Set Profile > Crown Office Chambers > London, England

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

London Bar > Energy

Leading Silks

Andrew Rigney QC - Crown Office ChambersAttentive, thoughtful, commercially-minded, intelligent and very easy to work with, he commands great respect from his peers.
Ranked: Tier 2

2021 Silks

Crispin Winser QC - Crown Office ChambersAn excellent and polished advocate who works exceptionally hard to master the papers and be fully on top of the brief.

London Bar > Health and safety Tier 1

A market leader’ in health and safety, members of Crown Office Chambers represent directors, managers, and major corporations involved in high-profile profile inquests and prosecutions.  John Cooper QC is representing a mining operation prosecuted by the HSE, following an accident underground in a mine 1500m below sea level  In a manslaughter case related to a 2015 wood mill explosion in Bosley, all four named defendants are represented by Dominic Kay QC, Mark Alexander Balysz, Malcolm Galloway, Mike Atkins, Sandesh Singh, Harry Vann  and Simon Antrobus QC were involved in representing the company and three different individual defendants. In Office for Nuclear Regulation v AWE plc, James Maxwell-Scott QC acted for the defendant during sentencing after a prosecution stemming from an electrical safety incident at the Atomic Weapons Establishment. James Ageros QC is currently representing a tugboat operator in a case concerning the death of an engineer who fell into Mersey Estuary.

Leading Silks

James Ageros QC - Crown Office ChambersExcellent with clients from individuals to large corporates with empathy and understanding of the case and wider issues.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
John Cooper QC - Crown Office ChambersJohn is a superb trial lawyer - one of the very best in the health and safety world. Tenacious, energetic and entirely committed to his client's cause.
Ranked: Tier 2
Dominic Kay QC - Crown Office ChambersDominic is instantly impressive with his knowledge of the law, analysis of the evidence and the gift of presenting arguments in straightforward terms.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Maxwell-Scott QC - Crown Office ChambersJames' attention to detail and ability to retain information means that he is always one step ahead of his opponents.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Mark Balysz - Crown Office ChambersMark is extremely sharp and decisive. Mark is silky smooth with his advocacy and doesn't shirk from a fight. Mark mitigates with panache and humanity.
Ranked: Tier 1
Mike Atkins - Crown Office ChambersFiercely intelligent. Over all the detail. Practical. And is easy and super pleasant to work with.
Ranked: Tier 2
Sandesh Singh - Crown Office ChambersExcellent. Top of their game. Very reassuring to clients because of their detailed approach to every case.
Ranked: Tier 2
Malcolm Galloway - Crown Office ChambersMalcolm is excellent with clients and is a calm, considered advocate with a skilled ability to get opponents and the court on his side.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Alice Jarratt - Crown Office ChambersGreat to work with and well-deserved of their good reputation in this field.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

‘Crown Office Chambers is definitely best in class when it comes to health and safety. Packed with top-rate silks and talented senior juniors.’

‘Crown Office Chambers is the market leader with a strong stable of safe hands for crisis cases.’

‘Just the best set there is for health and safety and inquest work.’

‘Crown Office Chambers is the go-to set for health and safety work. They have first-class specialist barristers in this area who are all excellent to work with. There is no counsel that I wouldn’t instruct within the health and safety team and given their numbers, it is easy to choose the right barrister for the right case.’

‘They are a top-flight safety set no doubt.’

Clerking

‘Toby Sparrow is responsive, efficient, and great to deal with – he’s up to speed with all the work coming in.’

‘Toby Sparrow is first class. I have known him for a number of years and he is my go-to senior clerk.’

‘Clerks are very good. Mostly worked with Toby Sparrow, he has been very good at organising the diaries and ensuring everything runs smoothly.’

‘Always efficient and helpful in arranging conferences, contacts with Court listings, and quick responses.’

‘Senior Clerk, Toby Sparrow, is a joy to work with. Toby builds excellent rapports with instructing solicitors and is very straightforward.’

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

Crown Office Chambers fields an ‘impressive array of very capable barristers that are able to deal with cases of the highest value‘, and the offering was recently strengthened even further by the appointment of Andrew Davis QC and Farrah Mauladad QC to silk. Michael Kent QC acted for a claimant in Aviva Insurance Limited & Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, a case which centered around claims that the scheme by which the government makes insurers liable for state benefits received by personal injury claimants infringes their convention rights. In a recent illustration of its deserved reputation as ‘one of the stand-out sets for occupational disease litigation defence‘, David Platt QC represents the defendant in Westgate v British Airways, a group litigation case consisting of over 200 claimants and five airlines based over a claimed condition named “aerotoxic syndrome”, the existence of which is disputed by the European Aviation Safety Agency. The junior end of chambers was bolstered by the arrival of Gemma Witherington  from Gatehouse Chambers in August 2021.

Industrial disease - Leading Silks

Michael Kent QC - Crown Office ChambersHis advocacy is calm, measured and incisive - he is greatly respected by judges and opponents alike. 
Ranked: Tier 1
David Platt QC - Crown Office ChambersDavid is without doubt the finest silk in practice in respect of his asbestos work.
Ranked: Tier 1

Personal injury - Leading Silks

David Platt QC - Crown Office ChambersDavid is without doubt the finest silk in practice in respect of his asbestos work.
Ranked: Tier 1
Richard Lynagh QC - Crown Office ChambersA very gentle and calm advocate who shows great patience with clients who have been through difficult times.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 4
Patrick Blakesley QC - Crown Office ChambersPatrick is a formidable opponent, striking the right balance between pragmatism and tenacity.
Ranked: Tier 4
Christopher Kennedy QC - Crown Office ChambersVery well respected across the board.
Ranked: Tier 4
Michael Kent QC - Crown Office ChambersHis advocacy is calm, measured and incisive - he is greatly respected by judges and opponents alike. 
Ranked: Tier 4

Personal injury - 2021 Silks

Andrew Davis QC - Crown Office ChambersAndrew is an extremely sophisticated and effective operator.

Industrial disease - Leading Juniors

A. John WilliamsCrown Office ChambersA perfectly pitched balance of authority and sensitivity, appreciated by witnesses and judges alike. 
Ranked: Tier 1
Matthew Boyle - Crown Office ChambersHe is a superb tactician and provides excellent advice.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jamie Clarke - Crown Office ChambersTenacious yet silky smooth in all that he does - a consummate negotiator.
Ranked: Tier 1
Peter Houghton - Crown Office ChambersAn exceptionally robust advocate who presents arguments in an extremely persuasive manner, and also takes an active role both pre and post hearings. 
Ranked: Tier 1
Alexander Macpherson - Crown Office ChambersHe is able to identify and navigate through challenging causation issues in an effective and pragmatic way.
Ranked: Tier 1
Robert O’Leary - Crown Office ChambersRobert has one of the best technical abilities in terms of complex industrial diseases; he can handle the most complex medical causation arguments with ease.
Ranked: Tier 1

Insurance fraud - Leading Juniors

Paul Higgins - Crown Office ChambersA go-to barrister with a wealth of experience in defending fundamental dishonesty claims.
Ranked: Tier 1
Gemma WitheringtonCrown Office Chambers ‘ A strong and assertive counsel, who is clear in her advice and excellent in liaising with witnesses and clients. 
Ranked: Tier 1

Personal injury - Leading Juniors

Shaun Ferris - Crown Office ChambersShaun provides silk quality as a junior.
Ranked: Tier 1
A. John WilliamsCrown Office ChambersA perfectly pitched balance of authority and sensitivity, appreciated by witnesses and judges alike. 
Ranked: Tier 1
Catherine Foster - Crown Office ChambersAn incredible advocate with an innate ability to construct a logical and persuasive legal argument.
Ranked: Tier 2
Alexander Macpherson - Crown Office ChambersHe is able to identify and navigate through challenging causation issues in an effective and pragmatic way.
Ranked: Tier 2
Matthew Boyle - Crown Office ChambersHe is a superb tactician and provides excellent advice.
Ranked: Tier 3
Harry Lambert - Crown Office ChambersAn excellent barrister. Harry is able to rapidly identify the key issues in complex cases. He is also a highly effective cross-examiner.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jamie Clarke - Crown Office ChambersTenacious yet silky smooth in all that he does - a consummate negotiator.
Ranked: Tier 4
Gemma WitheringtonCrown Office Chambers ‘ A strong and assertive counsel, who is clear in her advice and excellent in liaising with witnesses and clients. 
Ranked: Tier 4
Jack Macaulay - Crown Office ChambersJack roots out the nub of a case and deploys a strategic and commercial approach to litigation.
Ranked: Tier 5
Suzanne Chalmers - Crown Office ChambersSuzanne takes an excellent, thoughtful and methodical approach to cases.
Ranked: Tier 5
John Greenbourne - Crown Office ChambersJohn has meticulous attention to detail, a sensible and pragmatic approach to cases and puts clients at ease with his approachable manner.
Ranked: Tier 5

Testimonials

Set

‘Crown Office Chambers are certainly the set of choice for defendant lawyers handling asbestos litigation.’

‘Excellent set with a broad range of talented counsel.’

‘Crown Office Chambers have an impressive array of very capable barristers that are able to deal with cases of the highest value.’

‘This set remains one of the stand-out sets for occupational disease litigation defence.’

‘Crown Office Chambers is one of the top personal injury sets. They have counsel for every occasion.’

Clerking 

‘Greg Frewin and James Wilkinson offer an excellent service. They are always willing to assist where they can and are very approachable.’

‘The clerks are extremely efficient and good communicators.’

‘The service is always first class.’

‘Their clerks are excellent – always on the ball and available. Sam Barrett, Joe Shepherd and Connor Thomas are all particularly helpful, efficient and proactive.’

‘Greg Frewin is is at the top of his game – simply superb.’

London Bar > Clinical negligence Tier 2

'Exceptional setCrown Office Chambers  houses a 'strong pool of clinical negligence barristers'. The senior level was recently bolstered by the elevation of the 'tenacious and articulate' Farrah Mauladad QC to silk in March 2021. Mauladad QC and Alexander Antelme QC represented the appellant before the Court of Appeal in Schembri v Marshall, a fatal claim arising from a case where a patient died of a pulmonary embolism. In another matter, Antelme QC, Erica Power and Victoria Woodbridge successfully acted for multiple defendants in the Court of Appeal case of Hewes v West Hertfordshire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and Others, a claim arising out of alleged delayed treatment of cauda equina syndrome. Chambers is also widely recognised for its expertise in cross-complimentary claims, often arising from pharmaceutical litigation and product liability matters. In August 2021 Gemma Witherington  joined from Gatehouse Chambers.

Leading Silks

Alexander Antelme QC - Crown Office Chambers One of the best QCs in this area of work. Very astute; a class act.
Ranked: Tier 1

2021 Silks

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

Leading Juniors

Charlotte Jones - Crown Office Chambers Charlotte is very impressive. She is calm and measured, and tackles complex matters easily. Her analysis is very thorough.
Ranked: Tier 1
Claire Toogood - Crown Office Chambers Claire is a strong and forceful negotiator and advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
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
Harry Lambert - Crown Office Chambers He is a persuasive and bold advocate. He is well-prepared, and knows how to bring the best points out in each claim.
Ranked: Tier 4
David Myhill - Crown Office Chambers Very bright and extremely capable barrister, with an encyclopaedic knowledge of medicine.
Ranked: Tier 4
Nadia Whittaker - Crown Office Chambers Nadia is the perfect counsel: analytical, pragmatic and conscientious.
Ranked: Tier 4
Gemma Witherington  - Crown Office ChambersGemma is very thorough in her approach and very empathetic to clients.
Ranked: Tier 4
Victoria Woodbridge - Crown Office Chambers A warm and friendly barrister with a commanding presence.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set 

An excellent chambers.

A strong, reliable and well established chambers with a large number of barristers available and on hand to assist. One of the “go-to” chambers for clinical negligence.

Crown Office Chambers is a very good set and has a strong pool of clinical negligence barristers.

A great set with great variety.

A well organised and exceptional set.

Clerking 

The clerks’ room is great, Lisa Searle and James Wilkinson in particular are excellent.

The clerks are very proactive and responsive.

Sam Barrett is well organised, efficient and friendly.’

Greg Frewin is a very good clerk, always on hand to deal with any queries.

The clerks here have always been very helpful and prompt in their responses.

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance Tier 2

An 'excellent set of barristers', Crown Office Chambers' workload covers most aspects of contentious claims and coverage issues in the London market; and the set is particularly well known for insurance matters involving construction, energy, property damage, professional liability, and employer and public liability insurance. Recent highlights include Andrew Rigney QC leading senior junior Caroline McColgan on behalf of Zurich at first instance (and in the Supreme Court), in relation to a headline test case brought by the FCA: the matter was brought on behalf of tens of thousands of small businesses seeking cover in relation to pandemic-related business interruption.

Leading Silks

Andrew Rigney QC - Crown Office ChambersExceptionally intelligent, extremely hard-working, impeccably mannered, a brilliant advocate, a wise strategist, and a thoroughly decent human being to boot.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ben Quiney QC - Crown Office ChambersUtterly unflappable, covers all the bases, and gets to the real heart of the issue. You just know that he has considered all angles and comes up with practical, commercial answers. Also very good at understanding what makes people tick and how to get through the arguments they are making.
Ranked: Tier 2
Michael Curtis QC - Crown Office ChambersA first-class brain and very engaging with clients.
Ranked: Tier 4
Richard Lynagh QC - Crown Office ChambersExtremely knowledgeable in insurance work. Richard is extremely thorough and pays great attention to detail, which is imperative in this type of work. Provides sensible, pragmatic advice for clients and his experience shows through in difficult negotiations. Very much a team player, always works to deadlines and is very efficient.
Ranked: Tier 4
Daniel Shapiro QC - Crown Office ChambersAn extremely impressive all-rounder. Intellectually very strong, he writes thorough and detailed advice, but in a writing style that is nevertheless engaging and accessible. When advising in conference, his ability to set out complex legal arguments and strategy for clients is a particular strength and one that sets him apart from his contemporaries.
Ranked: Tier 4
Roger ter Haar QC - Crown Office ChambersRoger provides advice in an efficient and effective manner. 
Ranked: Tier 5
Isabel Hitching QC - Crown Office ChambersShe always has a good grasp and understanding of the case, and is a confident and persuasive advocate.
Ranked: Tier 5
Michael Kent QC - Crown Office ChambersAble to hone in on the crucial aspects of the matter at hand and his advice is second to none - Michael has a keen commercial awareness but is also up for the fight when it needs to be fought.
Ranked: Tier 5

Leading Juniors

James Medd - Crown Office ChambersStrengths: responsiveness; immediate grasp of complex issues which he can then explain in layman terms if necessary; really good with clients in conference; has a lovely manner with clients; and turns paperwork around quickly.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Sharpe - Crown Office ChambersJames is extremely easy to work with and reliable - gets down to the core of the case and avoids distractions.
Ranked: Tier 2
Suzanne Chalmers - Crown Office ChambersKnowledgeable competent and approachable.
Ranked: Tier 3
Steven Coles - Crown Office ChambersHe responds well to questions regarding his advice, and is happy to engage in debate upon the finer points of liability and causation - his advice is impressive and perceptive.
Ranked: Tier 3
Julian Field - Crown Office ChambersExtremely knowledgeable, charming and commercially-minded - a real pleasure to work with and very popular with clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Michele De Gregorio - Crown Office ChambersPragmatic, commercial and easy to work with.
Ranked: Tier 3
Athena Markides - Crown Office ChambersA joy to work with - she has a great capacity for hard work, while remaining enthusiastic and responsive, regardless of pressure. Very bright and can be relied upon to produce work of very high quality within the required time frame.
Ranked: Tier 3
Caroline McColgan - Crown Office ChambersCaroline is very knowledgeable, industrious, and a real team player.
Ranked: Tier 3
John Greenbourne - Crown Office ChambersVery through, considered and approachable.
Ranked: Tier 4
Anna Laney - Crown Office ChambersExtremely knowledgeable, very approachable, innovative and forward thinking, and always looking ahead to how the claim can be resolved and what we need to do to get there - an impressive advocate and a formidable opponent.
Ranked: Tier 4
Richard Sage - Crown Office ChambersRichard is extremely responsive and user friendly. He makes his opinions accessible and he understands that he is part of a team.
Ranked: Tier 4
Carlo Taczalski - Crown Office ChambersTechnically very able and quick thinking, able to communicate very effectively, and provides solid advice on strategy and the merits.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

Crown Office Chambers provides a very good all-round service in relation to insurance work and has good strength in depth.

An excellent set of barristers and go-to chambers for property damage cases for insurers – user friendly with lots of choices.

Crown Office are very reliable across the board and deliver a service, as well as technical excellence.

Crown Office are always willing to work with you and provide excellent training.

I consider this set to be excellent on coverage matters – we have our go-to two or three barristers but if they are not available, others are perfectly capable of stepping in.’

Clerking

The Clerks at Crown Office are exemplary. They run the place like a business, rather than an academic establishment and clients recognise and appreciate this.

Extremely well-organised clerks, who are also very helpful and responsive.

The clerks are all very professional and helpful, and able to find a solution if any problems arise. In particular, they are very easy to communicate with.

Senior team clerk Steve Purse and and team clerk Matthew Solari stand out.’

Steve Purse, Matthew Solari and junior team clerk Fraser Lining are all very responsive, knowledgeable and professional individuals, who go out of their way to provide support and assistance as best they can and at short notice as needed.

London Bar > International arbitration: arbitrators

Andrew Bartlett QC - Crown Office ChambersA class act: he has read all the papers, charming, courteous, clever, knowledgeable, keeps matters focussed.

London Bar > Environment

Leading Silks

John Cooper QC - Crown Office ChambersPrepared, pugnacious and persuasive, he is always up for a fight, taking only the good points.
Ranked: Tier 4
Dominic Kay QC - Crown Office ChambersVery polished and a technically strong, clear and concise communicator, he is superb at setting and executing a strategy.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Malcolm Galloway - Crown Office ChambersA top-notch advocate who always approaches his cases with eagle eye detail and is a fantastic strategist.
Ranked: Tier 2

London Bar > Product liability Tier 2

Crown Office Chambers 'has a number of superb specialists in this field.' The mainly defendant-representing practitioners have experience in high profile pharmaceutical and medical devices cases but also in disputes arising from fire, floods and explosions as well as faulty electronical and mechanical products. Furthermore, the 'hugely impressive' Alexander Antelme QC and David Myhill are acting for Renault in connection with planned group actions concerning emissions standards.

Rising stars

Juliet Stevens - Crown Office ChambersShe has a good grasp of scientific and statistical concepts. She gets on well with clients and witnesses.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Alexander Antelme QC - Crown Office ChambersA living legend of product liability practice; extremely sharp, sees bigger picture, speaks with authority and technical brilliance.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

David Myhill - Crown Office ChambersHe is great. Thorough, well organised and rolls up his sleeves.
Ranked: Tier 1
Harry Lambert - Crown Office ChambersHarry has an exceptional eye for detail, and ability to digest complex scientific data and break them down for claimants. Very approachable, personable and responsive, my go-to counsel when in need for urgent advice as always willing to accommodate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Erica Power - Crown Office ChambersErica has huge experience in the field of product liability. She is a formidable opponent. She is unfailingly courteous, although she also has a steely determination and resolve. She is an excellent and clear advocate. She is also devastating on paper. And is the senior junior of choice for many insurers.
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Sage - Crown Office ChambersRichard is very thorough, and quickly on top of the detail of a case, no matter how technical and complicated. He is efficient, responsive, very approachable and good with clients and experts.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘Crown Office Chambers has some accomplished barristers and the right mix of product and commercial specialists.’

‘Very knowledgeable in the area of product liability from QCs to juniors.’

‘ It has a number of superb specialists in this field. I have worked with or against (the incomparable) Alexander Antelme QC, Andrew Smith QC, Isabel Hitching QC, Suzanne Chalmers and David Myhill. They are an excellent outfit.’

‘A busy chambers but which will always try to move things around to assist, depth of expertise with accommodating and helpful clerks.’

‘Crown Office Chambers are an impressive set with for us a very good mix of commercial expertise and product work.’

Clerking

‘Excellent, personable, efficient and friendly.’

‘I always find the clerks to be excellent, efficient and responsive, Matthew Solari in particular.’

‘Excellent service from the clerks, responsive and efficient.’

‘Matthew Solari is friendly, organised and runs a smooth practice, as do all the clerks I have experienced.’

‘Very good. Always able to get in touch with a clerk and obtain quotes quickly.’

London Bar > Professional negligence Tier 2

Crown Office Chambers is 'exceptional in professional negligence', and has 'strength at all levels, from QC to newly called'. Construction-related claims are a key area of expertise for the team, however members are equally adept at advising on claims in the insurance and financial arenas. Claims involving solicitors are another area of instruction. Ben Quiney QC, Richard Sage and Caroline McColgan are representing parties in National Trust v Cuffe, concerning a fire in a stately home and allegations of negligence brought against the architect and contractor. In another matter, Daniel Shapiro QC and James Sharpe acted for the defendant firm of solicitors in Hall v Saunders Law Ltd, involving allegations of breach of fiduciary duty concerning the interpretation of a funding agreement. In September 2020 Adam Taylor moved to Kellerhals Carrard in Lausanne, and Michael Harvey QC retired from practice.

Rising stars

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 1

Leading Silks

Ben Quiney QC - Crown Office ChambersA client-friendly silk noted for his clarity of thought.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Rigney QC - Crown Office ChambersAndrew is detail oriented and an excellent communicator. He is also charming; the sort of QC who you want to introduce to clients as you know they will warm to them.
Ranked: Tier 2
Daniel Shapiro QC - Crown Office ChambersDaniel is exceptionally bright and a master tactician. A sound and persuasive advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Ivor Collett - Crown Office ChambersA calm and confident advocate who can deal well with difficult cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jason Evans-Tovey - Crown Office ChambersJason is excellent at planning for trial from the outset. His early advice is invaluable for ensuring that key issues are identified and pursued.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 3
Nicola Atkins - Crown Office ChambersNicola always delivers and goes the extra mile. Her ability to grasp and master complex technical issues is exceptional.
Ranked: Tier 4
Elizabeth Boon - Crown Office ChambersElizabeth is an assured and agile advocate. Her approach is sensible and commercial.
Ranked: Tier 4
John Greenbourne - Crown Office ChambersJohn is very approachable. He is a very thorough and considered barrister.
Ranked: Tier 4
Caroline McColgan - Crown Office ChambersCaroline is a superb lawyer. Very bright, hard working and dedicated. She has great judgement.
Ranked: Tier 4
Richard Sage - Crown Office ChambersRichard provides insightful analysis. A pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 4
Carlo Taczalski - Crown Office ChambersAn astute and confident advocate who is very robust in his analysis. He is attentive and has a real eye for detail.
Ranked: Tier 4
David Myhill - Crown Office ChambersDavid is incredibly intelligent, and instills confidence in clients with his manner and reasoned, coherent advice.
Ranked: Tier 5
James SharpeCrown Office ChambersJames is a very effective operator – he has good communication skills and knows the law.
Ranked: Tier 5
Anna Laney - Crown Office ChambersAn impressive advocate and a formidable opponent. She is very approachable, innovative and forward thinking.
Ranked: Tier 6
Charles Pimlott - Crown Office ChambersCharles is highly knowledgeable in this area of law and very good to deal with. He is responsive and approachable.
Ranked: Tier 6

Testimonials

Set

A very impressive set offering a high quality service‘.

The set possesses a number of talented individuals across the levels of seniority‘.

Clerking

Efficient and proactive‘.

Clerks are always prompt to respond‘.

Steve Purse provides a superb client service‘.

Steve Purse is fantastic. He goes above and beyond for every instruction no matter how big or small, and is incredibly personable‘.

Steve Purse and Matthew Solari are excellent. Always very responsive, hard-working and personable‘.

London Bar > Construction Tier 3

Crown Office Chambers handles a number of major disputes arising out of construction projects, often through its broader experiences in areas including insurance and professional negligence, including handling a number of international construction disputes concerning megaprojects. Crispin Winser QC, who recently took silk, acted in the complex Morrisons abattoir matter which alleged a loss of products, profits and a license to export to Korea due to alleged construction defects.

Leading Silks

Andrew Rigney QC - Crown Office ChambersAndrew is exceptionally intelligent, extremely hard-working, impeccably mannered, invariably charming, a brilliant advocate, a wise strategist, and a thoroughly decent human being to boot.
Ranked: Tier 1
Roger ter Haar QC - Crown Office ChambersHis key strength is his eagle-eye attention to detail, packaged with his extensive years of experience that elevates him to a status of a true specialist in his field. Arbitrators and judges listen attentively when he speaks.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ben Quiney QC - Crown Office ChambersUtterly unflappable. Ask any question, no matter how complex or involved, and he will give a wholly considered covers-all-the-bases answer that gets to the real heart of the issue. Also very good at understanding how to get through opponents arguments.
Ranked: Tier 3
Michael Curtis QC - Crown Office ChambersMichael is highly intelligent, and has an encyclopedic legal knowledge.
Ranked: Tier 4
Isabel Hitching QC - Crown Office ChambersShe is industrious, meticulous and convincing.
Ranked: Tier 5

2021 Silks

Crispin Winser QC - Crown Office ChambersCrispin is frighteningly bright. He has a forensic mind which allows him to see through the chaff and get to the nub of any issue quickly. His advocacy style is calm, measured but insistent. Very effective.

Leading Juniors

Anna Laney - Crown Office ChambersHighly competent, capable, dependable and fantastic to work with. QC quality work and knowledge. Tougher than the rest.
Ranked: Tier 1
James Medd - Crown Office ChambersExtremely knowledgeable. You always have confidence that James has read the papers and has considered them in detail. That said, he can see the wood for the trees and provides sensible pragmatic advice for clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Charles Pimlott - Crown Office ChambersCharles is excellent at providing pragmatic, sensible and commercial advice that the clients easily understand. He is always willing and able to go the extra mile for clients and gets to the heart of a client's concerns.
Ranked: Tier 4
Richard Sage - Crown Office ChambersRichard is a class act and very knowledgeable. His key strengths from an international perspective are his ability to work as part of a team and his excellent tactical acumen. His advice is clear, concise, and commercially-minded.
Ranked: Tier 4
Carlo Taczalski - Crown Office ChambersI have instructed Carlo for a number of years and he has always seemed more senior than his call indicates. He is robust and user friendly, whilst also clearly being incredibly bright.
Ranked: Tier 4
Dermot Woolgar - Crown Office ChambersDermot is very personable, breeds confidence in all who instruct him and clients alike. When sat behind him in court you nearly always think you have instructed the superior counsel.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ivor Collett - Crown Office ChambersHe is a calm and confident advocate who can deal well with difficult cases. He will do what he can for his client no matter how difficult their position.
Ranked: Tier 4
Michele de Gregorio - Crown Office ChambersMichele is an extremely bright lawyer, he is always fully engaged on the matter, very responsive and very easy to work with, and a great ‘team player’ – a real pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 4
Caroline McColgan - Crown Office ChambersCaroline is very bright, a superb lawyer, immensely hard-working and dedicated, fantastic with clients, has great judgement and is an absolute pleasure to work with
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

‘This is becoming a very strong construction set with good people at the junior level and very senior level.’

‘Great range of barristers with an excellent clerks room. Every barrister used has hit the ground running and are willing to work with instructing solicitors and clients as a single team.’

‘I have never been disappointed with Counsel from Crown Office Chambers, from availability of Counsel to their quality – they are always approachable and extremely knowledgeable.’

‘Crown Office Chambers has a depth of high quality counsel at various levels who all specalise in construction and engineering law. They truly understand the law in area and more importantly the industry and how it works in practice. There is no case too small or too large.’

Clerks

‘Efficient, helpful and quick to respond to messages and offer alternatives if availability issues.’

‘Very good clerks especially Rob Cowup. Knows his business and a very good hire.’

‘They are user-friendly, flexible, and always eager to assist. I enjoy the positive energy and enthusiasm that they display consistently.’

‘I have always found the clerks to be of a very high standard, they are able to allocate a case to the correct person within chambers and at the right level. They provide accurate and sensible fee estimates which are always achieved or bettered.’

London Bar > Professional disciplinary and regulatory law

Leading Juniors

Sandesh Singh - Crown Office ChambersSandesh is very clever, insightful, personable, and really hardworking. Sandesh has a great manner with clients, and is an impressive advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > Inquests and inquiries

Leading Silks

Dominic Kay QC - Crown Office ChambersUnquestionably a go-to barrister for this area of work - he is a joy to work with, excellent with clients and delivers outstanding results. What more could instructing solicitors want?
Ranked: Tier 3
James Maxwell-Scott QC - Crown Office ChambersFirst-class. Understands the issues quickly and develops sound and principled arguments, which then develop into themes and key documents that reflect the approach and strategy of the client. His work on this case has been of the highest order and he has steered the team impeccably on such a high-stakes matter.
Ranked: Tier 3
Simon Antrobus QC - Crown Office ChambersAbsolutely first class. He has a fantastic feel for a case, and really gets into the detail and understands every aspect.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Mike Atkins - Crown Office ChambersExcellent attention to detail with really top-quality presentation and knowledge - very impressive.
Ranked: Tier 4
Malcolm Galloway - Crown Office ChambersExcellent with clients, from individuals to large corporates, with empathy and understanding of the case and wider issues - a top-notch advocate and good strategist.
Ranked: Tier 4
Jack Murphy - Crown Office ChambersVery experienced, much beyond his years. Very legally and tactically astute, good eye for detail, understands strategy, and is very well prepared. Highly recommend.
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel Tier 4

Crown Office Chambers is not as large as some of the leading arbitration sets, but the quality of its barristers is high, particularly for infrastructure and construction related arbitration claims. For many, the smaller size is a virtue, guaranteeing clients a much more personalized and flexible service. Roger Ter Haar QC has an eminent reputation for infrastructure and energy related disputes, particularly in the Middle East. Andrew Rigney QC is another top name in the construction and infrastructure space, while Crispin Winser QC's advocacy skills were recognised in 2021 as he took silk. Notable juniors include the highly experienced Anna Laney.

Leading Silks

Roger ter Haar QC - Crown Office ChambersA class act and vastly experienced in arbitration. His advocacy is slick and to the point and clients appreciate the clarity with which he leads tribunals through the evidence.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Rigney QC - Crown Office ChambersExtremely personable, focused and brilliant, supportive and thoughtful of instructing counsel, a pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 2

2021 Silks

Crispin Winser QC - Crown Office ChambersSimply superb. Very responsive, helpful and suitably aggressive when he needs to be. A dedicated expert in his field. Richly deserved elevation to silk.

Leading Juniors

Anna Laney - Crown Office ChambersExcellent and very much my go-to for complex claims: incredibly detail orientated and gets to the nub of the issue quickly and effortlessly. Her cross-examination skills are quite formidable and her overall delivery impressive.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘As a firm, we have used several barristers from Crown Office Chambers, all of which we would highly recommend. They are commercially minded, incredibly responsive and have a real in-depth knowledge of arbitration. They are also incredibly good value in comparison with other chambers.’

‘Excellent. Counsel are engaged and responsive. Good construction expertise and a deep bench at all levels, particularly at the junior end.’

Clerking

‘I have always found the clerks responsive. As international counsel, having a chambers who can operate with flexibility helps a lot.’

‘The clerks are excellent. I worked with Andy Flanagan who gives excellent service and goes that extra mile for his clients.’

‘The clerks have been exceptional. With some clients, it can be a challenge to find a balance with payment terms that satisfy both chambers and the client’s needs. Crown Office Chambers were incredibly receptive to this, really wanting to understand the needs of the client and adapt accordingly without any issue. This was very impressive, and made my role as an instructing solicitor incredibly easy. Andy Flanagan, in particular, is exceptional at what he does – he is personable, and really wants to understand the client’s needs.’

‘Very well and efficiently clerked in Andy Flanagan and Chris Kent.’

London Bar > Commercial litigation

Leading Juniors

Carlo Taczalski - Crown Office ChambersA confident lawyer and advocate who never shies away from the difficult points, and strives to find new angles on existing issues.
Ranked: Tier 5

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 & 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
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 QC, Andrew (1992)
Joint Head of Chambers ANTELME QC, Alexander (1993)
Members of Chambers TER HAAR QC, Roger (1974)
Members of Chambers BARTLETT QC, Andrew (1974)
Members of Chambers LYNAGH QC, Richard (1975)
Members of Chambers KENT QC, Michael (1975)
Members of Chambers BICKFORD-SMITH QC, Margaret (1973)
Members of Chambers CURTIS QC, Michael (1982)
Members of Chambers KENNEDY QC, Christopher (1989)
Members of Chambers PLATT QC, David (1987)
Members of Chambers COOPER QC, John (1985)
Members of Chambers QUINEY QC, Ben (1998)
Members of Chambers AGEROS QC, James (1990)
Members of Chambers FRANKLIN QC, Kim (1984)
Members of Chambers SMITH QC, Andrew (1988)
Members of Chambers MAXWELL-SCOTT QC, James (1995)
Members of Chambers KAY QC, Dominic (1997)
Members of Chambers ANTROBUS QC, Simon (1995)
Members of Chambers BLAKESLEY QC, Patrick (1993)
Members of Chambers HITCHING QC, Isabel (1992)
Members of Chambers SHAPIRO QC, Daniel (1999)
Members of Chambers DAVIS QC, Andrew (1996)
Members of Chambers MAULADAD QC, Farrah (1999)
Members of Chambers WINSER QC, 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 Ageros Health and safety enforcement and environmental law. Cases include: R v Friskies…
 Alexander Antelme photo Alexander Antelme Alex acts in the fields of clinical negligence, product liability, property damage,…
 Simon Antrobus photo Simon Antrobus Simon has over twenty years of experience as one of the leading…
 Mark Armitage  photo Mark Armitage Barrister specialising in personal injury and is regularly instructed by both claimants…
 Mike Atkins  photo Mike Atkins Mike Atkins practises exclusively in the field of criminal regulatory law, with…
 Nicola Atkins  photo Nicola Atkins Nicola Atkins joined Crown Office Chambers in 2019 having established a successful…
 Mark Alexander Balysz  photo Mark Alexander Balysz Mark Balysz is one of the country’s leading criminal and inquest advocates,…
 Andrew Bartlett photo Andrew Bartlett Barrister and chartered arbitrator. Insurance, engineering and construction, energy, and other commercial…
 Martyn Berkin  photo Martyn Berkin Barrister specialising in commercial law, including contracts, recovery of assets, constructive and…
 Margaret Bickford-Smith photo Margaret Bickford-Smith Barrister and mediator. Margaret is current Chair of the Chartered Institute of…
 Patrick Blakesley photo Patrick Blakesley His personal injury practice includes all kinds of personal injury work for…
 Elizabeth Boon  photo Elizabeth Boon Elizabeth specialises in property damage, professional negligence, product liability, insurance and reinsurance,…
 Matthew Boyle  photo Matthew Boyle Is instructed on serious or complex personal injury cases and a wide…
 Edward Broome  photo Edward Broome Personal injury: industrial disease litigation – asbestos-related injuries, dermatitis, work-related asthma, WRULD,…
 Joshua Brown  photo Joshua Brown Josh’s developing practice covers the range of Chambers’ practice areas, with a…
 Suzanne Chalmers  photo Suzanne Chalmers Suzanne specialises in insurance, professional negligence, property damage and personal injury as…
 Jamie Clarke  photo Jamie Clarke Jamie Clarke has more than 20 years’ experience in his core practice…
 Steven Coles  photo Steven Coles Regularly instructed in a wide range of insurance-related cases, often policy coverage…
 Ivor Collett  photo Ivor Collett Barrister specialising in insurance (including policy disputes and wording, insurance fraud, and…
 John Cooper photo John Cooper Regularly instructed to appear both at inquests and trials. In the recent…
 Michael Curtis photo Michael Curtis He has a broad commercial and civil practice with particular emphasis on…
 Meredith Daniel  photo Meredith Daniel Meredith has a broad practice across Chambers’ core areas including personal injury,…
 Andrew Davis  photo Andrew Davis Andrew specialises in personal injury (particularly claims which are high value /…
 Michele De Gregorio  photo Michele De Gregorio Barrister specialising in commercial and common law, in particular in the fields…
 Jason Evans-Tovey  photo Jason Evans-Tovey Barrister whose practice encompasses a wide range of civil common law and…
 Shaun Ferris  photo Shaun Ferris His practice is based on a broad range of personal injury work…
 Jack Ferro  photo Jack Ferro Barrister specialising in personal injury, industrial disease, clinical negligence, product liability, professional…
 Julian Field  photo Julian Field Julian is a senior junior with a commercial practice encompassing property damage,…
 Catherine Foster  photo Catherine Foster Specialist areas of practice are personal injury (with a particular interest in…
 Kim Franklin photo Kim Franklin Barrister, adjudicator and arbitrator specialising in construction, energy, civil and marine engineering…
 Malcolm Galloway  photo Malcolm Galloway Malcolm is recognised as a leader in the field of Criminal Regulatory…
 Toby Gee  photo Toby Gee Barrister and accredited mediator (ADR Group, Dispute Board Federation). Specialises in professional…
 John Greenbourne  photo John Greenbourne Barrister specialising in professional negligence (chiefly concerned with insurance services, legal advice,…
 Michael Harper photo Michael Harper Michael’s practice centres on professional negligence, insurance, property damage, product liability, commercial…
 Rosanna Hellebronth  photo Rosanna Hellebronth Junior Tenant.
 Paul Higgins  photo Paul Higgins Paul Higgins has developed a formidable reputation for Defendant work in personal…
 Isabel Hitching photo Isabel Hitching Isabel has a long established specialist practice in construction and engineering and…
 Rory Holmes  photo Rory Holmes Rory has a broad practice, and is instructed in cases involving physical…
 Julian Horne  photo Julian Horne Barrister experienced in a wide range of civil litigation with a particular…
 Peter Houghton  photo Peter Houghton Barrister practising in the core areas of Chambers’ work, with particular emphasis…
 Alice Jarratt  photo Alice Jarratt Alice Jarratt is a highly experienced trial advocate who has conducted countless…
 Sahana Jayakumar  photo Sahana Jayakumar Sahana Jayakumar joined Crown Office Chambers in 2021 and has a practice…
 Charlotte Jones  photo Charlotte Jones Barrister specialising in clinical negligence, acting for claimants and defendant health authorities,…
 Dominic Kay photo Dominic Kay Specialises in defending regulatory law prosecutions, specifically health and safety, environmental regulation…
 Julia Kendrick  photo Julia Kendrick All fields of commercial and common law including personal injury, industrial disease,…
 Christopher Kennedy photo Christopher Kennedy Christopher Kennedy QC specialises in a broad range of personal injury litigation,…
 Michael Kent photo Michael Kent He acts for claimants and defendants in a range of complex matters,…
 Lara Knight  photo Lara Knight Lara specialises in clinical negligence, industrial disease, inquests, personal injury and product…
 Harry Lambert  photo Harry Lambert Harry Lambert practises in the areas of product liability, clinical negligence and…
 Siobhan Lambertsen  photo Siobhan Lambertsen A general practice encompassing all areas of commercial and common law. Has…
 Anna Laney  photo Anna Laney Barrister whose core practice centres on construction related matters, whether they be…
 Susan Lindsey  photo Susan Lindsey Barrister specialising in construction law.
 Richard Lynagh photo Richard Lynagh Barrister specialising in insurance, professional negligence; personal injury; general common law. Cases…
 Jack Macaulay  photo Jack Macaulay Jack practices in personal injury, with a particular focus on cases involving…
 Alexander Macpherson  photo Alexander Macpherson Practises in various areas of common law and commercial litigation, including industrial…
 Athena Markides  photo Athena Markides Barrister specialising in insurance, construction, engineering, professional liability, general commercial litigation, arbitration…
 Farrah Mauladad  photo Farrah Mauladad Barrister specialising in inquests and public enquiries, clinical negligence, personal injury and…
 Patrick Maxwell  photo Patrick Maxwell Patrick specialises in construction, professional negligence, insurance and commercial disputes. Much of…
 James Maxwell-Scott photo James Maxwell-Scott Barrister specialising in health and safety, public inquiries, inquests, clinical and professional…
 Caroline McColgan  photo Caroline McColgan Caroline specialises in insurance and property damage disputes, construction, and professional negligence…
 James Medd  photo James Medd Barrister, the bulk of whose work litigates in the TCC and involves…
 Peter Morton  photo Peter Morton Significant specialism in industrial disease, including asbestos-related conditions, deafness, HAVS asthma and…
 Jack Murphy photo Jack Murphy
 David Myhill  photo David Myhill Specialist civil practice, with particular expertise in product liability (medical devices, products…
 Simon O'Dwyer photo Simon O'Dwyer Simon is a specialist personal injury barrister who practises exclusively in multi-track…
 Robert O'Leary photo Robert O'Leary Robert is regularly instructed by insurers, government departments, trade unions and individuals.…
 Helen Pagett  photo Helen Pagett
 Charles Pimlott  photo Charles Pimlott Barrister specialising in: construction; professional negligence; commercial; insurance. Construction and engineering claims…
 David Platt photo David Platt Barrister specialising in industrial disease, personal injury insurance and health and safety.…
 Erica Power  photo Erica Power Clinical negligence, product liability and personal injury. Her clinical negligence practice encompasses…
 Ben Quiney photo Ben Quiney Ben practises in all areas of common law and commercial litigation. He…
 Andrew Rigney photo Andrew Rigney Andrew Rigney QC has an extensive domestic and international practice, which encompasses…
 Richard Sage  photo Richard Sage Richard has a strong and successful practice in the fields of construction,…
 Katie Sage  photo Katie Sage Katie specialises in criminal regulatory law, inquests and inquires. She has been…
 Daniel Shapiro photo Daniel Shapiro Daniel is a highly effective advocate, well regarded for his court room…
 James Sharpe  photo James Sharpe James specialises in commercial and insurance disputes, construction, and professional negligence claims. He…
 Frederick Simpson  photo Frederick Simpson Has a developing practice across chambers’ core areas, with a particular focus…
 Sandesh Singh  photo Sandesh Singh Professional discipline, crime and fraud.
 Andrew Smith photo Andrew Smith Also practises from Compass Chambers, Edinburgh. Andrew has considerable experience in a…
 Juliet Stevens  photo Juliet Stevens Barrister
 John Stevenson  photo John Stevenson Barrister specialising in professional negligence, clinical negligence, insurance, general commercial and cases…
 Robert Stokell  photo Robert Stokell Robert specialises in substantial construction and engineering disputes, insurance-related advice and litigation,…
 Carlo Taczalski  photo Carlo Taczalski Has a busy practice specialising in commercial, construction and engineering, insurance and…
 Roger Ter Haar photo Roger Ter Haar Queen’s Counsel specialising in arbitration and adjudication in Construction, Engineering, Insurance, Reinsurance,…
 Claire Toogood  photo Claire Toogood Claire specialises in clinical negligence, together with medical product liability. She is…
 Richard Tyrrell  photo Richard Tyrrell Specialises in regulatory law, specifically in health and safety, NHS governance, consumer…
 Harry Vann  photo Harry Vann Barrister, specialising in Health & Safety and other regulatory crime, especially fire…
 Nadia Whittaker  photo Nadia Whittaker Nadia Whittaker specialises in clinical negligence, personal injury, occupational disease and inquests.…
 A. John Williams  photo A. John Williams Junior Barrister at Crown Office Chambers, London specialising in Personal Injury and…
 Crispin Winser  photo Crispin Winser Queen’s Counsel specialising in construction, engineering, energy, insurance, professional liability and general…
 Gemma Witherington  photo Gemma Witherington For a number of years, Gemma has been recommended as a leading…
 Victoria Woodbridge  photo Victoria Woodbridge Specialises in clinical negligence and personal injury, including industrial disease and health…
 Dermot Woolgar  photo Dermot Woolgar Barrister specialising in commercial litigation/arbitration, public/administrative law (often in relation to overseas…
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