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Chambers of Collingwood Thompson QC


Leading Silks

Pavlos Panayi QC - 7BRA persistent and determined advocate with a good turn of phrase.
Ranked: Tier 3

2018 Silks

Vanessa Marshall QC - 7BRShe has a track record of cases with medical issues.

International crime and extradition

2019 Silks

Nigel Povoas QC - 7BRVery well known for prosecuting in STL cases.

Clinical negligence Tier 2

7BR has an 'excellent and deserved reputation in clinical negligence work'. Barristers demonstrate particular expertise in cerebral palsy and spinal injuries arising from negligent medical care. In a recent highlight, Simeon Maskrey QC and Jeremy Pendlebury successfully represented the claimant in Darnley v Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, in which the Supreme Court found non-medical staff (in this case, a receptionist) owe a duty of care to patients. Maskrey QC also represented the doctor in MNX v Khan, in which the Court of Appeal overturned a decision that a mother could obtain wrongful birth damages for an additional disability over and above the one that was negligently tested for.

Leading Silks

Simeon Maskrey QC - 7BROne of the first names on the team sheet for the most complex cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Hugh Preston QC - 7BRHe is extremely personable whilst remaining professional with the client.
Ranked: Tier 4
Derek Sweeting QC - 7BRHe is a very persuasive advocate who always puts forward well thought-out arguments.
Ranked: Tier 4
Adam Weitzman QC - 7BRHis knowledge of the law and its application in the courtroom is second-to-none.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Julian Matthews - 7BRHe has a tremendous ability to quickly grasp complex medical issues.
Ranked: Tier 1
Richard Baker - 7BRHe is not afraid to fight the client’s corner robustly.
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon King - 7BRHe is exceptional at logically analysing expert evidence and managing experts.
Ranked: Tier 2
Leslie Keegan - 7BRHe is able to get a clear grasp of the issues involved in complicated areas of clinical negligence.
Ranked: Tier 3
Timothy Meakin - 7BRExcellent with clients, very empathetic and explains things clearly.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jeremy Pendlebury - 7BRHe is quick-thinking and fantastic in settlement meetings.
Ranked: Tier 3
Adam Walker - 7BRHe excels in quantum analysis and at settlement meetings.
Ranked: Tier 3
Simon Wheatley - 7BRHe is able to analyse in detail and exercise pragmatism at the same time.
Ranked: Tier 3
Deirdre Goodwin - 7BRShe is vastly experienced and knowledgeable.
Ranked: Tier 4
Adam Korn - 7BRHe brings an air of calm when there is complexity and worry for clients.
Ranked: Tier 4
Kate Lumbers - 7BRExcellent at putting a client at ease and explaining difficult issues.
Ranked: Tier 4
Jonathan Bertram - 7BRHis down-to-earth explanation of legal procedure gives clients a justified confidence in him.
Ranked: Tier 4

Children law (including public and private law) Tier 2

Leading Silks

Barbara Connolly QC - 7BRIs a seasoned leader in complex children’s cases – she is forensic in her approach and able to grasp the important aspects in a difficult case.
Ranked: Tier 2
Rachel Langdale QC - 7BRCombines an incredible eye for detail with an ability to see the big picture; her advocacy is a compelling mix of forensic skill and compassion.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Anita Guha - 7BRIs always fully prepared and goes the extra mile.
Ranked: Tier 2

Fraud: crime Tier 2

Leading Silks

Collingwood Thompson QC - 7BRClients benefit from his calm approach and straightforward advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
Pavlos Panayi QC - 7BRVery impressive in front of a jury and with clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Wheeler QC - 7BRA silk who combines judgement, patience and class.
Ranked: Tier 3

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Jennifer Carter-Manning - 7BRA very talented senior junior.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ben Isaacs - 7BRHe has excellent analytical skills.
Ranked: Tier 3

Inquests and inquiries Tier 3

Leading Juniors

William Chapman - 7BRPersuasive and courteous but persistent.
Ranked: Tier 3
James Robottom - 7BRHe is an inquest specialist with excellent command of voluminous disclosure.
Ranked: Tier 3
Adam Walker - 7BRCareful and thorough, he takes his time with the client to ensure they understand the process.
Ranked: Tier 3

Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud Tier 3

7BR is a 'well-managed, comprehensive and well-stocked supplier of counsel' for personal injury litigation. The set has 'a strong range of juniors and silks' who take on cases ranging in value and field of expertise, encompassing maximum severity brain and spinal claims as well as abuse work. Having appeared before the European Court of Justice and the Supreme Court, Simeon Maskrey QC's practice encompasses maximum severity brain and spinal injury claims. Simon King is regularly instructed on cases involving multiple expert disciplines; while military personal injury law is a particular specialism for Timothy Meakin.

Personal injury - Leading Silks

Simeon Maskrey QC - 7BRHis depth of legal knowledge means he is the barrister you want to be sat behind in any complex case.
Ranked: Tier 2

Personal injury - Leading Juniors

Julian Matthews - 7BRA QC in disguise.
Ranked: Tier 1
Simon King - 7BRHe has a smooth but deceptively effective approach to litigation.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jeremy Pendlebury - 7BRHe is reassuring to clients and not afraid of a difficult case.
Ranked: Tier 2
Timothy Meakin - 7BRHe is able to cut through the issues quickly and has a fantastic analytical mind.
Ranked: Tier 3
Adam Walker - 7BRVery good with clients.
Ranked: Tier 4
Deirdre Goodwin - 7BRHer attention to detail is little short of incredible.
Ranked: Tier 5
Liam Ryan - 7BRHis knowledge in relation to stress at work claims is impressive.
Ranked: Tier 5
Simon Wheatley - 7BRHe is able to analyse in detail but exercise pragmatism at the same time.
Ranked: Tier 5

Product liability Tier 3

'Quality set' 7BR is highly regarded in claimant-side product liability and has 'particular depth at the silk level'. Its barristers have acted in some of the most significant product liability group actions, including the metal on metal hip, PIP breast implant, and vaginal mesh litigations. Other recent cases included Lewin v Glaxosmithkline, a catastrophic spinal injury claim, with Simeon Maskrey QC leading Adam Korn.

Leading Silks

Simeon Maskrey QC - 7BROutstanding. One of the leading claimant QCs in the field.
Ranked: Tier 1
Hugh Preston QC - 7BRA class act and very effective advocate, who usually has the ear of the court.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Jonathan Bertram - 7BRAn experienced and reliable counsel.
Ranked: Tier 2
Adam Korn - 7BRA strong advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Julian Matthews - 7BRHe exudes and inspires confidence and his preparation is meticulous.
Ranked: Tier 3

Employment Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Elaine Banton - 7BRA very knowledgeable and compelling employment law advocate with a first-class eye for the key point in a case.
Ranked: Tier 4
Susan Belgrave - 7BRCalm and authoritative while able to identify with the client.
Ranked: Tier 4

Set overviews: England and Wales

7BR is a ‘forward-thinking, progressive’ set which is ‘commercially aware and client focused’. Chambers has ‘very good bench-strength at all levels’ with ‘a healthy number of counsel who come with prior expertise outside of the law’. The set also benefits from maintaining a broad range of practice areas, which ‘helps when faced with challenging problems which require cross-practice expertise’ and ‘enables the barristers to maintain a broader perspective’. The set has expanded over the last 12 months, welcoming catastrophic injuries specialist Kiril Waite from 1 CHANCERY LANE; clinical negligence and family junior Sarah Edwards from Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB); crime junior Stephen Ferson from Furnival Chambers; and clinical negligence, inquests, and personal injury junior Ross Beaton, previously of the European Commission and the Government Legal Department; Lee Parkhill moved to Cornerstone Barristers. The clerks’ room provides ‘a first-rate service’ with ‘clerks who know their barristers and who is best placed for any particular case’. The ‘great’ team is led by co-senior clerks Paul Eeles (‘one of the best, personable clerks’) and Steven Wright (‘exceptionally helpful and easy to deal with’). Elsewhere in the ‘friendly and efficient’ clerks’ room, ‘adept’ first junior Mark Waterson has ‘great knowledge of his counsel and whether they are a good fit with solicitors and clients’. Offices in: London

7BR is one of the most respected barrister sets in the legal market today, prized by solicitor and lay clients alike for the fresh, straightforward approach members bring to their work, as well as for chambers’ long history of legal and advocacy excellence.

86 members and 12 QCs are organised into specialist sector groups working in courts right across the country, each with an emphasis on close team working with clients and a keenness to understand the personal or commercial drivers behind any mandate.

Our standout legal expertise is evidenced by the number of our members who go on to distinguished service in the judiciary; as High Court judges, Recorders, Arbitrators, Regulators – even a Lord Chief Justice.
As an independent leading set we operate across a broad spectrum of practice areas, from clinical negligence and personal injury, and child and family work, to white collar crime and a full range of commercial disciplines.

We believe that all clients benefit from the breadth of work that members are trained in before specialising, each discipline honing different sets of legal and advocacy skill which we bring to bear on all our work. Clients’ legal problems are often not easily pigeonholed and the mental agility that comes from being trained so broadly before specialising promotes out-of-the-box thinking and an innovative approach to finding legal solutions. Together with top-of-the-range advocacy skills, this is exactly what clients tell us they need from their barristers in the modern legal world.

Our members practice in courts and tribunals throughout England and Wales and Internationally. In the last year members have appeared in cases in Hong Kong, Dubai, The Cayman Islands, Turks & Caicos, The Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.

We are also actively involved in Pro Bono work and efforts to promote equality and diversity at the Bar.

Our Senior Clerks are Paul Eeles and Steven Wright and our Chief Executive is Harry Charlton


Department Name Email Telephone
Chief Executive Harry Charlton
Senior Clerk Paul Eeles
Senior Clerk Steven Wright
Members of Chambers THOMPSON QC, Collingwood (1975)
Members of Chambers MASKREY QC, Simeon (1977)
Members of Chambers SWEETING QC, Derek (1983)
Members of Chambers LANGDALE QC, Rachel (1990)
Members of Chambers FORD QC, Steven (1992)
Members of Chambers CONNOLLY QC, Barbara (1986)
Members of Chambers PRESTON QC, Hugh (1994)
Members of Chambers PANAYI QC, Pavlos (1995)
Members of Chambers HOUSE QC, James (1995)
Members of Chambers WEITZMAN QC, Adam (1993)
Members of Chambers WHEELER QC, Andrew (1988)
Members of Chambers MARSHALL QC, Vanessa (1994)
Members of Chambers GOODWIN, Deirdre (1974)
Members of Chambers MATTHEWS, Julian (1979)
Members of Chambers WHEATLEY, Simon (1979)
Members of Chambers PENDLEBURY, Jeremy (1980)
Members of Chambers REED, Susan (1984)
Members of Chambers WALKER, Timothy (1984)
Members of Chambers CLEMENS, Adam (1985)
Members of Chambers KING, Simon (1987)
Members of Chambers MATTHEW, David (1987)
Members of Chambers ASPDEN, Gordon (1988)
Members of Chambers BELGRAVE, Susan (1989)
Members of Chambers KEEGAN, Leslie (1989)
Members of Chambers MEAKIN, Timothy (1989)
Members of Chambers ROCHE, Brendan (1989)
Members of Chambers HUSTON, Graham (1991)
Members of Chambers KORN, Adam (1992)
Members of Chambers BLACKBURN, Luke (1993)
Members of Chambers SYED, Maryam (1993)
Members of Chambers JUPP, Jeffrey (1994)
Members of Chambers CHUTE, Andrea (1995)
Members of Chambers KAUR, Hari (1995)
Members of Chambers NASHASHIBI, Anwar (1995)
Members of Chambers BANTON, Elaine (1996)
Members of Chambers JOHNSON, Susannah (1996)
Members of Chambers LANGDALE, Adrian (1996)
Members of Chambers DARBY, Rachel (1997)
Members of Chambers GUHA, Anita (1997)
Members of Chambers CARTER-MANNING, Jennifer (1999)
Members of Chambers CROPP, Nicholas (1999)
Members of Chambers LUMBERS, Kate (1999)
Members of Chambers SLATER, Justin (1999)
Members of Chambers WEETMAN, Gareth (1999)
Members of Chambers BAKER, Richard (2000)
Members of Chambers GRAY, Steven (2000)
Members of Chambers O'MAHONY, David (2000)
Members of Chambers WALKER, Adam (2000)
Members of Chambers ALLWOOD, Gina (2002)
Members of Chambers JACK, Nick (2002)
Members of Chambers PATEL, Hanisha (2002)
Members of Chambers CHAPMAN, William (2003)
Members of Chambers BERTRAM, Jonathan (2003)
Members of Chambers DUFFICY, Connor (2004)
Members of Chambers LYONS, Christina (2004)
Members of Chambers CARR, Craig (2005)
Members of Chambers BISHOP, Daniel (2007)
Members of Chambers LEONARD, Patricia (2007)
Members of Chambers RYAN, Liam (2007)
Members of Chambers WESTON, James (2007)
Members of Chambers YOUNG, Alex (2008)
Members of Chambers ISAACS, Ben (2009)
Members of Chambers LODY, Caroline (2009)
Members of Chambers NELSON, Ayanna (2009)
Members of Chambers ROBOTTOM, James (2009)
Members of Chambers MACDONALD, James (2010)
Members of Chambers COMPTON, Helen (2011)
Members of Chambers ROWBOTHAM, Simon (2011)
Members of Chambers BURKE, Gregory (2012)
Members of Chambers TRIGILIO, Vittoria (2013)
Members of Chambers CANNING, Christopher (2014)
Members of Chambers JANDU, Jas (2014)
Members of Chambers LEA, Kirsty (2014)
Members of Chambers HARVEY, Rose (2015)
Members of Chambers MITCHELL, Emily (2015)
Members of Chambers GEDDES, Kitty (2016)
Members of Chambers SHIELDS, Kat (2016)
Members of Chambers FROBISHER, Nia (2016)
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