Set Profile > Chambers of Simon Davenport QC and Jeffrey Golden > London, England

Chambers of Simon Davenport QC and Jeffrey Golden
3 Hare Court

Aviation Tier 1

Katherine Deal QC - 3 Hare CourtShe is diligent, methodical, approachable and demonstrates great empathy towards the claimant’s needs.

Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) Tier 1

3 Hare Court is an 'exceptional set of chambers in relation to cross-border claims'. Its members are regularly engaged on complex and high-profile claims involving accidents or illness abroad; Howard Stevens QC is involved in Whitehead & Whitehead v Co-Op Group Travel, Thomas Cook Tour Operations and Others, which involved claims by a couple who suffered severe injuries following a minibus crash in Mexico. Katherine Deal QC is acting for the claimant in ES v Groupama, which involves the death of a successful energy trader in a road accident. Here, the assessment is taking place under principles of French law.

2019 Silks

Katherine Deal QC - 3 Hare CourtA fountain of knowledge concerning jurisdictional issues, cross-border claims and package travel claims.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Dan Saxby - 3 Hare CourtHe is a good advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Asela Wijeyaratne - 3 Hare CourtHe is thoughtful, insightful and thorough in his approach to litigation.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Young - 3 Hare CourtHe litigates without fear on behalf of his clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Campbell - 3 Hare CourtHe is outstanding on travel and personal injury claims.
Ranked: Tier 3
Helen Pugh - 3 Hare CourtShe is very bright and able.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Silks

Howard Stevens QC - 3 Hare CourtCalm, clever, pensive and incisive in equal measure.
Ranked: Tier 1

Offshore Tier 2

James Guthrie QC - 3 Hare CourtMasterful at dealing with sensitive matters and difficult clients.

Offshore Tier 3

Rowan Pennington-Benton - 3 Hare CourtHe has extensive knowledge of the legal systems of various overseas territories.

Offshore Tier 3

Robert Strang - 3 Hare CourtOnce you instruct him, you will instruct him again.

Administrative and public law (including local government) Tier 3

James Guthrie QC - 3 Hare CourtMasterful at dealing with sensitive matters and difficult clients.

Fraud: civil Tier 3

Simon Davenport QC - 3 Hare CourtA tenacious advocate with a key understanding of how business actually works.

Immigration (including business immigration) Tier 4

Tom Poole - 3 Hare CourtHe has unparalleled experience in respect of points-based system disputes and evidential flexibility.

Insolvency Tier 4

Clara Johnson - 3 Hare CourtShe is excellent on her feet and her document work is superb.

Administrative and public law (including local government) Tier 4

Rowan Pennington-Benton - 3 Hare CourtVery familiar with the workings of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.

Fraud: civil Tier 4

Tom Poole - 3 Hare CourtAbsorbs huge amounts of information whilst remaining calm at all times.

Administrative and public law (including local government) Tier 4

Robert Strang - 3 Hare CourtWhen you instruct him you will instruct him again.

Commercial litigation Tier 4

Peter Knox QC - 3 Hare CourtPossibly the best advocate I have ever had the pleasure to see on his feet.

Insolvency Tier 4

Simon Davenport QC - 3 Hare CourtEasy to work with; robust and good on his feet and commands the courtroom.

Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) Tier 4

James Guthrie QC - 3 Hare Court A supremely calm and magisterial leader, willing to take to on the most difficult and sensitive cases.

Fraud: civil Tier 4

Aidan Casey QC - 3 Hare CourtA go-to barrister on fraud cases and a good team player.

Professional negligence Tier 4

Simon Davenport QC - 3 Hare CourtHe is extremely knowledgeable.

Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud Tier 4

3 Hare Court is 'an excellent set' which covers the full gamut of personal injury matters from fast track cases to the most complex disputes. Serious head and spinal injuries, fatal claims, and catastrophic accidents are among the areas of expertise for members, who are renowned for their strong track record in travel-related litigation. Katherine Deal QC is a recent silk appointment, strengthening the set's PI team.

Personal injury - 2019 Silks

Katherine Deal QC - 3 Hare CourtQuick thinker and excellent advocate on her feet.
Ranked: Tier 1

Personal injury - Leading Juniors

Dan Saxby - 3 Hare CourtHis ability to get under the skin of the technical arguments is excellent.
Ranked: Tier 4
Andrew Young - 3 Hare CourtHe has good grasp of the detail of the case, pragmatic and commercial approach.
Ranked: Tier 4

Personal injury - Leading Silks

Howard Stevens QC - 3 Hare CourtHe has great eye for detail on particularly complex matters.
Ranked: Tier 3

Professional negligence Tier 5

Andrew Young - 3 Hare CourtHe is good at getting to the centre of an issue.

Insolvency Tier 5

Daniel Lewis - 3 Hare CourtHis pleadings are persuasive and thorough, and his advice is clear and concise.

Professional negligence Tier 5

Sebastian Neville-Clarke - 3 Hare CourtHe is very thorough and has a wealth of experience.

Construction Tier 5

William Godwin QC - 3 Hare CourtVery bright and experienced, providing detailed analysis of issues.

Professional negligence Tier 6

Sara Ibrahim - 3 Hare CourtGreat on the detail.

Professional negligence Tier 6

Helen Pugh - 3 Hare CourtShe is extremely able and highly regarded.

Commercial litigation Tier 6

Simon Davenport QC - 3 Hare CourtFearless and effective at cross-examination.

Set overviews: England and Wales

3 Hare Court offers an 'impressive line-up of top-quality counsel’ across a wide range of specialisms, including commercial litigation, fraud, and insolvency, amongst others, and ‘never fails to impress’, particularly in travel law where it is highly regarded. The set has ‘maintained a balance with affordability when it comes to fees and its ability to provide a high quality of service’. Katherine Deal QC took silk in 2019, former solicitor and personal injury and travel law specialist Michael Nkrumah joined chambers, while commercial litigation junior Alexander Halban left for Littleton Chambers. All the clerks are ‘realistic, proactive, and always willing to go the extra mile to ensure their clients are happy’. ‘You always feel like their first priority and they respond quickly and when then say they will.’ Their willingness to look at alternative funding arrangements is also well received by clients. Senior clerk James Donovan is ‘very on the ball’ and ‘manages the delightful team brilliantly’ to delivery ‘unrivalled, exceptional’ service. First junior Toby Eales ‘does everything he can to help instructing solicitors’ and is ‘knowledgeable about the strengths and weaknesses of his barristers’. Senior second junior Darren Whitbread ‘makes sourcing counsel easy. He is able to immediately grasp the context of a case and identify multiple counsel that would be appropriate dependent upon the seniority desired’. Offices in: London

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.


Department Name Email Telephone
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)
Members of Chambers 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 LEWIS, Daniel (2003)
Members of Chambers STRANG, Robert (2003)
Members of Chambers HAWKINS, James (2003)
Members of Chambers JOHNSON, Clara (2005)
Members of Chambers IBRAHIM, Sara (2006)
Members of Chambers PUGH, Helen (2008)
Members of Chambers WIJEYARATNE, Asela (2008)
Members of Chambers MASOOD, Hafsah (2006)
Members of Chambers PENNINGTON-BENTON, Rowan (2008)
Member of Chambers CHANNER, Benjamin (2008)
Members of Chambers CAMPBELL, Richard (2007)
Members of Chambers HACKETT, Stephen (2011)
Members of Chambers LOWIS, Julia (2013)
Members of Chambers EARLE, Rachael (2013)
Members of Chambers WYBRANIEC, Olivia (2013)
Members of Chambers SHUFFREY, Chloe (2014)
Members of Chambers JACKSON, Natasha (2015)
Member of Chambers HORTON, Thomas (2015)
Member of Chambers MOORE, Emily (2016)
Member of Chambers NKRUMAH, Michael (2008)
Member of Chambers GOLDBLATT, Daniel (2017)
Member of Chambers JUDD, Philip (2017)
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 tenants
** Arbitrator
Senior Clerk DONOVAN, James
Chambers Manager MITCHELL, Guy
Photo Name Position Profile
 Aidan Casey QC photo Aidan Casey QC
 Simon Davenport QC photo Simon Davenport QC
 William Godwin QC photo William Godwin QC
 James Guthrie QC photo James Guthrie QC
 James Hawkins  photo James Hawkins
Mr Satvinder Juss  photo Mr Satvinder Juss
 Peter Knox QC photo Peter Knox QC
 Rowan Pennington-Benton  photo Rowan Pennington-Benton
 Thomas Roe QC photo Thomas Roe QC
 Howard Stevens QC photo Howard Stevens QC
 Robert Strang  photo Robert Strang
 Asela Wijeyaratne  photo Asela Wijeyaratne