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3PB

Chambers of David Berkley QC

3PB OXFORD, 23 BEAUMONT STREET, OXFORD, OX1 2NP, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01865 793736
Fax:
Fax 01865 790760
DX:
4302 OXFORD
Email:
Web:
www.3pb.co.uk

Regional Bar: Midland Circuit

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

Lawrence Messling - 3PBA skillful cross-examiner who is always well-prepared.

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Abberley - 3PBTenacious and calm under pressure.

Ranked: tier 2

Aimee Fox - 3PBRecommended for cases involving children with special educational needs.

Ranked: tier 3

Nicola Martin - 3PBShe provides truly exceptional client care, particularly for vulnerable individuals.

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

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Leading Sets
Leading Sets - ranked: tier 3

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Regional Bar: South Eastern Circuit

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

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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

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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

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Leading Sets
Leading Sets - ranked: tier 1

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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

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Regional Bar: Western Circuit

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

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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

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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

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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

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

Richard Onslow - 3PBA safe pair of hands in both prosecution and defence.

Ranked: tier 2

Tom Horder - 3PBHe is an exceptionally impressive advocate; calm and measured, with just the right amount of flair.

Ranked: tier 2

Jodie Mittell - 3PBCombines meticulous preparation with second-to-none client care.

Ranked: tier 3

Nicholas Cotter - 3PBHe has the ability to put any client at ease.

Ranked: tier 3

Elizabeth Bussey-Jones - 3PBTenacious, determined and highly effective.

Ranked: tier 4

Nick Robinson - 3PBA criminal defence specialist

Ranked: tier 4

Robert Grey - 3PBHis practice includes complex drug, fraud, and sexual offences.

Ranked: tier 4

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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

Gareth Graham - 3PBIs a highly skilled advocate who cross-examines with precision and without bluster.

Ranked: tier 1

Sarah Clarke - 3PBA fierce opponent who fights her clients’ corner to the bitter end.

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew MacPhail - 3PBVery good with clients.

Ranked: tier 2

Craig Ludlow - 3PBAlways thorough and well prepared, with a keen eye for detail.

Ranked: tier 2

Matthew Curtis - 3PBWell-liked by clients for his clear and concise advice.

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Wyeth - 3PBAn excellent all-round employment barrister.

Ranked: tier 2

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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

Emma Harman - 3PBEfficient, meticulous, and knowledgeable.

Ranked: tier 1

Elisabeth Hudson - 3PBA safe pair of hands who fights her clients' corner.

Ranked: tier 1

Hamish Dunlop - 3PBA lateral thinker who is always meticulously prepared.

Ranked: tier 1

Lucy Hendry - 3PBCombines second-to-none client skills with great intellect and a faultless work ethic.

Ranked: tier 1

Melissa Barlow - 3PBAble to engage well with lay and professional clients alike.

Ranked: tier 2

Oliver Thorne - 3PBHis cross-examination and conduct of advocacy is second to none.

Ranked: tier 2

Sarah O'Hara - 3PBA strong advocate, who cuts through to the heart of any matter.

Ranked: tier 2

Steven Howard - 3PBSpecialises in care proceedings.

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

Amy Lush - 3PBAttentive, efficient, and thorough.

Ranked: tier 4

Gemma Chapman - 3PBUtterly dedicated to getting the best for her client.

Ranked: tier 4

Sarah Jennings - 3PBVery good with vulnerable clients.

Ranked: tier 4

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Leading Sets
Leading Sets - ranked: tier 2

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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

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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

Antonietta Grasso - 3PBA safe pair of hands.

Ranked: tier 3

Mathew Cannings - 3PBKnowledgeable, thorough, and client-friendly.

Ranked: tier 3

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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

David Richards - 3PBThorough, hardworking, and excellent at marshalling evidence.

Ranked: tier 2

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

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