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Leading Silks

Lesley Anderson QC - Kings ChambersLesley prepares thoroughly and gives clear and firm advice - she doesn't sit on the fence. She is an excellent advocate and a good team player.
Paul Chaisty QC - Kings ChambersAn excellent silk.
Andrew Singer QC - Kings ChambersAndrew has all the usual hallmarks of a top QC. His knowledge on the law in this area is second to none. At the same time, he is extremely approachable and helpful.

Leading Juniors

Paul Burns - Exchange ChambersPaul is a brilliant barrister, who has a way of making complicated concepts digestible. Paul is likeable and pleasant. He is approachable, accommodating, induces confidence and goes the extra mile always.
Neil Cadwallader - Exchange ChambersAn excellent all rounder. An excellent advocate and great in conference too. Neil has the capability of dealing with the most complicated and legally difficult issues.
Nigel Clayton - Kings ChambersA first-rate mind that has the ear of clients and the court.
David Fearon - Exchange ChambersA real depth of experience and specialist knowledge of the construction sector. He is probably the most effective and formidable cross-examiner I have ever seen.
Wilson Horne - Kings ChambersVery sound on the law and also tenacious in court.
Richard Lander - Kings ChambersAn excellent advocate, incisive and extremely good with clients.
James Malam - Exchange ChambersTechnically sound, accessible, thorough, reliable and commercial.
Lawrence McDonald - Exchange ChambersHe is knowledgeable, very good with clients, in depth knowledge of all instructed matters, very good as consultant, very organised and works in a speedy manner.
Andrew Williams - Exchange ChambersHe is an "on the ball" and modern barrister.
Brynmor Adams - Exchange ChambersEver popular with clients due to his unflappable and common sense approach, he is sterling advocate whose presence reassures clients and Judges alike.
Philip Byrne - St John's BuildingsAnalytical and incredibly detailed in his assessment of a matter, but also commercially astute, Philip adds more than other barristers can offer. He is excellent and affable with clients but direct when he needs to be without losing their trust. Good on his feet and introduces new lines of approach which others are unlikely to consider.
Matthew Hall - Kings ChambersHe is very good with clients, very thorough, great judgement.
Kelly Pennifer - Kings ChambersKelly is a real iron fist in a silk glove. Unassumingly ferocious, she bides her time and then delivers her strike calmly, and with total authority. Even the most difficult client or opponent cannot help but be disarmed. Her technical knowledge of her practice area is second to none. Kelly is a joy to work with and endorses a collaborative approach which makes her an extremely valuable team member.
Brad Pomfret - 23 Essex StreetExcellent on his feet.
Richard Price - 9 St John StreetRichard is a delight work with. He always makes himself available should you want to discuss anything with him and has a real ability to connect with the client. He is technically excellent and willing to fight hard to achieve the desire outcome but also always has an eye on what is commercially the best outcome for the client.
Stephen Pritchett - 23 Essex StreetHe is an excellent all-rounder who is quick, detailed, good on his feet and great fun to work with. Good tactician; sound knowledge of law and procedure.
Geraint Wheatley - Kings ChambersGeraint is incredibly accessible and provides concise commercial advice. His style is user friendly but efficient and concise.
Simon Whitfield - Exchange ChambersHe has a wealth of knowledge and confidence with his approach to complex matters. He makes himself available and does his best to accommodate last minute instructions, which is very helpful when deadlines are received with little notice.

Property and construction in Regional Bar

23 Essex Street

23 Essex Street members undertake both local and national litigation, as well as mediation and arbitration, with a team that combines work on property and business issues. Brad Pomfret specialises in commercial and residential mortgage disputes, acting for lenders. Stephen Pritchett has a wealth of experience in property-related disputes. Recent instructions of note include SHB Realisations Limited v Cribbs Mall Nominee Limited.

9 St John Street

9 St John Street's business and property group places emphasis on client needs. The majority of its work lies in litigation and interim remedies, such as injunctions. Richard Price acted in Smith v Watson, a case on the ownership of part of the River South Tyne after post-flooding works were carried out. He focuses on real estate litigation, wills and probate, and negligence of solicitors and surveyors.

St John's Buildings

'Excellent all round' as he has 'never failed to get a good result', Philip Byrne of St John's Buildings is particularly adept at 'unpicking matters that have become unnecessarily complex or confused, cutting through them and getting them where they need to be,' according to clients. Byrne is regularly instructed in matters pertaining to rights over land, boundary disputes, landlord and tenant, enforcement of covenants, professional negligence arising from property transactions, as well as construction disputes and TOLATA claims.

Kings Chambers

Lesley Anderson QC heads the business and property group at Kings Chambers and recently acted in an appeal against the decision that an airfield owner could gain planning permission for residential development. Paul Chaisty QC worked on the administration of My Local, involving 140 convenience stores, and claims for the possession of multimillion-pound residential properties. Nigel Clayton represented a range of lenders in defended mortgage possession cases over the past year, including nine consolidated high-value claims. Richard Lander undertakes real estate litigation for clients from large organisations to individuals, acting in a case involving fraudulent misrepresentations made during the sale of multimillion-pound commercial property. 'A brilliant advocate with superb technical knowledge', Andrew Singer QC is the go-to silk for construction-related disputes in the North.

Exchange Chambers

Exchange Chambers provides a range of expertise in the property sector, including on cross-discipline matters such as probate. A specialist construction department advises on contracts and appears in the Technology and Construction Court. Neil Cadwallader takes on Chancery and commercial work in development disputes. Andrew Williams is instructed in property litigation, representing investors and leaseholders as well as an individual in an adverse possession claim. Lawrence McDonald handles work on boundaries, restrictive covenants, and rights to light, plus landlord and tenant issues. Paul Burns advises providers of social housing and local government and represented Wirral Council in a case regarding an unlicensed house in multiple occupation.