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1 CROWN OFFICE ROW

The Chambers of Richard Booth QC

TEMPLE, LONDON, EC4Y 7HH, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7797 7500
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Fax 020 7797 7550
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1020 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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Web:
www.1cor.com
Brighton, London

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

A β€˜first-choice’ chambers – β€˜especially in a crisis’ – 1 Crown Office Row has β€˜little competition when it comes to the strength of its set’. Offering β€˜impressive counsel at all levels of seniority’, the set’s members produce β€˜excellent quality work that is thorough and on time’. It remains a β€˜go-to for clinical negligence’ and continues to gain plaudits for its regulatory and public law and work. Offering a β€˜huge array of talent’, solicitors β€˜always know that if you call up looking for counsel, you are likely to be offered someone perfect for the job’, or as one firm put it, chambers is β€˜so good you take them for granted’. Under the β€˜inimitable guidance’ of β€˜first-rate’ senior clerk Matthew Phipps in London, the β€˜approachable, cooperative and dependable’ clerks’ room understands how β€˜even the smallest requests mean something’ as it β€˜goes out of its way to make you feel welcome and valued’; the clerking team is β€˜definitely the benchmark for other sets’. First juniors John Mclaren and Andrew Tull come highly recommended and β€˜get you what you want without breaking a sweat’. Having risen through the ranks, third junior Chloe Turvill β€˜stands out’ as β€˜a very safe pair of hands’ and β€˜a highly reliable, astute clerk’. The set also benefits from its Brighton annex where its members have expertise across a broad spectrum of specialisms, including commercial, banking and Chancery, as well as crime, employment and family matters. David Bingham is the senior clerk in Birmingham and Andrew Meyler is chambers director. Offices in: London, Brighton.

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London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)
Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

1 Crown Office Row

With a fine reputation in civil liberties 1 Crown Office Row is considered β€˜an excellent set for public law issues and which always delivers’. Members act both for and against government departments, and several members are special advocates in control order cases. Shaheen Rahman QC’s recent work included acting for a claimant against Secretary of State for the Home Department in connection with the smoking ban in public places and whether it applied to prison communal areas.

Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading silks

Philip Havers QC - 1 Crown Office Row β€˜He is the complete barrister. The judiciary trust him.’

Ranked: tier 2
Administrative and public law (including local government) – 2017 silks

Shaheen Rahman QC - 1 Crown Office Row β€˜A special advocate of choice.’

Ranked: tier 1
Administrative and public law (including local government) – 2019 silks

Robert Kellar QC - 1 Crown Office Row β€˜Able to take on the most complex cases and can turn his hand to any aspect of public law.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)
Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – Leading silks

Jeremy Hyam QC - 1 Crown Office Row β€˜Superb judgement and an impressive work ethic.’

Ranked: tier 4
Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – 2017 silks

Shaheen Rahman QC - 1 Crown Office Row β€˜Clear and concise in advice. Judicial review is clearly an area of knowledge and expertise.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Clinical negligence
Clinical negligence – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

1 Crown Office Row

β€˜Always the first choice’, 1 Crown Office Row is a β€˜reliable set with really excellent counsel’. Members are β€˜as bright as they come, but also have a down to earth, friendly manner’ which β€˜makes them popular’ among both clients and solicitors in high-profile, cutting edge cases. Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel QC and new silk Henry Witcomb QC represented the claimant in ABC v St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust, an important decision on the duty to inform family members in case of life-changing disease.

Clinical negligence – Leading silks

Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel QC - 1 Crown Office Row β€˜She is usually light years ahead of everyone else and her advocacy is brilliant.’

Ranked: tier 1

Margaret Bowron QC - 1 Crown Office Row β€˜The queen of quantum.’

Ranked: tier 1

Paul Rees QC - 1 Crown Office Row β€˜An excellent leader.’

Ranked: tier 1

Philip Havers QC - 1 Crown Office Row β€˜Fantastic at reading the court and intellectually ahead.’

Ranked: tier 1

John Whitting QC - 1 Crown Office Row β€˜A calm, skilled advocate, team player, and very well respected leader.’

Ranked: tier 3

Clodagh Bradley QC - 1 Crown Office Row β€˜Fiercely bright, asks the right questions and is a tenacious and fearless advocate.’

Ranked: tier 5

Henry Witcomb QC - 1 Crown Office Row β€˜He has an impressive knowledge on quantum which makes him a go-to barrister in many high value claims.’

Ranked: tier 5
Clinical negligence – 2017 silks

Shaheen Rahman QC - 1 Crown Office Row β€˜She is brilliant tactically, very through and knows her medicine inside out.’

Ranked: tier 1
Clinical negligence – 2018 silks

Sarah Lambert QC - 1 Crown Office Row β€˜She has an extensive experience in respect of all areas of medicine and dentistry.’

Ranked: tier 1
Clinical negligence – 2019 silks

Robert Kellar QC - 1 Crown Office Row β€˜Very strong court advocate and a good strategic thinker.’

Ranked: tier 1
Clinical negligence – Leading juniors

John Gimlette - 1 Crown Office Row β€˜A rising star who gets to grips very quickly with novel clinical issues.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Costs
Costs – 2018 silks

Sarah Lambert QC - 1 Crown Office Row β€˜Recommended for wasted costs cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Environment
Environment – Leading silks

David Hart QC - 1 Crown Office Row β€˜An extremely impressive barrister, he absorbs and collates information at lightning speed and drafts perfect documents.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Family law (including divorce and financial remedy)
Family law (including divorce and financial remedy) – Leading silks

David Balcombe QC - 1 Crown Office Row β€˜Excellent for pre-nuptial agreements.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Inquests and inquiries
Inquests and inquiries – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

1 Crown Office Row

1 Crown Office Row is considered β€˜the go-to specialists for inquests and inquiries’. The set is involved in many of the most prominent inquests and inquiries as well as judicial reviews of coroners’ decisions. As an example of the work undertaken, Peter Skelton QC is counsel to the inquests into the deaths of 21 people in the Birmingham bombings case. Solicitors say β€˜the clerking is great’.

Inquests and inquiries – Leading silks

Peter Skelton QC - 1 Crown Office Row β€˜He can plot the way through complex issues and his knowledge of coronial law is superb.’

Ranked: tier 2

Clodagh Bradley QC - 1 Crown Office Row β€˜A highly effective advocate who never fails to impress.’

Ranked: tier 3
Inquests and inquiries – 2017 silks

Oliver Sanders QC - 1 Crown Office Row β€˜He is an extremely strong advocate and has a calm manner with both coroners and witnesses.’

Ranked: tier 1
Inquests and inquiries – Leading juniors

Matthew Hill - 1 Crown Office Row β€˜Performs very well in high-profile hearings against much more experienced opponents.’

Ranked: tier 2

Alasdair Henderson - 1 Crown Office Row β€˜He has a first-class mind and gets to the heart of the matter quickly and without fuss.’

Ranked: tier 3

Matthew Barnes - 1 Crown Office Row β€˜Incredibly tenacious, pragmatic and tactical; consistently achieves good results.’

Ranked: tier 3

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International crime and extradition
International crime and extradition - Leading juniors

Catriona Murdoch - 1 Crown Office Row β€˜She has a natural talent for spotting legal themes and issues ripe for refinement.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud
Personal injury – Leading silks

Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel QC - 1 Crown Office Row β€˜There really is none better, she is superb and always on hand.’

Ranked: tier 2

Henry Witcomb QC - 1 Crown Office Row β€˜He is an expert and you can really sense his passion for the work.’

Ranked: tier 4
Personal injury – Leading juniors

Justin Levinson - 1 Crown Office Row β€˜He has a specialist personal injury practice focusing on compensation claims arising out of childhood sexual abuse.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Professional discipline and regulatory law
Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

1 Crown Office Row

At 1 Crown Office Row, which handles all manner of medical regulation matters, Richard Smith represented a doctor who received a four month suspension after the GMC alleged dishonesty in research, including misleading co-authors and fabricating data.

Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading silks

Clodagh Bradley QC - 1 Crown Office Row β€˜She has extraordinary capacity to absorb detail.’

Ranked: tier 4

Owain Thomas QC - 1 Crown Office Row β€˜Approachable, friendly and a skilled advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Booth QC - 1 Crown Office Row β€˜Very client friendly – registrants have great confidence in him.’

Ranked: tier 4

William Edis QC - 1 Crown Office Row β€˜An excellent advocate with a silky tongue.’

Ranked: tier 4
Professional discipline and regulatory law – 2019 silks

Neil Sheldon QC - 1 Crown Office Row β€˜He produces some of the most compelling and well-organised skeletons in the business.’

Ranked: tier 1
Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading juniors

Andrew Kennedy - 1 Crown Office Row β€˜A consummate gentleman whose manner belies a tough and incisive barrister.’

Ranked: tier 2

Matthew Hill - 1 Crown Office Row β€˜His manner puts clinicians at ease and can have the difficult conversations in a sympathetic way.’

Ranked: tier 3

Matthew Barnes - 1 Crown Office Row β€˜He defends medics in fitness to practice cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Smith - 1 Crown Office Row β€˜He appreciates the points that make a difference and concentrates on them.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence – Leading sets - ranked: tier 5

1 Crown Office Row

Although well known for its medical negligence expertise, 1 Crown Office Row is often involved in a range of claims against lawyers, surveyors, construction, planning and environmental professionals.

Professional negligence – Leading silks

Guy Mansfield QC - 1 Crown Office Row β€˜Experienced in a broad range of cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Hart QC - 1 Crown Office Row β€˜In-depth experience.’

Ranked: tier 4

Paul Rees QC - 1 Crown Office Row β€˜Noted for construction cases.’

Ranked: tier 4
Professional negligence – leading juniors

Richard Smith - 1 Crown Office Row β€˜Has a focus on claims involving solicitors and barristers.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Set overviews: England and Wales

A β€˜first-choice’ chambers – β€˜especially in a crisis’ – 1 Crown Office Row has β€˜little competition when it comes to the strength of its set’. Offering β€˜impressive counsel at all levels of seniority’, the set’s members produce β€˜excellent quality work that is thorough and on time’. It remains a β€˜go-to for clinical negligence’ and continues to gain plaudits for its regulatory and public law and work. Offering a β€˜huge array of talent’, solicitors β€˜always know that if you call up looking for counsel, you are likely to be offered someone perfect for the job’, or as one firm put it, chambers is β€˜so good you take them for granted’. Under the β€˜inimitable guidance’ of β€˜first-rate’ senior clerk Matthew Phipps in London, the β€˜approachable, cooperative and dependable’ clerks’ room understands how β€˜even the smallest requests mean something’ as it β€˜goes out of its way to make you feel welcome and valued’; the clerking team is β€˜definitely the benchmark for other sets’. First juniors John Mclaren and Andrew Tull come highly recommended and β€˜get you what you want without breaking a sweat’. Having risen through the ranks, third junior Chloe Turvill β€˜stands out’ as β€˜a very safe pair of hands’ and β€˜a highly reliable, astute clerk’. The set also benefits from its Brighton annex where its members have expertise across a broad spectrum of specialisms, including commercial, banking and Chancery, as well as crime, employment and family matters. David Bingham is the senior clerk in Birmingham and Andrew Meyler is chambers director. Offices in: London, Brighton.

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Tax: corporate and VAT
Tax: VAT – Leading silks

Owain Thomas QC - 1 Crown Office Row β€˜Experienced in a wide range of indirect taxes and very competent.’

Ranked: tier 4

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