

The legal updates published by 4 Pump Court are of a high standard.

A set you can have full confidence in for construction related matters. Excellent at building long term relationships. Proactive and relevant training and seminar programmes.

4 Pump Court is an outstanding set. They have strength in depth. I know that we will receive an excellent service from them.

4 Stone Buildings

4 Stone Buildings specialises in company and commercial disputes, and is particularly strong in insolvency and financial services regulatory work. In recent news, Sharif Shivji QC was appointed Queen's Counsel in March 2020, while Robert Miles QC was appointed a Justice of the High Court in the Chancery Division in April 2020.

Testimonials

Clerks:

The clerks are extremely helpful – I cannot fault the service they provide..

Clerks are responsive, pragmatic and helpful. Ryan Tunkel is a pleasure to deal with and gets things done.

Very well organised. David Goddard, the Head Clerk, is one of the doyens of the Clerking community and always very good to deal with.

Ryan Tunkel is very helpful and responsive.

Set:

Solid set of chambers with an excellent choice of barristers.

Great set in terms of knowing where their strengths are and playing to them.

4 Stone Buildings is a very strong set in the company law area with strong performers across the board.

They have a strong roster of QCs and able juniors.

Really good quality set from top to bottom. Juniors always impress.

Really strong on company law, insolvency and commercial Chancery.

4 Stone Buildings is an excellent set with a good balance of Silks to Juniors. Their Barristers do a good deal of actual court work, unlike many. They are particularly strong in contested company work, and insolvency work.

4-5 Gray's Inn Square

A multidisciplinary set with offices in London and Birmingham, 4-5 Gray's Inn Square is particularly strong in social housing and local government work. In recent news, Nikesh Pandit, formerly an associate solicitor in the regulatory team at Jones Day, as joined the set, while Charles Foster arrived from Serjeants’ Inn as his new chambers expands its healthcare regulatory team. Also of note, Ian Peacock has been appointed a Recorder on the South Eastern Family Circuit and Nikki Carr was appointed a judge of the First-tier Tribunal, Property Chamber. In the clerks' room, Emily Martin has taken over as the new senior clerk.    

Testimonials

Clerks:

All the clerks are very professional; Emily Martin especially. She has often found counsel at short notice in emergency matters. She is friendly and approachable and goes out of her way to help.

Excellent all round. Emily Martin is particularly helpful and efficient.

The clerking is down to earth and responsive. In particular, Emily Martin (Senior Clerk) is approachable and efficient, making her very popular with clients and barristers alike. The Chief Executive, Vicky Thompson, is a very safe pair of hands and runs a tight ship.

The clerks are all so friendly. they go that extra mile to help you and once you have engaged with them they remember you.

The clerks are particularly helpful and very efficient in responses.

Set:

4-5 Gray’s Inn has changed for the better over the past few years. They have recruited a number of barristers who we use on a regular basis and are happy to recommend to others.

It has a wealth of members with specialist social housing practices who are constantly involved in judicial reviews. This means it can provide suitable counsel for every social housing matter, no matter how big or small, and turn instructions around very quickly.

Chambers and clerks are always helpful and have offered training and webinars to my authority. There is a wide skills set within chambers at various levels which means they can offer quick advice and good value for money on local authority matters.

Since Arden Chambers merged with 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, it has become the leading set for social housing, and local government law. It is also a leading public law Chambers. Its members are some of the best at the Bar.

The housing barristers are generally friendly, knowledgeable and excellent.

The Set offers a good range of fee levels in relation to property litigation.

They provide excellent training in new areas of housing law. They will deal swiftly with urgent issues and ensure counsel with appropriate expertise is offered to provide advice and assistance.

42 Bedford Row

42 Bedford Row offers expertise across the employment, family, housing, and personal injury disciplines. The set's employment team has expanded this year following the arrival of Michael Salter, Gillian Crew, Catherine Urquhart, and Amy Stroud from Ely Place Chambers, and Jonathan Davies from Sergeants’ Inn Chambers. Elsewhere, Eleonore Berthelsen joined the family group from Atlantic Chambers in Liverpool. Also of note, Katie Phillips and Mary Robertson have been appointed Recorders of the Family Court, while Francis Cassidy and Caroline Landes have been appointed Deputy District Judges on the South Eastern Circuit, and Jude Shepherd has been appointed a part-time Employment Judge in the Scottish Employment Tribunal.

Testimonials

Clerks:

All clerks are very helpful and I have never had any issue.

Clerking is very good and they are responsive.

Clerks room very good. Head clerk of Civil Team, Steve Sheridan, particularly excellent: friendly, couldn’t be more helpful, practical, fantastic service, reasonable to deal with on fees, goes the extra mile.

Steve Sheridan is a superb clerk. Experienced and welcoming with a warm persona.

Set:

They are ever helpful and welcoming. Nothing would appear to be too much trouble to them.

Very good, very experienced, very amenable.

5 Essex Court

5 Essex Court is a leading chambers for inquest and inquiry and police law work. In recent news, Claire Palmer  was appointed a Deputy District Judge on the South Eastern Circuit; Jonathan Dixey has been appointed as an Assistant Coroner for Northamptonshire; Charlotte Ventham has been appointed a Recorder of the Crown Court; and Jason Beer QC was appointed a Deputy High Court Judge.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Clerks are always extremely accommodating.

Clerks are top class. Always available. Prompt and efficient service. Always call back when they say they will. Nothing is too much trouble including walking my papers to court even where they are not instructed and retrieving a laptop charger inadvertently left in one court and bringing it all the way to another court in London (on more than one occasion!). Dealing with the clerks at 5 Essex Court is always an absolute pleasure. Mark Waller leads the clerking team and excels in doing so.

Dan Warple is fantastic, he is efficient and always on the ball.

Excellent. All the clerks are approachable and eager to assist with any queries you might have.

Helpful and flexible. The clerks are able to handle bulk documents in emergencies, without difficulty, and are always able to provide useful alternative suggestions in the event of counsel not being available.

Helpful and knowledgeable clerks who always respond promptly. They recall my previous instructions and have evidently become aware of who my preferences are. They will always respond promptly.

I find 5 Essex Court to be such a helpful set of chambers. The clerks will move mountains to assist you, even when help is needed at short notice. I deal with clerk James Cole the most; he is really fantastic to deal with and never forgets to come back to you.

I have a great relationship with Mark Waller, Dan Waple and James Cole. The clerks do their best to find someone available for me, even at short notice. I can’t fault them.

I’ve always found the clerks to be really supportive and knowledgeable about the best barrister to cover a particular case and up front with their procedures. I have worked with Mark, James and Dan and find them all to be very helpful.

My favourite clerks’ team. Mark Waller is exceptionally amenable but professional. Dependable – always prepared to work as a team with instructing solicitor. No request for assistance is ever ignored – always deliver.

The clerks are always available to answer queries and to facilitate the conduct of the litigation.

The clerks are great. I have a great relationship with Mark Waller, James Cole and Dan Waple. They try their best to have someone available when I need them, sometimes at short notice.

The clerks are readily available and are very approachable. All of the clerks will try their utmost to accommodate your needs and requirements. They respond to emails quickly and know the strengths and specialisms of the barristers they work with very well and can advise accordingly.

The clerks room are excellent at this chambers and always answer quickly, call back, provide information requested such as dates to avoid, recommend alternatives where specific counsel are not available and cannot be faulted in their conduct. Also always willing to print out bundles, get messages to counsel and make recommendations or negotiate charges.

The service from the clerks is good and they are always keen to assist and do so quickly.

Set:

5 Essex Court has a range of talented police lawyers at all levels of call.

5 Essex Court is an outstanding set, rightly placed in Tier 1 of Inquests and Inquiries.

5 Essex Court is one of my go-to chambers for police law. They are very popular (which speaks to their quality) but even if they are busy they try and find options to cover our request.

5 Essex Court is the pre-eminent set for major police law work, and always provides the legal teams for police forces in major inquiries. It has some extremely able QCs and a host of impressive juniors.

Chambers are one of the leading sets on police law and have expertise and availability covering almost all aspects of legal issues arising in the police environment. They are switched on to what the client needs in providing free training, focused on the issues of the day.

Essex Court is a good set of chambers focusing on police work.

Exceptional set. Lots of extremely skilled barristers even at junior level. Always available for queries with no charge. Their annual police law conference is the highlight of my professional calendar. Absolutely the leading set in this area of law in my experience.

Formidable talent. I know they will always fight smart for their client.

I have found the ‘sofa series’ that chambers have been running during the lockdown really helpful. I also really like the bulletin they produce biennially. I have not made it to one of the talks yet but plan to do so next time. As a set they have a real depth of experts in their field.

If you represent police officers, 5 Essex Court is the go-to chambers for good representation.

It is evident why they are one of the primary defendant police law chambers, a host of specialised and knowledgeable counsel. Regardless of the complexity or nature of the case, I can trust there will always be an appropriate counsel available for me. Particularly with regards to complex JR, inquests and police conduct cases.

Professional, good attention to detail and able to deal with complex, large cases.

Strong reputation in defendant police work, particularly inquests and inquiries.

The chambers are a very strong set and are a go-to chambers when it comes to police law.

This is a high quality set where those who appear will be strong in their respective fields, and whose ethics and advocacy is first class.

Used this chambers for over 30 years. In my view consistently the number one set for police work. Strength in depth. Attracts good talent. Counsel always make themselves available – very good at providing training for this specific sector. Always good value for money.

5 Paper Buildings

Beyond its core specialism in criminal law 5 Paper Buildings also has expertise in regulatory, professional disciplinary, health and safety, product safety, inquests and inquiries, and courts-martial. In recent news, Andrew Johnson has been appointed a Recorder on the South Eastern, Crime Circuit.

Clerks:

Dale Jones (Senior Clerk); Graham Briggs (First Junior); Dan Barnett (Second Junior); Maddie Jenkins (Junior Clerk); Chris Errity (Fees Clerk)

Testimonials

Clerks:

A really lovely old school clerking team that makes efforts to understand and form good relationships with instructing solicitors. Very helpful.

A superb clerks room, extremely professional and highly approachable. They will do anything to try to assist you.

Absolutely amazing! As I say you can always rely on them in a crisis and they adapt fees to our client basis which is well received by us and the clients.

Both Dale Jones and his deputy Graham Briggs are highly efficient, straightforward and sensitive to clients’ needs.

Clerks are highly professional and very receptive. Graham and Dale are very accommodating and patient, providing positive solutions. They stick to their deadlines, when they say they will get back to you by a certain time, that is when you will hear back.

Dale and Graham are the two clerks I have most contact with. Both incredibly professional and will go out of their way to assist.

Dale is a superb clerk. Responsive, effective and commercial. He listens carefully to what you need and always delivers. He never tries to sell you the wrong barrister just to get the brief. He keeps his barristers in check and deals with any issues you raise very well. My favourite London clerk in this area.

Dale Jones is an excellent Senior Clerk who has provided me with outstanding service over at least the last 15 years, and is always helpful and extremely friendly.

Dale Jones is fast developing into one of the best senior clerks. He knows the strengths of his team, and of those in other sets. The other clerks, from Graham Briggs to Dan Barnett onwards are all top notch. They are a real joy to work with.

Efficient and punctual. Dale and Chris have always provide an excellent level of service.

I have always found the clerks at the chambers approachable and informative. They make sure that I know who is attending court that day. They understand the need when a specialist counsel is needed and when one is not. They always return my calls, which is vital in this competitive world. The clerks are always willing to discuss your enquires, however small.

I think they have the best clerk in London chambers, Dale Jones – who is efficient, knowledgeable and fair. The clerks generally are reliable and easy to deal with.

The Chambers has an excellent, professional staff, who are highly receptive and engaging. They will make recommendations and give further guidance to solicitors on matters that they cannot cover as it falls out of their practice areas.

The clerks are a very well organised group, always ready to assist with administrative enquiries as a priority, to ensure a top quality customer service.

The clerks are all very responsive, helpful and professional. Dale Jones stands out as excellent.

The clerks are always very helpful and happy to assist. They have a good relationship with court staff which I find very helpful. I’ve worked most with Graham Briggs whom I have a great working relationship with. He is efficient and great at assisting with emergency cover situations.

The clerks are amazing. Dale Jones leads a strong team of the most helpful clerks you will ever meet. Nothing is too much trouble for them. They go above and beyond to assist 24/7.

The clerks at 5 Paper Buildings are a great asset to Chambers. I was always treated in a warm and professional manner.

Dale Jones is a highly experienced and respected senior clerk. He has a great memory for cases and is always honest when helping to select counsel for a particular case.

Graham Briggs and Daniel Barnett provide excellent support to Dale Jones and both are exceptional problem solvers.

The clerks room is and has always been superb. Enormously helpful and professional. Dale Jones is a rock.

The clerks room is so on the money it’s unreal. I have never received service that equates to their level from any other chambers. I can’t single out any of their clerks because from the receptionist who knows my voice and always asks me how I am, to the fees clerk who is always on the ball, to the actual clerking with Dan, Grahame and Dale; they’re hand on heart, untouchable for their level of service. I have all their mobile numbers, they all have mine. They always text/call/email the info relating to all of our cases. They always have a sense of humour and they’re always willing to help wherever they can.

Their clerks are second to none – proactive, helpful and resourceful. Dale Jones leads by example and Graham Briggs is also excellent.

There is no room for improvement. First Class service throughout the years especially from Dale the senior clerk.

Set:

5 Paper Buildings appear to be a very strong set, with excellent advocates at all levels. The fact that their skill base covers most forms of regulatory work, as well as crime, means we have been able to turn to various different advocates for advice in areas outside our natural comfort zone. In fact, as a set, they have been incredibly helpful to our firm in the last couple of years.

5 Paper Buildings are a consummately professional set. I have used them for over 25 years and the standard of representation has never deviated from the top tier. Being a member of this set is its own certification as to quality. In over 25 years they have never let me down and frequently exceed even the high expectations I have of them.

5 Paper Buildings are to my mind the pre-eminent set in consumer law and related matters in London, if not the whole of England and Wales. They have an excellent team ethos and truly understand the concept of providing great service to their clients.

5 Paper Buildings have a number of excellent barristers working in the area of consumer law and an extremely highly regarded clerks team well used to servicing this kind of work over many years. The barristers practising in consumer law are some of the most approachable in chambers and frequently work together, whether that be on cases or in providing lectures and seminars.

5 Paper Buildings is an excellent set of Chambers with a well earned reputation for high quality advocacy in all tax and criminal cases.

5 Paper Buildings provides first class management from the clerks room and access to expertise at all levels of experience.

5PB are an excellent old school set of criminal chambers with a diverse range of work especially with local authority and trading standards prosecutions.

Good strength in depth and availability – excellent senior juniors in this area with highly valued cross-over experience in crime.

Have used a number of barristers from 5PB – always received excellent service.

I absolutely love 5 Paper Buildings. They’re my ‘go-to’ set for all things crime. They are always on the ball and I’ve never been let down. I’ve instructed their silks to pupils and they’re all always fab and friendly.

The Chambers seems to be very inclusive and friendly. Everyone I have ever met is professional and very committed to the work.

I have always found all the counsel we have used in this chambers to be friendly, knowledgeable, and prepared.

I instructed a variety of counsel from 5 Paper Buildings for over a decade and they were my ‘go-to’ chambers due to the consistently high standard of counsel available to cover a wide range of criminal cases for me.

The chambers has an excellent, professional staff, who are highly receptive and engaging. They will make recommendations and give further guidance to solicitors on matters that they cannot cover as it falls out of their practice areas.

This chambers is excellent and we have always had positive experiences working with them. If instructed counsel is not available they are always sure to arrange appropriate cover. They have offered invaluable training in much-needed areas.

This set has several go-to barristers for medical regulatory work and crime.

Very good all round with a strong emphasis on fraud. Definitely among the best criminal sets.

5 Pump Court

5 Pump Court is well known for its criminal and regulatory work but the set also has expertise across the family and civil spectrums. The chambers also offers direct access instructions across its disciplines.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Clerks have always provided efficient and friendly service – Stephen Bush stands out.

Excellent clerking service. The clerks are always willing to encourage members to offer training courses.

Great friendly clerks, in particular, Stephen Bush and Jay Dorton, who are very approachable.

The clerks are always helpful and efficient. Jay Dorton is very quick to assist. He and Kevin are very responsive.

The services have always been top-draw. The clerks are very professional and helpful.

Set:

5 Pump Court have a strong set of barristers for all types of family matters. They carry out both legal aid and private work.

A Chambers with well-rounded advocates- very skilled in their area of practice.

The barristers are always well prepared and willing to answer any questions as and when they arise

The barristers are always well prepared and willing to answer any questions as and when they arise

I have always found chambers to be very approachable and accommodating with a good set of counsel well versed in family law.

The barristers are always well prepared and willing to answer any questions as and when they arise.

5 St Andrews Hill

5 St Andrews Hill is a go-to chambers for international crime and extradition matters, as well as regulatory, general crime, and POCA cases. Boosting the set's core practice areas, Sharmistha Michaels has joined from Drystone Chambers. Also of note, Ben Keith  has been elected chair of the Defence Extradition Lawyers Forum and appointed a Deputy Judge of the Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber).

Testimonials

Clerks:

Clerks are helpful and efficient and are prepared to go ‘extra mile’ to ensure that client and barrister are supported.

Clerks have always provided a good quality service under the able leadership of Dave Scothern.

Dave Scothern, director of clerking is superb.

Dean Cook is an asset to chambers, always helpful, never needs chasing and a safe pair of hands.

Excellent clerking across the board and Chambers Director Dave Scothern brings a wealth of experience to the role.

First-class clerks room – always willing to go the extra mile!

Gary Norton is excellent and the clerking team are always straightforward to deal with and provide quick turn around times.

Chambers are client-focused and will try to work to provide representation for those clients struggling to afford representation.

The clerks are all very dependable and can be counted on to give honest answers which is a quality not all chambers possess.

The Clerks are always eager to assist and have a detailed understanding of extradition work, meaning they can recommend appropriate counsel. Dean Cook, in particular, is excellent at maintaining relationships with instructing solicitors

The clerks are friendly and approachable. They are willing to go the extra mile for their instructing solicitors.

The clerks will always go out of their way to assist and arrange suitable cover even at the last minute. They are quick to respond to any queries and come across as pleasant and professional.

 

Set:

5SAH are our go to set for counsel in the south of England. With lawyers peppered around Essex, Greater London, the Home Counties and the South Coast their reach is unmatched.

5SAH have a huge pool of talented and experienced extradition lawyers.

5SAH is one of the leading extradition sets and has a real depth of counsel, at every level. They are great at engaging with instructing solicitors and are active in providing legal update seminars and blog posts.

5SAH provide a number of training sessions which are very beneficial to the profession. The barristers are very approachable and often take their own time to offer additional support and training to solicitors.

A long standing criminal set known for high end prosecution work. Over the years have produced a number of silks and judges.

A top Proceeds of Crime set. Chambers educational events are interesting, entertaining and through provoking.

A very good set with a breadth of experience in crime, fraud, regulatory , extraction and asset forfeiture.

A very good set with some real all round strength. They run excellent seminars and training and have some excellent barristers. A go to set in order to instruct counsel to find a solution to a problem for a client.

Highly capable set mostly known for prosecuting work and also capable defenders.

This is an extremely professional chambers which makes our cases its biggest priority via its great staff. Every barrister we have used on our cases, which haven’t been straightforward, have always been well informed and confident advocates.

Quick to respond, always available, never late.

The Chambers staff are always very professional and helpful at all times.

The set are dynamic. They are mixed practice of defence prosecution, civil and family.

The set as a whole are excellent. There are a great deal of excellent barristers which leave you assured that even if your brief is returned for a hearing there will be another counsel available of equal calibre to assist.

They are deservedly well known for extradition work with a strong cadre of available counsel.

This is an excellent set of chambers. They have an excellent team and provide a superb service. The barristers are all approachable and experts in their field.

 

5 Stone Buildings

5 Stone Buildings is a leading Chancery chambers, with particular strength in trusts and probate and Court of Protection instructions. The set has expanded following the recruitment of Raj Arumugam , previously of 9 Stone Buildings. Also of note, Amanda Hardy QC has been appointed chair of the Chancery Bar.  

Testimonials

Clerks:

All the clerks are fantastic: responsive, friendly and competent.

Clerks I have dealt with are friendly and efficient. I usually deal with Paul Jennings who is both.

Easy to deal with and experienced. They have a good knowledge of the subject matter and are well-versed in matching counsel to a particular assignment.

Efficient and timely. Paul Jennings is always a pleasure to deal with, as is Dan Coote.

Excellent and efficient service throughout and every clerk I liaised with were helpful and dealt with any queries expeditiously.

First-rate clerks, who really understand solicitors’ needs. Paul Jennings and Dan Coote are quite excellent and very personable

Dan Cootes has been very efficient and helpful.

Paul Jennings – excellent, willing to be helpful and pragmatic about how costs are managed, backed up by great juniors, in particular Dan Coote.

Paul Jennings is an excellent senior clerk, approachable and professional.

The clerks are always very helpful and quick to respond to queries. Charlie Firmin always responds promptly and is good at ensuring that matters are progress – such as getting hearings listed.

The clerks are excellent in matching up the strengths of the various counsel with the relevant case matters and are very helpful in making the necessary arrangements!

The clerks go out of their way. Paul and Dan are always attentive and helpful.

They are very helpful and I can often obtain information from them outside their normal course of work.

They are very helpful, especially when you require access to urgent advice.

Top notch both in terms of response times and assistance with document preparation.

We have found the clerks to be generally responsive and always helpful. We would say in particular Paul Jennings has an extremely good manner and understanding of what an instructing solicitor needs. He understands what you need beyond just the legal issues and understands the characters involved and is willing to bend over backwards to help you. He is approachable, responsive, commercially savvy and a pleasure to deal with.

Set:

5 Stone Buildings are a fantastic set and they offer an excellent range of counsel with a broad range of experience. They possess great strength in depth and have a really strong set of juniors, in particular. They are an ever-present at events in the trusts and estate disputes world and host a number of events for further professional development and networking. They are my go-to set.

5 Stone Buildings are a very strong set in contentious trusts and probate work.

5 Stone Buildings are an outstanding set able to cover the full range of private client matters. They’re accessible and the go-to set in private client and tax matters.

5 Stone Buildings are my go-to set for contentious probate work. The Chambers does have strength in depth and does have good junior Counsel who can be instructed to advise at short notice and on appropriate cases. Chambers holds regular seminars and webinars which are generally again very much on point.

5 stone Buildings continue to be my first choice for Court of Protection (and contentious trusts and probate having exceptional strength across the subject matter running through their members. They run an interesting and varied educational programme on current topics

5 Stone Buildings has a number of excellent barristers. They offer excellent webinars and seminars.

5 Stone Buildings has some excellent mediators notably Miranda Allardice.

5 Stone Buildings is a leading chancery set. It is definitely a go-to for top barristers in this field.

5 Stone Buildings is a very good set, with some excellent barristers within it. I frequently seek advice there on trusts, tax and property matters, and the people I have dealt with there have all understood the interplay between family law and those specialist areas.

5 Stone Buildings offer excellent training, and their barristers are second to none in the world of Contentious Trusts and Estates.

5SB are a very friendly and approachable set. There is always someone available and willing to help even on a short notice or urgent basis. I never hesitate to approach them and instruct a range counsel from very junior to QC. Their fee estimates are very reasonable and rarely exceeded and clients are always complimentary of their involvement. Training seminars are also excellent and always well attended.

5SB is the ‘go-to’ set for traditional chancery work.

A good choice for chancery litigation, specifically regarding wills and trusts.

A very strong set in relation to contested statutory wills. Also provide excellent training on interesting topics.

All members of chambers with whom I have dealt have been excellent.

Excellent education courses offered which serve to demonstrate the strength and depth of the advice provided by the set as a whole.

Excellent set – one of the “go to” ones for trust and probate. I would say 5 Stone has established itself in the “top tier” of chambers in the area. They have real strength in depth and all of their barristers combine real technical expertise with approachability and a practical approach.

Excellent set of chambers. I always feel in good hands instructing any barrister in chambers.

It is a pleasure to attend seminars and updating courses they arrange throughout the year.

Excellent set, a fabulous range of expertise in commercial Chancery and offshore work.

Excellent strength in depth, in particular on the private client side. Technically astute and very good training courses.

Excellent. I use many junior barristers in the chambers who are of a very high calibre.

Good responsive clerking for a team of renowned experts in their field. A broad range of advocates at the intellectual sharp end of the spectrum who can be relied on to give precise and effective advice. I wouldn’t look elsewhere for tort and bailment disputes.

Good strength in depth at all levels; always good availability of counsel; relevant training offered for free on a regular basis; first-rate clerks, who really understand solicitors’ needs

Great Strength in-depth at this set, excellent alternates have been offered/provided if chosen counsel is unavailable.

Training – available at events and online. Great counsel invariably involved in the leading cases.

Undoubtedly one of the leading sets for this type of work.

Great Strength in-depth at this set, excellent alternates have been offered/provided if chosen counsel is unavailable.

Training – available at events and online. Great counsel invariably involved in the leading cases.

I have also instructed Amanda Hardy QC jointly with Oliver on certain matters and that has worked very effectively – they are a good team.

Leading Contentious Trust and Probate set. One of the go to Chambers in the country.

Responsive, huge breadth of knowledge in COP work, excellent training programmes and business development events

The set is very good indeed – excellent range of counsel, and real strengths there.

There are several very capable counsel doing CoP property and affairs work e.g. David Rees, Tracey Angus,Barbara Rich, Miranda Allardice, Mathew Roper, Jordan Holland, ensuring a good skill set is available much of the time.

They have a broad experience and they attract really good quality work because of their expertise. There are so many people there that we are happy to instruct. They are leaders in their field and reliable across the board.

They have a number of excellent lawyers both for contentious and advisory work

We do a lot of work with this set and regularly instruct both their Queen’s Counsel and junior counsel. Counsel tend to have good availability and considerable expertise in contentious trust and probate.

5KBW

Home to some of the biggest names at the criminal Bar, 5KBW has been strengthened this year by the elevation to silk of Charlotte Newell QC, by the arrival of Louise Oakley  from 2 Bedford Row, while Catherine Pattison has been appointed to the rank of Junior Treasury Counsel.

Testimonials

Clerks:

A fabulous set, with the best clerking team I’ve worked with. Lee Hughes and Matt Harper are the most efficient clerks I know in the industry. They have been of tremendous help when trying to liaise with the Prosecution and Courts making my life so much easier.

Excellent, very professional. The clerks will spend time with the solicitors to ensure that the right counsel is recommended for the right type of case and generally if they have offered someone, will ensure there are no issues regarding availability afterwards.

Matt Harper’s service has always been exemplary. He is able to quickly answer any queries in a polite, professional and efficient manner.

Lee Hughes Gage, ably assisted by Matt Harper, leads a very approachable, helpful, efficient and honest team. The clerking is treated as an integral part of the client’s overall case needs.

Lee Hughes-Gage is great to work with. He has always gone above and beyond to assist us in ensuring counsels’ availability and in introducing us to new members of chambers, many of whom we have gone on to instruct. Matt Harper is also really good and is very responsive.

Lee Hughes-Gage is incredibly responsive. He will do all he can to accommodate your needs and always goes the extra mile.

Lee Hughes-Gage, the chief clerk is literally in sync with those he works for. He is a man of his word.

The Clerking team at 5KBW is phenomenal. Lee Hughes-Gage is a traditional head clerk who always can provide advice on who is best for a case, ensures diaries are properly managed and ensures his team work alongside instructing solicitors.

The clerks are great. Very proactive and accommodating. They know their flock well and recommend the right counsel for the case in hand if instructing counsel that one is unfamiliar with.

The Clerks are the engine room of this superb set. Their dynamism in matching barristers to cases, often at short notice mean that they are a crucial support to solicitors.

Set:

5 KBW are a fantastic set with a number of leading barristers. They offer the right barrister for your case and are all of a high Standard.

5 KBW is a set of Chambers very much on the up. Strength and experience from top to toe . There has been some good recent recruitment which has strengthened them immeasurably.

5 KBW is one of the most successful chambers in recent times and I can see why. I have a lot of interaction with members of those chambers during my practice at the Old Bailey and they are one of the most professional sets around.

5 Kings Bench Walk have shown themselves to be a hugely talented set with a wealth of experience. The barristers are tactically adept, talented and always willing to assist.

Their training courses are highly relevant and in high demand. Friendly. approachable and so eager to assist.

5 Kings Bench Walk has considerable strength in depth. They are strong across the board and have very clever and very motivated barristers. They are a class outfit.

5KBW are a fantastic set. I have worked with them for a number of years and have never been let down. Chambers has a real family feel about it which is really pleasant to work with.

5KBW is a set on the up. It is ambitious but maintains the qualities of excellence, value for money and accessibility that has been instrumental in attaining its recent rise to the premier league. The set has attracted notably positive new tenants that augment an already impressive array.

5KBW is one of our favourite sets to instruct, both for consistency of counsel and quality of service from the clerks’ room.

They are a bright set across the board with some really talented junior counsel. They also offer a great variety of heavy hitting silks.

5RB

The market leader in defamation law, 5RB is also strong in the associated areas of data protection and privacy and media and entertainment. Following its 2019 expansion with seven new members from the now defunct One Brick Court, this past year has seen Adam Speker QC take silk, while Jonathan Barnes and Aidan Eardley have both been appointed Recorders and deployed to the South Eastern, Crime Circuit and Wales, Crime Circuit respectively.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Excellent – hugely responsive and very user friendly. Jamie and Antony head up a first class team.

Excellent – the Clerks always to the extra mile to support.

Excellent service, friendly and professional, responsive.

Great. Andrew Love and Jamie Clack are particular stars.

I am generally impressed with the clerks’ room. Andrew Love has been a great attribute to chambers. In more recent years, Jamie Clack and Antony Braeger have been our main points of contact, and they have been approachable, accommodating and responsive. They are all a friendly and enjoyable team to deal with.

I think the service across the board is fantastic. The people skills of Jamie, Antony and Sam are up there with the best in our field.

Jamie Clack in particular offers fantastic service.

Some of the best clerks around. Knowledgeable, flexible, personal able and always understand our needs.

Strong clerking team. Andrew Love is the Head Clerk and is very good. Personable but also very well organised. They are responsive and frank about their team’s availability which is great.

The clerks are all excellent,  very helpful and efficient and I think the operational slickness of 5RB is largely due to them.

The clerks are second to none. They are flexible and happy to negotiate commercial terms that are suitable for the particular client. They are extremely responsive and masters at negotiating the Court system. They are also great fun and very personable.

The clerks at 5RB always go above and beyond what is required of them. Jamie Clack is particularly adept at meeting solicitor and client expectations and maintaining the excellent standard of service for which 5RB is renowned.

The clerks have always been extremely helpful and responsive. They are clear on counsels’ availability, provide accurate fee notes promptly and have always gone the extra mile to help progress the case.

The clerks room are great. Their relationship with the Court Clerks makes life much easier. They couldn’t be more helpful.

The quality of the clerking is very strong. Efficient, friendly, approachable, and flexible on fees. Andrew Love, Antony Braeger, and Jamie Clack deserve special mention.

Very positive. Friendly, helpful. Andrew Love is a particular favourite and Karen Rock Monnick in their marketing team is also great.

Set:

5 RB is the leading chambers in defamtion, privacy, data protection and other media risks. They have the top barristers in the field and offer an extremely efficient service. Their database of cases is a go to resource for me. They also hold an excellent training day one every two years

5RB are a fanatsic set. Always have counsel available. A shame their binannual conference is not going ahead.

5RB are an excellent chambers. They deserve immense credit for the manner in which they took in a large team from One Brick Court (including Clara) when OBC closed down last year.

5RB are excellent – now without doubt the leading media set.

5RB are the go to set for media litigation. Their bi-annual conference is excellent as are their other lectures.

5RB are the go-to set for defamation and privacy cases. They have a number of practitioners who I would be very happy to instruct, at all levels. They run good events and podcasts and have an excellent website with case comments and reports, that is an invaluable resource.

5RB are the leaders in media and I am yet to come across anyone in Chambers with whom I have been left disappointed with.

5RB has an enormous range of talent and would always be considered for any job.

5RB has a strong privacy, data protection and defamation team.

They offer an excellent very good bi-yearly defamation and privacy conference, which doubles as a useful networking event, as well as a yearly charity quiz and other seminars on topical case law. We have also had a member of chambers present in-house training at our firm.

5RB is a well-respected set and would be my “go-to” set for any data privacy, media regulation or defamation matters.

5RB is one of the strongest media law sets.

5RB is the leader in our industry. The level of expertise and professionalism from QC’s, Seniors, Juniors and the Clerks is second to none. The clerks are extremely good at placing the correct counsel with a specific type of client. They are always available even at short notice.

5RB remains the predominant and ‘go to’ set. Excellent clerking team, headed by the impressive Andrew Love. Since the collapse of One Brick Court, the depth of chambers has grown further. Their biannual conference is a highly-regarded industry event.

Counsel always available and the set works to most client budgets. Offers excellent annual conference in media and data protection law which is attended by almost every specialist solicitor in the sector. Definitely the best set in the sector.

Undoubtedly the best media set there is.

Well deserving of its reputation as a go to set for defamation and privacy work.

 

6KBW College Hill

6KBW College Hill covers the full spectrum of criminal defence work, including business and regulatory crime, international crime and extradition, and asset forfeiture, but especially general crime where it is a market leader.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Andrew Barnes is a legend. He works to meet my high standards and avoids over commiting barristers to too may cases which prevents diary claises which can cause sudden changes in counsel which he understands can be very disruptive. He communicates very well and is a pleasure to work with.

Andrew the Senior Clerk is one of the most friendly and approachable senior clerks at the bar.

Brilliant. Just brilliant. If there is something that can be done, they do it. If there is something that can’t be done, they still do it. Mark Essex stands out as being very easy to deal with and wants to be helpful and deliver the best outcome. A solicitor’s dream.

Excellent approach to diarising, listing and clerking generally with an understanding of solicitor and client needs.

Richard is always keen to understand my firm’s practice, general development and long-term goals. He has been able to provide carefully thought out recommendations of Counsel who are ideal for any given case. I have been able to establish very good professional relationships with those individuals since.

6 KBW College Hill prides itself on excellent quality work but they will still go that extra mile to look after their clients for all matters.

Richard always goes above and beyond from responding to requests instantaneously and managing client expectations so far as Counsel and negotiating fee structures are concerned. He is extremely personable, dealing with matters professionally whilst maintaining great good humour.

Elizabeth Miller’s levels of efficiency are formidable. She is able to head off any problem many days in advance. Nothing is too much trouble. She is admired and considered to be a true asset to 6KBW College Hill.

One of 6KBW’s greatest strengths is its clerk’s room – Andrew Barnes is at the top of his game, he is commercially sensitive and has always available.

Richard Summerscales is a consummate professional, bringing Counsel-like qualities to the clerks room. Polite and endearing, without being sycophantic, and super-responsive. Having been in the business for over twenty years now, this makes a refreshing change.

Richard Summerscales is a great clerk and always easy to deal with.

They are first class, particularly Andrew Barnes who is a very experienced operator, and able to meet any need.

Set:

6 KBW remain a powerhouse of criminal advocacy.

6KBW College Hill has remained my ‘go-to’ set of Chambers for the full spectrum of criminal defence work since early 2016 given the unfluctuating levels of excellent service offered across the board.

6KBW College Hill is a go-to set for POCA work, with a number of very experienced practitioners in the area.

6KBW College Hill is a top-flight set with some significant players at the criminal bar.

6KBW is one of our regular chambers of choice – they have a deep bench of talent at all levels. The 6KBW \”type\” is always client friendly but with real expertise in criminal defence.

6KBW is the leading prosecution set and have some exceptionally talented advocates. Duncan Atkinson QC and Jacob Hallam QC are both first-rate, and Duncan Penny QC has a commanding presence in court together with a very strong intellect.

6KBW remains a heavyweight prosecution set who harbour some wonderful advocates.

A great and very well established set with a huge number of highly regarded barristers. Members continue to appear in the major cases and whilst many mostly prosecute they also have some great defence barristers

A stellar chambers and full of experts on financial crime cases.

Katherine Hardcastle and Miranda Hill are ‘go to’ counsel for criminal matters.

By far one of the leading sets in the country. Top on crime, financial crime and regulatory. Every one of their barristers is worthy and full of intellectual heavyweights or some of the best jury advocates the country has seen, or in most cases, both.

Great reputation for fraud work and offers a variety of counsel at all levels.

I only use this barrister from this set, however, I always found his clerks to be helpful and accommodating regarding contacting the barrister and have suggested alternative arrangements for hearings if necessary.

Impeccable set offering experience across the board. No job too big or small. Great response times and always willing to help even when they are not covering a case. Chambers seem to have improved on their deficiencies in the past with active and positive recruitment amongst the lower ranks. They have some real academics on board which makes a pleasant change.

More often seen as a ‘prosecution set’, and are certainly often called on by the CPS for serious and complex extradition work. Generally regarded as particularly bright and hardworking, and who bring a particular style to their written and oral advocacy.

The set has a great reputation based on its good work. It is one of the leading chambers on extradition. Many of their juniors are the next leaders in the field of extradition.

This barristers chambers house some of the best prosecutors at the bar. They include Annabel Darlow and Duncan Atkinson and others. They are by any definition a premier set.

7 King's Bench Walk

7 King's Bench Walk is a go-to for complex insurance and reinsurance disputes, as well as shipping, general commercial disputes, and international arbitrations. In recent news, Siobán Healy QC has been appointed as a member of the Premier League Judicial Panel.

Testimonials

Clerks:

A very friendly and approachable clerks’ room, frequently praised by solicitors. All the senior clerks are very strong. Particular stars are Greg Leyden and Joe Clayton.

Bernie Hyatt of 7KBW is a fabulous clerk – very responsive.

Clerks are knowledgeable and helpful.

Eddie Johns and Gary Rose are helpful, responsive and a pleasure to deal with.

Eddie Jones and Gary Rose. Eddie is very proactive and fast. Clerk service is 1st class.

Excellent support offered by the clerks.

Ed Johns is responsive, experienced and adds real value to Chambers.

Gary Rose is a delight to work with.

Exceptional service by the clerks and receptionists, particularly Gary Rose, who is just a pleasure to deal with and very efficient.

Gary Rose is always a pleasure to deal with. Friendly, responsive and also commercial when discussing fee arrangements.

Greg Leyden leads the team well and has made progress in increasing the set’s fraud offering.

Greg Leyden stands out for his commercial approach and quality of recommendation

I have always had good service from the clerks. Bernie Hyatt is very good and always prepared to negotiate

Pro-active and helpful, really user friendly

Really good bunch – very likeable and sensible. Gary Rose is excellent.

The best in the business. Gary Rose in particular is always extremely helpful and a pleasure to deal with.

The clerking at 7kbw is excellent. They have a great commercial sense and offer a real service to their solicitors. unlike most sets, the clerks here add real value.

The clerks are always responsive and provide comprehensive answers when it is necessary.

The clerks are always very friendly and approachable. I have over the years an excellent relationship with Gary Rose and Bernie Hyatt who I have dealt with most.

The clerks are always very responsive and easy to deal with. Berni and Gary in particular.

The clerks are really good and practical and future thinking in regards to brief fees.

The clerks are very friendly, helpful and approachable. I have worked closely with Gary Rose and Bernie Hyatt over the years and have very positive comments on them.

The clerks are very helpful, approachable and responsive at any time of the day. They understand what the clients need, they accommodate requests, and they offer solutions. When I need help, Gary Rose is the first person I would call. He is exceptional.

The clerks are, without exception, outstanding.

The clerks’ room is great. I would be reluctant to single anyone out because I think they work together as a team.

The service is exceptional. It is a genuine partnership in trying to match up appropriate work with appropriate individuals, and at rates which work for everyone. Individually, Greg Leyden and Gary Rose are both excellent – skilled clerks, who carry out their jobs with professionalism and good humour.

The service is really first-class – down to earth and efficient. They are a joy to deal with and are determined to help.

The set appears to have robust administrative support. We always get timely responses from Joe Clayton.

They are always on the mark – Gary Rose and Joe Clayton in particular.

They are always very helpful when we have inquiries and are very thorough in their responses. In particular, Greg Leydon is always extremely helpful.

They are excellent, especially Bernie. Quick to respond, clear proposals around charging.

They provide a great service and understand client needs and driver to ensure client satisfaction.

Set:

Well-known shipping set but I have only worked with this individual

7 KBW is excellent. My go-to set. Intellectual rigour and fantastic service.

7 KBW are first rate and a go-to set for insurance and jurisdictional issues for me. Strength at all levels. They are good at keeping me up to date.

7 KBW has considerable strength in depth in the areas of insurance and arbitration law. All the barristers perform to the same high standards and are excellent members of any litigation team. They are happy to provide in-house talks which are always very well-received.

7 KBW is by far and away the leading insurance and reinsurance set with real strength in depth.

7 KBW would be my go to set for trade and shipping disputes. A very wide and impressive pool of talent. Their clerks are also very easy to deal with and responsive.

7 King’s Bench Walk provide accredited training programmes and seminars which focus on any recent developments in the law, providing continuing education. There is always good availability of counsels even at short notice enabling us to provide prompt assistance to clients whenever requested.

7KBW are a set I have known and worked with for many years. They are at the top of their field with very experienced and knowledgeable counsel across the board. I would feel confident using any one of their counsel, both senior and junior.

7KBW are generally a very good set with barristers of a very high standard.

7KBW are my turn to set for Shipping work.

7KBW are very strong in shipping litigation and my firm, Norton Rose Fulbright, would not hesitate to instruct the barristers there. They also offer webinars that we find useful.

7KBW are, in my view, the leading insurance set, with particularly strong QCs covering the full range of insurance.

7KBW has a number of barristers with experience and specialist skills in the area of civil fraud. More than is perhaps generally appreciated.

7KBW has excellent barristers overall – but I am not able to add detailed commentary.

7KBW is a first-class set, made up of a group of the most outstanding legal minds in England.

7KBW is a leading set of insurance barristers who are always on our shortlist of Chambers to approach. I also find their regular bulletins very well-written and informative.

7KBW is a very strong set. Very strong analytically and with a number of very impressive market leaders.

7KBW is an excellent set and most the barristers I have worked with are all of an excellent standard.

7KBW is one of my preferred sets, from the quality of their barristers to the co-operative and common-sense attitude of the clerks.

7KBW is our first go-to set for shipping and insurance. Counsel of all levels are highly efficient and able to deliver high-quality service within tight deadlines.

7KBW is, in my experience, an excellent chambers to deal with – all the counsel I have dealt with have been very impressive.

7KBW represents one of our closest relationships at the Bar, particular in the insurance and shipping contexts. They are commercial in their approach, user-friendly, and clearly aware of the need to recognise the increasing costs and other demands placed on us by our clients.

7KBW specialise in shipping and have several leading practitioners.

A great set of chambers, with acknowledged experts reinsurance, insurance and commercial disputes.

All of the Counsel that I work within the Chambers always make themselves available when needed, and make you feel like a priority.

Chambers is the pre-eminent set for audit negligence cases: it has been involved in every major audit negligence claim over the last 20 years.

Great set for commercial work, especially insurance. Always a premium service.

High-quality Chambers with top-end Counsel

His chambers are one of the five or six leading commercial sets, with a range of first-class practitioners at every level.

I have been working with a number of their members, primarily on commercial cases. We have been instructing Michael Ryan on a big fraud case, and he has been superb. Andrew Pearson is also good for fraud cases.

I have instructed a lot of barristers from 7KBW and am almost always impressed by their strength in depth.

I have worked with 7KBW for many years now. They are at the top of their field and I would feel confident in using any junior or senior from this set.

Interesting set of barristers – certainly those we have used have been excellent – Michael Ryan, in particular, has stood out dealing with complex issues of law and fact on a complex civil fraud case in an extremely impressive way, both in terms of analysis and turn around times.

My ‘go to’ set for insurance and marine work. Excellent strength in depth and availability of consistently very high quality counsel.

Premier Insurance set. Huge strength in depth at junior and Silk levels. Very good articles and reports on legal developments.

The set has very strong expertise in the energy field, including in relation to international trade aspects of energy work and insurance-related disputes. A number of members also have substantial experience in other aspects of energy work, such as contract disputes, pricing disputes, etc.

Very experienced shipping barristers (even juniors), there is always counsel available to assist.

Very strong at both leader and junior level, with many members having substantial experience of banking and finance work. Counsel are frequently involved in the biggest commercial cases.

Very strong in international trade, shipping and insurance.

 

7BR

A multidisciplinary chambers that is strong across a host of areas, 7BR celebrated the elevation of Brendan Roche QC, Adrian Langdale QC, and Jennifer Carter-Manning QC to silk in March 2020. Chambers was also strengthened by the arrival of James Thomas, a specialist criminal, fraud, and regulatory practitioner, and Lubeya Ramadhan who specialises in public and private family law. Also of note, James House QC and Jas Jandu were both appointed Recorders and assigned to the Midland Circuit and South Eastern Circuit, respectively, dealing with crime.

Testimonials

Clerks:

All dealings with the clerks’ room have gone smoothly. Courteous and competent.

All the clerks are friendly, helpful and efficient.

Always amenable and willing to re-jig things to suit clients.

Clerks’ service is good and attentive.

Good. Mark Waterson is very impressive.

Great. Paul Eales & Mark Waterson bend over backwards to assist.

Paul Eeles and Mark Waterson are a formidable clerking team, they have a great junior team and the response to queries and requests is always prompt and well thought out.

Paul has excellent industry knowledge and can provide insights and match the right Counsel with solicitors. I trust his judgement implicitly.

Paul Eeles is hugely respected and deservedly so. He and the clerksroom are utterly dependable.

Service from the clerks’ room is good. Mark Waterson and Paul Eeles are particularly helpful and accommodating.

The clerks are accommodating and offer alternative counsel in the event that preferred counsel is not available. They are willing to negotiate on fees and have offered training

The clerks are friendly, helpful, and efficient, providing a first-class service.

The clerks room has always been approachable, swift to respond to communications and queries, and, generally, efficient in our dealings.

They are excellent. Paul Eales & Mark Waterson always make sure that we get what we need.

Very efficient and solution-driven. Paul Eeles is organised and masterful in diary management and Mark Waterson provides positive and effective clerking.

Very happy with the exceptional service provided by the civil clerks, particularly from Paul Eeles and his team.

Very responsive. Steve Wright is sensible and understated, a pleasure to deal with.

Set:

7 Bedford Row are a great set to work with. They are very supportive of our practice areas.

7 Bedford Row in my view are the no.1 chambers in the area of defending child abuse claims, particularly for local authorities and public sector, and particularly the more complex negligence/FTR/CSE/group action work. They regularly act in law changing / high profile cases and are extremely knowledgeable.

7 Bedford Row is my go to Chambers for Clinical Negligence cases. The Clerks are very efficient, friendly and approachable and they have a lot of very talented people there from recently called Juniors through to very senior and highly able Silks. The can also offer really good people for ancillary work which we sometimes have such as complex Inquests and Public Law issues.

7 Bedford Row is top of its game for Claimant product liability. It regularly offers good training.

7BR are a leading set and the clerking team are so helpful and ahead of their time in terms of use of technology. I regularly instruct several Barristers from there.

7BR are an incredible set for clinical negligence work. I use many of their Counsel for a wide variety of matters. The Skeleton series is always well attended and a great opportunity to meet Counsel and other solicitors. I always try to attend as many as possible.

7BR are highly regarded at IM and are used frequently. I mainly instruct Adam Weitzman but I know of several other counsel that my colleagues instruct and Adam Walker stands out as a great junior. They have a particularly strong PI team.

7BR are the go-to set for Claimant product liability & have been for some time. The superb Simeon Maskrey QC leads the team. There are excellent barristers at all levels & good diversity.

7BR as a chambers is a fantastic set of Chambers and are my go to set when i am looking for Counsel. They have good depth of Counsel to fit almost any area of law and have strong juniors, such as the excellent Gregory Burke. Personally I have used 5 separate Counsel from Chambers on multiple cases with more junior members assisting where necessary.

7BR has a brilliant clinical negligence team. Paul Eeles and Mark Waterson are the senior clerks responsible for clinical negligence, and they run a tight ship.

7BR has some outstanding members who are a pleasure to work with.

7BR is stuffed full of highly impressive workhorse advocates. Their technical knowledge and friendly but forthright advocacy has made this team a go-to set.

7br provide a professional service, listen to client requirements and respond with quality counsel.

All staff at the Chambers are extremely helpful, quick to respond to any queries raised.

Excellent reputation and good choice of counsel.

Excellent reputation in claimant clinical negligence with very good selection of specialist barristers.

Good strength in depth, very good webinars/training programmes and material too.

Good strong set with strength in depth on the Claimants’ product liability side. They have perhaps ceased to be the first set to go to for Claimants seeking product liability barristers, but are still strong with Hugh Preston, Simeon Maskrey QC and Adam Korn

I have used these chambers for many years and have always been happy with the service.

I think 7BR are a very strong set. Anita Guha is an outstanding barrister and Kitty Geddes and Emily Mitchell for example are also excellent. I do not have any worries about the team at 7BR.

The best general crime and fraud set on the Midland circuit.

Collingwood Thompson QC is a stellar QC. I have worked with him in the last few years. He is at the top of his game and always a pleasure to deal with.Jenny Carter- Manning QC is extremely bright and hard working and a pleasure to work with. Ben Isaacs is also very bright and a great junior.

Steve Wright is an excellent clerk and goes that extra mile to help provide an excellent service.

The recent revamping of the client suite brings state of the art communications to Chambers giving it an edge over many most other sets.

The set is the go-to set for product liability claimant work. There are a number of excellent barristers that practice in this area across all levels. They are all strong and have a wide range of experience.

The set is very strong with a number of top-notch practitioners. They benefit from having maintained a broad practice, meaning their counsel have experience of disparate areas of law and can therefore get to grips with problems crossing practice areas.

This set has excellent strength in depth, more counsel than any other I know of for this area of law.

Very friendly and always happy to help with queries relating to both new and existing instructions.

Very strong set, with highly capable juniors and leaders.

Well organised and responsive to urgent matters that need dealing with at short notice.

8 New Square

8 New Square is a premier chambers for intellectual property matters. In recent news, Richard Meade QC has been appointed a Justice of the High Court (Chancery Division). And, after 48 years with chambers, senior clerk John Call has announced his retirement effective the end of 2020.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Absolutely superb; second to none.

Clerking highly efficient under the influence and experience of John Call.

Clerks are always available and willing to help. Nick Wise is a standout, who will go the extra yard to assist you and your client.

Friendly, professional they get to know their clients. They are very efficient at billing. Martin Williams is particularly pleasant to work with.

Good clerks who are highly responsive.

John Call is an exceptional clerk who always goes out of his way to help and find solutions. However, the rest of the clerking team is also highly recommended.

John Call leads a very efficient team.

The clerks are exceptional, particularly John Call and Ben Newham. They are always available and responsive to our needs.

Very friendly and effective. Ben Newham stands out for me. He gets results on important listing issues and is always responsive

Very good service from the clerks. John Call is fantastic. Very perceptive and manages barristers and solicitors very well. He addresses any difficulties on availability, time or fees head-on and resolves matters. Nick Wise is also very good and Tony Liddon.

Very good. They are very helpful. They understand the nature of IP cases and always recommend the right person for the job.

Set:

8 New Square are our go-to set for IP work. All of the counsel I have worked with have been exceptional: Jessie Bowhill, Jaani Riordan, Ashton Chantrielle and Charlotte May QC. They are user friendly, accessible and incredibly bright.

8 New Square are undoubtedly the leading IP chambers now.

8 New Square has a stellar reputation for contentious patent and SPC matters. Many of my go-to barristers are at 8 New Square.

8 New Square has real strength in depth, with all members being very capable in patent litigation.

8 New Square is a very strong set in patent litigation.

8 New Square is always a pleasure to deal with. A great set of chambers with an effective clerking team and huge strength in depth of IP barristers.

8 New Square is the go-to set for IP. We have used a number of barristers from the chambers over the years, including James Mellor QC, John Baldwin QC, Tom Jones and Beth Collett. Each has exhibited the same level of professionalism, dedication and proficiency that you would come to expect from such a pre-eminent set.

8 New Square is, without doubt, the leading IP set.

8 New Square probably the pre-eminent IP set with counsel of the highest calibre at all levels of seniority.

Excellent set which is always able to offer a range of counsel.

An excellent set with top QCs and juniors.

They are specialist chambers and would I am sure to have strength in depth though I have not needed it.

They are extremely efficient, polite and a delight to work with.

This set is immensely strong in IP matters at all levels

Very good set. I work with Lindsay Lane QC a lot on trademark matters and have also worked with Jessie Bowhill this year on a design infringement matter. The wider IP team at this firm works with some of the more junior barristers (eg Beth Collett) who seem to be very capable.

9 Bedford Row

A solid criminal set with a niche in international crime, 9 Bedford Row recently welcomed Dr Anthony Richardson as a new tenant, strengthening chambers’ international financial crime team. The set has also approved a number of door tenants: 18 St. John Street's Michael Brady QC; Sarah Magill  of Lincoln House Chambers; Tim Higginson , a qualified arbitrator and mediator, and specialist in civil, commercial, and professional negligence law; and Dr Dan Plesch , director and reader at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS University of London. Also of note, Ben Joyes has been elected a member of the Committee of the Defence Extradition Lawyers’ Forum, while Lennart Poulsen has been selected for inaugural Bar Council leadership programme.

Testimonials

Clerks:

All contact with the clerks have always been professional, friendly and efficient.

Clerks room at 9 Bedford Row is second to none. Especially the service provided by Russell Good 1st junior clerk who is on top of matters and keeps his eye on the ball for diary clashes.

Clerks room second to none. Especially Russell Good, 1st junior clerk who is always willing to help when the need arises.

Dedicated clerking team to extradition work: Martin Secrett and Mark Cornell.

Extradition clerks are dedicated team: Martin Secrett and Mark Cornell.

Martin Secrett stands out as an effortlessly friendly, hard-working and dedicated leader of the clerking team.

Professional service with a dedicated team to international work.

Russell Good is a trustworthy clerk who bends over backwards to assist you.

The clerks are very professional and responsive.

The clerks are well led and knowledgeable about the profession.

The clerks provide a first-rate service across the board.

Their clerks provide a very good service; they are always very professional and willing to do what they can to help.

They are very helpful and efficient.

Set:

9 Bedford Row are a very competent chambers for extradition work with good strength in depth. They have a number of juniors who are accomplished in this fast-moving area of law.

9 Bedford Row has a strong reputation as a leading set for criminal defence, and a growing wealth of talent in the field of professional discipline.

9 Bedford Row have a fast-growing extradition team having set out to recruit a number of leading practitioners, the strength in depth available gives reassurance that matters will always be well looked after.

9 Bedford Row have expanded their extradition team greatly in the last year, and rapidly become one of the ‘core’ extradition sets. Their practitioners can be found almost every day at Westminster or the High Court undertaking extradition cases, whether as prosecution or defence. Members of chambers have been involved in a number of leading cases, and are instructed in both Part 1 and Part 2 cases. The international perspective which chambers brings from its longstanding international criminal work and international contacts are a core feature of chambers’ positioning in the market.

9 Bedford Row is a highly regarded set of Chambers, with a number of excellent juniors including Simon Stirling and Max Hardy

9 Bedford Row is a very professional Chambers whose members are always well-prepared and a pleasure to work with.

A strong criminal set with some top-class advocates.

A strong set which regularly is called upon to deal with sensitive cases.

Barristers at 9 Bedford Row are involved in serious and high profile cases, both defending or prosecuting, and are, in the main, considered by others to be engaging, professional and high-performing.

Brilliant at all levels. From the most senior director Martin Secrett to the most junior clerk, they have a real sense of the need to provide a professional service. They listen when they are asked for guidance on available personnel and are genuinely keen to know your views on the performance of members of chambers. If they cannot help, they are great at signposting to alternative sets. A thoroughly modern approach to business but with the old fashioned values of service to their users.

Chambers as a whole has food strength from top to bottom and are able to provide the right barrister for the right job, most of the time. Chambers provides access to courses to solicitors and alike, on a regular basis with regular expert speakers beyond counsel in chambers.

Chambers has a global reputation as the leading set for ICL and is involved in all major cases. The international base has developed into extradition, Interpol and international fraud and corruption work.

Chambers provides an excellent service. The Clerks are always attentive to my needs.

Excellent general coverage of serious criminal defence cases. Also renowned for their international and military work.

Good strength in depth. Always seem to have a the right barrister for the right case.

I have a very good experience of other members of chambers. Steven Kay QC is robust, creative and fearless. Gary Summers is excellent.

Leading international criminal law set, recognised as such throughout the world. Juniors have international court experience and know-how to work in a team upon complex cases.

The Chamber provides invaluable expertise in the field of international criminal law and international litigation. Other counsel are readily available to discuss difficult questions of law and procedure. The Chambers also provides regular symposia on current events in the field.

The chambers are very well respected and rightly so with many star performers.

The chambers provides excellent service and always accessible and provide a very professional service.

The set has a strong extradition presence and an even stronger criminal presence, particularly at the highly experienced end of chambers.

The set has developed a strong extradition team for Prosecution and Defence work that is linked to their already recognised International Criminal Law expertise.

9 Gough Chambers

After almost three decades based at 9 Gough Square, rebranded common law set 9 Gough Chambers has moved to new state-of-the-art facilities at 5 Norwich Street. In other recent news, fraud, commercial, and regulatory law specialist Giles Bedloe has joined the set from Drystone Chambers, while Jennifer Newcomb has been appointed a Recorder sitting in Crime on the South Eastern Circuit.

Testimonials

Clerks:

As with any good chambers, the clerks are phenomenal. Led by Mike, they have an in-depth knowledge of both the needs of solicitors and the various strengths of their barristers, allowing an ability to apply a perfect match of a barrister to the case. They are always contactable and do everything a solicitor would hope for from a barrister’s clerk.

Michael Goodridge leaps to attention should anything ever be even slightly less than optimal from the solicitors’ point of view. He completely gets customer service.

Ellie Brand is an asset to chambers. She really is at the top of her game.

Excellent – Ellie Brand leads the civil clerking team and is super organised, great with clients and always goes the extra mile to ensure whatever it is that needs doing is done.

Excellent clerking by Ellie Brand and Mike Goodridge and they can both be relied upon.

I have always found all of the clerks to be extremely pleasant and accommodating. However, special mention has to be made regarding Michael Goodridge and Ellie Brand. They go out of their way to help at all times and are extremely efficient with their responses/counsels diary management.

I have always found the clerking team to be good, helpful and accommodating. Michael Goodridge has created a good clerking team with a sound client-friendly focus.

I have known the clerks for many years, in particular Mike Goodridge, who is excellent and never too busy to help.

I have mainly dealt with Ellie Giles clerk and she is extremely quick at responding and organising conference dates etc. I feel she is a great link to counsel and an extremely organised individual. A pleasure to work with.

Jaime Brooks head of the court of protection clerks team has always been fantastic. He goes out of his way to assist and is friendly and engaging. Jaime makes a point of understanding the issues in a case in order to identify the correct counsel for the matter. He also arranges many events to facilitate discussions with counsel so that you can get to know counsel and feel better informed as to counsel’s experience in particular areas.

Jaime Brooks is excellent. Reliable, quick to respond and willing to assist whenever he can. If there’s a problem with availability or a clash in the diary, then he’ll look for a workable solution. Other family clerks in the team aren’t as experienced, but still generally provide a good service.

Michael Goodridge has a well-earned reputation as a formidable clerk. He leads an excellent team, including Ellie Brand and Tom Priest in the fees room. The service from start to finish of a case is excellent.

Michael Goodridge is just brilliant so down to earth so astute and again great to work with Ellie Brand also very professional and easy to work with. During a trial in the Royal Courts of Justice, the clerks were so supportive not only to me as an instructing solicitor but also to the claimant and the family.

Michael Goodridge – Director of Clerking is fantastic. Provides an excellent efficient service, quickly responding to any queries and organising matters in a timely fashion.

Ellie Brand – Excellent and will always deal with any issue thrown at her. Always quick to respond and proactively help in any way she can.

The clerking operation at 9 Gough Chambers is friendly, efficient and well run. Mike Goodridge runs the clerking team superbly and Ellie Brand goes out of her way to accommodate all unusual/short notice requests.

The clerks are also first class. They are very prompt in dealing with matters. Ellie Brand in particular is very helpful.

The clerks are excellent. I believe Jaime Brooks and Thomas Bennett are two of the best clerks I have worked with.

The clerks are helpful and on the whole, instructions are dealt with expeditiously. They will be pragmatic with their approach to fees. So you feel that you are all part of the same team.

The clerk’s room is excellent. Jaime Brooks and Thomas Bennett, are amongst the best family clerks I have worked with. Both Jaime and Thomas have excellent knowledge of the various types of cases and are almost always able to offer cover for my matters. On the rare occasion when the cover is not immediately available, the clerks will make every effort to assist.

They are extremely well clerked by Jaime. He is always extremely organised with the diary and will bend over backwards to get you the counsel you need if at all possible. Billing practices are very efficient.

They have an excellent clerks room run by Michael Goodridge, a true gentleman and businessman. Their Executive Civil Clerk Ellie Brand deserves a mention. She is a true star of the future. great personality, great business acumen and a delight to work with.

Tom and Jaime provide a great service and are personable and friendly clerks. If there is ever an issue, for example, a barrister going part-heard, we are informed immediately and they work exceptionally hard to resolve it.

Set:

9 Gough Chambers are certainly my go-to set and have been for several years now. They are personable and extremely helpful at all times. The clerks are fantastic and do a great job of always making sure someone is available to help. Again, it is always a pleasure working with them.

9 Gough Square is excellent. Strength in depth at both the junior and senior ends. Also very corporate feel administratively. A very slick outfit.

9 Gough Square are one of my go-to sets for Claimant Personal Injury work. They have an extraordinary strength and depth of Counsel who are a match to any claim. I can always rely on chambers to assist.

9 Gough Square chambers are excellent, they offer excellent services they are helpful reliable and go out of their way to accommodate you. They are very friendly and offer excellent services

9 Gough Square have a huge amount of experience in the field of personal injury and will always try to find availability when needed. I find them to be very reliable,

9 Gough Square have a number of excellent Children Law barristers which is reassuring if it is not possible for the same advocate to cover every hearing on a case.

9 Gough Square is a superb common law set. Their criminal team has a number of superb barristers with a broad range of experience, providing reassurance if a brief ever has to be returned.

9 Gough Square remains the set of choice for significant big-ticket Claimant personal injury and clinical negligence cases.

9 Gough Square; there is strength and depth of experience from a catastrophic injury perspective.

9 GS offers an excellent service if a barrister is not available then an alternative of similar standing is suggested.

9GS are a very accommodating set, they have retained key staff which means you know who to go to with queries. They do their best to organise diaries to ensure hearings are covered and get in touch early with any difficulties. They recently ran an interesting court of protection webinar.

A strong set providing expertise in both PI and COP work, giving an ability to support a wide range of our client needs. Very confident barristers with great expertise.

Chambers are very strong public law set. There is strength in depth in these chambers.

The family team is very strong although fairly small. There are benefits of a mixed civil set as some barristers can offer expertise in cases with a cross over, particularly non-accidental injury cases.

Very bright set generally with some outstanding practitioners in the clinical negligence field. They offer training and are very approachable and helpful to their instructing solicitors. There is never a ‘them and us’ feel. Everyone is pulling together. Good clerks and they offer conference facilities for meetings/JSMs when needed.

9 Stone Buildings

Insolvency, contentious trusts and probate, and property litigation are the core specialisms at Chancery set 9 Stone Buildings.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Clerks room – courteous and efficient

Alan Austin – senior clerk – very knowledgeable and a pleasure to deal with.

David is always helpful, generally prompt.

Very helpful and accommodating. A pleasure to deal with taking a lead from Alan Austin who is a great head clerk

Very helpful, extremely approachable, they always try their level best to accommodate an urgent request or offer alternative options.

Alan Austin and Jacob Price are excellent clerks, in particular.

Efficient clerks and no delays to requests and feedback.

Set:

9 Stone Buildings are a pleasure to deal with.

9 Stone Buildings provide an exceptional service.

Chambers have always been very accommodating. It is clear that they value relationships and will go that little bit further to try and keep all parties happy whilst maintaining a high level of service.

good – counsel at all levels always available

Good set, with insolvency specialists.

Pragmatic and practical.

Strong insolvency set.

The chambers are quick to respond and helpful when it comes to clarity on fees

Very helpful clerks who understand the issues and are able to respond rapidly to urgent applications and listing needs.

3 DR JOHNSON'S BUILDINGS

3 Dr Johnson's Buildings has expertise in civil and family law. In recent news, Matthew Hellens and Catherine Piskolti have been appointed joint deputy heads of chambers; Peter Wilkinson has been appointed a Fee-Paid Judge of the Employment Tribunal and a Fee-Paid Judge of the First-Tier Tribunal (Social Entitlement Chamber).

Testimonials

Clerks:

The clerks are fantastic. The senior clerk, James Doble, leads an excellent team, all of who are very approachable and friendly. They aim to please and deliver on the same. They offer a high quality service at very reasonable rates. They are very accommodating, and nothing is too much trouble.

The clerks are really very helpful. They will always chat through the selection of barristers they have available and their strengths and weaknesses. They are also very prepared to help out on prices. They are efficient and approachable. Everything you want in a barrister’s clerk. Peter Adkins and James Doble are particularly approachable.

The clerks at 3 Dr Johnsons Buildings are often quick to respond to emails and will go above and beyond to assist. They are friendly and helpful, with James Doble and Peter Adkins standing out.

The clerks, as a whole, are very good. James Doble and Peter Adkins in particular are exceptional. They offer competitive rates, are very flexible depending on the client’s needs, and are highly personable.

The Clerks’ room is friendly and helpful. The impression given is that they like to provide a good service to solicitors and the views of solicitors will be central to the way they conduct matters.

The Head Clerk, James Doble is simply brilliant at his work. He is very helpful, professional and never hesitates to assist. You simply need to pick up the phone and ask him to do something and it’s done.

The service is unfailingly excellent . The clerks room led by James Doble is very friendly and helpful and I have found the clerks will always go out of their way to assist if at all possible especially in respect to urgent emergency applications.

The service provided by the clerks is professional. James is the senior clerk and he is my ‘go to ‘ clerk when I am instructing any barrister.

Set:

3 Dr Johnson’s Buildings is a very friendly and efficient set with considerable expertise in all areas of family law and great strength in depth. The chambers offer a broad range of very helpful training programmes which I have frequently availed myself of.

3 Dr Johnson’s have an excellent array of talent in all areas of family law, in particular Private Law and financial remedy proceedings. The members of chambers are very approachable, and always willing to assist.

3 Dr Johnson’s is an excellent set with a wide range of experts in the family law field. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to solicitors looking for an excellent all around package.

Always trusted to find the right person for the job. Go out of their way to find a solution to the work needed.

Counsel tend to be very thorough in their approach, with great attention to detail. The clerks are very helpful and if the requested counsel is unavailable they will work with you to select an appropriate alternative with the strengths required.

Crucially, I have found them reliable in quality of advice, guidance and general assistance in the conduct of litigation.

They offer CPD training courses regularly, which are really high quality. They tend to offer courses on very relevant topics, such as new case law or domestic abuse in lockdown.

The set is excellent with a wide array of talent in all areas of family law. The members are very friendly, hard working and approachable.

These chambers are fantastic! They have a very good selection of barristers, with a variety of skills and on the whole are highly competitive on price.

160 Fleet Street

A new London set consisting of Andrew Thornhill QC, Richard Clayton QC, Suleman Ahmed, and qualified Scottish advocate and solicitor David Welsh, Exchequer Chambers specialises in tax law and related public, commercial, and international law.

Libertas Chambers

A new virtual set launched in the era of Covid-19, Libertas Chambers contains 21 members, a number coming from Carmelite Chambers. Simon Csoka QC is the set's first head of chambers, while Marc King is the senior clerk.

Arbitration Chambers

Based in Hong Kong, London Bar, and New York, Arbitration Chambers is a specialist international arbitration set offering arbitrator and counsel expertise across a range of sectors, including banking and finance, construction, insurance, commercial fraud, and shipping to name but a few. In January 2020, the set added Jean Kalicki and Lucy Reed to its membership in conjunction with the launch of its New York office.

21 Hatton Garden

Based in London, Hatton Chambers is a new set specialising in business, media, information, and sports law. Its membership, which is comprised of Timothy Atkinson, Angus Gloag, Simon Perhar, John Samson, Melissa Stock, and Jake Rudman, also offers direct public access.

5 Chancery Lane

Based on Chancery Lane and dealing in criminal defence work, Naeem Mian QC Chambers is the new home of Naeem Mian QC after leaving 2 Hare Court.

BRIGHT LINE LAW

Established by Red Lion Chambers' Jonathan Fisher QC, Bright Line Law is a four member, public access 'barrister law firm' providing specialist advisory, advocacy, litigation, policy, and strategic services in the fields of corporate and financial crime.

2 King's Bench Walk Chambers

Operating from London and Portsmouth, 2 King's Bench Walk Chambers specialises in crime, family, civil, and immigration law. In recent news, William Mousley QC has been appointed a Circuit Judge; Robin Sellers has been appointed Recorder of the Crown Court; and Angus Robertson has retired from the Bar after a 40-year career.

Enterprise Chambers

With bases in London, Bristol, Leeds, and Newcastle, Enterprise Chambers has expertise across the gamut of commercial and Chancery law matters. In recent news, James Pickering QC was appointed Queen’s Counsel; Sally Blackmore  arrived from Ely Place Chambers; Edward Francis was appointed Deputy Master of the Chancery Division.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Always friendly but business-like. Joanne Caunt is as ever a delight to work with.

Couldn’t be more helpful in terms of agreeing turnaround times, getting papers to court and client service.

Excellent Jo and Ellen in Leeds are two of the easiest clerks to deal with and have fantastic links with the court.

Excellent, they do everything possible to make filing and listing pain free. Justin Emmettt in Bristol is particularly good.

Excellent, very helpful and supportive. In particular Frazer Gale-Sinclair who is so helpful and will even assist out of hours and contact the court/update you on matters even when you haven’t requested assistance. Brilliant clerk.

Excellent. Justin Emmett in Bristol and Michael Ireland in London are very good and very responsive. Good at locating the right level of barrister for each case. Very willing to make contact with the courts and the other side making the job much easier in many instances.

Excellent. Raj Lamba is always very professional, responsive and extremely helpful.

Friendly and reliable clerks who are always at the end of the phone. Justin in Bristol and Jo in Leeds are always available and no task is too much for them.

I like working with Raj Lamba. Very quick, efficient and collaborative.

Jeremy is supported by Justin Emmett who we have worked with for a considerable number of years both at Enterprise and Guildhall before that. We find him approachable and helpful which in reality is all you want from a clerk.

Jo and Ellen based at the Leeds Office. They are always helpful and will sort out any enquiries within a matter of minutes. They are both reliable and friendly, yet extremely efficient and professional.

Joanne Caunt is fantastic. Does the job she’s supposed to do but with a human touch which is always welcome and appreciated.

Justin Emmett is a key member of the legal team. He is committed and his network across the Western Circuit makes him indispensable.

Michael and his whole clerking team are excellent. Approachable, commercial and straight forward.

Personable and personal! they get to know the instructing solicitors well and are very flexible in finding appropriate counsel/discussing fees.

The clerking is second to none. Nothing is too much trouble and they move heaven and earth to accommodate the clients needs.

The clerks are great, always available, responsive, flexible and on the ball. I have primarily dealt with Michael Ireland who is always the consummate professional, Luke Clark and Frazer Gail-Sinclair who are also a pleasure to work with.

The clerks are very good at allocating the right barrister for the work, including organising last minute cover. Michael Ireland is very approachable and easy to get on with. No airs and graces!

The Clerks at Enterprise truly are an asset to the set as a whole. They have always been more than helpful and have sought to provide the right barrister for the job. I have often dealt with Mr Frazer Gale-Sinclair as he takes the time to listen to the disputed issues so as to ensure the matter is allocated to the most appropriate barrister for the task. He is always professional and gives the impression that no request is too much trouble.

Set:

The chambers works in a very organised and stream lined way. I have used various barristers from the chambers and the standard is high. Great client care and clerks are easy to approach.

A progressive and outgoing set, very ready to offer training and get togethers for solicitors.

A set that probably excels in property litigation and insolvency work, where they have some very impressive Juniors, and would be at the top of my list.

A specialist set and our go-to set for particularly complex matters. They have such a good range of barristers that we are always able to instruct a barrister at the right level.

Efficient and well run. A good selection of Chancery Counsel available for all needs.

Enterprise are an excellent set and are my go to chambers. They have great strength in depth in most areas and always have someone willing to help and in the discipline required. Always find every member used is always prepared and provide excellent proactive advice.

Enterprise are my set of choice. They have some excellent barristers who are knowledgeable and able to give good commercial advice. There is always someone available to speak to and they will go out of their way to ensure that your requests are accommodated.

Enterprise are one of my ‘go-to’ sets. The clerking is good and barristers are approachable, accessible and available.

Enterprise Chambers are always at the forefront of my mind whenever the services of a barrister might be required.

Enterprise Chambers are simply outstanding.

Enterprise chambers is my go to chambers in London.

Enterprise Chambers offers city standard counsel for the South West. They work collectively and go further than other sets to assist wherever they can.

Enterprise has deep insolvency related experience and, as such, was a natural choice for this dispute.

Good availability of Counsel, clerks are quick to respond and easy to work with, training program, seminar series and online resources are commendable.

Good strength in depth, accessible, good to have someone who can pop to our offices and meet face to face, client handling skills important and they are one of the sets that have a good reputation across the North.

Have good profile in the market and the chambers commands a lot of respect in the region. With a number of senior barristers and true specialists in insolvency they have good availability and always quality. They are active in providing training in the region and often pair with other organisations to provide a different perspective. Excellent clerks which makes filing applications and getting listed very easy. They work seamlessly across the country and have ease of access to the London courts.

Set is very good and holds its own against the specialist London sets, especially in the technical expertise of its barristers. London barristers at regional prices!

Sound and reliable, but the Bristol based team is a particular beacon of expertise for banking related knowledge and legal advice.

The set that Counsel belongs to has a broad spectrum of barristers, at all levels, available to assist and they are both knowledgeable and helpful for insolvency matters. The set includes is a ‘go to’ set for insolvency work with highly skilled and knowledgeable barristers within their ranks.

Very helpful and personable and go above and beyond to assist. Quality of barristers excellent

We regularly use Enterprise Chambers for both insolvency and commercial dispute resolution matters. They always have good options for us in both areas.

MC Chambers

Michael Wolkind QC practices under the MC Chambers banner following his departure from 2 Bedford Row.

Richmond Chambers Immigration Barristers

Richmond Chambers LLP is a practice that, while regulated by the SRA and structured as an LLP, comprises primarily immigration barristers including producing its own via pupillage.

Testimonials

Clerks:

I have found all the clerks that I have dealt with at the chambers very helpful and eager to ensure that the strengths of their chambers and individual barristers are marketed in a fair and effective manner.

Neil Dinsdale is a particularly helpful and reliable clerk.

Set:

Richmond Chambers were the only immigration firm that could bring joy and happiness into my life. They provided me with such an outstanding professional premium service. My personal immigration matters were handled with utmost care indeed. My life has changed for the better ever since I came across Richmond Chambers. We are very grateful for their exceptional service. I cannot speak more highly of them. They are simply THE BEST.

The chambers are of the highest calibre. Very professional and always available to any queries. The regular immigration news update are also very informative and useful, especially when one’s immigration rules is constantly subject to changes.

They do not take any short-cuts. They follow all the right procedures, and they work systematically while collaborating with the client to ensure objectives are met. They are client focussed and they aim to accomplish what they set out to do. They certainly accomplish their goals.

All the team members I have ever dealt with are competent, considerate, independent and cooperative.

Caring and dedicated team.

Chambers are practical legal experts that are extremely professional and friendly.

Great team working here at Richmond Chambers – everyone is so lovely and helpful! Nothing is too much trouble and they always go out of their way to help solve any issues/questions.

Richmond Chambers are very organised. They are very effective in their communications: telephone conservations, emails and letters. They treat their clients with respect as well as handle every case with utmost confidentiality. They are friendly and very professional.

Richmond Chambers consists of dedicated, supportive, highly qualified professionals that go the extra mile to provide high class service. Without a doubt, this set is by far the best.

Very helpful, reliable set, helpful webinars and approachable counsel.

The comprehensiveness of service provided is a key strength is that takes all the stress off of the client’s shoulders: the chamber is responsible for preparing and submitting your entire application pack and assists the client to collect all the required documentation and information in an organised manner.

2 HARCOURT BUILDINGS

2 Harcourt Buildings in London was founded by returning British prosecutors involved in the Nuremburg War Crime Trials. Its members now undertake work across the crime and regulatory landscape. Of recent note, white-collar, cyber, and organised crime specialist John Ojakovoh has joined the set.

Testimonials

Clerks:

I understand that Keith Poynter has recently been made Head Clerk at 2 Harcourt Buildings. I have worked with Keith for many years. He is a brilliant clerk and understands what solicitors want. His no-fuss attitude is appreciated and stands out from the competition.

The clerking is excellent. Clerks are proactive in managing counsel’s diaries and in offering alternative counsel if counsel instructed is not available .

Set:

2 Harcourt are an excellent set. I deal with serious organised crime and chambers have a wealth of counsel who are well able to deal with this work .

2 Harcourt Building is a well established, ’traditional ’ set of chambers across all areas of crime. Solid, with a number of ’stand out’ members.

2 Harcourt Buildings has many very capable prosecution advocates undertaking serious cases with a high level of competence.

2 Harcourt Buildings have a first rate reputation for prosecuting serious criminal cases.

A strong set of chambers with very able and experienced barristers.

Counsel from 2 Harcourt Buildings are always impressive. As a Judge it is a relief to see anyone from this set – you know they will be well prepared, know the law and you are in safe hands. The advocacy is always of an exceptionally high standard.

I have been prosecuted by many counsel from this set. Each barrister I have dealt with has been fair and charming. They are a busy set, counsel often available, wide range of experienced counsel. Many members are well known and popular with colleagues at the bar.

The chambers is a well known and respected set that produced some outstanding Treasury Counsel over the years. Recently they have had a number of silks appointed. They have a very strong junior end.

Lamb Chambers

Lamb Chambers is a multidisciplinary set with particular expertise in commercial, property and construction, and personal injury matters. In recent news, Lucy Keane and James Culverwell have joined chambers.

Five Paper

5 Paper offers expertise in business immigration and regulatory, commercial, employment, family law, and mediation, but is particularly strong in social housing law. In recent news, Sean Pettit, Gita Chakravarty , and Angela Hall have all returned to chambers, while Elizabeth England is a new addition to the set's property team.

Testimonials

Clerks:

As a team, David and Callum are the heart of Five Paper and their combined contacts and experience makes them one of the best clerking teams out there

As mentioned, the clerks are phenomenal. I would specifically commend Daniel Driscoll and Callum Clark, both of whom I have worked with a lot over the last year or two, for always trying to go the extra mile to assist. These two will always call back when promised, find solutions to unusual problems and never seek more than a fair amount in payment of counsel fees.

Callum Clark is responsive, helpful and good to deal with.

Daniel Driscoll is excellent! Super fast response times and always willing to do what he can to secure the counsel that you want at the price you want.

David Portch and Callum Clark work together well and help to promote their barristers to existing and new clients. They are friendly and hard working and always a pleasure to spend time with.

I have always found support team at Five Paper to be second to none. The clerks are always extremely polite and helpful, going out of their way to be of assistance and get back to you promptly.

I have instructed a number of barristers from this chamber and over the time I have spoken to a few clerks when I instructed barristers. However, in my view three clerks namely David Portch, Callum Clark and Ella Banfill have been very helpful and approachable. The service has always been excellent.

The clerks always provide a professional service. Callum Clark and Daniel Driscoll are particularly hardworking and helpful.

The clerks are very friendly and always helpful especially Callum and Daniel. They go beyond thier expectations to assist with matters.

Daniel Driscoll is a pleasure to work with, charming, friendly and very knowledgable about chambers’ practice.

The service from counsel and the clerks is second to none. The clerks are well led by David Portch and each of them are extremely personable and nothing is too much trouble. They will always pull out all the stops to ensure a hearing is covered.

Set:

A very professional set, leading the way in commercial and property law and extremely well-led.

An supreme set of highly specialised barristers – between them there is nothing that they cannot deal with successfully.

Excellent set. I regularly use them. Their housing specialities are far beyond other sets and they know the clientele perfectly and are approachable for this.

Exceptional knowledge and competency across all levels of chambers. I rarely use anyone else because Five Paper have such a large team with a range of seniority, and all are true experts in their field. There is always someone available and the clerks are very good at juggling things to ensure that there is someone that can help.

Five Paper are a strong set possessing strength-in-depth and providing a service that covers many areas of law. I have found the availability of counsel to be very good and almost always can get the barrister I need for a specific case.

Five Paper are a user friendly set with an attentive clerking team. Their strength in depth in the area of residential leasehold disputes and leasehold enfranchisement is growing.

Five Paper is a great property and commercial set and has benefitted from the new leadership. The set seems to be going from strength to strength.

It is clearly the industry leader for landlord social housing work. As well as bringing gravitas to any claim, using a Five Paper barrister guarantees a depth of knowledge and understanding that other sets holding themselves out as specialists can’t match.

I have used a number of different Counsel at Five Paper varying in year of call and have been very impressed with all the barristers I have encountered.

The barristers whom I have spoken with over the phone are very personable.

I think Chambers are very flexible and able to accommodate at a short notice and quite knowledgeable.

I have always been satisfied with both the output and the value offered by Five Paper.

I use Five Paper almost exclusively as I find that they have Counsel for every type of case that I deal with. I have never found myself wishing that I’d booked someone different and I understand that my colleagues that use their services feel the same.

Five Paper is a modern, well run and approachable set of chambers.

I’ve always found Five Paper to be incredibly helpful, transparent regarding costs and punctual in delivery of invoices which is a great help when dealing with clients.

It is particularly helpful that they have a full range of counsel available from junior to senior so that there is someone to suit all budgets. Even with the juniors (pupils) there is confidence from knowing that their pupil master is very experienced.

33 Bedford Row

33 Bedford Row has expertise across the criminal, civil, immigration, family and commercial law disciplines. In recent news, Neil Mercer, joint head of chambers, has been appointed a Recorder for the South Eastern, Family Circuit. Meanwhile, Dr Tariq Mahmood has been appointed to the Court of Arbitration for Art Panel.

4 Brick Court

Family set 4 Brick Court has expanded over the last 12 months following the arrival of Christina Warner, whose practice includes private law, public law and financial proceedings, and former solicitor-advocate Raminder Khasriya who has experience in representing local authorities in complex care proceedings.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Clerks are always helpful in securing suitable counsel for any case required and ensuring continuity to counsel of cases which is always important to lawyers and social workers to form a good working relationship on cases.

Prompt and helpful, I have dealt with Clive Barrett for many years and he will always work collaboratively in resolving issues.

The clerks are always very helpful and accommodating. They let you know if there is a problem with case and counsel’s availability as soon as problems arise and are always trying to offer suitable alternatives.

Clive Barrett who is the senior clerk sets a good example to his fellow clerks.

The clerks at this set of chambers make instructing counsel a smooth and easy process. They willingly provide assistance when needed and will try their best to facilitate your needs and accommodate your requests where possible. They are professional yet friendly to communicate with whether that be by email or on the phone.

Kevin McCarthy and Clive Barrett in particular have gone out of their way to assist. There have been occasions when I have required counsel at extremely short notice of out of hours. They have gone out of their way to make sure suitable cover for a hearing is provided. Their dedication is a credit to chambers.

Inevitably there are occasions when difficulties arise such as counsel becoming unavailable all of a sudden because a case has overrun. In those circumstances, the clerks have ensured that the issue is dealt with appropriately. They work tirelessly to ensure they provide an excellent service, which they succeed in.

The clerks of chambers are excellent. They are always willing to assist and go above and beyond in the service provided.

Set:

4 Brick Court are a diverse chambers with barristers who are committed to working in the field of child care public law work, they have raised the bar in terms of services provided to clients

4 Brick Court has a rightly deserved reputation for strong advocates and team spirit. The clerks team is incredibly helpful.

4 Brick Court has an outstanding reputation in family law. One of the best.

4BC are professional and one of the leading public law family sets.

I have instructed members of 4 Brick Court Chambers for many years. Members of chambers are experienced practitioners who provide high quality representation to clients.

I have used 4 Brick Court for over 25 years and I have always found them to be reliable, pleasant, helpful and professional. They are one of the first chambers I turn to.

I regularly instruct several members of this set of chambers. All their barristers are knowledgeable and helpful. I particularly instruct them in relation to public law Children Act matters. They are a supportive set of chambers and it is clear their members are supportive of each other. They are always willing to help and provide assistance when needed. They have provided very useful training to members of the legal profession. They have a wide range of barristers in different areas of family law and a wide range of years of experience.

I use 4 Brick Court on a regular basis. They are my first port of call . They are normally able to offer me suitable counsel to cover my hearings. They are a really solid set with some excellent juniors

Specialist family law chambers with strength in depth, easy to communicate with at clerking level, a solid bet with strength in numbers.

Atkin Chambers

Atkin Chambers is a premier construction set, with expertise across the energy, arbitration, and professional negligence sectors. Chambers has been strengthened following the arrival of Shourav Lahiri from Reed Smith, where he was a partner in the firm’s energy and natural resources practice.

Testimonials

Clerks:

A great leader in David Barnes. All clerks know their barristers and practices well and are able to recommend relevant barristers as needed.

All swift with their responses and fee estimates and keeping fees within the estimates. Meeting rooms very good and well located.

Andrew Burrows is a first-class, top rate clerk. He is affable, available and always willing to accommodate. We trust his opinion on which barrister to use because he has an acute understanding of who would be best suited for a particular piece of work. He also has a sense of humour, which is rare in the legal world of construction.

Atkin is just about spot on – really liked their light touch, get it sorted approach. Andrew Burrows and Justin Wilson are market-leading clerks.

What David Barnes doesn’t know about the market isn’t worth knowing, brilliant with people and a real pleasure to work with. I couldn’t speak more highly of him.

Brilliant. Always a premium service. A great team from David and Justin down.

Unfailingly helpful and accommodating. You always feel that you are receiving an absolutely premium service.

Clerks are particularly responsive and work with you to get the job done. I have been specifically impressed with Andy Burrows.

Clerks are very friendly and approachable. Andy Burrows and Justin Wilson especially are always looking to help where possible and easily contactable.

David Barnes is a fantastic clerk to work with, very accessible and reasonable to deal with. He also manages to promote the set without ever having to engage in the “hard sell”.

David Barnes is a highly experienced and knowledgeable clerk, and his return to Atkin is very welcome.

David Barnes is still the gold standard. Amazing energy and continues to work hard building long-lasting relationships with firms.

Excellent clerks’ room – David Barnes, Justin Wilson and Andy Burrows in particular.

Its clerking service is top quality especially David Barnes and Justin Wilson. They are very nice, friendly and helpful, especially on Hong Kong issues like visas, tax, time difference and all the practical considerations.

Excellent, they give you five-star service – easy to deal with and proactive with no fuss.

Blackstone Chambers

This year Blackstone Chambers tops the rankings charts as the set with the most top tier set rankings and most leading juniors rankings in London, as well as the chambers with the most leading set rankings, most leading silks rankings, and most barrister rankings overall across England and Wales. In the last 12 months, Michael Fordham QC was appointed a High Court Judge, assigned to the Queen's Bench Division, in December 2019; David Pievsky QC, Harish Salve SA QC, and James Segan QC were all appointed Queen's Counsel in March 2020; and chambers was further strengthened by the arrival of Charlotte Kilroy QC from Doughty Street, Craig Rajgopaul from Littleton Chambers, and Navid Pourghazi from Cloisters.  

Testimonials

Clerks:

Blackstone’s clerks are the most professional that I have dealt with. For Adam Sloane nothing is ever too much, nor too late in the day. The team as a whole is incredibly responsive and works hard to collaborate with their instructing solicitors.

Clerking is exceptional with particular mention to Derek Sutton who is always responsible and accommodating and who clearly knows the strengths and skillsets that the barristers have to offer. He is extremely good at making the right connections between barristers, solicitors and clients.

Gary Oliver as senior clerk is brilliant. Helpful, endlessly patient and willing to work through the difficulties of finding the right barrister for the right job. I cannot speak highly enough of him.

I have always found the clerking service at Blackstone to be very helpful. Dean Tolman in particular is one of the most accommodating and supportive clerks I have come across.

I usually deal with Adam Fuschillo who has a good knowledge of the strengths of the barristers in chambers and is very responsive in dealing with calls/emails.

I work primarily with Derek Sutton and the service he provides is excellent. Their quotes are sensible and they always conduct business fairly. If a particular barrister is not available to take an instruction, Derek expertly suggests another individual who would be a good fit for the matter. He is rarely wrong.

Impressive and responsive. Lewis Walker in particular is proactive, responsive and goes the extra mile.

Impressive set of clerks. Always on hand to help the best way they can. Danny Compton in particular is very easy to work with and has an inherent understanding of urgency.

In my experience they tend to work more as a team, which is very helpful as there is always coverage, they know what is going on, and they can always be trusted to say very clearly and quickly whether something can be done or not. This is massively important, because a clerk who just fills up their barristers’ diaries without planning ahead and being honest about other commitments etc often does adversely impact the quality of work (as we do see in other leading sets).

In particular Adam Sloane is a delight to work with. He is a highly accomplished Clerk who’s professional standards are second to none. He clearly has an extensive knowledge of the Barristers at the Chambers and is a shining star within the organisation.

Lewis Walker and Adam Sloane are both very good indeed. As above, the quality and user-friendliness of the clerking at Blackstone set it apart from any other Chambers.

Lewis Walker is a fantastic clerk, the strength and depth of his knowledge of barrister expertise is exceptional.

Lewis is very personable and it is extremely easy to build up a great working relationship.

Marc Armstrong is always ready and willing to assist with whatever is required, is fast working and quick to respond.

Service is excellent and the clerks deserve particular mention for their diligence. The clerks have worked diligently to ensure that there is a secure Chinese wall in place for this case with dedicated clerks to different parties. The clerks are all well aware of the importance of this. Derek Sutton is particularly strong in customer service, open, honest and always willing to help. Adam Fuschillo is also to be commended for his availability and reliability, he will go above and beyond to assist.

Sophie Floyd in particular is always responsive, resourceful and willing to help.

The Chambers has an exceptional group of clerks who have the ability to work with both lawyers and clients to reflect properly the parties’ commercial objectives. I should particularly comment that Derek Sutton remains an absolute superstar of the clerks who is always willing to “go the extra mile” to support both me and the team generally.

The clerks /chambers organise some very interesting and useful events and are stand outs in events focussing on women in law and organising events that might appeal to women as well as men.

The clerks are excellent, particularly Adam Fuschillo and Lewis Walker. They are always responsive, efficient and keen to help. Nothing is too much trouble. They are also flexible and very reasonable over fees and fee structures. They are a great advertisement for the set.

Derek Sutton is an excellent clerk. He is responsive, understands the needs of clients and is fantastic to deal with. he is very good at finding the right barrister to fit the work required.

The clerks are very good at providing the right barrister for each job. The service is exceptional and work is turned around almost instantly. Lewis Walker is an absolute gem who understands the realities of litigation and is always helpful whether it be about costs or timing.

I deal extensively with Billy Brian, who is excellent. Billy will always make time to speak to me directly over the phone whenever I have a new instruction (including occasions when he has been on holiday), and he bends over backwards to find options for me if our preferred barristers aren’t available. Billy’s knowledge of his barristers’ experience and strength is great and he is always able to find someone suitable to assist.

Marc Armstrong in the clerks room is an absolute legend. Always willing to go the extra mile and take a proactive, commercial approach.

The clerks’ room is very responsive and the clerks are always able to tailor recommendations to particular needs and requirements. Gary Oliver in particular is always ready and available to make practical recommendations and to discuss client needs in any given matter.

The clerks’ room of Blackstone Chambers is the strongest that I have come across, they are competitive on price, and always willing to discuss better ways to provide the service you are seeking.

They are helpful. Billy Brian is a star clerk: he is smooth, sophisticated, subtle, polite, sensible, excellent manners to deal with clients and barristers. He originally clerked Lord Sumption (when at Brick Court). So, although relatively young, this is a clerk who is clearly destined to go far.

Tom’s clerks have always been on hand to assist and have provided an exceptional service. Danny Compton and Sophie Floyd, in particular, have been fantastic.

Set:

A go-to chambers for tricky sensitive or high profile public law issues or litigation. A number of leading individuals, approachable and friendly and responsive.

A great employment set, very approachable team, knowledge is exceptional and clerks are really helpful.

A stand out set in the civil fraud space, with some real heavy hitters and real strength at silk, senior junior and junior levels.

A top set with a diverse range of commercial expertise. I am always confident using their juniors as sole counsel even with limited call – they get better exposure than at other sets.

A top user-friendly set. Excellent counsel, events and seminars. Especially for commercial disputes with a media/IP angle.

A user-friendly set with excellent barristers. Their events and seminars are always useful and well attended.

A very diverse set in financial and public law. Difficult to name anyone whom I would not be happy to instruct on a public law matter.

All barristers that we have worked with at Blackstone Chambers have been of the highest calibre. They are all extremely professional, completely on top of the law and all of those I have worked with have been very capable of explaining the law in a client-friendly manner.

An excellent set, Blackstone is our first choice for fraud matters.

As a financial regulatory practitioner, it is the go-to set. There are good barristers at other sets but no one has the same strength in depth.

They regularly circulate informative and insightful alters which are particularly good. Their charitable initiatives are glorious.

As always, a very impressive set. Particularly impressive in the consistent quality of their advocates both at silk and junior level. Their barristers are very user-friendly and client-focused.

Blackstone are clearly a top set in the field of public law, with particular strength in media-related work

Blackstone are the best chambers we use by some distance. Their quality, strength in depth of barristers and experience is unrivalled. They are the go-to set without a doubt.

As well as having some key people who are known specialists in their areas, Blackstone is also able to field a decent depth and breadth of other talents that are waiting in the wings and stand ready to lend their support at often very short notice.

Blackstone Chambers are a fantastic set of barristers who have strength in depth across the board. In relation to aviation particularly they have a number of barristers who are at the head of their field with really impressive experience. At the junior end, I find that Blackstone barristers are always ready to lend a hand and are typically very enthusiastic about the cases we involve them in.

Blackstone Chambers are a formidable set in fraud, asset tracing and shareholder disputes. They always have available excellent counsel who immediately make you feel comfortable that you are extremely safe and capable hands.

They have a vast array of talented barristers who are all at the top of their game. Where a chosen barrister is unavailable, I have never been disappointed by alternative counsel recommended by the clerking team. They provide a good programme of know how through emails and bulletins, together with social events for networking.

Blackstone Chambers has an exceptionally strong reputation across a very wide range of practice areas. It is unusual both in terms of the breadth of expertise offered by members of chambers (ranging from employment, to commercial and competition law, to public, human rights and international law) and the depth of the quality of its members. There are few high profile civil cases that do not involve at least one barrister from Blackstone.

Blackstone Chambers is an exceptionally good Chambers with a large strength-in-depth, and almost all of their Barristers provided added value, are responsive, and stand strong comparison to their peers.

Blackstone Chambers is my go-to set for high value or complex matters. There is a remarkable range of specialities amongst the barristers at Chambers. The silks are of exceptionally high quality and the vast majority of the juniors are extraordinarily accomplished (even at the very junior end)

Blackstone Chambers is our go-to set for EU and competition law claims as they have some of the most impressive barristers in this area. As a result of their stellar reputation, availability can be an issue but this is very often mitigated by the breadth of their offering.

Blackstone Chambers is without a doubt the best set in England. There is enormous strength and depth in these chambers in many areas and the quality is of the highest calibre. All the Blackstone barristers I have worked with have been friendly, reliable and outstanding in the quality of their advice. It is my choice for media employment disputes as these tend to cross over into other areas of law and you can rely on these barristers to have exceptional wide-ranging experience.

Blackstone have an exceptional employment practice, and are regularly sought out by the top firms for difficult, sensitive cases where the best Counsel are needed. With a strong roster of top employment Silks, they also have top rate juniors and I know that they are currently recruiting at the junior end to further increase that strength-in-depth.

Blackstone have unparalleled strength in depth around public law and especially the relationship between EU/international protections and UK domestic legislation.

Blackstone is a real centre of excellence for human rights cases. They have a phenomenal depth of knowledge in this sphere both at senior and junior levels.

Blackstone is able to offer extremely strong counsel across a range of practice areas and levels. Counsel availability is generally good. The set has also provided helpful training to our Litigation team at our offices.

Blackstone is about the strongest black letter employment law set, I think. Particularly good for restrictive covenant work and other contractual disputes.

Blackstone is an excellent set, and always one that I consider when seeking to the instruct counsel. It has barristers with wide range of experience and expertise. Its training programme is timely and tackles tricky issues.

The front of house team work really hard to look after you, which makes a real difference to the experience especially for the lay client for whom it is all immensely stressful! The front of house team’s contribution is significant – and underrated in its positive impact.

Blackstone remain the stand-out set for big ticket sports instructions

Blackstones are excellent all around and offer both depth and breadth of Counsel available for instruction on Commercial Litigation matters.

Brick Court Chambers

Our new guide sees Brick Court Chambers as one of the top ten sets with the most leading chambers rankings, most overall barrister rankings, and most leading silk rankings rankings across England and Wales. The future of the set looks bright as it also contains the most Rising Star barristers in this the inaugural year of that ranking category. Since launch of our last guide, Colin West  was appointed chair of the London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association for a two-year period; David Scannell QC and Colin West QC were appointed Queen’s Counsel; Sue Prevezer QC, former co-managing partner of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, joined chambers along with James McClelland  from Fountain Court Chambers, Sarah Bousfield from 39 Essex Chambers, and Charlotte Tan from Twenty Essex; Kelyn Bacon QC has been appointed a Justice of the Chancery Division, while Neil Calver QC joins the Queen’s Bench Division.

Testimonials

Clerks:

A fantastic modern clerking team. They are a complete pleasure to deal with.

Always friendly and approachable at all levels of seniority. I have always been impressed by Paul Dennison.

An incredibly strong team of clerks. They provide great support and prompt assistance in all case management related issues, including on costs, filings, and meeting arrangements. We have in particular been impressed by the professionalism of and assistance provided by: Tony Burgess, Luke Carvalho and Jo Francis.

I would single out Tony Burgess who is just brilliant at providing the responsive support we need.

Both Tony and Paul as head clerks do an excellent job – very commercial in their approach and always at the end of the phone

Brick Court’s clerks’ room provides unparalleled service. The clerks’ relationships with teh Court are without equal; they are the best in the business.

Client service is second nature to the team. Their clerks room is headed by the brilliant Paul Dennison, who is always frank, helpful and thoroughly professional. They are very clear on fees and in my experience willing to be pragmatic to support the client.

Excellent clerking, very responsive. Know the barristers well. I would single out Luke who is my ‘go-to’ person in Chambers

Tony Burgess is a pleasure to work with and always sensible on rates.

First class service – Paul Dennison impresses with his responsiveness.

They’ve been hugely helpful at facilitating conference calls and meetings, often at short notice, and have offered to help us (very graciously!) on a number of occasions now by photocopying/collating huge volumes of material in-Chambers, so that we don’t have to manage it all from our office.

I consider Brick Court to be the pre-eminent set in this area. Their main competition is Monckton Chambers, but I would rank Brick Court ahead in terms of strength in depth.

I find the Brick Court clerks to be the best to deal with across the city. They are responsive, realistic in relation to fees, and in general have a very helpful approach.

Jo Francis is a very able clerk – an excellent communicator.

Jo Francis is always bright, helpful and practical to deal with.

Luke Carvalho and Jo Francis are lovely to deal with, prompt to respond and practical in their approach.

Luke Carvalho and Tony Burgess are excellent – approachable, friendly, pragmatic, commercial, fast to respond.

Luke is particularly easy to deal with and has word-class client care and understanding.

Paul and Tony are first rate.

Paul Dennison is at the top of his game. Commercial, knowledgeable and user-friendly. Pleasure to work with.

Jo Francis is simply superb. Tony Burgess is brilliant (but is obviously operating at a higher level now)

The clerks always have excellent suggestions for who to instruct. Luke Carvalho is particularly helpful and responsive.

The clerks at Brick Court are very good – they are very responsive, efficient and personable.

The service from the clerks room is always good, no matter which clerk you speak to. The reception desk is also welcoming and helpful, which helps with frazzled clients.

Set:

A fantastic commercial and public law set

A fantastic set and a great pleasure to work with. Their work product is of the highest quality.

A first class set with some of the best commercial litigators at silk and junior level

A first rate magic circle set. One of the best of the best.

A strong set, that offers an excellent pro bono service, which is always delivered to the highest standard.

A top rate commercial set with significant strength in depth.

A top set for cases involving human rights and crossovers with EU law

A very good set, who really support pro bono work brought in the pubic interest. A combination excellent legal practitioners working to offer access to justice.

An excellent set. A go to set for this kind of work.

They cover the full range of commercial expertise, including professional negligence.

Brick Court are clearly in the top 3 (if not top 2) chambers specialising in competition litigation and refreshingly have several barristers with extensive experience working on both the claimant and defendant side.

Brick Court are one of the best. They happily engage with us on various training related issues and their barristers are consistently involved in some of the key competition cases.

Brick Court are the go to set for big ticket commercial work. The set is excellent from top to bottom

Brick court are the go to set for commercial work involving bet the company issues.

Brick court are the premier set in this area of law with talent at every level. That sometimes means availability is a challenge, but the clerks have been superb in helping us manage that.

Brick Court Chambers are one of the first sets you think of in this area.

Brick Court Chambers is known for being consistently excellent and I have always been very impressed with any barristers that I have worked with or appeared against.

Brick Court Chambers offer excellent training courses, which have been invaluable, particularly during lockdown.

Brick Court continues to be regarded as one of the very top flight of chambers for commercial and banking litigation.

Brick Court continues to go from strength to strength. They have enviable strength in depth across the board and it has been particularly gratifying to see greater diversity in the make up of chambers with some truly excellent female QCs and juniors.

Brick Court field an incredibly strong team of barristers and are the go to set for competition matters.

Brick Court has a deserved and long standing reputation as one of the best chambers in London.

Brick Court has a number of excellent practitioners in international arbitration, and a growing presence in the area.

Brick Court has a strong cohort of barristers, both in silk and as juniors, who practise in banking litigation.

Brick Court has few peers as a top tier commercial set.

Brick Court has unparalleled strength-in-depth in the field of competition law in my view.

Brick Court have a deserved reputation as the pre-eminent commercial set at the London bar. They have great depth at all levels, and you can rely on their barristers to provide a premium service.

Brick Court have fantastic public lawyers, particularly at a junior level. They are my go to set.

Brick Court is a clearly a market leading chambers. They have a large group of very talented barristers. They are the go-to set for banking litigation.

Brick Court is a clearly a market leading chambers. They have a large group of very talented barristers. They are the go-to set for banking litigation.

Well respected, it has some big names but also a lot who are under the radar.

First rate, across QCs and juniors.

Carmelite Chambers

Carmelite Chambers specialises in all areas of criminal law, including serious crime, international crime, regulatory, private prosecutions, and appeals, but have particular strength in serious fraud and financial crime matters. In recent news, Chloe Birch was appointed vice-chair of the Women in Criminal Law group and it's been all change in the clerks' room where former 2 Hare Court senior practice clerk Ben Heaviside has joined as Carmelite's new senior clerk.

Clerks:

Ben Heaviside (Senior Clerk); Dean Allen (Deputy Senior Clerk); Jordan Wescott (Clerk); Louisa Wheeler (Fees Clerk); Orla O’Sullivan (Chambers Administrator)

Testimonials

Clerks:

Clerks always provide an excellent service.

Carmelite Chambers is truly one of the best sets out there. A great bunch of clerks and a depth of first class counsel. Carmelite is a one stop shop for sheer quality.

Carmelite chambers are an impressive set who clerks are approachable, helpful and extremely professional.

An extremely capable set with the best communicating clerks in the business.

Set:

A professional and reliable set of chambers. A very strong set.

Always efficient, keep us up to date regarding changes in Court hearings and always able to offer a suitable alternative for Counsel. Friendly and helpful clerks.

Chambers are very professional, very organised and very efficient

A leading set of chambers with great strength in depth.

Carmelite Chambers are a leading set for fraud with huge strength in depth.

An excellent set of Chambers, well organised and helpful. They have an excellent choice of counsel.

Carmelite Chambers are very organised, very professional and very efficient.

Carmelite Chambers is an excellent London set with barristers and silks of the highest quality.

Carmelite Chambers is an excellent London set with barristers and silks of the highest quality.

They are always able to offer a choice of suitable counsel across all Defence disciplines at all levels of experience.

Carmelite Chambers is very well run, full of exceptional barristers and QCs, and with an enviable clerks room.

Chambers’ regulatory practice in particular has grown significantly in recent years and they also offer excellent training programmes.

I receive an outstanding service from Chambers. Always willing to help and go the extra mile.

Impressive set of criminal defence barristers with real proactive clerking. It is rare to find a criminal case of any significance in England and Wales in which at least one of their tenants is not involved.

They are approachable, dedicated and very supportive to solicitors. Very efficient in all that they do.

Very strong set with range of expertise. Chambers CPD lectures always extremely relevant and informative.

Cerulean Chambers

London-based commercial litigation set Cerulean Chambers is composed of barristers Juliette Levy  and Stuart Cakebread , consultant solicitors Fiona Mitchell and Gerda Goldinger, and commercial director Charlie Wayling.

Church Court Chambers

Church Court Chambers in London has expertise across the gamut of criminal law matters, as well as civil, immigration, family, regulatory, art and culture, and sports law.  

Testimonials

Clerks:

Always helpful and willing to assist with requests.’

‘As the Senior clerks, Rod and Dan are brilliant in terms of their communication and client care – no hesitation in calling them when issues arise, they deal with any issues promptly and efficiently.’

‘Brilliant, Dan Bartlett and Rod McGurk are amazing.’

‘Excellent clerks, best in London.’

‘I have a very good relationship with the clerks having known them for many years. They are always there to help. Rod and Dave are invaluable to the Chambers.’

‘The clerks are superb within this set. The service provided is at the utmost highest. They do not disappoint. The clerks will endeavour to provide the availability of counsel sought to be instructed.’

Set:

‘A great set with a variety of barristers available from the senior to junior end.’

‘Chambers as a whole are an excellent set. I have instructed various other chambers in the past where counsel who are instructed are no longer available on the case. However, with Church Court Chambers, the experience level of experience of counsel is wide and therefore with any counsel instructed from this set, you feel that they will always work thorough on the matter without any disappointment. Counsel at Church Court do no abandoned cases. When assistance is required from any counsel such as a point of law to be discussed where counsel is not instructed, counsel from this set will always assist.’

‘Chambers has great depth of talent, from some very promising juniors right through to some of the leading counsel and Silks – inevitably, I perceive that some counsel are better than or better suited to some case than others and in that respect having complete confidence in the leadership team and clerks is imperative, I greatly enjoy working with Chambers, and have complete confidence in the expertise of their Senior Clerks who pride themselves on a well-organised and efficient set.’

‘Church Court Chambers has developed from a small set of Chambers into a Chambers which handles some of the most high profile cases in the jurisdiction and internationally.’

‘Church Court is different from those sets which maintain ranked position based on their name alone in that the barristers there from the most junior upwards are willing to take on the most challenging cases to develop the law when such cases may be rejected from the “establishment” sets.’

‘Excellent chambers with a range of brilliant barristers.’

‘Excellent set, good strength in depth, well clerked.’

‘Extremely good set of chambers who deal with serious, high profile cases.’

Cloisters

Cloisters is a top tier employment law set and a go-to chambers for clinical negligence and personal injury cases. Since the launch of our last guide, Schona Jolly QC was re-elected as chair of the Bar Human Rights Committee 2020-21; Caspar Glyn QC and Claire McCann  were re-elected to the Legislative and Policy Committee of the Employment Lawyers’ Association; Linda Jacobs  was appointed Assistant Coroner for the City of London; Sally Cowen , Akua Reindorf , Anna Beale , Olivia-Faith Dobbie , and Rachel Barrett  were all appointed as fee-paid Employment Tribunal Judges; and Simon Dyer QC was appointed as a Recorder, sitting in crime on the South Eastern Circuit.

Testimonials

Clerks:

‘All the clerks are friendly and accessible and will look for practical and efficient solutions to logistical problems, particularly in the current circumstances.’

Andy Hunter and Frankie Beale are both extraordinarily helpful. They are both polite, reassuring and good to work with. Mark and Andy are very good at identifying suitable counsel for any case we give them. They are very organised, keep an eye on deadlines and ensure the timely flow of paperwork to ensure cases run smoothly and efficiently.’

‘Alberta Sharpe is a joy to work with and helps to resolve any issues with fees and invoicing.’

‘Glen Hudson, Andy Hunter and William Parkhouse are excellent at their respective roles.’

Clerking is excellent. Glenn the head clerk is very easy to deal with. Approachable and responsive.’

‘Clerks are attentive and get back to you quickly. Oliver Spratt has been excellent.’

‘Clerks are excellent in terms of arranging appts, counsel availability and sorting costs.’

‘Cloisters’ clerks are head and shoulders above any other set in this area. Glenn Hudson and Mark Skipp, in particular, are worthy of praise for their speed of response, levels of service generally and their understanding of important issues.’

Excellent – all clerks – led well by Glenn Hudson. Best set we work with.’

‘Glenn Hudson – excellent client service, always willing to help and go the extra mile.’

‘I find that the Clerks are the most co-operative of their kind, they prove themselves to be worthy team-players and they provide a first-class service.’

I have found the clerks at Cloisters to be supportive and helpful. They will always endeavour to work flexibly to ensure availability of counsel and provide solutions if this is not possible.’

‘I have seen in action and have used many different chambers in the past 40 years of my life in the law and I have yet to see any better clerking than I have experienced at Cloisters. The clerks are not only efficient at the their jobs but they make you feel that they consider themselves part of your team.’

‘Really accessible and friendly as well as being professional (more so than other similar chambers), and I would describe all of the clerks in this way. They are so easy to deal with and it is one of the reasons that I enjoy working with Cloisters. I liaise most frequently with Andy Hunter who is extremely helpful and has always gone the extra mile in supporting us.’

Set:

‘A set which is impressive in its number of specialist clinical negligence Counsel. It has delivered innovative training on developments in medical and assistive technology.’

‘All Counsel I have worked with from this set have a deep understanding of not just the law surrounding clinical negligence but the ethical issues and the challenges facing clients, including the cross over with Court of Protection issues, which are significant in birth injury/catastrophic brain injury quantum work.’

Always my first call. Loads of excellent employment barristers.’

‘Depth of knowledge and skill set within the Chambers is excellent. Would be a Chambers that I would have no hesitation in recommending to others.’

‘Cloisers are an excellent set – they are my go-to chambers.’

‘Cloisters are a well established set of excellent barristers and their strength and depth means they are a pleasure to work with.’

‘Cloisters are an excellent set of Chambers. They can always provide a range of counsel to suit the complexity of any case we instruct them on. They are well organised, supremely efficient and very easy to work with. Most importantly our clients also enjoy working with them. They provide relevant regular news updates and training events.’

‘Cloisters are fantastically generous in providing excellent guidance and training, most recently in relation to the impact of Covid 19.’

‘Cloisters has a very good reputation for personal injury work and it does not disappoint. There are a number of barristers who are very experienced and this means availability is usually good. They also run helpful and informative talks.’

‘Cloisters have a number of excellent employment counsel and are well supported by a strong clerking team. They range in experience so it is easy to identify someone at the right level of experience to deal with a case. The materials they have produced to address Covid-19 – particularly a full document on various employment law implications – was really impressive.’

‘Cloisters have great counsel with great personality. No shrinking violets here.’

‘Cloisters is in the front rank of employment sets and is perhaps the most innovative. Members of Chambers are uniformly excellent and collaborative. The strength is in depth from the Silks through to the juniors.’

‘Extremely good Chambers, in fact they are the only Chambers that I use and have done so for over 10 years.’

‘Fantastically good. I have instructed members of every level of seniority and I have always been impressed by the thoroughness of their preparation, their knowledge, the quality of their advice and their advocacy skills.’

Cloth Fair Chambers

Cloth Fair Chambers is a ten-member set containing leading silks and juniors specialising in criminal, fraud, and regulatory law and is seen as a go-to chambers for the most complex financial crime matters. The set's list of silks grew earlier this year after Jonathan Barnard QC was appointed Queen's Counsel in March 2020.

Coram Chambers

With offices in London and Zurich, Coram Chambers  is a specialist family law set with particular expertise in public and private children's law. In recent news, Liz Isaacs QC joined the set as a door tenant, while Yasmeen Jamil and Judith Pepper have joined as full tenants of chambers;  Gill Honeyman has been appointed a Recorder on the South Eastern Circuit, family division.

Testimonials

Clerks:

‘All clerks are highly professional and deal with matters promptly.’

‘Clerks are efficient and knowledgeable.’

‘Clerks have always been quick to reply to enquiries. George and David have always been helpful and assisted with queries raised.’

‘Coram clerks are always responsive and provide quick replies to any queries and will always do their best to provide cover for cases.’

‘David Sadler is extremely helpful, organised, and is very committed to providing the best service possible. He is a pleasure to work with.’

‘George Mo provides excellent client care and always goes above and beyond to help.’

‘George Mo and David Sadler are superb.’

‘Harry Butcher and George Mo are excellent and very responsive.The clerking team have now been joined by Hudson Brewer and so will have gone from strength to strength.’

‘I have always had a good experience with the clerking team at Coram. George Mo in particular is reliable, straightforward and easy to deal with.’

‘I have had excellent service from the clerks particularly Harry Butcher and chambers has adapted well to remote working through the COVID-19 crisis.’

‘I highly rate George Mo and David Sadler. George is very personable; he is the affable face of the Clerks’ room. Both George and David are efficient and ensure that matters are followed through.’

‘The clerks are always the most helpful that I work with and will bend over backwards to ensure that as solicitors we receive the best service. They will provide helpful recommendations for counsel when required and I am able to build a good personal relationship with all of the clerks.’

Set:

‘A number of strong and effective advocates within this chambers.’

‘A well-known family specialist chambers with a wide variety of barristers.’

‘Children barristers are particularly strong at Coram.’

‘Coram chambers are unsung heroes, the service they give is excellent. They have many talented members.’

‘Coram are in a niche of their own. They are known to focus on children’s law and they do this to aplomb. They are a hardworking set known for representing the vulnerable, they are committed to Justice and never try to be flash in their presentation.’

‘Coram are one of my ‘go to’ sets. They have great depth and breadth of counsel from money practitioners to children practitioners and more. I particularly like them as they have some specialist and very experienced Tolata practitioners which I feel is an invaluable resource.’

‘Coram Chambers has for decades been my “go to” set for a wide range of children cases. They have consistent strength throughout the set from junior to senior.’

‘Coram is a large family set with a wide range of practitioners. Some of the barristers at this set are very good, and well respected in their field.’

‘Coram is an extremely reliable Chambers in terms of consistency and trying to accommodate my chosen barrister throughout the case. Even the pupils and the very junior barristers are excellent.’

‘Excellent set. You know when Coram are involved you will have sensible and experienced advocates on a case.’

‘One of my favourite sets. real strength in depth. Always helpful.’

‘Some of the best technical junior barristers around. If you have an out of the ordinary case, Coram are the set to go to.’

‘There are some very strong barristers at this set who really have a strong sense of justice and are, generally, pleasant and easy to work with.’

Cornerstone Barristers

Cornerstone Barristers has offices in London, Birmingham, and Cardiff, offering expertise in licensing, local government, and social housing, to name but a few. In recent news, the set has announced the launch of a new arbitration service, Kuljit Bhogal was appointed a Recorder of the Crown Court, and Matthew Feldman who joins the set from 42 Bedford Row.

Testimonials

Clerks:

‘Clerks at Cornerstone are personable and pleasant to talk to. They are reliable and offer strong client care. Elliot Langdorf leads the clerks’ room and does a sterling job and Sam Collins is certainly on his way.’

‘Clerks at Cornerstone are very helpful and consistently go the extra mile to assist.’

‘Elliot Langdorf is very helpful and responsive and takes a realistic approach to fees. The clerks generally are excellent in my experience.’

‘I have found all clerks to be approachable and very helpful, also very willing to assist where an urgent instruction might be required.’

‘Sam Collins is excellent: friendly, responsive and understands client needs.’

‘Service from the clerking team (led by the fantastic senior clerk Elliot) is brilliant. Every single one of them is friendly, knowledgeable and always able to deal with any queries I have. In particular, I would like to mention team leaders Sam Collins and Daniel Gatt, who are incredible at their job and who have gone out of their way to assist on many occasions. They are friendly, accommodating and have a deep knowledge of Chambers’ practice areas.Elliot is exactly what I would expect and want from a Senior Clerk in Chambers. Professional with personality, he has the knack of being able to match the right barrister to any case. In my view, the standard of Clerking has only improved under his leadership.’

‘The clerks are extremely professional in the telephone manner but also easy to talk to on any matter and they all complement each other, Elliot Landorff, Chelsea Thomas, Daniel Gatt, Justin Cunningham, George Regan, Issac Maynard-Smith, have been extremely helpful when Ive been looking for an advocate to present my work.’

Set:

‘Between them, the members of the housing team form an impressive arsenal of skill, knowledge and expertise.’

‘Cornerstone are an excellent set with many barristers very experienced in public law.’

‘Cornerstone Barristers as a whole are one of the best sets I have ever worked with in my legal career. They offer excellent training courses (including useful and very relevant webinars during the Covid-19 Pandemic), the quality of barristers and the work they produce is outstanding. There has always been counsel available to talk to me on matters, even when I haven’t instructed. They are my go to set with any issues which require counsel and I have recommended them to others.’

Cornerstone Chambers is an excellent set. They have been able to provide good counsel at short notice on complex matters. There hasn’t yet been a social housing matter that, as a set, they have not been able to respond to and provide an excellent service.’

‘Cornerstone have a great depth of knowledge and provide great resources and training for us, as well as very professional and able legal services.’

‘Good strength-in-depth in the area of private sector housing and licensing litigation with a range of Counsels available to take on cases of varying complexity.’

‘I have worked both with and against barristers at Cornerstone for many years. They are strongly and diversely represented at all levels of practice.’

‘I have worked with many barristers at Cornerstone over the years covering a whole and wide range of civil and commercial litigation and property matters. Chambers has a great reputation and I never hesitate to recommend.’

‘The leading licensing set in the country, with an extremely personable set of legal professionals.’

‘The set is very good in the local government field and has some excellent junior barristers coming through.’

Very professional, very personable and a pleasure to work with. Very good at advising on the best strategy for a case, and honest and candid about the likelihood of success and the weaknesses in any case.’

Crown Office Chambers

Crown Office Chambers is a commercial and common law multidisciplinary set with particular expertise in the insurance space and associated practice areas. Since our last guide, Isabel Hitching QC has been to the Civil Procedure Rule Committee for a three-year term; Claire Toogood  has been appointed a Deputy Master of the Queen’s Bench Division; Kim Franklin QC was appointed to the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Committee; former Herbert Smith Freehills partner Donny Surtani joined as a door tenant. In the clerks' room, Rob Cowup, former deputy senior clerk at Keating Chambers, arrived as senior team clerk of the commercial, construction, and energy team. Elsewhere, Roger Ter Haar QC has is to focus upon work as arbitrator and adjudicator and Michael Harvey QC retired from practice after 54 years in chambers.

Testimonials

Clerks:

‘Brilliant. Very quick to respond and very personable.’

‘Connor Thomas is great to deal with.’

‘Clerks are good and efficient. Special mention for Steve Purse who is out there selling the chambers and its expertise. Also extremely friendly and happy to discuss/suggest right counsel for the right job.’

‘Clerks could not do any more to make working with the set an absolute pleasure. They are extremely responsive and helpful whenever a request (such as attending the RCJ) is made of them.’

Excellent – Steve Purse and Matthew Solari in particular, knowledgeable, friendly, commercially minded. Always accessible and helpful and go out of their way to provide assistance. Really great service.’

‘Excellent service from specialist clerks to the regulatory team – Toby Sparrow exceptionally diligent and responsive.’

‘Excellent, very proactive, even to identifying needs from what they see in the industry and not wanting us to miss out on counsel we have used in the past. Clear on fees and timescales.’

‘Fantastic set of clerks. Personable, reliable, responsive. Matthew Solari and Andy Flanagan are always a pleasure to work with.’

‘First-class service. James Wilkinson is outstandingly good: professional, diligent and conscientious.’

Greg Frewin (clerk) is brilliant and the best clerk I have dealt with at any chambers. His service is exceptional and is an absolute pleasure to work with.’

‘Steve Purse is an incredible asset to Crown Office, the best in the business. Always available and manages expectations brilliantly.’

‘The clerking operation is professional and on top of its game. Toby Sparrow is well aware of the cases coming through the door and highly focused on delivering great service.’

‘James Wilkinson and Greg Frewin have built exceptional relationships with solicitors and insurers, they know their set inside out. Joe Shepherd, Sam Barrett and Oli Edwards are all experienced and offer a superb service.’

Set:

‘A very good set with great in depth of professional negligence and construction matters. Nice to deal with.’

‘An excellent chambers providing high quality service.’

‘Chambers have a good strength in depth and some very talented individuals. They are really making a concerted effort to market themselves in the professional indemnity insurance arena and are becoming more visible in the Midlands market.’

Crown Office are a go to set for us and preferred/highly regarded by clients.’

Crown Office are my preferred set, the barristers are all very user friendly and commercial alongside being bright.’

‘Crown Office Chambers are always very helpful. They have a wide range of barristers that I use regularly, from juniors through to silk.’

Crown Office Chambers are my preferred Chambers. The strength in depth of the entire Chambers stands them out as the leading Defendant personal injury set.’

‘Crown Office Chambers are the leading chambers for health and safety work in the country. Crown Office has a great deal of quality barristers specialising in the area, at various levels of call. The set would be my first choice for a barrister in health and safety work.’

‘Crown Office Chambers have a real expertise in Construction and Engineering Law, with Counsel at all levels who are able to assist clients at the appropriate level.’

Crown Office Chambers is a leading set in regulatory law. Their team comprises of many years of experience in some of the most influential cases. Crown Office offers reliable Counsel at a consistent level of expertise.’

‘Excellent strength-in-depth. QCs and juniors are sharp, have fingers on the pulse and have a good feel for the commercial realities of insurance litigation.’

‘I have found Crown Office Chambers to be excellent. They offer true expertise in the fields they cover, and have barristers at the right level for every case.’

Deans Court Chambers

Manchester- and Preston-based Deans Court Chambers is a multidisciplinary set with expertise in family, personal injury, crime, health and safety, and inquests, among other areas. Since publication of our last guide, Matthew Hooper joined from 7 Harrington Street Chambers in Liverpool, Paul Ozin QC joined chambers as a door tenant, and  Joe Hart has been appointed as Recorder assigned to the South Eastern Circuit  dealing with family matters.

Testimonials

Clerks:

All the clerks are excellent and I am impressed with Pete Kelly in particular.’

Chambers has some of the most helpful clerks in the country who truly go out of their way to assist. Worthy of particular mention, is Steven McCormick who is a true star of the clerks room and manages to ensure that Counsel are prepared despite the last-minute instructions that are typical in this area of work.’

Colin Harrison clearly does a huge amount behind the scenes to ensure all runs smoothly.’

Excellent criminal clerks, unfair to single out one particular clerk, they are all excellent. They go the extra mile to assist clients. Very helpful and reasonable fees agreed by clerks.’

James Hall and Zach May are very helpful and will go above and beyond to assist with instructions and matters.’

‘One of the factors in my continued instruction of chambers is the rapport that I have with the clerk’s department and the willingness of individual clerks to help out where problems arise for example in terms of covering hearings at short notice. The clerks room is extremely approachable and all of the clerks will endeavour to deal with enquiries and resolve problems efficiently and promptly.’

‘Pete Kelly is fantastic! He is always available and will bend over backwards to assist even last minute!’

‘The clerking at Deans Court is the standard which sets the level for the Manchester bar. Matthew Gibbons, Andy Flanagan and Colin Harrison provide a first class service of attentive, approachable and effective clerking.’

‘The clerking team are excellent. They go out of their way to ensure hearings are covered. Steve McCormick, Ben Bennett-Williams and Pete Kelly are all excellent.’

‘The clerking team are impressive and knowledgeable. They are also very personable and nothing is too much trouble for them. Peter Kelly is a standout clerk with a calm and professional manner and always adopts a practical and can do approach.’

‘The clerks provide an exceptional service. Louise McCarty sets the standard for what a family clerk should aspire to.’

‘The Clerks room provides a proactive service with a strong figure head in Peter Kelly. Mr Kelly will make honest recommendations of counsel – he knows the strengths and expertise of his team and also acknowledges and recognises the demands of solicitors/clients. He is strongly supported by his clerking team.’

Set:

‘Chambers retains a strong cadre of criminal experts and has always been able to provide quality advocates, even at short notice, in this area.’

‘Deans Court are able to accommodate all requests relating to claimant personal injury work with quality counsel who also are personable and approachable.’

‘Deans Court are an excellent provider in this sector. With broad experience and a range of excellent counsel with different backgrounds you can be guaranteed to find the perfect match for a case.’

‘Deans Court are an exceptional set in terms of Family Law expertise.’

‘Deans Court are my go-to chambers in Manchester, and generally in the North West. There are a number of barristers within the set who I instruct regularly.’

‘Deans Court are our go to barristers set as they offer an excellent service across the board, from the clerking team right up to QC level.’

‘Deans Court Chambers are a fantastic set, who I will rely upon to provide services on a range of civil and regulatory matters.’

‘Deans Court have strength of depth throughout their set and have a sterling reputation for a reason.’

‘Deans Court is top of our preferred suppliers list because, in my opinion, they are market leaders in personal injury work. Each Barrister is a specialist in their field, often with their own niche areas of interest.’

‘Fantastic set with a varied range of Barristers in all areas.’

‘Superb set of chambers all excellent and highly respected advocates.’

‘This is an excellent set of barristers. There is a good range and depth of expertise. The chambers have taken on a number of new pupils/junior bar to strengthen the availability of the lower end of chambers which is a strong move in the current climate when individuals are avoiding undertaking both crime and legal aid work.’

‘Throughout my career in private practice I have always chosen Deans Court as my chambers of choice due to the strength and depth of the barristers available to cover a myriad of legal issues.’

Devereux

A multi-specialist set, Devereux has particular strength in the fields of employment, personal injury, and tax law fields. In recent news, Robert Glancy QC was appointed to the Premier League Judicial Panel and Joshua Carey, formerly of 2 Hare Court, joined the set's tax team.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Always very responsive , they run a tight ship.

An impressive clerking operation that understands the commercial needs of solicitors.

Chris Downes and Cyrus Biggs are always extremely professional and understanding

Chris Downes is excellent. Not only is he responsive in finding appropriate counsel, he also thinks proactively about contacting us with developments. He really is exemplary in showing how clerks are developing out of the traditional role into true practice managers.

Clerking service is very responsive and friendly, especially Zoe Hamilton.

Clerks are fantastic and always at the end of the phone to help. James Hudson is great.

Chris Downes and Cyrus Biggs are very responsive and always keen to offer assistance

Easy to deal with. Interested in a long-term relationship.

Find Laurence Willicombe and Cyrus Biggs are extremely helpful. Very responsive.

Glenn Billenness, Chris Downes and James Hudson all excellent.

Glenn Billenness is the Senior Practice Manager and one of my two ‘go to’ clerks whenever I am looking to instruct counsel. He is exceptionally good and I always feel confident that he and his team understand the needs of my clients.

Head and shoulders about the competition. Good at meeting with instructing solicitors and broadening the relationship, constantly looking of opportunities to develop relationship with us. Glenn Billenness and Cyrus Biggs are great assets to the team.

James Hudson is always extremely helpful. Nothing is ever too much trouble and he is always well organised. A prompt response is always received.

The clerks are always extremely helpful and have a wide knowledge of procedures. The clerking is slick and responsive. James Hudson is particularly adept at working the diaries to accommodate the needs of instructing solicitors.

They have a good understanding of procedures and they make the set very user friendly. James Hudson is worthy of mention for his enthusiasm and slick clerking.

The extent of my communications with the clerks has been professional, pleasant and effective. The clerks have always been understanding, prompt and provided exactly what was required. Laurence Willicombe was in particular very helpful.

Cyrus Briggs stands out for exceptional service as a clerk.

Glenn Billenness and Cyrus Biggs in particular strive to see this as almost a consumer industry and accordingly work hard to make sure instructing solicitors are looked after.

Set:

A top ranking set for high value Claimant PI work.

Devereux are still in my opinion the go to chambers.

Devereux Chambers have a wealth of experience in personal injury and industrial disease with superb barristers at every level. They are particularly well placed to deal with complex cases. I have worked with barristers at QC, Junior and pupil level and the breadth and depth of knowledge is impressive at each level.

Dealing with this set is inevitably a pleasant experience, with impressive counsel and attentive clerks. They are all people you wouldn’t mind being stuck in a lift with.

Generally I find Devereux Chambers to offer a great combination of excellent barristers and value. The quality of Counsel is excellent, but they are also cost-effective to use. Counsel to well to make themselves available and they will do that on new matters on an ad hoc basis even before instructed.

Devereux is the foremost premier set. Its Counsel and clerks are unrivalled.

We are aware that the Chambers has a huge depth of talent, so we can always get someone who has appropriate experience.

We regularly use Devereux and consider them to be an excellent set. Their fees are often more competitive than some of the top employment sets, but their barristers are always reliable and provide good value.

Doughty Street Chambers

With offices in London, Bristol, Manchester, and The Hague, Doughty Street Chambers has a wealth of expertise in public, civil liberties, criminal, and associated practice areas, and is among the top ten chambers for most leading junior and rising star rankings in the 2021 guide. Ben Cooper QC was appointed Queen's Counsel in March 2020. The set was further strengthened by a host of new members. In the public law and civil liberties and human rights teams, Maya Sikand, Shu Shin Luh, and Anthony Vaughan arrived from Garden Court Chambers. Sarah Palin joined the media and information law team from 1 Brick Court, while Beth Grossman  joined from the now-closed Ely Place Chambers; Jonathan Lennon  joined the crime team from Carmelite Chambers, as did Peta-Louise Bagott  from Kingsley Napley and Rabah Kherbane  from 25 Bedford Row; Leonie Hirst joined the Court of Protection and mental health team; Alice Irving joined the housing and social welfare team. In other news, Stephen Cragg QC and Benjamin Newton  have been appointed as Recorders, sitting on the South Eastern and Western Circuit respectively, and David Lammy MP joined as an associate tenant.

Testimonials

Clerks:

The Court of Protection Clerks (Emily, Rachel and Sian) are all excellent. Friendly, responsive and practical.

A very good standard of clerking.

Adam Todd brings a depth of experience to the Clerking team. He has moved mountains for me and stops at nothing to help his clients. It’s a pleasure to do business with him and you know he has your interests at heart.

Adam Todd is a wonder and helpful in every respect. A key individual.

I would say that the service provided both by counsel and the clerks is second to none. Sian Wilkins, Rachel Finch and Emily Norman are all incredibly helpful, efficient and available to meet our needs.

Sam Verner and Richard Vile are very approachable clerks, and will go above and beyond to assist.

Ben Fitzgerald is a fantastic clerk. He is the highest calibre of clerk I have worked with.

Callum Stebbing and Sam Cooper are brilliant and always responsive.

Callum Stebbing is a very capable clerk, but the addition of Melvin Warner has really strengthened the team. Melvin is a very experienced clerk having spent many years at One Brick Court and is widely regarded as a very safe pair of hands.

Callum Stebbing provides a fantastic service. He makes finding and instructing counsel a breeze.

Great clerks who give a personal service – Richard Vile and Matthew Butchard are efficient, friendly and responsive.

Great service from clerks who know their stuff and don’t simply try to fill a barrister’s diary. They clearly listen to who or what we need and respond appropriately.

I believe the clerks’ room is excellent and they are frequently praised by solicitors for their availability and helpfulness. Sian Wilkins, the senior civil clerk, has a particularly high reputation for her judgment and accessibility to solicitors.

I have interacted most frequently with Callum Stebbing and Luke Christmas, who have both been highly professional and very pleasant to work with.

I would like to think I have built up a good relationship with the clerks in the civil team. In particular, the service I have received from Luke Christmas is excellent.

Luke Christmas is unfailingly helpful.

Matt Butchard was a great hire for the team in 2019. He has real integrity and is very straightforward in fee negotiations.

Richard Vile, Marc Gilby and Sam Verner are always reachable and will bend over backwards to help you solve a problem. They are a credit to the excellent barristers that they work with.

The clerks are fantastic and special mention has to go to Rachel Finch, Emily Norman and Sian Wilkins. Not only do they run a tight ship but they’re also extremely friendly and remain calm even during very busy periods. Furthermore, they have even helped solicitors to prepare electronic bundles during Covid-19 where the solicitor/firm does not have the required software. A remarkable service by all accounts.

The clerks are fantastic and very personal. Calling to check how things are going and offering extra help with bundling and other tasks during the Covid-19 pandemic was particularly appreciated.

The employment team, led by Callum Stebbing, are just excellent. Callum is well supported by Sam Cooper who has really impressed over the last 12 months.

Set:

During the Covid19 pandemic they have offered very insightful and relevant training sessions in relation to the Mental Capacity Act

A dynamic set with barristers who particularly stand out for human rights and freedom of expression.

A first class set with a depth of experience and knowledge especially in the areas we cover which is largely unmatched. They simply go from strength to strength. A go-to defence set.

A really good, hard working and friendly team involved in some of the most high profile extradition cases.

An excellent chambers with many wonderful barristers.

Doughty Street have made great inroads into the personal injury and clinical negligence market.

As a whole Doughty Street is an excellent set. Their immigration team is fantastic across the board. If the counsel you ask for is not available they always have a great range of alternatives. They put on excellent training.

During the covid-19, we have been offered and attended many different webinars which have been so useful to keep up to date with the developments during the pandemic. Clearly, Chambers is well ahead of any other Chambers in keeping others updated with the knowledge they have collated.

Doughty Street , like my Chambers ( Garden Court) is one of the pre-eminent defence sets . Very good standard of counsel from top to bottom .

Doughty Street are a forward thinking, professional and dynamic set, focussed on defending individual rights. They provide frequent informative and useful training programmes, which enhance our practice and knowledge of the law.

Doughty Street are an excellent set of chambers and their barristers are the cream of the crop. The clerking team are absolute superstars and seem to always go above and beyond to assist.

Doughty Street are an excellent set who I’ve been instructing regularly since I moved and began to practice in London in 2017. The clerking team are among the most friendly, professional and efficient in the country. Their regular training sessions are always informative. And their counsel are excellent without fail. A real 10/10 chambers.

Doughty Street are an excellent set, I cannot fault them. They provide pertinent training, they have a variety of experienced counsel in the field of Court of Protection and in my view they are the best set and our ‘go to’ set for Court of Protection work. Doughty Street also hold engaging events, such as on International Women’s Day, on regarding LGBTQ issues.

Doughty Street are one of the top London sets. They have first class silks and juniors. Their human rights commitment and progressive political pedigree still marks them out.an rights focused which helps for certain cases that involve civil claims.

Doughty Street Chambers is a formidable set of chambers in civil liberties and human rights and is my go to chambers when considering counsel for inquests, actions against detaining authorities and judicial review. The representation and advice from many barristers I have instructed is of a high quality and standard.

Doughty Street Chambers is a set with an immense breadth of renowned barristers with a broad range of expertise, offering advice and representation in relation to international multi-jurisdiction areas of law.

Doughty Street Chambers is a slickly oiled machine and is very well served by a competent & professional clerking team who are always very quick to react to requests for counsel assistance.

Doughty Street Chambers is an impressive chambers with highly intelligent, smart and politically savvy lawyers that push the law for the benefit of their clients and wider society.

Doughty Street has one of the best teams of barristers for acting for bereaved families in the country, all the barristers I have used in their team have been excellent.

Doughty street have a well deserved reputation as a strong extradition set.

Doughty Street have run incredibly useful training seminars for free during the pandemic.

Doughty street is a class act, across the board. They attract bright and dedicated lawyers so, at every level you have confidence in those offered to you and those you instruct.

Doughty Street is a consistently excellent chambers.

Doughty street is one of the best chambers we have in London.

Doughty Street offer a significant human rights support network.

I have worked with a few barristers at Doughty Street and overall I can safely say that the set does produce high quality barristers and I don’t recall ever having had a bad or negative experience.

They provide useful and well-pitched training sessions, and have recently also been holding very progressive and much-needed sessions on stress management for lawyers and promoting mental health awareness in the legal sector.

They are very down-to-earth for such an established set, and put considerable effort into maintaining genuinely good, friendly and collaborative relationships with instructing solicitors.

The chambers are a top set with an extensive array of very talented barristers, who have a passion for rights and justice. They understand client needs and will try to assist whenever possible.

The chambers are fantastic in all respects, including their extremely approachable/friendly/efficient clerking. They are a joy to work with.

You know that whoever holds a brief on a matter, at Doughty Street, is going to be a first class barrister. I’d say they have the best calibre of barristers, in great depth.

Drystone Chambers

Drystone Chambers is a multidisciplinary set with particular expertise across the spectrum of criminal law. In recent news, Allison Summers QC took silk in March 2020; Lynne Shirley (formerly of East Anglian Chambers), Ahmed Muen and Vaneeta Sharma (previously of Holborn Chambers) joined the set; Barnaby Hone has been appointed the first Visiting Professor of Practice at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies; Julian Norman  has been appointed as a Family Court Recorder, sitting in Central London; the set has been appointed to the barristers’ panel of the London Borough's Legal Alliance; Sharmistha Michaels was appointed a chair of the Police Misconduct Panel.

Testimonials

Clerks: The service we get is exceptional, Richard and Ryan make a great criminal clerking team and constantly keep us informed in the ever changing warned/reserve list scenarios. They respond to emails efficiently and are quick to return our calls.

Responsive and supportive clerking team with shrewd knowledge for customer care, prioritising urgency and responsibility. Richard Goodman and Steve McCarthy out stand from the rest of the clerking team with their friendly and reliable approach. They are accurate in their approach to the case details, operative in arranging for the conferences and acceptance of the counsel instructions.

Ryan Bartlett – an excellent clerk – understands what counsel is right for a particular case

Ryan Bartlett is the stand out clerk of chambers. He is personable, helpful and reliable.

The Clerks here are incredibly helpful, approachable, and eager to assist. They respond rapidly and actively liaise with the courts’ listings officers direct in an effort to assist.

The clerks provide an excellent service. They are knowledgeable about the court process and advise on the appropriate counsel for a given type of case.

The set we have found to be helpful and efficient. If any issues arise with availability of counsel then they will do all they can to resolve it. The Clerks are approachable and will problem solve as best they can where needed.

Well organised and friendly clerking team. Operatively take instruction, connect you with the counsel and go beyond their responsibilities to assist.

Set:

The communication is good, the support excellent and the follow up attendance notes are always clear and detailed.

Chambers are very highly regarded by my firm. They are helpful, and always try and ensure the briefed advocate covers the individual hearing.

Chambers is blessed with a wide spread of talented counsel over a broad spectrum of specialist subjects. They always have the right person at the right level available. Throughout the year they offer to all a training/education programme covering many specialist topics but particularly the Fraud/POCA lectures are of real significance in terms of education.

Extremely friendly and supportive set that offers its services in variety of practice areas.

Set offers very informative and practical training seminars. I undoubtedly recommend to engage with the barristers of the set as they inspire the practitioners with confidence

Fantastic chambers who go the extra mile, willing to work with solicitors providing solutions to any obstacles.

Since being recommended to Drystone Chambers in 2015 I have been impressed by how approachable the barristers and clerks I have come into contact with have been. All seem quick to respond and easy to deal with.

The set we have found to be helpful and efficient. If any issues arise with availability of counsel then they will do all they can to resolve it.

This is a very helpful set in that as well as providing excellent barristers for fraud and general crime, there is also a specialisation in respect of POCA and associated Legislation, which crosses the little practice border between criminal/civil law.

We are very pleased to work with Drystone Chambers, who has very experienced and talented barristers in immigration and other areas of law. Chambers have good availability of counsels, they provide a variety of professional training in immigration and other areas of law.

Erskine Chambers

Erskine Chambers has specific expertise in company shareholder and partnership disputes, as well as restructuring and insolvency. In recent news, Andrew Thornton QC has been appointed Queen's Counsel in March 2020.

Testimonials

Clerks:

A very impressive and responsive clerk team.

Alex Calder is very efficient and my main contact.

Extremely good clerking. Commercial approach and personal touch.

The clerks are great – always really responsive and helpful, particularly when dealing with Court matters. Mark Swallow and Chris Reade in particular are standout, and we’ve had good experience with Michael Shillingford as well.

The Erskine clerks are very responsive and a pleasure to work with.

Set:

A great choice for high-value corporate work.

Absolutely first class in company, commercial, restructuring and insolvency law

Erskine Chambers generally continue to maintain their reputation as a go-to set for all types of corporate advice, including complex shareholder issues and company law matters.

Excellent set for corporate law issues and company disputes. Erskine delivered bespoke training for our team which was extremely well received.

I have been impressed and very happy with the service provided.

It is an excellent, well-run and friendly set. The go to set for company law.

Justifiably renowned as the pre-eminent company law set, whether for advisory or adversarial work. Always our first port of call for company law focused work.

The leading chambers for corporate finance related issues.

Very easy to do deal with. First in class quality at every level of the organisation.

Yes excellent especially in corporate disputes where they are clearly the market leaders.

Essex Court Chambers

From its base in London and outpost in Singapore, Essex Court Chambers is one of the leading commercial sets for both domestic and international disputes. The latest guide sees the set among the top ten chambers with the most leading set rankings, the most Tier 1 set rankings, the most overall barrister rankings, and the most leading silks rankings. In recent news, Joe Smouha QC and Huw Davies QC were appointed Joint Heads of Chambers, following the announcement of David Foxton QC’s elevation to the High Court Bench in December 2019. Alison Macdonald QC and Angeline Welsh  joined from Matrix Chambers, while Sean Aughey  arrived from 11KBW. Toby Landau QC was elected to the governing board of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration. Hugh Mercer QC has been elected to serve as Head of the UK Delegation to The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Best clerks in any set – they go above and beyond.

Cannot fault the clerks room. Joe Ferrigno is a fantastic senior clerk. Particular mentions also to Jack Wood, Oliver Duane and Oliver Butcher – nothing is ever too much trouble and they are professional but friendly and develop a real rapport with solicitors.

Clerks room excellent – always ready to help in professional efficient way

Jack Wood is, in my opinion, the best clerk in London. Super responsive, helpful and commercially-savvy. Always a pleasure to deal with him.

Joe Ferrigno is a force of nature, who makes my life significantly easier.

Joe Ferrigno is outstanding. Highly responsive and engaged.

Kevin Grubb is very good to work with and attuned to commercial realities and pressures faced by solicitors firms vis-a-vis clients. This makes a massive difference when deciding which set to reach out to.

Ollie Butcher has been outstanding as a clerk, very responsive and savvy. He has done very well with listings.

The best out there – they make a real effort to get to know their solicitors, and to make our lives easier.

The clerking team are consistently great. Ben Perry is the best in the business. His commercial instincts are spot on and he knows exactly what is needed for a dispute.

The clerks are always very efficient and friendly – they will engage effectively on negotiating commercial terms and are happy to be flexible to accommodate client requirements

The clerks are always very efficient, practical and friendly. Good at understanding the commercial framework and happy to discuss rates/commercial terms and arrangements.

The clerks we have communicated with have always been helpful, providing timely and qualified service.

They have been upping their game in terms of service both from the barristers and the clerks room. Definite feeling of greater approachability.

Very good service and I’m particularly impressed with Joe Ferrigno’s hands on approach and can-do attitude. He wants to find ways to be innovative.

Very helpful indeed in sorting out everything from zoom conferencing to prepping bundles/delivery of hard copy documents, in fact pretty much anything you ask of them. Great bunch.

Very responsive. Ben Perry, is excellent and particularly easy to deal with when negotiating fees.

Set:

Clearly one of the leading commercial sets. very well clerked and resourced top to bottom.

Deep bench of excellent barristers at Essex Court Chambers.

Essex Court are absolutely top rate and the go to set for complex international disputes.

Essex Court are the top of the tree – great strength in depth and coverage.

Essex Court are top of the pile. They have fantastic counsel at all levels, are market-leaders when it comes to the production of know-how and have first-class administration

Essex Court Chambers has always had a good selection of extremely bright counsel for high court litigation and for international arbitration. The right counsel are not always available but they are always worth an enquiry.

Essex Court chambers has an excellent reputation in the market for VAT, with an all-star team including Roderick Cordara QC, Edmund King QC, David Scorey QC and Jern-Fei Ng QC.

Essex Court Chambers is in my view rightly considered one of the leading if not the leading commercial set in England. Huge strength and choice of counsel to choose from.

Essex court is a powerhouse in commercial litigation for very good reason. Chambers is full of extremely bright and effective advocates.

Essex Court is the go to set for advice on high value complex litigation. All members are immensely bright and able, whilst being easy to work with, and the clerks room is always responsive and eager to help. A hugely well established set, which you can be confident will deliver – whichever member you are instructing.

Extremely professional, quick and effective. Take time to develop a personal relationship by phone and email communication.

The chambers are very easy to work with, highly efficient and flexible, often treating Instructing Solicitors as part of the ‘team’ and assisting with filing documents at court etc when there are time pressures. They are also very accommodating when we find ourselves in London for a trial and in need of a ‘base’, which is very much appreciated.

This is an excellent set, and a top set for international arbitration.

Top set with great clerking and a strong team at QC and junior level. Always think of them when looking for counsel. Reasonable prices and very open to negotiation and the client circumstances.

Very strong team of barristers particularly for complex commercial disputes.

Falcon Chambers

In recent news for specialist property set Falcon Chambers, Martin Dray was appointed a Deputy Master of the Chancery Division; Janet Bignell QC appointed as a Deputy High Court Judge; Gary Cowen QC and Adam Rosenthal QC took silk in March 2020.

Testimonials

Clerks:

John Stannard and Joanne Meah deserve a special mention for their client focused approach.

Clerks work to find a solution, especially when timescales are tight. John Davitt in particular is very good to work with.

Excellent. John Stannard is a joy to work with and his team are exceptionally responsive, friendly and helpful.

I very much rate the clerks at Falcon Chambers, in particular Joanne Meah. She is responsive, helpful and always tries to help match the right barrister to the right case for the right fee (which she invariably does).

Joanne Meah is a first rate clerk. She goes out of her way to assist, she is responsive and client friendly.

John Stannard is a very helpful and efficient senior clerk. Top billing goes to Edith Robertson the Chambers director. Joanne Meah has been a first class addition to the team.

First class clerks room. Also special mention to Billie and the reception team who are always polite, charming and helpful.

John Stannard is an excellent Senior Clerk – responsive to deadlines and sensitive to client issues. Joanne Meah is also very well regarded. The other members of staff within chambers are also very helpful and user-friendly: Billie-Jean Marcelle is an ever-polite receptionist and takes care of clients; Karen Richards is an understanding fees clerk who is keen to work with us to resolve any issues and Candi Percival has worked tirelessly throughout the lockdown period to ensure that Chambers keeps up its marketing efforts despite the impact of COVID-19.

The clerks are extremely proactive (Sam Kennett and Joanne Meah deserve special mention). They stand head and shoulders above other clerking teams and cannot be more helpful.

The clerks are friendly, approachable and nothing is too much trouble for them.

Set:

A very professional and able set.

Falcon Chambers are clearly the leaders in their field. All counsel I have worked with are at the top of the game and that is reflected across the chambers.

Falcon chambers are undoubtedly in the first rank for property litigation. Members of chambers are all of the highest calibre.

Falcon Chambers is an excellent place to go to if you have property issues – they are all very polite and extremely talented, including the clerks.

Falcon Chambers is one of the pre-eminent sets for property related disputes fielding a number of barristers at different levels of PQE.

Falcon is still the best set for property law. Their availability is very good and the clerks are very helpful. They provide very good training.

In terms of technical expertise they are very advanced.

Falcon is the pre-eminent set for real property disputes, standing head and shoulders above the others.

I regard Falcon Chambers as my go-to set for all property-related matters.

I would assess that Falcon Chambers remain the leading property set. The recent series of Zoom webinars have been excellent.

The set is extremely strong and surprisingly reasonably priced compared to other property litigation sets. Its reputation remains second to none.

Farrar's Building

Farrar's Building is a multidisciplinary set covering the gamut of crime, commercial, and civil work, with particular strength in personal injury matters. In recent good news, Head of Chambers Patrick Harrington QC is recovering following a car accident at the beginning of the year, while Howard Cohen has been appointed a Recorder, sitting in crime on the South Eastern Circuit.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Andrew, James and Kraig are all lovely and very easy to speak to. They try and assist wherever they can and will recommend Counsel for you.

Clerks are very approachable and will make Josh available where they can. James Shaw is very good.

Farrars Building are always efficient, particularly Andrew Duckett who answers queries very quickly and goes above and beyond to help.

Most of my dealings have been with James Shaw, Senior Clerk. He is superb and so responsive.

The clerks are always approachable, respond promptly and are able to provide a number of barristers with the appropriate expertise

Kraig Marsh, in particular, is excellent. He is very responsive, is always happy to accommodate my firm’s needs and is very understanding and helpful.

Very organised approachable clerks and receptionists. Andrew always sorts out any problem that may arise.

Set:

Farrars Buildings is a very competent set of Chambers, well able to provide support to us when required.

A small set of high quality barristers who know what they are doing.

Farrar’s Building are the set of Chambers I always use. I find that they extremely knowledgeable and they are able to turn around advices in a good time.

They have a very strong mix of experience. I have always been able to find a Chambers member with genuine expertise in the particular type of case I am sending them.

They are an extremely knowledgeable and pleasant set to work with a range of call and experience to suit the case. I have never struggled with availability, even at the last minute and all are keen to help out.

Farringdon Chambers

Farringdon Chambers' members practice across the spectrum of criminal law matters. The set has continued its expansion plans following the arrival of Karl Volz, Toby Long, and Raymond Ali in 2020.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Bob Archer , their head clerk , has been one of the top criminal clerks for a long term . Always looking to improve his team’s quality of work and achieving that goal .

Bob archer is superb – goes out of his way and is very approachable

Bob archer leads the clerks room and his service and attention to detail is fantastic. Bob and his team are proactive and highly conscious of the demand and needs of this firm and provide us with a high quality efficient and excellent service. The fact that it is comparatively

Bob Archer the head clerk runs a top team who are always on their game and understand the needs of this firm. they have a great in depth knowledge of our requirements and are diligent and hardworking and always go that extra mile. Bob is a courteous hardworking professional who handles all the pressure with assured calmness and easy manner. an absolute asset to chambers.

Robert Archer has taken chambers to the next level and his client care and customer service is second to none.

Robert Archer is talismanic.

Ms Lucie Roswell is organised, friendly and always willing to assist should any urgent matter arise.

The clerks room at Farringdon chambers are formed a tight knit team of enthusiastic individuals. They treat every enquiry with the highest level of professionalism. Bob Archer, Tom Robinson and Natalie Henderson provide a fantastic service.

Set:

An extremely capable set which is expanding rapidly due to the quality of the excellent service they consistently offer.

Farringdon Chambers are a great set, with extremely capable counsel. We can always trust to have one of their counsel attend the case and give the best client care.

Farringdon Chambers are a rapidly expanding set. They are building upon solid foundations and are bringing in extremely capable counsel that are very hard working and good with people as well as the law.

Farringdon Chambers has many experienced counsel and are very popular due to their approachable and amenable nature.

Farringdon Chambers have always been my first chambers to call. They are welcoming and friendly and always do their utmost to help. They know the specific strengths and weaknesses of Counsel and as such offer a very high service when we are selecting Counsel for cases of all types.

Farringdon Chambers have as well as a number of other highly capable colleagues who have my total confidence when dealing with these complex multi handed cases.

Farringdon Chambers have gone from strength to strength in recent years and now have an excellent team of senior Barristers with a wide range of particular knowledge and expertise.

Farringdon Chambers punch well above their weight. Farringdon Chambers have few brilliant Barristers who have excellent practice. However, chambers does not have the depth.

The Chambers is a well respected set with a national reputation in crime.

They are one of the few chambers I would consider moving to should the need arise.

This is a small set of chambers but they do have very experienced and talented barristers and provide a personal service. They ensure that they can get counsel available on time for continuity and also ensure that barristers are tailored for each case. We have a lot of serious work and this set of chambers are our first choice

This is an accessible set of chambers who never disappoint with regard to the quality of advocates.

Field Court Chambers

Field Court Chambers offers expertise across a range of practice areas, including employment, family, media, and public law to name but a few. In recent news, Sarah Salmon has been chosen for Bar Council’s inaugural leadership programme, while Franklin Evans, Sarah McKeown, and Mark Baumohl have all been appointed Deputy District Judges.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Always fair, polite and helpful.

Clerks are very helpful and quick to respond. They are always wiling to assist.

I always found the service to be good, even during the ‘lockdown’ period I was able to contact and instruct counsel at short notice.

Mark Townsend is both experienced and very quick to respond.

The clerks room have always been very very helpful and attentive.

Very good service, even during lockdown able to instruct counsel at short notice.

Set:

A very good set of chambers with a depth of knowledge for property-related litigation cases.

A wide range of experience and depth of knowledge with leading barristers in the various areas of law.

Chambers has a good selection of both senior and junior counsel who can help with a variety of complex property related disputes.

Excellent client care. Always very responsive and accommodating.

Field Court are a good, mixed set with some notable practitioners in a range of areas.

Field Court Chambers have developed a strong housing group that can be trusted to deliver excellence.

They are very helpful and have a good range of counsel available.

Field Court Tax Chambers

Field Court Tax Chambers' members have expertise in private and corporate tax matters. In recent news, Imran S Afzal was selected to participate in the inaugural Bar Council Leadership Programme.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Clerks are responsive and flexible.

Very prompt and efficient service from the clerks’ room and very good on agreeing fee estimates in advance.

Set:

The administration team is professional and responsive.

Chambers are very approachable, helpful and friendly.

Well known for tax advocacy and commercial approach.

Foundry Chambers

Foundry Chambers has expertise across the full range of crime-related work. In recent news, Alexandra Healy QC has been elected Head of Chambers; Anu Mohindru QC has been appointed Queen’s Counsel; Jason Sugarman QC has been elected to the Bar Council for a three year term; Emily Lauchlan, Nicki Roberson, and Brent Martin are new members of chambers, while Shamini Jayanathan and Sherbir Penang have joined as associate tenants.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Angela May is really helpful and accommodating. Honest and never lets you down.

Clerking at Foundry Chambers under the control of Angela May is excellent and very helpful.

Clerks room is known for its honesty and integrity – putting clients’ needs first.

The clerks are known for their honesty and integrity – putting the needs of clients first.

Foundry chambers have an excellent team of clerks who are very responsive and have always been a pleasure to deal with.

Set:

A great set, who go above and beyond and all team players.

A highly competent set that go above and beyond many other Chambers.

A reliable and solid stable of experienced criminal barristers with some outstanding performers.

A strong criminal set – recognised as a leader in its field.

A strong Criminal set with a strong reputation for serious crime and fraud.

A strong set of chambers recognised as leaders in the fields of fraud and general crime with some extremely able silks and juniors.

Excellent first class set offering a full service

Excellent well organised and presentable. clerks always willing to help and have the right counsel for the case.

Foundry Chambers are an excellent set of chambers well organised and helpful. They have a great variety of barristers to choose from.

Foundry Chambers are an excellent set. They have a good cross section of barristers. I have never been disappointed when someone has had to cover a brief.

Foundry Chambers are my go to for crime. The clerks are always helpful and efficient. They are never pushy. I have never been disappointed by any barrister that i have instructed from here. I will happily recommend chambers to anyone that asks.

Foundry chambers have an excellent team of clerks who have always been very responsive and a pleasure to work with.

Foundry Chambers is a set that I have used extensively in respect of fraud, money laundering and confiscation cases. They have a good depth of very experiences and capable barristers in these areas.

Foundry is a friendly and approachable chambers with talent through its core. It has settled into its new building with excellent modern conference facilities. There is a friendly collegiate atmosphere throughout.

Strong set where juniors are trained by some of the best criminal QC’s in the country. Breadth of work for prosecution and defence in serious financial crime, bribery and corruption. Also extradition.

Superb chambers utterly reliable and very talented barristers with wide ranging skills.

The chambers are very good. I use them regularly and have been happy with the way they have conducted cases.

Fountain Court Chambers

With a presence in both London and Singapore, Fountain Court Chambers is a top tier set for commercial litigation, including banking and financial services and aviation matters. This year's guide sees Fountain Court among the top ten sets for the most overall barrister rankings and most silk rankings. In a strong year for the set, Giles Wheeler QC, Edward Levey QC, Robin Barclay QC, Chloe Carpenter QC, Ben Lynch QC, and Tamara Oppenheimer QC all took silk in 2020; former UK Supreme Court Justice Lord Wilson has joined chambers as an arbitrator and mediator door tenant; Nico Leslie  is a new member of the Court of Arbitration for Art; and Michael Green QC was elevated to the High Court.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Alex Taylor is head and shoulders above all other clerks in London. Nobody has his knowledge of the market. He commands the respect of barristers and instructing solicitors alike and is always one step ahead of the market.

Alfie is a brilliant clerk. Very responsive and gets things done very quickly at any time of day.

Always quick to respond, incredibly helpful and provide frequent updates on requests/queries. Most contact has been with Georgina Gills and Declan Gray both of whom provide fantastic service.

As might be expected with a leading commercial set, the clerks room is always very professional and accessible.

Both senior and junior clerks are responsive and efficient, particularly Luke Diebelius.

Chloe Gibbs is responsive and helpful and well regarded.

Clerks are very helpful. I have mainly dealt with Katie Szewczyk and Georgina Gills. Both of them have been very good to work with, helpful in suggesting suitable counsel and transparent and helpful on fees.

Excellent – the best and most responsive clerking of any sets I use. They work hard to build long term relationships. They are generally pragmatic about fees and will accommodate the client’s needs. Luke Diebelius stands out in particular.

Excellent clerking – Sian, is a real star, Alex Taylor is the top clerk in London.

Excellent service. I deal with Sian Huckett and Katie Szewczyk who are particularly helpful.

Excellently led set with Alex Taylor being the best senior clerk in the City for quite some time now.

Fountain Court has hosted many of the meetings we have held. The clerks and the receptionists have been unfailingly helpful and courteous.

Friendly and knowledgeable. Sian Huckett is commercially-minded and efficient.

Sam Ismail is extremely approachable and helpful. The clerks’ room are consistently accommodating with instructions.

The clerking is excellent. Very professional and practical. It’s rare to come across a set where the quality of the barristers is matched by the quality of the clerks, but this is absolutely the case at Fountain Court.

The clerking team is very professional. Katie Szewczyk is impressively organised and takes an active role on business development.

The clerking team is very responsive and have always been able to make time with an appropriate barrister to suit any given situation.

The clerks are on the whole responsive, flexible and easy to work with. Richard Evans, in particular, has impressed me very much.

The Clerks offer a first rate service. Declan Grey is particularly easy to work with and goes above and beyond what is required.

The clerks team are extremely helpful and friendly. Super responsive and they go over the way to meet solicitors and client’s needs.

The Fountain Court clerks are excellent – Richard Evans in particular goes above and beyond, often at very short notice, to meet clients’ needs.

They have a very good clerking team who really take the time and effort to engage with and get to know their clients and understand their needs. Katie and Sian deserve particular mention for their fresh and engaging approach.

They have been very helpful, providing information as necessary and listing a number of complex hearing in terms of availability and court arrangements with ease and without fuss.

They’re not just efficient, but also lovely people and have gone out of their way to help us with new opportunities (for instance, in relation to entering the Singapore market, where Fountain Court now has a permanent presence).

Set:

Fountain Court is home to genuine experts in the professional negligence sphere, who are at home with the complex and wide-ranging legal and factual situations that can arise. It is also characterised by barristers that are friendly and approachable.

A brilliant chambers which has strength in depth and a modern and user-friendly clerking team.

A good, stable commercial practice – and they have done a huge amount in recent years to promote and recruit women, making them one of the most gender diverse at the commercial bar.

A quality set with strength throughout the ranks. I like that they do not take themselves too seriously and adopt a human touch: they are generally very user-friendly as a result.

A set of talented, experienced Counsel with sensitivity and a commercial approach towards the clients that they work with.

A terrific set, at the very top of its game, filled with superstars who also happen to be extremely nice.

A very strong set with a range of barristers with high ability covering most commercial and regulatory areas. A quality commercial set.

An excellent set. I have worked with numerous barristers from Fountain Court over time and have been consistently happy with the quality of their work, as well as the quality of the clerking team.

Fountain Court are our go-to chambers for banking litigation cases. They are in our view the premiere banking litigation set.

Fountain Court are renowned, quite rightly for top notch commercial work . They have real strength and quality at all levels from clerks to QCs.

Fountain Court has a first-rate aviation practice; it has a real depth of very high-quality barristers with extensive aviation experience.

Fountain Court is a go to set for us in the banking, financial services and financial crime fields. It has enormous strength in depth from junior to senior leading counsel, the barristers are all top quality and, for the most part, easy to work with.

Fountain Court is a leading and very well known chamber not only in UK but also abroad. The chambers has exceptional silks and juniors and known for expertise in the banking and commercial matters.

Fountain Court is an excellent chambers with great cases and some very talented members.

Fountain Court is an excellent set for complex commercial work.

Fountain Court is an excellent set, offering intelligent barristers and a user-friendly service. It always seems inclusive and forward looking.

Fountain Court is evidently a leading professional negligence set. Its silks are particularly impressive and it has a number of heavy-weight juniors.

Fountain Court is generally excellent and my a first port of call. They combine intelligence and excellence with a strong commercial approach.

Fountain Court is the leading aviation set, with considerable strength in depth across all aspects of the aviation industry. It has outstanding barristers with considerable aviation expertise at all levels.

Francis Taylor Building

A busy year for leading licensing and planning set Francis Taylor Building has seen former UK Supreme Court Justice Lord Kerr join as an associate member, while Professor Gordon Anthony joined as an academic tenant, and Dr Eloise Ellis and Dr Ciara Brennan as new members of Chambers’ Academic Panel. Michael Brett has joined following his role as an employed barrister in the Governmental Legal Department. Also of note, Jeremy Phillips QC has been appointed to the Professional Conduct Panel of the Teaching Regulation Agency Panel; Richard Honey  and Annabel Graham Paul  joined the Committee of the Planning and Environment Bar Association; and Morag Ellis QC was appointed as Dean of the Arches (Province of Canterbury) and Auditor (Province of York), the most senior ecclesiastical judge in England.  

Testimonials

Clerks:

Always excellent service from the clerks when instructing barristers. Paul Coveney is very approachable. James Kemp also very helpful.

Billy Brett has always been helpful. Billy knows how things work and shares useful tips.

Clerking is very efficient. The team are personable and responsive to our needs. One of the better clerking setups.

Clerks all very helpful and quick to respond, in particular senior clerk Paul Coveney.

Billy Brett is particularly strong in terms of the speed with which he deals with matters and his commercial, no nonsense approach.

First impressions are key and the Clerks office for FTB is always approachable and willing to assist in availability of specific counsel and offering alternative Counsel of equivalent skill and experience.

FTB’s clerks are the best in the business – always very personable and competent. James Kemp and Harry Killick in particular are excellent.

James Kemp, Adam Collins and Billy Bret all first rate clerk, very friendly, always answer the phone. Very polite and responsive.

The clerking service is excellent. Alone of all the sets I work with the clerks are genuinely part of a client team, maintaining a good understanding of the work being transacted as well as being efficient and accessible when planning the availability of their Counsel. A familiarity with the work and clients of Chambers means that they are receptive to collaborating with law firms in business development and have at times made valuable connections for me.

The clerks are always extremely responsive and helpful. I would single out James Kemp for particular praise.

The clerks are excellent and I have a great working relation with them. They understand client needs, are very accommodating and take away a lot of stress. They just get things done.

The clerks are very friendly and pragmatic. They are always very transparent on fees.

The Clerks provide a quality service and work hard to build a rapport with instructing solicitors.

Very good clerking service, Paul Coveney is extremely professional and runs matters for well. All the clerks provide a good service.

Clerks are always very helpful, quick to respond, and ensure counsel is available when required. Good updates offered to instructing counsel, including by webinar during the Coronavirus lockdown.

Set:

Excellent set – have been proactive on the client engagement during lockdown with informative and well organised webinars.

They have put together a great training programme compulsory purchase and public law in the lock down.

FTB are a first class chambers and have a wealth of talented and excellent counsel.

Strong specialist chambers on environmental and planning matters. The foremost licensing set in the UK.

These chambers are very strong in relation to planning, CPO and infrastructure advice.

They are fairly collegiate and able to find counsel at the right level to assist with work that for any reason doesn’t fit with the counsel first approached.

Very good for ‘land’ related work, particularly Highways, Commons and Greens.

Furnival Chambers

Furnival Chambers has strong expertise in crime, fraud, and extradition matters. In recent news, Harry MacDonald, formerly of Westgate Chambers, joined the set in January 2020 and Frida Hussain QC took silk in March 2020.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Fred Cross is an excellent extradition clerk who is polite, charming and can work miracles with the notoriously difficult Administrative Court listing office!

They are on top of their game and they have an excellent structure to ensuing nothing gets missed. They present themselves in a professional manner and they work in a presentable fashion, namely their officers are tidy and organised.

The clerks at Furnival are the best in the business. Truly wonderful to work with and all are a safe pair of hands. The knowledge of the clerks of their barristers is unrivalled which means they are able to match the right barrister with the right lay client and solicitor client.

The admin staff and billing department are very efficient and ensure that all fees are claimed expeditiously which avoids issues for solicitors of receiving fee notes when the case has already been billed.

The Clerks at Furnival Chambers are a Solicitors dream, they are approachable, understandable and always do their utmost to service the needs of the Solicitors.

Set:

Excellent all round set. Charlie Sherrard QC and Michael Holland QC are right at the top of criminal defence silks at present.

Extremely competent set of criminal defence chambers.

Furnival chambers are a collegiate group of solidly experienced advocates. Every one is a pair of safe hands.

Furnival Chambers are a one-stop shop for criminal defence matters, whether it be from their excellent junior team to their top notch group of QCs.

Furnival Chambers are a very unique set of chambers. They are accommodating to every need that the solicitor needs.

I have always found Furnival Chambers staff to be approachable and accommodating, diligently ensuring cover for even last minute instructions. They are respected amongst my colleagues foe crime and extradition, and rightfully so.

I find them to be a very professional and capable set of barristers who prepare their cases well and are a pleasure to appear in cases with, whether prosecuting or co-defending.

Furnival is a leading criminal set. It is progressive, forward thinking, well managed and run. Furnival Chambers is committed to providing the highest quality of service to both its lay and professional clients.

They often put on good training and update seminars which are always well presented and relevant to latest developments in extradition law. All of their Counsel are very knowledgeable.

The Rolls Royce of chambers – the senior clerks run things I wish every chambers would operate the way they do. Always have counsel availability and willing to go the extra mile with helping to find someone at short notice.

They continue to offer the greatest range of expertise across both junior and Silk level at the Bar.

Very strong regarding equality and diversity with a modern forward looking clerks room.

Garden Court Chambers

The multidisciplinary Garden Court Chambers has particular strengths across the fields of immigration, social housing, civil liberties, crime, and inquests and inquiries, among other areas. This year's guide sees Garden Court among the top ten sets with the most leading juniors rankings. Of particular news of note, during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, the set's family team offered free assistance to key workers seeking legal protection from domestic abuse. Since publication of the last guide, Judy Khan QC, Stephanie Harrison QC, and Liz Davies  have been appointed as Joint Heads of Chambers; Allison Munroe QC took silk; Nick Bano, Abigail Holt, and Paul Powlesland joined chambers; Irena Sabic  was appointed chair of the Health Service Products (Pricing, Cost Control and Information) Appeals Tribunal, and Leslie Thomas QC was appointed a Gresham Professor of Law.

Testimonials

Always efficient and effective.

Chambers’ clerks are easily contactable and are always willing to assist with any case, from Magistrates’ court matters to lengthy Crown Court trials. The service offered is always professional but personal at the same time. Charlie Tennent goes above and beyond what is required, and is highly efficient.

Clerks are fantastic, easy to deal with, and accommodating.

Clerks’ room is very efficient and most helpful. They go the extra mile to sort problems. Colin Cook is very wise and experienced – totally unflappable!

Colin Cook is a legend – he has an innate ability to assist in choosing the right counsel for the right case.

Colin Cook leads an impressive team who are keen to always assist, collaborate and find good working relationships.

Colin Cook leads from the front and provides an excellent service.

The clerks at Garden Court Chambers are one of the best clerks’ rooms I have had the pleasure of dealing with.

The clerks’ team are fantastic, they are responsive to queries and nothing is ever too much. They go above and beyond to make the process of instructing counsel seamless.

Chambers have demonstrated their ability to provide counsel in a range of cases across the country. Every barrister instructed has a meticulous approach, and provides thorough and detailed advice at every stage of a case. Counsel are all highly professional and skilled.

The Chambers are excellent – I have been working with them for over 20 years – many high-quality advocates.

Goldsmith Chambers

Goldsmith Chambers has expertise across the spectrum of crime, civil, family, and immigration matters. In recent news, Sir Peter Smith, former High Court Judge, and Dr Dominic Thomas-James, an academic at Cambridge University, have joined chambers as associate tenants. Victoria Wilson has been selected for the inaugural Bar Council Leadership Programme.

Testimonials

Clerks:

All the Clerks as a whole provide an excellent service. They are friendly, great communicators and are thoroughly organised.

The Chambers have a good set of clerks that are organised and communicate well. They organise numerous free seminars and other events to engage with other legal professionals, share knowledge and explore ways in which we can better the immigration sector.

Set:

Goldsmith Chambers are one of the finest Chambers I’ve come across in the years of my professional practice. They are both very approachable, have a fantastic roster of counsel and are eager to work together with their instructing solicitors. Their roster of counsel has some of the brightest minds amongst them and there is no doubt that many of them are destined for major milestones in the foreseeable future.

They provide a healthy dose of training and continuous learning through various seminars, webinars and other training to keep everyone up-to-date on the latest developments in law across a multitude of subject areas.

Goldsmith Chambers has a large selection of Immigration Barristers and each Barrister, we have found, is passionate about the work they take on.

Goldsmith Chambers has an extremely impressive immigration team of barristers. The team regularly puts on talks and seminars covering the latest developments in immigration and asylum law. The seminars are highly professional and enjoyable. The set has many barristers who have reported cases, and who specialise in particular areas of immigration law.

Goldsmith Chambers have a deep pool of highly experienced and highly competent criminal advocates.

Goldsmith Chambers offers an excellent set of barristers. My instructions have been in immigration and public law cases. The availability of counsel has been excellent. The team also delivers excellent training frequently which are easily accessible.

Top notch set for chambers that offers comprehensive, professional and remarkable legal support to both professional and lay clients. Always responsive, approachable and friendly. Barristers are very patient in preparation of the submission and meticulous to details that makes their advocacy stand out.

Gough Square Chambers

Gough Square Chambers is a leading set for consumer, food, and trading standards matters as well as financial services regulation. In recent news, Cameron Crowe has been appointed a Recorder, sitting on the Midlands Circuit in crime.

Clerks:

Bob Weekes (Senior Clerk);  Richard Bryant (First Clerk);  Jack Bradshaw (Second Clerk);  Evan Lloyd (Junior Clerk)

Testimonials

Clerks:

Excellent service from the clerks, in particular Jack Bradshaw and Bob Weekes.

Set:

Gough Square is a go to set for consumer credit act disputes and they have solid strength in depth of resource in this arena.

Gough Square is an excellent point for any consumer credit or mortgage regulatory advice. They have a number of excellent barristers, across varying levels of experience.

I have worked with this Set for more than 20 years and am always surprised by the level of expertise that constantly emerges. Without doubt, they remain at the top of their field. I always recommend them.

I would not hesitate to instruct any member of the set as their reputation precedes them.

The Service has used a number of barristers from the set down to more junior members to assist with investigations and disclosure. All have been of a very high calibre.

Very good set for complex regulatory issues.

Gray's Inn Tax Chambers

Gray's Inn Tax Chambers is a go-to for high-profile disputes, both in the corporate and personal taxation spheres. In recent news, Michael Flesch QC has retired from practice a 50-year career at the Bar.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Ben is very straightforward to deal with. Efficient and knowledgeable.

Excellent clerks. Have dealt in particular with Chris Broom and Jamie Hall. Jamie was of great practical help.

I have always received excellent service, especially from Chris Broom.

Really helpful and responsive.

I cannot praise Mr Stern highly enough. He is a real asset of the set.

Very user-friendly and flexible clerk room.

Set:

Go to set for tax litigation work.

Specialist tax chambers living up to its reputation.

This is my go to set. Counsel are brilliant and client friendly. The clerks are efficient, polite, customer conscious and are just pure pleasure to deal with.

Well known and respected chambers with strength in depth.

Hailsham Chambers

Hailsham Chambers is well known for its specialisation in clinical and professional negligence cases, as well as costs. Strengthening chambers with its ninth silk, Jamie Carpenter QC was appointed Queen’s Counsel in March 2020.

Testimonials

Clearly a leader in the field – Alex Hutton has pretty much written the book on costs as well as clinical negligence and is a complete pleasure to work with. Dan Stacey always gets his tactics right and is interactive, makes himself available and turns the work around well – whilst securing results.

I have used several barristers within the set and all seem very proficient.

I have worked with Hailsham in this field for over 25 years – they have spectacular strength in depth across the team.

I love Hailsham chambers. A big fan.

Strong support both senior and junior to Mr Peacock. There is always good quality cover if needed.

They are an excellent set, with a good range of depth and breadth of barristers. They may not be as big as one or two other sets, but they make up for that with quality. I also find them more personable than some of the other sets and the clerks go out of their way to be as accommodating and as helpful as possible.

Very experienced helpful chambers, always friendly and willing to assist.

Very strong set for clinical negligence and costs. Alex Hutton QC and Andrew Post QC are phenomenal.

Harcourt Chambers

With offices in London and Oxford, Harcourt Chambers is one of the country's leading family and children law sets. In recent news, Jonathan Sampson QC has been appointed Queen’s Counsel and Mavis Amonoo-Acquah has been appointed to the Family Justice Council.

Testimonials

Clerks

All the clerks are efficient, friendly and very helpful. It is difficult to single out individuals as they are all good but Simon Boutwood and Matt Molloy have been particularly helpful.

The clerks are very good and always helpful and approachable. Judith Partington stands out for special mention.

All the clerks are particularly helpful and develop an understanding of the instructing solicitors needs to ensure their service meets the needs of the clients.

The clerks are personable, helpful and always try to assist when we call.

Set

I have instructed a number of the team at Harcourt and have always found the quality of barristers to be very high. They appear to have a number of highly skilled barristers across various areas.

I love using Harcourt Chambers. Their counsel are all friendly but also extremely intelligent, capable lawyers who fight hard for their clients.

There is a wide range of barristers for any family law need both in terms of experience, fees and expertise.

They’re an excellent set of Chambers and bend over backwards to accommodate if the barrister you specifically want to instruct is unavailable. They often host brilliant updating seminars locally.

Very strong family set, good spread of experience amongst the set.

Very well regarded in litigation concerning children. Acknowledged expertise in public law disputes and increasingly in international disputes.

Hardwicke Chambers Limited

Multidisciplinary set Hardwicke, which has particular expertise across the construction, professional negligence, and property litigation space, has had an eventful year, becoming a limited company and announcing plans to move to One Gray’s Inn in mid 2021. The set's expansion plans have continued with the arrival of Mark O’Grady from Lamb Chambers, and Philipp Simon and Faisel Sadiq from Ely Place. Chambers management has also expanded with the hiring of Zoe Mellor as Practice Operations Director. In other recent news, the set has celebrated the appointment of five new Recorders: Jamal Demachkie, Andrew Skelly, Matthew Hodson (South Eastern, Crime), Rupert Higgins (Midland, Family), and Alison Meacher (South Eastern, Family).

Testimonials

Clerks

Patrick Sarson is by far the most approachable and unquestionably efficient clerk I have had the pleasure of dealing with.

Richard Sumarno, Paul Nuttall and Adam Blades are fantastic clerks who respond promptly to requests. They are all highly organised and are willing to offer assistance where possible.

Richard Sumarno and James Duncan-Harthill lead the team really well. They are great to deal with. Very accommodating and clear. Natasha and Paul are also very good.

The clerks are always available to speak, they are polite friendly and very professional. Of particular note are James Duncan-Hartill and Richard Sumano either of whom are contactable out of hours and willing to assist in any way they can.

James Duncan Harthill is a great senior clerk and keeps in regular contact with our team. I would say that Hardwicke are modern and forward thinking.

Best clerking in the business. Patrick Sarson is particularly good.

Excellent clerks across the whole set. Adam Blades a standout.

The clerks rooms are all helpful, both in organising conferences and dealing with the financial administration of any instructions. Paul Nuttal is a great first point of contact and particularly helpful.

Set

Very efficient, and the set as a whole is excellently lead by CEO Amanda Illing.

Hardwicke is one of my go-to sets for commercial litigation. The strength and depth of experience available means you know the right person will be available for any job even if your first choice counsel is not available.

Good strength in depth in terms of costs. Reasonable and pragmatic when it comes to fees when necessary and generally always available to assist even at short notice.

Hardwicke also run a range of training programmes – some at their Chambers and some online – including some delivered at our offices. All have been effective, focused and well presented.

The training offered is excellent and there is a good broad spectrum of experience to chose from.

Hardwicke run a good seminar programme on topical issues which members of the team regularly attend.

Willing to present up to date and helpful seminars on cost developments.

The set are dynamic and proactive which has been especially apparent during the Covid-19 crisis. They heve been adaptable and helpful in sharing knowledge and information.

I attended a very useful seminar last year which also provided the opportunity to get to know some of the barristers better and makes you more likely to instruct them in future.

We are fans of Hardwicke. They seem to be very on the ball and are raising their profile.

I know more barristers at Hardwicke than any other chambers – they introduce each other and do not simply rely on the clerks to market the wider set. They have been running a great series of accessible (short and informal) webinars on the Covid crisis – I am bombarded by circulars from solicitors and barristers and these webinars are the only webinars I regularly make the time to attend

Hardwicke chambers are often our go to set for a wide range of commercial matters. Their communication and administrative skills are excellent which always makes life easier.

I have worked with Hardwicke Chambers for many years and they are one of my go to sets for property litigation work. I have worked with many of their barristers and find them easy to deal with.

The set has an extensive rage of juniors who are able to deal with all insolvency related matters. Many of the junior are also experts can offer wider advice over connected albeit different areas.

I have found Hardwicke to be excellent in the areas of property and wills/estates.

Henderson Chambers

Henderson Chambers is the leader in product liability work and also strong in associated areas of law. Since publication of the last guide, Jason Housden, previously Practice Director at Matrix Chambers, was appointed the new chambers director, succeeding John White who retired after 45 years of service to chambers. Chambers has also expanded following the arrival of Freya Foster and Hazel Jackson, while Henry Warwick QC was elevated to Queen’s Counsel and Abigail Cohen appointed Deputy District Judge.

Testimonials

Clerks:

A professional and well-organised clerking team. All of the clerks at Henderson Chambers are extremely helpful and attentive. Joanna Johnstone has been particularly helpful.

All the clerks are very supportive and helpful. All the clerks provide us with an excellent service.

Always responsive, always quick to respond. Outgoing head clerk John White was always willing to accommodate us and was tough but friendly in his fee negotiations. New head clerk Jason seems to be from the same mould. Junior clerks always get back to you. They are protective of their barristers but not overly so and will always make them available for initial discussions and to go over fee estimates. Invoicing is prompt and pain free.

Dan Smith and his colleagues are a pleasure to work with providing all necessary support as and when required

Dan Smith is a stand out when it comes to the clerks at Henderson – he completely gets the varying needs of a solicitor and is very accommodating.

Dan Smith is helpful and prompt to reply when we have enquiries.

Daniel Kemp is one of the best clerks around. Responsive, knowledgeable and always helpful.

Daniel Kemp is well organised, approachable, proactive and good to work with.

Excellent clerking service. The outgoing Chief Clerk John White was probably the best in the business. Joseph Sutton is particularly responsive and supportive.

Excellent, Joseph Sutton is particularly helpful and goes above and beyond to get the right barrister for the case. He is very quick to respond and retains good communication throughout. Nothing is too much trouble.

Excellent: efficient and easy to deal with. Daniel Kemp is a star.

Henderson Chambers are well-organised and easy to deal with.

John White has run an incredibly successful clerks’ room for decades and will be missed. Jason Housden is stepping into large shoes but is off to a good start.

Set:

A great set for class actions – none to beat it. Superb barristers who cover a vast range of work and incredibly user friendly barristers and clerks alike.

All the barristers I have instructed from this chambers for health and safety work have been very good.

Currently the most impressive set for product liability in London.

Every Counsel member at Henderson is academically brilliant but also personable while being tenacious.

Great set, very welcoming and practical and suit the counsel for the job not just volunteering whoever is free

Henderson are our go to set on complex group actions, for claims with forums non conveniens and personal injury aspects (legacy disease claims in particular).

Henderson chamber is top notch chambers for commercial disputes.

Henderson chambers are an excellent set, we regularly instruct leaders and juniors alike. Always reliable and advice is second to none.

Henderson chambers are my chambers of choice offering exceptional experience supported by impressive up and comers.

Members work collegiately and seamlessly together which makes solicitors live so much easier. The breadth of knowledge of the commercial world within the set is outstanding.

Henderson Chambers has a first rate regulatory offering. Exceptional, experienced, advocates with a strong group of juniors. Their programme of training seminars is very strong. Topics are always very current.

Hogarth Chambers

Specialist intellectual property set Hogarth Chambers also has expertise in the IT and media spaces. The set celebrated the elevation of Andrew Norris QC to Queen’s Counsel in March 2020.

Keating Chambers

Commercial set Keating Chambers is a leader in the field of construction, engineering, and energy disputes, as well as public procurement and professional negligence. Chambers has been strengthened by the arrival of Charles Banner QC from Landmark Chambers and John McMillan, formerly counsel at WilmerHale, as well as the elevation to silk of Krista Lee QC. Also of note, during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, chambers pledged £20,000 through the Criminal Bar Association to secure an award for a criminal pupillage that would have otherwise been withdrawn due to financial pressures faced by criminal sets.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Will Shrubsall is very proactive and helpful

Always helpful and prompt. Declan Redmond provides a great service.

Approachable clerks, with a desire to make our lives easier.

Best clerks room in the city. They are helpful, efficient, responsive and polite. I cannot fault them.

Clerking is of the highest quality. Polite, friendly, down to earth and very efficient. There is a particularly fast turn around in terms of confirming availability and providing fee estimates.

Jade Clark is a very impressive clerk. She is unfailingly positive and delivers consistently responsive and high quality service. Nothing is ever too much trouble and she always goes the extra mile.

Due to Jade’s efforts and tenacity with Court officers we got an urgent application before the head TCC Judge in lightning quick time. This proved the decisive factor in settling a matter on very advantageous terms for a client.

Clerks are approachable, on the ball and provide quick responses to queries.

Clerks are great and very responsive. Rob Frankish and James Luxmore are a pleasure to deal with and always find someone who is the right fit for the client.

Clerks are very attentive.

Clerks at Keating have always been strong. They are very commercial, approachable and user friendly. I particularly rate Jade and James.

Clerks room very efficient and again approachable and very accommodating

Declan Redmond is a seasoned veteran and that shows with the service provided by the clerks’ room. We are increasingly working with James Luxmoore who has an excellent bedside manner and made a strong impression, I believe him to be a rising star.

Declan Redmond is a stand out director of clerking – one of the best around.

Will Shrubsall has always gone the extra mile and I would always approach him first. The chambers are very slick and their IT familiarity is second to none.

Set:

A great chambers for procurement law, offering several well known QCs and juniors.

A great set and my ‘go to’ for construction and procurement. QCs are ably assisted by an exceptional set of Juniors.

An absolutely excellent set, full of talent.

An excellent set comprising a number of very experienced arbitrators.

An excellent set of chambers that contains a large number of experienced and well regarded arbitrators.

An excellent set of chambers that is well managed. A collection of impressive individuals.

An extremely supportive and knowledgeable set

At the top of every list for Construction and Engineering chambers with leading individuals across the board.

Chambers are known as specialists and are up there amongst the top public procurement sets. Excellent QCs in Fionnuala McCredie QC and Sarah Hannaford QC and and increasing pool of talented juniors with public procurement expertise. Simon Taylor is a very good ‘senior junior’ able to run with complex cases or work with a QC where necessary.

Excellent depth and breadth of service

Excellent strength in depth across the board. The juniors are very good.

Very strong set in terms of procurement disputes. Chambers has two very strong QC leads with in-depth specialist knowledge that are very hands on and become truly a part of the lawyer team with the client.

The set is well organised, excellent at providing updates and looking after clients.

Lamb Building

A London and Brighton-based common law set, Lamb Building has expertise across the crime, civil, family, immigration, and public and regulatory fields. In recent news, Tim Jones, formerly with Capsticks, has joined the set's civil and housing team and Ross Talbott has been appointed a Recorder.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Clerks are available, flexible and responsive

I liaise with Philip Silverman who is always responding promptly to any email and is willing and able to find available counsel in all situations.

Phil Silverman is excellent.

Lamb Building Chambers and particularly their Senior Criminal Clerks provide a great service and are always on hand to provide solutions at very short notice.

Philip Silverman is the Immigration Clerk, he has always been excellent over the years. He is very approachable and understanding. He is always on hand to provide advice and guidance on appropriate counsel and always goes the extra mile when taking instructions late in the day.

Dave Corne is an absolute star and a foundational piece of the entire set.

The clerks’ room at Lamb Building is extremely friendly and approachable with a can-do attitude. It is always excellent and they are a group of real problem solvers. In particular, we recommend Philip Silverman who works so hard to maintain the chamber’s reputation. He provides an exceptional service and is available all hours of every day almost. His response is amazing.

They are very competent and pleasant. They deal with my queries very quickly, usually within a few hours.

Very good. Phil Silverman runs the immigration team and is very responsive and willing to assist

We have come to know the clerks as our own colleagues. They have always accommodated us with our reasonable requests. We have reached a wavelength where we understand each other’s needs without much explanation. They have made our work more efficient and cost effective.

Set:

I find barristers at Lamb Building approachable and well-prepared. I have worked with Bojana Asanovic, Sandra Akinbolu and others and I have always had a very good working relationship. I would recommend Chambers and will definitely continue instructing them for any immigration and asylum work.

Lamb are a very good set.

Lamb building are a professional bunch. Their seminars are always thorough and the speakers are always very coherent. Each member in the chamber appears to be in consultation with the other which provides us with experienced advice from whomsoever we have instructed.

Lamb Building Chambers is always one of the top choices for instructing counsel in relation to immigration matters. They are considered our ‘go to counsel’ for the full range of immigration matters. The set in my view offer excellent value for service and our clients have always commented on the professional and enthusiastic nature of Counsel instructed on their case.

Lamb Building have a formidable immigration team

Lamb Building is an excellent set which has real strength in depth. Its leading practitioners Eric Fripp and Bojana, are complemented by excellent well-established practitioners such as Sandra Akinbolu and Emma Daykin, as well as fantastic younger barristers such as Deborah Revill, Shanthi Sivakumaran and Jamil Dhanji.

Lamb Building is respected among firms for its diversity and its friendly approach. They genuinely care about the clients and achieve excellent result acting for the best interests of the clients. We have held a long and friendly relationship with Lamb Building and instruct many of their barristers for the high-class work they produce and the well respect representation which they provide to our clients.

Landmark Chambers

Landmark Chambers is a leading set with particular strengths in planning, environmental, and local government matters. In recent news, Scott Lyness QC and David Blundell QC were appointed to Queen’s Counsel, with Blundell QC also appointed a Recorder to hear criminal cases on the South Eastern Circuit. Also of note, former UK Supreme Court Justice Lord Carnwath joined as an associate member.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Always extremely helpful and efficient.

Mike Gooch is easy to work with and responsive.

An excellent customer service every time.

Ben Connor is great. Flexible, approachable and ensures that the admin is done.

Chambers are great to deal with, there is always a clerk on hand to resolve any query irrespective of seniority or who their ‘assigned’ barrister is. They are also very quick to offer alternatives if first choice is unavailable.

Clerks are always polite and respond quickly to requests for quotes.

Clerks are very helpful and organised.

Clerks very responsive, sensible and reliable

Efficient and proactive – keen to help

Excellent, efficient and effective.

First rate clerking, working hard to have the best clerks room under Mark Ball and probably achieving this.

Friendly, efficient, supportive and good to work with – definitely part of the team when it comes to service delivery.

Highly experienced, capable and knowledgeable about the specialist field of rating and of local government law.

 

The best. Bar none

Set:

A great chambers – a range of quality specialists in property disputes at all levels.

A leading property set, rarely disappoints.

A strong set of chambers with very experienced leaders and juniors.

Unbeatable in their field

The best planning lawyers; excellent CPD briefings and webinars; great at showcasing the junior barristers and bringing them on

Excellent planning set – who clearly collaborate and share information and views, ensuring that clients benefit from the set’s collegiate style

Excellent public law set with a very active programme of seminars/webinars.

Great strength in depth as far as land related matters (and rating particularly) are concerned. Wide output of training programmes and other content make this a pre-eminent set sell regarded by everyone in the sector.

Fantastic chambers and always willing to accommodate requests.

For me they are now the pre-eminent set for property litigation and should be in the top rank given their strength in depth.

Given its size, Landmark Chambers has the highest concentration of top practitioners in the planning field. Their experience across the planning piece is broad.

Great client care and approachable barristers.

Great service. Landmark Chambers has great breadth & depth of experience in planning and environmental law.

Great set. Quality across the board in counsel.

Littleton Chambers

Littleton Chambers is highly regarded as an elite employment set, but also covers not just related company, partnership and sports law issues but also a broader gamut of commercial disputes. Sports law specialist John Mehrzad QC is a 2020 silk appointment and Andrew Maguire joined from Outer Temple Chambers (and subsequently was admitted to the Irish Bar).

Testimonials

Clerks:

The clerks are friendly, helpful and accommodating. Senior clerk Jason Drakeford deserves a particular mention.

A very professional service, quick response times and do what they say they will do. Helpful and friendly. Jason Drakeford is exemplary.

All clerks there are approachable, responsive and commercially minded.

Always down to earth and helpful.

An efficient and  responsive clerks room. Always hospitable and pleasant to myself, clients and witnesses whenever I attend chambers for conferences.

Andrew Sargeant is flexible and well organised.

Chambers director Liz Dux is a tour de force. Jason Drakeford and his team are courteous, professional and on-hand to assist.

Chambers’ clerks are very accommodating and helpful. They are reliable when asked for advice on who to use. They take a commercial view on fees.

Clerks are brilliant. Dan and Scott are exceptional.

Clerks are high quality and provide a very good client service. They are good at accommodating solicitor needs and communicate well. They are clear on billing and avoid surprises.

Very helpful and prepared to go the extra mile.

Clerks are very kind and respond within a very reasonable time frame. Scott Hersey is one of the best clerks with whom I have had the pleasure to work.

Dan Woodbridge is a great clerk and has integrity.

Effective and organised.

The clerks are fantastic. They go above and beyond for you and are really helpful and responsive.

The clerks are outstanding and Jason Drakeford in particular. Nothing is too much for them.

Set:

A great set with strength in depth. Highly professional and very willing to provide bespoke training.

An excellent employment and commercial set with depth and breadth of resources and expertise.

An outstanding employment team. Always one of the first calls.

As an employment lawyer, Littleton is my go-to set. All of their counsel are excellent.

Definitely feel that they have strength in depth, which means you can always have confidence in whoever is available if your primary choice is not; we consider the set to be one of the top sets for employment law.

Excellent employment set. Good depth. Good quality. Friendly and easy to deal with.

Excellent set with strong group of counsel, our go to for the majority of work. Our associates really value their training programmes.

Excellent strength in depth in both employment and commercial law.

Excellent, high-quality training seminar series with topical content tailored to practice areas. I value that some training is of a higher level and therefore suitable for partners. Broad strength and depth, with an increasingly high-profile focus on partnership disputes.

Extremely strong on employment and sports, including some of the very top QCs and juniors in these fields.

I find Littleton to be one of the best sets of chambers to work with. There is a good range of high calibre lawyers at all levels. The commercial/employment law crossover is particularly helpful.

Maitland Chambers

Maitland Chambers is well-respected for a range of Chancery work, covering traditional trusts and probate work, often with charity law and offshore elements, as well commercial litigation. Sir Nicholas Platten joined as a door tenant after his retirement from the Court of Appeal; moving in the other direction Amanda Tipples QC was appointed to the Chancery Division bench in December 2019. Siward Atkins QC is a 2020 silk. 

Testimonials

Clerks:

All clerks I deal with are very approachable and deal with matters swiftly and efficiently, particularly Robert Penson, Danny Wilkinson and Jason Windle who are all extremely helpful.

Brilliant clerks. Rob Penson is my favourite clerk in all of London.

Rob Penson – great guy. Good at sourcing counsel based on expertise and if we have to attend “x” hearing in “y timeframe” with a range of costs. The clerks have been exceptionally helpful and willing to accommodate.

Excellent clerks room. John Wiggs runs a tight ship. Jason Windle and Danny Wilkinson are always available and get results when needed.

Excellent service, in particular from John Wiggs and Danny Wilkinson. Excellent traditional clerking.

I generally liaise with Danny Wilkinson and have found him to be very helpful and quick to respond.

I have always found the clerks there are helpful and friendly.

Rob Penson and Danny Wilkinson are particularly helpful, as is Sam Dempsey.

Sam Dempsey is proactive and highly engaged, prompting solicitors for input where needed.

Set is great including the clerks who have been ever so efficient and polite. Fab crew.

The clerking is excellent and consistent which is important and no doubt in large part due to John Wiggs.

The clerks are helpful and friendly and prepared to go that bit further to deal with any issues. Oliver Thorpe and Rob Penson are particularly responsive and commercial.

The clerks have always been very helpful, on occasions making sure calls are returned at short notice when there has been urgent matters to deal with.

The clerks have been exceptionally helpful and willing to accommodate. I dealt with Robert Penson who was always on hand and pulled everything together.

The clerks have been well organised and easy to contact and deal with.

The clerks room service is excellent. Danny Wilkinson in particular is very approachable, commercial and easy to deal with. But the whole clerking team are excellent – no request too small or great!

The clerks with whom I have dealt have been professional and competent.

The deputy senior clerk, Rob Penson, is excellent at relationship building, getting added value like training provided and generally ensuring the smooth running of instructions and briefs.

Very sensible and helpful clerking. Commercial on pricing work and hyper-responsive.

Set:

Chambers has significant strength in depth ranging from Amanda Hadkiss and Maxim Cardew at the junior end, through Alec McCluskey to Tom Grant QC. I have not had any issues of availability, and members of chambers, and clerks, visit Cardiff (where I am based) to deliver training sessions and build the relationship.

Extremely hardworking and excellent barristers. Generally very easy to work with and pragmatic.

I have attended charity focused training at Maitland Chambers, which was interesting and practical. The set’s charity expertise is impressive – we have also previously engaged Christopher McCall QC who assisted us with interpreting a grant agreement in the context of an arbitration.

Maitland are one of my favourite sets. Excellent barristers of unrivalled quality. They are user friendly and happy to work as part of a team with the solicitors (as opposed to promoting an artificial separation and distance between counsel and solicitors).

Maitland are one of my go to chambers and the quality of work I receive is always excellent. Great strength in depth and quality throughout.

Maitland Chambers has an excellent array of silks and juniors. Chris Pymont QC as the head of chambers is a delight to work with and Tom Fletcher as a junior is incredibly knowledgeable.

Maitland Chambers is one of the strongest commercial/chancery sets with substantial strength in depth. Their silks are leaders in their field, and the juniors are also brilliant.

Maitland has an incredibly impressive team of commercial litigation barristers at all levels of experience, with one of the best-run clerking teams at the Bar.

Maitland have a raft of excellent Counsel at all levels but particularly mid to senior juniors. Chambers is good at keeping in touch with their instructing solicitors and they run a very good seminar (now webinar) programme with content that is very often presented in a far more interesting and accessible way than many other chambers/barristers.

My go to set. I have been using Maitland since 2004. Great Counsel, fantastic set of clerks, solid client service, good training programmes and recent great adaption to zoom training during covid.

My preferred set as they are of sufficient size to have barristers with expertise to cover most issues.

One of the few genuinely committed to the not for profit sector, with class and experience at all levels.

One of the foremost Commercial and Chancery sets in the country with an unrivalled reputation

The set has been fantastic even during Covid – the set has been able to produce some fabulous interesting webinars to keep us all updated. Well done to them.

They are a good chambers to deal with – they are a quality set with a good reputation, assisted in charity law terms by its association with Christopher McCall QC, who maintains his reputation as a highly respected elder statesman of the charity law bar.

We have instructed a number of barristers from Maitland over the years, ranging from new juniors to QCs. I have always found the set to be responsive, incisive, commercial and able to get to grips with matters quickly.

Matrix Chambers

Matrix Chambers is a progressive set with areas of particular recognition granted to its expertise in extradition, international criminal law, civil liberties and defamation, as well as public international law, competition, European Union and employment law. The set also has offices in Brussels and Geneva for international work. As far as chambers news is concerned, the set has grown with a number of recruits, including Tom Gillie (from Cloisters), Nichola Higgins (from Doughty Street) and three from 2 Bedford Row: Richard Whittam QC, Kwaku Awuku-Asabre and Vedrana Pehar. Those three follow in the same direction the path taken in 2019 by Jamas Hodivala QC, who is one the set's two 2020 Silks alongside Eleni Mitrophanous QC. In appointments news, associate member Luis González García  was appointed by the Mexican government to the ICSID panel of arbitrators, Ken Macdonald QC is also the president of the Howard League for Penal Reform, Helen Mountfield QC is now a judge of the Jersey Court of Appeal and also principal of Mansfield College, Oxford. Senior practice manager Jason Housden is now at Henderson Chambers.

Testimonials

Clerks:

All very approachable and accommodating, including out of hours. Paul Venables is a pleasure to deal with

Clerks are always very responsive, and flexible in ensuring Counsel’s availability, often at short notice

Extremely responsive and helpful. Paul Venables is a genuinely charming and friendly clerk with lots of personality.

I am generally impressed with the clerks’ room. Alison Scanes is an excellent Practice Manager – friendly, approachable and amenable. Chris Beard is also helpful and responsive.

I have been assisted a number of times by Mr. Frankie Penton, whom I have always found to be very responsive and eager to help.

Paul Venables is an outstanding clerk. Elizabeth Bousher is exceptional.

The practice management staff are very friendly and attentive. Alison Scanes in particular is hard-working but always personable and able to help out. Chris Beard and George Hack are also highly attentive, straightforward and helpful. The springtime drinks and summer parties are always enjoyable and well put together.

The clerks are more pragmatic and commercial than we find at other sets. they will take into account client issues and are generally willing to work with you particularly as price is becoming more of an issue.

The clerks are very professional and far exceed expectation and the offerings provided by other sets in this field. They are always willing to assist wherever they can and Paul Venables is a key part of the team and chambers’ success.

The clerks at Matrix are always extremely helpful and friendly, and go out of their way to ensure everything runs smoothly.

Simon Gardner deserves a particular mention. He is fantastic and a real pleasure to work with. He is responsive, reliable, organised and personable.

Simon Gardner is beyond doubt one of the best clerks I have ever worked with.

The clerks at Matrix Chambers are always very professional and helpful. Paul Venables in particular has been most accommodating and provides a prompt and reliable service.

The clerks have always been proactive and helpful. Paul Venables is very willing an responsive, and has a very good understanding of international clients.

The Matrix practice team do a great job. Alison Scanes is doing very well leading her team. They are happy to work with solicitors to meet the underlying client’s needs.

I would mark Matt Leitch out in the crime team as a star to work with. He is very bright and supremely efficient. He will go very far indeed!

The clerks offer an exceptional service, willing to assist in arranging conferences, punctual, friendly and prompt provision of fee notes.

The Matrix practice team do a great job. Alison Scanes is doing very well leading her team. They are happy to work with solicitors to meet the underlying client’s needs.

The service of the clerks is first rate. They are attentive, willing to negotiate fairly on fees and will always go above and beyond to find solutions. They encourage introductions, are always hospitable and work well with solicitors. Paul Venables leads an extremely strong and well-connected team and is well supported by Matthew Leitch and Rhian Hiscocks. they assisted us greatly during XR protests.

Paul Venables is my favourite clerk in the city. A genuinely nice person who excels in their role.

Alison Scanes, is always on hand to talk through potential instructions and to suggest the most appropriate barrister for a particular instruction. Alison is also happy to provide flexibility across the board (on a case-by-case basis); more often than not can accommodate clients’ requirements.

The clerking team is superb and the chambers has a modern and inclusive ethos.

Set:

A fantastic all round set in privacy, defamation and GDPR.

An array of competence with a variety of user-styles to suit all cases and clients. Best collection of barristers in London by far.

Chambers are pro-active in contacting us about their activities and services.

Chambers is well known for having the very best barristers in this field. They have strength at the absolute top end and also at the junior end.

Matrix are a fantastic set. Always the go to place with a difficult case which crosses over a number of disciplines.

Matrix are a stellar set and provide excellent representation to clients as well as support to solicitors through excellent training. Their members cover all areas that would be relevant to this area of work.

Matrix are a very reliable set who always give top quality advice. Their QCs provide excellent input – short and to the point.

Matrix chambers are one of the pre-eminent fraud sets in the country with an impressive array of QCs and juniors who regularly act in high-profile and complex cases. Particularly at the top end of members, you always have confidence that they will be able to provide counsel who bring not only criminal expertise, but commercial nous, to a case which is especially relevant when dealing with corporate fraud and bribery matters.

Matrix has a very strong reputation in the field of extradition.

Matrix has always been proud to do things differently, whilst always maintaining quality and professionalism. Of all the sets I work with, Matrix is by far my favourite.

Matrix have a great range of lawyers; I feel in very safe hands with Matrix

Matrix have a stellar range of exceptional, experienced, juniors and top-level silks.

Matrix have a strong privacy and data protection team, and I would happily instruct (and do) a number of their more claimant friendly barristers. I particularly favour Matrix when there are more complex issues, such as an overlap with public law. They offer an excellent series of seminars / roundtable events, which double as useful networking events. The size of the team means there is usually one of our preferred choices available

Matrix is a class act, a vast array of superb barristers who are all at top of their field.

A very good set in the field of immigration, asylum and Human Rights work generally. The roundtable seminars are good.

Influential, high-calibre set. The barristers at Matrix are highly sought after for their expertise and skills. They give any case a high level of attention.

Matrix is a class act, across the board. They attract bright and dedicated lawyers so, at every level you have confidence in those offered to you and those you instruct. Their breadth of experience in criminal law , extradition, media law and civil liberties means they have insight and experience which is invaluable. If counsel of choice is not available, you always know the “substitute” will be excellent as they have strength in depth across the board of all criminal and appellate work. Their training programmes, especially on appeals and extradition are of an extremely high standard.

Matrix is a great chambers to work with. The clerks are friendly and approachable and the counsel are all excellent.

Matrix is now my go-to-firm for “challenger” competition cases. They have proven to be very flexible and commercial. Very soon they will be challenging the big three sets.

Matrix is one of the media law “super sets”.

Matrix’s media law team continues to get stronger. Chris Beard is an exceptional clerk. They organise claimant roundtable seminars, which are very popular and useful. They have also published a book on online publication claims.

Matrix have a strong privacy and data protection team, and I would happily instruct (and do) a number of their more claimant friendly barristers. I particularly favour Matrix when there are more complex issues, such as an overlap with public law. They offer an excellent series of seminars/roundtable events, which double as useful networking events. The size of the team means there is usually one of our preferred choices available.

One of the best employment sets and certainly the best for reliability, value for money, client service and consistent quality.

The Chambers staff have been very professional and helpful throughout.

The Chambers was very professional and well-run, and the clerks were highly engaged and accommodating.

The practice management staff are very friendly and attentive.

The support staff at Matrix Chambers are very helpful and friendly and the calibre of barristers both at the senior and junior level is exceptional.

Very strong set of practitioners at the top of their game covering a wide range of disciplines.

Very well administered, and with a good system for ensuring that an urgent case will be well attended to. Very responsive.

We have used the chambers for a number of matters and have been favourably impressed by the quality and depth of talent.

Monckton Chambers

Monckton Chambers is perhaps best known for its strength in competition law, public procurement and EU law, as well as a range of public law matters both for claimants and from the Attorney-General, with 22 members on the various levels of panel. Rob Williams QC is a 2020 Silk appointment.

Testimonials

Clerks:

A small and well connected clerksroom who are easy to deal with. John Keegan is a strong leader and always available if needed. Steve Duffet is friendly and commercial. Jaden Maloney is also commercial and comfortable taking a sensible view of matters.

Better than a number of their competitors. Responsive and reasonable on fee negotiations.

Chris O’Brian was our clerk, we are very happy to have his as part of the team.

Clerking is excellent. All the clerking team are strong from the bottom up. Attentive and engaged, particularly open about fees.

Clerks are excellent, very responsive and expertly managed by David Hockney

Clerks have been always efficient and capable to assist me.

David Hockney leads a very good team – very sharp and always available

Excellent clerks room, always ready to assist in any way they are able. Gemma Rawlison in particular is dedicated, hardworking and always two steps ahead. The receptionist, Linda, is the best in the business.

Excellent. I would particularly point out for praise Jaden Maloney who is first rate, and the charming receptionist Linda Antonioni for whom nothing is too much trouble.

First rate clerks, who are quick, nimble and flexible and have an eye for putting together a great time. The clerks are easy to communicate with and accommodating. A pleasure to work with.

Had a good experience with Jaden Maloney. He is attentive and knows counsels strengths and works well to ensure they are available when needed at short notice.

I am a huge fan of the clerks. They too, are user friendly, commercial and interested.

I like the clerks they are generally accessible and approachable especially David Hockney.

Jaden Moloney was very helpful as is Emma Rawlinson. The clerks are generally very helpful.

John Keegan has a sharp eye for putting together sterling teams.

John Keegan is proactive, accommodating and with a sharp eye for the right team.

Monckton is a well run ship, Chris O’Brien is very responsive and provides a seamless service

My limited experience of the clerks’ service is that they are efficient and commercial

On the whole the clerks are helpful, diligent and quick to follow up. Steven Duffett in particular is excellent. Very well informed on procurement matters and has the ability to get whatever support you need in very short timescales.

Probably the friendliest reception staff of any chamber in London.

The clerks are great. David Hockney is a class act, very commercial but also a real advocate for his barristers.

The clerks are professional and quick to respond to messages. They are second to none in liaising with the courts in order to obtain listing appointments and will often co-ordinate the process for the parties.

The clerks have good relationships with the listings office which can be very handy and are also very commercial and more open than most to unusual fee structures. John Keegan stands out in this area for all the qualities above.

The clerks room is very good, still one of the best at the bar and David Hockney is truly excellent.

The clerks room provides a high quality, personal and friendly service. Steve Duffet is a particularly helpful and professional clerk, and John Keegan is a great personality, with very effective BD skills.

The clerks’ room is first rate, not least because they take the time to understand how we work and what the requirements are of the area we work (the CJEU does not operate in the same way as other Courts). This removes a lot of the usual admin hassle that litigation can entail, especially as regards to billing

The service from Monckton has always been excellent. The clerks are responsive and practical.

They were generally pretty good. Some of the more senior clerks could be friendlier. The receptionist (Linda) is an absolute stand-out. Truly one of the most impressive I’ve come across. Her excellent service was commented on by the CEO of my client when he came for a meeting in Chambers.

Very accommodating – as we are a large group of lawyers and clients and are not the easiest group to deal with!

Very good clerks. Fair on costs and fees, and clear communicators. Recently, we had to ensure we got a CMC listed at the right time and the clerking team worked hard to fix our preferred dates.

Very good. Jamie Tucker in particular. Really organised, responsive and calm.

Very helpful and user-friendly. David Hockney and Stephen Duffett are both excellent and easy to work with.

We find Monckton Chambers offers an excellent customer service. Their clerks are always eager to help.

We find Monckton Chambers offers an excellent customer service. Their clerks are always eager to help.

We have worked most closely with Steve Duffett and John Keegan. Both are extremely responsive, helpful, and proactive, with a can-do attitude. Very easy to work with.

Set:

A good set with a number of very promising juniors.

A lovely set of barristers, each one delightful to work with.

Excellent chambers, first-rate barristers, good availability of Counsel, decent seminars (and videocon seminars during COVID-19), and extremely user-friendly.

Excellent, good range of very good barristers at all levels.

First class service and availability to work on different levels of complexity.

Good depth on data protection matters. Gerry works particularly well in combination with Julianne Morrison, who is undoubtedly a star junior on these matters.

Good set populated with very capable barristers

In my experience, Monckton Chambers have always been a pleasure to work with, having instructed their counsel in public law cases over the last three years.

Monckton are a leading set in this area. Their know how materials including training, updates notes are well thought out and best in class.

Monckton are a very strong set for Procurement work. We also used Ewan West, Ligia Opesciu, and Valentina Sloane.

Monckton are an excellent chambers for antitrust, and they have good bench-strength across all levels. Although sometimes (as with all good barristers), previous commitments mean that they cannot take work on, they are pragmatic and helpful in those situations.

Monckton are expert in competition law and one of only a few go-to sets for claimant competition work.

Monckton is a leading set in IT and telecom practice. It houses some of the best advocates in this area.

Monckton is obviously a market-leader in EU and competition matters and would be one of our first ports of call on any competition or regulatory work (in the UK or EU). They have phenomenal strength-in-depth across different levels of seniority, including some of the very best QCs in the business and some highly impressive juniors.

Monckton is one of the two leading competition law sets, alongside Brick Court. They have been expanding their commercial offering also.

Monckton is regarded as one of the ‘go to’ sets for procurement work as a consequence of its depth of experience and knowledge, offering quality alternatives if first choice counsel is unavailable.

Monckton is without doubt one of the leading sets for procurement. For what is still a relatively niche area, they have a vast number of barristers actively practising procurement and there is always someone on hand (at both QC and junior level) to support.

Monckton leads the pack for competition, and is at the head of the field as well for data protection.

Progressive and dynamic set, with star quality throughout. From juniors to top silks, Monckton is able to offer the finest legal minds in one set.

Solid commercial set with a range and depth of experience. I always find them to be extremely helpful and able to recommend someone to assist.

The set as a whole is excellent with strength across the board, particularly at the more senior and more junior levels. Counsel are generally available and responsive, within the inevitable constraints imposed by very busy schedules.

They have been running an excellent training programme for junior associates during the pandemic.

Very good set, right at the top of our list for telecoms and competition law, with strength right across the board.

Very good, well-organised and professionally managed set. There are definitely a go-to option in telecoms regulatory matters.

Very professional and good strength of depth. Lots of very clever juniors.

Very strong competition and EU law set. My preferred set.

Very strong in European law and human rights law with a number of well known QCs and juniors.

Widely regarded as one of the top sets for competition law.

New Court Chambers

New Court Chambers features expertise from a range of family juniors across the family law piece, covering both public and private child law instructions as well as matrimonial finance expertise.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Adam and James are brilliant, they really care about the clients and manage diaries very well meaning I have very rarely had counsel changed and so the clients get consistency and excellent client care. They offer a personal touch and are always friendly, kind and very professional.

Adam Grant – always reliable and helpful and a delight to deal with.

All of the clerks are excellent and very helpful but Adam Grant stands out; he is a real asset to the set. From my experience, he is the best clerk in London.

Amie is a super star! Very helpful and friendly.

Paul and James are exceptional. Paul Bloomfield in particular has been such a source of guidance with counsel . He always has the clients’ interests at heart which i believe is why they are such a good set.

The clerks are always helpful and on the ball.

James Stammers is particularly good when billing issues arise. It is one of the strengths of this set that billing is always up to date. They are easy to contact and respond quickly.

The Clerks are fantastic. Always helpful, cheerful and go that extra mile to provide an excellent service.

The clerks are generally very pro-active, friendly, approachable and quick to respond.

Particular positive mention needs to be given to Amie, James and Karl, who are always very helpful and pleasant to work with. They are very responsive and often go above and beyond to assist in cases and in getting you the best counsel for the case.

The clerks are readily available and able to recommend appropriate counsel for different types of case and hearings at all levels. There is good communication and provision of fee notes to assist with costing.

The clerks are very responsive and always very helpful.

Set:

Excellent chambers with very good and capable child law Counsel. Always approachable and pragmatic in the way they deal with things. Very strong set.

Good set of chambers. Always try their best to assist. Friendly and helpful.

New Court Chambers has a high number of highly experienced counsel who specialise in public law childcare matters. They are my go-to set and, with very few exceptions, I have always received a high level of service from them.

New Court Chambers have strength in depth and practitioners including Chris Poole who are a match for silks in other chambers.

New Court is an up and coming centre of excellence for family cases, particularly those involving children.

New Court Chambers as a whole is a well-respected, high-calibre Chambers in Children and Family Law, and I would say they are definitely in the forefront of their field.

I generally am confident and happy to instruct any of their barristers and feel my cases are in highly competent and safe hands with New Court Chambers. Counsel availability is generally very good and they work hard to also give you continuity of counsel on your cases, which is important and very helpful.

New Court Chambers deliver training that is also of a high standard, well researched, knowledgeable and easy to understand and digest.

Over the years chambers has improved its representation in financial matters and now has some very capable counsel to instruct in this area.

Chambers provides an excellent service to its Solicitors and lay clients.

Chambers are exceptional, they bend over backwards to work with you as a lawyer to find the best fit with counsel and I have never been let down by them.

Chambers provides excellent quality barristers across all levels of qualification. They have a very strong team. They always offer brilliant client care, listening and presenting information in a way a client can understand. They are good at working with us throughout a case to ensure that they are fully up to date between hearings and that we are approaching the matter as team to achieve the best for clients. They are hard working and are also always up to date on latest developments in the area to offer the best service and advice to clients

The set has a great depth of members specializing in all aspects of family law. Main attributes are availability of counsel for urgent hearings with good and expeditious reports.

They are a well known and strong family set with some talented juniors.

They are a well regarded family set and have a group of strong barristers who impress.

This chambers has an excellent range of barristers and I would be happy to work with any of them.

We have undertaken training sessions with Chambers who gave good and informative seminars for local solicitors.

New Square Chambers

New Square Chambers  handles an eclectic range of Chancery work, including a range of property and insolvency litigation as well as company and trusts disputes both on- and offshore. Under the banner of New Square Chambers Consulting, the set has an initiative embedding barristers in law firms for informal advice prior to formal instructions. As far as recruitment is concerned, Justin Perring joined from Pallant Chambers, William Hopkin joined from Magdalen Chambers, Amit Karia joined from Thomas More Chambers.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Clerks are always willing to assist, even outside normal office hours, and provide helpful, accurate and timely responses to all queries on fees, availability and expertise

I have always found then helpful and friendly – a joy to work with. They are very proactive both in identifying the right barrister for the task in hand as well as returning calls with the minimum delay.

I have always had a good experience when contacting the clerks. They have been friendly and helpful every time I have been in touch. Most importantly they are very responsive and never fail to get back to me in a timely fashion. A joy to work with

I have always had very professional service from the Clerks’ room

Michelle Greene and Senior Clerk, Phil Reeves, are an absolute joy to deal with. The clerks room is always available, always return your call quickly and no matter is ever too trivial to deal with. The clerks at NSC value their relationships with their instructing solicitors and the level of service absolutely hands down beats any other set I work with.

Phil Reeves and Michelle Greene run an excellent ship. The clerks are above and beyond helpful, always willing to go the extra mile and make instructing anyone at Chambers an easy choice. If they can help they will and if there is any reason it is not a case for NSC, Phil and Michelle are always happy to help with referrals outside to other sets. This level of service has been particularly marked during the current C19 pandemic when both Phil and Michelle have gone out of their way to ensure a continuity of service in difficult times delivered with a superlative level of professionalism. Great job all round!

Phil Reeves is very helpful indeed – always available and sensibly commercial.

Clerks are very adept at dealing with the London Courts and very obliging with procedural problem solving

Services at Chambers and Clerk’s service are very good. They have managed in a appropriate way the billing and any reservations and accomodations needs etc.

The clerks are practical and pragmatic and run a well organised ship.

The clerks’ room is efficiently run and any enquiries I Have made are always dealt with promptly and efficiently.

We have a very good relationship with John Campbell, Business Development Director, whom we meet regularly to discuss new instructions, events, better ways of working etc

Set:

A very good set, making significant inroads into a difficult market and has now established itself as a real rival to the main players in this area (XXIV Old Buildings, Wilberforce etc).

A well-known and highly regarded set.

Always go above and beyond, helpful and transparent.

An absolutely first class set, to which one would turn in relation to any aspect of private client law.

An excellent set overall. True strength in depth. A good selection of well known and experienced barristers. They are raising the set’s and their individual profiles by \”getting out there\” whether by giving talks, arranging conferences or setting up \”surgeries\” in solicitors’ offices under the banner of New Square Chambers Consulting, an innovative scheme set up in 2018 with the support and encouragement of the set’s business development director John Campbell and his team, which has been a great success.

Chambers always deliver a first class service. The clerks are responsive and helpful.

Excellent set of Chambers, with whom we have very good links. The set has many able barristers in this area. We also instruct Alexander Learmonth. Aidan and Alex are frequent speakers (as are others in Chambers) at our annual Bristol seminar (held in conjunction with ACTAPS) for contentious and non-contentious private client practitioners. We frequently attend seminars held by this Chambers.

Excellent. Fairly priced. Human. Lovely people who provide a cracking service

Excellent. My favourite chambers by far. Decent pricing. Always happy to help

Fast becoming the ‘go to’ set for insolvency work at the junior end. Fantastic group of insolvency juniors. Jon Colclough also warrants a particular mention in that regard. Good clerking too.

I have found the service provided by New Square Chambers to be excellent. The set has some excellent barristers at every level of practice.

New Square Chambers has to be at the very top of the list when it comes to strength in depth. They have also impressed me with their willingness to embrace innovative ways to make themselves more relevant to the solicitors profession by not only giving talks and holding conferences but also making themselves available to hold \”surgeries\” in solicitors’ offices to give ad hoc advicee Williams on several occasions and she appears to be an extremely bright and personable (non-gendered adjective) individual.

I have worked with this chambers and various barristers for many years and have found them to be organised, supportive and cohesive.

New Square Chambers are known for their expertise in trust and estate disputes. Their approach is refreshing, their clerks are always helpful and went above and beyond supporting us in a recent trial we were involved in.

New Square Chambers are understandably a leading set within the commercial litigation realm. They have great depth and strength across the team, and their fees are more than reasonable. The clerks are knowledgeable and helpful. Highly recommended set of Chambers with a very strong team.

New Square Chambers has a large number of capable counsel. One of the leading Chancery sets.

New Square Chambers has a small but impressive cadre of specialist traditional chancery barristers who are among the leading practitioners in this area, as demonstrated by their editorship of the leading texts, such as Lewin on Trusts.

New Square Chambers has renowned expertise in public rights of way, village greens, and administrative and public law work and can field a team at all levels of seniority to deal with disputes; Counsel are highly accessible and willing to make themselves available at all times to assist; they offer a number of high quality seminars in the area (both in person and remotely)

New Square Chambers have a good set of silks and juniors.

New Square Chambers have really raised their profile over the last couple of years. They certainly have strength in depth and run some really good conference programmes as well.

New Square Chambers is a first rate set that we use for various Chancery matters. They provide first rate talent at all levels.

New Square Chambers is a great set, stuffed to the gunnels with super bright individuals who are friendly and approachable yet talented and very very bright.

New Square Chambers is one of the strongest private client chambers that we use. Their training courses (e.g. the Lewin on Trusts annual conference and New Square Thursdays) are always well attended and they draw together a wealth of information on trends and changes to private client law and practice. There is always healthy debate about the differences between the various offshore and onshore jurisdictions and I, for one, wouldn’t miss a conference!

New Square Chambers’ clerks are attentive and helpful (even at very short notice), and their recommendations and short-lists are always trustworthy. All inquiries, whether large or small, are addressed promptly and informatively.

NewSquare are always helpful and go above and beyond.

I have only worked with David.

One the \”go to\” Chancery sets in London: real strength in depth.

Professional, helpful and approachable clerking and support teams, always at hand when needed.

The barristers in this chambers are of very high standard in terms of providing quality services.

The chambers appear quite dynamic, attracting barristers from different chambers and promoting themselves outside London.

The chambers have a good spread of specialisms covered. Their juniors are well experienced in insolvency work and the ‘winding up petitions’ lists i.e. corporate insolvency.

The clerks are always helpful and I am impressed by the consistent high quality of the manner in which they deal with Jonathan’s cases.

They are fast establishing themselves as one of the leading Chancery sets and have been noted for their aggressive marketing and hiring strategy. They are always a pleasure to work with and no job is too big or too small.

Very difficult to say as I retained the barrister after he left to join his current chambers. But overall the clerks are not really engaging nor proactive, but quite responsive.

Very efficient and helpful clerking wide range of call with strength in depth meaning matching counsel to matters is made easy

Very good speed of response from clerking team regarding obtaining fee quotes and instructing counsel. A good range of both senior and junior barristers available to instruct.

Very much one of London’s ‘go to’ sets for general commercial, shareholder / company, and insolvency issues.

We have used this chambers in relation to a number of complex insolvency cases and we have always been impressed by the quality of the service both in terms of the clerking team but also the barristers

 

 

Nexus Chambers

Nexus Chambers has expertise in a range of criminal defence work (including appeals), family and personal injury matters, with a notable bright spot in inquests and inquiries, typically acting for the families of the bereaved.

No5 Barristers Chambers

Central England powerhouse set No5 Barristers Chambers , with its roots in Birmingham and offices in Leicester as well as Bristol and London. The set covers a full range of work in its Midland Circuit homeland, but areas singled out for praise include clinical negligence and personal injury, family law, Court of Protection, immigration and regulatory crime. Under the NoVate Direct Legal Solutions banner, the set is particularly active in seeking direct access instructions. Richard Grimshaw 's appointment as a deputy Queen's Bench Master is one of a number of part-time judicial appointments including Caroline Jennings ' appointment as a Deputy District Judge, Jessica Smeaton  and Naomi Owen  sitting as fee-paid Employment Judges, plus Yasmin Yasseri, Richard Oakes  and Grimshaw being appointed as recorders. Peter Goatley QC and Henry Pitchers QC are two new Silk appointments. Gurprit Mattu joined chambers on her return from Collas Crill in the British Virgin Islands, Jorren Knibbe is an addition to the Bristol team from Guildhall Chambers, immigration specialist Parminder Saini joined from 12 Old Square and Femi Ogunlende is another new joiner.

Testimonials

Clerks:

An outstanding set of chambers run by a brilliant CEO Tony McDaid.

Very personable. If I ever need a favour Tony McDaid always comes up with the goods. Clare Radburn and Zoe Tinnion are both helpful. Clerks work with us on fees and are all about solutions, not problems.

Tony McDaid is a very experienced senior clerk and James Wackett is responsive and is aware of client needs.

The service of the clerks are very good. In particular Ethan Mann and Adam Wadley. All of clerks are swift in their responses to queries and requests for counsel’s assistance. They are assist I arranging conferences and ensuring counsel has all the documents they require.

No5 clerks are a credit; they cannot do enough to assist us. They are a vital component in the successful relationship between counsel and instructing solicitor. In the event that counsel is engaged in a court hearing, the clerks are always on hand to assist with any urgent queries which I may have. Whilst I am impressed by the service received by all, in particular, I find Craig Wain is excellent.

Adam Wadley is an exceptional clerk and completely understands which barrister is the right one for the case. His client service is exceptional and we continue to receive exceptional service from him.

Excellent strength for this chambers – Adam Wadley and the family team generally are professional prompt and reliable . They are happy to help and always have a solution to any emergency listing

All clerks always contact us in time and reply to us promptly, especially Lucas Bennett. He always provides good services.

The clerks respond to queries quickly and are usually able to offer a choice of suitable counsel and tailor the service offered to suit the nature of the client and the client’s budget. Danny Griffiths in particular is friendly, approachable and co-operative.

The clerks’ room provide a fantastic service. Always easy to get hold of, efficient and friendly. In particular, I would single out Christopher Norman who always goes the extra mile.

All the Clerks are always helpful and will bend over backwards to help in any way that they can. Chambers are accessible for conferences, with helpful clerks providing availability of alternative counsel if necessary.

Chris Norman is an incredibly helpful clerk who doesn’t hesitate to assist wherever possible. His ability to deal with courts and listings on behalf of solicitors is invaluable.

Clare Radburn, the senior practice manager, is superb and very user friendly and provides a first class service. She is well supported by Robert Macdonald.

Christopher Norman is personable and repeatedly goes the extra mile. He is prompt, trustworthy and will always accommodate my requests where possible. His service is exceptional.

Zoe Tinnion is responsive, helpful and quick to find solutions. They are a pleasure to deal with.

Clerking and service are generally good. Andrew Bisbey and Craig Wain are very well established and respected in the planning industry.

Martin Ellis runs a well maintained ship – very personable and easy to communicate with.

No5 have set up a dedicated multi-track personal injury team which means my inquiries are always directly straight to the right people. They have an excellent, friendly and approachable clerking team, and good facilities across a number of sites to accommodate solicitors and clients.

Clerks are always very friendly, helpful and will chase up matters on counsel if you need them to. Communication is great.

Commercial clerks always very responsive and willing to assist even out of core hours.

Everyone is always happy to help and if they can’t assist will always find someone to help. Zoe Tinnion is excellent. She will do all that she can to find a solution if a particular Barrister is required urgently in terms of offering out of hours appointments and support and rearranging diaries if required.

Will Theaker is an excellent clerk, knowledgeable, helpful and willing to go the extra mile. I have been very impressed by his attention to detail.

Clerks very helpful and ambience of chambers friendly and relaxing.

Excellent strength for this chambers – Adam Wadley and the family team generally are professional prompt and reliable.

Great clerks, especially Craig Wain. He is always on hand to pick up emails and provides a very quick response. A good clerk makes my life much easier!

Very happy with the service provided by No 5 clerks. Martin Ellis in particular is extremely responsive and helpful.

Martin Ellis is excellent and will move mountains to ensure that I have the right barrister for the specific job. Their fees are reasonable and they will always go that extra mile.

Set:

Very well run chambers with an extremely strong set of barristers in the area of immigration law. The expertise available is second to none.

The chambers appear quite dynamic, attracting barristers from different chambers and promoting themselves outside London.

We have used this chambers in relation to a number of complex insolvency cases and we have always been impressed by the quality of the service both in terms of the clerking team but also the barristers.

No5 has an exceptionally powerful immigration team with leaders in the field of asylum, immigration and nationality law, recognised both nationally and internationally.

I find the chambers as a whole really easy to deal with. The training sessions that they offer are brilliant and they appear to be ahead of the curve on issues that are on the legal horizon.

No 5 Chambers is one of the most highly regarded family sets in the Midlands, It has a large number of first rate barristers at all levels of experience. Facilities are second to none.

I cannot recommend them highly enough and whilst there are other chambers who offer counsel in in my local area, I will always now look to instruct No5 due to the wonderful service which I know that I and most importantly, my client, will receive.

The Court of Protection team at No5 are fantastic. With a wealth of knowledge across the board, it is always reassuring for an instructing solicitor, to know that in the event that chosen counsel may not be able to attend a hearing if on leave etc, that their replacement colleague will be a safe pair of hands.

Chambers has strength and depth for all matters on which I have instructed them, with specialists at all levels of call.

I have always fond Chambers to be supportive of its members and to solicitors. No5 is clearly a well-oiled machine.

No.5 chambers remains the top chambers in the Midlands for family work because of its strength in depth, calibre of members of the set and the high quality of the clerking team.

Chambers have a broad range of seniority of counsel who work closely together. Therefore, if a case is too simple or complex, they will recommend someone more junior or senior, which is appreciated by instructing solicitors. Clerks are always friendly and helpful.

Great training. Approachable available barristers. Very experienced with serious injury and clinical negligence work. We do not really have to go anywhere else.

No 5 are very proactive on marketing and on trend issues. Ahead of the game in many ways.

I find the contentious probate team of barristers at No 5 Chambers as a whole friendly, approachable, collaborative and knowledgeable.

The availability of counsel is generally excellent and there is usually a member of the team available to assist if others are not free.

No 5 Chambers are a well-respected set of chambers with outstanding legal talent.

Great set, large range of clinical negligence barristers available at all levels of seniority. Set have delivered training in chambers and also to our firm.

No.5 Chambers could not be more helpful – they are very responsive, able to offer alternative counsel if someone is not available and very quick to confirm.

No.5 chambers have always been able to ascertain counsel for me as and when needed. I have instructed No.5 for many years and will continue to do so.

No.5 chambers offer a very good training programme, lots of social events that provide good networking opportunities.

They are my first choice for general Personal Injury matters and if my preferred choice of barrister is unavailable they will always have someone else who can help. They can offer a complete service for all types of PI claim, from all values.

No.5 chambers is a chambers which goes from strength to strength in its offering. They have the full range of counsel from junior to very senior. The clerks at No.5 are frequently able to find a match for us in terms of number of years call and the fee available.

No.5 Chambers remain a go-to set for all aspects of clinical negligence work. They have a number of outstanding individuals.

The set has a good range of barrister from QC to experienced barristers, who also sit as Immigration Judges, and some juniors.

The set is packed with specialists in their field of expertise in immigration and public law.

No.5 chambers are a very sound set. Several excellent juniors coming up through the ranks as well as the establisher senior counsel and that depth and quality is reassuring when booking counsel.

A very strong set with much depth in personal injury and clinical negligence. They provide a range of advocates for all personal injury and clinical negligence cases whether fast or multi-track. They have also provided high-quality training to us and we have an excellent working relationship.

No.5 Chambers in Birmingham is rightly regarded as the preeminent planning set outside of London.

Strong coverage of all areas of family law with a range of senior and junior barristers in all areas. Regular training programmes on topical subjects.

No.5 chambers is of consistent high quality in both financial remedy work and children act matters

Strong multi-discipline set, good range of expertise and skill especially outside London.

The chambers are helpful and always try to provide cover where available. If a barrister is not available or has to change plans they generally offer an alternative. It seems that their more senior counsel support junior members to ensure that the service provided is always of a high standard.

The chambers offer a lot of training events across the areas and the COP ones are always well put together, very informative and really well attended. The recent podcasts in response to the COVID-19 crisis have been incredibly helpful and easy to access.

Their availability is good, but the most important thing is that they respond quick and accurate. When they say they will check and return later they do call later. They keep all arrangements, including fees. Everything is clear and runs smoothly.

They are my first choice for general personal injury matters and if my preferred choice of barrister is unavailable they will always have someone else who can help. They can offer a complete service for all types of PI claim, from all values.

They have a strong employment practice and availability of counsel is good.

This set has a huge focus on diversity and inclusion at the bar and more widely in law. They really care about making a difference to the poor statistics of BAME and female entrants to law and to senior leadership positions – with members taking up external appointments on D&I. For example Esther Gamble is also chair on the midlands women bar circuit which is currently focusing on social mobility mentoring at the bar. I have not seen the same level of investment on these topics from other Chambers I have worked with over the past 12 months.

Their networking events are also very inclusive and not just limited to the standard sporting/golf events which often attract more men than women.

No.5 is one of the best sets in the UK, rightly renowned as forward-looking, progressive and very well managed and clerked.

Very strong chambers, if someone isn’t available you always have a strong option elsewhere in the team.

Old Square Chambers

Old Square Chambers is well-known for its employment practice, and also features expertise in personal injury and clinical negligence as well as spaces linked to the two such as professional regulation. The set, which has presences in these areas both in London and on the Western Circuit in Bristol, celebrate four Silk appointments: Ijeoma Omambala , Deshpal Panesar, Rebecca Tuck  and Katharine Newton. Tom Kirk joined from the now-defunct Ely Place Chambers and, as far as appointments are concerned, trade union law stalwart John Hendy QC was appointed as a Labour member of the House of Lords, Michael Ford QC is now a deputy High Court judge and Sarah Keogh now sits as a fee-paid employment judge.

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Clerks:

Clerks are extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Joe Kallas and William Meade go above and beyond to assist their clients and their Counsel. Very good knowledge of their barristers and clients and experienced at matching appropriate skills and expertise to particular cases / clients.

Clerks are first rate – knowledgeable, responsive and always happy to have a discussion to identify counsel that are suitable for a particular case. Paul Adams is my initial contact point and he invariably is able to point me in the direction of the right counsel.

Efficient and helpful. William Meade is calm, polite, prompt and someone you can rely on. As a whole, the clerks are professional and helpful. Graham Smith is particularly accommodating and always on the ball.

Graham is an outstanding clerk. Always helpful and engaged in the cases and working with diaries to get the right counsel representing clients.

I am often in contact with Olivia Moliterno who is always very quick to respond, friendly and efficient

Will Meade is an exceptional senior clerk: very personable, always keen to find out how he can improve the service provided by the set, and can be relied upon to sort out any problems or queries.

Paul Adams, senior team leader is excellent, and always proactive and helpful

I have found their clerks to always be very helpful and the training they put on is always very broad ranged in topics.

My main contact in the clerks’ room is Paul Adams, who is understated – cool, calm and collected and gets the job done.

The clerking team is led by William Meade, who is excellent, approachable and leads by example. Graham Smith, Jenny O’Grady, Joe Kallas and Olivia Moliterno form key points of contact for us in the team.

The clerks are always helpful and will go the extra mile to ensure that I am able to instruct the right barrister for my cases. I have a good relationship with Paul Adams and I know that he will always do everything that he can to assist me.

The clerks are extremely responsive, professional and focused on the needs of the client. Graham Smith, William Meade and Joe Kallas, in particular, are excellent.

The clerks are led by William Meade, who is brilliantly client-focused and tireless in his approach to client care. He knows the barristers in his set inside out and is able to make recommendations you can trust. He manages his team well and the clerks are all aimed at providing a high quality service and working in partnership with our team to deliver a joined up approach for our clients.

The clerks at Old Square Chambers are amongst the best I have ever worked with. They are accommodating in every way, friendly, efficient and always go the extra mile to be helpful. Will Meade and Olivia Moliterno are stand outs and deserve extra special praise.

The clerks have always been quick to respond and provide options for clients, even when working on tight budgets and short timescales.

The service is very good. Jenny O’Grady and Olivia Moliterno in particular are very helpful, friendly and efficient.

Top tier clerks – they are quick to respond, commercial, understand the law and offer a first class service.

Will Meade, Graham Williams, Jenny O’Grady and Olivia Moliterno are all absolutely first class. Attentive, quick to respond, flexible, commercial and really know our firm, our clients and our way of working. Great at building relationships and a fantastic set to work with.

Set:

A Chambers that deserves it place in the premier division. A fantastic chambers whose reputation continues to grow. Full of talent at all levels.

A fantastic set for personal injury cases – a good variety of counsel at varying degrees of seniority.

A fantastic set of Chambers. Good availability, a breadth of knowledge and really cutting edge and accessible training for solicitors of all levels.

A superb all round employment law specialist set who are our every day ‘go-to’. They have strength in depth in employment tribunal proceedings but perhaps lack experience in High Court civil employment matters such as injunctions.  They have great NHS experience between many of the members of chambers.

A top flight employment set with experts in every area in employment law from junior juniors to silks.

Excellent chambers with a impressive training programme and commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Good group of barristers who are respected by peers. They know the regulatory environment very well. They also generally bring a deep knowledge of employment law to the table as well, which is very helpful in many cases.

High-quality barristers with extensive experience of employment law matters. Availability of counsel is generally very good, and their seminars are always relevant and user-friendly

I frequently work with barristers from Old Square Chambers and find them to be very knowledgeable and able to provide sage and pragmatic advice to my client base.

I have always had a very good experience with Old Square Chambers. Extremely helpful and accommodating and professional.

I have used Old Square Chambers for about 25 years for personal injury and aviation matters. They have great experience in the personal injury area.

I regularly instruct Old Square Chambers and would consider it to be my “go to” set. The knowledge and experience of their barristers in clinical negligence and Inquests is formidable and I have not been let down in any of the cases in which I have instructed barristers from Old Square. I have sometimes been unable to instruct the barrister I initially wanted; however, they have always offered alternative Counsel and I have always been impressed. I now have several barristers to choose from when I need assistance with a new case.

We’re also working with Mary O’Rourke who has a practice at Old Square and is one of the giants in professional disciplinary law (particularly, but not exclusively, healthcare). Old Square has some significant and experienced players for this practice area.

My firm uses this set for a lot of its clinical negligence work. It has a number of very accessible, pragmatic barristers at all levels. The Chambers has good IT and conference facilities and good accessibility.

My go to set for general employment issues including tribunal claims. They have a good breadth of experience enabling me to find counsel who is suitable for the case. Easy to access counsel – they seem to understand the service that they are providing and treat their relationship with me as one that they value.

Old Square are a strong personal injury set. They have in-depth expertise in the areas of industrial disease and complex personal injury. They are helpful in providing in-house training where required

Old Square are a strong set for employment and we almost exclusively their barristers on litigation matters. They will work hard to find an appropriate barrister for the relevant case.

Old Square are my preferred set of chambers and have been throughout my career. They will always try to accommodate needs and the set are very down to earth and approachable. We have developed very good working relationships with the team over the years.

Old Square Chambers are a very well run outfit. The barristers are all very competent and understand the needs of our trade union clients and their members. They are well supported by the clerks and the admin team. They are an excellent set.

Old Square Chambers has a number of really strong barristers. Although many tend to do more claimant work, they have a strong up and coming dynamic team including the very highly rated Charlie Woodhouse who are regularly instructed by defendants.

Old Square Chambers has long been known as a leading light in professional discipline and regulatory law, and their strength in depth when it comes to public law and employment law means that they are able to offer an impressive one-stop shop for their clients

Old Square Chambers is one of the top sets for employment with strength depth both in its juniors and silks. They act for a wide range of clients, both on the Claimant and Respondent, side which means their barristers are able to effectively test the strengths and weaknesses of cases, having had experience of such cases from the other side.

Their barristers are also unstuffy and approachable which means they are able to engage with clients.

They have an excellent training programme, both in chambers and in-house at firms. They are a pleasure to work with.

Old Square has had another spectacular year, with four new silks and a host of high-profile appellate cases, including some landmark decisions in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Definitely on a roll in recent years.

Old Square is a good set with a traditional reputation in employment and claimant personal injury work. They have been developing their work in professional discipline and clinical negligence in recent years.

Old Square is a leading employment chambers in the arena of statutory employment law and medical-related employment law. They have a strong roster of barristers at every level who are almost universally very good on the law, articulate advocates and charming opponents to deal with.

Old Square is our chambers of choice for all employment matters. They have a first rate selection of barristers at every level and superb clerking. We use members of chambers from the most junior to QCs for support across hundreds of Tribunal claims every year. The quality of their employment law counsel is second to none.

Our go to set for claimant and trade union work. A good selection of leaders and juniors in this area.

The profile of clinical negligence at Old Square has dramatically increased over the last five years or so, with heavyweight silks, busy juniors and superlative clerking transforming the set’s profile in this field. Having been appointed to a number of panels for Medical Defence Organisations, defendant work has seen a surge of new work, and claimant instructions remain strong. A really significant transformation – it is noticeable that work is coming which was previously going to more established clin neg sets.

They are our first choice chambers for employment tribunal litigation work and I have worked with them for nearly 24 years. We have undertaken dozens of Employment Tribunal hearings with them, as one of the top ten users of the Employment Appeal Tribunal, we regularly do appeal work with them.

Old Square Tax Chambers

OLD SQUARE TAX CHAMBERS is particularly well-known for its work around personal taxation.

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Set:

Old Square Tax Chambers – we use no other.

One Essex Court

Elite commercial set One Essex Court covers a range of commercial and financial disputes in both the courts and arbitration. The set is in particular notable for its Asian connections, where it has an office in Singapore. The set has grown its Silk offering of late, with Jamie Goldsmith and Conall Patton made up in the 2020 round and tax specialists Julian Ghosh QC  and Jonathan Bremner QC recruited  in November 2019 from Pump Court Tax Chambers.

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Clerks:

Adam Wheeler is a great clerk – efficient and approachable. They are honest and realistic regarding availability and expectations.

Adam Wheeler provides excellent support to Derek Spitz and a very easy and dependable working relationship with instructing solicitors.

Best clerks in London. Responsive, straightforward, and open-minded. A thoroughly modern Chambers with a commercially focused approach.

Clerking at OEC is very good – all extremely helpful (and I have mainly dealt with Jackie Ginty, who is very capable).

Clerks are excellent – sensible but don’t over commit their barristers. You can have a proper discussion with them.

Clerks are good and easy to deal with. No issues. Darren Burrows stands out as a key individual.

Clerks are very good. Jackie Ginty is always very professional, efficient, is a good manager, and communicates well. David Amdor is insightful about the barristers and what they are particularly good at. He also and makes you feel that you have the inside track on the up and coming talent.

Clerks do a stellar job of anticipating client needs and ensuring engagements run smoothly and without any issue

Darren Burrows and Ben O’Hanlon consistently find the right counsel. Even when we haven’t worked with someone, Darren and Ben always come up with an option that works very well. We appreciate how the efforts that the clerks are making to provide diverse barrister options.

Excellent – in my view One Essex Court has the best clerking of the Commercial Bar. The clerks are very responsive, helpful, and don’t overbook. Jackie Ginty, Kirsty Hough, and Jade Cassell all stand out.

Excellent clerks room. Very responsive, friendly, and international approach.

Excellent, they always go the extra mile to make someone available and on fees – much more pragmatic than other similarly placed sets.

Excellent. The clerks are a pleasure to deal with. I have had dealings with each of David Amdor, Jade Cassell, Kirsty Hough, Jack Miller, and Ross Magee who are all extremely responsive and take ownership of questions and issues.

Good clerks that communicate well between themselves – a smooth service.

Great clerks! The junior clerks were tremendous as we proceeded through the arbitration, and the overall support was exactly what I needed always.

Great. Very well led by Darren Burrows. Responsive and always transparent as to what can/can’t sensibly be done.

I am constantly impressed by the clerks at One Essex Court, particularly their head clerk, Darren Burrows who is friendly, engaging, and extremely effective at what he does. The clerks more generally are responsive, open, and clear on matters such as fees and availability and I would have no hesitation in recommending them.

Jackie Ginty and Darren Burrows are superb. Enough said! Jessica Barnes is a rising star.

Jackie Ginty is excellent. I’m a big fan of Jessica Barnes

One of the best in the business. Jackie Ginty in particular is superb and guides the chambers brilliantly.

One of the very best clerking rooms in the City with Adam Wheeler, David Amdor and Ben O’Hanlon being particular standout performers. Great client service, hard-working and common-sense in spades.

Probably the best-clerked set.

Rob is very pragmatic and is willing to go the extra mile and understands client demands for accuracy and certainty around fees.

Rob Smith – always available, flexible on timings and fees, values the relationship and makes solicitors’ lives extremely easy. Even for Counsel who may be managed day-to-day by other clerks (such as the IP Counsel), Rob is a person who Chambers should never let go.

Rob Smith was exceedingly helpful in liaising with the Privy Council clerks and clearly has an excellent relationship with them given Laurence Rabinowitz QC’s frequent appearances in the Supreme Court and Privy Council.

The best in the business – Rob and Dave Amdor, in particular, are excellent.

The clerking is excellent and they always meet all deadlines or indicate before they take on the work the timeframe within which they can do it.

The clerking of the IP team is exceptionally good. Jackie Ginty provides first-rate service.

The Clerking team is excellent. They are responsive, approachable, and very commercially savvy, and client-friendly. Jackie Ginty is deserving of particular praise!

The clerks are always happy to help and have a good awareness of what capacity their barristers have and their whereabouts on a daily basis. Ross Magee, David Amdor, and Jack Miller in particular always respond promptly and deal with any queries efficiently.

The clerks are first class. Darren Burrows runs an excellent team.

The clerks are truly excellent. Jackie Ginty that leads the clerks to IP members is extraordinary – truly professional and accomplished.

The clerks are truly excellent. Jackie Ginty, the deputy head clerk, with whom I have had most dealings is highly professional and accomplished. They are the very best clerks that I have dealt with in my 30-year career as a litigator.

The clerks are very good at the logistical as well as relationship management side of their roles. They are responsive and efficient.

The clerks’ room is aware of appropriate language and etiquette with overall excellent telephone manners. They are focused and service orientated. Ben O’Hanlon is extremely approachable and commercial in his outlook.

The clerks’ team is extremely responsive and is very effectively led by Darren Burrows demonstrating a professional approach to their day to day work. I value their input and approach.

The clerks, particularly David Amdor, Ben O’Hanlon, and Ross Magee are responsive and great to speak with.

The One Essex clerks are outstanding. Jackie Ginty is particularly superb; she is wonderful to deal with and always absolutely on top of everything.

The only set that always answers the phone and returns emails swiftly, every time, without fail. Rob Smith is exceptionally responsive and pleasant to deal with.

The service of the clerks is first-rate. Jackie Ginty and Daniele Thripp are sensible, knowledgeable, and always helpful.

They have a clerks team and respond quickly to any inquiry. We recently had to ask for a quote on an urgent basis on weekend but the clerks got back very quickly.

Very good. Quick turnaround and very professional. Rob Smith and Jessica Barnes have been a pleasure to work with.

Set:

A fantastic chambers spoilt for talent, senior and junior, and the best for trade mark-related disputes

A first-class set. Excellent strength in depth. Clerking is also high level.

A leading set for heavy commercial litigation.

A set that is full of supremely talented barristers – a go-to chambers for the very toughest cases

A true elite among barristers. Excellent experience with Ian Glick QC, Christopher Style QC, Peter Leaver QC.

A very strong clerks’ room, that understands the pressures upon modern law firms and their clients.

A wealth of talent and experience – and charming for clients to deal with.

Always dependable and high quality.

This set is the go-to set in my view. Sonia Tolaney QC and Sandy Phipps are also excellent to work with.

Chambers as a whole seem to have approachable, human barristers.

Consistently high-quality counsel. Unlike some competitors, their counsel are willing to use new technology tools and they understand the need to be accessible and modern in their approach.

Great set, with a wealth of commercial experience.

I have always found OEC to be an impressive set, with a good depth of field at the various levels. I have found the OEC counsel to have good availability to fully commit to matters once they are instructed, but no doubt in demand generally.

I have worked with One Essex Court for many years. They are an excellent set, the clerks are very responsive, and communication with solicitors is very efficient.

I have worked with several other members of One Essex Court in this and other areas of law. They are a great set, very user friendly, and with great depth.

I have worked with various members of One Essex Court for four years, and have appeared against them whilst at the bar. The set has earned its reputation as a bastion of stellar juniors and prominent silks.

I never use any other set!

I rate the IP team at One Essex Court very highly. All of them are technically excellent, insightful, team players, approachable and so easy to work with. They have recently brought some juniors on board which is really helpful.

In my view the best set in the London market.

It is an excellent chambers – the strength and depth of quality amongst their juniors is remarkable. I have worked with many of them, and none has been short of excellent.

It is an excellent set, with good access to decent juniors who know what they are doing.

It is one of the top sets and it is always a powerful statement to have one of them on your side. They have been very willing to provide training on a whole variety of issues – perhaps one of the more modern sets.

Its strength in depth in banking and finance litigation (for both silks and juniors) is among the very top chambers, if not the very top chambers.

OEC has excellent strength in depth. We have used quite a few QCs and Juniors over the years. They always give good service and the work is of a high standard. You can pick horses for courses and almost always feel like you’ve backed a winner (or at least your choice has been validated).

OEC is my go-to set for many commercial and contractual matters. I am currently working with six different OEC barristers on different cases. The quality is consistently excellent.

OEC is outstanding – one of the top 4 sets we would go to for the really complex stuff. Outstanding at the QC level but also throughout with really energetic juniors who really roll their sleeves up. They are immensely hard-working but also very user friendly.

One Essex Court is obviously a ‘magic circle’ commercial set with quality in strength and depth.

One Essex Court is one of the go-to sets for commercial litigation in England & Wales. We use them a lot for our more valuable and complex work.

One Essex Court has a hugely talented set of barristers and can always be relied on when building a Counsel team for a new matter. We often turn to this set in the first instance as we know that they will deliver. Their barristers have also provided effective and interesting training programmes to our firm over the years.

One Essex Court has a strong reputation in the energy field. It has a number of impressive performers, especially at the silk level.

One Essex Court is a (if not the) premier general commercial set.

They have several QC’s who are excellent, and the clerks rarely put a foot wrong in recommending the right person for the right role.

The juniors are frighteningly talented. Joyce Arnold has a brain the size of a planet, is a delight to work with, and her judgement is very astute. Tamara Kagan is also thought of extremely highly by our whole team.

One Essex Court is an excellent set and I have worked with several of the barristers there. They have first-class silks and excellent juniors (at all ends of the experience spectrum).

One Essex Court is an excellent set that I have used many times over the years before becoming a full-time arbitrator.

One Essex Court is highly-regarded in China and Asia. I’m impressed by both the breadth of their service and the expertise in specialized areas (such as public international law) they offer.

One Essex Court remains my go-to set. They never fail to deliver and are also part of our legal update programme and members regularly provide training to our associates.

One Essex is our go-to set for commercial matters. Their strength and consistency at every level of seniority is extraordinary.

One of the best commercial chambers. In a small premier league group (of about 4).

One of the best sets at the commercial bar. Their juniors, in particular, are incredible for the depth and breadth of their quality, and also for being so easy to work with.

One of the few truly top sets. Certainly none better.

Outstanding. Our absolute go-to set for commercial matters at every level of seniority.

Quality commercial litigation set through and through with a string of leading names. From the most junior to the most senior member, you know you will have your best case presented by members of this set.

Some excellent practitioners, including a number of very good arbitrators. Their best are the best in the industry.

Superb. Quality from the top all the way through. Pre-eminent counsel at the London bar at the top end, very strong at the junior end too. I could happily cover all of my commercial work with this set alone.

They are brilliant. The clerking team is probably the best in London and they always manage to find the right person for the right job.

They are self-evidently one of the very top sets in the country and this barrister fits very well into a set of that sort.

They meet and often exceed the standard I expect from a top London commercial set. I view them as one of the top London commercial sets, at least on a par with the other commercial sets I have used over recent years

This is a down to earth very talented outfit. We have used young counsel along with most senior silks.

Unbelievable strength in depth across the entire set. They exude quality at every level. Coupled with this, the barristers are (in my experience) all easy to deal with and charming, and have none of the old-school formality associated with the Bar of years gone by.

One Pump Court

One Pump Court continues to offer its expertise across claimant-side immigration law, criminal defence and family law, including some of the most challenging publicly-funded cases. Catherine Robinson is a new appointment as a recorder and Stephen Knight   a fee-paid FTT judge; turning to new recruits Rudolph Spurling joined from 10 King's Bench Walk and family solicitor-advocate Clive Matthews joined from FMW Law.

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Clerks:

1 Pump Court clerks are very helpful and efficient.

1 Pump Court’s service is excellent and their clerks play, without a doubt, a key role in making this happen. Mr James Rourke has been one of the key players among the clerks throughout the years tasked with ensuring that all processes flow smoothly.

All the clerks give very good service.

Excellent – James Rourke in particular.

Excellent service from clerks and flexible on fees when needed.

I have always found the clerks at 1 Pump Court to be approachable and reliable. I deal mainly with Mycal and James and they are organised and helpful.

The clerks are excellent – I would recommend James Rourke.

The clerks are experienced and consistently provide an excellent service. Ian, Mycal and James are friendly, flexible and fierce trio.

The clerks are extremely efficient and are easily contactable. I think one of the strengths of the clerking room is that each person is clear on their role and thus able to work well with others outside chambers.

The clerks are One Pump Court are always prompt and courteous. They are extremely helpful.

The clerks at One Pump Court are extremely efficient and show excellent communication skills. They are easy to deal with and always show good knowledge about my cases. Mycal Thomas is a great asset to the immigration clerk team and his friendly yet professional manner and speedy responses to my queries stands out above others.

The clerks who I have interacted with have all been polite and professional and helpful with any queries I have put to them. The primary clerks I interact with and who I rate very highly are: James Rourke and Mycal Thomas.

We have mainly had contact with Mycal Thomas and James Rourke who have both been very professional and have found them to be very approachable and helpful.

Set:

One Pump Court Chambers have some of the most dynamic, intelligent immigration barristers. If I need a barrister I know will robustly defend my client’s case then I will often go to them.

One Pump Court has some excellent counsel in their array. Their seminars are incredibly informative and very friendly. They ordinarily have expert counsel available (often at short notice) to accommodate urgent cases, which is an invaluable characteristic.

Excellent chambers all round that appreciate the needs of clients.

I have always had excellent results when working with One Pump Court barristers and they usually have a range of suitable counsel available to cover most needs.

I have had good experience when instructing counsel at One Pump Court.

I use One Pump Court for all my counsel. They have great depth in expertise and one gains the impression that they have a supportive team-working ethos which means that they are wiling to consult amongst themselves to cover all issues. They seem to be able to attract very able juniors to the set.

I work with One Pump Court frequently as does my team. I find them to be approachable and diligent in their working practices.

One Pump Court always do their utmost to provide available and suitable counsel for any case I take to them. They are very efficient as a set and are able to progress cases quickly which is essential.

One Pump Court are a very good immigration set.

One Pump Court are exceptional in their field. I have worked with many barristers from chambers and their work is always excellent.

One Pump Court have a strong immigration team with a good depth of knowledge. There is generally availability of counsel. They also have been providing free legal update seminars during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Priya frequently runs training organised by One Pump Court. She has a good success rate in dealing with asylum appeal and she provides training on asylum. She also runs training on trafficking matters.

Strong juniors and pupils coming through. Excellent webinar and training programmes.

The chambers as a whole is very helpful and engaging. It regularly provides free seminars which helps in keeping abreast of changes in the law. The chambers have a wide range of skilled barristers who are very friendly and personable.

The chambers contains good juniors, some exceptionally good. They have an admirable reputation for being socially committed.

The Chambers itself has a very impressive set of very knowledgeable counsel in the immigration field.

This barrister’s chambers have an excellent reputation for their work in human rights law, and I regularly choose to work with barristers from this chambers.

Top of their game for immigration and public law – always one of my top choices. They really care about their clients and about having a positive impact on the law (and the world of law) in general, beyond individual cases.

Outer Temple Chambers

Outer Temple Chambers is a set with expertise across personal injury, clinical negligence, pensions, employment and financial services. Sarah Crowther QC has taken over as head of chambers (the first woman to take the role at the set), and Andrew Allen QC is the set's sole 2020 silk. Emily Gordon Walker is now also a fee-paid employment judge. The set also has connections in the UAE, with presences in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and Anthony Lo Surdo SC of 12 Wentworth Selborne Chambers  in Sydney is now a door tenant adding to its Australian contacts.

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Clerks:

A strong and organised clerking team. Graham Woods, Mark Gardner, Peter Foad, Chris Rowe and Paul Barton provide a consistent, reliable, effective and friendly service.

Always responsive helpful and well organised and a personal touch to communications with them. Paul Barton and Graham Woods have an unnerving ability to keep their fingers on the pulse of everything that is going on with the barristers with whom we work, and in the travel law industry in general in terms of events and training.

Brilliant clerking system. You can speak to any of their clerks about the same case without missing a beat. They all seem to have an excellent grasp of the diaries and whereabouts of any counsel.

Clerks are all easy to work with and accessible. Mark Gardner and Paul Barton in particular is both very helpful.

Clerks are excellent. In particular, Graham Woods, Paul Barton, Mark Gardner and Peter Foad have always been a pleasure to deal with.

Clerks are first rate. They are always willing to help find the right counsel for a particular case. Graham, in particular, is always prepared to go the extra mile and is very approachable.

Clerks are great. Paul Barton makes things happen with minimal notice. Mark Gardner is friendly and dependable.

Colin Bunyan, Matt Sale and David Smith are noteworthy in their responsive and professional attitude.

David Smith is a standout clerk. I am always impressed by his commitment and expertise, and he always available.

David Smith, Nicholas Levett and Matt Sale are always very helpful.

Efficient and professional service from all the clerks. Graham Woods in particular is very proficient at ensuring cases run smoothly.

Excellent. Matt Sale is outstanding. He provides excellent service. He listens to our needs and offers appropriate training, and is generally very easy to deal with.

Graham Woods is very affable and cares about the service the barristers and the set provides. He takes the time to understand the issues and is always keen to help the sector maintain their knowledge and social responsibility.

Graham Woods leads the clin neg and PI clerks with an affability that is legendary but it does not disguise the efficiency with which the clin neg and PI teams are run nor his understanding of the needs of the solicitors instructing members of chambers.

Great set to deal with. My contact there is Nick Levett and he will always go the extra mile to make arrangements and has a very friendly and professional way about him. They are very sociable too.

The clerks always seem to be on top everything. They know us and the cases we have with chambers. They are very easy to instruct; happy to access secure electronic portals to receive instructions and always have a plan B at the ready.

The clerks are always helpful and reliable. They are also very efficient and reply to queries promptly. The clerks are excellent in helping with admin such as Listing appointments and arranging video and other conferences.

The clerks are always helpful and responsive, and Graham Woods does an excellent job in terms of business development.

The clerks are excellent – very responsive. Chris Rowe is first-rate Also the practice manager, Graham Wood on the ball & not just about fees !

The clerks are very helpful, friendly and proactive. I particularly like Nicholas Levett , who I have seen come up through the ranks to now be one of the practice directors. He clerks for most of the barristers I use.

The clerks at OTC are always very friendly, helpful and responsive. Paul Barton and Graham Woods respond promptly to requests for availability and try hard to assist – they have also been proactive in setting up training sessions with the firm.

The clerks at Outer Temple are, in my opinion, the best of any I have worked with in 10 years. Paul Barton and Mark Foad are responsive, and diligent and never fail to get back to you.

The clerks have managed our interactions with Philip very well, for example in providing clarity on fee estimates and on helping keep momentum going after the initial piece of work was delivered.

The Clerks room are very good and usually come back to you in a reasonable timeframe. Graham Woods and Paul Barton are always available if there is an issue which needs to be solved or indeed if you need a barrister at extremely short notice. I would also like to praise the long time members of the receptionist team who are excellent and always willing to assist in more ways than one, going over and above what is necessary to accommodate Clients.

The clerks work hard to ensure availability of their counsel. Paul Barton in particular tries very hard to look after his solicitors.

The Clerks’ are excellent and always bend over backwards to do whatever it takes to make things happen quickly and smoothly. they are excellent. I would particularly highlight Matt Sale and Peter Foad.

The new chief executive Rebecca Priestley has done a great job in getting to know chambers’ clients and in setting a new vision for the set. The clerking team is consistently good and organised.

They run a tight ship with an efficient service. Peter Foad is particularly good at ensuring that any queries are dealt with promptly and proactively manages the barristers.

Set:

Our firm regularly instructs experienced Counsel from Outer Temple in respect of clinical negligence claims. We find the set to be well-run, professional and helpful.

Outer Temple Chambers has a very impressive set of clinical negligence barristers who are at the top of their game. I regularly instruct the barristers at this Chambers and have only positive things to say about them.

Outer Temple Chambers is considered a top set within our Abuse Litigation Team, with a range of very experienced Counsel available to advise on cases within this area of law.

A very outward facing set which contributes generously to industry know how through seminars presented around the country. Unstuffy

A very strong pensions set with high-quality pensions practitioners at all levels. As the young juniors tend to start with a broader based practice before developing pensions specialisms, they tend to have good case management and advocacy experience from a relatively junior stage. This set has been proactive in offering good training.

I know Outer Temple to be an excellent set, both as a whole and in the area of Travel law & jurisdictional issues. Counsel are always knowledgeable about the subject matter, strive to assess and find a way through convoluted issues and keen to pass on that knowledge to Instructing Solicitors trough focused training.

Disputes in the financial services often also involve, for example, regulatory issues and other members of the same chambers have deep knowledge of this. Therefore, a team of experts can easily be brought together.

Strength and depth across the gamut of financial services, highly responsive, and generous in offering insights and education and training programmes, I commend Outer Temple as a modern barristerial outfit.

Outer temple chambers is a top-notch chambers for pensions work.

Outer Temple Chambers has extensive expertise in professional negligence cases concerning solicitors, actuaries, accountants, investment advisers and the wider financial services sector. They are really the pre-eminent sets for pensions-related professional negligence work, routinely acting for the major consultancies and the specialist solicitors.

Partnership Counsel

Boutique set Partnership Counsel is well-regarded for the most technical matters involving the use of traditional and limited liability partnerships, in a range of contexts including their use as corporate structures by law and professional services firms.

Pump Court Tax Chambers

Specialist Pump Court Tax Chambers houses many of the revenue Bar's elite names, with members of all levels of seniority covering the gamut of personal and corporate taxation work. With the promotion of Laura Poots and Ben Elliott to the Government Legal Department's A and B panels respectively, the set is now up to ten junior panellists on top of its strong taxpayer caseload. Nigel Jones, the set's senior clerk for over 18 years, sadly passed away on 26 November 2020.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Clerks always provide a good and prompt service.

Efficient, friendly, and helpful.

The clerks are always helpful and positive.

The clerks are efficient and approachable. Rob Adams is particularly helpful and trains their juniors well.

The clerks are excellent and have been extremely helpful over the years.

Lauren Miller was excellent at responding quickly to queries and emails. Lauren also ensured counsel kept to the agreed timetable.

Set:

Probably the strongest of all the tax sets with excellent barristers at all level of experience.

Pump Court is the go to set for private client work. There is a quite astonishing breath and depth of talent there. Without exception the barristers I have dealt with are really approachable, user friendly and technically able. Their biannual tax conference is excellent.

Pump Court Tax Chambers are a fantastic set and have never failed to deliver.

Pump Court Tax Chambers is the go-to tax set and is generally my first port of call on tax cases. They have a great depth of expertise – so that I know that if a particular barrister is not available, the clerks will be able to suggest a very capable replacement.

The best tax set in the UK, bar none.

The pre-eminent specialist tax chambers in London. Always my first choice.

The whole set is absolutely first-rate.

The set offers an excellent range of advisers of different seniority and experience but always top quality.

Advice is always given in a timely fashion.

QEB Hollis Whiteman

Heavyweight London criminal set QEB Hollis Whiteman covers the full range of criminal work, including expertise in both financial crime and areas allied such as professional regulation and investigations. Kerry Broome  has been appointed as junior treasury counsel, Paul Raudnitz was appointed in the 2020 silk round and Orla Daly  joined the set from 5KBW .

Testimonials

Clerks:

All first class. Very efficient. An excellent team.

Always been very keen to help and responsive. Very easy to deal with.

Chris Emmings and Faye Patis stand out. They are commercially aware and genuinely take an interest in those who instruct them and ensure the right counsel is found for the case.

Chris Emmings is probably the most impressive criminal clerk in London. He is very forward thinking in his approach to business development and provides a great client service.

They are probably the most efficient and well thought of clerking team in crime. Highly recommended.

Clerks are always ready to help and proactive. Samuel Windows and Jonathan Wagstaff are excellent, always available, including on their mobile during non-social hours and ready to go above their call of duty to help.

Chris Emmings is the epitome of the modern day senior clerk. He is forward thinking, very personable and commercially astute. He is ably assisted by David O’Sullivan who provides a stellar service.

The clerks are fantastic. They are very adaptable and are able to assist with any queries or requests in a speedy way.

The clerks are friendly, responsive and commercially sensitive. I would single out David O’Sullivan for particular praise. He has an ability to quickly understand the issues in a case and to fully prepare Counsel to jump into cases quickly and efficiently. he is just what you need in an urgent case.

The quality of QEB’s barristers is matched by the professionalism of the clerking team, who make it their mission to offer a genuinely personal service to their clients. Chris Emmings leads by example and has a stellar reputation. Faye Patis is a delight to deal with, and possesses a shrewd understanding of the market. I have also recently been impressed by David O’Sullivan and Jonathan Wagstaff, who are certainly ones to watch.

Without hesitation, all of the clerks at QEB are first rate. Chris Emmings and Faye Patis make an excellent team, and its clear they are both utterly committed to ensuring the delivery of a top notch service within chambers. David O’Sullivan is charismatic, proactive and never misses the mark when it comes to matching Counsel to cases. James Booth, Jonathan Wagstaff and Sam Window are all very helpful, highly efficient and a pleasure to deal with.

Set:

I could not recommend all members of QEB Hollis Whiteman highly enough . Every member of Chambers I have worked with has incredible intelligence and breadth of experience which enables them to deal with the most complex and sensitive of cases. They also have huge charisma and emotional intelligence which enables them to get the job done.

The members of QEBHW against whom I have appeared have invariably presented their cases with real ability and expertise. For me, QEBHW is a kite mark of quality in this field.

I regard the chambers very highly. Their barristers always bring a professionalism to a case that is second to none. The quality of the senior advocates and their number dictate that they are the number one choice. Chambers offers training to its professional clients and fosters relations generally, in a way that is professional and complements the working relationship.

Lots of established superstars, rising stars and excellent juniors. Really strong across all areas of crime.

QEB are a leading set in the regulatory and disciplinary fields. Excellent ability at all levels. One of the sets to aspire to in this field.

QEB Hollis Whiteman are a chambers full of classy and intelligent advocates. They are rightly held in high regard.

QEB Hollis Whiteman are an extremely highly regarded set with a variety of barristers specialising in all aspects of law. They are always able to find counsel who are available at whatever notice required and they are fit for the job.

QEB Hollis Whiteman are to my mind, one of the best crime sets in London, if not nationally. The quality of their advocates are exemplary, the service they and the clerks provide is frankly second to none. Chambers regularly host networking events for solicitors and professional training which are always insightful, well organised and well attended.

QEB Hollis Whiteman is a class act, across the board. They attract bright and dedicated lawyers so, at every level you have confidence in those offered to you and those you instruct.

QEB Hollis Whiteman is an outstanding set of chambers with quality from top to bottom. There are simply no weak links.

QEBHW is one of the very best criminal sets. Heavyweights at all levels committed to ensuring the continuation of excellence through lectures/seminars and other events.

They combine first rate minds with modesty and charm, very rare to find. I delight in watching them work and have a great deal of fun in their company. They never let me down.

Quadrant Chambers

Quadrant Chambers' reputation at the apex of the London shipping Bar segues in to expertise in aviation, commodities, energy banking and a broader range of commercial disputes often involving the underpinnings of the global economy. Following his retirement from the Admirality Division, Sir Nigel Teare returned to the set's arbitrator wing (Arbitrators at 10 Fleet Street). Door tenant Bruce Harris is now the chairman of the LMAA, and Stewart Buckingham   and Jeremy Richmond   are 2020 Silk appointments.

Testimonials

Clerks:

The clerking is first class. The clerks are well organised, easy to deal with and supportive. There are never problems with double-bookings or over-commitments, not in more than 20 years of working with them.

The clerks are ready to assist at all hours and it is a pleasure to work with them.

Excellent. Gary Ventura runs a tight ship. Responsive and fully appreciate the demands and commercial realities faced by instructing solicitors.

John Walker and Gary Ventura are most helpful. They have an infallible gut feeling to recommend the right counsel for the right legal team. Yes, it sounds like a dream, but it is the reality.

Efficient and well run clerking room, with an excellent executive leadership group of Gary Ventura, Sarah Longden and Simon Slattery who run a tight ship.

Simon Slattery is extremely client focussed and stays on top of the instructions that we give so that he can ensure that we continue to be taken care of.

Daniel Westerman – always available to help, very good to deal with and will always endeavour to find a solution.

Daryl Hughes is extremely switched on. Always professional and always very user friendly. They will regularly go the extra mile to help.

Quadrant are an excellent set at every level, with a very high degree of efficiency and professionalism from all clerks which is matched by a friendly and common sense understanding of, and pragmatic approach to, the commercial rigours of case management.

Set:

Undoubtedly the leading shipping set and has been for some years now, huge strength in depth.

Quadrant are a delight to work with, counsel and clerks are approachable and user-friendly. The quality of legal advice is first-rate and the clerks offer a flexibility which supports our solicitor/client relationship.

Quadrant are head and shoulders above other sets who hold themselves out as specialists in arbitration work.

Quadrant Chambers are an excellent set – not only are they top of the game from a legal point of view, but they are also fun to work with.

A very commercial and user friendly chambers. Excellent training sessions which are focussed and commercial. Strong performance at all seniority levels.

They are an innovative set, unafraid to embrace technology and to do things a bit differently, which is hugely welcome.

Great set of chambers-the leading transport set – not just aviation but shipping as well. Real bench strength at all levels.

Quadrant Chambers has real depth of expertise in contractual matters and also IT (which is our area of expertise). We know and work with a number of their silks and juniors. We really see them as a chambers with strength in depth and a “go to” place on contractual matters.

Quadrant has cornered the marine disputes market and has many of the top name barristers in the industry. Very approachable set which understands the commercial sensitivities of the shipping market. Very high quality service and provide great support to the industry through frequent seminars and events.

Quadrant is for our firm the go-to set for shipping and commodities work. Great strength in depth, superb expertise and a culture of being very easy to work with. A first-rate service all round.

Very good strength in depth – Counsel always available at short notice. Recent “Quadcast” presentations are particularly excellent.

 

Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB)

Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB) is highly regarded for the full range of matrimonial finance work, with in addition to the typical work representing parties a strength in appointments as private FDR judges and other neutral parties in alternative dispute resolution.

 

Testimonials

Clerks:

Brilliant. Calls and emails efficiently dealt with, problems always solved, and all with a positive, can do attitude. Jon is a star and Howard and Callum are also excellent.

Excellent. Very affable and approachable and never fail to deliver what they promise.

They are responsive and helpful which has been of particular importance during lockdown; always courteous yet friendly they often assist us when it comes to the listing of our cases.

Jon Bartlett and Harry Tenant are first rate.

Jon Bartlett is approachable, conscientious and can get the job done efficiently and with the least amount of drama. Exactly what is needed from a clerk.

The best in the market.

Howard is a superb leader.

Set:

My favourite chambers. They have excellence at every level and will always go out of their way to help with any situation. From the most junior clerk to the most senior silk they are exemplary and there is a real feel of them being a team.

QEB are arguably the premier family law finance set in London. The range of counsel they have is unparalleled in terms of experience and quality.

A strong stable of excellent practitioners. If you instruct a member of QEB certain things are a given (1) counsel will have read every last word of every piece of paper sent to them in a brief (2) they will work tirelessly on your case and (3) the paperwork will be exemplary.

A leading finance set – every single barrister is superb.

QEB are solid in the delivery of top notch advisors on complex financial cases. Always well prepared, professional and highly knowledgeable – for complex financial cases they are a must when considering which chambers to brief.

QEB are top of the league.

QEB is a very strong set represented by leading figures from the top to the bottom; I have worked with some of the juniors when instructing a Silk and also on their own; they all have that depth and resource which is so important in an advocate; it is also significant that the Silks are happy for the juniors to appear on their own which I think is a mark of their confidence and how well they are trained and prepared.

This is without doubt the best family set in London. They have extraordinarily talented barristers across the board and an excellent clerking team.

Radcliffe Chambers

Radcliffe Chambers has a broad range of Chancery expertise, covering matters such as  private client disputes, contested probate and partnership litigation as well as more esoteric areas such as pensions and charities. Shantanu Majumdar , Kate Selway  and Christopher Boardman  constitute a bumper crop of silk appointments, and David Mohyuddin QC , who continues to be a member of Exchange Chambers as well, is another new member. Turning to part-time judicial appointments, Katherine McQuail has been appointed as a Deputy Master of the Chancery Division.

Testimonials

Clerks:

The service and clerks’ room is excellent and extremely well run. They have a particular expertise at recommending the right person for the job and are always willing to go that extra mile and assist, for example, in last minute instructions and liaising with the Court at short notice whenever they can. Lee and Bradley in particular stand out.

Excellent service from the clerks. Straightforward and honest on timescales. Always available by phone and email.

The joint senior clerks of John Clark and Keith Nagle are a dream team in terms of clerking and the experience and guidance they bring to instructing solicitors.

Having dealt with John Clark for the last 30 years we have found his loyalty to his instructing solicitors (or those of Counsel) to be paramount.

Clerks go above and beyond to deal with procedural issues and court communication.

They are always happy to have a chat about a sticky issue and will help to ensure targets and service levels are met.

Great set, clerks are excellent and probably one of the best sets of clerks, they know their solicitors well and are easy to speak to about work. They will find their way around a problem and find a barrister to suit your needs. They try super hard and are a fantastic asset to this set.

Efficient and approachable. I have dealt with Justin Allen who has provided myself and my firm with a first class service.

John Clark and Keith Nagel have provided a pillar of support on rapidly moving litigation. They have been prompt dealing with all matters such that the cooperation between solicitors and Counsel is a well-oiled machine.

Its clerks are excellent and engagement during Covid-19 has been refreshing.

Set:

This is my go to set. I think as a set, their counsel are technically brilliant but what makes them better is how easy they are to deal with.

First rate chambers with great strength-in-depth in the insolvency and excellent barristers who are all very approachable. They do a great deal for the insolvency world at large in terms of marketing and training.

I think one of their biggest strengths is that they truly, unlike others, think and behave like a collective which enables them to operate like a well-oiled machine and provide a full service. Across the set they have a depth of knowledge spanning insolvency, property, trusts, probate etc which gives the client (the instructing solicitor) confidence that they are getting the best possible advice/representation.

Good availability and direct access to barristers means we can often deal with things quickly and efficiently. Plain speaking Counsel with a thorough understanding off the offshore industry.

I have worked with Radcliffe Chambers (in one guise or another) for over 30 year. I have used many members of chambers and I find them to be of the highest calibre and also approachable.

I use this set as a whole for professional indemnity claims arising out of pure chancery type matters – including probate, trusts and property related matters. Good technical expertise in this area, without presenting advice in an overly academic way. I do not feel that I have to “explain” their advice to clients.

In short, they are an excellent set of chambers. They are extremely efficient in response times and all go that extra 100 miles over and beyond.

Team members regularly attend seminars put on by Radcliffe. They are particularly good at thinking of new and innovative ways to host events – the mock trials proved hugely popular.

Radcliffe Chambers are a fantastic set and I feel in safe hands when I instruct any of their insolvency barristers. They are experienced and reliable.

Radcliffe have a fantastic choice of insolvency specialists at a range of levels. Someone with suitable experience is always available and, more to the point, actually has time to devote amongst other instructions.

Radcliffe have great strength in depth in the Traditional Chancery sector and deserve their accolades. At every level from the most junior to the top QCs they have some quite brilliant people.

The Chambers has grown considerably over the years and is now undoubtedly the leading set for Charity Law. They have a wide selection of Barristers at all levels. It would be rare not to get a response from a Barrister if an urgent matter arose within very short time frame.

A pleasure to deal with as they work with you to assist the client. They never forget that they need to help the solicitor help their client.

Red Lion Chambers

Red Lion Chambers continues to prosecute and defend in some of the most serious criminal cases, covering all manners of offences in London elsewhere from both London chambers and an office in Chelmsford. Allison Clare  and Cameron Brown  are 2020 silk appointments. The set has formed RL Consulting, a separate entity which adds policy and internal investigation expertise both from former members of chambers and other luminaries including as former High Court judge Dame Linda Dobbs and former Metropolitan Police anti-terror specialist Sir Mark Rowley.

Testimonials

Clerks:

A large clerks room, bearing in mind that there are over 100 members; always polite and efficient and having a positive and long standing relationship with the courts/list officers.

All the clerks are excellent but both Mark Bennett and Nick Parkinson bring a real drive to the team, both are very capable and approachable always striving to help resolve issues .

Clerks clearly have a very close knit team that work extremely well together. Great communication skills and their care for the firm’s needs is impressive.

Mark Bennett is the best clerk in the country in an understated but authoritative approach. Completely trustworthy and a man of his word. There is no better.

Excellent – Nick (Parkinson) is always outstandingly professional and is always happy to go the extra mile to ensure matters proceed smoothly.

Responsive, knowledgeable and they leave you confident that you are in good hands.

I have found all the Clerks to be professional and highly trained.

In the same way as the members have adapted to the changing face of the bar, the clerk’s room has organized itself to meet these challenges. The support provided by the senior clerk, Mark Bennett, and Nick Parkinson both in the individual practices of the members and in the general administration of chambers is exemplary.

Speaking to the clerks at Red Lion Court – in particular Nick Parkinson – is always an absolute pleasure. He is always quick to respond and is clear and transparent in all his dealings.

The clerks are responsive and knowledgeable. I have followed their recommendations for counsel and am yet to be disappointed – they have an ability to put the right counsel on the right case.

The service that I have received has been second to none. Nothing is to much trouble and the clerks from top to bottom are pleasant and friendly. I don’t want to be schmoozed and the clerking at Red Lion Court suits me perfectly!

Set:

A stand out set with a breadth of talent from top to bottom both defending and prosecuting. A go to set whose members are seen in many of the most high profile cases. A leader in the field.

An outstanding, multi-talented and forward thinking diverse set, containing top of the tree advocates and practitioners.

Chambers has a fantastic reputation and a significant number of very well respected counsel. It is an immaculately run operation and the barristers and clerks work together extremely well. They are a go to set for heavyweight crime.

I don’t think that there is a set to compare with Red Lion Court. There are really excellent barristers at every level and all very easy to work with. All of the barristers that I have instructed have been able to relate to every sort of client. They have run a series of lectures with an opportunity to meet up socially afterwards which is a really good way to meet barristers that do work for you in person and also to meet barristers that you may have considered but didn’t know much about.

For 18 years, Red Lion Chambers have consistently made my job much easier, and my clients have hugely benefitted from their expertise. I continue to vote with my feet because it is obviously in my clients’ best interests to do so.

Great set with ever growing presence in the area. Top quality juniors showing real promise. A set which will continue to thrive.

I work with Red Lion Chambers a great deal. As a set, they are all incredibly hard working, kind and thoughtful. Some of the countries best barristers belong to RLC.

Red Lion Chambers continues to grow from strength to strength. The set has attracted a large number of applications for tenancy from the wider profession which is a testament to their general progression and levels of excellence.

The set has recently launched a lecture series which is perhaps unprecedented. These events are invaluable to the solicitors’ profession in terms of continued professional development and are very much highly regarded.

Red Lion Chambers has fast become our ‘go-to’ for advice on (difficult) criminal matters. Their expertise in both prosecution and defence means they often give a very nuanced and balanced perspective. The Counsel that we have worked with there always seem open to thinking outside the box, and unafraid of a challenge.

Red Lion Court is first rate for corporate crime and fraud. We have had several barristers working with us and all have been intelligent, hard working and bring value to any case.

Red Lion is a very smoothly run operation.

Selborne Chambers

Selborne Chambers is best known for its expertise in property law. Chambers was bolstered recently by the arrival of William McCormick QC, Clifford Darton QC, Ali Reza Sinai, James Newman, George Woodhead, Max Cole, and Christopher Burrows from the now-defunct Ely Place Chambers. Elsewhere in chambers, Barnaby Hope was appointed as Deputy District Judge; Alice Hawker and Francis Ng have been appointed to the Attorney General's Panel of Counsel for a five-year term effective from 1 September 2020; and Gary Blaker QC and David Warner have been appointed as Recorders, effective from 12 October 2020.

Testimonials

Clerks:

All clerks are strong and able – Paul Bunting and Darren Madle and Oliver Ventura are responsive and commercial. The whole set are lovely people to do business with. Very easy to work with.

Brilliant service – the best I have received during my years of practice. Paul Bunting (joint head clerk) provides me and the team with amazing service.

Brilliant, in particular Darren Madle.

Cannot fault the clerking. I deal mainly with Oliver Ventura who is extremely responsive.

Clerks are incredibly responsive and really good value for money. These guys will go the extra mile.

Excellent, Paul Bunting is tremendously experienced and flexible in his approach.

Excellent, responsive, trustworthy, and always looking to be helpful and prompt.

For Property Litigation, I think Selborne has the best clerking team in London. They are always available, accommodating, flexible, and willing to do whatever is necessary to provide what is needed. No other clerking team I have used has provided the same level of service or enthusiasm to please.

I have found the clerks at Selborne to be consistently fantastic. They all give the impression they are more than happy to help in any situation and go above and beyond to provide an excellent service. I have found Paul Bunting, Darren Madle and Oliver Ventura to be especially helpful.

Oliver Ventura is amazing, nothing is too much trouble and he is always happy to go the extra mile.

Paul and Darren are excellent and great fun. Nothing is too much trouble for Laurie on reception.

Paul Bunting and Daren Madle are a class apart. Extremely responsive, client-focused and commercial

Paul Bunting is a great senior clerk and he always does his utmost to assist, particularly when matters are time-pressured. He provides a great all-round service – calm and collected but also very friendly and someone who you would be happy to chat with.

Perfect! They provide us with simply excellent service. Paul Bunting (joint head clerk) treats us so well. We are always prioritised and accommodated.

The Clerking at chambers is the very best in the industry. Darren Madle is available 24/7 and never lets you down.

Paul Bunting is an absolute star and the rest of the team are also great. I have the utmost confidence in them and their ability to offer the right counsel for the job.

The clerks’ room is flawless. The rising star is Oliver Ventura (First Junior Clerk) – always available and dependable.

Set:

Good set with some excellent barristers – punching above their weight in property litigation world.

I consider Selborne Chambers to be a leading Chancery set with a particular strength in general Chancery, commercial (both contentious and non-contentious), property and trusts. They have strength in depth from junior to QC, and always have someone available at short notice to undertake instructions from me.

I have found Selborne Chambers are prepared to go that extra mile in accommodating me. They have a very strong juniors who are keen as well as strong senior set.

Nothing but good experiences with Selborne Chambers. Dynamic set, barristers at the top of their game, friendly and efficient clerks.

Outstanding set in the property sphere. Quality at all levels. Excellent head of chambers.

Selborne are excellent – my favourite Property Litigation set – they have numerous excellent juniors and QCs who can cover the full spectrum and I have never been less than impressed.

Selborne is a truly excellent set in every respect. They have never let me down in terms of finding suitable counsel at all levels and their turn around speeds are simply breathtaking.

Serjeants' Inn Chambers

Serjeants' Inn Chambers is a leading set for police law, and has strength in depth across a number of disciplines, including clinical negligence, Court of Protection, and professional discipline work. In recent news, Angus Moon QC and Michael Horne QC were appointed joint heads of chambers in 2019, while in 2020, Hannah Hinton joined from Drystone Chambers; Chris Hough arrived from Doughty Street; Criminal specialist Mark Harries QC has arrived from Carmelite Chambers. Sophia Roper  has been appointed as Recorder on the Western Circuit; and Sir Robert Francis QC retired from practice after 47 years in chambers.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Always go above and beyond to try and help you in whatever way that they can. Their vast experience enables them to assist in ways that other sets cannot.

Catherine Calder, their CEO, is worth her weight in gold. She has an innovative approach to client care and has helped transform Serjeants Inn into the very modern and successful set it is today. She’s a very skilled communicator with an easy manner who everyone likes to work with and this will extend to the clerks and barristers as well as instructing solicitors.

Deliver a first-rate service. They know what clients want and aim to deliver it. Always courteous and professional.

Excellent service – Tom O Connor is brilliant to have as a clerk if you need urgent input. Always friendly and helpful.

Excellent- I particularly like Joe Fletcher who is quick to respond and very user friendly.

I have worked with Serjeants’ Inn for a long time now. They are my go-to set. Lee Johnson (senior Clerk) can move heaven and earth to get things done. He is such a pleasure to deal with, always calm and reassuring. Tom O’Connor is a brilliant clerk, again very personable, working well with solicitors and making sure things happen.

Joe Ralph is an excellent clerk and always responds promptly and will try his best to make things work in the diaries to assist me. His attention to detail is great.

Lee Johnson stands out – he absolutely understands the role of a senior clerk and what his solicitor clients need. He is accessible, co-operative and pragmatic.

Isabel Biggs is incredibly professional, hard working, diligent, charming, and a team player.

The clerking is excellent and their team excellent to work with. Catherine Calder the joint chief exec is great to work with and responsive.

The inimitable Lee Johnson leads the team and deserves to be known as a legend in his own lifetime. Tom O’Connor and Joe Ralph also stand out as savvy, sensible clerks who always have the right options available to their clients.

The clerking team is also very strong. Tom O’Connor and Joe Ralph have excellent vision for what is needed in complex welfare cases. Josie Ryan is up and coming in the team.

The clerks have always provided a first-rate service. They are courteous and professional. They understand what instructing solicitors want and work hard to deliver that.

The clerks operate a highly efficient model to support private clients and solicitors firms with a seamless management of case allocation, preparation and completion. The designated client care team led by Catherine Calder joint CEO is unrivalled in it’s business acumen to build this work and provide a client focused service.

Clare Sabido is new but absolutely on it!

Set:

A fantastic set. They are efficient, approachable and have talented barristers at all levels which is quite unique.

A go-to chambers for this area of work – frequently a first port of call due to responsiveness and can-do attitude.

A set of chambers that has everything. They are experts in their field and their reputation is widely regarded.

All good – strength in depth and able to offer cover for a wide range of hearings, including at short notice and across geographies.

Brilliant at what they do. They are a police discipline powerhouse with the best silks and the juniors in the business for this type of work.

Brilliantly run set. Cost effective, strength in depth and efficient.

I always look to Serjeants Inn as my first port of call for Counsel in Court of Protection matters. They have excellent strength in depth and many outstanding Juniors.

It is one of the leading sets for this type of work. They have particularly excellent silks and very good experience for medical treatment cases or cases which involve medical issues.

One of the best sets around for Clinical Negligence. They’re barristers are at the forefront of this area. A great, innovative set that is always at the front of the line.

One of the pre-eminent sets doing this type of work. They have improved the range of barristers no-end in the last few years and are rightly getting the recognition they deserve.

Phenomenal set, enjoy working with all barristers and clerks.

Sergeants Inn have just got it right. They offer a wide range of excellent barristers. The best selection for clinical negligence and always consistent quality.

Serjeants Inn are absolutely brilliant set. They are all highly professional and dynamic.

Serjeants Inn has a vast array of gifted advocates with a wealth of experience in acting for both Claimants and Defendants. They are frequently involved in seminal cases and their members are always highly sought-after.

Serjeants Inn has an enormous wealth of talent, offering expertise across an impressively broad range of specialties. Their members are often involved in the most high profile cases and, particularly with the expansion of their number in recent years, they have gone from strength to strength.

The set is highly respected and produces consistently high performing advocates. Written submissions are of a very good quality and there is a steadfastness and solid integrity that underpins much of their work.

They’re great – absolutely one of the leading sets when it comes to medical treatment cases in the Court of Protection.

Serle Court

Serle Court is a well regarded Chancery set, where members' workloads include civil fraud, insolvency, commercial litigation, contentious trusts and offshore matters. In the last year, Justin Higgo QC and Timothy Collingwood QC both took silk and Russell Hopkins arrived from Bright Line Law, while John Machell QC and James Weale were both admitted to The British Virgin Islands Bar.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Always responsive and helpful. I always know and trust Steven Whitaker will do his best to seek a solution to any problem be it on fees or resourcing.

Clerksroom is a well oiled machine. Dan Wheeler is particularly helpful and efficient.

Steven Whittaker and all his colleagues are always a pleasure to deal with – prompt, helpful, efficient and friendly

I find the clerks responsive and service oriented. If you have an issue you can have a direct conversation in which they listen and engage. The clerking team is well led by Steve Whitaker.

I have a very good relationship with the Serle Court clerks. They are very proactive and easy to deal with.

Steve Whittaker and Daniel Wheeler in particular are responsive, can-do and commercial – and a pleasure to deal with.

The clerks are fantastic. They are sensible in their dealings over fees, always helpful and responsive. Put simply I think they are the best set of clerks.

 

Set:

An excellent set which has particular strength in its depth and range of experience.

Fabulous set – there’s no one there I wouldn’t instruct, from the top to the bottom they’re high quality barristers.

In my experience, Serle Court are an extremely impressive set, particularly for commercial litigation/civil fraud. Strength in depth is clearly no issue, and having instructed a handful of barristers from the set, I have not had anything but positive experiences to date.

One of the top sets, lots of outstanding practitioners, a pleasure to deal with.

Probably the best set of chambers for contentious trust work. At the QC and junior level, a consistency in ability that one does not find everywhere.

Quite simply a top tier chancery set. Very impressive indeed in every respect.

Serle Court provide a good combination of commercial acumen and trusts expertise, making them an ideal set for offshore trusts and commercial work, especially in Bermuda and Cayman.

Tremendously good set in all their practice areas. Very user-friendly counsel. All extremely talented but pragmatic.

Six Pump Court

Six Pump Court has an established presence across the South East, with chambers based in London and its annexe in Maidstone. Members practice across eleven key areas, such as crime, planning, commercial, family and regulatory law, to name a few. In recent news, Steven Walker QC and Przemysław Krzywosz have joined as associate tenants, Anthony Connerty has been appointed to the Arbitration and Mediation Pools of the Court of Arbitration for Art, Nicholas Ostrowski has been appointed to the Attorney General's Panel of Counsel, and Simon Taylor has been appointed a Recorder, assigned to the South Eastern Circuit.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Ryan Barrow, Richard Constable and Mike Hearn are excellent. They have good connections with the courts.

The best clerking team in Temple without doubt. Nothing is too much trouble. Always an absolute pleasure to deal with. They develop superb relationships with their instructing solicitors. They are very well led by Richard Constable but every one of them are formed in his image and give the same level of exceptional service.

The clerks led by Richard Constable, have consistently been praised by our clients for providing a very high level of service. Richard, in particular, will not rest unless he can solve a clients problem.

The clerking team go out of their way to provide a service that can only be described as excellent.

We deal with Ryan Barrow and have always found him very helpful.

The clerks are excellent headed by Richard Constable and assisted by Ryan Barrow. I have found them knowledgeable and always available if assistance is required.

Set:

6 Pump Court are the Thinking Man’s Chambers. They offer an attractive array of counsel whose expertise are the best in their fields. They are an approachable and practical set, who will go the extra mile for their professional clients. They are organised, resourceful and always willing to assist.

6 Pump Court is an excellent chambers with significant experience and understanding of environmental and planning law.

A wonderful set at all levels of call. With a second to none clerking team. It is packed with talent and marks itself by having a group of barristers who are very effective at the work they do (whether advocacy or advice) in a totally unstuffy and unaffected way.

An exceptional set in the areas in which they operate with a very good group of individual barristers at all levels of call. A deserved reputation for being a go to set for health and safety environmental and planning matters. That they also still do “real” crime is a real asset to their all round skill set.

Chambers is blessed with real heavyweight practitioners. It has a depth of leading juniors who remain at the very top of their game. Most practitioners prosecute and defend and so bring judgement and experience to the table.

Chambers is excellently organised and very pleasant to deal with. They have an impressive breadth and depth of legal expertise. The clerks are efficient and always very helpful.

Highly efficient with a good work ethic towards all parties. A very well respected set.

Professional, highly efficient and reassuring. The Clerks are approachable, friendly, professional and put our clients at ease. A very good Chambers to deal with.

The chambers are traditional and friendly, lacking the corporate and impersonal feel of some chambers.

This barrister’s chambers is consistently underrated as a criminal set. It has a rich pool of very experienced and committed advocates and probably the best clerks in the Temple and beyond.

The chambers ethos is one of approachability and efficiency, with the clerks being particularly attuned to the needs of their client base.

South Square

Commercial set South Square has established expertise in insolvency work, however members also handle banking, offshore, fraud, and sport matters, amongst other areas. In recent news, Richard Fisher QC took silk, The Honourable Frank Newbould QC joined as associate tenant, and insolvency specialist Clara Johnson joined from 3 Hare Court.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Chris Filby, a junior member of staff, is really responsive.

Clerks are brilliant; especially Dylan Playfoot and Michael Killick – very professional and really know chambers’ subject matter as well as their barristers. Will always go the extra mile.

Excellent. Always available and keen to assist. Dylan Playfoot is our go to South Square clerk – ever accommodating and a pleasure.

The clerks at South Square are excellent – very responsive and client-friendly.

Set:

By far the leading chambers for complex insolvency matters.

Comfortably the strongest chambers in the restructuring and insolvency field. We rarely if ever would look elsewhere.

I have always found South Square to be an extermely professional chambers. Their clerks have a great knowledge of the experience of the barrister team and make helpful suggestions when we are considering who to instruct.

In short – the stand-out leader in the field. Our “go-to” practice in almost 100% of matters. The team at South Square are outstanding in every aspect – quality of advice, service from the practice management team and generally an all-round personable bunch.

South Square are obviously THE set for insolvency-related work, with most of the big cases being all South Square affairs. We always receive very good service from their highly technical, but always commercial barristers.

Superb on all fronts.

The Champions’ League of restructuring and insolvency. Absolutely first class

St John's Chambers

Bristol-based St John's Chambers has an excellent reputation for its expertise across a wide gamut of practice areas; personal injury, clinical negligence and private client litigation are recognised core strengths for the set, however the chambers also offers expertise in property, commercial, family, construction, employment and planning, to name a few. In recent chambers news, Stephanie Cope was appointed as a circuit judge on the Western Circuit, and Rachel Russell and David Regan were both appointed Recorders on the Western and Wales Circuits respectively.

Testimonials

Clerks:

A very efficient and in depth service. Luke Hodgson is extremely proficient and helpful at all times.

Adam and Hugh are fantastic clerks and always work hard to ensure barristers meet deadlines requested, even when these can be quite last minute.

Adam Marston is very helpful, sensible and experienced.

All the clerks do a good job but in particular, I think Elaine Jewell Moore is friendly, helpful and an excellent clerk.

An effective team, particularly Hugh Maguire who is always prompt, professional and incredibly helpful.

Brilliant – Annette is a true powerhouse, as is Derek and Adam is an up and coming star.

Clerking is outstanding – particularly Annette Bushell.

Clerks are efficient. I mainly deal with Paul Bennett who is always very responsive.

Clerks are helpful and approachable.

Clerks are quick to respond and helpful.

Adam Marston really stands out.

Clerks are responsive and commercially minded. Unlike some London chambers where you get the feeling you are being held to ransom, they will work with you.

Clerks are very efficient, especially Hugh Maguire. Team of clerks well managed by Annette Bushell.

Clerks are very friendly and have been keen to engage with me socially

Clerks in Chambers are excellent, reliable, always respond quickly, no miscommunications or delays in response- Hugh and Adam are the clerks I mainly deal with but there is always someone who can help – which is very reassuring.

Clerks really available and commercial. They make it easy to get hold of people. Rob Bocock, Paul Bennett, Elizabeth Champion and Simon Lyons all excellent.

Clerks’ room is commercially minded and the clerks ensure that it is easy to get hold of people. They are quick to respond. Everyone from the Practice manager down makes it their business to make it easy to use this set.

Elaine is lovely and helpful. Luke is very practice-focused and no nonsense.

Elaine Jewel is always there to help, and is always cheerful even in times of great stress.

Elaine Jewell-Moore in particular is fantastic. She is warm, friendly and accommodating.

The team is headed up by Derek Jenkins who is very well respected in Bristol.

Elaine Jewell-Moore is a particularly helpful clerk.

Elizabeth Champion is excellent- very responsive and good to work with.

Excellent clerking team. Friendly and helpful. Regularly deal with Rob, Simon, Elizabeth and Paul.

Excellent clerks. Great flexibility. Great support. Not a push over but open to fee negotiation. Luke Hodgson rules with an iron fist in a kid glove. Always approachable, always willing to help. Elaine Jewell-Moor also extremely helpful and goes the extra mile.

Good, often speak to Hugh Maguire who is always helpful and on the ball/aware of what you are talking about!

Hugh Maguire and Adam Marston are excellent. The clerks are friendly, helpful, and provide a very good service.

Hugh Maguire and Adam Martson are very easy to work with

Hugh Maguire clerks Rob and he has always been very approachable.

Hugh Maguire is brilliant. Gets to know the cases so he can get what I need and fast.

I find the Clerks at St Johns to be competent and polite.

I have dealt with Simon Lyons and Paul Bennett in the main – I have found them both to be very friendly and efficient.

In my experience, the service has always been very good.

Lizzie Champion and Rob Bocock are the clerks i deal with. They are most knowledgeable and always provide a first rate service – no job is too small or too much trouble.

Luke Hodgson in particular, is very approachable and goes above and beyond to try to accommodate changes in the listing of hearings, and access to the barristers of choice.

Luke is amazing as a clerk, he is intuitive and gets things done efficiently. Elaine is equally adept at managing expectations and working magic to get the right barristers available for the right clients.

Matthew to a degree does his own clerking-probably due to his solicitor background. Unlike some counsel, he does not have an “ivory tower” attitude.

Most of my dealings have been with the Practice Team Leader Paul Bennett who I find very helpful. Enquiries are always dealt with promptly.

Paul Bennett and Rob Bocock are always on hand to answer queries and pick up instructions. The clerking team as a whole works well together so there is a seamless service even if a particular clerk is unavailable.

Paul Bennett is a fantastic asset to their clerking team. He is helpful and friendly and makes everything run more smoothly.

Paul Bennett is my go to clerk at St John’s. He always responds and will try to accommodate requests as regards fees.

Paul Bennett, Rob Bocock and Simon Lyons are all extremely responsive, sensible and pragmatic.

Please see above. Annette Bushell is always particularly helpful and approachable.

Rob Bocock and Paul Bennett are excellent and are more prone to pick up the phone to discuss requirements than email which is the default of most other chambers

Rob Bocock has been a long-standing and particularly helpful clerk.

Robert Bocock is fantastic. Paul Bennett is an excellent Clerk.

Simon Lyons and Rob Bocock are both very responsive and easy to get hold of.

Simon Lyons and Rob Bocock are nothing short of brilliant when it comes to service. They are both responsive and really do their best for you.

Simon Lyons is an exceptional clerk who should take credit for many of the solicitor / counsel relationships. Understanding in his approach and not afraid to tackle difficult conversations when necessary.

Simon Lyons. Good clerk. Always friendly and happy to help reliable

Special mention to Luke and Elaine for their client service and always helpful, problem solving approach.

St John’s have a great clerking team which make it easy to arrange cons and get instructions to Counsel. They are happy to work electronically, which is essential nowadays.

St John’s is a modern set with very good reliable clerking. Calls and emails are always dealt with promptly.

The Chancery Clerks are available when needed as well as being friendly and professional. They are very responsive and quick to provide fee estimates; accurate when doing so.

The clerk service is excellent. If your preferred counsel is not available they will move work around or ensure that you are informed if there are prospects of cover. Annette Bushell and Adam Marston stand out.

The clerking at St.John’s has always been very good. In particular Paul Bennett is always extremely helpful and responds to enquiries quickly.

The clerking is good with the team led by the ever excellent Derek Jenkins.

The clerking staff are always happy to assist and provide a very good service.

The clerking team is excellent, very efficient and very friendly.

The clerking team is great and makes securing counsel an easy process – clear transparency on fees.

The clerks are all helpful and approachable. They respond quickly and are proactive in resolving any issues that arise. For the most part I have dealt with Annette Bushell for many years and Adam Marston more recently and I find them both charming and helpful.

The clerks are always friendly and able to assist with enquiries. I have contact with Simon Lyons and Paul Bennett – both of whom are professional and friendly and quick to turn around enquiries and information when required.

The clerks are always helpful and able to keep you informed of any difficulties and provide alternatives when other cases unexpectedly run over.

The Clerks are always helpful. They are friendly and in my opinion this sets them apart from many other sets.

The clerks are always very friendly and helpful; again they are an essential part of the excellent service delivered by this set of Chambers

The clerks are efficient and helpful

The clerks are excellent and always try to accommodate my needs, no matter how demanding I appear. Annette and Adam stand out amongst a very good group of clerks.

The clerks are excellent. In particular, Marcus was meant to do a conference with me on one of my cases. He was in a trial in the week before and his clerk contacted me to inform me that the trial was likely to overrun and if it did so it would affect the conference. However if this did happen they would try and rearrange as soon as possible. This gave me the opportunity to prepare my experts and client rather than things being done last minute. In the end his trial did overrun but we were all prepared for this and the clerk (Hugh Maguire) went out of his way to rearrange asap.

The clerks are excellent. They are very quick to respond and offer various options in terms of cost and seniority of counsel. I deal predominantly with Paul Bennett who is completely on the ball.

The clerks are exceptional. Very helpful and flexible on brief fees and respond to emails promptly.

The Clerks are extremely helpful and friendly in their approach.

The clerks are very helpful and do their upmost to accommodate any request.

The Clerks are very helpful and quick to respond.

The clerks at St John’s Chambers are exceptional and you could not ask them to be more helpful and accommodating. They will always find a barrister for the case even at short notice and are very happy to chat through a case and recommend the best barrister for the claim. I particularly highly regard Hugh, Adam and Annette who are the clinical negligence clerks and who are always willing to help and they provide a first rate service.

The clerks have always provided a professional service.

The clerks on the care side of the team work well and are efficient and helpful.

The clerks room is superbe, offering a swift and proactive service. I am particularly impressed by Paul Bennett.

The clerks run the team well, are in control of all diaries and try their best to accommodate tight deadlines. In particular, Hugh Maguire has been exceptionally helpful and diligent when providing short-notice assistance and is quick to offer solutions.

The clerks work hard to support counsel. They respond promptly and are extremely well organised. This enables a fluent working relationship.

The clerksroom are extremely responsive and nothing is ever too much trouble. Annette Bushell leads the clinical negligence team strongly and the clerks Adam and Hugh really understand the issues in the cases and are keen to help to ensure cases progress smoothly.

The PI clerks are universally excellent and helpful. If not available on the telephone they will return messages promptly.

The PI clerks have real strength in depth with my two main contacts being Hugh Maguire and Adam Marston. Both are unflappable and always available.

The team at St John’s is very effective and always available to assist wherever required.

Their clerks are great. Get on really well with them.

We have had many dealing with Paul Bennett and Rob Bocock, both have been exceptionally helpful and well organised.

We have had many dealings with Paul Bennett and Rob Bocock, both have been exceptionally helpful and well organised.

You always get a first-class service from the St John’s Chambers team – and , importantly, at realistic and proportionate prices .

Set:

A good local set with a well deserved reputation for clinical negligence due to its longstanding contribution in this area. As a rule, the barristers are all affable yet highly professional and take their work very seriously whatever the case. They offer an impressive array of training events for local lawyers and are the ‘go to’ for many lawyers in the South West.

A sound local set, useful in providing cover for Inquests and matters of moderate to mid range value.

A strong set with excellent practitioners covering a wider range of areas

A very good set particularly in property, land nuisance and regulatory work. The barristers are always prepared to travel and look at things on the ground with the client.

A very professional, efficient and amicable set. Clerks are excellent and willing to go that extra step to help.

A very professional, efficient and amicable set. The Clerks are excellent and willing to go above and beyond.

Always a good service

Always helpful and swift to reply to queries.

Always very happy with chambers. High quality barristers across the spectrum of contentious probate.

Andrew is the only barrister from this set with whom I do any meaningful volumes of work.

Availability is good and generally good quality of work.

Chambers are very efficient. I can usually secure counsel for both advices and hearings. Chambers offer numerous training facilities and have also supported our own client training sessions including mock trials and general training updates.

Counsel and his clerk are always helpful and available to pick up urhent matters as and when needed.

Excellent depth in this area, if counsel not available an excellent alternative can always be offered

Excellent on financial remedy and children.

Excellent set of chambers. Good quality throughout

Excellent set with great clerks.

Fantastic chambers across the board. Some excellent Juniors and fantastic senior Counsel. All incredibly down to earth and obliging. Very user friendly. A great bunch.

Formidably strong local set. London set service, but just around the corner from the office. Have come to the fore with assistance during Covid-19 lockdown. Everyone sings from the same hymn sheet and understand each others specialities.

From Leslie Blohm QC downwards, the agricultural team know their stuff and are committed to the sector. This includes travelling some distance to give talks and provide assistance and training to organisations such as the regional groups of the Agricultural Law Association, and regional law societies.

Good quality training programmes and Counsel (particularly Rob Mills and Marcus Coates-Walker) have been willing on many occasions to come to our firm and provide bespoke training.

Good range of counsel at all levels to cover hearings where counsel is not available

Good set with good reputation for chancery work. Oliver Wooding and Alex Troup are standout performers. There are a number of weak barristers there which water down the set somewhat.

Good set. I also work with Rob Mills who is an excellent barrister.

Good strength in depth and excellent clerking.

Great set for several areas of work with newer barristers, such as Charlie Newington Bridges rapidly gaining a strong reputation.

I find St John’s Chambers to be very easy to work with. The wide range of barristers means I am able to instruct someone with appropriate experience, even at short notice. I have attended a number of useful training sessions run by or in conjunction with the Chambers both in house and at conferences.

I have instructed St Johns Chambers since I was a trainee. Since then I have instructed them without fail. Annette Bushell is fantastic and Derek is lovely. If I need a advice on something particularly specialist there is always someone available. James Marwick for medical negligence and personal injury Andrew McLaughlin for personal injury and Emma Zeb for medical negligence, They are first on my list for training programmes and their affiliation with Headway. Availability is never an issue, I have spoken with counsel and for this example Mr Valentine during the evenings, weekends, holidays. Always on hand to advise.

I have never experienced any issues with instructing Counsel. The Clerks are always readily willing to recommend alternative suitable counsel in the event of unavailability.

I have been to a number of conferences run by Legal Networks Wales in which barristers from St Johns have spoken. They have been very helpful and informative in keeping up to date with case law and changes in legislation.

I have used many Counsel from St John’s Chambers over the years. There is usually an array of Counsel I can choose from but to name a few – Andrew McLaughlin, James Marwick, Darren Lewis, Jimmy Barber, Patrick West, Ben Handy, Rachel Russell. They run training programmes regularly aimed at handling the most complex cases to courses designed on a breadth of topics for the more junior fee earners.

I have used St Johns for many years. The clerks are very helpful. If Miss Elford is not available,(always a first choice), then they assist with the matching of the client with an alternative barrister I have been on many of their training courses which have been helpful and informative.

I have worked with Chambers for over 10 years and have always found members and clerks to be excellent to work with. They have strength in depth we have an excellent working relationship with chambers.

I like the set as a whole, they run some excellent training throughout the year and are strong supporters of Bristol lawyers.

I strongly recommend St Johns Chambers. I instruct several members of Chambers on a regular basis and find that the quality of their work is every bit as high as with specialist London based Chambers, yet at a more competitive cost.

I use St John’s Chambers a great deal for all my clinical negligence cases, They have a large number of very competent and experienced clinical negligence barristers all of whom I trust and find are brilliant. They provide excellent training courses.

I very much like working with St John’s Chambers. I have instructed a number of their Barristers over the last 9 years. They have a good range of Barristers to cover most matters and levels of experience. They usually have someone suitable available, even at the last minute, and then also run helpful and informative training courses. They are my “go-to” set for Commercial and Chancery work.

In my view St John’s Chambers are the go to set in the South West. They provide London quality advice to our region on our doorstep. Vanessa McKinlay leads the ever expanding clinical negligence and PI team at St John’s. There are some very impressive Juniors coming up through the ranks who are extremely competent and engaging.

In my view they are the strongest chancery set in the southwest. The quality of their counsel as a whole is excellent compared to other chambers

Lots of talented barristers covering niche cases involving the Animals Act 1971 for example.

Luke is a very knowledgeable and experienced senior clerk who is a pleasure to deal with.

Set contains a number of well respected personal injury practitioners.

Several outstanding litigators in the Chancery and Property teams

SJC run seminars on topical issues that are well attended. On the planning front they have a decent number of planning barristers although my instructions are limited to practice leading Peter Wadsley.

Solid set of family law barristers from most senior to most junior. Excellent support and collaboration provided to their up and coming juniors.

They work hard to ensure availability.

St Johns are always highly efficient to work with, and keen to help. I find them honest and commercial.

St Johns Chambers are my preferred chambers for the specialist work that I carry out. They offer a good range of training and do their utmost to always accommodate any request of counsel’s opinion or appearance.

St Johns Chambers are one of the fore-front chambers offering counsel for Public Childcare. The clerks are particularly helpful and will go above and beyond to find cover for hearings at short notice.

St Johns Chambers, easy to speak with, helpful clerks, good availability, good training – will send videos of seminars & folders/info packs if cannot attend etc

St Johns do have strength in depth when it comes to property, from QC to junior level. That does make them the strongest set in the Western Circuit.

St Johns has a good reputation in the contentious probate area. They are approachable and accommodating and always willing to get involved in training seminars etc. I always attend their contentious probate seminars, which are always well delivered and have excellent content.

St Johns has a very good spread of family law barristers with a range of styles to suit most cases

St Johns has a very strong Chancery team and excellent clerks. Their barristers are expert, approachable, down to earth and offer London expertise at regional rates.

St Johns have a number of excellent barristers across different practice areas. I tend to instruct Zoe Saunders, Lucy Reed (Children Act matters) and Charles Auld (Chancery)

St Johns is a friendly and helpful chambers. Matthew White and Andrew Mclaughlin are stand out counsel for personal injury work.

St Johns is my set of choice in the south west and further a field if they can accomodate.

St Johns is the only chambers I will use in the South West. They have a large panel of suitably qualified barristers, whether the case is worth £1000 or £1M.

St Johns’ care team is excellent. They are highly sought after which means they are not always available.

St John’s are very well respected in Bristol and the South West, used by our team across our offices. They have a range of specialisms and have assisted in cases involving children, complex finances and unmarried couples.

St John’s Chambers are a regional set with a number of experienced Chancery barristers and mediators. They are well known and respected on the western circuit. Although a regional set, they have a wealth of experience on par with London sets.

St John’s Chambers are a well run, excellent set of Chambers who deliver London-quality work, whilst based in the South West.

St John’s Chambers are one of the best around. There is a good range of Counsel and their training seminars are informative.

St John’s Chambers Bristol is an excellent set of Chambers with great strength in depth across all areas of specialism. They provide regular first class training course at very reasonable cost.

St John’s Chambers commands the South West market with exceptional breadth in most practice areas. Some heavy weight senior counsel but a growing group of juniors means they are able to assist 9 times out of 10.

St John’s Chambers have a strong team of Chancery Court Barristers who collectively have a wide range of experience coupled with their impressive depth of knowledge.

St John’s Chambers is a high quality set of chambers with Counsel with a wide range of skills. They are very easy to work with. Helpful and friendly. They offer regular training seminars and useful information on legal developments. They will remain one of my “go-to” sets.

St John’s Chambers is my go-to chambers in Bristol for construction advice. They provide good training on a broad range of topics, including those relating to construction. The back office staff are very approachable and helpful.

St John’s Chambers is my go-to set of chambers in Bristol. They have a broad range of experience and also expertise which ensures that you can get a great match for you client from all walks of life

St John’s Chambers is one of the leading Clinical Negligence sets in Bristol. Vanessa McKinlay is frequently instructed in clinical negligence claims, particularly for client’s based in the South West.

St John’s Chambers is the go to set in the South West for Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury. They have invested a lot in building up a strong base of quality Juniors and Senior Juniors who bring London quality advice to the Western Circuit on our doorstep.

St John’s Chambers is the only set I would consider approaching outside of London for construction and engineering disputes. I attended a very good event on mediation organised by St John’s.

St John’s Chambers offers a high quality service, with high quality Counsel.

St John’s Chambers tend to have more of a PI focus than claimant clinical negligence, although I have used Rob Mills previously who I know has a good reputation for this work.

St John’s has a good broad range of talent. Excellent responsive clerking. Good value and excellent training offering.

St John’s has an excellent range of talent especially dealing with children matters. Generally they always have counsel available if booked in sufficient time. I’ve not had any experience with them in respect of finances yet.

St John’s is an excellent set backed by good clerks.

St John’s Chambers are the leading regional set outside of London in the South of England. The Chambers have a wide range of barristers who are each specialists in their work areas. They also provide excellent, informative seminars which are widely recognised and well attended in the practice area.

St John’s Chambers are the leading regional set outside of London, in the South of England. The Chambers have a wide range of barristers who are each specialists in their work areas. They also provide excellent, informative seminars which are widely recognised and well attended in the industry.

St John’s Chambers is a leading regional heavy-weight. I have never had any inclination to pay London prices when I can get the same level of expertise and quality of service for considerably less and far closer to home.

St. Johns are a good local set who have some very strong barristers.

St. John’s Chambers are a very strong set and are a definite go-to set in both Bristol and the west country generally. Some members in the Family team are published in relation to particular aspects of family proceedings also so that they have become authorities in relation to those aspects.

St. John’s is undoubtedly the best set for contentious trusts and probate in the region. They have a number of very good specialists.

Strongest set in Bristol and very competitive with London.

The absolute go-to set for chancery and commercial in the southwest.

The Chambers is always very prepared, organised and professional.

The go-to set for traditional chancery work, both in the South West and arguably nationally: they give London a run for their money: London quality, without London fees.

The set as a whole are great. Very corporate approach to BD and marketing and clerking, and this results in a very slick process for solicitors.

The set is building in strength through the very good juniors coming through; aided by the excellent clerking team.

The set is large and generally will have someone who can cover a hearing even at short notice.

The set is reliably excellent. As good as any London set and often much better.

Their clin neg set is the best in Bristol. There is someone for every type of case, all of whom are at the tope of their game and present stiff competition for the London sets.

There is definitely strength in depth in this Chambers. They provide excellent seminars and knowledge transfer events. They will often have several options in terms of counsel if instructions need advice at short notice.

They are an excellent set of chambers that provide a high quality service to their clients.

They are in my opinion by far the best set in Bristol. Their clerks are very efficient and they offer excellent training as well.

They are now putting out weekly webinars which are very good

They do provide a “London” service here in the West Country and are a well rounded set, providing superb general and specialist training to all levels of solicitors both junior and senior and are always available to provide a second “ear” for tricky tactical situations.

They have an excellent pool of juniors who are frequently available on short notice, I use Marcus Coates-Walker and Robert Mills frequently, and both provide very high quality advice.

They have excellence within their ranks so even if my chosen Barrister is unavailable for a hearing, I know that matters will be dealt with appropriately.

They have real heavyweights such as Leslie Blohm QC, who has years of experience and in the case I referred to above added value due to his knowledge of the inquest rules and also aspects of criminal law which featured in the case. The juniors in the set are proactive – Charlie Newington-Bridges stepped in to pick up a hearing due to unavailability and very quickly got up to speed and was a confident advocate despite being called in at short notice. Juniors such as Natasha and Annie Sampson are trained well by the other members of chambers.

V good set broad range of skills and depth.

Very positive views on set as a whole. Excellent clerking, with good recommendations as to suitability of particular barristers, good strength in depth, best I have come across to date in Bristol.

Very prompt in responding; and always polite and helpful.

 

Tanfield Chambers

Tanfield Chambers is a leading property set, counting landlord and tenant matters, property litigation and commercial real estate work among its key areas of expertise. Marc Glover and Daniel Dovar were both appointed as Deputy Chancery Masters in 2020.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Billy Forecast  is very helpful and a pleasure to work with.

Clerks have always been second to none, available, approachable friendly and efficient.

Billy Forecast goes over and above.

Great clerks – Rich Powell is a quality clerk and super helpful always

Alex Southern, is, in my view, the best clerk I have ever worked with (and I have worked with a lot). His understanding of the law, and ability to relate to Solicitors as a fellow professional, is peerless.

Tanfield are very lucky to have Richard Powell and Billy Forecast as clerks as they have a fantastic rapport with instructing solicitors.

The clerking team, headed by Alex Southern, is as unified and relaxed as the counsel they support: Decisive, efficient and very helpful.

The clerks are very responsive, friendly, and accommodating. They are always at hand to assist in reserving counsel and in working with us to set up the brief for Counsel.

The clerks’ room at Tanfield is extremely responsive and knowledgeable. In particular, Richard Powell, Arin Kaylaci and Kieron Hatwell are helpful, practical and very accommodating. They recommend Counsel tailored to each matter and client needs. We often call in times of need and can rely on the team to help us as best they can.

They are always so helpful and polite. Billy Forecast in particular is always supportive and helpful. He is my “go to” clerk.

The clerks are very responsive and knowledgeable of their barristers’ expertise. They are excellent communicators and very organised.

Set:

Chambers are approachable. Offer a competitive fee structure. Its small but capable family team are always able to assist.

It is a quality set and grows from strength to strength overtaking their more well known chambers in terms of service and results.

One of the top property sets. Good choice of well qualified barristers.

Tanfield are a very strong property set. I have no hesitation in both using or recommending them.

Tanfield are by far one of the best Chambers I have used. They have a good range of barristers who cover pretty much any scenario. They have juniors or pupils to take on the more straightforward cases all the way up to QCs for contentious or groundbreaking work.

Tanfield are my go-to set for all property matters. I find them all professional, personable and very knowledgeable.

Tanfield Chambers’ Family Law Team is small but impressive. With huge combined experience in the very close knit team, they are utterly consistent in their work and very, very bright.

The set is excellent in respect of all aspects of property law in which we practice.

They are highly regarded for property work and I believe live up to that reputation.

Very good, friendly chambers with a strong team of counsel from QCs to the more recently qualified barristers in the field of property disputes and enfranchisement.

Across the set, there are individuals who are recognised as being leaders in their respective fields. The team install confidence even in the most complex disputes.

Temple Garden Chambers

With offices in London and The Hague, common law set Temple Garden Chambers has strength in international crime and extradition and health and safety law, and is well known for its expertise in costs, inquests and inquiries, and personal injury law. In recent chambers news, Dominic Adamson QC took silk, and the team was bolstered by the arrival of Saoirse Townshend, Kathryn Howarth and Émilie Pottle (all formerly from The 36 Group). Anne Coulon joined as an associate tenant. Mary-Teresa Deignan has also joined from Charter Chambers. Five members of the set - Nicholas Moss (reappointed to Panel A), Myles Grandison, William Irwin, Emily Wilsdon, and Scarlett Milligan - were also appointed to the Attorney General's Panel of Counsel.

Testimonials

Clerks:

All of the clerks are very good, but Tom Neale in particular provides an excellent service.

Dean has led the clerking team for many years and is brilliant at what he does.

Dean Norton and Keith Sharman are my usual “go to” clerks when I have initial questions and enquiries and they never fail to deliver for me.

Set:

Approachable, professional and very well organised. As a Chambers TGC are highly effective dealing with London based courts on behalf of instructing solicitors based outside of the City.

Excellent set, lots of first rate barristers and a really helpful and responsive clerking team.

I have worked with others at this set for many years and have never been disappointed by the service they provided.

My go to chambers. A great set with an abundance of talented barristers. You are truly spoilt for choice.

Really faultless in terms of its responsiveness. I have never come across a better or more user-friendly clerking team and members.

TGC are a very efficient set, always willing to assist and have good strength in depth.

They are by far my favoured set of chambers and I have not come across another set to rival them.

Temple Tax Chambers

Temple Tax Chambers is a well-established specialist tax set. Members handle the full range of tax instructions, including corporate, employment, international and property tax, VAT, and tax litigation.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Always very capable and keen to assist.

The clerks are very efficient and very engaging.

We were pleased with the clerks’ room (Cindy Green in particular). They facilitated our interaction with the barrister and responded promptly where required.

The clerks are extraordinarily efficient, pleasant & helpful.

Set:

I have worked with many barristers from Temple Tax over many years. It is an excellent Set with efficient, approachable, helpful clerks who are always willing to help keep matters properly flowing.

I have worked with this Chamber on other matters and have always considered them to be one of the pre-eminent sets which is why I use them.

Professional, friendly, approachable and supportive – I have used these chambers for many years and have no hesitation in recommending them.

Temple Tax Chambers provide a professional and first-rate service.

The set is strong, with a number of barristers who have very deep expertise in a broad range of tax matters.

Very highly regarded in its chosen area .

Ten Old Square

Ten Old Square is a well-regarded Chancery and commercial law set, where members' workloads also include property, private client, charity law and Court of Protection matters.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Excellent Marc is superb very experienced and honest about what he can and cannot do.

First class service – in particular from Keith Plowman and Marc Schofield, who are excellent: they are highly responsive, sensible, commercial, helpful – they really look after you.

The clerking team is led by Keith Plowman; an honest and forthright individual who goes far beyond the call of duty to help his instructions solicitors and manage the cordial relationship between solicitor and counsel. Unlike many clerks, Keith adds significantly to the efficiency of the experience of using Ten Old Square and the commercial realities of instructing a barrister.

Very efficient and will try their best to assist even at short notice.

Set:

10 Old Square is an excellent set. Everyone I have come across (about 8 barristers) is extremely capable and super bright.

10 Old Square is an excellent set. It is managed by clerks who are responsive. Which ever barrister is instructed, you know that they know the law and are team players. An excellent set overall.

A good set we work closely with in commercial litigation work.

A very strong Chancery set with an excellent reputation for practical and helpful advice.

All barristers I have used have been able to deal with matters speedily and well. I have great confidence in sending the instructions to the clerks and leaving them to find the most suitable counsel to deal with the matter.

Excellent clerks and excellent strength and depth in property and trusts law with some really superb Juniors coming through.

Exceptional advisers for offshore trusts disputes.

They are a small set but they have all been excellent. The clerks are very easy to work with and knowledgeable. They attract a lot of great work and deservedly so.

My go to chambers for general private client work. The barristers all seem to give rounded advice and are very user friendly.

Smaller excellent chancery set. I have enjoyed working with them. All of the juniors have been excellent and the clerks are knowledgeable and user friendly.

Undoubtedly one of the two leading sets in this area, they have real strength in depth.

The 36 Group

London and Singapore-based set The 36 Group opened an annex on Cyprus in 2019. 2020 has been a busy year for the set: Martin Kingerley QC took silk; Grace Hale was appointed as district judge in Sheffield, and the 36 Commercial team has expanded with the arrival of Ben Symons (formerly of Field Court Chambers), Racheal Muldoon (formerly of Foundry Chambers), Michael Patchett-Joyce and Jeffrey Bacon, both formerly of the now defunct Ely Place Chambers, and most recently, Christian Jowett, who joined from 30 Park Place. Also of note, Paul Martenstyn has joined as the new Director of Clerking at 36 Stone as part of a legal management consultancy engagement between the 36 Group and Overture London.

Testimonials

Clerks:

36 Family have the best clerking team headed by the very personable Danny Chapman with best supporting actors Ashley London and Adam Cope. Together they are the dream team and go above and beyond when it comes to being helpful and accommodating. It’s the little things like always getting back to you when they say they will, sending you the court listing the day before so you know which Judge and court room you are in and being flexible on fees, when required.

Adam Cope is my go-to clerk. He is responsive, efficient, personable and knows exactly what I need. He works very hard to pair the right barrister with the client and solicitor, and has never let me down with his recommendations, which have included rising stars as well as respected advocates.

Danny and his team should be proud, they offer a fantastic service. Only today I emailed Ashley London to thank him for his assistance in setting up a remote hearing, which is new territory for us all during the pandemic. Frazer Vye also deserves special mention, he is always on hand to assist as necessary.

I find that the clerks will always explore with you a particular client’s needs and personality to ensure that they are well matched with counsel to suit them.

Danny is head clerk and definitely one that I would go to to give me honest advice on whether a proposed counsel is right for a particular client.They all work really hard to build relations with all levels of lawyers, including paralegals.

Ashley simply cannot do enough for you. He is always finding solutions to practical problems and has honestly saved the day on a few urgent occasions in extending their facilities to assist. Again, he offers complete honestly and I trust him implicitly.

Frazer and Adam are again, amazing and cannot do enough. Frazer has navigated me through the remote hearing situation and arranged many urgent hearings and meetings voluntarily.

Excellent service. Danny Chapman is always a pleasure to deal with and it is wonderful to see his ethos of providing a high-level, but down to earth service, filtering through the entire clerking team. Ashley London is also worthy of note for his friendly professionalism.

Excellent. Always approachable and willing to go out of their way to help you with sourcing a barrister and with the last minute preparations ahead of a hearing. Additionally, they have helped my colleagues and me on several occasions when last minute hearings have cropped up and Counsel is needed urgently and where the availability of Counsel is so limited.

Danny is a force of nature and a real visionary in bringing the chambers forward in a competitive space. He respects technology and development and works harder than almost anyone in the profession.

The Clerks are always polite, professional and helpful. Danny, Ashley and Adam make a formidable team of clerks for the family team and seem to know everything about your case – they have seamless case management and clear dialogue with solicitors to ensure we can provide the best service to our clients.

The clerks are friendly, engaging and brilliant. Steven Newbery understands what solicitors need and has been invaluable – especially in times of dire urgency.

The clerks provide the foundation of the service chambers provide and it is obvious that they have a real knowledge of their barristers and their strengths and weaknesses. You can always trust a recommendation from the clerks. Administratively they deal with papers effortlessly and communicate well. They are also very open on fees which can make all the difference to a client.

The clerking team who cover the 36 Stone group are easy to deal with, knowledgeable and provide every assistance you could wish for.

Excellent at 36 Stone. Very responsive and very commercial in their dealings on fees.

Set:

36 are known for the likeability. Nothing is ever too much trouble for clerks and barristers alike.

36 Family are my go-to set. They have a breadth of expertise to suit every case and client and I find that they are willing to go the extra mile. 36 also offer a fantastic seminar programme, which helps to strengthen connections as well as providing valuable CPD.

36 Family have arrived and are now firmly on the map when it comes to being a top family set. They have a perfect mix of top finance and children barristers.

36 Family is a really good set and I have never been let down. There is always someone available at 36 Family who will do a good job.

36 Group are very user friendly and the clerks are all first rate. They are customer focused and there is an genuine interest and pride that shines through. I believe they have greatly improved their depth of counsel in recent years and have a stable of very capable and stellar juniors.

36 Group have a great depth of good counsel covering almost all fields of legal expertise and have rarely failed over the 30 years since I have used their barristers to provide exactly the right person to advise/represent clients to a very high standard even at short notice

36 Group is a terrific set (I say this as a member of a competitor set!) with a number of absolutely top class performers.

36 Family are a leading set for alternative family law, with an unparalleled depth of experience at their finger tips. It is led by a particularly dynamic team which adapts to face the traditional profession and modern world in one package. They put on training/CPD programmes for solicitors on a range of issues and will always have a barrister available for a call or chat if you have an issue. It really is the Chambers that shows the best of the profession.

A family team of strength and depth. Impressive in litigation and out of court dispute resolution. Always looking at innovative ways to resolve disputes and support clients.

I have always been impressed with 36 Group/Family Chambers and regularly return to them when looking for Counsel. They are all very approachable and easy to deal with. The choice of barristers is solid and I have never had an issue with any of the barristers on my cases. I am also a regular participant in their regular training courses which have been particularly good during the Covid-19 lockdown period.

It has been wonderful to see the set going from strength to strength. I believe that they are now being recognised for the stars that they have and are properly placed amongst the other top sets that I would consider to be their competitors.

The chambers is an excellent set particularly the 36 Stone Group.

Thomas More Chambers

Thomas More Chambers is a multidisciplinary set with strengths in crime, employment, immigration, family and insolvency law, to name a few areas. In recent news, Catherine Bradshaw (formerly of 187 Fleet Street) has joined chambers, and Sarah Lucy Cooper has been appointed Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers.

Testimonials

Clerks:

‘An excellent clerking team, offering a top notch service. In particular Stuart Sellen and Clifford Strong are readily available to recommend the best Counsel to suit my client’s needs, undoubtedly able at reading a professional client’s requirements.’

‘Clifford is a gem at Thomas More chambers and he get things done, that’s his main strength. I can rely on any of the clerks but I tend to use Clifford the majority of the time due to his reliability and efficient work ethic. Stuart is another great example of someone I can rely on in terms of advice and direction whether that be in instructing counsel or better management of the matter.’

‘They are always available and helpful.’

Set:

‘A good set with a broad mix of practitioners.’

‘Chambers is well versed in white collar crime matters with suitable Counsel always available to accommodate my client’s needs. Chambers also hold CPD courses in the field.’

‘I instruct TM Chambers for the majority of my work and they are an excellent set to work with. Indeed they have never let me down even at last minute representations for remand clients. Their work in criminal defence is outstanding and I continue to use them to this day.’

‘I practice only in the Court Martial field and this is the premier chambers in the UK for this work, with an established and growing team of reliable experienced practitioners. I regularly brief at least three of their chambers (who are holding briefs from me today), with more available with experience to call on.’

‘Thomas Moore Chambers are a great set to work with.’

Three New Square

Intellectual property law is the core specialty of Three New Square; the practice is singled out in particular for its extensive expertise in patent litigation.

Testimonials

Clerks:

‘3 New Square Clerks are wonderful at managing new instructions quickly, so that everyone knows where they stand. I have most commonly dealt with Tim Fairburn, who I understand to be the longest serving clerk in Chambers. He is very good at making recommendations and dealing with our enquiries quickly, and is equally as personable as Daniele.’

‘Nick Hill is excellent – he knows what solicitors want and need.’

Clerks are fantastic. Especially Tim Fairburn and Nick Hill – know their barristers really well, responsive, sensible.’

‘Excellent clerking. Nick Hill is hugely supportive of his team and impressive in his handling of matters. He runs a very professional outfit.’

‘I have always found the clerks to be very helpful and you feel that they have the ultimate client’s interests in mind in all aspects of their work. They are transparent about fees and availability of counsel.’

‘I have worked with Nick Hill, the senior clerk since at least as early as 2014 and I cannot recommend him enough, he will always work towards achieving the best result for the client within any given timeframe and judgment.

‘Nick Hill is contactable, responsive and runs the show excellently. There are no weak links and Tim and David for example, are similarly professions and adept at herding barristers and lending their insights and expertise as to the court procedures.’

‘Nick Hill leads the clerks with aplomb and provides excellent service. He is very well tuned in to the court systems and effective in navigating listings and other court interactions.’

‘Nick, Tim and David are always extremely helpful. It is possible to have an open discussion with them on counsel’s availability and costs which makes instructing members of the set so much easier. They are responsive to any request and always try to be accommodating.’

‘The clerking at Three New Square is professional, efficient and welcoming. Xena Robbins is the chambers administrator and the first face you see as you walk in or the first voice you hear when you call, and she is friendly and efficient. The charming Nick Hill leads the clerking team and is the consummate professional.’

‘Very good indeed. They are always proactive with helpful advice. All are good. I really like working with Zena.’

Very strong clerking service. They seek to build a relationship with their instructing solicitors, rather than adopting a more transactional approach.’

Set:

‘3 New Square are a superb set. They have a fantastic bench of talent. The barristers are technically superb, commercial and personable. They regularly push the legal boundaries, using law as an enabler for their clients.’

‘3 New Square are often the first and last stop when instructing IP counsel because of their depth and breadth and, although incredibly busy, I have generally found the right level of Barrister with the right expertise to be available when needed.’

‘3 New Square is an absolutely top IP set with superlative barristers at all levels.’

‘3 New Square is one of the best IP sets around and it has a fantastic new generation of barristers coming through.’

‘3 New Square is one of the premier IP sets in the UK, with good strength in depth at both senior and junior level.’

‘A fantastic set of barristers who understand not only clients’ commercial needs but also the business of law. They are always available when you need them, operating as a seamless extension of your own team. They roll up their sleeves and get stuck in. They are also lovely people and a pleasure to work with.’

‘A phenomenal set of barristers in a specialist area, offering bench strength both horizontally in each level as well as vertically from QC to junior.’

‘I have always found Three New Square to offer an excellent service in relation to all intellectual property matters. Counsel are knowledgeable, work as part of a team with the solicitor and their client and represent the client’s interests well in Court. They offer a good range of talented barristers with different skills for different matters or types of case, which means that they have a barrister to suit almost any type of case and/or client.’

Three Raymond Buildings

As a set, Three Raymond Buildings has an excellent reputation for its strength in financial, business and general crime. In recent news, Nicholas Yeo was appointed a Recorder; Matthew Butt QC took silk in 2020; Sarah Le Fevre was appointed Assistant Coroner for Gwent; and Kevin Baumber was appointed Assistant Coroner for Hertfordshire.

Testimonials

Clerks:

‘A superb clerking team offering a service that is second to none. In particular I commend clerks Eddie Holland and Dean Brown, both friendly and personable, with a fast acting approach to the most urgent enquiries.’

‘All are excellent – Eddie Holland, the senior clerk, is absolutely first rate.’

‘All the clerks and friendly and approachable. Dean, in particular resolves problems quickly and has a great relationship with solicitors, he is quick to provide solutions to any potential problems that arise in respect of diary management or fees.’

Dean Brown and Chris Feathers are outstanding, and provide a truly exceptional service that makes the entire process of finding and instructing the right counsel at 3RB seamless and hassle-free. They have quite literally never let us down.’

‘Eddie and Dean are some of the best clerks in the industry. They are very fair and accommodating. Highly rated and respected.’

‘Eddie Holland is the best clerk in criminal, regulatory & business crime out there, for you can trust his recommendations like no other clerk.’

‘Fantastic – they all all really good. Eddie Holland, the senior clerk, is exceptional.’

‘First class – put simply, they never let me down.’

‘Eddie Holland is as knowledgeable as they come and has a real eye for promoting talent.’

‘Dean Brown is a first rate operator who is always on top of his game.’

‘I would single out Dean Brown in the clerks room as an exceptional clerk. He has a natural rapport with his solicitor clients and always looks to accommodate even the most demanding requests. A very skilled operator and one of the best clerks in London.’

‘My dealings have been with Eddie Holland and Dean Brown, who are always helpful and easy to get along with. I can rely on them to give a valuable and honest steer on which counsel to instruct where I do not have a pre-set preference.’

Set:

‘3 Raymond are one of the best at the criminal bar and financial crime. Every barrister is at the very top of their game. A very consistent set.’

‘3 Raymond Buildings are a pre-eminent chambers in criminal, extradition and confiscation matters.’

‘3 Raymond Buildings are always happy to help in a prompt manner. I have never encountered a problem that they could not fix.’

‘3 Raymond Buildings are amongst the handful of go-to sets for fraud and financial crime, with unparalleled strength in depth.’

‘3 Raymond Buildings has real strength in depth as a barristers Chambers and is replete with very good members. There is plainly strength across the board both in silk and across junior members.’

3 Raymond Buildings is a stellar set as it has top class Counsel at all levels who practice in business regulatory, extradition and public law matters.’

‘3 RB has always maintained its reputation as a very classy set with excellent barristers. It has some star performers and has always expanded its work outside of just crime.’

‘3RB is indisputably the foremost Chambers for representation of police officers in criminal and disciplinary hearings, and where they have conflicts with their Chief Constables in inquests and inquiries.’

A superb set and a number of barristers who are true leaders in their fields with promising candidates in waiting.]

‘I am a very big fan of the Chambers as a whole. They provide excellent service.’

‘Incomparable breath of expertise, characters, specialisms and experience.’

‘Three Raymond Buildings are engaged in work of the highest calibre. Most barristers I have engaged from there are extremely able, and self-confident.’

Three Stone

Three Stone is highly regarded for its strength in Chancery commercial matters. In recent news, Christopher Howitt joined chambers from Kobre & Kim LLP while Mark Watson-Gandy was appointed Commander of the Order of St John.

Testimonials

Clerks:

‘All clerks which I have dealt with have been very professional in their approach and have offered their full assistance (which has included attending the High Court and the Supreme Court on occasions to file documents and to collect orders). In the main I have dealt with Steve Anten and Frank Lee.’

‘Excellent – particularly Bill Rice.’

‘Gary Bateman is a real star.’

‘Good all round clerks room and go the extra mile to help/facilitate clients.’

‘I work mainly with Gary . He is very helpful and efficient. He is easy to get hold of and when not available there are other clerks who cover him.’

‘Justin Brown is outstanding.’

The clerking team are friendly, user friendly and realistic on fees. Certainly one of the easier sets to deal with.’

‘[He] is readily available and able to understand the counsel best suited to my clients needs, whether it is a cost issue or a niche area of expertise.’

‘The clerks here go over and above. We deal with Bill Rice who we can commend as being one of the best clerks around; always willing to help and accommodate any eventuality which arises. He is our go to clerk when in difficulty as he will always find a way to help.’

‘Very helpful and contactable out of hours – nothing is too much for them. Special mention of Mr Bill Rice.’

Set:

‘3 Stone Chambers are very well respected for chancery type work, particularly insolvency – where they have a good number of very able junior counsel.’

‘A very user friendly and modern Chambers . I have used various barristers there and have been very happy with the service. The clerks are particularly friendly, efficient and helpful. Particularly strong on contentious probate , commercial and property related matters.’

‘They have some really excellent juniors coming up – and a good number of them are individuals who have successfully transitioned from solicitor to barrister, which makes them particularly good to work with.’

‘Excellent set with upcoming trust and contentious probate lawyers.’

‘I solely use Three Stone Chambers due to availability of counsel, their fees are reasonable, and I have not received poor advice/representation for my clients so far from these chambers.’

‘Three Stone is a very strong set of counsel, approachable and responsive.’

Strong set with strength in depth when it comes to trust and probate disputes.’

Twenty Essex

Benefiting from offices in London and Singapore, Twenty Essex has an excellent reputation for international arbitration work. The set has seen multiple recent developments: Sir Peter Gross has returned to chambers as an arbitrator following his departure after being appointed to the bench; Simon Olleson joined the public international law team from Three Stone; Henry Byam-Cook QC, Blair Leahy QC and Philip Riches QC took silk in early 2020; Wendy Miles QC joined from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in February 2020; Judith Gill QC was elected vice president of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration, with effect from 1 April 2020; Duncan Matthews QC and Stephen Atherton QC were appointed joint Heads of Chambers, effective from 1 August 2020;  Penelope Nevill and Belinda McRae  were appointed to the Attorney General's Panel of Counsel, effective from 1 September 2020; and former solicitor-advocate Maria Kennedy joined from Norton Rose Fulbright.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Consistent with approach of chambers overall – they do a good job of helping firms to work with chambers, rather than the traditional role of acting as a gatekeeper (however friendly) to an ivory tower of experts. Anthony Carroll typifies this.’

‘Great service, professional, accommodating and efficient.’

‘I have always had very prompt, friendly and professional service from the clerks. Chris Theobald in particular has a very good knowledge of what I need.’

‘The clerks at 20 Essex are very good. In particular, Tara Shah (the clerk to Paul Lowenstein QC and Luke Pearce) has chased up queries from my firm in a timely and helpful manner.’

‘The clerks at Twenty Essex are extremely responsive, friendly and efficient. Rachael Osborne is particularly good – knowledgeable and always ready to help.’

‘The clerks at Twenty Essex work very hard. They are contactable at all times of the day and night and even on weekends. I have not had any issue with them as they have generally been very helpful in helping me find the right barrister for the case. Arron Zitver has been outstanding.’

‘The clerks were friendly and helpful, providing a personalised service. Anthony Carroll  is a pleasure to work with.’

‘The service is good and the clerks always available to discuss and propose alternatives.’

Set:

’20 Essex are probably the best set for international arbitration, particularly with an international trade, energy and maritime focus.’

’20 Essex is one of the “go to” places in terms of shipping and commercial matters.’

’20 Essex Street is an excellent set, with long-standing strength and depth in PIL.’

I rate Twenty Essex very highly – they are the Chambers with whom I work most closely.’

’20 Essex St is the foremost set for international trade disputes. They have great strength in depth at the mid junior and senior levels and as a whole are a pleasure to work with.’

‘One of the pre-eminent arbitration and PIL sets. Set themselves apart from the other three PIL powerhouses, which our firm also like and use, in that their barristers (or almost all of them) consistently wear their considerable expertise lightly. Very approachable.’

‘Twenty Essex have good availability of highly experienced counsel. We have often been glad to accept their suggestions off junior counsel that we have not come across before. This gives us a wider variety of counsel to work with on future cases.’

‘Twenty Essex is a very reputable commercial set. They seem to have an expert in every field of commercial law. I can’t think of an instance where we had to instruct counsel and a name from Twenty Essex did not come up.’

‘Twenty Essex is an impressive set for commodities (which includes associated sectors like fraud and insolvency) and I use them a lot. Their commodities trading expertise is fantastic and their barristers have deep knowledge of the industry.’

Wilberforce Chambers

Chancery set Wilberforce Chambers counts pensions, property, trusts and offshore matters as core specialisms. 2020 was a busy year for the set: Brian Green QC took over from Michael Furness QC as Head of Chambers; Stuart Isaacs QC, a specialist in international commercial arbitration and litigation, joined from King & Spalding LLP; Zoë Barton QC and Andrew Mold QC were appointed to silk; and Stephen Brown  joined from Hardwicke.

Testimonials

Clerks:

‘First class service. Definitely the best clerk and management team in our sphere. Fraser Geddes, Mark Rushton, Stewart Cameron and the team are consistently seeking feedback and ways to enhance their offering.’

‘All of the clerks at Wilberforce offer an excellent service. They make it their business to get to know solicitors on a personal level and are very approachable. They know their solicitors and barristers well and are therefore in an excellent position to match solicitors and barristers appropriately.’

‘All the clerks are good – up for a very special mention is Fraser Geddes – he is my main point of contact for anything – to discuss instructions of a junior or QC, to talk about fees and to discuss practicalities like service of documents and calls to the courts listing. Fraser always deals with you like you are the only firm they look after!’

‘Andrew Barnes, Senior Practice Manager made a genuine effort to understand the client’s needs and wishes and to try to accommodate them.’

‘Best clerking I know. Danny Smillie stands out.’

‘Clerks are always so helpful whether it is getting a hearing listed or getting bundles prepared or providing estimates etc. I have particularly worked with Stewart Cameron and Nancy Lee.’

‘Andrew Barnes and Stuart Cameron in particular. Their great skill is listening and responding to client needs.’

‘Excellent. The clerks are a pleasure to deal with. I have dealt in particular with Danny Smillie and Conor Michaels who are extremely responsive and take ownership of questions and issues that arise.’

‘Harvey Scott stands out as responsive, reliable, and someone who will pull out the stops to get things done.’

‘The clerks at Wilberforce are particularly strong and go out of their way to assist instructing solicitors.’

It is always a pleasure to deal with the clerks -without fail, each one is responsive, polite, and clearly well in control of managing their barrister’s workload and availability.’

‘Like the barristers, the Clerks at Wilberforce are second to none. They are friendly, professional and highly efficient. As a team, they are excellent but Fraser Geddes and Stewart Cameron are particular stars of the clerking world.’

‘Mark Rushton is fantastic at what he does. He communicates efficiently and effortlessly in every dealing I’ve had with him, as is Nancy Lee.’

Set:

‘A highly experienced, wonderful mix of hugely skilled barristers.’

‘A top Chancery set. Never disappoints.’

‘An excellent set; many of the top names in property litigation.’

‘Astounding breadth of expertise.’

‘Becoming our go-to set for professional negligence and general commercial work. Very bright juniors, accessible seniors and an excellent clerking team.’

‘Excellent chambers with clear strengths in pensions and professional negligence across a number of barristers are various calls.’

‘Fantastic strength in depth for commercial property work, and high calibre Counsel available at all levels.’

‘My experience of the set as a whole has been very good, particularly in the civil fraud and commercial litigation area.’

‘My first port of call for commercial and chancery barristers’

‘One of the go to sets of chambers for trust and tax work.’

‘Outstanding set – consistently produces high calibre barristers.’

‘Really high quality barristers. One of those sets who you hope not to find on the other side too often.’

‘The quality and strength in depth at Wilberforce is impressive. The level of technical knowledge is excellent and the training sessions they provide are valuable.’

‘They are a large set with strength in depth and so there is always someone available and a range of options. What is more, you know that you can rely on the quality of any member of the set.’

XXIV Old Buildings

London and Geneva-based set XXIV Old Buildings is highly regarded for its strength in offshore trust matters, and has a particular emphasis on Middle East-related work. In recent chambers news, Michael Black QC and Tom Montagu-Smith QC were appointed to the panel of the Arbitration Working Group, launched by the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts in October 2020; Lyndsey de Mestre QC has been appointed to the London Chamber of Arbitration and Mediation panel as both arbitrator and mediator; and Paul Horsfield became Head of Clerking.

Testimonials

Clerks:

‘Amenable, capable and get things done.’

‘Attentive clerks, keen to accommodate clients’ requirements where necessary. Realistic about fees.’

‘Clerks are always efficient and available. James Ladbrook has never let me down in 10 years.’

‘Easy to deal with and business-like.’

‘Excellent across the board. A responsive and knowledgeable team.’

‘Excellent service – particularly from Paul Horsfield, James Ladbrook and Perry Brown. They really look after us.’

‘I find the clerks very responsive and Paul Horsfield in particular a joy to work with.’

‘James Ladbrook and Joel Banks are friendly, efficient and eager to go above and beyond to assist where they can.’

‘Paul Horsfield has stepped into the senior clerking role at XXIV naturally: he manages cases pragmatically and is great at building relationships at all levels.’

‘Really excellent. They always strive to build strong and long lasting relationships. They have a real personal touch.’

‘The clerks are very responsive and can always provide a high calibre barrister with availability for a case.’

‘Very good rapport with solicitors and clients.’

Set:

‘A great set for trust litigation and arbitration.’

A youthful and well respected set for offshore work.’

‘An exceedingly strong set at all levels from the most junior upwards.’

‘Consistently good advice and service.’

‘Fantastic set – everyone I have used here has been great – really down to earth and user friendly.’

‘Generally rate the chambers very high on both approachability, availability and strength of technical expertise. At the top of their game.’

‘I like 24 Old Buildings as a set. They are one of the strongest sets for offshore litigation, in particular the BVI, and have a deep bench of advocates with excellent offshore experience.’

‘Impressive chambers that have provided barristers of a very high calibre.’

‘One of my go to sets. Strong barristers all through their ranks, and they approach matters with seriousness, diligence and passion.’

‘One of the leading sets of commercial and chancery chambers – and one of our favourites. They are also noted for their strength in off shore and international cases.’

‘XXIV are great. They have a lot of barristers we use very regularly so have brilliant strength in depth.’