Set Profile > Crown Office Chambers > London, England

Chambers of Richard Lynagh QC
Crown Office Chambers

Health and safety Tier 1

As 'a leading set in the field of health and safety', Crown Office Chambers has 'superb strength in depth' with 'an enviable stable of experienced counsel'. Multiple members of the set are acting in the case of the Bosley Mill explosion that killed four people. In another recent instruction of note, 'superb trial lawyerJohn Cooper QC and the 'tactically very astuteSandesh Singh defended Priory Healthcare against allegations of health and safety breaches following the death of Amy El-Keria at Priory Hospital Ticehurst House. The fine imposed was reduced from £2.4m to £300,000 following the judgment that culpability was ‘high’, but the likelihood of death or very serious harm was low.

Leading Silks

James Ageros QC - Crown Office ChambersAn unassuming, modest silk. Very relaxed but confident with complex cases and clients. Gets a quick grip on the issues and impresses clients. Jurors like him.
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Antrobus QC - Crown Office ChambersSimon is a star performer in the top bracket. He is very astute and his strategic thinking and attention to detail are second to none. Makes clients feel reassured that they have someone at the top of their game who will fight their corner.
Ranked: Tier 2
John Cooper QC - Crown Office ChambersJohn is a doughty fighter and a great choice in arduous proceedings. He is a superb trial lawyer. Excellent on strategy and tactics. Formidable in the courtroom. Great in front of a jury. Also fiercely on the client's side and an absolute pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 2
Dominic Kay QC - Crown Office ChambersHe is technically superb but his impressive strength is seeing the big picture and being a very talented strategist. He manages clients expectations superbly. Senior judges sit up and listen when he speaks.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Maxwell-Scott QC - Crown Office ChambersA very composed and impressive silk.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Mark Balysz - Crown Office ChambersA superb advocate. He has a real depth of technical knowledge, commitment to strategy that is key in cases of this nature and has very persuasive advocacy skills that not only reassure clients but get results.
Ranked: Tier 1
Mike Atkins - Crown Office ChambersOne of the best juniors out there in this field. His attention to detail and analytical mind are two key strengths which in the main set him apart. He also has a capacity for unstinting hard work and graft! Technically superb.
Ranked: Tier 2
Sandesh Singh - Crown Office ChambersWhether leading or being led, Sandesh has an intimate knowledge of the documents and facts from the very outset in a case. This ability to "get into" the case stand him apart from his competitors and his preparation is unrivalled. He is able to adapt and think on his feet at a moments notice and it really gives clients faith that they are in good hands. He is always thinking about the bigger picture and understands the commercial implications for clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Malcolm Galloway - Crown Office Chambers Technically very strong with over 20 years of criminal advocacy experience. Rounded personality strengthened by a career which began outside of the law. Genuine courtroom presence. He has the ability to get juries on his side.
Ranked: Tier 4
Alice Jarratt - Crown Office ChambersAlice is extraordinarily hard working and committed to her clients. She has undertaken some very difficult high profile cases with composure and skill. She is a first rate lawyer, a forceful advocate and inspires confidence in clients and peers in equal measure.
Ranked: Tier 4


Rising stars

Katherine Sage - Crown Office ChambersA rising star who has really strengthened the junior end of her set.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Simon Antrobus QC - Crown Office ChambersHe is fiercely intelligent, very commercially aware and has a brilliant manner with clients. He has a real strength in understanding and simplifying technical and expert evidence for judges and juries alike and is amongst the most polished advocates around. Simon is particularly good at looking at novel arguments and bringing a new way of thinking to the case.
Ranked: Tier 2

Insurance and reinsurance Tier 2

Crown Office Chambers is 'a very strong set for insurance indemnity and represents good value for money'. Others praise the 'impressive barristers', as well as 'clerks, who are commercial in their approach and always quick and efficient'. The 'technically brilliantBen Quiney QC acted for a salt processing company in its insurance claim, which arose from an arson and raised complex issues relating to the alleged non-disclosure of material facts and breaches of warranty. 'A credit to the Bar and her chambers', Suzanne Chalmers represented the insurers of specialist building restoration and conservation contractors in proceedings, which arose out of the development of a terrace of luxury apartments overlooking Hyde Park.

Leading Silks

Andrew Rigney QC - Crown Office ChambersExtremely bright and meticulous - a first-class silk!
Ranked: Tier 2
Ben Quiney QC - Crown Office ChambersTechnically brilliant and happy to role up his sleeves.
Ranked: Tier 3
Michael Curtis QC - Crown Office ChambersVery good with clients, and his explanations are clear and in plain language. He pays great attention to detail and knows his strategy, but is flexible in approach when necessary.
Ranked: Tier 4
Richard Lynagh QC - Crown Office ChambersExtremely knowledgeable and pays great attention to detail, which is always necessary in indemnity/coverage cases - he draws on his vast experience to find solutions, is calm and unruffled, and a very good advocate.
Ranked: Tier 4
Roger ter Haar QC - Crown Office ChambersHardworking and focuses on the key issues.
Ranked: Tier 5
Michael Kent QC - Crown Office ChambersAlways a calm and measured presence in conference and courtroom alike. His advocacy skills are excellent, as is his ability to provide clarity in the most complex of cases.
Ranked: Tier 5

2019 Silks

Isabel Hitching QC - Crown Office ChambersVery sensitive to the needs of the client, and adopts a realistic and commercial view in order to achieve the best result.
Daniel Shapiro QC - Crown Office ChambersAn excellent silk who is extremely knowledgeable and great for strategy.

Leading Juniors

James Medd - Crown Office ChambersMy go-to barrister for indemnity work. He is efficient, can see the wood for the trees, and produces clear and structured advice on the most complicated legal problems.
Ranked: Tier 2
Suzanne Chalmers - Crown Office ChambersExtremely clever and the quality of her work (advice and drafting) is exceptionally good; at the same time, she can explain complex points of law in a way that can be understood. A credit to the Bar and her chambers.
Ranked: Tier 3
Julian Field - Crown Office ChambersProvides thorough, clear, advice, which allows an accurate assessment of the litigation risks of a particular case. He also provides commercial, pragmatic advice, which leads clients to the ends they wish to achieve.
Ranked: Tier 3
Michele De Gregorio - Crown Office ChambersOne of my favourite juniors. He is bright, articulate and easy to engage with.
Ranked: Tier 3
James Sharpe - Crown Office ChambersDoes a good and detailed job, with sound judgement and common sense. A true all-rounder, who is bright, personable and commercial - a great asset to any team!
Ranked: Tier 3
Steven Coles - Crown Office ChambersExtremely intelligent, with a very patient manner.
Ranked: Tier 4
John Greenbourne - Crown Office ChambersVery approachable, responsive and gives digestible advice. He is always willing to listen to views and takes time to discuss them.
Ranked: Tier 4
Athena Markides - Crown Office ChambersVery bright, extremely conscientious and hardworking; she picks up issues and absorbs large volumes of information quickly and provides accurate, timely advice.
Ranked: Tier 4
Caroline McColgan - Crown Office ChambersQuickly assimilated large amounts of information and provided succinct advice. She was prepared, stuck to her guns under pressure, and artfully deflected some of the more difficult issues we faced.
Ranked: Tier 4
Richard Sage - Crown Office ChambersVery hardworking and will dedicate himself to a case. He is always available to provide a guiding hand and his advice is invaluable.
Ranked: Tier 4

International arbitration: arbitrators

Andrew Bartlett QC - Crown Office ChambersHe is highly intelligent, efficient and courteous both in the administration of arbitrations as well as at hearings. His award writing is exemplary and very much on the ball.


Leading Silks

John Cooper QC - Crown Office ChambersA superb trial lawyer, he is excellent on strategy and tactics, and fearless in the courtroom.
Ranked: Tier 4
Dominic Kay QC - Crown Office ChambersHe truly understands environmental law and the technical detail, and he is an outstanding advocate who presents a compelling case.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Malcolm Galloway - Crown Office ChambersHe is clear, concise, and formidable in his field, and his tactical knowledge and experience are second to none.
Ranked: Tier 2


Leading Silks

Andrew Rigney QC - Crown Office ChambersHe is ferociously hardworking, utterly charming, forensic, responsive and eloquent.
Ranked: Tier 2
Roger ter Haar QC - Crown Office ChambersHardworking and always a pleasure to deal with, he is more inclined to be one of the team than many senior barristers.
Ranked: Tier 4

2021 Silks

Crispin Winser QC - Crown Office ChambersHe is an immensely hardworking and highly effective advocate with considerable gravitas.

Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud Tier 2

Crown Office Chambers is the 'go-to set in London for key insurer clients' due to its 'unrivalled expertise in the field of occupational disease' and its reputation as 'the leading defendant personal injury set'. In an illustration of this, David Platt QC is instructed for the defendant in Westgate v British Airways, a primary claim alleging that neurotoxic injury and death was caused by the composition of cockpit cabin air, which now proceeds as part of a group litigation consisting of over 200 claims against five airlines. Paul Higgins, who recently joined the set from Deans Court Chambers, offers particular expertise in fraudulent matters.

Industrial disease - Leading Silks

Michael Kent QC - Crown Office ChambersRegarded with the utmost respect by peers and also by the judiciary.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Platt QC - Crown Office ChambersA real expert when it comes to dealing with complex medical and scientific issues and handling multiple experts on these issues.
Ranked: Tier 1

Personal injury - Leading Silks

David Platt QC - Crown Office ChambersA real expert when it comes to dealing with complex medical and scientific issues and handling multiple experts on these issues.
Ranked: Tier 1
Richard Lynagh QC - Crown Office ChambersThe perfect QC - a skilful advocate with an excellent knowledge of the law.
Ranked: Tier 3
Michael Kent QC - Crown Office ChambersRegarded with the utmost respect by peers and also by the judiciary.
Ranked: Tier 4
Alexander Antelme QC - Crown Office ChambersDetailed and thorough analysis of complex legal and factual issues. Tremendous knowledge of personal injury and product liability issues.
Ranked: Tier 4
Patrick Blakesley QC - Crown Office ChambersCharming manner whether with experts, witnesses or clients. Excellent advocacy skills in court or settlement meetings. Pragmatic and commercial.
Ranked: Tier 4

2021 Silks

Andrew Davis QC - Crown Office ChambersUndoubtedly one of the standout senior juniors in personal injury.

Industrial disease - Leading Juniors

Matthew Boyle - Crown Office ChambersAlways shows excellent attention to detail.
Ranked: Tier 1
Peter Houghton - Crown Office ChambersPeter is hardworking and studious. He has an excellent eye for detail and his drafting skills are superb. Takes on work at short notice that others might fear to touch.
Ranked: Tier 1
Alexander Macpherson - Crown Office ChambersAble to navigate through difficult issues in an effective and pragmatic way.
Ranked: Tier 1
Robert O’Leary - Crown Office ChambersHas extensive experience and is frequently almost as knowledgeable on the medical aspects of this as the medical experts instructed.
Ranked: Tier 1
A. John Williams - Crown Office ChambersA very knowledgeable counsel who can relied upon to deliver and achieve good results in tough situations.
Ranked: Tier 1

Insurance fraud - Leading Juniors

Paul Higgins - Crown Office ChambersExtremely knowledgeable, strategic and commercially astute when advising upon fundamental dishonesty - a force to be reckoned with in this field of expertise.
Ranked: Tier 1

Personal injury - Leading Juniors

Shaun Ferris - Crown Office ChambersA no-nonsense high quality barrister that gets the job done with a minimum of fuss.
Ranked: Tier 1
Catherine Foster - Crown Office ChambersSomeone you want fighting your corner. Faultless expertise, practical, analytical style and great responsiveness and ability to adapt to client needs.
Ranked: Tier 2
Alexander Macpherson - Crown Office ChambersAble to navigate through difficult issues in an effective and pragmatic way.
Ranked: Tier 2
A. John Williams - Crown Office ChambersA very knowledgeable counsel who can relied upon to deliver and achieve good results in tough situations.
Ranked: Tier 2
Matthew Boyle - Crown Office ChambersAlways shows excellent attention to detail.
Ranked: Tier 3
Harry Lambert - Crown Office ChambersVery bright and capable of presenting and dealing with the most complicated issues and cases.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jamie Clarke - Crown Office ChambersJamie is annoyingly good as an opponent. Confident, assured and very reliable. Is always very well-prepared and enthusiastic about his instructions.
Ranked: Tier 4
John Greenbourne - Crown Office ChambersInspires total confidence with very thorough preparation and drafting skills.
Ranked: Tier 5

Product liability Tier 2

Crown Office Chambers is an 'exceptionally talented, sharp and dedicated set', which has 'an offering of talented barristers across the spectrum from juniors to QCs'. Many practitioners are experienced in group litigation actions in claims regarding defective or faulty medical devices, pharmaceuticals, electronic and mechanical products. Alexander Antelme QC, David Myhill and Richard Sage 'work fabulously as a team', most recently in successfully acting for DePuy in the market-defining metal-on-metal hip litigation.

Rising stars

Juliet Stevens - Crown Office ChambersAn up-and-coming junior in the product liability field.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Alexander Antelme QC - Crown Office ChambersA remarkably astute, highly-experienced and technically brilliant QC whose dedication, focus and legal precision is exemplary.
Ranked: Tier 1

2019 Silks

Daniel Shapiro QC - Crown Office ChambersDaniel has a very sharp intelligence. His drafting is thorough, and he is very robust in putting forward the best case/defence possible.

Leading Juniors

David Myhill - Crown Office ChambersHe has that stellar combination of determination, focus and drive balanced with a calm and reassuring approach.
Ranked: Tier 1
Harry Lambert - Crown Office ChambersImpresses with his intelligence, enthusiasm, diligence and manner.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Medd - Crown Office ChambersHis advice is clear, honest and realistic - simply brilliant at the job.
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, 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 ChambersHis quiet confidence belies a sharp, keen mind and a steady, measured determination and focus that make him an incredibly reassuring and competent advocate to work with.
Ranked: Tier 2
Shaun Ferris - Crown Office ChambersA first-rate advocate, he is also user friendly and approachable.
Ranked: Tier 3

Professional negligence Tier 2

An 'excellent' set, Crown Office Chambers has 'great strength in depth', with 'first-rate silks' and 'juniors who are all experts in their field'. Members handle claims involving solicitors and barristers, insurance brokers, accountants and construction professionals, among others. Recent examples of the set's strength in construction-related claims include Ivor Collett and Nicola Atkins representing parties in claims relating to the installation of flammable cladding, and Ben Quiney QC and Richard Sage representing the defendant in National Trust v Cuffe, which relates to a fire in a stately home. Other highlights include Daniel Shapiro QC acting for the defendant in Mayr & others v CMS Cameron McKenna, a high-value solicitors' negligence claim.

Rising stars

Adam Taylor - Crown Office ChambersAdam has a good commercial approach, recognising that not everything is an academic problem and sometimes a sensible head should be allowed to prevail.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Roger ter Haar QC - Crown Office ChambersHe is one of the finest cross-examiners practising at the English Bar.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ben Quiney QC - Crown Office ChambersHis advocacy is sharp and incisive. Technically brilliant and happy to role up his sleeves.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Rigney QC - Crown Office ChambersA fantastic QC with a great eye for detail.
Ranked: Tier 2
Michael Curtis QC - Crown Office ChambersHe is undoubtedly a go-to barrister for complex work and is fantastic with clients.
Ranked: Tier 4

2019 Silks

Daniel Shapiro QC - Crown Office ChambersHe is extremely knowledgeable and is not afraid to make a call and stand behind it.

Leading Juniors

Ivor Collett - Crown Office ChambersHe is very bright, incredibly approachable and willing to listen. A great person to work with on a case over a number of years. Team player.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jason Evans-Tovey - Crown Office ChambersHe is exceptionally bright and sees the big picture when advising.
Ranked: Tier 1
Suzanne Chalmers - Crown Office ChambersShe is a polished performer. She is extremely clever and the quality of her advice and drafting is exceptionally good and at the same time she can explain complex points of law in a way that can be understood.
Ranked: Tier 3
Nicola Atkins - Crown Office ChambersShe is exceptional. Nicola is very easy to communicate with and very approachable.
Ranked: Tier 4
Elizabeth Boon - Crown Office ChambersElizabeth is very user friendly, hardworking, and has a keen eye for a commercial solution to the client's problems. She rapidly gets to the heart of the issues and communicates the strengths and weaknesses of the case clearly.
Ranked: Tier 4
John Greenbourne - Crown Office ChambersHe is easy to work with, responsive and gives digestible advice.
Ranked: Tier 4
David Myhill - Crown Office ChambersHe is technically excellent and very approachable.
Ranked: Tier 5
Richard Sage - Crown Office ChambersHe is tactically astute, responds quickly and has excellent drafting skills.
Ranked: Tier 5
James Sharpe - Crown Office ChambersHe has all of the relevant precedents at the forefront of his mind. Presents well to professional and insurer clients and is a reassuring sounding board on complex issues.
Ranked: Tier 5
Carlo Taczalski - Crown Office ChambersA great blend of being exceptionally bright, hardworking and responsive together with a charming personality. Engenders confidence of clients both in conference and courtroom. More than a match for experienced counsel both in mainstream professional indemnity work and more specialist.
Ranked: Tier 5
Anna Laney - Crown Office ChambersExtremely thorough and knowledgeable, wholly committed to the case at hand. Very impressive delivery in court and personable when dealing with instructing solicitors and clients.
Ranked: Tier 6
Caroline McColgan - Crown Office ChambersShe is brilliant - extremely bright, immensely hardworking and very pragmatic. Nothing is too much trouble for Caroline and she is perfectly happy to roll up her sleeves and get stuck in.
Ranked: Tier 6
Charles Pimlott - Crown Office ChambersHe provides measured and practical advice. Very much a team player and responsive.
Ranked: Tier 6

Clinical negligence Tier 3

At Crown Office Chambers, 'very experienced barristers' offer clients 'exceptional clinical negligence expertise'. As well as acting for claimants and defendants on complex and high-value claims arising out of birth injury, failure to diagnose medical conditions, and negligent surgery, the set also frequently acts in cross-complimentary cases concerning product liability and pharmaceutical litigation. Alexander Antelme QC is acting for the appellant in Dr Mario Schembri v Ian Marshall, a fatal claim following on from a pulmonary embolism, in a case which potentially impacts on the use of statistics in medical cases, especially in assessing causation. 'One of the more impressive senior-juniors at the clinical negligence Bar', Erica Power has 'a very sound understanding of the mechanics and dynamics of mediation'. The newly ranked Nadia Whittaker is 'fearless and highly recommended for particularly contentious cases'.

Leading Silks

Alexander Antelme QC - Crown Office ChambersA very affable silk with a rapier-like intelligence and the willingness to fight points other QCs might not want to take on.
Ranked: Tier 1

2021 Silks

Farrah Mauladad QC - Crown Office ChambersAn unflappable barrister who manages difficult clients, witnesses and opposing counsel exceptionally well.

Leading Juniors

Charlotte Jones - Crown Office ChambersAn impressive advocate who understands complex medical and legal issues yet has a very straightforward approach.
Ranked: Tier 1
Claire Toogood - Crown Office ChambersClaire is a go-to junior, fierce when she needs to be, collaborative in her style and she always delivers. Exceptional people skills ensure that this barrister gets the very best from clients, witnesses, experts and judges.
Ranked: Tier 2
Erica Power - Crown Office ChambersSuperb advocate and thorough in her cross-examination. Never afraid of a challenge and always very forensic in her analysis which pays dividends when a case comes to trial.
Ranked: Tier 3
David Myhill - Crown Office ChambersAn ideal choice for mastering the evidence in tricky cases and testing witnesses in a fair and personable manner.
Ranked: Tier 4
Nadia Whittaker - Crown Office ChambersNadia is an extremely bright, tenacious advocate who brings real force to legal argument, particularly for maximising outcomes in negotiations. Adopts a thorough, robust and forensic approach to the law.
Ranked: Tier 4
Victoria Woodbridge - Crown Office ChambersAn excellent opponent with good analysis and attention to detail. Sympathetic to the needs of a disabled claimant. Easy to work with but strong in negotiation.
Ranked: Tier 4

Construction Tier 3

Crown Office Chambers are equipped to handle instructions from employers, contractors and sub-contractors, and construction professionals across a wide range of sectors including engineering, power, infrastructure, and telecommunications. The 'ferociously hard-working' Andrew Rigney QC and 'methodical' Dermot Woolgar acted for the respondent in Mears v Costplan Services et al (2019), considering the meaning of practical completion and the impact that patent defects have on the certification of practical completion.

Leading Silks

Andrew Rigney QC - Crown Office ChambersHe is an excellent advocate. He is intelligent, well-prepared, attentive to detail and dedicated. He is always pleasant to deal with.
Ranked: Tier 1
Roger ter Haar QC - Crown Office ChambersHas an ability to cut through and focus on the important issues. Hard-working and always a pleasure to deal with.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ben Quiney QC - Crown Office ChambersHe is always fully read in, prepared and very organised. There is no better man in a crisis.
Ranked: Tier 4
Michael Curtis QC - Crown Office ChambersHe is an extremely capable technical lawyer, exceptional judgement and strong advocate.
Ranked: Tier 4

2019 Silks

Isabel Hitching QC - Crown Office ChambersA standout barrister at the construction Bar.

2021 Silks

Crispin Winser QC - Crown Office ChambersHard-working, great team player. Excellent cross-examination skills. Best junior barrister I have come across.

Leading Juniors

Anna Laney - Crown Office ChambersAnna always gives clear and authoritative advice on case strategy. She has a calm and friendly demeanour.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Medd - Crown Office ChambersRemarkably thorough and well-considered. If he runs with an argument, I know he has confidence in it.
Ranked: Tier 3
Michele de Gregorio - Crown Office ChambersHe is calm and has a fine strategic mind. He is a very impressive and powerful advocate.
Ranked: Tier 4
Caroline McColgan - Crown Office ChambersCaroline is superb – she is extremely bright, exceptionally hardworking, very commercially-minded and pragmatic.
Ranked: Tier 4
Charles Pimlott - Crown Office ChambersCalm and logical approach to issues which is reassuring to clients, great attention to detail, clear and concise yet thorough.
Ranked: Tier 4
Richard Sage - Crown Office ChambersRichard's technical expertise is first rate, but his true strength is his ability to communicate complex technical legal issues in a manner which is readily understandable by the lay clients.
Ranked: Tier 4
Carlo Taczalski - Crown Office ChambersCarlo is incredibly forensic in his approach to work, he deals with large quantities of information in a methodical manner and is an excellent communicator.
Ranked: Tier 4
Dermot Woolgar - Crown Office ChambersDermot is one of the most methodical barristers I have ever come across. He is positive in his advice and has an excellent calming manner which is very reassuring to clients.
Ranked: Tier 4

Professional disciplinary and regulatory law

Leading Juniors

Sandesh Singh - Crown Office ChambersExtremely clever and very thorough, he always gets to the heart of the case. Personable and great to work with, he is very hardworking, too.
Ranked: Tier 3

Inquests and inquiries

Leading Silks

Dominic Kay QC - Crown Office ChambersA very strong advocate who is excellent with clients and easy to recommend.
Ranked: Tier 3
Simon Antrobus QC - Crown Office ChambersReal expertise, very approachable and measured in his approach - my go-to advocate!
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Mike Atkins - Crown Office ChambersGreat attention to detail. He very quickly gets into the issues of a case and is able to ascertain the best way forward for a client. He can also be relied upon to deal with any negative aspects of a client's case in a sensitive way.
Ranked: Tier 4
Malcolm Galloway - Crown Office ChambersAn excellent advocate with great awareness of the strategic importance of how an inquest is conducted. Always exceptionally well prepared and impressive on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 4

International arbitration: counsel Tier 4

Crown Office Chambers is 'a substantial player, particularly in the construction/insurance field, and is certainly a counterweight to the other established sets in that space'. The set's members are especially experienced in Middle East-related disputes and have been involved in several large-scale arbitrations involving contested infrastructure projects. Roger Ter Haar QC and Andrew Rigney QC remain leading players in the market, while Crispin Winser has established himself as one of its most sought after juniors.

Leading Silks

Roger ter Haar QC - Crown Office ChambersRemains at the top of his game - conducted himself at hearings with a poise and eloquence that few others possess in my experience.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Rigney QC - Crown Office ChambersFerociously hard-working, utterly charming, forensic, responsive and eloquent.
Ranked: Tier 3

2021 Silks

Crispin Winser QC-Crown Office ChambersHard-working, team player who really understands how to present in international arbitration.

Set overviews: England and Wales

Crown Office Chambers is a commercial and common law multidisciplinary set with particular expertise in the insurance space and associated practice areas. Since our last guide, Isabel Hitching QC has been to the Civil Procedure Rule Committee for a three-year term; Claire Toogood  has been appointed a Deputy Master of the Queen’s Bench Division; Kim Franklin QC was appointed to the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Committee; former Herbert Smith Freehills partner Donny Surtani joined as a door tenant. In the clerks' room, Rob Cowup, former deputy senior clerk at Keating Chambers, arrived as senior team clerk of the commercial, construction, and energy team. Elsewhere, Roger Ter Haar QC has is to focus upon work as arbitrator and adjudicator and Michael Harvey QC retired from practice after 54 years in chambers.



‘Brilliant. Very quick to respond and very personable.’

‘Connor Thomas is great to deal with.’

‘Clerks are good and efficient. Special mention for Steve Purse who is out there selling the chambers and its expertise. Also extremely friendly and happy to discuss/suggest right counsel for the right job.’

‘Clerks could not do any more to make working with the set an absolute pleasure. They are extremely responsive and helpful whenever a request (such as attending the RCJ) is made of them.’

Excellent – Steve Purse and Matthew Solari in particular, knowledgeable, friendly, commercially minded. Always accessible and helpful and go out of their way to provide assistance. Really great service.’

‘Excellent service from specialist clerks to the regulatory team – Toby Sparrow exceptionally diligent and responsive.’

‘Excellent, very proactive, even to identifying needs from what they see in the industry and not wanting us to miss out on counsel we have used in the past. Clear on fees and timescales.’

‘Fantastic set of clerks. Personable, reliable, responsive. Matthew Solari and Andy Flanagan are always a pleasure to work with.’

‘First-class service. James Wilkinson is outstandingly good: professional, diligent and conscientious.’

Greg Frewin (clerk) is brilliant and the best clerk I have dealt with at any chambers. His service is exceptional and is an absolute pleasure to work with.’

‘Steve Purse is an incredible asset to Crown Office, the best in the business. Always available and manages expectations brilliantly.’

‘The clerking operation is professional and on top of its game. Toby Sparrow is well aware of the cases coming through the door and highly focused on delivering great service.’

‘James Wilkinson and Greg Frewin have built exceptional relationships with solicitors and insurers, they know their set inside out. Joe Shepherd, Sam Barrett and Oli Edwards are all experienced and offer a superb service.’


‘A very good set with great in depth of professional negligence and construction matters. Nice to deal with.’

‘An excellent chambers providing high quality service.’

‘Chambers have a good strength in depth and some very talented individuals. They are really making a concerted effort to market themselves in the professional indemnity insurance arena and are becoming more visible in the Midlands market.’

Crown Office are a go to set for us and preferred/highly regarded by clients.’

Crown Office are my preferred set, the barristers are all very user friendly and commercial alongside being bright.’

‘Crown Office Chambers are always very helpful. They have a wide range of barristers that I use regularly, from juniors through to silk.’

Crown Office Chambers are my preferred Chambers. The strength in depth of the entire Chambers stands them out as the leading Defendant personal injury set.’

‘Crown Office Chambers are the leading chambers for health and safety work in the country. Crown Office has a great deal of quality barristers specialising in the area, at various levels of call. The set would be my first choice for a barrister in health and safety work.’

‘Crown Office Chambers have a real expertise in Construction and Engineering Law, with Counsel at all levels who are able to assist clients at the appropriate level.’

Crown Office Chambers is a leading set in regulatory law. Their team comprises of many years of experience in some of the most influential cases. Crown Office offers reliable Counsel at a consistent level of expertise.’

‘Excellent strength-in-depth. QCs and juniors are sharp, have fingers on the pulse and have a good feel for the commercial realities of insurance litigation.’

‘I have found Crown Office Chambers to be excellent. They offer true expertise in the fields they cover, and have barristers at the right level for every case.’

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. Members of Chambers also sit as arbitrators, adjudicators and mediators as members of dispute boards.

Types of work undertaken

Commercial: Members receive regular instructions in a variety 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 County Courts, High Court, Court of Appeal, Arbitration, Adjudication and other forms of ADR, both domestic and international. 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 but not limited to, acting in clinical negligence claims for claimants, NHSR, private providers, insurers and medical defence organisations, acting in claims of the upmost severity.  We also represent 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. The expertise of a number of barristers in several areas of law such as inquest work, product liability (medical), professional indemnity and insurance coverage ensures that clients can obtain balanced and specialist advice, even when a case touches on a range of different practice areas.

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 considered one of the leading personal injury and industrial disease sets in the country. Our team of specialist counsel are regularly involved in the most serious of cases including: brain and spinal injuries, group litigation, 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: Cameron v Hussain & the MIB (Supreme Court); Dryden & Ors v Johnson Matthey Plc (Supreme Court); Jet2 Holidays Limited v Hughes & Hughes (Court of Appeal); and Goldscheider v The Royal Opera House (Court of Appeal).

Product liability: Members of Chambers have acted in virtually every significant piece of litigation in the field since the early days of the Consumer Protection Act. For instance, MMR vaccine, Epilim and Vioxx to name a few. This pedigree continues with Chambers involvement in recent key litigation decisions. For example, the landmark case of Wilkes v DePuy International Limited in 2016 and the successful defence in the DePuy Pinnacle Group Litigation (Gee v DePuy International Limited) with a team of five counsel from Crown Office Chambers. This was the most comprehensive and detailed analysis of the Consumer Protection Act 1987 in the last decade of which was argued successfully by a member of Chambers. Members are also involved in current litigation group actions such as Seroxat, vaginal mesh and the latest incarnation of the Thalidomide litigation.

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
Members of Chambers LYNAGH QC, Richard (1975)
Members of Chambers TER HAAR QC, Roger (1974)
Members of Chambers BARTLETT QC, Andrew (1974)
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 RIGNEY QC, Andrew (1992)
Members of Chambers PLATT QC, David (1987)
Members of Chambers COOPER QC, John (1985)
Members of Chambers ANTELME QC, Alexander (1993)
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 WRIGHT, Ian (1989)
Members of Chambers POWER, Erica (1990)
Members of Chambers EVANS-TOVEY, Jason (1990)
Members of Chambers O'LEARY, Robert (1990)
Members of Chambers GEE, Toby (1992)
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 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 TURNER, Matthew (2018)
Members of Chambers DANIEL, Meredith (2017)
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 Alexander Antelme photo Alexander Antelme Alex acts in the fields of clinical negligence, product liability, property damage,…
 Simon Antrobus photo Simon Antrobus Simon is renowned for defending on behalf of organisations and their directors…
 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 Quickly established as a leader in his field since joining COC in…
 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 Michael is deputy head of chambers. He has a broad commercial and…
 Andrew Davis  photo Andrew Davis Andrew specialises in personal injury and industrial disease, with a significant proportion…
 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 Barrister specialising in commercial litigation, in particular, insurance and reinsurance, product liability,…
 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,…
 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…
 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 Practises in general civil/common law, in particular personal injury, inquests, commercial, property…
 Alexander Macpherson  photo Alexander Macpherson Practises in various areas of common law and commercial litigation, including industrial…
 Athena Markides  photo Athena Markides Athena Markides practises in all of Chambers’ core areas of work and…
 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 Personal injury, general contract, construction, professional negligence, property damage, commercial, sale of…
 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…
 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 Product liability, clinical negligence and personal injury. In product liability she has…
 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 practises in all the core areas of Chambers’ work, with a…
 Katie Sage  photo Katie Sage Katie specialises in criminal regulatory law, whilst retaining a complementary practice in…
 Daniel Shapiro photo Daniel Shapiro Daniel is a highly effective advocate, well regarded for his court room…
 James Sharpe  photo James Sharpe Commercial, construction, personal injury, property damage, insurance and professional negligence.
 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…
 Matthew Turner  photo Matthew Turner Barrister with a broad common law practice including personal injury, clinical negligence,…
 Richard Tyrrell  photo Richard Tyrrell Specialises in regulatory law, specifically in health and safety, NHS governance, consumer…
 Nadia Whittaker  photo Nadia Whittaker Areas of practice include all aspects of personal injury litigation with a…
 A. John Williams  photo A. John Williams Senior junior who specialises in industrial disease, accident litigation and related health…
 Crispin Winser  photo Crispin Winser Queen’s Counsel specialising in construction, engineering, energy, insurance, professional liability and general…
 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…
 Ian Wright  photo Ian Wright Barrister specialising in construction, engineering and other commercial disputes, and the negligence…

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