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Leading sets

Midland Circuit – Leading sets

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    • 3PB (Birmingham)
    • Cornwall Street Chambers (Birmingham)
    • KCH Garden Square (Nottingham)
    • Kings Chambers (Birmingham)
    • No.1 High Pavement Chambers (Nottingham)
    • 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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The β€˜exceptional’ No5 Barristers Chambers houses a range of experts in commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery matters. Recent work ranges from high-value contractual, company shareholder and partnership disputes, to contested probate and Inheritance Act cases.

Ropewalk Chambers’ commercial practice covers shareholder disputes, insolvency matters and real estate litigation. Stephen Beresford and Jonathan Owen are key contacts.

St Ives Chambers’ commercial team has a wide range of expertise across Chancery and commercial matters including fraud, contractual disputes, lender litigation and insolvency. Michelle Caney has recently acted in a claim for possession case following a hostile takeover of a mosque.

Members of St Philips Chambers are experienced in domestic and international commercial dispute resolution. The team acts across all areas of commercial, banking and Chancery law, and is viewed as having β€˜deep insolvency experience’. Recent case highlights include acting in a Β£4m professional negligence case involving alleged inaccurate auditing, and handling a contractual dispute regarding property investment in Dubai.


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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Kings Chambers has β€˜a strong reputation for planning law in the Midlands’, while construction and environmental law are other key areas of strength. Recent work highlights saw Anthony Crean QC representing Shropshire Council in bringing a claim against an inspector for a planning permission error. In another matter, Paul Tucker QC successfully defended a developer in a challenge to a planning permission grant for a crematorium.

No5 Barristers Chambers has a wide range of expertise across construction, planning and environmental matters, including in infrastructure and development projects. In a major highlight for the set, Richard Kimblin QC represented the Secretary of State for Transport in Whitby v Secretary of State for Transport, concerning the impact of a railway infrastructure scheme on a listed building. Up-and-coming barrister Jack Smyth specialises in planning injunctions and frequently appears in the High Court. Kevin Barrett retired in 2016.

Jonathan Mitchell at Ropewalk Chambers is a key name for environmental and planning law matters.


Costs

Costs – Leading juniors

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Paul Joseph at No5 Barristers Chambers has extensive experience in complex costs cases. In 2016, he was instructed by the Ministry of Defence in two cost management hearings regarding alleged personal injury claims made by Iraqi civilians against the British Army following the 2003 Iraq invasion.

Ropewalk Chambers is instructed by costs organisations and solicitors. In 2016, Andrew Hogan acted in the Essar v Norscot case, which altered the law on litigation funding in England and Wales.


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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Nageena Khalique QC leads the Court of Protection group at No5 Barristers Chambers, which receives instructions from family members, local authorities and the Official Solicitor in cases involving medical treatment, deprivation of liberty safeguards and issues regarding capacity, among other areas. In 2016, Khalique acted in a personal welfare case concerning the removal of a deaf and mute Congolese girl from her family home following allegations of abuse. In another case, senior junior Abid Mahmood represented Herefordshire Council in a matter concerning a man with mental health issues from a Gypsy Traveller background.


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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London-based set Drystone Chambers houses members who practice across the Midland Circuit in cases of fraud, organised crime and murder.

KCH Garden Square’s criminal team’s areas of expertise include homicide, road traffic deaths, RSPCA prosecutions and sexual offences cases.

No.1 High Pavement Chambers is a boutique set in the East Midlands for criminal law. Members prosecute and defend in cases involving drugs conspiracies, frauds, murders and sexual offences.

The criminal team at No5 Barristers Chambers has β€˜strength in depth’, housing over 60 criminal barristers, including 16 silks. Members prosecute and defend across a range of criminal work and have expertise in cases of gang violence, multi-handed fraud, drugs conspiracies and high-profile murders. Recent work includes acting in Operation Fry, regarding a series of attempted murders involving factions of rival Birmingham gangs – the Burger Bar and the Johnson Crew – and being instructed in the murder of an inmate at HMP Long Lartin. In 2017, Phil Bradley QC and Michelle Heeley QC took silk, and John O’Higgins joined from Six Pump Court.

St Ives Chambers’ criminal practice handles equal amounts of prosecution and defence work, including serious sexual offences, murder, baby-shaking, and multi-handed conspiracies. Rebecca Wade prosecuted in a trial of a conspiracy to steal Chinese artefacts and a rhinoceros horns worth over Β£15m from museums across the country.

St Philips Chambers has β€˜strong advocates in the field of crime’ and areas of instruction include white-collar fraud, serious sexual offences, corporate manslaughter, murder and drugs conspiracies. Leader of the Midland Circuit Richard Atkins QC resides at the set and in 2016 he successfully prosecuted in the Lauren Jeska case, where a transgender athlete attempted to kill the head of HR at UK Athletics. In another matter, Jennifer Josephs led the prosecution in the R v Danny Murphy trial, regarding a conspiracy to supply high-purity class A drugs.

London-based set The 36 Group maintains an active presence on the Midland Circuit, with 16 CPS grade 4 prosecutors being instructed in cases involving murder, serious sexual offences and fraud. Cybercrime is a growing area of practice for the set.


Employment

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  1. Employment – Leading silks
  2. Employment – Leading juniors

Employment – Leading silks

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Employment – Leading juniors

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No5 Barristers Chambers is noted for its β€˜comprehensive coverage’ of employment law; members’ specialisms include whistleblowing, unfair dismissal, restrictive covenants, TUPE and discrimination claims.

The employment team at St Philips Chambers has expertise in a wide range of areas including TUPE, sexual harassment, whistleblowing, and discrimination on grounds of sex, disability, race and religion.

The 36 Group is home to John Small, who is known for business protection and discrimination 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 covers a wide spectrum of family law matters, including matrimonial finance, contested divorce, and public and private children law. Elizabeth McGrath QC, Vanessa Meachin and Lawrence Messling joined from St Philips Chambers in 2016.

Amanda Pittaway is head of the family team at Cornwall Street Chambers, which has experience in domestic violence, divorce, adoption, and private and public children law matters. Evelyn Bugeja left to join St Philips Chambers in August 2016.

The family group at KCH Garden Square has experience in cohabitation agreement matters, and private and public children law, including child abduction cases.

No5 Barristers Chambers has β€˜strong counsel at all levels’, whose expertise includes matrimonial finance and care cases with an international element. New silk Stefano Nuvoloni QC was recently instructed in a case involving allegations of rape between two adopted siblings with autism. Adreeja Chatterjee has a niche practice in forced marriage matters and cases of child abduction within and outside the EU. Christopher James retired in 2016.

Senate House Chambers’ expertise is in public and private children law, with β€˜highly experienced’ barristers instructed in cases involving non-accidental child injuries, sexual abuse and female genital mutilation.

The St Ives Chambers family group is β€˜one of the best in the region’, with β€˜high-calibre advocates’ handling family finance and children law. Members have expertise in difficult cases of abuse, serious injuries, child deaths, and fabricated/induced illnesses, while fertility law is a growing area of practice. Elizabeth Isaacs QC has niche expertise in surrogacy matters and recently led up-and-coming barrister Adem Muzaffer in a landmark case where a single father won the right to bring up his child who was conceived through surrogacy.

The β€˜highly recommended’ St Mary’s Chambers focuses purely on family law. Members predominantly receive instructions in public law children cases involving non-accidental injuries, sexual abuse and mental health issues, but some also have considerable experience in financial remedy and TOLATA cases.

St Philips Chambers has β€˜a wide variety of specialist counsel’ handling public and private children law involving child death, serious neglect, and international child abduction. On the money side, Louise McCabe and Jonathan Nosworthy specialise in financial remedy cases. In 2016 Vanessa Meachin and Lawrence Messling left for 3PB, and Evelyn Bugeja joined from Cornwall Street Chambers.

The 36 Group’s family team is strong in care and private children work, with surrogacy and fertility cases being niche areas of practice. Recent work highlights saw William Tyler QC instructed by Cafcass in an unprecedented case where a terminally ill 14-year old girl won permission to be cryogenically frozen after her death, in the hope of a potential cure being found in the future.


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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No5 Barristers Chambers is recommended for inquests relating to medical errors, suicides of psychiatric patients and people held in custody, and fatal accidents. In 2016, Nageena Khalique QC was instructed regarding re-opening the inquest for the victims of the Birmingham Pub Bombings; she represented the families. In another matter, Adam Farrer acted for the government in an inquest into the death of a Dutch sailor, whose vessel was found to be carrying 124kg of cocaine worth around Β£20m.

Richard Seabrook at Ropewalk Chambers is frequently instructed by the government in inquests, particularly in relation to deaths in prison.


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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Members of Kings Chambers’ personal injury and clinical negligence team have particular expertise in catastrophic injury matters. Satinder Hunjan QC recently appeared in a case regarding a construction worker’s double amputation.

No5 Barristers Chambers is β€˜an excellent set’ with two distinct groups for clinical negligence and personal injury matters, containing β€˜an in-depth armoury’ of over 70 members across both teams. The leader of the personal injury group, Paul Bleasdale QC, specialises in industrial disease litigation, particularly in cases involving asbestos claims, deafness and RSI. Chris Bright QC leads the clinical negligence practice.

Ropewalk Chambers provides β€˜London standards of service and advocacy’ in personal injury and clinical negligence matters. Members handle a range of cases, including catastrophic injuries, fatal accidents and disease claims. The set acts for both defendants and claimants, with work for the latter seeing a substantial increase over the last 12 months.

The personal injury and clinical negligence team at St Philips Chambers represents claimants and defendants. Areas of work include disease litigation, physical and psychiatric injuries to vulnerable adults, catastrophic injuries, and road traffic accidents.


Property

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

Property – Leading silks

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    • John Randall QC - St Philips Stone β€˜An authority on property disputes.’

Property – Leading juniors

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The property team at No5 Barristers Chambers handles a variety of cases, including conveyancing disputes, restrictive covenants and contractual matters concerning selling and purchasing land. Members act for landlords and tenants in commercial and residential property disputes, as well as matters relating to properties such as mosques and churches.

Ropewalk Chambers’ expertise in property law spans boundary disputes, trespass matters and property damage, among other issues.

St Ives Chambers’ team has a β€˜depth of knowledge in social housing management’; counsel receive the majority of their instructions from housing associations, although some also act for registered providers and local authorities. For example, Anya Newman is currently acting for Wolverhampton City Council in a case involving car cruising across the Black Country counties.

St Philips Stone’ areas of expertise include easements, rights of way cases for landlords and developers, boundary disputes, and commercial leases.


Public law

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

Public law – Leading silks

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Public law – Leading juniors

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The public law team at Kings Chambers’ Birmingham office has experience in judicial reviews arising out of local authorities’ decisions. Richard Clayton QC is the key name.

No5 Barristers Chambers is a β€˜dynamic’ set with a range of experience across the spectrum of public law, including NHS legislation, asylum law, community care and public procurement. Abid Mahmood is a key name for immigration matters, and is currently acting in a case regarding Afghan citizens who claim they are at risk from Al-Qaeda for assisting UK forces.

St Philips Chambers maintains a specialist practice in human rights law, covering prisoners’ rights, mental health and extradition matters.


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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Cornwall Street Chambers’ regulatory team handles cases of food safety, waste regulation and pollution, animal cruelty and professional regulation. A major highlight for the set was its involvement in the long-running Trojan Horse inquiry regarding alleged Islamic radicalisation in some Birmingham schools; Andrew Faux successfully defended two of the five defendants.

Members of Kings Chambers’ Midlands regulatory team handle a variety of licensing applications and disputes involving firearms, street trading, alcohol and entertainment, gambling, taxis, and premises security.

No5 Barristers Chambers has β€˜strength at all levels’ in its regulatory practice, and particular expertise in health and safety law, where Bernard Thorogood recently acted for the prosecution in R (HSE) v Merlin Attractions Operations, regarding the highly publicised rollercoaster collision at Alton Towers. Adrian Keeling QC is noted for representing the police in serious misconduct cases.

Ropewalk Chambers houses Jan Alam, who is regularly instructed by medical and healthcare professionals regarding cases of misconduct.

At St Ives Chambers, expertise spans consumer protection, health and safety, animal health, and trading standards matters. Kevin Saunders recently prosecuted a blue-chip company following a death in a care home.

Regulatory counsel at St Philips Chambers prosecute and defend in health and safety cases and licensing matters. Ben Mills recently appeared in the HSE v West Midlands Police case, where a counter-terrorism officer was injured by a machine used to dismantle seized weapons. Barry Berlin was appointed to the circuit bench in 2016.


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