Set Profile > Chambers of Charles Row > Bristol, England

Chambers of Charles Row
Queen Square Chambers
56 QUEEN SQUARE
BRISTOL
BS1 4PR
England

Clinical negligence

Queen Square Chambers is home to Joanna Lewis and Lauren Seager, both of whom represent claimants across a range of clinical negligence instructions including surgical negligence, primary care failures, and failure to provide alternative treatment. Lewis recently represented a claimant who alleged that negligent administration of anaesthetics left her with feeling during a c-section procedure, which continued despite her crying in pain, and for which the anaesthetic and surgical notes contradicted each other. Former head of chambers Christopher Taylor was appointed a District judge in 2018.

Leading Juniors

Joanna Lewis - Queen Square ChambersBuilds rapport with clients and fights their corner where necessary.
Ranked: Tier 2
Lauren Seager - Queen Square ChambersRecommended for a variety of claimant matters.
Ranked: Tier 2

Crime

Queen Square Chambers provides expertise in all areas of criminal law, for both prosecutors and defence solicitors. Fraud remains a key area of work for the set, with Charles Row and James Tucker prosecuting in carbon credit fraud case. Robin Shellard prosecuted a man for historic sexual offences against three stepdaughters.

Leading Juniors

Charles Row - Queen Square ChambersHe is able to connect with the jury even in the most difficult of cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Robin Shellard - Queen Square ChambersAn excellent all-round barrister.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Maunder - Queen Square ChambersA skilled and effective communicator, both in and out of court.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Tucker - Queen Square ChambersParticularly recommended for fraud or drug-related cases.
Ranked: Tier 3

Employment

Members of Queen Square Chambers are instructed on behalf of both respondents and defendants at both first-instance and appellate stages. Particular areas of expertise include disability discrimination and constructive dismissal. James Bromige represented the respondent school in a multi-faceted claim by a former teacher, who accused the trust of religious discrimination, constructive dismissal, and protected disclosure detriments, where the claimant is alleged to have bullied and misgendered a transgender student. Kerry Gardiner departed the set in June 2019 for Guildhall Chambers.

Leading Juniors

James Bromige - Queen Square ChambersVery Thorough and an excellent advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Mike Blitz - Queen Square ChambersVery bright and easily deals with complex and sensitive issues.
Ranked: Tier 2
Mark Williams - Queen Square ChambersActs for claimants and respondents in a wide range of employment cases.
Ranked: Tier 2

Family and children law

Care specialist Richard Carron is the key name in family law at Queen Square Chambers, with a practice including vulnerable parents and non-accidental injuries. Ian Halliday has also appeared in several complex care cases recently, in addition to private law and financial remedy instructions.

Leading Juniors

Richard Carron - Queen Square ChambersParticularly active in non-accidental injury cases.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ian Halliday - Queen Square ChambersActive in a wide range of family law work.
Ranked: Tier 4

Personal injury

Following the departure of former head of chambers Christopher Taylor to sit as a district judge, Joanna Lewis and Lauren Seager are now the key practitioners for personal injury work at Queen Square Chambers. The set's members are predominantly instructed on behalf of claimants, with employer's liability claims a particular area of specialism for chambers.

Leading Juniors

Joanna Lewis - Queen Square ChambersPragmatic and well prepared.
Ranked: Tier 2
Lauren Seager - Queen Square ChambersHighly experienced in a wide range of claimant personal injury matters.
Ranked: Tier 2

Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing

Oliver Willmott is the key figure for regulatory and health and safety cases at Queen Square Chambers and is particularly experienced in maritime cases, as well as regulatory prosecutions involving the Water Industry Act. Wilmott was recently instructed in a private prosecution of a metal plating company by Severn Trent Water, following allegations that the company had discharged trade effluent which exceeded legal limits.

Leading Juniors

Oliver Wilmott - Queen Square ChambersHe has an excellent command of the facts and exercises great judgement when advising clients.
Ranked: Tier 1

Set overviews: England and Wales

Queen Square Chambersis a good regional set that has a range of very competent junior counsel for employment matters’, but also has ability across family law, commercial matters, crime, and personal injury arenas. Since publication of our last guide, former solicitor Alex Daymond joined the criminal department, while employment junior Kerry Gardiner moved to Guildhall Chambers, Ryan Morgan left for St John's Chambers. ‘Some of the most passionate clerks on the Western Circuit’ include senior criminal and regulatory clerk Collen Inker, who ‘always goes above and beyond to accommodate availability of requested counsel’ and civil and family clerk James Dowse. Offices in: Bristol and Cardiff

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Clinical negligence

Queen Square Chambers is home to Joanna Lewis and Lauren Seager, both of whom represent claimants across a range of clinical negligence instructions including surgical negligence, primary care failures, and failure to provide alternative treatment. Lewis recently represented a claimant who alleged that negligent administration of anaesthetics left her with feeling during a c-section procedure, which continued despite her crying in pain, and for which the anaesthetic and surgical notes contradicted each other. Former head of chambers Christopher Taylor was appointed a District judge in 2018.

Leading Juniors

Joanna Lewis - Queen Square ChambersBuilds rapport with clients and fights their corner where necessary.
Ranked: Tier 2
Lauren Seager - Queen Square ChambersRecommended for a variety of claimant matters.
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Crime

Queen Square Chambers provides expertise in all areas of criminal law, for both prosecutors and defence solicitors. Fraud remains a key area of work for the set, with Charles Row and James Tucker prosecuting in carbon credit fraud case. Robin Shellard prosecuted a man for historic sexual offences against three stepdaughters.

Leading Juniors

Charles Row - Queen Square ChambersHe is able to connect with the jury even in the most difficult of cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Robin Shellard - Queen Square ChambersAn excellent all-round barrister.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Maunder - Queen Square ChambersA skilled and effective communicator, both in and out of court.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Tucker - Queen Square ChambersParticularly recommended for fraud or drug-related cases.
Ranked: Tier 3

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Employment

Members of Queen Square Chambers are instructed on behalf of both respondents and defendants at both first-instance and appellate stages. Particular areas of expertise include disability discrimination and constructive dismissal. James Bromige represented the respondent school in a multi-faceted claim by a former teacher, who accused the trust of religious discrimination, constructive dismissal, and protected disclosure detriments, where the claimant is alleged to have bullied and misgendered a transgender student. Kerry Gardiner departed the set in June 2019 for Guildhall Chambers.

Leading Juniors

James Bromige - Queen Square ChambersVery Thorough and an excellent advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Mike Blitz - Queen Square ChambersVery bright and easily deals with complex and sensitive issues.
Ranked: Tier 2
Mark Williams - Queen Square ChambersActs for claimants and respondents in a wide range of employment cases.
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Family and children law

Care specialist Richard Carron is the key name in family law at Queen Square Chambers, with a practice including vulnerable parents and non-accidental injuries. Ian Halliday has also appeared in several complex care cases recently, in addition to private law and financial remedy instructions.

Leading Juniors

Richard Carron - Queen Square ChambersParticularly active in non-accidental injury cases.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ian Halliday - Queen Square ChambersActive in a wide range of family law work.
Ranked: Tier 4

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Personal injury

Following the departure of former head of chambers Christopher Taylor to sit as a district judge, Joanna Lewis and Lauren Seager are now the key practitioners for personal injury work at Queen Square Chambers. The set's members are predominantly instructed on behalf of claimants, with employer's liability claims a particular area of specialism for chambers.

Leading Juniors

Joanna Lewis - Queen Square ChambersPragmatic and well prepared.
Ranked: Tier 2
Lauren Seager - Queen Square ChambersHighly experienced in a wide range of claimant personal injury matters.
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing

Oliver Willmott is the key figure for regulatory and health and safety cases at Queen Square Chambers and is particularly experienced in maritime cases, as well as regulatory prosecutions involving the Water Industry Act. Wilmott was recently instructed in a private prosecution of a metal plating company by Severn Trent Water, following allegations that the company had discharged trade effluent which exceeded legal limits.

Leading Juniors

Oliver Wilmott - Queen Square ChambersHe has an excellent command of the facts and exercises great judgement when advising clients.
Ranked: Tier 1

 

With a traditionally strong regional presence€™ Queen Square Chambers has, over recent years, developed a practice base which sees members undertaking work throughout the country. Coupled with an experienced, approachable and dependable clerking team, the expertise available has proved an attractive option for professional clients, including major firms and insurers.

The set: A pragmatic and thorough approach to all areas of work undertaken is reflected in the close, team-working relationship this set enjoys with those instructing. With a focus on service standards, consistency and integrity, Queen Square is able to provide outstanding levels of advice and advocacy at all levels.

Combining competitive fees with first-class service standards, the set is alive to the requirements of modern-day law practices and institutions and works to consistently achieve the best possible outcome for a client’s€™ needs.

Types of work undertaken: Members of Queen Square practise in specialist teams and an indication of the primary fields in which they are instructed are as follows: commercial; landlord and tenant; clinical negligence; employment (all aspects); restrictive covenants; crime; inquests; regulatory law; professional regulation; food hygiene; chancery/property; contentious probate; personal injury; professional negligence; family (all aspects); fraud; licensing; maritime regulation; health and safety; and trading standards. This is not, however, an exhaustive example of the work undertaken and as a forward-thinking set Queen Square is constantly evolving to meet the requirements of a fast-moving market.

 

Department Name Email Telephone
Head of chambers Charles Row
Senior Criminal & Regulatory Clerk Colleen Inker
Senior Civil & Family Clerk James Dowse
Door Tenant COTTER QC, Mark* (1994)
Members of Chambers LEVY QC, Robert (1988)
Members of Chambers THRELFALL, George (1972)
Members of Chambers DARIAN, Ann (1974)
Members of Chambers REA, Karen (1980)
Members of Chambers GOODALL, Charles (1986)
Members of Chambers HALLIDAY, Ian (1989)
Members of Chambers TREVIS, Robert (1990)
Members of Chambers TAURAH, Sheila (1991)
Members of Chambers CARRON, Richard (1992)
Members of Chambers SHELLARD, Robin (1992)
Members of Chambers MAUNDER, David (1993)
Members of Chambers BROWN, Louise (1993)
Members of Chambers CHUTE, Andrea* (1995)
Members of Chambers GOODMAN, Simon (1996)
Members of Chambers PINHORN, Richard (1998)
Members of Chambers WILLIAMS, Mark (1998)
Members of Chambers ARMSTONG, Ruth (2001)
Members of Chambers WILLMOTT, Oliver (2002)
Members of Chambers MacBEAN, Hamish (2002)
Members of Chambers THOMAS, David (2003)
Members of Chambers LEWIS, Joanna (2004)
Members of Chambers TUCKER, James (2004)
Members of Chambers MURRAY, Charles (2005)
Members of Chambers JOHNS, Rhys (2005)
Members of Chambers McHUGH, Seán (2005)
Members of Chambers SMYTH, Christopher (2006)
Members of Chambers SWANTON, Lucy (2005)
Members of Chambers WOODMAN, Leanne (2007)
Members of Chambers BROMIGE, James (2010)
Members of Chambers SEAGER, Lauren (2011)
Members of Chambers STOKER, Lucie (2011)
Members of Chambers GRIFFITHS, Adam (2013)
Members of Chambers BLITZ, Mike (2013)
Members of Chambers MCANAW, Ellen (2018)
Members of Chambers FLINT, Catherine (2015)
Members of Chambers JOHNS, Anna (2016)
Members of Chambers DAYMOND, Alex (2018)
Members of Chambers ROBERTS, Emma (2019)
Members of Chambers *Door tenant

CLIENT: Andy Lee
COMPANY/FIRM: Reeds Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: Charles Row is an excellent and impressive advocate who is always outstanding not only in his preparation but also in his presentation and delivery of cases. He has an ability to digest large volumes of evidence in such a short amount of time and to quickly identify the issues and explain them in plain and simple language to clients. He is by far one of the best jury advocates and never ceases to amaze.


CLIENT: Amy James
COMPANY/FIRM: DAS Law
TESTIMONIAL: Having worked closely with Queen Square Chambers for several years, I remain an advocate for their personal approach, extraordinary attention to detail and willingness to go the extra mile. Even if not formally instructed, Counsel are always happy to help out with a query and we are even lucky enough that they take time out of their busy diaries to attend a meeting with the employment litigators every few weeks to provide informal opinions on our cases.

I also receive frequent great feedback from our clients who have been represented by various Counsel at hearings; this really does help our business to provide a great service to our customers. No case we instruct Counsel on however complex or “messy” it may be, is ever too much. Particular members of Chambers who should receive a formal thank you from me for all of the help that they have provided to me over the years are: Mark Williams, James Bromige and Charles Murray.


CLIENT: Darren Bishop
COMPANY/FIRM: Devonald Griffiths John Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: James Tucker, Queen Square Chambers

James is meticulous in his approach in defending clients in serious and complex cases.

Very much an advocate who we consider to be the leading advocate of the Junior Bar in South Wales and South West of England. Much sought after when considering representation for those in drug conspiracy cases and sexual offences. His technical ability and application is nothing but exceptional. James’ approachable demeanour allows clients to feel at ease in comprehending challenging and testing issues. Recently James secured an acquittal for a client in a million-pound national drug conspiracy trial.


CLIENT: Samantha McMurray
COMPANY/FIRM: Dunn & Baker
TESTIMONIAL: Fantastic Chambers, used on a regular basis – efficient service always received and they are always happy to help wherever possible even at short notice, particular thanks to the Clerks Jess Street and Tom Cole who I liaise with on a regular basis!


CLIENT: Craig Tickner
COMPANY/FIRM: Aidan Woods & co
TESTIMONIAL: Queen Square Chambers has been a long established Bristol set of chambers with a number of highly experienced counsel available to cover a broad range of high-end criminal cases, from complex frauds to serious sexual offences and murder. There is also an exciting set of new members which means that there is plenty of capable counsel to cut their teeth on the more regular criminal work.

Robin Shellard is a vastly experienced advocate who is both thorough and tactical, whilst at the same time installing confidence in his clients by communicating to them in a way that enables them to understand and grasp even the most complex of legal issues. Also very personable which makes juries want to listen to him.

James Tucker is a very capable barrister who is always meticulously prepared and ever available to provide advice and assistance to those that instruct him. His patient approach with even the most demanding of clients sets them at ease and enables cases to progress where others might struggle.


CLIENT: Ann Kaplan
COMPANY/FIRM: Dunn & Baker
TESTIMONIAL: I would highly recommend the family law team members from the clerks through to the barristers. I regularly, on behalf of my clients, instruct those specialising in private and public children law. Clients appreciate the attention to detail shown to their case and the consideration they receive from the barristers. The team at Queen Square Chambers are always happy to try and find ways to assist even in urgent situations.


CLIENT: Philip Crosbie
COMPANY/FIRM: Eversheds Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: We have instructed Oliver for the best part of a decade on environmental, health and safety and maritime matters and have absolute confidence in his ability to adapt to client needs and demands. Oliver has an exceptional enthusiasm to understand the detail and intricacies of a case, and its fact pattern, and works with clients to ensure that he is well-versed in their business processes and overall mind-set. Clients are regularly impressed by his advocacy in Trial or Sentence, but the ‘homework’ and effort that Oliver puts into the preparation of a case is what sets him apart.


CLIENT: Beth Robertson
COMPANY/FIRM: DLG Legal Services
TESTIMONIAL: I have been dealing with the barristers at Queen Square Chambers for approximately 6-7 years in relation to various employment law issues including unfair dismissal, EAT, all types of discrimination and TUPE. I have dealt regularly with Mike Blitz who is very personable and approachable. Mike is knowledgeable and grasps complicated issues with ease. James Bromige is highly skilled in technical legal issues and is confident and convincing. The clerks are always friendly and accommodating. I can rely on those from Queen Square to give top notch representation and advice for our clients.


CLIENT: Matthew Graham
COMPANY/FIRM: Mowbray Woodwards Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: I have been using Queen Square Chambers in respect Criminal Work for over a decade, and they continue to be the leading set in the South West. Professional, innovative and expert, they also encourage a culture of high end success, with members able and willing to go beyond the basics, particularly when clients require or demand particular attention. I have recently and consistently instructed Mr David Maunder in heavyweight privately funded trial and guilty plea sexual offending work, with very notable success. He is thorough and courageous, with superb oral and written advocacy skills.


CLIENT: Zoe Gask
COMPANY FIRM: Wollens
TESTIMONIAL: Queen Square Chambers provide an extremely efficient and professional legal service each time we instruct them. Everyone we have dealt with has a superb knowledge of the law. No phone call or email goes unanswered, and they are always happy to go the extra mile to assist us. A particular mention to Jessica Street (Clerk), Lauren Seager (Barrister) and David Thomas (Barrister), who are always friendly, helpful, professional and provide the best service. We do and would, highly recommend them to other colleagues and legal professionals.


CLIENT: Beth Wycherley
COMPANY/FIRM: DAC Beachcroft
TESTIMONIAL: I regularly instruct Queen Square and am always impressed by the quality of, not only the advocates, but also the clerking services.

In particular, Charles Row is an exceptional advocate bringing a reassuring presence, polished advocacy and a diligence and eye for detail which makes him a real pleasure to instruct and to work with. Mr Row has a way of putting clients at their ease, even in the most testing of situations, which is second to none. He is a fantastically able trial advocate and readily commands the respect of clients, opponent and the judiciary. Mr Row is an incredibly able lawyer but manages to relate to clients in a way which provides them the benefit of his intellect and experience but in a way which never feels lecturing, but which guides, and reassures them they are in safest of hands.

Another stand-out advocate at Queens Square, whom I regularly instruct, is Ellen McAnaw. A relative new-comer to the bar (who was previously a duty solicitor/solicitor-advocate) she is a very impressive advocate, whilst also being fantastic with clients. Ms McAnaw is tenacious in Court yet reassuring and personable with clients. One gets the feeling she really gives her all to secure fantastic results for the client. Certainly, I have had absolutely glowing feedback from clients.

One of the joys for me of instructing Queen Square Chambers is the very high standard of clerking. Their criminal clerking team, headed up the by very experienced Colleen Inker, provide fantastic service to those instructing the criminal team. They provide a reliable, straightforward approach to clerking which is precisely what criminal clerking requires; they are unflappable when diaries collide and they are creative when solving problems. Ms Inker, in particular, has had the trust of local firms of solicitors for many years as being a completely safe pair of hands; a well-earned reputation in my view. I regularly rely upon Ms Inker’s insight and expertise and always welcome her honest and unfussy approach. Harry Partridge, the junior criminal clerk at Queen Square, is a relatively new addition to chambers, but is already making an excellent impression.