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Chambers of Howard Stevens QC
3 Hare Court

London Bar > Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) Tier 1

Renowned for their travel set’, 3 Hare Court has been very active in personal injury, illness claims and medical tourism cases, with a geographical reach on recent disputes involving Europe, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. This workload has also been significantly high profile, with Howard Stevens QC, Katherine Deal QC, and Dan Saxby representing victims of 2015 shooting at a tourist resort at Port El Kantaoui in Tunisia. Deal has also acted before the European Court of Justice alongside the newly ranked James Hawkins for the ABTA on its intervention in the X v Kuoni case, concerning a claim brought by a former guest for a rape committed by a hotel employee in Sri Lanka.

Leading Silks

Howard Stevens QC - 3 Hare CourtHoward is incredibly thorough and precise. His eye for detail on the key point or key section from complex documents is second to none.
Ranked: Tier 1
Katherine Deal QC - 3 Hare CourtShe has vast experience in this specialist area of the law which she herself has helped to shape.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Dan Saxby - 3 Hare CourtDan has a good mastery of the technical issues and works hard for his clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Asela Wijeyaratne - 3 Hare CourtOne of the leading juniors in the area of international injury, with particular expertise in matters of jurisdiction and Rome II matters.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
James Hawkins - 3 Hare CourtExceptional attention to detail and is extremely thorough.
Ranked: Tier 3



‘3 Hare Court has a strong group of barristers who specialise in travel law. There is hence always somebody available when required.’

‘They specialise in international work so have a lot of counsel who are strong in this area and this is reflected in the very useful articles that they put out as a set. Their training courses are also very helpful and well put together.’

‘3 Hare Court are renowned for their travel set and have a wide range of counsels at all levels. The senior barristers clearly support and guide the pupils and more junior members as the level of knowledge is consistent throughout.’

‘3 Hare Court have always been exceptionally good at travel law, with some very talented juniors.’


‘The clerks are always happy to assist and have a very personable manner. Excellent and efficient service.’

‘There are plenty of clerks who are always of assistance. Duane Hitchman is the most helpful.’

London Bar > Offshore Tier 3

3 Hare Court‘s offshore work is best known by its representation of government entities, with its public law practitioners displaying ‘quality from top on down‘. Members frequently appear before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, from jurisdictions including the Caribbean and Mauritius. Tom Poole QC took silk in March 2021, having had extensive experience of appellate advocacy before Court of Appeal, the Privy Council and the Supreme Court. James Guthrie QC continued to work in key cases, including representing Delta Petroleum against British Virgin Islands Electricity Corporation in a Privy Council appeal regarding a contract dispute.

Leading Silks

James Guthrie QC - 3 Hare CourtExtremely efficient and professional at all times.
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Davenport QC - 3 Hare CourtA brilliant leader and silk who is not afraid to roll up his sleeves and get stuck into the finer details.
Ranked: Tier 3
Thomas Roe QC - 3 Hare CourtIncredibly astute, quick thinking and impressively calm under fire.
Ranked: Tier 3

2021 Silks

Tom Poole QC - 3 Hare CourtAmazing ability to digest a huge amount of complex material and focus on the critical detail.

Leading Juniors

Robert Strang - 3 Hare CourtHe has the ability to pick things up very quickly and is also great with clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3



Quality from top on down.


All the clerks are extremely helpful, professional, and responsive.

Clerks are very responsive and commercial – special mention to Toby Eales and James Donovan.

James Donovan is very personable and has a great deal of experience and knowledge of the chambers’ strengths.

The clerks are very responsive and helpful.

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

'Excellent, traditional set' 3 Hare Court is known particularly for its international and travel- related personal injury work, but the 'very capable barristers' at this chambers also regularly handle domestic matters, including serious head and spinal injuries, catastrophic and fatal accidents. Howard Stevens QC is representing the defendant in Frayne v Alim Investments Ltd, a claim in the High Court brought by magician Dynamo, who alleges he was rendered unable to work owing to food poisoning contracted at the defendant's KFC franchise. Katherine Deal QC is another key name to note at silk level.

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 3
Katherine Deal QC - 3 Hare CourtKatherine isolates the issues that will be a bar to settlement at an early stage and works to develop a strategy to deal with those issues to promote early case resolution.
Ranked: Tier 4

Personal injury - Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 4
Andrew Young - 3 Hare CourtA thorough and diligent barrister, especially in serious injury matters.
Ranked: Tier 4



‘3 Hare Court are an excellent, traditional set who will always be top of my list to instruct.’

‘Chambers are very responsive.’

‘3 Hare Court is a very solid set in the cross-border personal injury/travel claims arena.’

‘The set does have alternative very capable barristers.’

‘Good availability of counsel at varying levels to suit different instructions.’


‘The clerks are very responsive and always diligent.’

London Bar > Fraud: civil

Leading Silks

Simon Davenport QC - 3 Hare CourtA team player and a leader who charms judges, courts and clients – when you are in a fight – Simon who you want in with you in the foxhole.
Ranked: Tier 2

2021 Silks

Tom Poole QC - 3 Hare CourtTom is incredibly bright and adaptable - he gets on top of the detail of all of his cases, and is a great team player.

London Bar > Administrative and public law (including elections)

Leading Silks

James Guthrie QC - 3 Hare CourtIn relation to the judicial committee work, extremely incisive, very quick to come to views on assessing merits and weaknesses of a case. Extremely efficient and professional at all times. No weaknesses that I can think of.
Ranked: Tier 3
Thomas Roe QC - 3 Hare CourtA determined and dogged advocate.
Ranked: Tier 4
Peter Knox QC - 3 Hare CourtExtraordinary Intelligent, focused and dedicated yet a subtle humor which at times is welcoming. Great command of the English language. He is also able to gather important information quickly and advise on the best action to take.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Robert Strang - 3 Hare CourtVery practical and straight forward to deal with. Has the ability to pick things up very quickly and is also great with clients.
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Aviation

Leading Silks

Katherine Deal QC - 3 Hare CourtKatherine is extremely efficient and knowledgeable about cross-border claims, jurisdictional disputes, and aviation in general. She is an open book and would deal with the cases above and beyond of what she is required to. Her attention to detail is great too.
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > Insolvency

Leading Silks

Simon Davenport QC - 3 Hare CourtA brilliant leader and silk who is not afraid to roll up his sleeves and get stuck into the details.
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)

Leading Silks

James Guthrie QC - 3 Hare CourtHas subtle and tactful manner in tackling sensitive issues in challenging environments.
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Commercial litigation

Leading Silks

Simon Davenport QC - 3 Hare CourtSimon is a brilliant leader and silk who is not afraid to roll up his sleeves and get stuck into the finer details but can also tell the client what is likely to happen and why.
Ranked: Tier 4
Peter Knox QC - 3 Hare CourtPeter has a wonderful air of gravitas which is very convincing and reassuring to instructing solicitors and clients.
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

Leading Silks

Simon Davenport QC - 3 Hare CourtVery hands on and gets closely involved with all aspects of the case, not just relying on the juniors. I was particularly impressed with Simon's commercial awareness and ability to understand a foreign client from the cultural and industry business perspective.
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Professional negligence

Leading Silks

Simon Davenport QC - 3 Hare CourtA very clear, very concise and very helpful silk.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Sara Ibrahim - 3 Hare CourtSara’s legal knowledge is exemplary. Her work is thorough and well-researched. She is a respected and steady pair of hands who is well liked by clients.
Ranked: Tier 5

London Bar > Employment

Leading Juniors

Sara Ibrahim - 3 Hare CourtExtremely intelligent, switched on to the needs of the end client, completes the work diligently, manages expectations at all levels, and is able to explain complex matters to laypeople coherently.
Ranked: Tier 5

Chambers works as advisers and as advocates across a range of civil and commercial areas of law. Members are recognised for the depth and breadth of their expertise, and for their persuasive advocacy and sound advice.

The set: Described as a leading civil and commercial set, Chambers has established a first-class reputation in its fields of practice, providing a wide range of advisory and advocacy services both domestically and internationally in an environment that meets modern business needs.

Types of work undertaken: Work is concentrated in the following areas (listed alphabetically):

Civil fraud;

Commercial (including International Arbitrations);



International work;

Personal injury and travel/accidents abroad;

Professional negligence;

Public, administrative and constitutional law.

Privy Council work is a notable area of expertise; the set is regularly instructed by governments, corporations and individuals in a wide range of cases. A number of cases deal with the written constitutions of Commonwealth countries, as well as commercial and general common law work. Chambers has strong links with the Caribbean, often appearing in those jurisdictions.

Insolvency and restructuring is a growing area for Chambers. Work includes liquidations, bankruptcies, director’s disqualifications, administrations, and international and cross-border insolvencies. The set often acts for the main insolvency practitioners.

Chambers has particular expertise in personal injury and travel law cases, including serious head and spinal injury, industrial injury and claims relating to accidents abroad where jurisdictional issues arise. Fatal accident work and product liability cases are dealt with.

The commercial work (often acting for foreign clients, and in particular Russian/CIS clients) here also extends to international arbitrations, for and against governments, companies, institutions and individuals throughout the world and Chambers has an international reputation for effective advocacy.

The set is strong on languages, with members fluent in Dutch, French, German, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Malay, Punjabi, Spanish, Swahili and Urdu.


Head of Chambers STEVENS QC, Howard (1990)
Members of Chambers GUTHRIE QC, James (1975)
Members of Chambers STRACHAN QC SC, Mark (1969)
Members of Chambers KNOX QC, Peter (1983)
Members of Chambers DAVENPORT QC, Simon (1987)
Members of Chambers GOLDEN QC (HON), Jeffrey **
Member of Chambers BISHOP QC, Malcolm (1968)
Members of Chambers ROE QC, Thomas (1995)
Members of Chambers CASEY QC, Aidan (1992)
Members of Chambers DEAL QC, Katherine (1997)
Members of Chambers POOLE QC, Tom (2001)
Members of Chambers YOUNG, Andrew (1977)
Member of Chambers EVANS. William (1977)
Members of Chambers JANUSZ, Pierre (1979)
Members of Chambers BUTLER, Rupert (1988)
Members of Chambers JUSS, Satvinder (1989)
Member of Chambers HAPPOLD, Matthew (1995)
Members of Chambers SAMUEL, Richard (1996)
Members of Chambers SAXBY, Dan (2000)
Members of Chambers ATWAL, Navjot (2002)
Members of Chambers STRANG, Robert (2003)
Members of Chambers HAWKINS, James (2003)
Members of Chambers IBRAHIM, Sara (2006)
Members of Chambers CAMPBELL, Richard (2007)
Members of Chambers WIJEYARATNE, Asela (2008)
Members of Chambers PENNINGTON-BENTON, Rowan (2008)
Member of Chambers CHANNER, Benjamin (2008)bchanner@3harecourt.com
Member of Chambers NKRUMAH, Michael (2008)michaelnkrumah@3harecourt.com
Member of Chambers LOXTON, Christopher (2009)
Members of Chambers HACKETT, Stephen (2011)
Member of Chambers BOTTOMLEY, Richard (2013)
Members of Chambers SHUFFREY, Chloe (2014)
Members of Chambers JACKSON, Natasha (2015)
Member of Chambers MOORE, Emily (2016)emilymoore@3harecourt.com
Member of Chambers GOLDBLATT, Daniel (2017)danielgoldblatt@3harecourt.com
Member of Chambers JUDD, Philip (2017)philipjudd@3harecourt.com
Member of Chambers GALE, James (2017)
Member of Chambers MCNEIL, Samuel (2018)
Member of Chambers RILEY, Adam (2018)
Member of Chambers BAILEY, Katharine (2019)
Door Tenant ASTAPHAN SC, Anthony*
Door Tenant BARAGWANATH, Sir David*
Door Tenant BUDWORTH, Martin (1999)*
Door Tenant COOPER-ROUSSEAU, Bertha (1993)*
Door Tenant FEETHAM QC, Daniel (1994)*
Door Tenant GODWIN QC, William (1986)*
Door Tenant LLEWWLLYN, Paul (1999)*
Door Tenant MCLEOD, Iain (1969)*
Door Tenant McMILLEN QC, David, (1985)*
Door Tenant MORTARA, Adam*
Door Tenant PRUDHOE, Tim (1994)*
Door Tenant ROBERTS OBE QC, Howard (1978)*
Door Tenant SMALL, Hugh (1963)*
Door Tenant TIVADAR, Daniel (2005)*
* Door tenants
** Arbitrator
Senior Clerk DONOVAN, Jamesjamesdonovan@3harecourt.com
Chambers Manager MITCHELL, Guyguymitchell@3harecourt.com
Navjot Atwal  photo Navjot Atwal Barrister practising in commercial and business law, appellate work (privy council), insolvency,…
Rupert Butler  photo Rupert Butler Barrister practising in a wide range of commercial litigation with a particular…
Richard Campbell  photo Richard Campbell Barrister.
Aidan Casey photo Aidan CaseyBarrister specialising in: commercial and business law, and in commercial fraud; asset-tracing…
Simon Davenport photo Simon DavenportHigh-profile barrister specialising in civil fraud, insolvency and commercial actions, his cases…
Katherine Deal  photo Katherine Deal Barrister specialising in personal injury work with a particular focus on travel…
Jeffrey Golden  photo Jeffrey Golden Jeffrey is a specialist arbitrator, mediator and expert with broad experience of…
James Guthrie photo James GuthrieBarrister dealing with appellate work in the Judicial Committee of the Privy…
James Hawkins  photo James Hawkins Barrister practising in commercial litigation, personal injury and employment.
Sara Ibrahim  photo Sara Ibrahim Barrister specialising in employment; commercial and business law; insolvency.
Pierre Janusz  photo Pierre Janusz Barrister specialising in commercial and business law, property (including landlord and tenant),…
Mr Satvinder Juss  photo Mr Satvinder Juss Barrister specialising in constitutional law (including public and administrative law), civil liberties…
Peter Knox photo Peter KnoxPeter Knox QC is an extremely experienced advocate in commercial law, with…
Rowan Pennington-Benton  photo Rowan Pennington-Benton Rowan practices in two main areas – general commercial/civil law and public…
Tom Poole  photo Tom Poole Barrister specialising in commercial, employment and public law. Notable recent cases include:…
Thomas Roe photo Thomas RoeBarrister practising in (1) commercial and chancery litigation and arbitration; (2) public…
Richard Samuel  photo Richard Samuel Barrister practising in general commercial litigation and arbitration. Practice areas include contract…
Dan Saxby  photo Dan Saxby Barrister practising in most common law areas including personal injury (with a…
Howard Stevens photo Howard StevensHoward has a broadly based common law practice, including both first instance…
SC, Mark Strachan photo SC, Mark StrachanBarrister largely based in Hong Kong, dealing with commercial and business law;…
Robert Strang  photo Robert Strang Barrister specialising in commercial and property litigation; general common law; professional negligence;…
Asela Wijeyaratne  photo Asela Wijeyaratne Barrister specialising in travel and personal injury, professional negligence and indemnity and…
Andrew Young  photo Andrew Young Barrister dealing with personal injury, travel claims, clinical negligence and other types…

CLIENT: Annabel Clark – Partner
COMPANY/FIRM: Keystone Law
TESTIMONIAL: 3 Hare Court is my first port of call for any civil or commercial advice I need from Counsel. I have used them for 3 decades and have a strong relationship with their excellent senior clerk James and many members of chambers. Excellent team.

CLIENT: Kamal Aggarwal – Partner
COMPANY/FIRM: Thomson Snell & Passmore LLP
TESTIMONIAL: I have worked with the clerks and barristers at 3 Hare Court for roughly 30 years. The clerking team is quite exceptional – friendly, responsive and commercial. The barristers are, without exception, top tier. They are not only extremely clever people but just as important they client friendly, commercial, practical and effective.

CLIENT: Keith Barrett – Partner
COMPANY/FIRM: Fieldfisher
TESTIMONIAL: I have instructed 3 Hare Court chambers for over 15 years now. To me, they are THE number one set in travel litigation in London. I would describe them as my “go to” chambers and a chambers who stand out from the competition. 3 Hare Court is a truly exception set of chambers in this area of law. It is a strong set consisting of barristers who are extremely knowledgeable, always accessible and willing to offer specialist advice. This set goes from strength to strength. 3 Hare Court is truly blessed with barristers such as Katherine Deal QC, Christopher Loxton and Asela Wijeyaratne to name but a few. I cannot finish without adding a comment about the impressive clerking room led by the highly experienced James Donovan assisted by the impressive Toby Eales.

CLIENT: Katherine Allen
TESTIMONIAL: For many years now I have regarded 3HC as one of the “go to” sets for travel litigation work. A set blessed with stellar advocates together with a strong and always helpful clerking team, I have worked with them for so long that I know their telephone number by heart! I have worked with the brilliant Katherine Deal QC, and her superb former pupil Asela Wijeyaratne time and time again. Recent experience of Natasha Jackson and Sam McNeil has been excellent.

CLIENT: Rico Dexiades
COMPANY/FIRM: Thomson Snell & Passmore LLP
TESTIMONIAL: I have been very impressed with 3 Hare Court throughout the years I have used them, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic by going the extra mile to assist on matters, and making it easy to send instructions and documents electronically to progress matters without delay. My first port of call is Darren Whitbread, followed by Duane Hitchman who are both proactive and very helpful.

CLIENT: Olivia Taylor-James
COMPANY/FIRM: Pinder Reaux
TESTIMONIAL: Working with 3 Hare Court never fails to be anything other than efficient and reliable. The clerks’ abilities to propose appropriate and adept Counsel for the matter in hand are flawless. In particular, Darren Whitbread, shows true professionalism and expertise and is always willing to go above and beyond to accommodate the needs of clients. Overall, a delightful, quality and very skilled set to work with.

CLIENT: Theo Solley
TESTIMONIAL: 3HC are a fantastic set. James Donovan heads a great clerking team, and with a positive experience across all the barristers, this is a set to return to for a top quality service every time.

3 Hare Court is committed to the promotion of equality and diversity in Chambers and to providing equality of opportunity and a fair working environment so that members and staff can flourish regardless of their socio-economic background.

Chambers has a dedicated and proactive Equality and Diversity Committee, including members who have completed the Bar Standards Board’s Advanced Equality and Diversity Awareness training. The Committee oversees our Equality Action Plan and continually considers equality, diversity and inclusivity issues in the context of fair allocation of work, social mobility initiatives, mentoring, wellbeing, marketing, and diversity monitoring (including in recruitment).

Current policies
3 Hare Court has in place the following policies, whose drafting and implementation the Equality and Diversity Committee regularly reviews:

  • Equality and Diversity Policy
  • Flexible Working Policy
  • Anti-harassment Policy
  • Reasonable Adjustments Policy
  • Equal Access to and Fair Allocation of Work Policy

Other initiatives and commitments
3 Hare Court and its individual members and staff are proactively involved in various initiatives and charities that promote the furtherance of equality and diversity as well as access to the legal profession and to the Bar. Some examples include:

  • Women in Law pledge: 3 Hare Court is a proud signatory to the Women in Law Pledge created by the Bar Council of England and Wales, The Law Society, and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx). We are committed to the progress of equality and elimination of sex discrimination and pledge to make positive change for the legal profession. To view our Women in Law Pledge Action Plan please click here.
  • IntoUniversity: Chambers works with IntoUniversity, mentoring students and providing work experience days to support those from disadvantaged backgrounds who wish to consider a career as a barrister
  • Bridging the Bar: Chambers is a Sponsor and Partner of Bridging the Bar, a charity working to promote diversity and equal opportunities at the Bar
  • BLAGG and LGBT+ Network for Barristers, which provides a support network for LGBTQ+ persons at the Bar
  • Education and Employers and Inspiring the Future, a charity which connects volunteers from various professions with schools in order to inspire and improve the career opportunities of young people
  • Greener Litigation Pledge: 3 Hare Court is pleased to announce that it is a founding signatory to the Greener Litigation Pledge, a commitment by solicitors’ firms, barristers’ chambers and other disputes professionals to take action to reduce the environmental impact of dispute resolution. More information on the Greener Litigation Pledge can be found at http://www.greenerlitigation.org.

Chambers strives to achieve diversity among its members, pupils, mini-pupils and staff. Recognising those that are typically underrepresented at the Bar, we encourage and welcome applications from women, individuals with Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and those who are LGBTQ+, as well as those from other groups that tend to be underrepresented in the legal profession.

Applicants will always be assessed using objective and fair criteria, and without discrimination based on their socio-economic background.

In relation to pupillage applications:

  • Candidates’ applications are assessed and scored strictly by reference to defined objective and fair criteria.
  • Applications are blind marked at the sifting stage, with only the candidate’s number (each candidate is allocated a number) being visible to the assessor. The assessor does not know any of the candidate’s personal information that would identify sex, gender identity, age, ethnicity, or other protected characteristics, save insofar as such information is disclosed by the candidate in their answers to any questions.
  • At the interview stage, candidates’ performances are again assessed and scored strictly by reference to defined objective and fair criteria.
  • Members involved in the selection process are trained in fair recruitment and selection processes.
  • Chambers collects and reviews anonymised diversity data for pupillage applications through to offers and such data informs Chambers’ ongoing efforts to attract and encourage applicants from groups that are underrepresented at the Bar.

Diversity data
In accordance with the Bar Standards Board’s equality and diversity rules, 3 Hare Court has conducted a survey of its members, staff and pupils in order to collect and publish equality and diversity data. The survey was conducted anonymously and in accordance with the BSB rules. Participation was voluntary. To view 3 Hare Court’s diversity data results for 2021, please click here.