Set Profile > 7BR > London, England

Chambers of Collingwood Thompson QC
7BR
LONDON
WC1R 4BS
England

Children law (including public and private law)

Leading Silks

Barbara Connolly QC - 7BRA vastly experienced silk.
Ranked: Tier 2
Rachel Langdale QC - 7BRIs an exceptional advocate both in submissions and in cross-examination. She is strong forensically and has an eye for details. She is calm and authoritative and often takes the tension out of a case through her ability to manage the personalities involved.
Ranked: Tier 3

2020 Silks

Brendan Roche QC - 7BRAn experienced advocate and new silk of note.

Leading Juniors

Anita Guha - 7BRIs fearless in her presentation and always prepares fully to ensure that clients feel at ease. Unflappable, determined, and brilliant to work with.
Ranked: Tier 2

Crime

Leading Silks

Pavlos Panayi QC - 7BR ‘Pavlos is a robust and authoritative presence in court. He deals with legal submissions with confidence and persistence. He leads a team with dedication and good humour. His speeches are cogent and well constructed; charming manner which he puts to good effect with Judges and clients alike. Has the ability to find an arguable point amongst a haystack of nonsense and argue it successfully. Hard working, smart, diligent.

Ranked: Tier 3
Vanessa Marshall QC - 7BRVanessa provides clear and precise advise. She is a good tactician and produces good results. She is also very approachable and is well-respected by clients and opponents alike.
Ranked: Tier 4

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

2020 Silks

Jennifer Carter-Manning QC - 7BRHer advice is clear and reasoned; clients trust her.

Leading Juniors

Ben Isaacs - 7BRA brilliant, fierce court performer. He has excellent analytical and advisory skills, and clients like him.
Ranked: Tier 3

Clinical negligence Tier 2

Its 'wide range of excellent practitioners at all levels' makes 7BR 'one of the top sets in the industry'. The set enjoys an 'excellent reputation in claimant clinical negligence with a very good selection of specialist barristers'. Following on from the recent successes of the 'legendarySimeon Maskrey QC and Jeremy Pendlebury for the claimant in the landmark Supreme Court case Darnley v Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, and the former's representation of the doctor in MNX v Khan, Derek Sweeting QC  is representing the claimant in Roberts v SSAFA, a claim arising out of the alleged clinical negligence of a British midwife acting in a German hospital. 'Excellent advocateSarah Edwards and the 'passionate and empatheticJames Robottom are two newly ranked junior counsel of note.

Leading Silks

Simeon Maskrey QC - 7BR ‘The barrister you would always want to sit behind. He is a magnificent advocate and a formidable opponent. He is very sharp and can pick up and analyse issues in complex cases very quickly. He has great judgement and is a brilliant team leader on the big complex cases.

Ranked: Tier 1
Hugh Preston QC - 7BRAlways fights for the issues that are most important to the client.
Ranked: Tier 4
Derek Sweeting QC - 7BRA very able and persuasive advocate who can really grab the Judge's attention.
Ranked: Tier 4
Adam Weitzman QC - 7BRA fierce advocate who is not afraid of a fight in order to achieve the best result for clients.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Julian Matthews - 7BRAn extremely detailed and thorough barrister.
Ranked: Tier 1
Richard Baker - 7BRRichard is a brilliant barrister with great judgement and analytical skills, a terrific advocate who is always focused on getting the best result for the client.
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon King - 7BRHas an exceptional ability to cut through issues and logically analyse them. He puts clients at ease and advises carefully.
Ranked: Tier 2
Timothy Meakin - 7BRHas a grasp of complex medical evidence that is the equal of most QCs.
Ranked: Tier 3

Jeremy Pendlebury - 7BR ‘Reassuring to clients, good on the detail and not afraid of a difficult case.

Ranked: Tier 3
Adam Walker - 7BRMeticulous in advice and pleadings, leaving no stone unturned.
Ranked: Tier 3
Simon Wheatley - 7BRHas an air of authority which is respected by the opposition.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jonathan Bertram - 7BRAn approachable and responsive barrister who puts clients at ease.
Ranked: Tier 4
Sarah Edwards - 7BRAn extremely thorough counsel with an excellent ability to deal with complex clinical negligence claims.
Ranked: Tier 4
Deirdre Goodwin - 7BRHas an incisive mind with great attention to detail, but with an ability to isolate the relevant issues.
Ranked: Tier 4
Adam Korn - 7BRAn excellent negotiator and advocate with broad and varied experience.
Ranked: Tier 4
Kate Lumbers - 7BRAn excellent barrister who is always willing to go the extra mile. Kate is extremely good with clients, providing them with clear advice and making them feel at ease in stressful situations.
Ranked: Tier 4

Crime (general and fraud) Tier 2

Members of London-based set 7BR are active further north, with in particular a strong following in the East Midlands. James House QC has been involved in several of the region's highest-profile cases, recently defending Arkan Ali, who was charged along with two others in the murder of five individuals killed when a shop exploded in Leicester as part of a failed insurance fraud. Elsewhere in the team, Adrian Langdale QC took silk in 2020, while senior junior Gareth Weetman remains active in the fields of serious organised crime, fraud and sexual offences.

Leading Silks

James House QC - 7BRA real powerhouse in the criminal courts.
Ranked: Tier 2

2020 Silks

Leading Juniors

Gareth Weetman - 7BRHis calm and efficient approach to prosecution commands the respect of the court.
Ranked: Tier 3
Alex Young - 7BRHe handles witnesses with skill, prepares excellent written submissions, and conducts himself in court with authority.
Ranked: Tier 3

Fraud: crime

Leading Silks

Collingwood Thompson QC - 7BRHe is a stellar QC. He is at the top of his game and always a pleasure to deal with.
Ranked: Tier 2
Pavlos Panayi QC - 7BRHe is able to see through difficult facts and come to a simple solution to best achieve the client's goals.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Wheeler QC - 7BRHe is a first class barrister who is able to get to the heart of the matter very quickly. His written advice is very clear and he is a real team player. He is down to earth and is simply brilliant with clients.It is his calmness coupled with the factor that he is very hard working and diligent that puts clients at ease. He knows his papers and the law inside, he is a formidable QC and class act.
Ranked: Tier 3

Product liability Tier 2

7BR fields 'a number of excellent barristers that practice across all levels' and is noted as being 'on top of its game for claimant product liability cases'. Hugh Preston QC is acting for various claimants in a new group action arising from textured breast implants which allegedly giving rise to a risk of breast implant-related cancer. The list of 'highly capable' practitioners also includes Simeon Maskrey QC and Adam Korn, who are further involved in proceedings relating to metal-on-metal hip and mesh claims.

Leading Silks

Simeon Maskrey QC - 7BRA legend. One of the best brains in the product liability world. Understands what is needed to win in the most complex cases. A joy to work with.
Ranked: Tier 1
Hugh Preston QC - 7BRHe has a tremendous grasp of the law and is innovative.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Adam Korn - 7BRProbably unsurpassed by any other claimant junior in terms of his range and level of experience. He is tenacious in his approach, and an excellent and persuasive advocate. He has particular understanding of clinical issues. He is a formidable opponent and has an encyclopaedic knowledge and understanding of product liability law.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jonathan Bertram - 7BRAn incredibly hard-working and courageous barrister. Affable and client friendly.
Ranked: Tier 2
Julian Matthews - 7BRHis attention to detail, methodical no stone unturned preparation is matched with his supreme intellect, skill and ability to deal with a myriad of issues all at once.
Ranked: Tier 3

Inquests and inquiries

Leading Juniors

William Chapman - 7BRSupremely reliable. Whilst tenacious and willing to use the law to his client's advantage, he recognises when there is merit in finding a third way or a settlement. 
Ranked: Tier 3
Adam Walker - 7BRVery careful, considered and good with clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Kate Lumbers - 7BRExplains things so they are easily understood, whether speaking to experts, clients or solicitors. She is also a strong advocate who knows the right questions to ask whatever the forum, and identifies the needs of clients at an early stage, keeping them in mind throughout the process.
Ranked: Tier 4

Offshore

Leading Silks

Jern-Fei Ng QC - 7BRKnowledgable about the latest position not only in England but across the Commonwealth.

Ranked: Tier 3
Pavlos Panayi QC - 7BRHe is robust, dedicated, and determined.
Ranked: Tier 4

Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud Tier 3

7BR offers a 'good depth of counsel' who match 'technical expertise' with 'a friendly but forthright attitude'. This 'fantastic set' is well regarded for 'a variety of specialisms', ranging from maximum severity brain and spinal injury claims to historical abuse work. For military personal injury cases, Timothy Meakin is the key name to note, while sports injuries are an area of particular focus for Jeremy Pendlebury. In a recent example of the group action cases which the also set handles, Simeon Maskrey QC is acting in Ian Chown v Ministry of Defence, which examines the use of the anti-malarial drug Lariam.

Personal injury - Leading Silks

Simeon Maskrey QC - 7BRHe is simply first class. As an advocate, I could listen to Simeon all day. An excellent tactician with a brilliant mind.
Ranked: Tier 2

Personal injury - Leading Juniors

Julian Matthews - 7BRJulian is deeply respected by opponents and colleagues alike, his forensic attention to detail combined with a light touch and easy delivery make for a superb combination. One to have in the trenches with you.
Ranked: Tier 1
Simon King - 7BRVery thorough, helpful and knowledgeable.
Ranked: Tier 2
Timothy Meakin - 7BRPersonable and careful at the same time, with a superb client manner.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jeremy Pendlebury - 7BRGood on the detail and not afraid of a difficult case.
Ranked: Tier 3
Adam Walker - 7BRHas an unparalleled knowledge in relation to claims against the MoD and the intricacies that arise out of service careers.
Ranked: Tier 4
Deirdre Goodwin - 7BRHas long experience and in-depth knowledge of brain injury claims.
Ranked: Tier 5
Liam Ryan - 7BRHas an excellent knowledge and understanding of occupational stress claims.
Ranked: Tier 5
James Weston - 7BRA tenacious barrister with good knowledge of the law in some specialist areas. Quickly picks up the relevant points and challenges.
Ranked: Tier 5
Simon Wheatley - 7BRPragmatic when pragmatism is the right course, a very good orator. Exudes an air of confidence which clients find reassuring without being intimidated.
Ranked: Tier 5

Employment

Leading Juniors

Elaine Banton - 7BRGreat with clients; she is passionate and it is important for clients to see this, particularly claimants. She is also a strong and forceful advocate.
Ranked: Tier 4
Jeffrey Jupp - 7BRGreat for attention to detail and creativity, and he has a talent for collaboration in the interests of the client’s case.
Ranked: Tier 5

International arbitration: counsel

Leading Silks

Jern-Fei Ng QC - 7BRVery rigorous in terms of his legal analysis and considerations. Highly effective in both his written advocacy and on his feet. One of the most talented counsel I have worked with on issues of strategy, where he is always several steps ahead of the current state of proceedings.
Ranked: Tier 4

Energy

Leading Silks

Jern-Fei Ng QC - 7BRHe is very committed to the case, energetic and presents well to clients.
Ranked: Tier 4

Tax: corporate and VAT/indirect tax

Tax: VAT - Leading silks

Jern-Fei Ng QC - 7BRHas an excellent reputation for VAT-related work.
Ranked: Tier 4

Commodities

Leading Silks

Jern-Fei Ng QC - 7BRExtremely intelligent and tactically astute, he is one of a kind and is highly sought after.
Ranked: Tier 5

Set overviews: England and Wales

A multidisciplinary chambers that is strong across a host of areas, 7BR celebrated the elevation of Brendan Roche QC, Adrian Langdale QC, and Jennifer Carter-Manning QC to silk in March 2020. Chambers was also strengthened by the arrival of James Thomas, a specialist criminal, fraud, and regulatory practitioner, and Lubeya Ramadhan who specialises in public and private family law. Also of note, James House QC and Jas Jandu were both appointed Recorders and assigned to the Midland Circuit and South Eastern Circuit, respectively, dealing with crime.

Testimonials

Clerks:

All dealings with the clerks’ room have gone smoothly. Courteous and competent.

All the clerks are friendly, helpful and efficient.

Always amenable and willing to re-jig things to suit clients.

Clerks’ service is good and attentive.

Good. Mark Waterson is very impressive.

Great. Paul Eales & Mark Waterson bend over backwards to assist.

Paul Eeles and Mark Waterson are a formidable clerking team, they have a great junior team and the response to queries and requests is always prompt and well thought out.

Paul has excellent industry knowledge and can provide insights and match the right Counsel with solicitors. I trust his judgement implicitly.

Paul Eeles is hugely respected and deservedly so. He and the clerksroom are utterly dependable.

Service from the clerks’ room is good. Mark Waterson and Paul Eeles are particularly helpful and accommodating.

The clerks are accommodating and offer alternative counsel in the event that preferred counsel is not available. They are willing to negotiate on fees and have offered training

The clerks are friendly, helpful, and efficient, providing a first-class service.

The clerks room has always been approachable, swift to respond to communications and queries, and, generally, efficient in our dealings.

They are excellent. Paul Eales & Mark Waterson always make sure that we get what we need.

Very efficient and solution-driven. Paul Eeles is organised and masterful in diary management and Mark Waterson provides positive and effective clerking.

Very happy with the exceptional service provided by the civil clerks, particularly from Paul Eeles and his team.

Very responsive. Steve Wright is sensible and understated, a pleasure to deal with.

Set:

7 Bedford Row are a great set to work with. They are very supportive of our practice areas.

7 Bedford Row in my view are the no.1 chambers in the area of defending child abuse claims, particularly for local authorities and public sector, and particularly the more complex negligence/FTR/CSE/group action work. They regularly act in law changing / high profile cases and are extremely knowledgeable.

7 Bedford Row is my go to Chambers for Clinical Negligence cases. The Clerks are very efficient, friendly and approachable and they have a lot of very talented people there from recently called Juniors through to very senior and highly able Silks. The can also offer really good people for ancillary work which we sometimes have such as complex Inquests and Public Law issues.

7 Bedford Row is top of its game for Claimant product liability. It regularly offers good training.

7BR are a leading set and the clerking team are so helpful and ahead of their time in terms of use of technology. I regularly instruct several Barristers from there.

7BR are an incredible set for clinical negligence work. I use many of their Counsel for a wide variety of matters. The Skeleton series is always well attended and a great opportunity to meet Counsel and other solicitors. I always try to attend as many as possible.

7BR are highly regarded at IM and are used frequently. I mainly instruct Adam Weitzman but I know of several other counsel that my colleagues instruct and Adam Walker stands out as a great junior. They have a particularly strong PI team.

7BR are the go-to set for Claimant product liability & have been for some time. The superb Simeon Maskrey QC leads the team. There are excellent barristers at all levels & good diversity.

7BR as a chambers is a fantastic set of Chambers and are my go to set when i am looking for Counsel. They have good depth of Counsel to fit almost any area of law and have strong juniors, such as the excellent Gregory Burke. Personally I have used 5 separate Counsel from Chambers on multiple cases with more junior members assisting where necessary.

7BR has a brilliant clinical negligence team. Paul Eeles and Mark Waterson are the senior clerks responsible for clinical negligence, and they run a tight ship.

7BR has some outstanding members who are a pleasure to work with.

7BR is stuffed full of highly impressive workhorse advocates. Their technical knowledge and friendly but forthright advocacy has made this team a go-to set.

7br provide a professional service, listen to client requirements and respond with quality counsel.

All staff at the Chambers are extremely helpful, quick to respond to any queries raised.

Excellent reputation and good choice of counsel.

Excellent reputation in claimant clinical negligence with very good selection of specialist barristers.

Good strength in depth, very good webinars/training programmes and material too.

Good strong set with strength in depth on the Claimants’ product liability side. They have perhaps ceased to be the first set to go to for Claimants seeking product liability barristers, but are still strong with Hugh Preston, Simeon Maskrey QC and Adam Korn

I have used these chambers for many years and have always been happy with the service.

I think 7BR are a very strong set. Anita Guha is an outstanding barrister and Kitty Geddes and Emily Mitchell for example are also excellent. I do not have any worries about the team at 7BR.

The best general crime and fraud set on the Midland circuit.

Collingwood Thompson QC is a stellar QC. I have worked with him in the last few years. He is at the top of his game and always a pleasure to deal with.Jenny Carter- Manning QC is extremely bright and hard working and a pleasure to work with. Ben Isaacs is also very bright and a great junior.

Steve Wright is an excellent clerk and goes that extra mile to help provide an excellent service.

The recent revamping of the client suite brings state of the art communications to Chambers giving it an edge over many most other sets.

The set is the go-to set for product liability claimant work. There are a number of excellent barristers that practice in this area across all levels. They are all strong and have a wide range of experience.

The set is very strong with a number of top-notch practitioners. They benefit from having maintained a broad practice, meaning their counsel have experience of disparate areas of law and can therefore get to grips with problems crossing practice areas.

This set has excellent strength in depth, more counsel than any other I know of for this area of law.

Very friendly and always happy to help with queries relating to both new and existing instructions.

Very strong set, with highly capable juniors and leaders.

Well organised and responsive to urgent matters that need dealing with at short notice.

Set overviews: England and Wales

A multidisciplinary chambers that is strong across a host of areas, 7BR celebrated the elevation of Brendan Roche QC, Adrian Langdale QC, and Jennifer Carter-Manning QC to silk in March 2020. Chambers was also strengthened by the arrival of James Thomas, a specialist criminal, fraud, and regulatory practitioner, and Lubeya Ramadhan who specialises in public and private family law. Also of note, James House QC and Jas Jandu were both appointed Recorders and assigned to the Midland Circuit and South Eastern Circuit, respectively, dealing with crime.

Testimonials

Clerks:

All dealings with the clerks’ room have gone smoothly. Courteous and competent.

All the clerks (and in particular Albie Barton) are friendly, helpful and efficient.

Always amenable and willing to re-jig things to suit clients.

Clerks’ service is good and attentive.

Good. Mark Waterson is very impressive.

Great. Paul Eales & Mark Waterson bend over backwards to assist.

Paul Eeles and Mark Waterson are a formidable clerking team, they have a great junior team and the response to queries and requests is always prompt and well thought out.

Paul has excellent industry knowledge and can provide insights and match the right Counsel with solicitors. I trust his judgement implicitly.

Paul Eeles is hugely respected and deservedly so. He and the clerksroom are utterly dependable.

Service from the clerks’ room is good. Mark Waterson and Paul Eeles are particularly helpful and accommodating.

The clerks across Chambers are excellent but Albie Barton is outstanding. He is engaging, flexible, courteous and represents the set immaculately.

The clerks are accommodating and offer alternative counsel in the event that preferred counsel is not available. They are willing to negotiate on fees and have offered training

The clerks are friendly, helpful and efficient, providing a first class service.

The clerks room have always been approachable, swift to respond to communications and queries, and, generally, efficient in our dealings. Primarily, I have communicated with Albie Barton, to whom my general comments apply.

They are excellent. Paul Eales & Mark Waterson always make sure that we get what we need.

Very efficient and solution-driven. Paul Eeles is organised and masterful in diary management and Mark Waterson provides positive and effective clerking.

Very happy with the exceptional service provided by the civil clerks, particularly from Paul Eeles and his team.

Very responsive. Steve Wright is sensible and understated, a pleasure to deal with.

Set:

7 Bedford Row are a great set to work with. They are very supportive of our practice areas.

7 Bedford Row in my view are the no.1 chambers in the area of defending child abuse claims, particularly for local authorities and public sector, and particularly the more complex negligence/FTR/CSE/group action work. They regularly act in law changing / high profile cases and are extremely knowledgeable.

7 Bedford Row is my go to Chambers for Clinical Negligence cases. The Clerks are very efficient, friendly and approachable and they have a lot of very talented people there from recently called Juniors through to very senior and highly able Silks. The can also offer really good people for ancillary work which we sometimes have such as complex Inquests and Public Law issues.

7 Bedford Row is top of its game for Claimant product liability. It regularly offers good training.

7BR are a leading set and the clerking team are so helpful and ahead of their time in terms of use of technology. I regularly instruct several Barristers from there.

7BR are an incredible set for clinical negligence work. I use many of their Counsel for a wide variety of matters. The Skeleton series is always well attended and a great opportunity to meet Counsel and other solicitors. I always try to attend as many as possible.

7BR are highly regarded at IM and are used frequently. I mainly instruct Adam Weitzman but I know of several other counsel that my colleagues instruct and Adam Walker stands out as a great junior. They have a particularly strong PI team.

7BR are the go-to set for Claimant product liability & have been for some time. The superb Simeon Maskrey QC leads the team. There are excellent barristers at all levels & good diversity.

7BR as a chambers is a fantastic set of Chambers and are my go to set when i am looking for Counsel. They have good depth of Counsel to fit almost any area of law and have strong juniors, such as the excellent Gregory Burke. Personally I have used 5 separate Counsel from Chambers on multiple cases with more junior members assisting where necessary.

7BR has a brilliant clinical negligence team. Paul Eeles and Mark Waterson are the senior clerks responsible for clinical negligence, and they run a tight ship.

7BR has some outstanding members who are a pleasure to work with.

7BR is stuffed full of highly impressive workhorse advocates. Their technical knowledge and friendly but forthright advocacy has made this team a go-to set.

7br provide a professional service, listen to client requirements and respond with quality counsel.

All staff at the Chambers are extremely helpful, quick to respond to any queries raised.

Excellent reputation and good choice of counsel.

Excellent reputation in claimant clinical negligence with very good selection of specialist barristers.

Good strength in depth, very good webinars/training programmes and material too.

Good strong set with strength in depth on the Claimants’ product liability side. They have perhaps ceased to be the first set to go to for Claimants seeking product liability barristers, but are still strong with Hugh Preston, Simeon Maskrey QC and Adam Korn

I have used these chambers for many years and have always been happy with the service.

I think 7BR are a very strong set. Anita Guha is an outstanding barrister and Kitty Geddes and Emily Mitchell for example are also excellent. I do not have any worries about the team at 7BR.

The best general crime and fraud set on the Midland circuit.

Collingwood Thompson QC is a stellar QC. I have worked with him in the last few years. He is at the top of his game and always a pleasure to deal with.Jenny Carter- Manning QC is extremely bright and hard working and a pleasure to work with. Ben Isaacs is also very bright and a great junior.

Steve Wright is an excellent clerk and goes that extra mile to help provide an excellent service.

The recent revamping of the client suite brings state of the art communications to Chambers giving it an edge over many most other sets.

The set is the go-to set for product liability claimant work. There are a number of excellent barristers that practice in this area across all levels. They are all strong and have a wide range of experience.

The set is very strong with a number of top-notch practitioners. They benefit from having maintained a broad practice, meaning their counsel have experience of disparate areas of law and can therefore get to grips with problems crossing practice areas.

This set has excellent strength in depth, more counsel than any other I know of for this area of law.

Very friendly and always happy to help with queries relating to both new and existing instructions.

Very strong set, with highly capable juniors and leaders.

Well organised and responsive to urgent matters that need dealing with at short notice.

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Crime (general and fraud) Tier 2

Members of London-based set 7BR are active further north, with in particular a strong following in the East Midlands. James House QC has been involved in several of the region's highest-profile cases, recently defending Arkan Ali, who was charged along with two others in the murder of five individuals killed when a shop exploded in Leicester as part of a failed insurance fraud. Elsewhere in the team, Adrian Langdale QC took silk in 2020, while senior junior Gareth Weetman remains active in the fields of serious organised crime, fraud and sexual offences.

Leading Silks

James House QC - 7BRA real powerhouse in the criminal courts.
Ranked: Tier 2

2020 Silks

Leading Juniors

Gareth Weetman - 7BRHis calm and efficient approach to prosecution commands the respect of the court.
Ranked: Tier 3
Alex Young - 7BRHe handles witnesses with skill, prepares excellent written submissions, and conducts himself in court with authority.
Ranked: Tier 3

Regional Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

A multidisciplinary chambers that is strong across a host of areas, 7BR celebrated the elevation of Brendan Roche QC, Adrian Langdale QC, and Jennifer Carter-Manning QC to silk in March 2020. Chambers was also strengthened by the arrival of James Thomas, a specialist criminal, fraud, and regulatory practitioner, and Lubeya Ramadhan who specialises in public and private family law. Also of note, James House QC and Jas Jandu were both appointed Recorders and assigned to the Midland Circuit and South Eastern Circuit, respectively, dealing with crime.

Testimonials

Clerks:

All dealings with the clerks’ room have gone smoothly. Courteous and competent.

All the clerks (and in particular Albie Barton) are friendly, helpful and efficient.

Always amenable and willing to re-jig things to suit clients.

Clerks’ service is good and attentive.

Good. Mark Waterson is very impressive.

Great. Paul Eales & Mark Waterson bend over backwards to assist.

Paul Eeles and Mark Waterson are a formidable clerking team, they have a great junior team and the response to queries and requests is always prompt and well thought out.

Paul has excellent industry knowledge and can provide insights and match the right Counsel with solicitors. I trust his judgement implicitly.

Paul Eeles is hugely respected and deservedly so. He and the clerksroom are utterly dependable.

Service from the clerks’ room is good. Mark Waterson and Paul Eeles are particularly helpful and accommodating.

The clerks across Chambers are excellent but Albie Barton is outstanding. He is engaging, flexible, courteous and represents the set immaculately.

The clerks are accommodating and offer alternative counsel in the event that preferred counsel is not available. They are willing to negotiate on fees and have offered training

The clerks are friendly, helpful and efficient, providing a first class service.

The clerks room have always been approachable, swift to respond to communications and queries, and, generally, efficient in our dealings. Primarily, I have communicated with Albie Barton, to whom my general comments apply.

They are excellent. Paul Eales & Mark Waterson always make sure that we get what we need.

Very efficient and solution-driven. Paul Eeles is organised and masterful in diary management and Mark Waterson provides positive and effective clerking.

Very happy with the exceptional service provided by the civil clerks, particularly from Paul Eeles and his team.

Very responsive. Steve Wright is sensible and understated, a pleasure to deal with.

Set:

7 Bedford Row are a great set to work with. They are very supportive of our practice areas.

7 Bedford Row in my view are the no.1 chambers in the area of defending child abuse claims, particularly for local authorities and public sector, and particularly the more complex negligence/FTR/CSE/group action work. They regularly act in law changing / high profile cases and are extremely knowledgeable.

7 Bedford Row is my go to Chambers for Clinical Negligence cases. The Clerks are very efficient, friendly and approachable and they have a lot of very talented people there from recently called Juniors through to very senior and highly able Silks. The can also offer really good people for ancillary work which we sometimes have such as complex Inquests and Public Law issues.

7 Bedford Row is top of its game for Claimant product liability. It regularly offers good training.

7BR are a leading set and the clerking team are so helpful and ahead of their time in terms of use of technology. I regularly instruct several Barristers from there.

7BR are an incredible set for clinical negligence work. I use many of their Counsel for a wide variety of matters. The Skeleton series is always well attended and a great opportunity to meet Counsel and other solicitors. I always try to attend as many as possible.

7BR are highly regarded at IM and are used frequently. I mainly instruct Adam Weitzman but I know of several other counsel that my colleagues instruct and Adam Walker stands out as a great junior. They have a particularly strong PI team.

7BR are the go-to set for Claimant product liability & have been for some time. The superb Simeon Maskrey QC leads the team. There are excellent barristers at all levels & good diversity.

7BR as a chambers is a fantastic set of Chambers and are my go to set when i am looking for Counsel. They have good depth of Counsel to fit almost any area of law and have strong juniors, such as the excellent Gregory Burke. Personally I have used 5 separate Counsel from Chambers on multiple cases with more junior members assisting where necessary.

7BR has a brilliant clinical negligence team. Paul Eeles and Mark Waterson are the senior clerks responsible for clinical negligence, and they run a tight ship.

7BR has some outstanding members who are a pleasure to work with.

7BR is stuffed full of highly impressive workhorse advocates. Their technical knowledge and friendly but forthright advocacy has made this team a go-to set.

7br provide a professional service, listen to client requirements and respond with quality counsel.

All staff at the Chambers are extremely helpful, quick to respond to any queries raised.

Excellent reputation and good choice of counsel.

Excellent reputation in claimant clinical negligence with very good selection of specialist barristers.

Good strength in depth, very good webinars/training programmes and material too.

Good strong set with strength in depth on the Claimants’ product liability side. They have perhaps ceased to be the first set to go to for Claimants seeking product liability barristers, but are still strong with Hugh Preston, Simeon Maskrey QC and Adam Korn

I have used these chambers for many years and have always been happy with the service.

I think 7BR are a very strong set. Anita Guha is an outstanding barrister and Kitty Geddes and Emily Mitchell for example are also excellent. I do not have any worries about the team at 7BR.

The best general crime and fraud set on the Midland circuit.

Collingwood Thompson QC is a stellar QC. I have worked with him in the last few years. He is at the top of his game and always a pleasure to deal with.Jenny Carter- Manning QC is extremely bright and hard working and a pleasure to work with. Ben Isaacs is also very bright and a great junior.

Steve Wright is an excellent clerk and goes that extra mile to help provide an excellent service.

The recent revamping of the client suite brings state of the art communications to Chambers giving it an edge over many most other sets.

The set is the go-to set for product liability claimant work. There are a number of excellent barristers that practice in this area across all levels. They are all strong and have a wide range of experience.

The set is very strong with a number of top-notch practitioners. They benefit from having maintained a broad practice, meaning their counsel have experience of disparate areas of law and can therefore get to grips with problems crossing practice areas.

This set has excellent strength in depth, more counsel than any other I know of for this area of law.

Very friendly and always happy to help with queries relating to both new and existing instructions.

Very strong set, with highly capable juniors and leaders.

Well organised and responsive to urgent matters that need dealing with at short notice.

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.

88 members including 18 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
Member of Chambers THOMPSON QC, Collingwood (1975)
Member of Chambers MASKREY QC, Simeon (1977)
Member of Chambers SWEETING QC, Derek (1983)
Member of Chambers UNDERWOOD QC, Ashley (1976)
Member of Chambers LANGDALE QC, Rachel (1990)
Member of Chambers FORD QC, Steven (1992)
Member of Chambers CONNOLLY QC, Barbara (1986)
Member of Chambers PRESTON QC, Hugh (1994)
Member of Chambers PANAYI QC, Pavlos (1995)
Member of Chambers HOUSE QC, James (1995)
Member of Chambers WEITZMAN QC, Adam (1993)
Member of Chambers WHEELER QC, Andrew (1988)
Member of Chambers MARSHALL QC, Vanessa (1994)
Member of Chambers NG QC, Jern-Fei (2002)
Member of Chambers ROCHE QC, Brendan (1989)
Member of Chambers LANGDALE QC, Adrian (1996)
Member of Chambers CARTER-MANNING, Jennifer (1999)
Member of Chambers ASPDEN QC, Gordon (1988)
Member of Chambers GOODWIN, Deirdre (1974)
Member of Chambers MATTHEWS, Julian (1979)
Member of Chambers WHEATLEY, Simon (1979)
Member of Chambers PENDLEBURY, Jeremy (1980)
Membersof Chambers REED, Susan (1984)
Member of Chambers WALKER, Timothy (1984)
Member of Chambers CLEMENS, Adam (1985)
Member of Chambers KING, Simon (1987)
Member of Chambers MATTHEW, David (1987)
Member of Chambers KEEGAN, Leslie (1989)
Member of Chambers MEAKIN, Timothy (1989)
Member of Chambers EDWARDS, Sarah (1990)
Member of Chambers HUSTON, Graham (1991)
Member of Chambers KORN, Adam (1992)
Member of Chambers SAMAT, Daren (1992)
Member of Chambers BLACKBURN, Luke (1993)
Member of Chambers SYED, Maryam (1993)
Member of Chambers JUPP, Jeffrey (1994)
Member of Chambers CHUTE, Andrea (1995)
Member of Chambers KAUR, Hari (1995)
Member of Chambers NASHASHIBI, Anwar (1995)
Member of Chambers BANTON, Elaine (1996)
Member of Chambers JOHNSON, Susannah (1996)
Members of Chambers DARBY, Rachel (1997)
Member of Chambers GUHA, Anita (1997)
Member of Chambers WAITE, Kiril (1997)
Member of Chambers CROPP, Nicholas (1999)
Member of Chambers LUMBERS, Kate (1999)
Member of Chambers THOMAS, James (1999)
Member of Chambers SLATER, Justin (1999)
Member of Chambers WEETMAN, Gareth (1999)
Member of Chambers BAKER, Richard (2000)
Member of Chambers RAMADHAN, Lubeya (2000)
Member of Chambers GRAY, Steven (2000)
Member of Chambers O'MAHONY, David (2000)
Member of Chambers WALKER, Adam (2000)
Member of Chambers ALLWOOD, Gina (2002)
Member of Chambers PATEL, Hanisha (2002)
Member of Chambers CHAPMAN, William (2003)
Member of Chambers BERTRAM, Jonathan (2003)
Member of Chambers DUFFICY, Connor (2004)
Member of Chambers LYONS, Christina (2004)
Member of Chambers CARR, Craig (2005)
Member of Chambers BISHOP, Daniel (2007)
Member of Chambers LEONARD, Patricia (2007)
Member of Chambers RYAN, Liam (2007)
Member of Chambers WESTON, James (2007)
Member of Chambers YOUNG, Alex (2008)
Member of Chambers ISAACS, Ben (2009)
Member of Chambers LODY, Caroline (2009)
Member of Chambers NELSON, Ayanna (2009)
Member of Chambers MACDONALD, James (2010)
Member of Chambers COMPTON, Helen (2011)
Member of Chambers ROWBOTHAM, Simon (2011)
Member of Chambers BURKE, Gregory (2012)
Member of Chambers TRIGILIO, Vittoria (2013)
Member of Chambers CANNING, Christopher (2014)
Member of Chambers JANDU, Jas (2014)
Members of Chambers LEA, Kirsty (2014)
Member of Chambers HARVEY-SULLIVAN, Rose (2015)
Member of Chambers MITCHELL, Emily (2015)
Member of Chambers GEDDES, Kitty (2016)
Member of Chambers FROBISHER, Nia (2016)
Member of Chambers SHIELDS, Kat (2016)
Member of Chambers EARL, David (2017)
Member of Chambers TEMPLE-MABE, Kate (2018)
Member of Chambers YETMAN, Joshua (2018)
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 Gina Allwood  photo Gina Allwood Barrister. Family (international parental child abduction, Brussels II (revised); forced marriage; application…
 Gordon James Aspden  photo Gordon James Aspden Barrister specialising in criminal law. Recent cases include: R v Hart (Selby…
 Richard Baker  photo Richard Baker Barrister specialising in personal injury and clinical injury.
 Elaine Banton  photo Elaine Banton Elaine Banton frequently represents both Claimants and Respondents in long running multi-strand…
 Ross Beaton  photo Ross Beaton Ross specialises in clinical negligence and personal injury litigation, inquests, and employment…
 Jonathan Bertram  photo Jonathan Bertram Jonathan primarily practises in the specialist fields of clinical negligence and product…
 Daniel Bishop  photo Daniel Bishop
 Luke Blackburn  photo Luke Blackburn Specialises in employment and disciplinary work. He has particular experience of the…
Dr Gregory Burke  photo Dr Gregory Burke Barrister.
 Chris Canning  photo Chris Canning Chris is a mixed civil and criminal practitioner. He practises in crime;…
 Craig Carr  photo Craig Carr Personal injury, clinical negligence, professional negligence.
 Jennifer Carter-Manning QC photo Jennifer Carter-Manning QC Specialising in substantial cases of fraud, bribery & corruption, and money laundering.…
 William Chapman  photo William Chapman William is a civil law practitioner. His areas of practice are personal…
 Andrea Chute  photo Andrea Chute
 Adam Clemens  photo Adam Clemens Barrister specialising in clinical negligence, personal injury, police malfeasance, judicial review and…
 Helen Compton  photo Helen Compton Employment: Helen recently represented a claimant in a nine day case against…
 Barbara Connolly photo Barbara Connolly Called 1986; Silk 2011. Barbara Connolly QC specialises in all aspects of…
 Nicholas Cropp  photo Nicholas Cropp Barrister
 Conor Dufficy  photo Conor Dufficy Conor Dufficy has a broad civil law practice and advises and acts…
 Steven Ford photo Steven Ford Called 1992; Silk 2010. Practice: personal injury: claims involving social workers, medical…
 Nia Frobisher  photo Nia Frobisher Nia joined 7BR after the successful completion of her pupillage in October…
 Deirdre Goodwin  photo Deirdre Goodwin Deirdre has vast experience of handling catastrophic injury claims with especial expertise…
 Steven Gray  photo Steven Gray Steven focuses principally on financial and business crime and related civil, public…
 Anita Guha  photo Anita Guha Specialist in child & family law with expertise in international cross border…
 Rose Harvey-Sullivan  photo Rose Harvey-Sullivan Rose Harvey-Sullivan enjoys a busy practice encompassing a range of chambers’ specialities…
 James House photo James House James has a national practice prosecuting and defending in high profile, serious…
 Graham Huston  photo Graham Huston Barrister practising prosecution and defence in all types of serious criminal work.
 Ben Isaacs  photo Ben Isaacs
 Jas Jandu  photo Jas Jandu Jas’s practice ranges from Financial Services Enforcement and Financial Crime to Commercial…
 Susannah Johnson  photo Susannah Johnson Susannah Johnson is a highly experienced multi-disciplinary barrister who undertakes family proceedings,…
 Jeffrey Jupp  photo Jeffrey Jupp Specialises in employment and commercial law. and covers all aspects of employment…
 Hari Kaur  photo Hari Kaur Hari is particularly sought after for family cases, both public and private…
 Leslie Keegan  photo Leslie Keegan Specialises in clinical negligence, medical law personal injury and cases involving abuse…
 Simon King  photo Simon King Simon practises in clinical negligence and personal injury (including product liability) disputes,…
 Adam Korn  photo Adam Korn Barrister specialising in product liability, clinical negligence, personal injury and public childcare…
 Rachel Langdale photo Rachel Langdale Rachel Langdale QC undertakes Children Law cases (public, private and international), Public…
 Adrian Langdale  photo Adrian Langdale Barrister specialising in crime and business crime.
 Patricia Leonard  photo Patricia Leonard Patricia’s multinational education and practice has allowed her to develop a detailed…
 Caroline Lody  photo Caroline Lody Barrister.
 Kate Lumbers  photo Kate Lumbers Kate is a civil practitioner who practices in three areas: clinical negligence;…
 Christina Lyons  photo Christina Lyons Barrister specialising in personal injury, clinical negligence and employment law. Christina’s practice…
 James MacDonald  photo James MacDonald James specialises in clinical negligence and personal injury litigation, crime, inquests and…
 Vanessa Marshall photo Vanessa Marshall Vanessa Marshall QC has a unique practice consisting of both criminal and…
 Simeon Maskrey photo Simeon Maskrey Simeon Maskrey is recognised as an outstanding, experienced silk in each of…
 David Matthew  photo David Matthew General crime: David’s practice includes all types of serious crime, ranging from…
 Julian Matthews  photo Julian Matthews Barrister specialising in personal injury, clinical negligence and product liability, acting for…
 Timothy Meakin  photo Timothy Meakin Tim’s experience in clinical negligence and personal injury is extensive in advice,…
 Anwar Nashashibi  photo Anwar Nashashibi Anwar Nashashibi practices in all areas of serious crime, with particular emphasis…
 David O’Mahony  photo David O’Mahony David O’Mahony specialises in cases in which international issues arise. He has…
 Pavlos Panayi photo Pavlos Panayi Specialist in business crime, fraud, terrorism, serious violent crime and sexual offences. Instructed in…
 Hanisha Patel  photo Hanisha Patel Hanisha Patel is a barrister at 7 Bedford Row and is also…
 Jeremy Pendlebury  photo Jeremy Pendlebury Consistently and currently (2013) ranked as a leading junior in clinical negligence…
 Hugh Preston photo Hugh Preston Hugh Preston specialises predominantly in product liability, clinical negligence and personal injury,…
 Susan Reed  photo Susan Reed Barrister specialising in private and public law cases involving children, including care…
 Brendan Roche QC photo Brendan Roche QC Brendan has a high profile in family law. He regularly appears in…
 Liam Ryan photo Liam Ryan Liam has a busy personal injury practice based on the multitrack. Liam…
 Kat Shields  photo Kat Shields Kat Shields joined 7BR after the successful completion of her pupillage in…
 Justin Slater  photo Justin Slater Justin specialises in child law with an emphasis on care and adoption,…
 Derek Sweeting photo Derek Sweeting Barrister whose practice is focused on contentious civil litigation and advisory work…
 Maryam Syed  photo Maryam Syed Maryam Syed is a highly regarded Leading criminal and family practitioner heavily…
 Collingwood Thompson photo Collingwood Thompson Barrister specialising in fi·aud (civil and criminal) corruption, money laundering and financial…
 Vittoria Trigilio  photo Vittoria Trigilio Vittoria has developed a strong criminal practice primarily defending on a broad…
 Timothy Walker  photo Timothy Walker A commercial and employment practitioner, Tim’s commercial practice extends to commercial disputes,…
 Adam Walker  photo Adam Walker Barrister specialising in clinical negligence, personal injury and inquest work. Adam’s clinical…
 Gareth Weetman  photo Gareth Weetman Gareth has spent more than ten years specialising in crime and personal…
 Adam Weitzman photo Adam Weitzman Barrister specialising in tortious claims for personal injury. High value claims involving…
 James Weston  photo James Weston James practices in the fields of clinical negligence, catastrophic injury and abuse…
 Simon Wheatley  photo Simon Wheatley Simon’s principle area of practice is maximum severity personal injury claims and…
 Andrew Wheeler photo Andrew Wheeler Andrew Wheeler QC is head of the Financial Crime Team at 7BR…
 Alex Young  photo Alex Young Barrister practising in employment, commercial, general common law, personal injury, general crime…