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Leading sets

Midland Circuit – Leading sets

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    • 3PB (Birmingham)
    • Cornwall Street Chambers (Birmingham)
    • Kings Chambers (Birmingham)
    • Senate House Chambers (Northampton)
    • St Mary's Chambers (Nottingham)

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Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law

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  1. Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law – Leading silks
  2. Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law – Leading juniors

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law – Leading silks

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Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law – Leading juniors

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No5 Barristers Chambers is β€˜a very strong set’ for commercial, banking and insolvency, and Chancery matters; the team’s expertise covers high-value contested probate and Inheritance Act cases, proprietary estoppel matters and partnership, contractual, and company shareholder disputes, to name a few. In 2018 Angus Burden and Paul Dean joined from St Philips Chambers.

Ropewalk Chambers houses Stephen Beresford and Jonathan Owen, whose expertise includes contractual, company and shareholder disputes, real estate litigation, professional negligence matters and insolvency cases.

Recent work for St Ives Chambers’ commercial, banking, Chancery and insolvency team includes adverse possession, trespass, fraud and commercial litigation matters. In 2017 Tony Watkin appeared in the Court of Appeal in a breach of confidence case following exam papers used by a local council being published online without their permission. In 2017 Helen Swaffield left to establish her own set Contract Law Chambers.

St Philips Chambers has β€˜depth and breadth’ in its commercial team, which handles instructions from across the spectrum of commercial, banking and Chancery law. The group is noted for its solid experience in insolvency matters as well as domestic and international commercial dispute resolution. In 2018 Matthew Weaver and Kate Rogers left to join Radcliffe Chambers while Angus Burden and Paul Dean moved to No5 Barristers Chambers.


Construction, planning and environment

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  1. Construction, planning and environment – Leading silks
  2. Construction, planning and environment – Leading juniors

Construction, planning and environment – Leading silks

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Construction, planning and environment – Leading juniors

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Viewed as an β€˜excellent planning set’ by instructing parties, Kings Chambers is also well known for its expertise in construction and environmental law. Recent work highlights include Anthony Crean QC successful defence of a developer in a challenge to a planning permission grant for a development of 750 homes.

Members of No5 Barristers Chambers handle a broad range of construction, planning and environmental matters. Infrastructure and development projects are prominent in the team’s workload; Paul Cairnes QC is acting for a developer in an appeal against the local planning authority’s decision to refuse planning permission for a major urban extension on greenfield land. Christopher Young QC took silk in 2018.

Jonathan Mitchell is the name to note at Ropewalk Chambers for planning and environmental law matters; past cases for Mitchell include planning applications for renewable energy projects.


Costs

Costs – Leading juniors

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No5 Barristers Chambers is home to Paul Joseph, who is frequently instructed to represent the government in complex costs cases and has made appearances in the Senior Courts Cost Office.

Ropewalk Chambers houses Andrew Hogan and Andrew Lyons, who handle instructions from costs organisations and solicitors across a broad range of costs matters.


Court of Protection

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  1. Court of Protection – Leading silks
  2. Court of Protection – Leading juniors

Court of Protection – Leading silks

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Court of Protection – Leading juniors

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No5 Barristers Chambers’ Court of Protection team act for a wide range of parties in cases involving deprivation of liberty safeguards, medical treatment, issues regarding capacity and financial matters, among other areas. Team head Nageena Khalique QC has left the set for Serjeants' Inn Chambers in London.


Crime

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  1. Crime – Leading silks
  2. Crime – Leading juniors

Crime – Leading silks

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Crime – Leading juniors

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Members of London-based set Drystone Chambers handle cases of organised crime, historic and recent sexual offences, murder and fraud across the Midland Circuit.

No5 Barristers Chambers’ criminal team has a wealth of expertise in prosecuting and defending across a range of heavyweight criminal matters, including high-profile murders, historic and recent serious sexual offences, high-value fraud, multi-handed drugs conspiracies and gang violence. Recent work includes acting in Operation Falkenbach, regarding a Β£80m money laundering conspiracy, and successfully prosecuting in R v Leroy Sterling, where the defendant was convicted of the murder of his ex-partner and the attempted murder of his ex-partner’s new boyfriend. In 2018 Alexander Stein moved to 2 Bedford Row.

St Ives Chambers’ criminal practice reports an uptick in large-scale drugs conspiracies over the last 12 months; other recent work includes serious sexual offences, including cases of historic abuse, and homicide. Members of the team are acting in the ongoing Operation Emboss case, regarding two multi-handed conspiracies to import and supply cocaine into the United Kingdom.

The criminal team at St Philips Chambers are instructed in, among other areas, cases of murder, corporate manslaughter, terrorism, human trafficking, serious sexual offences (including historic abuse), and drugs conspiracies. In 2017 Kevin Hegarty QC successfully prosecuted Sivan Amin, who murdered his former housemate in a knife attack. In 2018 Heidi Kubik QC took silk and was appointed to the circuit bench.

London-based set The 36 Group houses members who practice across the Midland Circuit in cases involving cybercrime, human trafficking, homicide and serious sexual offences. In 2017 Mary Prior QC represented one of the defendants in R v Pendery and Crane regarding the murder of Carl Pask, who was beaten to death in his home.


Employment

Employment – Leading juniors

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No5 Barristers Chambers has solid expertise in employment, with members active in cases involving unfair dismissal, restrictive covenants, whistleblowing and a wide range of discrimination claims. Kevin O’Donovan retired in 2017.

Recent work for St Philips Chambers’s employment team includes cases of discrimination on grounds of sex, disability, race and religion, unfair dismissal, whistleblowing, restrictive covenants and TUPE. In 2018 Jonathan Heard joined from Queen Square Chambers and Tariq Sadiq moved to Temple Garden Chambers.

John Small at The 36 Group has particular expertise in discrimination claims and restrictive covenants work.


Family and children law

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  1. Family and children law – Leading silks
  2. Family and children law – Leading juniors

Family and children law – Leading silks

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Family and children law – Leading juniors

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3PB’s team has expertise across a broad range of family law matters, including matrimonial finance, international child abduction and relocation, as well as cases of fabricated and induced illnesses. Vanessa Meachin QC took silk in 2018.

No5 Barristers Chambers’ β€˜excellent’ family group has expertise in complex care cases with international elements, high-value matrimonial finance, serious physical and sexual abuse, fabricated/induced illnesses and child deaths.

Senate House Chambers houses a β€˜strong selection of barristers’ with solid expertise in public and private children law, including cases involving female genital mutilation, sexual abuse, non-accidental child injuries, as well as fabricated and induced illnesses.

St Ives Chambers’ family practice has β€˜great strength and depth’, with members active across the spectrum of family law matters. Recent cases include high-value financial remedy work, inter-generational sexual abuse, fabricated and induced illnesses, complex wardship matters, and serious non-accidental injuries. Elizabeth Isaacs QC is very well known for her expertise in surrogacy cases. In November 2017 Adem Muzaffer moved to 30 Park Place Chambers.

St Mary's Chambers specialises solely in family law. The set’s traditional strength lies in public law children cases involving inter-generational sexual abuse, non-accidental injuries, domestic violence and mental health issues, alongside care and relocation matters. The group has also seen an uptick in high-net-worth matrimonial finance cases.

St Philips Chambers is β€˜a strong family set’, where members are instructed in public and private children law cases involving international child abduction and relocation, fabricated and induced illness, serious physical and sexual abuse, as well as child deaths, to name a few. Matrimonial finance is another core strength; Jonathan Nosworthy is well known for handling financial remedy matters. In 2017 Sara Lewis joined from 9 St John Street, and in 2018 Rosalyn Carter and Louise McCabe were appointed to the circuit and district benches, respectively.

The 36 Group’s family team predominantly receive instructions in private law children work and care proceedings; members also have considerable experience in surrogacy and fertility cases. Recent work highlights saw multiple members of the set appearing in a care case involving the use of hair strand testing, following allegations that the mother was a user of cocaine.


Inquests and inquiries

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  1. Inquests and inquiries – Leading silks
  2. Inquests and inquiries – Leading juniors

Inquests and inquiries – Leading silks

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Inquests and inquiries – Leading juniors

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The team at No5 Barristers Chambers represents bereaved families, governmental departments and police forces in inquests into deaths in custody, road traffic accidents and suicides of psychiatric patients, among other areas.

Ropewalk Chambers houses Georgina Cursham and Richard Seabrook, who have experience handling inquests into deaths in custody.


Personal injury and clinical negligence

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  1. Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading silks
  2. Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading juniors

Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading silks

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Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading juniors

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Kings Chambers’ personal injury and clinical negligence team has particular strength in catastrophic injury cases. Other recent work includes failure to diagnose and negligent surgery matters.

No5 Barristers Chambers is β€˜a very strong set’, housing two separate groups for clinical negligence and personal injury matters with over 70 barristers across the teams. Paul Bleasdale QC leads the personal injury group and is well known for his expertise in industrial disease litigation, as well as handling multi-million-pound catastrophic injury claims. The leader of the clinical negligence practice, Chris Bright QC, handles cerebral palsy, brain and spinal injuries, and birth injury cases.

Viewed by instructing parties as β€˜a strong set for personal injury with real strength in depth’, Ropewalk Chambers’ β€˜first-class advocates’ also have expertise in clinical negligence matters. The set acts for both claimants and defendants, with work for the latter seeing an uptick in terms of instructions from insurer clients relating to disease claims. Other recent work includes catastrophic injuries, negligent surgery, birth injuries and fatal accidents.

Members of St Philips Chambers’ personal injury and clinical negligence team are adept at representing claimants and defendants in catastrophic injuries, negligent surgery, disease litigation and fatal accidents, among other areas.


Property

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  1. Property – Leading silks
  2. Property – Leading juniors

Property – Leading silks

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Property – Leading juniors

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No5 Barristers Chambers’s expertise in property law spans proprietary estoppel, rights of way, conveyancing disputes, restrictive covenants, and landlord and tenant disputes pertaining to commercial and residential properties.

The property team at Ropewalk Chambers has experience across a wide spectrum of property matters, including homelessness appeals, landlord and tenant disputes, adverse possession claims, trespass matters and proprietary estoppel issues.

St Ives Chambers is β€˜a very good housing set’ with β€˜strength and depth’ in its team, which is well known for being instructed by housing associations in cases involving disrepair claims, unlawful eviction, possession claims, commercial leases and landlord and tenant disputes. Local authorities and registered providers are also included in the group’s client base.

St Philips Chambers’ β€˜solid’ property team handles a variety of cases, including boundary disputes, commercial leases, landlord and tenant disputes and land development issues.


Public law

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  1. Public law – Leading silks
  2. Public law – Leading juniors

Public law – Leading silks

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    • Richard Clayton QC - Kings Chambers β€˜A brilliant advocate; judges respect him.’
    • Nageena Khalique QC - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜She is very perceptive and painstaking.’

Public law – Leading juniors

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Kings Chambers’ Birmingham office houses a public law team with expertise in judicial reviews arising out of local authorities’ decisions. Richard Clayton QC is the name to note.

At No5 Barristers Chambers, expertise spans judicial reviews (particularly in relation to immigration and asylum matters), NHS legislation and community care cases. Recent work highlights include Shakil Najib acting for the Secretary of State for the Home Department in a judicial review challenging the Home Secretary’s decision to deny the applicant entry into the UK on the grounds of being engaged in black magic witchcraft and allegations of ritual abuse. In November 2017 Jenny Wigley moved to Landmark Chambers.

Human rights law is the core strength of St Philips Chambers’ public law practice; members are instructed in cases involving mental health, prisoners’ rights, and immigration matters. In January 2018 Tariq Sadiq moved to Temple Garden Chambers.


Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing

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  1. Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing – Leading silks
  2. Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing – Leading juniors

Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing – Leading silks

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Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing – Leading juniors

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At Kings Chambers’ Midlands office, the group has established expertise in licensing disputes and applications involving premises security, alcohol and entertainment, firearms, taxis and gambling, among other areas.

No5 Barristers Chambers’ regulatory practice has β€˜excellent strength in depth’; health and safety law is a core specialty. Adrian Keeling QC and Harpreet Singh Sandhu have solid expertise in acting for the police in misconduct and disciplinary matters. In 2018 Alexander Stein moved to 2 Bedford Row.

Jan Alam at Ropewalk Chambers has solid expertise in representing healthcare and medical professionals in cases of alleged misconduct.

The regulatory group at St Ives Chambers prosecute and defend across a wide range of health and safety, trading standards and consumer protection matters.

Members of St Philips Chambers’ regulatory team handle a variety of health and safety and licensing matters; for example, Ben Mills appeared in HSE v Tata Steel UK Ltd, which addressed the application of the Definitive Sentencing Guidelines for health and safety offences to cases of serious accidents at work.


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