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2 CROWN OFFICE ROW, TEMPLE
LONDON
EC4Y 7HJ
England

London Bar > Health and safety Tier 1

Sought out by high-profile individual directors and managers, through to multi-billion pound corporations, the set at Crown Office Chambers continues to be a pre-eminent set for a whole array of high profile health and safety matters, including corporate and individual manslaughter, prosecutions under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, and appeals against improvement and prohibitions notices. John Cooper KC, James Ageros KC, and Lucy Wright, who joined the set from Lincoln House Chambers in November 2022, were all instructed in a trial relating to a Section 3 and Section 37 Health and Safety at Work Act case concerning five fatalities at a recycling centre in Birmingham. Simon Antrobus KC recently successfully defended a managing director in relation to four charges of manslaughter, and Mark Balysz KC is defending a paramedic at trial charged with gross negligence manslaughter.

Leading Silks

John Cooper KCCrown Office Chambers 'A heavyweight silk in health and safety work. He inspires confidence from the off.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Simon Antrobus KCCrown Office ChambersSimon advocates on his clients’ behalf with grace and panache. His statements are concise and precise, often encapsulating complex points and principles in both judge and jury-friendly terms and aided by his crystal-clear delivery.
Ranked: Tier 1
James Ageros KCCrown Office ChambersJust seems to get stronger and stronger. Possibly the calmest lawyer on the circuit, perfect for difficult clients and difficult tribunals. Brings a logical approach and defuses situations with charm.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
James Maxwell-Scott KCCrown Office ChambersHe produces high-quality written advice and is able to quickly review and disseminate large amounts of information.
Ranked: Tier 2

2023 Silks

Mark Balysz KCCrown Office ChambersHe has been one of the leading and most effective advocates in this area for many years - passionate about his clients and this comes across in his advocacy.

Leading Juniors

Mike AtkinsCrown Office ChambersA leading junior in the field of criminal health and safety defence work. Mike has an incredibly bright future ahead of him.
Ranked: Tier 1
Sandesh SinghCrown Office Chambers ‘He is extremely intelligent and brilliant on technical cases involving science which he is able to bring down into a more simple form.‘
Ranked: Tier 2
Malcolm GallowayCrown Office ChambersClear advice, robust advocacy, the ability to foreshadow opponents' arguments and to structure submissions accordingly.
Ranked: Tier 2
Harry VannCrown Office ChambersHarry has a commanding presence both in conference and in court, and clients and judges listen when he speaks. His written advices are superb. He will go far.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Jack MurphyCrown Office Chambers ‘Jack is very quick and has an eye for detail. He is very much a specialist health and safety lawyer. Highly recommended.‘  
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4
Lucy Wright  – Crown Office Chambers ‘Lucy is confident and has the ability to cut through large amounts of documentation and establish the real issues.’
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

‘Toby Sparrow is without question the best clerk around. Hard working, diligent and anticipates the needs of instructing solicitors.’

‘The clerks are always extremely efficient in dealing with any enquiries.’

‘The clerks are great – they are highly responsive and easy to contact when required. Toby Sparrow leads a great team.’

‘Toby Sparrow leads a strong and efficient team of clerks.’

‘The clerks room is well led and helpful generally and specifically Toby Sparrow assists in the selection of counsel and offering of alternatives, promoting candidates in an effective but non-pushy way.’

‘The countries leading H&S set with strength and depth at silk and junior level.’

‘The barristers are all leaders in the field and the service is second to none.’

‘Crown Office Chambers is the ‘go-to’ set for health and safety and inquest instructions. The set has a broad experience, at all levels, and the clerking is top rate. Members of this set are at the forefront of H&S case law, and are involved in some of the highest profile cases of recent years. Cannot recommend the set enough.’

Work highlights

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

The ‘impressive’ barristers at Crown Office Chambers provide ‘a wide range of top quality expertise’, particularly strong in catastrophic injury work. David Platt KC is acting for the Ministry of Defence in the ongoing military deafness group claim, in which over four thousand members of the armed forces are seeking compensation for noise-induced hearing loss whilst in training or active service. Catherine Foster acts for the claimant in Juj v John Lewis Partnership plc, which considers the standards to be expected of ‘occupiers’ where visitors are disabled or otherwise vulnerable; in this case the claimant, an elderly person, tripped on a kerb bordering a disabled parking bay at the defendant’s car park. In September 2023 Matthew Boyle was appointed to the circuit bench.

Leading Silks

David Platt KCCrown Office Chambers ‘David is a Rolls Royce of a silk. Excellent robust and no-nonsense advice.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Michael Kent KCCrown Office Chambers ‘He has a profound grasp of the law and combines that with diffident but highly effective advocacy.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Patrick Blakesley KCCrown Office Chambers ‘Patrick is a very eloquent and elegant advocate. He has a calm and forceful manner as well as being highly intelligent.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Alexander Antelme KCCrown Office Chambers 'He is a very smooth advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Christopher Kennedy KCCrown Office Chambers ‘Christopher is first-class with clients. His preparation is meticulous and he provides tactically astute advice. A brilliant advocate.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Davis KC – Crown Office Chambers ‘A first-rate advocate with a real eye for detail, who builds a great rapport with experts and witnesses.’
Ranked: Tier 3

Personal injury - Leading Juniors

Paul Higgins Crown Office Chambers 'A master strategist in fundamental dishonesty claims that can be quite nuanced.'
Ranked: Tier 1
A. John Williams  – Crown Office Chambers ‘A leading junior in this field. Attention to detail, in-depth knowledge of all arguments, good on tactics.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Shaun FerrisCrown Office Chambers ‘Shaun is always prepared, tactically very astute and adaptable.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Catherine FosterCrown Office Chambers ‘Catherine's advocacy is outstanding. She has an ability to secure results that surpass all reasonable expectation.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Alexander MacphersonCrown Office Chambers ‘Alexander is forensic and an excellent communicator of complex issues - he is superb at unpicking difficult liability and causation issues.' 
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Gemma WitheringtonCrown Office Chambers ‘Gemma has excellent attention to detail. She is able to empathise with clients and provide them with reassurance and confidence.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Peter Houghton  – Crown Office Chambers ‘Peter is the most detail-orientated junior at the Bar. He is massively intelligent.’
Ranked: Tier 3
John GreenbourneCrown Office Chambers ‘John is meticulous in both the preparation and delivery of his advice. He has a forensic approach to the evidence that instils confidence.'  
Ranked: Tier 3
Jamie ClarkeCrown Office Chambers ‘Jamie is meticulous in his attention to detail. He is extraordinarily thorough.' 
Ranked: Tier 3
Suzanne ChalmersCrown Office Chambers ‘Suzanne's attention to detail and ability to get into the minutiae of the case quickly in order to make a difference to the final outcome sets her apart.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Jack MacaulayCrown Office ChambersJack is very personable and adaptable; a smooth exterior but remains very much in control.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Katie Ayres - Crown Office Chambers 'Katie exhibits excellent command of the case facts and the law, and expresses herself concisely to excellent effect.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Nadia Whittaker Crown Office ChambersNadia is straightforward and relentless, she has an excellent eye for detail and relishes rolling up her sleeves and taking on difficult cases.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Rory Holmes Crown Office Chambers ‘Rory is always calm, collected and highly effective. He is a brilliant advocate and a joy to watch when on his feet.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Simon O’Dwyer - Crown Office Chambers 'Meticulous preparation - very thorough indeed. Very competent in procedural matters, a skillful advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 5

Testimonials

‘I have always had a good service from the team of clerks, in particular the injury team headed by Greg Frewin.’

‘Outstanding – first-class service throughout the whole clerking team. James Wilkinson and Sam Barrett in particular are trusted to ensure the needs of the client are met at all times.’

‘Crown Office Chambers have an impressive range of barristers in this industry from experienced ‘heavy hitting’ KCs to trusted senior juniors and junior barristers. They are able to deal with a wide range of claims and are particularly strong for catastrophic injury claims and insurance indemnity disputes.’

‘Crown Office Chambers is my go-to chambers. They provide a wide range of top quality expertise.’

‘Clerking services are one of the strongest, an excellent team whoever you come across.’

‘Crown Office has unparalleled strength in depth of serious injury work. ‘

‘Solid personal injury set with a good depth and breath of barristers across all seniorities’

‘The personal injury team at Crown Office is first-class.’

Work highlights

London Bar > Clinical negligence Tier 2

Crown Office Chambers is ‘full of excellent counsel from the most senior to the most junior’, including expert Alexander Antelme KC, who is currently involved on behalf of a surgeon accused of negligence in the conduct of rectal surgery, involving extensive regulatory investigation. Notably, Charlotte Jones is led in acting for the defendants in Paul, Polmear and Purchase v Royal Wolverhampton Hospital NHS Trust, a case raising complex issues of liability for injuries to secondary victims - those who suffer psychiatric injuries as a result of witnessing injuries caused by negligence. Claire Toogood KC is recognised for her strength in claims involving complex medical issues.

Leading Silks

Alexander Antelme KCCrown Office Chambers ‘Alexander has a thorough grasp of complex medical causation issues'
Ranked: Tier 1
Farrah Mauladad KC - Crown Office Chambers 'Farrah has the incredible ability to distil complex legal and medical issues and advise on strategy in a straightforward format. ' 
Ranked: Tier 3

2022 Silks

Claire Toogood KC - Crown Office Chambers Claire is a strong and forceful negotiator and advocate.
Claire Toogood KC – Crown Office Chambers ‘Claire is a pleasure to work with, a very skilled advocate with an excellent grasp of complex medical issues.’

Leading Juniors

Charlotte JonesCrown Office Chambers  'Charlotte is an outstanding barrister. She has incredible attention to detail in her written documentation, is a great advocate, and her advocacy skills are something to be admired.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Erica PowerCrown Office Chambers Erica has incredible attention to detail, a very smart and competent barrister, with a great command of medicine as well as the legal principles.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Nadia WhittakerCrown Office Chambers Nadia is an impressive advocate both in writing and on her feet. She is able to articulate the risks of a case with sensitivity and clarity leaving lay clients confident of her recommendations'. 
Ranked: Tier 3
Katie AyresCrown Office Chambers ‘Highly intelligent.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Victoria WoodbridgeCrown Office Chambers ‘A first-class barrister who goes the extra mile achieving excellent results.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Harry LambertCrown Office Chambers  ‘Good attention to detail and excellent advocacy - he is persuasive, tough, and gets his points across firmly.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Gemma Witherington – Crown Office Chambers ‘Gemma has a very good eye for detail in all aspects of any given claim, as well as a very strong grasp of the clinical basis underpinning given claims.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Juliet Stevens Crown Office Chambers ‘Juliet is an excellent advocate and hugely impressive in conferences and settlement meetings. She has an excellent understanding of medicine, which sets her apart from other counsel.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Helen Pagett  – Crown Office Chambers  ‘Helen has progressed from a junior to a senior rapidly and now advises on complex, high-value claims.’    
Ranked: Tier 4
David MyhillCrown Office Chambers David is an incredibly capable barrister with an enviable command of the law.'
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

‘Greg Frewin knows the strength and qualities of all the Counsel inside out and can always be relied upon to recommend the best Counsel for the job.’

‘The Clerks and administration is particularly strong with the likes of Lisa Searle and Connor Thomas offering excellent support.’

‘The Clerks are friendly, helpful and accommodating and offer a high level of service.’

‘The Chambers are and always have been full of excellent Counsel from the most senior to the most junior.’

‘Crown Office Chambers is a ‘go to’ Chambers, providing a consistently high level of service.’

 

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance Tier 2

Crown Office Chambers handles most aspects of contentious claims and coverage issues in the London Market and its members are well-known for insurance work in areas including construction, property damage and professional liability. Members of the set have varied strengths and handle a broad practice with silks including Isabel Hitching KC, which one client describes as ‘extremely astute, very careful and conscientious,‘ was involved in University of Exeter v Allianz Insurance Plc, representing the insurer which was seeking a declaration that it was right to reject a claim arising out of the controlled detonation of a World War 2-era bomb discovered on land adjacent to student residencies. Andrew Rigney KC has a well established practice in insurance which encompasses domestic and international work, and has been involved in a wide range of important insurance cases including those arising out of Grenfell and Covid-19 lockdowns. Ben Quiney KC advises and litigates on all insurance related disputes, including policy disputes and recovery claims, while Frederick Simpson  and Andrew Brown are notable juniors in the set.

Rising stars

Ranked: Tier 1
Frederick Simpson  – Crown Office ChambersFreddy is very hard-working and has a great demeanour. Freddy’s drafting is exceptionally clear and easy to follow.’
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Ben Quiney KCCrown Office ChambersBen’s written advice is fantastic and his understanding of warranties and indemnities policies is second-to-none.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Rigney KCCrown Office ChambersVery hard working and not afraid to roll up his sleeves. He is excellent with clients and provides practical and commercial advice, always having the client's objectives in mind.  Really at the top of his game.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Daniel Shapiro KCCrown Office Chambers  ‘Danny is a rising star in this area - he is bright, exercises good judgement, is approachable, pragmatic and practical where necessary, knows his law and is very easy to deal with. He is liked by clients and his solicitors team and is a fearsome opponent.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Isabel Hitching KCCrown Office ChambersIsabel is extremely astute, very careful and conscientious and always has a clear plan of action in terms of approach to the issues and getting the best out of the case for the client.  She manages expectations in relation to delivering work and solicitors know exactly where they stand.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Michael Kent KCCrown Office ChambersHe is one of the best appellate advocates solicitors have seen. He has a profound grasp of the law and combines that with diffident but highly effective advocacy. He is a real pleasure to work with, both one to one and as part of a wider team.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Michael Curtis KCCrown Office ChambersHe has a tenacious work ethic and provides clear advice. He is very personable and has an ability to tailor his advice to his audience, whether they be lawyers or laypeople. He has a forensic eye for detail.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 2
James SharpeCrown Office ChambersEasy to deal with both for solicitors and for clients. User-friendly and good legal analysis.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Caroline McColganCrown Office ChambersEasy to deal with and responsive.'  
Ranked: Tier 2
Suzanne ChalmersCrown Office ChambersSuzanne is a very capable insurance coverage counsel, and pleasant to deal with.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Julian FieldCrown Office ChambersCommitment, an ability to analyze a case thoroughly and to express his views clearly and logically on paper. Supportive and an all round good barrister. Terrific on paper.'  
Ranked: Tier 3
Michele De GregorioCrown Office ChambersVery pragmatic and very good with clients – approachable and excellent at explaining difficult concepts and issues to lay clients in a way that they understand without feeling patronised.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Athena MarkidesCrown Office ChambersAthena is incredibly detailed and thorough and always manages to identify the key issues be they commercial or technical at a very early stage.  Her advocacy and in particular communication is excellent.  Athena is a go-to barrister.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Carlo TaczalskiCrown Office Chambers 'Excellent intellectual ability.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Richard SageCrown Office Chambers 'An extremely intelligent junior who distils complex information quickly, and is very calm and collected at all times.'
Ranked: Tier 4
John GreenbourneCrown Office Chambers 'A very user-friendly and approachable junior.'
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

‘Steve Purse and his team are great to work with and always try their best to help whenever possible.’

‘Steve Purse is the best clerk in the business.  Very responsive and anticipates my needs without my having to ask.’

‘Greg Frewin has always been one of the most helpful I have found in any Chambers and my interactions now with Steve Purse to be extremely quick at coming back to me and to provide great service and to offer helpful suggestions wherever he can.’

‘Go to Chambers for insurance and construction matters.’

‘Crown Office are my go to the simpler case where I need a costs effective solution for the client.’

‘There is a growing strength in depth in this area at more junior levels.  The more senior end of the set has always been strong.  Daniel Shapiro KC is first class.’

‘Crown Office is generally good at gauging counsel availability and the clerks are quick to suggest alternatives if a particular barrister is unavailable. The clerks are generally very quick to respond and helpful.’

‘Crown Office Chambers is a very strong set in this area. It has good strength in depth and has very strong clerking.’

Work highlights

London Bar > Product liability Tier 2

Crown Office Chambers is recognised for its expertise in product liability disputes across a range of different sectors including construction, insurance, pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Alexander Antelme KC is sought after by manufacturers and claimants for cases involving medical products and pharmaceuticals. David Myhill was instructed in litigation relating to vehicle emissions, while Harry Lambert has a track record including the Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip litigation as well as the Seroxat case.

Rising stars

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

Leading Silks

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

Leading Juniors

David MyhillCrown Office Chambers ‘Brilliant in providing very clear advice and cutting through to the central issues. An expert in product liability claims and clearly a KC in the making.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Harry LambertCrown Office Chambers ‘Harry provides timely and detailed advice that is always well thought-through.’
Ranked: Tier 2
James MeddCrown Office Chambers 'He is excellent. Very thorough, hands on, detailed, responsive, very strategic and first rate in his handling of clients.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard SageCrown Office Chambers ‘Clever, knowledgeable, hard-working, friendly and approachable.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Erica PowerCrown Office Chambers ‘Erica has huge experience in the field of product liability. She is a formidable opponent.  She has a steely determination and resolve. She is an excellent and clear advocate.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Shaun FerrisCrown Office Chambers 'Shaun is a skilled advocate, whose pragmatic and empathetic approach ensures favourable results.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Carlo Taczalski  - Crown Office Chambers 'Carlo's enthusiasm and eye for detail are exceptional and he adopts a common sense approach to strategy which is a significant benefit to both us and our clients.'
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

‘Clerking is excellent throughout, and Head Clerk Andy Flanagan is outstanding.’

‘Very responsive and helpful.’

‘Quality in depth.’

‘Excellent all round.’

 

Work highlights

London Bar > Professional negligence Tier 2

Crown Office Chambers is an ‘all round excellent’ set which regularly takes instructions from major law firms and insurers. In NGS v Covea & Riverdale, Ben Quiney KC acted for the insured in a claim arising from a fire at a salt manufacturing plant. This case involves complex issues as to the cause of the fire, coverage, and the rule of insurance brokers. Additionally, Isabel Hitching KC handles a number of cases concerning technology and construction; she recently worked People Per Hour v Go Up, acting for the defendant in what is thought to be the first case on the duties of providers of search engine optimisation services.

Leading Silks

Ben Quiney KCCrown Office ChambersA brilliant advocate and excellent with clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Rigney KCCrown Office ChambersExceptional advocacy which is very clear, concise and persuasive. Very nice manner and easy to work with, reliable and available.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Daniel Shapiro KCCrown Office Chambers ‘Danny is bright, exercises good judgement, is approachable, pragmatic and practical where necessary, knows his law and is very easy to deal with. He is liked by clients and his solicitors team and is a fearsome opponent.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Isabel Hitching KC – Crown Office Chambers ‘Isabel has an innate ability to drill down to the main points and weed out irrelevant issues, from which instructing solicitors can then draw up a strong strategic approach which usually gets us to where the client wants to be.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Crispin Winser KCCrown Office Chambers ‘Extremely knowledgeable and pragmatic, explains clearly and concisely. Not just the law itself but strategically how to reach the desired objective.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Michael Curtis KCCrown Office Chambers ‘He has a tenacious work ethic and provides clear advice. He is very personable and has an ability to tailor his advice to his audience, whether they be lawyers or laypeople. He has a forensic eye for detail.’
Ranked: Tier 4

2024 Silks

Anna Laney KCCrown Office Chambers 'Highly experienced and knowledgeable. A formidable advocate and negotiator. Excellent at explaining to instructing solicitors and clients in a clear, accessible way.'

Leading Juniors

Ivor CollettCrown Office ChambersIvor is very good in conference and likes to get into the detail. He is very good with clients.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Jason Evans-ToveyCrown Office Chambers 'Jason is excellent. He gives clear advice from the outset and does not waiver. At trial, he is at his most polite when being utterly damning of the opposition's case, it is a delight to watch.'  
Ranked: Tier 1
Caroline McColganCrown Office Chambers 'Easy to work with and responsive.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Suzanne ChalmersCrown Office Chambers ‘Suzanne's advice is very clear, straight to the point and very easy to follow. She is a good listener and very sympathetic.’
Ranked: Tier 3
James SharpeCrown Office Chambers 'Hard working, pragmatic, approachable, clever, meticulous, insightful.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Nicola AtkinsCrown Office Chambers 'Nicola is a calm and measured advocate. Very hands on, willing to roll up her sleeves and super committed to the cause.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Elizabeth BoonCrown Office Chambers 'Fantastic with clients. A straight talker, balanced with a uniquely personable approach. Extracts and advises on key issues with total clarity and precision.'
Ranked: Tier 4
John GreenbourneCrown Office Chambers ‘John is one of the most thorough and hard working barristers I have come across. He has a fantastic eye for detail and he does not cut corners. He will spot any issues which need to be dealt with, and he is able to grasp the key issues of any case quickly and then deal with them pragmatically.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Richard SageCrown Office Chambers 'Richard is very easy to work with - friendly for both instructing solicitors and clients. Richard is pragmatic and able to cut through complicated legal concepts to the crux of issues and prepare persuasive pleadings.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Carlo TaczalskiCrown Office ChambersCarlo is an excellent advocate – a real fighter. He is very tenacious and not afraid to pursue difficult points. He is able to persuade courts very effectively. His written advocacy is also of a very high standard.’
Ranked: Tier 4
David MyhillCrown Office Chambers 'Brilliant in providing very clear advice and cutting through to the central issues. Expert in preparing suites of documents and works very hard to deliver what the client needs.'
Ranked: Tier 5
Ranked: Tier 5
Michael HarperCrown Office Chambers 'Technically brilliant and very able in complex matters.'
Ranked: Tier 6
Charles PimlottCrown Office Chambers 'A team player and very responsive. Excellent drafting skills and attention to detail. Measured and effective advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 6

Testimonials

‘The clerks provide an excellent service. Steve Purse stands out.’

‘Availability of counsel is good, clerks very helpful and knowledgeable, fees are competitive. Seniors and Juniors work together seamlessly.’

‘A very well rounded and capable set, with a good range of juniors and KCs and very good clerking.’

‘Crown Office clerks are great team. Always go above and beyond.’

‘Availability of counsel is good, clerks very helpful and knowledgeable, competitive fees. Seniors and Juniors work together seamlessly.’

‘First rate. A strong offering across may sectors.’

‘Very strong set for construction professional indemnity work.’

‘Excellent set – training programme of a high standard.’

Work highlights

London Bar > Inquests and inquiries Tier 3

At Crown Office Chambers, Simon Antrobus KC is continuing to represent ITV in the inquest into the suicide of a Jeremy Kyle show participant. Turning to the set's juniors, Mike Atkins is representing Sodexo, the provider of security to a hospital, in the inquest into the death of a man who was hit by a car after being refused admission by the practitioners at the hospital. Sandesh Singh recent workload includes representing Look Ahead in the inquest into the death of a man who was restrained by security guards after following a woman into the ExCeL Centre.

Leading Silks

Simon Antrobus KCCrown Office Chambers ‘Simon is meticulous in his preparation and his advocacy is firm, persuasive and impressive.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
James Maxwell-Scott KCCrown Office Chambers 'A silk with great forensic skills and an analytical eye.'
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Mike AtkinsCrown Office Chambers ‘An unflappable junior who has phenomenal attention to detail. He is extremely organised, very focused, and diligent.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Malcolm GallowayCrown Office Chambers ‘Malcolm has a commanding presence, and is calm and confident when speaking with clients. A tactically astute and incredibly knowledgeable barrister.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Jack MurphyCrown Office Chambers ‘Jack has a very astute tactical approach, and a cogent and determined advocacy style.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Harry Vann – Crown Office Chambers 'Harry is a top performer. With his impressive intellect, he explains issues in direct terms for the benefit of clients who always find him a reassuring presence and a strong advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 5
Sandesh Singh – Crown Office Chambers ‘Sandesh is an exceptional barrister. His tactical and strategic approach is impressive.'
Ranked: Tier 5
Katie Sage – Crown Office Chambers ‘Katie is very thorough. Excellent in conference with clients and experts, she is an outstanding advocate.’ 
Ranked: Tier 5

Testimonials

‘Toby Sparrow is the best clerk by a distance. He is responsive, amicable, and provides a service that other Chambers could only dream of. A real asset to their team.’

‘Clerking at Crown Office Chambers is amazing: Toby Sparrow leads the Regulatory team and is incredibly attentive.’

‘A market leading set that has build up a group of sector experts at both senior and junior levels.’

‘Crown Office have a stellar offering – the go-to for health and safety and inquest and inquiry work.’

‘Crown Office have become a go-to set in this practice area. The clerks are very efficient and personable. The set has a very impressive range of junior Counsel.’

‘The clerks are first rate, responsive, commercial and approachable.’

 

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel Tier 3

Crown Office Chambers continues to build a solid international arbitration practice, with a particular geographical focus in the Middle East and Asia. Andrew Rigney KC has an enviable track record of acting in international large scale, high-value arbitrations, most notably in the construction, infrastructure and energy sectors. Anna Laney KCis often instructed as sole counsel on several disputes in the GCC and is the senior junior behind Crispin Winser KC in a complex high-value dispute in Oman. Richard Sage established a strong international arbitration practice with recent work highlights involving the construction of power plants, hydroelectric stations and wind farms.

Leading Silks

Andrew Rigney KCCrown Office ChambersAndrew’s contributions to the team are always invaluable – impressive intelligence and exceptional oral advocacy skills. His ability to present complex legal arguments in a clear and concise manner is truly impressive. His willingness to go above and beyond to ensure a positive outcome does not go unnoticed.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Crispin Winser KCCrown Office Chambers ‘Crispin is an excellent advocate, balancing a willingness to investigate matters fully to gain a mastery of the details, with a firm eye on the core matters in dispute to provide practical, commercial advice and incisive cross-examination.’
Ranked: Tier 4

2024 Silks

Anna Laney KCCrown Office Chambers ‘Anna is extremely talented. She is the most inclusive and team-focused barrister: her manner with everyone ranging from the client to the most junior member of the team, is excellent, and a skill that is vastly overlooked. To boot, her legal ability really is second to none: her advocacy, both complex in its approach, but succinct and to the point, really is her strength.’

Testimonials

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

‘Andy Flanagan and Rob Cowup are a joy to work with – commercial, sensible and responsive.’

‘One of the key strengths of Crown Office Chambers is the availability and commitment of their strong clerking team.’

‘The set is getting stronger and stronger, year on year.’

‘The set includes a number of excellent advocates.’

Work highlights

London Bar > Construction Tier 4

With ‘strength in depth’, Crown Office Chambers tackles a broad spectrum of construction disputes, including construction-related professional negligence and insurance claims. In Sky, Mace & Prater v Riverstone Managing Agency and others, Andrew Rigney KC acted for the insurers in a substantial claim tied to defects and damages to the roof of Sky’s headquarters and studios in Osterley. Michael Curtis KC and Michele De Gregorio represent Simply Construct in the case of Toppan Holdings Ltd & Abbey Healthcare (Mill Hill) Ltd v Simply Construct (UK) Ltd, concerning alleged fire safety defects at a London care home, and have secured permission to appeal to the Supreme Court - at issue is if a collateral warranty is a construction contract within the meaning of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996; if it is not, the adjudicator who heard the case did not have jurisdiction.

Rising stars

Joshua Brown Crown Office ChambersJoshua is extremely diligent, thorough, provides clear advice and is very easy to work with.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Andrew Rigney KCCrown Office Chambers ‘Andrew’s intellectual strength goes without saying. But in addition, Andrew is a superb advocate with his quiet understated style belying a razor-sharp cross-examiner. He has turned a judge 180 degrees to his way of thinking on a number of occasions with persuasive but straightforward and very well-constructed arguments. Lastly, he is without any doubt the most client and solicitor-friendly KC at the construction Bar.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Ben Quiney KCCrown Office Chambers 'Brilliant advocate and excellent with clients.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Crispin Winser KC – Crown Office Chambers ‘Crispin brings a reassuring and calm manner to his work. He has a wealth of specialist experience and adds significant value to matters.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Michael Curtis KCCrown Office Chambers ‘Michael provides clear, concise advice and can cut through complex issues so that they are easy to understand. His work ethic is unparalleled and he has an impressive attention to detail.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Isabel Hitching KCCrown Office Chambers 'Isabel is a highly capable advocate who is able to cut through the issues and give sensible and commercial advice. Calm and composed on her feet and more than a safe pair of hands.'
Ranked: Tier 5

2024 Silks

Anna Laney KCCrown Office Chambers ‘Anna is extremely talented. She is the most inclusive and team-focused barrister: her manner with everyone ranging from the client to the most junior member of the team is excellent. Her legal ability is second to none. Her advocacy is complex in its approach, but succinct and to the point. Anna is certainly the advocate you want on your legal team.’

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 3
Charles Pimlott Crown Office Chambers ‘A team player and very responsive. Excellent drafting skills and attention to detail. Measured and effective advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 4
Richard Sage Crown Office Chambers ‘Rolls up his sleeves and gets on with things; very calm and great working knowledge of adjudication; great in hearings; strong drafter and knows and understands adjudication procedures and range of knowledge and experience is brilliant; one to watch.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Carlo Taczalski Crown Office ChambersCarlo is superb - extremely bright, a great lawyer and immensely hard-working. An outstanding junior.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Dermot Woolgar Crown Office Chambers ‘Dermot is a meticulous and thoughtful practitioner. He leaves no stone unturned.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Robert Stokell Crown Office Chambers ‘Robert is good at the details, thoughtful and measured in his advice, and very good on paper.’
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

‘Rob Cowup provides an excellent clerking service.’

‘Crown Office Chambers offer specialist Construction law Advice. They have a wide range of experience within chambers for matters of all levels, complexity and value.’

‘Good chambers with good strength in depth.’

‘One of the most friendly and accessible chambers I’ve worked with.’

‘Crown Office Chambers are highly regarded in the market. Their excellent reputation is well deserved.’

‘A very proactive chambers with an excellent construction offering.’

Work highlights

London Bar > International arbitration: arbitrators

Leading arbitrators

Andrew Bartlett KCCrown Office Chambers ‘Andrew is one of the top commercial construction arbitrators in the common law world. He has a formidable track record and been involved in many leading cases. He is absolutely top-class.’
Ranked: Tier 2

London Bar > Consumer

London Bar > Group litigation

Leading Silks

Alexander Antelme KCCrown Office Chambers ‘He is incisive, a font of wisdom and a great strategist. He is absolutely the counsel you want on any case, the tougher the case - the greater the need for his involvement.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Harry LambertCrown Office Chambers ‘Harry is a very intelligent and engaging barrister, able to familiarise himself with complex issues of fact and law at speed and produce a very high standard of written advocacy and pleadings. Harry also has good client care skills.’
Ranked: Tier 2

London Bar > Energy

Leading Silks

Andrew Rigney KC – Crown Office Chambers ‘User-friendly, sharp and creative, Andrew sees things that others don’t, and his work ethic is second to none.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Crispin Winser KC - Crown Office Chambers ‘Crispin can dissect complex legal issues and identify key arguments and strategies, and his extensive knowledge and meticulous ensure he can build a strong case.’
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > Environment

Leading Silks

Dominic Kay KCCrown Office Chambers ‘Dominic grasps the technical detail of cases quickly. He is friendly and calm as well as authoritative.’
Ranked: Tier 3
John Cooper KCCrown Office Chambers 'A strategic and super-smart silk.'
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Malcolm GallowayCrown Office Chambers ‘Malcolm is extremely personable and builds good relationships with clients and instructing solicitors alike. He is particularly adept at anticipating how a judge will view a case.’
Ranked: Tier 2

London Bar > Professional disciplinary and regulatory law

Leading Juniors

Sandesh SinghCrown Office ChambersSandesh is an extremely bright and articulate advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 2

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

London Bar > Administrative law and human rights

London Bar > Fraud: civil

Leading Juniors

Carlo Taczalski – Crown Office ChambersCarlo knows his craft extremely well. A very able draftsman and able to turn a phrase in court. His advocacy is fluent and persuasive.
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Sport

Leading Juniors

Maurice Holmes – Crown Office Chambers 'Maurice is one of the most impressive new juniors breaking into the sports sector and definitely a rising star.'
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Commercial litigation

Leading Juniors

Carlo TaczalskiCrown Office Chambers ‘Carlo is an excellent advocate - a real fighter. He is very tenacious, not afraid to pursue difficult points, and is able to persuade courts very effectively. His written advocacy is also of a very high standard.’
Ranked: Tier 5

Middle East: The English Bar > Construction Tier 2

Boasting a strong track record in international disputes, Crown Office Chambers’ key strengths lie in construction and engineering arbitration across the Middle East. Key members of the set include Andrew Rigney KC, full-time arbitrator Roger Ter Haar KC, and Crispin Winser KC, the latter pair enjoy a strong reputation in energy and infrastructure arbitration. Anna Laney’s broad caseload encompasses airport, residential, and stadium developments.

Leading silks

Andrew Rigney KCCrown Office Chambers ‘Andrew is a forceful advocate. He is always well-prepared and engages with clients very well, he makes them feel fully heard, even during a hearing. He is excellent in cross-examination.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Roger ter Haar KC – Crown Office Chambers ‘A clever and commercial barrister who is a skilled arbitrator.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Crispin Winser KCCrown Office Chambers ‘Crispin is extremely sharp, direct, focused, and concise, his skill in cross-examination is superb.’
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading juniors

Anna Laney Crown Office Chambers 'Anna is an incredibly strong advocate: she is a real go-to on complex construction matters. When working with her you know you have a really strong, safe pair of hands.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

‘The clerks that I worked with: Andy Flanagan and Rob Cowup were always completely professional and helpful. Their organizational skills were very good.’

‘The clerks at Crown Office Chambers are personable, approachable, and a pleasure to work with. Andy Flanagan is seemingly unflappable and is always at the end of the phone if you have an urgent matter.’

‘The chambers, clerks, and barristers are well-organised, respond quickly, and are totally professional at all times.’

‘Crown Office is a strong chambers, both in respect of their barrister offering, but also in respect of arbitrators with a solid construction background.’

‘We were totally satisfied with the service.’

Work highlights

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior Managing Clerk Andy Flanagan
Senior Team Clerks Steve Purse
Senior Team Clerks James Wilkinson
Senior Team Clerks Toby Sparrow
Arbitrator, Mediator Adjudicator’s Clerk Nick Hamilton
Joint Head of Chambers RIGNEY KC, Andrew (1992)
Joint Head of Chambers ANTELME KC, Alexander (1993)
Members of Chambers TER HAAR KC, Roger (1974)
Members of Chambers BARTLETT KC, Andrew (1974)
Members of Chambers LYNAGH KC, Richard (1975)
Members of Chambers KENT KC, Michael (1975)
Members of Chambers BICKFORD-SMITH KC, Margaret (1973)
Members of Chambers CURTIS KC, Michael (1982)
Members of Chambers KENNEDY KC, Christopher (1989)
Members of Chambers PLATT KC, David (1987)
Members of Chambers COOPER KC, John (1985)
Members of Chambers QUINEY KC, Ben (1998)
Members of Chambers AGEROS KC, James (1990)
Members of Chambers FRANKLIN KC, Kim (1984)
Members of Chambers SMITH KC, Andrew (1988)
Members of Chambers MAXWELL-SCOTT KC, James (1995)
Members of Chambers KAY KC, Dominic (1997)
Members of Chambers ANTROBUS KC, Simon (1995)
Members of Chambers BLAKESLEY KC, Patrick (1993)
Members of Chambers HITCHING KC, Isabel (1992)
Members of Chambers SHAPIRO KC, Daniel (1999)
Members of Chambers DAVIS KC, Andrew (1996)
Members of Chambers MAULADAD KC, Farrah (1999)
Members of Chambers WINSER KC, Crispin (2003)
Members of Chambers BERKIN, Martyn (1966)
Members of Chambers STEVENSON, John (1975)
Members of Chambers GREENBOURNE, John (1978)
Members of Chambers FIELD, Julian (1980)
Members of Chambers JONES, Charlotte (1982)
Members of Chambers WILLIAMS, A John (1983)
Members of Chambers COLES, Steven (1983)
Members of Chambers MEDD, James (1985)
Members of Chambers FERRIS, Shaun (1985)
Members of Chambers FOSTER, Catherine (1986)
Members of Chambers MORTON, Peter (1988)
Members of Chambers WOOLGAR, Dermot (1988)
Members of Chambers POWER, Erica (1990)
Members of Chambers EVANS-TOVEY, Jason (1990)
Members of Chambers O'LEARY, Robert (1990)
Members of Chambers GALLOWAY, Malcolm (1992)
Members of Chambers TOOGOOD, Claire (1995)
Members of Chambers STOKELL, Robert (1995)
Members of Chambers CHALMERS, Suzanne (1995)
Members of Chambers BALYSZ, Mark A (1995)
Members of Chambers CLARKE, Jamie (1995)
Members of Chambers COLLETT, Ivor (1995)
Members of Chambers BROOME, Edward (1996)
Members of Chambers HIGGINS, Paul (1996)
Members of Chambers LINDSEY, Susan (1997)
Members of Chambers WOODBRIDGE, Victoria (1998)
Members of Chambers FERRO, Jack (1998)
Members of Chambers LANEY, Anna (1998)
Members of Chambers ARMITAGE, Mark (1999)
Members of Chambers BOYLE, Matthew (2000)
Members of Chambers MACPHERSON, Alexander (2000)
Members of Chambers PIMLOTT, Charles (2001)
Members of Chambers DE GREGORIO, Michele (2003)
Members of Chambers VANN, Harry (2003)
Members of Chambers HELLEBRONTH, Rosanna (2004)
Members of Chambers SINGH, Sandesh (2004)
Members of Chambers HOUGHTON, Peter (2005)
Members of Chambers KENDRICK, Julia (2005)
Members of Chambers BOON, Elizabeth (2006)
Members of Chambers SAGE, Richard (2006)
Members of Chambers MYHILL, David (2006)
Members of Chambers ATKINS, Mike (2006)
Members of Chambers LAMBERTSEN, Siobhan (2007)
Members of Chambers WHITTAKER, Nadia (2007)
Members of Chambers SHAW, Daniel (2007)
Members of Chambers JARRETT, Alice (2007)
Members of Chambers PAGETT, Helen (2008)
Members of Chambers LAMBERT, Harry (2008)
Members of Chambers WITHERINGTON, Gemma (2008)
Members of Chambers MACAULAY, Jack (2009)
Members of Chambers HOLMES, Rory (2009)
Members of Chambers SHARPE, James (2009)
Members of Chambers McCOLGAN, Caroline (2010)
Members of Chambers TACZALSKI, Carlo (2010)
Members of Chambers O'DWYER, Simon (2010)
Members of Chambers MARKIDES, Athena (2011)
Members of Chambers MAXWELL, Patrick (2011)
Members of Chambers ATKINS, Nicola (2012)
Members of Chambers MURPHY, Jack (2013)
Members of Chambers SAGE, Katie (2014)
Members of Chambers JAYAKUMAR, Sahana (2014)
Members of Chambers HOLMES, Maurice (2015)
Members of Chambers JAMES, Douglas (2015)
Members of Chambers STEVENS, Juliet (2016)
Members of Chambers HARPER, Michael (2016)
Members of Chambers BROWN, Joshua (2017)
Members of Chambers BROWN, Andrew (2017)
Members of Chambers SIMPSON, Frederick (2018)
Members of Chambers DANIEL, Meredith (2017)
Members of Chambers CHANDLER, Toby (2019)
Members of Chambers RUMUN, Mariusz (2019)
Members of Chambers FRASER, Hamish (2021)
Members of Chambers MACKLEY, Annie (2021)
Members of Chambers MORILLO, Benedict (2021)
Members of Chambers REDFERN, Alethea (2021)
Members of Chambers ASHFORD, Sophie (2021)
Members of Chambers JOHN-DAVIS, Bradley (2022)
Members of Chambers LACEY, William (2022)
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Elizabeth Boon photo Elizabeth Boon Elizabeth specialises in property damage, professional negligence, product liability, insurance and reinsurance,…
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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…
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Meredith Daniel photo Meredith Daniel Meredith has a broad practice across Chambers’ core areas including personal injury,…
Andrew Davis photo Andrew Davis Andrew specialises in personal injury (particularly claims which are high value /…
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Jack Ferro photo Jack Ferro Barrister specialising in personal injury, industrial disease, clinical negligence, product liability, professional…
Julian Field photo Julian Field Julian is a senior junior with a commercial practice encompassing property damage,…
Catherine Foster photo Catherine Foster Specialist areas of practice are personal injury (with a particular interest in…
Kim Franklin photo Kim Franklin Barrister, adjudicator and arbitrator specialising in construction, energy, civil and marine engineering…
Malcolm Galloway photo Malcolm Galloway Malcolm is recognised as a leader in the field of Criminal Regulatory…
John Greenbourne photo John Greenbourne Barrister specialising in professional negligence (chiefly concerned with insurance services, legal advice,…
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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…
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Alice Jarratt photo Alice Jarratt Alice Jarratt is a highly experienced trial advocate who has conducted countless…
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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,…
William Lacey photo William Lacey William accepts instructions across Chambers’ core areas of practice, with an emphasis…
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 KC photo Anna Laney KC Barrister whose core practice centres on construction related matters, whether they be…
Susan Lindsey photo Susan Lindsey Barrister specialising in construction law.
Jack Macaulay photo Jack Macaulay Jack practices in personal injury, with a particular focus on cases involving…
Annie Mackley photo Annie Mackley Annie accepts instructions across all Chambers’ core areas, with a particular interest…
Alexander Macpherson photo Alexander Macpherson Practises in various areas of common law and commercial litigation, including industrial…
Athena Markides photo Athena Markides Barrister specialising in insurance, construction, engineering, professional liability, general commercial litigation, arbitration…
Farrah Mauladad photo Farrah Mauladad Barrister specialising in inquests and public enquiries, clinical negligence, personal injury and…
Patrick Maxwell photo Patrick Maxwell Patrick specialises in construction, professional negligence, insurance and commercial disputes. Much of…
James Maxwell-Scott photo James Maxwell-Scott Barrister specialising in health and safety, public inquiries, inquests, clinical and professional…
Caroline McColgan photo Caroline McColgan Caroline specialises in insurance and property damage disputes, construction, and professional negligence…
James Medd photo James Medd Barrister, the bulk of whose work litigates in the TCC and involves…
Benedict Morillo photo Benedict Morillo Benedict is developing a strong insurance, professional liability, construction, property damage, and…
Peter Morton photo Peter Morton Significant specialism in industrial disease, including asbestos-related conditions, deafness, HAVS asthma and…
Jack Murphy photo Jack Murphy
David Myhill photo David Myhill Specialist civil practice, with particular expertise in product liability (medical devices, products…
Simon O'Dwyer photo Simon O'Dwyer Simon is a specialist personal injury barrister who practises exclusively in multi-track…
Helen Pagett photo Helen Pagett
Charles Pimlott photo Charles Pimlott Barrister specialising in: construction; professional negligence; commercial; insurance. Construction and engineering claims…
David Platt photo David Platt Barrister specialising in industrial disease, personal injury insurance and health and safety.…
Erica Power photo Erica Power Clinical negligence, product liability and personal injury. Her clinical negligence practice encompasses…
Ben Quiney photo Ben Quiney Ben practises in all areas of common law and commercial litigation. He…
Alethea Redfern photo Alethea Redfern Alethea is developing a broad practice across the span of Chambers’ core…
Andrew Rigney photo Andrew Rigney Andrew Rigney QC has an extensive domestic and international practice, which encompasses…
Katie Sage photo Katie Sage Katie specialises in criminal regulatory law, inquests and inquires. She has been…
Richard Sage photo Richard Sage Richard has a strong and successful practice in the fields of construction,…
Daniel Shapiro photo Daniel Shapiro Daniel is a highly effective advocate, well regarded for his court room…
James Sharpe photo James Sharpe James specialises in commercial and insurance disputes, construction, and professional negligence claims. He…
Frederick Simpson photo Frederick Simpson Has a developing practice across chambers’ core areas, with a particular focus…
Sandesh Singh photo Sandesh Singh Professional discipline, crime and fraud.
Andrew Smith photo Andrew Smith Also practises from Compass Chambers, Edinburgh. Andrew has considerable experience in a…
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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 KC photo Claire Toogood KC Claire specialises in clinical negligence, together with medical product liability. She is…
Harry Vann photo Harry Vann Barrister, specialising in Health & Safety and other regulatory crime, especially fire…
Nadia Whittaker photo Nadia Whittaker Nadia Whittaker specialises in clinical negligence, personal injury, occupational disease and inquests.…
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Crispin Winser photo Crispin Winser Queen’s Counsel specialising in construction, engineering, energy, insurance, professional liability and general…
Gemma Witherington photo Gemma Witherington For a number of years, Gemma has been recommended as a leading…
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