Set Profile > Brick Court Chambers > London, England

Chambers of Mark Howard QC and Helen Davies QC
Brick Court Chambers
7-8 ESSEX STREET
LONDON
WC2R 3LD
England

Commodities

2019 Silks

Fionn Pilbrow QC - Brick Court ChambersLeagues ahead of his contemporaries, he is the opponent everyone dreads, with an unparalleled eye for detail and for the case-winning point.

Data protection

2019 Silks

Victoria Wakefield QC - Brick Court Chambers 'She is brilliant. Incredibly quick, very intelligent, and a joy to work with.'

Public procurement

2019 Silks

Margaret Gray QC - Brick Court ChambersFantastic advocate, very quick to get to the heart of the issue and deliver completely on-point advice.

Leading Juniors

Tim Johnston - Brick Court ChambersAn out-of-the-box thinker, dependable and experienced in public procurement disputes. He presents superbly.
Ranked: Tier 3

Commercial litigation Tier 1

Brick Court Chambers is a 'first-rate set' that is 'excellent from top to bottom' and possesses 'almost universal quality'. Despite having 'the bench strength to deal with the biggest and most complex of cases', the set hasn't rested on its laurels, recently recruiting several strong junior barristers, including James McClelland and Charlotte Tan, from Fountain Court Chambers and Twenty Essex respectively. Major recent highlights included the Lloyds Banking Group shareholder litigation, where Helen Davies QC and Tony Singla successfully defended the bank. Seven members were also involved in Privatbank v Kolomoisky and others, including Mark Howard QC, Alec Haydon QCRichard Blakeley, and Ben Woolgar.

Rising stars

Sophie Shaw - Brick Court ChambersGreat attention to technical detail balanced by a clear communication style. Sophie has a collaborative way of working that made it really easy and a pleasure to instruct her.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ben Woolgar - Brick Court ChambersExceptionally commercially savvy, he is able to dissect complex issues and get to the heart of the matter, he is also a very strong advocate and cross-examiner.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Helen Davies QC - Brick Court ChambersA very rare talent – an exceptional advocate and one of the most able Silks at the Commercial Bar.
Ranked: Tier 1
Mark Howard QC - Brick Court ChambersProbably now the most authoritative and respected commercial silk at the Bar.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tim Lord QC - Brick Court ChambersRobust and punchy advocate, fights the fight for his client with energy and skill.
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Salzedo QC - Brick Court ChambersSimon is great: very impressive knowledge of his specialist areas; superb judgement; very calm; almost always right.
Ranked: Tier 2
Vernon Flynn QC - Brick Court ChambersA class act with no airs and graces, utterly sincere and genuine.
Ranked: Tier 2
Daniel Jowell QC - Brick Court ChambersAn excellent advocate, who offers clear advice, he is outstanding.
Ranked: Tier 3
Roger Masefield QC - Brick Court ChambersA pleasure to work with, all over the detail of the most subtantial heavyweight litigation in the market, and a robust and effective advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Harry Matovu QC - Brick Court ChambersHis oral advocacy is a joy to listen to - measured, not without lightness of touch where appropriate and well judged.
Ranked: Tier 3

Charles Hollander QC - Brick Court Chambers ‘He has seen it all before so there is sophistication and nuance in his approach, which really produces results.

Ranked: Tier 4
Michael Swainston QC - Brick Court ChambersDetailed preparation and forensic cross examination are his major qualities and junior barristers should observe him when he is in a trial, it's a free lesson not to be missed.
Ranked: Tier 4
Tom Adam QC - Brick Court ChambersLives and breaths his cases, phenomenal advocate and does not spread himself thinly like others at his level.
Ranked: Tier 5
Michael Bools QC - Brick Court ChambersA top-flight QC – calm under pressure, a clear thinker, firm and fair opponent and attractive advocate.
Ranked: Tier 5
Richard Slade QC - Brick Court ChambersOne of the most delightful Silks one could possibly meet and work with – charming and a brilliant lawyer with tremendous instincts.
Ranked: Tier 5
Jasbir Dhillon QC - Brick Court ChambersHe is technically excellent, very bright and good on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 6

2019 Silks

Alec Haydon QC - Brick Court ChambersHe is outstanding - extremely sharp and quick, all over the papers, and always on call and responsive.
Fionn Pilbrow QC - Brick Court ChambersExtremely bright and very user friendly silk, he quickly gets to grips with complex issues and delivers cogent and clear advice.

2020 Silks

Colin West QC - Brick Court ChambersVery bright; very engaged; very knowledgeable.

2021 Silks

James McClelland QC - Brick Court ChambersAn outstanding jurist - one of the best legal researchers at the bar - and an excellent advocate. Particularly strong at the intersection of commercial law and public law.
Tony Singla QC - Brick Court ChambersAn excellent senior junior who can take on responsibility for work streams on a large case, and take the work load (including advocacy) off the Silks.

Leading Juniors

Richard Blakeley - Brick Court ChambersOne of the smartest Commercial Juniors and a shoo-in to any litigation team heading into battle - delightful company and a mega star for the future.
Ranked: Tier 3
Richard Eschwege - Brick Court ChambersExtremely intelligent even by the standard of the commercial bar, excellent written advocacy that never misses the mark.
Ranked: Tier 3
Craig Morrison - Brick Court ChambersHe’s absolutely outstanding, and manages to combine it with being an absolute joy to work with.
Ranked: Tier 3
Laura Newton - Brick Court ChambersAn outstanding junior who deals with issues of complexity and gravity with great confidence.
Ranked: Tier 3
Edward Harrison - Brick Court ChambersVery strong intellectual and analytical mind, and able to hold his own with much more senior and experienced practitioners, demonstrating how far he is likely to rise.
Ranked: Tier 4
Edward Ho - Brick Court ChambersA brilliant lawyer, who provides first class support to his leader.
Ranked: Tier 4
Geoffrey Kuehne - Brick Court ChambersA pleasure to work with, he is very bright but also pragmatic and practical, and his background as a solicitor means that he really gets what we are looking for from junior counsel and how he can add value to the team.
Ranked: Tier 4
Alan Roxburgh - Brick Court ChambersHe is incredibly meticulous and a most elegant draftsman, also a person of absolute integrity and good judgement.
Ranked: Tier 4

Charlotte Tan - Brick Court Chambers ‘Fiercely bright, which is apparent from dealing with her, and in seeing the weight which her leaders put on her input - she works really hard, and goes the extra mile, which is really appreciated.

Ranked: Tier 4
Andrew Thomas - Brick Court ChambersResponsive, commercial, sound judgement, good advocate, good lawyer and an excellent team player.
Ranked: Tier 4
Gerard Rothschild - Brick Court ChambersVery intellectually strong and analytical, stays calm under pressure, and sees the wider picture.
Ranked: Tier 5
Max Schaefer - Brick Court ChambersA first rate junior, he has superb analytical skills and cuts to the heart of any case.
Ranked: Tier 5

Competition Tier 1

'First-choice on big-ticket competition law matters', Brick Court Chambers is 'a go-to set with many of the leading names in competition litigation'. Members were on both sides of the BritNed v ABB Court of Appeal round of the power cables saga, an appeal from the first cartel damages trial to reach judgment in the UK: Robert O'Donoghue QC and Hugo Leith for BritNed, and Mark Hoskins QC, Sarah Ford QC, Jennifer MacLeod  and Jon Lawrence for the power cables companies. Before the Supreme Court, Marie Demetriou QC was against Hoskins QC in Merricks v Mastercard, concerning the certification of a collective claim on behalf of effectively anyone who made a purchase from a UK retailer accepting Mastercard before 2008. Members were also on both sides of merger control case Lebedev Holdings v Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, concerning a proposed Saudi investment, through a Caymanian structure, in the London Evening Standard and Independent newspapers; David Scannell QC (a 2020 silk appointment) and Emily MacKenzie represented the government, and Ford QC represented Lebedev Holdings. 2019 silk appointment Margaret Gray QC is active in matters with Northern Ireland crossover, and among the set's juniors Sarah Abram represents Stagecoach in a proposed standalone collective claim concerning fares for train journeys straddling the London fare zone boundary. In addition to Scannell taking silk, chambers has also celebrated the elevation of Colin West to silk and Kelyn Bacon QC being appointed to the High Court bench in 2020.

Rising stars

Jennifer MacLeod - Brick Court ChambersAn outstanding junior, one of the future stars of the competition bar. She is razor-sharp, has a phenomenal work ethic and is 100% committed to each and every case.
Ranked: Tier 1
Emma Mockford - Brick Court ChambersEmma is extremely practical and solutions-focussed. She combines substantial expertise in competition and EU law with an ability to think laterally in order to find ways through difficult issues. She is indefatigably hard-working, and she is always a positive team member. Very popular with silks and instructing solicitors alike.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tom Pascoe - Brick Court ChambersTom is an absolute pleasure to work with - he is strong on the law but also incredibly practical. He works very well in a team, is quick to respond and is very client-friendly.
Ranked: Tier 1
Charlotte Thomas - Brick Court ChambersCharlotte is a brilliant intellect, brimming with ideas and very hard working. She is also a pleasure to work with and great with clients.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Helen Davies QC - Brick Court Chambers ‘A leader in her field, and an inspiration to work with.

Ranked: Tier 1
Marie Demetriou QC - Brick Court ChambersHer submissions are perfectly succinct and have more impact with judges than most.
Ranked: Tier 1
Mark Hoskins QC - Brick Court ChambersAn excellent advocate and obvious star of the competition bar.
Ranked: Tier 1
Daniel Jowell QC - Brick Court ChambersExceptionally intellectually able and great at distilling complex arguments into the essential points.
Ranked: Tier 1
James Flynn QC - Brick Court ChambersA hugely experienced competition litigation silk who is always calm in a crisis and a joy to work with.
Ranked: Tier 2

Sarah Ford QC - Brick Court Chambers ‘Good on the law and a very able advocate on her feet.

Ranked: Tier 2
Mark Howard QC - Brick Court ChambersA standout barrister.
Ranked: Tier 2
Maya Lester QC - Brick Court ChambersUnusual in really credibly marrying top level expertise in both competition law and public law.
Ranked: Tier 2
Aidan Robertson QC - Brick Court ChambersA careful, thoughtful and strong strategist with a clear view of his cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Neil Calver QC - Brick Court ChambersDevastatingly effective in the Court of Appeal against the massed ranks of the competition bar.
Ranked: Tier 3
Robert O'Donoghue QC - Brick Court ChambersHe is always available and willing to assist and a pleasure to work with. His drafting is crisp, succinct and engaging and he is authoritative on all aspects of substantive and procedural law. His advocacy is focused, clear and powerful.
Ranked: Tier 3
Fergus Randolph QC - Brick Court ChambersPleasant to deal with, he gets the job done.
Ranked: Tier 3
Nicholas Saunders QC - Brick Court ChambersHe has authority and gravitas.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jemima Stratford QC - Brick Court ChambersShe is willing to roll up her sleeves and get involved in practical concerns that arise in complex cases.
Ranked: Tier 3

2019 Silks

Margaret Gray QC - Brick Court ChambersAble to succinctly explain and summarise the most complex competition issues to clients.
Victoria Wakefield QC - Brick Court ChambersA true team player and developing a specialism in class action litigation.

2020 Silks

David Scannell QC - Brick Court ChambersHe has a good mix of competition law and general commercial experience.
Colin West QC - Brick Court ChambersVery bright, engaged and knowledgeable.

2021 Silks

Tony Singla QC - Brick Court ChambersA brilliant mind combined with a calm, analytical approach. Very good strategic thinker, who is extremely popular with solicitors. His particular strength is commercial competition litigation.

Leading Juniors

Sarah Abram - Brick Court ChambersGreat confidence and courtroom presence as well as expertise in this area. Her advocacy is very effective and measured.
Ranked: Tier 1
Daniel Piccinin - Brick Court ChambersHis intellect is second to none and his ability to analyse the economics is better than most of the economists.
Ranked: Tier 2
Gerard Rothschild - Brick Court ChambersParticularly strong on jurisdiction and governing law issues and expert work.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Bailey - Brick Court ChambersA great black letter lawyer and collegiate in approach.
Ranked: Tier 3
David Heaton - Brick Court ChambersDavid is an extremely hardworking and tenacious litigator. He is also very creative, often finding solutions to problems that more senior members of the team miss.
Ranked: Tier 3
Tim Johnston - Brick Court ChambersHis burgeoning parallel public law practice is a tremendous asset in antitrust cases.
Ranked: Tier 3
Hugo Leith - Brick Court ChambersHe has excellent judgement on how to pitch written submissions. Very quick to understand facts of a case, familiar and in control of the details; excellent and quick drafting of submissions.
Ranked: Tier 3
Sarah Love - Brick Court ChambersAn extraordinary intellect with a background in economics, she is in great demand. Amongst the top juniors at the competition bar, she is particularly strong on regulatory matters and judicial reviews.
Ranked: Tier 3
Emily MacKenzie - Brick Court ChambersShe quickly establishes the key issues in instructions and provides clear and concise advice.
Ranked: Tier 3

European Union law Tier 1

Brick Court Chambers is for many 'still the go-to set for EU law litigation, with a deep pool of talent'. In Luxembourg, Kelyn Bacon QC (elevated to the High Court as of 1 October 2020) represented bondholders of Banco Espirito Santo in a challenge to the European court's decision to approve the bank's bifurcation into a "good bank" and a "bad bank", while in the UK Supreme Court she was instructed for HMRC in Routier, a case concerning the status of Jersey as an EU "third country". Prior to his appointment in the 2020 silk round, and among other chemicals cases, David Scannell QC represented GE Healthcare before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in a challenge to a decision suspending the authorisation of a contrast agent used in MRI scans for over 25 years. Before the London courts, five members of chambers are involved in the Micula v Romania litigation caused by an instruction from the European Commission to the Romanian government to disregard an ICSID award it deemed to be state aid: Robert O'Donoghue QC, Gerard Rothschild and Emily MacKenzie for the Romanian government, and Marie Demetriou QC and Hugo Leith for one of the two claimants. Also of note, Charlotte Thomas is a rising star of EU law Bar.

Rising stars

Charlotte Thomas - Brick Court ChambersA very capable junior, her work is very useful, thorough and clear.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Marie Demetriou QC - Brick Court ChambersAbsolutely one of the top EU law silks around - excellent in court and always has a real grasp of the issues. Astute in her analysis, clear and compelling in her advocacy, we knew our case could not be in better hands.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Maya Lester QC - Brick Court ChambersA top-drawer drafter and forensic advocate with great wisdom. Everyone on the team was struck by her ability brilliantly to synthesise the points and express them clearly and effectively. Maya provides advice in the field not only of EU law but also public international law.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jemima Stratford QC - Brick Court ChambersJemima knows the area in which we work well and can offer a relevant and concise opinion on difficult areas. She keeps the team updated on progress and appreciates the importance of other aspects of the case or needs of the client. She is very easy to work with and we have great confidence in her advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Flynn QC - Brick Court ChambersHe has huge experience litigating in EU law both in England and Luxembourg. Always calm, approachable and client friendly. Has a wealth of Competition Law experience. Good on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 3
Daniel Jowell QC - Brick Court ChambersHe is a strong advocate and able to address a senior court on difficult points of law. Very knowledgeable and client friendly. A pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 3
Aidan Robertson QC - Brick Court ChambersAidan has a deep reservoir of experience in this field and can apply highly academic and complex points into a practical case strategy. He keeps his head when the going gets tough and is a source of reassurance.
Ranked: Tier 3

2019 Silks

Margaret Gray QC - Brick Court ChambersShe grasps the most complex issues quickly and can pinpoint the risks and explain them succinctly and in easy terms to clients.
Victoria Wakefield QC - Brick Court ChambersThe complete package: brilliantly bright and extremely hard-working.

2020 Silks

David Scannell QC - Brick Court ChambersA strong and considered advocate who gains the trust of the judge.

Leading Juniors

Sarah Abram - Brick Court ChambersI consider Sarah to be one of the pre-eminent senior juniors in this area. She has an unusual ability to both be on top of the detail but also provide excellent issues on strategic matters. She has excellent judgement and is unafraid to input and express her views on important decisions. She is a calm and measured, and very effective, oral advocate. Definitely a future star silk.
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Blakeley - Brick Court ChambersExcellent experience and one of my go-to barristers in this area. Great judgment and insight into the EU Courts thinking. He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of EU case law.
Ranked: Tier 2
Zahra Al-Rikabi - Brick Court ChambersShe is fiercely intelligent and she works her socks off. A great team player, fine drafter, and displays sound judgement.
Ranked: Tier 3
Tim Johnston - Brick Court ChambersTim has a wealth of experience in EU law as it applies to public procurement and is able to explain difficult concepts in plain English. Tim is also an out-of-the-box thinker and dependable and presents superbly to both his instructors and our clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Hugo Leith - Brick Court ChambersA brilliant, versatile lawyer who can turn his hand to almost everything. He has a huge range of practice in commercial law, EU law, competition law and even public law, and can bring these broad litigation skills to bear in EU law. He has a very bright future.
Ranked: Tier 3
Emily MacKenzie - Brick Court ChambersEmily is very good indeed: she is completely on top of the law, can get to the heart of a case immediately, and can draft extremely well. Clients are impressed her.
Ranked: Tier 3
Gerard Rothschild - Brick Court Chambers Dedicated and with great attention to detail, Gerard is particularly strong on jurisdiction and governing law issues and expert work. His mind is precision engineered, he leaves no stone unturned in his research and his submissions are precise, meticulous and to the point.
Ranked: Tier 3

Fraud: civil Tier 1

Brick Court Chambers 'has many of the best advocates at the commercial bar' and clients rate its 'clever, hard-working, unstuffy juniors with excellent judgement who can turn their hands to a broad range of commercial and public law matters'. Civil fraud remains a key area for many of its members who have an excellent track record on major cross-border disputes. Recently, Neil Calver QC (elevated to the High Court in October 2020) and Laura Newton appeared on opposing sides of Avonwick Holdings Ltd v Azitio Holdings Ltd and Ors. Tim Lord QC and Fred Hobson are also acting for three of the defendants in the epic SKAT  v Solo Capital Partners and 160 OthersBen Woolgar is a rising star in chambers.

Rising stars

Ben Woolgar - Brick Court Chambers ‘Carries the most extraordinary case load and is constantly available, providing high-quality advice under pressure and when the stakes are high.

Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Mark Howard QC - Brick Court ChambersAbsolutely top rank advocate, trusted and respected by Judges and amazing ability to articulate complex issues in a clear and persuasive manner.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tim Lord QC - Brick Court ChambersGreat leader, who manages the team very effectively and keeps morale up - gives effective commercial advice and is a very powerful advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Vernon Flynn QC - Brick Court ChambersHe rolls up his sleeves and fights side to side with his clients and instructing lawyers. He is very user friendly and successfully advances aggressive, but justifiably so, arguments against fraudsters.
Ranked: Tier 3
Roger Masefield QC - Brick Court ChambersModestly the smartest guy in the room, Roger is the full package: he is all over the detail, a robust and effective advocate, and a pleasure to deal with.
Ranked: Tier 3
Simon Salzedo QC - Brick Court ChambersHe is extremely clever, diligent, clear and responsive, and brilliant at unpicking knotty problems and coming up with imaginative solutions.
Ranked: Tier 3
Daniel Jowell QC - Brick Court ChambersGood at distilling complex arguments into the essential points; a good team player and charming to deal with.
Ranked: Tier 4
Thomas Plewman QC - Brick Court ChambersExtremely conscientious and hardworking: A barrister of detail and determination, always striving to do the best for his clients.
Ranked: Tier 4

2019 Silks

Fionn Pilbrow QC - Brick Court ChambersAbsolutely first rate; he has a meticulous eye for detail, is super-smart and creative and is an articulate and extremely persuasive advocate.

Leading Juniors

Richard Blakeley - Brick Court ChambersStrong ability to process information, especially foreign law concepts, and turn around quality work product - good with clients and robust advocacy.
Ranked: Tier 2
Edward Harrison - Brick Court ChambersA relaxed and urbane advocate who is keen to get to the heart of the legal issues arising in any fraud case.
Ranked: Tier 2
Laura Newton - Brick Court ChambersHighly intelligent and analytical, always completely on top of the detail, has a collaborative working style, a very sharp mind and is a pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Eschwege - Brick Court ChambersHe is charming, very easy to work with and absolutely tenacious in support of a client's case.
Ranked: Tier 3
Fred Hobson - Brick Court ChambersOne of the names you’d always think about on a big case, very tough which we like him for and he’s easy to deal with.
Ranked: Tier 3
Edward Ho - Brick Court ChambersHe has a true knack for complex fraud cases. Still a genius and absolutely go-to at that level, he’s an absolute trojan.
Ranked: Tier 4

Mediators Tier 1

Stephen Ruttle QC - Brick Court Chambers Brick Court Chambers' Stephen Ruttle QC, who is also at IPOS Mediation, is 'an exceptional mediator, who is easily at the top of the list for any difficult dispute. This is because he is passionate about resolving disputes and creative in the way he does so, always tailoring his approach to the precise circumstances of the case'. He ceased practising as a barrister and silk in 2002 and has since worked full time as a commercial mediator. By early 2020, he had mediated over 1500 cases; he is increasingly active as a mediator of community and faith-based disputes. He practises predominantly in London, but also mediates regularly in other parts of the UK and Ireland, and in several overseas jurisdictions. In late 2019, he successfully co-mediated the group litigation between over 550 sub-postmasters and the Post Office.

IT and telecoms

IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) - Leading Silks

Sarah Ford QC - Brick Court ChambersAn excellent lawyer, who is thorough and efficient, a good draftsman, and great to work with.
Ranked: Tier 4
Nicholas Saunders QC - Brick Court ChambersHe is known for his expertise across IP and competition law.
Ranked: Tier 4

Telecoms (Regulatory) - Leading Juniors

Sarah Love - Brick Court ChambersHer written work is excellent and always meticulously argued. Her oral advocacy is very effective and she is highly skilled at distilling the key points.
Ranked: Tier 1

Administrative and public law (including elections) Tier 2

A set 'really building a reputation for taking on complex, high-profile administrative/public law challenge', Brick Court Chambers' members are active across public law, both in the commercial space as well as for respected NGOs and individual claimants. Paul Bowen QC represented the anonymised claimant, a disabled boy who was subjected to sexual abuse in a care home, in R (AB) v CC of Hampshire concerning the force's failure to provide him with a registered witness intermediary while reporting abuse to the police. Crossing over with her sanctions expertise, Maya Lester QC represented a number of Tamil activists in a challenge to the continued proscription of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, better known as the Tamil Tigers. The set's members continue to act for various government bodies; Marie Demetriou QC and Tim Johnston continue to represent Transport for London in litigation concerning Uber's licence to operate in London, while James McClelland, who joined from Fountain Court Chambers, acting for Uber in the same matter.

Rising stars

Jennifer MacLeod - Brick Court ChambersOne of those rare barristers who can really change the fortunes of a case.
Ranked: Tier 1
Emma Mockford - Brick Court ChambersCalm, measured but fearless when necessary.
Ranked: Tier 1
Charlotte Thomas - Brick Court ChambersA brilliant intellect brimming with ideas.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Jemima Stratford QC - Brick Court ChambersFantastically sharp and plain-speaking, with huge experience in her field.
Ranked: Tier 2
Lord Anderson of Ipswich KBE QC - Brick Court ChambersAn excellent advocate and very much liked by clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Paul Bowen QC - Brick Court ChambersVery intelligent, articulate, erudite, hard working and eloquent.
Ranked: Tier 2
Marie Demetriou QC - Brick Court ChambersA forceful and persuasive advocate able to fend off fierce opposition and persuade a sceptical court of difficult points.
Ranked: Tier 3
Maya Lester QC - Brick Court ChambersSuperb when it comes to issues relating to terrorism and sanctions - she knows the law inside and out.
Ranked: Tier 3
Sarah Ford QC - Brick Court ChambersAn able and accessible barrister who performs work to a high standard and very efficiently.
Ranked: Tier 4

2019 Silks

Margaret Gray QC - Brick Court ChambersAble to grasp even the most complex of factual matrices exceptionally quickly.
Victoria Wakefield QC - Brick Court ChambersShe has an easy advocacy style, which does very well to boil down complex legal arguments to their core points.

2021 Silks

James McClelland QC - Brick Court ChambersThe complete package - an exceptionally gifted junior.

Leading Juniors

Malcolm Birdling - Brick Court ChambersHe is fantastic. He is lightning quick and understands the Admin Court like the back of his hand.
Ranked: Tier 2
Tim Johnston - Brick Court ChambersAn inventive and confident litigator, who retains a calm head and very respectful manner throughout difficult circumstances.
Ranked: Tier 2
Sarah Love - Brick Court ChambersOne of the best when it comes to complex public law matters with an international or commercial dimension.
Ranked: Tier 3
Gerard Rothschild - Brick Court ChambersHis mind is precision-engineered, he leaves no stone unturned in his research and his submissions are precise, meticulous and to the point.
Ranked: Tier 3
Zahra Al-Rikabi - Brick Court ChambersA great team player and a fine drafter with sound judgement.
Ranked: Tier 3
David Heaton - Brick Court ChambersVery creative, often finding solutions to problems that more senior members of the team miss.
Ranked: Tier 3
Emily MacKenzie - Brick Court ChambersCompletely on top of the law, can get to the heart of a case immediately, and can draft extremely well.
Ranked: Tier 4

Banking and finance (including consumer credit) Tier 2

Brick Court Chambers is a 'go-to set for banking and finance work with some true stars and incredible strength in depth'. The set 'offers the whole package' and is noted for its 'large group of very talented barristers'. Its offering at the junior end was strengthened by the arrival of the highly-rated James McClelland from Fountain Court Chambers. Noteworthy cases include Republic of Mozambique v Credit Suisse in which Helen Davies QC and Tony Singla are leading the defence for Credit Suisse. Another highlight has been Banca Intesa Sanpaolo and Dexia Crediop v City of Venice in which Jasbir Dhillon QC is leading Geoffrey Kuehne.

Leading Silks

Mark Howard QC - Brick Court ChambersIncredible presence, authority and ability to condense the law into digestible submissions.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tim Lord QC - Brick Court ChambersAn excellent advocate - he has boundless enthusiasm for the law, making it fun to work with him.
Ranked: Tier 1
Simon Salzedo QC - Brick Court ChambersExtremely capable, both on paper and on his feet, and always in demand.
Ranked: Tier 2
Helen Davies QC - Brick Court ChambersNotable for her highly analytical approach and exceptional preparation for advocacy, she is always determined to be ready for every possible argument and to have addressed it in advance.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jasbir Dhillon QC - Brick Court ChambersThe master of finance litigation, particularly derivatives disputes - he is academically superb, combined with exceptional commerciality and formidable courtroom skills.
Ranked: Tier 3
Simon Birt QC - Brick Court ChambersRapidly developing into a senior silk capable of leading and winning the largest matters.
Ranked: Tier 4
Roger Masefield QC - Brick Court ChambersHis easy going manner coupled with his comprehensive mastery of the facts of our case make him an ideal silk - truly first class.
Ranked: Tier 4
Richard Slade QC - Brick Court ChambersHe is one of the best at the bar when it comes to complex cross-border/multi-jurisdictional litigation in the High Court and Court of Appeal, as well as with freezing orders and jurisdiction challenges.
Ranked: Tier 5

2019 Silks

Fionn Pilbrow QC - Brick Court ChambersExcellent judgement and a thoroughly pleasant individual to work with.

2021 Silks

James McClelland QC - Brick Court ChambersAll barristers in the top chambers are clever but he is in the top margin! Extremely quick and able.
Tony Singla QC - Brick Court ChambersMy first choice for banking litigation - he has a creative and thorough approach and is always willing to listen to the thoughts of others.

Leading Juniors

Richard Eschwege - Brick Court ChambersA star junior, his particular strengths lie in his ability to digest huge amounts of material at pace, his legal knowledge and judgement, and his high work rate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Fred Hobson - Brick Court ChambersExcellent to work with, very bright, good judgment, explains complex issues well to lay clients, likeable and a team player.
Ranked: Tier 2
Craig Morrison - Brick Court ChambersAbsolutely inexhaustible, a total super star.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Thomas - Brick Court ChambersVery thorough, excellent on detail, very good with clients , including very stressed ones.
Ranked: Tier 3
Sarah Abram - Brick Court ChambersVery organised, pro-active, always a pleasure to work with on even the most stressful cases - very clear and articulate on her feet.
Ranked: Tier 4
Jonathan Dawid - Brick Court ChambersHighly intelligent senior junior, who benefits from having had time in practice in a law firm, and a superb written advocate: quickly masterminding documents to get to the essence of a case.
Ranked: Tier 4
Geoffrey Kuehne - Brick Court ChambersAn exceptional talent, with really deep knowledge of finance and particularly derivatives disputes.
Ranked: Tier 4
Alan Roxburgh - Brick Court ChambersHe is excellent - thorough, well researched, detail oriented, and great with clients.
Ranked: Tier 4

Energy Tier 2

Brick Court Chambers has 'a deserved reputation as the pre-eminent commercial set at the London bar' and clients note that it has 'great depth at all levels and you can rely on its barristers to provide a premium service'. Energy is a key focus for the set's commercial work and its members handle high-value contractual disputes on behalf of large oil and gas and mining companies. Among its key members are Mark Howard QC who represented the claimants in Single Buoy Moorings v Zurich, which concerns the abandonment of a North Sea Oil platform, as well as the 'extremely dedicatedFionn Pilbrow QC and 'independent-mindedRichard Eschwege. 'The clerks are keen to build relationships and demonstrate a good understanding of commercial realities', remarks a client.

Leading Silks

Mark Howard QC - Brick Court ChambersVery impressive, a leading practitioner, particularly in commercial disputes.
Ranked: Tier 1
Helen Davies QC - Brick Court ChambersShe is entirely straightforward and grounded, with a quiet confidence that reflects her enormous ability and her superbly incisive mind.
Ranked: Tier 2
Vernon Flynn QC - Brick Court ChambersA very persuasive advocate who is easy to work with and is able to present arguments in very simple terms.
Ranked: Tier 2
Daniel Jowell QC - Brick Court ChambersAn excellent barrister and courtroom advocate with great judgement and a very attractive advocacy style.
Ranked: Tier 3
Simon Birt QC - Brick Court ChambersVery calm and authoritative in the courtroom, he can dissect very complex issues and deliver commercial and strategic advice.
Ranked: Tier 4
Michael Bools QC - Brick Court ChambersA clear thinker who is thoughtful, measured and calm under pressure.
Ranked: Tier 4
Neil Calver QC - Brick Court ChambersHe is very responsive and hands-on and he has a good knack of distilling the critical points from the noise in a case.
Ranked: Tier 4
Tim Lord QC - Brick Court ChambersA tough operator with an incredible intellect who is user-friendly, tenacious and strategically astute.
Ranked: Tier 4
Harry Matovu QC - Brick Court ChambersA legal force of hurricane strength, his analytical skills and creativity are topped by a highly lethal approach to cross-examination.
Ranked: Tier 4
Stephen Midwinter QC - Brick Court ChambersHe provides excellent, swift, focused and practical advice, and he is unflappable in court and his advocacy is calm and incisive.
Ranked: Tier 4

2019 Silks

Fionn Pilbrow QC - Brick Court ChambersOne of the rising stars among the young silks, he engages the court's attention with charm and understated persuasion.

Leading Juniors

Richard Eschwege - Brick Court ChambersA determined, resourceful and very experienced courtroom barrister, he is one of the top juniors at the commercial bar.
Ranked: Tier 2
Edward Ho - Brick Court ChambersA real team player and a first-rate barrister with a unique ability to distil a mountain of factual information down to the key issues.
Ranked: Tier 3
Gerard Rothschild - Brick Court ChambersA wonderful draftsman of clarity and succinctness, he is incredibly meticulous in his marshalling of the facts.
Ranked: Tier 3
Joanne Box - Brick Court ChambersShe is a marvel, superlative on all counts – she has a great grasp of details and is destined for the top.
Ranked: Tier 4
Tom Pascoe - Brick Court ChambersA decisive, speedy and polished advocate.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ben Woolgar - Brick Court ChambersNothing gets past him with his superhero type x-ray vision and his ability to turn over every stone.
Ranked: Tier 4

Insurance and reinsurance Tier 2

'One of the leading commercial sets', Brick Court Chambers' 'clerks are well known for providing a superb service over many decades'; and the set 'has a very long and distinguished pedigree in insurance and reinsurance, with strength in depth and first-class counsels, who are available at all levels of seniority'. Neil Calver QC (elevated to the High Court as of 1 October 2020) represented Single Buoy Mooring in reportedly the largest commercial court claim in the London insurance market in 2019, which arose out of the abandonment of a mobile offshore production unit in the Norwegian North Sea. Also of note, Harry Matovu QC  acted for Hiscox in a successful application for an anti-suit injunction to enforce arbitration provisions in an insurance policy.

Leading Silks

Mark Howard QC - Brick Court ChambersA highly respected silk.
Ranked: Tier 2
Tom Adam QC - Brick Court ChambersA clever silk whose advice is always clear and considered.
Ranked: Tier 3
Harry Matovu QC - Brick Court ChambersFirst-rate written advocacy, and he is clear and persuasive.
Ranked: Tier 4
Roger Masefield QC - Brick Court ChambersA first-class silk who is a very effective advocate.
Ranked: Tier 5
Stephen Midwinter QC - Brick Court ChambersImpressive for financial institutions-related coverage disputes.
Ranked: Tier 5
Simon Salzedo QC - Brick Court ChambersHighly knowledgeable and strategic.
Ranked: Tier 5

2019 Silks

Fionn Pilbrow QC - Brick Court ChambersVery bright, with the ability to win the confidence of clients, solicitors and the court. He is also commercially astute, as well as being intellectually gifted and grounded in common sense. The best type of barrister - superb to work with.

2021 Silks

Tony Singla QC - Brick Court ChambersAn outstanding all-round lawyer, whose knowledge in the insurance and reinsurance space stands comparison with anyone; but what sets him apart is the breadth of his practice.

International arbitration: arbitrators Tier 2

Brick Court Chambers fields an impressive roster of arbitrators. Former judges such as Lord Hoffmann have rightly established themselves as highly sought after arbitrators. Members also include several highly rated arbitration specialists, including Klaus Reichert SC and Hilary Heilbron QC. The set's experience runs the full gamut of industries and arbitration types.

Public international law

Leading Silks

Michael Swainston QC - Brick Court ChambersHighly experienced in Russia-related disputes.
Ranked: Tier 3
Maya Lester QC - Brick Court ChambersShe excels in preparing complicated pleadings which address many different arguments in overlapping fields including public international law. Her pleadings are always clear and effective.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Robert McCorquodale - Brick Court ChambersVery well known in academic and professional circles in public international law - an accomplished generalist, he is world leading in his work on human rights and self-determination and the intersection of human rights with other areas of law.
Ranked: Tier 2

Shipping

Leading Silks

Richard Lord QC - Brick Court ChambersA go-to silk for all shipping law matters.
Ranked: Tier 2
Vernon Flynn QC - Brick Court ChambersHe is very experienced in shipping work.
Ranked: Tier 5
Simon Birt QC - Brick Court ChambersHe is an excellent shipping silk.
Ranked: Tier 5

Leading Juniors

Charlotte Tan - Brick Court ChambersHer written work is always first class.
Ranked: Tier 3

Professional negligence Tier 2

Brick Court Chambers is 'a strong set in the professional negligence area', with a number of 'excellent barristers, both silks and juniors'. Members handle claims against a wide range of professionals, but have recently been particularly active in claims against advisers in relation to film finance tax schemes, with Tom Adam QC defending two leading silks in McClean & Others v Andrew Thornhill QC and Lancaster & Others v Jonathan Peacock QC. Auditors' negligence cases are also an area of strength for the set: Simon Salzedo QC continues to represent the defendants in Manchester Building Society v Grant Thornton (leading Sophie Shaw) and BAT v PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Rising stars

Sophie Shaw - Brick Court ChambersShe is very clever and easy to work with - on her way to high places.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Tom Adam QC - Brick Court ChambersHe never sits on the fence in terms of his advice, which is always clear and well considered.
Ranked: Tier 1
Mark Howard QC - Brick Court ChambersHe is utterly, utterly brilliant.
Ranked: Tier 1
Simon Salzedo QC - Brick Court ChambersHe is deeply knowledgeable about professional negligence in the audit, accountancy and tax sphere.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tim Lord QC - Brick Court ChambersClients are left in no doubt that he is in their corner.
Ranked: Tier 2
Charles Hollander QC - Brick Court ChambersThere is sophistication and nuance in his approach, which really produces results.
Ranked: Tier 3
Thomas Plewman QC - Brick Court ChambersHe is noted for auditors' negligence claims.
Ranked: Tier 4

2019 Silks

Fionn Pilbrow QC - Brick Court ChambersHe is an accomplished professional negligence silk.

2021 Silks

Tony Singla QC - Brick Court ChambersHe is hardworking, with good tactical skills.

Leading Juniors

Edward Harrison - Brick Court ChambersHe manages to condense a complicated factual matrix into clear and concise advice.
Ranked: Tier 4
Jonathan Dawid - Brick Court ChambersHe is fantastic in unpicking complex issues in the professional liability sphere.
Ranked: Tier 6
Kyle Lawson - Brick Court ChambersHe provides excellent, reliable advice wrapped up in thorough and carefully drafted documents.
Ranked: Tier 6

Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) Tier 3

Brick Court Chambers is 'an excellent set with very clever people' with key specialisms across EU law, public law, and handling complex civil liberties claims. Continuing on from his work including Purdy and NicklinsonPaul Bowen QC is acting in R (Omid T) v Ministry of Justice, a right to assisted death case for an individual with a degenerative neurological conditionHe is also representing Anthony Cohen v State of Trinidad and Tobago in an appeal against the murder conviction and a constitutional challenge to the death penalty. Jemima Stratford QC is representing three human rights NGOs in a judicial review on the legality of the UK's arms export to Saudi Arabia which is pending before the Supreme Court. The 'fantasticMaya Lester QC is also of note as is the 'superbLord Anderson of Ipswich KBE QC who remains a distinguished member of chambers. A 'star of her generation', Jennifer MacLeod is 'phenomenally quick, a great team player and a fantastic strategist. She is the full package.' She joins the 'diligent, detail-oriented, and pragmatic' Emma Mockford in the rising stars list.

Rising stars

Jennifer MacLeod - Brick Court ChambersPassionate, focused and fiercely determined - and won't be steered off course no matter what the opponent tries to throw at her! A real leading light who will go far.
Ranked: Tier 1
Emma Mockford - Brick Court ChambersAn effective and efficient advocate, and a great asset to the team.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Lord Anderson of Ipswich KBE QC - Brick Court ChambersHighly respected and seasoned silk.
Ranked: Tier 3
Paul Bowen QC - Brick Court ChambersA brilliant advocate who has a forensic memory and knowledge. Totally ace.
Ranked: Tier 3
Marie Demetriou QC - Brick Court ChambersExcellent on EU sanctions law, responsive and approachable. A great combination.
Ranked: Tier 4
Maya Lester QC - Brick Court ChambersThe best drafter I have ever come across. Steely advocate and is divine to work with.
Ranked: Tier 4
Jemima Stratford QC - Brick Court ChambersHas a supportive and intellectual approach to international human rights litigation work.
Ranked: Tier 4

2019 Silks

Victoria Wakefield QC - Brick Court ChambersWonderful to work with, super smart and leads the team in an inclusive and supportive way.

International arbitration: counsel Tier 3

Brick Court Chambers is 'a pleasure to work with, from the receptionist to the QCs' and it 'has a number of excellent practitioners in international arbitration, and a growing presence in the area'. The set's silks and juniors draw from a broad and deep range of experience. Neil Calver QC (elevated to the High Court on 1 October 2020) and Ben Woolgar represented Equitas in Pakistan Reinsurance Company v Equitas, in which an arbitrator was being challenged. Harry Matovu QC, who is especially noted for his experience in Africa-related disputes, recently represented the Nigerian government in Process and Industrial Developments Ltd v Federal Republic of Nigeria, concerning the enforcement of an arbitration award.

Rising stars

Ben Woolgar - Brick Court ChambersNothing gets past Mr Woolgar and his super hero type x-ray vision, his ability to handle the facts and work the law, to pin point and drill in to strength and weaknesses, to turn every stone is above and beyond.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Vernon Flynn QC - Brick Court ChambersHas an exceptional international practice.
Ranked: Tier 1
Mark Howard QC - Brick Court ChambersA leader in the field. A stand-out barrister who can always hone in on the issues that matter and anticipate precisely what is going to be argued against him. His strategic advice can change the outcome of a case for the better.
Ranked: Tier 1

Harry Matovu QC - Brick Court Chambers ‘A legal force of hurricane strength, his analytical skills, combined with creativity and advocacy skills, topped by the smoothest and most highly lethal approach to cross-examination I have ever experienced, makes him the quintessential QC.

Ranked: Tier 2

Helen Davies QC-Brick Court ChambersHelen has a superbly incisive mind, and works extraordinarily hard, really getting to grips with the disputes she has to decide.

Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Salzedo QC - Brick Court ChambersAn excellent judge of when to go for the jugular on a particular point and really sees the big picture - put simply, if you are in for a tough battle involving fine points of law there is no other counsel I would rather have on my side.
Ranked: Tier 3

Tim Lord QC - Brick Court Chambers ‘Arguably one of the top five advocates of his generation. Absolute incredible intellect, but nevertheless approachable and user-friendly.

Ranked: Tier 4
Michael Swainston QC - Brick Court ChambersAt the top of his game and a giant of the commercial bar. An impressive advocate.
Ranked: Tier 4

2019 Silks

Fionn Pilbrow QC - Brick Court ChambersA strong advocate, polished with tribunal and clients alike. He is very well-regarded and brings into arbitration his expertise from extensive heavyweight Commercial Court disputes. He is a persuasive advocate, able to find that argument that sums up the case in a neat and attractive way. He is also feared as a cross-examiner, with a calm and forensic approach that leaves witnesses unwittingly giving the answers they were never supposed to give.

Leading Juniors

Edward Ho - Brick Court ChambersHis ability to cross-examine experts on the most technical of points and expose inconsistencies or holes in their opinions is second to none.
Ranked: Tier 2

Offshore

Leading Silks

Paul Bowen QC - Brick Court ChambersOne of the best black-letter lawyers at the Bar.
Ranked: Tier 3
Vernon Flynn QC - Brick Court ChambersHe works on devilishly difficult freezing injunctions, receiverships and disclosure orders.
Ranked: Tier 3
Mark Howard QC - Brick Court ChambersAn impressive silk.
Ranked: Tier 3
Stephen Midwinter QC - Brick Court ChambersUnflappable in court, his advocacy is calm and incisive.
Ranked: Tier 3

Professional disciplinary and regulatory law Tier 3

Brick Court Chambers' members are instructed in a number of regulatory matters concerning solicitors and accountants. Tom Adam QC continues to head a team working with the Financial Reporting Council on its investigations into the demise of Carillion, concerning among other matters its audits by KPMG. Among the set's juniors is Sarah Bousfield, who represents the Solicitors Regulation Authority in matters concerning the collapse of law firm Blavo & Co.

Rising stars

Sarah Bousfield - Brick Court ChambersShe is a very capable, hard-working, and enthusiastic junior.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Tom Adam QC - Brick Court ChambersTom is one of the cleverest and most forceful silks I know. He is a delight to work with. He has very considerable experience in relation to the largest professional liability disputes. He never sits on the fence in terms of his advice which is always clear and well considered.
Ranked: Tier 3
Simon Salzedo QC - Brick Court ChambersDeeply knowledgeable about professional negligence in the audit/accountant/tax sphere; his background as an accountant stands him in very good stead. Strong strategic sense. Responsive and pleasant to work with. Among the very best in this field.
Ranked: Tier 3

2021 Silks

Tony Singla QC - Brick Court ChambersHis work and input is rigorous, thorough and penetrating.
James McClelland QC - Brick Court ChambersA highly persuasive advocate who sees problems with crystal clarity.

Intellectual property

Leading Silks

Nicholas Saunders QC - Brick Court ChambersA measured and intellectual advocate who is suitable for complex IP disputes. He is a real judge’s barrister who talks to the judge, not at the judge. Although a relatively new silk, he has always had authority and gravitas and will go far.
Ranked: Tier 4

Financial services regulation

2021 Silks

James McClelland QC - Brick Court ChambersA cut above the rest, he has a huge brain but remains humble, engaging and commercial.

Set overviews: England and Wales

Our new guide sees Brick Court Chambers as one of the top ten sets with the most leading chambers rankings, most overall barrister rankings, and most leading silk rankings rankings across England and Wales. The future of the set looks bright as it also contains the most Rising Star barristers in this the inaugural year of that ranking category. Since launch of our last guide, Colin West  was appointed chair of the London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association for a two-year period; David Scannell QC and Colin West QC were appointed Queen’s Counsel; Sue Prevezer QC, former co-managing partner of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, joined chambers along with James McClelland  from Fountain Court Chambers, Sarah Bousfield from 39 Essex Chambers, and Charlotte Tan from Twenty Essex; Kelyn Bacon QC has been appointed a Justice of the Chancery Division, while Neil Calver QC joins the Queen’s Bench Division.

Testimonials

Clerks:

A fantastic modern clerking team. They are a complete pleasure to deal with.

Always friendly and approachable at all levels of seniority. I have always been impressed by Paul Dennison.

An incredibly strong team of clerks. They provide great support and prompt assistance in all case management related issues, including on costs, filings, and meeting arrangements. We have in particular been impressed by the professionalism of and assistance provided by: Tony Burgess, Luke Carvalho and Jo Francis.

I would single out Tony Burgess who is just brilliant at providing the responsive support we need.

Both Tony and Paul as head clerks do an excellent job – very commercial in their approach and always at the end of the phone

Brick Court’s clerks’ room provides unparalleled service. The clerks’ relationships with teh Court are without equal; they are the best in the business.

Client service is second nature to the team. Their clerks room is headed by the brilliant Paul Dennison, who is always frank, helpful and thoroughly professional. They are very clear on fees and in my experience willing to be pragmatic to support the client.

Excellent clerking, very responsive. Know the barristers well. I would single out Luke who is my ‘go-to’ person in Chambers

Tony Burgess is a pleasure to work with and always sensible on rates.

First class service – Paul Dennison impresses with his responsiveness.

They’ve been hugely helpful at facilitating conference calls and meetings, often at short notice, and have offered to help us (very graciously!) on a number of occasions now by photocopying/collating huge volumes of material in-Chambers, so that we don’t have to manage it all from our office.

I consider Brick Court to be the pre-eminent set in this area. Their main competition is Monckton Chambers, but I would rank Brick Court ahead in terms of strength in depth.

I find the Brick Court clerks to be the best to deal with across the city. They are responsive, realistic in relation to fees, and in general have a very helpful approach.

Jo Francis is a very able clerk – an excellent communicator.

Jo Francis is always bright, helpful and practical to deal with.

Luke Carvalho and Jo Francis are lovely to deal with, prompt to respond and practical in their approach.

Luke Carvalho and Tony Burgess are excellent – approachable, friendly, pragmatic, commercial, fast to respond.

Luke is particularly easy to deal with and has word-class client care and understanding.

Paul and Tony are first rate.

Paul Dennison is at the top of his game. Commercial, knowledgeable and user-friendly. Pleasure to work with.

Jo Francis is simply superb. Tony Burgess is brilliant (but is obviously operating at a higher level now)

The clerks always have excellent suggestions for who to instruct. Luke Carvalho is particularly helpful and responsive.

The clerks at Brick Court are very good – they are very responsive, efficient and personable.

The service from the clerks room is always good, no matter which clerk you speak to. The reception desk is also welcoming and helpful, which helps with frazzled clients.

Set:

A fantastic commercial and public law set

A fantastic set and a great pleasure to work with. Their work product is of the highest quality.

A first class set with some of the best commercial litigators at silk and junior level

A first rate magic circle set. One of the best of the best.

A strong set, that offers an excellent pro bono service, which is always delivered to the highest standard.

A top rate commercial set with significant strength in depth.

A top set for cases involving human rights and crossovers with EU law

A very good set, who really support pro bono work brought in the pubic interest. A combination excellent legal practitioners working to offer access to justice.

An excellent set. A go to set for this kind of work.

They cover the full range of commercial expertise, including professional negligence.

Brick Court are clearly in the top 3 (if not top 2) chambers specialising in competition litigation and refreshingly have several barristers with extensive experience working on both the claimant and defendant side.

Brick Court are one of the best. They happily engage with us on various training related issues and their barristers are consistently involved in some of the key competition cases.

Brick Court are the go to set for big ticket commercial work. The set is excellent from top to bottom

Brick court are the go to set for commercial work involving bet the company issues.

Brick court are the premier set in this area of law with talent at every level. That sometimes means availability is a challenge, but the clerks have been superb in helping us manage that.

Brick Court Chambers are one of the first sets you think of in this area.

Brick Court Chambers is known for being consistently excellent and I have always been very impressed with any barristers that I have worked with or appeared against.

Brick Court Chambers offer excellent training courses, which have been invaluable, particularly during lockdown.

Brick Court continues to be regarded as one of the very top flight of chambers for commercial and banking litigation.

Brick Court continues to go from strength to strength. They have enviable strength in depth across the board and it has been particularly gratifying to see greater diversity in the make up of chambers with some truly excellent female QCs and juniors.

Brick Court field an incredibly strong team of barristers and are the go to set for competition matters.

Brick Court has a deserved and long standing reputation as one of the best chambers in London.

Brick Court has a number of excellent practitioners in international arbitration, and a growing presence in the area.

Brick Court has a strong cohort of barristers, both in silk and as juniors, who practise in banking litigation.

Brick Court has few peers as a top tier commercial set.

Brick Court has unparalleled strength-in-depth in the field of competition law in my view.

Brick Court have a deserved reputation as the pre-eminent commercial set at the London bar. They have great depth at all levels, and you can rely on their barristers to provide a premium service.

Brick Court have fantastic public lawyers, particularly at a junior level. They are my go to set.

Brick Court is a clearly a market leading chambers. They have a large group of very talented barristers. They are the go-to set for banking litigation.

Brick Court is a clearly a market leading chambers. They have a large group of very talented barristers. They are the go-to set for banking litigation.

Well respected, it has some big names but also a lot who are under the radar.

First rate, across QCs and juniors.

Brick Court Chambers is one of the leading sets of barristers chambers in the UK.

Heads of Chambers: Mark Howard QC, Helen Davies QC
Senior Clerks: Tony Burgess, Paul Dennison
Tenants: 92

The set: There are 92 members who practise full-time, including 42 QCs. Chambers specialises in commercial, EU/competition and public law, maintaining a strong reputation in all areas.

Types of work undertaken:  Commercial work includes all aspects of international trade, finance and commerce, with particular emphasis on banking, insurance, reinsurance, shipping and city work, and on private international law. Members of chambers also specialise in fields as diverse as professional negligence, media and entertainment law, defamation, takeovers and mergers, employment law, sports law and public international law. The majority of chambers work consists of High Court litigation and commercial arbitrations, together with appeals to the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, Privy Council and associated advisory work. Junior members of chambers also undertake more varied common law work in the County Court and in employment tribunals.

Brick Court Chambers has an outstanding team of EU lawyers who are specialists in all aspects of EU and competition litigation. EU law practitioners appear in the full range of English courts and tribunals, before the CMA and Competition Appeals Tribunal, as well as in the Court of Justice and General Court in Luxembourg and a wide range of other international courts and arbitral tribunals. Members of chambers have considerable expertise in human rights and in commercial and regulatory judicial review, a field which enables chambers to combine its strengths in public, commercial and EU law.

Members of Brick Court Chambers are clearly recognised as leaders in their fields evidenced by their presence in the most important and high-profile cases within those fields.  Members of chambers have been involved in the following recent key cases: TGTL v CATS; Sharp and ors v Blank and ors (HBOS); KeyMed Ltd v Hillman and Woodford; Avonwick Holdings Limited v Azitio Holdings Limited and ors; The Federal Republic of Nigeria v JP Morgan Chase; AssetCo Plc v Grant Thornton UK; Manchester Building Society v Grant Thornton UK; Trucks damages litigation (individual and collective proceedings); FX damages litigation; Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Limited v Visa and ors/Mastercard and ors; CMA v Flynn Pharma Limited and Pfizer; Micula and others v Romania; Miller v Prime Minister/Cherry and others v Advocate General for Scotland.

Door tenants: Phillips, Lord (1962), Hoffmann, Lord (1964), Hope, Lord (1965),  Clarke, Sir Christopher (1969), Aikens, Sir Richard (1973), Simon, Sir Peregrine (1974), Popplewell, Sir Oliver (1951), Buckley, Sir Roger (1962), Barling, Sir Gerald (1972), Walker, Sir Paul (1979), Chambers QC, HH Nicholas (1966),  Forwood QC, Sir Nicholas (1970), Macken SC, Judge Fidelma (1987), Kentridge QC, Sir Sydney (1977), Webb QC, Robert (1971), Thorley QC, Simon (1972), Gordon QC, Richard (1972), Cran QC, Mark (1973), Sturrock QC, John (1986), Sutton, Alastair (1972), Macrory CBE, Prof Richard (1974), Muchlinski, Prof Peter (1981), Woloniecki, Jan (1983), Andenas QC (Hon), Dr Mads (1997), Le Sueur, Prof Andrew (1987), Sharp, Geoff (1999), Jones, Oliver (2009), McCorquodale, Prof Robert (2011).

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior Clerk Tony Burgess tony.burgess@brickcourt.co.uk 020 7520 9816
Senior Clerk Paul Dennison paul.dennison@brickcourt.co.uk 020 7520 9808
Member of Chambers HOWARD QC, Mark (1980)
Member of Chambers DAVIES QC, Helen (1991)
Member of Chambers HEILBRON QC, Hilary (1971)
Member of Chambers RUTTLE QC, Stephen (1976)
Member of Chambers WOOD QC, William (1980)
Member of Chambers HOLLANDER QC, Charles (1978)
Member of Chambers LORD ANDERSON KBE QC (1985)
Member of Chambers PREVEZER QC, Sue (2000)
Member of Chambers OTTON-GOULDER QC, Catharine (1983)
Member of Chambers LORD QC, Richard (1981)
Member of Chambers SWAINSTON QC, Michael (1985)
Member of Chambers FLYNN QC, James (1978)
Member of Chambers ADAM QC, Tom (1991)
Member of Chambers LORD QC, Tim (1992)
Member of Chambers RANDOLPH QC, Fergus (1985)
Member of Chambers HOSKINS QC, Mark (1991)
Member of Chambers ROBERTSON QC, Aidan (1995)
Member of Chambers SLADE QC, Richard (1987)
Member of Chambers MATOVU QC, Harry (1988)
Member of Chambers STRATFORD QC, Jemima (1993)
Member of Chambers JOWELL QC, Daniel (1995)
Member of Chambers SALZEDO QC, Simon (1995)
Member of Chambers BOOLS QC, Michael (1991)
Member of Chambers BOWEN QC, Paul (1993)
Member of Chambers DEMETRIOU QC, Marie (1995)
Member of Chambers DHILLON QC, Jasbir (1996)
Member of Chambers MASEFIELD QC, Roger (1994)
Member of Chambers BIRT QC, Simon (1998)
Member of Chambers LEE QC, Sarah (1990)
Member of Chambers LESTER QC, Maya (2000)
Member of Chambers PLEWMAN QC, Thomas (2009)
Member of Chambers GAUNTLETT QC, Jeremy (1993)
Member of Chambers O'DONOGHUE QC, Robert (1996)
Member of Chambers MIDWINTER QC, Stephen (2002)
Member of Chambers FORD QC, Sarah (2002)
Member of Chambers SAUNDERS QC, Nicholas (2001)
Member of Chambers HAYDON QC, Alec (1993)
Member of Chambers GRAY QC, Margaret (1998)
Member of Chambers PILBROW QC, Fionn (2001)
Member of Chambers WAKEFIELD QC, Victoria (2003)
Member of Chambers WEST QC, Colin (1999)
Member of Chambers SCANNELL, David (2003)
Member of Chambers IRVIN, Peter (1972)
Member of Chambers WRIGHT, Paul (1990)
Member of Chambers ROXBURGH, Alan (1992)
Member of Chambers THOMAS, Andrew (1996)
Member of Chambers REICHERT SC, Klaus (1996)
Member of Chambers WILLIS, Tony (2004)
Member of Chambers McCLELLAND, James (2004)
Member of Chambers ROTHSCHILD, Gerard (2005)
Member of Chambers DAWID, Jonathan (2005)
Member of Chambers HOBSON, Fred (2005)
Member of Chambers ABRAM, Sarah (2006)
Member of Chambers LOVE, Sarah (2006)
Member of Chambers SINGLA, Tony (2007)
Member of Chambers BLAKELEY, Richard (2007)
Member of Chambers ESCHWEGE, Richard (2008)
Member of Chambers HARRISON, Edward (2008)
Member of Chambers MORRISON, Craig (2008)
Member of Chambers NEWTON, Laura (2009)
Member of Chambers TAN, Charlotte (2008)
Member of Chambers HO, Edward (2009)
Member of Chambers PICCININ, Daniel (2010)
Member of Chambers SCHAEFER, Max (2010)
Member of Chambers BOLDING, Michael (2010)
Member of Chambers JOHNSTON, Tim (2011)
Member of Chambers BIRDLING, Malcolm (2011)
Member of Chambers BAILEY, David (2012)
Member of Chambers KUEHNE, Geoffrey (2012)
Member of Chambers McINTYRE, Andrew (2011)
Member of Chambers MacKENZIE, Emily (2012)
Member of Chambers BOX, Joanne (2012)
Member of Chambers LAWSON, Kyle (2012)
Member of Chambers AL-RIKABI, Zara (2012)
Member of Chambers LEITH, Hugo (2013)
Member of Chambers MacLEOD, Jennifer (2013)
Member of Chambers THOMAS, Charlotte (2013)
Member of Chambers KENNEDY, Matthew (2013)
Member of Chambers PASCOE, Tom (2013)
Member of Chambers BOUSFIELD, Sarah (2013)
Member of Chambers WOOLGAR, Ben (2014)
Member of Chambers SHAW, Sophie (2015)
Member of Chambers HEATON, David (2015)
Member of Chambers MOCKFORD, Emma (2016)
Member of Chambers KHAN, Aaron (2016)
Member of Chambers WOOD, Tom (2017)
Member of Chambers SCOTT, Jonathan (2017)
Member of Chambers LAWRENCE, Jon (2018)
Member of Chambers WILMOT-SMITH, Frederick (2018)
Member of Chambers HOWELL, Richard (2018)
Member of Chambers RABINOWITZ, Jacob (2018)
Member of Chambers FOXTON, Tom (2019)
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 Marie Demetriou photo Marie Demetriou Marie Demetriou QC has a broad practice specialising in competition law, EU…
 Jasbir Dhillon photo Jasbir Dhillon Jasbir is an advocate with over 25 years’ experience specialising in complex…
 Richard Eschwege  photo Richard Eschwege Richard Eschwege has a broad, predominantly commercial, practice. He has advised on…
 James Flynn photo James Flynn James Flynn QC is a leading competition law litigator at the London…
 Sarah Ford photo Sarah Ford Able and versatile junior specialising in EU, competition and regulatory law, commercial…
 Jeremy Gauntlett photo Jeremy Gauntlett Arbitrations, public law (particularly constitutional, administrative and regulatory – including competition and…
 Margaret Gray  photo Margaret Gray Barrister specialising in competition law, EU law, public and administrative law and…
 Edward Harrison photo Edward Harrison Edward Harrison has a broad commercial litigation and arbitration practice.  He is…
 Alec Haydon  photo Alec Haydon Barrister specialising in all areas of commercial litigation and arbitration, advice, drafting…
 David Heaton  photo David Heaton David practises in commercial, public, EU and competition law and international arbitration. He…
 Hilary Heilbron photo Hilary Heilbron Hilary Heilbron QC now focuses principally on international arbitration, sitting frequently as…
 Edward Ho photo Edward Ho Barrister advising on commercial disputes of all kinds and has appeared as…
 Fred Hobson  photo Fred Hobson Barrister undertaking general commercial work, with focus on fraud and banking and financial…
 Charles Hollander photo Charles Hollander Charles Hollander has long experience practising as an advocate. The breadth of his…
 Mark Hoskins photo Mark Hoskins Mark Hoskins was called to the Bar of England and Wales in…
 Mark Howard photo Mark Howard Mark Howard is the joint Head of Brick Court Chambers.  He is widely regarded…
 Peter Irvin  photo Peter Irvin Barrister practising predominantly in commercial law as adviser, litigator, arbitrator (LMAA and LCIA)…
 Tim Johnston photo Tim Johnston Tim has a thriving public law practice. His current and recent public…
 Daniel Jowell photo Daniel Jowell Daniel Jowell QC has been described by Chambers & Partners (2016) as…
 Matthew Kennedy  photo Matthew Kennedy Before coming to the Bar, Matthew worked in the international arbitration group…
 Aaron Khan  photo Aaron Khan Prior to joining chambers, Aaron held various academic roles at the University…
 Geoffrey Kuehne  photo Geoffrey Kuehne Geoffrey practises in all areas of chambers’ work, with particular emphasis on…
 Jon Lawrence  photo Jon Lawrence Before being called to the Bar in 2018, Jon was a partner…
 Kyle Lawson  photo Kyle Lawson Kyle practises in all areas of Chambers’ work, with a particular emphasis…
 Sarah Lee photo Sarah Lee Sarah Lee QC practises in the fields of EU Law, Public Law and Competition/Regulatory…
 Hugo Leith  photo Hugo Leith Hugo practises in all areas of Chambers’ work, with an emphasis on…
 Maya Lester photo Maya Lester Maya Lester QC is recommended as a leading silk by the legal…
 Richard Lord photo Richard Lord The core of Richard Lord’s practice for over 25 years has been…
 Tim Lord photo Tim Lord Tim Lord QC took Silk after 16 years at the Bar, on the…
 Sarah Love  photo Sarah Love Barrister specialising in competition and regulatory law, public and administrative law, European…
 Emily MacKenzie  photo Emily MacKenzie Emily takes instructions in commercial, administrative and competition/European law. She regularly appears…
 Jennifer MacLeod  photo Jennifer MacLeod Barrister specialising in public law and human rights, EU and competition law,…
 Roger Masefield photo Roger Masefield Roger Masefield has over 20 years’ litigation experience of all aspects of…
 Harry Matovu photo Harry Matovu Harry Matovu is a noted advocate, “a consummate cross-examiner, who’s great on…
 James McClelland  photo James McClelland James has a wide-ranging practice in commercial litigation and arbitration, public law (including…
 Andrew McIntyre  photo Andrew McIntyre Andrew practises in public, administrative, European and commercial law. He has broad…
 Stephen Midwinter photo Stephen Midwinter Commercial law (currently engaged in major international civil fraud claim); insurance and…
 Emma Mockford  photo Emma Mockford Emma joined Chambers as a tenant in July 2017 following successful completion…
 Craig Morrison  photo Craig Morrison Craig practises in all areas of chambers’ work, with a particular focus…
 Laura Newton  photo Laura Newton Laura Newton is a leading junior barrister with a commercial practice which…
 Robert O’Donoghue QC photo Robert O’Donoghue QC Mr O’Donoghue’s practice focuses on all aspects of EU and UK competition…
 Robert O’Donoghue QC photo Robert O’Donoghue QC Mr O’Donoghue’s practice focuses on all aspects of EU and UK competition…
 Catharine Otton-Goulder photo Catharine Otton-Goulder Catharine works in general commercial and common law. She handles very large,…
 Tom Pascoe  photo Tom Pascoe Tom’s practice covers Commercial, EU/Competition and Public Law. He has worked on…
 Daniel Piccinin  photo Daniel Piccinin Daniel Piccinin practises in all areas of chambers’ work and has particular…
 Fionn Pilbrow  photo Fionn Pilbrow Practises in all areas of commercial law (including banking and finance, energy…
 Thomas Plewman photo Thomas Plewman A highly regarded South African silk who moved to London in 2010. …
 Sue Prevezer photo Sue Prevezer Sue Prevezer is a senior barrister with over 30 years of experience…
 Fergus Randolph photo Fergus Randolph Fergus Randolph QC is at the forefront of EU and competition law…
 Klaus Reichert SC  photo Klaus Reichert SC Senior counsel specialising in international arbitration. Has undertaken in excess of two…
 Aidan Robertson photo Aidan Robertson Aidan Robertson QC specialises in competition, EU and public law. He has…
 Gerard Rothschild  photo Gerard Rothschild Barrister specialising in commercial, competition and public law. Notable commercial law cases have included:…
 Alan Roxburgh  photo Alan Roxburgh Barrister specialising in general commercial and common law, including banking, insurance and…
 Stephen Ruttle photo Stephen Ruttle Stephen has been in practice at Brick Court Chambers since 1978.  He…
 Simon Salzedo photo Simon Salzedo Simon Salzedo QC is a leading advocate and adviser who is accessible,…
 Nicholas Saunders photo Nicholas Saunders Nicholas practises in all areas of intellectual property law (including trade marks,…
 David Scannell  photo David Scannell Barrister, specialising in EU and competition and commercial law. Acted for Sky…
 Max Schaefer  photo Max Schaefer Max has been instructed in some of the most significant commercial disputes of…
 Jonathan Scott  photo Jonathan Scott Before coming to the Bar, Jonathan worked for two years at an…
 Sophie Shaw  photo Sophie Shaw Sophie has a broad practice across the range of work undertaken in…
 Tony Singla  photo Tony Singla Tony Singla has a broad practice which covers all aspects of commercial…
 Richard Slade photo Richard Slade Richard Slade QC is a versatile silk with a wide commercial practice,…
 Jemima Stratford photo Jemima Stratford Jemima Stratford QC is widely recognised as a leading litigator in EU,…
 Michael Swainston photo Michael Swainston Michael Swainston QC has a broad litigation and advisory practice in England…
 Charlotte Tan  photo Charlotte Tan Charlotte has a broad commercial practice, with a particular focus on civil…
 Andrew Thomas  photo Andrew Thomas Barrister specialising in general commercial litigation. Cases: Bancomext v ETECSA (recognition of…
 Charlotte Thomas  photo Charlotte Thomas Charlotte has a broad practice which covers all areas of chambers’ work,…
 Victoria Wakefield  photo Victoria Wakefield Barrister specialising in commercial, public and European and competition law, instructed in…
 Colin West  photo Colin West Barrister, cases include:  iiyama UK Limited v Samsung Electronics Ltd. [2018] EWCA…
 Tony Willis  photo Tony Willis Areas of practice include mediation, arbitration, dispute resolution, process design and negotiation.…
 William Wood photo William Wood Bill Wood QC is one of the UK’s leading commercial mediators. Bill…
 Tom Wood  photo Tom Wood Tom has a broad practice spanning all areas of chambers’ work including…
 Ben Woolgar  photo Ben Woolgar Ben’s practice is focussed on heavy-duty commercial litigation and arbitration (including civil fraud,…
 Paul Wright  photo Paul Wright Barrister specialising in general commercial litigation and administrative law.
 Anderson of  Ipswich  KBE QC photo Anderson of  Ipswich  KBE QC David’s practice is built on his knowledge of European Union, human rights…

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