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1 Crown Office Row > The Legal 500 Rankings
1 Crown Office Row has an 'excellent reputation' as a 'pre-eminent set for clinical negligence work, both claimant and defendant'. The set is well known for acting in high-profile, multi-party claims and public inquiries. In another matter, the 'dedicated' Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel QC and Philip Havers QC, who has 'a great legal mind', appeared on either side of ABC v St George’s Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, a high-profile case concerning the disclosure of confidential medical information. At the senior end, the team was recently bolstered by the elevation of Andrew Kennedy QC to silk in March 2021. The set is home to a group of 'exceptional junior barristers', including the newly ranked Judith Rogerson and Jo Moore.
‘A top-notch set. The clerks are stellar. Everything runs efficiently and they have responded to the challenges of the pandemic with aplomb. They keep abreast of recent developments and share that knowledge. A joy to work with. My go-to set for clinical negligence.‘
‘The chambers has an excellent reputation for their work in the medical negligence field.‘
‘1 Crown Office Row is a pre-eminent set for clinical negligence work, both claimant and defendant.‘
‘This chambers has an excellent range of barristers available and this would be one of our go-to sets in this area of law.‘
‘An extremely well-known and respected set.‘
‘Experienced and likeable team of clerks. Matthew Phipps and Andrew Tull consistently make themselves very available. John Mclaren and Chloe Turvill are very capable and efficient, but really that filters down through the whole team.‘
'A first-rate and go-to chambers for complex inquests and inquiries', 1 Crown Office Row combines its medical and public law expertise when acting in public inquiries. Peter Skelton QC is currently acting for the Metropolitan Police in the inquests arising from four murders by serial killer Stephen Port. Turning to the set's juniors, Matthew Hill is lead junior on the Infected Blood Inquiry and the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse; growth at the junior end includes Rory Badenoch, who frequently represents families at inquests in which clinical negligence is suspected, joining in March 2020 from 12 King's Bench Walk.
‘1COR is a first-rate and go-to chambers for complex inquests and inquiries.‘
‘1 Crown Office Row is a first-rate set of chambers and, in my view, the best set in London.‘
‘Always impressed with the set’s barristers and the type of work offered.‘
‘An excellent set – the number one option for inquest and inquiries work.‘
‘Leading set for inquests- a fantastic outfit.‘
‘Their clerking team do an amazing job and is one of the reasons I will come to them time and time again.‘
‘The Brighton set is a good out-of-town alternative for property litigation. I have also instructed their head of Chambers, Simon Sinnatt, for many years.’
‘The chambers has a good depth and strength for its size. The Brighton annex which I use does have a good quality of barristers at every level.’
‘They are a good team, all appear to pull together in the same direction, they are friendly and approachable and professional. The range of practice areas is wide, as is the experience.’
‘Excellent friendly, professional and helpful clerks, each and every one of them. Always willing to help you sort any issues that arise.’
‘The clerks are always friendly, efficient and professional. They will try to go the extra mile to find a solution to any issue you may have.’
‘James Hart is excellent. James is my go to and knows exactly what I need, how I work and we have developed a close working relationship over the years.’
‘Quality and strength-in-depth throughout the set‘.
‘The set as a whole is extremely efficient, professional and courteous‘.
‘The clerks at 1 Crown Office Row are extremely helpful and a pleasure to work with‘.
‘All the clerks at 1 Crown Office Row are approachable, professional and considerate. Stuart Taylor in particular is friendly, conscientious and has a clear willingness to accommodate the needs of those instructing. He often goes above and beyond what is requested. Ben Earle is extremely co-operative and helpful‘.
1 Crown Office Row, Brighton is 'very well known and experienced in the area of public law children matters, and is a great set to work with'. Private law children work is another core strength for the team; recent instructions include cases involving allegations of serious abuse and complex care proceedings. Eleanor Battie is very experienced in representing a range of parties in cases involving international relocation disputes. Jane Peckham is a notable practitioner for financial remedy cases.
‘A very helpful and friendly chambers, always able to assist. The set offers a wide choice of counsel at all levels‘.
‘Chambers has always been a joy to work with – consistently first-class. It has a large selection of barristers who are experienced in all areas of family law‘.
‘A good range of excellent child law barristers‘.
‘The clerks are first class. Helpful, responsive and calmly accommodating often very short-notice requests‘.
‘Clerking is efficient and friendly at all times‘.
‘David Bingham is an excellent senior clerk. I have always found him to be professional, reasonable, and extremely good to deal with. He is always happy to do all that he can to assist and go the extra mile‘.
‘Strength-in-depth of counsel with experience of acting for the government.’
‘A very good and strong set.’
‘Efficient and well organised.’
‘A lot of good juniors.’
‘Clerks are great – in particular John McLaren and Chloe Turvill – absolute stars.’
‘Clerks are business like, yet pleasant, efficient and reliable.’
‘Excellent set of chambers for criminal and professional disciplinary cases.’
‘This set is filled with excellent barristers who are at the top of their game. The silks are of an impressive calibre and the juniors are hugely impressive.’
‘The chambers are my go-to set for professional discipline work. Clerks are excellent in responding to any queries and enquiries.’
‘I have instructed 1COR more than any other chambers in over 20 years in the industry. They offer an excellent service and attract the best barristers in the healthcare field.’
‘1COR are one of the top sets in this niche field. They are always on my list to contact for Counsel availability. Their barristers have a particularly strong academic approach.’
‘The clerks at 1 Crown Office Row are all excellent. Senior Clerk Matthew Phipps is excellent as are Andy Tull and Chloe Tourvil. The clerks are always quick to get back to any queries and will bend over backwards to try and accommodate requests. These clerks are the best in the business.’
The 'excellent range' of 'very bright barristers' at 'exceptional set' 1 Crown Office Row have 'the expertise and availability to assist with even the most complex of claims'. Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel QC acts for a group of victims injured and bereaved families in civil proceedings against the Motor Insurers' Bureau concerning in the Westminster Bridge terrorist attack in March 2017. . Gumbel QC also represents the claimants in DFX and others v Coventry City Council, concerning a local authority's failure to remove children from a family where they were sexually abused despite carrying out psychological reports and monitoring the family for fifteen years. An especially key name to note for childhood sexual abuse work is 'unrivalled leader' Justin Levinson, who recently acted for the respondent in the landmark Court of Appeal case London Borough of Haringey v FZO, which considered issues of vicarious liability in the context of a child groomed while was at a school and continued to be abused after he left.
‘Excellent set of very bright barristers.’
‘Chambers has an excellent range of barristers available and this would be one of our go-to sets in this area of law.’
‘Exceptional set with very experienced and knowledgeable barristers.’
‘This is an all-round great set. From the moment of first approach to the conclusion of a matter, the service provided is friendly, diligent, and efficient.’
‘I have found that 1COR have a wide breadth of strong counsel. I have never had a difficulty finding a junior or silk who has the expertise and availability to assist with even the most complex of claims.’
‘The clerks are top rate.’
1 Crown Office Row > Set Profile
A leading civil and public law set (with a large annexe in Brighton) providing advisory, advocacy and mediation services with a pre-eminent reputation for its clinical negligence and healthcare practices, its expertise in public law and human rights and its professional disciplinary work.
The set: Established over 70 years ago, its reputation for quality is reflected in the fact that it counts among its members and former members the former Lord Chief Justice Lord Woolf, five Lord/Lady Justices of Appeal and three former chairmen of the Bar. Chambers runs the highly acclaimed UK Human Rights Blog, Quarterly Medical Law Review (QMLR) and podcast, Lawpod UK.
Types of work undertaken: Members are recognised as leading practitioners in a range of areas including: clinical negligence; professional discipline; personal injury; public and administrative law; public inquiries; healthcare; environmental law; professional negligence; tax; immigration and asylum; employment and equality; costs; coroners and inquests; sports; and cyber. Many members accept instructions under the Bar Council’s Direct Access arrangements (www.1cordirectaccess.com). Chambers has a mediation service, with accredited mediators and arbitrators, including a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Chambers is widely recognised as the leading set for clinical negligence. It acts for both claimants and defendants, representing individuals, groups and numerous health authorities, NHS Trusts, GP’s and consultants nationwide. Landmark cases include: Khan v Meadows, Darnley v Croydon Health Services, CN & GN v Poole BC, Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board, Nyang v G4S and Dr Thomas, and Meiklejohn v St George’s NHS Trust, as well as the group actions such as the Infected Blood Inquiry, Barclays Bank litigation, Paterson litigation, or arising out of benzodiazepine administration, femodene use, organ retention and MMR.
Chambers handles personal injury litigation for claimants and defendants and has a particularly strong niche practice in handling historic child abuse claims. Cases include representing victims of the Beirut Port Explosion, Jimmy Savile, the Grafton House and Elm House abuse cases, and IICSA cases.
Healthcare work has included: the Birthrights Inquiry, right to transgender treatment for children; treatment abroad on the NHS; whether guidance on the withdrawal of artificial nutrition is compatible with human rights; and the rights of parents to be notified of their daughters seeking of an abortion. A large number of its members were heavily involved in the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust Public Inquiry.
Chambers has a strong practice in coronial inquests, often arising from its expertise in healthcare and public law. Members have also appeared in high profile inquests such as the Stephen Port Inquests, Belly Mujinga Inquest, Streatham Attack Inquests, Natasha Ednan-Laperouse Inquest, Perepilichny Inquest and the recent Birmingham Pub Bombings, London Bridge Inquests, Westminster Bridge Inquests and Manchester Arena Bombing Inquests. Recently members have been instructed in high profile inquests related to Covid-19.
The human rights practice is founded on their medical and public law expertise. Recently this has included challenges to the legality of lockdown and coronavirus restrictions. Significant cases include R v Jogee, as well as the healthcare cases mentioned above. Chambers has a long experience of public inquiries, including the Jermaine Baker Inquiry, Brook House Inquiry, Grenfell Tower Inquiry, Infected Blood Inquiry, Al-Sweady Inquiry, the Leveson Inquiry, the Detainee Inquiry and the inquiry into the death of Baha Mousa in Iraq, and the Victoria Climbie and Alder Hey Inquiries.
The environmental practice includes: Duarte Agostinho & 5 Others v Portugal & 32 Others (landmark ECtHR climate change case), saving Askham Bog, Japanese Knotweed, M4 Road Relief case, the test case on the applicability of new pollution regulations; measures to mitigate the problem of dolphin by-catch in fishing nets; flooding; claims for water and methane escape from mines; waste and land fill issues; asbestos and groundwater pollution; aircraft noise; dust pollution; interference with TV reception and judicial review of abatement notices.
Chambers is regularly involved in disciplinary work involving all types of professionals and internal inquiries into the competence and conduct of clinicians, solicitors, architects, surveyors and accountants. Cases include Dr. Michalak v GMC & Ors, Dr Wakefield and subsequent appeals (MMR scare representing three parties, including the GMC); the Dr Waney Squier case (shaken baby) and Webster v Liddington (the Isolagen litigation).
Chambers tax practice acts for both taxpayers and HMRC. Cases include Royal Opera House v HMRC, injunction reviews of the ‘Alcohol Wholesalers registration scheme’, recently in the Supreme Court in OWD and another v HMRC, Court of Appeal case concerning ‘Talacre’ carve out (Case C-251/05), the Supreme Court judgment on third party consideration in Airtours Holidays Transport Limited v HMRC and Volkswagen Financial Services (UK) Ltd v Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs  UKSC 26 as well as Loyalty Management (UK) Ltd, BAA Ltd, Newnham College and Mayflower Theatre.
In costs and funding matters, members have appeared in a number of leading cases including: Thimmaya v Lancashire NHS Foundation Trust, CN & GN v Poole BC, Church v Great Western Hospitals, Cashman v Mid Essex Hospitals, and Hall v Everton FC.
For our Brighton Annex specialising in Family law, Criminal Law and Civil law on the South-Eastern Circuit, please visit www.1cor.com/Brighton.
Please visit the Careers section on our website for more details on our two Pupillages (recruited via the Pupillage Gateway), traditional Mini-Pupillages and Assessed Mini-Pupillages aimed at widening access to the Bar. Find out how we promote inclusion at the Bar and reducing our environmental impact as a chambers on our website.
|Head of Chambers||BOOTH QC, Richard (1993)|
|Senior clerk||PHIPPS, Matthew|
|Chambers director||MEYLER, Andrew|
|Member of Chambers||SEABROOK QC, Robert (1964)|
|Member of Chambers||MILLER QC, Stephen (1971)|
|Member of Chambers||HAVERS QC, Philip (1974)|
|Member of Chambers||GUMBEL QC, Elizabeth-Anne (1974)|
|Member of Chambers||REES QC, Paul (1980)|
|Member of Chambers||BOWRON QC, Margaret (1978)|
|Member of Chambers||BALCOMBE QC, David (1980)|
|Member of Chambers||HART QC, David (1982)|
|Member of Chambers||FORDE QC, Martin (1984)|
|Member of Chambers||EDIS QC, William (1985)|
|Member of Chambers||McCULLOUGH QC, Angus (1990)|
|Member of Chambers||WHITTING QC, John (1991)|
|Member of Chambers||EVANS QC, David (1988)|
|Member of Chambers||WHEELER QC, Marina (1987)|
|Member of Chambers||WITCOMB QC, Henry (1989)|
|Member of Chambers||THOMAS QC, Owain (1995)|
|Member of Chambers||HYAM QC, Jeremy (1995)|
|Member of Chambers||BRADLEY QC, Clodagh (1996)|
|Member of Chambers||SKELTON QC, Peter (1997)|
|Member of Chambers||SANDERS, QC Oliver (1995)|
|Member of Chambers||RAHMAN, QC Shaheen (1996)|
|Member of Chambers||LAMBERT QC, Sarah (1994)|
|Member of Chambers||SINGH QC, Sarabjit (2001)|
|Member of Chambers||SHELDON QC, Neil (1998)|
|Member of Chambers||KELLAR QC, Robert (1999)|
|Member of Chambers||KENNEDY QC, Andrew|
|Member of Chambers||GIMLETTE, John (1986)|
|Member of Chambers||DOWNS, Martin (1990)|
|Member of Chambers||COLIN, Giles (1994)|
|Member of Chambers||CHAWATAMA, Sydney (1994)|
|Member of Chambers||LEVINSON, Justin (1994)|
|Member of Chambers||SMITH, Richard (1999)|
|Member of Chambers||MELLOR, Christopher (1999)|
|Member of Chambers||BARNES, Matthew (2000)|
|Member of Chambers||O'DONNELL, Iain (2000)|
|Member of Chambers||GUTHRIE, Cara (2000)|
|Member of Chambers||SHARGHY, Shahram (2000)|
|Member of Chambers||MANKNELL, David (2001)|
|Member of Chambers||LAMBERT, Suzanne (2002)|
|Member of Chambers||ROGERSON, Judith (2003)|
|Member of Chambers||MANNION, Amy (2003)|
|Member of Chambers||MUMFORD, Richard (2004)|
|Member of Chambers||WOODS, Leanne (2005)|
|Member of Chambers||MARCUS, Rachel (2005)|
|Member of Chambers||RATHOD, Pritesh (2006)|
|Member of Chambers||CROSS, Caroline (2006)|
|Member of Chambers||DONMALL, Matthew (2006)|
|Member of Chambers||PAULIN, Michael (2007)|
|Member of Chambers||WALKER, Amelia (2007)|
|Member of Chambers||McARDLE, Isabel (2008)|
|Member of Chambers||HENDERSON, Alasdair (2009)|
|Member of Chambers||McGREGOR, Claire (2009)|
|Member of Chambers||HILL, Matthew (2009)|
|Member of Chambers||FLINN, Matthew (2010)|
|Member of Chambers||BARNES, Natasha (2010)|
|Member of Chambers||REYNOLDS, Paul (2010)|
|Member of Chambers||BADENOCH, Rory (2010)|
|Member of Chambers||WILLIAMS, Lois (2012)|
|Member of Chambers||DUFFY, Jim (2012)|
|Member of Chambers||RUCK KEENE, Dominic (2012)|
|Member of Chambers||ELLIOTT, Jessica (2013)|
|Member of Chambers||NOYCE, Hannah (2013)|
|Member of Chambers||DEACON, Michael (2014)|
|Member of Chambers||CHALMERS, Rhoderick (2014)|
|Member of Chambers||FENELON, Emma-Louise (2015)|
|Member of Chambers||BARTH, Gideon (2015)|
|Member of Chambers||MOORE, Jo (2015)|
|Member of Chambers||METZER, Jonathan (2016)|
|Member of Chambers||GILMARTIN, Charlotte (2015)|
|Member of Chambers||BARHEY, Rajkiran (2017)|
|Member of Chambers||COFFEY, Darragh (2018)|
|Member of Chambers||BEAMONT, Thomas (2019)|
|Member of Chambers||KUZMENKO, Alice (2018)|
|Member of Chambers||TUFNELL, Henry (2018)|
|Academic Consultant||ENGLISH, Rosalind (1993)|
|Rory Badenoch||Barrister||View Profile|
|David Balcombe||Areas of practice include: matrimonial finance (including pre-nuptial agreements) clinical negligence and…||View Profile|
|Rajkiran Barhey||Barrister||View Profile|
|Natasha Barnes||View Profile|
|Matthew Barnes||Specialises in professional negligence, medical law (negligence and disciplinary work) and personal…||View Profile|
|Gideon Barth||Barrister||View Profile|
|Thomas Beamont||Barrister||View Profile|
|Richard Booth||Head of Chambers. Areas of practice include: professional discipline; costs; healthcare; clinical…||View Profile|
|Margaret Bowron||Areas of practice include: personal injury, clinical negligence; disciplinary work and solicitor…||View Profile|
|Clodagh Bradley||Clodagh specialises in healthcare regulatory law, clinical negligence (either side) and inquests…||View Profile|
|Sydney Chawatama||View Profile|
|Darragh Coffey||Barrister||View Profile|
|Giles Colin||Barrister; areas of practice includes clinical negligence, personal injury, regulatory disciplinary tribunals…||View Profile|
|Caroline Cross||View Profile|
|Michael Deacon||Barrister||View Profile|
|Matthew Donmall||Barrister specialising in public law and human rights; indirect tax inlcuding VAT…||View Profile|
|Martin Downs||Areas of practice include: employment (including injunctions), equality in employment and services;…||View Profile|
|Jim Duffy||Barrister with extensive experience across clinical negligence, inquests and inquiries, personal injury,…||View Profile|
|William Edis||Barrister specialising in medical law, clinical negligence, disciplinary proceedings, professional negligence, group…||View Profile|
|Jessica Elliott||Barrister||View Profile|
|Rosalind English||Academic consultant and co-editor of One Crown Office Row’s ‘UK Human Rights…||View Profile|
|David Evans||Barrister specialising in clinical negligence, disciplinary work, coroners’ inquests and general personal…||View Profile|
|Duncan Fairgrieve||Door tenant. His practice encompasses European law, product liability, public law and…||View Profile|
|Emma-Louise Fenelon||Barrister||View Profile|
|Matthew Flinn||Developing a broad practice in public law, human rights, employment and personal…||View Profile|
|Martin Forde||Areas of practice include: general domestic commercial and contract; crime; torts; personal…||View Profile|
|Charlotte Gilmartin||Charlotte Gilmartin accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ work, in particular…||View Profile|
|John Gimlette||Areas of practice include: personal injury; clinical negligence; contract; costs (specifically publicly…||View Profile|
|Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel||Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel QC is a leading practitioner in Clinical Negligence and Personal…||View Profile|
|Cara Guthrie||View Profile|
|David Hart||Areas of practice include: environmental law of all kinds (liability, regulatory, public…||View Profile|
|Philip Havers||Areas of practice include: administrative/public law; human rights and civil liberties; constitutional…||View Profile|
|Alasdair Henderson||Barrister specialising in public law, employment and equality, human rights, clinical negligence.…||View Profile|
|Matthew Hill||Barrister. Significant cases include: Infected Blood Inquiry; Westminster Bridge Inquests; IICSA; Birmingham…||View Profile|
|Jeremy Hyam||Areas of practice include: medical law (all aspects) but with particular experience…||View Profile|
|Robert Kellar||Robert Kellar QC has a broad civil, regulatory and public law practice…||View Profile|
|Andrew Kennedy||Andrew Kennedy has a practice that focuses primarily on clinical negligence and…||View Profile|
|Alice Kuzmenko||Alice is building her practice in all areas of chambers work. In this…||View Profile|
|Sarah Lambert||Specialist in personal injury, clinical and dental negligence, medical discipline and a…||View Profile|
|Suzanne Lambert||Areas of practice include: administrative and public law, clinical negligence and disciplinary;…||View Profile|
|Justin Levinson||Barrister with considerable experience in all areas of personal injury practice, including…||View Profile|
|David Manknell||Barrister specialising in administrative and public law, clinical negligence (either side).||View Profile|
|Amy Mannion||Barrister specialising in: administrative and public law; human rights and civil liberties;…||View Profile|
|Rachel Marcus||Specialist practice in all areas of healthcare and clinical negligence law and…||View Profile|
|Isabel Mcardle||Barrister specialising in tax, clinical negligence, claimant and defendant; public law (including…||View Profile|
|Angus Mccullough||Angus McCullough QC has extensive experience on matters of public and private…||View Profile|
|Christopher Mellor||Areas of practice include: clinical negligence (extensive experience acting for both claimants…||View Profile|
|Jonathan Metzer||Barrister||View Profile|
|Stephen Miller||Areas of practice include: professional negligence, particularly clinical negligence and medically related…||View Profile|
|Jo Moore||Barrister||View Profile|
|Richard Mumford||Professional and clinical negligence, employment, disciplinary tribunals, human rights, administrative and public…||View Profile|
|Hannah Noyce||Barrister||View Profile|
|Iain O"Donnell||Personal injury work of all types, from claimant CFA to defending local…||View Profile|
|Michael Paulin||Barrister||View Profile|
|Shaheen Rahman||Areas of practice include: public law; clinical negligence; personal injury; employment; inquests;…||View Profile|
|Pritesh Rathod||Barrister||View Profile|
|Paul Rees||Areas of practice include: clinical and dental negligence (obstetrics and gynaecology, GPs’…||View Profile|
|Paul Reynolds||Barrister||View Profile|
|Judith Rogerson||View Profile|
|Dominic Ruck Keene||Barrister||View Profile|
|Oliver Sanders||Barrister specialising in: public law and human rights; public authority tort and…||View Profile|
|Robert Seabrook||Areas of practice include: professional negligence; clinical negligence; medical disciplinary and tribunal…||View Profile|
|Shahram Sharghy||Shahram is a specialist personal injury and clinical negligence barrister with extensive…||View Profile|
|Neil Sheldon||Areas of practice include: public inquiries: junior counsel to Victoria Climbie and…||View Profile|
|Sarabjit Singh||Areas of work include: administrative and public law; tax; and common law.||View Profile|
|Peter Skelton||Human rights litigation; multi-party actions; clinical negligence; personal injury; public inquiries; inquests.…||View Profile|
|Sally Smith||Areas of practice include medical law (including extensive experience of GMC disciplinary…||View Profile|
|Richard Smith||Specialist area of practice: professional negligence; personal injury (either side); professional disciplinary…||View Profile|
|Owain Thomas||Areas of practice include; general common law, including professional negligence (in particular…||View Profile|
|Henry Tufnell||Henry is developing a broad practice, with a focus on clinical negligence,…||View Profile|
|Amelia Walker||View Profile|
|Marina Wheeler||Background in EC law; specialises in employment, public and social care law…||View Profile|
|John Whitting||Experienced specialist in clinical and general professional negligence. In the clinical sphere,…||View Profile|
|Lois Williams||Barrister||View Profile|
|Henry Witcomb||Barrister specialising in clinical negligence, personal injury, public authority liability and inquest…||View Profile|
|Leanne Woods||Leanne Woods (Call: 2005) specialises in clinical negligence, professional discipline and regulation,…||View Profile|
1 Crown Office Row > Set Profile
Chambers is a well established set in Brighton and is an annex of 1 Crown Office Row in the Temple, which has maintained strong Sussex connections for over 50 years. It is recognised as a leading set status for its family, civil and criminal work as well as for their charitable initiatives and events. Members practise from centrally located modern premises only a few minutes walk away from the Brighton District Registry and county and magistrates courts.
The set: For some time, 1COR are the only regional set to have won preferred set status with Brighton and Hove City Council for its family, civil and criminal work.
The set has grown quickly in recent years, to its current strength of 49 members based in Brighton. Its turnover has grown significantly in recent years, reflecting the dynamism of the local legal scene and chambers success in capturing an increasing share of the work available. It now services clients along a wide stretch of the South coast, from Portsmouth to Hastings, and clients in Hampshire, Surrey and Kent, in addition to Sussex.
The heart of the Civil Practice Group’s work is commercial dispute resolution and property litigation. It acts for and against public authorities, companies, partnerships and individuals. The commercial practice ranges from contracts to shareholder and director disputes. Property litigation includes sales and purchases of land, options, easements, boundaries, leasehold enfranchisement and town and country planning. The group also has expertise in probate & trusts, personal injury, professional negligence and employment law.
Our Criminal Team is committed to providing advocacy and advice to the highest possible standard. Our highly experienced team generally covers courts from Portsmouth in the West to Canterbury in the East and up to and including London in the North. However, Members of the Team are happy to travel beyond this region to cater for clients’ needs.
Chambers has a fully committed Family Law Team who undertake the whole range of family proceedings. We have specialists in both Public and Private Law Children, Financial Remedies, Domestic Violence & Injunctions. The team comprises advocates that excel in their field with strength in numbers and expertise from Senior counsel to Junior members. Uniquely, we offer accredited Arbitrators for Child Arbitration and Family Mediation to help families resolve disputes quickly outside of the court system.
Members of the family team ensure they are approachable, and sensitive to the client’s needs. Our local practice gives us extensive experience and knowledge of local judicial practice. We have superb conference facilities in the centre of Brighton location conveniently located close to the major family centres of Sussex as well as the courts. With extensive expertise in Criminal, Civil & Family Law, One Crown Office Row is able to pride itself both on client care and professional excellence. We are available for emergency applications and can normally accept instructions at very short notice.
Members and clerks are active in the local community and frequently raise funds to support charities close to out hearts. As a set, we are committed to promoting inclusion at the Bar and developing sustainable working practices.
Types of work undertaken: Chambers undertakes all types of general common law work civil, criminal and family. While it is particularly widely recognised for its strength in all types of family proceedings, chambers also has wide experience of landlord and tenant and building work, professional negligence, personal injury, employment and licensing, and prosecuting and defending crime, increasingly all types of regulatory crime. In many of these practice areas (eg in matrimonial finance and personal injury), practitioners benefit from having access to leading silks in these areas, based in One Crown Office Row, London. A good number of members are also trained mediators (www.disputesmediated.com) and many accept instructions under the Bar Council’s Direct Access arrangements (www.1cordirectaccess.com).
Recruitment: up to two pupils are taken annually, each with an award of £20,000. £10,000 for the first six months and a guaranteed level of earnings of £10,000 for the second six. Applications are accepted by CV and covering letter sent to Chambers. Please visit the Careers section on our website for more details.
|Head of Brighton Chambers||SINNATT, Simon (1993)|
|Senior clerk||BINGHAM, David|
|Chambers Director||MEYLER, Andrew|
|Member of Chambers||ASHWELL, Paul (1977)|
|Member of Chambers||KING-SMITH, James (1980)|
|Member of Chambers||McLAUGHLIN, Karen (1982)|
|Member of Chambers||SMITH, Adam (1987)|
|Member of Chambers||BERGIN, Timothy (1987)|
|Member of Chambers||LE PREVOST, Aviva (1990)|
|Member of Chambers||RICE, Christopher (1991)|
|Members of Chambers||CAVE, Jeremy (1992)|
|Member of Chambers||TAYLOR, Nigel (1993)|
|Member of Chambers||MORELLI, Luisa (1993)|
|Member of Chambers||JENKINS, Rowan (1994)|
|Member of Chambers||HEALEY, Susan (1995)|
|Member of Chambers||CLARIDGE, Rachael (1996)|
|Member of Chambers||ROACH, Jacqueline (1996)|
|Member of Chambers||DAVIES, Rebecca (1996)|
|Member of Chambers||SHARGHY, Pegah (1998)|
|Member of Chambers||WELLS, Camilla (1998)|
|Member of Chambers||BAYLEY, Laura (1998)|
|Member of Chambers||UPTON, Rebecca (1999)|
|Member of Chambers||PECKHAM, Jane (1999)|
|Member of Chambers||WRIGHT, Stuart (2000)|
|Member of Chambers||COGIN, Leo (2000)|
|Member of Chambers||STATHER, Julie (2000)|
|Member of Chambers||PACKHAM, Amy (2000)|
|Member of Chambers||BAKER, Rachel (2000)|
|Member of Chambers||BERLEVY, Kriston (2002)|
|Member of Chambers||HOWE, Gavin (2003)|
|Member of Chambers||McFADYEN, Lynn (2003)|
|Member of Chambers||AGER, Richard (2004)|
|Member of Chambers||BATTIE, Eleanor (2004)|
|Member of Chambers||MILLER, Daniel (2005)|
|Member of Chambers||FRIER, Daniel (2005)|
|Member of Chambers||HEYWOOD, Matthew (2006)|
|Member of Chambers||PANDYA, Abha (2007)|
|Member of Chambers||MINOPRIO, Delia (2007)|
|Member of Chambers||TREGONING, Bruce (2008)|
|Member of Chambers||WALKER, Michael (2008)|
|Member of Chambers||CIBOROWSKA, Clare (2009)|
|Member of Chambers||EVANS, Sophie (2010)|
|Member of Chambers||LONG, Vanessa (2014)|
|Member of Chambers||RICHMOND, Kate (2014)|
|Member of Chambers||JAPP, Kirsten (2014)|
|Member of Chambers||STOREY, Scott (2015)|
|Member of Chambers||WITHERS, Matthew (2016)|
|Member of Chambers||READER, David (2017)|
|Member of Chambers||GIMSON, Rachel (2018)|
|Member of Chambers||ISAAC, Natasha (2017)|
|Member of Chambers||SOURESH, Anogika (2018)|
|Member of Chambers||SPALDING, Hope (2019)|
|Member of Chambers||CHARLOTTE YOUDAN|
|Associate Member of Chambers||FRANCESCA WILEY QC|
|Associate Member of Chambers||JEREMY WAINWRIGHT QC|
|Associate Member of Chambers||MURDOCH, Catriona (2009)|
|Associate Member of Chambers||MINTO, Amanda (2009)|
|Associate Member of Chambers||LEWIS-HALL, David (2010)|
|Associate Member of Chambers||MORRISH, Charlotte (2013)|
Staff FiguresDAVID BINGHAM : Senior Clerk STUART TAYLOR : 1st Junior Clerk MARK WORSLEY : 1st Junior Clerk TOM HILLS : 2nd Junior Clerk GEMMA WELLING : 3rd Junior Clerk BEN EARLE : 3rd Junior Clerk
We take very seriously our commitment to encouraging both equality and diversity in chambers and at the Bar generally, in recognition of the need for the profession to be representative of society as a whole. We aim to recruit from as wide a talent pool as possible, and indeed nearly half of our new tenants in the last five years have been women and a significant proportion of our members are from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds or attended state schools.
We are conscious of the financial difficulties entrants to the Bar can face and we have adopted a number of measures to tackle this problem. Our assessed mini-pupillages and pupillages are generously funded and we were one of the first chambers to launch an inclusive mini-pupillage aimed at widening access to the Bar. We offer assessed mini-pupillages to socio-economically disadvantaged applicants and guarantee a first-round interview for pupillage to those who do well.
Within chambers we continue to support our most junior tenants through the provision of interest-free loans and the waiver of chambers’ contribution and rent payments. As part of our efforts to address the issue of the large drop-out rate at the Bar of women of 10-15+ years’ call, we have a policy designed to ensure that we retain members who return from maternity or paternity leave and our clerks are active in supporting returning parents.
We promote a culture within chambers where any issues concerning equality and diversity can be freely raised by members or staff. Through our active E&D committee and our formal and informal mentoring schemes, we encourage the discussion of such issues so that we can monitor and address any concerns as early as possible.
Head of Outreach is an important position within chambers with our previous head, Sarabjit Singh QC, now a Social Mobility Advocate for the Bar Council. Our Current Head of Outreach, Jo Moore, leads our outreach programme with the Sutton Trust working with 16-18 year olds from less advantaged backgrounds with the aim of encouraging them to consider the Bar as a career option. All of which is delivered in partnership with some of the finest universities in the country. 1COR also supports initiatives such as the Inner Temple Pegasus Scheme, Freebar and, in Brighton, the Brighton Legal Clinic.
We are proud to consider ourselves not as a chambers committed to E&D merely ‘on paper’, but committed to E&D as part of our ‘DNA’ and in everything we do in practice.
- Clinical negligence
- Inquests and inquiries
- South Eastern Circuit > Property and construction
Top Tier Set Rankings
- South Eastern Circuit > Crime (general and fraud)
- South Eastern Circuit > Family and children law
- Tax: corporate and VAT/indirect tax
- South Eastern Circuit > Court of Protection and community care
- South Eastern Circuit > Employment
- South Eastern Circuit > Commercial litigation
- Immigration (including business immigration)
- Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)
- International crime and extradition