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12 Old Square

Common law set with expertise in immigration, family, crime, and employment law, 12 Old Square has grown since the 2020 guide, thanks to the arrival of Remi Adewale from Great James Street Chambers, dual qualified in England and Scotland Kenneth McGuire, as well as Robert Leitch and Mansoor Fazli.

Testimonials

Clerks:

‘Clerks are really helpful and on time.’

‘The clerks are helpful and friendly.’

‘The clerks’ room at 12 Old Square is extremely friendly and approachable with a can-do attitude. The ethos in the clerks’ room is always excellent and they are a group of real problem solvers. In particular, we recommend Ishaq who is a tireless warrior in the clerks’ room there! He goes over and above to provide exceptional service and is available all hours of every day almost. His work does not stop when he leaves Chambers for the day. He is on call at all times like any top clerk is. Lloyd, the Head clerk also comes highly recommended for his professional and capable attitude to solicitors’ concerns and problems. He consistently makes himself available and will act courteously and with an attitude which endears him to us solicitors.’

Set:

’12 Old Square is a fantastic Chambers which is well respected, particularly within the field of immigration. The set has produced some top-quality barristers over the years. Having been established for more than 50 years it has weathered the storms of the profession which many other sets, even commercial sets, have been unable to.’

’12 Old Square is respected amongst firms for its diversity and its friendly approach. The set will always find a solution even to the most intractable of problems. We have held a long and deep relationship with 12 Old Square and instruct many of their barristers for the high class work they produce and the well respected representation which they provide to our clients. The set consistently punches above its weight, especially against some of the bigger immigration sets. A quick look at many of the key immigration decisions of recent years in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court will show you that 12 Old Square are consistently there at the top.’

‘The Chambers is very approachable and has a laid back but professional approach to all their affairs. The Chambers is not just a set which we instruct but a place where we have formed lasting friendships and mutual respect with their members and clerks down the years.’

18 St John Street Chambers

Manchester-based 18 St John Street Chambers covers business and property, civil and personal injury, criminal law and family law. In recent appointment news, Michael Brady QC took silk; Jennifer Newstead-Taylor has been appointed a deputy district judge; and Christopher McNall  has been appointed to the Arbitration, Mediation and Expert panels of the Agricultural Law Association’s Dispute Resolution Service. Strengthening chambers, Paul Treble  has joined the crime team, while Victoria Roberts has joined the business and property department.

Testimonials

Clerks:

‘Best clerks in Manchester.’

‘Camille and Garrick are very knowledgeable and will go above and beyond.’

‘Clerking is superb. Solid and the way it used to be done in many other sets. That is a compliment.’

‘Clerks, who are responsive and approachable, have great insight into their barristers’ capabilities and who may be best suited to have conduct of a matter. Particular mention must go to Katie Brown and Ryan Pugh who go above and beyond. They are always responsive and understand the pressures on those advising them.’

‘Katie Brown is an exceptional Clerk. She always finds the most suitable Counsel for me, no matter how short notice my need for the same may be.’

‘The clerks are very good at their jobs, in particular James the head criminal clerk. He is always contactable and happy to assist.’

Set:

’18 SJS have some excellent barristers for family cases and have a lot of strength-in-depth.’

‘Good strength in depth.’

‘Great friendly team and very responsive and user friendly.’

‘The chamber are a solid set with a range of expertise and experience.’

‘We use 18 St John Street a lot. They are our go to chambers and always assist, even on short notice.’

30 Park Place Chambers

Cardiff-based 30 Park Place Chambers is a multi-disciplinary set with expertise across the spectrums of crime, civil, public, and family law. In recent news, Ffion Tomos re-joined the set's criminal team, alongside her membership of Linenhall Chambers in Chester. Hannah Ahmadi returned to the family team following a period in-house at Hugh James; Rhodri Jones, previously of 10KBW, also joined the family team. Also of note, Rhys Evans and Gareth Duncan have been appointed Deputy District Judges; David Hughes has been appointed as a Fee Paid Judge of the Employment Tribunal and a Fee Paid Judge of the First Tier Tribunal in Wales.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Their customer service is excellent and Kayleigh Jefferies and Kathryn Richards in particular are absolutely brilliant. They adapted brilliantly to the challenges of COVID-19 this year and managed to maintain their impeccable service throughout. They always respond promptly and are able to be both professional and friendly and I know I can ring them any time.

Emma Haines in the crime department is exceptional and is always happy to help and assist. Emma goes above and beyond to ensure everything is in place for each case and always checks if she can help with anything else further. Emma communicates very well and is always approachable.

The clerks at 30 PP are readily on hand to assist with queries, listing issues, and in respect of case and conference preparation. They are friendly and approachable, yet evident professionals. They deliver an extremely efficient clerking service.

Set:

30 Park Place are absolutely fantastic. They move heaven and earth on a regular basis in diaries to accommodate us and are highly efficient.

30 Park Place offers an excellent service and always makes sure our enquiries are answered and dealt with. They go above and beyond.

30 PP are my set of choice for complex personal injury and clinical negligence litigation. The service received is always exemplary. Cases are investigated and run with precise attention to detail, and when in court, the advocacy is first class. 30 PP boasts a dynamic and forward-thinking civil set who are always a pleasure to work with. Feedback from clients is always very positive.

39 Essex Chambers

Multidisciplinary set 39 Essex Chambers has continued to grow at an impressive rate over the last 12 months: commercial litigators Karishma Vora and Camilla ter Haar joined from 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square and 5 Paper respectively; construction specialists Andrew Kearney, David Sawtell and Niraj Modha arrived from St John's Chambers, Lamb Chambers, and Tanfield Chambers respectively; clinical negligence and personal injury specialist Ashley Pratt joined from 7BR; public law practitioners Ian Brownhill , Rachel Troup, Steve Broach, and Simon Murray moved from No.5 Barristers Chambers, Pump Court Chambers, Monckton, and 1 Chancery Lane respectively; dual-qualified advocate Vivek Kapoor joined from Stephenson Harwood; civil law experts Daniel Laking and Shaman Kapoor arrived from Temple Garden Chambers; employment lawyer David Mitchell joined from Ely Place Chambers. In other news, Richard Wald QC took silk, while Vikram Sachdeva QC and Celina Colquhoun have been appointed by the Lord Chancellor to an independent panel of six experts to look at potential reform of judicial review; a planning and environmental lawyer, Colquhoun was another recent arrival from No.5 Barristers Chambers.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Consistently brilliant and always available. We have a strong long standing relationship with the clerks and while work patterns go up and down in terms of instruction – the relationship isn’t affected at all.

All demonstrate that elusive factor, excellence.

All very efficient and friendly; realise they need to engage with solicitors, more so than some of the more traditional sets.

Amazing service with fast response and ability to deal with matters promptly – Nikki Merrison in particular stands out.

Andy Poyser is my go-to clerk, we’ve known each other for 15 years and he has always been there for me.

We receive an excellent service from all of the clerks, and they regularly go the extra mile in terms of obtaining availability and also assisting with listings; filing Court documents etc.

Ben Sundborg and Tom Gibbons are always on hand to help. The more junior clerk, Jamie Tucker is equally impressive.

Ben Sundborg is excellent. Very knowledgeable about the personal injury sector.

Clerks are responsive, helpful and always prepared to ‘pull out all the stops’ to meet their instructing solicitors and clients’ needs.

Clerks such as Andy Poyser set the benchmark for other clerks to follow.

Excellent – Sheraton Doyle and Pete Campbell deserve a special mention – always willing to go above and beyond

Jamie Tucker and Peter Campbell very helpful and respond very quickly.

I have found the clerks very helpful; Peter Campbell is excellent and has a good knowledge of instructing solicitors. A high quality service is provided by all clerks I have dealt with.

I particularly enjoy liaising with Ben Sundborg and Tom Gibbons, both exceptionally helpful and friendly clerks at 39.

Mark Winrow and Niki Merrison are proactive clerks who respond swiftly to requests for counsel bookings and go beyond what is expected.

The clerks are good. They are very good at managing expectations and timescales.

The clerks are very good and are proactive. Andy Poyser in particular is very knowledgeable in the area and you can always have a sensible conversation with him.

The clerks are very well versed in the area of law, meaning I do not have to walk them through the matter and they can advise who is available and best suited to the case. Niki Merrison is first rate and able to assist at very short notice. He has even attended our office over a weekend, to collect urgent documents in a recent matter, going well out of his way on a weekend.

The clerks at 39 Essex are fantastic. Peter Campbell and Jamie Tucker in particular deserve particular recognition for the seamless way in which they manage caseloads, papers, billing and diary clashes. The clerks are always willing and flexible to accommodate diary clashes and are extremely responsive to both emails and calls.

The clerks at 39 Essex Chambers are efficient, responsive, always available, personable and provide a service beyond what would be expected. Hannah Milne is excellent.

The prof discipline clerking team, led by Peter Campbell, is really good and he works hard to keep solicitors happy. Peter is excellent and Jamie, his assistant, has also been very helpful at times.

Set:

39 Essex are in my view a leading set in the area of professional discipline and regulation and in public law. I have instructed various members over past years. In my view, one of the particular strengths of their barristers is that their expertise in professional disciplinary cases is underpinned by a strong public law focus.

I have been impressed by the programme of remote webinars the set has quickly produced in response to the current Covid-19 situation. These have provided high-quality insight into a number of very topical legal aspects arising from the current crisis, at a time when many lawyers find themselves working in isolation with limited professional contact.

39 Essex are one of, if not, the best chambers for Court of Protection work, not many chambers can rival the number of brilliant barristers that it has with a high quality of expertise in Court of Protection work. The chambers also offers excellent training.

39 Essex are rightly regarded as one of the London heavyweight sets, especially for regulatory / public law. They are well known for their experience with public inquiries.

39 Essex are the lead set when it comes to Court of Protection and related work. They are incredibly strong across the team and provide the best resources and training in the most accessible way. No one is accepted into the team without being amongst the best in the field.

39 Essex are way ahead of their competition in the field of public law. They offer an unparalleled range of exceptional juniors and leading counsel. They are involved in all of the high-profile cases – it is becoming frequently common for multiple parties in the same high-profile case to all be represented by 39 Essex, such is their reputation and expertise.

39 Essex Chambers have a real expertise in Construction and Engineering Law, with Counsel at all levels who are able to assist clients at the appropriate level.

39 Essex Chambers is second-to-none in terms of the strength-in-depth and range of counsel. As a set they are able to offer high quality counsel at all levels specialising in all areas of clinical negligence practice. 39 Essex Chambers provide high-quality newsletters and training.

39 Essex Chambers provides the complete service in terms of personal injury. They are always able to provide high-quality counsel across the range of experience and according to the needs of the case. They have never let me down and the strength of their counsel is complimented by excellent training, newsletters and additional support.

39 Essex has a strong public law practice and are one of the go-to sets in that area.

39 Essex has a very strong international practice. They have also built up a deep bench of construction specialists.

39 Essex has unrivalled strength and depth in the energy sector – in both counsel and arbitrators.

39 Essex is a strong commercial / common law set. They have some very notable construction law barristers and arbitrators.

39 Essex is my London Chambers of choice. If preferred counsel is not available there is always somebody of at least equal calibre offered.

39 Essex offer regular training and webinars of the highest quality. I have attended a number of internal and external training arranged by this chambers and I have found them very informative. As a set, they are a leader in clinical negligence with a wealth of talent.

A large set with a wide range of practice of areas. A strong international arbitration practice.

Strength in-depth; huge talent pool from QC to juniors. Every part of this set is exceptional.

Chambers offers superior expertise in the area of community care and Court of Protection work as well as sufficient expertise is peripheral and complimentary areas. There is very good availability of junior and senior counsel with significant relevant expertise.

Strong training programmes; always available without obligation. While they have some strong key names, they have the best collective of juniors in the market for those occasions when clients simply don’t need the input or cost of a QC. The consistent strength of the wider team is in my view grossly underrated.

I (genuinely) think they are a fantastic chambers. Modern, unstuffy, really solid client care and a fantastic set of barristers and staff. Couldn’t recommend them highly enough.

One of the leading chambers in personal injury. There are many well known and respected counsel to choose from.

The whole set is brilliant. I use counsel of all levels of experience and there are many exceptional and helpful members to choose from.

There are some real PI stars here but the set is probably best recognised for its strengths in the commercial field. It is an up and coming set regarding costs.

This set has a wealth of experience in public law and specifically in the field of mental capacity law; they have been involved in many of the very high-profile cases that have hit the headlines.

Very organised and commercial approach, good range of experience amongst members of the set, training programme includes panel discussions with members of chambers looking at the same legal issues from different perspectives which is very useful and interesting.

We have worked with this set for decades. A go-to set. Great depth and range of skills and experience. My choice and constant recommendation .

This Chambers probably has more strength and depth in the Energy field than any of its competitors.

7 Harrington Street

Liverpool-based 7 Harrington Street has expertise across a range of crime, civil, and family-related disputes. The set offers private financial dispute resolution hearings (FDRs) and its family team has expanded with the arrival of Robert Akers ; Katharine Titchmarsh has boosted the personal injury team.

 

Testimonials

Clerks:

Carolyn Cregan and Jenny Mogan are both fantastic Clerks; they are personable, reliable, accurate and have an excellent manner. They are a pleasure to deal with and a credit to the chambers.

Excellent clerking – particular mention to Neil McHugh is very helpful, able and pro-active

John Kilgallon is excellent and very approachable. Laura Jones and Carolyn Creegan always available and happy to assist.

My main point of contact is Carolyn Creegan, Head Family Clerk. She is extremely approachable, efficient and professional. You could not ask for a better Clerk.

Strong clerking, Neil McHugh joining has added genuine commerciality to the Clerks room with a solid understanding of mutual trust and confidence and an appreciation of collaboration.

The clerks are reliable and accommodating. Highlights of the chambers are Neil McHugh, Craig Blanchard and Faye Woods.

The response time of the Clerking Team is very impressive.

Set:

7 Harrington Street have strengthened their offering, in particular, Katharine Titchmarsh and Simon Holder have provided further strength in depth.

Best chambers in Liverpool. Efficient and consistent service. Reasonable fees. Will always endeavour to maintain consistency of counsel.

I am always impressed with 7 Harrington Street Chambers and they are always the first Chambers I approach. The facilities are top-notch.

I have used 7HS for a number of years. They have a good balance between very experienced counsel and those cutting their teeth at the other end of the bar.

It is a large Liverpool set who are leaders in their field for Personal Injury in the North West.

This is an excellent chambers. I do not use any other chambers as they are always willing to go above and beyond to accommodate my wishes.

7BR

A multidisciplinary chambers that is strong across a host of areas, 7BR celebrated the elevation of Brendan Roche QC, Adrian Langdale QC, and Jennifer Carter-Manning QC to silk in March 2020. Chambers was also strengthened by the arrival of James Thomas, a specialist criminal, fraud, and regulatory practitioner, and Lubeya Ramadhan who specialises in public and private family law. Also of note, James House QC and Jas Jandu were both appointed Recorders and assigned to the Midland Circuit and South Eastern Circuit, respectively, dealing with crime.

Testimonials

Clerks:

All dealings with the clerks’ room have gone smoothly. Courteous and competent.

All the clerks (and in particular Albie Barton) are friendly, helpful and efficient.

Always amenable and willing to re-jig things to suit clients.

Clerks’ service is good and attentive.

Good. Mark Waterson is very impressive.

Great. Paul Eales & Mark Waterson bend over backwards to assist.

Paul Eeles and Mark Waterson are a formidable clerking team, they have a great junior team and the response to queries and requests is always prompt and well thought out.

Paul has excellent industry knowledge and can provide insights and match the right Counsel with solicitors. I trust his judgement implicitly.

Paul Eeles is hugely respected and deservedly so. He and the clerksroom are utterly dependable.

Service from the clerks’ room is good. Mark Waterson and Paul Eeles are particularly helpful and accommodating.

The clerks across Chambers are excellent but Albie Barton is outstanding. He is engaging, flexible, courteous and represents the set immaculately.

The clerks are accommodating and offer alternative counsel in the event that preferred counsel is not available. They are willing to negotiate on fees and have offered training

The clerks are friendly, helpful and efficient, providing a first class service.

The clerks room have always been approachable, swift to respond to communications and queries, and, generally, efficient in our dealings. Primarily, I have communicated with Albie Barton, to whom my general comments apply.

They are excellent. Paul Eales & Mark Waterson always make sure that we get what we need.

Very efficient and solution-driven. Paul Eeles is organised and masterful in diary management and Mark Waterson provides positive and effective clerking.

Very happy with the exceptional service provided by the civil clerks, particularly from Paul Eeles and his team.

Very responsive. Steve Wright is sensible and understated, a pleasure to deal with.

Set:

7 Bedford Row are a great set to work with. They are very supportive of our practice areas.

7 Bedford Row in my view are the no.1 chambers in the area of defending child abuse claims, particularly for local authorities and public sector, and particularly the more complex negligence/FTR/CSE/group action work. They regularly act in law changing / high profile cases and are extremely knowledgeable.

7 Bedford Row is my go to Chambers for Clinical Negligence cases. The Clerks are very efficient, friendly and approachable and they have a lot of very talented people there from recently called Juniors through to very senior and highly able Silks. The can also offer really good people for ancillary work which we sometimes have such as complex Inquests and Public Law issues.

7 Bedford Row is top of its game for Claimant product liability. It regularly offers good training.

7BR are a leading set and the clerking team are so helpful and ahead of their time in terms of use of technology. I regularly instruct several Barristers from there.

7BR are an incredible set for clinical negligence work. I use many of their Counsel for a wide variety of matters. The Skeleton series is always well attended and a great opportunity to meet Counsel and other solicitors. I always try to attend as many as possible.

7BR are highly regarded at IM and are used frequently. I mainly instruct Adam Weitzman but I know of several other counsel that my colleagues instruct and Adam Walker stands out as a great junior. They have a particularly strong PI team.

7BR are the go-to set for Claimant product liability & have been for some time. The superb Simeon Maskrey QC leads the team. There are excellent barristers at all levels & good diversity.

7BR as a chambers is a fantastic set of Chambers and are my go to set when i am looking for Counsel. They have good depth of Counsel to fit almost any area of law and have strong juniors, such as the excellent Gregory Burke. Personally I have used 5 separate Counsel from Chambers on multiple cases with more junior members assisting where necessary.

7BR has a brilliant clinical negligence team. Paul Eeles and Mark Waterson are the senior clerks responsible for clinical negligence, and they run a tight ship.

7BR has some outstanding members who are a pleasure to work with.

7BR is stuffed full of highly impressive workhorse advocates. Their technical knowledge and friendly but forthright advocacy has made this team a go-to set.

7br provide a professional service, listen to client requirements and respond with quality counsel.

All staff at the Chambers are extremely helpful, quick to respond to any queries raised.

Excellent reputation and good choice of counsel.

Excellent reputation in claimant clinical negligence with very good selection of specialist barristers.

Good strength in depth, very good webinars/training programmes and material too.

Good strong set with strength in depth on the Claimants’ product liability side. They have perhaps ceased to be the first set to go to for Claimants seeking product liability barristers, but are still strong with Hugh Preston, Simeon Maskrey QC and Adam Korn

I have used these chambers for many years and have always been happy with the service.

I think 7BR are a very strong set. Anita Guha is an outstanding barrister and Kitty Geddes and Emily Mitchell for example are also excellent. I do not have any worries about the team at 7BR.

The best general crime and fraud set on the Midland circuit.

Collingwood Thompson QC is a stellar QC. I have worked with him in the last few years. He is at the top of his game and always a pleasure to deal with.Jenny Carter- Manning QC is extremely bright and hard working and a pleasure to work with. Ben Isaacs is also very bright and a great junior.

Steve Wright is an excellent clerk and goes that extra mile to help provide an excellent service.

The recent revamping of the client suite brings state of the art communications to Chambers giving it an edge over many most other sets.

The set is the go-to set for product liability claimant work. There are a number of excellent barristers that practice in this area across all levels. They are all strong and have a wide range of experience.

The set is very strong with a number of top-notch practitioners. They benefit from having maintained a broad practice, meaning their counsel have experience of disparate areas of law and can therefore get to grips with problems crossing practice areas.

This set has excellent strength in depth, more counsel than any other I know of for this area of law.

Very friendly and always happy to help with queries relating to both new and existing instructions.

Very strong set, with highly capable juniors and leaders.

Well organised and responsive to urgent matters that need dealing with at short notice.

9 Park Place

Cardiff-based 9 Park Place is a common law set with expertise across a range of areas, including Chancery, crime, employment, immigration, professional discipline, property, children, and family law. Since the start of the pandemic, a number of chambers' financial remedy specialists have been conducting and chairing private FDRs. In recent news, David Elias QC began his three-year term as leader of the Wales and Chester Circuit; Cadi Dewi has been appointed a Deputy District Judge; David Evans was appointed a Recorder (Family) on the Wales Circuit. John Hipkin QC  has joined the set's criminal team from Iscoed Chambers, Swansea.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Clerks are efficient and pleasant to deal with.

I have always found James Watson to be very helpful and efficient.

Michael Lieberman is the head clerk. He is a consummate professional and it is a pleasure to deal with him.

Set:

9 Park Place are a well organised, very professional chambers with many fine counsel.

9 Park Place are an excellent chambers as they are professional, yet personable to deal with and the clerks are always willing to assist and go the extra mile when needed. They are my preferred chambers to use for the instruction of counsel generally in respect of family work.

9 Park Place offers a very good choice of experienced junior Counsel and the set is able to deal effectively with the majority of my cases.

A number of good quality counsel. Barristers tend to be friendly and approachable.

A set who are leaders in their field and of the highest quality, assisted by a team of very bright juniors who are capable and will never let you down. They have an excellent clerking team who will always offer competitive pricing and will go over and beyond their duty to assist. They are deemed by all senior and well-respected practitioners within the area as the Chambers of choice.

An excellent set with broad experience at all levels.

Excellent clerking – with good conference facilities

It is without a doubt the best set of chambers in Cardiff. The quality and range of barristers are excellent and the support staff and clerking are all first class.

The most reliable and accommodating chambers in Cardiff.

This chambers has a good depth of quality for children and financial remedy work. I believe they are the leading regional team.

Well organised, approachable.

9 St John Street

Manchester-based multidisciplinary set 9 St John Street has been strengthened by the arrival of employment and criminal practitioner Robert Lassey and crime specialist Geoff Whelan from Kenworthy's Chambers. The crime team has also been bolstered by David Bruce and Nigel Booth joining from St John's Buildings. Elsewhere, Sandi Pope has strengthened the family team and Dr John Sorabji joined having previously worked as a senior lawyer advising the Lord Chief Justice and Master of the Rolls. Also of note, Kirsty McKinlay has been appointed as a Recorder on the Northern Circuit and a Deputy District Judge; Rachael Levene was appointed a First Tier Tribunal Judge in the Health, Education and Social Care Chamber; Catherine Cundy was appointed a Fee Paid Judge of the First Tier Tribunal (Health, Education and Social Care Chamber) sitting in the Mental Health Tribunal.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Ped Mckinstry is the Head Family Clerk. He is always approachable, helpful and efficient/effective. He will sort things whenever he can, and will not leave you waiting.

Service at 9SJS is always professional, courteous and efficient.

9SJS clerks are top-notch, very professional and great to deal with.

A well run clerking service. Pleasant and efficient, Ped McKinstry is particularly good to deal with.

All the family clerks are so helpful. Ped Mckinstry is brilliant. He always tries to assist and is so approachable and accommodating. He is the first person I call when I need to instruct Counsel.

Efficient; friendly and approachable; work with us to find solutions for clients – Tony Morrissey is very experienced and knowledgeable.

Great service, Tony Morrissey, Chris Swann and Julia Lanza are all very personable and solution-focused 24/7.

Julia is always excellent and a pleasure to deal with.

Julia Lanza and Tony Morrissey both go the extra mile to help clients and instructing solicitors alike. Very responsive and knowledgeable.

Julia Lanza is excellent and always go the extra mile.

Pead McKinstry runs a very tight ship, very approachable and with a can-do approach which always makes it a pleasure to instruct members from his set.

Ped is very helpful and always gets back in touch.

Ped McKinstry is exceptional as is Chris Swann.

The clerking team are continually fantastic; they are helpful, thorough, efficient and quick to respond to any queries you may have. Mark Hyde, in particular, is utterly brilliant. He takes the phrase ‘going over and above’ to a whole new level and will bend over backwards and move mountains to provide assistance. His customer service really is phenomenal; he is friendly, available,  efficient and as an asset to the team.

The Clerks – in particular Joe Gibson and Phil Spencer are fantastic. Both are always extremely obliging and happy to assist.

The clerks are always most helpful. Julia Lanza is particularly good.

The clerks are fantastic. They respond efficiently and offer practical useful advice on instructing counsel. They are very good at passing on messages to counsel and will tell you if you need to draft a formal instruction brief or whether a email summary will suffice. They will also pencil in counsel for you if you are not able to place a firm booking.

The clerks are one of the strengths of these chambers – they don’t over-promise and under-deliver (generally the opposite), are reasonable and realistic on fee levels and timing of payment, and are generally a great support to any litigation matter.

The clerks are very good – in particular Julia Lanza. Very responsive and extremely helpful.

Tony Morrissey (Head Clerk) is superb.

A fantastic set with a first-rate clerking team. Always happy to help with strength in depth.

The PI clerks a 9 St John Street Chambers are second to none. They have never let me down. Jane Slingsby is a diary wizard and Joe Gibson genuinely understands the importance of having the right counsel for the right case.

Set:

A good and diverse set for family/children cases.

9 St John Street are, in my view, the premier employment set in the North West and one of the strongest in the country.

9 St John Street is an excellent chambers.

9SJ Chambers are our first port of call when seeking Counsel in employment matters. Their clerks are always very responsive and helpful and go above and beyond to ensure clients get the very best service.

9SJS are the ‘go-to’ Chambers for employment law in the North West.

A good general set with a high quality employment team.

An excellent set of chambers from the clerking to the barristers – great service.

An excellent set of chambers with likeable clerks and very experienced and knowledgeable Personal Injury barristers.

Approachable, flexible and wide-ranging in severity of personal injury work.

Chambers always have an employment counsel available with excellent response time and personable staff.

Chambers are able to offer a selection of experienced barristers who conduct children law proceedings and I have instructed several barristers from the same chambers.

Counsel are always available and happy to assist with any issues that arise. They generally are able to turnaround work quickly.

Easy to work with, quick to respond to any requests, and provides the right guidance and assistance when needed.

Efficient, accessible, helpful. Julia Lanza in particular is a very professional clerk who we trust to recommend the right barrister for a case if the preferred barrister is not available.

Excellent – a tour de force of employment law outside London

Excellent set with real strength in depth. Go to Chambers for me and my team.

One of the leading chambers for PI work in Manchester with a professional attitude extending from the head of chambers, and cascading down through the barristers, clerks and administrative staff.

Outstanding and the Clerks must also take part of the credit for that. When you know Counsel’s Clerk means it when they say they will come back to you as soon as they can, ‘goes the extra mile’ and builds a relationship with you; that makes a big difference.

The chambers are always accommodating, friendly and a pleasure to deal with.

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The set have increased their numbers in Family work over the past few years and this is to be very welcomed. There are a number of vary capable Juniors as well as Sarah including Emma Greenhalgh and Lukhvinder Kaur.

The set is known for having a high-quality employment group.

There are a number of barristers in the set who are regularly instructed by the firm. They are well known for their efficiency and manner, particularly with lay clients who are often in highly stressful situations.

This Chambers meets the vast majority of my needs, with barristers available at all levels of experience.

Very good chambers, strength in depth across personal injury.

Without doubt the strongest employment set in the North West.

Equity Chambers

Birmingham-based Equity Chambers is a 12-member set specialising in criminal matters across the Midlands.

Walnut House

Exeter-based set Walnut House has expertise across a range of civil, family and criminal law matters, including personal injury, public and private children law, professional discipline, fraud, murder and manslaughter cases.

Testimonials

Clerks:

‘Always good service from the clerks.’

‘Always very helpful.’

‘Prompt and efficient.’

Set:

‘Excellent availability of counsel with experience and expertise in family law.’

I have always been very happy with barristers I have instructed from Walnut House.’

Pallant Chambers

From bases in Chichester and Southampton, Pallant Chambers is a notable set on the South Eastern circuit for family, property and Chancery matters. Rosein Magee is a new appointment as a Circuit Judge in Portsmouth.

Testimonials

Clerks:

All the clerks are incredibly professional and amiable and it is a joy to work with them. Their senior clerk Alister Williams strives to ensure his team are doing their absolute best to meet our clients needs, he is always swift to jump in and resolve any issues as soon as they arise.

The clerks at Pallant are very friendly and provide a good service. Pallant will alway do their best to ensure that they can cover hearings where possible, even at short notice.

The clerks at Pallant Chambers are excellent, they are fair, very helpful and pleasant.

Very friendly and approachable. Try and accommodate as much as they are able. Alister Williams is a dependable senior clerk and leads a great team well.

Very good level of service. Always very prompt. Alister Williams, Sophie Gallagher and Kiah Essex are all very good at making suitable suggestions and all the clerks are very helpful.

Set:

A good choice of experienced advocates with different styles to suit all clients.

Pallant Chambers are very approachable and friendly set. They offer a broad range of expertise and experience with their barristers. I have instructed them for many years and have received good results for clients.

Pallant Chambers have grown and become the first set I will contact when I need advice or advocates for cases in the South-east.

Pallant Chambers offer a wide range of Counsel with varying levels of experience.  I have found the quality of the set second to none.

Pallant has a very strong public family law team, which offers barristers of all levels across all areas of public family law.

The set as a whole is a very strong set. Availability of Counsel is good, and they have good depth, so if the Counsel you have requested is not available, there is a strong alternative offered. They have offered training for us which has been very helpful.

Very approachable and try and find workable solutions when there are issues.

KBG Chambers

Plymouth, Exeter, and Turore-based KBG Chambers offers expertise in civil, crime, and family matters. In recent news, Charlotte Davies  has been appointed a fee-paid judge of the First Tier Tribunal and a Deputy District Judge. Ibraheem Dulmeer, a member of Normanton Chambers in London, has joined us as a door tenant.

Testimonials

Clerks:

All clerks are very good and very helpful, especially Colin who goes over and above for all the solicitors.

Always very helpful and engaging.

As referred to above, all clerks at this chambers are professional, friendly, easily contactable and approachable. They are always willing and ready to assist and to work to ensure counsel is fully made available and that any cover of counsel is arranged to meet expectations and requirements at all times. There is a great depth of cover in the clerks room, meaning you will always speak to someone when you call and are not kept waiting or passed to different people. In particular Head Clerk Colin Palmer makes himself available 24/7 and is always contactable to deal with any matters. He has been Head Clerk for some time now and I have always found him to be incredibly hard working, approachable and willing to help to arrange counsels diary in dealing with booking conferences and hearings for counsel to deal, to suit instructing solicitors and clients alike at all times. I would not have any fear or reluctance in any case, in the knowledge that he is working hard, making counsel available to cover any case I have instructed counsel in.

Helpful and reliable.

Chambers are very supportive.

Colin and his team are friendly, flexible and approachable.

Colin Palmer and Jamie Kyte are exceptional clerks. There is rarely any delay in answering questions and they are flexible when dealing with availability of counsel. They will often speak with us out of hours if problems arise and calmly deal with any issues.

Colin Palmer is an excellent ambassador and senior clerk. Always approachable.

Colin Palmer the Senior Clerk, Jamie Kyte the Civil Clerk and Yvonne Simmons the Family Clerk are all quite simply excellent.

Whilst being friendly and a reliable bunch, they have backbone too.

Colin, head clerk is always interested to understand what solicitors and clients are looking for and is proactive in asking for feedback and suggestions.

Colin, Lewis and the team at KBG go out of their way to assist.

Efficient and courteous service.

 

Set:

A good professional set which cover all types of work.

A good set with a number of barristers who deal with family cases in a compassionate yet forthright way.

A very well regarded set who are accessible and always ready to assist

Chambers are always quick to respond and have good availability. They provide good quality training and are always very approachable.

Chambers has great strength in depth. I deal with public law care cases as well as divorce and there are a number of very good Counsel who specialise in public law work. We are lucky as they are local so they are a major part of our legal community providing training and social activities. I have also been very impressed with their up and coming young Junior Counsel, particularly in public law and private child cases who are knowledgeable, motivated and well prepared.

Excellent family set.

Helpful set always keen to provide the appropriate counsel with experienced back up when necessary, and free training provided from time to time for practitioners.

Rarely is there any lapse in time between and enquiry and getting a matter up and running.

I regularly instruct various Counsel from this chambers from the senior junior and junior end, for various criminal cases. They have a very strong range of counsel available.

They are my ‘go to’ set – a solid and well respected set.

They have good depth, are very approachable and price competitive.

Irrespective of the deadline, timeframe provided or urgency, KBG Chambers will always have somebody available to assist and advise. Their fees are reasonable and realistic and their offering of civil litigation members is superb.

Very good set, with strong junior base.

Enterprise Chambers

With bases in London, Bristol, Leeds, and Newcastle, Enterprise Chambers has expertise across the gamut of commercial and Chancery law matters. In recent news, James Pickering QC was appointed Queen’s Counsel; Sally Blackmore  arrived from Ely Place Chambers; Edward Francis was appointed Deputy Master of the Chancery Division.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Always friendly but business-like. Joanne Caunt is as ever a delight to work with.

Couldn’t be more helpful in terms of agreeing turnaround times, getting papers to court and client service.

Excellent Jo and Ellen in Leeds are two of the easiest clerks to deal with and have fantastic links with the court.

Excellent, they do everything possible to make filing and listing pain free. Justin Emmettt in Bristol is particularly good.

Excellent, very helpful and supportive. In particular Frazer Gale-Sinclair who is so helpful and will even assist out of hours and contact the court/update you on matters even when you haven’t requested assistance. Brilliant clerk.

Excellent. Justin Emmett in Bristol and Michael Ireland in London are very good and very responsive. Good at locating the right level of barrister for each case. Very willing to make contact with the courts and the other side making the job much easier in many instances.

Excellent. Raj Lamba is always very professional, responsive and extremely helpful.

Friendly and reliable clerks who are always at the end of the phone. Justin in Bristol and Jo in Leeds are always available and no task is too much for them.

I like working with Raj Lamba. Very quick, efficient and collaborative.

Jeremy is supported by Justin Emmett who we have worked with for a considerable number of years both at Enterprise and Guildhall before that. We find him approachable and helpful which in reality is all you want from a clerk.

Jo and Ellen based at the Leeds Office. They are always helpful and will sort out any enquiries within a matter of minutes. They are both reliable and friendly, yet extremely efficient and professional.

Joanne Caunt is fantastic. Does the job she’s supposed to do but with a human touch which is always welcome and appreciated.

Justin Emmett is a key member of the legal team. He is committed and his network across the Western Circuit makes him indispensable.

Michael and his whole clerking team are excellent. Approachable, commercial and straight forward.

Personable and personal! they get to know the instructing solicitors well and are very flexible in finding appropriate counsel/discussing fees.

The clerking is second to none. Nothing is too much trouble and they move heaven and earth to accommodate the clients needs.

The clerks are great, always available, responsive, flexible and on the ball. I have primarily dealt with Michael Ireland who is always the consummate professional, Luke Clark and Frazer Gail-Sinclair who are also a pleasure to work with.

The clerks are very good at allocating the right barrister for the work, including organising last minute cover. Michael Ireland is very approachable and easy to get on with. No airs and graces!

The Clerks at Enterprise truly are an asset to the set as a whole. They have always been more than helpful and have sought to provide the right barrister for the job. I have often dealt with Mr Frazer Gale-Sinclair as he takes the time to listen to the disputed issues so as to ensure the matter is allocated to the most appropriate barrister for the task. He is always professional and gives the impression that no request is too much trouble.

Set:

The chambers works in a very organised and stream lined way. I have used various barristers from the chambers and the standard is high. Great client care and clerks are easy to approach.

A progressive and outgoing set, very ready to offer training and get togethers for solicitors.

A set that probably excels in property litigation and insolvency work, where they have some very impressive Juniors, and would be at the top of my list.

A specialist set and our go-to set for particularly complex matters. They have such a good range of barristers that we are always able to instruct a barrister at the right level.

Efficient and well run. A good selection of Chancery Counsel available for all needs.

Enterprise are an excellent set and are my go to chambers. They have great strength in depth in most areas and always have someone willing to help and in the discipline required. Always find every member used is always prepared and provide excellent proactive advice.

Enterprise are my set of choice. They have some excellent barristers who are knowledgeable and able to give good commercial advice. There is always someone available to speak to and they will go out of their way to ensure that your requests are accommodated.

Enterprise are one of my ‘go-to’ sets. The clerking is good and barristers are approachable, accessible and available.

Enterprise Chambers are always at the forefront of my mind whenever the services of a barrister might be required.

Enterprise Chambers are simply outstanding.

Enterprise chambers is my go to chambers in London.

Enterprise Chambers offers city standard counsel for the South West. They work collectively and go further than other sets to assist wherever they can.

Enterprise has deep insolvency related experience and, as such, was a natural choice for this dispute.

Good availability of Counsel, clerks are quick to respond and easy to work with, training program, seminar series and online resources are commendable.

Good strength in depth, accessible, good to have someone who can pop to our offices and meet face to face, client handling skills important and they are one of the sets that have a good reputation across the North.

Have good profile in the market and the chambers commands a lot of respect in the region. With a number of senior barristers and true specialists in insolvency they have good availability and always quality. They are active in providing training in the region and often pair with other organisations to provide a different perspective. Excellent clerks which makes filing applications and getting listed very easy. They work seamlessly across the country and have ease of access to the London courts.

Set is very good and holds its own against the specialist London sets, especially in the technical expertise of its barristers. London barristers at regional prices!

Sound and reliable, but the Bristol based team is a particular beacon of expertise for banking related knowledge and legal advice.

The set that Counsel belongs to has a broad spectrum of barristers, at all levels, available to assist and they are both knowledgeable and helpful for insolvency matters. The set includes is a ‘go to’ set for insolvency work with highly skilled and knowledgeable barristers within their ranks.

Very helpful and personable and go above and beyond to assist. Quality of barristers excellent

We regularly use Enterprise Chambers for both insolvency and commercial dispute resolution matters. They always have good options for us in both areas.

Gatehouse Chambers

Multidisciplinary set Gatehouse Chambers, which has particular expertise across the construction, professional negligence, and property litigation space, has had an eventful year, becoming a limited company and announcing plans to move to One Gray’s Inn in mid 2021. The set's expansion plans have continued with the arrival of Mark O’Grady from Lamb Chambers, and Philipp Simon and Faisel Sadiq from Ely Place. Chambers management has also expanded with the hiring of Zoe Mellor as Practice Operations Director. In other recent news, the set has celebrated the appointment of five new Recorders: Jamal Demachkie, Andrew Skelly, Matthew Hodson (South Eastern, Crime), Rupert Higgins (Midland, Family), and Alison Meacher (South Eastern, Family).

Testimonials

Clerks

Patrick Sarson is by far the most approachable and unquestionably efficient clerk I have had the pleasure of dealing with.

Richard Sumarno, Paul Nuttall and Adam Blades are fantastic clerks who respond promptly to requests. They are all highly organised and are willing to offer assistance where possible.

Richard Sumarno and James Duncan-Harthill lead the team really well. They are great to deal with. Very accommodating and clear. Natasha and Paul are also very good.

The clerks are always available to speak, they are polite friendly and very professional. Of particular note are James Duncan-Hartill and Richard Sumano either of whom are contactable out of hours and willing to assist in any way they can.

James Duncan Harthill is a great senior clerk and keeps in regular contact with our team. I would say that Hardwicke are modern and forward thinking.

Best clerking in the business. Patrick Sarson is particularly good.

Excellent clerks across the whole set. Adam Blades a standout.

The clerks rooms are all helpful, both in organising conferences and dealing with the financial administration of any instructions. Paul Nuttal is a great first point of contact and particularly helpful.

Set

Very efficient, and the set as a whole is excellently lead by CEO Amanda Illing.

Hardwicke is one of my go-to sets for commercial litigation. The strength and depth of experience available means you know the right person will be available for any job even if your first choice counsel is not available.

Good strength in depth in terms of costs. Reasonable and pragmatic when it comes to fees when necessary and generally always available to assist even at short notice.

Hardwicke also run a range of training programmes – some at their Chambers and some online – including some delivered at our offices. All have been effective, focused and well presented.

The training offered is excellent and there is a good broad spectrum of experience to chose from.

Hardwicke run a good seminar programme on topical issues which members of the team regularly attend.

Willing to present up to date and helpful seminars on cost developments.

The set are dynamic and proactive which has been especially apparent during the Covid-19 crisis. They heve been adaptable and helpful in sharing knowledge and information.

I attended a very useful seminar last year which also provided the opportunity to get to know some of the barristers better and makes you more likely to instruct them in future.

We are fans of Hardwicke. They seem to be very on the ball and are raising their profile.

I know more barristers at Hardwicke than any other chambers – they introduce each other and do not simply rely on the clerks to market the wider set. They have been running a great series of accessible (short and informal) webinars on the Covid crisis – I am bombarded by circulars from solicitors and barristers and these webinars are the only webinars I regularly make the time to attend

Hardwicke chambers are often our go to set for a wide range of commercial matters. Their communication and administrative skills are excellent which always makes life easier.

I have worked with Hardwicke Chambers for many years and they are one of my go to sets for property litigation work. I have worked with many of their barristers and find them easy to deal with.

The set has an extensive rage of juniors who are able to deal with all insolvency related matters. Many of the junior are also experts can offer wider advice over connected albeit different areas.

I have found Hardwicke to be excellent in the areas of property and wills/estates.

Forum Chambers

London Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales > Forum Chambers

Testimonials

Clerks:

Efficient and prompt with both the provision of costs estimates and the delivery of fee notes.

I have always been very well serviced by this set.

Set:

Approachable, friendly, refreshingly not old-school.

Specialist and highly regarded in their field.

Albion Chambers

Bristol’s Albion Chambers is best known for its criminal and family expertise, as well as regulatory work. In recent news, Matt Jackson , an employmentcivil, and crime specialist, has joined from 10KBW. Also of note, Sarah Regan and David Chidgey have been appointed as Crown Court Recorders; Chidgey has is also to sit as a Deputy District Judge on the Western Circuit along with Deborah Dinan-Hayward.

Testimonials

Clerks:

A very friendly and efficient service, particularly from Michael Harding and Julie Hathway.

Albion Chambers’ clerks provide friendly, efficient and reliable administration.

Albion’s family clerks, Michael, Julie and Marcus are wonderful to work with – helpful and proactive and very friendly. Highly recommended.

All the clerks are approachable and prepared to do all they can to help. Ken Duthie, Bonnie Colbeck and Nick Jeanes are best known to me. I have never received anything other than a familiar yet totally professional service from them.

Excellent. They have a strong team of three full-time family clerks who cultivate very good working relationships with solicitors. There is great communication between the clerks themselves which creates a sense of being in safe hands

For me, this is the best clerks’ room in the South West. Special mention must go to Michael Harding and Julie Hathway; who’s service and guidance to instructing solicitors is first class.

I can particularly recommend Stephen Arnold. I believe a good clerk is the key to any successful relationship with a set of chambers. Stephen appreciates where each of his team’s strengths lie so he can ensure the most appropriate barrister is instructed.

I have always been impressed by the friendliness of the clerks and in particular Nick Jeanes who is our main point of contact. Nick is always friendly and able to help even when we send instructions at short notice.

Julie and Michael go above and beyond. They are fabulous.

Julie Hathway, Michael Harding and Marcus Harding are all fab. Love dealing with them.

Michael and Julie are a pleasure to work with. Always willing to go the extra mile for you.

Michael Harding and Julie Hathway are always incredibly helpful.

Michael Harding is fantastic. Always willing to do what he can to help.

Nick Jeanes – efficient and friendly, always finds a solution quickly.

Nick Jeanes is always a pleasure to work with.

Michael Harding and Julie Hathaway are excellent and will go out of their way to assist when urgent representation needed.

Steven Arnold has always been very helpful and responsive.

The clerks always strive to find suitable counsel for the case and are clear regarding costs estimates, which is essential.

The clerks are all excellent and very user friendly.

The clerks are all friendly and helpful and have a reasonable approach to fees and estimates. They are happy to liaise with the court and all have a good relationship with the court clerks as well.

The clerks are all user friendly and always happy to help out.

The clerks are exceptional, approachable and helpful. Communication is good and they go out of their way to make sure clients and solicitors are supported. Very accessible.

The service and clerks are very good. They work very hard to provide solutions. Senior clerk Nick Jeanes is very experienced and good at his job He has been extremely helpful.

The service from chambers as a whole is excellent always professional, accommodating and communicative.

Nick Jeanes is a first-rate clerk who is helpful and responsive.

The service from the clerk’s room is excellent and Michael is particularly helpful.

A friendly but efficient clerking team always on hand to assist and communication has never been a concern.

Set:

Albion is my ‘go-to’ chambers in the South West. Their ethos is demonstrated by the counsel in their set: tenacious, approachable, hardworking but a pleasure to work with.

Albion are a fantastic chambers with strength in depth in all disciplines. They are in my view the best family chambers in the south-west and my go-to chambers of choice.

Albion Chambers are a fantastic set with strength in depth across all areas of their practice. They are the leading chambers in family work in the South West and my go-to chambers of choice.

Albion Chambers are a long-established set in Bristol. They have always excelled in having a broad range of criminal advocates, from those newly qualified to the most experienced members who are able to conduct the most serious of criminal cases.

Albion Chambers are an excellent regional set, and we instruct them regularly, for both cases in the South West and sometimes in London or elsewhere. They have a wide range of barristers in respect of both private children and financial work.

Albion chambers are great. They have very good options for counsel.

Albion Chambers is a well-respected chambers, which does have many extremely competent barristers to choose from.

Albion Chambers is an excellent set. They maintain a strong team of reliable and reputable counsel.

Albion Chambers offers consistently high-quality members.

Albion have a strong team of family law counsel with a range of experience which facilitates matching the right counsel to the client and case.

Albion has always had a strong reputation in Family Law in Bristol. I am not as familiar with them all as I was when I worked in Bristol but the clerks are all lovely and will always work with you to accommodate needs. Dan Leafe is also excellent. He and Nick are our go-to’s.

Albion have been strengthening their team in Care Work and have an excellent team of barristers

Albion has good depth in general crime barristers and a number of rising stars.

Albion is probably the leading family law chambers in Bristol and the south-west. The size of their team means that they are generally able to offer a choice of counsel for a hearing which in turn means that it’s usually possible to handpick the right person for the job in hand. Almost universally all family barristers from Albion adopt a similarly constructive and non-confrontational approach to family law litigation.

Albion is the best set for family in Bristol

Albion is the strongest set in the area. It has a wide variety of barristers and very competent and helpful clerks.

An excellent Family set. Strength in-depth and always helpful. Excellent knowledge base.

As far as I am concerned they remain the premier set in the South -West. Always my first “port-of-call”.

Best Chambers in the South West.

Chambers have strength-in-depth for regulatory crime and availability of counsel has never been an issue.

Considerable strength in depth in their Family Team so, on those occasions that Deborah has not been available, I can always rely on other high calibre members of the Family team to stand in her stead.

Excellent strength in depth in financial remedy and children work.

Good strength in depth and a great variety of personalities to suit any client.

Large and impressive family team.

There is in-depth quality right across the family team.

Apex Chambers

Cardiff-based Apex Chambers handles a range of criminal, regulatory, and disciplinary law. The Lord Chancellor, Robert Buckland QC MP, remains a door tenant.

Ashley Murray Chambers

Ashley Murray Chambers is the set of senior family barrister Ashley Murray, who is very well-regarded for elite family finance work in the North West.

Atlantic Chambers

Liverpool-based Atlantic Chambers  has expertise across a range of disciplines, including personal injury, clinical negligence, Chancery, employment, and family matters. In recent news, Teleri Jones, a former solicitor, has joined the set's family practice group, while Mark Stewards has been appointed both as a fee-paid judge of the Employment Tribunals (West Midlands Circuit) and as a fee-paid judge assigned to the First Tier Immigration and Asylum Chamber in Manchester.

Testimonials

Set:

A well run, friendly and helpful chambers who are efficient with their diary management.

An excellent set with very good clerks.

Great to work with. There are a number of clerks who can assist. I can easily contact each directly and nothing is too much trouble. The administration at chambers is seamless and I could not fault the service that they provide.

Atlantic Chambers are clerked efficiently, they are reliable and helpful. They have been my go to chambers for 20 years!

Atlantic Chambers are professional and approachable.

They will communicate with the barristers and provide a response in a timely manner.

The clerks are approachable by phone and email.

Atlantic Chambers offer an excellent service. They are well organised and efficient.

Chambers are always very helpful and quick to turn around instructions.

Chambers is clerked efficiently and chambers as a whole has a can do ethos.

Excellent service and very accommodating.

Friendly set of Chambers, very high quality clerking, with care in recommending particular counsel with specific skills, you also get the barrister you book and you cannot say that of all sets of Chambers.

From the call through from reception to clerks, they can always accommodate your request.

Very organised and extremely helpful. Simple and clear fee structure.

Very reliable and helpful clerking team. They have always attempted to go the extra mile when required.

Bank House Chambers

Styled as 'the oldest independent set of chambers outside London', Sheffield-based Bank House Chambers is a crime-focused set also offers civil and family expertise, as well as regulatory and public law.

Clerks:

Wayne Digby (Senior Clerk); David Harrison (Junior Clerk); Chantelle Bedworth (Family Fees Clerk)

Becket Chambers

Becket Chambers benefits from a strong presence in Kent, where it has offices in Canterbury, Dartford, Maidstone, and Tunbridge Wells, and also in Sussex where it has recently moved its Eastbourne annexe to new premises in Brighton. The set is best known for its family work but its members are also instructed in civil and local government-related matters. In recent news, Linda Glover has joined the clerking team as second junior clerk.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Both Paul Eaton and Arron Smith are excellent clerks, I have worked with for many years. They offer an excellent service.

Clerks are very efficient, always happy to help and quick to respond.

I am regularly impressed with the speed of a response from the clerking team. Paul and Arron are both clerks that I trust and who are willing to do what they can to accommodate.

Set:

Chambers offer mediation, arbitration and a good range of counsel in family matters – from more senior to junior which is what is needed by me as a high street family solicitor with a broad range of clients. With a strong set of family counsel there is a good choice and therefore availability. The training courses I have attended have been well received.

Good range of counsel always helpful and reliable.

I am very impressed by their organisation and general practices.

Broadway House Chambers

Operating from bases in Leeds and Bradford, Broadway House Chambers is a multidisciplinary set which is particularly strong in family and children law. In recent news, Sharn Samra and Rachel Mellor were appointed Recorders, assigned to sit on the North Eastern Circuit dealing with family cases; Nicola Hoskins joined the set's regulatory and business, property and probate teams, while Emma McIlveen has joined its employment and immigration teams as a door tenant.

Byrom Street Chambers

Manchester-based Byrom Street Chambers is a multidisciplinary set which is particularly noted for its strength-in-depth and expertise in clinical negligence and serious personal injury cases.

Testimonials

Clerks:

A first class act. Matt Tudor is particularly approachable and friendly.

All of the clerks are super responsive and cannot do enough to help.

All very reliable, efficient, user friendly. Steve Price and Matt Tudor are usual points of contact but also have good support from Lucy Smith, Kyle Scott (fees) and Michelle Glover (training).

Always deliver a first class service. Always really helpful to me. I can really rely on them

Clerks are second to none; completely adept at balancing the solicitors needs and demands with Counsels commitments and requirements.

Efficient and personable clerking at all times. Possibly not as commercially proactive as other clerks in similar sets of chambers.

Excellent and professional. Matt Tudor and Steve Price are excellent

Matt Tudor is always available and goes out of his way to assist wherever possible.

Particular high standard of clerking. Service is excellent. The best I have seen by a distance

Steve and Matt are both exceptional. They are easy to get hold of, quick to offer a solution should any issues arise and know their Counsel very well.

Steve Price is an excellent Head Clerk and he is well assisted by Matt Tudor. Both have a good knowledge of ongoing cases and even the particular difficulties experienced by individual clients.

Steve Price leads by example and heads up a team of very professional clerks. The team as a whole is equally proactive and responsive.

Matt Tudor and Steve Price are at the top of their game.

The clerking is excellent. Timely, responsive, flexible and amenable. There is always someone on hand to help out.

The clerking is excellent: Steve Price will always move heaven and earth to fit in with instructing solicitors’ requirements.

The clerks are all extremely helpful. They do their best to fit in with needs on cases. They are efficient and always do what they say they will in a sensible period. Steve Price and Matt Tudor are excellent and they are well supported by the other clerks including Emma Darlington, Lucy Bardsley and the chambers’ administrator, Michelle Glover.

The clerks are Byrom Street Chambers are second to none: they are experts in their own right, go out of their way to make cases work and make it a pleasure and an ease to instruct counsel there.

The clerks are keen to help and IT-savvy.

The whole team is worthy of praise, but Steve and Matt are always particularly on the ball and helpful.

Very good and helpful clerks room, always willing to assist and work with you as a team as issues arise.

Very helpful clerking service. Emma Darlington goes out of her way to help.

Set:

A very strong set. Clerks know their counsel and Solicitors very well. Great to work with. Relevant updates provided by annual conferences delivered by leading counsel.

A very well known set of chambers renowned in the field of catastrophic injury cases – for both PI and clinical negligence. Extremely experienced silks.

Absolutely excellent in that it offers a number of exceptional QCs in the area of claimant clinical negligence

An extremely strong set with an unrivalled team of personal injury silks, all of whom are friendly and approachable.

An extremely strong set. They are mainly QC’s so there expertise is not surprising. They have several barristers who I would have no hesitation instructing on behalf of a client as I know that excellence is guaranteed. They run excellent, in depth training sessions.

Byrom St have an impressive number of top QC’s many of whom i use for high value and complex cases. They are known for their professionalism and those who rely upon their input can in the vast majority of cases, be secure in the knowledge that their clients are in safe hands.

Top barristers, who perform consistently well supported by excellent clerks.

Byrom Street Chambers are the go-to chambers for the leading cases in this field. They match up to any of the London chambers.

Byrom Street Chambers is in my opinion outstanding with a number of different barristers from the set being instructed in my most catastrophic of cases.

Byrom Street deliver excellent training programmes – the best updates to attend for a proper grounding.

Byrom Street has an excellent selection particularly at QC level.

Byrom Street have the best Personal Injury silks in the country. They have numerous members being capable of dealing with the most difficult and complex cases.

Excellent. Efficient. Friendly. On the ball and always eager to assist. Great set and our go to set for catastrophic injury injury.

It is a great set with huge amounts of experience in clinical negligence.

Professional and a group of highly skilled individuals. Very experienced set in the field of medical negligence. Well organised with a large number of excellent barristers.

Civitas Law

Civitas Law in Cardiff specialises in civil and public law  matters. Over the past 12 months, employment and professional disciplinary specialist Jonathan Walters has joined chambers; Owain James was appointed a Deputy District Judge and to the Paralympic Board of Appeal of Classification; and Bryan Thomas was involved in Wales' first virtual civil trial.

Testimonials

Clerks:

‘Civitas are well clerked, very efficient and accommodating. Andrea McLean and Alyson Hartington-Clark are always very helpful and willing to find a solution to issues which arise.’

‘Competent and friendly.’

‘Prompt and professional.’

‘The clerking is always excellent from the moment that papers are received until the case concludes. The role of the two senior clerks, Andrea McLean and Alyson Hartington-Clark have been invaluable, particularly when short notice court hearing cover is required.’

‘The clerks are always friendly and accommodating ad prompt in dealing with queries.’

‘The Clerks are efficient and papers are passed on to Counsel quickly. Fee notes are delivered quickly which assists, in keeping a control of costs. This is vital as we work under the Legal Aid System.’

‘The clerks are friendly and helpful. Lee Fifield is notably prompt with enquiries.’

‘The clerks are professional and very competent.’

‘The clerks have always been helpful and prompt in all their dealings with us.’

The PI and CN clerks are excellent in this chambers.’

‘They are excellent – so helpful.’

‘Very professional and understand the issues re invoicing etc very well.’

Set:

‘Civitas Chambers has built up a wealth of very capable individual counsel in all areas of civil and public law. This means that they have the ability to cross reference cases where several discrete issues may arise, but which cross over the boundaries of several areas of legal practice.’

‘Civitas have a good set of employment barristers that provides choice, depth in abilities and expertise and competitive quotes.’

‘Civitas is a Cardiff-based set which has a strong provision in the areas of employment, education and public law, particularly in aspects of those areas that are devolved and have a Welsh dimension. It is the go-to set for Welsh public law matters.’

‘Civitas offer good value, and are supportive and helpful.’

‘I have used Civitas more or less exclusively for the last 10 years. We enjoy an excellent rapport with the clerks and Claimant PI Counsel. If chosen Counsel proves unavailable, I am safe in the knowledge that we will be provided with a more than competent replacement of similar experience and expertise.’

‘Without doubt, Wales’ leading set in the field of personal injury.’

Cobden House Chambers

Cobden House Chambers in Manchester is a multidisciplinary set with strengths in criminal, family, and housing law, as well as an established personal injury offering. Since launch of our last guide, chambers has been strengthened by the arrival of family and regulatory lawyer Eve Horren, former solicitor advocate, Lucie Wood, who specialises in housing and Chancery, and business crime and regulatory specialist Satpal Roth-Sharma.  

Testimonials

Clerks:

‘The clerks are very helpful, in particular Dan Monaghan. In light of the current pandemic, Dan has gone out of his way to assist the firm with any remote bundling issues with the Court and provided literature by email when we were not able to access the offices. This was greatly appreciated.’

‘The clerks are well-organised and have a good grasp on costs budgeting.’

Set:

‘A friendly set and down to earth.’

‘Cobden House Chambers provide a wide variety of clinical negligence specialist barristers ranging from Junior Counsel, experienced Senior Junior Counsel and Q.Cs.’

Great depth of expertise for Personal Injury.’

‘This is a set that we use often in our Clinical Negligence team as they have a number of well-respected but approachable Barristers in the field.’

College Chambers

Southampton- based College Chambers has strengths in a range of areas, particularly family law and Chancery matters concerning private wealth and inheritances. In recent news, Louise Harvey has been appointed a Recorder sitting in crime on the Western Circuit and Daniel Piddington appointed a Deputy District Judge, while the set's family and children team has been strengthened by the arrival of dual-qualified solicitor advocate and barrister Tory Putnam.

Testimonials

Clerks:

‘The Clerks are always extremely helpful. Wayne Effeny, the Senior Clerk provides indepth knowledge as to the knowledge and experience of the individual counsel and is able to match counsel to the client and the case. Wayne is mindful of the client’s financial circumstances and is willing and able to discuss fees accordingly.’

Ben McLachlan and Alis Simioniuc are incredibly helpful, polite and professional.’

‘Ben McLachlan is particularly helpful and will always go out of his way to assist.’

‘The clerks room is well run, under the capable management of Wayne Effeny, the senior clerk. The clerks are friendly and approachable, and well organised. I do not recall being disappointed or let down in recent memory.’

‘This is a well clerked chambers, led by Wayne Effeny The team have an excellent awareness of my requirements and expectations and respond rapidly to get me the right individual. They are able to work creatively to provide support outside the typical provision at short notice. They provide relevant and well thought out training. In short they are a pleasure to do business with and I have never had cause to raise any kind of complaint.’

Set:

‘College Chambers has a great variety of advocates available to represent all clients in care proceedings.’

‘College Chambers have a very effective mix of counsel of varying seniority and a good grasp of the difficult financial position of local authorities. They are able to match my requirements to the correct level of counsel so that the cost remains highly competitive but the barrister instructed is never out of their depth. The junior counsel offered to me are invariably excellent.’

‘College Chambers offers counsel of all levels of experience at fair and competitive cost. It is for this reason that they have been my preferred choice of set for the last 10 or so years.’

For a set that operates outside of London, there are some very good quality barristers. On the occasions where first choice counsel is unavailable, the alternative cover is normally first rate.’

‘Strong set. Plenty of counsel in this area, varying levels of experience.’

‘The Chambers are a strong set of Chambers. They are always willing to help, and have good availability and range of Counsel to undertake hearings. They also provide useful training courses which are either free or low cost and good value for money.’

Colleton Chambers

Colleton Chambers in Exeter has expertise in crime, civil, employment, family, and Court of Protection matters. In recent news, criminal barrister Rachel Drake has joined the set following her appointment as a Recorder on the South Eastern Circuit in September 2019.

Testimonials

Clerks:

‘Clerks are good. They are straightforward to deal with and honest in their approach. Gareth is the stand out Clerk. He understands his barristers, their work type and their individual needs. He also understands your needs as an instructing solicitor and is able to marry you up with the right fit.’

‘Excellent – Gareth and Jo Creech stand out.’

‘Gareth Latchem is professional, efficient and always helpful.’

‘Gareth’s clerking is second to none – he is fantastic.’

Set:

Colleton chambers is a very well regarded set and a go to to find counsel for public law work. They have a large number of respected and highly rated counsel.’

‘Colleton Chambers have a family set who have good knowledge and skill and shine in the area. I would suggest that they have the best offering in this location.’

‘Very good local set, well thought of by courts and practitioners.’

Coram Chambers

With offices in London and Zurich, Coram Chambers  is a specialist family law set with particular expertise in public and private children's law. In recent news, Liz Isaacs QC joined the set as a door tenant, while Yasmeen Jamil and Judith Pepper have joined as full tenants of chambers;  Gill Honeyman has been appointed a Recorder on the South Eastern Circuit, family division.

Testimonials

Clerks:

‘All clerks are highly professional and deal with matters promptly.’

‘Clerks are efficient and knowledgeable.’

‘Clerks have always been quick to reply to enquiries. George and David have always been helpful and assisted with queries raised.’

‘Coram clerks are always responsive and provide quick replies to any queries and will always do their best to provide cover for cases.’

‘David Sadler is extremely helpful, organised, and is very committed to providing the best service possible. He is a pleasure to work with.’

‘George Mo provides excellent client care and always goes above and beyond to help.’

‘George Mo and David Sadler are superb.’

‘Harry Butcher and George Mo are excellent and very responsive. The clerking team have now been joined by Hudson Brewer and so will have gone from strength to strength.’

‘I have always had a good experience with the clerking team at Coram. George Mo in particular is reliable, straightforward and easy to deal with.’

‘I have had excellent service from the clerks particularly Harry Butcher and chambers has adapted well to remote working through the COVID-19 crisis.’

‘I highly rate George Mo and David Sadler. George is very personable; he is the affable face of the Clerks’ room. Both George and David are efficient and ensure that matters are followed through.’

‘The clerks are always the most helpful that I work with and will bend over backwards to ensure that as solicitors we receive the best service. They will provide helpful recommendations for counsel when required and I am able to build a good personal relationship with all of the clerks.’

Set:

‘A number of strong and effective advocates within this chambers.’

‘A well-known family specialist chambers with a wide variety of barristers.’

‘Children barristers are particularly strong at Coram.’

‘Coram chambers are unsung heroes, the service they give is excellent. They have many talented members.’

‘Coram are in a niche of their own. They are known to focus on children’s law and they do this to aplomb. They are a hardworking set known for representing the vulnerable, they are committed to Justice and never try to be flash in their presentation.’

‘Coram are one of my ‘go to’ sets. They have great depth and breadth of counsel from money practitioners to children practitioners and more. I particularly like them as they have some specialist and very experienced Tolata practitioners which I feel is an invaluable resource.’

‘Coram Chambers has for decades been my “go to” set for a wide range of children cases. They have consistent strength throughout the set from junior to senior.’

‘Coram is a large family set with a wide range of practitioners. Some of the barristers at this set are very good, and well respected in their field.’

‘Coram is an extremely reliable Chambers in terms of consistency and trying to accommodate my chosen barrister throughout the case. Even the pupils and the very junior barristers are excellent.’

‘Excellent set. You know when Coram are involved you will have sensible and experienced advocates on a case.’

‘One of my favourite sets. real strength in depth. Always helpful.’

‘Some of the best technical junior barristers around. If you have an out of the ordinary case, Coram are the set to go to.’

‘There are some very strong barristers at this set who really have a strong sense of justice and are, generally, pleasant and easy to work with.’

Cornwall Street Chambers

Cornwall Street Chambers in Birmingham, Oxford, and Shrewsbury has expertise in family, crime, and regulatory matters. In recent news, Daniel Janner QC joined as a practising door tenant, while David Swinnerton has been appointed a Circuit Judge, and Rebecca Keeves and Simon Bradshaw were appointed Deputy District Judges.

Testimonials

Clerks

The clerks offer a traditional approach to service which is sometimes sadly missing from other chambers but this is combined with state of the art technology. I have never experienced any issues, indeed the clerks have gone out of their way when needed.

Matt Fleming is just the sort of clerk you want to deal with – a can do attitude, sensible re fees and will sort urgent matters without fuss

Matthew Fleming is a sensible and reasonable clerk who responds quickly to requests.

The clerks are first class.

Set

Cornwall Street Chambers have a comprehensive set of barristers willing to step in any point called upon. Their strength in depth makes it possible to for me to feel confident in sending any instructions to chambers.

Everyone I have come across at Chambers is extremely helpful and friendly.

They do have some very good new juniors coming through.

Deans Court Chambers

Manchester- and Preston-based Deans Court Chambers is a multidisciplinary set with expertise in family, personal injury, crime, health and safety, and inquests, among other areas. Since publication of our last guide, Matthew Hooper joined from 7 Harrington Street Chambers in Liverpool, Paul Ozin QC joined chambers as a door tenant, and  Joe Hart has been appointed as Recorder assigned to the South Eastern Circuit  dealing with family matters.

Testimonials

Clerks:

All the clerks are excellent and I am impressed with Pete Kelly in particular.’

Chambers has some of the most helpful clerks in the country who truly go out of their way to assist. Worthy of particular mention, is Steven McCormick who is a true star of the clerks room and manages to ensure that Counsel are prepared despite the last-minute instructions that are typical in this area of work.’

Colin Harrison clearly does a huge amount behind the scenes to ensure all runs smoothly.’

Excellent criminal clerks, unfair to single out one particular clerk, they are all excellent. They go the extra mile to assist clients. Very helpful and reasonable fees agreed by clerks.’

James Hall and Zach May are very helpful and will go above and beyond to assist with instructions and matters.’

‘One of the factors in my continued instruction of chambers is the rapport that I have with the clerk’s department and the willingness of individual clerks to help out where problems arise for example in terms of covering hearings at short notice. The clerks room is extremely approachable and all of the clerks will endeavour to deal with enquiries and resolve problems efficiently and promptly.’

‘Pete Kelly is fantastic! He is always available and will bend over backwards to assist even last minute!’

‘The clerking at Deans Court is the standard which sets the level for the Manchester bar. Matthew Gibbons, Andy Flanagan and Colin Harrison provide a first class service of attentive, approachable and effective clerking.’

‘The clerking team are excellent. They go out of their way to ensure hearings are covered. Steve McCormick, Ben Bennett-Williams and Pete Kelly are all excellent.’

‘The clerking team are impressive and knowledgeable. They are also very personable and nothing is too much trouble for them. Peter Kelly is a standout clerk with a calm and professional manner and always adopts a practical and can do approach.’

‘The clerks provide an exceptional service. Louise McCarty sets the standard for what a family clerk should aspire to.’

‘The Clerks room provides a proactive service with a strong figure head in Peter Kelly. Mr Kelly will make honest recommendations of counsel – he knows the strengths and expertise of his team and also acknowledges and recognises the demands of solicitors/clients. He is strongly supported by his clerking team.’

Set:

‘Chambers retains a strong cadre of criminal experts and has always been able to provide quality advocates, even at short notice, in this area.’

‘Deans Court are able to accommodate all requests relating to claimant personal injury work with quality counsel who also are personable and approachable.’

‘Deans Court are an excellent provider in this sector. With broad experience and a range of excellent counsel with different backgrounds you can be guaranteed to find the perfect match for a case.’

‘Deans Court are an exceptional set in terms of Family Law expertise.’

‘Deans Court are my go-to chambers in Manchester, and generally in the North West. There are a number of barristers within the set who I instruct regularly.’

‘Deans Court are our go to barristers set as they offer an excellent service across the board, from the clerking team right up to QC level.’

‘Deans Court Chambers are a fantastic set, who I will rely upon to provide services on a range of civil and regulatory matters.’

‘Deans Court have strength of depth throughout their set and have a sterling reputation for a reason.’

‘Deans Court is top of our preferred suppliers list because, in my opinion, they are market leaders in personal injury work. Each Barrister is a specialist in their field, often with their own niche areas of interest.’

‘Fantastic set with a varied range of Barristers in all areas.’

‘Superb set of chambers all excellent and highly respected advocates.’

‘This is an excellent set of barristers. There is a good range and depth of expertise. The chambers have taken on a number of new pupils/junior bar to strengthen the availability of the lower end of chambers which is a strong move in the current climate when individuals are avoiding undertaking both crime and legal aid work.’

‘Throughout my career in private practice I have always chosen Deans Court as my chambers of choice due to the strength and depth of the barristers available to cover a myriad of legal issues.’

Dere Street Barristers

Dere Street Barristers in Newcastle and York offers expertise in family, personal injury, and clinical negligence work, as well as crime and employment. In recent news, Eleanor Irons joined from the now-closed Zenith Chambers; Kate Armstrong was appointed Deputy District Judge and a fee-paid judge of the Employment Tribunal and of the First-tier Tribunal assigned to the Health, Education and Social Care Chamber. In the clerks' room after 30 years as head clerk Kevin Beaumont retired in June with Phil Paxton, previously of Wilberforce Barristers in Hull, chosen as his successor.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Excellent pro-active service is offered by the clerks, in particular Neil Gibson.

Joanne Brown, the Business Development Clerk is simply the best clerk in the North East. Available day or night to answer any query or assist in resolving any issue, however big or small the knowledge that she is at the end of a telephone is very reassuring. Head Clerk material without a shadow of a doubt.

Particularly rate Neil Gibson, head family clerk, and Kevin Mordue. Helpful and pleasant.

Pro-active and always willing to assist and responsive when any emergency arises where counsel is required.

The clerks Liam Branch and Kevin Mordue are always available and ready to help often going the extra mile to assist where necessary.

Senior clerk Neil Gibson can always be relied upon to assist in resolving any issues.

The first point of contact for Dere Street in York is Sam Tattersall, whose approach to clerking is exemplary. He is always pleasant, helpful and pragmatic – a consummate professional and an absolute pleasure to work with.

Set:

Dere Street has a very competent set of specialist family counsel in York. They provide an impressive breadth and depth of expertise in both financial and children cases.

Dere Street have a lot of good family barristers and are one of the first ports of call in the north east.

Dere Street is my 1st chambers of choice. This is a strong set including their clerks.

Family Dept within chambers is excellent and my preferred first option.

Good strength in depth in family cases, on all aspects of Family Law. Good efficient set of clerks, who work hard to obtain counsel including at short notice. Thoroughly recommended.

Dere Street Barristers has a plethora of talented barristers across a range of disciplines.

Their family department has a wealth of experience and knowledge.

The Criminal Team is a fantastic, vibrant and technically diverse in their ability to deliver excellent advice, guidance and service with clients in this field.

It has a large criminal team who offer strength in depth at all levels.

Well run, good choice of barristers across the family law spectrum and very sensible fee structure. A refreshing alternative to the bigger city options nearby.

Devon Chambers

Devon Chambers in Plymouth covers a range of crime and family work, as well as employment, personal injury, and property, amongst other practice areas.

Doughty Street Chambers

With offices in London, Bristol, Manchester, and The Hague, Doughty Street Chambers has a wealth of expertise in public, civil liberties, criminal, and associated practice areas, and is among the top ten chambers for most leading junior and rising star rankings in the 2021 guide. Ben Cooper QC was appointed Queen's Counsel in March 2020. The set was further strengthened by a host of new members. In the public law and civil liberties and human rights teams, Stephen Knafler QC has joined from Landmark Chambers, while Maya Sikand, Shu Shin Luh, and Anthony Vaughan arrived from Garden Court Chambers. Sarah Palin joined the media and information law team from 1 Brick Court, while Beth Grossman  joined from the now-closed Ely Place Chambers; Jonathan Lennon joined the crime team from Carmelite Chambers, as did Peta-Louise Bagott  from Kingsley Napley and Rabah Kherbane from 2 Bedford Row; Leonie Hirst joined the Court of Protection and mental health team; Alice Irving joined the housing and social welfare team. In other news, Stephen Cragg QC and Benjamin Newton  have been appointed as Recorders, sitting on the South Eastern and Western Circuit respectively, and David Lammy MP joined as an associate tenant.

Testimonials

Clerks:

The Court of Protection Clerks (Emily, Rachel and Sian) are all excellent. Friendly, responsive and practical.

A very good standard of clerking.

Adam Todd brings a depth of experience to the Clerking team. He has moved mountains for me and stops at nothing to help his clients. It’s a pleasure to do business with him and you know he has your interests at heart.

Adam Todd is a wonder and helpful in every respect. A key individual.

I would say that the service provided both by counsel and the clerks is second to none. Sian Wilkins, Rachel Finch and Emily Norman are all incredibly helpful, efficient and available to meet our needs.

Sam Verner and Richard Vile are very approachable clerks, and will go above and beyond to assist.

Ben Fitzgerald is a fantastic clerk. He is the highest calibre of clerk I have worked with.

Callum Stebbing and Sam Cooper are brilliant and always responsive.

Callum Stebbing is a very capable clerk, but the addition of Melvin Warner has really strengthened the team. Melvin is a very experienced clerk having spent many years at One Brick Court and is widely regarded as a very safe pair of hands.

Callum Stebbing provides a fantastic service. He makes finding and instructing counsel a breeze.

Great clerks who give a personal service – Richard Vile and Matthew Butchard are efficient, friendly and responsive.

Great service from clerks who know their stuff and don’t simply try to fill a barrister’s diary. They clearly listen to who or what we need and respond appropriately.

I believe the clerks’ room is excellent and they are frequently praised by solicitors for their availability and helpfulness. Sian Wilkins, the senior civil clerk, has a particularly high reputation for her judgment and accessibility to solicitors.

I have interacted most frequently with Callum Stebbing and Luke Christmas, who have both been highly professional and very pleasant to work with.

I would like to think I have built up a good relationship with the clerks in the civil team. In particular, the service I have received from Luke Christmas is excellent.

Luke Christmas is unfailingly helpful.

Matt Butchard was a great hire for the team in 2019. He has real integrity and is very straightforward in fee negotiations.

Richard Vile, Marc Gilby and Sam Verner are always reachable and will bend over backwards to help you solve a problem. They are a credit to the excellent barristers that they work with.

The clerks are fantastic and special mention has to go to Rachel Finch, Emily Norman and Sian Wilkins. Not only do they run a tight ship but they’re also extremely friendly and remain calm even during very busy periods. Furthermore, they have even helped solicitors to prepare electronic bundles during Covid-19 where the solicitor/firm does not have the required software. A remarkable service by all accounts.

The clerks are fantastic and very personal. Calling to check how things are going and offering extra help with bundling and other tasks during the Covid-19 pandemic was particularly appreciated.

The employment team, led by Callum Stebbing, are just excellent. Callum is well supported by Sam Cooper who has really impressed over the last 12 months.

Set:

During the Covid19 pandemic they have offered very insightful and relevant training sessions in relation to the Mental Capacity Act

A dynamic set with barristers who particularly stand out for human rights and freedom of expression.

A first class set with a depth of experience and knowledge especially in the areas we cover which is largely unmatched. They simply go from strength to strength. A go-to defence set.

A really good, hard working and friendly team involved in some of the most high profile extradition cases.

An excellent chambers with many wonderful barristers.

Doughty Street have made great inroads into the personal injury and clinical negligence market.

As a whole Doughty Street is an excellent set. Their immigration team is fantastic across the board. If the counsel you ask for is not available they always have a great range of alternatives. They put on excellent training.

During the covid-19, we have been offered and attended many different webinars which have been so useful to keep up to date with the developments during the pandemic. Clearly, Chambers is well ahead of any other Chambers in keeping others updated with the knowledge they have collated.

Doughty Street , like my Chambers ( Garden Court) is one of the pre-eminent defence sets . Very good standard of counsel from top to bottom .

Doughty Street are a forward thinking, professional and dynamic set, focussed on defending individual rights. They provide frequent informative and useful training programmes, which enhance our practice and knowledge of the law.

Doughty Street are an excellent set of chambers and their barristers are the cream of the crop. The clerking team are absolute superstars and seem to always go above and beyond to assist.

Doughty Street are an excellent set who I’ve been instructing regularly since I moved and began to practice in London in 2017. The clerking team are among the most friendly, professional and efficient in the country. Their regular training sessions are always informative. And their counsel are excellent without fail. A real 10/10 chambers.

Doughty Street are an excellent set, I cannot fault them. They provide pertinent training, they have a variety of experienced counsel in the field of Court of Protection and in my view they are the best set and our ‘go to’ set for Court of Protection work. Doughty Street also hold engaging events, such as on International Women’s Day, on regarding LGBTQ issues.

Doughty Street are one of the top London sets. They have first class silks and juniors. Their human rights commitment and progressive political pedigree still marks them out.an rights focused which helps for certain cases that involve civil claims.

Doughty Street Chambers is a formidable set of chambers in civil liberties and human rights and is my go to chambers when considering counsel for inquests, actions against detaining authorities and judicial review. The representation and advice from many barristers I have instructed is of a high quality and standard.

Doughty Street Chambers is a set with an immense breadth of renowned barristers with a broad range of expertise, offering advice and representation in relation to international multi-jurisdiction areas of law.

Doughty Street Chambers is a slickly oiled machine and is very well served by a competent & professional clerking team who are always very quick to react to requests for counsel assistance.

Doughty Street Chambers is an impressive chambers with highly intelligent, smart and politically savvy lawyers that push the law for the benefit of their clients and wider society.

Doughty Street has one of the best teams of barristers for acting for bereaved families in the country, all the barristers I have used in their team have been excellent.

Doughty street have a well deserved reputation as a strong extradition set.

Doughty Street have run incredibly useful training seminars for free during the pandemic.

Doughty street is a class act, across the board. They attract bright and dedicated lawyers so, at every level you have confidence in those offered to you and those you instruct.

Doughty Street is a consistently excellent chambers.

Doughty street is one of the best chambers we have in London.

Doughty Street offer a significant human rights support network.

I have worked with a few barristers at Doughty Street and overall I can safely say that the set does produce high quality barristers and I don’t recall ever having had a bad or negative experience.

They provide useful and well-pitched training sessions, and have recently also been holding very progressive and much-needed sessions on stress management for lawyers and promoting mental health awareness in the legal sector.

They are very down-to-earth for such an established set, and put considerable effort into maintaining genuinely good, friendly and collaborative relationships with instructing solicitors.

The chambers are a top set with an extensive array of very talented barristers, who have a passion for rights and justice. They understand client needs and will try to assist whenever possible.

The chambers are fantastic in all respects, including their extremely approachable/friendly/efficient clerking. They are a joy to work with.

You know that whoever holds a brief on a matter, at Doughty Street, is going to be a first class barrister. I’d say they have the best calibre of barristers, in great depth.

Drystone Chambers

Drystone Chambers is a multidisciplinary set with particular expertise across the spectrum of criminal law. In recent news, Allison Summers QC took silk in March 2020; Lynne Shirley (formerly of East Anglian Chambers), Ahmed Muen and Vaneeta Sharma (previously of Holborn Chambers) joined the set; Barnaby Hone has been appointed the first Visiting Professor of Practice at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies; Julian Norman  has been appointed as a Family Court Recorder, sitting in Central London; the set has been appointed to the barristers’ panel of the London Borough's Legal Alliance; Sharmistha Michaels was appointed a chair of the Police Misconduct Panel.

Testimonials

Clerks: The service we get is exceptional, Richard and Ryan make a great criminal clerking team and constantly keep us informed in the ever changing warned/reserve list scenarios. They respond to emails efficiently and are quick to return our calls.

Responsive and supportive clerking team with shrewd knowledge for customer care, prioritising urgency and responsibility. Richard Goodman and Steve McCarthy out stand from the rest of the clerking team with their friendly and reliable approach. They are accurate in their approach to the case details, operative in arranging for the conferences and acceptance of the counsel instructions.

Ryan Bartlett – an excellent clerk – understands what counsel is right for a particular case

Ryan Bartlett is the stand out clerk of chambers. He is personable, helpful and reliable.

The Clerks here are incredibly helpful, approachable, and eager to assist. They respond rapidly and actively liaise with the courts’ listings officers direct in an effort to assist.

The clerks provide an excellent service. They are knowledgeable about the court process and advise on the appropriate counsel for a given type of case.

The set we have found to be helpful and efficient. If any issues arise with availability of counsel then they will do all they can to resolve it. The Clerks are approachable and will problem solve as best they can where needed.

Well organised and friendly clerking team. Operatively take instruction, connect you with the counsel and go beyond their responsibilities to assist.

Set:

The communication is good, the support excellent and the follow up attendance notes are always clear and detailed.

Chambers are very highly regarded by my firm. They are helpful, and always try and ensure the briefed advocate covers the individual hearing.

Chambers is blessed with a wide spread of talented counsel over a broad spectrum of specialist subjects. They always have the right person at the right level available. Throughout the year they offer to all a training/education programme covering many specialist topics but particularly the Fraud/POCA lectures are of real significance in terms of education.

Extremely friendly and supportive set that offers its services in variety of practice areas.

Set offers very informative and practical training seminars. I undoubtedly recommend to engage with the barristers of the set as they inspire the practitioners with confidence

Fantastic chambers who go the extra mile, willing to work with solicitors providing solutions to any obstacles.

Since being recommended to Drystone Chambers in 2015 I have been impressed by how approachable the barristers and clerks I have come into contact with have been. All seem quick to respond and easy to deal with.

The set we have found to be helpful and efficient. If any issues arise with availability of counsel then they will do all they can to resolve it.

This is a very helpful set in that as well as providing excellent barristers for fraud and general crime, there is also a specialisation in respect of POCA and associated Legislation, which crosses the little practice border between criminal/civil law.

We are very pleased to work with Drystone Chambers, who has very experienced and talented barristers in immigration and other areas of law. Chambers have good availability of counsels, they provide a variety of professional training in immigration and other areas of law.

East Anglian Chambers

Chelmsford-, Ipswich-, and Norwich-based East Anglian Chambers is a multidisciplinary set with expertise across commercial, crime, and civil law fields. In recent news, Andrew Nicklin was appointed a Deputy District Judge, assigned to the South Eastern Circuit, and a fee-paid Employment Judge.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Chief Clerk Fraser McLaren always accommodating and helpful to instructing solicitors

Chief Clerk Fraser McLaren is very accommodating for instructing solicitors

Daniel Therrien in particular is extremely helpful in all aspects of clerking.

Excellent service always able to assist and propose sensible solutions and alternatives to counsel availability.

Have never had cause to question their excellent service and are tuned in to the needs of individual solicitors.

Paul Green is an excellent clerk at recommending suitable barristers for the job.

Peter the senior clerk is excellent. He is very helpful and easy to work with.

The clerking team, especially Dan Twite are all very helpful and proactive at dealing with matters when there are last minute adjournments or change of venues. Fraser McLaren has been helpful in allocating matters out of hours and ensuring urgent representation.

The clerks are commercially pragmatic. Ask for Fraser.

Extremely professional and deal with queries in a timely fashion. Lucy Jenkins is very quick to respond and confirm that she has send updates to the barrister it is requested for but all the clerks are the same.

Set:

A good local set of chambers covering a wide variety of work across East Anglia.

Always willing to try to assist where possible. Clerks are extremely helpful. In my experience rarely is counsel not available to assist. All in all a great set of chambers to deal with.

Formidable and well able to compete with London sets.

As a set they are approachable, know the level of counsel required and fit it well. A particular strength is their knowledge of the instructing solicitor and his/her preferences as regards counsel.

East Anglia chambers and its Barristers are always very polite, professional and helpful. They do try their level best to assist you in any way they can, which is always a relief when trying to find a barrister for a last minute without notice hearing.

Excellent range of specialisms offered at variety of price points. Very able pupils so clearly their recruitment strategies are strong.

Excellent set. Accessible and always friendly.

I also use the set to instruct counsel for cases and find them all very experienced and approachable, all counsel I have instructed have been experienced in the field instructed such as private and public law, and financial proceedings

The chambers have great experience for local property matters-Andrew Marsden, and Rupert Myers is my go-to barrister for any commercial dispute.

Very good set, with a wide range of counsel of different experience.

Exchange Chambers

In an eventful year for the Manchester, Liverpool, and Leeds-based Exchange Chambers, Jonathan I’Anson was appointed the set's new chief executive following the retirement of Tom Handley. Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, chambers launched a new defendant personal injury and private prosecutions teams, as well as a maternity and parental support mentoring network for its members. Duncan Hedar has joined chambers from Linklaters; Kristian Cavanagh , Simon Ross , and Helen Rutherford joined from Zenith Chambers; David Sandiford arrived from Cobden House Chambers. Meanwhile, Frida Hussain QC took silk; Michael Maher , Imran Shafi , Ashley Serr, and Jon Close were appointed Recorders; Sarah Johnston  was appointed a fee-paid judge of the First-tier Tribunal assigned to the Social Entitlement Chamber, while Daniel Prowse has been assigned to the Health, Education and Social Care Chamber; Ashley Serr and Simon Lewis  were appointed deputy district judges. Finally, Alexandra Sutton appointed as Junior of the Northern Circuit.

Testimonials

Clerks:

All the commercial/chancery clerks, whom I deal with, provide an excellent and proactive service.

Each and every one of the criminal clerks are extremely professional, including the newly appointed Andy Leech. They are all extremely efficient and nothing is too much trouble for them.

Nick Buckley, the senior clerk in Manchester, is in particular very reliable and knowledgeable. He seems to know everything that’s going on with each and every one of the Barristers and is a pleasure to deal with.

Excellent service from clerks in general but Rachel Williams, Neil Wright and Ben Kierman stand out as particularly effective and conscientious. They are friendly, helpful and present as extremely well organised and professional individuals.

I think Exchange Chambers is well operated and have always found the clerks to be helpful and accommodating. Rachel Williams is particularly pleasant to deal with and has developed a good relationship with the fee earners in our team. The clerking team follow up on when papers are expected, which is reassuring.

Ian Spencer is one of the best clerks I have worked with. He will go out of his way to assist and knows his barristers inside out.

In particular Dave Haley provides excellent service. Nick Buckley is the glue that binds clerks and Counsel always able to offer a resolution.

In particular we use Rachel Williams who is a designated Family Law clerk. She is extremely efficient as well as being a pleasure to work with.

Proactive, knowledgeable and responsive clerks – would single out Joe Mawson for good relationships with the courts

Rachel Williams is superb. Always prompt at responding with a positive attitude. Josh Finn is great to work with.

The clerks are fantastic – particularly Ian Spencer and Nicole Haigh who go out of their way to ensure the delivery of a great service (including making numerous copies of documents during a hearing and running them across to Court when needed!).

The Clerks at Exchange are ever helpful. They are keen to foster excellent working relationships with instructing solicitors and make an effort to understand individual ways of working.

The clerks at Exchange are really super, they come back to you quickly and are very efficient and friendly. In over 15 years I’ve never felt let down or left hanging by them and have dealt with several clerks over the years; they are a great team.

The Criminal Clerks in Liverpool are outstanding . Nothing is ever too much trouble and they go out of their way to assist in any way they can .

The service is responsive, realistic, and efficient. Senior clerk Nick Buckley is just incredible. He is available 24/7 and his ‘can do’ approach has clearly been instilled in his team.

When instructing Chambers, you are as equally confident that the Clerks are equally committed to ensuring your experience at Chambers is as positive. They are approachable, will attempt to accommodate your requests.

Set:

A very good set of chambers which I have used extensively. Clerk is knowledgeable and receptive to feedback whether good or critical. The set is able to offer a variety of barristers for a particular job and the clerk is fair and objective in recommending a barrister for the case. Training programs are good.

A leading set, which boasts a wealth of talent, efficient clerks and all round high standards.

An excellent set. Number 1 commercial chambers in North West. Quality of barristers and strength in depth. Very commercial in approach to dealing with instructing solicitors. Good training programme.

Chambers as a whole is excellent – they have a good mix of experience in its barristers – if a barrister is booked they seldom return cases unless absolutely necessary – competent and proactive clerking – offer a varied training program – they provide bespoke training to my staff and colleagues and also an excellent program of seminars and forums led by the barristers in chambers.

Chambers is a good set with excellent barristers at both Manchester and Liverpool that I know. I have no hesitation to briefing them on a number of varied cases with a lot of highly qualified barristers. Should a case need to be returned then they will always offer a similar category alternative.

Exchange are a very strong set in terms of insolvency and corporate recovery work – comfortably the strongest in Manchester.

Exchange Chambers are a fantastic set with vast experience and strength in depth. They have provided us with comprehensive training in all areas of clinical negligence and serious injuries work.

Exchange chambers are highly professional approachable and give confidence that any case will be dealt with with the highest skills and professionalism . Their strength and in-depth knowledge skill second to none. High availability of counsel, and carry out bespoke training programmes when ever asked.

Exchange chambers are in my opinion unchallenged on client care and willingness to help. Their range of barrister talent is unbelieveable for a set outside London.

Exchange Chambers as a whole is an outstanding set of Chambers . They offer a very personal service and we are always kept fully informed in respect of availability and any potential difficulties.

They are a well-established leading chambers that rivals any other in the North West. They are a leading set for Claimant personal injury and have extensive strength in depth.

I always use exchange chambers as the quality of their counsel is second to none.

I would recommend Exchange Chambers for criminal and police misconduct work. They are fantastically clerked and are always willing to offer training often at no cost. I am offered suitable counsel when availability is requested and they will not offer unsuitable counsel simply to get the work.

In my experience, Exchange Chambers have significant strength in depth in numerous difference areas of practice. Unlike other chambers, I am happy to allow the clerks to suggest suitable Counsel as I have confidence that whichever Barrister accepts instructions they will do a good job.

In my opinion they are the stand out Chambers for catastrophic injury work. They have real expertise and strength in depth. Their specialism in this work goes back decades, and it shows.

They provide good quality, informative breakfast seminars and have other quality counsel.

Very strong in depth in almost all areas of commercial and chancery work. They also provide an excellent seminar programme.

Farrar's Building

Farrar's Building is a multidisciplinary set covering the gamut of crime, commercial, and civil work, with particular strength in personal injury matters. In recent good news, Head of Chambers Patrick Harrington QC is recovering following a car accident at the beginning of the year, while Howard Cohen has been appointed a Recorder, sitting in crime on the South Eastern Circuit.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Andrew, James and Kraig are all lovely and very easy to speak to. They try and assist wherever they can and will recommend Counsel for you.

Clerks are very approachable and will make Josh available where they can. James Shaw is very good.

Farrars Building are always efficient, particularly Andrew Duckett who answers queries very quickly and goes above and beyond to help.

Most of my dealings have been with James Shaw, Senior Clerk. He is superb and so responsive.

The clerks are always approachable, respond promptly and are able to provide a number of barristers with the appropriate expertise

Kraig Marsh, in particular, is excellent. He is very responsive, is always happy to accommodate my firm’s needs and is very understanding and helpful.

Very organised approachable clerks and receptionists. Andrew always sorts out any problem that may arise.

Set:

Farrars Buildings is a very competent set of Chambers, well able to provide support to us when required.

A small set of high quality barristers who know what they are doing.

Farrar’s Building are the set of Chambers I always use. I find that they extremely knowledgeable and they are able to turn around advices in a good time.

They have a very strong mix of experience. I have always been able to find a Chambers member with genuine expertise in the particular type of case I am sending them.

They are an extremely knowledgeable and pleasant set to work with a range of call and experience to suit the case. I have never struggled with availability, even at the last minute and all are keen to help out.

Fenners Chambers

Fenners Chambers covers a range of specialist areas of instructions, including criminal, employment, family, and property law from its base in Cambridge.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Claudia Pittham is always helpful and is a results oriented clerk.

Clerks are efficient and friendly and I cannot fault them. The seminars they provide are also very good.

Clerks are excellent, they go that extra mile to match the right barrister to the right job, they are quick in dealing with correspondence and always available.

Paul Green and Claudia are both extremely helpful and do go out of their way to assist. There is always a quick response to emails and telephone queries.

Paul Green is excellent – always responsive and friendly. In the rare occasion that he is not available Cathy Hugo is equally excellent.

The clerks provide a service which is second to none. They always go above and beyond for me.

The clerks room is very easy to deal with. The clerks will always be able to recommend a counsel if I have a case with an odd area of law. They are generally quick to respond and will engage in conversation rather than rely on written communication

The clerks were excellent. Claudia Pittham was, in particular, very responsive.

Set:

Fenners are a very good set of chambers and I use them almost exclusively.

Fenners Chambers are a strong local set of chambers I would recommend them without hesitation.

I continue to be impressed with the calibre of counsel it retains.

The chambers are always willing to work with our firm to accommodate our client’s needs where possible.

The chambers provide cover where necessary and are particularly strong in the area of public law children proceedings. The training programs are very well attended and delivered to a high standard.

The Chambers support team are very easy to deal with and are happy to assist, where possible.

They offer exceptional training seminars. All their barristers are first rate.

Francis Taylor Building

A busy year for leading licensing and planning set Francis Taylor Building has seen former UK Supreme Court Justice Lord Kerr join as an associate member, while Professor Gordon Anthony joined as an academic tenant, and Dr Eloise Ellis and Dr Ciara Brennan as new members of Chambers’ Academic Panel. Michael Brett has joined following his role as an employed barrister in the Governmental Legal Department. Also of note, Jeremy Phillips QC has been appointed to the Professional Conduct Panel of the Teaching Regulation Agency Panel; Richard Honey  and Annabel Graham Paul  joined the Committee of the Planning and Environment Bar Association; and Morag Ellis QC was appointed as Dean of the Arches (Province of Canterbury) and Auditor (Province of York), the most senior ecclesiastical judge in England.  

Testimonials

Clerks:

Always excellent service from the clerks when instructing barristers. Paul Coveney is very approachable. James Kemp also very helpful.

Billy Brett has always been helpful. Billy knows how things work and shares useful tips.

Clerking is very efficient. The team are personable and responsive to our needs. One of the better clerking setups.

Clerks all very helpful and quick to respond, in particular senior clerk Paul Coveney.

Billy Brett is particularly strong in terms of the speed with which he deals with matters and his commercial, no nonsense approach.

First impressions are key and the Clerks office for FTB is always approachable and willing to assist in availability of specific counsel and offering alternative Counsel of equivalent skill and experience.

FTB’s clerks are the best in the business – always very personable and competent. James Kemp and Harry Killick in particular are excellent.

James Kemp, Adam Collins and Billy Bret all first rate clerk, very friendly, always answer the phone. Very polite and responsive.

The clerking service is excellent. Alone of all the sets I work with the clerks are genuinely part of a client team, maintaining a good understanding of the work being transacted as well as being efficient and accessible when planning the availability of their Counsel. A familiarity with the work and clients of Chambers means that they are receptive to collaborating with law firms in business development and have at times made valuable connections for me.

The clerks are always extremely responsive and helpful. I would single out James Kemp for particular praise.

The clerks are excellent and I have a great working relation with them. They understand client needs, are very accommodating and take away a lot of stress. They just get things done.

The clerks are very friendly and pragmatic. They are always very transparent on fees.

The Clerks provide a quality service and work hard to build a rapport with instructing solicitors.

Very good clerking service, Paul Coveney is extremely professional and runs matters for well. All the clerks provide a good service.

Clerks are always very helpful, quick to respond, and ensure counsel is available when required. Good updates offered to instructing counsel, including by webinar during the Coronavirus lockdown.

Set:

Excellent set – have been proactive on the client engagement during lockdown with informative and well organised webinars.

They have put together a great training programme compulsory purchase and public law in the lock down.

FTB are a first class chambers and have a wealth of talented and excellent counsel.

Strong specialist chambers on environmental and planning matters. The foremost licensing set in the UK.

These chambers are very strong in relation to planning, CPO and infrastructure advice.

They are fairly collegiate and able to find counsel at the right level to assist with work that for any reason doesn’t fit with the counsel first approached.

Very good for ‘land’ related work, particularly Highways, Commons and Greens.

Garden Court Chambers

The multidisciplinary Garden Court Chambers has particular strengths across the fields of immigration, social housing, civil liberties, crime, and inquests and inquiries, among other areas. This year's guide sees Garden Court among the top ten sets with the most leading juniors rankings. Of particular news of note, during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, the set's family team offered free assistance to key workers seeking legal protection from domestic abuse. Since publication of the last guide, Judy Khan QC, Stephanie Harrison QC, and Liz Davies  have been appointed as Joint Heads of Chambers; Allison Munroe QC took silk; Nick Bano, Abigail Holt, and Paul Powlesland joined chambers; Irena Sabic  was appointed chair of the Health Service Products (Pricing, Cost Control and Information) Appeals Tribunal, and Leslie Thomas QC was appointed a Gresham Professor of Law.

Testimonials

Always efficient and effective.

Chambers’ clerks are easily contactable and are always willing to assist with any case, from Magistrates’ court matters to lengthy Crown Court trials. The service offered is always professional but personal at the same time. Charlie Tennent goes above and beyond what is required, and is highly efficient.

Clerks are fantastic, easy to deal with, and accommodating.

Clerks’ room is very efficient and most helpful. They go the extra mile to sort problems. Colin Cook is very wise and experienced – totally unflappable!

Colin Cook is a legend – he has an innate ability to assist in choosing the right counsel for the right case.

Colin Cook leads an impressive team who are keen to always assist, collaborate and find good working relationships.

Colin Cook leads from the front and provides an excellent service.

The clerks at Garden Court Chambers are one of the best clerks’ rooms I have had the pleasure of dealing with.

The clerks’ team are fantastic, they are responsive to queries and nothing is ever too much. They go above and beyond to make the process of instructing counsel seamless.

Chambers have demonstrated their ability to provide counsel in a range of cases across the country. Every barrister instructed has a meticulous approach, and provides thorough and detailed advice at every stage of a case. Counsel are all highly professional and skilled.

The Chambers are excellent – I have been working with them for over 20 years – many high-quality advocates.

Garden Court North Chambers

Manchester-based multidisciplinary set Garden Court North Chambers has highly regarded public and criminal law practices across the Northern Circuit. In recent news, the set welcomed international criminal law and international human rights law experts Professor Javaid Rehman and Leto Cariolou as associate members.

Testimonials

All the staff and clerks are always very helpful and try and accommodate what our needs are.

Garden Court North is the pre-eminent chambers in the north of England for cases involving actions against the state. They provide a wide range of expertise in actions against the police and Article 2 inquests.

Garden Court North is a very impressive set with an established and proven human rights ethos.

Strong set for tenant-focused social housing work. Strength in depth, with a number of well-regarded barristers.

Guildford Chambers

Guildford Chambers, with bases in Guildford, London, and Reading, is a multidisciplinary set with particular strength in family law.

Testimonials

Clerks:

A friendly, approachable and knowledgeable team.

All provide an excellent service. Responsive and reliable

Both Gavin Street and Simon Morris are excellent clerks. They really value their relationships with their solicitors. They are both efficient and reliable

Clerks are exceptional, efficient and always willing to help and accommodate any situation.

Excellent as Simon and Gavin are always proactive, reliable and innovative.

Excellent. Always reliable. Very friendly and helpful when things don’t quite go according to plan due to court changes etc. Prompt in responding and providing information requested. This particularly relates to Gavin Street.

Gavin and Simon are both brilliant clerks, organised, professional and very friendly. They are both approachable and easy to work with. They are extremely helpful.

I am quite happy with the service provided by Simon and Gavin, they are quick to action and to getting back.

Set:

An important local resource. A well run and respected set.

Guildford Chambers offer an excellent service and have a good selection of very experienced practitioners.

I’ve known Guildford Chambers for thirty years and watch it grow into a well regarded, well run set of chambers which has a particular expertise in Family Law and TOLATA. The clerks are efficient and and accommodating. You feel really looked after by them.

As a Chambers they have a very strong presence in the local area and over the last few years their Commercial practice has developed significantly. In the area in question, Property and Construction, they are very strong. Their knowledge, expertise and experience in this area is comparable to and commensurate with London sets.

The set holds regular seminars on key issues or updates in particular areas and these are always topical, useful and well prepared and delivered.

Well rounded set with a variety of expertise and experience.

Guildhall Chambers

Bristol's Guildhall Chambers is a leading multidisciplinary set on the Western Circuit, with specialism in commercial disputes, company and insolvency, crime, and employment to name but a few. In recent news, Selena Plowden  was appointed Queen’s Counsel; Selena Plowden has joined the planning and environmental team; Peter Binder has joined the crime team; and Oliver Edwards has joined as senior practice manager within the civil clerking team.

Testimonials

Clerks:

All clerks are extremely professional and polite and a clerk is always available upon ringing into chambers or responding immediately to emails. Each clerk is always able to deal with my enquiry without the need to pass me to another.

All good – responsive on fees and detailed knowledge of counsel. All the clerks are approachable and responsive.

I have been very impressed with Wendy Shaw. An excellent Clerk!

I have dealt with Grant Bidwell and Lucy Northeast mostly. They’re polite, organised, thorough and most of all efficient. I can’t praise them highly enough.

Yes, this is a top flight set for insolvency, commercial and regulatory work.

Harcourt Chambers

With offices in London and Oxford, Harcourt Chambers is one of the country's leading family and children law sets. In recent news, Jonathan Sampson QC has been appointed Queen’s Counsel and Mavis Amonoo-Acquah has been appointed to the Family Justice Council.

Testimonials

Clerks

I believe them to be the best clerks in London. They are exceptionally quick to respond, even out of hours. Their commitment to solicitors is unparalleled. The peerless Simon Boutwood, accompanied by the equally committed Matt Molloy and Laurie Amron, run a tight ship providing high quality, reliable clerking.

The clerking is very good. Simon Boutwood will always be in touch on matters if there are any issues or if you require a suggested counsel for a case.

All the clerks are efficient, friendly, and very helpful. It is difficult to single out individuals as they are all good but Simon Boutwood and Matt Molloy have been particularly helpful.

Quite simply the best there is! Matt and Laurie are outstanding clerks, and a joy to work with. They always go the extra mile, and the service they provide means I am always reticent to instruct anyone from elsewhere.

The clerks are very good and always helpful and approachable. Judith Partington stands out for special mention.

All the clerks are particularly helpful and develop an understanding of the instructing solicitors’ needs to ensure their service meets the needs of the clients.

The clerks are personable, helpful, and always try to assist when we call.

I think the clerks are first class. I have every confidence in Simon Boutwood and his team.

The service from the clerks is really excellent. They are always very responsive and understand what they need to do to make our lives easier including liaising with courts, etc. This has been particularly evident during the pandemic and lockdown.

The clerks provide a great service. In particular, Matthew Malloy and Laurie Amron go above and beyond to find appropriate counsel for each case, no matter how late in the day the request comes in. They are personable, friendly, and hard-working, always responding to calls and emails quickly. They take the time to listen to what is required and take pride in knowing their counsel well and finding the right counsel for each case.

Matthew Molloy and Laurie Amron are conscientious and ensure that service delivery is attended to at all times and where an unavoidable change of Counsel is required they go beyond the call of duty to ensure that appropriate Counsel is made available.

Set

Harcourt is, without doubt, one of the high flyers in international family law. They have quickly risen to form a strong identity, commanding respect, and oozing experience. Experienced counsel are almost always on hand for new matters, and their commitment to publicly funded work, in particular, is beyond admirable.

I have instructed a number of the team at Harcourt and have always found the quality of barristers to be very high. They appear to have a number of highly skilled barristers across various areas.

I love using Harcourt Chambers. Their counsel are all friendly but also extremely intelligent, capable lawyers who fight hard for their clients.

There is a wide range of barristers for any family law need both in terms of experience, fees, and expertise.

They’re an excellent set of Chambers and bend over backward to accommodate if the barrister you specifically want to instruct is unavailable. They often host brilliant updating seminars locally.

Very strong family set, good spread of experience amongst the set.

Very well regarded in litigation concerning children. Acknowledged expertise in public law disputes and increasingly in international disputes.

Henderson Chambers

Henderson Chambers is the leader in product liability work and also strong in associated areas of law. Since publication of the last guide, Jason Housden, previously Practice Director at Matrix Chambers, was appointed the new chambers director, succeeding John White who retired after 45 years of service to chambers. Chambers has also expanded following the arrival of Freya Foster and Hazel Jackson, while Henry Warwick QC was elevated to Queen’s Counsel and Abigail Cohen appointed Deputy District Judge.

Testimonials

Clerks:

A professional and well-organised clerking team. All of the clerks at Henderson Chambers are extremely helpful and attentive. Joanna Johnstone has been particularly helpful.

All the clerks are very supportive and helpful. All the clerks provide us with an excellent service.

Always responsive, always quick to respond. Outgoing head clerk John White was always willing to accommodate us and was tough but friendly in his fee negotiations. New head clerk Jason seems to be from the same mould. Junior clerks always get back to you. They are protective of their barristers but not overly so and will always make them available for initial discussions and to go over fee estimates. Invoicing is prompt and pain free.

Dan Smith and his colleagues are a pleasure to work with providing all necessary support as and when required

Dan Smith is a stand out when it comes to the clerks at Henderson – he completely gets the varying needs of a solicitor and is very accommodating.

Dan Smith is helpful and prompt to reply when we have enquiries.

Daniel Kemp is one of the best clerks around. Responsive, knowledgeable and always helpful.

Daniel Kemp is well organised, approachable, proactive and good to work with.

Excellent clerking service. The outgoing Chief Clerk John White was probably the best in the business. Joseph Sutton is particularly responsive and supportive.

Excellent, Joseph Sutton is particularly helpful and goes above and beyond to get the right barrister for the case. He is very quick to respond and retains good communication throughout. Nothing is too much trouble.

Excellent: efficient and easy to deal with. Daniel Kemp is a star.

Henderson Chambers are well-organised and easy to deal with.

John White has run an incredibly successful clerks’ room for decades and will be missed. Jason Housden is stepping into large shoes but is off to a good start.

Set:

A great set for class actions – none to beat it. Superb barristers who cover a vast range of work and incredibly user friendly barristers and clerks alike.

All the barristers I have instructed from this chambers for health and safety work have been very good.

Currently the most impressive set for product liability in London.

Every Counsel member at Henderson is academically brilliant but also personable while being tenacious.

Great set, very welcoming and practical and suit the counsel for the job not just volunteering whoever is free

Henderson are our go to set on complex group actions, for claims with forums non conveniens and personal injury aspects (legacy disease claims in particular).

Henderson chamber is top notch chambers for commercial disputes.

Henderson chambers are an excellent set, we regularly instruct leaders and juniors alike. Always reliable and advice is second to none.

Henderson chambers are my chambers of choice offering exceptional experience supported by impressive up and comers.

Members work collegiately and seamlessly together which makes solicitors live so much easier. The breadth of knowledge of the commercial world within the set is outstanding.

Henderson Chambers has a first rate regulatory offering. Exceptional, experienced, advocates with a strong group of juniors. Their programme of training seminars is very strong. Topics are always very current.

Iscoed Chambers

Swansea-based Iscoed Chambers offers expertise in crime, family, civil, and employment. The set's mediation team has expanded with George Pollitt, Gareth Waite, Andrew Windross now also accepting instructions, while the set also has some members able to accept instructions from clients directly under the Public Access Scheme. In other news, John Hipkin QC was elevated to silk and Catherine Richards was appointed a Circuit Judge.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Excellent.

The Clerks are efficient and helpful.

The clerks are helpful and able to tailor fees based on our needs. They always try to fit the requested barristers in, and are flexible throughout the duration of a matter, offering alternative barristers where appropriate.

The clerks at Iscoed are a small, close knit group who go out of their way to assist in any way they can. They are attentive and provide incredibly quick responses to queries.

The Clerks in the civil team are helpful and actively clerk cases upon behalf of their barristers; they make contact with instructing solicitors regularly to check on progress of case and they will pursue Counsel upon our behalf if contact is required.

The Clerks in the Employment Team are very helpful and accommodating.

Set:

Excellent – always try to provide availability

Excellent training programme run by George Pollit to assist next generation of specialist employment barristers

I believe George Pollitt to be their shining light in relation to employment work.

The set is very good and helpful. Iscoed provides barristers who are experts in employment law and I know that I am in safe hands when instructing one of their barristers. Their fees are very competitive and offer better value for money than sets nearer to London, while offering an equally good service.

We always receive an excellent service from Iscoed Chambers, we have developed close links with all of the Employment Team at Chambers. Counsel have been willing to provide expert training sessions to our trade union clients on a range of relevant issues.

We use Iscoed Chambers very frequently, they provide a very good service.

KBW

KBW in Leeds has expertise in crime, employment, and family law, as well as immigration and police law. In recent news, Anthony Dunne and Olivia Checa-Dover were appointed Recorders to sit on the North Eastern Circuit.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Clerks are very amenable and always happy to talk.

The service I received was of the highest quality and professionalism. I was always kept well informed and they covered all the bases to ensure the smooth progression on the case.

I have found the clerks at KBW helpful and efficient in providing counsel and cover for cases when requested.

KBW’s clerks, very much like Counsel, are approachable and willing to assist.

The clerks are approachable and responsive.

Very good – they are always honest regarding availability of counsel.

Always willing to help.

Set:

KBW Chambers have been very helpful when requested to provide Counsel in respect of criminal work, particularly serious historic sexual type offences and appear to have strength in depth in this field.

KBW have an excellent immigration team. They are very approachable and easy to work with. KBW are always willing to assist and help out. In particular, Roxanne is always willing to go the extra mile when needed. Roxanne is excellent with trafficking matters and very good at putting clients at ease.

Kenworthy's Chambers

Kenworthy's Chambers in Manchester is a multidisciplinary set with particular expertise in immigration and asylum matters, as well as crime. Since publication of the last guide, Rebecca Pickering has been appointed as Judge of the First-Tier Immigration and Asylum Chamber.

Testimonials

Clerks:

All the clerks are friends and efficient.

Clerks are efficient and quick in getting fee quotes.

Clerks are helpful , prompt and do as they say.

Clerks are helpful, always try to cover hearing requirements, and find alternative counsel if needed.

Exceptional clerks; Courtney and Daniella. Very knowledgeable and always available to speak too when you need too.

Kenworthys clerks are friendly and always on hand to discuss matters and provide the best suited barristers for clients’ needs. They will often go above and beyond to ensure that clients’ needs are met.

Maria, Paul, Tom and the Junior clerks are amazing, they pull the stops out to ensure that the needs of this firm are met

Paul and Tom are worth their weight in gold. Very quick and conscientious.

Practice manager Maria Rushworth is very approachable, friendly and always willing to go out of her way to accommodate instructing solicitors.

The Chambers is excellently organised by the administrative team, led by Maria Rushworth, and offer an excellent service to instructing Solicitors. Immigration Clerk Courtney Soden is highly efficient. Their use of a range of fixed fees makes it easy to explain the costs of a case to clients. Electronic working is operating well.

The clerking is second to none. All of the team are helpful and will try to deal with any issues in the quickest easiest way. Special mention to Courtney Soden, who can deal with queries pretty instantly, whether booking counsel, sorting out fee notes, or anything else. The team are efficient and the communication is excellent.

The clerking team are excellent all round, but a special mention to Courtney Soden, who has the ability to deal with everything almost instantaneously, whether by ‘phone, email, post or carrier pigeon!

The clerks are always helpful and efficient , helping where they can, sometimes at VERY short notice. I have really only had dealings with Courtney Sykes and Daniella Howarth, but both give the same helpful service.

The clerks are always very ready and willing to help and to find very cost effective solutions at short notice.

The clerks are wonderful and always on hand to help. Courtney is great at getting booking in straightaway.

The clerks are wonderful and friendly.

The clerks’ service and the practice management cannot be faulted and are very good.

The main clerk is totally efficient. She responds to requests very quickly and also has a deep understanding of the legal aid coiunsel fee regime, both the rates and the restrictions.

Chambers also send out fee notes as soon as they are incurred making it easier for us to claim funding from the legal aid agency.

The main clerk is very very good. She is totally efficient and has a through understanding of the legal aid fee rates for the different types of immigration cases. Chambers also produce fee notes promptly which means that we can claim legal aid funding for us when the case is completed

Their clerking is very efficient. Clerks are readily available, easy to work with and very responsive to requests made. We work primarily with Courtney Soden, whose own experience and commitment to her work enables her to provide a very high level of service.

Tom Harrington has been excellent throughout my relationship with Kenworthy Chambers.

Tom Harrington is extremely courteous, prompt and efficient in responding to queries

Tom is extremely courteous and very prompt in replying to enquiries

We work with Tom and Maria who are always professional and accommodating at all times.

Yes, both Maria and Tom assist us and are always available to take your call and are flexible in arranging barristers for hearings at short notice. Also competitive on price.

Set:

Always good availability of counsel and well organised.

Always try to help and provide counsel when they are able. Consistent representation where required is something that clients value and they will always try to do this. Training courses have been helpful and well informed that chambers have provided.

An excellent set of chambers – the staff and clerks are extremely helpful and the set has a strong and experienced regulatory team.

Chambers are excellent and have a good reputation.

Chambers are wonderful and always look after our staff

Chambers do offer a number of training programmes during the year and Barristers always willing to do one to one training free of charge with our firm.

Chambers has a strong set accross the board. The immigration team work well together and share knowledge for the benefit of all.

Chambers provide training and events to improve the quality of legal advice across the area, regardless of whether they are instructed. George has consistently been involved in immigration training at Kenworthy’s.

Chambers offers me and my firm the whole package in the area of employment law and also in respect of other areas in which I practice (most notably judicial review and regulatory issues). They – and the individual barrister – have provided training at Chambers and at our offices and the training has always been interesting, the content entirely appropriate, pitched well for all levels of experience and delivered well. The printed training materials have also been incredibly helpful and useful.

Availability of Counsel has never been an issue with Clerks generally suggesting suitable alternatives if one’s first choice is unavailable; and if first choice Counsel becomes available arrangements are offered to make the substitution immediately. The clerks are extremely helpful.

Excellent set in Manchester.

Excellent set of chambers the clerks for family and civil always respond to my email on the same day and their fees for barristers are very competitive they also do regular training at affordable prices.

Good training programmes – good set of chambers with a wide range of barristers.

Kenworthys are an excellent set all round, there are always barristers available to speak at short notice on any area of the law.

Kenworthys are an excellent set.

Kenworthys Chambers have a large group of counsel specialising in immigration and asylum work with a enormous breadth of experience and skills. They offer training courses and conferences many of which are free of charge. These are well prepared and make it easy for practitioners, in this very frequently changing area of law, to keep up to date. Their events are well attended so also offer a good opportunity for practitioners to share their own experiences and opinions.

Kenworthy’s Chambers is an established set, with a strong team across all areas of criminal and civil work. The immigration team work well together and share knowledge for the benefit of all clients who use them.

Chambers also provide training and other events for the legal community and strive to improve the quality of advice in the locality even when not instructed. Craig has been involved in organising recent training events.

Kenworthy’s is always our first port of call. The clerks and barristers alike are very friendly and approachable. They offer quality training programmes at both chambers and in-house.

Kenworthy’s Chambers has always been our chambers of first choice in immigration and human rights cases but also has a number of very strong family law barristers and civil practitioners who can be relied upon to provide top quality advice and representation. Our clients have always been impressed by the hands-on approach of their barristers and their overall client care which is quite exceptional.

Strength in depth has improved in this set in recent years with increasing availability of training including seminars for solicitors.

The Chambers immigration team offers a range of experience and depth of knowledge.

The set are friendly and extremely approachable.

There are a number of high quality immigration barristers at Kenworthy’s and they regulary run trainign courses both when changes in the law have occurred and also just to update other practitioners. These sessions are also of a good quality and are very good an involving participants.

Well organised and friendly.

Will go the extra mile to help. Prepared to cover last minute emergency hearings.

Kenworthys are a good set of chambers who are always flexible and offer a good variety of training programmes with a strong set of barristers at all levels.

 

 

Kings Chambers

Kings Chambers in Manchester, Leeds, and Birmingham is a multidisciplinary set with strength across the North and North East. In recent news, Paul Tucker QC has been appointed the new Head of Chambers and Andrew Singer QC the new Deputy Head following Nigel Poole QC's elevation to the High Court. Andrew Latimer and Sophie Allan have been appointed as Recorders; Ruth Taylor, Francesca Gardner, and Cheryl Dainty have been appointed as fee-paid judges; Helen Trotter, Erica Bedford and Ruth Taylor were appointed Deputy District Judges, while Simon Burrows was appointed a Circuit Judge to Family Court. Also of note, Andrew Singer QC has been elected to the Council of The Society of Construction Law, while Sir Maurice Kay was appointed to the Premier League Justice Panel, and Andrew Hogan is a new addition to chambers.  

Testimonials

Clerks:

Very organised. Excellent response times.

All the Clerks provide an effective and efficient service facilitating communication between client, solicitor and Chambers’ barristers

All very friendly and approachable.

Very good and efficient.

Will accommodate things at short notice. Always return calls swiftly. I usually deal with Mark Ronson who is very pleasant to deal with and very efficient.

Approachable and customer focused clerks.

Jake Brooke is a star and always on hand to help

Always friendly, approachable, helpful and available at all hours of the day or weekend as needs dictate.

Attentive and speedy in response.

The best clerks I have ever dealt with.

Bill Brown and Mark Ronson are extremely knowledgeable about the needs of clients and expertise of their planning barristers and which would be appropriate for particular subject or skills areas. They are responsive to requests, especially when matters are urgent.

Excellent.

Set:

A chambers that you can rely on to have an appropriate expert in the field.

A fantastic set specialising in a large number of areas. They have people at the top in all areas. On top of this the set they are very commercially minded are understand the importance of attracting new work. They are way ahead of their competitors in respect of building relationships with their clients.

A full service practice with options no matter how big or small the dispute.

A very strong leader of chambers, Nigel Poole QC, and an accomplished team of junior counsel.

Ben Williams at Kings is one of my preferred counsel, particularly on sensitive cases.

The best in Manchester.

Chambers are always helpful and able to provide availability even with last minute, urgent instructions.

Chambers is a well run organisation. Some very good barristers. I would describe the chambers as a Northern Powerhouse. Whether the case is worth 50k or £5m there is an excellent barrister willing to assist.

Chambers provide great training and accessibility.

Competent, well-clerked chambers, with a good variety of counsel covering all areas of planning and environmental law. Go-to Chambers in the north of England.

An excellent set – so skilled and reliable.

Excellent. I only use Kings. I have easy and direct access to a range of Counsel from their Head of Chambers through a slew of experienced juniors down to the freshly-minted juniors. The only weakness is that they are all in demand.

From my experience over the last 20 years they are head and shoulders above the competition in terms of the Rolls Royce service they offer. Very impressive set and the client care is second to none.

 

Lamb Building

A London and Brighton-based common law set, Lamb Building has expertise across the crime, civil, family, immigration, and public and regulatory fields. In recent news, Tim Jones, formerly with Capsticks, has joined the set's civil and housing team and Ross Talbott has been appointed a Recorder.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Clerks are available, flexible and responsive

I liaise with Philip Silverman who is always responding promptly to any email and is willing and able to find available counsel in all situations.

Phil Silverman is excellent.

Lamb Building Chambers and particularly their Senior Criminal Clerks provide a great service and are always on hand to provide solutions at very short notice.

Philip Silverman is the Immigration Clerk, he has always been excellent over the years. He is very approachable and understanding. He is always on hand to provide advice and guidance on appropriate counsel and always goes the extra mile when taking instructions late in the day.

Dave Corne is an absolute star and a foundational piece of the entire set.

The clerks’ room at Lamb Building is extremely friendly and approachable with a can-do attitude. It is always excellent and they are a group of real problem solvers. In particular, we recommend Philip Silverman who works so hard to maintain the chamber’s reputation. He provides an exceptional service and is available all hours of every day almost. His response is amazing.

They are very competent and pleasant. They deal with my queries very quickly, usually within a few hours.

Very good. Phil Silverman runs the immigration team and is very responsive and willing to assist

We have come to know the clerks as our own colleagues. They have always accommodated us with our reasonable requests. We have reached a wavelength where we understand each other’s needs without much explanation. They have made our work more efficient and cost effective.

Set:

I find barristers at Lamb Building approachable and well-prepared. I have worked with Bojana Asanovic  and others and I have always had a very good working relationship. I would recommend Chambers and will definitely continue instructing them for any immigration and asylum work.

Lamb are a very good set.

Lamb building are a professional bunch. Their seminars are always thorough and the speakers are always very coherent. Each member in the chamber appears to be in consultation with the other which provides us with experienced advice from whomsoever we have instructed.

Lamb Building Chambers is always one of the top choices for instructing counsel in relation to immigration matters. They are considered our ‘go to counsel’ for the full range of immigration matters. The set in my view offer excellent value for service and our clients have always commented on the professional and enthusiastic nature of Counsel instructed on their case.

Lamb Building have a formidable immigration team

Lamb Building is an excellent set which has real strength in depth.

Lamb Building is respected among firms for its diversity and its friendly approach. They genuinely care about the clients and achieve excellent result acting for the best interests of the clients. We have held a long and friendly relationship with Lamb Building and instruct many of their barristers for the high-class work they produce and the well respect representation which they provide to our clients.

Lincoln House Chambers

Lincoln House Chambers in Manchester focusses primarily on criminal and related work, handling some of the most serious and high-profile matters on circuit and elsewhere. Mark Ford QC and Tim Storrie QC  are 2020 appointments to Silk, and Lisa Roberts QC was elected as Northern circuit leader. Ahmed Nadim is now a circuit judge.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Clerking is first rate. I would single out for particular praise David Wright, David Gibbons and Andy McGuinness all of whom are first rate clerks. They don’t seek to overcharge and are adept at suggesting the right counsel for the job in hand.

Clerks are excellent and in particular Ty Price.

David Wright in particular is very helpful and accommodating.

David Wright  always strives toprovide an excellent service.

David Wright is a top quality senior clerk who leads by example and a fine example at that.

Andy McGuinness is quietly one of the most talented and effective junior clerks on the circuit and deserves to be acknowledged.

Andy McGuiness is without doubt one of the best junior clerks on circuit and someone who deserves more recognition than he gets (although he would shudder at the thought).

Head clerk David Wright’s is widely regarded to be among the best criminal clerks in the country. He is measured, conscientious, organised, and lends vision and patience to his relationships with colleagues and solicitors.

I find David Gibbons to be of great assistance when contacting chambers. He will go out of his way for you and ensures you are always kept up to date with any changes.

The clerks are excellent at their jobs and have been working for chambers for many years. In particular Dave Gibbons is always willing and able to assist and manages to re-arrange hearings at short notice, in order that Counsel instructed can attend.

The clerks are extremely helpful and willing to go the extra mile. I recommend Ty Price as an excellent clerk.

The Clerks are some of the best and most helpful that I have come across. in particular, David Wright, David Gibbons and Andy McGuiness.

All clerks with whom I had contact provided a very professional service.

Set:

Chambers are a top set in the North West and indeed the go to outside of London in all cases, including the most serious and high-profile.

Chambers are top of the class when it comes to business and regulatory crime. They have counsel and clerks who excel in their field and are my preference to London chambers in all cases because, as well as expertise, they offer a truly personal service.

Excellent set of chambers, particularly in respect of prosecution and licensing work.

Extremely professional and well resourced.

First class in regulatory law

High quality counsel always made available and the set are always willing to provide tailored training seminars.

Austin Welch is one of the rising stars within Lincoln House Chambers, and plainly a future silk.

Lincoln House offer the best range of skilled advocates in Manchester. They offer some excellent training and CPD programmes and always go out of their way to help.

Lincoln house are a professional, responsive chambers. They are a pleasure to deal with.

Lincoln House are an excellent set of barristers. They are the best in the North, standing head and shoulders above the rest with phenomenal strength in depth. They have brilliant lawyers who are accessible, approachable and very user friendly. They have a vast number of business/financial crime barristers who have been instructed on some of the biggest cases in the country. They are expanding their regulatory offering with skilled, experienced barristers. Lincoln set the standard for others to aspire to.

Lincoln House are efficient, approachable and willing to go that extra mile. Great team working set both within chambers and with Solicitors. Provide a wide range of excellent quality barristers who are always in high demand but are willing and able to assist when required.

Lincoln House are my chambers of choice. I feel they have a wide selection of Counsel which assists when Counsel of choice is not always available. They are highly regarded as a set in Manchester.

Lincoln House are my first choice, always. At every level they have quality barristers and a depth of choice many other chambers don’t have. It is evident they have a robust policy on new tenants and pupils as right down to that level they exude quality.

Lincoln House Chambers are a fantastic set with great strength in depth.

Linenhall Chambers

Linenhall Chambers covers a range of work, including crime and family as well as employment and personal injury, from its Chester base covering maters in both central and northern Wales as well as central England. Nicholas Williams  and Anna Pope are new record appointments.

Littleton Chambers

Littleton Chambers is highly regarded as an elite employment set, but also covers not just related company, partnership and sports law issues but also a broader gamut of commercial disputes. Sports law specialist John Mehrzad QC is a 2020 silk appointment and Andrew Maguire joined from Outer Temple Chambers (and subsequently was admitted to the Irish Bar).

Testimonials

Clerks:

The clerks are friendly, helpful and accommodating. Senior clerk Jason Drakeford deserves a particular mention.

A very professional service, quick response times and do what they say they will do. Helpful and friendly. Jason Drakeford is exemplary.

All clerks there are approachable, responsive and commercially minded.

Always down to earth and helpful.

An efficient and  responsive clerks room. Always hospitable and pleasant to myself, clients and witnesses whenever I attend chambers for conferences.

Andrew Sargeant is flexible and well organised.

Chambers director Liz Dux is a tour de force. Jason Drakeford and his team are courteous, professional and on-hand to assist.

Chambers’ clerks are very accommodating and helpful. They are reliable when asked for advice on who to use. They take a commercial view on fees.

Clerks are brilliant. Dan and Scott are exceptional.

Clerks are high quality and provide a very good client service. They are good at accommodating solicitor needs and communicate well. They are clear on billing and avoid surprises.

Very helpful and prepared to go the extra mile.

Clerks are very kind and respond within a very reasonable time frame. Scott Hersey is one of the best clerks with whom I have had the pleasure to work.

Dan Woodbridge is a great clerk and has integrity.

Effective and organised.

The clerks are fantastic. They go above and beyond for you and are really helpful and responsive.

The clerks are outstanding and Jason Drakeford in particular. Nothing is too much for them.

Set:

A great set with strength in depth. Highly professional and very willing to provide bespoke training.

An excellent employment and commercial set with depth and breadth of resources and expertise.

An outstanding employment team. Always one of the first calls.

As an employment lawyer, Littleton is my go-to set. All of their counsel are excellent.

Definitely feel that they have strength in depth, which means you can always have confidence in whoever is available if your primary choice is not; we consider the set to be one of the top sets for employment law.

Excellent employment set. Good depth. Good quality. Friendly and easy to deal with.

Excellent set with strong group of counsel, our go to for the majority of work. Our associates really value their training programmes.

Excellent strength in depth in both employment and commercial law.

Excellent, high-quality training seminar series with topical content tailored to practice areas. I value that some training is of a higher level and therefore suitable for partners. Broad strength and depth, with an increasingly high-profile focus on partnership disputes.

Extremely strong on employment and sports, including some of the very top QCs and juniors in these fields.

I find Littleton to be one of the best sets of chambers to work with. There is a good range of high calibre lawyers at all levels. The commercial/employment law crossover is particularly helpful.

Magdalen Chambers

Magdalen Chambers  in Exeter is best known for its family team, and also includes a number of civil practitioners covering matters such as employment and personal injury.

Testimonials

Clerks:

As stated above both Harry Turner and James Baden are very obliging. They are amenable when it comes to fees and cut their cloth accordingly when necessary.

Harry and Kadie are both delightful to work with. Both respond immediately and will get fee notes and the like to us quickly when needed.

Harry and Kadie are both very good Clerks and I have always had a good relationship with them. They are helpful and very professional.

The clerks are all very friendly, helpful and good-natured. They are very understanding where we may have legal aid difficulties

The clerks are always friendly and approachable – Kadie in particular is always great to deal with.

The Clerks are always helpful, friendly and efficient. Harry in particular deserves recognition for his considerable efforts.

Set:

Chambers are always willing and able to provide training at an excellent standard to assist practitioners

Chambers are excellent at delivering training, including bespoke training to assist practitioners

Chambers are normally able to arrange representation at hearings even at short notice and are able to assist across a significant variety of civil cases.

Due to the set’s strengths in the area of Housing practice, we use the set very frequently. It is very rare that they have no one available, even at short notice. The training provided on a regular basis is of the highest quality – excellent practical application of the law in a fast moving area.

I have always found the Clerks at the chambers very helpful and they will go out of their way to assist you. During these difficult times of COVID-19 they have been especially good at keeping in touch and the Chambers have been running some very helpful online training courses which have been set up by Natasha.

In housing they are exceptional. They always help out when requested and are very responsive.

Much of our housing work in based away from the west country, but the cases we do have are all referred to this chambers. We do find that housing specialism is rare in the regional bar.

Training is often made available and either offered in Chambers or remotely.

New Park Court Chambers

The North Eastern Circuit’s New Park Court Chambers in addition to having a strong presence in criminal and allied areas regulatory areas such as inquests, is increasingly praised for its family law offering. Nicholas De La Poer is 2020 Silk appointment, and Tom Storey, former head of the crime team at of now-collapsed Zenith Chambers, is a notable new recruit.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Callum Byrne and Wayne Stevens both give me an outstanding service. Since lockdown in particular Callum has been a huge assistance arranging conferences.

Teresa King is fantastic. She is always helpful and accommodating.

The Clerks have time and time again assisted through a difficult time. The answer is never no.

Set:

Excellent set of chambers with highly regarded criminal barristers.

New Park Court Chambers contains a substantial number of highly dedicated and talented barristers of a wide range of call. The Chambers has provided leading and junior counsel to the enquiry of Sir John Saunders into the Manchester Arena bombing and its silks and juniors routinely are briefed in cases of the highest profile, both to prosecute and defend.

The barrister members of chambers are ably supported by a clerking and administrative team of ability and flexibility who leave no stone unturned in seeking to provide a seamless and efficient service to professional and lay clients.

Chambers has a prestigious and well appointed buildings fully equipped to deal with all the technology so important to current and future practice.

NPC are one of the leading criminal regulatory and inquest sets in the UK. Nicholas de la Poer QC, who has recently taken Silk, is a superb criminal defence lawyer.

The administrative team never fails to deliver an expert service to both solicitors and lay clients.

Particular praise is due to Practice Director Teresa Pugh

NPC are the standout chambers I use at the moment. They will always help and the clerks will go the extra mile when needed. They cover from Nottingham to Carlisle. They are very good at continuity, the barrister who conducts the PTPH is the trial barrister. They have also gone out of their way to help with Magistrates appearances when cover is unavailable. NPC have excellent facilities and are able to facilitate remote conferencing.

The Chambers throughout the on-going Pandemic has, in my view, set itself above the other chambers I use due to the technology they have in house. It has enabled booking and holding video links with Courts and Prisons to be easy and well managed. The Clerks are always very helpful and will go the extra mile.

New Square Chambers

New Square Chambers  handles an eclectic range of Chancery work, including a range of property and insolvency litigation as well as company and trusts disputes both on- and offshore. Under the banner of New Square Chambers Consulting, the set has an initiative embedding barristers in law firms for informal advice prior to formal instructions. As far as recruitment is concerned, Justin Perring joined from Pallant Chambers, William Hopkin joined from Magdalen Chambers, Amit Karia joined from Thomas More Chambers.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Clerks are always willing to assist, even outside normal office hours, and provide helpful, accurate, and timely responses to all queries on fees, availability, and expertise

I have always found then helpful and friendly – a joy to work with. They are very proactive both in identifying the right barrister for the task at hand as well as returning calls with the minimum delay.

I have always had a good experience when contacting the clerks. They have been friendly and helpful every time I have been in touch. Most importantly they are very responsive and never fail to get back to me in a timely fashion. A joy to work with.

I have always had very professional service from the clerks’ room.

Michelle Greene and Senior Clerk, Phil Reeves, are an absolute joy to deal with. The clerks’ room is always available, always return your call quickly and no matter is ever too trivial to deal with. The clerks at NSC value their relationships with their instructing solicitors and the level of service absolutely hands down beats any other set I work with.

Phil Reeves and Michelle Greene run an excellent ship. The clerks are above and beyond helpful, always willing to go the extra mile and make instructing anyone at Chambers an easy choice. If they can help they will and if there is any reason it is not a case for NSC, Phil and Michelle are always happy to help with referrals outside to other sets. This level of service has been particularly marked during the current C19 pandemic when both Phil and Michelle have gone out of their way to ensure a continuity of service in difficult times delivered with a superlative level of professionalism. Great job all around!

Phil Reeves is very helpful indeed – always available and sensibly commercial.

Clerks are very adept at dealing with the London Courts and very obliging with procedural problem-solving.

Services at Chambers and Clerk’s service are very good. They have managed in an appropriate way the billing and any reservations and accommodations needs etc.

The clerks are practical and pragmatic and run a well organised ship.

The clerks’ room is efficiently run and any enquiries I Have made are always dealt with promptly and efficiently.

We have a very good relationship with John Campbell, Business Development Director, whom we meet regularly to discuss new instructions, events, better ways of working etc.

Set:

A very good set, making significant inroads into a difficult market, and has now established itself as a real rival to the main players in this area (XXIV Old Buildings, Wilberforce etc).

A well-known and highly regarded set.

Always go above and beyond, helpful and transparent.

An absolutely first-class set, to which one would turn in relation to any aspect of private client law.

An excellent set overall. True strength in depth. A good selection of well known and experienced barristers. They are raising the set’s and their individual profiles by “getting out there” whether by giving talks, arranging conferences, or setting up “surgeries” in solicitors’ offices under the banner of New Square Chambers Consulting, an innovative scheme set up in 2018 with the support and encouragement of the set’s business development director John Campbell and his team, which has been a great success.

Chambers always deliver a first-class service. The clerks are responsive and helpful.

Excellent set of Chambers, with whom we have very good links. The set has many able barristers in this area. We also instruct Alexander Learmonth. Aidan and Alex are frequent speakers (as are others in Chambers) at our annual Bristol seminar (held in conjunction with ACTAPS) for contentious and non-contentious private client practitioners. We frequently attend seminars held by this Chambers.

Excellent. Fairly priced. Human. Lovely people who provide a cracking service.

Excellent. My favourite chambers by far. Decent pricing. Always happy to help

Fast becoming the ‘go-to’ set for insolvency work at the junior end. Fantastic group of insolvency juniors. Jon Colclough also warrants a particular mention in that regard. Good clerking too.

I have found the service provided by New Square Chambers to be excellent. The set has some excellent barristers at every level of practice.

New Square Chambers has to be at the very top of the list when it comes to strength in depth. They have also impressed me with their willingness to embrace innovative ways to make themselves more relevant to the solicitors’ profession by not only giving talks and holding conferences but also making themselves available to hold “surgeries” in solicitors’ offices to give ad hoc advice Williams on several occasions and she appears to be an extremely bright and personable (non-gendered adjective) individual.

I have worked with this chambers and various barristers for many years and have found them to be organised, supportive, and cohesive.

New Square Chambers is known for their expertise in trust and estate disputes. Their approach is refreshing, their clerks are always helpful and went above and beyond supporting us in a recent trial we were involved in.

New Square Chambers are understandably a leading set within the commercial litigation realm. They have great depth and strength across the team, and their fees are more than reasonable. The clerks are knowledgeable and helpful. Highly recommended set of Chambers with a very strong team.

New Square Chambers has a large number of capable counsel. One of the leading Chancery sets.

New Square Chambers has a small but impressive cadre of specialist traditional chancery barristers who are among the leading practitioners in this area, as demonstrated by their editorship of the leading texts, such as Lewin on Trusts.

New Square Chambers has renowned expertise in public rights of way, village greens, and administrative and public law work and can field a team at all levels of seniority to deal with disputes; Counsel are highly accessible and willing to make themselves available at all times to assist; they offer a number of high-quality seminars in the area (both in-person and remotely).

New Square Chambers have a good set of silks and juniors.

New Square Chambers have really raised their profile over the last couple of years. They certainly have strength in depth and run some really good conference programmes as well.

New Square Chambers is a first-rate set that we use for various Chancery matters. They provide first-rate talent at all levels.

New Square Chambers is a great set, stuffed to the gunnels with super bright individuals who are friendly and approachable yet talented and very very bright.

New Square Chambers is one of the strongest private client chambers that we use. Their training courses (e.g. the Lewin on Trusts annual conference and New Square Thursdays) are always well attended and they draw together a wealth of information on trends and changes to private client law and practice. There is always healthy debate about the differences between the various offshore and onshore jurisdictions and I, for one, wouldn’t miss a conference!

New Square Chambers’ clerks are attentive and helpful (even at very short notice), and their recommendations and short-lists are always trustworthy. All inquiries, whether large or small, are addressed promptly and informatively.

New Square is always helpful and goes above and beyond.

One the “go-to” Chancery sets in London: real strength in depth.

Professional, helpful, and approachable clerking and support teams, always at hand when needed.

The barristers in this chambers are of a very high standard in terms of providing quality services.

The chambers appear quite dynamic, attracting barristers from different chambers and promoting themselves outside London.

The chambers have a good spread of specialisms covered. Their juniors are well experienced in insolvency work and the ‘winding-up petitions’ lists i.e. corporate insolvency.

The clerks are always helpful and I am impressed by the consistently high quality of the manner in which they deal with Jonathan’s cases.

They are fast establishing themselves as one of the leading Chancery sets and have been noted for their aggressive marketing and hiring strategy. They are always a pleasure to work with and no job is too big or too small.

Very efficient and helpful clerking wide range of call with strength in depth meaning matching counsel to matters is made easy

Very good speed of response from clerking team regarding obtaining fee quotes and instructing counsel. A good range of both senior and junior barristers available to instruct.

Very much one of London’s ‘go-to’ sets for general commercial, shareholder/company, and insolvency issues.

We have used this chambers in relation to a number of complex insolvency cases and we have always been impressed by the quality of the service both in terms of the clerking team but also the barristers.

No.18 Barristers Chambers

No.18 Barristers Chambers has a wide range of expertise, primarily concentrated on the full spectrum of family law, which it deploys across the south of the country from its base in Southampton.

Testimonials

Clerks:

All 3 clerks are outstanding and will go out of their way to assist even when a barrister is needed at the very last minute. I would have no hesitation in recommending the chambers.

Clerks are efficient and easy to deal with. Confirm all relevant information in a timely fashion and support.

Clerks are very attentive and will try their best to accommodate requests.

Excellent Clerks – I do not hesitate to pick up the phone and if I have any questions, I know that Mark, the Head Clerk, will be on it. Very friendly, very nice, very approachable, and will do anything to help if they can. His offer of (ongoing) assistance when I was opening my own firm, has been incredibly kind, but makes for an excellent working relationship.

Excellent, all clerks are responsive and precise.

Good, all personable and easy to contact. If there are any issues they are swift to deal with them.

I have never had a bad experience contacting No. 18 Chambers, the clerks are all knowledgeable and helpful. In particular, Mark Windebank is an excellent representative for the chambers and I sincerely hope that he continues to lead the set for many a year to come. Mark works tirelessly for the benefit of the chambers and is always on hand when required.

Mark Windebank is a strong senior clerk who does seek to go beyond to serve client’s needs if possible.

Mark Windebank is always prompt to respond, and has excellent understanding of barristers’ areas of expertise and strengths.

Mark Windebank is very easy to work with.

Mark Windebank makes exceptional efforts to forge supportive relationships with this firm and the individual Fee Earners. Often he will seek feedback to help improve services or supportive relationships, for example, recently he made contact to seek guidance on how his chambers could support Solicitors during the current Covid-19 crisis and offered competitively priced ADR services.

Mark Windebank will always go above and beyond to assist on cases. No problem is too difficult for him.

Mark Windibank always tries his best to help.

No 18’s services are exceptional.

Mark Windebank goes above and beyond to assist solicitors with their requests and is always approachable and cheerful. Fee structures are clear and there are no “hidden surprises”.

No.18 Chambers’ clerks are very prompt when responding to requests for both availability and fee quotes. Mark Windebank is particularly supportive and quick to respond to queries.

The Clerks are always keen to try and assist in finding Counsel should somebody not be available and are usually able to arrange somebody to meet a range of client budgets.

The service is excellent. Mark Windebank, in particular, is clearly an ambitious and helpful clerk, and gives the impression that nothing is too much trouble. I have been very impressed by their dedication to providing a terrific service.

The service is impeccable. Nothing is too much trouble. I am able to contact the Clerks out of hours and have done so. Fee notes are turned around swiftly and they also offer regular training and lectures. The Clerks have also organised in-house training specifically at my office for our team without any fee whatsoever. the Clerks very rarely request a change of Counsel at the eleventh hour. This only ever occurs if a Barrister has gone part heard on a case.

Set:

A strong set of Chambers with a good choice of practical and technical experts willing to travel to any part of the UK. They have also provided in depth practical and technical training to our business in recent months.

A strong, varied, and flexible set that offers a variety of technical and people skills, mind sets, and different approaches to tribunal hearings and training ranging from the broad brush to very technical.

Chambers offers a variety of courses throughout the year which are always well attended and include relevant law updates.

Chambers will always do their upmost to help facilitate continuation of counsel. The head of chambers will always take any feedback on board to improve services.

Great head clerk in Mark Windebank. Straight forward to deal with – transparency with fees.

I have found this set very approachable. They have provided excellent service, on difficult cases and at short notice.

I often use No. 18 as my ‘go to’ chambers, they will always work hard to find the right representative for the hearing and very rarely can they not find someone suitable regardless of the time constraint.

I regularly use No 18 Chambers. The Clerks are very helpful and will go to lengths to arrange cover for a hearing where necessary. The Clerks are aware of my preferred Counsel and always endeavour, wherever possible, to make those Barristers available. I specialise only in care proceedings so cannot comment upon the strength-in-depth other than to comment that there is usually Counsel available for cover. Miss Baines in particular has an expertise also in Immigration Law which is very useful when dealing with clients whose immigration status is unclear.

Mark Windebank is a superb asset to this set. He has client care at the forefront of his mind at all times and works extremely hard to maintain the solicitor/clerk relationship for his barristers.

Mark Windebank is brilliant. Flexible, practical and with a deep understanding of what a solicitor requires.

The immigration team generally are sound and reliable. I have no experience of the other teams.

No 18 as a set have very experienced and knowledgeable Barristers in all aspects of children law.

No 18 chambers are willing to go above and beyond to adapt and assist in what are often fluid instructions. They offer regular and informative training courses and promote feedback to ensure they meet the needs of their instructing solicitors and client base. No 18 are superbly competitive on pricing to ensure client’s even with moderate means have access to representation where possible.

No 18 have a good employment law team who are extremely knowledgeable and often go above and beyond for our clients.

No. 18 Chambers is an excellent chambers wide a variety of Counsel across a multitude of levels of experience and costs. Counsel and the Clerks are always friendly and keen to assist. An excellent Chambers to cover a wide arrange of clients and their needs.

No. 18 Chambers offer various training programmes and conferences across the year, which are excellent and very cost-effective. The turnout is always very popular.

No.18 Chambers offer a yearly Employment Law seminar which is very engaging and informative.

No18 has particular strength in family immigration and human rights matters: there is good crossover between family and immigration law expertise.

Number 18 has a good selection of counsel for children cases and offer regular updates by email as well as some face to face training sessions.

The chambers although a small set are outstanding. They offer a wide range of training programmes to Local practitioners. The set have a good quality mix of barristers.

The Chambers are very user friendly and response times are extremely quick.

The Chambers offer a wide range of competent barristers, they are all approachable and easy to reach.

This set are always happy to help often at short notice and will go out of their way to service their professional and lay clients.

Very good chambers, the clerks are swift and helpful.

No5 Barristers Chambers

Central England powerhouse set No5 Barristers Chambers , with its roots in Birmingham and offices in Leicester as well as Bristol and London. The set covers a full range of work in its Midland Circuit homeland, but areas singled out for praise include clinical negligence and personal injury, family law, Court of Protection, immigration and regulatory crime. Under the NoVate Direct Legal Solutions banner, the set is particularly active in seeking direct access instructions. Richard Grimshaw ‘s appointment as a deputy Queen’s Bench Master is one of a number of part-time judicial appointments including Caroline Jennings ‘ appointment as a Deputy District Judge, Jessica Smeaton  and Naomi Owen  sitting as fee-paid Employment Judges, plus Yasmin Yasseri, Richard Oakes  and Grimshaw being appointed as recorders. Peter Goatley QC and Henry Pitchers QC are two new Silk appointments. Gurprit Mattu joined chambers on her return from Collas Crill in the British Virgin Islands, Jorren Knibbe is an addition to the Bristol team from Guildhall Chambers, immigration specialist Parminder Saini joined from 12 Old Square and Femi Ogunlende  is another new joiner.

Testimonials

Clerks:

An outstanding set of chambers run by a brilliant CEO Tony McDaid.

Very personable. If I ever need a favour Tony McDaid always comes up with the goods. Clare Radburn and Zoe Tinnion are both helpful. Clerks work with us on fees and are all about solutions, not problems.

Tony McDaid is a very experienced senior clerk and James Wackett is responsive and is aware of client needs.

The service of the clerks is very good. In particular Ethan Mann and Adam Wadley. All of the clerks are swift in their responses to queries and requests for counsel’s assistance. They assist in arranging conferences and ensuring counsel has all the documents they require.

No5 clerks are a credit; they cannot do enough to assist us. They are a vital component in the successful relationship between counsel and instructing solicitor. In the event that counsel is engaged in a court hearing, the clerks are always on hand to assist with any urgent queries which I may have. Whilst I am impressed by the service received by all, in particular, I find Craig Wain is excellent.

Adam Wadley is an exceptional clerk and completely understands which barrister is the right one for the case. His client service is exceptional and we continue to receive exceptional service from him.

Excellent strength for this chambers – Adam Wadley and the family team generally are professional prompt and reliable. They are happy to help and always have a solution to any emergency listing

All clerks always contact us in time and reply to us promptly, especially Lucas Bennett. He always provides good services.

The clerks respond to queries quickly and are usually able to offer a choice of suitable counsel and tailor the service offered to suit the nature of the client and the client’s budget. Danny Griffiths in particular is friendly, approachable, and co-operative.

The clerks’ room provides a fantastic service. Always easy to get hold of, efficient and friendly. In particular, I would single out Christopher Norman who always goes the extra mile.

All the Clerks are always helpful and will bend over backward to help in any way that they can. Chambers are accessible for conferences, with helpful clerks providing availability of alternative counsel if necessary.

Chris Norman is an incredibly helpful clerk who doesn’t hesitate to assist wherever possible. His ability to deal with courts and listings on behalf of solicitors is invaluable.

Clare Radburn, the senior practice manager, is superb and very user friendly and provides a first-class service. She is well supported by Robert Macdonald.

Christopher Norman is personable and repeatedly goes the extra mile. He is prompt, trustworthy, and will always accommodate my requests where possible. His service is exceptional.

Zoe Tinnion is responsive, helpful, and quick to find solutions. They are a pleasure to deal with.

Clerking and service are generally good. Andrew Bisbey and Craig Wain are very well established and respected in the planning industry.

Martin Ellis runs a well-maintained ship – very personable and easy to communicate with.

No5 has set up a dedicated multi-track personal injury team which means my inquiries are always directly straight to the right people. They have an excellent, friendly, and approachable clerking team, and good facilities across a number of sites to accommodate solicitors and clients.

Clerks are always very friendly, helpful and will chase up matters on counsel if you need them to. Communication is great.

Commercial clerks are always very responsive and willing to assist even out of core hours.

Everyone is always happy to help and if they can’t assist will always find someone to help. Zoe Tinnion is excellent. She will do all that she can to find a solution if a particular Barrister is required urgently in terms of offering out of hours appointments and support and rearranging diaries if required.

Will Theaker is an excellent clerk, knowledgeable, helpful, and willing to go the extra mile. I have been very impressed by his attention to detail.

Clerks very helpful and the ambiance of the chambers is friendly and relaxing.

Excellent strength for this chambers – Adam Wadley and the family team generally are professional prompt and reliable.

Great clerks, especially Craig Wain. He is always on hand to pick up emails and provides a very quick response. A good clerk makes my life much easier!

Very happy with the service provided by No5 clerks. Martin Ellis in particular is extremely responsive and helpful.

Martin Ellis is excellent and will move mountains to ensure that I have the right barrister for the specific job. Their fees are reasonable and they will always go that extra mile.

Set:

Very well run chambers with an extremely strong set of barristers in the area of immigration law. The expertise available is second to none.

The chambers appear quite dynamic, attracting barristers from different chambers and promoting themselves outside London.

We have used this chambers in relation to a number of complex insolvency cases and we have always been impressed by the quality of the service both in terms of the clerking team but also the barristers.

No5 has an exceptionally powerful immigration team with leaders in the field of asylum, immigration, and nationality law, recognised both nationally and internationally.

I find the chambers as a whole really easy to deal with. The training sessions that they offer are brilliant and they appear to be ahead of the curve on issues that are on the legal horizon.

No5 Chambers is one of the most highly regarded family sets in the Midlands, It has a large number of first-rate barristers at all levels of experience. Facilities are second to none.

I cannot recommend them highly enough and whilst there are other chambers who offer counsel in my local area, I will always now look to instruct No5 due to the wonderful service which I know that I and most importantly, my client, will receive.

The Court of Protection team at No5 is fantastic. With a wealth of knowledge across the board, it is always reassuring for an instructing solicitor, to know that in the event that chosen counsel may not be able to attend a hearing if on leave, etc, that their replacement colleague will be a safe pair of hands.

Chambers has strength and depth for all matters on which I have instructed them, with specialists at all levels of call.

I have always found Chambers to be supportive of its members and to solicitors. No5 is clearly a well-oiled machine.

No.5 chambers remain the top chambers in the Midlands for family work because of their strength in depth, calibre of members of the set, and the high quality of the clerking team.

Chambers have a broad range of seniority of counsel who works closely together. Therefore, if a case is too simple or complex, they will recommend someone more junior or senior, which is appreciated by instructing solicitors. Clerks are always friendly and helpful.

Great training. Approachable available barristers. Very experienced with serious injury and clinical negligence work. We do not really have to go anywhere else.

No5 is very proactive in marketing and on-trend issues. Ahead of the game in many ways.

I find the contentious probate team of barristers at No5 Chambers as a whole friendly, approachable, collaborative and knowledgeable.

The availability of counsel is generally excellent and there is usually a member of the team available to assist if others are not free.

No5 Chambers are a well-respected set of chambers with outstanding legal talent.

Great set, large range of clinical negligence barristers available at all levels of seniority. Set have delivered training in chambers and also to our firm.

No5 Chambers could not be more helpful – they are very responsive, able to offer alternative counsel if someone is not available, and very quick to confirm.

No5 chambers have always been able to ascertain counsel for me as and when needed. I have instructed No5 for many years and will continue to do so.

No5 chambers offer a very good training programme, lots of social events that provide good networking opportunities.

They are my first choice for general Personal Injury matters and if my preferred choice of barrister is unavailable they will always have someone else who can help. They can offer a complete service for all types of PI claim, from all values.

No5 Chambers is a set that goes from strength to strength in their offering. They have the full range of counsel from junior to very senior. The clerks at No5 are frequently able to find a match for us in terms of the number of years call and the fee available.

No5 Chambers remain a go-to set for all aspects of clinical negligence work. They have a number of outstanding individuals.

The set has a good range of barrister from QC to experienced barristers, who also sit as Immigration Judges, and some juniors.

The set is packed with specialists in their field of expertise in immigration and public law.

No5 chambers are a very sound set. Several excellent juniors coming up through the ranks as well as the establisher senior counsel and that depth and quality is reassuring when booking counsel.

A very strong set with much depth in personal injury and clinical negligence. They provide a range of advocates for all personal injury and clinical negligence cases whether fast or multi-track. They have also provided high-quality training to us and we have an excellent working relationship.

No5 Chambers in Birmingham is rightly regarded as the preeminent planning set outside of London.

Strong coverage of all areas of family law with a range of senior and junior barristers in all areas. Regular training programmes on topical subjects.

No5 chambers is of consistently high quality in both financial remedy work and children act matters

Strong multi-discipline set, good range of expertise and skill especially outside London.

The chambers are helpful and always try to provide cover where available. If a barrister is not available or has to change plans they generally offer an alternative. It seems that their more senior counsel support junior members to ensure that the service provided is always of a high standard.

The chambers offer a lot of training events across the areas and the COP ones are always well put together, very informative, and really well attended. The recent podcasts in response to the COVID-19 crisis have been incredibly helpful and easy to access.

Their availability is good, but the most important thing is that they respond quickly and accurately. When they say they will check and return later they do call later. They keep all arrangements, including fees. Everything is clear and runs smoothly.

They are my first choice for general personal injury matters and if my preferred choice of barrister is unavailable they will always have someone else who can help. They can offer a complete service for all types of PI claim, from all values.

They have a strong employment practice and the availability of counsel is good.

This set has a huge focus on diversity and inclusion at the bar and more widely in law. They really care about making a difference to the poor statistics of BAME and female entrants to law and to senior leadership positions – with members taking up external appointments on D&I. For example, Esther Gamble is also chair on the midlands women bar circuit which is currently focusing on social mobility mentoring at the bar. I have not seen the same level of investment on these topics from other Chambers I have worked with over the past 12 months.

Their networking events are also very inclusive and not just limited to the standard sporting/golf events which often attract more men than women.

No5 is one of the best sets in the UK, rightly renowned as forward-looking, progressive, and very well managed and clerked.

Very strong chambers, if someone isn’t available you always have a strong option elsewhere in the team.

Old Square Chambers

Old Square Chambers is well-known for its employment practice, and also features expertise in personal injury and clinical negligence as well as spaces linked to the two such as professional regulation. The set, which has presences in these areas both in London and on the Western Circuit in Bristol, celebrate four Silk appointments: Ijeoma Omambala , Deshpal Panesar, Rebecca Tuck  and Katharine Newton. Tom Kirk joined from the now-defunct Ely Place Chambers and, as far as appointments are concerned, trade union law stalwart John Hendy QC was appointed as a Labour member of the House of Lords, Michael Ford QC is now a deputy High Court judge and Sarah Keogh now sits as a fee-paid employment judge.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Clerks are extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Joe Kallas and William Meade go above and beyond to assist their clients and their Counsel. Very good knowledge of their barristers and clients and experienced at matching appropriate skills and expertise to particular cases / clients.

Clerks are first rate – knowledgeable, responsive and always happy to have a discussion to identify counsel that are suitable for a particular case. Paul Adams is my initial contact point and he invariably is able to point me in the direction of the right counsel.

Efficient and helpful. William Meade is calm, polite, prompt and someone you can rely on. As a whole, the clerks are professional and helpful. Graham Smith is particularly accommodating and always on the ball.

Graham is an outstanding clerk. Always helpful and engaged in the cases and working with diaries to get the right counsel representing clients.

I am often in contact with Olivia Moliterno who is always very quick to respond, friendly and efficient

Will Meade is an exceptional senior clerk: very personable, always keen to find out how he can improve the service provided by the set, and can be relied upon to sort out any problems or queries.

Paul Adams, senior team leader is excellent, and always proactive and helpful

I have found their clerks to always be very helpful and the training they put on is always very broad ranged in topics.

My main contact in the clerks’ room is Paul Adams, who is understated – cool, calm and collected and gets the job done.

The clerking team is led by William Meade, who is excellent, approachable and leads by example. Graham Smith, Jenny O’Grady, Joe Kallas and Olivia Moliterno form key points of contact for us in the team.

The clerks are always helpful and will go the extra mile to ensure that I am able to instruct the right barrister for my cases. I have a good relationship with Paul Adams and I know that he will always do everything that he can to assist me.

The clerks are extremely responsive, professional and focused on the needs of the client. Graham Smith, William Meade and Joe Kallas, in particular, are excellent.

The clerks are led by William Meade, who is brilliantly client-focused and tireless in his approach to client care. He knows the barristers in his set inside out and is able to make recommendations you can trust. He manages his team well and the clerks are all aimed at providing a high quality service and working in partnership with our team to deliver a joined up approach for our clients.

The clerks at Old Square Chambers are amongst the best I have ever worked with. They are accommodating in every way, friendly, efficient and always go the extra mile to be helpful. Will Meade and Olivia Moliterno are stand outs and deserve extra special praise.

The clerks have always been quick to respond and provide options for clients, even when working on tight budgets and short timescales.

The service is very good. Jenny O’Grady and Olivia Moliterno in particular are very helpful, friendly and efficient.

Top tier clerks – they are quick to respond, commercial, understand the law and offer a first class service.

Will Meade, Graham Williams, Jenny O’Grady and Olivia Moliterno are all absolutely first class. Attentive, quick to respond, flexible, commercial and really know our firm, our clients and our way of working. Great at building relationships and a fantastic set to work with.

Set:

A Chambers that deserves it place in the premier division. A fantastic chambers whose reputation continues to grow. Full of talent at all levels.

A fantastic set for personal injury cases – a good variety of counsel at varying degrees of seniority.

A fantastic set of Chambers. Good availability, a breadth of knowledge and really cutting edge and accessible training for solicitors of all levels.

A superb all round employment law specialist set who are our every day ‘go-to’. They have strength in depth in employment tribunal proceedings but perhaps lack experience in High Court civil employment matters such as injunctions.  They have great NHS experience between many of the members of chambers.

A top flight employment set with experts in every area in employment law from junior juniors to silks.

Excellent chambers with a impressive training programme and commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Good group of barristers who are respected by peers. They know the regulatory environment very well. They also generally bring a deep knowledge of employment law to the table as well, which is very helpful in many cases.

High-quality barristers with extensive experience of employment law matters. Availability of counsel is generally very good, and their seminars are always relevant and user-friendly

I frequently work with barristers from Old Square Chambers and find them to be very knowledgeable and able to provide sage and pragmatic advice to my client base.

I have always had a very good experience with Old Square Chambers. Extremely helpful and accommodating and professional.

I have used Old Square Chambers for about 25 years for personal injury and aviation matters. They have great experience in the personal injury area.

I regularly instruct Old Square Chambers and would consider it to be my “go to” set. The knowledge and experience of their barristers in clinical negligence and Inquests is formidable and I have not been let down in any of the cases in which I have instructed barristers from Old Square. I have sometimes been unable to instruct the barrister I initially wanted; however, they have always offered alternative Counsel and I have always been impressed. I now have several barristers to choose from when I need assistance with a new case.

We’re also working with Mary O’Rourke who has a practice at Old Square and is one of the giants in professional disciplinary law (particularly, but not exclusively, healthcare). Old Square has some significant and experienced players for this practice area.

My firm uses this set for a lot of its clinical negligence work. It has a number of very accessible, pragmatic barristers at all levels. The Chambers has good IT and conference facilities and good accessibility.

My go to set for general employment issues including tribunal claims. They have a good breadth of experience enabling me to find counsel who is suitable for the case. Easy to access counsel – they seem to understand the service that they are providing and treat their relationship with me as one that they value.

Old Square are a strong personal injury set. They have in-depth expertise in the areas of industrial disease and complex personal injury. They are helpful in providing in-house training where required

Old Square are a strong set for employment and we almost exclusively their barristers on litigation matters. They will work hard to find an appropriate barrister for the relevant case.

Old Square are my preferred set of chambers and have been throughout my career. They will always try to accommodate needs and the set are very down to earth and approachable. We have developed very good working relationships with the team over the years.

Old Square Chambers are a very well run outfit. The barristers are all very competent and understand the needs of our trade union clients and their members. They are well supported by the clerks and the admin team. They are an excellent set.

Old Square Chambers has a number of really strong barristers. Although many tend to do more claimant work, they have a strong up and coming dynamic team including the very highly rated Charlie Woodhouse who are regularly instructed by defendants.

Old Square Chambers has long been known as a leading light in professional discipline and regulatory law, and their strength in depth when it comes to public law and employment law means that they are able to offer an impressive one-stop shop for their clients

Old Square Chambers is one of the top sets for employment with strength depth both in its juniors and silks. They act for a wide range of clients, both on the Claimant and Respondent, side which means their barristers are able to effectively test the strengths and weaknesses of cases, having had experience of such cases from the other side.

Their barristers are also unstuffy and approachable which means they are able to engage with clients.

They have an excellent training programme, both in chambers and in-house at firms. They are a pleasure to work with.

Old Square has had another spectacular year, with four new silks and a host of high-profile appellate cases, including some landmark decisions in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Definitely on a roll in recent years.

Old Square is a good set with a traditional reputation in employment and claimant personal injury work. They have been developing their work in professional discipline and clinical negligence in recent years.

Old Square is a leading employment chambers in the arena of statutory employment law and medical-related employment law. They have a strong roster of barristers at every level who are almost universally very good on the law, articulate advocates and charming opponents to deal with.

Old Square is our chambers of choice for all employment matters. They have a first rate selection of barristers at every level and superb clerking. We use members of chambers from the most junior to QCs for support across hundreds of Tribunal claims every year. The quality of their employment law counsel is second to none.

Our go to set for claimant and trade union work. A good selection of leaders and juniors in this area.

The profile of clinical negligence at Old Square has dramatically increased over the last five years or so, with heavyweight silks, busy juniors and superlative clerking transforming the set’s profile in this field. Having been appointed to a number of panels for Medical Defence Organisations, defendant work has seen a surge of new work, and claimant instructions remain strong. A really significant transformation – it is noticeable that work is coming which was previously going to more established clin neg sets.

They are our first choice chambers for employment tribunal litigation work and I have worked with them for nearly 24 years. We have undertaken dozens of Employment Tribunal hearings with them, as one of the top ten users of the Employment Appeal Tribunal, we regularly do appeal work with them.

Oriel Chambers

Oriel Chambers is a Liverpool-headquartered set with a strong track record in personal injury, regulatory, and commercial matters as well as a well-respected family team. Further up the A59, the set also has a Preston annexe. John Gray  and Mark Cooper  are two new recorders, while Lindsay Jane Clarke and Peter Harold Wolfende departed the set for district judge and FTT tribunal judge positions respectively.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Paul Thompson is the senior clerk and simply gets things done. If he says he will do something, he does.

He has been an ever present for many years, and is the backbone to the Set.

The clerks are very helpful and well organised.

Set:

Oriel Chambers are a friendly and approachable set of Chambers. Nothing is too much trouble for them, and the clerks are very knowledgeable.

Whilst not the largest of sets, Counsel is always found to cover a hearing or do paperwork, and the fees are reasonable for such quality counsel. The Commercial Litigation counsel are very knowledgeable.

Regularly use this chambers in relation to fraud matters, there is a good choice of well respected Counsel. One barrister has attended at our office to give training on several occasions.

Outer Temple Chambers

Outer Temple Chambers is a set with expertise across personal injury, clinical negligence, pensions, employment and financial services. Sarah Crowther QC has taken over as head of chambers (the first woman to take the role at the set), and Andrew Allen QC is the set's sole 2020 silk. Emily Gordon Walker is now also a fee-paid employment judge. The set also has connections in the UAE, with presences in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and Anthony Lo Surdo SC of 12 Wentworth Selborne Chambers  in Sydney is now a door tenant adding to its Australian contacts.

Testimonials

Clerks:

A strong and organised clerking team. Graham Woods, Mark Gardner, Peter Foad, Chris Rowe and Paul Barton provide a consistent, reliable, effective and friendly service.

Always responsive helpful and well organised and a personal touch to communications with them. Paul Barton and Graham Woods have an unnerving ability to keep their fingers on the pulse of everything that is going on with the barristers with whom we work, and in the travel law industry in general in terms of events and training.

Brilliant clerking system. You can speak to any of their clerks about the same case without missing a beat. They all seem to have an excellent grasp of the diaries and whereabouts of any counsel.

Clerks are all easy to work with and accessible. Mark Gardner and Paul Barton in particular is both very helpful.

Clerks are excellent. In particular, Graham Woods, Paul Barton, Mark Gardner and Peter Foad have always been a pleasure to deal with.

Clerks are first rate. They are always willing to help find the right counsel for a particular case. Graham, in particular, is always prepared to go the extra mile and is very approachable.

Clerks are great. Paul Barton makes things happen with minimal notice. Mark Gardner is friendly and dependable.

Colin Bunyan, Matt Sale and David Smith are noteworthy in their responsive and professional attitude.

David Smith is a standout clerk. I am always impressed by his commitment and expertise, and he always available.

David Smith, Nicholas Levett and Matt Sale are always very helpful.

Efficient and professional service from all the clerks. Graham Woods in particular is very proficient at ensuring cases run smoothly.

Excellent. Matt Sale is outstanding. He provides excellent service. He listens to our needs and offers appropriate training, and is generally very easy to deal with.

Graham Woods is very affable and cares about the service the barristers and the set provides. He takes the time to understand the issues and is always keen to help the sector maintain their knowledge and social responsibility.

Graham Woods leads the clin neg and PI clerks with an affability that is legendary but it does not disguise the efficiency with which the clin neg and PI teams are run nor his understanding of the needs of the solicitors instructing members of chambers.

Great set to deal with. My contact there is Nick Levett and he will always go the extra mile to make arrangements and has a very friendly and professional way about him. They are very sociable too.

The clerks always seem to be on top everything. They know us and the cases we have with chambers. They are very easy to instruct; happy to access secure electronic portals to receive instructions and always have a plan B at the ready.

The clerks are always helpful and reliable. They are also very efficient and reply to queries promptly. The clerks are excellent in helping with admin such as Listing appointments and arranging video and other conferences.

The clerks are always helpful and responsive, and Graham Woods does an excellent job in terms of business development.

The clerks are excellent – very responsive. Chris Rowe is first-rate Also the practice manager, Graham Wood on the ball & not just about fees !

The clerks are very helpful, friendly and proactive. I particularly like Nicholas Levett , who I have seen come up through the ranks to now be one of the practice directors. He clerks for most of the barristers I use.

The clerks at OTC are always very friendly, helpful and responsive. Paul Barton and Graham Woods respond promptly to requests for availability and try hard to assist – they have also been proactive in setting up training sessions with the firm.

The clerks at Outer Temple are, in my opinion, the best of any I have worked with in 10 years. Paul Barton and Mark Foad are responsive, and diligent and never fail to get back to you.

The clerks have managed our interactions with Philip very well, for example in providing clarity on fee estimates and on helping keep momentum going after the initial piece of work was delivered.

The Clerks room are very good and usually come back to you in a reasonable timeframe. Graham Woods and Paul Barton are always available if there is an issue which needs to be solved or indeed if you need a barrister at extremely short notice. I would also like to praise the long time members of the receptionist team who are excellent and always willing to assist in more ways than one, going over and above what is necessary to accommodate Clients.

The clerks work hard to ensure availability of their counsel. Paul Barton in particular tries very hard to look after his solicitors.

The Clerks’ are excellent and always bend over backwards to do whatever it takes to make things happen quickly and smoothly. they are excellent. I would particularly highlight Matt Sale and Peter Foad.

The new chief executive Rebecca Priestley has done a great job in getting to know chambers’ clients and in setting a new vision for the set. The clerking team is consistently good and organised.

They run a tight ship with an efficient service. Peter Foad is particularly good at ensuring that any queries are dealt with promptly and proactively manages the barristers.

Set:

Our firm regularly instructs experienced Counsel from Outer Temple in respect of clinical negligence claims. We find the set to be well-run, professional and helpful.

Outer Temple Chambers has a very impressive set of clinical negligence barristers who are at the top of their game. I regularly instruct the barristers at this Chambers and have only positive things to say about them.

Outer Temple Chambers is considered a top set within our Abuse Litigation Team, with a range of very experienced Counsel available to advise on cases within this area of law.

A very outward facing set which contributes generously to industry know how through seminars presented around the country. Unstuffy

A very strong pensions set with high-quality pensions practitioners at all levels. As the young juniors tend to start with a broader based practice before developing pensions specialisms, they tend to have good case management and advocacy experience from a relatively junior stage. This set has been proactive in offering good training.

I know Outer Temple to be an excellent set, both as a whole and in the area of Travel law & jurisdictional issues. Counsel are always knowledgeable about the subject matter, strive to assess and find a way through convoluted issues and keen to pass on that knowledge to Instructing Solicitors trough focused training.

Disputes in the financial services often also involve, for example, regulatory issues and other members of the same chambers have deep knowledge of this. Therefore, a team of experts can easily be brought together.

Strength and depth across the gamut of financial services, highly responsive, and generous in offering insights and education and training programmes, I commend Outer Temple as a modern barristerial outfit.

Outer temple chambers is a top-notch chambers for pensions work.

Outer Temple Chambers has extensive expertise in professional negligence cases concerning solicitors, actuaries, accountants, investment advisers and the wider financial services sector. They are really the pre-eminent sets for pensions-related professional negligence work, routinely acting for the major consultancies and the specialist solicitors.

Park Square Barristers Ltd.

Leeds set Park Square Barristers covers a range of work, with particular bright sports in criminal law and child law as well as handling a broader range of civil, regulatory and public law. A number of members have had judicial and other appointments of late: Judy Dawson and Kate Batty are two new recorders, Craig Hassall is now a bencher of Inner Temple, Chris Dunn was appointed to the disciplinary committee of the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation and Simon Clegg and William Lindsay were appointed as deputy district judges. As far as recruitment is concerned, the set swelled its ranks by absorbing fifteen members and two clerks from the now-collapsed Zenith Chambers (adding a housing law string to its bow in the process) and Lisa Phillips returned to the independent Bar from Switalskis Solicitors.

Testimonials

Clerks:

All the Clerks are professional and extremely helpful.

Always excellent service from the clerks, really helpful in obtaining availability and helping with any questions or queries.

Claudine Cooper is a major asset to the family clerk team. Her knowledge and experience is second to none.

Have never been let down by any of the clerking team which is one of -the reasons we like using these Chambers.

I normally deal with Madeleine Gray who has a fantastic client manner and can never do enough to help. She goes above and beyond to respond late at evenings or weekends to try and assist. She is superb!

The clerking staff were very good and were able to offer advice as to who best suited the needs of my client.

The Clerks as PSQB are one of the reasons it is easy to instruct PSQB – they will bend over backwards to ensure that your needs are met where possible. They are great at keeping you up to date. I would particularly mention Claudine Cooper who is fabulous. She is helpful, approachable, understanding and most importantly good at her job.

The clerks at Park Square Barristers can only be described as superstars, very efficient and proactive, the criminal clerk team as a whole have been nothing but wonderful over the years.

The clerks, led by Claudine Cooper, really are very good. They set the tone for the set and nothing is too much trouble, they are easy to get hold of, they are quick to respond to enquiries and often go over and above to assist.

Set:

A large set with considerable strength in depth across age and experience ranges.

Approachable, experienced and always available. Run a fantastic training schedule which also allows for networking.

Extremely helpful, well organised and excellent focus on customer service

Good availability of counsel – alternatives offered when our first choice is not available.

In relation to the Chambers this is set have a huge pool of talent and a number of skilled counsel for family matters. I would have no hesitation and indeed have recommended them on a number of occasions. The training is always topical and straight forward. The events they run are superb.

Park Square Barristers is an exceptional set and they have a wealth of counsel who are specialists in and have an innate understanding of Public Children law work. They are my “go to “ chambers for care work.

Park Square Barristers are a fantastic set, with great reach and depth, a incredible array of talented barristers available to take on the most difficult of briefs.

Park Square Barristers are a well organised and streamlined Chambers.

Park Square Barristers has grown in recent years and now offers a significant number of practitioners dealing with a range of work across a range of experience. The strength in numbers ensures availability of Counsel especially for last minute briefs.

Park Square Barristers is one of the ‘go to’ chambers when seeking to instruct counsel.

Strong set of chambers especially in terms of being able to offer the right person for a particular set of instructions. Good spread of advocates.

Parklane Plowden

Based in Leeds and Newcastle, Parklane Plowden is particularly active in personal injury work in the region (an area in which the set commenced an arbitration service), in addition to having employment, family and commercial expertise. As far as recruitment is concerned, the set took a number of members from the now-defunct Zenith chambers, including  four personal injury and thirteen family barristers as well as Chancery specialist Nicola Phillipson - separately, Patrick Taylor (subsequently appointed to the TECBAR panel of mediators) upgraded his role at the set from door tenant to full member, retaining his tenancy at 4-5 Gray's Inn Square. Four members were appointed as recorders and two as deputy district judges  and former Walker Morris partner David Kilduff is now the set's chairman. Joanne Astbury is now a circuit judge.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Possibly the most highly respected clerking team in the north of England. Solicitor friendly and commercially aware set with increasing orientations toward new and developing areas of practice.

All the clerks are extremely responsive and helpful. Laura Storr stands out to me as someone that is particularly helpful and I always feel able to pick up the phone to her and ask for help.

Always receive fantastic service from the clerking team who are always responsive to any issues and accommodating.

Chambers admin is first class. Mike Stubbs heads a very effective set .

Clerks provide prompt responses to booking requests and other queries. They seek to resolve any issues at the earliest opportunity.

Fantastic service and always developing new ideas on how to improve the chambers.

Fast to respond and to provide options of multiple barristers and to get work dealt with by tight deadlines.

Parklane Plowden have a fantastic team and very personable and accommodation. Mike Stubbs is always willing to go the extra mile and Laura Storr is ever so pleasant and a joy to speak to when arranging conferences and/or instructing counsel.

The best clerks that I have ever come across. Super efficient and accommodating.

The clerks are always very helpful when it comes to availability. They are prepared to take the time to have a conversation with you about what you need, and they genuinely understand the Solicitors’ perspective and what is going to be required. That additionally means that they’re great with recommendations — the only set that I would call up and be prepared to instruct whoever they might recommend!

The clerks are exceptional. James in particular is always friendly, goes the extra mile to assist and recommends barristers based on the facts of the case. He has a keen interest in helping juniors come through and develop their knowledge of the COP. Hannah is always willing to help and is a great member of the team. She is also a fantastic networker.

Set:

Chambers are approachable, helpful and never fail to address and deal with issues in a timely, efficient and friendly manner.

I do not use, and have no intention to use, any other Chambers.

Excellent set, great strength in depth, always provide suitable counsel on a case by case basis and excellent training programmes.

Excellent service, always obliging and dramas are avoided.

It is an excellent set. I have instructed many individuals there across PI, Clin Neg and Inquest work, and all have been outstanding. For me, there is no other set in the North East of the same calibre.

It seems that excellence breed excellence with Parklane Plowden. There are barristers at all levels who regularly impress and achieve results for clients.

My “go to” set everyone I have instructed at the set has done a great job. They make themselves available even if busy and deliver good training programmes, free of charge.

Park Lane Plowden are fantastic. If for any reason your barrister of choice is not available you can be certain there will be another barrister of equal competence. And they will always speak to each other to ensure the case is handed over smoothly and dealt with as efficiently as possible.

Park Lane Plowden is one of the largest and most user friendly sets in Leeds and on the North Eastern circuit.

Park Lane Plowden have been expanding quite significantly over the past two years and have been able to do so without diluting the quality. Unrivalled in the north-east in my opinion.

Having engaged a number of Counsel from Chambers over the years, I cannot recall receiving anything less than first class service.

Park Lane Plowden are very flexible. I always find them willing to provide opinion on cases and have a varied level of experience and ability relevant for any case.

Pump Court Chambers

Pump Court Chambers covers the family law piece (both matrimonial finance) along with crime, regulatory, property, commercial, and employment law expertise deployed both in Swindon and Winchester but also in London. Hilary Lennox, a family specialist also called in Ireland, joined from 5 St Andrews Hill, criminal specialist Siân Beaven  joined from now-defunct Charter Chambers and James Byrne is another, civil, new member. Turning to appointments, Mark Ruffell  was appointed Chancellor of the Diocese of Gloucester, a part-time Church of England judicial role, and Alejandra Llorente Tascon  was elected to the executive committee of the Criminal Bar Association.

Testimonials

Clerks:

All clerks are an asset to the set. They are quick to return calls and respond to emails in often very busy circumstances. Tony Atkins and Sean Gentleman in particular are highly regarded.

All the clerks really work hard, going above and beyond to help.

Sean Gentleman is first rate. Great service and quick grasp of what the case and the solicitor needs. A great addition to chambers.

Tony Atkins is astute and affable. This combination means that he has skilfully developed the Pump Court chambers offering during his many years there.

Clerking team provide friendly service who help go the extra mile in finding suitable counsel.

My main dealings are with Dean Cunniff. He is efficient, helpful and very good at assisting when needing to liaise with Tribunal listings.

Senior clerk Jon Cue is excellent. Available and up to date on matters. Willing to help and always does what he says he will do. Well supported by the junior clerks. Keeps me up-to-date with developments and any issues etc that may arise.

The clerks are so helpful and go above and beyond. They genuinely want to make the solicitor’s life easier and I welcome that support.

The clerks are very knowledgeable and they are always able to help match the barrister to the client, recognising different clients look for different things in a barrister.

The clerks at Pump Court Chambers, have always been one of the main reasons for our ongoing relationship with them.

The clerks have great working relationships with instructing solicitors and they really do go the extra mile and instil confidence from the outset. Always responsive and give clear, confident information without any delay. Particular stand out individuals are Tony Atkins and Paul Coleman.

I want a clerk to be friendly, efficient and honest and Dean, in particular has this perfected.

The service offered by Tony Atkins and his team is second to none. I can honestly say in 19 years they have never let me or my team down.

Set:

A friendly and reliable set who have improved their strength in depth over recent years. They offer regular training sessions throughout the South coast and are always keen to support local Resolution groups or individual firms putting on events or training.

An excellent set, who have a ready supply of high quality barristers. Client care is excellent.

Chambers are always accommodating and willing. They have good availability for a range of services and will endeavour to assist with providing continuity wherever possible.

Chambers offers a significant training programme and we have benefited from this throughout the years.

Excellent juniors and a broad range of skilled advocates who are of a high standard, warm and approachable with clients and instructing solicitors. Keen to find a practical solution and to consider DR options but persuasive, expert advocates when before the Court.

Without a doubt, my Chambers of choice.

Generally speaking Pump Court offers strength in depth and there are many in the set I would actively seek out to instruct.

I have always found the Chambers to be ably assist with any queries. Friendly and approachable. They run training seminars and are willing to have a discussion if required.

I just love Pump Court. The range of barristers they can offer is great and you know that whoever you instruct, they will be well prepared and look after your client. Their fees are very competitive and they work very flexibly – they recognise that things move quickly and they are always helpful!

Pump Court Chambers is a highly proficient set and provides a good choice of Counsel.

Pump Court is a hub of fantastic family law barristers who are well respected across their field. For whatever type of family law case, I can be assured that Pump Court will have a specialist with the necessary expertise.

Queen Square Chambers

Queen Square Chambers, which has presences in both Bristol and Cardiff, is a set popular across Western England and Wales for employment, family, personal injury and commercial disputes. James Bromige  has been appointed as a criminal recorder on the Western circuit and Tabitha Macfarlane, who has experience of an in-house advocacy role at a firm of solicitors, has joined the set's crime team.

Testimonials

Clerks:

I love them! The clerks at Queens Square know you, know your cases, and know their Counsel. They are accommodating and professional.

The Clerks are very professional, always available and solution orientated. I never fear I will be let down at the last moment.

The Clerks at QS Chambers really are the best. They are so friendly and professional and will go out of their way in everything they do especially Colleen Inker and Harry Partridge. They are a pleasure to communicate with.

The clerks have always been first class. Colleen Inker in particular has vast experience and is always on hand to field any queries, no matter how urgent. She remains calm and gets the job done.

Tom Cole ‘gets it’. He is quick to respond, he understands how he can help instructing solicitors and he has an affable manner.

I have always found that the clerks deliver a high standard of service and their environmentally conscious approach in 2020 has been streets ahead of other sets in the region.

Set:

Queens Square is for me the benchmark of a competent and varied set. As well as being what one expects of a traditional chambers, they are quick to adopt new technologies and working practices to enable a high quality service and delivery to diverse areas and client groups.

Queen Square Chambers are friendly and professional. They are always accommodating to both ourselves and their barristers. They have a number of experiences barristers who we also instruct and they provide regular CPD events to share their knowledge.

A very friendly and approachable set of Chambers with good depth in numbers and quality practitioners.

Chambers are always willing to accommodate and deal with any issues that arise promptly and efficiently.

Queen Square Chambers has been my go to Chambers for about 10 years now. Always helpful, supportive, they go extra mile too. Having used other Chambers they always beat competitors in work ethic and their assistance.

Queen Square Chambers remain in my opinion the leading set in the South West for Crime. They have depth and are prepared to innovate. Reliable and diligent

The chambers Employment team is limited by their size, but not by their excellence. They have some of the top barristers in Employment in the region.

Queens Square Chambers is the main barristers chambers that I use. I will always go to them first for both advocacy and opinions.

Radcliffe Chambers

Radcliffe Chambers has a broad range of Chancery expertise, covering matters such as  private client disputes, contested probate and partnership litigation as well as more esoteric areas such as pensions and charities. Shantanu Majumdar , Kate Selway  and Christopher Boardman  constitute a bumper crop of silk appointments, and David Mohyuddin QC , who continues to be a member of Exchange Chambers as well, is another new member. Turning to part-time judicial appointments, Katherine McQuail has been appointed as a Deputy Master of the Chancery Division.

Testimonials

Clerks:

The service and clerks’ room is excellent and extremely well run. They have a particular expertise at recommending the right person for the job and are always willing to go that extra mile and assist, for example, in last minute instructions and liaising with the Court at short notice whenever they can. Lee and Bradley in particular stand out.

Excellent service from the clerks. Straightforward and honest on timescales. Always available by phone and email.

The joint senior clerks of John Clark and Keith Nagle are a dream team in terms of clerking and the experience and guidance they bring to instructing solicitors.

Having dealt with John Clark for the last 30 years we have found his loyalty to his instructing solicitors (or those of Counsel) to be paramount.

Clerks go above and beyond to deal with procedural issues and court communication.

They are always happy to have a chat about a sticky issue and will help to ensure targets and service levels are met.

Great set, clerks are excellent and probably one of the best sets of clerks, they know their solicitors well and are easy to speak to about work. They will find their way around a problem and find a barrister to suit your needs. They try super hard and are a fantastic asset to this set.

Efficient and approachable. I have dealt with Justin Allen who has provided myself and my firm with a first class service.

John Clark and Keith Nagel have provided a pillar of support on rapidly moving litigation. They have been prompt dealing with all matters such that the cooperation between solicitors and Counsel is a well-oiled machine.

Its clerks are excellent and engagement during Covid-19 has been refreshing.

Set:

This is my go to set. I think as a set, their counsel are technically brilliant but what makes them better is how easy they are to deal with.

First rate chambers with great strength-in-depth in the insolvency and excellent barristers who are all very approachable. They do a great deal for the insolvency world at large in terms of marketing and training.

I think one of their biggest strengths is that they truly, unlike others, think and behave like a collective which enables them to operate like a well-oiled machine and provide a full service. Across the set they have a depth of knowledge spanning insolvency, property, trusts, probate etc which gives the client (the instructing solicitor) confidence that they are getting the best possible advice/representation.

Good availability and direct access to barristers means we can often deal with things quickly and efficiently. Plain speaking Counsel with a thorough understanding off the offshore industry.

I have worked with Radcliffe Chambers (in one guise or another) for over 30 year. I have used many members of chambers and I find them to be of the highest calibre and also approachable.

I use this set as a whole for professional indemnity claims arising out of pure chancery type matters – including probate, trusts and property related matters. Good technical expertise in this area, without presenting advice in an overly academic way. I do not feel that I have to “explain” their advice to clients.

In short, they are an excellent set of chambers. They are extremely efficient in response times and all go that extra 100 miles over and beyond.

Team members regularly attend seminars put on by Radcliffe. They are particularly good at thinking of new and innovative ways to host events – the mock trials proved hugely popular.

Radcliffe Chambers are a fantastic set and I feel in safe hands when I instruct any of their insolvency barristers. They are experienced and reliable.

Radcliffe have a fantastic choice of insolvency specialists at a range of levels. Someone with suitable experience is always available and, more to the point, actually has time to devote amongst other instructions.

Radcliffe have great strength in depth in the Traditional Chancery sector and deserve their accolades. At every level from the most junior to the top QCs they have some quite brilliant people.

The Chambers has grown considerably over the years and is now undoubtedly the leading set for Charity Law. They have a wide selection of Barristers at all levels. It would be rare not to get a response from a Barrister if an urgent matter arose within very short time frame.

A pleasure to deal with as they work with you to assist the client. They never forget that they need to help the solicitor help their client.

Red Lion Chambers

Red Lion Chambers continues to prosecute and defend in some of the most serious criminal cases, covering all manners of offences in London elsewhere from both London chambers and an office in Chelmsford. Allison Clare  and Cameron Brown  are 2020 silk appointments. The set has formed RL Consulting, a separate entity which adds policy and internal investigation expertise both from former members of chambers and other luminaries including as former High Court judge Dame Linda Dobbs and former Metropolitan Police anti-terror specialist Sir Mark Rowley.

Testimonials

Clerks:

A large clerks room, bearing in mind that there are over 100 members; always polite and efficient and having a positive and long standing relationship with the courts/list officers.

All the clerks are excellent but both Mark Bennett and Nick Parkinson bring a real drive to the team, both are very capable and approachable always striving to help resolve issues .

Clerks clearly have a very close knit team that work extremely well together. Great communication skills and their care for the firm’s needs is impressive.

Mark Bennett is the best clerk in the country in an understated but authoritative approach. Completely trustworthy and a man of his word. There is no better.

Excellent – Nick (Parkinson) is always outstandingly professional and is always happy to go the extra mile to ensure matters proceed smoothly.

Responsive, knowledgeable and they leave you confident that you are in good hands.

I have found all the Clerks to be professional and highly trained.

In the same way as the members have adapted to the changing face of the bar, the clerk’s room has organized itself to meet these challenges. The support provided by the senior clerk, Mark Bennett, and Nick Parkinson both in the individual practices of the members and in the general administration of chambers is exemplary.

Speaking to the clerks at Red Lion Court – in particular Nick Parkinson – is always an absolute pleasure. He is always quick to respond and is clear and transparent in all his dealings.

The clerks are responsive and knowledgeable. I have followed their recommendations for counsel and am yet to be disappointed – they have an ability to put the right counsel on the right case.

The service that I have received has been second to none. Nothing is to much trouble and the clerks from top to bottom are pleasant and friendly. I don’t want to be schmoozed and the clerking at Red Lion Court suits me perfectly!

Set:

A stand out set with a breadth of talent from top to bottom both defending and prosecuting. A go to set whose members are seen in many of the most high profile cases. A leader in the field.

An outstanding, multi-talented and forward thinking diverse set, containing top of the tree advocates and practitioners.

Chambers has a fantastic reputation and a significant number of very well respected counsel. It is an immaculately run operation and the barristers and clerks work together extremely well. They are a go to set for heavyweight crime.

I don’t think that there is a set to compare with Red Lion Court. There are really excellent barristers at every level and all very easy to work with. All of the barristers that I have instructed have been able to relate to every sort of client. They have run a series of lectures with an opportunity to meet up socially afterwards which is a really good way to meet barristers that do work for you in person and also to meet barristers that you may have considered but didn’t know much about.

For 18 years, Red Lion Chambers have consistently made my job much easier, and my clients have hugely benefitted from their expertise. I continue to vote with my feet because it is obviously in my clients’ best interests to do so.

Great set with ever growing presence in the area. Top quality juniors showing real promise. A set which will continue to thrive.

I work with Red Lion Chambers a great deal. As a set, they are all incredibly hard working, kind and thoughtful. Some of the countries best barristers belong to RLC.

Red Lion Chambers continues to grow from strength to strength. The set has attracted a large number of applications for tenancy from the wider profession which is a testament to their general progression and levels of excellence.

The set has recently launched a lecture series which is perhaps unprecedented. These events are invaluable to the solicitors’ profession in terms of continued professional development and are very much highly regarded.

Red Lion Chambers has fast become our ‘go-to’ for advice on (difficult) criminal matters. Their expertise in both prosecution and defence means they often give a very nuanced and balanced perspective. The Counsel that we have worked with there always seem open to thinking outside the box, and unafraid of a challenge.

Red Lion Court is first rate for corporate crime and fraud. We have had several barristers working with us and all have been intelligent, hard working and bring value to any case.

Red Lion is a very smoothly run operation.

Regency Barristers Chambers

Regency Barristers Chambers handles a range of family law from its Peterborough headquarters, with a strong presence in public children law.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Always responsive and go that bit extra to try and make a schedule work.

The clerks are helpful and amenable and try if at all possible to accommodate requests, even at late notice. The clerks are all of an equal standard, professional and polite.

The clerks at Regency Chambers are extremely helpful and are always willing to help find counsel even when asked at the last minute. Toby in particular is a great asset to the team and has helped myself out of many a tight spot by finding counsel at the last minute.

Toby is an excellent clerk, friendly, organised and responsive to queries quickly.

Set:

Regency Chambers, whilst being small, regularly hits above its size with the quality of work it does.

Chambers has some excellent Counsel with a wide range of experience, and who are all approachable.

This set has some very good experienced and senior counsel well able to manage complex public law cases.

Regency Chambers are one of the first ports of call when we require counsel to cover hearings. It is rare that enquiries are made at Regency and they are not able to offer a suitable counsel to cover. Many members of the set are flexible and will pick up extra hearings in the same day to assist if they can.

River Chambers

River Chambers is a five-barrister, virtual employment set whose members take instructions without clerks.

Ropewalk Chambers

Ropewalk Chambers in Nottingham has particular expertise in clinical negligence, industrial disease and personal injury work, amongst other practice areas. In recent news, Philip Turton became President of the Nottinghamshire Law Society - the first President appointed to act solely as a barrister throughout their career - while Andrew Lyons has been appointed a Recorder in the Midlands Circuit.

Testimonials

Clerks:

An excellent service provided by all clerks in my experience. If there are any issues contact is made promptly and steps taken. If counsel is not available initially the clerks will take steps to enquire and source where possible. They are all very amiable and pragmatic and always respond.

Tony Hill is an excellent senior clerk. He is good humoured, has seen it all, concentrates on providing the best service he can and is very reliable. I also find his team to be responsive and very helpful. Their flexibility has been highlighted by the service provided during the Covid-19 lockdown.

I have dealt with Alan for many years and he always goes above and beyond. The same ethos is clearly instilled in the more junior clerks and I find my dealings with Adrian, Gemma, Cass and Kirsty all to be friendly and reliable.

I find the whole clerking team to be excellent to work with. They are easy to deal with and willing to help.

The service is second to none. I liaise predominantly with Alan Odiam and he is extremely pleasant, accommodating and returns emails within minutes.

Superb service lead by the outstanding Tony Hill. He will always go the extra mile for you and provides excellent support at all times.

The clerks always respond promptly. Kass Morris has been a great help.

We have developed a good relationship with Tony and Alan over the years, and can always be counted on to assist wherever they can, and even if specific counsel are unavailable.

Tony is a huge asset to Ropewalk Chambers, and an oracle to barristers and instructing solicitors alike! I have always found him extremely amenable and he is always willing to go the extra mile to help in any way he can.

Set:

I have had an excellent relationship with Ropewalk chambers for at least 15 years. They offer a lot of choice for personal injury with different personalities and specialisms. Their annual PI conference is second to none. The availability of counsel is good. It is very rare that there is a late alteration and if there is a suitable alternative will be provided after seeking agreement.

For Personal Injury, this is an ideal Chambers with a tremendous wealth of expertise. From the Head of Chambers to the most recently called Counsel, the Ropewalk barristers are pleasant, efficient and very able.

Great range of skills available at all levels – willingness to assist and work alongside the clients and our lawyers.

I have instructed Barristers from this set and been extremely happy with their work. There is always a choice of good costs Counsel at this set. They run a number of Conferences dealing with costs litigation which are extremely informative and easy to listen to.

Ropewalk are an excellent set for Industrial Disease Work. They undertake work for Claimants and Defendants and I believe this brings balance and experience that is valuable to the set. Counsel is available when sought and the clerks will assist and guide well when needed. They run excellent training and during the recent lockdown have run a couple of very good webinars.

Ropewalk are an excellent set of barristers. I enjoy working with them, they provide high quality advice and documents, and also assist us with added value such as presentation and mock trials for clients.

Ropewalk are my go to chambers for disease matters. They offer excellent strength in depth and good availability.

Ropewalk Chambers are a very good set up and they have excellent Counsel available. They are friendly and approachable, the support staff and clerks really do make it such a nice chambers. Their yearly conferences are put on for free, save for a donation to charity, which really does include excellent content and you are able to see how the various Counsel present in their different styles.

Ropewalk chambers as a set have a strong presence in occupational disease claims from NIHL to mesothelioma and everything in between. Their barristers can be relied on to cover any hearing in the UK and provide sensible and pragmatic advice. The set as a whole is really easy to engage with.

Ropewalk Chambers is my first choice of chambers every time. The service they provide is unbeatable, both on quality of advice and on expertise.

Ropewalk Chambers is the only Chambers I instruct. I have attended multiple Personal Injury Update Conferences over the years and these are well attended, extremely useful and informative. It is also a good occasion to meet Barristers at the Chambers. I did have to obtain an alternative Barrister for a Trial on one occasion and the Clerks were able to find a Barrister who would be able to conduct the Trial on my behalf.

Ropewalk Chambers is, in my view, the go-to chambers for occupational disease claims.  The barristers that I work with are all technically excellent but also pragmatic and approachable. It is refreshing to work collaboratively with counsel.

Senate House Chambers

  Based in Northampton, Senate House Chambers stands out for its expertise across the spectrum of public and private children law, and also handles family financial matters.

Testimonials

Clerks:

All the clerks I have interacted with have been friendly and helpful, always trying to do their best to accommodate us where they can. They provide an excellent service and are very quick to provide assistance.

Excellent clerks, who go the extra mile to assist particularly at short notice. Superb communication from the clerks at all times.

I would personally recommend the clerk, Sue Crook. She is in my opinion an excellent clerk and as a solicitor provides the exact support that you need.

The service provided by the Clerks’ room is fantastic. They are amazing. The Clerks are solution focused which is an asset to have in the field of law practiced.

Sue Crook, Beth Crook and Elaine Christie – These Clerks are just amazing! They hold the Chambers together. They are very professional and polite. Always welcoming to speak to you, always wanting to assist. Always providing a solution to a problem.

Set:

An exceptional cutting edge set.

I regularly instruct members from Ms Watkins’ set of chambers as there is a good mixture of experience levels and the chambers makes its members available at short notice for emergency/other hearings.

Senate House Chambers are a versatile and very knowledgeable set, I have instructed almost all the barristers across many areas of family law; the skill set means they are able to provide a service tailored to the specific needs of the client. This set is certainly the first number to call when Counsel is required.

Senate House is an excellent chambers with a set of first class barristers. They are all very knowledgeable in their area and always happy to help where ever they can.

The chambers are strongly recommended and have a great variety of barristers with various strengths and ranges of skills available.

The chambers have a strong collection of counsel who we are happy to use, even the juniors come across as very experienced and understanding.

Serjeants' Inn Chambers

Serjeants' Inn Chambers is a leading set for police law, and has strength in depth across a number of disciplines, including clinical negligence, Court of Protection, and professional discipline work. In recent news, Angus Moon QC and Michael Horne QC were appointed joint heads of chambers in 2019, while in 2020, Hannah Hinton joined from Drystone Chambers; Chris Hough arrived from Doughty Street; Criminal specialist Mark Harries QC has arrived from Carmelite Chambers. Sophia Roper  has been appointed as Recorder on the Western Circuit; and Sir Robert Francis QC retired from practice after 47 years in chambers.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Always go above and beyond to try and help you in whatever way that they can. Their vast experience enables them to assist in ways that other sets cannot.

Catherine Calder, their CEO, is worth her weight in gold. She has an innovative approach to client care and has helped transform Serjeants Inn into the very modern and successful set it is today. She’s a very skilled communicator with an easy manner who everyone likes to work with and this will extend to the clerks and barristers as well as instructing solicitors.

Deliver a first-rate service. They know what clients want and aim to deliver it. Always courteous and professional.

Excellent service – Tom O Connor is brilliant to have as a clerk if you need urgent input. Always friendly and helpful.

Excellent- I particularly like Joe Fletcher who is quick to respond and very user friendly.

I have worked with Serjeants’ Inn for a long time now. They are my go-to set. Lee Johnson (senior Clerk) can move heaven and earth to get things done. He is such a pleasure to deal with, always calm and reassuring. Tom O’Connor is a brilliant clerk, again very personable, working well with solicitors and making sure things happen.

Joe Ralph is an excellent clerk and always responds promptly and will try his best to make things work in the diaries to assist me. His attention to detail is great.

Lee Johnson stands out – he absolutely understands the role of a senior clerk and what his solicitor clients need. He is accessible, co-operative and pragmatic.

Isabel Biggs is incredibly professional, hard working, diligent, charming, and a team player.

The clerking is excellent and their team excellent to work with. Catherine Calder the joint chief exec is great to work with and responsive.

The inimitable Lee Johnson leads the team and deserves to be known as a legend in his own lifetime. Tom O’Connor and Joe Ralph also stand out as savvy, sensible clerks who always have the right options available to their clients.

The clerking team is also very strong. Tom O’Connor and Joe Ralph have excellent vision for what is needed in complex welfare cases. Josie Ryan is up and coming in the team.

The clerks have always provided a first-rate service. They are courteous and professional. They understand what instructing solicitors want and work hard to deliver that.

The clerks operate a highly efficient model to support private clients and solicitors firms with a seamless management of case allocation, preparation and completion. The designated client care team led by Catherine Calder joint CEO is unrivalled in it’s business acumen to build this work and provide a client focused service.

Clare Sabido is new but absolutely on it!

Set:

A fantastic set. They are efficient, approachable and have talented barristers at all levels which is quite unique.

A go-to chambers for this area of work – frequently a first port of call due to responsiveness and can-do attitude.

A set of chambers that has everything. They are experts in their field and their reputation is widely regarded.

All good – strength in depth and able to offer cover for a wide range of hearings, including at short notice and across geographies.

Brilliant at what they do. They are a police discipline powerhouse with the best silks and the juniors in the business for this type of work.

Brilliantly run set. Cost effective, strength in depth and efficient.

I always look to Serjeants Inn as my first port of call for Counsel in Court of Protection matters. They have excellent strength in depth and many outstanding Juniors.

It is one of the leading sets for this type of work. They have particularly excellent silks and very good experience for medical treatment cases or cases which involve medical issues.

One of the best sets around for Clinical Negligence. They’re barristers are at the forefront of this area. A great, innovative set that is always at the front of the line.

One of the pre-eminent sets doing this type of work. They have improved the range of barristers no-end in the last few years and are rightly getting the recognition they deserve.

Phenomenal set, enjoy working with all barristers and clerks.

Sergeants Inn have just got it right. They offer a wide range of excellent barristers. The best selection for clinical negligence and always consistent quality.

Serjeants Inn are absolutely brilliant set. They are all highly professional and dynamic.

Serjeants Inn has a vast array of gifted advocates with a wealth of experience in acting for both Claimants and Defendants. They are frequently involved in seminal cases and their members are always highly sought-after.

Serjeants Inn has an enormous wealth of talent, offering expertise across an impressively broad range of specialties. Their members are often involved in the most high profile cases and, particularly with the expansion of their number in recent years, they have gone from strength to strength.

The set is highly respected and produces consistently high performing advocates. Written submissions are of a very good quality and there is a steadfastness and solid integrity that underpins much of their work.

They’re great – absolutely one of the leading sets when it comes to medical treatment cases in the Court of Protection.

Six Pump Court

Six Pump Court has an established presence across the South East, with chambers based in London and its annexe in Maidstone. Members practice across eleven key areas, such as crime, planning, commercial, family and regulatory law, to name a few. In recent news, Steven Walker QC and Przemysław Krzywosz have joined as associate tenants, Anthony Connerty has been appointed to the Arbitration and Mediation Pools of the Court of Arbitration for Art, Nicholas Ostrowski has been appointed to the Attorney General's Panel of Counsel, and Simon Taylor has been appointed a Recorder, assigned to the South Eastern Circuit.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Ryan Barrow, Richard Constable and Mike Hearn are excellent. They have good connections with the courts.

The best clerking team in Temple without doubt. Nothing is too much trouble. Always an absolute pleasure to deal with. They develop superb relationships with their instructing solicitors. They are very well led by Richard Constable but every one of them are formed in his image and give the same level of exceptional service.

The clerks led by Richard Constable, have consistently been praised by our clients for providing a very high level of service. Richard, in particular, will not rest unless he can solve a clients problem.

The clerking team go out of their way to provide a service that can only be described as excellent.

We deal with Ryan Barrow and have always found him very helpful.

The clerks are excellent headed by Richard Constable and assisted by Ryan Barrow. I have found them knowledgeable and always available if assistance is required.

Set:

6 Pump Court are the Thinking Man’s Chambers. They offer an attractive array of counsel whose expertise are the best in their fields. They are an approachable and practical set, who will go the extra mile for their professional clients. They are organised, resourceful and always willing to assist.

6 Pump Court is an excellent chambers with significant experience and understanding of environmental and planning law.

A wonderful set at all levels of call. With a second to none clerking team. It is packed with talent and marks itself by having a group of barristers who are very effective at the work they do (whether advocacy or advice) in a totally unstuffy and unaffected way.

An exceptional set in the areas in which they operate with a very good group of individual barristers at all levels of call. A deserved reputation for being a go to set for health and safety environmental and planning matters. That they also still do “real” crime is a real asset to their all round skill set.

Chambers is blessed with real heavyweight practitioners. It has a depth of leading juniors who remain at the very top of their game. Most practitioners prosecute and defend and so bring judgement and experience to the table.

Chambers is excellently organised and very pleasant to deal with. They have an impressive breadth and depth of legal expertise. The clerks are efficient and always very helpful.

Highly efficient with a good work ethic towards all parties. A very well respected set.

Professional, highly efficient and reassuring. The Clerks are approachable, friendly, professional and put our clients at ease. A very good Chambers to deal with.

The chambers are traditional and friendly, lacking the corporate and impersonal feel of some chambers.

This barrister’s chambers is consistently underrated as a criminal set. It has a rich pool of very experienced and committed advocates and probably the best clerks in the Temple and beyond.

The chambers ethos is one of approachability and efficiency, with the clerks being particularly attuned to the needs of their client base.

Spire Barristers

Leeds-based Spire Barristers specialises in public and family law, and is especially strong in Court of Protection matters. In recent news, Jacqueline Thomas QC took silk; Linda Cains was appointed a circuit judge on the North Eastern Circuit; and Ella Anderson was doubly appointed as a fee-paid Judge of the First-Tier Tribunal assigned to the Health, Education and Social Care Chamber (Mental Health), and as a fee-paid Employment Judge of the Employment Tribunals, assigned to the North Eastern Circuit.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Clerks are very hard working and respond promptly.

Dependable, prompt, polite and knowledgable. Whats not to like?

I have had good experiences with all the clerks I have come across (and I think I have come across all of them!). All reliable and a pleasure to deal with.

Leigh is fabulous as a co-ordinator and Donna often goes above and beyond to chase for hearings etc.

Leigh Royall and his team are very professional, very organised and work with myself and my team to ensure we are all organised, informed and we resolve any issues. Their approach is really positive, professional and has meant Spire have become a preferential choice when looking to instruct.

The clerks are always accommodating and offer a high level of service with good levels of communication.

The clerks are friendly and approachable, always being happy to help. Mention should be given to Leigh Royall, Senior Clerk, who always provides an outstanding service.

Their clerks are efficient, effective and always there to help.

Set:

A great set with very able practitioners across all bands of call.

An excellent set with great strength in depth in child care.

Customer service appears to be at the heart of this chambers and they always use their best endeavours to accommodate any requests.

Extremely accessible set with strong values and excellent client service. Good substitute counsel generally available if first choice has other commitments

Incredibly friendly and helpful set of chambers. Approachable and very knowledgeable in their chosen field of law.

Spire Barristers has strong talent amongst its Counsel, and are always really helpful to work with. They offer a good roster of training, and always try to bring clients together to strengthen relationships.

Spire Barristers provide a first class service to their solicitor and direct access clients. They have a very loyal following that is testament to the service provided. The clerking team is excellent actually does what you ask them to do!

They go above and beyond to cover cases for the Local Authority and are always happy to assist. Often rearranging diaries so that someone is available, even at short notice.

Super helpful and always ready to find the right barrister for the job, excellent communications and fee negotiations.

This is a dynamic and forward thinking set that stands out as a future leader in the market especially in the growing Court of Protection department.

St Ives Chambers

Birmingham-based St Ives Chambers has strengths in a range of areas, particularly family and housing law, and also offers expertise in crime, regulatory and personal injury matters. The set recently launched a specialist dispute resolution team, which focuses on disputes within the family law sphere. In other recent developments, Nicholas Starks was appointed a Deputy District Judge, assigned to the Midlands Circuit.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Sarah Robinson is an impressive clerk with meticulous attention to detail. She is thoroughly prepared and able to deal with all and any inquiries in a prompt and professional manner.

Nick Burdon strives to provide the best possible service to his clients.

Asma Akhtar’s confident and approachable persona has ensured that the service she offers is of an excellent standard. Her ability to effectively communicate and problem solve has instilled confidence within the firm that our instruction will be handled in a professional and capable manner whilst always keeping the client at the forefront of the process.

Ms Robinson and her team have dedicated their time to ensuring that all inquiries are dealt with promptly and effectively and Chambers often go above and beyond to offer assistance when needed.

All the clerks are extremely helpful and go over and beyond as a service. In particular Sarah, Nick and Asma.

Andrew Rourke is a fantastic entrepreneur and rainmaker, Phil Hidson provides an excellent and user-friendly service.

Andrew Rourke is an asset to Chambers – he communicates well and promptly and is very amenable; he approaches with great honesty and with a proactive attitude about listing problems and changes in counsel.

Clerking is excellent. Catherine Merry and Ross Hands are particularly good in ensuring matters are dealt with, meetings organised and barristers are always there in good time for hearings and keep these instructing well informed.

Clerks have always been very accommodating, helpful and professional.

David Walters – the private law children family clerk is exceptional. Very well organised, great telephone manner and so reliable. His recommendations are great, and cost estimates always fair.

Excellent – Sarah Robinson has been at the helm for many years and is approachable calm and often a miracle worker, conjuring up counsel for last minute bookings!

Excellent and responsive team of clerks, no one in particular as all act in concert to support counsel and solicitors.

Ms Catherine Merry and Mr Ross Hands are both exceptional clerks who go out of their way to provide a professional service.

Ross Hands is always prepared to go the extra mile and provides an unparalleled service. His client care is second to none.

Sarah Robinson, Nick Burdon and David Walters will move heaven and earth to help you. They are an excellent set of clerks who seem to take everything in their stride.

The criminal clerks are exceptional. They are accommodating wherever possible.

The Clerking has never failed to impress. The Care team go above and beyond and will give off an air of calm.

The clerking remains the best I have experienced in nearly 20 years of practice. The clerks go out of their way to look after both their solicitor clients and their members’ interests. In particular, Andrew Rourke is a powerhouse clerk and an asset to the set, incredibly proactive in assisting the set’s professional clients and promoting its members.

The Clerks at St Ives are a joy to deal with. I find them all extremely helpful, pleasant, polite, and friendly. They’re always available to resolve any problems and arrange suitable Counsel, often even at very short notice.

The service has always been top notch. The Clerks always go above and beyond their call of duty in order to assist.

Well organised and helpful. Nick Burdon always a delight.

Set:

A hidden gem in Birmingham – talented counsel at all levels – commercial and competitive in terms of pricing and they are confident with being arrogant.

A very friendly and approachable set who go above and beyond in securing counsel. Provides extremely good value for money and regularly used by many lawyers in the authority.

A very good and reliable set. Counsel available to assist on short notice and are always prepared. Know case is in good hands when instructing Counsel from this set of chambers.

Excellent breadth of knowledge and experience with enough variety to cater for all levels of complexity in both children and financial issues.

St Ives are a superb set with a lot of impressive and caring barristers.

St Ives are a well established chambers in Birmingham but they do not rest on their laurels. Their counsel offer value for money and excellent service.

St Ives are more often than not our first port of call when seeking assistance from Counsel. The depth of experience in the set, and their specialist knowledge, ensures that there is an excellent choice of Counsel available for every instruction we have and need assistance with.

St Ives are my go to set. A high calibre of sensible, impressive and thoughtful advocates with a wealth of experience and an impressive command of the law.

St Ives Chambers has an important core of very talented criminal practitioners, who take pride in performing at the highest level.

St Ives Chambers is a professional and passionate Chambers which strives to achieve the best possible outcome for their clients. The experience and knowledge of their Barristers and Clerking Team is exemplary and they should be proud of the outstanding reputation that they have been able to build within the legal profession; not just in the West Midlands but further afield.

St Ives Chambers is by far the most go to chambers for us in Birmingham. The clerks and Barristers are outstanding and they are always my first choice. I know clients are in safe hands with their Barristers.

St Ives has a good team of sharp, technical, lawyers which makes them a big player in the midlands for crime.

St Ives is a strong set of barristers. I would always be confident in instructing St Ives for their competency, as well as being friendly and approachable. They have a strong footing in every family court. I would say that they are one of the strongest set in the Midlands for family barristers.

St. Ives’ Chambers is an excellent set of Chambers with a full armoury of fully experienced, thoroughly professional, peer respected Counsel.

The set could offer more in the way of regulatory training. They have a good housing training programme but the regulatory group have rarely offered seminars or workshops.

Very well regarded set on the midland circuit with a strong reputation in crime which has been growing in recent years. Very strong at the younger, junior end, where many chambers have a real gap locally.

St John's Buildings

With offices in Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, and Chester, St John's Buildings has a wealth of expertise in Chancery, criminal, property, employment and clinical negligence work, to name a few areas. Family law is a recognised cornerstone area of strength for the set across the Northern and North Eastern Circuits. In recent chambers news, Samantha Hillas QC took silk, and children law specialist Andrew Mountain, a former solicitor, joined the Manchester office, which was also bolstered by the arrivals of matrimonial finance specialist Archna Dawar; criminal defence expert Rebecca Penfold (formerly of Drystone Chambers); and criminal barrister Mark Brookes (formerly of Broadway House Chambers). Rachael Hughes recently joined the Sheffield office. The set has seen a number of judicial appointments this year, with Fayaz Hammond and Richard Carter being sworn in as district judges to the Midlands and Northern Circuits respectively; Alexander Kloss was appointed as a circuit judge, assigned to the North Eastern Circuit; Timothy Connolly was appointed a Deputy District Judge, assigned to the Northern Circuit; Samantha Openshaw was appointed a fee-paid Judge of the First Tier Tribunal; and Paul Watson QC was made a Senior Circuit Judge. The set also saw Timothy Brennand appointed as Senior Coroner for Manchester West, and three members appointed Recorders, namely Megan Rhys, Louise Stanbury, and Penelope Stanistreet-Keen, the former two to the North Eastern Circuit and the latter to the Midlands Circuit respectively.  

Testimonials

Clerks:

Excellent clerks, always able to deliver work to agreed timescales, and clear pricing agreements.

Fantastic service. Nothing is too much of a problem. Focused on solutions.

Good service, always try to help to accommodate needs.

I have always had first class service from the clerks at St John’s Buildings.

Mark Heald the Head Clerk at St Johns Buildings is one of the best clerks in the Northern set. He will not promise you something he cannot deliver on. The rest of clerks follow from Mark’s example and the room is full of fine talent.

Rob Lang is a very reliable clerk who can be trusted to assist and keep you updated at all stages

Ryan Barker and new addition to the team Emma Manning stand out as shining stars. They are accessible, friendly and efficient. They know their barristers and they know their profession well.

St Johns Buildings Clerking Team is first class. The clerks are approachable, solution focused and always do their best to assist.

The clerk service is excellent, prompt , thorough and reliable. They will go out of their way to secure suitable alternative counsel when diary clashes occur.

The clerking team at St Johns Buildings is by far the best on circuit. Paul Laverty, Senior Family Clerk, warrants particular praise as he always goes the extra mile to provide a 5* service.

The clerks room would not run without Ryan Barker.

The family clerks are amazing – keeping us updated as needed and always willing to speak and help.

The service has always been top-class. The clerking team are friendly, helpful and efficient.

They are by far the best chambers in terms of their clerks’ room. The clerks are very professional, polite and dedicated to both the barristers and solicitors instructing them.

Set:

A solid property set with some excellent talent. Up there with the best outside of London when it comes to property. Approachable and with superlative clerking.

Chambers are amongst the best in the North West in relation to strength in depth and variety of experience.

Chambers is fantastic – understanding and always ready to assist. The range of counsel is very good. Clerks are amazing and so are the support staff (reception and so on).

Excellent clerks who really know their barrister’s area of expertise. St John’s Chambers really has a wide range of barristers at different levels which is assists commercial clients and their financial requirements

I have always found this particular Chambers to go above an beyond. The clerks are very helpful and committed to providing assistance wherever possible whether that be representation at hearings or in house training. Counsel also are willing to offer their time, often at short notice and without charge, to assist with new points of law or general queries. Very impressive.

One of the best sets in the north west. A fantastic choice of barristers to suit clients’ needs. The clerking team are superb.

SJB are the strongest set for family work in the north west by a long chalk. The quality and quantity of their finance and children ( both public and private ) counsel ( junior and leading ) is second to none. They run regular excellent training on all areas of family law . Counsel are available in all but the most exceptional circumstances . They are reliable and the go to set for family lawyers across the region.

St John’s Buildings Chambers is the ‘go-to’ set in Manchester. Unrivalled and still the best in town.

St John’s Buildings has a very strong Family Group ranging from barristers just out of pupillage to very experienced counsel who have been practising for longer than they care to remember! Whatever their year of call counsel are always approachable and willing to assist.

St John’s Buildings is a very well-rounded chambers. The clerks are fabulous and will go above and beyond to help.

This is one of the most impressive chambers in terms of their breadth of knowledge and experience. They are an extremely professional chambers with an excellent reputation.

St John's Chambers

Bristol-based St John's Chambers has an excellent reputation for its expertise across a wide gamut of practice areas; personal injury, clinical negligence and private client litigation are recognised core strengths for the set, however the chambers also offers expertise in property, commercial, family, construction, employment and planning, to name a few. In recent chambers news, Stephanie Cope was appointed as a circuit judge on the Western Circuit, and Rachel Russell and David Regan were both appointed Recorders on the Western and Wales Circuits respectively.

Testimonials

Clerks:

A very efficient and in depth service. Luke Hodgson is extremely proficient and helpful at all times.

Adam and Hugh are fantastic clerks and always work hard to ensure barristers meet deadlines requested, even when these can be quite last minute.

Adam Marston is very helpful, sensible and experienced.

All the clerks do a good job but in particular, I think Elaine Jewell Moore is friendly, helpful and an excellent clerk.

An effective team, particularly Hugh Maguire who is always prompt, professional and incredibly helpful.

Brilliant – Annette is a true powerhouse, as is Derek and Adam is an up and coming star.

Clerking is outstanding – particularly Annette Bushell.

Clerks are efficient. I mainly deal with Paul Bennett who is always very responsive.

Clerks are helpful and approachable.

Clerks are quick to respond and helpful.

Adam Marston really stands out.

Clerks are responsive and commercially minded. Unlike some London chambers where you get the feeling you are being held to ransom, they will work with you.

Clerks are very efficient, especially Hugh Maguire. Team of clerks well managed by Annette Bushell.

Clerks are very friendly and have been keen to engage with me socially

Clerks in Chambers are excellent, reliable, always respond quickly, no miscommunications or delays in response- Hugh and Adam are the clerks I mainly deal with but there is always someone who can help – which is very reassuring.

Clerks really available and commercial. They make it easy to get hold of people. Rob Bocock, Paul Bennett, Elizabeth Champion and Simon Lyons all excellent.

Clerks’ room is commercially minded and the clerks ensure that it is easy to get hold of people. They are quick to respond. Everyone from the Practice manager down makes it their business to make it easy to use this set.

Elaine is lovely and helpful. Luke is very practice-focused and no nonsense.

Elaine Jewel is always there to help, and is always cheerful even in times of great stress.

Elaine Jewell-Moore in particular is fantastic. She is warm, friendly and accommodating.

The team is headed up by Derek Jenkins who is very well respected in Bristol.

Elaine Jewell-Moore is a particularly helpful clerk.

Elizabeth Champion is excellent- very responsive and good to work with.

Elizabeth Fitzgerald is an excellent clerk. She’s very professional and has a great telephone manner. The other clerks pick up well in her absence. If someone is meant to call you back they do without any prompting or chasing

Excellent clerking team. Friendly and helpful. Regularly deal with Rob, Simon, Elizabeth and Paul.

Excellent clerks. Great flexibility. Great support. Not a push over but open to fee negotiation. Luke Hodgson rules with an iron fist in a kid glove. Always approachable, always willing to help. Elaine Jewell-Moor also extremely helpful and goes the extra mile.

Good, often speak to Hugh Maguire who is always helpful and on the ball/aware of what you are talking about!

Hugh Maguire and Adam Marston are excellent. The clerks are friendly, helpful, and provide a very good service.

Hugh Maguire and Adam Martson are very easy to work with

Hugh Maguire clerks Rob and he has always been very approachable.

Hugh Maguire is brilliant. Gets to know the cases so he can get what I need and fast.

I find the Clerks at St Johns to be competent and polite.

I have dealt with Simon Lyons and Paul Bennett in the main – I have found them both to be very friendly and efficient.

In my experience, the service has always been very good.

Lizzie Champion and Rob Bocock are the clerks i deal with. They are most knowledgeable and always provide a first rate service – no job is too small or too much trouble.

Luke Hodgson in particular, is very approachable and goes above and beyond to try to accommodate changes in the listing of hearings, and access to the barristers of choice.

Luke is amazing as a clerk, he is intuitive and gets things done efficiently. Elaine is equally adept at managing expectations and working magic to get the right barristers available for the right clients.

Matthew to a degree does his own clerking-probably due to his solicitor background. Unlike some counsel, he does not have an “ivory tower” attitude.

Most of my dealings have been with the Practice Team Leader Paul Bennett who I find very helpful. Enquiries are always dealt with promptly.

Paul Bennett and Rob Bocock are always on hand to answer queries and pick up instructions. The clerking team as a whole works well together so there is a seamless service even if a particular clerk is unavailable.

Paul Bennett is a fantastic asset to their clerking team. He is helpful and friendly and makes everything run more smoothly.

Paul Bennett is my go to clerk at St John’s. He always responds and will try to accommodate requests as regards fees.

Paul Bennett, Rob Bocock and Simon Lyons are all extremely responsive, sensible and pragmatic.

Please see above. Annette Bushell is always particularly helpful and approachable.

Rob Bocock and Paul Bennett are excellent and are more prone to pick up the phone to discuss requirements than email which is the default of most other chambers

Rob Bocock has been a long-standing and particularly helpful clerk.

Robert Bocock is fantastic. Paul Bennett is an excellent Clerk.

Simon Lyons and Rob Bocock are both very responsive and easy to get hold of.

Simon Lyons and Rob Bocock are nothing short of brilliant when it comes to service. They are both responsive and really do their best for you.

Simon Lyons is an exceptional clerk who should take credit for many of the solicitor / counsel relationships. Understanding in his approach and not afraid to tackle difficult conversations when necessary.

Simon Lyons. Good clerk. Always friendly and happy to help reliable

Special mention to Luke and Elaine for their client service and always helpful, problem solving approach.

St John’s have a great clerking team which make it easy to arrange cons and get instructions to Counsel. They are happy to work electronically, which is essential nowadays.

St John’s is a modern set with very good reliable clerking. Calls and emails are always dealt with promptly.

The Chancery Clerks are available when needed as well as being friendly and professional. They are very responsive and quick to provide fee estimates; accurate when doing so.

The clerk service is excellent. If your preferred counsel is not available they will move work around or ensure that you are informed if there are prospects of cover. Annette Bushell and Adam Marston stand out.

The clerking at St.John’s has always been very good. In particular Paul Bennett is always extremely helpful and responds to enquiries quickly.

The clerking is good with the team led by the ever excellent Derek Jenkins.

The clerking staff are always happy to assist and provide a very good service.

The clerking team is excellent, very efficient and very friendly.

The clerking team is great and makes securing counsel an easy process – clear transparency on fees.

The clerks are all helpful and approachable. They respond quickly and are proactive in resolving any issues that arise. For the most part I have dealt with Annette Bushell for many years and Adam Marston more recently and I find them both charming and helpful.

The clerks are always friendly and able to assist with enquiries. I have contact with Simon Lyons and Paul Bennett – both of whom are professional and friendly and quick to turn around enquiries and information when required.

The clerks are always helpful and able to keep you informed of any difficulties and provide alternatives when other cases unexpectedly run over.

The Clerks are always helpful. They are friendly and in my opinion this sets them apart from many other sets.

The clerks are always very friendly and helpful; again they are an essential part of the excellent service delivered by this set of Chambers

The clerks are efficient and helpful

The clerks are excellent and always try to accommodate my needs, no matter how demanding I appear. Annette and Adam stand out amongst a very good group of clerks.

The clerks are excellent. In particular, Marcus was meant to do a conference with me on one of my cases. He was in a trial in the week before and his clerk contacted me to inform me that the trial was likely to overrun and if it did so it would affect the conference. However if this did happen they would try and rearrange as soon as possible. This gave me the opportunity to prepare my experts and client rather than things being done last minute. In the end his trial did overrun but we were all prepared for this and the clerk (Hugh Maguire) went out of his way to rearrange asap.

The clerks are excellent. They are very quick to respond and offer various options in terms of cost and seniority of counsel. I deal predominantly with Paul Bennett who is completely on the ball.

The clerks are exceptional. Very helpful and flexible on brief fees and respond to emails promptly.

The Clerks are extremely helpful and friendly in their approach.

The clerks are very helpful and do their upmost to accommodate any request.

The Clerks are very helpful and quick to respond.

The clerks at St John’s Chambers are exceptional and you could not ask them to be more helpful and accommodating. They will always find a barrister for the case even at short notice and are very happy to chat through a case and recommend the best barrister for the claim. I particularly highly regard Hugh, Adam and Annette who are the clinical negligence clerks and who are always willing to help and they provide a first rate service.

The clerks have always provided a professional service.

The clerks on the care side of the team work well and are efficient and helpful.

The clerks room is superbe, offering a swift and proactive service. I am particularly impressed by Paul Bennett.

The clerks run the team well, are in control of all diaries and try their best to accommodate tight deadlines. In particular, Hugh Maguire has been exceptionally helpful and diligent when providing short-notice assistance and is quick to offer solutions.

The clerks work hard to support counsel. They respond promptly and are extremely well organised. This enables a fluent working relationship.

The clerksroom are extremely responsive and nothing is ever too much trouble. Annette Bushell leads the clinical negligence team strongly and the clerks Adam and Hugh really understand the issues in the cases and are keen to help to ensure cases progress smoothly.

The PI clerks are universally excellent and helpful. If not available on the telephone they will return messages promptly.

The PI clerks have real strength in depth with my two main contacts being Hugh Maguire and Adam Marston. Both are unflappable and always available.

The team at St John’s is very effective and always available to assist wherever required.

Their clerks are great. Get on really well with them.

We have had many dealing with Paul Bennett and Rob Bocock, both have been exceptionally helpful and well organised.

We have had many dealings with Paul Bennett and Rob Bocock, both have been exceptionally helpful and well organised.

You always get a first-class service from the St John’s Chambers team – and , importantly, at realistic and proportionate prices .

Set:

A good local set with a well deserved reputation for clinical negligence due to its longstanding contribution in this area. As a rule, the barristers are all affable yet highly professional and take their work very seriously whatever the case. They offer an impressive array of training events for local lawyers and are the ‘go to’ for many lawyers in the South West.

A sound local set, useful in providing cover for Inquests and matters of moderate to mid range value.

A strong set with excellent practitioners covering a wider range of areas

A very good set particularly in property, land nuisance and regulatory work. The barristers are always prepared to travel and look at things on the ground with the client.

A very professional, efficient and amicable set. Clerks are excellent and willing to go that extra step to help.

A very professional, efficient and amicable set. The Clerks are excellent and willing to go above and beyond.

Always a good service

Always helpful and swift to reply to queries.

Always very happy with chambers. High quality barristers across the spectrum of contentious probate.

Andrew is the only barrister from this set with whom I do any meaningful volumes of work.

Availability is good and generally good quality of work.

Chambers are very efficient. I can usually secure counsel for both advices and hearings. Chambers offer numerous training facilities and have also supported our own client training sessions including mock trials and general training updates.

Counsel and his clerk are always helpful and available to pick up urhent matters as and when needed.

Excellent depth in this area, if counsel not available an excellent alternative can always be offered

Excellent on financial remedy and children.

Excellent set of chambers. Good quality throughout

Excellent set with great clerks.

Fantastic chambers across the board. Some excellent Juniors and fantastic senior Counsel. All incredibly down to earth and obliging. Very user friendly. A great bunch.

Formidably strong local set. London set service, but just around the corner from the office. Have come to the fore with assistance during Covid-19 lockdown. Everyone sings from the same hymn sheet and understand each others specialities.

From Leslie Blohm QC downwards, the agricultural team know their stuff and are committed to the sector. This includes travelling some distance to give talks and provide assistance and training to organisations such as the regional groups of the Agricultural Law Association, and regional law societies.

Good quality training programmes and Counsel (particularly Rob Mills and Marcus Coates-Walker) have been willing on many occasions to come to our firm and provide bespoke training.

Good range of counsel at all levels to cover hearings where counsel is not available

Good set with good reputation for chancery work. Oliver Wooding and Alex Troup are standout performers. There are a number of weak barristers there which water down the set somewhat.

Good set. I also work with Rob Mills who is an excellent barrister.

Good strength in depth and excellent clerking.

Great set for several areas of work with newer barristers, such as Charlie Newington Bridges rapidly gaining a strong reputation.

I find St John’s Chambers to be very easy to work with. The wide range of barristers means I am able to instruct someone with appropriate experience, even at short notice. I have attended a number of useful training sessions run by or in conjunction with the Chambers both in house and at conferences.

I have instructed St Johns Chambers since I was a trainee. Since then I have instructed them without fail. Annette Bushell is fantastic and Derek is lovely. If I need a advice on something particularly specialist there is always someone available. James Marwick for medical negligence and personal injury Andrew McLaughlin for personal injury and Emma Zeb for medical negligence, They are first on my list for training programmes and their affiliation with Headway. Availability is never an issue, I have spoken with counsel and for this example Mr Valentine during the evenings, weekends, holidays. Always on hand to advise.

I have never experienced any issues with instructing Counsel. The Clerks are always readily willing to recommend alternative suitable counsel in the event of unavailability.

I have been to a number of conferences run by Legal Networks Wales in which barristers from St Johns have spoken. They have been very helpful and informative in keeping up to date with case law and changes in legislation.

I have used many Counsel from St John’s Chambers over the years. There is usually an array of Counsel I can choose from but to name a few – Andrew McLaughlin, James Marwick, Darren Lewis, Jimmy Barber, Patrick West, Ben Handy, Rachel Russell. They run training programmes regularly aimed at handling the most complex cases to courses designed on a breadth of topics for the more junior fee earners.

I have used St Johns for many years. The clerks are very helpful. If Miss Elford is not available,(always a first choice), then they assist with the matching of the client with an alternative barrister I have been on many of their training courses which have been helpful and informative.

I have worked with Chambers for over 10 years and have always found members and clerks to be excellent to work with. They have strength in depth we have an excellent working relationship with chambers.

I like the set as a whole, they run some excellent training throughout the year and are strong supporters of Bristol lawyers.

I strongly recommend St Johns Chambers. I instruct several members of Chambers on a regular basis and find that the quality of their work is every bit as high as with specialist London based Chambers, yet at a more competitive cost.

I use St John’s Chambers a great deal for all my clinical negligence cases, They have a large number of very competent and experienced clinical negligence barristers all of whom I trust and find are brilliant. They provide excellent training courses.

I very much like working with St John’s Chambers. I have instructed a number of their Barristers over the last 9 years. They have a good range of Barristers to cover most matters and levels of experience. They usually have someone suitable available, even at the last minute, and then also run helpful and informative training courses. They are my “go-to” set for Commercial and Chancery work.

In my view St John’s Chambers are the go to set in the South West. They provide London quality advice to our region on our doorstep. Vanessa McKinlay leads the ever expanding clinical negligence and PI team at St John’s. There are some very impressive Juniors coming up through the ranks who are extremely competent and engaging.

In my view they are the strongest chancery set in the southwest. The quality of their counsel as a whole is excellent compared to other chambers

Lots of talented barristers covering niche cases involving the Animals Act 1971 for example.

Luke is a very knowledgeable and experienced senior clerk who is a pleasure to deal with.

Set contains a number of well respected personal injury practitioners.

Several outstanding litigators in the Chancery and Property teams

SJC run seminars on topical issues that are well attended. On the planning front they have a decent number of planning barristers although my instructions are limited to practice leading Peter Wadsley.

Solid set of family law barristers from most senior to most junior. Excellent support and collaboration provided to their up and coming juniors.

They work hard to ensure availability.

St Johns are always highly efficient to work with, and keen to help. I find them honest and commercial.

St Johns Chambers are my preferred chambers for the specialist work that I carry out. They offer a good range of training and do their utmost to always accommodate any request of counsel’s opinion or appearance.

St Johns Chambers are one of the fore-front chambers offering counsel for Public Childcare. The clerks are particularly helpful and will go above and beyond to find cover for hearings at short notice.

St Johns Chambers, easy to speak with, helpful clerks, good availability, good training – will send videos of seminars & folders/info packs if cannot attend etc

St Johns do have strength in depth when it comes to property, from QC to junior level. That does make them the strongest set in the Western Circuit.

St Johns has a good reputation in the contentious probate area. They are approachable and accommodating and always willing to get involved in training seminars etc. I always attend their contentious probate seminars, which are always well delivered and have excellent content.

St Johns has a very good spread of family law barristers with a range of styles to suit most cases

St Johns has a very strong Chancery team and excellent clerks. Their barristers are expert, approachable, down to earth and offer London expertise at regional rates.

St Johns have a number of excellent barristers across different practice areas. I tend to instruct Zoe Saunders, Lucy Reed (Children Act matters) and Charles Auld (Chancery)

St Johns is a friendly and helpful chambers. Matthew White and Andrew Mclaughlin are stand out counsel for personal injury work.

St Johns is my set of choice in the south west and further a field if they can accomodate.

St Johns is the only chambers I will use in the South West. They have a large panel of suitably qualified barristers, whether the case is worth £1000 or £1M.

St Johns’ care team is excellent. They are highly sought after which means they are not always available.

St John’s are very well respected in Bristol and the South West, used by our team across our offices. They have a range of specialisms and have assisted in cases involving children, complex finances and unmarried couples.

St John’s Chambers are a regional set with a number of experienced Chancery barristers and mediators. They are well known and respected on the western circuit. Although a regional set, they have a wealth of experience on par with London sets.

St John’s Chambers are a well run, excellent set of Chambers who deliver London-quality work, whilst based in the South West.

St John’s Chambers are one of the best around. There is a good range of Counsel and their training seminars are informative.

St John’s Chambers Bristol is an excellent set of Chambers with great strength in depth across all areas of specialism. They provide regular first class training course at very reasonable cost.

St John’s Chambers commands the South West market with exceptional breadth in most practice areas. Some heavy weight senior counsel but a growing group of juniors means they are able to assist 9 times out of 10.

St John’s Chambers have a strong team of Chancery Court Barristers who collectively have a wide range of experience coupled with their impressive depth of knowledge.

St John’s Chambers is a high quality set of chambers with Counsel with a wide range of skills. They are very easy to work with. Helpful and friendly. They offer regular training seminars and useful information on legal developments. They will remain one of my “go-to” sets.

St John’s Chambers is my go-to chambers in Bristol for construction advice. They provide good training on a broad range of topics, including those relating to construction. The back office staff are very approachable and helpful.

St John’s Chambers is my go-to set of chambers in Bristol. They have a broad range of experience and also expertise which ensures that you can get a great match for you client from all walks of life

St John’s Chambers is one of the leading Clinical Negligence sets in Bristol. Vanessa McKinlay is frequently instructed in clinical negligence claims, particularly for client’s based in the South West.

St John’s Chambers is the go to set in the South West for Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury. They have invested a lot in building up a strong base of quality Juniors and Senior Juniors who bring London quality advice to the Western Circuit on our doorstep.

St John’s Chambers is the only set I would consider approaching outside of London for construction and engineering disputes. I attended a very good event on mediation organised by St John’s.

St John’s Chambers offers a high quality service, with high quality Counsel.

St John’s Chambers tend to have more of a PI focus than claimant clinical negligence, although I have used Rob Mills previously who I know has a good reputation for this work.

St John’s has a good broad range of talent. Excellent responsive clerking. Good value and excellent training offering.

St John’s has an excellent range of talent especially dealing with children matters. Generally they always have counsel available if booked in sufficient time. I’ve not had any experience with them in respect of finances yet.

St John’s is an excellent set backed by good clerks.

St John’s Chambers are the leading regional set outside of London in the South of England. The Chambers have a wide range of barristers who are each specialists in their work areas. They also provide excellent, informative seminars which are widely recognised and well attended in the practice area.

St John’s Chambers are the leading regional set outside of London, in the South of England. The Chambers have a wide range of barristers who are each specialists in their work areas. They also provide excellent, informative seminars which are widely recognised and well attended in the industry.

St John’s Chambers is a leading regional heavy-weight. I have never had any inclination to pay London prices when I can get the same level of expertise and quality of service for considerably less and far closer to home.

St. Johns are a good local set who have some very strong barristers.

St. John’s Chambers are a very strong set and are a definite go-to set in both Bristol and the west country generally. Some members in the Family team are published in relation to particular aspects of family proceedings also so that they have become authorities in relation to those aspects.

St. John’s is undoubtedly the best set for contentious trusts and probate in the region. They have a number of very good specialists.

Strongest set in Bristol and very competitive with London.

The absolute go-to set for chancery and commercial in the southwest.

The Chambers is always very prepared, organised and professional.

The go-to set for traditional chancery work, both in the South West and arguably nationally: they give London a run for their money: London quality, without London fees.

The set as a whole are great. Very corporate approach to BD and marketing and clerking, and this results in a very slick process for solicitors.

The set is building in strength through the very good juniors coming through; aided by the excellent clerking team.

The set is large and generally will have someone who can cover a hearing even at short notice.

The set is reliably excellent. As good as any London set and often much better.

Their clin neg set is the best in Bristol. There is someone for every type of case, all of whom are at the tope of their game and present stiff competition for the London sets.

There is definitely strength in depth in this Chambers. They provide excellent seminars and knowledge transfer events. They will often have several options in terms of counsel if instructions need advice at short notice.

They are an excellent set of chambers that provide a high quality service to their clients.

They are in my opinion by far the best set in Bristol. Their clerks are very efficient and they offer excellent training as well.

They are now putting out weekly webinars which are very good

They do provide a “London” service here in the West Country and are a well rounded set, providing superb general and specialist training to all levels of solicitors both junior and senior and are always available to provide a second “ear” for tricky tactical situations.

They have an excellent pool of juniors who are frequently available on short notice, I use Marcus Coates-Walker and Robert Mills frequently, and both provide very high quality advice.

They have excellence within their ranks so even if my chosen Barrister is unavailable for a hearing, I know that matters will be dealt with appropriately.

They have real heavyweights such as Leslie Blohm QC, who has years of experience and in the case I referred to above added value due to his knowledge of the inquest rules and also aspects of criminal law which featured in the case. The juniors in the set are proactive – Charlie Newington-Bridges stepped in to pick up a hearing due to unavailability and very quickly got up to speed and was a confident advocate despite being called in at short notice. Juniors such as Natasha and Annie Sampson are trained well by the other members of chambers.

V good set broad range of skills and depth.

Very positive views on set as a whole. Excellent clerking, with good recommendations as to suitability of particular barristers, good strength in depth, best I have come across to date in Bristol.

Very prompt in responding; and always polite and helpful.

 

St Mary's Chambers

Nottingham-based St Mary's Chambers has a strong track record for family law and Court of Protection work. In recent news, Clare Coles, Raffia Arshad and Kerry Cockayne have been appointed as Deputy District Judges, all appointed to the Midlands Circuit, and Charlie Fikry, formerly a family solicitor at Farrer & Co, has joined the team.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Very good, well led by Scott Baldwin.

Well organised, helpful clerking team and good service for family matters across the board.

Set:

Always helpful as a set and are attracting really good juniors.

St Mary’s have a variety of Counsel available and in the event that a matter has to be transferred to another Barrister in Chambers, they are quick and efficient in ensuring that case papers are provided and conversations taken place in house to assist with the handover.

St Mary’s is a well established and popular set in the this region with an expert range of Barristers . They have strength in depth and are led very well.

St. Mary’s are forward thinking and innovative Chambers. The set has strength in depth in financial matters.

These chamber are always the first ones we call – very police and professional staff and excellent barristers.

They offer a number of excellent counsel and have strength in depth.

St Paul's Chambers

St Paul's Chambers in Leeds is known for its expertise in criminal and regulatory law, with personal injury and public law also notable strengths of its members. In recent chambers news, Jonathan Sandiford QC and Cameron Brown QC were appointed Queen’s Counsel in March 2020.

Clerks:

Jayne Drake (Senior Clerk); Matthew Taylor (First Junior &; Practice Development Clerk); Lisa Tyczynska (Civil and Family Clerk); Kelly Staniforth (Criminal Clerk); Emily Harrison (Junior Clerk)

Testimonials

Clerks:

The clerking team is responsive. Excellent service consistently from Jayne Drake (senior clerk) and Lisa Tyczynska.

Set:

Fantastic training provided.

St Philips Chambers

Birmingham and Leeds-based, multidisciplinary set St Philips Chambers is strong across the full range of criminal, employment, family, personal injury, and commercial disputes, to name but a few. In recent news, the former chair of the Bar, Richard Atkins QC, has been appointed Head of Chambers, taking over the post formerly held by Andrew Smith QC. Also of note, Andrew Charman, Tom Walkling , Ben Williams, and Jack Redmond have all been appointed Recorders deployed to the Midlands Circuit and they will sit in their respective practice areas of civil, crime, and family. Finally, the set's employment law team has expanded following the arrival of Julie Duane.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Aaron Snipe and Justin Luckman are excellent with coming back quickly on queries and on resolving any issues re: fees.

Alan Durham – the Regulatory Clerk – is an absolute star. Nothing is too much trouble for Alan. He will do whatever is needed to make the lives of instructing solicitors or his counsel easier and more effective. A true ‘enabler’ and the sort of clerk you wished you dealt with all the time.

Alan Durham is ever dependable and always deals with enquiries promptly and effectively.

Always very helpful and professional. Gary Carney heads the team and is a pleasure to deal with.

Arron Snipe of St Philips is fantastic to work with. He is quick, commercially minded and has a real understanding of the work which his barristers handle. I will always set great store by any recommendations he makes in terms of suitable Counsel for a particular case.

Clerk are extremely helpful. nothing is too much trouble. Kelly Leppington and Kelly Fulwood really helpful when booking counsel. Mark Mansell and Anthony also extremely competent and equally as helpful. Martin McGarty and Stuart Langford very good with fees

Excellent. I particularly recommend Phil Jones and James Withers. Both are very good communicators and make client care one of paramount importance.

Gary Carney is accommodating and available. Excellent to deal with and a credit to the chambers

Special mention should be made of Justin Luckman and Arron Snipe, who are both friendly, approachable and responsive, going out of their way to make sure any issues are dealt with.

I have worked with clerks up and down the country. This set is head and shoulders above the rest. Led by the impressive Mark Mansell, he has a unique ability to enthuse all those around him with his passion for delivering a first class service. Kelly Fullwood is a senior clerk in the making alongside Anthony Burgess who is extremely affable.

Joe Wilson as head of clerking is excellent. Commercial and personable. They have some excellent clerks, including Aaron Snipe and Mark Mansell.

The clerks compliment the advocates extremely well and are very helpful in all aspects of process

The clerks in this set are second to none, Mark, Anthony and Kelly F deserve a specific mention as always being helpful and going above and beyond to secure us an appropriate barrister.

The clerks of St Philips Chambers do a fantastic job. They are an excellent model for any other chambers in what an instructing solicitor might hope to expect. They understand the fundamental importance of the working relationship between solicitor and counsel and facilitate a first class service delivery. Arron Snipe and Jake Smithers deserve particular mention in this respect for their willingness to go the extra mile which really reinforces the St Philips Chambers offering.

Set:

A strong regulatory set – in fact my ‘go-to’ set for complex regulatory matters anywhere in the country.

An outstanding set with very strong practice groups across the board, supported by excellent clerking. A significant number of the practitioners in the set are recognised as leaders in their field and rightly singled out for praise.

Best chambers in the West Midlands – always my first choice.

Chambers are professional and clerks are very experienced. They are always willing to help and seek feedback to improve service regularly.

Excellent availability of high quality counsel. The Chambers routinely provides very relevant and good high quality training seminars.

Knowledgeable Counsel, approachable. Those whom I instruct work collaboratively with us as team-players.

St Philips are a wonderful set and the Family Law Team are outstanding! They are always my first choice and have helped me so much over the years.

St Philips are an extremely strong set. They also offer training throughout the year that is accessible and relevant. They will also take a proactive approach in local Court initiatives, such as the Local Family Justice Board conference.

St Philips are my ‘go to’ set. I find the depth of criminal advocates means that the right fit can be found for any type of criminal instruction. I have found fees to be reasonable offering value for money for my clients and the level of service offered nothing short of excellent.

St Philips Chambers are a delight to work with.

St Philips Chambers is a set with considerable strength-in-depth with a wide-range of Barristers.

St Philips Chambers is an excellent set. Barristers are always well prepared and provide clients with reassurance and confidence across the both the prosecutorial and defences sides of criminal practice.

St Philips Chambers is simply the best of the best, as an instructing solicitor there is no need to look elsewhere.

St Philips is one of the premier chambers. A full and varied training programme that caters for all. Very accessible and user friendly barristers. Down to earth. Some genuine heavy weights.

The best selection of barristers in Birmingham. Someone for every occasion!

The best team of Commercial barristers in the Midlands and one of the best in the country.

The chambers provide an excellent service and always try to maintain continuity of counsel if requested. the staff are pleasant and helpful to the best of their ability. They provide good in-house training and updates for advocates via email of seminars which are ran by Chambers. The seminars are all extremely good quality

The strongest multi disciplinary set in the country. Highly rated specialists in Crime, commercial and family law. An pedigree in judicial appointments and silks.

There is a good range of property specialists at St Philips who are intuitive and at the top of their game. Their knowledge is outstanding and an excellent source for practitioners to instruction them on and rely on.

Stour Chambers

Operating from its base in Canterbury, Stour Chambers is well known for its strong offering in children and family finance law. Other practice areas handled by members include commercial, employment, personal injury, and property law. In recent news, Penny Howe QC has joined the set as a door tenant.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Clerks are friendly and approachable. They will always go the extra mile if required.

I have found the clerks to be very helpful and easy to contact at all times, in particularly Charlie, who I have most contact with. In my view he goes above and beyond his call of duty, whether that be trying to find suitable counsel to assist me with a case, or when it comes to agreeing fees.

Prompt and efficient service by the clerks makes confirming arrangements easy. The almost immediate response we receive from the clerks means that we are able to secure our client’s preference, confirm fees and reassure our clients without delay.

Senior clerk Marc Goddard is always efficient, helpful and immediate in his response.

Senior Clerk runs a tight and efficient ship always going out of his way to assist. The fees clerk is also very good and extremely helpful. Technologically the set is strong.

Jenny, the fees clerk, is exceptional.

Set:

Chambers are always ready to help and assist with whatever query I have. Always very efficient.

Chambers offers a broad selection of family Counsel and range of seniority, ensuring that there is appropriate Counsel to suit the requirements of a particular case and the varying budgets of our clients. Easy availability of Counsel to discuss matters with and prompt provision of service.

Chambers provide regular useful and relevant training events, often including judges as speakers as a result of their good relationship with the local judiciary, which is helpful to us as practitioners.

I have always found the set extremely helpful and accommodating. The set is particularly strong in the area of Family Law. I have attended training programmes, which have been well-presented and informative

Popular, friendly, approachable and well run Chambers. Excellent clerks, who endeavour to re-organise diaries if possible. Chambers hold very popular training programmes in the year covering private and public law Children Act work.

Stour are in a league of their own – they respond quicker to enquirers than any other set i deal with and go above and beyond in trying to arrange cover when i need it.

Stour Chambers has a full complement of highly competent and experienced barristers and this set is always my first port of call when instructing counsel. They are efficient both in terms of barristers and the clerking team and are always willing to assist.

Stour Chambers is a much valued local chambers

The chambers have experienced and informed members. They are knowledgeable and conscientious. The clerks are always polite and efficient. The chambers promotes their profile locally and engages with the solicitors as well as professional lay parties

This Chambers is friendly and approachable and is easy to contact. You are provided with a quick response and every effort is made to ensure that your request is fulfilled.

From the Clerks to the Barristers, time is found to speak to you and it is easy to build a good working relationship with this Chambers.

This set has a range of barristers at different levels suitable for different cases. They are always generally able to offer suitable counsel even at short notice. They offer at least one training session per year, generally an update on relevant case law.

The 36 Group

London and Singapore-based set The 36 Group opened an annex on Cyprus in 2019. 2020 has been a busy year for the set: Martin Kingerley QC took silk; Grace Hale was appointed as district judge in Sheffield, and the 36 Commercial team has expanded with the arrival of Ben Symons (formerly of Field Court Chambers), Racheal Muldoon (formerly of Foundry Chambers), Michael Patchett-Joyce and Jeffrey Bacon, both formerly of the now defunct Ely Place Chambers, and most recently, Christian Jowett, who joined from 30 Park Place.

Testimonials

Clerks:

’36 Family have the best clerking team headed by the very personable Danny Chapman with best supporting actors Ashley London and Adam Cope. Together they are the dream team and go above and beyond when it comes to being helpful and accommodating. It’s the little things like always getting back to you when they say they will, sending you the court listing the day before so you know which Judge and court room you are in and being flexible on fees, when required.’

‘Adam Cope is my go-to clerk. He is responsive, efficient, personable and knows exactly what I need. He works very hard to pair the right barrister with the client and solicitor, and has never let me down with his recommendations, which have included rising stars as well as respected advocates.’

‘Danny and his team should be proud, they offer a fantastic service. Only today I emailed Ashley London to thank him for his assistance in setting up a remote hearing, which is new territory for us all during the pandemic. Frazer Vye also deserves special mention, he is always on hand to assist as necessary.’

‘I find that the clerks will always explore with you a particular client’s needs and personality to ensure that they are well matched with counsel to suit them.’

‘Danny is head clerk and definitely one that I would go to to give me honest advice on whether a proposed counsel is right for a particular client. They all work really hard to build relations with all levels of lawyers, including paralegals.’

‘Ashley simply cannot do enough for you. He is always finding solutions to practical problems and has honestly saved the day on a few urgent occasions in extending their facilities to assist. Again, he offers complete honestly and I trust him implicitly.’

‘Frazer and Adam are again, amazing and cannot do enough. Frazer has navigated me through the remote hearing situation and arranged many urgent hearings and meetings voluntarily.’

‘Excellent service. Danny Chapman is always a pleasure to deal with and it is wonderful to see his ethos of providing a high-level, but down to earth service, filtering through the entire clerking team. Ashley London is also worthy of note for his friendly professionalism.’

‘Excellent. Always approachable and willing to go out of their way to help you with sourcing a barrister and with the last minute preparations ahead of a hearing. Additionally, they have helped my colleagues and me on several occasions when last minute hearings have cropped up and Counsel is needed urgently and where the availability of Counsel is so limited.’

‘Danny is a force of nature and a real visionary in bringing the chambers forward in a competitive space. He respects technology and development and works harder than almost anyone in the profession.’

‘The Clerks are always polite, professional and helpful. Danny, Ashley and Adam make a formidable team of clerks for the family team and seem to know everything about your case – they have seamless case management and clear dialogue with solicitors to ensure we can provide the best service to our clients.’

‘The clerks are friendly, engaging and brilliant. Steven Newbery understands what solicitors need and has been invaluable – especially in times of dire urgency.’

‘The clerks provide the foundation of the service chambers provide and it is obvious that they have a real knowledge of their barristers and their strengths and weaknesses. You can always trust a recommendation from the clerks. Administratively they deal with papers effortlessly and communicate well. They are also very open on fees which can make all the difference to a client.’

 

Set:

’36 are known for the likeability. Nothing is ever too much trouble for clerks and barristers alike.’

’36 Family are my go-to set. They have a breadth of expertise to suit every case and client and I find that they are willing to go the extra mile. 36 also offer a fantastic seminar programme, which helps to strengthen connections as well as providing valuable CPD.’

’36 Family have arrived and are now firmly on the map when it comes to being a top family set. They have a perfect mix of top finance and children barristers.’

’36 Family is a really good set and I have never been let down. There is always someone available at 36 Family who will do a good job.’

’36 Group are very user friendly and the clerks are all first rate. They are customer focused and there is an genuine interest and pride that shines through. I believe they have greatly improved their depth of counsel in recent years and have a stable of very capable and stellar juniors.’

’36 Group have a great depth of good counsel covering almost all fields of legal expertise and have rarely failed over the 30 years since I have used their barristers to provide exactly the right person to advise/represent clients to a very high standard even at short notice’

’36 Group is a terrific set (I say this as a member of a competitor set!) with a number of absolutely top class performers.’

’36Family are a leading set for alternative family law, with an unparalleled depth of experience at their finger tips. It is led by a particularly dynamic team which adapts to face the traditional profession and modern world in one package. They put on training/CPD programmes for solicitors on a range of issues and will always have a barrister available for a call or chat if you have an issue. It really is the Chambers that shows the best of the profession.’

‘A family team of strength and depth. Impressive in litigation and out of court dispute resolution. Always looking at innovative ways to resolve disputes and support clients.’

‘I have always been impressed with 36 Group/Family Chambers and regularly return to them when looking for Counsel. They are all very approachable and easy to deal with. The choice of barristers is solid and I have never had an issue with any of the barristers on my cases. I am also a regular participant in their regular training courses which have been particularly good during the Covid-19 lockdown period.’

‘It has been wonderful to see the set going from strength to strength. I believe that they are now being recognised for the stars that they have and are properly placed amongst the other top sets that I would consider to be their competitors.’

Trinity Chambers

Noted for its powerful presence in the North East, Trinity Chambers has expanded its presence with the opening of an office in Leeds in February 2020, which was joined by Tom Tyson, Peter Marcus, Vilma Vodanovic and Helen Greatorex, all formerly of the now defunct Zenith Chambers; they are accompanied by Paul McNab as clerk of the new office. The set also opened up new premises in Newcastle, following Newcastle Civil & Family Courts and Tribunal Centre's move to the Civic Centre. In other chambers news, James Corbett QC, Kelvin Rutledge QC and Andrew Francis have joined as senior door tenants. 2020 saw multiple judicial appointments on the North Eastern Circuit: Paul Currer and James Richardson were appointed District Judges, and Andrew Crammond  and Jamie Anderson were appointed Deputy District Judges and Susan Hirst  was appointed as part-time Judge of the First Tier Tribunal. Following his appointment as a fee-paid Employment Judge of the Employment Tribunals, Jonathan Rodger  was then appointed by the Bar Council to sit as a barrister member of the Judicial Appointments Commission Advisory Group. Fiona Walker  has been appointed a Recorder with effect from 12 October 2020, being assigned to the Northern Circuit, while Antoine Tinnion has been appointed a fee-paid Employment Judge of the Employment Tribunals in Scotland, with effect from 2 November 2020.

Testimonials

Clerks:

‘All clerks within the Chambers are extremely friendly and will try to accommodate any specific requests. There is often a wide selection of Counsel available and they are happy to take the time to discuss the needs of individual cases and advise on Counsel they consider most suited. They are prompt in responding to communications and will forward on information which they consider may be of interest.’

Always responsive, and happy to assist where possible. Particular mention goes to the Civil Clerk, Steve Walker, and to their principal receptionist.’

‘Chris Gibbon, Clerk is exceptional. He is always able to assist, approachable and can be relied upon at anytime. He is an asset to Trinity Chambers. He deals with both Criminal Law and Employment matters for me.’

‘Faultless clerking in the civil section led by Steve Walker.’

‘I find the clerks some of the best informed and helpful of any north-east set.’

‘Keith Willmore is very helpful and is able to point me to a specific barrister he thinks would suit any particular client/case.’

‘Keith Wilmore, as head clerk, has built a strong team around him and I cannot fault the service I receive.’

Paul McNab is always very helpful, obliging and responsive.’

‘Steve Preen goes above and beyond, and Steve Walker is very keen and works hard to assist wherever he can.’

The Clerks are all first class. I have dealt mainly with Steve Walker and he is always very quick to respond and fee notes are always reasonable.’

‘The clerks are friendly, fast and helpful. They are often willing to make arrangements on an urgent basis and out of hours.’

‘The clerks I speak to on a regular basis are Keith, James and Tony. I have always found them really friendly and helpful, they are a credit to Trinity.’

‘The Criminal clerking team provide an excellent and professional service. Chris Gibbin in particular is a diligent and highly experienced clerk who is always happy to help and goes to great lengths to resolve any issues that are raised.’

Set:

‘A deserved, strong reputation across all of chambers.’

An extremely strong criminal set: one of the leaders in the North of England and nationally.’

‘Excellent family team, professional, friendly, knowledgeable.’

‘Excellent. Strength in depth, backed up by an excellent clerking team.’

‘The set has several barristers, the majority of which I would not hesitate to instruct. Counsel will often go out of their way to ensure they are available, particularly if it involves a case they have previously worked on.’

‘They are the prestige employment chambers in the North east.’

‘Trinity are my go to set. They have a number of excellent barristers and can be relied upon to offer a good service.’

‘Trinity Chambers are a valuable local resource in Chelmsford, offering a number of excellent Counsel who can complete with London Counsel without difficulty, but at much lower rates.’

‘They intuitively have a knowledge of the local mood and can gauge their approach to cases based on the Judges who are sitting in most of the Courts in the local area.’

Trinity Chambers

Chelmsford-based Trinity Chambers has particular strength in family law, with notable expertise in matrimonial finance and public and private children law. Personal injury, clinical negligence and property law matters are other areas of instruction for the set. Craig Vickers has been appointed Recorder on the South Eastern Circuit, with effect from 3 October 2020.  

Testimonials

Clerks:

The clerks I speak to on a regular basis are Keith, James and Tony. I have always found them really friendly and helpful, they are a credit to Trinity.

The clerks are always helpful, with Keith Willmore, on hand should any issues arise. Keith is the focal point for all decisions, and has never failed to come back on any questions or concerns.

Keith Wilmore, as head clerk, has built a strong team around him and I cannot fault the service I receive.

The clerks are always helpful and will do whatever they can to help. Only a couple are able to provide cost estimates which can sometimes mean a slight delay when obtaining these but overall they provide a good service.

The senior clerk, Keith Willmore, is always friendly and very approachable. If urgent assistance is required he will offer his help and keep in touch until any particular issue has been resolved.

Set: 

Trinity is an excellent set of Chambers who will go out their way to assist and help you and have excellent Counsel

Trinity always has a level of Counsel to suit your needs and I must say, they have a knack for attracting Counsel who do an excellent job and are always there to support you following say a hearing. They don’t just walk away, they are always available to provide advice and/or guidance which is excellent and much appreciated. Trinity organise a Seminar annually in September which is something I always look forward to, it is informative, friendly and gives you an opportunity to speak and socialise with Barristers you very often only meet in court or in Conference.

I would say Trinity Chambers have gone from strength to strength in recent years, offering a wide range of experience and a good service. I would say they are probably now the pre-eminent set in family work in the mid/north Essex region.

Trinity Chambers are a valuable local resource in Chelmsford, offering a number of excellent Counsel who can complete with London Counsel without difficulty, but at much lower rates.

They intuitively have a knowledge of the local mood and can gauge their approach to cases based on the Judges who are sitting in most of the Courts in the local area.

The free training day is a yearly fixture, which has always provided a useful update on children and financial issues.

Trinity Chambers are the better set in Suffolk and Essex. The quality of advocates, including QCs and DDJs, means that there is always someone available who is experienced enough for the case.

Wilberforce Barristers

Wilberforce Chambers in Hull is well known for its expertise in family law, and is also adept at handling civil, regulatory and criminal law matters. In recent chambers news, Wayne Stevens is the new senior clerk, with Sharon Andrews the clerk responsible for the family team; the criminal team was bolstered by the arrival of Michele Stuart-Lofthouse, formerly of the now defunct Zenith Chambers; and Gail Farrington joined the set's family team from St Mary’s Chambers.

Testimonials

Clerks:

‘Clerks are always helpful even when requests for counsel are made last minute.’

The clerks are excellent and have a lovely telephone manner. They are always willing to assist and will go out of their way to help cover hearings.’

‘The Clerks are very friendly, willing to go the extra mile and will always assist even at very short notice!’

The service from all clerks and chambers staff is excellent.’

‘Very helpful chambers. All members of staff are happy to help.’

‘Very pleasant and efficient.’

‘Wilberforce Chambers Clerks always approach any query in a friendly yet professional manner. They will do all they can assist to offer assistance.’

Set:

‘A set with growing strength and a number of absolute stars.’

‘Overall Wilberforce Chambers is a very good chambers with an excellent family set, including some highly capable, specialised and experienced family barristers.’

‘The chambers as a whole has strength in depth in respect of child protection lawyers. There is always counsel availability when required by the Local Authority to deal with urgent, complex family public law cases.’

‘They have many excellent family barristers whom I would not hesitate to instruct. The quality of the barristers who begin there as pupils are a testament to that. The set are committed to encouraging good multi-disciplinary practice and collaboration by all practitioners in the field of family law. They organised an annual conference with national speakers and presentations, they provide training opportunities and social events for the legal community.’

‘This chambers hosts a very strong set of well respected advocates.’

‘Very competent set and very user friendly.’

‘Very friendly and do their best to accommodate needs. Good training sessions too.’

Wilberforce Chambers are a very strong regional chambers who have increased their depth and experience over the last 2 to 5 years with a number of well regarded junior Counsel and Leading Counsel joining their ranks recently.’

‘Wilberforce Chambers is the go to set for child law matters in the Hull/Grimsby area with several members specialising in this area who will all provide an excellent service to ensure that all clients’ needs are met.’

‘Wilberforce Chambers service is nothing short of brilliant. The Chambers strive to help in any way possible. The Chambers are friendly, fast at responding and bend over backwards to help.’

‘Wilberforce is a very strong set. They are the first chambers I make contact with when I need to instruct Counsel.’

Windsor Chambers

Windsor Chambers houses regulatory law specialist Marc Beaumont, who is well known for his expertise in defending doctors, barristers, solicitors and chartered surveyors against allegations of professional misconduct.

Testimonials

Set:

‘By far the most impressive legal professional I’ve ever had the pleasure of instructing.’

‘Independent and caring with no fear of much larger chambers or organisations.’