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Leading Juniors

Michelle Caney - St Ives ChambersMichelle is truly exceptional. She is a very gifted lawyer who can make the most complex of issues appear straightforward to the client.
Louise Corfield  – No5 Barristers' ChambersOrganisations, service levels and sticking to her promised time-scales are clearly real strengths but this just complements her sharp tactical mind. Louise is quick to get to the nub of the issue in a case and not afraid to form a definitive view.
Tom Russell - Cornwall Street Barristers
David TaylorNo5 Barristers' ChambersDavid is very bright and, what’s more, this is instantly obvious to clients. He is particularly good at getting his point across in a manner that is both simple and yet instils confidence. He turns work around very quickly and is very user friendly.
Tony Watkin - St Ives ChambersTony provides an all-round exceptional service, he does his homework, is hands on with good client skills and understands the need for a tactical approach to litigation.
John Campbell - Ropewalk ChambersMr. Campbell is approachable and articulate with an excellent analytical mind.
Matthew Haynes - St Ives ChambersMatthew is second to none when it comes to dealing with complex TOLATA proceedings. Matthew is able to advise on strategy right from the outset of a case. Matthew speaks with authority during hearings and really has the ear of the court.
David MitchellNo5 Barristers' ChambersDavid is very astute. Has the ability to assimilate exceptionally detailed and complex information very quickly in order to provide sound advice. He is pragmatic and has a very calming nature.
Anya Newman - St Ives ChambersConfident, competent and eloquent advocate, thorough preparation at all times ensuring all issues are addressed and responses prepared for, experienced in most issues and thus very knowledgeable.
David Nuttall - St Ives ChambersDavid is very technically gifted and not only considers the legal position but also the commerciality aspect of a matter. David also considers each matter from a tactical point of view and on many occasions has assisted me in developing a strategy to steer the matter in the way most advantageous to my clients position.

Rising Stars

Imogen HalsteadNo5 Barristers' ChambersVery good with clients, well organised, knowledgeable and commercial. Excellent on her feet – unfailingly courteous to both the court and her opponents.

Property and construction in Regional Bar

No5 Barristers' Chambers

No5 Barristers’ Chambers‘ real estate team ranges ‘from junior to senior and has diversity in terms of style and skill set’. The group has wide a wide-ranging expertise, with members involved in all types of disputes including conveyancing, land acquisition, restrictive covenants, proprietary estoppel and various tort claims. Mark Anderson KC has been involved in many high-value matters over the year, recently acting for the claimant in a partnership action valued at £20m. David Taylor practices almost exclusively within the realms of real property landlord and tenant issues, currently representing a developer in a dispute affecting means of access to a development site.



‘Extremely strong and dependable set used by our firm for in excess of 30 years.’

‘Good all round chambers from whom we always get a good service.’


‘Clerks will do all they can to pull out the stops and ensure our requirements are met.’

‘Danny Griffiths is absolutely excellent! He is responsive and gets the job done brilliantly.’

St Philips Chambers

St Philips Chambers’ property group continues to be instructed in high-value, complex cases, and are a regular fixture in the Business and Property Court. John Randall KC recent instructions involve major property development, acting for the proprietors in Cayman Shores Development Ltd and anor. v Registrar of Lands and ors in the Cayman Islands. John Brennan and Anthony Verduyn are also a property development specialists, alongside Gavin McLeod whose recent instructions include boundary disputes.



‘Wide range of very competent Counsel and Clerks – always in good hands with this set of Chambers.’


‘The clerks have always been communicative and efficient exactly as we would expect in a high quality chambers.’

Ropewalk Chambers

Ropewalk Chambers’ members assist their clients in across their expertise in land purchases and sales, agricultural law issues, property financing, and boundary issues. Tom Carter is known for his expertise in Japanese knotweed cases, representing the claimants in Walker v The Environment Agency which will test the scope of the decision in his previous successful case in 2018, Williams v Network Rail. Chambers is also home to the ‘approachable and articulate’ John Campbell. In August 2022 Jonathan Owen was appointed to the circuit bench.



‘Ropewalk chambers have a range of counsel in this area and have always met my needs when approached.’

‘Chambers have offered a number of excellent online webinars during the last year which have been most useful.’


‘The clerks are experienced and efficient. Alan Odiam is an absolute gem – a real pleasure to work with.’

‘Clerks are always helpful and responsive.’

St Ives Chambers

St Ives Chambers’ business and property group covers the full spectrum of construction and property cases, including boundary disputes, adverse possession, mortgage-related litigations, and easements. The group is led by senior junior Tony Watkin who recently successfully acted for the operators of the Radisson Blu Hotel in Liverpool in an insurance charge dispute with its landlord. Michelle Caney represented Wolverhampton City Council in litigation concerning the issue of contra mundum injunctions in favour of local authorities to protect sites from traveller encampments.



‘Set as a whole has always provided an excellent service. Friendly, personable, approachable barristers, clerking and support team.’

‘Significant number of excellent advocates who are always happy to assist. Training or webinars offered in person and remotely are always engaging and enjoyable.’

‘St Ives our go to set for all housing matters. A large number of specialist barristers to choose from with a wide range of experience.’


‘Overall all of the staff I have ever dealt with at the Chambers have been very friendly and professional, particularly both Ross Hands and Catherine Merry.’

‘Clerks are always on hand when you need them and respond very promptly.’

‘Excellent responsive clerking.’