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Leading Silks

Hugh Sims QC - Guildhall ChambersHugh is highly knowledgeable, has great technical ability, and is extremely well prepared in the conduct of his advocacy. He is always one step ahead of our opponents.

Leading Juniors

John Dickinson - St John's ChambersHe has an excellent forensic grasp of figures and is unflappable.
James Marwick - St John's ChambersJames is extremely engaging, commercial and pragmatic. He has an amazing ability to identify the heart of the issues, and deliver advice which truly understands the client’s prospective. He is also extremely responsive.
James Pearce-Smith - St John's ChambersThe go-to barrister in Bristol for lender claims.
Richard Whitehouse - 3PBHe is very user-friendly from an instructing solicitor's perspective, and his advice is clear and pragmatic.
Jay Jagasia - Guildhall ChambersHe is brilliant on his feet: really calm and collected when cross-examining witnesses. He is very thorough with keen attention to detail, and is excellent with clients.
John Virgo - Guildhall ChambersA go-to barrister for financial services professional negligence actions. Always puts clients at ease and offers sensible and pragmatic advice on settlement.
James Wibberley - Guildhall ChambersJames is approachable and meticulous. He is great at diving down into the detail but then presenting his decisive and direct advice in a concise, client-friendly manner. Insightful and good at thinking outside the box.

Professional negligence in Regional Bar

Guildhall Chambers

Bristol's Guildhall Chambers houses a team which is regularly instructed in cases involving claims against solicitors, developers, accountants and surveyors, and has notable strength in handling professional negligence matters relating to the financial services sector. Praised for his 'excellent client skills', Hugh Sims QC is 'fantastic on his feet' and represents both claimants and defendants in professional negligence disputes. Recent instructions of note included Jay Jagasia acting as junior counsel for the claimant in an appeal in the Adams v Options SIPP case, a pensions mis-selling case; the Court of Appeal granted permission for the appeal.



A good set of chambers with a first-rate clerking team‘.



Clerks are very efficient and commercial‘.

Very good and sensible on fees‘.

St John's Chambers

At St John's Chambers, the 'very knowledgeable' James Pearce-Smith is praised for his 'careful, thorough and well considered advice' and receives a steady stream of predominantly claimant work brought against architects, solicitors, surveyors and other professionals. John Dickinson is regularly instructed in cases relating to the banking and accountancy sectors. James Marwick has solid expertise in advising on claims regarding solicitors, while Joss Knight acts for defendants in a wide range of professional negligence disputes.