Set Profile > Chambers of David Berkley QC > London, England

Chambers of David Berkley QC
3PB
3 PAPER BUILDINGS, TEMPLE
LONDON
EC4Y 7EU
England

Leading Sets Tier 1

3PB

Leading Sets Tier 2

3PB

Police law (defendant) Tier 3

Leading Juniors

James Trumble - 3PBHe defends the police against misconduct allegations.
Ranked: Tier 3

Employment Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Sarah Bowen - 3PBShe is a fantastic advocate and is really able to pick out the strengths in complex cases with lots of allegations.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Sets Tier 3

3PB

Education Tier 4

3PB has a 'strong education practice', where it 'offers a good choice of counsel'. Its members are 'efficient, friendly, and expert in their field'. Charlotte Hadfield acted for an interested party in an application for judicial review of a refusal to carry out an assessment of an individual's education needs. Aimee Fox successfully represented a local authority in a major judicial review on the application of section 19(1) of the Education Act 1996.

Leading Juniors

John Friel - 3PBHe is an expert in SEN and has deep knowledge of procedure.
Ranked: Tier 3
Charlotte Hadfield - 3PBA go-to barrister in the area of education law.
Ranked: Tier 4
Jennifer Agyekum - 3PBA fearless and highly intelligent advocate.
Ranked: Tier 5
Aimee Fox - 3PBShe is extremely approachable, thorough, pragmatic and realistic.
Ranked: Tier 5
Emma Waldron - 3PBDoes a very good job even in difficult circumstances.
Ranked: Tier 5

Children law (including public and private law) Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Poonam Bhari - 3PBOutstanding with clients and an excellent advocate.
Ranked: Tier 4

Intellectual property Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Victoria Jones - 3PBShe has particular expertise in trade mark and passing off litigation.
Ranked: Tier 4

Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud Tier 4

Personal injury - Leading Juniors

Mark Stephen Lomas - 3PBHe has a very good eye for detail and is adept at schedule preparation.
Ranked: Tier 4
Michelle Marnham - 3PBShe is diligent, personable and very thorough.
Ranked: Tier 5

Professional negligence Tier 6

Leading Juniors

Gavin Hamilton - 3PBA very hardworking junior.
Ranked: Tier 6
Seb Oram - 3PBExcellent on construction-related claims.
Ranked: Tier 6

Clinical negligence

3PB is home to Hamish Dunlop and Mark Lomas, each of whom has significant clinical negligence practices, acting primarily for claimants on a wide range of instructions including birth injury, spinal damage, and delayed diagnosis claims.

Leading Juniors

Hamish Dunlop - 3PBCommands attention in court.
Ranked: Tier 1
Mark Lomas - 3PBA very knowledgeable, robust litigator, who has a great manner with clients.
Ranked: Tier 1

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law

Cheryl Jones at 3PB specialises in Chancery work, and is recommended for her 'dedication and commitment to direct access clients'.

Leading Juniors

Cheryl Jones - 3PBAn excellent Chancery junior.
Ranked: Tier 2

Construction, planning and environment

Construction and planning remain mainstay work spheres for 3PB, with Paul Newman undertaking a wide range of construction instructions, and village green specialist William Webster a strong presence in planning matters.

Leading Juniors

William Webster - 3PBHe has superb planning knowledge.
Ranked: Tier 1
Paul Newman - 3PBHis practice includes both contentious and non-contentious construction work.
Ranked: Tier 2

Court of Protection and community care

Louise Worton is the key name to note for Court of Protection matters at 3PB. She is instructed across the spectrum of work, including property and affairs matters.

Leading Juniors

Louise Worton - 3PBGreat with difficult clients.
Ranked: Tier 1

Crime

3PB is praised by clients as a 'go-to set' for both prosecution and defence instructions work across the western circuit, with 'excellent strength in depth'. The set is instructed on all manner of cases, including serious violent, sexual, or drug-related crime, as well as more specialist areas including fraud and court-martials. Timothy Bradbury prosecuted a British Army officer, who was alleged to have raped a United States Air Force captain. Adam Feest QC prosecuted a former Southampton FC youth coach for multiple historical sexual offences against 24 complainants.

Leading Silks

Adam Feest QC - 3PBA calm, measured and compelling jury advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Timothy Bradbury - 3PBAn outstanding advocate with a first-class intellect.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tom Horder - 3PBHe is an exceptionally impressive advocate; calm and measured, with just the right amount of flair.
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Onslow - 3PBA safe pair of hands in both prosecution and defence.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Reid - 3PBHis practice includes serious violent and sexual offences, as well as fraud.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Richards - 3PBAn experienced advocate who has excellent client skills.
Ranked: Tier 2
Nicholas Cotter - 3PBHe has the ability to put any client at ease.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jodie Mittell - 3PBCombines meticulous preparation with second-to-none client care.
Ranked: Tier 3
Elizabeth Bussey-Jones - 3PBTenacious, determined and highly effective.
Ranked: Tier 4
Robert Grey - 3PBHis practice includes complex drug, fraud, and sexual offences.
Ranked: Tier 4
Nick Robinson - 3PBA criminal defence specialist
Ranked: Tier 4

Employment

3PB is home to Andrew MacPhail and Karen Moss, both of whom act for respondents and claimants, with particular specialisms in Employment Appeal tribunal work and disability and sex discrimination respectively.

Leading Juniors

Karen Moss - 3PBExtremely tenacious in pursuit of her client’s case and their best interests.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew MacPhail - 3PBVery good with clients.
Ranked: Tier 2

Employment

3PB's employment specialists are instructed on behalf of all parties across a range of employment disputes, including TUPE, discrimination, constructive dismissal, and protected disclosures. Craig Ludlow recently represented a London bus company, which was one of three respondents to a large-scale claim for unauthorised deductions from wages brought by 55 employees, which related to non-payment of a historical meal allowance. In another highlight, Sarah Clarke acted for a respondent in an unfair dismissal case which also involved issues of protected disclosure, successfully defending against all 29 claims.

Leading Juniors

Sarah Clarke - 3PBA fierce opponent who fights her clients’ corner to the bitter end.
Ranked: Tier 1
Gareth Graham - 3PBIs a highly skilled advocate who cross-examines with precision and without bluster.
Ranked: Tier 1
Matthew Curtis - 3PBWell-liked by clients for his clear and concise advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
Craig Ludlow - 3PBAlways thorough and well prepared, with a keen eye for detail.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew MacPhail - 3PBVery good with clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Stephen Wyeth - 3PBAn excellent all-round employment barrister.
Ranked: Tier 2

Family and children law

3PB is rapidly developing its presence on circuit, with some viewing it as 'a go-to set for family finance work'. Members are also instructed on complex public law proceedings involving non-accidental injuries, care arrangements, and fabricated or induced illnesses, as well as private law proceedings dealing with contact, alienation, and relocation.

Leading Silks

Elizabeth McGrath QC - 3PBAn exceptionally knowledgeable silk at the forefront of financial remedy in the region.
Ranked: Tier 1
Vanessa Meachin QC - 3PBAn outstanding advocate who provides awe-inspiring written work.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Stephen Abberley - 3PBTenacious and calm under pressure.
Ranked: Tier 2
Lawrence Messling - 3PBA skillful cross-examiner who is always well-prepared.
Ranked: Tier 2
Aimee Fox - 3PB 'Recommended for cases involving children with special educational needs.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Aimee Fox - 3PBRecommended for cases involving children with special educational needs.
Ranked: Tier 3
Poonam Bhari - 3PBA strong family law generalist.
Ranked: Tier 3
Suzanne Coleclough - 3PBA very well prepared, pragmatic and careful advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Nicola Martin - 3PBShe provides truly exceptional client care, particularly for vulnerable individuals.
Ranked: Tier 3

Family and children law

3PB is praised for its ability to 'meet a variety of client needs from the basic to the complex' and its 'very knowledgeable' members. Nicola Martin is instructed on both financial remedy claims and children act cases, with a particular specialism in applications for international relocation, while James Legg is particularly notable for his work in public law children cases.

Leading Juniors

Nicola Martin - 3PBHighly competent both at advocacy and in her written work.
Ranked: Tier 1
James Legg - 3PBVery thorough and well-prepared.
Ranked: Tier 4

Family and children law

3PB has 'exceptional depth in family law', and is praised by clients as 'an exceptional set' which 'overshadows its peers'. The set is home to members who specialise in all areas of family law, including complex care proceedings and high-value financial disputes. Hamish Dunlop, as junior to Nigel Dyer QC, represented the husband in Supreme Court Case Owens v Owens, which considered the legal requirements for divorce without spousal consent.

Leading Juniors

Hamish Dunlop - 3PBA lateral thinker who is always meticulously prepared.
Ranked: Tier 1
Emma Harman - 3PBEfficient, meticulous, and knowledgeable.
Ranked: Tier 1
Lucy Hendry - 3PBCombines second-to-none client skills with great intellect and a faultless work ethic.
Ranked: Tier 1
Elisabeth Hudson - 3PBA safe pair of hands who fights her clients' corner.
Ranked: Tier 1
Melissa Barlow - 3PBAble to engage well with lay and professional clients alike.
Ranked: Tier 2
Steven Howard - 3PBSpecialises in care proceedings.
Ranked: Tier 2
Sarah O'Hara - 3PBA strong advocate, who cuts through to the heart of any matter.
Ranked: Tier 2
Oliver Thorne - 3PBHis cross-examination and conduct of advocacy is second to none.
Ranked: Tier 2
Mark Elliot - 3PBParticularly good at handling reluctant or evasive litigants.
Ranked: Tier 3
Rachael Goodall - 3PBShe sets clients' expectations and delivers upon them.
Ranked: Tier 3
Gemma Chapman - 3PBUtterly dedicated to getting the best for her client.
Ranked: Tier 4
Sarah Jennings - 3PBVery good with vulnerable clients.
Ranked: Tier 4
Amy Lush - 3PBAttentive, efficient, and thorough.
Ranked: Tier 4

Personal injury

3PB is home to a 'wealth of technical experts' who are instructed across a wide range of personal injury cases including complex public liability and RTA claims, particularly those involving multiple injured parties and counterclaims. Mark Lomas is particularly recommended for catastrophic injury claims, while Michelle Marnham has a strong track record in cases involving technical issues as to causation, such as product liability, and Duncan McNair is most notable in employment liability cases.

Leading Juniors

Mark Lomas - 3PBHe has an excellent knowledge of all aspects of personal injury law and procedure.
Ranked: Tier 1
Duncan McNair - 3PBDevelops great rapport with clients
Ranked: Tier 2
Michelle Marnham - 3PBPerforms excellently in court and in negotiations.
Ranked: Tier 3

Property

3PB is active across the property litigation space, with members acting for a range of clients on boundaries and easements disputes, as well as social housing, restrictive covenants, and land registration disputes.

Leading Juniors

Mathew Cannings - 3PBKnowledgeable, thorough, and client-friendly.
Ranked: Tier 3
Antonietta Grasso - 3PBA safe pair of hands.
Ranked: Tier 3

Property

3PB members practice across the spectrum of property law, with particular expertise in boundaries and easements, with Joshua Dubin helping several clients to secure rights of way for their properties, as well as social housing and dilapidations matters.

Leading Juniors

Joshua Dubin - 3PBTenacious and persistent.
Ranked: Tier 1
Louise Worton - 3PBShe puts clients at ease.
Ranked: Tier 1

Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing

Members of 3PB are particularly experienced in health and safety cases, receiving both prosecution and defence instructions. Notable areas of specialism include maritime prosecutions and care home deaths, where David Richards and Nicholas Cotter are the key names to note respectively. Notable recent cases include Richards' prosecution of a yacht operator for the gross negligence manslaughter of four sailors lost at sea, and Cotter's defence of a care home after three patients died; the home was accused of negligent care following injuries sustained by the deceased upon falling out of a window.

Leading Juniors

Nicholas Cotter - 3PBHe has a very calm and measured approach.
Ranked: Tier 2
Tom Horder - 3PBHis preparation is meticulous and he inspires confidence in his clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Richards - 3PBThorough, hardworking, and excellent at marshalling evidence.
Ranked: Tier 2

Set overviews: England and Wales

One of the largest in the country’ with a presence across the southern and central England, 3PB has a family team with ‘high-calibre barristers’, ‘accessible and user-friendly’ employment practitioners, ‘excellent counsel in the area of social housing litigation’, a personal injury offering with ‘a wealth of technical experts’ and, according to some observers in the criminal law space ‘the monopoly on the Western Circuit, due to its strength and depth’. In recent chambers news, Scottish silk and arbitrator David Parratt QC joined from Crown Office Chambers, the second Scottish silk to join chambers following Angela Grahame QC’s arrival as a door tenant. The combined clerks’ room across the set’s six offices is a ‘well-oiled machine’. In Birmingham, practice director Ian Charlton is ‘the warmest, most caring clerk – he will do everything possible to help solicitors find appropriate counsel’, while fellow practice director James Parks ‘has a huge amount of time for people’. Oxford-based chambers director Russell Porter ‘leads on outstanding client service’ and practice director David Snook is ‘always on the look-out for ways to innovate’. The Winchester office includes chambers director Stuart Pringle and centre manager Lee Giles (‘a master of his art’). And in Bournemouth, practice director Robert Leonard ‘runs a tight ship and will always bend over backwards when solicitors need counsel at short notice’, while practice manager Sophie Rice is ‘always helpful and particularly efficient’. In Bristol, chambers director Mark Heath is ‘the go-to man in a crisis - he is unflappable and can find a solution to any problem’. Offices in: London, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Oxford, and Winchester

THE CHAMBERS
3PB (3 Paper Buildings) is one of the longest established sets in England with 209 members and 14 silks and operates as a single set from its six well-equipped locations. The set is fully accredited by the Bar Council to provide CPD courses and is IiP and BarMark accredited. Each office is staffed by friendly and experienced staff who can advise clients on the most suitable counsel for a particular case, as well as discuss fees and provide estimates for anticipated work.

WORK UNDERTAKEN
Chambers expertise covers 12 specialist work groups.

The commercial group advises on general contract and commercial law, as well as energy law and IP. The criminal law group advises and acts in a broad spectrum of criminal law matters. Counsel also undertake publicly funded work. The education law team advises parents, pupils, schools, teaching and academic staff and local authorities. The employment and discrimination group provides expertise across all areas of contentious and non-contentious work, including all forms of discrimination. The family law group provides expertise in every aspect of public/private childcare law and all forms of financial proceedings. The personal injury and clinical negligence groups conduct cases at every level and clients include both claimants and defendants. The professional negligence team gives advice in all aspects of the law. The property and estates group undertakes work in all areas of law concerning the ownership, occupation and use of land, as well as traditional Chancery law advice. Public and regulatory law crosses the boundary between civil and criminal law and members of the group provide expertise across a range of legal fields, including consumer protection and health and safety law. The asset and tax team has been instructed in a number of high profile cases, and nearly all of the leading panel receivers and government agencies instruct 3PB, together with well known specialist defence firms. The mediation group has particular strength in the fields of adjudication, arbitration and mediation. Members are regularly appointed as adjudicators or arbitrators in both domestic and international disputes. 3PB’s construction and engineering group provides expertise in all aspects of construction disputes and dispute resolution services, both domestic and international. The sports law group has an exceptional reputation for its expertise in sports regulation and discipline, doping issues, contractual disputes, IP, negligence and ancillary sporting issues including firearms licensing.

Department Name Email Telephone
Head of Chambers BERKLEY QC, David (1979)
Members of Chambers PARROY QC, Michael (1969)
Members of Chambers VERE-HODGE QC, Michael (1970)
Members of Chambers JONES QC, Geraint (1976)
Members of Chambers BERKLEY QC, David (1979)
Members of Chambers HARVEY QC, Stephen (1979)
Members of Chambers BRASLAVSKY QC, Nicholas (1983)
Members of Chambers GIRET QC, Joseph (1985)
Members of Chambers FEEST QC, Adam (1994)
Members of Chambers PARISH, Stephen (1966)
Members of Chambers SOLOMON, Susan (1967)
Members of Chambers SWINSTEAD, David (1970)
Members of Chambers AYLWIN, Christopher (1970)
Members of Chambers NORMAN, Michael (1971)
Members of Chambers JENNINGS, Peter (1972)
Members of Chambers FRIEL, John (1974)
Members of Chambers WEBSTER, William (1975)
Members of Chambers TYSON, Richard (1975)
Members of Chambers KENT, Peter (1978)
Members of Chambers LEVISEUR, Nicholas (1979)
Members of Chambers PARTRIDGE, Ian (1979)
Members of Chambers LEACH, Robin (1979)
Members of Chambers GREY, Robert (1979)
Members of Chambers HAMILTON, Gavin (1979)
Members of Chambers COOMBES, Timothy (1980)
Members of Chambers EDGE, Ian (1981)
Members of Chambers STRUTT, Martin (1981)
Members of Chambers MARTIN, Nicola (1982)
Members of Chambers ONSLOW, Richard (1982)
Members of Chambers NEWMAN, Paul (1982)
Members of Chambers LOMAS, Mark (1983)
Members of Chambers BRITTAN, Marc (1983)
Members of Chambers MESSLING, Lawrence (1983)
Members of Chambers O'HARA, Sarah (1984)
Members of Chambers CLARK, Tonia (1986)
Members of Chambers HUDSON, Elisabeth (1987)
Members of Chambers HENDRY, Lucy (1988)
Members of Chambers ROWLEY, Jane (1988)
Members of Chambers BLAKE, Arthur (1988)
Members of Chambers DINES, Sarah (1988)
Members of Chambers CALWAY, Mark (1989)
Members of Chambers BRADBURY, Timothy (1989)
Members of Chambers RICHARDS, David (1989)
Members of Chambers MALIK, Omar (1990)
Members of Chambers MEACHIN QC, Vanessa (1990)
Members of Chambers AEBERLI, Peter (1990)
Members of Chambers DUNLOP, Hamish (1991)
Members of Chambers BHARI, Poonam (1999)
Members of Chambers FOX, Aimee (2007)
Members of Chambers AGYEKUM, Jennifer (2009)
Members of Chambers TRUMBLE, James (2006)
Members of Chambers MCGRATH QC, Elizabeth (1987)
Members of Chambers ABBERLEY, Stephen (2000)
Members of Chambers COLECLOUGH, Suzanne (2005)
Members of Chambers LEGG, James (2011)
Members of Chambers BUSSEY-JONES, Elisabeth (1997)
Members of Chambers ROBINSON, Nicholas (2006)
Members of Chambers CURTIS, Matthew (2006)
Members of Chambers THORNE, Oliver (2005)
Members of Chambers LUSH, Amy
Members of Chambers CHAPMAN, Gemma (2002)
Members of Chambers JENNINGS, Sarah (2009)
Members of Chambers GRASSO, Antonietta (2004)
Members of Chambers CANNINGS, Matthew (2006)
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 Jennifer Agyekum  photo Jennifer Agyekum
 Poonam Bhari  photo Poonam Bhari
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 James Legg  photo James Legg
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