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The Chambers of Richard Booth KC
1 Crown Office Row, Brighton
119 CHURCH STREET
BRIGHTON
BN1 1UD
England

London Bar > Clinical negligence Tier 1

1 Crown Office Row is well-regarded for its ‘high-value, complex clinical negligence work’ and is described by some as ‘the premier clinical negligence set’. The team in chambers offers an impressive breadth and depth of experience in the field and is well-regarded for its ‘experience, expertise, intellect and empathy at all levels’. It is renowned in this practice area for its work on some of the highest-profile cases, acting for private and publicly funded claimants. ‘Excellent advocate’ Philip Havers KC notably represented the appellant in the Supreme Court case of Meadows v Khan, which clarified the ambit of scope of duty owed by a GP; this particular case concerned whether a woman who was negligently not advised of being a carrier of the haemophilia gene was able to recover damages connected to the child’s autism as well. Additionally, Robert Kellar KC represents the claimant in the fatal case of Healey v McGrath & Ramsay Healthcare, wherein it is alleged that the surgeons negated to check for post-operative complications; if it proceeds to trial the case will raise an issue regarding whether a non-delegable duty of care is owed by private hospitals in respect of their surgeons. Shahram Sharghy, who joined the chambers in 2021, is described as being ‘an astute barrister at the top of his game’, and rising star in the field Emma-Louise Fenelon.

Rising stars

Rajkiran Barhey1 Crown Office Row ‘Undoubtedly one to watch and heading for a stratospheric career despite her low-key manner.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Paul Rees KC1 Crown Office Row 'Excellent on all fronts.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel KC1 Crown Office Row ‘Elizabeth-Anne's grasp of even the most complex of cases is astonishing. She is a fierce intellect, who is able to settle the most anxious of families.’ 
Ranked: Tier 1
Philip Havers KC1 Crown Office Row ‘Philip has a sharp mind and is quick to identify the issues. He is an excellent negotiator and gets excellent results for clients. He is also very easy to work with.’
Ranked: Tier 1
John Whitting KC1 Crown Office Row 'John is an excellent advocate, he pays meticulous attention-to-detail, and is very personable.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Henry Witcomb KC1 Crown Office Row ‘An extremely impressive heavyweight in the profession, who is beyond hardworking – with brilliant attention-to-detail and total dedication to the client and the outcome.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Angus McCullough KC1 Crown Office Row 'Angus is quite simply brilliant; he is incisive, erudite and immensely knowledgeable, with a practical approach to litigation.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Clodagh Bradley KC1 Crown Office Row 'Clodagh is in many ways the perfect advocate. She is always scrupulously prepared and in control of the material in front of her.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Jeremy Hyam KC1 Crown Office Row ‘He is emerging as one of the top leaders in his field.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Richard Booth KC1 Crown Office Row 'Extremely bright, confident and considered - an excellent advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Shaheen Rahman KC1 Crown Office Row ‘Shaheen is very responsive and will go above and beyond to try to accommodate urgent requests. She is thorough and analytical with close attention-to-detail and very impressive in round table settlement meetings.’
Ranked: Tier 4
David Evans KC1 Crown Office Row ' A brilliant and robust advocate; very thorough, detailed and persuasive.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Owain Thomas KC1 Crown Office Row 'Owain is very straightforward and no-nonsense. He deals with issues at hand in a very persuasive way - a very forthright and persuasive advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Robert Kellar KC – 1 Crown Office Row ‘Robert is a skilled and tenacious negotiator. He is brilliant with clients, provides clear and well-considered advice and goes above and beyond. A go-to barrister for clinical negligence work.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 5
Neil Sheldon KC1 Crown Office Row 'Neil is meticulous in his preparation and is a brilliant advocate, and is also really great to work with.'
Ranked: Tier 5

2021 Silks

Andrew Kennedy KC1 Crown Office Row 'Andrew is very knowledgeable and makes clients and his instructing solicitors feel at ease. He gets to grips with cases quickly and knows them inside out which shows in his attention-to-detail and instils confidence in those instructing him.'

Leading Juniors

Cara Guthrie1 Crown Office Row 'Cara is very bright, and has a great manner with clients and experts alike.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Matthew Barnes1 Crown Office Row ‘A brilliant trial advocate who wins cases. Superb in cross-examinations, user-friendly and responsive. A pleasure to work with.’
Ranked: Tier 3
John Gimlette1 Crown Office Row 'John is highly intelligent, approachable, and good to work with. His advocacy is calm and measured.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Judith Rogerson1 Crown Office Row 'Judith is highly approachable, technically excellent and a pleasure to work with. She has a great manner with witnesses and is meticulous in her preparation; providing timely and easily understood advice.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Richard Smith1 Crown Office Row ‘Richard is fantastic; vastly experienced and a safe pair of hands. His attention-to-detail is brilliant and he is meticulous in his approach.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Shahram Sharghy  – 1 Crown Office RowShahram is an astute barrister who ensures no stone is left unturned - he works incredibly hard to obtain the best possible results for his clients.' 
Ranked: Tier 3
Pritesh Rathod 1 Crown Office Row Pritesh is extremely good with clients, especially in making sure that their concerns are heard.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Rachel Marcus 1 Crown Office Row ‘An up and coming junior. Quick on her feet and persuasive with experts and defendants.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Jim Duffy1 Crown Office Row ‘Jim is always approachable and good with clients, able to explain the legal and procedural position in a clear and focused manner.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Matthew Hill1 Crown Office RowMatthew is in demand, due to his meticulous approach, his grasp of the issues, and his dogged determination.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Suzanne Lambert1 Crown Office Row ‘Intelligent, hardworking, very calm under pressure and extremely professional. An excellent advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4
Jo Moore - 1 Crown Office RowShe is fearsomely intelligent, always meticulously prepared and able to focus in on the crucial parts of a claim with unerring accuracy.
Ranked: Tier 4
Paul Reynolds1 Crown Office Row Always very well-prepared, well-mannered and extremely good at presenting his client’s case in the best possible light.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Leanne Woods1 Crown Office Row 'Leanne is very details-oriented, and focused on the key issues in the claim. She is also extremely empathetic, approachable and client-oriented, which is very important in the clinical negligence sphere.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Hannah Noyce 1 Crown Office Row ‘Hannah is exceptionally bright – she has a strong command of all of the issues in the case and is forensic in her analysis, with excellent attention-to-detail.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Dominic Ruck Keene 1 Crown Office Row ‘A brilliant barrister – very intelligent and great to work with.’
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set 

‘1 Crown Office Row are the standout set for clinical negligence.’

‘The foremost set for clinical negligence in my view. All of their barristers are extremely good.’

‘1 Crown Office Row is an excellent and well-respected clinical negligence set.’

‘A fantastic clinical negligence set with experience, expertise, intellect and empathy at all levels.’ 

‘The premier clinical negligence set – their expertise is unparalleled.’

Clerking

‘Clerks at 1 Crown Office Row are unrivalled – special mention for Andy Tull and John Mclaren.’ 

London Bar > Inquests and inquiries Tier 1

A very strong set with many excellent inquest and inquiry practitioners‘, 1 Crown Office Row is able to leverage both medical and public law expertise when acting in public inquiries. Neil Sheldon KC‘s track record includes substantial public inquiries and inquests relating to terrorism such as the Westminster Bridge inquests, London Bridge & Borough Market inquests, and the Manchester Arena Inquiry; and Peter Skelton KC‘s recent experience includes representing the Metropolitan Police Commissioner in the inquests concerning Stephen Port’s murders of four men in Barking in 2014 and 2015. At the junior end, Emma-Louise Fenelon routinely acts for NHS Trusts, individual doctors, charities, and bereaved families in Article 2 jury inquests that arise from deaths in custody and secure psychiatric units.

Rising stars

Jo Moore1 Crown Office RowJo is an extremely intelligent, engaging and highly competent barrister. Her pleadings are superb, and judgement and commercial pragmatism spot on.  A definite rising star.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Gideon Barth1 Crown Office RowA serious lawyer, who is impressive on his feet and great in front of clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Emma-Louise Fenelon1 Crown Office RowShe is always on top of the material, and commands the respect of the coroner. She is also able to handle tricky situations and clients with ease.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Peter Skelton KC1 Crown Office RowVery responsive, collegiate, strategic, and able to process voluminous documentation and spot the key issues arising. Very effective advocate in isolating key propositions of fact and law, and very good at reading when the court has taken on board his arguments. ’
Ranked: Tier 1
Neil Sheldon KC1 Crown Office RowBrilliant with clients in difficult situations, always calm and never flustered.  His advocacy is excellent in testing circumstances.
Ranked: Tier 2
Clodagh Bradley KC1 Crown Office RowFiercely intelligent, confident and effective advocate, great at knowing what questions to ask and what not to ask, and when to stop asking questions – strategic in her approach and meticulous in her preparation, and with very good written submissions.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Shaheen Rahman KC1 Crown Office RowFearless and brilliant on her feet.
Ranked: Tier 3
Oliver Sanders KC1 Crown Office RowHe is an exceedingly good advocate – well prepared and very clear in his approach.  He has a considered manner which means that coroners and witnesses respond well to him.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Matthew Hill1 Crown Office RowHe has a phenomenal intellect and the quality of his written work and the speed in which he produces it is second to none. He is also a very decent advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Alasdair Henderson1 Crown Office RowSuper bright and super easy to work with. An absolute star, who is a very focused and talented advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Rory Badenoch1 Crown Office RowRory has come into his own in the last few years; he can deal with the most complex of cases with a calm and reassuring manner. His judgement is exceptional when considering difficult points of law and the advice he gives to clients.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4
Jim Duffy1 Crown Office RowJim is exceptionally thorough, hardworking and easy to get on with. He doesn’t take unnecessary points, which increases the focus on the important ones.
Ranked: Tier 4
David Manknell1 Crown Office RowA powerful intellect, very hardworking, great judgement, and superb written advocacy.
Ranked: Tier 4
Rachel Marcus1 Crown Office RowRachel is an effective and methodical advocate who is thoroughly prepared. She is not afraid to persist with lines of investigation where necessary and she has an engaging court style.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4
Leanne Woods1 Crown Office RowLeanne is a standout performer in inquests and inquiries. Solicitors admire her work ethic and attention to detail – very good manner with witnesses.
Ranked: Tier 4
Hannah Noyce1 Crown Office RowHannah is an excellent junior, highly intelligent and engaging. She picks up the facts and issues of the case immediately and her questioning of witnesses at inquest is considered and concise. She is great with clients and a very safe pair of hands for cases with complex medical issues.
Ranked: Tier 5
Jessica Elliott1 Crown Office RowShe is a formidable advocate and has a superb brain. Jessica does not overplay her hand, and is unquestionably a future silk.
Ranked: Tier 5
Ranked: Tier 5
Dominic Ruck Keene1 Crown Office RowHe is a persuasive advocate and has secured some excellent outcomes, not least due to his diligence in preparation and a pragmatic approach in often sensitive circumstances. He works well as a team and is an efficient advocate.
Ranked: Tier 5
Judith Rogerson1 Crown Office RowJudith gets a grasp of the facts and key issues very quickly. She is able to handle inquests (including the advocacy) very well and to the complete satisfaction of lay clients.
Ranked: Tier 5

Testimonials

Set

A very strong set with many excellent inquest and inquiry practitioners.

One of the leading sets dealing with medical inquests.

1COR has a strong set of junior and silk inquest barristers .

A superb set with specialist expertise in this area. ‘

Extremely well regarded and has a strong team. Involved in many of the leading inquests and inquiries.

Clerking

The clerks at this set are outstanding. Their response times are speedy, and they are always ready to offer alternatives or find solutions when there is an issue. They are accessible by phone and email, and I find that I can email any of them and get a helpful response.

South Eastern Circuit > Property and construction Tier 1

The civil team at 1 Crown Office Row, Brighton, is capable of covering all aspects of residential and commercial landlord and tenant matters. Simon Sinnatt is ‘very experienced and excellent at the complex matters’ and ‘good on his feet with advocacy’. Michael Walker is known for being ‘very patient and good with clients’. Junior Paul Ashwell and rising star Matthew Withers are the other key practitioners at the set.

Leading Juniors

Paul Ashwell1 Crown Office Row, Brighton ‘Paul is very thorough and leaves no stone unturned. He is good at focusing on the points that matter.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Simon Sinnatt1 Crown Office Row, Brighton ‘Simon’s knowledge and application to a matter are excellent.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Michael Walker1 Crown Office Row, Brighton ‘Michael is knowledgeable and very responsive and user-friendly.’ 
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set 

‘Really good set on the south coast and very good at communicating.’ 

‘The set has a good breadth of experience in different types of matters and at different levels of seniority. It also offers online seminars which are helpful.’ 

‘The set is strong on the property and commercial support.’ 

‘Chambers has a highly experienced and capable range of barristers. Availability has never been a problem.’ 

Clerking 

‘Friendly and responsive.’ 

‘Strong clerks, which make the process very straightforward. They are always happy to help in an urgent situation and accommodating. They are professional and always know what to do.’ 

Work highlights

    London Bar > Professional disciplinary and regulatory law Tier 2

    With ‘excellent strength in depth‘, the members at 1 Crown Office Row are regularly instructed in disciplinary work, with particular expertise in cases involving the healthcare sector. In NR v GMC, Robert Kellar KC represented a practitioner of cosmetic medicine with regard to an investigation alleging her clinic had remained open during Covid-19 lockdowns in 2020 and 2021. ‘Absolutely outstanding silkNeil Sheldon KC acts for a collection of junior doctors against the GMC in proceedings concerning their alleged participation in a WhatsApp group where inappropriate messages were exchanged. In addition, in GOC v Skudder, Clodagh Bradley KC represented an osteopath accused of sexually motivated misconduct.

    Leading Silks

    Robert Kellar KC1 Crown Office RowRobert is highly effective and hugely experienced advocate His ability to master the detail of a case is demonstrated by his impressively thorough cross-examination. His submissions are both very persuasive and engaging.'
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Neil Sheldon KC1 Crown Office RowNeil is an absolutely outstanding silk in the field. His calm demeanour reassures clients that even the most complex of cases are under control. He has excellent tactical judgement and his measured advocacy is of the very highest calibre.'
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Clodagh Bradley KC1 Crown Office Row 'Forensic attention to detail - extremely hard working - a team player. Very empathetic with clients. Clodagh's advocacy skills are second to none.'
    Ranked: Tier 4

    2021 Silks

    Andrew Kennedy KC1 Crown Office RowAndrew is incredibly experienced and a confident and persuasive advocate. He has secured unexpectedly excellent outcomes in difficult circumstances and is always willing to help with adhoc queries.'

    Leading Juniors

    Matthew Barnes1 Crown Office Row 'Excellent in cross-examination - very effective while remaining completely appropriate. A highly effective and courteous opponent.'
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Suzanne Lambert1 Crown Office RowSuzanne is excellent with clients, who have huge confidence in her calm but robust manner. Suzanne is an outstanding advocate, understated yet deadly in cross examination.'
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Richard Smith1 Crown Office RowRichard maintains a fabulous balance between laid-back charm and assiduous defence of his clients interests. He is popular with tribunals and never lose sight of the bigger picture.'
    Ranked: Tier 4

    Testimonials

    Set

    ‘1 Crown Office Row has excellent strength in depth amongst its senior juniors.’

    ‘1 Crown Office Row are one of the best sets in the field of professional regulation and have a wealth of talented barristers at their disposal.’

    ‘Considerable strength in depth – great set.’

    ‘An excellent set with many courteous opponents and colleagues.’

    ‘A brilliant set.  All the barristers are such good quality and so clever.  The silks are first class and the juniors are excellent.’

    Clerking

    ‘Chloe Turvill is “the one”. Best clerk in town.’

    Work highlights

      South Eastern Circuit > Family and children law Tier 2

      1 Crown Office Row, Brighton is an ‘excellent set with a wide range of barristers who are efficient and pragmatic’ and well known for providing ‘excellent client service’. Eleanor Battie is a ‘formidable advocate’ who is experienced in handling private and public law matters and ‘is meticulous when it comes to preparation’. Jane Peckham has more than two decades experience in the financial remedy sector and is a ‘pragmatic and confident negotiator with a calm and empathetic approach’. Rising star Anogika Souresh specialises in Children Act proceedings and is ‘always articulate in her work and prepares well for cases’.

      Rising Stars: Child Law (Public and Private)

      Anogika Souresh   –1 Crown Office Row, Brighton ‘Anogika has a strong intellect. She shows tenacity in her advocacy and is a fair and balanced opponent.’
      Ranked: Tier 1

      Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private)

      Eleanor Battie1 Crown Office Row, Brighton ‘Eleanor is strong and always very prepared. Her robust style which clients like. She is a fighter who really cares about getting the right outcome for the client.’
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Kirsten Japp1 Crown Office Row, Brighton ‘Kirsten is very approachable and proactive. She is pragmatic and has an excellent manner with clients who need a lot of help and support.’
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Adam Smith1 Crown Office Row, Brighton ‘Adam is thorough in his work and always approachable. He will always ensure the client is clear on what is happening in the proceedings, whether the client is a social worker or a parent. He is also doing great work in the regional area with the family justice board.’
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Richard Ager1 Crown Office Row, Brighton ‘Richard is committed and understanding. He is never afraid to argue clients’ point.’
      Ranked: Tier 4
      Clare Ciborowska   –1 Crown Office Row, Brighton ‘Clare is a driven and determined barrister.’
      Ranked: Tier 4
      Rachel Gimson  –1 Crown Office Row, Brighton ‘Rachel is very competent and thorough in her approach and in particular she examines and analyses all available courses of action. She has a good rapport with clients and is very empathetic and client focused.’
      Ranked: Tier 4

      Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy

      Jane Peckham1 Crown Office Row, Brighton ‘Jane’s interpersonal skills are second to none, and she puts clients at ease effortlessly. She is always calm and composed, which can be particularly disarming and extremely efficient during cross-examination. She is thorough and always well-prepared regardless of the value or complexity of the matter at hand.’
      Ranked: Tier 2

      Testimonials

      Set 

      ‘1 Crown Office Row Brighton is an outstanding set. Chambers has barristers of excellent reputation and experience in this area of law.’ 

      ‘1 Crown Office Row Chambers provides a great service and always has barristers available, holds training sessions and provides networking events.’ 

      ‘Excellent strength across chambers with counselling that deals with children act proceedings, good mediator and arbitrator options too offered by chambers.’ 

      ‘Chambers is excellent and has a good team of experienced counsel.’ 

      ‘1 Crown Office Row has a range of barristers with varying levels of expertise.’ 

      ‘1 Crown Office Row is one of the go-to chambers. It has a good range of skilled barristers and will do its utmost to ensure that cases are appropriately covered. It offers training regularly and is affable and approachable.’  

      Clerking 

      Work highlights

        London Bar > Administrative law and human rights Tier 3

        1 Crown Office Row is a ‘high-quality public law chambers on the government side’ – including a number of Special Advocates – but is also increasing being instructed on the claimant side. ‘Clever and hard-working’ Junior Natasha Barnes has experience of cases involving national security and the intelligence agencies. In 2021 she appeared unled in the Court of Appeal for the Secretary of State for the Home Department in R (Mostafa Shahi) v SSHD, an appeal case examining whether a grant of interim relief should be treated as success for the purposes of granting judicial review claim costs to a claimant where the claim settles before substantive determination by the court.

        Leading Silks

        Ranked: Tier 3
        Ranked: Tier 3
        Ranked: Tier 4
        Ranked: Tier 4
        Jeremy Hyam KC1 Crown Office Row 'Jeremy is highly intelligent and can think out of the box. He develops unique strategies. His advocacy is exemplary.'
        Ranked: Tier 4

        Leading Juniors

        Natasha Barnes1 Crown Office Row ‘Superb written work. Excellent client skills. A very reliable team player.'    
        Ranked: Tier 3
        Ranked: Tier 3
        Ranked: Tier 4

        Testimonials

        Set

        ‘Very high quality public law chambers on the government side.’    

        ‘1 Crown Office Row is a very experienced set and often at the forefront of difficult and ground-breaking litigation.’    

        ‘The Chambers is highly respected as the barristers are very experienced in their individual areas of law.’    

        Clerking

        ‘Good and professional.’

        London Bar > Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud Tier 4

        1 Crown Office Row has a reputation for being ‘a very strong set of exceptional and skilled silks and juniors’ in personal injury, with a particular specialism in abuse claims on top of cases involving physical injuries. Notable work this year includes the ‘incredibly skilled’  Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel KC‘s complex and high-value work in cases of catastrophic injury in adults and children. In addition, Henry Witcomb KC has continued his maximum severity injury cases involving brain, spine and tetraplegic injury. At the junior end, Iain O’Donnell has been promoted in the rankings for his exceptional work for historical abuse victims, particularly the claimant survivors of historical sexual abuse at a childrens’ home in Various Claimants v London Borough of Lambeth (Shirley Oaks Survivors Group claims). In addition, Dominic Ruck Keene deserves mention for his growing specialism in psychiatric injury and stress at work cases.

        Leading Silks

        Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel KC1 Crown Office Row ‘Just fantastic. There is no better PI silk. She is tenacious, a skilled negotiator and nothing ever fazes her.’
        Ranked: Tier 1
        Henry Witcomb KC1 Crown Office RowHenry is the best barrister there is in personal injury; kind, compassionate and clever.'
        Ranked: Tier 2
        Ranked: Tier 4

        Personal injury - Leading Juniors

        Justin Levinson1 Crown Office Row ‘Justin is the go-to expert on child abuse cases. He has a superb command of this difficult area of law and is regularly engaged in pioneering and cutting edge cases in the higher courts.'
        Ranked: Tier 1
        Shahram Sharghy  – 1 Crown Office Row 'Shahram has a very impressive thorough and personable approach.'
        Ranked: Tier 4
        Iain O’Donnell – 1 Crown Office RowHe is very experienced in the field of child abuse litigation and also adult assault cases. He has a sound grasp of the law and has a good reassuring manner with clients.’
        Ranked: Tier 4
        Jim Duffy1 Crown Office RowVery hardworking and very clear and detailed advices prepared in tricky cases.'      
        Ranked: Tier 5
        Dominic Ruck Keene 1 Crown Office Row Very sure on his feet, in command of his brief, and able to read the Court and provide the judges with arguments that they will be receptive to.’      
        Ranked: Tier 5

        Testimonials

        Set

        ‘ A really great set of barristers who know their area of law exceptionally well.’      

        ‘A superb chambers, offering a broad range of disciplines. Undoubtedly the best set for abuse work.’      

        ‘A very strong set of exceptional and skilled silks and juniors.’

        ‘1COR are a brilliant set. They are fairly diverse in their expertise. There is a coterie of counsel who specialise in abuse and high-end clinical negligence work, and it is for these strengths that we know them.’      

        ‘1COR is one of the best common law sets of chambers at the Bar. It has strength-in-depth and and all of its members are intellectually out of the top-drawer. It is well balanced in terms of diversity and ensures that all junior members are properly supported. Overall, it is a go-to set in terms of personal injury practice.’

        Clerking

        ‘The clerks are professional yet friendly and helpful’      

        London Bar > Tax: VAT and excise

        South Eastern Circuit > Court of Protection and community care

        Rising stars

        Scott Storey1 Crown Office Row, Brighton ‘Scott is extremely knowledgeable, incredibly hard working and approachable. His advocacy is persuasive. He provides well-researched arguments.’
        Ranked: Tier 1

        South Eastern Circuit > Employment

        Rising stars

        Matthew Withers1 Crown Office Row ‘Always very practical as well as academic. Understands both the law and practice. Very good barrister, key grasp of facts, good cross examiner.’
        Ranked: Tier 1

        South Eastern Circuit > Commercial litigation

        Leading Juniors

        Ranked: Tier 1
        Stuart Wright1 Crown Office Row, Brighton ‘Stuart provides clear and concise advice in relation to the procedural position and the merits of the case. He is very practical in recognising the potential to settle the matter before the escalation of costs. Excellent communication skills, very available to discuss queries and works well with the client.’
        Ranked: Tier 1

        London Bar > Environment

        Leading Silks

        David Hart KC1 Crown Office Row ‘He has seen the law develop from its inception and has a lifetime of environmental work behind him, so is great to work with or against.’
        Ranked: Tier 1

        Western Circuit > Inquests and inquiries

        Leading Juniors

        Marcus Coates-Walker - 1 Crown Office Row 'Marcus works very efficiently, and is very logical and thorough with his advice. He is always well-prepared and calm, and offers a reassuring presence in any situation. He is incredibly personable and can get the best out of anyone.'
        Ranked: Tier 1

        Western Circuit > Clinical negligence

        Leading Juniors

        Marcus Coates-Walker - 1 Crown Office Row 'Marcus is measured in his advice and gets to the root of any problem quickly. He has a depth of legal knowledge and experience beyond his call. Marcus is extremely detailed and analytical in his approach to cases whilst at the same time being practical and down to earth.'
        Ranked: Tier 2

        London Bar > Immigration (including business immigration)

        Leading Juniors

        Natasha Barnes1 Crown Office RowNatasha is extremely bright and her drafting is impeccable.
        Ranked: Tier 3
        David Manknell1 Crown Office RowDavid is a meticulous barrister, able and willing to run carefully crafted legal arguments and persuade a sceptical tribunal.'
        Ranked: Tier 4

        London Bar > International crime and extradition

        Regional Bar > South Eastern Circuit > Property and construction Tier 1

        The civil team at 1 Crown Office Row, Brighton, is capable of covering all aspects of residential and commercial landlord and tenant matters. Simon Sinnatt is ‘very experienced and excellent at the complex matters’ and ‘good on his feet with advocacy’. Michael Walker is known for being ‘very patient and good with clients’. Junior Paul Ashwell and rising star Matthew Withers are the other key practitioners at the set.

        Leading Juniors

        Paul Ashwell1 Crown Office Row, Brighton ‘Paul is very thorough and leaves no stone unturned. He is good at focusing on the points that matter.’
        Ranked: Tier 1
        Simon Sinnatt1 Crown Office Row, Brighton ‘Simon’s knowledge and application to a matter are excellent.’
        Ranked: Tier 1
        Michael Walker1 Crown Office Row, Brighton ‘Michael is knowledgeable and very responsive and user-friendly.’ 
        Ranked: Tier 2

        Testimonials

        Set 

        ‘Really good set on the south coast and very good at communicating.’ 

        ‘The set has a good breadth of experience in different types of matters and at different levels of seniority. It also offers online seminars which are helpful.’ 

        ‘The set is strong on the property and commercial support.’ 

        ‘Chambers has a highly experienced and capable range of barristers. Availability has never been a problem.’ 

        Clerking 

        ‘Friendly and responsive.’ 

        ‘Strong clerks, which make the process very straightforward. They are always happy to help in an urgent situation and accommodating. They are professional and always know what to do.’ 

        Work highlights

          Regional Bar > South Eastern Circuit > Family and children law Tier 2

          1 Crown Office Row, Brighton is an ‘excellent set with a wide range of barristers who are efficient and pragmatic’ and well known for providing ‘excellent client service’. Eleanor Battie is a ‘formidable advocate’ who is experienced in handling private and public law matters and ‘is meticulous when it comes to preparation’. Jane Peckham has more than two decades experience in the financial remedy sector and is a ‘pragmatic and confident negotiator with a calm and empathetic approach’. Rising star Anogika Souresh specialises in Children Act proceedings and is ‘always articulate in her work and prepares well for cases’.

          Rising Stars: Child Law (Public and Private)

          Anogika Souresh   –1 Crown Office Row, Brighton ‘Anogika has a strong intellect. She shows tenacity in her advocacy and is a fair and balanced opponent.’
          Ranked: Tier 1

          Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private)

          Eleanor Battie1 Crown Office Row, Brighton ‘Eleanor is strong and always very prepared. Her robust style which clients like. She is a fighter who really cares about getting the right outcome for the client.’
          Ranked: Tier 2
          Ranked: Tier 2
          Kirsten Japp1 Crown Office Row, Brighton ‘Kirsten is very approachable and proactive. She is pragmatic and has an excellent manner with clients who need a lot of help and support.’
          Ranked: Tier 3
          Adam Smith1 Crown Office Row, Brighton ‘Adam is thorough in his work and always approachable. He will always ensure the client is clear on what is happening in the proceedings, whether the client is a social worker or a parent. He is also doing great work in the regional area with the family justice board.’
          Ranked: Tier 3
          Richard Ager1 Crown Office Row, Brighton ‘Richard is committed and understanding. He is never afraid to argue clients’ point.’
          Ranked: Tier 4
          Clare Ciborowska   –1 Crown Office Row, Brighton ‘Clare is a driven and determined barrister.’
          Ranked: Tier 4
          Rachel Gimson  –1 Crown Office Row, Brighton ‘Rachel is very competent and thorough in her approach and in particular she examines and analyses all available courses of action. She has a good rapport with clients and is very empathetic and client focused.’
          Ranked: Tier 4

          Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy

          Jane Peckham1 Crown Office Row, Brighton ‘Jane’s interpersonal skills are second to none, and she puts clients at ease effortlessly. She is always calm and composed, which can be particularly disarming and extremely efficient during cross-examination. She is thorough and always well-prepared regardless of the value or complexity of the matter at hand.’
          Ranked: Tier 2

          Testimonials

          Set 

          ‘1 Crown Office Row Brighton is an outstanding set. Chambers has barristers of excellent reputation and experience in this area of law.’ 

          ‘1 Crown Office Row Chambers provides a great service and always has barristers available, holds training sessions and provides networking events.’ 

          ‘Excellent strength across chambers with counselling that deals with children act proceedings, good mediator and arbitrator options too offered by chambers.’ 

          ‘Chambers is excellent and has a good team of experienced counsel.’ 

          ‘1 Crown Office Row has a range of barristers with varying levels of expertise.’ 

          ‘1 Crown Office Row is one of the go-to chambers. It has a good range of skilled barristers and will do its utmost to ensure that cases are appropriately covered. It offers training regularly and is affable and approachable.’  

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            Regional Bar > South Eastern Circuit > Court of Protection and community care

            Rising stars

            Scott Storey1 Crown Office Row, Brighton ‘Scott is extremely knowledgeable, incredibly hard working and approachable. His advocacy is persuasive. He provides well-researched arguments.’
            Ranked: Tier 1

            Regional Bar > South Eastern Circuit > Employment

            Rising stars

            Matthew Withers1 Crown Office Row ‘Always very practical as well as academic. Understands both the law and practice. Very good barrister, key grasp of facts, good cross examiner.’
            Ranked: Tier 1

            Regional Bar > South Eastern Circuit > Commercial litigation

            Leading Juniors

            Ranked: Tier 1
            Stuart Wright1 Crown Office Row, Brighton ‘Stuart provides clear and concise advice in relation to the procedural position and the merits of the case. He is very practical in recognising the potential to settle the matter before the escalation of costs. Excellent communication skills, very available to discuss queries and works well with the client.’
            Ranked: Tier 1

            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, Law Pod 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 [2017] 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.

            DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
            Head of Chambers BOOTH KC, Richard (1993)
            Senior Clerk PHIPPS, Matthew
            Chambers Director PETRIE, John
            Member of Chambers SEABROOK KC, Robert (1964)
            Member of Chambers MILLER KC, Stephen (1971)
            Member of Chambers HAVERS KC, Philip (1974)
            Member of Chambers GUMBEL KC, Elizabeth-Anne (1974)
            Member of Chambers REES KC, Paul (1980)
            Member of Chambers BOWRON KC, Margaret (1978)
            Member of Chambers BALCOMBE KC, David (1980)
            Member of Chambers HART KC, David (1982)
            Member of Chambers FORDE KC, Martin (1984)
            Member of Chambers EDIS KC, William (1985)
            Member of Chambers McCULLOUGH KC, Angus (1990)
            Member of Chambers WHITTING KC, John (1991)
            Member of Chambers EVANS KC, David (1988)
            Member of Chambers WHEELER KC, Marina (1987)
            Member of Chambers WITCOMB KC, Henry (1989)
            Member of Chambers THOMAS KC, Owain (1995)
            Member of Chambers HYAM KC, Jeremy (1995)
            Member of Chambers BRADLEY KC, Clodagh (1996)
            Member of Chambers SKELTON KC, Peter (1997)
            Member of Chambers SANDERS, KC Oliver (1995)
            Member of Chambers RAHMAN, KC Shaheen (1996)
            Member of Chambers LAMBERT KC, Sarah (1994)
            Member of Chambers SINGH KC, Sarabjit (2001)
            Member of Chambers SHELDON KC, Neil (1998)
            Member of Chambers KELLAR KC, Robert (1999)
            Member of Chambers KENNEDY KC, 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)
            Members of Chambers COATES-WALKER, Marcus (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 BARHEY, Rajkiran (2017)
            Member of Chambers COFFEY, Darragh (2018)
            Member of Chambers BEAMONT, Thomas (2019)
            Member of Chambers KUZMENKO, Alice (2018)
            Member of Chambers GOLD, Jasper (2021)
            Member of Chambers McCANN, Lucy (2020)
            Member of Chambers HAYES, Thomas (2021)
            Academic Consultant ENGLISH, Rosalind (1993)
            PhotoNamePositionProfile
            Richard Ager photo Richard AgerRichard has a very strong reputation in all the area of Children…
            Paul Ashwell photo Paul AshwellPaul Ashwell offers expertise across the full range of commercial and property…
            Rachel Baker photo Rachel BakerRachel accepts instructions across a range of civil and Court of Protection…
            Eleanor Battie photo Eleanor BattieEleanor has been specialising in family law since 2004. She has a…
            Laura Bayley photo Laura BayleyLaura is a specialist in family law and represents children, parents and…
            Timothy Bergin photo Timothy BerginTim is a highly experienced family barrister with over 30 years’ experience…
            Kriston Berlevy photo Kriston BerlevyKris has 20 years of specialist experience practising in both regulatory crime…
            Jeremy Cave photo Jeremy CaveJeremy Cave’s practice covers Financial Remedies (and financial provision for children), Trusts…
            Tara Celikoz photo Tara CelikozTara is a highly experienced family law practitioner. She was called to…
            Clare Ciborowska photo Clare CiborowskaClare Ciborowska is a specialist family practitioner. Clare accepts instructions in private…
            Rachael Claridge photo Rachael ClaridgeOver the last 20 years, Rachael Claridge has developed a practice in…
            Leo Cogin photo Leo CoginLeo Cogin’s practice is in family law. He accepts instructions in all…
            Rebecca Davies photo Rebecca DaviesRebecca Davies has over 20 years experience in the law as it…
            Claire Fox photo Claire FoxClaire Fox is a family practitioner, with particular interest and specialism in…
            Rachel Gimson photo Rachel GimsonRachel is an experienced Family Law practitioner, representing parents, children and Local…
            Susan Healey photo Susan HealeySusan has wide ranging experience in all aspects of Public Law acting…
            Matthew Heywood photo Matthew HeywoodMatthew Heywood is a well regarded leading junior. He is known for his…
            Gavin Howe photo Gavin HoweGavin predominantly practises in the field of Family Law: child protection work…
            Natasha Isaac photo Natasha IsaacNatasha accepts instructions in all areas of family law including financial remedies,…
            Kirsten Japp photo Kirsten JappKirsten joined Chambers in July 2017 and specialises in family law. She…
            James King-smith photo James King-smithJames King-Smith’s practice has evolved over the years from that of a…
            Aviva Le Prevost photo Aviva Le PrevostAviva Le Prevost is an experienced Family Law Practioner. She specialises in…
            David Lewis-Hall photo David Lewis-HallDavid is an associate member of Chambers who specialized in civil and…
            Vanessa Long photo Vanessa LongVanessa regularly appears in care proceedings representing local authorities, parents and children…
            Lynn McFadyen photo Lynn McFadyenLynn specialises in family law, principally in public law care proceedings and…
            Karen Mclaughlin photo Karen MclaughlinKaren McLaughlin has been practising family law for over 25 years, specialising…
            Daniel Miller photo Daniel MillerDaniel Miller is the current Deputy Head of One Crown Office Row’s…
            Delia Minoprio photo Delia MinoprioDelia Minoprio is a specialist family practitioner. She joined Chambers in January…
            Amanda Minto photo Amanda MintoAmanda is now an associate member of Chambers having taken a role…
            Luisa Morelli photo Luisa MorelliLuisa has over 25 years’ experience in all aspects of Family Law,…
            Charlotte Morrish photo Charlotte MorrishCharlotte is now an associate member of Chambers having taken a position…
            Catriona Murdoch photo Catriona MurdochCatriona is an associate member who specialises in human rights and criminal…
            Abha Pandya photo Abha PandyaAbha has a broad common law practice with emphasis on chancery, financial…
            Jane Peckham photo Jane PeckhamJane Peckham is the Head of the Financial Remedies Team in Chambers…
            David Reader photo David ReaderDavid accepts instructions across a range of areas of chambers’ work with…
            Christopher Rice photo Christopher RiceChristopher Rice has practised in London and Sussex since his call in…
            Kate Richmond photo Kate RichmondKate is an experienced practitioner with a busy civil practice specialising in…
            Jacqueline Roach photo Jacqueline RoachJacqueline Roach’s practice covers the full range of public law children cases.…
            Pegah Sharghy photo Pegah SharghyPegah Sharghy is a specialist financial remedy practitioner. Pegah’s core practice is…
            Simon Sinnatt photo Simon SinnattSimon Sinnatt is the current Head of One Crown Office Row’s Brighton…
            Adam Smith photo Adam SmithAdam Smith has been a family law specialist for over 30 years.…
            Anogika Souresh photo Anogika SoureshCall: 2018 Anogika accepts instructions across all of Chambers’ practice areas with…
            Hope Spalding photo Hope SpaldingHope accepts instructions in both Public and Private Family Law matters. Hope…
            Julie Stather photo Julie StatherJulie has been practising in family law for over 20 years and…
            Scott Storey photo Scott StoreyScott Storey’s practice has a focus on Court of Protection proceedings, public law…
            Nigel Taylor photo Nigel TaylorNigel Taylor is an experienced family law advocate. His practice includes public…
            Bruce Tregoning photo Bruce TregoningBruce Tregoning is an experienced Family Lawyer. Since joining Chambers in 2009 Bruce…
            Michael Walker photo Michael WalkerMichael Walker has a busy civil practice and regularly accepts instructions in…
            Matthew Withers photo Matthew WithersMatthew Withers has a busy civil practice and regularly accepts instructions in…
            Stuart Wright photo Stuart WrightStuart Wright is our Head of Civil Litigation and an ADR Group…
            Charlotte Youdan photo Charlotte YoudanCharlotte Youdan is an experienced Family Lawyer as well as being appointed…

            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.

             

            DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
            Head of Brighton Chambers SINNATT, Simon (1993)
            Practice Director BINGHAM, David
            Chambers Director PETRIE, John
            Member of Chambers HOWE KC, Darren (1992)
            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 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 BAYLEY, Laura (1998)
            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 BAKER, Rachel (2000)
            Member of Chambers BERLEVY, Kriston (2002)
            Member of Chambers HOWE, Gavin (2003)
            Member of Chambers McFADYEN, Lynn (2003)
            Member of Chambers FOX, Claire (2003)
            Member of Chambers AGER, Richard (2004)
            Member of Chambers BATTIE, Eleanor (2004)
            Member of Chambers MILLER, Daniel (2005)
            Member of Chambers HEYWOOD, Matthew (2006)
            Member of Chambers PANDYA, Abha (2007)
            Member of Chambers MINOPRIO, Delia (2007)
            Member of Chambers CELIKOZ, Tara (2007)
            Member of Chambers TREGONING, Bruce (2008)
            Member of Chambers WALKER, Michael (2008)
            Member of Chambers CIBOROWSKA, Clare (2009)
            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 YOUDAN, Charlotte (2021)
            Associate Member of Chambers LEE KC, Taryn J (1992)
            Associate Member of Chambers WILEY KC, Francesca (1996)
            Associate Member of Chambers WAINWRIGHT KC, Jeremy (1990)
            Associate Member of Chambers HUGHES KC, Kate (1992)
            Associate Member of Chambers JENKINS, Rowan (1994)
            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)
            DAVID BINGHAM : Practice Director
            MARK WORSLEY : Senior Practice Manager
            TOM HILLS : Senior Practice Manager
            GEMMA WELLING : Practice Manager
            BEN EARLE : Practice Manager
            NIAMH McCULLOCH : Junior Practice Manager

            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.