Firm Profile > Anthony Gold > London, England

Anthony Gold
SW16 3QB

Personal injury: claimant Tier 1

Anthony Gold is a go-to firm for major trauma injury cases, fielding a team that has extensive experience representing victims of accidents who have sustained serious and life-changing injuries. The practice achieves high-value settlements on behalf of claimants, and delivers high-quality work in areas such as catastrophic injuries of the brain and spinal cord injury cases, where Jenny Kennedy stands out for her handling of claims involving multiple jurisdictions. Managing partner David Marshall has expertise in complex claims involving brain damage and stress at work and child brain injury specialist Jackie Spinks is another key name. Practice head Jon Nicholson has considerable experience in limb loss cases.

Practice head(s):

Jon Nicholson

Other key lawyers:


‘Anthony Gold’s clinical negligence negligence team is certainly a leader in the field. It has strength in depth and attracts work of the highest quality through its excellent reputation.’

‘The team has insight into the challenges facing its clients as a result of both their injuries, but also the litigation. The solutions provided address these challenges.’

‘Ian Peters is a stand-out partner. His calm, measured and thorough approach sets him apart.’

Social housing: tenant Tier 1

Anthony Gold has a first-rate reputation assisting social tenants and leaseholders with complex cases, where there is often an interplay between social housing and other areas, such as public law and human rights, family law, trusts and personal injury law. The firm also has an excellent record acting for homeless individuals and families. Sara Stephens, practice head Andrew Brookes  and Giles Peaker are among the members of the team, which is representing 41 residents and former residents of the Ledbury Estate in claims against the London Borough of Southwark for alleged breaches of repairing obligations. In addition, Brookes and solicitor Jennifer Evans are acting for a number of survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire in an ongoing inquiry. Timothy Waitt represented an individual tenant with medical needs in court proceedings arising from a local authority's refusal to accept his homelessness application, following his eviction from private rented accommodation which was in severe disrepair. Consultant Deirdre Forster is another notable individual.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Brookes

Other key lawyers:

Giles Peaker; Sara Stephens; Timothy Waitt; David Smith; Jennifer Evans; Deirdre Foster

Key clients

Residents and Former Residents of the Ledbury Estate

Residential Landlords Association

Core Participants of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry

Tenant of Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 2

Anthony Gold offers representation to claimants on the full-array of severe injuries arising from treatment and medical negligence, including neurological, brain and spinal cord injury cases, misdiagnosis and psychiatric claims. The firm's cases are often high value and several lawyers within the core team hold dual-qualifications, bringing their practical experience and specialist medical knowledge to the forefront in each claim. Birth and child brain injury expert Jon Nicholson leads the practice, which is regarded as a go-to in London for international clients who have received negligent treatment in private hospitals.

Practice head(s):

Jon Nicholson

Other key lawyers:

Jock Mackenzie; Jenny Kennedy; Ali Malsher


‘Anthony Gold offers a complete service for medical negligence claims.Their particular specialism is making the client feel special and delivering a tailored service for each Claimant.

‘The clinical negligence team at Anthony Gold has medical knowledge linked to legal acumen, thereby giving them an edge on their rivals.’

‘The team is consistently excellent, well prepared, knowledgeable and good with clients.’

‘Jon Nicholson is a heavyweight practitioner with great enthusiasm and ability. He has an enormous intellect and compendious knowledge which he deploys to the good effect of his clients. He fights tirelessly.’

‘Jenny Kennedy is a doughty fighter with excellent knowledge of medical issues.’

‘Ali Malsher is a total star; she has knowledge in depth and can identify a claim’s strengths and weaknesses in an instant.’

Court of protection Tier 2

Anthony Gold has a diverse client base, including very intelligent but challenging brain injured people, the mentally ill through to children who are suffering with cerebral palsy as well as the elderly and the infirm. Head of team David Wedgwood does both welfare and financial-related litigation in the Court of Protection. Alexandra Knipe frequently acts as a professional court appointed deputy on complex personal injury and clinical negligence cases. The team provides a full service to its clients and is well-equipped to handle various issues such as overseeing complex health care packages to employing care teams and managing substantial property disability adaptations.

Practice head(s):

David Wedgwood

Other key lawyers:


‘The team works together with the case manager in providing a tailored and bespoke service to the client. The team is approachable and responsive.’

‘David Wedgwood does a great job.’

‘David Wedgwood handles cases very well and manages tricky situations carefully and sensitively.’

‘David Wedgwood. He is unfailingly gracious but firm where needed, is obviously an expert and applies a great deal of emotional intelligence and sensitivity to this sometimes difficult area of practice.’

‘Alexandra Knipe did a great job of managing a complex case. Her team has also been excellent and is very easy to work with, and very accommodating and helpful.’

‘ Anthony Gold has cases that test the boundaries of this area. It is known for pushing hard to achieve the client’s goals.’

‘The team is clearly well-versed in this area.’

‘The team understands how to work with clients as an individual. The lawyers work collaboratively with the clinical team and families taking time to understand and appreciate everyone’s point of view.’

Key clients

Man with learning difficulties abused by trustees

92-year-old Indian lady with Alzheimer’s

80-year-old lady suffering from Dementia

Adolescent child with cerebral palsy and complex construction project

16-year-old brain damaged boy based in Jersey.

Deputyship for high-net-worth individual from Hong Kong

75-year-old schizophrenic

Man struck by a car while on holiday abroad in France

16-year-old girl with significant learning difficulties

Elderly lady seriously injured following a routine hospital operation

Family: mediation Tier 2

Anthony Gold offers child-inclusive mediation, cross-jurisdiction mediation as well as being skilled at managing complex finance and children matters. Caroline Bowden and Kim Beatson are both highly regarded. Clients stem from a broad range of nationalities, faiths, cultures and backgrounds and significantly it also offers help through legal aid. David Emmerson is well-respected for his work on complex finance and children matters.

Practice head(s):

Kim Beatson

Other key lawyers:


Caroline Bowden and Kim Beatson are both well respected‘.

‘I thought Caroline Bowden was amazing and kept talks to the point and managed to take the emotion and anger out of them‘.

David Emmerson is extremely well-regarded and goes the extra mile for his mediation clients. He is equally adept at dealing with children or financial matters’.

David Emmerson was totally professional. He had excellent communication skills; being able to explain the process in a clear and jargon-free way‘.

‘I highly recommend David Emmerson as his presence and skills in leading the conversation and negotiation were of extreme benefit in our case‘.

Experience & all the requisite skills to handle even the most challenging mediations – Kim Beatson, David Emmerson, Caroline Bowden – superb in their own right and an awesome team‘.

Caroline Bowden is very skilled, resourceful, client aware, lawyer aware, interested in the clients and always works incredibly hard to find a solution. One of the best in London’.

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

The head of team at Anthony Gold is David Wedgwood who has experience in all aspects of contentious trusts and probate matters. Wedgwood has a particular focus on two distinct areas namely working for vulnerable clients, as well as working on cases involving fraud and breach of trust. He has particular expertise in working with beneficiaries without capacity for both the Official Solicitor and Court of Protection and his work spans the full range of contentious probate and court of protection litigation. Clare Kelly and Beth Holden are the other names to note.

Practice head(s):

David Wedgwood

Other key lawyers:


Anthony Gold is a firm that really punches above its weight in this area. What is notable is the number of non-contentious probate firms that refer anything contentious their way‘.

‘It is equally at ease with everything from straightforward Inheritance Act claims to complex will challenges and trusts disputes‘.

‘Clare Kelly has a wonderful way with clients. Her empathetic style is combined with robust advancement of her clients’ cases whilst never losing sight of the pragmatic bottom line‘.

Beth Holden blends sound legal judgment with great tenacity and an ability to effectively deal with both demanding clients and opponents‘.

The work it does is of a high standard. Beth Holden is highly knowledgeable and an excellent communicator‘.

Key clients


Haynes v Andre and Haynes (unreported)

The estate of K P (Deceased)

The estate of R H (Deceased)

Audra Wamsteker

Estate of C G (Deceased)

The estate of S S (Deceased)

In the matter of Mrs M

The estate of W H (Deceased)

Estate of M S (Deceased)

Family Tier 3

Anthony Gold does a significant number of international relocation cases each year. Head of team Kim Beatson regularly deals with complex and acrimonious children matters often involving serious allegations of abuse. David Emmerson is an Advocate with Higher Rights and specialises in finance and children cases as well as cohabitation law and pre-nuptial agreements. The group regularly deals with high-net-worth individuals including former premiership players, coaches and band members. Through its office location it is also well-placed to deal with same-sex couples and has a reputation for dealing with separating cohabitees by utilising a combination of family and TOLATA proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Kim Beatson

Other key lawyers:


Everyone from partner level to associates to admin staff are not only highly dedicated but approachable and a joy to work with. The advice is geared towards getting the very best result with a firm focus on a collaborative approach that promotes the ongoing relationships following family breakdown‘.

Anthony Gold is a very well-respected professional practice that is at the top of its game in family, mediation and housing. Kim Beatson – intelligent, firm and practical‘.

Anthony Gold is a firm that is confident in dealing with big money clients whilst still having the empathy and ability to help those who are less well off‘.

I find that the lawyers are of a consistently high standard but it is very competitively priced. A costs proportionate and commercially pragmatic approach is taken to cases. I often recommend the team to people looking for a good service‘.

David Emmerson is a superb dispute resolver. He brings his broad expertise as a judge and mediator to the table in complex children and matrimonial disputes‘.

David Emmerson – insightful, knowledgeable, experienced and approachable‘.

‘David Emmerson is an exceptional lawyer with a reassuring presence. He is capable of resolving the most difficult of cases with firmness and a positive approach‘.

David Emmerson is a pillar of the family law community. His influence in supporting publicly funded work outside of his own private practice cannot be underestimated. He has the ears of policy makers and is a true giant in family law‘.

Key clients

Una Kelly

Administrative and public law Tier 6

The housing and public law team at the 'outstandingAnthony Gold has a solid offering in housing-related judicial reviews, acting for the Residential Landlords Association and numerous individuals as claimants in applications against local authorities and the central government. Recent mandates included judicial reviews of the government’s “right to rent” scheme and other legislative amendments, proceedings against local licensing plans and an appeal against an emergency prohibition order. The team also fields expertise in the education and environment sectors; in a recent case, practice head Andrew Brookes handled a challenge to the way a council provides education for visually impaired children.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Brookes


Exceptionally hardworking lawyers who are unique not only in their knowledge of the law but their ability to apply that knowledge with creative solutions

Anthony Gold has such a unique range of outstanding staff to call upon; it should be your first port of call with any housing matters

The go-to team for anything and everything to do with housing law

David Smith’s knowledge is second to none

Key clients

Residential Landlords Association

Core participants in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry

Sam Najafi

Michael Higgs

Anthony Gold is a multi-specialist London-based firm with a national reputation.

The firm: Founded 50 years ago, Anthony Gold has grown and developed industry-leading sectors in claimant clinical negligence, personal injury, family, housing and administrative and public law. The firm continues to grow both in expertise and case load, notably in leasehold services and Court of Protection work. People come to the firm to solve desperate and difficult problems and for help managing the essentials of their personal and business lives. The firm is solicitor-led and solicitors look after every client because it believes this gives the best possible service.

Types of work undertaken
Company and commercial:
an understanding of commercial objectives and trading methods is an integral part of the team’s service. It deals in the acquisition and disposal of companies and unincorporated businesses and general commercial contracts and has a growing specialism in complex intellectual property issues.

Commercial dispute resolution: the team deals with contractual disputes involving national and international content. It has particular expertise in communications, engineering and intellectual property and has a thriving professional negligence practice.

Contentious probate: the team of six lawyers has three active members of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Lawyers. The firm has expertise in disputes involving the validity of wills and breaches of trust. The team has a considerable reputation in dealing with complex multi-party Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975 cases.

Court of Protection: the team is regularly instructed where there are intra-family disputes involving the finances of persons lacking capacity. It also has experience in complex welfare and deprivation of liberty cases. The team is on the approved panel list for many London boroughs.

Employment: the team has a strong contentious and non-contentious practice. It advises on best employment practices and deals with disputes. It has considerable experience in advising high-net-worth employees on dismissal and discrimination as well as negotiating service and compromise agreements.

Family: this dedicated and well-recognised team, led by Kim Beatson, offers expertise in all areas of family law with emphasis on children and finance, and has wide experience in international relocation. Well known for pioneering alternatives to litigation, the team operates one of the most highly-regarded mediation and collaborative law services in London. The firm has expertise in advising gay and lesbian clients on cohabitation agreements, civil partnerships and relationship breakdown.

Personal injury: the team is recognised as one of the UK leaders. The firm is known for its extremely thorough approach to investigations and its outstanding results. The team has particular expertise in catastrophic brain and spinal cord injury claims, with David Marshall and Jenny Kennedy top ranked in the field. The team also handles a range of general personal injury claims. All solicitors are members of APIL.

Clinical negligence: one of the largest teams in London with three members of the AvMA specialist clinical negligence panel and five members of the Law Society panel. One of the partners is a doctor and three are former nurses. The team has particular expertise in claims involving cerebral palsy and brain, spinal cord, orthopaedic and psychiatric injuries.

Housing: with a number of leading specialists, the team deals with housing matters including disrepair, possession and homelessness. Team members write and lecture extensively on housing law.

Public law: the team is renowned for challenging the decisions of local authority housing departments, as well as all other aspects of local authority and other public body decision making, particularly decisions relating to social services, community care and education.

Property dispute resolution: particular specialism in advising residential landlords and letting agents on tenancy and regulatory matters. Expertise in acting for commercial litigation landlords and tenants.

Leasehold services: Partner Ian Mitchell heads the team. Highly experienced in leasehold reform work and involved in a number of 1967 Act, 1987 Act and 1993 Act type enfranchisement cases at the Property Tribunal. Particular emphasis on collective enfranchisement and block management.

Notary services: David Wedgwood, Peter Mantell and Philip Wallace offer a full notary public service.

Property: the team was one of the first to secure membership to the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme, and has a strong practice in property transactional work, including commercial leases, property development, financial and investment work, and conveyancing.

Wills, trusts, tax and probate: the team specialises in tax planning and deals with the administration of estates and trusts.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner David Marshall
Clinical negligence Jon Nicholson
Clinical negligence Dr Jock Mackenzie
Clinical negligence Ali Malsher
Commercial dispute resolution David Marshall
Commercial dispute resolution David Wedgwood
Commercial dispute resolution Clifford Tibber
Commercial dispute resolution Alan Zeffertt
Company and commercial David Marshall
Company and commercial David Wedgwood
Company and commercial Clifford Tibber
Company and commercial Alan Zeffertt
Contentious probate David Wedgwood
Court of Protection David Wedgwood
Employment David Marshall
Employment David Wedgwood
Family Kim Beatson
Housing, public law and human rights Andrew Brookes
Housing, public law and human rights Debra Wilson
Housing, public law and human rights Timothy Waitt
Leasehold services Ian Mitchell
Mediation/collaborative law Kim Beatson
Personal injury Jon Nicholson
Personal injury Jenny Kennedy
Personal injury David Marshall
Personal injury Jackie Spinks
Personal injury Sana Bibi
Private client Stephen Whitaker
Property Stephen Whitaker
Property Ian Mitchell
Property Andrew Weir
Property dispute resolution Andrew Brookes
Property dispute resolution Debra Wilson
Property dispute resolution Ian Mitchell
Property dispute resolution Timothy Waitt
Family Fiona Lyon
Family David Emmerson
Family Sarah Hughes
Number of UK partners : 30
Number of assistant solicitors : 40
Number of other UK fee-earners : 27