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  1. Leading Silks
  2. Leading Juniors

Leading Silks

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    • Giles Cannock QC - Kings ChambersExceptionally capable and personable.
    • David Manley QC - Kings ChambersHas an excellent manner with lay clients.
    • Andrew Singer QC - Kings ChambersRecommended for cases requiring a novel approach to the law.
    • Paul Tucker QC - Kings ChambersAlways provides very commercial advice.

Leading Juniors

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    • John Barrett - Kings ChambersAlways sees the bigger picture of a case.
    • Peter Dixon - Exchange ChambersVery composed and articulate at trial.
    • Alan Evans - Kings ChambersHis attention to detail is second to none.
    • David Fearon - Exchange ChambersA tenacious advocate with strong industry experience.
    • John Hunter - Kings ChambersGreat at understanding clients' needs and objectives.
    • James Malam - Exchange ChambersTechnically sound, accessible, thorough, reliable and commercial.
    • Mark Smith - Exchange ChambersHis industry experience gives him a great understanding of construction disputes.
    • Ruth Stockley - Kings ChambersExtremely knowledgeable and experienced.
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    • Joseph Hart - Deans Court ChambersAn experienced environmental prosecutor.
    • Ian Ponter - Kings ChambersHis practice includes planning inquiries and judicial reviews of planning decisions.
    • Sarah Reid - Kings ChambersParticularly experienced in environmental matters.
    • Simon Whitfield - Exchange ChambersParticularly recommended for construction and business rate disputes.

At Deans Court ChambersJoseph Hart specialises in environmental crime, acting for both the prosecution and defence. He recently prosecuted in a case concerning an illegal waste site at a farm in Cheshire, securing a suspended sentence and costs order against the operator, with two other defendants receiving conditional discharges following guilty pleas.

Members of Exchange Chambers practice across the construction, planning and environment sectors, with several members having operated in industry roles before their time at the Bar. Former chartered surveyors David Fearon and Peter Dixon lead the construction and planning practice groups respectively and have helped cement the set's reputation for 'excellent technical knowledge' among clients. James Malam recently represented the purchasers in a £6m claim against the developers of a block of 51 flats for breach of contract and failure to install fire safety features.

Kings Chambers is perhaps most notable for planning law, with one of the largest regional teams, although it is also home to construction and environmental specialists. One particularly prominent recent instruction is Paul Tucker QC's work with Liverpool City Council on planning matters concerning the large-scale Liverpool Waters development. Anthony Crean QC and Stephen Sauvain QC recently departed the set, with the former departing the Bar to start a land promotion business, and the latter retiring.

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