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Leading Silks

Giles Cannock KC – Kings Chambers ‘Giles is a superb advocate; clinical in his approach, he always has a phenomenal knowledge of the papers and he cross-examines with all the skill and deftness of a surgeon. He is client-focused, commercially aware, and a leader who gets the best out of the team.’
Paul Tucker KC – Kings Chambers ‘Paul has a huge intellect, and he can be relied upon to understand challenges and then, with reassurance and confidence, advise on approaches and solutions. He is engaging, approachable, and always easy to communicate with.'

2022 Silks

Sarah Reid KC - Kings Chambers 'Sarah is a tenacious cross-examiner who prepares thoroughly for her cases. A forensic advocate.'

2023 Silks

Jonathan Easton KC – Kings Chambers 'A very focused and always approachable silk, who has an excellent advocacy style and the ability to put witnesses at ease.'

2024 Silks

Ruth Stockley KC – Kings Chambers ‘Ruth is pragmatic and has excellent technical and tactical knowledge. She is always well prepared and unflappable, and she has the experience to read the room and tailor her style accordingly.'

Leading Juniors

John Barrett – Kings Chambers ‘John is a direct and succinct advocate, who is able to bring the argument back round to the primary case without any drama.’
Peter Dixon – Exchange Chambers ‘Peter is adept in planning enforcement matters, and is good at giving detailed, practical advice to lay clients.'
Alan Evans – Kings Chambers ‘Alan is an excellent communicator, with an enviable skill of distilling complex intellectual concepts into comprehensible points. He is very good on strategy and is able to find solutions seemingly out of nowhere, and as an advocate, he dissects the opponent’s case with surgical precision.’
Killian Garvey – Kings ChambersKillian is a very bright barrister, who is also very personable, direct and has an incisive eye for the core issue of a matter.'
Stephanie Hall – Kings Chambers ‘Stephanie is responsive, sharp, incredibly bright, detail-focused, incisive, and very good with clients. She is laser focused on obtaining the best result for the client.’
Ian Ponter – Kings Chambers ‘A junior who provides incisive and user-friendly advice.'
Constanze Bell – Kings Chambers ‘Constanze has a keen analytical mind, which combined with impressive case preparation and attention to detail is a winning formula.
Anthony Gill – Kings ChambersAnthony will go above and beyond to provide coherent advice within very tight deadlines.’
Freddie Humphreys – Kings Chambers ‘Freddie is an exceptional barrister. His cross-examination is very effective and he is extremely confident and assured in court. He provides clear and succinct advice.'
Philip Robson – Kings Chambers ‘Philip is able to build a rapport with witnesses and inspectors alike, and his cross-examination is very effective. A confident and persuasive advocate.'

Rising Stars

Piers Riley-Smith – Kings ChambersPiers’ grasp of the detail is outstanding, his advocacy is excellent, and his cross-examination is first-rate.'

Planning and environment in Regional Bar

Kings Chambers

Kings Chambers has an established reputation as ‘an excellent planning set‘. Led by Giles Cannock KC, the team is instructed by developers, land promoters, and local planning authorities in a range of planning work. David Manley KC has a solid track record in representing private and public sector clients, including national housebuilders, and also focuses on representing landowners and developers in common land matters. Recent work includes Alan Evans representing Great Portland Estates PLC in an inquiry concerning applications for planning permission for the construction of two buildings near the Shard in London. Vincent Fraser KC is noted for his expertise in environmental law, with extensive experience in advising on renewable energy projects. Ruth Stockley KC is sought after for her niche focus on highway law. The senior end of the practice was recently bolstered by the elevation of Jonathan Easton KC to silk in March 2023.


‘Kings Chambers has real strength in depth and is without doubt one of the leading sets in this area. All the barristers are characteristically very commercial and strategic with their advice.’

‘Kings Chambers has excellent strength-in-depth, always has available counsel, and offers excellent training programmes.’

‘Kings is an excellent planning set with a good range of counsel, from KC to juniors.’

‘Kings Chambers is very strong, with an enviable list of KCs supported by an increasingly long list of very able juniors. It has a number of excellent advocates, so you are always well-looked after when it comes to inquiries.’

‘The clerks are friendly, responsive, and very efficient, and they are very transparent and understanding regarding fees. Mark Ronson is excellent.’

‘Mark Ronson and Gary Smith are excellent in the clerks room. They are accessible, commercial in their approach, and keen to please.’

‘Gary Smith and Mark Ronson are exceptionally easy to deal with, always very accommodating, and clear about availability and fees.’

‘Gary Smith and Mark Ronson are both excellent – they are responsive and know their instructing clients well.’