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Chambers of David Berkley QC

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3 Paper Buildings (3PB) is a modern, progressive chambers with offices in Temple in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Oxford, Bournemouth and Winchester. Established in 1892, 3PB is one of the largest and longest established national sets with a well deserved reputation for providing a comprehensive, professional legal service. The head of chambers is Nigel Lickley QC.

The set: Having grown to over 180 barristers, including 11 silks, 3PB operates as one chambers, providing a truly national service from its six well-equipped locations. Experienced and friendly staff advise clients on the most suitable counsel for each particular case, as well as discussing fees and providing estimates for anticipated work.

Chambers’ size and geographical spread means barristers advise on a wide range of legal work with meetings/conferences arranged at a geographically convenient office to suit the client. The set is fully accredited to provide CPD training and has been awarded Investor in People status and Quality Mark.

Types of work undertaken:Commercial: the commercial and business law group provides expertise and advice in a broad spectrum of commercial law. This includes both domestic and internationally based disputes, involving contentious and non-contentious matters.

Crime: the criminal law group is one of chambers’ largest practice groups. Members have expertise in all areas of criminal law, acting for defendants and all the prosecution agencies. Its members undertake publicly funded work.

Employment: the employment group provides expertise across all areas of contentious and non-contentious work, including all forms of discrimination. Jack Mitchell is a renowned practitioner in the area of whistleblowing and is co-author of the leading textbook Whistleblowing – Law and Practice (OUP, 2012).

Family: the family law group provides expertise in every aspect of public/private childcare law and all forms of financial proceedings. Members of the team operate in every level of court, ranging from the Family Proceedings Court to the family division of the High Court, the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court as well as Court of Protection.

Personal injury and clinical negligence: the personal injury and clinical negligence group conducts cases at every level, from straightforward to complex, high-value claims. Clients include both claimants and defendants and instructions are also received from legal expense insurers, unions and private clients.

Property: members of the property and chancery group undertake work in all areas of law concerning the ownership, occupation and use of land, as well as traditional chancery law. The group is also able to offer a wide range of services with regard to ADR, including acting and advising in arbitrations and mediations.

Construction and engineering: the TCC group provides expertise in all aspects of construction disputes and dispute resolution. Members of the team have significant experience in all of the dispute resolution formats encountered on modern construction and engineering projects, including advisory and drafting work, litigation and all aspects of adjudication, arbitration and mediation (ADR). Members are instructed by clients in all areas of the building and engineering sector, both in the UK and overseas.

Public and regulatory: public and regulatory law crosses the boundary between civil and criminal law. Members of this group provide real expertise across a wide range of legal fields in this area, including consumer protection, education and recovery of proceeds of crime. Counsel also undertake police work, including defending police officers on criminal charges and advising and representing members of the force in disciplinary hearings or pension appeals matters.

Asset and tax recovery: the asset and tax team is instructed in a number of high-profile cases and barristers enjoy an enviable reputation for expert advice and assistance in asset forfeiture-related matters. Members have been instructed in a number of main cases in the field, including the House of Lords cases of Capewell (receiver’s fees); Islam (value of drugs); and Briggs-Price (ECHR in confiscation); Sivaraman (the effect of May, Jennings); Lexi Holdings (third-party creditors); Wright (Financial Report Orders); and Telli (certificate of inadequacy). Nearly all of the leading panel receivers and government agencies instruct chambers, together with well known specialist defence firms.

Sports: the sports law group has an exceptional reputation for its expertise in sports regulation and discipline, doping, contractual disputes, IP and negligence.

Mediation: Chambers is a specialist provider of mediation and alternative dispute resolution services covering a wide range of practice areas and levels of claim, offering a bespoke service to clients.

Other offices:

Birmingham: The Colmore Building, 20 Colmore Circus, Queensway, Birmingham B4 6AT, phone: 0121 289 4333

Bournemouth: 30 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 3PD, phone: 01202 298102

Bristol: Royal Talbot House, 2 Victoria Street, Bristol BS1 6BB, phone: 0117 928 1520

Oxford: 23 Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2NP, phone: 01865 793736

Winchester: 4 St Peter Street, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8BW, phone: 01962 868884

Above material supplied by 3PB (Chambers of David Berkley QC).

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