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Ashley Murray Chambers is the set of senior family barrister Ashley Murray, who is very well-regarded for elite family finance work in the North West.

Becket Chambers benefits from a strong presence in Kent, where it has offices in Canterbury, Dartford, Maidstone, and Tunbridge Wells, and also in Sussex where it has recently moved its Eastbourne annexe to new premises in Brighton. The set is best known for its family work but its members are also instructed in civil and local government-related matters. In recent news, Linda Glover has joined the clerking team as second junior clerk.

Cardiff-based Apex Chambers handles a range of criminal, regulatory, and disciplinary law. The Lord Chancellor, Robert Buckland QC MP, remains a door tenant.

Liverpool-based Atlantic Chambers  has expertise across a range of disciplines, including personal injury, clinical negligence, Chancery, employment, and family matters. In recent news, Teleri Jones, a former solicitor, has joined the set's family practice group, while Mark Stewards has been appointed both as a fee-paid judge of the Employment Tribunals (West Midlands Circuit) and as a fee-paid judge assigned to the First Tier Immigration and Asylum Chamber in Manchester.

Styled as 'the oldest independent set of chambers outside London', Sheffield-based Bank House Chambers is a crime-focused set also offers civil and family expertise, as well as regulatory and public law.

Linenhall Chambers covers a range of work, including crime and family as well as employment and personal injury, from its Chester base covering maters in both central and northern Wales as well as central England. Nicholas Williams  and Anna Pope are new record appointments.Civitas Law in Cardiff specialises in civil and public law  matters. Over the past 12 months, employment and professional disciplinary specialist Jonathan Walters has joined chambers; Owain James was appointed a Deputy District Judge and to the Paralympic Board of Appeal of Classification; and Bryan Thomas was involved in Wales' first virtual civil trial.Cobden House Chambers in Manchester is a multidisciplinary set with strengths in criminal, family, and housing law, as well as an established personal injury offering. Since launch of our last guide, chambers has been strengthened by the arrival of family and regulatory lawyer Eve Horren, former solicitor advocate, Lucie Wood, who specialises in housing and Chancery, and business crime and regulatory specialist Satpal Roth-Sharma.  

Southampton- based College Chambers has strengths in a range of areas, particularly family law and Chancery matters concerning private wealth and inheritances. In recent news, Louise Harvey has been appointed a Recorder sitting in crime on the Western Circuit and Daniel Piddington appointed a Deputy District Judge, while the set's family and children team has been strengthened by the arrival of dual-qualified solicitor advocate and barrister Tory Putnam.

Colleton Chambers in Exeter has expertise in crime, civil, employment, family, and Court of Protection matters. In recent news, criminal barrister Rachel Drake has joined the set following her appointment as a Recorder on the South Eastern Circuit in September 2019.Lincoln House Chambers in Manchester focusses primarily on criminal and related work, handling some of the most serious and high-profile matters on circuit and elsewhere. Mark Ford QC and Tim Storrie QC  are 2020 appointments to Silk, and Lisa Roberts QC was elected as Northern circuit leader. Ahmed Nadim is now a circuit judge.

Manchester-based multidisciplinary set 9 St John Street has been strengthened by the arrival of employment and criminal practitioner Robert Lassey and crime specialist Geoff Whelan from Kenworthy's Chambers. The crime team has also been bolstered by David Bruce and Nigel Booth joining from St John's Buildings. Elsewhere, Sandi Pope has strengthened the family team and Dr John Sorabji joined having previously worked as a senior lawyer advising the Lord Chief Justice and Master of the Rolls. Also of note, Kirsty McKinlay has been appointed as a Recorder on the Northern Circuit and a Deputy District Judge; Rachael Levene was appointed a First Tier Tribunal Judge in the Health, Education and Social Care Chamber; Catherine Cundy was appointed a Fee Paid Judge of the First Tier Tribunal (Health, Education and Social Care Chamber) sitting in the Mental Health Tribunal.

Windsor Chambers houses regulatory law specialist Marc Beaumont, who is well known for his expertise in defending doctors, barristers, solicitors and chartered surveyors against allegations of professional misconduct.

Exeter-based set Walnut House has expertise across a range of civil, family and criminal law matters, including personal injury, public and private children law, professional discipline, fraud, murder and manslaughter cases.

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.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.Devon Chambers in Plymouth covers a range of crime and family work, as well as employment, personal injury, and property, amongst other practice areas.

Birmingham-based Equity Chambers is a 12-member set specialising in criminal matters across the Midlands.

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Noted for its powerful presence in the North East, Trinity Chambers has expanded its presence with the opening of an office in Leeds in February 2020, which was joined by Tom Tyson, Peter Marcus, Vilma Vodanovic and Helen Greatorex, all formerly of the now defunct Zenith Chambers; they are accompanied by Paul McNab as clerk of the new office. The set also opened up new premises in Newcastle, following Newcastle Civil & Family Courts and Tribunal Centre's move to the Civic Centre. In other chambers news, James Corbett QC, Kelvin Rutledge QC and Andrew Francis have joined as senior door tenants. 2020 saw multiple judicial appointments on the North Eastern Circuit: Paul Currer and James Richardson were appointed District Judges, and Andrew Crammond  and Jamie Anderson were appointed Deputy District Judges and Susan Hirst  was appointed as part-time Judge of the First Tier Tribunal. Following his appointment as a fee-paid Employment Judge of the Employment Tribunals, Jonathan Rodger  was then appointed by the Bar Council to sit as a barrister member of the Judicial Appointments Commission Advisory Group. Fiona Walker  has been appointed a Recorder with effect from 12 October 2020, being assigned to the Northern Circuit, while Antoine Tinnion has been appointed a fee-paid Employment Judge of the Employment Tribunals in Scotland, with effect from 2 November 2020.

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.

Oriel Chambers is a Liverpool-headquartered set with a strong track record in personal injury, regulatory, and commercial matters as well as a well-respected family team. Further up the A59, the set also has a Preston annexe. John Gray  and Mark Cooper  are two new recorders, while Lindsay Jane Clarke and Peter Harold Wolfende departed the set for district judge and FTT tribunal judge positions respectively.

Chelmsford-, Ipswich-, and Norwich-based East Anglian Chambers is a multidisciplinary set with expertise across commercial, crime, and civil law fields. In recent news, Andrew Nicklin was appointed a Deputy District Judge, assigned to the South Eastern Circuit, and a fee-paid Employment Judge.

Leeds-based Spire Barristers specialises in public and family law, and is especially strong in Court of Protection matters. In recent news, Jacqueline Thomas QC took silk; Linda Cains was appointed a circuit judge on the North Eastern Circuit; and Ella Anderson was doubly appointed as a fee-paid Judge of the First-Tier Tribunal assigned to the Health, Education and Social Care Chamber (Mental Health), and as a fee-paid Employment Judge of the Employment Tribunals, assigned to the North Eastern Circuit.

From bases in Chichester and Southampton, Pallant Chambers is a notable set on the South Eastern circuit for family, property and Chancery matters. Rosein Magee is a new appointment as a Circuit Judge in Portsmouth.

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.

Ropewalk Chambers in Nottingham has particular expertise in clinical negligence, industrial disease and personal injury work, amongst other practice areas. In recent news, Philip Turton became President of the Nottinghamshire Law Society - the first President appointed to act solely as a barrister throughout their career - while Andrew Lyons has been appointed a Recorder in the Midlands Circuit.

Based in Leeds and Newcastle, Parklane Plowden is particularly active in personal injury work in the region (an area in which the set commenced an arbitration service), in addition to having employment, family and commercial expertise. As far as recruitment is concerned, the set took a number of members from the now-defunct Zenith chambers, including  four personal injury and thirteen family barristers as well as Chancery specialist Nicola Phillipson - separately, Patrick Taylor (subsequently appointed to the TECBAR panel of mediators) upgraded his role at the set from door tenant to full member, retaining his tenancy at 4-5 Gray's Inn Square. Four members were appointed as recorders and two as deputy district judges  and former Walker Morris partner David Kilduff is now the set's chairman. Joanne Astbury is now a circuit judge.

Swansea-based Iscoed Chambers offers expertise in crime, family, civil, and employment. The set's mediation team has expanded with George Pollitt, Gareth Waite, Andrew Windross now also accepting instructions, while the set also has some members able to accept instructions from clients directly under the Public Access Scheme. In other news, John Hipkin QC was elevated to silk and Catherine Richards was appointed a Circuit Judge.

  Based in Northampton, Senate House Chambers stands out for its expertise across the spectrum of public and private children law, and also handles family financial matters.

Plymouth, Exeter, and Turore-based KBG Chambers offers expertise in civil, crime, and family matters. In recent news, Charlotte Davies  has been appointed a fee-paid judge of the First Tier Tribunal and a Deputy District Judge. Ibraheem Dulmeer, a member of Normanton Chambers in London, has joined us as a door tenant.

Kings Chambers in Manchester, Leeds, and Birmingham is a multidisciplinary set with strength across the North and North East. In recent news, Paul Tucker QC has been appointed the new Head of Chambers and Andrew Singer QC the new Deputy Head following Nigel Poole QC's elevation to the High Court. Andrew Latimer and Sophie Allan have been appointed as Recorders; Ruth Taylor, Francesca Gardner, and Cheryl Dainty have been appointed as fee-paid judges; Helen Trotter, Erica Bedford and Ruth Taylor were appointed Deputy District Judges, while Simon Burrows was appointed a Circuit Judge to Family Court. Also of note, Andrew Singer QC has been elected to the Council of The Society of Construction Law, while Sir Maurice Kay was appointed to the Premier League Justice Panel, and Andrew Hogan is a new addition to 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).

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.Fenners Chambers covers a range of specialist areas of instructions, including criminal, employment, family, and property law from its base in Cambridge.

Birmingham-based St Ives Chambers has strengths in a range of areas, particularly family and housing law, and also offers expertise in crime, regulatory and personal injury matters. The set recently launched a specialist dispute resolution team, which focuses on disputes within the family law sphere. In other recent developments, Nicholas Starks was appointed a Deputy District Judge, assigned to the Midlands Circuit.

Nottingham-based St Mary's Chambers has a strong track record for family law and Court of Protection work. In recent news, Clare Coles, Raffia Arshad and Kerry Cockayne have been appointed as Deputy District Judges, all appointed to the Midlands Circuit, and Charlie Fikry, formerly a family solicitor at Farrer & Co, has joined the team.

Queen Square Chambers, which has presences in both Bristol and Cardiff, is a set popular across Western England and Wales for employment, family, personal injury and commercial disputes. James Bromige  has been appointed as a criminal recorder on the Western circuit and Tabitha Macfarlane, who has experience of an in-house advocacy role at a firm of solicitors, has joined the set's crime team.St Paul's Chambers in Leeds is known for its expertise in criminal and regulatory law, with personal injury and public law also notable strengths of its members. In recent chambers news, Jonathan Sandiford QC and Cameron Brown QC were appointed Queen’s Counsel in March 2020.

Birmingham and Leeds-based, multidisciplinary set St Philips Chambers is strong across the full range of criminal, employment, family, personal injury, and commercial disputes, to name but a few. In recent news, the former chair of the Bar, Richard Atkins QC, has been appointed Head of Chambers, taking over the post formerly held by Andrew Smith QC. Also of note, Andrew Charman, Tom Walkling , Ben Williams, and Jack Redmond have all been appointed Recorders deployed to the Midlands Circuit and they will sit in their respective practice areas of civil, crime, and family. Finally, the set's employment law team has expanded following the arrival of Julie Duane.

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.

Operating from its base in Canterbury, Stour Chambers is well known for its strong offering in children and family finance law. Other practice areas handled by members include commercial, employment, personal injury, and property law. In recent news, Penny Howe QC has joined the set as a door tenant.

River Chambers is a five-barrister, virtual employment set whose members take instructions without clerks.

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.  

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.

Guildford Chambers, with bases in Guildford, London, and Reading, is a multidisciplinary set with particular strength in family law.

Bristol's Guildhall Chambers is a leading multidisciplinary set on the Western Circuit, with specialism in commercial disputes, company and insolvency, crime, and employment to name but a few. In recent news, Selena Plowden  was appointed Queen’s Counsel; Selena Plowden has joined the planning and environmental team; Peter Binder has joined the crime team; and Oliver Edwards has joined as senior practice manager within the civil clerking team.

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.

Manchester-based multidisciplinary set Garden Court North Chambers has highly regarded public and criminal law practices across the Northern Circuit. In recent news, the set welcomed international criminal law and international human rights law experts Professor Javaid Rehman and Leto Cariolou as associate members.

Chelmsford-based Trinity Chambers has particular strength in family law, with notable expertise in matrimonial finance and public and private children law. Personal injury, clinical negligence and property law matters are other areas of instruction for the set. Craig Vickers has been appointed Recorder on the South Eastern Circuit, with effect from 3 October 2020.  

Cornwall Street Chambers in Birmingham, Oxford, and Shrewsbury has expertise in family, crime, and regulatory matters. In recent news, Daniel Janner QC joined as a practising door tenant, while David Swinnerton has been appointed a Circuit Judge, and Rebecca Keeves and Simon Bradshaw were appointed Deputy District Judges.

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.

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.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.Kenworthy's Chambers in Manchester is a multidisciplinary set with particular expertise in immigration and asylum matters, as well as crime. Since publication of the last guide, Rebecca Pickering has been appointed as Judge of the First-Tier Immigration and Asylum Chamber.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.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.Wilberforce Chambers in Hull is well known for its expertise in family law, and is also adept at handling civil, regulatory and criminal law matters. In recent chambers news, Wayne Stevens is the new senior clerk, with Sharon Andrews the clerk responsible for the family team; the criminal team was bolstered by the arrival of Michele Stuart-Lofthouse, formerly of the now defunct Zenith Chambers; and Gail Farrington joined the set's family team from St Mary’s 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.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.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.

With offices in Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, and Chester, St John's Buildings has a wealth of expertise in Chancery, criminal, property, employment and clinical negligence work, to name a few areas. Family law is a recognised cornerstone area of strength for the set across the Northern and North Eastern Circuits. In recent chambers news, Samantha Hillas QC took silk, and children law specialist Andrew Mountain, a former solicitor, joined the Manchester office, which was also bolstered by the arrivals of matrimonial finance specialist Archna Dawar; criminal defence expert Rebecca Penfold (formerly of Drystone Chambers); and criminal barrister Mark Brookes (formerly of Broadway House Chambers). Rachael Hughes recently joined the Sheffield office. The set has seen a number of judicial appointments this year, with Fayaz Hammond and Richard Carter being sworn in as district judges to the Midlands and Northern Circuits respectively; Alexander Kloss was appointed as a circuit judge, assigned to the North Eastern Circuit; Timothy Connolly was appointed a Deputy District Judge, assigned to the Northern Circuit; Samantha Openshaw was appointed a fee-paid Judge of the First Tier Tribunal; and Paul Watson QC was made a Senior Circuit Judge. The set also saw Timothy Brennand appointed as Senior Coroner for Manchester West, and three members appointed Recorders, namely Megan Rhys, Louise Stanbury, and Penelope Stanistreet-Keen, the former two to the North Eastern Circuit and the latter to the Midlands Circuit respectively.  

In an eventful year for the Manchester, Liverpool, and Leeds-based Exchange Chambers, Jonathan I’Anson was appointed the set's new chief executive following the retirement of Tom Handley. Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, chambers launched a new defendant personal injury and private prosecutions teams, as well as a maternity and parental support mentoring network for its members. Duncan Hedar has joined chambers from Linklaters; Kristian Cavanagh , Simon Ross , and Helen Rutherford joined from Zenith Chambers; David Sandiford arrived from Cobden House Chambers. Meanwhile, Frida Hussain QC took silk; Michael Maher , Imran Shafi , Ashley Serr, and Jon Close were appointed Recorders; Sarah Johnston  was appointed a fee-paid judge of the First-tier Tribunal assigned to the Social Entitlement Chamber, while Daniel Prowse has been assigned to the Health, Education and Social Care Chamber; Ashley Serr and Simon Lewis  were appointed deputy district judges. Finally, Alexandra Sutton appointed as Junior of the Northern Circuit.

Manchester-based 18 St John Street Chambers covers business and property, civil and personal injury, criminal law and family law. In recent appointment news, Michael Brady QC took silk; Jennifer Newstead-Taylor has been appointed a deputy district judge; and Christopher McNall  has been appointed to the Arbitration, Mediation and Expert panels of the Agricultural Law Association’s Dispute Resolution Service. Strengthening chambers, Paul Treble  has joined the crime team, while Victoria Roberts has joined the business and property department.

Pump Court Chambers covers the family law piece (both matrimonial finance) along with crime, regulatory, property, commercial, and employment law expertise deployed both in Swindon and Winchester but also in London. Hilary Lennox, a family specialist also called in Ireland, joined from 5 St Andrews Hill, criminal specialist Siân Beaven  joined from now-defunct Charter Chambers and James Byrne is another, civil, new member. Turning to appointments, Mark Ruffell  was appointed Chancellor of the Diocese of Gloucester, a part-time Church of England judicial role, and Alejandra Llorente Tascon  was elected to the executive committee of the Criminal Bar Association.

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.

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.

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.

Liverpool-based 7 Harrington Street has expertise across a range of crime, civil, and family-related disputes. The set offers private financial dispute resolution hearings (FDRs) and its family team has expanded with the arrival of Robert Akers ; Katharine Titchmarsh has boosted the personal injury team.


Cardiff-based 9 Park Place is a common law set with expertise across a range of areas, including Chancery, crime, employment, immigration, professional discipline, property, children, and family law. Since the start of the pandemic, a number of chambers' financial remedy specialists have been conducting and chairing private FDRs. In recent news, David Elias QC began his three-year term as leader of the Wales and Chester Circuit; Cadi Dewi has been appointed a Deputy District Judge; David Evans was appointed a Recorder (Family) on the Wales Circuit. John Hipkin QC  has joined the set's criminal team from Iscoed Chambers, Swansea.

Multidisciplinary set Gatehouse Chambers, 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).

Bristol’s Albion Chambers is best known for its criminal and family expertise, as well as regulatory work. In recent news, Matt Jackson , an employmentcivil, and crime specialist, has joined from 10KBW. Also of note, Sarah Regan and David Chidgey have been appointed as Crown Court Recorders; Chidgey has is also to sit as a Deputy District Judge on the Western Circuit along with Deborah Dinan-Hayward.

Manchester-based Byrom Street Chambers is a multidisciplinary set which is particularly noted for its strength-in-depth and expertise in clinical negligence and serious personal injury cases.

Dere Street Barristers in Newcastle and York offers expertise in family, personal injury, and clinical negligence work, as well as crime and employment. In recent news, Eleanor Irons joined from the now-closed Zenith Chambers; Kate Armstrong was appointed Deputy District Judge and a fee-paid judge of the Employment Tribunal and of the First-tier Tribunal assigned to the Health, Education and Social Care Chamber. In the clerks' room after 30 years as head clerk Kevin Beaumont retired in June with Phil Paxton, previously of Wilberforce Barristers in Hull, chosen as his successor.

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, Stephen Knafler QC has joined from Landmark Chambers, while 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 2 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.

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.

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.

KBW in Leeds has expertise in crime, employment, and family law, as well as immigration and police law. In recent news, Anthony Dunne and Olivia Checa-Dover were appointed Recorders to sit on the North Eastern Circuit.

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.

Magdalen Chambers  in Exeter is best known for its family team, and also includes a number of civil practitioners covering matters such as employment and personal injury.

The North Eastern Circuit’s New Park Court Chambers in addition to having a strong presence in criminal and allied areas regulatory areas such as inquests, is increasingly praised for its family law offering. Nicholas De La Poer is 2020 Silk appointment, and Tom Storey, former head of the crime team at of now-collapsed Zenith Chambers, is a notable new recruit.

No.18 Barristers Chambers has a wide range of expertise, primarily concentrated on the full spectrum of family law, which it deploys across the south of the country from its base in Southampton.

Leeds set Park Square Barristers covers a range of work, with particular bright sports in criminal law and child law as well as handling a broader range of civil, regulatory and public law. A number of members have had judicial and other appointments of late: Judy Dawson and Kate Batty are two new recorders, Craig Hassall is now a bencher of Inner Temple, Chris Dunn was appointed to the disciplinary committee of the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation and Simon Clegg and William Lindsay were appointed as deputy district judges. As far as recruitment is concerned, the set swelled its ranks by absorbing fifteen members and two clerks from the now-collapsed Zenith Chambers (adding a housing law string to its bow in the process) and Lisa Phillips returned to the independent Bar from Switalskis Solicitors.

Regency Barristers Chambers handles a range of family law from its Peterborough headquarters, with a strong presence in public children law.

Cardiff-based 30 Park Place Chambers is a multi-disciplinary set with expertise across the spectrums of crime, civil, public, and family law. In recent news, Ffion Tomos re-joined the set's criminal team, alongside her membership of Linenhall Chambers in Chester. Hannah Ahmadi returned to the family team following a period in-house at Hugh James; Rhodri Jones, previously of 10KBW, also joined the family team. Also of note, Rhys Evans and Gareth Duncan have been appointed Deputy District Judges; David Hughes has been appointed as a Fee Paid Judge of the Employment Tribunal and a Fee Paid Judge of the First Tier Tribunal in Wales.

Operating from bases in Leeds and Bradford, Broadway House Chambers is a multidisciplinary set which is particularly strong in family and children law. In recent news, Sharn Samra and Rachel Mellor were appointed Recorders, assigned to sit on the North Eastern Circuit dealing with family cases; Nicola Hoskins joined the set's regulatory and business, property and probate teams, while Emma McIlveen has joined its employment and immigration teams as a door tenant.