Set Profile > St Philips Chambers > Birmingham, England

Chambers of Richard Atkins QC
St Philips Chambers
55 TEMPLE ROW
BIRMINGHAM
B2 5LS
England

Business and regulatory crime (including health and safety) Tier 1

St Philips Chambers is home to several strong regulatory practitioners, primarily focusing on health and safety cases. Naomi Gilchrist is highly active in this field, with recent work including the defence of bus company Midland Red South following a crash, which killed two, caused by the bus's near-octogenarian driver depressing the wrong pedal. Ben Mills is recommended for health and safety appeals work, having recently represented the HSE in an appeal by a car parts manufacturer against fines following an outbreak of legionnaire's disease, the case giving guidance on several issues including the proper length of skeleton arguments in such cases. James Puzey is a strong health and safety prosecutor, with recent work including incidents in theme parks and factories.

Leading Silks

Richard Atkins QC - St Philips ChambersHis presence in court is simply outstanding.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Naomi Gilchrist - St Philips ChambersA very strong and confident advocate who works well with her solicitors and clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ben Mills - St Philips ChambersHe combines a relaxed and pleasant approach to all parties with an eye for technical detail, a focused advocacy style, and an ability to win over benches.
Ranked: Tier 1
James Puzey - St Philips ChambersA careful, considered and effective advocate who always delivers quality work.
Ranked: Tier 1

Chancery, probate, and tax Tier 1

St Philips Chambers has members instructed on a range of Chancery matters, including Inheritance Act 1975 claims and trust disputes, an area in which John Randall QCMark Grant, and John Brennan are highly recommended. Andrew Charman represented three siblings in an inheritance dispute arising from an agricultural estate, securing the removal of the fourth sibling as an executor, and then in a subsequent action after a failure to give up possession of the land in question.

Leading Silks

John Randall QC - St Philips ChambersTechnically brilliant and commercially-minded, he looks to secure a practical outcome for the client.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

John Brennan - St Philips ChambersHe is direct and cuts to the core of a problem.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Charman - St Philips ChambersBoth his drafting and his advocacy are of the highest order.
Ranked: Tier 1
Gavin McLeod - St Philips ChambersHe consistently delivers both advice and representation of the very highest order, with an in-depth and far-reaching knowledge of the law in this area.
Ranked: Tier 1
Mark Grant - St Philips ChambersA safe pair of hands who instils absolute confidence in his clients.
Ranked: Tier 2

Commercial litigation Tier 1

St Philips Chambers continues to feature one of the strongest commercial litigation offerings in the West Midlands, with strong members at all levels of call, covering matters spanning from breaches of contract through to civil fraud. Notable recent cases have included James Morgan QC's representation of Northampton Borough Council in a misfeasance claim against former directors of Northampton Town FC. In addition to a banking litigation practice, Mark Grant representations a pharmacy chain in a £3m contract dispute with two drug manufacturer.

Leading Silks

James Morgan QC - St Philips ChambersHe combines a fantastic legal mind with a pragmatic approach, always acting in his clients’ best interests.
Ranked: Tier 1
John Randall QC - St Philips ChambersHe provides excellent service both when dealing with clients and in complex legal analysis, everything one could want from a senior silk.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Andrew Charman - St Philips ChambersHis focus on the relevant issues and knowledge of his briefs bring clarity to complex cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Robert Mundy - St Philips ChambersAbsolutely brilliant intellectually and academically with forensic attention to detail and a very reassuring manner.
Ranked: Tier 1
John Brennan - St Philips ChambersHighly intelligent, diligent and intuitive, he is a delight to work with.
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Clegg - St Philips ChambersVery good at identifying the key issues and explaining technical matters to clients in a comprehensible, pragmatic and commercial fashion, with a particular expertise in banking work.
Ranked: Tier 2
Mark Grant - St Philips ChambersQuick to understand the issues at the crux of a case and offer sensible and considered advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ali Tabari - St Philips ChambersA very impressive trial advocate who has a real ability to endear himself to judges in hearings.
Ranked: Tier 2

Company and insolvency Tier 1

St Philips Chambers is praised by clients for its insolvency practice, which has the capacity to 'offer solicitors a range of options with good service at all levels' and is described by some as 'the leading set for insolvency work in Birmingham'. Senior members such as John Randall QC and James Morgan QC are highly active in the field of company law, with recent cases involving misfeasance claims and shareholder disputes. From the junior ranks, Marc Brown is a key name to note, with a practice that focuses primarily on both corporate and personal insolvencies, with recent work including the annulment of the bankrupcy, stretching back to 2013, of an individual with significant rural property assets.

Leading Silks

James Morgan QC - St Philips ChambersClear, effective and gets things done.
Ranked: Tier 1
John Randall QC - St Philips ChambersHis intelligence, articulation and commercial mindset make him one of the most sought-after silks in the region.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Marc Brown - St Philips ChambersApproachable and down-to-earth, with an outstanding intellectual background.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Charman - St Philips ChambersA great strategist who is particularly experienced in shareholder disputes and quasi-partnership matters.
Ranked: Tier 1
Mark Grant - St Philips ChambersA safe pair of hands who understands the pressures solicitors face and takes on work beyond his year of call.
Ranked: Tier 2
Robert Mundy - St Philips ChambersResourceful, clear and logical in advocacy and written work.
Ranked: Tier 2

Crime (general and fraud) Tier 1

St Philips Chambers remains one of the premier sets for criminal work in the Midlands, with clients and peers alike praising it as a 'go-to' set within the region offering 'professional and well-prepared' counsel across the full spectrum of criminal work. Kevin Hegarty QC heads the crime group, which also houses experienced silks Andrew Smith and  Richard Atkins QC, the latter of whom recently returned to full-time practice following a term as Chair of the Bar. The set's junior ranks also feature some of the circuit's most prominent practitioners, with members such as Jennifer Josephs  and Jonathan Barker frequently receiving instructions in a wide range of serious cases, including fraud and sexual offences. Josephs is also notable for her work on terrorism cases, and recently acted for the prosecution in the case of Jay Davison, a white supremacist convicted of publishing material with the intent to incite racial and religious hatred in the form of a string of Instagram posts.

Leading Silks

Richard Atkins QC - St Philips ChambersA persuasive and forceful advocate who never fails to impress both lay and professional clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Smith QC - St Philips ChambersOne of the brightest silks on circuit.
Ranked: Tier 1
Kevin Hegarty QC - St Philips ChambersA first-class barrister who expresses himself succinctly and with force.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Jonathan Barker - St Philips ChambersA straight-talking down-to-earth jury advocate who has a fantastic ability to cut through complex subject matter and present it to a jury in a clear, concise and engaging manner.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jennifer Josephs - St Philips ChambersA very experienced and capable advocate who more than holds her own against silks.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ben Williams - St Philips ChambersBright, self-assured, focused, excellent on his feet and super-efficient.
Ranked: Tier 1
Rajinder GIll - St Philips ChambersHis style is admirable and his work ethic impressive.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Jackson - St Philips ChambersExceptional with expert evidence and knows the details of a case better than anybody else in the court room.
Ranked: Tier 2
Philip Beardwell - St Philips ChambersA diligent barrister with a good eye for detail and an in-depth knowledge of the law and its application.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ben Mills - St Philips ChambersHe combines a relaxed and pleasant approach to all parties with an eye for technical detail, a focussed advocacy style, and an ability to win over benches.
Ranked: Tier 3

Employment Tier 1

St Philips Chambers is a strong presence in the Midlands employment law scene, with a 'very dedicated and accommodating' team containing a 'good range of competencies and experience'. Notable names within the practice include head of group Edmund Beever, who is able to handle matters such as his recent work on behalf of two female police officers who raised claims of sex discrimination and victimisation, as well as whistle-blowing. Senior junior Sophie Garner is another notable name, having recently undertaken appellate work in the fields of  disability discrimination and whistle-blowing. The set is also active for public sector employers. Jonathan Meichen left the set on his appointment as an employment judge.

Leading Juniors

Edmund Beever - St Philips ChambersUnflappable even in the most difficult of cases, with a fantastic ability to distil complex legal issues and provide clear and strategic advice.
Ranked: Tier 1
Sophie Garner - St Philips ChambersTactically strong and very knowledgeable, with a high level of understanding that instils confidence in clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Elizabeth Hodgetts - St Philips ChambersHer razor-sharp mind and very impressive powers of recollection make her a formidable cross-examiner.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Maxwell - St Philips ChambersConfident, experienced, and decisive, with impressive legal knowledge and a commercial perspective.
Ranked: Tier 1
Mirza Ahmad - St Philips ChambersHis thorough understanding of his cases allows him to provide a realistic appraisal.
Ranked: Tier 2
Sarah George - St Philips ChambersExtremely good with clients and has a considered and practical approach.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jonathan Gidney - St Philips ChambersA highly-skilled advocate with great attention to detail, good client skills and a very calm and reassuring manner.
Ranked: Tier 2
Patrick Keith - St Philips ChambersTenacious in cross-examination, he offers upfront and practical advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
Robert Mundy - St Philips ChambersHe works seamlessly as part of a larger team and is a huge asset in conference with clients, particularly on employment cases overlapping with shareholder issues.
Ranked: Tier 2

Family and children law Tier 1

St Philips Chambers is home to a wide range of family specialists, with ' a wide range of experienced barristers to suit every case' that makes the set a 'go-to chambers' within the region. In financial remedy cases, members are instructed on a wide range of cases including those which are at the leading edge of certain issues, such as Juliet Allen's work as a led junior on Moher v Moher, a Court of Appeal case concerning how courts should value undisclosed assets. In care proceedings the set includes experienced practitioners such as Sara Lewis and Carolyn Jones, as well as rising stars such as William Horwood, who recently acted for the child in a reported case in which a local authority sought declarations under inherent jurisdiction that a care regime involving deprivation of liberty was lawful, following a serious assault by an adolescent on their older sibling.

2021 Silks

Sara Lewis QC - St Philips ChambersA very robust advocate who goes above and beyond for her client, with client care skills that particularly suit vulnerable individuals.

Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private)

Christopher Adams - St Philips ChambersCompletely unflappable, his eloquent and calm approach makes him an advocate of the highest calibre.
Ranked: Tier 1
Carolyn Jones - St Philips ChambersFearless and resourceful in court with real specialism in complex medical issues.
Ranked: Tier 1
Yolanda Pemberton - St Philips ChambersA measured and sensible advocate who commands the respect of guardians and solicitors.
Ranked: Tier 2
Christopher Watson - St Philips ChambersA popular choice for difficult cases, who presents a strong case and is always well-prepared.
Ranked: Tier 2
Gemma Bowes - St Philips ChambersConscientious, personable and approachable
Ranked: Tier 3
Nicholas Brown - St Philips ChambersHis advice is clear, sound, and extremely thorough.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jack Redmond - St Philips ChambersExceptional in his client care,in addition to particularly strong forensic analysis and attention to detail.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy

Leisha Bond - St Philips ChambersHer negotiation skills are second to none, with an extraordinary ability to settle cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jonathan Nosworthy - St Philips ChambersA heavyweight financial remedy practitioner with exceptional judgement and superb advocacy.
Ranked: Tier 1
Juliet Allen - St Philips ChambersA committed and determined advocate who is never afraid to fight her corner.
Ranked: Tier 2

Property and construction Tier 1

St Philips Chambers is home to several strong property barristers, who are 'intuitive and at the top of their game' with 'outstanding knowledge' in the field. John Randall QC is a key figure within the group, handling complex and high-value cases involving issues such as mineral rights, proprietary estoppel and boundary disputes.  Anthony Verduyn is a prominent figure in the set's junior ranks, and recently defended a former Ukrainian politician in a case brought by his former wife, alleging that the defendant owed her more than £2m as he had covenanted to redeem the mortgage on a London flat, and in a counterclaim asserting beneficial interest in several-high value properties owned by the claimant.

Leading Silks

John Randall QC - St Philips ChambersThe go-to silk in the Birmingham market.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

John Brennan - St Philips ChambersEnormously bright and extremely hardworking, with an approachable demeanour that makes him an important part of the team.
Ranked: Tier 1
Anthony Verduyn - St Philips ChambersHe combines a very sound knowledge of the law with thoughtful and incisive cross-examination.
Ranked: Tier 1
Gavin McLeod - St Philips ChambersCombines a fantastic analytical brain with attention to detail and an ability to think beyond the confines of the presented case to reach innovative solutions.
Ranked: Tier 2

Clinical negligence Tier 2

St Philips Chambers' clinical negligence team is commended by clients for its 'impressive counsel and very helpful clerking teams'. The set is particularly notable for some members' focus on cosmetic surgery claims, with Colin Baran, described by solicitors as 'approachable, thorough, and responsive', predominantly working on such matters while the 'intelligent and knowledgeableAndrew Evans continues to increase his presence in the area. Evans also advises on issues of surgical negligence, informed consent and birth injury.

Leading Juniors

Andrew Evans - St Philips ChambersHis preparation and impressive style of advocacy help put clients at ease.
Ranked: Tier 1
Colin Baran - St Philips ChambersA calm, knowledgeable and reassuring voice for clients, with an understanding of the technical issues in cosmetic cases that often proves invaluable.
Ranked: Tier 2

Crime (general and fraud)

St Philips Chambers' Charles Blatchford is regularly instructed by criminal defence firms in the North East to represent defendants in cases of homicide, serious sexual offences, and drug conspiracies, among other offences. Instructing solicitors say he is 'extremely thorough, he is knowledgable and up to date with all aspects of criminal law. He has a great manner with clients, he is friendly and his advice is clear to understand. Clients always comment on his friendliness and witty nature.'

Leading Juniors

Charles Blatchford - St Philips ChambersCharles is a competent and clear advocate and his cross-examination is focused and clearly delivered.
Ranked: Tier 4

Employment

St Philips Chambers' employment group has 'a good, solid reputation' among instructing solicitors. Active in the North East, the 'fantasticBruce Frew recently represented Amazon in a discrimination claim brought by a litigant in person against a recruitment agency and the e-commerce giant, the agency's client – the unfair dismissal claim against Amazon was struck out. Other work has included acting for claimants and respondents in claims for protected disclosures as well as protected characteristics in the context of pregnancy and disability. Instructing solicitors say of Frew: 'He actively assists with prep for ET matters to ensure a full team effort for the clients and the clients trust him and more importantly like him.'

Leading Juniors

Bruce Frew - St Philips ChambersBruce is a fantastic down to earth and approachable barrister who is open to contact and discussion with us as his instructing solicitors. His advice is always accurate and honest and he delivers this to clients in a no nonsense way. You always know where you stand with him and he has never let me down.
Ranked: Tier 1

Inquests and inquiries

St Philips Chambers includes Sofia Ashraf, whose recent work has included inquests touching upon deaths in the medical sector, as well as applications for fresh inquests. She primarily acts for families.

Leading Juniors

Sofia Ashraf - St Philips ChambersShe provides succinct advice which is easily understood by event the most vulnerable clients, and is willing to go the extra mile.
Ranked: Tier 1

Licensing

At St Philips ChambersAndrew Evans is recommended for alcohol and entertainment licensing cases, predominantly representing Birmingham City Council in appeals against its licensing decisions, though he also acts for trade clients, police forces and other parties outside of the Birmingham area.

Leading Juniors

Andrew Evans - St Philips ChambersHe provides excellent oral and written advice, with a full command of both the legal and practical issues in a case.
Ranked: Tier 1

Personal injury

Sofia Ashraf at St Philips Chambers represents both claimants and defendants in a range of personal injury cases, with some matters involving alleged fundamental dishonesty and injuries abroad on package holidays. Colin Baran is particularly strong on employer's liability claims in the public sector, with several recent defences of emergency services following injuries sustained during training exercises.

Leading Juniors

Sofia Ashraf - St Philips ChambersAn extremely clear communicator whose trial results often exceed clients’ expectations.
Ranked: Tier 3
Colin Baran - St Philips ChambersA great advocate with meticulous drafting skills.
Ranked: Tier 3

Professional negligence

St Philips Chambers is able to offer professional negligence expertise at both junior and senior levels, with a strong focus on cases involving solicitors. John Randall QC is the key silk involved in such matters, with a caseload that also includes matters involving accountants and engineers, while John Brennan is a figure of note from the junior ranks.

Leading Silks

John Randall QC - St Philips ChambersArticulate and able to explain complex subjects to clients when advising in consultation.
Ranked: Tier 1

Set overviews: England and Wales

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.

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Business and regulatory crime (including health and safety) Tier 1

St Philips Chambers is home to several strong regulatory practitioners, primarily focusing on health and safety cases. Naomi Gilchrist is highly active in this field, with recent work including the defence of bus company Midland Red South following a crash, which killed two, caused by the bus's near-octogenarian driver depressing the wrong pedal. Ben Mills is recommended for health and safety appeals work, having recently represented the HSE in an appeal by a car parts manufacturer against fines following an outbreak of legionnaire's disease, the case giving guidance on several issues including the proper length of skeleton arguments in such cases. James Puzey is a strong health and safety prosecutor, with recent work including incidents in theme parks and factories.

Leading Silks

Richard Atkins QC - St Philips ChambersHis presence in court is simply outstanding.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Naomi Gilchrist - St Philips ChambersA very strong and confident advocate who works well with her solicitors and clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ben Mills - St Philips ChambersHe combines a relaxed and pleasant approach to all parties with an eye for technical detail, a focused advocacy style, and an ability to win over benches.
Ranked: Tier 1
James Puzey - St Philips ChambersA careful, considered and effective advocate who always delivers quality work.
Ranked: Tier 1

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Chancery, probate, and tax Tier 1

St Philips Chambers has members instructed on a range of Chancery matters, including Inheritance Act 1975 claims and trust disputes, an area in which John Randall QCMark Grant, and John Brennan are highly recommended. Andrew Charman represented three siblings in an inheritance dispute arising from an agricultural estate, securing the removal of the fourth sibling as an executor, and then in a subsequent action after a failure to give up possession of the land in question.

Leading Silks

John Randall QC - St Philips ChambersTechnically brilliant and commercially-minded, he looks to secure a practical outcome for the client.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

John Brennan - St Philips ChambersHe is direct and cuts to the core of a problem.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Charman - St Philips ChambersBoth his drafting and his advocacy are of the highest order.
Ranked: Tier 1
Gavin McLeod - St Philips ChambersHe consistently delivers both advice and representation of the very highest order, with an in-depth and far-reaching knowledge of the law in this area.
Ranked: Tier 1
Mark Grant - St Philips ChambersA safe pair of hands who instils absolute confidence in his clients.
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Commercial litigation Tier 1

St Philips Chambers continues to feature one of the strongest commercial litigation offerings in the West Midlands, with strong members at all levels of call, covering matters spanning from breaches of contract through to civil fraud. Notable recent cases have included James Morgan QC's representation of Northampton Borough Council in a misfeasance claim against former directors of Northampton Town FC. In addition to a banking litigation practice, Mark Grant representations a pharmacy chain in a £3m contract dispute with two drug manufacturer.

Leading Silks

James Morgan QC - St Philips ChambersHe combines a fantastic legal mind with a pragmatic approach, always acting in his clients’ best interests.
Ranked: Tier 1
John Randall QC - St Philips ChambersHe provides excellent service both when dealing with clients and in complex legal analysis, everything one could want from a senior silk.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Andrew Charman - St Philips ChambersHis focus on the relevant issues and knowledge of his briefs bring clarity to complex cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Robert Mundy - St Philips ChambersAbsolutely brilliant intellectually and academically with forensic attention to detail and a very reassuring manner.
Ranked: Tier 1
John Brennan - St Philips ChambersHighly intelligent, diligent and intuitive, he is a delight to work with.
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Clegg - St Philips ChambersVery good at identifying the key issues and explaining technical matters to clients in a comprehensible, pragmatic and commercial fashion, with a particular expertise in banking work.
Ranked: Tier 2
Mark Grant - St Philips ChambersQuick to understand the issues at the crux of a case and offer sensible and considered advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ali Tabari - St Philips ChambersA very impressive trial advocate who has a real ability to endear himself to judges in hearings.
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Company and insolvency Tier 1

St Philips Chambers is praised by clients for its insolvency practice, which has the capacity to 'offer solicitors a range of options with good service at all levels' and is described by some as 'the leading set for insolvency work in Birmingham'. Senior members such as John Randall QC and James Morgan QC are highly active in the field of company law, with recent cases involving misfeasance claims and shareholder disputes. From the junior ranks, Marc Brown is a key name to note, with a practice that focuses primarily on both corporate and personal insolvencies, with recent work including the annulment of the bankrupcy, stretching back to 2013, of an individual with significant rural property assets.

Leading Silks

James Morgan QC - St Philips ChambersClear, effective and gets things done.
Ranked: Tier 1
John Randall QC - St Philips ChambersHis intelligence, articulation and commercial mindset make him one of the most sought-after silks in the region.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Marc Brown - St Philips ChambersApproachable and down-to-earth, with an outstanding intellectual background.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Charman - St Philips ChambersA great strategist who is particularly experienced in shareholder disputes and quasi-partnership matters.
Ranked: Tier 1
Mark Grant - St Philips ChambersA safe pair of hands who understands the pressures solicitors face and takes on work beyond his year of call.
Ranked: Tier 2
Robert Mundy - St Philips ChambersResourceful, clear and logical in advocacy and written work.
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Crime (general and fraud) Tier 1

St Philips Chambers remains one of the premier sets for criminal work in the Midlands, with clients and peers alike praising it as a 'go-to' set within the region offering 'professional and well-prepared' counsel across the full spectrum of criminal work. Kevin Hegarty QC heads the crime group, which also houses experienced silks Andrew Smith and  Richard Atkins QC, the latter of whom recently returned to full-time practice following a term as Chair of the Bar. The set's junior ranks also feature some of the circuit's most prominent practitioners, with members such as Jennifer Josephs  and Jonathan Barker frequently receiving instructions in a wide range of serious cases, including fraud and sexual offences. Josephs is also notable for her work on terrorism cases, and recently acted for the prosecution in the case of Jay Davison, a white supremacist convicted of publishing material with the intent to incite racial and religious hatred in the form of a string of Instagram posts.

Leading Silks

Richard Atkins QC - St Philips ChambersA persuasive and forceful advocate who never fails to impress both lay and professional clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Smith QC - St Philips ChambersOne of the brightest silks on circuit.
Ranked: Tier 1
Kevin Hegarty QC - St Philips ChambersA first-class barrister who expresses himself succinctly and with force.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Jonathan Barker - St Philips ChambersA straight-talking down-to-earth jury advocate who has a fantastic ability to cut through complex subject matter and present it to a jury in a clear, concise and engaging manner.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jennifer Josephs - St Philips ChambersA very experienced and capable advocate who more than holds her own against silks.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ben Williams - St Philips ChambersBright, self-assured, focused, excellent on his feet and super-efficient.
Ranked: Tier 1
Rajinder GIll - St Philips ChambersHis style is admirable and his work ethic impressive.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Jackson - St Philips ChambersExceptional with expert evidence and knows the details of a case better than anybody else in the court room.
Ranked: Tier 2
Philip Beardwell - St Philips ChambersA diligent barrister with a good eye for detail and an in-depth knowledge of the law and its application.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ben Mills - St Philips ChambersHe combines a relaxed and pleasant approach to all parties with an eye for technical detail, a focussed advocacy style, and an ability to win over benches.
Ranked: Tier 3

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Employment Tier 1

St Philips Chambers is a strong presence in the Midlands employment law scene, with a 'very dedicated and accommodating' team containing a 'good range of competencies and experience'. Notable names within the practice include head of group Edmund Beever, who is able to handle matters such as his recent work on behalf of two female police officers who raised claims of sex discrimination and victimisation, as well as whistle-blowing. Senior junior Sophie Garner is another notable name, having recently undertaken appellate work in the fields of  disability discrimination and whistle-blowing. The set is also active for public sector employers. Jonathan Meichen left the set on his appointment as an employment judge.

Leading Juniors

Edmund Beever - St Philips ChambersUnflappable even in the most difficult of cases, with a fantastic ability to distil complex legal issues and provide clear and strategic advice.
Ranked: Tier 1
Sophie Garner - St Philips ChambersTactically strong and very knowledgeable, with a high level of understanding that instils confidence in clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Elizabeth Hodgetts - St Philips ChambersHer razor-sharp mind and very impressive powers of recollection make her a formidable cross-examiner.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Maxwell - St Philips ChambersConfident, experienced, and decisive, with impressive legal knowledge and a commercial perspective.
Ranked: Tier 1
Mirza Ahmad - St Philips ChambersHis thorough understanding of his cases allows him to provide a realistic appraisal.
Ranked: Tier 2
Sarah George - St Philips ChambersExtremely good with clients and has a considered and practical approach.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jonathan Gidney - St Philips ChambersA highly-skilled advocate with great attention to detail, good client skills and a very calm and reassuring manner.
Ranked: Tier 2
Patrick Keith - St Philips ChambersTenacious in cross-examination, he offers upfront and practical advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
Robert Mundy - St Philips ChambersHe works seamlessly as part of a larger team and is a huge asset in conference with clients, particularly on employment cases overlapping with shareholder issues.
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Family and children law Tier 1

St Philips Chambers is home to a wide range of family specialists, with ' a wide range of experienced barristers to suit every case' that makes the set a 'go-to chambers' within the region. In financial remedy cases, members are instructed on a wide range of cases including those which are at the leading edge of certain issues, such as Juliet Allen's work as a led junior on Moher v Moher, a Court of Appeal case concerning how courts should value undisclosed assets. In care proceedings the set includes experienced practitioners such as Sara Lewis and Carolyn Jones, as well as rising stars such as William Horwood, who recently acted for the child in a reported case in which a local authority sought declarations under inherent jurisdiction that a care regime involving deprivation of liberty was lawful, following a serious assault by an adolescent on their older sibling.

2021 Silks

Sara Lewis QC - St Philips ChambersA very robust advocate who goes above and beyond for her client, with client care skills that particularly suit vulnerable individuals.

Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private)

Christopher Adams - St Philips ChambersCompletely unflappable, his eloquent and calm approach makes him an advocate of the highest calibre.
Ranked: Tier 1
Carolyn Jones - St Philips ChambersFearless and resourceful in court with real specialism in complex medical issues.
Ranked: Tier 1
Yolanda Pemberton - St Philips ChambersA measured and sensible advocate who commands the respect of guardians and solicitors.
Ranked: Tier 2
Christopher Watson - St Philips ChambersA popular choice for difficult cases, who presents a strong case and is always well-prepared.
Ranked: Tier 2
Gemma Bowes - St Philips ChambersConscientious, personable and approachable
Ranked: Tier 3
Nicholas Brown - St Philips ChambersHis advice is clear, sound, and extremely thorough.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jack Redmond - St Philips ChambersExceptional in his client care,in addition to particularly strong forensic analysis and attention to detail.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy

Leisha Bond - St Philips ChambersHer negotiation skills are second to none, with an extraordinary ability to settle cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jonathan Nosworthy - St Philips ChambersA heavyweight financial remedy practitioner with exceptional judgement and superb advocacy.
Ranked: Tier 1
Juliet Allen - St Philips ChambersA committed and determined advocate who is never afraid to fight her corner.
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Property and construction Tier 1

St Philips Chambers is home to several strong property barristers, who are 'intuitive and at the top of their game' with 'outstanding knowledge' in the field. John Randall QC is a key figure within the group, handling complex and high-value cases involving issues such as mineral rights, proprietary estoppel and boundary disputes.  Anthony Verduyn is a prominent figure in the set's junior ranks, and recently defended a former Ukrainian politician in a case brought by his former wife, alleging that the defendant owed her more than £2m as he had covenanted to redeem the mortgage on a London flat, and in a counterclaim asserting beneficial interest in several-high value properties owned by the claimant.

Leading Silks

John Randall QC - St Philips ChambersThe go-to silk in the Birmingham market.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

John Brennan - St Philips ChambersEnormously bright and extremely hardworking, with an approachable demeanour that makes him an important part of the team.
Ranked: Tier 1
Anthony Verduyn - St Philips ChambersHe combines a very sound knowledge of the law with thoughtful and incisive cross-examination.
Ranked: Tier 1
Gavin McLeod - St Philips ChambersCombines a fantastic analytical brain with attention to detail and an ability to think beyond the confines of the presented case to reach innovative solutions.
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Clinical negligence Tier 2

St Philips Chambers' clinical negligence team is commended by clients for its 'impressive counsel and very helpful clerking teams'. The set is particularly notable for some members' focus on cosmetic surgery claims, with Colin Baran, described by solicitors as 'approachable, thorough, and responsive', predominantly working on such matters while the 'intelligent and knowledgeableAndrew Evans continues to increase his presence in the area. Evans also advises on issues of surgical negligence, informed consent and birth injury.

Leading Juniors

Andrew Evans - St Philips ChambersHis preparation and impressive style of advocacy help put clients at ease.
Ranked: Tier 1
Colin Baran - St Philips ChambersA calm, knowledgeable and reassuring voice for clients, with an understanding of the technical issues in cosmetic cases that often proves invaluable.
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > North Eastern Circuit > Crime (general and fraud)

St Philips Chambers' Charles Blatchford is regularly instructed by criminal defence firms in the North East to represent defendants in cases of homicide, serious sexual offences, and drug conspiracies, among other offences. Instructing solicitors say he is 'extremely thorough, he is knowledgable and up to date with all aspects of criminal law. He has a great manner with clients, he is friendly and his advice is clear to understand. Clients always comment on his friendliness and witty nature.'

Leading Juniors

Charles Blatchford - St Philips ChambersCharles is a competent and clear advocate and his cross-examination is focused and clearly delivered.
Ranked: Tier 4

Regional Bar > North Eastern Circuit > Employment

St Philips Chambers' employment group has 'a good, solid reputation' among instructing solicitors. Active in the North East, the 'fantasticBruce Frew recently represented Amazon in a discrimination claim brought by a litigant in person against a recruitment agency and the e-commerce giant, the agency's client – the unfair dismissal claim against Amazon was struck out. Other work has included acting for claimants and respondents in claims for protected disclosures as well as protected characteristics in the context of pregnancy and disability. Instructing solicitors say of Frew: 'He actively assists with prep for ET matters to ensure a full team effort for the clients and the clients trust him and more importantly like him.'

Leading Juniors

Bruce Frew - St Philips ChambersBruce is a fantastic down to earth and approachable barrister who is open to contact and discussion with us as his instructing solicitors. His advice is always accurate and honest and he delivers this to clients in a no nonsense way. You always know where you stand with him and he has never let me down.
Ranked: Tier 1

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Inquests and inquiries

St Philips Chambers includes Sofia Ashraf, whose recent work has included inquests touching upon deaths in the medical sector, as well as applications for fresh inquests. She primarily acts for families.

Leading Juniors

Sofia Ashraf - St Philips ChambersShe provides succinct advice which is easily understood by event the most vulnerable clients, and is willing to go the extra mile.
Ranked: Tier 1

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Licensing

At St Philips ChambersAndrew Evans is recommended for alcohol and entertainment licensing cases, predominantly representing Birmingham City Council in appeals against its licensing decisions, though he also acts for trade clients, police forces and other parties outside of the Birmingham area.

Leading Juniors

Andrew Evans - St Philips ChambersHe provides excellent oral and written advice, with a full command of both the legal and practical issues in a case.
Ranked: Tier 1

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Personal injury

Sofia Ashraf at St Philips Chambers represents both claimants and defendants in a range of personal injury cases, with some matters involving alleged fundamental dishonesty and injuries abroad on package holidays. Colin Baran is particularly strong on employer's liability claims in the public sector, with several recent defences of emergency services following injuries sustained during training exercises.

Leading Juniors

Sofia Ashraf - St Philips ChambersAn extremely clear communicator whose trial results often exceed clients’ expectations.
Ranked: Tier 3
Colin Baran - St Philips ChambersA great advocate with meticulous drafting skills.
Ranked: Tier 3

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Professional negligence

St Philips Chambers is able to offer professional negligence expertise at both junior and senior levels, with a strong focus on cases involving solicitors. John Randall QC is the key silk involved in such matters, with a caseload that also includes matters involving accountants and engineers, while John Brennan is a figure of note from the junior ranks.

Leading Silks

John Randall QC - St Philips ChambersArticulate and able to explain complex subjects to clients when advising in consultation.
Ranked: Tier 1

Regional Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

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.

 

St Philips is an award-winning, multi-disciplinary set of barristers, widely recognised as one of the most forward-looking chambers in the UK.

The set: It is committed to expanding upon the first-class service it is renowned for, reinforcing its objective to make its exceptional team of barristers the first choice for clients nationally and internationally. Chambers serves a range of clients, including international companies, local authorities, sporting authorities, trade unions, public bodies and regulators. Members of chambers also accept instructions under the Direct Access rules.

St Philips attributes its continued success to a forward-thinking and flexible strategy coupled with innovation. Chambers has a reputation for being friendly and approachable. Strong client relationships and an understanding of clients’ needs are central to how it operates, how it assists its clients in achieving their goals, and how it seeks to excel on their behalf. St Philips’ specialist groups of barristers are supported by dedicated teams of clerks led by the Chambers Director, Joe Wilson. St Philips also has the benefit of in-house teams of support staff in IT, HR, marketing, finance and business development.

Types of work undertaken: St Philips offers a specialist service in administrative law, ADR, arbitration (domestic and international), banking, clinical negligence, commercial, construction, criminal, employment, family, fraud (civil and criminal), immigration, insolvency, intellectual property, personal injury, private international law, property, public law, regulatory, trusts, and wills and probate. Members are actively involved in writing academic articles and some members have published books. Chambers’ members offer a wide range of seminars, lectures, workshops and other training events, both in-house and externally.

St Philips Business & Property Group currently has specialist teams in the following areas: ADR, banking and financial services, commercial and chancery litigation, commercial fraud and asset tracing, company and partnership, construction, contentious wills, trusts and probate, insolvency and restructuring, international arbitration, intellectual property, private international law, professional liability, real estate, and restraint of trade and confidentiality.

St Philips Employment Group offers a truly nationwide service with members providing advice, drafting and advocacy in tribunals, county courts, the High Court and the EAT. Members have particular expertise in cases with issues of discrimination, religion and belief, and in conducting complex group claims.

St Philips Personal Injury Group acts for claimants and defendants and offers particular expertise in cases of fatal accidents, catastrophic injuries, industrial disease (including stress), fraud and allegations of fraud, and travel and holiday claims.

St Philips Clinical Negligence Group has gained a reputation for providing first-class legal advice and attracts work from nationally recognised leading firms in this field. The team has particular expertise in the areas of birth injury, cosmetic surgery, hospital-acquired infections, coroners’ inquests, maximum severity spinal injury and amputations, product liability, multi-party actions, human rights claims, dental claims and negligence in general practice.

St Philips Family Group is one of the largest in the country, having a leading reputation nationally for providing high-quality advice and representation across family finance, public law care and adoption, private law children and domestic abuse, and Court of Protection and social care. Members have appellate experience in the High Court and Court of Appeal, and extensive experience in the judicial review of local authority decisions.

St Philips Criminal Group offers unrivalled strength from junior through to Silk. Members prosecute and defend, in equal measure, all aspects of serious crime across the country, including murder, corporate manslaughter, serious sexual offences, white collar fraud and large scale drug conspiracies. Members appear on the preferred lists for the Attorney General, Crown Prosecution Services, Organised Crime Divisions and key national defence firms.

St Philips Regulatory Group defends and prosecutes on behalf of a wide range of commercial clients and regulatory bodies throughout the UK. Matters include fatal accidents, corporate manslaughter, trading standards, environmental regulation, VAT and revenue appeals, health and safety, police powers, benefit fraud, licensing and inquests. In addition, several members sit on a variety of disciplinary bodies such as the RFU, ASA, BDO, The Sport Resolutions Disputes Panel, the GMC and the GDC, including one barrister who is an appointed arbitrator for the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

 

Department Name Email Telephone
Chambers Director Joe Wilson
Head of Chambers ATKINS QC, Richard (1989)*
Member of Chambers LINEHAN QC, Stephen (1970)*
Member of Chambers MILLINGTON QC, Christopher (1976)*
Member of Chambers RANDALL QC, John (1978)
Member of Chambers HEGARTY QC, Kevin (1982)*
Member of Chambers HAYNES QC, Peter (1983)
Member of Chambers KHANGURE QC, Avtar (1985)*
Member of Chambers MORGAN QC, James (1996)*
Member of Chambers SMITH QC, Andrew (1997)*
Member of Chambers MORSE, Malcolm (1967)
Member of Chambers DILLON, Clare (1974)
Member of Chambers SPOLLON, Guy (1976)
Member of Chambers HARRISON-HALL, Giles (1977)
Member of Chambers CLEGG, Simon (1980)
Member of Chambers SHOKER, Makhan (1981)
Member of Chambers MATHEW, Nergis-Anne (1981)
Member of Chambers STARCEVIC, Petar (1983)
Member of Chambers AHMAD, Dr Mirza (1984)
Member of Chambers STOCKILL, David (1985)
Member of Chambers JACKSON, Andrew (1986)
Member of Chambers ADAMS, Christopher (1986)*
Member of Chambers THOMPSON, Blondel (1987)
Member of Chambers RUMNEY, Conrad (1988)
Members of Chambers BUXTON, Sarah (1988)
Member of Chambers RAI, Amarjit (1989)
Member of Chambers WILSON, Paul (1989)
Member of Chambers PUZEY, James (1990)
Member of Chambers GARNER, Sophie (1990)
Member of Chambers BEEVER, Edmund (1990)
Member of Chambers DAVIS, Simon (1990)
Member of Chambers WILLIAMSON, Melanie (1990)
Member of Chambers GIDNEY, Jonathan (1991)
Member of Chambers TODD, Susan (1991)
Member of Chambers SAMUEL, Glyn (1991)
Member of Chambers GEORGE, Sarah (1991)
Member of Chambers LEWIS, Robin (1991)
Member of Chambers BARNES, Matthew (1992)
Member of Chambers BAKER, William (1992)
Member of Chambers MOSELEY, Julie (1992)
Member of Chambers SPARROW, Julie (1992)
Member of Chambers MARKLEW, Lee (1993)
Member of Chambers VERDUYN, Anthony (1993)*
Member of Chambers KOLODYNSKI, Stefan (1993)
Member of Chambers JOHNSTON, Anthony (1993)
Member of Chambers MAXWELL, David (1994)
Member of Chambers WAINWRIGHT, Patrick (1994)
Member of Chambers CHARMAN, Andrew (1994)*
Member of Chambers FOTHERGILL, Francesca (1994)
Member of Chambers BEARDWELL, Philip (1994)
Member of Chambers CHAND, Ragveer (1994)
Member of Chambers DUNSTAN, James (1995)
Member of Chambers JONES, Carolyn (1995)
Member of Chambers WHITEHEAD, Darron (1995)
Member of Chambers BRENNAN, John (1996)
Member of Chambers GILCHRIST, Naomi (1996)
Member of Chambers PHILLIPS, Simon (1996)
Member of Chambers LEWIS, Sara (1996)
Member of Chambers JONES, Huw (1997)
Member of Chambers ALI, Huma (1997)
Member of Chambers BLATCHFORD, Charles (1997)
Member of Chambers BUGEJA, Evelyn (1997)*
Member of Chambers HODGETTS, Elizabeth (1998)
Member of Chambers PUNIA, Raj (1999)
Member of Chambers BOND, Leisha (1999)
Member of Chambers WILLIAMS, Heledd (1999)
Member of Chambers AHMED, Ishfaq (1999)
Member of Chambers EVANS, Andrew (2000)
Member of Chambers SARGINSON, Jane (2000)
Member of Chambers AFZAL, Zaheer (2000)
Member of Chambers HOWELL-JONES, Nicholas (2000)
Member of Chambers JOSEPHS, Jennifer (2000)
Member of Chambers SPEED, Ian (2000)
Member of Chambers MILLS, Benedict (2000)*
Member of Chambers NOSWORTHY, Jonathan (2000)
Member of Chambers WALKLING, Tom (2001)*
Member of Chambers GRIFFITHS, David (2001)
Member of Chambers RICHARDS, Elizabeth (2001)
Member of Chambers MILLER, Wendy (2001)
Member of Chambers GILL, Rajinder (2001)
Member of Chambers PEMBERTON, Yolanda (2002)
Member of Chambers WATSON, Christopher (2003)*
Member of Chambers BARAN, Colin (2003)
Member of Chambers CANDLIN, Naomi (2003)
Member of Chambers RILEY, Davinia (2004)
Member of Chambers PARATHALINGAM, Amrisha (2004)
Member of Chambers EDMONDS, Victoria (2004)
Member of Chambers BROWN, Marc (2004)*
Member of Chambers HEARD, Jonathan (2004)
Member of Chambers BROWN, Nicholas (2005)
Member of Chambers FREW, Bruce (2005)
Member of Chambers ROZYCKI, Alexander (2005)
Member of Chambers GILES, Molly (2005)
Member of Chambers ALLEN, Juliet (2005)
Member of Chambers WILLIAMS, Ben (2006)*
Member of Chambers BARKER, Jonathan (2006)
Member of Chambers TABARI, Ali-Reza (2006)
Member of Chambers TEMPLAR-VASEY, Carl (2006)
Member of Chambers KEITH, Patrick (2006)
Member of Chambers HANCOX, Lisa (2006)
Member of Chambers COLLINS, Debbie (2007)
Member of Chambers MOHAMMED, Iqbal (2007)
Member of Chambers FRENCH, Lucie (2008)
Member of Chambers MUNDY, Robert (2008)
Member of Chambers RANK, Christopher (2008)
Member of Chambers REDMOND, Jack (2009)*
Member of Chambers MILLINGTON, Joseph (2009)
Member of Chambers GALE, Jonathan (2009)
Member of Chambers CLOSE, Ben (2009)
Member of Chambers BAINHAM, Andrew (2009)
Member of Chambers BOWES, Gemma (2009)
Member of Chambers CLAYTON, Benjamin (2009)
Member of Chambers ASHRAF, Sofia (2009)
Member of Chambers BRUCE, James (2010)
Member of Chambers McLEOD, Gavin (2010)
Member of Chambers ROBERTS, Dominic (2011)
Member of Chambers HAFEEZ, Mohammad (2011)
Member of Chambers WHITE, Kirsty (2011)
Member of Chambers WILLIAMSON, Emma (2013)
Member of Chambers HUGHES, Sharon (2013)
Member of Chambers DUANE, Julie (2013)
Member of Chambers HAND, Theodora (2014)
Member of Chambers GRANT, Mark (2015)
Member of Chambers BADHAM, Lorna (2015)
Member of Chambers MACMILLAN, Alexander (2015)
Member of Chambers WALLACE, Joel (2015)
Member of Chambers KEARNEY, Natalie (2015)
Member of Chambers KENDALL, Emma (2016)
Member of Chambers ALDIS, John (2016)
Member of Chambers HORWOOD, William (2016)
Member of Chambers DHAMI, Harinderpal (2016)
Member of Chambers BARBOUR, Alexander (2017)
Member of Chambers RAVENSCROFT, Catherine (2017)
Member of Chambers PEASTON, Anna (2017)
Member of Chambers BEESLEY, Olivia (2018)
Member of Chambers CULLEN, Matthew (2018)
Member of Chambers ETHAKADA, Sandamini (2018)
*Recorder
Photo Name Position Profile
 Christopher Adams  photo Christopher Adams Christopher joined Number 2 Fountain Court in 1988 and initially practised in…
 Zaheer Afzal  photo Zaheer Afzal Zaheer has a strong and established criminal practice currently focusing mainly on…
 Mirza Ahmad photo Mirza Ahmad Called to the Bar in 1984, Mirza is nationally recognised as an…
 John Aldis  photo John Aldis Specialises in commercial law, real estate and wills, trusts and probate.
 Huma Ali  photo Huma Ali Huma started her career in Sussex. Having practised on the northern circuit…
 Juliet Allen photo Juliet Allen Juliet is a matrimonial finance and family trusts specialist. She is experienced…
 Sofia Ashraf  photo Sofia Ashraf Sofia accepts instructions in the following practice areas: Costs, Civil Litigation, Fraud,…
 Richard Atkins photo Richard Atkins Richard practises in crime and regulatory offences. He specialises in murder (including…
 Lorna Badham  photo Lorna Badham Specialises in employment law, personal injury and clinical negligence.
 Andrew Bainham  photo Andrew Bainham Family law specialist.
 William Baker  photo William Baker William specialises in the law relating to children. He acts for parents,…
 Colin Baran photo Colin Baran Colin practices primarily in clinical negligence and personal injury law, which he…
 Alexander Barbour  photo Alexander Barbour Practises in crime and regulatory.
 Jonathan Barker photo Jonathan Barker Jonathan is a specialist criminal practitioner. He has established a practice far…
 Matthew Barnes  photo Matthew Barnes Matthew is a specialist advocate in the field of criminal law. Having…
 Philip Beardwell  photo Philip Beardwell Before joining St Philips Chambers in March 2017, Philip worked for 10…
 Edmund Beever photo Edmund Beever Ed is a specialist employment practitioner with substantial commercial litigation experience. Ed…
 Charles Blatchford  photo Charles Blatchford Specialising in criminal law and regulatory work Charles has a heavyweight practice.…
 Leisha Bond photo Leisha Bond Leisha is a matrimonial finance specialist dealing primarily in ancillary relief. Her…
 Gemma Bowes  photo Gemma Bowes Specialises in public children law.
 John Brennan photo John Brennan John’s practice encompasses a very broad range of chancery and commercial work.…
 Marc Brown photo Marc Brown Marc undertakes work across a broad spectrum of commercial work, with a…
 Nicholas Brown photo Nicholas Brown Nick has been at St Philips since pupillage in 2005 and now…
 James Bruce  photo James Bruce James joined St Philips after completing a pupillage under the supervision of…
 Evelyn Bugeja  photo Evelyn Bugeja Family law specialising in private and public law children cases.
 Sarah Buxton  photo Sarah Buxton Sarah began her career in Birmingham and remained there until she left…
 Naomi Candlin  photo Naomi Candlin Naomi’s practice primarily covers property, private client and planning. She was appointed…
 Andrew Charman photo Andrew Charman Andrew possesses substantial expertise and experience in chancery work and commercial litigation…
 Simon Clegg photo Simon Clegg Simon has extensive experience of a wide range of commercial litigation. His…
 Ben Close  photo Ben Close Ben has quickly accumulated considerable experience in criminal law, for example, he…
 Debbie Collins  photo Debbie Collins Debbie joined St Philips Chambers in 2007. She has had a varied…
 Simon Davis photo Simon Davis Simon specialises in prosecuting and defending complex and serious cases. He has…
 Harinderpal Dhami  photo Harinderpal Dhami Specialises in criminal law.
 Clare Dillon  photo Clare Dillon Clare was called to the Bar in 1974 and joined Number 1…
 James Dunstan  photo James Dunstan James was a scholarship winner at King Edward’s School, Edgbaston and a…
 Victoria Edmonds  photo Victoria Edmonds Victoria has a diverse practice covering family and general civil and commercial…
 Andrew Evans photo Andrew Evans Andrew has an established practice in claimant and defendant personal injury work,…
 Lucie French  photo Lucie French Lucie completed her first degree in Classics at Newnham College, University of…
 Bruce Frew photo Bruce Frew Bruce has an extensive practice specialising in employment law. He represents both…
 Jonathan Gale  photo Jonathan Gale Jonathan regularly acts for finance houses on disputes surrounding hire purchase and…
 Sophie Garner photo Sophie Garner Sophie is an experienced specialist in employment and discrimination law whose caseload…
 Sarah George photo Sarah George Sarah is a specialist employment practitioner with particular expertise in discrimination law.…
 Jonathan Gidney photo Jonathan Gidney Jonathan has been recognised as a leading junior in the Midlands for…
 Naomi Gilchrist photo Naomi Gilchrist Naomi conducts a heavyweight practice in all areas of serious/organised crime, criminal…
 Molly Giles  photo Molly Giles Specialises in both public and private law children cases.
 Mark Grant photo Mark Grant Specialising in commercial disputes.
 David Griffiths  photo David Griffiths David practises in the areas of general commercial litigation, personal injury and…
 Mohammad Hafeez  photo Mohammad Hafeez Specialises in criminal law.
 Lisa Hancox  photo Lisa Hancox Specialises in criminal law.
 Theodora Hand  photo Theodora Hand Practises in commercial litigation, employment, personal injury, crime and family law.                                   
 Giles Harrison Hall  photo Giles Harrison Hall Barrister specialising in personal injury, commercial and Chancery.
 Peter Haynes photo Peter Haynes Peter has practised as a criminal courts advocate throughout his career. Domestically,…
 Jonathan Heard  photo Jonathan Heard Employment law specialist.
 Kevin Hegarty photo Kevin Hegarty Kevin is a regulatory and financial crime specialist. His approach is particularly…
 Elizabeth Hodgetts photo Elizabeth Hodgetts Elizabeth practises exclusively in employment law and employment-related civil litigation. She is…
 William Horwood  photo William Horwood Practises in family, real property, wills, trusts and probate, employment, personal injury…
 Nicholas Howell-Jones  photo Nicholas Howell-Jones Nick joined St Philips Chambers from St Ives Chambers in February 2012.…
 Andrew Jackson  photo Andrew Jackson Andrew has established a strong practice in criminal law. A polished advocate…
 Anthony Johnston  photo Anthony Johnston Anthony has practised in Birmingham throughout his professional life, starting at 1…
 Carolyn Jones  photo Carolyn Jones Carolyn is a specialist family practitioner who practises in all areas of…
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Andrew Smith QC,Head of Chambers

What do you see as the main points that differentiate CHAMBERS from its competitors?

Chambers owns its building, has a competitive charging structure and an effective law firm style management structure. We derive considerable strength from being a mutually supportive, multidisciplinary set. We are a set that have an established track record of being early to adopt innovative approaches to practice and to develop new ways of working collaboratively with our clients. We invest in training for both staff and barristers. In addition, we have consistently invested in pupillages to provide future strength to our offering.

Which practices do you expect to grow over the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

Chambers expects growth across all of its specialist areas. This is illustrated by the Business and Property group which has seen increased client demand including more specialist work being issued and heard in Birmingham and across the circuit. The Family group have seen increased volumes of instructions in both complex child cases and high value financial cases.

How has direct public access changed the work of your chambers? Is this a growth area for your set?

Public access work is a growth area for Chambers and the Bar generally. We have ensured appropriate training for clerks and implemented systems to reflect additional demands of this source of instruction.

Public access work is not something we actively market or promote but we have seen an increase in levels of instructions in any event because of heightened awareness amongst lay clients. This often leads to referrals to solicitors that instruct Chambers

What other issues are driving change at the modern Bar? How are you adapting to such change?

The principal issue is wellbeing. This is a topic Chambers has always taken very seriously. We are a set who promotes wellbeing and has acted to deliver change within Chambers. We have provided a listening service through an arrangement with Chaplaincy Plus and have an active committee comprised of barristers and staff. We continue to evolve our approach. In addition we have four clerks trained as Mental Health first aiders.

What’s the biggest change you’ve made in chambers that you believe will benefit clients?

What technology has chambers recently invested in?

How has this tech changed the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

The following answer addresses the above 3 questions inclusive.

We have made significant changes to adapt to remote working. These were changes we made prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the consequences of the pandemic have demonstrated the need to have made such an investment. Our adoption of the relevant technology has shown we can be both successful and collaborative, working in support of our professional clients. We have tailored or=ur systems to the requirements of the individual practice groups.

Advantages of our now using a fully hosted environment include both paperless practice and high levels of security including secure, shared cloud facilities with our solicitor clients. This is another aspect of our desire to continue to provide a seamless service to those who instruct us.

What other chambers’ facilities are a benefit to clients?

Chambers has substantial conference facilities. The flexibility of our facilities allow us to deliver in-person seminars for 100 people and host mediations. Our facilities are often used by external groups and we have dedicated video conferencing facilities providing connections to both courts and prisons.

What are clients looking for from a modern chambers?

In our assessment, clients look for accessible, amenable, friendly barristers who can provide prompt, high quality service at a cost-effective price. Clients want a barrister to be part of a team.

We seek to deliver that service through long-term professional relationships built on trust and honesty. Service that is backed by an efficient administration and IT provision.

Where do you see your set in three years’ time?

As a set continuing to deliver consistently excellent representation, advice and service across our range of specialisms. A set that has innovated where appropriate and where barristers have further developed their individual practises.