Set Profile > 1 Crown Office Row, Brighton > Brighton, England

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

London Bar > Clinical negligence Tier 1

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.

Rising stars

Hannah Noyce - 1 Crown Office RowHannah is an outstanding barrister. She is supremely intelligent and manages clients and instructing solicitors with ease and grace.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel QC - 1 Crown Office RowQuality from start to finish. Takes on difficult cases and gets fantastic results.
Ranked: Tier 1
Philip Havers QC - 1 Crown Office RowA brilliant and dedicated barrister - he has a laser sharp mind, and is a go to counsel for complex clinical negligence cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
John Whitting QC - 1 Crown Office RowHe provides pragmatic advice, and is charming with both witnesses and clients. A stealthy cross-examiner.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Henry Witcomb QC - 1 Crown Office RowHe is extremely insightful, securing the best possible outcome for his clients and leaves no stone unturned.
Ranked: Tier 2
Angus McCullough QC - 1 Crown Office RowA calm negotiator.
Ranked: Tier 3
Richard Booth QC - 1 Crown Office RowExcellent negotiator, able to win over the opposition. Clients, experts and the judiciary appreciate his approach.
Ranked: Tier 4
Clodagh Bradley QC - 1 Crown Office RowClodagh's attention to detail is phenomenal. If there is a needle in the haystack to be found - she is the person to find it and question its relevance to the claim!
Ranked: Tier 4
Jeremy Hyam QC - 1 Crown Office RowIntelligent and strategic approach to complex cases. An excellent advocate.
Ranked: Tier 4
Shaheen Rahman QC - 1 Crown Office RowHighly skilled, knowledgeable, always well prepared and able to get to grips with highly complex matters in no time at all.
Ranked: Tier 4
William Edis QC - 1 Crown Office RowHe takes a robust but pragmatic approach to cases. He is also a very skilled and persuasive advocate.
Ranked: Tier 5
David Evans QC - 1 Crown Office RowDavid excels in his understanding of the legal issues and is hugely personable and empathetic, which really benefits his clients.
Ranked: Tier 5
Neil Sheldon QC - 1 Crown Office RowExcellent drafting, fierce but sensible advocacy and a wonderful manner with clients.
Ranked: Tier 5
Owain Thomas QC - 1 Crown Office RowExceptionally able, and capable of presenting complex legal arguments in a cogent and effective manner, whilst also being very engaging, and a delight to work with.
Ranked: Tier 5

2021 Silks

Andrew Kennedy QC - 1 Crown Office RowAndrew gets to grips with complex legal and medical facts and condenses them into clear arguments for the client, the experts and the opponents.

Leading Juniors

Cara Guthrie - 1 Crown Office RowShe truly is a leader in her field and instills confidence in everyone around her.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 3
Shahram Sharghy  - 1 Crown Office Row ‘He has a great depth of knowledge and is not afraid to challenge an opinion.
Ranked: Tier 3
Matthew Barnes - 1 Crown Office RowAn excellent and persuasive trial advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jim Duffy - 1 Crown Office RowHe has a keen ability to navigate the fine detail of the case and pick out the silver bullet the other side has missed, whilst presenting arguments in a clear, persuasive manner which wins over judges and clients alike.
Ranked: Tier 4
Matthew Hill - 1 Crown Office RowHighly regarded in the healthcare field by solicitors and clients. He is an utter joy to work with.
Ranked: Tier 4
Suzanne Lambert - 1 Crown Office RowShe presents her arguments in a clear and authoritative manner.
Ranked: Tier 4
Isabel McArdle - 1 Crown Office RowThorough and diligent in approach and preparation.
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 Reynolds - 1 Crown Office RowPaul is very thorough and meticulous in his assessment of a case, and is pragmatic when considering solutions.
Ranked: Tier 4
Judith Rogerson - 1 Crown Office RowCalm, intelligent and responsive.
Ranked: Tier 4
Richard Smith - 1 Crown Office RowHe is an excellent all-rounder: brilliant in conference and in putting clients at ease and explaining complicated legal concepts to clients (and experts) in an accessible way. He is fiercely intelligent and is very good at testing the strength of expert evidence.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

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.

Clerking

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.

I am always very impressed with this chambers. Their clerking service is one of the best and their service continued to be seamless despite the pandemic and the difficulties that brought with it.

The service from the clerks is excellent. They are always helpful and accommodating.

The clerks, led by Matthew Phipps, are excellent and eminently sensible about capacity, experience and fees.

The clerks’ room is friendly, efficient and slick. Andrew Tull is immensely popular, sensible and has a good sense for how to meet clients’ needs. Chloe Turvill has established herself as an excellent junior clerk.

London Bar > Inquests and inquiries Tier 1

'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.

Rising stars

Emma-Louise Fenelon - 1 Crown Office RowSolicitors can always rely on her to provide well-thought out and pragmatic advice that is suitable for the client's needs, and she has an excellent grasp of not only the law, but also the practical implications of gathering evidence and attending inquests for NHS trusts and witnesses. Emma also has a very calm and reassuring manner, which always puts clients and anxious witnesses at ease.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jo Moore - 1 Crown Office RowExtremely diligent, well prepared and takes a thorough approach. Jo is very responsive to needs, and a calm but robust advocate who fights her corner well.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jonathan Metzer - 1 Crown Office RowJonathan's performance at inquests is incredibly impressive. He is unwavering on points which are pertinent to the events that took place and this resulted in securing a favourable outcome for the clients. His manner with the clients is faultless and he ensures that they are supported throughout the entire process.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Peter Skelton QC - 1 Crown Office RowPeter has excellent technical knowledge and really understands inquiry law and the nuances of how to present evidence at an inquiry - a first-class inquiry law brain with the appropriate understanding of the need for victims and survivors to engage with the process and an appropriate advocacy style to accommodate this. 
Ranked: Tier 1
Sarah Lambert QC - 1 Crown Office RowAbility to process vast amounts of detail very quickly and masters it with ease - not reluctant to give difficult advice but does so with sensitivity.
Ranked: Tier 3
Shaheen Rahman QC - 1 Crown Office RowAttention to detail, gets to grips with the case very quickly, and a good communicator.
Ranked: Tier 3
Oliver Sanders QC - 1 Crown Office RowOliver's strengths are a strong intellect and immense tenacity when pursuing his points with the court.
Ranked: Tier 3
Neil Sheldon QC - 1 Crown Office RowHe provides measured and sensitive submissions in an affable manner.
Ranked: Tier 3
Clodagh Bradley QC - 1 Crown Office RowA superb strategic mind and very effective advocate, who is excellent with clients and very collegiate to work with.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Matthew Hill - 1 Crown Office RowOne of the leading junior barristers working in inquests and inquiries. The advice provided is always first rate - Matt is a real team player and works extraordinarily hard to ensure that cases are progressed and deadlines are met. He would always be the first junior on any list when selecting a team, has a brilliant strategic brain, always thinks three or four moves ahead, and is an accomplished advocate. The complete package who richly deserves the plaudits he gets. 
Ranked: Tier 1
Alasdair Henderson - 1 Crown Office RowAlasdair is a very clear and incisive thinker who is able to cut through the most complex issues. His drafting is always well crafted and persuasive, and similarly, Alasdair's advocacy is gently direct and will invariably carry the day with the tribunal. He is a class act who deserves to go far.
Ranked: Tier 3
Leanne Woods - 1 Crown Office RowA fantastic advocate, who is thoughtful, sharp, and presents points in a clear and approachable manner - also firm when she needs to be and incredibly personable. In dealing with very complex cases. Leanne is incredibly detailed, concise, and always ensures that the contributions of the team working on the case are acknowledged.
Ranked: Tier 4
Rory Badenoch - 1 Crown Office RowApproachable, well prepared and excellent with clients, with great attention to detail and able to grasp issues (particularly in a short timescale) quickly. Also approaches matters with great care and sensitivity given the nature of the type of work.
Ranked: Tier 4
Caroline Cross - 1 Crown Office RowCaroline goes above and beyond in her proactive approach to the inquest, and is approachable, and keeps well on top of a frequently changing case. Caroline also limited her attendance where she could at a large, complex inquest that ran for a month, so as to keep costs down, and certainly went the extra mile in preparation for the inquest. 
Ranked: Tier 4
Jim Duffy - 1 Crown Office RowVery approachable and forms an excellent rapport with clients. Jim has significant experience in mental health and Article 2 inquests - very knowledgeable in this area and a go-to barrister. Jim is also great on his feet, pushes hard for clients, very thorough, and has excellent attention to detail, ensuring that no stone is left unturned.
Ranked: Tier 4
Rachel Marcus - 1 Crown Office RowShe inspires confidence in conference and cleverly steers a path through tricky issues at the inquest.
Ranked: Tier 4
Isabel McArdle - 1 Crown Office RowThorough, utterly dependable, conscientious and compassionate - a delight to work with.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

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.

Clerking

Their clerking team do an amazing job and is one of the reasons I will come to them time and time again.

Having worked with other sets of chambers, the clerks’ room at 1 Crown Office Row is efficient, organised, and rarely (if ever) lets me down – I will always recommend them to clients.

Senior clerk Matthew Phipps and 1st junior clerk John McLaren are fantastic, and lead a team of excellent clerks who always ensure that counsel are available when we need them – no deadline is ever too tight and I always feel that I am getting an excellent service from them.

The clerks are particularly attentive, efficient and quick to respond to queries.

The clerks offer a good and friendly service.

South Eastern Circuit > Commercial litigation

Leading Juniors

Paul Ashwell – 1 Crown Office Row, Brighton ‘A barrister who exudes confidence. Meticulous, with good commercial acumen, and excellent with clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Stuart Wright1 Crown Office Row, Brighton ‘ He is very good with clients, and is able to deliver advice in an empathetic yet professional manner.
Ranked: Tier 1

London Bar > Environment

Leading Silks

David Hart QC - 1 Crown Office RowA top barrister for environmental law, a colossus with a lifetime's experience in this area.
Ranked: Tier 1

South Eastern Circuit > Property and construction Tier 1

1 Crown Office Row, Brighton's practice has 'good strength and depth' and fields a property team that is active across a broad range of residential landlord and tenant work. Commercial property matters are another key pillar of strength for the group, which is also adept at representing local authorities in housing matters. The 'very direct' Simon Sinnatt has been active in adverse possession and dilapidation claims, while Michael Walker has expertise in landlord and tenant disputes. Paul Ashwell and rising star Matthew Withers ('very personable, proactive, calm and reassuring with clients') are other key practitioners.

Rising stars

Matthew Withers - 1 Crown Office Row, BrightonMatthew is incredibly diligent, very knowledgeable and technically sound.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Paul Ashwell - 1 Crown Office Row, BrightonHe communicates well and has a good court manner.
Ranked: Tier 1
Simon Sinnatt - 1 Crown Office Row, BrightonHe has a powerful intellect and an analytical mind.
Ranked: Tier 1
Michael Walker - 1 Crown Office Row, BrightonHe is nothing less than meticulous in his preparation of cases and in conference has that human touch.
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

‘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.’

Clerking

‘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.’

‘Mark Worsley in particular has become my go to man when needing to instruct counsel, he is honest and flexible when required and has never let me down.’

‘Stuart Taylor is extremely approachable and is about building long term relationships.’

South Eastern Circuit > Court of Protection and community care

Rising stars

Scott Storey1 Crown Office Row, Brighton ‘Scott’s attention to detail is immaculate. He is also very responsive, approachable and accessible. He determines the key issues in a case decisively and offers clear routes forward with options to overcome any hurdle.
Ranked: Tier 1

South Eastern Circuit > Employment

Rising stars

Matthew Withers1 Crown Office RowHis depth and breadth of knowledge is apparent in his work. Calm, assured, very analytical, and adept at understanding his client’s needs.
Ranked: Tier 1

London Bar > Tax: corporate and VAT/indirect tax

Tax: VAT - Rising Stars

Natasha Barnes - 1 Crown Office RowExtremely hard working and a strategic thinker. Excellent client manner. Efficient. Responsive. A pleasure to work with. A highly talented all rounder.
Ranked: Tier 1

Tax: VAT - Leading silks

Ranked: Tier 3
Sarabjit Singh QC - 1 Crown Office RowSarabjit has strong technical knowledge of indirect tax. His written work is very clear and concise and it always hits all of the appropriate factual and technical points.
Ranked: Tier 4

Tax: VAT - Leading juniors

Isabel McArdle - 1 Crown Office RowIsabel has excellent cross-examination skills and very strong written advocacy. She is also very personable and down to earth, which judges and clients like.
Ranked: Tier 3

South Eastern Circuit > Crime (general and fraud) Tier 2

The team at 1 Crown Office Row, Brighton is well known for prosecuting and defending in cases involving serious sexual offences, and is also regularly instructed in cases of murder, manslaughter and drugs conspiracies. In September 2021 Amy Packham , Christopher Prior  and Jonathan Atkinson moved to Lamb Building (Brighton).

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Daniel Frier - 1 Crown Office Row, BrightonDaniel is hard working, industrious, clever and very personable.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

Quality and strength-in-depth throughout the set‘.

The set as a whole is extremely efficient, professional and courteous‘.

Clerking

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‘.

South Eastern Circuit > Family and children law Tier 2

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.

Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private)

Eleanor Battie - 1 Crown Office Row, BrightonShe is conscientious, extremely approachable, steadfast and level-headed.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Kirsten Japp - 1 Crown Office Row, BrightonKirsten is knowledgeable, approachable, on top of the papers and well-liked by clients. Nothing is any trouble for her.
Ranked: Tier 3
Adam Smith - 1 Crown Office Row, BrightonAdam is a brilliant and compelling advocate – it is clear that judges like and respect him. He is extremely knowledgeable, experienced, thoughtful and conscientious and an asset in any children case.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy

Jane Peckham - 1 Crown Office Row, BrightonJane is measured and calm. She is highly knowledgeable and explains things well to the client. She is confident in court and it can be seen she is respected by the judiciary.
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

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‘.

Clerking

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‘.

The clerks are great and will go out of their way to assist. Tom Hills, Ben Earle and Gemma Welling in particular are great – they are friendly and helpful and always available to assist in the Brighton office‘.

Mark Worsley is outstanding‘.

London Bar > Immigration (including business immigration)

Leading Silks

Neil Sheldon QC - 1 Crown Office RowHe is exceptional in his drafting and will ensure that every case has the best chance of success through thorough examination of the evidence.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

David Manknell - 1 Crown Office RowHe is excellent in conference and on his feet with a real eye for detail.
Ranked: Tier 3
Natasha Barnes - 1 Crown Office RowVery thorough and one of the best juniors around at drafting.
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > Administrative and public law (including elections) Tier 3

'Leading public law set' 1 Crown Office Row is home to a 'lot of good juniors', such as Natasha Barnes, who acted as part of the team in the Privacy International v Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs case before the Court of Appeal, in a challenge to a policy authorising MI5 agents to engage in criminal activity in the course of their duties in the UK. Jeremy Hyam QC 'instils confidence', and is noted for his medical law expertise, demonstrated in his advocacy for the claimants in Bell v Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, a high-profile judicial review challenge to the provision of puberty blockers to children and young people by the Trust's Gender Identity Development Service.

Leading Silks

Philip Havers QC - 1 Crown Office RowA really excellent silk.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jeremy Hyam QC - 1 Crown Office RowJeremy is brilliant across the board almost all the time - drafting, on their feet and with clients. He instils confidence, delivers work on time and is a pleasure to work with with.
Ranked: Tier 3
Angus McCullough QC - 1 Crown Office RowAngus is frighteningly impressive in all respects. He is incredible to watch and his unstinting capacity to take on and master complex, sensitive and demanding work is, frankly, mind-boggling. He never misses a beat; a truly and properly brilliant mind.
Ranked: Tier 3
Shaheen Rahman QC - 1 Crown Office RowShe is incredibly experienced, always a step ahead.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Alasdair Henderson - 1 Crown Office RowAlasdair has a creative legal brain and is a very intelligent, committed and hardworking advocate, who brings calm assurance to the task at hand. Good on their feet and able to break down complex legal arguments into simple structured points.
Ranked: Tier 3
Natasha Barnes - 1 Crown Office RowShe is very clever and hard-working. She has great judgement - you feel much better knowing that she is in the team.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

‘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.’

Clerking

‘Clerks are great – in particular John McLaren and Chloe Turvill – absolute stars.’

‘Clerks are business like, yet pleasant, efficient and reliable.’

London Bar > International crime and extradition

Leading Juniors

Catriona Murdoch - 1 Crown Office RowShe is a brilliant advocate, forceful and pragmatic.
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > Professional disciplinary and regulatory law Tier 3

1 Crown Office Row is 'filled with excellent barristers who are at the top of their game', housing silks and juniors 'of an impressive calibre'. The team regularly appears in high-profile professional disciplinary hearings. Claims in the medical field are a key area of expertise. The 'superb advocate' Jeremy Hyam QC is well known for his experience in all aspects of health law, and is regularly instructed in doctors' disciplinary cases. Neil Sheldon QC is 'a class act'; he represented two dentists, who were husband and wife, who were accused of fraudulent claiming on their NHS contracts. Andrew Kennedy QC is a 2021 silk appointment.

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4
Neil Sheldon QC - 1 Crown Office RowNeil is a class act. He gets fantastic results in every case no matter how complex. He is insightful and intelligent, and has unending reserves of patience when it comes to dealing with difficult clients.
Ranked: Tier 4
Robert Kellar QC - 1 Crown Office RowHe is bright, easy to work with, inspires client confidence, has an excellent, low key advocacy style, and is good on papers and his feet.
Ranked: Tier 4

2021 Silks

Andrew Kennedy QC1 Crown Office RowA brilliant brain with a low-key approach. Absolutely joyful to work with.

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 4
Suzanne Lambert - 1 Crown Office RowSuzanne has the ability to instil confidence in clients, particularly those who are anxious. She is invariably well-prepared for conference and has a good strategic mind. Suzanne does not shy away from giving difficult advice, but she explains her views clearly and brings the client along with her.
Ranked: Tier 4
Richard Smith - 1 Crown Office RowVery good at tactical considerations, calm and empathetic manner with clients, and a great all rounder.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

‘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.’

Clerking

‘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 1COR clerks are excellent, and extremely helpful and honest about barrister’s diaries. Matt Phipps, Andy Tull and Chloe Turvill have provided first class service over the years.’

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

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.

Personal injury - Leading Silks

Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel QC - 1 Crown Office RowElizabeth-Anne is able to strip away the irrelevancies of every case and get to the crux of the issue light years before anyone else. 
Ranked: Tier 2
Henry Witcomb QC - 1 Crown Office RowHenry is very experienced, he excels at dealing with difficult RTC liability cases and high value quantum work, and particularly understands the complexities of evaluating life expectancy.
Ranked: Tier 2
Robert Kellar QC - 1 Crown Office RowGood strategic skills and ability to set out in clear terms to a difficult client an unpalatable set of options.
Ranked: Tier 4

Personal injury - Leading Juniors

Justin Levinson - 1 Crown Office RowThe ultimate professional and unrivalled leader in child abuse litigation.
Ranked: Tier 1
Shahram Sharghy  - 1 Crown Office Row  ‘Shahram is a consummate courtroom advocate, ensuring he achieves the very best possible results for his clients.
Ranked: Tier 4
Iain O’Donnell – 1 Crown Office RowIain is a diligent and precise barrister who has a fantastic rapport with clients and experts.
Ranked: Tier 5
Jim Duffy - 1 Crown Office RowHis advocacy skills are exceptional, being persuasive and using an expert sense of judgement.
Ranked: Tier 5

Testimonials

Set

‘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.’

Clerking 

‘The clerks are top rate.’

‘Very slick chambers – very organised and responsive.’

‘Andrew Tull is excellent, always helpful and easy to get along with.’

‘Great clerking team – personable, helpful and knowledgeable.’

‘Service from the clerks is always efficient and friendly and very responsive.’

Regional Bar > South Eastern Circuit > Commercial litigation

Leading Juniors

Paul Ashwell – 1 Crown Office Row, Brighton ‘A barrister who exudes confidence. Meticulous, with good commercial acumen, and excellent with clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Stuart Wright1 Crown Office Row, Brighton ‘ He is very good with clients, and is able to deliver advice in an empathetic yet professional manner.
Ranked: Tier 1

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

1 Crown Office Row, Brighton's practice has 'good strength and depth' and fields a property team that is active across a broad range of residential landlord and tenant work. Commercial property matters are another key pillar of strength for the group, which is also adept at representing local authorities in housing matters. The 'very direct' Simon Sinnatt has been active in adverse possession and dilapidation claims, while Michael Walker has expertise in landlord and tenant disputes. Paul Ashwell and rising star Matthew Withers ('very personable, proactive, calm and reassuring with clients') are other key practitioners.

Rising stars

Matthew Withers - 1 Crown Office Row, BrightonMatthew is incredibly diligent, very knowledgeable and technically sound.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Paul Ashwell - 1 Crown Office Row, BrightonHe communicates well and has a good court manner.
Ranked: Tier 1
Simon Sinnatt - 1 Crown Office Row, BrightonHe has a powerful intellect and an analytical mind.
Ranked: Tier 1
Michael Walker - 1 Crown Office Row, BrightonHe is nothing less than meticulous in his preparation of cases and in conference has that human touch.
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

‘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.’

Clerking

‘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.’

‘Mark Worsley in particular has become my go to man when needing to instruct counsel, he is honest and flexible when required and has never let me down.’

‘Stuart Taylor is extremely approachable and is about building long term relationships.’

Regional Bar > South Eastern Circuit > Employment

Rising stars

Matthew Withers1 Crown Office RowHis depth and breadth of knowledge is apparent in his work. Calm, assured, very analytical, and adept at understanding his client’s needs.
Ranked: Tier 1

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

Rising stars

Scott Storey1 Crown Office Row, Brighton ‘Scott’s attention to detail is immaculate. He is also very responsive, approachable and accessible. He determines the key issues in a case decisively and offers clear routes forward with options to overcome any hurdle.
Ranked: Tier 1

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

The team at 1 Crown Office Row, Brighton is well known for prosecuting and defending in cases involving serious sexual offences, and is also regularly instructed in cases of murder, manslaughter and drugs conspiracies. In September 2021 Amy Packham , Christopher Prior  and Jonathan Atkinson moved to Lamb Building (Brighton).

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Daniel Frier - 1 Crown Office Row, BrightonDaniel is hard working, industrious, clever and very personable.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

Quality and strength-in-depth throughout the set‘.

The set as a whole is extremely efficient, professional and courteous‘.

Clerking

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‘.

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

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.

Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private)

Eleanor Battie - 1 Crown Office Row, BrightonShe is conscientious, extremely approachable, steadfast and level-headed.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Kirsten Japp - 1 Crown Office Row, BrightonKirsten is knowledgeable, approachable, on top of the papers and well-liked by clients. Nothing is any trouble for her.
Ranked: Tier 3
Adam Smith - 1 Crown Office Row, BrightonAdam is a brilliant and compelling advocate – it is clear that judges like and respect him. He is extremely knowledgeable, experienced, thoughtful and conscientious and an asset in any children case.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy

Jane Peckham - 1 Crown Office Row, BrightonJane is measured and calm. She is highly knowledgeable and explains things well to the client. She is confident in court and it can be seen she is respected by the judiciary.
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

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‘.

Clerking

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‘.

The clerks are great and will go out of their way to assist. Tom Hills, Ben Earle and Gemma Welling in particular are great – they are friendly and helpful and always available to assist in the Brighton office‘.

Mark Worsley is outstanding‘.

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 [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.

Department Name Email Telephone
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)
Photo Name Position Profile
 Richard Ager  photo Richard Ager Family law, in particular, public and private law children work and adoption;…
 Paul Ashwell  photo Paul Ashwell Property advice and litigation: advice on options, sale of land, appearing at…
 Rachel Baker  photo Rachel Baker Barrister
 Eleanor Battie  photo Eleanor Battie Eleanor has been specialising in family law since 2004. She has a…
 Laura Bayley photo Laura Bayley Barrister
 Timothy Bergin  photo Timothy Bergin Family – particular emphasis on public law. Qualified family mediator and child…
 Kriston Berlevy  photo Kriston Berlevy
 Jeremy Cave  photo Jeremy Cave Jeremy Cave’s practice covers Financial Remedies (and financial provision for children), Trusts…
 Tara Celikoz  photo Tara Celikoz Tara is a highly experienced family law practitioner. After building her practice…
 Clare Ciborowska  photo Clare Ciborowska Barrister specialising in family, crime and employment.
 Rachael Claridge  photo Rachael Claridge Family law – public and private.
 Leo Cogin  photo Leo Cogin Barrister.
 Rebecca Davies  photo Rebecca Davies Barrister
 Sophie Evans  photo Sophie Evans Barrister
 Daniel Frier  photo Daniel Frier Call 2005 Daniel Frier is a criminal law specialist, who undertakes work…
 Rachel Gimson  photo Rachel Gimson Barrister
 Susan Healey  photo Susan Healey All children law.
 Matthew Heywood  photo Matthew Heywood Barrister
 Gavin Howe  photo Gavin Howe Gavin predominantly practises in the field of Family Law: child protection work…
 Natasha Isaac  photo Natasha Isaac Barrister
 Kirsten Japp  photo Kirsten Japp Barrister
 Rowan Jenkins  photo Rowan Jenkins Crime, especially serious sexual offences and those involving children and vulnerable witnesses.…
 James King-smith  photo James King-smith Matrimonial/family finance. He is also a civil and commercial mediator.
 Aviva Le Prevost  photo Aviva Le Prevost
 David Lewis-Hall  photo David Lewis-Hall David is an associate member of Chambers who specialized in civil and…
 Vanessa Long  photo Vanessa Long Barrister
 Lynn McFadyen  photo Lynn McFadyen Barrister
 Karen Mclaughlin  photo Karen Mclaughlin Karen McLaughlin has been practising family law for over 25 years, specialising…
 Daniel Miller  photo Daniel Miller Barrister
 Delia Minoprio  photo Delia Minoprio Barrister
 Amanda Minto  photo Amanda Minto Amanda Minto is an associate member with specialising in both family finance…
 Luisa Morelli  photo Luisa Morelli All areas of family law, with particular expertise in public law.
 Charlotte Morrish  photo Charlotte Morrish Charlotte is an associate member whospecialises in criminal law and has experience…
 Catriona Murdoch  photo Catriona Murdoch Catriona is an associate member who specialises in human rights and criminal…
 Abha Pandya  photo Abha Pandya
 Jane Peckham  photo Jane Peckham Family and civil practitioner. She is the Head of the Financial Remedies…
 David Reader  photo David Reader Barrister
 Christopher Rice  photo Christopher Rice
 Kate Richmond  photo Kate Richmond Barrister
 Jacqueline Roach  photo Jacqueline Roach Jacqueline Roach’s practice covers the full range of public law children cases.
 Pegah Sharghy  photo Pegah Sharghy Family law; divorce financial remedies specialist with wide experience of high-value and…
 Simon Sinnatt  photo Simon Sinnatt Landlord and tenant (commercial, non- residential and residential); boundary disputes, easements, trusts…
 Adam Smith  photo Adam Smith Family Law: children (public and private).
 Anogika Souresh  photo Anogika Souresh Anogika accepts instructions across all of Chambers’ practice areas with focus on…
 Hope Spalding  photo Hope Spalding ope Spalding joined chambers as a pupil in October 2019 and is…
 Julie Stather  photo Julie Stather Family Law specialist and a trained family law Arbitrator and Mediator. She…
 Scott Storey  photo Scott Storey Barrister
 Nigel Taylor  photo Nigel Taylor Care proceedings; international child law; financial settlements.
 Bruce Tregoning  photo Bruce Tregoning Barrister.
 Rebecca Upton  photo Rebecca Upton Rebecca has built up a strong criminal practice and undertakes work in…
 Michael Walker  photo Michael Walker Barrister
 Camilla Wells  photo Camilla Wells Family – children and matrimonial.
 Matthew Withers  photo Matthew Withers Barrister
 Stuart Wright  photo Stuart Wright Stuart has a specialist civil practice, with particular emphasis on: housing; landlord…
 Charlotte Youdan  photo Charlotte Youdan Charlotte 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.

 

Department Name Email Telephone
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)
DAVID 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.