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Leading sets

North Eastern Circuit – Leading sets

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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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    • Hugh Jory QC - 4 New Square β€˜An excellent barrister; firm yet approachable.’

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law – Leading juniors

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Dere Street Barristers is home to Stephen Fletcher, who has expertise in shareholders’ disputes, partnership matters, directors’ duties and insolvency cases, among other areas.

Enterprise Chambers reports an uptick in Chancery instructions regarding contentious trusts and probate matters; insolvency cases are another core area of strength for the team. In 2018 Dominic Crossley joined from St Philips Chambers’ now closed Leeds outpost and Hugh Jory QC moved to 4 New Square.

Exchange Chambers has β€˜strength in depth’ in its commercial and Chancery practice, with members acting in high-value shareholder and insolvency disputes and professional negligence matters.

Kings Chambers has established expertise in insolvency cases; other areas of instruction include shareholders’ and contractual disputes and directors’ disqualification matters.

Park Square Barristers’ commercial and Chancery team handles instructions in wills and probate, trusts, insolvency and contractual and partnership disputes, to name a few. Andrew Mitchell was appointed to the bench in May 2018.

Parklane Plowden’s commercial and Chancery team has particular expertise in contractual and property disputes. In 2018 Peter Cherry, Sarah Harrison, Sean Kelly and Stuart Roberts joined from St Philips Chambers.

Trinity Chambers has established strength in Chancery law; instructions for the team include professional negligence, insolvency, contentious probate, Inheritance Act, trusts and estates matters.

Nicola Phillipson at Zenith Chambers is a key name for Chancery matters and is well known for her expertise in Inheritance Act and probate cases.


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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    • David Manley QC - Kings Chambers β€˜He has an excellent manner with lay clients.’
    • Paul Tucker QC - Kings Chambers β€˜He always provides very commercial advice.’

Construction, planning and environment – Leading juniors

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    • Martin Carter - Kings Chambers β€˜Forthright, frank, and confident.’
    • Jonathan Easton - Kings Chambers β€˜A safe pair of hands.’
    • Ruth Stockley - Kings Chambers β€˜A potent advocate.’

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Recent work at Kings Chambers includes Jonathan Easton acting for a quarry operator in a judicial review into the operator’s plan to develop the quarry into the Green Belt; other areas of instruction include land registration matters and public inquiries into planning proposals.


Costs

Costs – Leading juniors

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    • Steven Turner - Parklane Plowden β€˜Very well known for his expertise in costs matters.’

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Parklane Plowden houses Steven Turner, who has a solid track record in acting for clients in multimillion-pound joint settlement meetings and has appeared unled in Court of Appeal cases regarding fixed costs.


Court of Protection

Court of Protection – Leading juniors

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    • Francesca Gardner - Kings Chambers β€˜A wonderful and tenacious advocate.’
    • Natalia Levine - Parklane Plowden β€˜She has a brilliant eye for detail.’
    • Joseph O’Brien - St John's Buildings β€˜A barrister who takes no prisoners.’
    • Jacqui Thomas - Spire Barristers β€˜She has a great technical mind.’

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Kings Chambers in Leeds houses the β€˜incredibly bright’ Francesca Gardner, whose Court of Protection practice spans welfare disputes, deprivation of liberty, medical treatment and community care cases.

Natalia Levine at Parklane Plowden is well known for her Court of Protection practice, and she has particular expertise in health and welfare cases.

Spire Barristers houses Jacqui Thomas, who has particular expertise in Court of Protection cases regarding health and welfare and deprivation of liberty matters involving vulnerable adults.

St John's Buildings is home to Joseph O’Brien, who has established expertise in Court of Protection cases; deprivation of liberty matters are a key specialty.


Crime

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

Crime – Leading silks

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    • Simon Bickler QC - St Paul's Chambers β€˜A brilliant orator.’
    • David Brooke QC - KBW β€˜Noted for his expertise in multi-handed criminal cases.’
    • Michelle Colborne QC - Broadway House Chambers β€˜Well known for handling homicide and infant death cases.’
    • Bryan Cox QC - St Paul's Chambers β€˜Noted for his expertise in homicide, fraud and drugs conspiracies matters.’
    • John Elvidge QC - Dere Street Barristers β€˜A stalwart and very self-possessed silk.’
    • Dafydd Enoch QC - New Park Court Chambers β€˜He has a very engaging manner with juries.’
    • Caroline Goodwin QC - Trinity Chambers β€˜Very experienced across a purview of serious criminal cases.’
    • Paul Greaney QC - New Park Court Chambers β€˜He demonstrates excellent judgement.’
    • John Harrison QC - St Paul's Chambers β€˜Recent work includes complex fraud and murder cases.’
    • Toby Hedworth QC - Trinity Chambers β€˜His practice includes white-collar crime and terrorism matters.’
    • Gul Nawaz Hussain QC - Bank House Chambers β€˜Highly recommended for his expertise in terrorism cases.’
    • Abdul Iqbal QC - Park Square Barristers β€˜Very experienced in defending in heavyweight criminal matters.’
    • Nick Johnson QC - Exchange Chambers β€˜Recent work includes high-profile murder trials.’
    • Simon Kealey QC - Zenith Chambers β€˜His practice includes multi-defendant heavyweight criminal cases.’
    • Tahir Khan QC - Broadway House Chambers β€˜Highly experienced in cases of serious sexual offences and murder.’
    • Nicholas Lumley QC - New Park Court Chambers β€˜A devastating cross-examiner.’
    • Alistair MacDonald QC - New Park Court Chambers β€˜Very experienced in cases of complex fraud and murder.’
    • Peter Makepeace QC - Dere Street Barristers β€˜Highly recommended for a broad range of complex criminal matters.’
    • Kama Melly QC - Park Square Barristers β€˜Noted for her expertise in serious sexual offences cases.’
    • Peter Moulson QC - Park Square Barristers β€˜Very well known for handling cases of complex homicide.’
    • Andrew O’Byrne QC - St John's Buildings β€˜Highly experienced in heavyweight criminal cases.’
    • Jason Pitter QC - New Park Court Chambers β€˜He has expertise in cases involving organised crime.’
    • Robert Smith QC - New Park Court Chambers β€˜Highly recommended for a panoply of serious criminal cases.’
    • Christopher Tehrani QC - Exchange Chambers β€˜Fearless, relentless, and dedicated to his clients.’
    • Adrian Waterman QC - KBW β€˜Highly recommended for cases of homicide and serious sexual offences.’
    • Robert Woodcock QC - New Park Court Chambers β€˜Very experienced in sexual abuse cases.’
    • Richard Wright QC - Park Square Barristers β€˜An exceptional jury advocate.’

Crime – Leading juniors

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2 Hare Court houses Michael Rawlinson, who recently joined from Exchange Chambers and has an active practice on the North Eastern Circuit. Rawlinson recently acted for the defence in the R v Kirsty Anderson case, involving a detective constable who had carried out a long-term campaign of harassment against a former partner she met via a dating app.

Bank House Chambers’ areas of expertise include serious sexual offences, murder and manslaughter, serious violence and terrorism trials. Gul Nawaz Hussain QC took silk in 2018.

Broadway House Chambers’ criminal practitioners have expertise in drugs conspiracies, money laundering, serious violence, homicide and serious sexual offences cases. The set continues to act in trials resulting from the ongoing Rotherham child sexual abuse investigations.

Dere Street Barristers’ crime team are active in cases involving high-profile homicide, sexual offences and fraud cases. In 2017 multiple members of the set acted for the prosecution in Operation Shelter, where over 20 defendants were charged with the sexual exploitation of vulnerable girls and women.

Exchange Chambers’ criminal team are well known for defending and prosecuting in high-profile serious sexual offences, multi-handed murder, people trafficking and large-scale drugs conspiracies cases. In 2017 Nick Johnson QC appeared in the high-profile murder case regarding the killing of seven-year old Katie Rough. In March 2018 Michael Rawlinson moved to 2 Hare Court.

Recent work for KBW’s criminal team includes multi-handed murder, firearms conspiracies, serious sexual offences, large-scale drugs conspiracies and historic abuse cases.

New Park Court Chambers houses over 50 practitioners in its criminal team, which has experience in high-profile sexual offences, homicide, fraud, drugs and human trafficking cases, among other areas. In 2017, Paul Greaney QC successfully prosecuted Colin Gregg, heir to the Greggs bakery chain, for the historic sexual abuse of young boys.

With over 60 criminal practitioners in its criminal group, Park Square Barristers has solid expertise in prosecuting and defending in high-profile cases of terrorism, murder and multi-handed drugs conspiracies, among other areas. The set also reports a significant uptick in instructions pertaining to historic sexual abuse.

Past work for St John's Buildings’ crime team includes attempted murder and manslaughter, organised crime and drug trafficking cases.

St Paul's Chambers’ areas of expertise include murder trials, serious sexual offences and terrorism matters, with fraud cases recognised as a cornerstone strength for the team. In a major highlight for the set, Bryan Cox QC remains active in the ongoing Mau Mau Kenyan reparation claims for alleged torture and human rights abuses.

Recent instructions for the team at Trinity Chambers include high-profile murder cases, serious sexual offences and large-scale fraud matters.

Members of Zenith Chambers’ crime team have been active in multi-handed drugs conspiracies, complex fraud, homicide and serious violence cases, among other areas.


Employment

Employment – Leading juniors

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Bank House Chambers houses Carl Fender, who joined from Regency Barristers Chambers in September 2017 and has solid experience in whistleblowing and dismissal claims, among other areas.

The team at Broadway House Chambers handle instructions from across the spectrum of employment law; recent work includes equal pay, TUPE, discrimination and unfair dismissal matters.

Dere Street Barristers reports an increase in disability discrimination claims, alongside handling unfair dismissal, TUPE, whistleblowing and restrictive covenants matters for claimants and respondents.

Recent work for the team at Exchange Chambers includes discrimination, whistleblowing and unfair dismissal claims, in which members act for employers and employees. Case highlights include Ashley Serr appearing in De Groen v Gan Menachem Nursery, a discrimination claim brought by a Jewish employee against an orthodox Jewish nursery.

Simon Mallett at KBW has established expertise in acting for police forces in employment matters involving unfair dismissal and discrimination claims.

Kings Chambers’ employment group is well known for handling harassment, unfair dismissal and discrimination claims. In July 2018 Paras Gorasia moved to Doughty Street Chambers

New Park Court Chambers is home to Steven White, who has a solid track record in, among other areas, TUPE, harassment and discrimination cases.

Members of Parklane Plowden have extensive experience across a panoply of employment matters, including unfair dismissal, whistleblowing, TUPE, harassment and discrimination on grounds of age, disability, sex and pregnancy. The set also reports an uptick in equal pay claims.

Trinity Chambers is well known for its solid experience in equal pay disputes; the team is also adept in handling matters involving unfair dismissal, discrimination, TUPE, whistleblowing and restrictive covenants.


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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Broadway House Chambers houses a β€˜strong family team’, which is well known for its strength in financial remedy work. Members undertake complex public and private children law cases.

The team at Dere Street Barristers is well versed across the spectrum of family law, with a particular focus on children law cases involving abuse and care proceedings. Matrimonial finance and domestic violence are included in the group’s workload.

At KBW, Olivia Checa-Dover handles a full range of private children law matters, while Manisha Marwaha has solid experience in cases involving potential international relocation/abduction of children.

New Park Court Chambers is adept in public and private law instructions, with established strength in children cases involving abuse, care proceedings and domestic violence. The team is also very experienced in matrimonial finance matters.

Park Square Barristers is β€˜a very strong family set’, which has extensive expertise in children cases involving care proceedings, physical and sexual abuse, fabricated/induced illnesses, non-accidental injuries, alleged radicalisation and international relocation/abduction. Claire Murden was appointed to the circuit bench in 2018.

Viewed as β€˜a heavyweight set of family law practitioners’ by instructing parties, Parklane Plowden’s key focus is in children law care cases, with matrimonial finance and TOLATA matters growing areas of strength.

Family law is a core specialty at Spire Barristers, where the team is instructed across the spectrum of public and private law children work; recent cases include severe physical and sexual abuse, non-accidental injuries, care proceedings and potential international relocation. Radicalisation matters are a growing area of instruction for the set.

Recent work for the family team at St John's Buildings includes acting for local authorities and parents in cases involving non-accidental injuries, relocation, abuse, and care proceedings.

St Paul's Chambers is home to Simon Bickler QC, who has expertise in severe abuse cases, and Nicola Saxton, who is well known for her practice in high-value matrimonial finance disputes.

Trinity Chambers’ family practice is adept at handling financial remedy cases alongside a range of children law matters. Recent work for the team includes adoption, non-accidental injuries and care proceedings.

Wilberforce Chambers is home to Naomi Madderson, whose practice includes a wide spectrum of private and public children law matters.

Zenith Chambers has β€˜strength in depth in the family team’, and reports a significant uptick in public law instructions. In February 2018 John Hayes QC was appointed to the circuit bench.


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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    • Paul Greaney QC - New Park Court Chambers β€˜A powerful silk; judges love him.’

Inquests and inquiries – Leading juniors

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    • Richard Copnall - Parklane Plowden β€˜Confident, intelligent and assertive in cross-examination.’
    • Ian Mullarkey - KBW β€˜Highly recommended for representing the police in inquests.’
    • Michael Rawlinson - 2 Hare Court β€˜A subtle and effective advocate.’

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Although 2 Hare Court does not have an office on the North Eastern Circuit, the set houses Michael Rawlinson, who recently joined from Exchange Chambers and has a solid track record handling inquests into deaths in custody and suicides.

KBW is home to Ian Mullarkey, who has established expertise in representing the police in inquests.

New Park Court Chambers houses Paul Greaney QC, who has expertise in handling inquests and inquiries involving health and safety matters. In a major work highlight, Greaney is acting on behalf of a core participant in the Grenfell Tower inquiry.

The inquests and inquiries team at Parklane Plowden is instructed by bereaved families and institutions in inquests into deaths in care homes and road accidents, among other areas. Richard Copnall is well known for handling Article 2 inquests, often pertaining to deaths in custody and 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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    • Andrew Lewis QC - Park Square Barristers β€˜An outstanding silk for personal injury and clinical negligence matters.’
    • David Wilby QC - Parklane Plowden β€˜Highly recommended for the full spectrum of personal injury and clinical negligence matters.’

Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading juniors

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Recent cases for Dere Street Barristers’ team includes public liability, catastrophic injuries and employers’ liability claims. Other areas of expertise include industrial disease and motor fraud matters.

Exchange Chambers is home to Paul Kirtley and Pankaj Madan. Kirtley has expertise in catastrophic injury cases resulting from medical clinical negligence and road traffic accidents, while Madan is very well known for specialising in brain injury matters.

Simon Mallett at KBW is well known for his personal injury practice, acting for claimants in industrial disease work, particularly mesothelioma and deafness cases.

Kings Chambers is home to Michael Ditchfield and Sarah Pritchard; Ditchfield is a key name for industrial disease cases, notably asbestos matters, while Pritchard is recommended for her clinical negligence practice, representing defendants in cases involving birth injuries and medical negligence.

Insurance fraud claims are a core strength of Park Square Barristers’ practice, with members also adept at handling a broad range of personal injury matters, notably industrial disease claims. Andrew Lewis QC is very well known for his expertise in catastrophic brain and spinal cord injury cases.

Parklane Plowden houses β€˜a strong set of personal injury counsel’ and is also traditionally strong in the field of clinical negligence. The team’s expertise spans industrial disease claims, catastrophic injuries, employers’ liability and claims suspected to be fraudulent. David Wilby QC is well known for his practice in cerebral palsy claims.

The personal injury team at St Paul's Chambers has solid experience in medical negligence, industrial disease and catastrophic injury cases, to name a few. Sophie Mitchell is acting for claimants in the ongoing Mau Mau case involving allegations of torture and maltreatment of 20,000 Kenyans by the British government during the 1950s State of Emergency.

Zenith Chambers’ β€˜very knowledgeable’ personal injury team reports a significant uptick in instructions from both claimants and defendants across a range of matters, including industrial disease, employers’ liability, serious/fatal accidents and catastrophic injuries.


Property

Property – Leading juniors

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Enterprise Chambers has β€˜strength and depth’ in its property practice; members are instructed in a broad range of real estate matters, including landlord and tenant disputes, land purchase matters, boundary disputes, adverse possession claims and rights of way cases. Dominic Crossley joined from St Philips Chambers in May 2018.

William Hanbury is a key contact at Exchange Chambers, who is very well known for handling conveyancing matters, landlord and tenant cases and boundary disputes.

Trinity Chambers houses Charles Holland, whose practice includes rights of way matters, development disputes and easement cases.

Zenith Chambers’ property practice is made up of β€˜specialists in housing law’; members are frequently instructed in landlord and tenant disputes, homelessness and possession claims, disrepair matters and eviction cases.


Public law

Index of tables

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

Public law – Leading silks

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    • Richard Clayton QC - Kings Chambers β€˜Very experienced in high-profile human rights matters.’

Public law – Leading juniors

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    • Roxanne Frantzis - KBW β€˜She has formidable knowledge of immigration law.’
    • Hannah Lynch - St Paul's Chambers β€˜Very experienced in handling cases involving special educational needs and disabilities.’
    • Manisha Marwaha - KBW β€˜Very client-focused.’

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KBW’s public law practice has immigration law as its cornerstone area of expertise. Roxanne Frantzis is very well known for appearing in the first and upper tiers of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber in appeals relating to asylum and immigration cases.

Kings Chambers is home to Richard Clayton QC, who has solid expertise in handling civil liberties and human rights cases, as well as judicial reviews.

St Paul's Chambers houses Hannah Lynch, who has niche expertise in appeals and judicial reviews relating to educational provision for young people with disabilities.


Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing

Index of tables

  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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    • Paul Greaney QC - New Park Court Chambers β€˜Highly recommended for complex health and safety prosecution work.’
    • Samuel Green QC - St Paul's Chambers β€˜Very experienced in representing healthcare professionals in disciplinary work.’
    • John Harrison QC - St Paul's Chambers β€˜Very well known for his expertise in health and safety matters.’
    • Jason Pitter QC - New Park Court Chambers β€˜He provides extremely thorough advice.’

Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing – Leading juniors

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Exchange Chambers’ regulatory practice spans professional discipline and health and safety matters. Paul Kirtley has particular experience representing the police, athletes and medical professionals in regulatory cases.

KBW houses β€˜an excellent police law team’, which has extensive experience in handling inquests arising from deaths in police custody and disciplinary matters (including misconduct hearings). Members of the set recently acted in a disciplinary case concerning a police officer’s handling of a child exploitation enquiry.

New Park Court Chambers’ regulatory practice has an excellent reputation for handling police disciplinary work, as well as acting for the General Medical Council (GMC) and the Royal College of Nursing in cases involving doctors’ and nurses’ professional misconduct.

Recent work for members of Park Square Barristers’ regulatory team includes work health and safety breaches and food safety matters. Howard Shaw has a niche practice in prosecuting in hygiene and animal welfare offences in slaughterhouses.

St Paul's Chambers’ regulatory team has solid experience in handling healthcare regulatory and disciplinary cases, alongside financial services and environmental regulatory matters.

Trinity Chambers houses Charles Holland, who is very well known for his expertise in licensing matters and recently appeared in the high-profile Uber London v Transport for London case. In 2018 Ros Scott Bell moved to Deans Court Chambers.


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