Set Profile > St Philips Chambers > Birmingham, England

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

Chancery, probate, and tax Tier 1

St Philips Chambers’ chancery offering provides a number of highly-recommended individuals who are regularly instructed on Inheritance Act claims and other contentious matters. John Randall QC’s recent instructions include work in the Cayman Islands, a number of property owners in a dispute over land registration before the Financial Services Division. Andrew Charman’s recent work involves acting for a petitioner in a s994 unfair prejudice petition.

Leading Juniors

John Brennan - St Philips ChambersStrong in every respect. Only downside is that his skill means his services are in high demand.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Charman - St Philips ChambersCounsel out of the top draw. Excellent written work and strong advocate; very responsive; real expertise and knowledge of his area.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Gavin McLeod - St Philips ChambersGood on his feet and with a disarming advocacy style. Excellent with lay clients, especially when dealing with difficult or emotive issues arising in the course of Chancery work.
Ranked: Tier 1

Testimonials

Set

‘This set have offered significant support in the form of webinars over the pandemic period, which has proven invaluable to solicitors working from home such as myself. I have never experienced an issue with availability of Counsel.’

Clerking

‘The clerks are responsive and act with a necessary degree of urgency when requested. I have never experienced an issue with the service as whole. ‘

 

Commercial litigation Tier 1

St Philips Chambers is considered to be a ‘go to set’ with a strong commercial litigation practice. The set is a regular fixture in the Business & Property Court from junior to senior levels of call and are supported by a ‘communicative and efficient’ clerking team. James Morgan QC recently acted for the defendant in Primus International Holding Company v Triumph Controls - UK Ltd - a multi-million-pound breach of warranty case and contractual interpretation which reached the Court of Appeal issue on the meaning of ‘goodwill’. John Randall QC represented Sheffield Wednesday FC in Football League disciplinary proceedings concerning the club's sale of Hillsborough and the Championship Profit and Sustainability Rules.

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 1
John Randall QC - St Philips ChambersRemarkable legal knowledge and insight, capable of distilling complicated and involved documentation into straightforward concepts.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Ali Tabari - St Philips ChambersAli is a very good tactician; he has a clear goal and objective and takes a no-nonsense approach to litigation.
Ranked: Tier 1
John Brennan - St Philips ChambersStrong in every respect.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Clegg - St Philips ChambersCalm, reassuring, and very experienced. Seen everything before and always seems in control.
Ranked: Tier 2
Mark Grant - St Philips ChambersMark has a razor-sharp mind, is a very clear thinker, provides excellent analysis, and is able to construct the best possible argument for the client.
Ranked: Tier 2
Edmund Beever - St Philips ChambersEdmund combines an accessible user friendly approach with an insightful knowledge of the law
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Charman - St Philips ChambersExcellent written work and strong advocate; very responsive; real expertise and knowledge of his area. I trust his judgement enormously.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘St Philips are the go to set in Birmingham.’

‘Real strength and depth in the area of commercial litigation.’

‘Chambers provides an accessible service from barristers who are all sound on the law and good with clients.’

Clerking

‘I have a good relationship with all of the clerks in the clerksroom. They are very good at dealing with any queries arising from an instruction.’

‘By far the best clerked set outside London. Aaron Snipe always puts himself out to find the right counsel for the client at a sensible rate.

 

 

 

Company and insolvency Tier 1

Well regarded in the Midlands as a set with depth across its insolvency practice, St Philips Chambers  houses barristers of all levels of call. James Morgan QC currently acts for applicant liquidators in a £1m misfeasance claim, while John Randall QC current practice includes company law matters. Marc Brown has a practice featuring both personal and corporate insolvencies, as well as shareholder disputes; he recently represented litigation funders who had taken an assignment of claims from a liquidator in claims for misfeasance in misapplication of company funds by a director.

Leading Silks

James Morgan QC - St Philips ChambersA pleasure to work with. Intelligence without the arrogance.
Ranked: Tier 1
John Randall QC - St Philips ChambersVery authoritative with excellent judgement.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Marc Brown - St Philips ChambersVery knowledgeable. Knows their material. Excellent on his feet. A safe pair of hands. I have full confidence in his abilities.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Charman - St Philips ChambersAndrew is extremely knowledgeable in the field of shareholder disputes and company law generally. He is the ‘go-to’ barrister for shareholder disputes in the Midlands.
Ranked: Tier 1
Robert Mundy - St Philips ChambersVery intelligent and considered. You always get a decision as opposed to a discussion of the problem.
Ranked: Tier 1
Mark Grant - St Philips ChambersVery knowledgeable. Knows his material. Excellent on his feet. A safe pair of hands. I have full confidence in his abilities.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

‘St Philips are my go-to chambers. High quality barristers and clerks; excellent client care.’

‘It is always a pleasure to work with members of St Phillips at all levels in relation to insolvency.’

‘Training is excellent. We have recently had a week long set of morning webinars on insolvency.’

Clerking

‘All clerking at St Philips is seamless.’

‘Second to none, friendly, efficient, pro-active and undertstanding of the way insolvency works.’

‘Very good clerking. Arron Snipe and Justin Luckman both very helpful and excellent. Will go out of their way to be helpful.’

Crime (general and fraud) Tier 1

Kevin Hegarty QC  leads the crime group at St Philips Chambers, which is praised for ‘enormous depth’ in its criminal practice.  He recently prosecuted two metal detectorists for the theft of a Viking hoard worth £3m which they extracted without consent of the land owner and, without notifying the relevant authorities, sold on the black market. Jonathan Barker prosecuted a man who was convicted on fourteen counts, including of buggery and rape, concerning the sexual abuse of his niece in in the 1980s. Chambers is also home to Richard Atkins QC, chair of the Bar in 2019 - he is joined in the set's silk ranks by  Lee Marklew QC, who was appointed in the 2021 round.

Leading Silks

Richard Atkins QC - St Philips ChambersHe is a strong jury advocate. You know the moment he walks into court that he is in control and nothing appears to shake or faze him. A powerful speaker.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Jonathan Barker - St Philips ChambersI have come to admire Jonathan's work ethic, enthusiasm and determination to provide the absolute best representation for his clients. Jonathan works tirelessly on behalf of his clients and unsurprisingly has achieved excellent outcomes for them over the years.
Ranked: Tier 1
Rajinder GIll - St Philips ChambersRajinder has the ability to relax his clients and obtain the best from them in terms of both extracting information and giving evidence. His attention to detail is second to none and his skilful, quiet advocacy is powerful.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

‘St. Philips Chambers is a large set of chambers, offering enormous depth in the criminal department. Their training programmes are well presented, informative and hugely popular.’

‘St Philips is an excellent criminal and regulatory set. It operates a clear distinction between the two areas and the panel of specialist Counsel availiable for regulatory instructions is impressive.’

‘Strength in depth in all areas of practice. Strongest criminal team in the Midlands.’

Clerking

‘Excellent service. Phil Jones and Dan Giles are exceptional in their client care.’

‘The criminal clerks in this set are efficient, capable and courteous. They never hesitate to help out, especially at short notice.’

‘The Clerks room is extremely efficient and reliable.’

Employment Tier 1

St Philips Chambers ’ is described as one of the ‘pre-eminent sets in Birmingham’, with ‘appropriate counsel to suit every type of employment work’. Chambers offers counsel experienced in restraint of trade, wrongful dismissal, breach of contract, discrimination and TUPE cases. Senior junior Sophie Garner recently successfully represented an employer defending a claim alleging disability-discriminatory constructive dismissal. Edmund Beever leads the practice group. In recent news, David Maxwell and Sarah George have been appointed as full-time employment judges.

Rising stars

Lorna Badham - St Philips ChambersShe is conscientious and well-prepared but also has a very human element to her. She is clearly very passionate about the responsibility of being instructed to represent either party and gives her full and unadulterated attention to the task at hand. She is an excellent advocate and where a point is to be made she will make it.
Ranked: Tier 1
Joel Wallace - St Philips ChambersJoel gets to the heart of the issue very swiftly, understands the legal complexities but also the pragmatic commercial elements for clients.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Sophie Garner - St Philips ChambersSophie is very good with clients; she is good on her feet and she has produced some fantastic results in tribunal hearings over the years. She is a specialist employment barrister and she knows her stuff especially when it comes to all things involving discrimination.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Mirza Ahmad - St Philips ChambersMirza's performance is very impressive in case work and with dealing with the client.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Jonathan Gidney - St Philips ChambersJonathan is professional, intelligent and also very personable.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Robert Mundy - St Philips ChambersRobert has a forensic eye for detail and is razor sharp on matters of law. However, this is coupled with an approachable and reassuring manner, which makes him extremely easy to work with, both for solicitors and clients alike.
Ranked: Tier 2
Paul Wilson - St Philips ChambersPaul is able to combine a commercial approach with detailed legal analysis and to do this very effectively.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘Excellent strength in depth in employment law. They offer a range of high quality training courses.’

‘An excellent set of Chambers; always seem to have appropriate counsel to suit every type of employment work.’

‘Good chambers with a good range of barristers that offer expertise in most types of disputes.’

Clerking

‘Excellent – Gary Carney is responsive, personable and sensible.’

‘I have worked with Janita Patel and Gary Carney for a number of years and they are both extremely helpful, friendly and respond very quickly.’

‘The clerks of St Philips are always keen to help and assist in finding counsel, agreeing fees and also liaising with the court where the strength of their relationships can prove invaluable.’

Family and children law Tier 1

St Philips Chambers’ family law practice group is split between the children team and the financial remedies team and continues to offer ‘excellent options in terms of barristers for all areas of family law’. The financial remedy team is regularly instructed in cases concerning pension arrangements, personal assets, and company assets both domestically and internationally. Juliet Allen  and Davinia Riley  have particular experience acting in cases involving large asset portfolios. In matters regarding children, members are involved in sensitive cases concerning disputes over children’s quality of life, neglect, and child death. Nicholas Brown is regularly instructed in care proceedings, representing local authorities, parents and children. William Horwood  continues to build his rising star status acting unled in cases involving allegations of extremely serious child abuse.

Rising Stars: Child Law (Public and Private)

William Horwood - St Philips ChambersGrasp of key issues in complex proceedings are excellent.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks: Child Law (Public and Private)

Sara Lewis QC - St Philips ChambersSara is extremely empathetic and her client care is second to none. Her written work is of a high quality and she is particularly skilful in cross-examining witnesses.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private)

Christopher Adams - St Philips ChambersChris has an incredibly calm manner and is unfazed by any challenge. He is polite, professional and friendly at all times. He is insightful and recognises the challenges and stressors that other opponents face and brings a common-sense approach to the case.
Ranked: Tier 1
Carolyn Jones - St Philips ChambersIf I was a parent in care proceedings, Carolyn is the barrister I would want. Carolyn is utterly fearless and totally dedicated to the clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Yolanda Pemberton - St Philips ChambersYolanda is a first rate advocate whose attention to detail is second to none. She brings a calmness to her client's case; a sense that her client is in safe hands and will do all that can be done to achieve the best outcome.
Ranked: Tier 1
Christopher Watson - St Philips ChambersChris is always extremely well-prepared to represent clients at meetings and hearings. Underlying this is a thorough understanding of family law, but the more distinguishing quality is the ability to represent clients compellingly and assertively while remaining cordial, calm and reasonable.
Ranked: Tier 1
Gemma Bowes - St Philips ChambersGemma is a specialist child law barrister. She is compassionate, pragmatic and strategic approach taken, excellent advocacy and forensic preparation in complex public law cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Nicholas BrownSt Philips ChambersNick is very thorough, well prepared and a highly effective advocate. His drafting is also exceptional. Highly respected by all of the Judges on the Midlands circuit, as well as in the High Court.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jack Redmond - St Philips ChambersOne of Jack's core qualities is his conscientiousness. He has a commitment to sensitive and thoughtful client care and his intellectual capabilities are significant.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy

Leisha Bond - St Philips ChambersShe is a great negotiator and a forceful advocate but also relates to her clients and is skilled at putting them at ease.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jonathan Nosworthy - St Philips ChambersJonathan combines his incredible intelligence with charm and gravitas making him a first-class operator. He is meticulous in his preparation and polished in his advocacy without being unnecessarily tendentious. Jonathan has it all.
Ranked: Tier 1
Juliet Allen - St Philips ChambersBrilliant with clients, sharp and technically excellent in complex matters requiring forensic focus, supportive of team approach, tenacious as required in court. I never hesitate in recommending Juliet for high-value, complex financial matters.
Ranked: Tier 2
Davinia Riley - St Philips ChambersDavinia’s paperwork is first-class and ahead of time. She establishes an early rapport with clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Victoria Edmonds - St Philips ChambersVictoria is smart and practical as well as being open to discussion on the correct legal and strategic path to follow.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘St Philips have some stand out counsel involved in some weighty complex matters. There is a reason why they produce so many barristers who go on to become judges!’

‘St Philips Chambers has an outstanding family team. It is the one of the largest family teams and has extensive depth and lots of immensely talented advocates.’

‘St Philips have an excellent public law family set, with highly experienced and respected counsel across the board, mixed with skilled juniors. ‘

Clerking

‘The clerking team is superb, led very well by the vastly experienced Mark Mansell with outstanding junior clerks in Kelly Fullwood and Anthony Burgess who are efficient, effective and very helpful. They have an excellent manner and provide an excellent service.’

‘The clerks are always helpful and nothing is ever too much trouble.’

‘The clerks at St Phiilips endeavour to ensure that you are offered counsel with the appropriate seniority for a case. They also ensure that you are happy with the service provided and offer a good level of client care.’

Employment

Leading Juniors

Bruce Frew - St Philips ChambersBruce is knowledgeable and confident, with a practical approach. He is fantastic with clients and puts witnesses at ease.
Ranked: Tier 1

Professional negligence Tier 1

‘Strong across the board’, St Philips Chambers offers professional negligence expertise in its business and property team with John Randall QC and John Brennan continuomg to act in long running, complex and high-value disputes involving legal professions, accountants and wealth managers among others.

Testimonials

Set

‘St Philips is one of the main Birmingham sets with a good reputation.’

Clerking

‘The clerks have been very helpful over the years.’

Property and construction Tier 1

St Philips Chambers’ property group continues to be instructed in high-value, complex cases, and are a regular fixture in the Business and Property Court. John Randall QC recent instructions involve major property development, acting for the proprietors in Cayman Shores Development Ltd and anor. v Registrar of Lands and ors in the Cayman Islands. John Brennan and Anthony Verduyn are also a property development specialists, alongside Gavin McLeod whose recent instructions include boundary disputes.

Testimonials

Set

‘Wide range of very competent Counsel and Clerks – always in good hands with this set of Chambers.’

Clerking

‘The clerks have always been communicative and efficient exactly as we would expect in a high quality chambers.’

Business and regulatory crime (including health and safety) Tier 2

St Philips Chambers’ regulatory practice handles a range of prosecution and defence instructions, including consumer matters. Ben Mills is recommended for his expertise in trading standards work, and acted for the Warwickshire County Council in the prosecution of a builder for fraud; the builder had accepted payment for projects and then abandoned them, citing a non-existent stroke. James Puzey is an experienced health and safety practitioner, with recent work including cases arising from industrial fatalities.

Leading Juniors

Ben Mills - St Philips ChambersBen has real insight into the mind of the Court. He is able to accurately predict when to push and when to hold some in reserve to achieve the best results for the client.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1

Testimonials

Set

‘St Philips Chambers is one of the finest sets in the country with many very able practitioners. ‘

‘St Philips provide an exceptional service for Regulatory Crime. Excellent range of counsel at all levels. Top class service to solicitors.’

Clerking

‘Exceptional level of service, particularly from Alan Durham, for whom nothing is too much trouble.’

‘Fantastic service. Joe Wilson is very commercial, pragmatic, and always looking to assist clients either with work referrals or on service. ‘

‘Phil Jones is a well-respected powerhouse in criminal clerking.’

Personal injury Tier 2

St Philips Chambers’ covers both claimant and defendant personal injury work in both physical and psychiatric injuries, with a number of instructions concerning particularly vulnerable individuals. Sofia Ashraf was recently instructed by a local authority in a case concerning an injury to child during a school break time. Lorna Badham is instructed almost exclusively for claimants in multi-track international accident and illness work, while Andrew Evans is also a name of note, specialising in injury claims from the hospitality and leisure industry.

Rising stars

Lorna Badham - St Philips ChambersVery experiences and knowledgeable. Lorna is liked and trusted by clients.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Andrew Evans - St Philips ChambersExcellent barrister, always my first choice and a favourite of our clients too.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘Good quality set. Wide range of counsel.’

Clerking

‘The clerks are very responsive and helpful.’

Clinical negligence Tier 3

St Philips Chambers's clinical negligence team is praised by clients for both its barristers and clerking team. Often instructed from the outset of cases, the set’s practice spans delayed diagnosis, birth injury, brain and spinal injury claims among other matters. Andrew Evans has developed a specialism in claims arising from cosmetic surgery procedures.

Leading Juniors

Andrew Evans - St Philips ChambersAndy is technically brilliant and very approachable. He has the ability to immediately instil trust and confidence in clients, delivering legal advice in a clear manner.
Ranked: Tier 1
Peter Starcevic - St Philips ChambersExcellent attention to detail, brilliant knowledge and very understanding and personable with clients.
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

‘A very good set with very helpful clerks. ‘

Clerking

‘Gary Carney and Janita Patel are particularly good, personable and will do what they can to accommodate their instructing solicitor’s needs.’

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

St Philips Chambers’ chancery offering provides a number of highly-recommended individuals who are regularly instructed on Inheritance Act claims and other contentious matters. John Randall QC’s recent instructions include work in the Cayman Islands, a number of property owners in a dispute over land registration before the Financial Services Division. Andrew Charman’s recent work involves acting for a petitioner in a s994 unfair prejudice petition.

Leading Juniors

John Brennan - St Philips ChambersStrong in every respect. Only downside is that his skill means his services are in high demand.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Charman - St Philips ChambersCounsel out of the top draw. Excellent written work and strong advocate; very responsive; real expertise and knowledge of his area.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Gavin McLeod - St Philips ChambersGood on his feet and with a disarming advocacy style. Excellent with lay clients, especially when dealing with difficult or emotive issues arising in the course of Chancery work.
Ranked: Tier 1

Testimonials

Set

‘This set have offered significant support in the form of webinars over the pandemic period, which has proven invaluable to solicitors working from home such as myself. I have never experienced an issue with availability of Counsel.’

Clerking

‘The clerks are responsive and act with a necessary degree of urgency when requested. I have never experienced an issue with the service as whole. ‘

 

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Commercial litigation Tier 1

St Philips Chambers is considered to be a ‘go to set’ with a strong commercial litigation practice. The set is a regular fixture in the Business & Property Court from junior to senior levels of call and are supported by a ‘communicative and efficient’ clerking team. James Morgan QC recently acted for the defendant in Primus International Holding Company v Triumph Controls - UK Ltd - a multi-million-pound breach of warranty case and contractual interpretation which reached the Court of Appeal issue on the meaning of ‘goodwill’. John Randall QC represented Sheffield Wednesday FC in Football League disciplinary proceedings concerning the club's sale of Hillsborough and the Championship Profit and Sustainability Rules.

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 1
John Randall QC - St Philips ChambersRemarkable legal knowledge and insight, capable of distilling complicated and involved documentation into straightforward concepts.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Ali Tabari - St Philips ChambersAli is a very good tactician; he has a clear goal and objective and takes a no-nonsense approach to litigation.
Ranked: Tier 1
John Brennan - St Philips ChambersStrong in every respect.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Clegg - St Philips ChambersCalm, reassuring, and very experienced. Seen everything before and always seems in control.
Ranked: Tier 2
Mark Grant - St Philips ChambersMark has a razor-sharp mind, is a very clear thinker, provides excellent analysis, and is able to construct the best possible argument for the client.
Ranked: Tier 2
Edmund Beever - St Philips ChambersEdmund combines an accessible user friendly approach with an insightful knowledge of the law
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Charman - St Philips ChambersExcellent written work and strong advocate; very responsive; real expertise and knowledge of his area. I trust his judgement enormously.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘St Philips are the go to set in Birmingham.’

‘Real strength and depth in the area of commercial litigation.’

‘Chambers provides an accessible service from barristers who are all sound on the law and good with clients.’

Clerking

‘I have a good relationship with all of the clerks in the clerksroom. They are very good at dealing with any queries arising from an instruction.’

‘By far the best clerked set outside London. Aaron Snipe always puts himself out to find the right counsel for the client at a sensible rate.

 

 

 

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Company and insolvency Tier 1

Well regarded in the Midlands as a set with depth across its insolvency practice, St Philips Chambers  houses barristers of all levels of call. James Morgan QC currently acts for applicant liquidators in a £1m misfeasance claim, while John Randall QC current practice includes company law matters. Marc Brown has a practice featuring both personal and corporate insolvencies, as well as shareholder disputes; he recently represented litigation funders who had taken an assignment of claims from a liquidator in claims for misfeasance in misapplication of company funds by a director.

Leading Silks

James Morgan QC - St Philips ChambersA pleasure to work with. Intelligence without the arrogance.
Ranked: Tier 1
John Randall QC - St Philips ChambersVery authoritative with excellent judgement.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Marc Brown - St Philips ChambersVery knowledgeable. Knows their material. Excellent on his feet. A safe pair of hands. I have full confidence in his abilities.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Charman - St Philips ChambersAndrew is extremely knowledgeable in the field of shareholder disputes and company law generally. He is the ‘go-to’ barrister for shareholder disputes in the Midlands.
Ranked: Tier 1
Robert Mundy - St Philips ChambersVery intelligent and considered. You always get a decision as opposed to a discussion of the problem.
Ranked: Tier 1
Mark Grant - St Philips ChambersVery knowledgeable. Knows his material. Excellent on his feet. A safe pair of hands. I have full confidence in his abilities.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

‘St Philips are my go-to chambers. High quality barristers and clerks; excellent client care.’

‘It is always a pleasure to work with members of St Phillips at all levels in relation to insolvency.’

‘Training is excellent. We have recently had a week long set of morning webinars on insolvency.’

Clerking

‘All clerking at St Philips is seamless.’

‘Second to none, friendly, efficient, pro-active and undertstanding of the way insolvency works.’

‘Very good clerking. Arron Snipe and Justin Luckman both very helpful and excellent. Will go out of their way to be helpful.’

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

Kevin Hegarty QC  leads the crime group at St Philips Chambers, which is praised for ‘enormous depth’ in its criminal practice.  He recently prosecuted two metal detectorists for the theft of a Viking hoard worth £3m which they extracted without consent of the land owner and, without notifying the relevant authorities, sold on the black market. Jonathan Barker prosecuted a man who was convicted on fourteen counts, including of buggery and rape, concerning the sexual abuse of his niece in in the 1980s. Chambers is also home to Richard Atkins QC, chair of the Bar in 2019 - he is joined in the set's silk ranks by  Lee Marklew QC, who was appointed in the 2021 round.

Leading Silks

Richard Atkins QC - St Philips ChambersHe is a strong jury advocate. You know the moment he walks into court that he is in control and nothing appears to shake or faze him. A powerful speaker.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Jonathan Barker - St Philips ChambersI have come to admire Jonathan's work ethic, enthusiasm and determination to provide the absolute best representation for his clients. Jonathan works tirelessly on behalf of his clients and unsurprisingly has achieved excellent outcomes for them over the years.
Ranked: Tier 1
Rajinder GIll - St Philips ChambersRajinder has the ability to relax his clients and obtain the best from them in terms of both extracting information and giving evidence. His attention to detail is second to none and his skilful, quiet advocacy is powerful.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

‘St. Philips Chambers is a large set of chambers, offering enormous depth in the criminal department. Their training programmes are well presented, informative and hugely popular.’

‘St Philips is an excellent criminal and regulatory set. It operates a clear distinction between the two areas and the panel of specialist Counsel availiable for regulatory instructions is impressive.’

‘Strength in depth in all areas of practice. Strongest criminal team in the Midlands.’

Clerking

‘Excellent service. Phil Jones and Dan Giles are exceptional in their client care.’

‘The criminal clerks in this set are efficient, capable and courteous. They never hesitate to help out, especially at short notice.’

‘The Clerks room is extremely efficient and reliable.’

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Employment Tier 1

St Philips Chambers ’ is described as one of the ‘pre-eminent sets in Birmingham’, with ‘appropriate counsel to suit every type of employment work’. Chambers offers counsel experienced in restraint of trade, wrongful dismissal, breach of contract, discrimination and TUPE cases. Senior junior Sophie Garner recently successfully represented an employer defending a claim alleging disability-discriminatory constructive dismissal. Edmund Beever leads the practice group. In recent news, David Maxwell and Sarah George have been appointed as full-time employment judges.

Rising stars

Lorna Badham - St Philips ChambersShe is conscientious and well-prepared but also has a very human element to her. She is clearly very passionate about the responsibility of being instructed to represent either party and gives her full and unadulterated attention to the task at hand. She is an excellent advocate and where a point is to be made she will make it.
Ranked: Tier 1
Joel Wallace - St Philips ChambersJoel gets to the heart of the issue very swiftly, understands the legal complexities but also the pragmatic commercial elements for clients.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Sophie Garner - St Philips ChambersSophie is very good with clients; she is good on her feet and she has produced some fantastic results in tribunal hearings over the years. She is a specialist employment barrister and she knows her stuff especially when it comes to all things involving discrimination.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Mirza Ahmad - St Philips ChambersMirza's performance is very impressive in case work and with dealing with the client.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Jonathan Gidney - St Philips ChambersJonathan is professional, intelligent and also very personable.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Robert Mundy - St Philips ChambersRobert has a forensic eye for detail and is razor sharp on matters of law. However, this is coupled with an approachable and reassuring manner, which makes him extremely easy to work with, both for solicitors and clients alike.
Ranked: Tier 2
Paul Wilson - St Philips ChambersPaul is able to combine a commercial approach with detailed legal analysis and to do this very effectively.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘Excellent strength in depth in employment law. They offer a range of high quality training courses.’

‘An excellent set of Chambers; always seem to have appropriate counsel to suit every type of employment work.’

‘Good chambers with a good range of barristers that offer expertise in most types of disputes.’

Clerking

‘Excellent – Gary Carney is responsive, personable and sensible.’

‘I have worked with Janita Patel and Gary Carney for a number of years and they are both extremely helpful, friendly and respond very quickly.’

‘The clerks of St Philips are always keen to help and assist in finding counsel, agreeing fees and also liaising with the court where the strength of their relationships can prove invaluable.’

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

St Philips Chambers’ family law practice group is split between the children team and the financial remedies team and continues to offer ‘excellent options in terms of barristers for all areas of family law’. The financial remedy team is regularly instructed in cases concerning pension arrangements, personal assets, and company assets both domestically and internationally. Juliet Allen  and Davinia Riley  have particular experience acting in cases involving large asset portfolios. In matters regarding children, members are involved in sensitive cases concerning disputes over children’s quality of life, neglect, and child death. Nicholas Brown is regularly instructed in care proceedings, representing local authorities, parents and children. William Horwood  continues to build his rising star status acting unled in cases involving allegations of extremely serious child abuse.

Rising Stars: Child Law (Public and Private)

William Horwood - St Philips ChambersGrasp of key issues in complex proceedings are excellent.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks: Child Law (Public and Private)

Sara Lewis QC - St Philips ChambersSara is extremely empathetic and her client care is second to none. Her written work is of a high quality and she is particularly skilful in cross-examining witnesses.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private)

Christopher Adams - St Philips ChambersChris has an incredibly calm manner and is unfazed by any challenge. He is polite, professional and friendly at all times. He is insightful and recognises the challenges and stressors that other opponents face and brings a common-sense approach to the case.
Ranked: Tier 1
Carolyn Jones - St Philips ChambersIf I was a parent in care proceedings, Carolyn is the barrister I would want. Carolyn is utterly fearless and totally dedicated to the clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Yolanda Pemberton - St Philips ChambersYolanda is a first rate advocate whose attention to detail is second to none. She brings a calmness to her client's case; a sense that her client is in safe hands and will do all that can be done to achieve the best outcome.
Ranked: Tier 1
Christopher Watson - St Philips ChambersChris is always extremely well-prepared to represent clients at meetings and hearings. Underlying this is a thorough understanding of family law, but the more distinguishing quality is the ability to represent clients compellingly and assertively while remaining cordial, calm and reasonable.
Ranked: Tier 1
Gemma Bowes - St Philips ChambersGemma is a specialist child law barrister. She is compassionate, pragmatic and strategic approach taken, excellent advocacy and forensic preparation in complex public law cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Nicholas BrownSt Philips ChambersNick is very thorough, well prepared and a highly effective advocate. His drafting is also exceptional. Highly respected by all of the Judges on the Midlands circuit, as well as in the High Court.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jack Redmond - St Philips ChambersOne of Jack's core qualities is his conscientiousness. He has a commitment to sensitive and thoughtful client care and his intellectual capabilities are significant.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy

Leisha Bond - St Philips ChambersShe is a great negotiator and a forceful advocate but also relates to her clients and is skilled at putting them at ease.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jonathan Nosworthy - St Philips ChambersJonathan combines his incredible intelligence with charm and gravitas making him a first-class operator. He is meticulous in his preparation and polished in his advocacy without being unnecessarily tendentious. Jonathan has it all.
Ranked: Tier 1
Juliet Allen - St Philips ChambersBrilliant with clients, sharp and technically excellent in complex matters requiring forensic focus, supportive of team approach, tenacious as required in court. I never hesitate in recommending Juliet for high-value, complex financial matters.
Ranked: Tier 2
Davinia Riley - St Philips ChambersDavinia’s paperwork is first-class and ahead of time. She establishes an early rapport with clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Victoria Edmonds - St Philips ChambersVictoria is smart and practical as well as being open to discussion on the correct legal and strategic path to follow.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘St Philips have some stand out counsel involved in some weighty complex matters. There is a reason why they produce so many barristers who go on to become judges!’

‘St Philips Chambers has an outstanding family team. It is the one of the largest family teams and has extensive depth and lots of immensely talented advocates.’

‘St Philips have an excellent public law family set, with highly experienced and respected counsel across the board, mixed with skilled juniors. ‘

Clerking

‘The clerking team is superb, led very well by the vastly experienced Mark Mansell with outstanding junior clerks in Kelly Fullwood and Anthony Burgess who are efficient, effective and very helpful. They have an excellent manner and provide an excellent service.’

‘The clerks are always helpful and nothing is ever too much trouble.’

‘The clerks at St Phiilips endeavour to ensure that you are offered counsel with the appropriate seniority for a case. They also ensure that you are happy with the service provided and offer a good level of client care.’

Regional Bar > North Eastern Circuit > Employment

Leading Juniors

Bruce Frew - St Philips ChambersBruce is knowledgeable and confident, with a practical approach. He is fantastic with clients and puts witnesses at ease.
Ranked: Tier 1

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Professional negligence Tier 1

‘Strong across the board’, St Philips Chambers offers professional negligence expertise in its business and property team with John Randall QC and John Brennan continuomg to act in long running, complex and high-value disputes involving legal professions, accountants and wealth managers among others.

Testimonials

Set

‘St Philips is one of the main Birmingham sets with a good reputation.’

Clerking

‘The clerks have been very helpful over the years.’

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Property and construction Tier 1

St Philips Chambers’ property group continues to be instructed in high-value, complex cases, and are a regular fixture in the Business and Property Court. John Randall QC recent instructions involve major property development, acting for the proprietors in Cayman Shores Development Ltd and anor. v Registrar of Lands and ors in the Cayman Islands. John Brennan and Anthony Verduyn are also a property development specialists, alongside Gavin McLeod whose recent instructions include boundary disputes.

Testimonials

Set

‘Wide range of very competent Counsel and Clerks – always in good hands with this set of Chambers.’

Clerking

‘The clerks have always been communicative and efficient exactly as we would expect in a high quality chambers.’

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Business and regulatory crime (including health and safety) Tier 2

St Philips Chambers’ regulatory practice handles a range of prosecution and defence instructions, including consumer matters. Ben Mills is recommended for his expertise in trading standards work, and acted for the Warwickshire County Council in the prosecution of a builder for fraud; the builder had accepted payment for projects and then abandoned them, citing a non-existent stroke. James Puzey is an experienced health and safety practitioner, with recent work including cases arising from industrial fatalities.

Leading Juniors

Ben Mills - St Philips ChambersBen has real insight into the mind of the Court. He is able to accurately predict when to push and when to hold some in reserve to achieve the best results for the client.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1

Testimonials

Set

‘St Philips Chambers is one of the finest sets in the country with many very able practitioners. ‘

‘St Philips provide an exceptional service for Regulatory Crime. Excellent range of counsel at all levels. Top class service to solicitors.’

Clerking

‘Exceptional level of service, particularly from Alan Durham, for whom nothing is too much trouble.’

‘Fantastic service. Joe Wilson is very commercial, pragmatic, and always looking to assist clients either with work referrals or on service. ‘

‘Phil Jones is a well-respected powerhouse in criminal clerking.’

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Personal injury Tier 2

St Philips Chambers’ covers both claimant and defendant personal injury work in both physical and psychiatric injuries, with a number of instructions concerning particularly vulnerable individuals. Sofia Ashraf was recently instructed by a local authority in a case concerning an injury to child during a school break time. Lorna Badham is instructed almost exclusively for claimants in multi-track international accident and illness work, while Andrew Evans is also a name of note, specialising in injury claims from the hospitality and leisure industry.

Rising stars

Lorna Badham - St Philips ChambersVery experiences and knowledgeable. Lorna is liked and trusted by clients.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Andrew Evans - St Philips ChambersExcellent barrister, always my first choice and a favourite of our clients too.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘Good quality set. Wide range of counsel.’

Clerking

‘The clerks are very responsive and helpful.’

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Clinical negligence Tier 3

St Philips Chambers's clinical negligence team is praised by clients for both its barristers and clerking team. Often instructed from the outset of cases, the set’s practice spans delayed diagnosis, birth injury, brain and spinal injury claims among other matters. Andrew Evans has developed a specialism in claims arising from cosmetic surgery procedures.

Leading Juniors

Andrew Evans - St Philips ChambersAndy is technically brilliant and very approachable. He has the ability to immediately instil trust and confidence in clients, delivering legal advice in a clear manner.
Ranked: Tier 1
Peter Starcevic - St Philips ChambersExcellent attention to detail, brilliant knowledge and very understanding and personable with clients.
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

‘A very good set with very helpful clerks. ‘

Clerking

‘Gary Carney and Janita Patel are particularly good, personable and will do what they can to accommodate their instructing solicitor’s needs.’

 

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 SMITH QC, Andrew (1997)*
Member of Chambers MORGAN QC, James (1996)*
Member of Chambers MARKLEW QC, Lee (1993)
Member of Chambers LEWIS QC, Sara (1996)
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 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 VERDUYN, Anthony (1993)*
Member of Chambers KOLODYNSKI, Stefan (1993)
Member of Chambers JOHNSTON, Anthony (1993)
Member of Chambers WAINWRIGHT, Patrick (1994)
Member of Chambers CHARMAN, Andrew (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 PHILLIPS, Simon (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 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 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 PLATTS, Sarah (2017)
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)
Member of Chambers TALLIS, Luke (2019)
Member of Chambers ARMITAGE, Bethany (2019)
Member of Chambers MORTIN, Francis (2020)
*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.
 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.…
 Nicholas Brown photo Nicholas Brown Nick has been at St Philips since pupillage in 2005 and now…
 Marc Brown photo Marc Brown Marc undertakes work across a broad spectrum of commercial work, with a…
 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…
 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…
Ms Julie Duane photo Ms Julie Duane Julie is an employment law specialist and former Solicitor-advocate working across the…
 James Dunstan  photo James Dunstan James was a scholarship winner at King Edward’s School, Edgbaston and a…
 Victoria Edmonds  photo Victoria Edmonds Since completing her pupillage in 2005 Victoria has specialised in family law.…
 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…
 Jonathan Gidney photo Jonathan Gidney Jonathan has been recognised as a leading junior in the Midlands for…
 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…
 Huw Jones  photo Huw Jones Huw was called to the Bar in 1997 after 12 years’ commissioned…
 Carolyn Jones  photo Carolyn Jones Carolyn is a specialist family practitioner who practises in all areas of…
 Jennifer Josephs photo Jennifer Josephs Jennifer is a leading junior on the Midland Circuit who prosecutes and…
 Patrick Keith photo Patrick Keith Patrick is instructed across the whole spectrum of employment law, with a…
 Emma Kendall  photo Emma Kendall Specialises in public law children proceedings.
 Avtar Khangure photo Avtar Khangure Avtar was called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn in 1985. Having…
 Stefan Kolodynski  photo Stefan Kolodynski Stefan is an experienced practitioner whose core areas are property and serious…
 Sara Lewis photo Sara Lewis Family practitioner specialising in public law cases.
 Robin Lewis  photo Robin Lewis Robin undertook pupillage at Number 1 Serjeants’ Inn, London and began practice…
 Stephen Linehan photo Stephen Linehan Stephen is a specialist criminal practitioner, instructed by both prosecution and defence…
 Alexander MacMillan  photo Alexander MacMillan Specialising in commercial litigation and employment law.                                   
 Lee Marklew  photo Lee Marklew Lee is regularly instructed to appear for both the prosecution and the…
 Nergis-Anne Mathew  photo Nergis-Anne Mathew After having completed her degree course in Manchester, Nergis-Anne completed her legal…
 Gavin McLeod  photo Gavin McLeod Gavin is an established junior who specialises in Chancery proceedings, especially real…
 Christopher Millington photo Christopher Millington Chris is one of the leading and most experienced criminal silks in…
 Joseph Millington  photo Joseph Millington Joseph joined chambers as a tenant in October 2011 following the successful…
 Ben Mills photo Ben Mills For the past decade, Ben has been consistently recognised by the industry…
 Iqbal Mohammed  photo Iqbal Mohammed Iqbal is a specialist commercial barrister. He undertakes commercial litigation, which includes…
 James Morgan photo James Morgan James is an established commercial practitioner, with particular expertise in the fields…
 Julie Moseley  photo Julie Moseley Julie completed pupillage and became a tenant of No 7 Fountain Court,…
 Robert Mundy photo Robert Mundy Commercial litigation, particularly company and insolvency law. High Court employment. Also a…
 Jonathan Nosworthy photo Jonathan Nosworthy Jonathan undertakes all types of work relating to resolving financial issues between…
 Amrisha Parathalingam  photo Amrisha Parathalingam Amrisha joined chambers after successfully completing a pupillage supervised by Simon Clegg…
 Yolanda Pemberton  photo Yolanda Pemberton After completing her pupillage in 2003 with St Philips, Yolanda has specialised…
 Simon Phillips  photo Simon Phillips Currently a Grade 4 prosecutor, Simon practises across all areas of crime.…
 Raj Punia  photo Raj Punia Prior to joining St Philips Chambers, Raj taught the English legal system…
 James Puzey photo James Puzey James specialises in government litigation, particularly in the fields of tax and…
 Amarjit Rai  photo Amarjit Rai Amarjit has wide experience in civil litigation focusing on commercial disputes, property…
 John Randall photo John Randall John has a broad based practice in chancery and commercial law, acting…
 Christopher Rank  photo Christopher Rank Family law specialist.
 Douglas Readings  photo Douglas Readings Douglas has practised in Birmingham since 1974, covering all areas of law,…
 Jack Redmond  photo Jack Redmond Jack began his professional career studying and lecturing at the University of…
 Elizabeth Richards  photo Elizabeth Richards Elizabeth undertook her pupillage with St Philips and while she initially practised…
 Davinia Riley  photo Davinia Riley Davinia specialises in Financial Remedies and has experience of the full range…
 Dominic Roberts  photo Dominic Roberts Dominic advises on all aspects of company law, directors’ duties, corporate governance…
 Alexander Rozycki  photo Alexander Rozycki Specialises in commercial and employment law.
 Conrad Rumney  photo Conrad Rumney Conrad Rumney has substantial experience in commercial litigation, specialising in property matters.…
 Jane Sarginson  photo Jane Sarginson Jane obtained a 2(1) BSc Honours degree in Pharmacology/Psychology from the University…
 Makhan Shoker  photo Makhan Shoker Barrister specialising in criminal law and immigration law.
 Andrew Smith photo Andrew Smith Andrew prosecutes and defends in cases of gravity and complexity and is…
 Julie Sparrow  photo Julie Sparrow Julie practises in all areas of family law with an emphasis on…
 Ian Speed  photo Ian Speed Ian came to the Bar having retired as a senior detective officer.…
 Guy Spollon  photo Guy Spollon Guy frequently appears in both complex and highly sensitive cases involving children…
 Petar Starcevic  photo Petar Starcevic From a grounding in common law, Petar now undertakes employment work with…
 David Stockill  photo David Stockill David has a practice broadly based, so far as the commercial world…
 Ali Tabari photo Ali Tabari In addition to core commercial litigation, Ali’s practice focuses on fraud, insolvency…
 Carl Templar-Vasey  photo Carl Templar-Vasey Specialises in criminal law.
 Blondel Thompson  photo Blondel Thompson Blondel has been a practising barrister for over 20 years specialising in…
 Susan Todd  photo Susan Todd Susan has worked as a self-employed barrister in the West Midlands since…
 Anthony Verduyn photo Anthony Verduyn Real estate litigation (including overage, restrictive covenants, boundaries, easements and trusts of…
 Patrick Wainwright  photo Patrick Wainwright Following his pupillage in 1994, Patrick initially enjoyed a mixed practice with…
 Tom Walkling  photo Tom Walkling With a specialist criminal practice, Tom has experience and expertise in all…
 Joel Wallace  photo Joel Wallace Practises in commercial, employment and sports law.
 Christopher Watson photo Christopher Watson Christopher is a children law expert and practises exclusively within that field.…
 Kirsty White  photo Kirsty White Specialises in commercial litigation.
 Darron Whitehead  photo Darron Whitehead Having returned home to the Midland Circuit in 2000, Darron has established…
 Ben Williams photo Ben Williams Ben has expertise in prosecuting and defending complex criminal cases, particularly murder,…
 Heledd Williams  photo Heledd Williams Heledd joined St Philips in August 2007 having undertaken pupillage and tenancy…
 Emma Williamson  photo Emma Williamson Emma joined chambers following the successful completion of her pupillage and accepts…
 Melanie Williamson  photo Melanie Williamson Specialises in regulatory and personal injury.                                   

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.