Set Profile > Chambers of Richard Lynagh QC > London, England

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

Consumer

2018 Silks

Simon Antrobus QC - Crown Office ChambersA real people person who can look at matters both legally and commercially.

Inquests and inquiries

2018 Silks

Simon Antrobus QC - Crown Office ChambersHe presents the most complicated issues in an easily understood way.

Health and safety Tier 1

'A specialist outfit with real strength in depth', Crown Office Chambers is widely regarded as 'a go-to chambers for health and safety work' with a team that continues to act in high-profile cases, notably the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. Recent instructions include Dominic Kay QC representing Hamerton Zoo in an inquest regarding health and safety breaches after a tiger mauled a keeper to death, while Simon Antrobus QC acted for Valero Energy (formerly Chevron) in the case of the Pembroke oil refinery explosion that killed four workers.

Leading Silks

John Cooper QC - Crown Office ChambersA masterful cross-examiner.
Ranked: Tier 2
Dominic Kay QC - Crown Office ChambersA go-to silk for the most serious health and safety cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Maxwell-Scott QC - Crown Office ChambersHumble, yet ruthless where necessary.
Ranked: Tier 2

2018 Silks

Simon Antrobus QC - Crown Office ChambersVery intelligent and analytical; he wins over a court.

Leading Juniors

Mark Balysz - Crown Office ChambersA brilliant court performer.
Ranked: Tier 1
Mike Atkins - Crown Office ChambersA very user-friendly barrister.
Ranked: Tier 2
Malcolm Galloway - Crown Office ChambersHe conveys complex information in a pragmatic and direct manner.
Ranked: Tier 4
Alice Jarratt - Crown Office ChambersShe combines excellent knowledge with tenacity and charm.
Ranked: Tier 4

Personal injury Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Paul Higgins - Crown Office ChambersDrafts a very good skeleton argument and prepares thoroughly for hearings.
Ranked: Tier 1

International arbitration: arbitrators Tier 2

Andrew Bartlett QC - Crown Office ChambersA top international arbitrator.

Environment Tier 2

Leading Silks

John Cooper QC - Crown Office ChambersA highly capable regulatory specialist noted for environmental crime cases.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Malcolm Galloway - Crown Office ChambersA very good barrister for environmental crime.
Ranked: Tier 2

Energy Tier 2

Leading Silks

Andrew Rigney QC - Crown Office ChambersUnfailingly diligent, charm personified, willing to roll up his sleeves and get in the trench with you.
Ranked: Tier 2
Roger ter Haar QC - Crown Office ChambersAn impressive advocate who can quickly get the measure of a witness or tribunal and tailor his cross-examination accordingly.
Ranked: Tier 3

Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud Tier 2

Crown Office Chambers is 'a particularly impressive set' with a 'good range of highly experienced advocates' who are able to cover the full gamut of personal injury and industrial disease cases, including group actions. In one instruction of note, David Platt QC acted as lead counsel in the historic sexual abuse case of X Children v Minister for Health and Social Services, which has resulted in an immediate change in the law in Jersey to control the size of such claims. Platt QC also led Alexander Macpherson in Goldscheider v Royal Opera House, a high-profile noise claim against the Royal Opera involving an allegation of acoustic shock by an orchestra member, in which they acted for the defendant. Peter Houghton has recently been involved in cases raising issues of novel mesothelioma treatment (immunotherapy) costs.

Industrial disease - Leading Silks

Michael Kent QC - Crown Office ChambersHe is particularly strong handling high-profile group litigation.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Platt QC - Crown Office ChambersHe is without doubt one of the best asbestos practitioners at the Bar today.
Ranked: Tier 1

Personal injury - Leading Silks

David Platt QC - Crown Office ChambersHe is without doubt one of the best asbestos practitioners at the Bar today.
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Lynagh QC - Crown Office ChambersHe is a standout negotiator on high-value catastrophic claims.
Ranked: Tier 3
Michael Kent QC - Crown Office ChambersHe is particularly strong handling high-profile group litigation.
Ranked: Tier 4

Industrial disease - 2018 silks

Patrick Blakesley QC - Crown Office ChambersHe is brilliant with clients and has an effective courtroom manner.

Personal injury - 2018 Silks

Patrick Blakesley QC - Crown Office ChambersHe is brilliant with clients and has an effective courtroom manner.

Industrial disease - Leading Juniors

Matthew Boyle - Crown Office ChambersA balance of Claimant and Defendant work gives him pragmatic approach couled with insight.
Ranked: Tier 1
Peter Houghton - Crown Office ChambersHe is intelligent and analytic with a commercial focus.
Ranked: Tier 1
Alexander Macpherson - Crown Office ChambersHe excels in cases involving challenging quantum issues and contested expert evidence.
Ranked: Tier 1
A John Williams - Crown Office ChambersExcellent both in results and high level of preparation.
Ranked: Tier 1

Personal injury - Leading Juniors

Andrew Davis - Crown Office ChambersHis attention to detail on complex jurisdictional matters is second to none.
Ranked: Tier 1
Shaun Ferris - Crown Office ChambersHe gets swiftly to the heart of matters and has an excellent manner with clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Catherine Foster - Crown Office ChambersShe works incredibly hard and is always available to assist whatever the timescale.
Ranked: Tier 2
Alexander Macpherson - Crown Office ChambersHe excels in cases involving challenging quantum issues and contested expert evidence.
Ranked: Tier 2
John Williams - Crown Office ChambersHe is always very well prepared.
Ranked: Tier 2
Matthew Boyle - Crown Office ChambersA balance of Claimant and Defendant work gives him pragmatic approach couled with insight.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jamie Clarke - Crown Office ChambersHe produces detailed skeleton arguments usually under real pressure of time.
Ranked: Tier 4
Paul Dean - Crown Office ChambersHe gives considered advice taking into account all aspects of the case, case law and unusual aspects.
Ranked: Tier 5
John Greenbourne - Crown Office ChambersUnrivalled attention to detail and encyclopaedic knowledge of the law.
Ranked: Tier 5
Harry Lambert - Crown Office ChambersHe identifies the key issues and gets to the heart of the matter.
Ranked: Tier 5

Product liability Tier 2

'Very strong set' Crown Office Chambers is 'outstanding in the product liability arena'. The set has a 'culture that promotes effective teamwork', meaning members 'work very well as individuals and also exceptionally well as a team in major cases'. In a high-profile dispute with significant implications, Alexander Antelme QC – leading David Myhill and Richard Sage – successfully defended DePuy in the metal on metal hip litigation. Daniel Shapiro QC was appointed silk in 2019, and Jonathan Waite QC retired from practice in March 2019.

Leading Silks

Alexander Antelme QC - Crown Office ChambersSuperbly intelligent, with an incredible insight and lightning fast responses.
Ranked: Tier 1

2019 Silks

Daniel Shapiro QC - Crown Office ChambersA great technician with a superb grasp of detail.

Leading Juniors

David Myhill - Crown Office ChambersA calm and reassuring presence even in the midst of a storm.
Ranked: Tier 1
Shaun Ferris - Crown Office ChambersHe gets to grips with the technicalities and develops a thorough understanding of a case.
Ranked: Tier 2
Harry Lambert - Crown Office ChambersResponsive, highly motivated, diplomatic and pragmatic.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Medd - Crown Office ChambersPersonable, but robust in an adversarial situation.
Ranked: Tier 2
Erica Power - Crown Office ChambersA very strong senior junior.
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Sage - Crown Office ChambersHe is sharp and focused and has an unassuming brilliance.
Ranked: Tier 3

Professional negligence Tier 2

Crown Office Chambers is a 'user-friendly set', with a 'strength and breadth' of 'experienced' professional negligence experts. The Ingenious Litigation is a key mandate for chambers, where Ben Quiney QC is leading Carlo Tackzalski in acting for the accountants. John Greenbourne and Ben Quiney QC were involved in Supreme Court's Perry v Raleys, a landmark case on loss of a chance principles in professional negligence claims against solicitors. The set was recently bolstered by the arrival of leading juniors Ivor Collett and Nicola Atkins from 1 CHANCERY LANE.

Leading Silks

Roger ter Haar QC - Crown Office ChambersHe is very experienced and effective.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ben Quiney QC - Crown Office ChambersHe has the rare talent of a razor-sharp intellect combined with the ability to present his point in a user-friendly format.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Rigney QC - Crown Office ChambersHe is extremely clever, invariably charming, incredibly hardworking and a persuasive advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Sears QC - Crown Office ChambersHe is able to distil issues quickly.
Ranked: Tier 2
Michael Harvey QC - Crown Office ChambersHis depth of knowledge is second-to-none.
Ranked: Tier 3
Michael Curtis QC - Crown Office ChambersGreat at getting straight to the detail.
Ranked: Tier 4
Richard Lynagh QC - Crown Office ChambersHe is very experienced.
Ranked: Tier 4

2019 Silks

Daniel Shapiro QC - Crown Office ChambersHe is is tactically very astute.

Leading Juniors

Jason Evans-Tovey - Crown Office ChambersHe is outstanding.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ivor Collett - Crown Office ChambersHe is a fantastic advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Suzanne Chalmers - Crown Office ChambersExcellent client-care skills.
Ranked: Tier 3
John Greenbourne - Crown Office ChambersHe has the ability to analyse complex issues and can draw out the essence of problems with practical solutions and detailed advice.
Ranked: Tier 3
Elizabeth Boon - Crown Office ChambersTenacious and extremely hardworking.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ian Wright - Crown Office ChambersHe is noted for construction and engineering-related claims.
Ranked: Tier 4
Nicola Atkins - Crown Office ChambersShe is exceptional.
Ranked: Tier 5
Julian Field - Crown Office ChambersHe is reliable and user-friendly.
Ranked: Tier 5
David Myhill - Crown Office ChambersPractical and knowledgeable in his advice.
Ranked: Tier 5
James Sharpe - Crown Office ChambersHe fights his cases assertively and effectively.
Ranked: Tier 5
Carlo Taczalski - Crown Office ChambersHe is very bright and thorough when it comes to considering all the possible issues.
Ranked: Tier 5
Rebecca Taylor - Crown Office ChambersShe is noted for construction-related cases.
Ranked: Tier 5
Richard Sage - Crown Office ChambersHe is very collaborative in his approach.
Ranked: Tier 6

Clinical negligence Tier 3

The 'very accomplished' Crown Office Chambers 'contains real talent in the field of clinical negligence'. The set is instructed by claimants and defendants on complex and high-value claims arising out of birth injury, failure to diagnose medical conditions, negligent surgery as well as multi-party actions. Barristers are 'approachable and willing to assist' and there is a 'good range of counsel from the junior to the senior end'.

Leading Silks

Alexander Antelme QC - Crown Office ChambersAlways very well-prepared, authoritative and very good at dealing with experts and witnesses.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Charlotte Jones - Crown Office ChambersAn excellent advocate who highlights issues in a way that the witnesses understand.
Ranked: Tier 1
Farrah Mauladad - Crown Office ChambersShe leaves no stone unturned and is a wonderful cross-examiner of experts.
Ranked: Tier 2
Claire Toogood - Crown Office ChambersHer drafting is second-to-none and she has a complete grasp of medical evidence.
Ranked: Tier 2
Paul Dean - Crown Office ChambersHe is an excellent advocate in trial and clients are reassured by his calm and thoughtful manner.
Ranked: Tier 3
Gordon Catford - Crown Office ChambersA really solid barrister who is able to make clients feel at ease.
Ranked: Tier 4
David Myhill - Crown Office ChambersHighly intelligent, analytical and approachable.
Ranked: Tier 4
Erica Power - Crown Office ChambersHer cross-examination is very forensic.
Ranked: Tier 4
Victoria Woodbridge - Crown Office ChambersIncredibly personable, her quantum analysis is excellent – a joy to work with.
Ranked: Tier 4

Construction Tier 3

Crown Office Chambers is a 'go-to' chambers for construction disputes across the building, infrastructure, and telecoms sectors. The 'highly regardedAndrew Rigney QC was lead counsel for the successful respondent in Mears Ltd v Cosplan and Othersa landmark decision on a £35m dispute in which the Court of Appeal considered the meaning of 'practical completion'. Elsewhere, David Sears QC acted for the funders in Bank of Scotland Plc v Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, a TCC case which arose out of the interaction of a number of complex funding and other agreements with potential consequences for the NHS trust.

Leading Silks

Andrew Rigney QC - Crown Office ChambersA good cross-examiner, very highly regarded in the construction sector.
Ranked: Tier 1
Roger ter Haar QC - Crown Office ChambersWidely respected silk in the construction Bar.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Sears QC - Crown Office ChambersHe is a superb silk.
Ranked: Tier 2
Michael Curtis QC - Crown Office ChambersA highly regarded silk.
Ranked: Tier 5
Ben Quiney QC - Crown Office ChambersHe has a rare calmness in the face of adversity.
Ranked: Tier 5

2019 Silks

Isabel Hitching QC - Crown Office ChambersA specialist in construction, with regular High Court appearances.

Leading Juniors

Anna Laney - Crown Office ChambersA highly regarded junior.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Medd - Crown Office ChambersHe is experienced in TCC litigation.
Ranked: Tier 3
Crispin Winser - Crown Office ChambersVery proactive and impressive.
Ranked: Tier 3
Michele de Gregorio - Crown Office ChambersHe has a sector wide experience of construction litigation.
Ranked: Tier 4
Charles Pimlott - Crown Office ChambersHandles a range of cases and regularly appears in the TCC.
Ranked: Tier 4
Carlo Taczalski - Crown Office ChambersHandles a diverse range of construction disputes.
Ranked: Tier 4

Insurance and reinsurance Tier 3

With 'very good quality counsel at a range of levels' and a 'flexible and user-friendly approach', Crown Office Chambers is 'well regarded for its insurance expertise'. Members are noted for their experience across construction and property claims, professional liability, product, employers, and public liability insurance disputes. Ben Quiney QC, leading Caroline McColgan, is acting for the BBC in 2 Entertain Video, BBC Worldwide and Demon Music Group Ltd v Sony DADC Europe, a high-value claim arising from the damage caused during the 2011 London riots. In another highlight, Quiney QC successfully represented a recycling company seeking to recover insurance monies due to a fire in Wheeldon v Millennium Insurance. Also of note, Michael Kent QC appeared in RSA Insurance v Assicurazioni Generali, an employers' liability dispute.

Leading Silks

Andrew Rigney QC - Crown Office ChambersA fantastic QC with a great eye for detail; his client care is second-to-none.
Ranked: Tier 2
Michael Curtis QC - Crown Office ChambersHis written advice is a tour de force of the relevant law, covers all the angles and comes up with a practical solution.
Ranked: Tier 4
Roger ter Haar QC - Crown Office ChambersHe is experienced in a range of insurance and reinsurance disputes.
Ranked: Tier 4
Richard Lynagh QC - Crown Office ChambersHe is very commercially aware.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ben Quiney QC - Crown Office ChambersAn absolute star of the insurance world.
Ranked: Tier 4
Michael Kent QC - Crown Office ChambersA superb lawyer and advocate who masters the subject matter and effectively puts his arguments across.
Ranked: Tier 5
David Sears QC - Crown Office ChambersHe is a gifted advocate.
Ranked: Tier 5

2019 Silks

Daniel Shapiro QC - Crown Office ChambersHe has an excellent sense for strategy and great client handling skills.

Leading Juniors

James Medd - Crown Office ChambersHe is brilliant.
Ranked: Tier 2
Suzanne Chalmers - Crown Office ChambersShe is a real expert.
Ranked: Tier 3
Julian Field - Crown Office ChambersHe is cool and calm when addressing complicated and technical issues.
Ranked: Tier 3
Michele De Gregorio - Crown Office ChambersHe takes a pragmatic and commercial approach to dealing with claims.
Ranked: Tier 3
James Sharpe - Crown Office ChambersHis drafting is technically excellent and very persuasive; he is also likeable, clever and easy to work with.
Ranked: Tier 3
Caroline McColgan - Crown Office ChambersShe expertly deals with particularly difficult and robust challenges to her position, whilst maintaining a cool, pragmatic and commercial head.
Ranked: Tier 4
Richard Sage - Crown Office ChambersHe is exceptional and very highly regarded.
Ranked: Tier 4
Rebecca Taylor - Crown Office ChambersShe is experienced in acting for insurers.
Ranked: Tier 4
Anna Laney - Crown Office ChambersShe is noted for construction-related disputes.
Ranked: Tier 4
Steven Coles - Crown Office ChambersHe is very analytical, forensic and has good ‘instinct’ on strategy.
Ranked: Tier 4
John Greenbourne - Crown Office ChambersHe provides thorough advice.
Ranked: Tier 4

Personal injury Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Simon O'Dwyer - Crown Office ChambersGreat at explaining complex legal issues to lay clients.
Ranked: Tier 3

International arbitration: counsel Tier 4

Crown Office Chambers is 'very much a coming force in international construction', with 'a handful of top international arbitrators and very strong senior advocates', according to clients. The chambers has a strong focus on the UAE and the Middle East, where the likes of Roger Ter Haar QC and Andrew Rigney QC are highly experienced, and members were involved in several major disputes concerning development projects within the region.

Leading Silks

Roger ter Haar QC - Crown Office ChambersHas a wealth of experience, and is an impressive advocate who can quickly get the measure of a witness or tribunal.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Rigney QC - Crown Office ChambersAn excellent and very personable barrister.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Crispin Winser - Crown Office ChambersExtremely hardworking, very effective in cross-examination and always responsive.
Ranked: Tier 2

Professional disciplinary and regulatory law Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Sandesh Singh - Crown Office ChambersHe has forensic attention to detail.
Ranked: Tier 4

Set overviews: England and Wales

With ‘a great spread of senior and junior counsel’, Crown Office Chambers is a ‘go-to set for health and safety work and inquests due to its impressive showing and availability of truly specialist counsel’. Chambers is also well-known for its ‘excellence in construction and engineering cases’, has strength in depth for insurance work, and ‘a formidable reputation in the professional negligence arena’. Isabel Hitching and Daniel Shapiro took silk in 2019 and chambers has been further strengthened by the arrival of Paul Higgins from Deans Court Chambers and Simon O’Dwyer from Old Square Chambers. Under the leadership of ‘standout’ and ‘extremely responsive’ senior managing clerk Andy Flanagan, the ‘top notch’ clerks’ room is ‘business savvy and knows how to manage instructing solicitors’ expectations’. Senior insurance and professional liability clerk Steve Purse has ‘changed the professional indemnity market’s perception of the set’; Purse ‘runs a tight ship’ and solicitors ‘can be confident of receiving a responsive service no matter whether the case is being handled by a QC or a pupil’. Solicitors also praise the 'excellent' senior commercial, construction, and energy clerk Chris Sunderland.  ‘Pragmatic’ senior criminal regulatory and environmental clerk Toby Sparrow is ‘is simply fantastic’, ‘going out of his way to make things run smoothly’; ‘he builds genuine relationships with solicitors which makes it really easy to pick up the phone and discuss the best counsel for particular cases’. Senior clinical negligence and personal injury clerk James Wilkinson ‘has been a very good acquisition’ to the team. Meanwhile, Greg Frewin and Matt Solari are ‘extremely efficient and offer a Grade A service at all times’, and Sam Barrett is ‘very reliable and an asset to chambers’. Offices in: London

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Personal injury Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Paul Higgins - Crown Office ChambersDrafts a very good skeleton argument and prepares thoroughly for hearings.
Ranked: Tier 1

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Personal injury Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Simon O'Dwyer - Crown Office ChambersGreat at explaining complex legal issues to lay clients.
Ranked: Tier 3

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 the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, Bosley Mill explosion, Didcot Power Station collapse, Pembroke refinery explosion, Alton Towers, Lakanal House Fire Inquests, Hillsborough prosecution, Buncefield oil refinery explosion, Lion Steel and Red Industries.

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.

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. Some notable cases that members of Chambers have been involved in are: Hutson & Ors v Tata Steel UK Ltd (Queen’s Bench Division, GLO); Cameron v Hussain & the MIB (Supreme Court); X Children v Minister for Health & Social Services (Royal Court of Jersey); Goldscheider v The Royal Opera House (pending Court of Appeal); Inglis v The Ministry of Defence (Queen’s Bench Division); and Dryden & Ors v Johnson Matthey Plc (Supreme Court).

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. The past 2 years has seen Chambers’ reputation in this area increase as a number of high profile cases, including Perry v Raleys Solicitors [2017] P.N.L.R. 27, has led to further recognition to have hit the headlines.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior Managing Clerk Andy Flanagan
Senior Team Clerks Steve Purse
Senior Team Clerks Chris Sunderland
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 HARVEY QC, Michael (1966)
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 SEARS QC, David (1981)
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 BERKIN, Martyn (1966)
Members of Chambers STEVENSON, John (1975)
Members of Chambers GREENBOURNE, John (1978)
Members of Chambers CATFORD, Gordon (1980)
Members of Chambers FIELD, Julian (1980)
Members of Chambers DEAN, Paul (1982)
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 VANDYCK, William (1988)
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 DAVIS, Andrew (1996)
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 MAULADAD, Farrah (1999)
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 WINSER, Crispin (2003)
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 TAYLOR, Adam (2014)
Members of Chambers MESFIN, Mek (2014)
Members of Chambers SAGE, Katherine (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)
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 James Ageros QC photo James Ageros QC Health and safety enforcement and environmental law. Cases include: R v Friskies…
 Alexander Antelme QC photo Alexander Antelme QC Alex acts in the fields of clinical negligence, product liability, property damage,…
 Simon Antrobus QC photo Simon Antrobus QC 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 QC photo Andrew Bartlett QC 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 QC photo Margaret Bickford-Smith QC Barrister and mediator. Margaret is current Chair of the Chartered Institute of…
 Patrick Blakesley QC photo Patrick Blakesley QC His personal injury practice includes all kinds of personal injury work for…
 Elizabeth Boon  photo Elizabeth Boon Elizabeth specialises in construction and property damage, professional negligence, product liability, insurance,…
 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…
 Gordon Catford  photo Gordon Catford Barrister specialising in clinical negligence, personal injury and professional disciplinary work. He…
 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 cases, such as policy…
 Ivor Collett  photo Ivor Collett Barrister specialising in insurance (including policy disputes and wording, insurance fraud, and…
 John Cooper QC photo John Cooper QC Regularly instructed to appear both at inquests and trials. In the recent…
 Michael Curtis QC photo Michael Curtis QC 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…
 Paul Dean  photo Paul Dean Specialist in personal injury and clinical negligence work. Acts largely, though not…
 Jason Evans-Tovey  photo Jason Evans-Tovey Barrister whose practice encompasses a wide range of civil common law and…
 Shaun Ferris  photo Shaun Ferris Barrister specialising in personal injury, industrial disease, product liability and professional negligence.…
 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 QC photo Kim Franklin QC 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 Harvey QC photo Michael Harvey QC Barrister specialising in civil and commercial matters including commercial and contractual disputes;…
 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 QC photo Isabel Hitching QC Isabel has a long established specialist practice in construction and engineering and…
 Rory Holmes  photo Rory Holmes He regularly appears at trial and on application in fast track and…
 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 QC photo Dominic Kay QC 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 QC photo Christopher Kennedy QC Christopher Kennedy QC specialises in a broad range of personal injury litigation,…
 Michael Kent QC photo Michael Kent QC 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 QC photo Richard Lynagh QC 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…
 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 QC photo James Maxwell-Scott QC 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 QC photo David Platt QC 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 QC photo Ben Quiney QC Practises in all areas of common law and commercial litigation; specialises in…
 Andrew Rigney QC photo Andrew Rigney QC Barrister, whose practice encompasses a wide range of civil and commercial work…
 Richard Sage  photo Richard Sage Richard practises in all the core areas of Chambers’ work, with a…
 Katherine Sage  photo Katherine Sage Katherine is enjoying developing her practice, focusing on health and safety, personal…
 David Sears QC photo David Sears QC For many years, David has been widely recognised as a leading practitioner…
 Daniel Shapiro QC photo Daniel Shapiro QC 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 QC photo Andrew Smith QC Also practises from Compass Chambers, Edinburgh. Andrew has considerable experience in a…
 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…
 Rebecca Taylor  photo Rebecca Taylor Rebecca specialises in construction, property damage, professional negligence, insurance and general commercial…
 Roger Ter Haar QC photo Roger Ter Haar QC Barrister specialising in commercial litigation; construction litigation; professional indemnity cases and insurance…
 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…
 William Vandyck  photo William Vandyck Specialises in all personal injury and occupational disease, including accidents, asbestos, brain…
 Jonathan Waite QC photo Jonathan Waite QC Barrister specialising in (1) product liability, in particular multi-party pharmaceutical and medical…
 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 Barrister specialising in construction, engineering, energy, insurance, professional liability and general commercial…
 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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