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3 Hare Court > The Legal 500 Rankings
‘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.
‘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.’
‘The clerks are very approachable and know their barristers well. They are very prompt in responding to enquiries and offer good advice on the suitability of counsel on a particular matter.’
‘The clerks always bend over backwards if necessary to help you out.’
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, with Aidan Casey QC appearing in several Mauritian cases in that forum. Elsewhere, 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.
‘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.‘
'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.
‘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.’
‘Toby Eales is superb.’
‘The clerks are always helpful and polite.’
‘The clerks’ room is excellent – Toby Eales goes out of his way to help.’
‘Helpful, friendly clerks.’
3 Hare Court > Set Profile
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):
Commercial (including International Arbitrations);
Personal injury and travel/accidents abroad;
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.
|Joint Head of Chambers||DAVENPORT QC, Simon (1987)|
|Joint Head of Chambers||GOLDEN, Jeffrey **|
|Members of Chambers||STRACHAN QC SC, Mark (1969)|
|Members of Chambers||GUTHRIE QC, James (1975)|
|Members of Chambers||KNOX QC, Peter (1983)|
|Members of Chambers||STEVENS QC, Howard (1990)|
|Members of Chambers||ROE QC, Thomas (1995)|
|Members of Chambers||CASEY QC, Aidan (1992)|
|Door Tenant||GODWIN QC, William (1986)*|
|Members of Chambers||DEAL QC, Katherine (1997)|
|Members of Chambers||YOUNG, Andrew (1977)|
|Members of Chambers||JANUSZ, Pierre (1979)|
|Members of Chambers||BUTLER, Rupert (1988)|
|Members of Chambers||JUSS, Satvinder (1989)|
|Members of Chambers||SAMUEL, Richard (1996)|
|Members of Chambers||SAXBY, Dan (2000)|
|Members of Chambers||POOLE, Tom (2001)|
|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||WIJEYARATNE, Asela (2008)|
|Members of Chambers||PENNINGTON-BENTON, Rowan (2008)|
|Member of Chambers||CHANNER, Benjamin (2008)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Members of Chambers||CAMPBELL, Richard (2007)|
|Members of Chambers||HACKETT, Stephen (2011)|
|Members of Chambers||LOWIS, Julia (2013)|
|Members of Chambers||SHUFFREY, Chloe (2014)|
|Members of Chambers||JACKSON, Natasha (2015)|
|Member of Chambers||MOORE, Emily (2016)||email@example.com|
|Member of Chambers||NKRUMAH, Michael (2008)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Member of Chambers||GOLDBLATT, Daniel (2017)||email@example.com|
|Member of Chambers||JUDD, Philip (2017)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Door Tenant||BARAGWANATH, Sir David*|
|Door Tenant||HOLLAND, Hon Randy J.|
|Door Tenant||SMALL, Hugh (1963)*|
|Door Tenant||ASTAPHAN SC, Anthony*|
|Door Tenant||McMILLEN QC, David, (1985)*|
|Door Tenant||ROBERTS OBE QC, Howard (1978)*|
|Door Tenant||McLeod, Iain (1969)|
|Door Tenant||COOPER-ROUSSEAU, Bertha (1993)*|
|Door Tenant||HAPPOLD, Prof Matthew (1995)*|
|Door Tenant||BUDWORTH, Martin (1999)*|
|Door Tenant||TIVADAR, Daniel (2005)*|
|Door Tenant||PRUDHOE, Tim (1994)*|
|Llewellyn, Paul (1999)*|
|* Door tenants|
|Senior Clerk||DONOVAN, Jamesemail@example.com|
|Chambers Manager||MITCHELL, Guyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Navjot Atwal||Barrister practising in commercial and business law, appellate work (privy council), insolvency,…||View Profile|
|Rupert Butler||Barrister practising in a wide range of commercial litigation with a particular…||View Profile|
|Richard Campbell||Barrister.||View Profile|
|Aidan Casey||Barrister specialising in: commercial and business law, and in commercial fraud; asset-tracing…||View Profile|
|Simon Davenport||High-profile barrister specialising in civil fraud, insolvency and commercial actions, his cases…||View Profile|
|Katherine Deal||Barrister specialising in personal injury work with a particular focus on travel…||View Profile|
|Jeffrey Golden||Jeffrey is a specialist arbitrator, mediator and expert with broad experience of…||View Profile|
|James Guthrie||Barrister dealing with appellate work in the Judicial Committee of the Privy…||View Profile|
|James Hawkins||Barrister practising in commercial litigation, personal injury and employment.||View Profile|
|Sara Ibrahim||Barrister specialising in employment; commercial and business law; insolvency.||View Profile|
|Pierre Janusz||Barrister specialising in commercial and business law, property (including landlord and tenant),…||View Profile|
|Mr Satvinder Juss||Barrister specialising in constitutional law (including public and administrative law), civil liberties…||View Profile|
|Peter Knox||Peter Knox QC is an extremely experienced advocate in commercial law, with…||View Profile|
|Rowan Pennington-Benton||Rowan practices in two main areas – general commercial/civil law and public…||View Profile|
|Tom Poole||Barrister specialising in commercial, employment and public law. Notable recent cases include:…||View Profile|
|Helen Pugh||Barrister practising in commercial disputes, insolvency, company law and professional negligence. Her…||View Profile|
|Thomas Roe||Barrister practising in (1) commercial and chancery litigation and arbitration; (2) public…||View Profile|
|Richard Samuel||Barrister practising in general commercial litigation and arbitration. Practice areas include contract…||View Profile|
|Dan Saxby||Barrister practising in most common law areas including personal injury (with a…||View Profile|
|Howard Stevens||Howard has a broadly based common law practice, including both first instance…||View Profile|
|SC, Mark Strachan||Barrister largely based in Hong Kong, dealing with commercial and business law;…||View Profile|
|Robert Strang||Barrister specialising in commercial and property litigation; general common law; professional negligence;…||View Profile|
|Asela Wijeyaratne||Barrister specialising in travel and personal injury, professional negligence and indemnity and…||View Profile|
|Andrew Young||Barrister dealing with personal injury, travel claims, clinical negligence and other types…||View Profile|
LanguagesFrench German Italian Spanish Dutch Punjabi Hindi Urdu Swahili Arabic
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
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
COMPANY/FIRM: Hugh James
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).
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.
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.
Top Tier Set Rankings
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- London Bar Professional negligence
- London Bar Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud
- London Bar Employment