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Chambers of Richard Lynagh QC

2 CROWN OFFICE ROW, TEMPLE, LONDON, EC4Y 7HJ, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7797 8100
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Fax 020 7797 8101
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80 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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www.crownofficechambers.com

London Bar

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

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London Bar

Clinical negligence
Clinical negligence - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Crown Office Chambers

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

Claire Toogood - Crown Office ChambersHer drafting is second-to-none and she has a complete grasp of medical evidence.

Ranked: tier 2

Farrah Mauladad - Crown Office ChambersShe leaves no stone unturned and is a wonderful cross-examiner of experts.

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

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

Gordon Catford - Crown Office ChambersA really solid barrister who is able to make clients feel at ease.

Ranked: tier 4

Victoria Woodbridge - Crown Office ChambersIncredibly personable, her quantum analysis is excellent – a joy to work with.

Ranked: tier 4

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Construction
Construction - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Crown Office Chambers

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 Others a 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

David Sears QC - Crown Office ChambersHe is a superb silk.

Ranked: tier 2

Roger ter Haar QC - Crown Office ChambersWidely respected silk in the construction Bar.

Ranked: tier 2

Ben Quiney QC - Crown Office ChambersHe has a rare calmness in the face of adversity.

Ranked: tier 5

Michael Curtis QC - Crown Office ChambersA highly regarded silk.

Ranked: tier 5
2019 Silks

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

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Anna Laney - Crown Office ChambersA highly regarded junior.

Ranked: tier 2

Crispin Winser - Crown Office ChambersVery proactive and impressive.

Ranked: tier 3

James Medd - Crown Office ChambersHe is experienced in TCC litigation.

Ranked: tier 3

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

Michele de Gregorio - Crown Office ChambersHe has a sector wide experience of construction litigation.

Ranked: tier 4

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Consumer
2018 Silks

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

Ranked: tier 1

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Energy
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

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Environment
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

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Health and safety
Health and safety - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Crown Office Chambers

'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

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

John Cooper QC - Crown Office ChambersA masterful cross-examiner.

Ranked: tier 2
2018 Silks

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

Ranked: tier 1
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

Alice Jarratt - Crown Office ChambersShe combines excellent knowledge with tenacity and charm.

Ranked: tier 4

Malcolm Galloway - Crown Office ChambersHe conveys complex information in a pragmatic and direct manner.

Ranked: tier 4

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Inquests and inquiries
2018 Silks

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

Ranked: tier 1

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Insurance and reinsurance
Insurance and reinsurance - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Crown Office Chambers

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

Ben Quiney QC - Crown Office ChambersAn absolute star of the insurance world.

Ranked: tier 4

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

David Sears QC - Crown Office ChambersHe is a gifted advocate.

Ranked: tier 5

Michael Kent QC - Crown Office ChambersA superb lawyer and advocate who masters the subject matter and effectively puts his arguments across.

Ranked: tier 5
2019 Silks

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

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

James Medd - Crown Office ChambersHe is brilliant.

Ranked: tier 2

Julian Field - Crown Office ChambersHe is cool and calm when addressing complicated and technical issues.

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

Michele De Gregorio - Crown Office ChambersHe takes a pragmatic and commercial approach to dealing with claims.

Ranked: tier 3

Suzanne Chalmers - Crown Office ChambersShe is a real expert.

Ranked: tier 3

Anna Laney - Crown Office ChambersShe is noted for construction-related disputes.

Ranked: tier 4

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

John Greenbourne - Crown Office ChambersHe provides thorough advice.

Ranked: tier 4

Rebecca Taylor - Crown Office ChambersShe is experienced in acting for insurers.

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Sage - Crown Office ChambersHe is exceptional and very highly regarded.

Ranked: tier 4

Steven Coles - Crown Office ChambersHe is very analytical, forensic and has good ‘instinct’ on strategy.

Ranked: tier 4

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International arbitration: arbitrators
Leading arbitrators

Andrew Bartlett QC - Crown Office ChambersA top international arbitrator.

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International arbitration: counsel
International arbitration: counsel - Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

Crown Office Chambers

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

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Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud
Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Crown Office Chambers

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

David Platt QC - Crown Office ChambersHe is without doubt one of the best asbestos practitioners at the Bar today.

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Kent QC - Crown Office ChambersHe is particularly strong handling high-profile group litigation.

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.

Ranked: tier 1
Personal injury - 2018 Silks

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

Ranked: tier 1
Industrial disease - Leading Juniors

A John Williams - Crown Office ChambersExcellent both in results and high level of preparation.

Ranked: tier 1

Alexander Macpherson - Crown Office ChambersHe excels in cases involving challenging quantum issues and contested expert evidence.

Ranked: tier 1

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
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

Alexander Macpherson - Crown Office ChambersHe excels in cases involving challenging quantum issues and contested expert evidence.

Ranked: tier 2

Catherine Foster - Crown Office ChambersShe works incredibly hard and is always available to assist whatever the timescale.

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

Harry Lambert - Crown Office ChambersHe identifies the key issues and gets to the heart of the matter.

Ranked: tier 5

John Greenbourne - Crown Office ChambersUnrivalled attention to detail and encyclopaedic knowledge of the law.

Ranked: tier 5

Paul Dean - Crown Office ChambersHe gives considered advice taking into account all aspects of the case, case law and unusual aspects.

Ranked: tier 5

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Product liability
Product liability - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Crown Office Chambers

'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.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

David Myhill - Crown Office ChambersA calm and reassuring presence even in the midst of a storm.

Ranked: tier 1

Erica Power - Crown Office ChambersA very strong senior junior.

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

Shaun Ferris - Crown Office ChambersHe gets to grips with the technicalities and develops a thorough understanding of a case.

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Sage - Crown Office ChambersHe is sharp and focused and has an unassuming brilliance.

Ranked: tier 3

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Professional disciplinary and regulatory law
Leading Juniors

Sandesh Singh - Crown Office ChambersHe has forensic attention to detail.

Ranked: tier 4

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Crown Office Chambers

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

Andrew Rigney QC - Crown Office ChambersHe is extremely clever, invariably charming, incredibly hardworking and a persuasive advocate.

Ranked: tier 2

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

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.

Ranked: tier 1
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

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

Suzanne Chalmers - Crown Office ChambersExcellent client-care skills.

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

Carlo Taczalski - Crown Office ChambersHe is very bright and thorough when it comes to considering all the possible issues.

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

Julian Field - Crown Office ChambersHe is reliable and user-friendly.

Ranked: tier 5

Nicola Atkins - Crown Office ChambersShe is exceptional.

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

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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

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