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Chambers of Richard Lynagh QC
Crown Office Chambers
2 CROWN OFFICE ROW, TEMPLE
LONDON
EC4Y 7HJ
England

London Bar > Health and safety Tier 1

The barristers at Crown Office Chambers are often sought for their experience in high-profile inquests and prosecutions, with particular expertise acting on behalf of directors, managers, and major corporations. In R v Arcadia and Others, James Ageros KC acted for the claimant, going up against Simon Antrobus KC in relation to the death of a young child at a Topshop store, a death leading to the discovery of multiple alleged safety issues at various stores throughout the country. John Cooper KC acted for a man charged with a manslaughter offence for the death of an employee at a scrap site. Dominic Kay KC and Harry Vann acted in the trial and subsequent appeal on behalf of one of the defendants, ultimately clearing them of gross negligence manslaughter charges in relation to the death of four workers following an explosion at Bosley Mill. Also active in this case were Mark Balysz, Mike Atkins, Sandesh Singh, and Malcolm Galloway, all key figures in the junior ranks and acting as opposing counsel in the matter.

Leading Silks

Simon Antrobus KCCrown Office Chambers 'He is just the best. He is at the top of his game. He is incredibly bright. The combination of his intellectual skills and his ability to explain legal issues to a jury in a straightforward manner is fairly rare.'
Ranked: Tier 1
James Ageros KCCrown Office ChambersJames is a leading silk in health and safety matters. He is highly knowledgeable, and particularly adept at analysing and distilling complex material into easily understandable points.'
Ranked: Tier 2
John Cooper KCCrown Office ChambersAn excellent advocate and lateral thinker. He is robust.
Ranked: Tier 2
Dominic Kay KCCrown Office ChambersA superb tactician and strategist who is excellent on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Maxwell-Scott KCCrown Office ChambersHe produces high quality written advice and is able to quickly review and disseminate large amounts of information.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Mark BalyszCrown Office ChambersMark is a brilliant advocate - sharp and succinct.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Mike AtkinsCrown Office Chambers ‘Mike is extremely organised and a trusted advisor. He understands clients' businesses and what their priorities are. His advocacy is calm, measured and clear.
Ranked: Tier 2
Sandesh SinghCrown Office ChambersSandesh can distill quite technical and difficult expert reports into easy manageable legal submissions.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Malcolm GallowayCrown Office ChambersA confident and commanding advocate. His ability to communicate effectively with clients from all walks of life is second to none.
Ranked: Tier 3
Harry VannCrown Office ChambersA tenacious strategist. He is clear and concise in his writing and his advocacy.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Jack MurphyCrown Office Chambers 'Jack is extremely diligent, thorough, well prepared, and has good commercial awareness.'  
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

The number one go to set for H&S matters.

A set that has depth throughout all years of call.’

The strongest H&S set.

Crown Office has built up a formidable team of silks, senior juniors and juniors which in my view is without comparison in this niche field.

Excellent – go to chambers for regulatory work. Incredible strength in depth and fantastic collegiate work ethic – all the silks are ready to chip in to help juniors through unexpected storms.

Clerking

Very responsive clerks, especially Toby Sparrow.

London Bar > Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud Tier 1

The ‘well-established’ set Crown Office Chambers has a strong reputation in personal injury work and is particularly renowned for its industrial disease specialism. Christopher Kennedy KC successfully represented the defendant at appeal in Campbell v Advantage Insurance Co Ltd, a case regarding the test to be applied when considering the contributory negligence of an intoxicated passenger, a point previously unclarified in the English law. Further, senior-junior Catherine Foster ‘s unled work on the Lambeth Redress Schemeassisting victims of childhood sexual assault, as well as her work in defence of a Jehovah’s Witnesses congregation allegedly vicariously liable for a rape committed by a group elder in BXB v Watch Tower and others, have been particularly notable.

Leading Silks

David Platt KCCrown Office Chambers ‘ A very bright, sharp, meticulous and well-prepared advocate with great interpersonal skills who always provides sound advice.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Michael Kent KCCrown Office Chambers ‘He is top of the range – to be used when you need the best; a silk with real strategic nous coupled with gravitas, who prepares meticulously for conferences or court.’      
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Lynagh KCCrown Office Chambers ‘The grand master of personal injury work with immense presence during negotiations.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Patrick Blakesley KCCrown Office Chambers ‘Patrick has the ability to see the broad picture in litigation and the experience to make swift tactical decisions.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Christopher Kennedy KCCrown Office Chambers ‘Christopher would be at the top of any list of defendant silks to go to on cases of utmost severity. He is technically superb and extremely easy to work with.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Alexander Antelme KCCrown Office Chambers 'Alex has impressive advocacy skills and is extremely talented. He is very clever and makes a complex issue sound very simple.'      
Ranked: Tier 4

2021 Silks

Andrew Davis KC – Crown Office Chambers ‘Andrew has superb attention-to-detail, is very forensic, enthusiastic and approachable and is completely comfortable with complex, multi-million pound cases.’

Personal injury - Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Shaun FerrisCrown Office Chambers ‘Shaun has meticulous preparation, alongside true attention-to-detail and a grasp of issues in the case. Excellent with clients.'
Ranked: Tier 1
A. John Williams  – Crown Office Chambers 'John has unparalleled knowledge of occupational disease claims but he is also a joy to work with, great with clients and a brilliant advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Catherine FosterCrown Office Chambers ‘Catherine is an outstanding advocate with a superior ability to analyse the key issues; the results from hearings that Catherine deals with often exceed expectations.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Alexander MacphersonCrown Office Chambers ‘Alexander is exceptionally good with complex and novel procedural issues.'      
Ranked: Tier 2
Matthew BoyleCrown Office Chambers ‘Matthew is pleasure to work with , always exceptionally prepared.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Peter Houghton  – Crown Office Chambers ‘Peter is exceptional in his handling of both liability and quantum experts, especially where they are complex causation issues.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Harry LambertCrown Office ChambersHarry continues to impress with his robust approach to all aspects of litigation, particularly quantum and negotiations.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Robert O’Leary Crown Office ChambersHas an encyclopaedic knowledge, an excellent command of detail and can be relied upon to accurately identify and assess the issues in a case.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jamie ClarkeCrown Office ChambersA top-class performer at the junior bar in personal injury work. Always calm and polite.'      
Ranked: Tier 3
John GreenbourneCrown Office Chambers ‘John has an unerring eye for detail, provides excellent analysis of evidence and quickly builds a good relationship with clients.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Gemma WitheringtonCrown Office Chambers ‘Gemma is a safe pair of hand with particular expertise in secondary victim claims.'      
Ranked: Tier 3
Suzanne ChalmersCrown Office Chambers ‘Suzanne is incredibly clever and gets to the heart of every issue in record time.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Jack MacaulayCrown Office ChambersJack is very personable and adaptable; a smooth exterior but remains very much in control.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Nadia Whittaker Crown Office ChambersNadia is an excellent advocate, great on her feet, her advice is always spot on.’      
Ranked: Tier 5
Rory Holmes Crown Office Chambers ‘Rory is unflappable and provides clear and concise advice at all times.’
Ranked: Tier 5

Testimonials

Set

‘The set offers a wide variety of counsel at varying levels making them attractive to use.’

‘A well-established set.’     

‘Crown Office Chambers are my go to set for all levels of personal injury work. They never let us down and are brilliant to work with.’      

‘An excellent set, particularly in relation to disease work, where they are specialists.’      

‘This is one of the strongest sets in the country in my field of injury and disease.’  

Clerking

‘Greg Frewin manages the set of counsel exceptionally well and is reliable, especially when sorting hearings last minute.’

Work highlights

    London Bar > Clinical negligence Tier 2

    With ‘a number of excellent quality counsel in the field’, the set at Crown Office Chambers has a strong reputation in clinical negligence. Its ‘brilliant barristers’ include Claire Toogood KC, who was appointed silk in the 2022 round and is renowned for her ‘forensic attention-to-detail’, a pre-eminent case of hers being her unled representation of the defendant in Zgonec-Rozej v Pereira, a case concerning the psychiatric care provided to a criminal silk who took his own life after walking out of a hospital where he was receiving psychiatric care. Gemma Witherington has this year acted as sole counsel for the claimants in the complex and sensitive High Court case of Uriely v Royal Free NHS Hospital Foundation Trust, in which the parents of a deceased 9-year-old boy are claiming damages as secondary victims, being that they suffered through witnessing his fatal asthma attack. The set is growing markedly at the junior end, having gained among others Katie Ayres, formerly of 1 Chancery Lane.

    Leading Silks

    Alexander Antelme KCCrown Office Chambers ‘Real attention-to-detail, excellent pleadings and written advice. A polished advocate with an ample charm which hides a tough negotiator.'
    Ranked: Tier 1

    2021 Silks

    Farrah Mauladad KC - Crown Office Chambers She gets to the crux of a matter with minimal fuss. Excellent on her feet, tenacious and articulate.

    2022 Silks

    Claire Toogood KC – Crown Office Chambers Claire is the complete package: forensic attention-to-detail, and robust and thorough pleadings. She is always well-prepared and respected by her peers and judges alike, and she is wonderful on her feet.’    
    Claire Toogood KC - Crown Office Chambers Claire is a strong and forceful negotiator and advocate.

    Leading Juniors

    Ranked: Tier 1
    Katie AyresCrown Office Chambers ‘Highly intelligent.’
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Erica Power - Crown Office Chambers Erica is absolutely superb. She has a meticulous eye and will pick up on tiny details which can sway a case.
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Nadia WhittakerCrown Office Chambers Nadia is the complete package. She operates at silk level and has been doing so for a few years. Her attention-to-detail is phenomenal – she does not miss a thing.’
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Victoria WoodbridgeCrown Office Chambers 'Victoria is a calm, reassuring, pragmatic barrister. Wonderful with experts and witnesses. Very technically adept and commercially aware.'    
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Harry LambertCrown Office Chambers 'Thorough, hardworking and good with clients. Strong on quantum and the law.'    
    Ranked: Tier 4
    David MyhillCrown Office Chambers David is very personable and meticulously well prepared. He has an exceptional technical ability and is equally comfortable with clinical liability issues or high value quantum issues. Practical, pragmatic and impressive on his feet.'
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Helen Pagett  – Crown Office Chambers  ‘Helen has progressed from a junior to a senior hastily and now advises on complex, high-value claims.’    
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Juliet Stevens Crown Office Chambers ‘Juliet is excellent at navigating complex medical and legal issues. She is insightful and thorough and provides clear, no-nonsense advice to her clients.’
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Gemma Witherington – Crown Office Chambers ‘Gemma is a safe pair of hands and very easy to work with. She has particular expertise in secondary victim claims.’    
    Ranked: Tier 4

    Testimonials

    Set

    ‘A number of excellent quality counsel in the field of clinical negligence, who are willing to go the extra mile. If instructed Counsel is not available for some reason, there is always another Counsel that can be trusted to step in for a hearing if need be. Really good communication and co-operation across the set and genuinely pleasant individuals.’

    ‘It is a very strong set in clinical negligence and more often than not has alternative counsel available where necessary.’    

    ‘This is a top set for clinical negligence work. They have strength from the top silks right down to the most recent tenants. All their counsel specialising in this area are worthy of instruction. They seem to attract really bright barristers, who have all the right skills on paper and as advocates, as well as being user-friendly and down to earth.’

    ‘In the clinical negligence sector, the set is well-regarded.’   

    ‘A very good clinical negligence set with great depth of counsel.’ 

    Clerking

    ‘The best customer service and clerks’ room that there is. Greg Frewin is a real asset to the team with an excellent knowledge of the strengths and availability of the individual barristers.’    

    London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance Tier 2

    Crown Office Chambers is ‘a go-to set for insurance coverage issues‘. Its workload covers a vast range of contentious claims and coverage issues in the London market; and the set is particularly well known for its expertise in construction and energy, property damage, professional liability, product and employers/public liability insurance. Members are additionally instructed in diverse matters such as kidnap and ransom and force majeure issues, while being increasingly active in D&O, warranties, indemnities and cyber disputes. Andrew Rigney KC has particular expertise in coverage and Design Exclusion and London Engineering Group market clauses; and his recent experience includes leading senior junior Caroline McColgan in the representation of Zurich in the FCA’s Supreme Court test case, which was brought on behalf of small businesses seeking cover for COVID-19 lockdown-related business interruption losses, and is widely perceived to be the most significant insurance case of recent times.

    Leading Silks

    Andrew Rigney KCCrown Office ChambersHis work is meticulous, considered and precise, and solicitors and lay clients really value what he has to say.  He avoids the stuffiness of the Old School Bar and is wiling to roll up his sleeves and get stuck in.
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Ben Quiney KCCrown Office Chambers 'Truly excellent advocate. Technically excellent, superb attention to detail, and Ben is able to cut through irrelevance and get to the heart of the issue. A go-to KC.'
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Daniel Shapiro KCCrown Office Chambers  ‘A seasoned and tenacious advocate, Danny is eloquent, persuasive and resilient. He makes his points in a straight forward and compelling manner, thinks well on his feet and is able to read the room and change tack appropriately.  His strategic guidance is always thoughtful and considered, while his written advice manages to be not only both succinct and thorough, but also, commendably accessible to the reader; and clients appreciate his clear and confident advice.
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Michael Curtis KCCrown Office ChambersMichael is very calm, organised, and with great attention to detail and an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law.’
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Isabel Hitching KCCrown Office ChambersIsabel is extremely professional, thorough and respected by all in the legal fraternity. She achieves excellent outcomes.
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Michael Kent KCCrown Office ChambersMichael is exceptionally bright and he works extremely well as part of a team. His advocacy is low key and diffident, but he can be surprisingly forceful when necessary. He’s the best appellate Counsel solicitors have ever seen.
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Ranked: Tier 5

    Leading Juniors

    Caroline McColganCrown Office ChambersExtremely bright, immensely hardworking, a terrific lawyer, and great with clients.
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Ranked: Tier 2
    James SharpeCrown Office ChambersJames is a good lawyer and very approachable, particularly with clients, and very good at marshalling the litigation.
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Athena MarkidesCrown Office ChambersAthena is exceptional in respect of both legal knowledge and strategy. Athena's written advocacy is always clear, concise and highly persuasive.
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Steven ColesCrown Office ChambersA go-to senior junior for policy indemnity work – can be relied upon to cut through complexity to the heart of a matter and has excellent tactical nous.
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Julian FieldCrown Office ChambersMassively experienced, really great on his feet, and a great team player.
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Michele De GregorioCrown Office ChambersVery methodical, calm and intelligent. He is very commercial minded, which is a trait not common in most barristers.
    Ranked: Tier 3
    John GreenbourneCrown Office ChambersVery through, approachable, knowledgeable and reassuring.
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Anna LaneyCrown Office ChambersAbility to get to the nub of the issue and devise a strategy to put the client in the best position possible. Without doubt, her ability to engage with the clients and give them clear advice that they understand is a real strength.
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Ranked: Tier 4

    Testimonials

    Set

    Crown Office Chambers is always my first choice. Very accomplished barristers who are a pleasure to deal with.

    One of our go-to sets for insurance. Offers a high calibre of silks with some good juniors coming through too.

    A go-to set for insurance coverage issues.

    Excellent strength and depth.

    My go-to set. Many members are great and I work with them regularly.’

    Clerking

    Very efficient, polite and pleasant.

    London Bar > Product liability Tier 2

    The highly experienced practitioners at Crown Office Chambers possess an expertise in representing defendants in high profile pharmaceutical and medical device cases, as well as disputes arising from fire, floods and explosions. Alexander Antelme KC, Richard Sage and David Myhill have been instructed on a cross-border case involving metal-on-metal hip replacements. Harry Lambert is involved in the Seroxat litigation and James Medd handles a number of claims emerging from fires and faulty mechanical products.

    Rising stars

    Juliet StevensCrown Office Chambers 'Attention to detail, excellent understanding of technical legal issues and all round great advocate.'
    Ranked: Tier 1

    Leading Silks

    Alexander Antelme KCCrown Office Chambers 'Super responsive, utterly charming to work with, a sentiment shared by the clients '
    Ranked: Tier 1

    Leading Juniors

    David MyhillCrown Office Chambers 'Very organised and analytical; good on the law and working with experts. Well-prepared for conferences and provides a roadmap in advance to drive the discussion.'
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Harry LambertCrown Office Chambers ‘He knows the area like the back of his hand. He understands funding and he understands both sides.'
    Ranked: Tier 2
    James MeddCrown Office Chambers 'He is excellent. Very thorough, hands on, detailed, responsive, very strategic and first rate in his handling of clients.'
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Erica PowerCrown Office Chambers ‘Erica has huge experience in the field of product liability. She is a formidable opponent.  She has a steely determination and resolve. She is an excellent and clear advocate.’
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Richard SageCrown Office Chambers ‘Richard is great on detail, and on working with technical experts to ensure sometimes extremely complex technical issues are presented in the most effective and comprehensible way. He is very easy to get on with, user-friendly, and good with clients and experts.'
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Shaun FerrisCrown Office Chambers 'Shaun is a skilled advocate, whose pragmatic and empathetic approach ensures favourable results.'
    Ranked: Tier 3

    Testimonials

    Set

    ‘Very professional. Very well managed’

    ‘A strong set  able to pull together a team of barristers that works well together ‘

    Clerking

    ‘Very helpful service, proactive and accurate’

    ‘The clerks are always prompt, attentive and helpful.  Matthew Solari is particularly good.’

    London Bar > Professional negligence Tier 2

    Crown Office Chambers are respected for their presence across brokers, lawyers, accountants and construction professionals, the latter crossing over with its expertise on project disputes in that space. The chambers finds itself often in some of the leading cases for professional negligence, and its barristers cover complex and high-profile cases regularly. Andrew Rigney KC has an extensive practice both domestically and internationally  in construction-based professional negligence cases. Daniel Shapiro KC has a practice in professional negligence involving financial and legal professionals, typically acting for defendants. Isabel Hitching KC is a specialist whose practice covers a spectrum of construction professional negligence work.

    Leading Silks

    Ben Quiney KCCrown Office ChambersTechnically excellent, highly responsive and a superb knowledge of insurance law. Commercially astute and a great strategist. Extremely clear and well prepared advocate.'
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Andrew Rigney KCCrown Office ChambersAndrew has a brilliant mind with a great eye for detail. He is a delight to work with. He is open minded and willing to consider alternatives and works well with experts getting into the weeds of the technical detail which is critical for professional negligence disputes. Clients appreciate his thoughtful approach and user friendly delivery of advice.' 
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Daniel Shapiro KCCrown Office ChambersFantastic attention to detail, real persistence in getting to the heart of a matter, tenacious and meticulous advocate. Extremely user friendly and popular with clients. Extremely responsive and genuinely cares about the outcome of a matter. Danny is an extension of our team.' 
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Ranked: Tier 4

    Leading Juniors

    Ivor CollettCrown Office ChambersVery user friendly, very clear advice, provided succinctly and quickly.'
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Jason Evans-ToveyCrown Office ChambersJason combines a strong intellect with an affable personality, which makes him a pleasure to work with. His willingness to listen to, and entertain, alternative points of view is also a strength.'  
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Suzanne ChalmersCrown Office Chambers 'Suzanne is very user friendly, thorough and knowledgeable. She often spots and suggests lines of enquiry that have not occurred to others. She is particularly effective in leading and directing discussions between advocates outside the courtroom.'  
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Caroline McColgan - Crown Office ChambersCaroline is a superb lawyer. Very bright, hard working and dedicated. She has great judgement.
    Ranked: Tier 3
    James SharpeCrown Office ChambersJames is great on his feet, calm and clear. He is also really excellent in conference. I always feel that I can chat anything and everything through with James, even on very difficult cases, or cases where there is no clear way through. Very collaborative and very commercial.' 
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Nicola AtkinsCrown Office ChambersIncredibly intelligent, really user friendly and all round pleasure to work with. Adept and picking up a complex matter on short notice, getting to grips with the issue and running with it.'
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Elizabeth BoonCrown Office ChambersElizabeth Boon has done excellent work and is very relatable.'
    Ranked: Tier 4
    John GreenbourneCrown Office ChambersJohn Greenbourne has a wealth of experience, is very knowledgeable and also approachable.  John is very thorough and has a very "hands on" approach, meaning he is good to work with.  In court, John has an authoritative yet temperate advocacy manner.'
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Richard SageCrown Office ChambersTactically astute; very user friendly. No obvious weaknesses.'
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Carlo TaczalskiCrown Office ChambersCarlo is an excellent barrister who always goes the extra mile. He has worked on a number of major cases. I have worked with him on a number of cases; I have always found him enjoyable and productive to work with.'
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Ranked: Tier 5
    Ranked: Tier 5
    Michael Harper - Crown Office ChambersMichael is enormously talented and enthusiastic in equal measure. He consumes the facts voraciously and applies the law surgically.
    Ranked: Tier 6
    Anna LaneyCrown Office ChambersShe provides sound and commercial advice that clients can easily follow.  Her manor with clients is second to none and is a real strength of hers.  Would trust her implicitly.'
    Ranked: Tier 6
    Charles PimlottCrown Office ChambersCharles is really excellent. He always rolls his sleeves up and is a great team player. I've used him on an adjudication with tight deadlines and he was fantastic to work with in that context. His drafting is very strong; great attention to detail and structuring of submissions. He is very reliable and accessible, and offers really sensible and pragmatic advice.'
    Ranked: Tier 6

    Testimonials

    Set

    ‘Responsive, intelligent, thoughtful.’

    ‘Crown Office Chambers is a major set with strength and depth in its barristers.’

    ‘Top rated for insurance and construction work.’

    ‘Delightful and friendly chambers.’ 

    ‘Very good indeed – helpful training programme and articles – one of the best sets for this.’ 

    Clerking

    ‘Excellent – Steve Purse is particularly helpful.’  

    London Bar > Inquests and inquiries Tier 3

    Regularly instructed in high-profile and complex inquests, Crown Office Chambers has particular expertise in jury inquests that arise from deaths in state custody and other Article 2 and quasi-Article 2 cases. James Maxwell-Scott KC is currently lead counsel for the Royal Borough in Kensington & Chelsea in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry; while Simon Antrobus KC is representing ITV in the inquest into the death of Steve Dymond, who took his own life a week after filming an episode of The Jeremy Kyle Show in which he was accused of infidelity based on a polygraph test. Within the junior pool, Jack Murphy represented the former Manchester Metrolink tram system operators in a high-profile inquest into the death of Jack Barnes, who was restrained in the street by four Metrolink contractors.

    Leading Silks

    Simon Antrobus KCCrown Office ChambersReally gets stuck into a case. He has an excellent jury manner and is a great tactician – knows just when to push a point and when not to.
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Dominic Kay KCCrown Office ChambersDominic is truly exceptional – he has unrivalled knowledge and advocacy skills yet remains very grounded, being a true all-rounder in terms of the cases that he can be paired with. Dominic gets to grips with complex cases quickly, providing valuable strategic input at every stage.
    Ranked: Tier 3
    James Maxwell-Scott KCCrown Office ChambersA very impressive practitioner – skilful, calm, effective, and with great judgement.
    Ranked: Tier 3

    Leading Juniors

    Mike AtkinsCrown Office ChambersMike is consistently meticulous in his preparation, which impresses clients and tribunals alike. He is very personable, a calming influence and a very capable advocate with an understated elegance.
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Malcolm GallowayCrown Office ChambersMalcolm has a standout ability to be both approachable to the client, yet with an air of gravitas that instantly puts the client at ease.  A go-to counsel for complex and high-profile cases due to his ability to digest complex evidence and put it simply to a client; and he does not sit on the fence when it comes to advising a client.
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Jack MurphyCrown Office ChambersVery prepared, diligent, thorough and commercially aware.
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Sandesh Singh – Crown Office ChambersHis attention to detail and preparation are first class; and he has great client care, but can be firm when necessary. His low key advocacy style is perfectly suited to inquests, although he will always ensure that the client’s position is protected and stand his ground.
    Ranked: Tier 5
    Katie Sage – Crown Office ChambersA real star in the making. Ferociously bright and hardworking, and with incredible powers of recall combined with an intuition for wider case strategy. Clients love her for taking the time to understand the finer detail of a case, and quickly making herself indispensable to the team. There is no doubt she will be a highly sought after barrister in the years to come.
    Ranked: Tier 5
    Ranked: Tier 5

    Testimonials

    Set

    Excellent strength in depth, there aren’t any weak links. The barristers work very well together, even at silk level; and the juniors operate at a level way beyond their call years.

    Simply the best!

    The collegiate and supportive approach across the team shines through to instructing solicitors and clients  – a set I really enjoy working with.

    Crown Office Chambers has a number of specialist counsel, who are leaders in their field.

    Crown Office has a number of exceptional counsel within its ranks, who we routinely instruct on a range of complex cases.

    Clerking

    Fantastic clerking that I have total confidence in.  If there needs to be a last minute change of counsel (which is rare) I never have any concerns as to who it goes to, such is the strength of the wider team.

    London Bar > Construction Tier 4

    Crown Office Chambers offers a strong set of construction barristers, and handles a number of major construction and engineering disputes as well as associated professional negligence and insurance claims. Crispin Winser KC is involved in Morrisons v Lorien and JE Hall, acting on behalf of John Sisk & Sons, a major UK contractor, in the dispute which concerns defects in Morrisons’ abattoir, which allegedly led to a loss of  profits and a license to export to Korea. Andrew Rigney KC and Dermot Woolgar appeared for the successful respondent in Mears v Costplan Services et al., which had significant impact on the construction law industry as the Court of Appeal reconsidered the meaning of practical completion for the first time in half a century.

    Rising stars

    Joshua Brown Crown Office ChambersJoshua is a very forensic lawyer – he will fully analyse the contract and surrounding law to provide a well-reasoned argument.’
    Ranked: Tier 1

    Leading Silks

    Andrew Rigney KCCrown Office Chambers ‘Andrew is extremely bright and exceptionally hardworking. He has a rare quality of being very charming so as to command respect at all times, yet at the same time conducting cross-examination robustly and aggressively as required by the case and circumstances.’
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Michael Curtis KCCrown Office Chambers 'Michael is very calm and organised, with great attention to detail, and an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law.'
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Ranked: Tier 5

    2021 Silks

    Crispin Winser KC – Crown Office Chambers ‘Crispin is excellent.’

    Leading Juniors

    Anna Laney Crown Office Chambers 'Extremely capable and knowledgeable, a very compelling advocate both on paper and in person.'
    Ranked: Tier 2
    James Medd Crown Office Chambers ‘James is excellent. Very thorough, hands-on, detailed, strategic and first-rate in his handling of clients.’
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Michele De Gregorio Crown Office Chambers 'Michele's particular strength is his ability to distil complex facts and issues and present these in an engaging and practical way, and he is able to present arguments calmly and convincingly too.'
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Carlo Taczalski Crown Office Chambers 'Carlo is very user-friendly, works extremely hard, and produces outstanding pleadings. He is extremely bright and gives straightforward, pragmatic advice.'
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Dermot Woolgar Crown Office Chambers 'Dermot is a clear, methodical thinker who understands what arguments will win favour with the court.'
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Robert Stokell Crown Office Chambers ‘Rob a go-to barrister on construction and product liability disputes. He is fiercely intelligent and highly organised.’
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Caroline McColgan Crown Office Chambers 'Caroline is a brilliant and persuasive advocate. Great on technical points, very accessible, and a delight to work with.'
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Charles Pimlott Crown Office Chambers 'Charles offers pragmatic and commercially focused advice. He provides direct advice, but always does it in a way that is empathetic to the client.'
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Richard Sage Crown Office Chambers 'Richard has provided comprehensive advice at all stages and has been particularly strong in conference, in complex and changing areas of law, coupled with strong drafting skills and advocacy.'
    Ranked: Tier 4

    Testimonials

    Set

    ‘Good spread of capable people, particularly for claims with an insurance angle.’

    ‘Crown Office Chambers has excellent strength in depth on the construction front, and they work hard to ensure their barristers are not only available to take instructions but also to provide suitable alternatives.’

    ‘Crown Office has a great scope of counsel and a good mix of product liability counsel who are knowledgeable in their areas.’

    ‘They have a great breadth and depth of specialist construction barristers at all levels, and they can advise on smaller matters as well as the large complex disputes.’

    ‘Crown Office are a large set with a large construction following. They are a go-to Chambers for this type of work.’

    Clerking

    ‘Rob Cowup is very commercially minded and runs his team very well.’

    Work highlights

      London Bar > International arbitration: counsel Tier 4

      Crown Office Chambers offers ‘wonderful support for its clients‘ on international arbitration claims, particularly those in the construction and infrastructure arena. The set’s members have extremely good credentials for major international disputes in the Middle East and Asia. Names of note include Roger Ter Haar KC and Andrew Rigney KC  at the senior end who regularly act on multi-billion dollar claims in the oil and gas and power sectors. Crispin Winser KC, who took silk in 2021, recently led Anna Laney  in a high value transport infrastructure claim in the Gulf region.

      Leading Silks

      Roger ter Haar KCCrown Office Chambers ‘Excellent advocate and superb presentation in a very subtle way including his cross examination skills.’
      Ranked: Tier 1
      Andrew Rigney KCCrown Office ChambersAndrew is extremely bright, exceptionally hardworking, incredibly charming and an absolute pleasure to work with. He has a rare quality of being very charming in his dealings with the tribunal so as to command respect at all times, yet at the same time conducting cross-examination robustly and aggressively as required by the case and circumstances.’
      Ranked: Tier 2

      2021 Silks

      Crispin Winser KCCrown Office Chambers ‘Crispin is an extremely bright barrister who solicitors would highly recommend in international arbitration. He is able to process and distill large volumes of information which he is able to assess quickly to get to the nub of the matter. He retains information at his fingertips and when asked for his views he is very quick to provide sound, reasoned and practical advice.’

      Leading Juniors

      Anna LaneyCrown Office Chambers ‘Extremely capable and knowledgeable, a very compelling advocate both on paper and in person. Technically superb but with a parallel talent for seeing the bigger picture and an instinct for where there is a commercial deal to be done.'
      Ranked: Tier 3

      Testimonials

      Set  

      ‘Wonderful support for the client.’

      Clerking

      ‘The clerks at Crown Office Chambers (and particularly Andy Flanagan) are very easy to deal with – they are quick to respond and will do their very best to assist when they can.’ 

      ‘Rob Cowup was helpful and available and flexible when required.’

      ‘The clerks move fast and efficiently.’

      London Bar > International arbitration: arbitrators

      London Bar > Consumer

      Rising stars

      Katie SageCrown Office Chambers 'A real star in the making. Ferociously bright and hard working with incredible powers of recall combined with an intuition for wider case strategy.'
      Ranked: Tier 1

      Northern Circuit > Business and regulatory crime (including health and safety)

      Rising stars

      Lucy WrightCrown Office Chambers  ‘Lucy immerses herself in the case, mastering every document and drilling down into every detail. She has a phenomenal work ethic and has built up a reputation as being a sought-after junior for the bigger cases. She is always on the lookout for the killer point which may unlock a case, she is able to balance a diamond-sharp legal mind with sympathetic handling of an anxious client. One to watch as she will make it to the top in this area.’
      Ranked: Tier 1

      London Bar > Group litigation

      Leading Silks

      Alexander Antelme KCCrown Office Chambers ‘An extremely skillful, powerful and impressive advocate. Goes above and beyond to get to grips with complexities of a case.’
      Ranked: Tier 1

      Leading Juniors

      Harry LambertCrown Office Chambers 'Harry has fabulous experience in this area, having been involved in a number of different group actions, including to trial.'
      Ranked: Tier 2

      London Bar > Energy

      Leading Silks

      Andrew Rigney KCCrown Office Chambers ‘Happy to roll his sleeves up, he is extremely bright and grasps the technical detail of energy disputes incredibly quickly, and his advocacy is impressive.’
      Ranked: Tier 2

      2021 Silks

      Crispin Winser KCCrown Office Chambers ‘He is extremely intelligent, quick and efficient, and his advocacy style is calm, measured but forceful when necessary.’

      London Bar > Environment

      Leading Silks

      Dominic Kay KCCrown Office Chambers ‘An excellent advocate whose presence and calm approach enables him to take control of any hearing.’
      Ranked: Tier 3
      John Cooper KCCrown Office Chambers ‘An excellent advocate, robust and well -reasoned, and an excellent lateral thinker.’
      Ranked: Tier 4

      Leading Juniors

      Malcolm GallowayCrown Office Chambers ‘He has excellent procedural and tactical knowledge to compliment top-grade advocacy skills, plus an excellent manner with clients.’
      Ranked: Tier 2

      London Bar > Professional disciplinary and regulatory law

      Leading Juniors

      Sandesh SinghCrown Office ChambersSandesh is extremely bright, very thorough and has great attention to detail. He gets right to the heart of a case. His advocacy is clear and very impressive.'
      Ranked: Tier 2

      London Bar > Commercial litigation

      Leading Juniors

      Carlo TaczalskiCrown Office Chambers ‘An excellent advocate, with a real presence in court.Particularly strong legal research and meticulously detailed written submissions.'
      Ranked: Tier 5

      Middle East: The English Bar > Construction Tier 2

      The members of Crown Office Chambers are construction and engineering dispute and arbitration specialists; some of the high profile cases that the set’s members have been involved in involve disputes in relation to the construction of oil and gas facilities, railways, roads and ports. Roger Ter Haar QC has an established presence in the international construction arbitration space. Andrew Rigney QC also has a broad international arbitration practice that covers the wider Middle East region. Crispin Winser KC was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2021.

      Leading silks

      Andrew Rigney QCCrown Office ChambersGreat to work with and meticulous in his analysis. Andrew becomes a real team member and there are no airs and graces.'  
      Ranked: Tier 1

      2021 Silks

      Crispin Winser QCCrown Office ChambersCrispin is very incisive and to the point and always extremely available. His clients feel very much in safe hands.’

      Testimonials

      Set

      Crown Office Chambers have an exciting and growing team of construction barristers who are frequently instructed on the some of the most high profile cases in the market.’

      As a chambers they also offer a range of barristers at various levels.’

      Clerking

      Crown Office, under the attentive supervision of Andy Flanagan, are responsive and commercial, making dealings a doddle compared to many of the other top-end sets.’

      Clerks are user-friendly and seek to assist. They respond promptly to enquiries and are realistic and fair in applying charging rates.’

      Service has been impeccable with constant follow up from the clerks.’

      Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Business and regulatory crime (including health and safety)

      Rising stars

      Lucy WrightCrown Office Chambers  ‘Lucy immerses herself in the case, mastering every document and drilling down into every detail. She has a phenomenal work ethic and has built up a reputation as being a sought-after junior for the bigger cases. She is always on the lookout for the killer point which may unlock a case, she is able to balance a diamond-sharp legal mind with sympathetic handling of an anxious client. One to watch as she will make it to the top in this area.’
      Ranked: Tier 1

      Crown Office Chambers is a leading civil and commercial set widely recognised as a market leader with a reputation for combining high-quality advice and advocacy with a modern, flexible and commercially-minded approach.

      The set: Specialist, experienced and innovative clerking teams assist highly-rated silks and juniors provide an efficient, high-quality service for both professional and lay clients. Due to chambers’ specialist experience in a range of practice areas, it is seen as the go-to set for complex and multifaceted cases where these areas overlap.

      Types of work undertaken
      Commercial: A thriving practice in a range of commercial cases including: products (the sale or supply of goods and commodities), services (the scope and standards of service provided), insurance and reinsurance, directors and fiduciary duties (including breach of confidence and misuse of trade secrets), partnerships, franchises, licensing and distribution agreements (including restraints of trade), share and asset sale agreements (including indemnity and warranty claims) and financing and securities (including indemnities and guarantees). Members advise on an array of legal issues regarding jurisdiction and conflicts of law, tort claims including civil fraud, misrepresentation and economic torts, contractual claims including termination, interpretation and performance and damages and equitable remedies.

      Construction and engineering: Members are consistently ranked as leaders in the field for construction and engineering including related professional negligence disputes. Members regularly appear in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, High Court and County Courts across the country, as well as representing clients in arbitration, adjudication and other forms of ADR, both domestically and internationally. Chambers acts for employers, contractors, construction and design professionals, developers, local and central government, concessionaires, funders, suppliers and insurers in all forms of dispute resolution. Our specialist barristers have extensive experience in disputes involving delay (including extensions of time and liquidated damages), disruption, prolongation, loss and expense, defects, variations, design issues, ground conditions, letters of intent, bonds, warranties, guarantees and termination. Due to chambers’ experience in complimentary areas such as insurance, product liability and property damage, we are seen as the go to set for multifaceted cases where these issues overlap.

      Criminal regulatory and environmental law: Members of chambers are recognised specialists in the fields of criminal regulatory and environmental law. The team has unparalleled experience in health and safety cases including corporate and individual manslaughter, prosecution of companies and directors under HSWA, appeals against improvement and prohibition notices, consumer and food safety prosecutions, inquests and public inquires. Members are also regularly instructed to defend prosecutions brought by the Environment Agency involving major pollution incidents such as the release of hazardous substances, permit breaches and licence infringements. Notable cases include: Grenfell Tower inquiry, Bosley Mill explosion, Didcot Power Station collapse, Pembroke Refinery explosion, Alton Towers and the UK Listeria Outbreak Investigation.

      Healthcare-related litigation: Chambers has broad expertise in healthcare-related litigation including clinical negligence claims for claimants, NHSR, private providers, insurers and medical defence organisations. Many of these claims are of the upmost severity. Crown Office Chambers also represents practitioners at professional disciplinary hearings both before their relevant professional body, at first instance and then through the appropriate court forum for any resultant challenges of those decisions.

      Insurance and reinsurance: Insurance remains the cornerstone of chambers’ work. Chambers has strong links with the insurance market and as a result, members are regularly instructed by the major insurers, underwriting syndicates and brokers. Our experience covers the entire range of insurance and reinsurance disputes including: fraud, product liability, professional liability, property damage, construction, EL/PL, D&O, healthcare and medical malpractice and D&O. Members also have experience in diverse issues such as terrorism, kidnap and ransom, fine art and force majeure, as well as being well placed to deal with disputes in emerging markets such as cyber, autonomous vehicles and issues arising from the Internet of Things. Chambers have various members involved in the landmark FCA trial as well as its satellite litigation.

      International arbitration: Chambers has a dedicated and sought after team of high-calibre silks and juniors who undertake a range of complex, high-value international arbitration work under ICC, ICSID, SCC, LCIA, DIAC, LMAA, ARIAS, DIA and UNCITRAL rules, together with ad hoc arbitrations. Recent projects and disputes have included: power stations, process engineering, chemical plants, pipelines, road construction, railways, wind farms, oil and gas installations, commercial, insurance and reinsurance contracts, shipbuilding and telecommunications. In addition to appearing on behalf of clients, members of chambers regularly accept appointments as arbitrators in a variety of international disputes.

      Personal injury: Chambers is a leading personal injury and industrial disease set. Members are regularly involved in the most serious of cases including brain and spinal injuries, fatal injuries, complex psychiatric and chronic pain, international and travel law and the full gamut of industrial disease claims. As a result of its strength in this area, chambers is often at the forefront of emerging areas of contention, such as aerotoxic syndrome claims, acoustic shock, toxic mould, and immunotherapy points arising from cancer-related disease cases. Recent notable cases include: Aviva Insurance Limited & Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (CoA), BXB v Watch Tower and Bible Tract Society of Pennsylvania (CoA), Bannister v Freemans Plc (QBD) and The Grenfell Tower Fire (Civil Action, QBD).

      Product liability: Chambers has acted in virtually every significant piece of litigation in the field since the early days of the Consumer Protection Act. This pedigree is shown by involvement in further key litigation. For example, the landmark case of Wilkes v DePuy International Limited and the successful defence in the DePuy Pinnacle Group Litigation (the most significant product liability trial of recent years) by a team of five counsel from chambers. Members are also involved in current group actions including Seroxat, vaginal mesh and the various vehicle emissions claims.

      Professional liability: Members continue to be instructed in some of the leading professional negligence cases. Chambers undertakes a wide range of professional negligence work including, but not limited to, engineers, architects, surveyors, lawyers, accountants, insurance brokers, financial services advisors as well as a whole host of emerging professions. Members’ expertise across a range of complimentary practice areas allows us to offer someone with direct experience of the industry sector from which the alleged negligence originates. Chambers’ reputation has continued to grow as has our instruction in high profile cases, including The Ingenious Film Finance Litigation, one of many cases that displays chambers’ expertise.

      Property damage: Chambers has particular expertise in property damage claims and is seen as the leader in this competitive field. Members act for claimants and defendants in cases involving damage to property and consequential losses both in relation to primary questions of liability and issues of insurance coverage. Cases involve fires, floods, explosions, storms (including hurricanes), subsidence (including tree roots), contamination and landslips etc. Members’ additional expertise in construction, insurance, product liability and professional negligence means that they are ideally suited to handling these complex and often multifaceted claims. Chambers is also a leader in the field of business interruption, which has become a contentious topic following COVID-19.

      DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
      Senior Managing Clerk Andy Flanagan
      Senior Team Clerks Steve Purse
      Senior Team Clerks Rob Cowup
      Senior Team Clerks James Wilkinson
      Senior Team Clerks Toby Sparrow
      Arbitrator, Mediator Adjudicator’s Clerk Nick Hamilton
      Joint Head of Chambers RIGNEY KC, Andrew (1992)
      Joint Head of Chambers ANTELME KC, Alexander (1993)
      Members of Chambers TER HAAR KC, Roger (1974)
      Members of Chambers BARTLETT KC, Andrew (1974)
      Members of Chambers LYNAGH KC, Richard (1975)
      Members of Chambers KENT KC, Michael (1975)
      Members of Chambers BICKFORD-SMITH KC, Margaret (1973)
      Members of Chambers CURTIS KC, Michael (1982)
      Members of Chambers KENNEDY KC, Christopher (1989)
      Members of Chambers PLATT KC, David (1987)
      Members of Chambers COOPER KC, John (1985)
      Members of Chambers QUINEY KC, Ben (1998)
      Members of Chambers AGEROS KC, James (1990)
      Members of Chambers FRANKLIN KC, Kim (1984)
      Members of Chambers SMITH KC, Andrew (1988)
      Members of Chambers MAXWELL-SCOTT KC, James (1995)
      Members of Chambers KAY KC, Dominic (1997)
      Members of Chambers ANTROBUS KC, Simon (1995)
      Members of Chambers BLAKESLEY KC, Patrick (1993)
      Members of Chambers HITCHING KC, Isabel (1992)
      Members of Chambers SHAPIRO KC, Daniel (1999)
      Members of Chambers DAVIS KC, Andrew (1996)
      Members of Chambers MAULADAD KC, Farrah (1999)
      Members of Chambers WINSER KC, Crispin (2003)
      Members of Chambers BERKIN, Martyn (1966)
      Members of Chambers STEVENSON, John (1975)
      Members of Chambers GREENBOURNE, John (1978)
      Members of Chambers FIELD, Julian (1980)
      Members of Chambers JONES, Charlotte (1982)
      Members of Chambers WILLIAMS, A John (1983)
      Members of Chambers COLES, Steven (1983)
      Members of Chambers MEDD, James (1985)
      Members of Chambers FERRIS, Shaun (1985)
      Members of Chambers FOSTER, Catherine (1986)
      Members of Chambers MORTON, Peter (1988)
      Members of Chambers WOOLGAR, Dermot (1988)
      Members of Chambers POWER, Erica (1990)
      Members of Chambers EVANS-TOVEY, Jason (1990)
      Members of Chambers O'LEARY, Robert (1990)
      Members of Chambers GALLOWAY, Malcolm (1992)
      Members of Chambers TYRRELL, Richard (1993)
      Members of Chambers TOOGOOD, Claire (1995)
      Members of Chambers STOKELL, Robert (1995)
      Members of Chambers CHALMERS, Suzanne (1995)
      Members of Chambers BALYSZ, Mark A (1995)
      Members of Chambers CLARKE, Jamie (1995)
      Members of Chambers COLLETT, Ivor (1995)
      Members of Chambers BROOME, Edward (1996)
      Members of Chambers HIGGINS, Paul (1996)
      Members of Chambers LINDSEY, Susan (1997)
      Members of Chambers WOODBRIDGE, Victoria (1998)
      Members of Chambers FERRO, Jack (1998)
      Members of Chambers LANEY, Anna (1998)
      Members of Chambers ARMITAGE, Mark (1999)
      Members of Chambers BOYLE, Matthew (2000)
      Members of Chambers MACPHERSON, Alexander (2000)
      Members of Chambers PIMLOTT, Charles (2001)
      Members of Chambers DE GREGORIO, Michele (2003)
      Members of Chambers VANN, Harry (2003)
      Members of Chambers HELLEBRONTH, Rosanna (2004)
      Members of Chambers SINGH, Sandesh (2004)
      Members of Chambers HOUGHTON, Peter (2005)
      Members of Chambers KENDRICK, Julia (2005)
      Members of Chambers BOON, Elizabeth (2006)
      Members of Chambers SAGE, Richard (2006)
      Members of Chambers MYHILL, David (2006)
      Members of Chambers ATKINS, Mike (2006)
      Members of Chambers LAMBERTSEN, Siobhan (2007)
      Members of Chambers WHITTAKER, Nadia (2007)
      Members of Chambers SHAW, Daniel (2007)
      Members of Chambers JARRETT, Alice (2007)
      Members of Chambers PAGETT, Helen (2008)
      Members of Chambers LAMBERT, Harry (2008)
      Members of Chambers WITHERINGTON, Gemma (2008)
      Members of Chambers MACAULAY, Jack (2009)
      Members of Chambers HOLMES, Rory (2009)
      Members of Chambers SHARPE, James (2009)
      Members of Chambers McCOLGAN, Caroline (2010)
      Members of Chambers TACZALSKI, Carlo (2010)
      Members of Chambers O'DWYER, Simon (2010)
      Members of Chambers MARKIDES, Athena (2011)
      Members of Chambers MAXWELL, Patrick (2011)
      Members of Chambers KNIGHT, Lara (2012)
      Members of Chambers ATKINS, Nicola (2012)
      Members of Chambers MURPHY, Jack (2013)
      Members of Chambers SAGE, Katie (2014)
      Members of Chambers JAYAKUMAR, Sahana (2014)
      Members of Chambers HOLMES, Maurice (2015)
      Members of Chambers JAMES, Douglas (2015)
      Members of Chambers STEVENS, Juliet (2016)
      Members of Chambers HARPER, Michael (2016)
      Members of Chambers BROWN, Joshua (2017)
      Members of Chambers BROWN, Andrew (2017)
      Members of Chambers SIMPSON, Frederick (2018)
      Members of Chambers DANIEL, Meredith (2017)
      Members of Chambers CHANDLER, Toby (2019)
      Members of Chambers RUMUN, Mariusz (2019)
      Members of Chambers FRASER, Hamish (2021)
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      James Ageros photo James AgerosHealth and safety enforcement and environmental law. Cases include: R v Friskies…
      Alexander Antelme photo Alexander AntelmeAlex acts in the fields of clinical negligence, product liability, property damage,…
      Simon Antrobus photo Simon AntrobusSimon has over twenty years of experience as one of the leading…
      Mark Armitage photo Mark ArmitageBarrister specialising in personal injury and is regularly instructed by both claimants…
      Mike Atkins photo Mike AtkinsMike Atkins practises exclusively in the field of criminal regulatory law, with…
      Nicola Atkins photo Nicola AtkinsNicola Atkins joined Crown Office Chambers in 2019 having established a successful…
      Mark Alexander Balysz photo Mark Alexander BalyszMark Balysz is one of the country’s leading criminal and inquest advocates,…
      Andrew Bartlett photo Andrew BartlettBarrister and chartered arbitrator. Insurance, engineering and construction, energy, and other commercial…
      Martyn Berkin photo Martyn BerkinBarrister specialising in commercial law, including contracts, recovery of assets, constructive and…
      Margaret Bickford-Smith photo Margaret Bickford-SmithBarrister and mediator. Margaret is current Chair of the Chartered Institute of…
      Patrick Blakesley photo Patrick BlakesleyHis personal injury practice includes all kinds of personal injury work for…
      Elizabeth Boon photo Elizabeth BoonElizabeth specialises in property damage, professional negligence, product liability, insurance and reinsurance,…
      Matthew Boyle photo Matthew BoyleIs instructed on serious or complex personal injury cases and a wide…
      Edward Broome photo Edward BroomePersonal injury: industrial disease litigation – asbestos-related injuries, dermatitis, work-related asthma, WRULD,…
      Joshua Brown photo Joshua BrownJosh’s developing practice covers the range of Chambers’ practice areas, with a…
      Suzanne Chalmers photo Suzanne ChalmersSuzanne specialises in insurance, professional negligence, property damage and personal injury as…
      Jamie Clarke photo Jamie ClarkeJamie Clarke has more than 20 years’ experience in his core practice…
      Steven Coles photo Steven ColesRegularly instructed in a wide range of insurance-related cases, often policy coverage…
      Ivor Collett photo Ivor CollettBarrister specialising in insurance (including policy disputes and wording, insurance fraud, and…
      John Cooper photo John CooperRegularly instructed to appear both at inquests and trials. In the recent…
      Michael Curtis photo Michael CurtisHe has a broad commercial and civil practice with particular emphasis on…
      Meredith Daniel photo Meredith DanielMeredith has a broad practice across Chambers’ core areas including personal injury,…
      Andrew Davis photo Andrew DavisAndrew specialises in personal injury (particularly claims which are high value /…
      Michele De Gregorio photo Michele De GregorioBarrister specialising in commercial and common law, in particular in the fields…
      Jason Evans-Tovey photo Jason Evans-ToveyBarrister whose practice encompasses a wide range of civil common law and…
      Shaun Ferris photo Shaun FerrisHis practice is based on a broad range of personal injury work…
      Jack Ferro photo Jack FerroBarrister specialising in personal injury, industrial disease, clinical negligence, product liability, professional…
      Julian Field photo Julian FieldJulian is a senior junior with a commercial practice encompassing property damage,…
      Catherine Foster photo Catherine FosterSpecialist areas of practice are personal injury (with a particular interest in…
      Kim Franklin photo Kim FranklinBarrister, adjudicator and arbitrator specialising in construction, energy, civil and marine engineering…
      Malcolm Galloway photo Malcolm GallowayMalcolm is recognised as a leader in the field of Criminal Regulatory…
      Toby Gee photo Toby GeeBarrister and accredited mediator (ADR Group, Dispute Board Federation). Specialises in professional…
      John Greenbourne photo John GreenbourneBarrister specialising in professional negligence (chiefly concerned with insurance services, legal advice,…
      Michael Harper photo Michael HarperMichael’s practice centres on professional negligence, insurance, property damage, product liability, commercial…
      Rosanna Hellebronth photo Rosanna HellebronthJunior Tenant.
      Paul Higgins photo Paul HigginsPaul Higgins has developed a formidable reputation for Defendant work in personal…
      Isabel Hitching photo Isabel HitchingIsabel has a long established specialist practice in construction and engineering and…
      Rory Holmes photo Rory HolmesRory has a broad practice, and is instructed in cases involving physical…
      Julian Horne photo Julian HorneBarrister experienced in a wide range of civil litigation with a particular…
      Peter Houghton photo Peter HoughtonBarrister practising in the core areas of Chambers’ work, with particular emphasis…
      Alice Jarratt photo Alice JarrattAlice Jarratt is a highly experienced trial advocate who has conducted countless…
      Sahana Jayakumar photo Sahana JayakumarSahana Jayakumar joined Crown Office Chambers in 2021 and has a practice…
      Charlotte Jones photo Charlotte JonesBarrister specialising in clinical negligence, acting for claimants and defendant health authorities,…
      Dominic Kay photo Dominic KaySpecialises in defending regulatory law prosecutions, specifically health and safety, environmental regulation…
      Julia Kendrick photo Julia KendrickAll fields of commercial and common law including personal injury, industrial disease,…
      Christopher Kennedy photo Christopher KennedyChristopher Kennedy QC specialises in a broad range of personal injury litigation,…
      Michael Kent photo Michael KentHe acts for claimants and defendants in a range of complex matters,…
      Lara Knight photo Lara KnightLara specialises in clinical negligence, industrial disease, inquests, personal injury and product…
      Harry Lambert photo Harry LambertHarry Lambert practises in the areas of product liability, clinical negligence and…
      Siobhan Lambertsen photo Siobhan LambertsenA general practice encompassing all areas of commercial and common law. Has…
      Anna Laney photo Anna LaneyBarrister whose core practice centres on construction related matters, whether they be…
      Susan Lindsey photo Susan LindseyBarrister specialising in construction law.
      Richard Lynagh photo Richard LynaghBarrister specialising in insurance, professional negligence; personal injury; general common law. Cases…
      Jack Macaulay photo Jack MacaulayJack practices in personal injury, with a particular focus on cases involving…
      Alexander Macpherson photo Alexander MacphersonPractises in various areas of common law and commercial litigation, including industrial…
      Athena Markides photo Athena MarkidesBarrister specialising in insurance, construction, engineering, professional liability, general commercial litigation, arbitration…
      Farrah Mauladad photo Farrah MauladadBarrister specialising in inquests and public enquiries, clinical negligence, personal injury and…
      Patrick Maxwell photo Patrick MaxwellPatrick specialises in construction, professional negligence, insurance and commercial disputes. Much of…
      James Maxwell-Scott photo James Maxwell-ScottBarrister specialising in health and safety, public inquiries, inquests, clinical and professional…
      Caroline McColgan photo Caroline McColganCaroline specialises in insurance and property damage disputes, construction, and professional negligence…
      James Medd photo James MeddBarrister, the bulk of whose work litigates in the TCC and involves…
      Peter Morton photo Peter MortonSignificant specialism in industrial disease, including asbestos-related conditions, deafness, HAVS asthma and…
      Jack Murphy photo Jack Murphy
      David Myhill photo David MyhillSpecialist civil practice, with particular expertise in product liability (medical devices, products…
      Simon O'Dwyer photo Simon O'DwyerSimon is a specialist personal injury barrister who practises exclusively in multi-track…
      Robert O'Leary photo Robert O'LearyRobert is regularly instructed by insurers, government departments, trade unions and individuals.…
      Helen Pagett photo Helen Pagett
      Charles Pimlott photo Charles PimlottBarrister specialising in: construction; professional negligence; commercial; insurance. Construction and engineering claims…
      David Platt photo David PlattBarrister specialising in industrial disease, personal injury insurance and health and safety.…
      Erica Power photo Erica PowerClinical negligence, product liability and personal injury. Her clinical negligence practice encompasses…
      Ben Quiney photo Ben QuineyBen practises in all areas of common law and commercial litigation. He…
      Andrew Rigney photo Andrew RigneyAndrew Rigney QC has an extensive domestic and international practice, which encompasses…
      Katie Sage photo Katie SageKatie specialises in criminal regulatory law, inquests and inquires. She has been…
      Richard Sage photo Richard SageRichard has a strong and successful practice in the fields of construction,…
      Daniel Shapiro photo Daniel ShapiroDaniel is a highly effective advocate, well regarded for his court room…
      James Sharpe photo James SharpeJames specialises in commercial and insurance disputes, construction, and professional negligence claims. He…
      Frederick Simpson photo Frederick SimpsonHas a developing practice across chambers’ core areas, with a particular focus…
      Sandesh Singh photo Sandesh SinghProfessional discipline, crime and fraud.
      Andrew Smith photo Andrew SmithAlso practises from Compass Chambers, Edinburgh. Andrew has considerable experience in a…
      Juliet Stevens photo Juliet StevensBarrister
      John Stevenson photo John StevensonBarrister specialising in professional negligence, clinical negligence, insurance, general commercial and cases…
      Robert Stokell photo Robert StokellRobert specialises in substantial construction and engineering disputes, insurance-related advice and litigation,…
      Carlo Taczalski photo Carlo TaczalskiHas a busy practice specialising in commercial, construction and engineering, insurance and…
      Roger Ter Haar photo Roger Ter HaarQueen’s Counsel specialising in arbitration and adjudication in Construction, Engineering, Insurance, Reinsurance,…
      Claire Toogood KC photo Claire Toogood KCClaire specialises in clinical negligence, together with medical product liability. She is…
      Richard Tyrrell photo Richard TyrrellSpecialises in regulatory law, specifically in health and safety, NHS governance, consumer…
      Harry Vann photo Harry VannBarrister, specialising in Health & Safety and other regulatory crime, especially fire…
      Nadia Whittaker photo Nadia WhittakerNadia Whittaker specialises in clinical negligence, personal injury, occupational disease and inquests.…
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      Crispin Winser photo Crispin WinserQueen’s Counsel specialising in construction, engineering, energy, insurance, professional liability and general…
      Gemma Witherington photo Gemma WitheringtonFor a number of years, Gemma has been recommended as a leading…
      Victoria Woodbridge photo Victoria WoodbridgeSpecialises in clinical negligence and personal injury, including industrial disease and health…
      Dermot Woolgar photo Dermot WoolgarBarrister specialising in commercial litigation/arbitration, public/administrative law (often in relation to overseas…
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