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Chambers of Mark Howard QC and Helen Davies QC

7-8 ESSEX STREET, LONDON, WC2R 3LD, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7379 3550
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Fax 020 7379 3558
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302 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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www.brickcourt.co.uk

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

One of the super-sets’, Brick Court Chambers is ‘an all-round strong’ set with ‘a large selection of high-quality competition law specialists’, ‘top commercial counsel’, ‘an excellent chambers for banking litigation’, and a ‘go-to’ set for public administrative law. ‘The availability of high-calibre junior barristers assists in picking the most qualified whilst cost effective team to serve the client,’ said one solicitor. In recent news, Martin Chamberlain QC has been elevated to the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court and will cease to practise with effect from 1 October. Also of note, Alec Haydon, Margaret Gray, Fionn Pilbrow, and Victoria Wakefield all took silk in 2019, while Professor Mads Adenas has been appointed an Honorary Queen’s Counsel. The clerks’ room ‘sets the benchmark’ for other sets with its ‘friendly, knowledgeable, and hardworking’ clerks. Senior clerks Paul Dennison (‘first rate; responsive, commercial, and helpful') and Tony Burgess (‘highly recommended; a good salesman for his set and always accessible’) have ‘stepped up brilliantly’ following changes to the clerks’ room; ‘they are a pleasure to work with’. At practice manager level, Will Jackman and Philip Wilkes are ‘stars’; Luke Carvalho ‘stands out as very commercial and knowledgeable’; Jo Francis is ‘very helpful and responsive’. Overall, the team is said to be ‘highly responsive, proactive in assisting the smooth running of cases, and always willing to assist in document production, arranging meetings, document filings, and assisting in complex cost and budgeting issues’. Offices in: London

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Market overview

Brick Court Chambers includes members with connections to Hong Kong. Julian Hawes is the director of clerking, while Tony Burgess and Paul Dennison are the set’s senior clerks.

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London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)
Administrative and public law (including local government) - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Brick Court Chambers

Brick Court Chambers is 'an extremely impressive set in public and administrative law with both high-quality silks, and intelligent, committed juniors, who can all turn their hand to almost anything'. The set includes a number of government panelists, with national security a notable area of expertise, and has also been particularly active in matters for claimants, ranging from pharmaceutical companies to major NGOs. Martin Chamberlain QC (soon to join the Queen’s Bench Division in October 2019) represented the Campaign Against the Arms Trade in a successful Court of Appeal case concerning the government's grant of export licences for arms exports to Saudi Arabia for use in the civil war in Yemen; Jemima Stratford QC represented interveners Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. Paul Bowen QC represents the Cayman government in a judicial review of a decision to transfer two men serving life sentences for murder to serve their sentences in HMP Belmarsh in London. 2019 silk promotion Victoria Wakefield QC represented the Lord Chancellor in defeating a claim from the Institution of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, which attempted to enter the market as a regulator of legal services.

Leading Silks

David Anderson QC - Brick Court ChambersA towering and authoritative figure, but very down to earth and pleasant to work with.

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Gordon QC - Brick Court ChambersOne of the leaders of the Bar in administrative law.

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Henshaw QC - Brick Court ChambersA class act.

Ranked: tier 3

Maya Lester QC - Brick Court ChambersA divinely forensic advocate.

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Bowen QC - Brick Court ChambersThe go-to silk for cases involving challenging applications of human rights principles.

Ranked: tier 3

Jemima Stratford QC - Brick Court ChambersInstructed by pharmaceutical companies and public bodies.

Ranked: tier 4

Sarah Ford QC - Brick Court ChambersA shining star in the field of public law.

Ranked: tier 4
2019 Silks

Margaret Gray QC - Brick Court ChambersA phenomenal intellect.

Ranked: tier 1

Victoria Wakefield QC - Brick Court ChambersShe gets on extremely well with her case teams.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Gerard Rothschild - Brick Court ChambersHe provides extremely valuable tactical input.

Ranked: tier 3

Malcolm Birdling - Brick Court ChambersHis strongest feature is his ability to track down relevant case law that is less well known.

Ranked: tier 3

Sarah Love - Brick Court ChambersA good team player who drafts persuasively.

Ranked: tier 3

Tim Johnston - Brick Court ChambersA bright, up-and-coming public lawyer who finds himself in leading cases.

Ranked: tier 3

Zahra Al-Rikabi - Brick Court ChambersAn excellent junior in the ascendancy.

Ranked: tier 3

David Heaton - Brick Court ChambersExtremely intelligent.

Ranked: tier 4

Emily MacKenzie - Brick Court ChambersShe has extremely good judgement as to which arguments should be run and which should not.

Ranked: tier 4

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Aviation
Leading Silks

Neil Calver QC - Brick Court ChambersHe is very impressive.

Ranked: tier 2

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Banking and finance (including consumer credit)
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Brick Court Chambers

Brick Court Chambers is a 'top-class, go-to set for banking litigation' which solicitors note is 'able to deploy strong teams across all levels of seniority'. Unlike the sets in the top tier, the set's origins are not fixed in the banking world, so barristers have typically been a lot more versatile in acting for and against banks. Members have also been seeing a lot of Russia and fraud-related banking disputes; notable highlights including Bank St Petersburg v Arkhangelsky, in which Tim Lord QC led Simon Birt QC and Richard Eschwege, and The Federal Republic of Nigeria v JP Morgan Chase Bank NA, where Roger Masefield QC represented Nigeria. 

Leading Silks

Mark Howard QC - Brick Court ChambersYou always want him on your team as he adds incredible value – expensive but worth every penny.

Ranked: tier 1

Tim Lord QC - Brick Court ChambersVery creative and a fantastic advocate – he's very personable and fun to work with.

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Salzedo QC - Brick Court ChambersA top performer.

Ranked: tier 2

Jasbir Dhillon QC - Brick Court ChambersPhenomenally rigorous and incisive – a true strategic thinker.

Ranked: tier 4

Roger Masefield QC - Brick Court ChambersA very good, bright advocate who runs a team very well.

Ranked: tier 4

Helen Davies QC - Brick Court ChambersAlways accessible, easy to work with and finds time to deal with any query.

Ranked: tier 5

Richard Slade QC - Brick Court ChambersHe fits into the team like a glove – never authoritative, but consultative and decisive.

Ranked: tier 5

Simon Birt QC - Brick Court ChambersHe is unflappable and remains serene however pressured the situation.

Ranked: tier 5
2019 Silks

Fionn Pilbrow QC - Brick Court ChambersEnthusiastic and engaging, and produced analysis and written work of the highest quality.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Richard Eschwege - Brick Court ChambersAn incredibly bright junior who works phenomenally hard.

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Thomas - Brick Court ChambersExtremely easy to get on with and patient with in-house counsel.

Ranked: tier 3

Craig Morrison - Brick Court ChambersA superb junior and an up-and-coming star.

Ranked: tier 3

Fred Hobson - Brick Court ChambersA brilliant banking junior with experience that belies his years.

Ranked: tier 3

Tony Singla - Brick Court ChambersParticularly impressive ability to be completely on top of the detail of a very fact-heavy case but also cut through to its key points.

Ranked: tier 3

Alan Roxburgh - Brick Court ChambersHe simply processes facts and law, and comes up with the right answer, he is also a delight to work with.

Ranked: tier 4

Sarah Abram - Brick Court ChambersAn exceptional lawyer, extremely good to deal with, very sharp, with excellent drafting and presentation.

Ranked: tier 4

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Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)
Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Brick Court Chambers

Brick Court Chambers is an 'excellent set with strength in depth' with many of its members involved in high-profile and often complex civil liberties and human rights claims.  Maya Lester QC has a specialism in sanction law and also undertakes considerable public interest litigation work surrounding civil liberties. Paul Bowen QC is currently leading the independent inquiry into the death of Welsh politician Carl Sargeant and is instructed in an Article 2 right to life matter in the High Court. David Anderson QC remains a preeminent barrister in this area, having been the former Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation between 2011 and 2017. Martin Chamberlain QC (soon to join the High Court) acted for the Equality and Human Rights Commission in KO (Nigeria) v Home Secretary which challenged a deportation order on the grounds that it would breach the Article 8 rights of the deportee’s British child; he also appeared in the Supreme Court for the police pertaining to the use of closed material in applications for warrants in Haralambous v Chief Constable of Hertfordshire .

Leading Silks

Richard Gordon QC - Brick Court ChambersA class act.

Ranked: tier 2

David Anderson QC - Brick Court ChambersAn excellent and highly rated silk.

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Bowen QC - Brick Court ChambersA brilliant mind who has a subtle and tactful manner in tackling sensitive issues.

Ranked: tier 3

Jemima Stratford QC - Brick Court ChambersA measured advocate who is good on public law.

Ranked: tier 4

Marie Demetriou QC - Brick Court ChambersTotally on top of European human rights case law, providing strategic litigation advice.

Ranked: tier 4

Maya Lester QC - Brick Court ChambersAn excellent barrister, who is undoubtedly the leading barrister in the difficult and developing area of sanctions.

Ranked: tier 4
2019 Silks

Victoria Wakefield QC - Brick Court ChambersA first-rate barrister.

Ranked: tier 1

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Brick Court Chambers

'A quality set across the board', Brick Court Chambers is 'pre-eminent for commercial disputes'. Clients note that the 'work ethic of the barristers and excellence of their work-product and delivery is almost always superb'. The set's hugely impressive workload demonstrates the esteem with which its barristers are held, as well as their versatility. Recent highlights include Holyoake v Candy Brothers, in which Tim Lord QCTom Adam QC and Ben Woolgar were among a group of five members acting for the defendants. Other major cases include Bank St Petersburg v Arkhangelsky, and SKAT v Solo Capital Partners and (160) others.

Top ten under eight years’ call

Ben Woolgar - Brick Court ChambersBrings high quality legal analysis, years ahead of his call.

Leading Silks

Helen Davies QC - Brick Court ChambersVery insightful and creative, but her real strength is as a trial lawyer on all aspects from the written work to the cross-examination.

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Howard QC - Brick Court ChambersOne of the great silks in the London market.

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Salzedo QC - Brick Court ChambersVery proactive and great at managing a large counsel team and driving the case forward.

Ranked: tier 2

Tim Lord QC - Brick Court ChambersPerhaps one of the finest advocates of his generation.

Ranked: tier 2

Neil Calver QC - Brick Court ChambersExcellent technical advice and analysis.

Ranked: tier 3

Charles Hollander QC - Brick Court ChambersHe masters new factual material with ease and has a calm and effective approach to case preparation.

Ranked: tier 4

Daniel Jowell QC - Brick Court ChambersUp there with the best.

Ranked: tier 4

Harry Matovu QC - Brick Court ChambersA brilliant legal mind and a strategist who thinks two steps ahead.

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Swainston QC - Brick Court ChambersAn extremely well-regarded advocate.

Ranked: tier 4

Roger Masefield QC - Brick Court ChambersAn excellent lawyer and an elegant advocate, particularly on difficult points of law.

Ranked: tier 4

Andrew Henshaw QC - Brick Court ChambersExcellent attention to detail, very good with clients, and a very good team player.

Ranked: tier 5

Tom Adam QC - Brick Court ChambersHas meticulous attention to detail.

Ranked: tier 5

Michael Bools QC - Brick Court ChambersHe is excellent, and always prepared to roll up his sleeves to engage with the finer detail.

Ranked: tier 6

Richard Slade QC - Brick Court ChambersAn excellent barrister who is very easy to work with and down to earth.

Ranked: tier 6
2019 Silks

Alec Haydon QC - Brick Court ChambersA lethal cross-examiner and a joy to watch – fun to work with and clients love him.

Ranked: tier 1

Fionn Pilbrow QC - Brick Court ChambersOne of the rising stars of the commercial Bar, he will make a very successful transition to silk.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Richard Blakeley - Brick Court ChambersTough and hardworking, he quickly appreciates the key points in issue and is also very commercial.

Ranked: tier 3

Tony Singla - Brick Court ChambersA real star of his generation, whilst being likeable and easy to work with.

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew Thomas - Brick Court ChambersA very effective junior.

Ranked: tier 4

Alan Roxburgh - Brick Court ChambersPossesses the most powerful brain I have ever encountered in a junior barrister.

Ranked: tier 4

Colin West - Brick Court ChambersHardworking and effective.

Ranked: tier 4

Craig Morrison - Brick Court ChambersA great advocate, excellent technical lawyer, and a great team member.

Ranked: tier 4

Laura Newton - Brick Court ChambersDelightful to work with and always makes herself available.

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Eschwege - Brick Court ChambersAstonishingly clever and highly commercial in his ability to identify the right pressure points and then pursue them relentlessly.

Ranked: tier 4

Edward Harrison - Brick Court ChambersAnother Brick Court star, a complete pleasure to work with.

Ranked: tier 5

Edward Ho - Brick Court ChambersHis drafting is superb, and he appreciates and assimilates the information provided quickly and accurately.

Ranked: tier 5

Gerard Rothschild - Brick Court ChambersHas the ability to provide a measured response no matter the situation – a great legal mind and a pleasure to work with.

Ranked: tier 5

Geoffrey Kuehne - Brick Court ChambersHe is very able, strong on paper and as an advocate.

Ranked: tier 5

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Commodities
2019 Silks

Fionn Pilbrow QC - Brick Court ChambersHe has an open mind, drafts very well and is an excellent lawyer.

Ranked: tier 1

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Competition
Competition - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Brick Court Chambers

For many 'the best competition litigation set' Brick Court Chambers has 'a large selection of high-quality competition law specialists who enable any instructing solicitor to have their pick of silks and juniors alike'. The set is well-represented in all manner of major cases, such as the trucks cartel case, in which James Flynn QC, Kelyn Bacon QC, and Daniel Jowell QC represent the Road Haulage Association, Iveco, and MAN respectively. Many members are involved in the high-profile Merricks v MasterCard case, with Mark Hoskins QC representing MasterCard in defence of a claim on behalf of a class comprising the majority of the UK population. Marie Demetriou QC, in addition to involvement in the Merricks case for the claimants, also represented the Competition and Markets Authority, defeating an appeal by Ping, which was sanctioned for banning online sales of its golf clubs, the first time the issue was considered by a British court – she was against Robert O’Donoghue QC , also from chambers. The set now also includes Jon Lawrence, who was called to the Bar in 2018 after spending over two decades as a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.

Leading Silks

Daniel Jowell QC - Brick Court ChambersHe gets to grips with complex economic evidence, and presents it clearly and persuasively.

Ranked: tier 1

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

Ranked: tier 1

Kelyn Bacon QC - Brick Court ChambersA very good all-round advocate with a strong understanding of the pharma sector.

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Hoskins QC - Brick Court ChambersCreative as a defense advocate in follow-on cases.

Ranked: tier 1

Marie Demetriou QC - Brick Court ChambersShe has great authority with the judge and other counsel.

Ranked: tier 1

James Flynn QC - Brick Court ChambersA safe pair of hands.

Ranked: tier 2

Aidan Robertson QC - Brick Court ChambersCommercial, client-friendly and technically strong.

Ranked: tier 3

Fergus Randolph QC - Brick Court ChambersVery persuasive, particularly in trial.

Ranked: tier 3

Jemima Stratford QC - Brick Court ChambersShe has a track record of FRAND and pharma cases.

Ranked: tier 3

Maya Lester QC - Brick Court ChambersAn excellent team leader and motivator.

Ranked: tier 3

Robert O'Donoghue QC - Brick Court ChambersHe aptly threads very complex legal issues into the context of the clients' business.

Ranked: tier 3

Sarah Ford QC - Brick Court ChambersShe gets stuck in to her cases.

Ranked: tier 3
2019 Silks

Margaret Gray QC - Brick Court ChambersRefreshingly straight-to-the-point.

Ranked: tier 1

Victoria Wakefield QC - Brick Court ChambersShe has been involved in many high-profile follow-on damages claims.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Sarah Abram - Brick Court ChambersPersuasive in conference, her advocacy on paper is extremely impressive.

Ranked: tier 1

Daniel Piccinin - Brick Court ChambersAn industrious junior with an encyclopaedic knowledge of competition cases.

Ranked: tier 2

David Scannell - Brick Court ChambersHis wealth of legal knowledge is truly indispensable.

Ranked: tier 2

Tony Singla - Brick Court ChambersAn exceptional junior who can hold his own with any silk.

Ranked: tier 2

Colin West - Brick Court ChambersHe works well as a team member and his technical knowledge is first rate.

Ranked: tier 3

David Bailey - Brick Court ChambersHe has a strong understanding of the CAT procedure.

Ranked: tier 3

Emily MacKenzie - Brick Court ChambersEfficient and easy to work with.

Ranked: tier 3

Gerard Rothschild - Brick Court ChambersQuietly effective and technically strong.

Ranked: tier 3

Sarah Love - Brick Court ChambersShe has an excellent grasp of the economics underlying the subject.

Ranked: tier 3

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EU Law
EU Law - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Brick Court Chambers

Brick Court Chambers 'has a wide array of excellent silks and juniors' involved in many of the agenda-setting EU law cases before the UK and the European courts. In the High Court, Lord David Anderson  of  Ipswich  KBE QC represented the landlords in Canary Wharf Group v European Medicines Agency; the latter institution, which was relocated to Amsterdam from London in March 2019 due to Brexit, argued that its lease was frustrated under English law as it no longer had the power under EU law to pay the rent. Marie Demetriou QC represented Ioan Micula in the Supreme Court in Micula and others v Romania: two brothers won an investment treaty award against the Romanian government, which the European Commission instructed the Romanians to refuse to honour, alleging that payment of the award would constitute state aid – Gerard Rothschild and Emily MacKenzie having represented the Romanian government at various junctures. In the European courts, Maya Lester QC represented the victorious claimants in Wightman – a case considering whether it is permissible for the UK to withdraw its Article 50 notice – while Jemima Stratford QC represented MSD Animal Health in a challenge to a decision of the European Medicines Authority to release its veterinary clinical trial data. Martin Chamberlain QC has been appointed to the Queen’s Bench Division.

Leading Silks

Marie Demetriou QC - Brick Court ChambersFormidable counsel to have on your side, even more formidable on the other side.

Ranked: tier 1

David Anderson QC - Brick Court ChambersAn endlessly impressive and authoritative advocate able to guide courts through fiendish concepts with ease.

Ranked: tier 2

Kelyn Bacon QC - Brick Court ChambersA very good all round advocate with a strong understanding of the pharma sector.

Ranked: tier 2

Maya Lester QC - Brick Court ChambersHer knowledge of EU law is unsurpassed.

Ranked: tier 2

Aidan Robertson QC - Brick Court ChambersCommercial and client-friendly.

Ranked: tier 3

Daniel Jowell QC - Brick Court ChambersA very charming and persuasive advocate.

Ranked: tier 3

James Flynn QC - Brick Court ChambersA safe pair of hands and unflappable with extensive experience of the EU courts.

Ranked: tier 3

Jemima Stratford QC - Brick Court ChambersInstructed on pharmaceutical and chemical matters.

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew Henshaw QC - Brick Court ChambersA class act.

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Gordon QC - Brick Court ChambersHe has a track record of energy-related EU work.

Ranked: tier 4
2019 Silks

Margaret Gray QC - Brick Court ChambersEuropean firms think she is excellent.

Ranked: tier 1

Victoria Wakefield QC - Brick Court ChambersHer advocacy is excellent and her analytical skills first-rate.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

David Scannell - Brick Court ChambersHis wealth of legal knowledge is truly indispensable.

Ranked: tier 1

Emily MacKenzie - Brick Court ChambersA very capable barrister and a pleasure to work with.

Ranked: tier 3

Gerard Rothschild - Brick Court ChambersQuietly effective, with strong technical knowledge.

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Blakeley - Brick Court ChambersHe has sanctions expertise.

Ranked: tier 3

Sarah Abram - Brick Court ChambersA strong junior.

Ranked: tier 3

Tim Johnston - Brick Court ChambersAn outstanding junior who is able to quickly cut to the key issues in a case.

Ranked: tier 3

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Energy
Energy - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Brick Court Chambers

Brick Court Chambers frequently handles high-value energy and natural resources disputes with 'a terrific array of silks and juniors at every level; a suitable counsel for every case'. Clients remark that 'the clerks' room is easy to deal with and highly commercial', while another notes that 'the service from the clerking team is second to none'. Mark Hapgood QC and rising star silk Fionn Pilbrow QC are representing three defendants – a Nigerian oil company and two of its directors – in claims brought by former international EPC company Afren in the Commercial Court. Richard Gordon QC and Gerard Rothschild frequently act for UK Power, National Grid and Scottish Power.

Leading Silks

Mark Howard QC - Brick Court ChambersA “go-to” silk for anything in the commercial sphere.

Ranked: tier 1

Helen Davies QC - Brick Court ChambersThe real deal – a fluent and tough advocate with deadly cross-examination and excellent analytical skills.

Ranked: tier 2

Daniel Jowell QC - Brick Court ChambersA superb and highly persuasive advocate with an uncanny ability to spot the key issues.

Ranked: tier 3

Harry Matovu QC - Brick Court ChambersHe relishes energy sector problems, chews them into manageable issues, and gets his teeth into the opposition.

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Bools QC - Brick Court ChambersWell versed in international energy disputes for major oil companies.

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Gordon QC - Brick Court ChambersAn accomplished, standout silk.

Ranked: tier 4

Simon Birt QC - Brick Court ChambersSkilled in high-value oil and pipeline cases.

Ranked: tier 4

Stephen Midwinter QC - Brick Court ChambersLevel-headed, calm and incredibly bright, he has first-class drafting and analysis skills.

Ranked: tier 4
2019 Silks

Fionn Pilbrow QC - Brick Court ChambersOne of the rising stars of the commercial Bar, he has a delightful manner and excellent judgment.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Gerard Rothschild - Brick Court ChambersGood all round as a lawyer and also with clients.

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Eschwege - Brick Court ChambersOne to watch for the future.

Ranked: tier 3

Ben Woolgar - Brick Court ChambersA truly impressive barrister, despite his young age, his analytical skill is impressive.

Ranked: tier 4

Edward Ho - Brick Court ChambersOne of the best junior barristers at the Bar – a brilliant legal mind and a wisdom far beyond his years.

Ranked: tier 4

Tom Pascoe - Brick Court ChambersDecisive, speedy and polished.

Ranked: tier 4

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Environment
Leading Silks

Richard Gordon QC - Brick Court ChambersJust brilliant – an extremely strong advocate.

Ranked: tier 3

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Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Brick Court Chambers

Brick Court Chambers is 'an excellent set with some very impressive junior lawyers', according to instructing solicitors. Members can regularly be found on some of the largest fraud cases to hit the London courts. Several members, including Tim Lord QC, are representing the defendants in SKAT  v Solo Capital Partners and (160) others in which the Danish Tax Authority is seeking to recover £1.5bn in tax refunds to several international defendants accused of fraud. Arcadia Petroleum v Bosworth also involved various members on either side, including Mark Howard QCFionn Pilbrow QC and Richard Eschwege.

Leading Silks

Mark Howard QC - Brick Court ChambersIf I had a dispute in which I was personally involved, I would want him as my barrister.

Ranked: tier 1

Tim Lord QC - Brick Court ChambersThe standout barrister of choice.

Ranked: tier 1

Roger Masefield QC - Brick Court ChambersA very good civil fraud silk.

Ranked: tier 3

Simon Salzedo QC - Brick Court ChambersVery adept at cutting through the key issues in complex, fact-heavy cases.

Ranked: tier 3

Neil Calver QC - Brick Court ChambersVery user friendly and good to work with.

Ranked: tier 4
2019 Silks

Fionn Pilbrow QC - Brick Court ChambersLiked by solicitors, fellow barristers and judges, because of a delightful manner and his excellent judgement.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Edward Harrison - Brick Court ChambersA collaborative, flexible and responsive team player.

Ranked: tier 3

Laura Newton - Brick Court ChambersA very clear thinker and her pleadings are clear, thoughtful and well-measured.

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Blakeley - Brick Court ChambersA very strong lawyer and easy to work with.

Ranked: tier 3

Fred Hobson - Brick Court ChambersAn excellent senior junior who is utterly reliable and superb to work with.

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Eschwege - Brick Court ChambersHighly impressive and a real asset on any case.

Ranked: tier 4

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) - 2018 Silks

Nicholas Saunders QC - Brick Court ChambersHe is known for his expertise across IP and competition law.

Ranked: tier 1

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Insurance and reinsurance
Insurance and reinsurance - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Brick Court Chambers

Brick Court Chambers is 'one of the leading sets for insurance and reinsurance work' thanks to its 'range of able counsel', according to clients. Eight members of chambers were instructed on the high-profile Single Buoy Moorings v Zurich Insurance case, where Mark Howard QC, Neil Calver QC, Stephen Midwinter QC, Tony Singla and Fred Hobson played a key role. FRC v KPMG (re Equity Red Star), which examined the alleged deficient auditing of the technical reserves of a Lloyd’s Motor Syndicate, was a notable case for Simon Salzedo QC in which he led Hobson. Meanwhile, Singla was also instructed in Crowden v QBE Insurance, which involved the interpretation and application of an exclusion in a professional liability insurance policy to a claim for mis-selling of financial instruments.

Leading Silks

Neil Calver QC - Brick Court ChambersHe is meticulously prepared and very persuasive.

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Howard QC - Brick Court ChambersHe brings gravitas and judgement to cut through the heaviest commercial cases.

Ranked: tier 2

Tom Adam QC - Brick Court ChambersHe is very intelligent and easy to work with.

Ranked: tier 2

Harry Matovu QC - Brick Court ChambersA very strong team player and advocate.

Ranked: tier 4

Roger Masefield QC - Brick Court ChambersHe is fantastic on complex matters.

Ranked: tier 5

Simon Salzedo QC - Brick Court ChambersExtremely effective in person, on paper and as an advocate.

Ranked: tier 5
2019 Silks

Fionn Pilbrow QC - Brick Court ChambersHe is a brilliant lawyer.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Fred Hobson - Brick Court ChambersHe is very reliable and thorough.

Ranked: tier 4

Tony Singla - Brick Court ChambersHe is great at analysing the detail.

Ranked: tier 4

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Intellectual property
2018 Silks

Nicholas Saunders QC - Brick Court ChambersA superb barrister.

Ranked: tier 1

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International arbitration: arbitrators
International arbitration: arbitrators - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Brick Court Chambers

Brick Court Chambers has a strong selection of ex-judges and barristers with an excellent track record for leading and co-arbitrating on tribunals.

Leading arbitrators

Lord Hoffmann - Brick Court ChambersAbsolutely peerless and intellectually brilliant.

Hilary Heilbron QC - Brick Court ChambersHandles matters with diligence and aplomb – she belongs in the A* list of arbitrators.

Klaus Reichert SC - Brick Court ChambersAn extraordinary talent, very versatile in dealing with different substantive laws and dispute resolution mechanisms.

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International arbitration: counsel
International arbitration: counsel - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Brick Court Chambers

Brick Court Chambers houses an excellent set of barristers, well-versed across a range of areas, including general commercial disputes and BIT claims. Members are involved in several significant disputes and Simon Salzedo QC was among four acting on FSDEA v dos Santos and others, in which they are representing the Angolan sovereign wealth fund in its pursuit to recover control of a $3bn fund from associates of the previous Angolan regime.

Leading Silks

Neil Calver QC - Brick Court ChambersAstute and thorough in the conduct of a complex international case.

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Howard QC - Brick Court ChambersOne of the leaders of the Bar.

Ranked: tier 2

Harry Matovu QC - Brick Court ChambersExtremely hardworking, he is there with the team and for the team.

Ranked: tier 3

Helen Davies QC - Brick Court ChambersAn absolutely first-class lawyer.

Ranked: tier 3

Hilary Heilbron QC - Brick Court ChambersExperienced as both arbitrator and counsel

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Swainston QC - Brick Court ChambersStrong experience of major international disputes and BIT claims.

Ranked: tier 4

Simon Salzedo QC - Brick Court ChambersExtremely smart and hardworking, and good at coming up with imaginative solutions.

Ranked: tier 4
2019 Silks

Fionn Pilbrow QC - Brick Court ChambersVery user friendly, a pleasure to deal with, he drafts very well and is an excellent lawyer.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Edward Ho - Brick Court ChambersOne of the best junior barristers at the Bar – a brilliant legal mind and a wisdom far beyond his years.

Ranked: tier 2

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Offshore
Leading Silks

Mark Howard QC - Brick Court ChambersInstructed in appeals to the Privy Council.

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Bowen QC - Brick Court ChambersA go-to silk for cases involving difficult or challenging application of human rights principles.

Ranked: tier 4

Stephen Midwinter QC - Brick Court ChambersIncredibly bright and able to turn his mind to virtually any area of law.

Ranked: tier 4

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Professional disciplinary and regulatory law
Leading Silks

Simon Salzedo QC - Brick Court ChambersA very measured cross-examiner with a fantastic ability to absorb information.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

Tony Singla - Brick Court ChambersHe has a brilliant mind.

Ranked: tier 4

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Brick Court Chambers

Brick Court Chambers is an 'exceptional set with truly superb counsel at all levels'. It is noted for its experience in high-profile cases involving film finance investment schemes, as well claims involving auditors, solicitors, brokers and financial services professionals. Tom Adam QC appeared for Ernst & Young in Alton v Ernst & Young, a claim alleging that negligent advice was given to wealthy individuals regarding a film finance, tax-management opportunity. Simon Salzedo QC and Tony Singla defended Grant Thornton in Manchester Building Society v Grant Thornton, a £50m claim for negligent auditing.

Leading Silks

Mark Howard QC - Brick Court ChambersHe is very experienced in professional negligence cases.

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Hapgood QC - Brick Court ChambersVery experienced.

Ranked: tier 1

Tom Adam QC - Brick Court ChambersA very strong team player and team leader.

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Salzedo QC - Brick Court ChambersHe has a fantastic ability to absorb information.

Ranked: tier 2

Charles Hollander QC - Brick Court ChambersHe provides very constructive advice and responds quickly.

Ranked: tier 3

Tim Lord QC - Brick Court ChambersHe is client friendly and a persuasive advocate.

Ranked: tier 3

Neil Calver QC - Brick Court ChambersExcellent to work with.

Ranked: tier 4

Thomas Plewman QC - Brick Court ChambersHe is noted for auditors' negligence claims.

Ranked: tier 4
2019 Silks

Fionn Pilbrow QC - Brick Court ChambersIn court, he is urbane, calm and incisive.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Peter Irvin - Brick Court ChambersHe is an experienced lawyer.

Ranked: tier 3

Edward Harrison - Brick Court ChambersHe is a master of the detail.

Ranked: tier 4

Tony Singla - Brick Court ChambersHe fully commits to the case and has the intellectual firepower to come up with the right analysis.

Ranked: tier 4

Fred Hobson - Brick Court ChambersHe has a growing professional negligence practice.

Ranked: tier 6

Jonathan Dawid - Brick Court ChambersHe is fantastic in unpicking complex issues in the professional liability sphere.

Ranked: tier 6

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Public international law
Leading Silks

Maya Lester QC - Brick Court ChambersA divine forensic advocate with unparalleled knowledge of her legal area.

Ranked: tier 3

Michael Swainston QC - Brick Court ChambersHighly experienced in Russia-related disputes.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

Robert McCorquodale - Brick Court ChambersAn impressive advocate who commands the attention of judges; he provides invaluable advice and strategic direction.

Ranked: tier 2

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Public procurement
2019 Silks

Margaret Gray QC - Brick Court ChambersA multi-jurisdictional practitioner – allowing her to offer an extra dimension and particularly attractive in Brexit times.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Tim Johnston - Brick Court ChambersCommitted and available, he masters his brief. Good at spotting essential points for pleadings.

Ranked: tier 3

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Set overviews: England and Wales

One of the super-sets’, Brick Court Chambers is ‘an all-round strong’ set with ‘a large selection of high-quality competition law specialists’, ‘top commercial counsel’, ‘an excellent chambers for banking litigation’, and a ‘go-to’ set for public administrative law. ‘The availability of high-calibre junior barristers assists in picking the most qualified whilst cost effective team to serve the client,’ said one solicitor. In recent news, Martin Chamberlain QC has been elevated to the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court and will cease to practise with effect from 1 October. Also of note, Alec Haydon, Margaret Gray, Fionn Pilbrow, and Victoria Wakefield all took silk in 2019, while Professor Mads Adenas has been appointed an Honorary Queen’s Counsel. The clerks’ room ‘sets the benchmark’ for other sets with its ‘friendly, knowledgeable, and hardworking’ clerks. Senior clerks Paul Dennison (‘first rate; responsive, commercial, and helpful') and Tony Burgess (‘highly recommended; a good salesman for his set and always accessible’) have ‘stepped up brilliantly’ following changes to the clerks’ room; ‘they are a pleasure to work with’. At practice manager level, Will Jackman and Philip Wilkes are ‘stars’; Luke Carvalho ‘stands out as very commercial and knowledgeable’; Jo Francis is ‘very helpful and responsive’. Overall, the team is said to be ‘highly responsive, proactive in assisting the smooth running of cases, and always willing to assist in document production, arranging meetings, document filings, and assisting in complex cost and budgeting issues’. Offices in: London

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Shipping
Leading Silks

Richard Lord QC - Brick Court ChambersHe is knowledgeable on the legal issues and practical in terms of strategy.

Ranked: tier 2

Simon Birt QC - Brick Court ChambersHe is excellent.

Ranked: tier 5

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Commercial

Brick Court Chambers’ Charles Hollander QC is also admitted to the Hong Kong Bar, where he is active in various disputes. He represents Tomohiro Okada in Okada v Okada, a case concering the ownership of the family pachinko machine manufacturing business.

Commercial – Leading silks

Charles Hollander QC Brick Court ChambersExcellent and robust – able to turn things around when the judiciary is not with you.

Ranked: tier 1

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Market overview

Brick Court Chambers includes members with connections to Hong Kong. Julian Hawes is the director of clerking, while Tony Burgess and Paul Dennison are the set’s senior clerks.

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