39 Essex Chambers > London, England > Set Profile

Chambers of Charlie Cory-Wright KC and Richard Harwood KC
39 Essex Chambers
81 CHANCERY LANE
LONDON
WC2A 1DD
England

London Bar > Court of Protection and community care Tier 1

The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Chambers has expertise in representing local authorities, NHS trusts, the official solicitor, and litigation friends at all levels in the Court of Protection in serious medical treatment, health and welfare matters. Vikram Sachdeva KC, in the case Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust v T, successfully represented a hospital trust seeking permission to force-feed a child suffering from OCD who refused nutrition. Fenella Morris KC represented Shropshire County Council in TRR and others v Dundee Council and Shropshire CC, a case concerning the division of responsibility for making and funding applications for deprivation of liberty for the individuals ordinarily resident in Scotland but habitually resident in England and Wales. Turning to the set’s juniors, Adam Fullwood  represented a Clinical Commissioning Group in An ICB v RN, a case concerning if the COVID-19 vaccination should be administered to a 22-year-old man with a learning disability, despite the opposition of his mother.

2022 Silks

2023 Silks

London Bar > Environment Tier 1

39 Essex Chambers garners praise as 'a premier set for planning and environmental law', with conservation matters forming a key pillar of strength for the group. Stephen Tromans KC is 'an outstanding barrister and an expert in his field'. Richard Harwood OBE KC is acting for a large offshore wind farm in a case involving alleged conflict between the client's operations and the operations of the Net Zero Teesside project, which involves a carbon capture and storage scheme. At the junior end of chambers, James Burton is well known for his expertise in handling group litigation cases; Stephanie David is 'an engaging, courageous advocate'; and the ‘highly organised and disciplined’ Daniel Stedman Jones has established strength in advising on renewable energy matters.

Rising stars

Gethin Thomas – 39 Essex Chambers 'An effective and enthusiastic junior.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Stephen Tromans KC39 Essex Chambers 'An opinion from him will silence the opposition within minutes.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Harwood OBE KC39 Essex Chambers 'A silk with a firm cross-examination style.'
Ranked: Tier 2
James Strachan KC39 Essex Chambers ‘James is a very impressive silk, thoughtful and smooth in his presentation. He can disarm even the most hostile judge.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4

2024 Silks

Colin Thomann KC39 Essex Chambers ‘A phenomenally hardworking barrister, who has a colossal intellect and good judgement.'

Leading Juniors

Catherine Dobson39 Essex Chambers 'Catherine is exactly the advocate who you want next to you in the Supreme Court.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Juan Lopez39 Essex Chambers 'A junior with a forensic approach to cases.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Daniel Stedman Jones39 Essex Chambers ‘Daniel is highly organised and disciplined in his approach and works extremely well to bring a case together.'
Ranked: Tier 2
James Burton39 Essex Chambers 'He is good on his feet in the courtroom.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Stephanie David39 Essex Chambers ‘Stephanie has a brilliant legal brain: she is able to see problems and work them through before arriving at the best answer.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Jonathan Darby 39 Essex Chambers 'Jonathan is an exceptionally bright barrister with sound judgement.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Katherine Barnes 39 Essex ChambersKatherine is dedicated and particularly receptive to the needs of vulnerable clients.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Rose Grogan39 Essex Chambers 'Rose's advocacy is direct, and she has extremely good judgement.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4
Victoria Hutton39 Essex Chambers 'A confident and effective advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

‘Andy Poyser and his team are particularly helpful, understanding and help to deliver to clients’, sometimes very demanding, expectations.’

‘Elliott Hurrell and Oliver York both deal with matters effectively and efficiently.’ 

‘Clerks are all efficient and friendly, especially Charlie Quant.’

‘Elliott Hurrell and Andy Poyser are as good as they come.’

‘For planning and environment, they’re streets ahead.’

‘A very good set for planning, property and environmental matters.’

‘A superb set.’

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

‘Go-to set’ 39 Essex Chambers‘ civil liability team is managed by Jamie Tucker, who moved from 12 King’s Bench Walk in April 2023. It has notable growing sports injury expertise, with Derek O’Sullivan KC representing the Welsh Rugby Union in Hughes & 168 Others v World Rugby, Welsh Rugby Union and Rugby Football Union – claims brought by former professional rugby players for alleged cumulative brain damage over their careers. Nicola Greaney KC took silk in the 2023 round, this year acting for the Mayor and Transport for London in the case of Kissi-Debrah v Department for Environment & ors, a claim brought in the wake of a high-profile inquest which found that air pollution more than materially contributed to her death due to a fatal asthma attack. Sadie Crapper, who specialises in cases in which fraud is alleged, is a noteworthy set member.

Leading Silks

Simon Browne KC39 Essex ChambersSimon is an innovative barrister with a sharp mind and an even sharper advocacy style.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Neil Block KC39 Essex Chambers ‘Neil's analysis of any case is excellent. His presentation in court is fearless and courteous.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Susan Rodway KC39 Essex Chambers ‘Susan is a brilliant barrister who fights for the clients she represents. She does not shy away from difficult cases.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Derek O’Sullivan KC39 Essex Chambers 'A true heavyweight silk. Encyclopedic knowledge of the law and procedure, yet always able to distil advice to the binary.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Nina Goolamali KC39 Essex Chambers ‘Nina is fastidiously thorough, and a fearsome negotiator - definitely someone you want in your corner.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Charlie Cory-Wright KC39 Essex Chambers ‘Charlie is an outstanding advocate who is clear, engaging and persuasive.' 
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Emily Formby KC – 39 Essex Chambers ‘Emily is thoughtful and thorough in her approach to cases, she is able to cut through complex facts to identify key legal arguments.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Judith Ayling KC39 Essex ChambersA very impressive silk. Judith is extremely bright and can master claims of the very highest value and complexity.'
Ranked: Tier 4
James Todd KC39 Essex Chambers ‘A skilled advocate good with witnesses, experts and addressing the court in submissions.'
Ranked: Tier 4

2023 Silks

Nicola Greaney KC39 Essex Chambers ‘Nicola is very thorough and prepared and asks the hard questions.'

2024 Silks

Colin Thomann KC39 Essex Chambers 'Colin is phenomenally hard working, has a colossal intellect, good judgment and is a true team player.'

Personal injury - Leading Juniors

Bernard Doherty39 Essex Chambers ‘Excellent analysis of the issues and law - gets to the heart of the matter. A very able negotiator.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Christian Du Cann39 Essex Chambers ‘Christian is a stand out barrister on his feet. He is brilliant.' 
Ranked: Tier 1
Sadie Crapper39 Essex Chambers ‘Sadie is very thorough with good attention to detail. She knows her cases inside out and is excellent at collaborative strategic planning to achieve the best results.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Romilly Cummerson39 Essex Chambers ‘Romilly is exceptionally hardworking and her written work is of the highest standard.' 
Ranked: Tier 2
Geoffrey Brown39 Essex Chambers 'Geoffrey has vast experience and brings a calming and wise presence to any case he is involved.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Quintin Fraser39 Essex Chambers ‘Quintin is very smart, very likeable and very diligent.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 4
Emma Corkill39 Essex Chambers ‘Emma has excellent grasp of material and depth of knowledge’
Ranked: Tier 4
Camilla Church39 Essex ChambersCamilla is sharp and responsive, and her advocacy is clear, concise and on point.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Michael Standing 39 Essex Chambers ‘Michael has an authority that belies his years. He is an extremely practical and pragmatic barrister who always has sight of the big picture while never being afraid of a fight.' 
Ranked: Tier 5
Jack Holborn39 Essex ChambersJack is a great junior, clearly enjoys his work and is very approachable.
Ranked: Tier 5
Samantha Jones39 Essex ChambersSamantha is an excellent advocate, meticulously well prepared and quick to grasp the essential issues in the case.'
Ranked: Tier 5

Testimonials

‘Harry Airth is brilliant and always eager to help.’

’39 Essex is a go-to set for injury work with some excellent advocates at the top of their game.’

‘A helpful and efficient set of Chambers, with helpful clerks and a range of excellent counsel.’

‘The clerks are fantastic. Always on hand to help and provide information quickly and efficiently.’

‘This is a well run clerks room who put client service at the heart of everything they do.’

’39 Essex Chambers offer some of the best counsel in the field and their size means they can cover anything we may wish to throw at them. They are also excellent in nurturing new talent.’

’39 Essex is an exceptional set of Chambers. Great strength in depth and easy to engage with.’

’39 Essex are one of the leading PI sets in the country with some superb practitioners at silk and junior level.’

Work highlights

London Bar > Professional disciplinary and regulatory law Tier 1

39 Essex Chambers' members are routinely instructed in high-profile professional disciplinary work. Gregory Treverton-Jones KC is a respected specialist in regulatory and disciplinary issues concerning the legal sector, while Eleanor Grey KC has an excellent track record in acting for the GMC in appeals before the High Court. Recent instructions for the team include Peter Mant successfully representing the GMC in an appeal brought by a doctor against the regulator's decision to erase him from the medical register, following allegations that he drugged and raped a junior colleague; the appeal was refused. In a boost to chambers, Nicola Greaney KC and Katherine Apps KC both took silk in March 2023.

Leading Silks

Gregory Treverton-Jones KC39 Essex Chambers 'He knows exactly how the Tribunal will think.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Fenella Morris KC39 Essex Chambers 'An outstanding silk.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Tabachnik KC39 Essex Chambers 'Andrew commands the confidence of the court.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Eleanor Grey KC39 Essex Chambers 'Eleanor is very bright and offers robust analyses on the best way to present a case and the merits of clients' stances.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 4

2022 Silks

2023 Silks

Nicola Greaney KC39 Essex Chambers 'An excellent eye for detail and spotting the key issues. Superb at explaining the legal concepts to lay clients and brilliant written submissions.'

Leading Juniors

Peter Mant39 Essex Chambers 'Peter always provides an excellent service. He is bright, reliable, approachable, and always remains calm under pressure.'  
Ranked: Tier 1
Alexis Hearnden39 Essex Chambers 'Alexis is very knowledgeable and personable. She has the confidence of her clients, and is an effective and incisive advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 3
David Hopkins – 39 Essex Chambers 'David is an excellent advocate and one of the best juniors in this area. His written and oral submissions are compelling, and he is great on his feat when dealing with questions from the bench.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Alastair Davidson is excellent, as is his team.

Anthony King is excellent – always responsive and helpful.

Great clerking, especially Peter Campbell – responsive and creative.

39 Essex is undoubtedly a leading set in professional discipline.

The number of specialist counsel, range of expertise, and frequent thought- provoking seminars more than justify chambers’ position at the head of a very competitive field.

The clerks are very personable and responsive, and go above and beyond to assist. Fast, responsive, efficient, and commercially minded.

Always very helpful clerks.

The set has a number of counsel specialising in professional discipline cases relating to solicitors.

London Bar > Administrative law and human rights Tier 2

39 Essex Chambers is home to ‘an incredibly strong team of counsel‘ within the public law arena, with the set acting for a diverse range of public bodies and claimants. Recent work highlights include the ‘superJenni Richards KC, Catherine Dobson and Stephanie David acting for the claimant in Jennings v Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, involving an application for a declaration that it was lawful for the claimant to use an embryo with a surrogate following the death of the claimant’s wife. The claim was brought on the grounds that preventing the use of the posthumous embryo would act as a breach of the claimant’s Article 8 rights; the High Court permitted the declaration. In a separate matter, Richards KC successfully represented the claimant in R (Timson) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, a judicial review challenge to the DWP’s policy of allowing automatic deductions, without presenting the claimant with an opportunity to make representations, from welfare benefits to pay debts to utility providers. Katherine Apps KC and Nicola Greaney KC were elevated to silk in March 2023.

Rising stars

Stephanie David - 39 Essex Chambers 'An engaging, courageous advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Charlie Cory-Wright KC39 Essex Chambers 'Charlie is an outstanding advocate who is clear, engaging and persuasive.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Fenella Morris KC39 Essex Chambers 'Fenella has intellectual rigour, and she can think through a thorny issue and provide advice with great clarity.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Jenni Richards KC39 Essex Chambers  'Jenni is just what you hope to get when instructing a silk: she is very persuasive on her feet, and has spot-on judgement when it comes to strategy.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Victoria Butler-Cole KC39 Essex Chambers 'She is very responsive and is also fantastic at thinking creatively to find ways to unpick difficult and seemingly intractable problems.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Rory Dunlop KC39 Essex ChambersA superb strategist and leader.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4
James Strachan KC39 Essex ChambersJames is a very impressive silk. Thoughtful and smooth in his presentation, he can disarm even the most hostile judge.'
Ranked: Tier 4

2023 Silks

Katherine Apps KC39 Essex Chambers 'Katherine has encyclopaedic knowledge. She is a confident advocate and her advice is always solid.'
Nicola Greaney KC39 Essex Chambers 'Nicola has excellent expertise in Human Rights Act claims. She handles extremely sensitive cases with ease and skill.'

2024 Silks

Colin Thomann KC - 39 Essex Chambers 'A junior with a super brain. He is wonderful to work with.'

Leading Juniors

Catherine Dobson39 Essex Chambers 'Catherine is very conscientious. She is astute, and has an in-depth knowledge of administrative law.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Benjamin Tankel39 Essex Chambers 'He has a profound knowledge of case law. His advocacy is affable and persuasive.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Arianna Kelly –39 Essex Chambers 'She is responsive, thoughtful, practical, empathetic, academic and meticulously well prepared. She is brave on her feet, argues difficult points elegantly and works tirelessly hard for her vulnerable clients.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Jack Anderson39 Essex ChambersHe is very quick and very smart. Always calm under pressure.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Annabel Lee39 Essex Chambers 'A responsive junior who provides measured advice.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Scarlett Milligan39 Essex Chambers ‘Scarlett is exceptionally bright. She has a meticulous approach to getting to the bottom of very complex issues, and provides advice that is both legally and commercially sound.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Christopher Staker – 39 Essex Chambers 'His advice has always been very on point, clear, well-researched, constructive and helpful.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Katherine Barnes39 Essex ChambersKatherine is extremely dedicated and diligent. She is always ready to provide excellent advice which exceeds her year of call.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Jennifer Thelen  – 39 Essex ChambersJennifer is calm and reassuring. She is sharp-witted and provides timely advice.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Tom Tabori39 Essex Chambers 'A big brain who quickly sees the heart of the issue. He is very knowledgeable yet practical, and extremely approachable.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Emily Wilsdon - 39 Essex Chambers 'Emily is massively bright, bold, and brilliant. She is extremely adaptable and knowledgeable. One to watch.'
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Sheraton Doyle and Peter Campbell are extremely responsive.’

Sheraton Doyle is excellent.’

Sheraton Doyle is amazing.’

Oscar Redif is an excellent clerk, approachable and committed to providing a top service for solicitors.’

Peter Campbell is excellent.’

39 Essex has a very good depth and breadth of counsel.’

Excellent in the field of public law.’

A go-to chambers for public law.’

London Bar > Clinical negligence Tier 2

‘Exceptional set of chambers’ 39 Essex Chambers offers expertise on a range of clinical negligence claims to clients from NHS Resolution to injured claimants. Nicola Greaney KC took silk in 2023, notably this year acting in a case in which a claimant with pre-existing psychiatric vulnerability developed complex PTSD from a non-consensual vaginal examination during childbirth. Neil Block KC has specialist experience in group claims, representing NHS Resolution in the ongoing vaginal mesh litigation, and leading Nicola Greaney KC in the Lariam group claims, in which soldiers are bringing claims of psychiatric and neuropsychiatric injury against the Ministry of Defence following the prescription of the anti-malarial also known by its generic name mefloquine– this case raises issues of Montgomery consent as well as complex medical causation.

Leading Silks

Neil Block KC39 Essex Chambers ‘Neil's analysis of any case is excellent. His presentation in court is fearless and courteous.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Charlie Cory-Wright KC39 Essex Chambers ‘Charlie is an outstanding advocate who is clear, engaging and persuasive.' 
Ranked: Tier 2
Judith Ayling KC39 Essex ChambersJudith is careful and intuitive - she is assiduous and a great technical lawyer while being technically astute.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Emily Formby KC39 Essex ChambersEmily is an intellectual heavyweight. She is calm, inspires confidence, and is always extremely well prepared.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Susan Rodway KC39 Essex Chambers 'A brilliant barrister who fights for the clients she represents.'
Ranked: Tier 3
James Todd KC39 Essex Chambers ‘A skilled advocate, good with witnesses, experts and addressing the court in submissions.'
Ranked: Tier 4

2023 Silks

Nicola Greaney KC39 Essex Chambers ‘Nicola has a superb analytical mind and is very calm under pressure.'

Leading Juniors

Romilly Cummerson39 Essex Chambers ‘Highly intelligent and very diligent, Romilly is exceptionally hard working and her written work is of the highest standard.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Quintin Fraser39 Essex Chambers ‘Quintin has a real attention to detail. His advocacy is calm and collected and he articulates the arguments in a clear and persuasive manner.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Emma Corkill39 Essex Chambers ‘Emma is outstanding. Her analytical skills and ability to dissect complex areas of medicine set her out from her peers.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Camilla Church 39 Essex Chambers ‘Camilla is a persuasive advocate and incredibly skillful. A pleasure to work with.' 
Ranked: Tier 4
Christian Du Cann39 Essex Chambers ‘Christian is a hugely experienced advocate. He has an excellent manner with clients, showing great empathy.’  
Ranked: Tier 4
Daniel Laking - 39 Essex Chambers 'Daniel is incredibly sharp, with an ability to absorb and analyse large volumes of information quickly and accurately, following which he formulates sound advice and strategy.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Samantha Jones  - 39 Essex Chambers 'Samantha is very organised and her mastery of the facts is superb.  Her leadership and strategic decision making is exceptional and far beyond her call.'
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

‘Excellent clerking, very helpful and pragmatic.’

‘The clerks are fantastic. Always on hand to help and provide information quickly and efficiently.’

‘Superb clerking. Approachable, friendly, solution driven and satisfaction focused.’

’39 Essex are a great set, with huge variety of barristers across a range of expertise.’

’39 Essex is an exceptional set of Chambers. Great strength in depth and easy to engage with.’

Work highlights

London Bar > Education Tier 2

39 Essex Chambers is a ‘well-known specialist public law set’ with a particular presence acting in judicial reviews and tribunal claims at the intersection of health care and education law. Fenella Morris KC frequently acts for clients in negligence and breach of contract claims, while in R (T) v Secretary of State for Education, Rory Dunlop KC defeated a judicial review brought by non-working parents to the government’s pledge of fully-funded childcare for three and four-year olds; the claimants argued that the policy was discriminatory under Article 14 of the ECHR. At the junior level, Steve Broach KC regularly exhibits the set’s strength in SEND matters by acting in tribunal claims and judicial reviews for children with special educational needs, while Jennifer Thelen has been active in judicial reviews related to school exclusions and disability discrimination.

Leading Silks

Rory Dunlop KC39 Essex Chambers ‘A very strong analyst of evidence and law and a hugely persuasive advocate.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Fenella Morris KC39 Essex Chambers 'Fenella is a go-to KC for complex public law issues. She can think through a thorny issue and provide advice with great clarity.'
Ranked: Tier 2

2023 Silks

Katherine Apps KC – 39 Essex ChambersKatherine has an encyclopaedic knowledge and is able to produce advice very quickly.’

2024 Silks

Steve Broach KC39 Essex Chambers 'Steve is a unique barrister. He is highly approachable and has boundless enthusiasm and energy to seek out and support strategic litigation. He is conscientious, astute, and very wise. His drafting and advocacy are of a consistently high standard.'

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 2
Jennifer Thelen39 Essex ChambersA very hardworking junior who never lets you down.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Katherine Barnes39 Essex ChambersKatherine is a pleasure to work with; she is extremely bright, hardworking and gives clear and sensible advice. She is a brilliant advocate.’
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

‘The clerks are professional, friendly and respond in a timely manner. Anthony King is particularly helpful and does his utmost to secure us with appropriate Counsel as quickly as possible.’

‘Peter Campbell is excellent.’

‘The clerks’ room is excellent. I’ve found them to be very responsive and eager to assist. In particular, I’ve dealt a lot with Oscar Redif and Sheraton Doyle, who are both supremely helpful and lovely people.’

’39 Essex is a strong set with high levels of expertise in a number of areas, including public law.’

’39 Essex has a very good depth and breadth of counsel.’

’39 is regarded as one of the top calibre chambers for public law. Its members are prestigious, with very high profiles.’

 

Work highlights

London Bar > European Union law Tier 2

39 Essex Chambers' members continue to act across a broad spectrum of complex EU law matters. Timothy Lyons KC is 'a go-to person on EU law issues, particularly in a tax context', and Deok Joo Rhee KC is well known for handling EU law cases involving trade agreement matters and procurement issues. Christopher Staker's 'advice has always been very on point, clear, well-researched, constructive and helpful'. Newly appointed silk Katherine Apps KC 'has every detail of a case at her fingertips, and can persuasively and masterfully deploy it with ease'.

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 1
Timothy Lyons KC39 Essex Chambers 'Timothy is a sophisticated advocate. He manages clients well.'
Ranked: Tier 2

2023 Silks

Katherine Apps KC39 Essex Chambers 'She is fantastically bright, extremely responsive and well-prepared.'

Leading Juniors

Christopher Staker39 Essex Chambers 'A very experienced junior with meticulous knowledge of EU law.'
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

39 Essex Chambers is a very well-run and responsive set.’

A chambers at the forefront of international and EU law practice.’

Very helpful and efficient clerking.’

London Bar > Immigration (including business immigration) Tier 2

39 Essex Chambers has ‘real strength in depth‘ in immigration, regularly appearing in judicial reviews challenging removal, detention, and immigration rules before the first tier and upper tribunals, and going up to the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, and European Court of Justice. The set ‘has been involved in many of the leading cases over the last years‘, with Rory Dunlop KC acting for the government in respect of R (AAA and others) v SSHD interim relief and case management hearings concerning the Rwanda proposals before the Administrative Court, Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court. Joining the set in November 2022 from 5 Essex Chambers, Alan Payne KC has been representing the government in relation to the challenge to immigration officers to seize mobile phones from small boat arrivals to the UK in R (HM) v Secretary of State for the Home Department. Lisa Giovannetti KC, Charles Cory-Wright KC, and Zane Malik KC are also key members of the chambers – all notable for their government work, and Cory-Wright KC in his capacity as a special advocate in national security-related proceedings.

Leading Silks

Lisa Giovannetti KC39 Essex ChambersShe is an extremely astute, strategically adept and effective lawyer with excellent client care and communication skills. She is also a very highly persuasive advocate who gains the confidence of the court and is able to adapt quickly and effectively to novel or unexpected developments.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Zane Malik KC39 Essex ChambersZane is a superb advocate. He is incredibly clever, has great judgement and supreme confidence. His advocacy style is extremely impressive.
Ranked: Tier 2
Rory Dunlop KC39 Essex Chambers 'Rory has tremendous knowledge of immigration law, and is able to effectively marshal authorities and policies to support a case. His written work is always on time as well as meticulous.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Charlie Cory-Wright KC39 Essex Chambers – ‘Charlie is an outstanding advocate who is clear, engaging and persuasive. He shows real energy and commitment to his work and thinks strategically about the strongest points to make in his clients interests. He is excellent at leading a team.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2

2023 Silks

Katherine Apps KC39 Essex ChambersKatherine is extremely responsive and well-prepared. She has every detail of a case at her fingertips, and can persuasively and masterfully deploy it with ease.

2024 Silks

Colin Thomann KC – 39 Essex Chambers 'Colin is phenomenally hard working, has a colossal intellect, good judgment and is a true team player.'

Leading Juniors

Jack Holborn39 Essex Chambers 'Excellent immigration knowledge. Excellent written advocacy.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Jack Anderson 39 Essex Chambers 'He is outstandingly hard-working, very quick and very smart. Nothing is ever too much to ask and he is always calm under pressure.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Emily Wilsdon39 Essex Chambers 'Emily has a wealth of experience in immigration law. She is razor-sharp and enthusiastically and effortlessly tackles even the most difficult legal issues. Her advice is confident, clear and pragmatic, and clients love her.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Christopher Staker39 Essex Chambers 'His advice has always been very on point, clear, well-researched, constructive and helpful. No weaknesses to report.'
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

The Chambers has been involved in many of the leading cases over the last 12 months, including the Rwanda litigation, the Country Guidance appeal on El Salvador, and a series of challenges to the Home Office’s policy on asylum and trafficking support.’

Great set with real strength in depth.’

From my experience, this set of chambers have high calibre of counsels experts in various areas of the law.’

Chambers as a whole are very responsive and have a wide range of exceptionally skilled barristers which gives confidence in instructing from this Chambers, knowing in the event that if the need arises for cover to be provided for a hearing or meeting that this is readily available.’

The clerks are fantastic, incredibly responsive, helpful and friendly and adept at finding time even in the most packed Counsel diaries.’

Work highlights

London Bar > International arbitration: arbitrators Tier 2

39 Essex Chambers boasts an impressively diverse roster of highly experienced full and part-time arbitrators from senior silks through to the junior end. Across a wide range of sectors ranging from commercial and sports disputes, where Lord Dyson is a key practitioner, to investment treaty as well as large construction and energy arbitrations, in which Peter Rees KC continues to be sought out for appointment. With an enviable track record of high-profile commercial, construction, energy and technology arbitrations, David Brynmor Thomas KC, Marion Smith KC and Lindy Patterson KC stand out, whilst Adrian Hughes KC is hugely respected in the Middle East, Hong Kong and China. On the junior end, Grace Cheng is a highly sought-after multilingual arbitrator, often sitting as sole arbitrator, with wide-ranging sectorial and jurisdictional experience.

Leading arbitrators

Peter Rees KC39 Essex Chambers ' He is a first class arbitrator. He prepares thoroughly, is courteous and scrupulously fair to counsel and the parties. One of the very best international arbitrators: Highly intelligent, focused and joy to work with.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Richard Wilmot-Smith KC – 39 Essex Chambers 'Clear thinker and very good at mastering the detail without losing sight of what really matters. Very pleasant colleague.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Lord Dyson39 Essex Chambers ‘It goes without saying that John is one of the finest jurists in the country. He is also a first class arbitrator and is rightly much in demand. He is courteous to the parties and to his fellow arbitrators, open-minded to all of the arguments and judicious in his approaching to forming views or reaching conclusions. One of the most experienced and best arbitrators in sports disputes, with a widely acknowledged reputation across the legal profession.’
Ranked: Tier 2
David Bateson39 Essex Chambers 'He is one of the best commercial and construction arbitrators around globally. David also has the ability to master difficult factual and legal cases very quickly which makes him very attractive as an arbitrator.'
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading counsel as arbitrators

Adrian Hughes KC39 Essex Chambers 'Adrian Hughes’ strengths are his enormeous experience in international arbitration and in complex and large disputes in the energy sector. He superbly analyses complex issues with an unmatched clarity and most efficiently. In the arbitration we sit together as arbitrators he is a very valuable support and always responsive on short notice.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2

London Bar > Construction Tier 3

With a ‘great breadth of expertise’ on display, 39 Essex Chambers tackles an array of construction and engineering issues on both domestic and international fronts. Marion Smith is acting for the defendant Buro Four Project Services Ltd in Standard Life Assurance Limited v Gleeds, a claim concerning the procurement, development, and design of a mixed-use retail and residential project in West Berkshire. In the international arena, David Brynmor Thomas KC is representing Vedanta against Baker Hughes, a significant dispute arising from the supply of drilling services and materials in India. Crossing over with the set's expertise in areas such as public law, Kate Grange KC is one of a significant number of members to have had involvement in the Grenfell Tower inquiry - she was part of the counsel to the inquiry team.

Leading Silks

Paul Darling KC39 Essex Chambers ‘Paul is an intensely passionate barrister who has the unique gift of being extremely commanding in both conferences with clients and in court. Extremely client-friendly and relishes in dealing with the most complex contractual scenarios. Thoroughly innovative and creative in formulating arguments, and is especially good on his feet. Super responsive and a go-to KC for the most complex matters.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Marion Smith KC39 Essex Chambers ‘Marion is an excellent advocate, with a profound grasp of how to simplify complicated scenarios and obtain an effective outcome for clients.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Adam Robb KC39 Essex Chambers ‘Adam is incredibly thorough and never lets you down.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Karim Ghaly KC39 Essex Chambers ‘Karim is a wonderful advocate, with a particularly methodical and devastating cross-examination. His ability to learn a complex case, break it down into the key issues on which the matters actually turn and devise effective strategy is also particularly impressive.'
Ranked: Tier 3
David Brynmor Thomas KC39 Essex Chambers ‘David's advice is very clear and easy to understand for those instructing and clients. He can distil several complex problems into straightforward answers.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 5

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 3
Melissa Shipley 39 Essex Chambers ‘An excellent junior, who is comfortable leading cases or working with KCs. Melissa’s detailed understanding of the technical and factual issues quickly earns her the respect and confidence of clients.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 4
Patrick Hennessey 39 Essex Chambers ‘Outstanding junior for his call.'
Ranked: Tier 4
David Sawtell39 Essex Chambers ‘Brilliant intellect and a true expert. Gets straight to the point.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4
Vivek Kapoor - 39 Essex Chambers 'Vivek is an expert in law - his ability to find novel legal solutions to some of the most difficult situations is remarkable. He is an excellent advocate - his ability to make simple arguments explaining complex points in both law and facts is a case winner. His cross-examination is effective.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Jess Connors 39 Essex Chambers ‘Very intelligent, hardworking and well-liked by clients. Always on top of the detail.'
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

‘Darcey Bourne is a clerk to watch.’

‘There is strength in depth. They have counsel at every level for construction disputes.’

’39 Essex Street is one of my first ports of call when looking for construction and arbitration counsel.’

‘Excellent knowledge and expertise in construction and commercial matters.’

‘Good set with great breadth of expertise in particular on arbitration, engineering and construction.’

‘Outstanding expert in international construction law.’

Work highlights

London Bar > Costs Tier 3

With considerable expertise in costs issues arising from group litigation, 39 Essex Chambers’ well established costs practice sees its members regularly appearing before the SCCO, High Court, CAT, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court; as well as a strong international arbitration presence, especially in the Middle East and Asia. Simon Browne KC represented the claimant in AKC v Barking and Redbridge NHS Trust, a significant case before the Court of Appeal concerning electronic bills of costs that do not identify individual fee earners. Vikram Sachdeva KC acted for the appellant in Bushby v Galazi, a High Court case which developed on the Court of Appeal’s guidance in Glover v Baker concerning the impact of litigation friends on costs responsibilities. In RPB v HMRC, Nicola Greaney KC continues to represent HMRC in a significant case for after-the-event premiums recoverability in publication and privacy proceedings.

2023 Silks

Nicola Greaney KC39 Essex ChambersShe is excellent in advisory work and on her feet, and can contend with complex facts with ease.

Testimonials

‘I needed an urgent advice and the clerk, Tom Gibbons, responded to me very quickly with availability of suitable counsel.’

‘The service provided by clerks is excellent. My primary contact has been Alastair Davidson, the most senior clerk, who is excellent.’

‘Superb clerking. Approachable, friendly, solution driven and satisfaction focussed. Commercially savvy and driven to impress. What more could a client want?’

‘The clerks are approachable, reliable and always go that extra mile to provide service.’

‘39 Essex Chambers is an excellent top-rank set. It is the largest set in London and widely regarded as the top mixed-disciplinary practice set in the country.’ 

‘The set is known for its specialist costs counsel.’

‘In relation to costs work where a London barrister is required, 39 Essex Chambers is my first port of call.’

Work highlights

London Bar > Data protection Tier 3

At 39 Essex Chambers, members have a solid track record in assisting government entities, media companies and regulatory bodies with a broad spectrum of data protection matters. Recent instructions include Rory Dunlop KC and David Mitchell  representing the British Medical Association in a challenge to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Security's decision to allow automatic access to GP patients' records on the grounds that such access was a breach of data protection principles.

Leading Silks

Rory Dunlop KC39 Essex Chambers ‘Rory is a hugely compelling advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

David Mitchell – 39 Essex Chambers ‘David’s tenacious and robust approach in his advocacy, together with his considered strategy, achieves success in complex cases.’
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

‘The clerks are professional, friendly and respond in a timely manner. Anthony King is particularly helpful and does his utmost to secure us with appropriate counsel.’

‘One of the top sets for data protection.’

‘Clerks are responsive and helpful.’

‘Always an excellent service.’

London Bar > Energy Tier 3

39 Essex Chambers has ‘strength in depth and can cover the whole spectrum of public law with advocates at the top of their game at all levels’, in addition to the set's construction expertise. The energy and natural resources group handles high-profile domestic and international disputes in the oil and gas, nuclear, power generation and distribution, and renewables in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, the Middle East and the UK. Stephen Tromans KC is known for his skill in disputes concerning waste from energy, renewables, nuclear, oil and gas, and energy regulation. He is currently acting for Sizewell C company on a DCO application for new nuclear power station and related permitting issues. Among the juniors, Jess Connors is sought-after for high-value TCC disputes. Daniel Stedman Jones is currently acting for a leading Norwegian multinational hydropower company, Statkraft AS, in an application for a solar farm in North Wales.

Leading Silks

Stephen Tromans KC39 Essex Chambers ‘Stephen has a huge intellect and no weakness. He is an outstanding barrister and an expert in his field.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Karim Ghaly KC39 Essex Chambers ‘Karim is extremely smart and gets right to the point. It is simply beautiful to watch him in action at cross-examination.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Marion Smith KC – 39 Essex Chambers ‘Marion is incisive, with a strong dose of common sense and an advocacy style which pleases an international tribunal.’
Ranked: Tier 4
James Strachan KC39 Essex Chambers ‘James is the full package as a barrister: brilliant on the law, vigorous on the details, clear on paper and awe-inspiring in court.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Adrian Hughes KC – 39 Essex Chambers ‘Adrian is responsive, thorough, collegiate and pragmatic.’
Ranked: Tier 4
David Brynmor Thomas KC – 39 Essex Chambers ‘David is very client-focused and always takes a commercial view. His analysis is clear and he presents very effectively.’
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Jess Connors39 Essex Chambers ‘Jess’s energy, grit and ability to stay the course are unrivalled. She has a laser-like attention to detail and is able to get to get under the bonnet of complex technical evidence quickly and efficiently.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Victoria Hutton – 39 Essex Chambers ‘Victoria has a calm, measured and considered style. She is a persuasive advocate who doesn’t need to resort to grandstanding to get her point across.’
Ranked: Tier 4

Juan Lopez – 39 Essex Chambers ‘Juan has an unfathomable ability to rapidly understand complex issues and provide a clear way forward, and he is a pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: Tier 4
Daniel Stedman Jones 39 Essex Chambers ‘Daniel brings energy and a great sense of humour to the team, as well as excellent analytical and drafting skills, and market knowledge.’
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

‘The clerks are very personable and responsive and go above and beyond to assist.’

‘The clerks are all very passionate and helpful, particularly with last minute and urgent requests.’

‘Always very helpful.’

‘The clerks are very helpful and always on hand to help.’

‘Fantastic. Harvey Scott goes the extra mile and super helpful. Working with him is a pleasure.’

‘The set now offers full service practice and cover a wide range of legal expertise. They do a lot of international legal work, and the counsel team is very user-friendly.’

‘The set is quite generalist which means they have barristers to fit most disputes. The depth of quality is impressive.’

‘The set has a superb reputation.’

Work highlights

London Bar > Inquests and inquiries Tier 3

39 Essex Chambers is very well known for acting in high-profile public inquiries. For example, Kate Grange KC is currently acting as one of three leading counsel in the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry, while Eleanor Grey KC is currently acting as lead senior counsel for the Department of Health and Social Care in the Infected Blood Inquiry. Among the juniors, Rachel Sullivan is acting as junior counsel to the Department of Education in the COVID-19 Inquiry; Emily Wilsdon is continuing to represent the Home Office in the Brook House Inquiry; and Samantha Jones focuses on high-profile and complex cases of deaths in which medical negligence is alleged.

Rising stars

Rachel Sullivan – 39 Essex Chambers ‘Rachel is a thorough and dedicated junior. She has a sharp analytical focus.’ 
Ranked: Tier 1
Scarlett Milligan39 Essex ChambersA confident, impressive and dedicated barrister who leaves no stone unturned.’
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Kate Grange KC39 Essex Chambers 'Kate is a very focussed, technically able and extremely lucid cross-examiner.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Eleanor Grey KC39 Essex Chambers 'She is a very diligent silk.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Jenni Richards KC39 Essex Chambers 'Jenni is extremely bright. She can identify novel arguments and present them in an extremely powerful and persuasive way.'
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Samantha Jones39 Essex Chambers 'Samantha is very organised and her mastery of the facts is superb. Her leadership and strategic decision making is exceptional and far beyond her call, and her witness handling is strong and impeccably prepared.' 
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 5
Emily Wilsdon39 Essex Chambers ‘Emily is extremely bright, bold, and brilliant. One to watch.’ 
Ranked: Tier 5
Anna Bicarregui39 Essex Chambers ‘Anna has an unflappable manner in high-pressure situations.’ 
Ranked: Tier 5

Testimonials

‘Sheraton Doyle is excellent, there hasn’t been a problem yet that she has been unable to solve.’ 

’39 Essex is always one of my go-to chambers for public law matters.’ 

‘Over the last several years, 39 Essex has built and incredibly strong team of counsel who have experience in public inquiry work. 

‘A helpful and efficient set of Chambers, with helpful clerks and a range of excellent counsel.’ 

’39 Essex’s prestige in the area of inquests and inquiries increases year-on-year.’ 

‘The clerk’s room is a model operation. They are absolutely on top of their game ensuring confidentiality walls, a massive undertaking they manage superbly.’ 

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel Tier 3

39 Essex Chambers’s international arbitration practice is defined by particular strength in the construction and commercial arenas, with disputes typically arising out of infrastructure, energy and natural resources projects, as well as international trade and commodities. The set’s client portfolio consists of major multinationals, government and state-owned entities, energy companies and financial service providers. Notable members include Adrian Hughes KC and David Brynmor Thomas KC who have a well-established international arbitration construction and engineering practice in all the major arbitral centres. While Hughes KC has a strong China and Hong Kong focus, Brynmor Thomas KC has a significant India practice, recently acting in a dispute arising from the supply of drilling services and materials in India arising from allegations of force majeure during Covid. Hughes KC is representing the main contractor in a major ICC arbitration from one of the world’s largest solar energy projects in the Middle East. On the junior end, Karishma Vora and Vivek Kapoor bring in specialist experience in international trade and construction arbitration, respectively.

Leading Silks

Adrian Hughes KC39 Essex Chambers ‘A top quality silk. Adrian understands Chinese clients well, which is unique for a London silk. Attention to detail and provides great strategic advice.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Paul Darling KC39 Essex Chambers ‘Paul is an excellent advocate with vast experience. He is easy and pleasant to work with, and picks up and retains facts with ease, always grasping the most important issues.’
Ranked: Tier 3
David Brynmor Thomas KC39 Essex Chambers ‘David is an experienced and impressive advocate, able to convey complex details in an easily digestible format. He maintains charm and buoyancy even when navigating tricky waters.’
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Jonathan Bellamy39 Essex Chambers ‘A very experienced junior. He reads the tribunal well, and is very persuasive in submissions, has the benefit of an international practice, acting in disputes across the world, user-friendly and well liked and respected by instructing solicitors, clients and tribunals.’
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

‘The clerks are a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Good clerking – Chris Jones is a future star.’

‘The set now offers full service practice and cover a wide range of legal expertise. They do a lot of international legal work, and the counsel team is very user friendly.’

’39 Essex Chambers are leaders in their field with an extensive range of advocates, arbitrators and ADR specialists.’

‘Very good group of senior barristers and arbitrators.’

Work highlights

London Bar > Planning Tier 3

39 Essex Chambers is a ‘premier set‘ for planning matters, demonstrating a ‘variety of seniority and a breadth of knowledge‘. Its members display ‘real strength in depth across the board‘, advising on rural development, urban regeneration, housing development and community infrastructure, as well as attending local plan examinations and appearing at both large and small-scale planning inquiries. The set has broad expertise across the transport sector from roads, airports and seaports to railways, tramways and bus ways, and various members, including Richard Wald KC, James Strachan KC and Jonathan Darby continue to be involved in the HS2 railway project. Strachan KC is also acting for Luton Airport on its expansion, leading Victoria Hutton, and with John Steel KC representing Luton Borough Council. Richard Harwood OBE KC appeared in the Supreme Court, acting in Swindon BC v SSHCLG, a leading case on the meaning of highway, the scope of planning conditions and the interpretation of a planning permission. Christiaan Zwart successfully promoted the development of The Brick Veil Mosque in Preston over a two week inquiry; the application for planning permission was called-in by the Secretary of State as it raised National Policy, listed building and neighbourhood plan issues.

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 4
Jonathan Darby  – 39 Essex Chambers  ‘Jonathan is brilliant in his delivery and examination in inquiry, whilst maintaining a very approachable and down-to-earth manner with his instructing legal officer and clients. His ability to put himself into the local authority’s shoes and see a way forward is second-to-none.’
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

‘Elliott Hurrell  offers great clerking skills and is very amenable dealing with enquiries. The team of clerks are prompt and attentive and nothing is too much trouble.’

‘Elliott Hurrell and Andy Poyser are top class. Charlie Quant is a rising star.’

‘The service provided by Chambers and the clerks room is very good. Our instructions are usually placed through Elliott Hurrell and Oliver York, both of whom deal with matters effectively and efficiently.’

‘Andy Poyser is a delight to work with – knowledgeable, friendly and a head and shoulders above any other clerk in London.’

‘At all levels the clerks are fantastic. Andy Poyser is a well-known name in the planning world and excellent ambassador for the chambers.’

’39 is a premier set for planning and environmental law. It has a range of heavy hitters. Its clerking team is exceptional.’

’39 Essex is an excellent set for planning, environmental and public law, with a promising new development in real property.’

’39 Essex is a great set to work with. There’s a variety of seniority and a breadth of knowledge.’

Work highlights

London Bar > Professional negligence Tier 3

39 Essex Chambers has members active across all areas of professional negligence with an emphasis on work concerning construction professionals, including architects, designers, engineers, and so forth. Almost all the set’s cases are subrogated claims funded by professional indemnity insurance. Paul Darling KC is one of the highest profile senior silks at the Construction Bar; he acted for the claimant in Blue Manchester v NWGR, a claim against an architect in relation to the design of a cladding system on the Manchester Hilton. Adam Robb KC recently acted for Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital NHS Trust in a £100m claim against a design and build contractor concerning multiple, interacting design breaches at the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital.

Leading Silks

Paul Darling OBE KC39 Essex Chambers ‘Paul is an exceptional advocate. He combines razor sharp analytical skills and sound commercial judgement. He has all angles covered.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Karim Ghaly KC39 Essex Chambers 'Karim is a wonderful advocate, with a particualarly methodical and devastating cross-examination. His ability to learn a complex case, break it down into the key issues on which the matters actually turn and devise effective strategy is also particularly impresive.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4
Marion Smith KC39 Essex Chambers ‘Very persuasive and great with clients.’
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

‘Excellent chambers and my go-to for all public law and commercial litigation matters.’

‘Chambers as a whole are very responsive and have a wide range of exceptionally skilled barristers.’

‘The set is quite generalist which means they have barristers to fit most disputes. The depth of quality is impressive.’

 

Work highlights

London Bar > Sport Tier 3

39 Essex Chambers covers the full range of matters from the world of sports with members showing particular experience in the areas of safeguarding, anti-doping and other disciplinary proceedings as well as personal injury cases in the sports context. For example, Nina Goolamali KC continues to represent World Rugby in the ongoing concussion litigation. Katherine Apps KC, who took silk in 2023, was recently particularly active in relation to safeguarding matters, while Jonathan Bellamy was appointed vice chair of the English Football League’s club financial review panel and has been active in a variety of football matters, including breach of contract, player-agent disputes, club-club transfer disputes and image and data rights issues.

Leading Silks

Nina Goolamali KC – 39 Essex Chambers ‘Nina is fastidiously thorough, and a fearsome negotiator – definitely someone you want in your corner, and not your opponent’s. She is always on top of her brief, and has the ear of the court as a result.’
Ranked: Tier 2

2023 Silks

Katherine Apps KC39 Essex Chambers ‘A real strength and knowledge in intricate sporting disputes, in particular safeguarding.’

Leading Juniors

Jonathan Bellamy39 Essex Chambers 'Jonathan is very commercial, on top of procedures in arbitration, and scrupulously fair.'
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

’39 Essex is building up a solid sports law practice – mostly in personal injury related matters.’

‘Great strength in depth & at silk level.’

‘Good sport focused webinar/seminar programme – impressive speakers.’

Work highlights

London Bar > Tax: VAT and excise Tier 3

The members at 39 Essex Chambers have substantial experience in a variety of tax-related matters. Timothy Lyons KC represents multinational enterprises, high-net-worth individuals, and the UK and foreign governmental departments, and in direct tax matters, he has particular expertise in international matters. Senior junior Kelly Stricklin-Coutinho is instructed on a wide range of tax disputes, including tax tribunal appeals, High Court claims, and European Commission proceedings. She is also active in taxation disciplinary board cases, including those regarding allegations of VAT fraud.

Dispute resolution > Mediators Tier 5

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

Rising stars

Philippe Kuhn39 Essex ChambersExtremely knowledgeable, client-friendly, enthusiastic and proactive. Philippe is technically excellent and has a great ability to boil down complex issues to their basic principles, making it easy for clients to decide on a course of action.’
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Joe-han Ho39 Essex Chambers 'Fantastic intellectual ability, very responsive. Very much on top of his brief.' 
Ranked: Tier 3
Karishma Vora39 Essex Chambers 'Karishma brings a true knowledge of both the Indian and English legal markets which really valuable in cross-border disputes involving those jurisdictions where you have elements of law from both.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Aviation

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Wald KC - 39 Essex Chambers ‘Richard has a very good grasp of the details relating to aviation regulation and control. He is good on papers but excellent in court. He is measured, confident, on the point and very persuasive.’
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > Financial services regulation

London Bar > Local government (including rating law)

Leading Silks

Fenella Morris KC39 Essex Chambers 'Excellent intellectual rigour.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Richard Harwood OBE KC39 Essex Chambers 'He is excellent at advocacy.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4

2024 Silks

Steve Broach KC – 39 Essex Chambers 'Steve is extremely knowledgeable on the law. His written work and advocacy are both excellent.'

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 4
Jonathan Darby – 39 Essex Chambers ‘An excellent junior barrister: clever, confident and with sound judgement.’
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Police law (forces and constables)

London Bar > Property litigation

London Bar > Public procurement

Leading Silks

Fenella Morris KC39 Essex Chambers ‘She is sharp, analytical, pragmatic and commercial.’
Ranked: Tier 2

London Bar > Tax: corporate

Leading Silks

Timothy Lyons KC39 Essex Chambers ‘He has a deep understanding of the root reasons why legislation in relation to cross-border tax operates as it does. A stylish advocate.’
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Kelly Stricklin-Coutinho – 39 Essex Chambers ‘Kelly is exceptionally personable and always on hand to assist and answer client queries. She is particular strong advising the lay client where commercial knowledge is as useful as the legal knowledge.’
Ranked: Tier 2

London Bar > Group litigation

London Bar > Product liability

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

London Bar > Commercial litigation

Leading Silks

David Brynmor Thomas KC - 39 Essex Chambers 'Well prepared, and during advocacy he is able to pivot in his arguments to whatever is being thrown at him from the tribunal and the other side.'
Ranked: Tier 6

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 4
Anna Lintner39 Essex Chambers 'A real star who has outstanding technical ability and enviable advocacy skills that are a match for any opposing counsel.'
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Employment

London Bar > Pensions

2023 Silks

Katherine Apps KC39 Essex Chambers 'Very thorough and she does master the detail, but also has the wider picture clearly in mind. She is very good.'

London Bar > Agriculture

Leading Juniors

Rebecca Cattermole – 39 Essex ChambersA junior with a scholarly, considered and accurate approach.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Juan Lopez39 Essex Chambers 'A driven and incisive advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Elections

London Bar > Competition

London Bar > Public international law

Northern Circuit > Administrative and public law (including civil liberties and human rights)

London Bar > Social housing

London Bar > Defamation and privacy

London Bar > Fraud: civil

London Bar > Health and safety

London Bar > Company

Leading Juniors

Anna Lintner - 39 Essex Chambers ‘A real star who has outstanding technical ability and enviable advocacy skills that are a match for any opposing counsel.’
Ranked: Tier 5

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Commercial Tier 1

39 Essex Chambers has ‘strength in depth‘ in the commercial law space across the Asia-Pacific region, and has an established presence in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Adrian Hughes KC regularly acts for clients from China, Korea and Hong Kong in complex international arbitrations, and Charles Manzoni KC is ‘quick on his feet and extremely credible with the bench‘. Jonathan Bellamy‘s practice takes in SIAC, UNCITRAL, LCIA and ICC arbitrations, as well as handling disputes arising from a broad range of commercial agreements.

Leading Silks

Charles Manzoni KC – 39 Essex Chambers 'A fantastic advocate. A strong communicator, he is unafraid to provide difficult advice to clients but always identifies the best way forward.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

A friendly and very helpful set.’

The clerks are very responsive and helpful.’

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Construction, energy and infrastructure Tier 1

39 Essex Chambers is ‘one of the leading sets in the construction and arbitration areas‘. Members remain active in complex, high-value mandates within this space across the Asia Pacific region; in one example, David Brynmor Thomas KC appeared for the claimant in a dispute concerning the supply of drilling services and materials in India, arising from allegations of force majeure during the COVID-19 pandemic. Adrian Hughes KC is very well known for advising clients from the Chinese-speaking world on high-value international arbitration matters. Steven Lim ‘displays great judgement in deciding the best points to take‘ in arbitrations.

Leading Silks

Adrian Hughes KC – 39 Essex Chambers 'Adrian is a very solid advocate and a strategic thinker.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Charles Manzoni KC – 39 Essex Chambers 'An extremely bright silk, who analyses and gets to the point quickly. Clients like him.'
Ranked: Tier 2
David Brynmor Thomas KC39 Essex Chambers 'He has the ear and respect of his clients.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Paul Darling KC – 39 Essex Chambers 'An excellent strategic thinker.'
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Jonathan Bellamy 39 Essex Chambers 'He really gets into the details of a dispute.'
Ranked: Tier 1
David Hopkins – 39 Essex Chambers 'A junior with a great client manner.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Steven Lim39 Essex Chambers 'A consummate lawyer who is always on top of his brief.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Testimonials

39 Essex Chambers is full of legal talents.’

The clerks are a pleasure to deal with.’

The clerks are very efficient and good to work with.’

Asia Pacific: Regional International Arbitration > Arbitrators Tier 2

39 Essex Chambers has a wide range of full-time arbitrators who have impressive capabilities across a wide range of practice areas, including general commercial, investor state, energy, trade, and technology. Notable names within the set include ‘excellent arbitrator, and a pleasure to work withAdrian Hughes KC and Peter Rees KC who is the ‘go-to arbitrator for oil and gas disputes‘. Loretta Malintoppi is ‘very experienced in international public law and investment arbitrations‘.

Leading arbitrators

David Bateson  – 39 Essex Chambers ‘David is very intelligent, patient and measured in his approach as arbitrator. He is generally considered as being one of the best, if not the best, arbitrator in the construction field. He is very bright and extremely experienced, with great judgement. Perfect temperament and gravitas to sit as an arbitrator.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Adrian Hughes KC39 Essex ChambersAdrian is experienced in international and arbitration matters, with a focus on China-related disputes. He is particularly attentive to matters and points at hand, and clients benefit from his broad knowledge and perspective for finding practical solutions to the problems. He is also a very nice person to work with.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Loretta Malintoppi – 39 Essex ChambersLoretta is very experienced in international public law and investment arbitrations.  She is a pleasure to work with.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Peter Rees KC – 39 Essex ChambersWithout doubt, one of the star arbitrators on the energy and infrastructure areas. Great industry knowledge. He is hard working, responsive, and easy to sit with. He is a top-flight practitioner. Highly recommended.’ 
Ranked: Tier 2
Steven Lim – 39 Essex Chambers  ‘Steven is diligent and thorough, with dexterous and sound handling of the conduct of the proceedings. He is thorough in his preparation, inquisitive in his questioning and rigorous in his analysis.’
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

‘Top set and efficient clerks who are user friendly.’

Work highlights

Middle East: The English Bar > Commercial Tier 3

39 Essex Chambers is ‘a world class institution able to provide top talent in a myriad of practice areas’, with the set’s presence in the EMEA region continuing to expand, especially in relation to international commercial disputes concerning fraud and cross-border asset tracing. In KBBO Group v Anand Choudha, Karishma Vora is instructed by the latter in this shareholder dispute arising from the now defunct Spectrami DMCC, the once largest cyber security company in the Middle East. Karim Ghaly KC maintains a well-established reputation throughout the Middle East for his expertise on complex international arbitration, including under ICC, DIFC and LCIA arbitral rules.

Leading silks

Karim Ghaly KC39 Essex Chambers ‘Incredibly bright with excellent advocacy and cross-examination skills.’
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading juniors

Karishma Vora39 Essex Chambers ‘Extremely astute, focused, and observant. A pleasure to work with.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

‘Chambers’ management is very user friendly and Lindsay Scott in particular is a delight to work with.’

‘The clerks are professional and responsive.’

‘They have a good team of KCs and juniors.’

’39 Essex Chambers is a leading chambers with many excellent barristers.’

’39 Essex Chambers is a world class institution able to provide top talent in a myriad of practice areas.’

Work highlights

Middle East: The English Bar > Construction Tier 3

With a broad construction offering spanning Dubai, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia, 39 Essex Chambers is adept in contentious infrastructure as well as energy and natural resources matters. David Brynmor Thomas KC is well-versed in disputes concerning public transport projects and renewable power scheme developments. Marion Smith KC is an established arbitrator and counsel, while Karim Ghaly KC is experienced in airport, hotel, skyscraper, and sports stadia construction disputes. Alexander Burrell enjoys a strong reputation in the energy sector.

Leading silks

Karim Ghaly KC39 Essex Chambers ‘Karim’s advocacy skills are unparalleled. His cross-examination technique delivers deathly blows. He is also commercially minded and is able to deal with client’s queries practically.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Adrian Hughes KC39 Essex Chambers 'Adrian is an exceptional leader. He has superb client handling skills, excellent case management, and a persuasive manner with the court or tribunal. His communication skills and strategic nous are exemplary.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Marion Smith KC – 39 Essex Chambers ‘Marion is simply a pleasure to work with, a seasoned international arbitration practitioner respected by all those who have worked with her. She is definitely amongst the elite.'
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading juniors

Alexander Burrell39 Essex Chambers ‘Alexander is very professional and takes care of his conduct throughout the proceedings. His legal approach and analytical skills to deal with complex issues are extremely impressive.’
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

‘Darcey Bourne is doing an excellent job.’

‘Darcey Bourne is a bright and very capable individual with a very clear understanding of the tasks at hand. She is very personable and a great character.’

‘The clerks are always responsive.’

’39 Essex Chambers have very efficient and capable counsels with excellent communication and response times.’

‘39 Essex Chambers are an excellent set and provide high quality advocates to deal with matters in the construction and engineering sectors.’

Work highlights

Asia Pacific: Regional International Arbitration > Arbitration counsel

Hong Kong set Temple Chambers has an excellent reputation within the arbitration space. Charles Manzoni KC, a dual tenant with 39 Essex Chambers in London, is highly regarded for his expertise in handling commercial arbitration, with a focus on construction and technology matters, and represents clients from a number of Asian jurisdictions. Matthew Gearing KC has dual tenancy with Fountain Court Chambers, and has over 25 years’ experience in the international arbitration field. Among the juniors, Queenie Lau is noted for her solid track record in handling commercial and financial arbitration.

Leading Juniors

Steven Lim - 39 Essex Chambers 'A true expert in international commercial arbitration.'
Ranked: Tier 1

39 Essex Chambers is a long established set with 47 Queen’s Counsel and 87 juniors. With offices in London, Manchester, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, the set offers substantial expertise in almost every aspect of civil liability, commercial, construction and engineering, commercial fraud, financial services, costs and litigation funding, aviation, energy,  planning, environmental and property, personal injury and clinical negligence, public, regulatory and disciplinary law, shipping and alternative dispute resolution, both in the UK and worldwide. Members of chambers have wide experience of all courts and tribunals including the Supreme Court, Privy Council, Court of Appeal, the European Court of Human Rights and the European Court of Justice, specialist courts, tribunals and planning and other public inquiries, as well as of domestic and international arbitrations. Members have participated in many significant investigations before Parliamentary Select Committees and 23 members are on the Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel instructed on behalf of the Crown. Members also undertake pro bono work for public interest organisations.

WORK UNDERTAKEN

Administrative and public: judicial review and public law, including civil liberties and human rights, education, local authorities, health trusts, mental health, community care, court of protection, housing and housing associations, immigration, VAT and customs and excise.

Aviation and aerospace: leading experts who advise and represent clients on issues across the aviation and aerospace sector in the UK and internationally. This includes: planning and development of airports, heliports and aviation-related infrastructure; environmental; commercial; construction; civil liability and regulatory disputes; advice on compulsory purchase; surface access; noise and emission controls; AAIB inquiries and air accidents; air traffic services; the effects of wind turbines on radar and ATC; lease finance; airport, aircraft, pilot and crew licensing; engineering and management; taxation; aircraft leasing and sales; passenger claims; cases involving UK and foreign governments; ICAO, EASA and the RAA; competition; and European and international law.

Commercial: insurance and reinsurance, commodities and derivatives, funding disputes, banking, mergers and acquisitions, sale and carriage of goods, insolvency, company law, financial services law, professional negligence and professional indemnity work for auditors, legal advisors and international commercial arbitration.

Construction and engineering: litigation and related claims, including professional negligence and indemnity work, from major international ventures to smaller domestic contracts, acting for employers, contractors, subcontractors and professional advisors. Members act as advocates, mediators and arbitrators in the United Kingdom, the EU and worldwide.

Costs: members of chambers appear in every court and tribunal where costs issues arise. Members also carry out advisory work on potential funding arrangements and in drafting cost documentation including CFAs, CCFA and legal expenses insurance policies.

Employment: work for employers and employees, local authorities and central government. An emphasis is on public law-related work, discrimination, restrictive covenants, wrongful dismissal and breach of fiduciary duties.

Energy: a unique capability to cover corporate/commercial, construction, engineering, projects, environmental, planning, public and regulatory work in the electricity, nuclear, oil and gas and renewable sectors.

Entertainment: entertainment and media-related work including performers’ contracts, passing off, breach of confidence, film and management agreements and broadcasting regulation.

European: EU law before domestic and EU courts, including competition, discrimination and equality law, public procurement, free movement, state aids and milk quotas.

Human rights: members regularly appear in domestic Human Rights Act cases and also have extensive experience as advocates before the European Court of Human Rights and in courts overseas. Members have appeared in leading cases with a human rights dimension in diverse fields including civil liberties, commercial law, healthcare, housing, immigration, local government, mental health, community care, planning, police and prisoners.

Insurance and reinsurance: policy coverage and interpretation, fraud, regulation, broker negligence, business interruption, subrogated insurance recovery.

Personal injury and clinical negligence: sea, air and crowd disasters, group actions, industrial disease, sports injuries, injuries of maximum severity,  pharmaceuticals, product liability and high profile and complex matters, ranging from sensitive consent-to-treatment cases to those involving serious disability and death.

Planning, environmental and property: compulsory purchase, contaminated land, environmental civil liability, environmental regulation, European law and human rights, health and safety and product liability, insurance, international environmental law, licensing, marine environment, parliamentary and public affairs, planning law, nuisance and rating.

Public inquiries: members of chambers have been instructed in most of the major public inquiries over the past ten years including BSE, the King’s Cross fire and, more recently, the Bristol Royal Infirmary, Victoria Climbie, the Saville inquiry, the Hutton inquiry, Hillsborough, the Leveson Inquiry and the Bristol Review.

Regulatory and disciplinary: appearing in tribunals and hearings, and carrying out advisory work across the entire medical sphere, appearing before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and in challenges to interventions by the Law Society, social care, education, financial services, broadcasting, communications and the media, sport, transport and health and safety, buildings and housing, local government standards, licensing.

Sport: commercial contracts, image rights, insurance coverage, governance, disciplinary, gaming, competition law, state aid, tax, planning, anti-doping, selection and eligibility.

INTERNATIONAL: 39 Essex Chambers has a number of members who have been called to the Bars of various international and offshore jurisdications including California, France, Hong Kong, New South Wales, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago and the British Virgin Islands. Chambers also has experience of acting in disputes in various foreign jurisdictions including Western and Central Europe, Africa, the USA, India, China and Hong Kong SAR, Malaysia, Singapore, the Middle East and the Caribbean.

RECRUITMENT: the set is a member of Pupillage Gateway and also advertises recruitment via its website.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chief executive officer and director of clerking Lindsay Scott
Members of Chambers CORY-WRIGHT KC, Charlie (1984)
Members of Chambers HARWOOD OBE KC, Richard (1993)
Members of Chambers DYSON, Lord John Rt Hon (1968)*
Members of Chambers TACKABERRY KC, John (1967)
Members of Chambers GLASGOW CBE KC, Edwin (1969)
Members of Chambers ASH KC, Brian (1975)
Members of Chambers FOSKET, Sir David (1972)
Members of Chambers PLEMING KC, Nigel (1971)
Members of Chambers STEEL KC, John (1978)
Members of Chambers WILMOT-SMITH KC, Richard (1978)
Members of Chambers SPEARMAN KC, Richard (1977)
Members of Chambers NORRIS KC, William (1974)
Members of Chambers KELLY KC, Matthias (1979)
Members of Chambers DARLING OBE KC, Paul (1999)
Members of Chambers TREVERTON-JONES KC, Gregory (1977)
Members of Chambers BLOCK KC, Neil (1980)
Members of Chambers RODWAY KC, Susan (1981)
Members of Chambers McCAUL KC, Colin (1978)
Members of Chambers LYONS KC, Timothy (1980)
Members of Chambers HUGHES KC, Adrian (1984)
Members of Chambers MANZONI KC, Charles (1988)
Members of Chambers TROMANS KC, Stephen (1999)
Members of Chambers HILL KC, Thomas (1988)
Members of Chambers REES KC, Peter (2014)
STEIN KC, Sam (1988)
Members of Chambers KOVATS KC, Steven (1989)
Members of Chambers GREY KC, Eleanor (1990)
Members of Chambers GIOVANNETTI KC, Lisa (1991)
Members of Chambers RICHARDS KC, Jenni (1991)
Members of Chambers STINCHCOMBE KC, Paul (1985)
Members of Chambers BROWN KC, Simon (1982)
Members of Chambers MORRIS KC, Fenella (1990)
Members of Chambers STRACHAN KC, James (1996)
Members of Chambers SMITH KC, Marion (1981)
Members of Chambers SACHDEVA KC, Vikram (1998)
Members of Chambers O'SULLIVAN KC, Derek (1990)
Members of Chambers BRETHERTON KC, Kerry (1992)
Members of Chambers TABACHNIK KC, Andrew (1991)
Members of Chambers GOOLAMALI KC, Nina (1995)
Members of Chambers GRANGE KC, Kate (1998)
Members of Chambers RHEE KC, Deok Joo (1998)
Members of Chambers GHALY KC, Karim (2001)
Members of Chambers PATTERSON KC, Lindy (2017)
Members of Chambers HAYES KC, Paul (2005)
Members of Chambers ROBB KC, Adam (1995)
Members of Chambers PATEL KC, Parishil (1996)
Members of Chambers TODD KC, James (1990)
Members of Chambers BRYNMOR THOMAS KC, David (2011)
Members of Chambers DUNLOP KC, Rory (2002)
Members of Chambers BUTLER-COLE KC, Victoria (2005)
Members of Chambers PAYNE KC, Alan (1996)
Members of Chambers WALD KC, Richard (1997)
Members of Chambers FORMBY KC, Emily (1993)
Members of Chambers AYLING KC, Judith (1998)
Members of Chambers MAILK KC, Zane (2007)
Members of Chambers BRADLY KC, David (1987)
Members of Chambers RUCK KEENE KC, Alexander (2002)
Members of Chambers PUGH-SMITH, John (1977)
Members of Chambers EDWARDS, Simon (1978)
Members of Chambers BATESON, David (arbitrator/ non-barrister)
Members of Chambers BROWN, Geoffrey (1981)
Members of Chambers DU CANN, Christian (1982)
Members of Chambers GOUGH, Karen (1983)
Members of Chambers BELLAMY, Jonathan (1986)
Members of Chambers BRADLY, David (1987)
Members of Chambers MALINTOPPI, Loretta (1987)
Members of Chambers DOHERTY, Bernard (1990)
Members of Chambers COLQUHOUN, Celina (1990)
Members of Chambers LIM, Steven (1992)
Members of Chambers KEARNEY, Andrew (2007)
Members of Chambers SINCLAIR, Duncan (1996)
Members of Chambers FULLWOOD, Adam (1996)
Members of Chambers ZWART, Christiaan (1997)
Members of Chambers DENIS-SMITH, John (1998)
Members of Chambers TRUSCOTT, Caroline (1998)
Members of Chambers CHURCH, Camilla (1998)
Members of Chambers CUMMERSON, Romilly (1998)
Members of Chambers GREANEY, Nicola (1999)
Members of Chambers THOMANN, Colin (1999)
Members of Chambers ALLEN, Neil (1999)
Members of Chambers DAVIES, Sian (1999)
Members of Chambers EDWARDS, Anthony (1999)
Members of Chambers KAPOOR, Shaman (1999)
Members of Chambers CATTERMOLE, Rebecca (1999)
Members of Chambers SCOTT, Katharine (2000)
Members of Chambers CONNORS, Jess (2000)
Members of Chambers MURRAY, Simon (2000)
Members of Chambers BURTON, James (2001)
Members of Chambers STAKER, Christopher (2003)
Members of Chambers OLBOURNE, Ben (2003)
Members of Chambers PATERSON, Fiona (2003)
Members of Chambers BICARREGUI, Anna (2004)
Members of Chambers CRAPPER, Sadie (2004)
Members of Chambers MITCHELL, David (2004)
Members of Chambers WENBAN-SMITH, Mungo (2004)
Members of Chambers ALLEN, Caroline (2005)
Members of Chambers HEARNDEN, Alexis (2005)
Members of Chambers TROUP, Rachel (2005)
Members of Chambers SAWTELL, David (2005)
Members of Chambers TER HAAR, Camilla (2005)
Members of Chambers DEAKIN, Andrew (2006)
Members of Chambers MANT, Peter (2006)
Members of Chambers FRASER, Quintin (2006)
Members of Chambers HELME, Ned (2006)
Members of Chambers ANDERSON, Jack (2006)
Members of Chambers STRICKLIN-COUTINHO, Kelly (2006)
Members of Chambers TOWNSEND, Edmund (2006)
Members of Chambers APPS, Katherine (2006)
Members of Chambers PRATT, Ashley (2006)
Members of Chambers DRAKE, Rebecca (2007)
Members of Chambers THELEN, Jennifer (2007)
Members of Chambers HOLBORN, Jack (2008)
Members of Chambers JACKSON, Philippa (2008)
Members of Chambers BROACH, Steve (2008)
Members of Chambers DOBSON, Catherine (2009)
Members of Chambers TANKEL, Benjamin (2009)
Members of Chambers JACOB, Vaughan (2009)
Members of Chambers BROWNHILL, Ian (2009)
Members of Chambers LINTNER, Anna (2009)
Members of Chambers GARDNER, Francesca (2009)
Members of Chambers SHARRON, Eliza (2009)
Members of Chambers KAPOOR, Vivek (2018)
Members of Chambers HENNESSEY, Patrick (2010)
Members of Chambers GROGAN, Rose (2010)
Members of Chambers RAINEY, Angela (2010)
Members of Chambers McCARTHY, Hannah (2010)
Members of Chambers LEE, Annabel (2010)
Members of Chambers CORKILL, Emma (2010)
Members of Chambers MODHA, Niraj (2010)
Members of Chambers STEDMAN JONES, Daniel (2011)
Members of Chambers TABORI, Tom (2011)
Members of Chambers SHIPLEY, Melissa (2011)
Members of Chambers HUTTON, Victoria (2011)
Members of Chambers VORA, Karishma (2011)
Members of Chambers WILSDON, Emily (2011)
Members of Chambers DARBY, Jonathan (2012)
Members of Chambers KOHN, Nicola (2012)
Members of Chambers JONES, Samantha (2012)
Members of Chambers BOUKRAA, Adam (2013)
Members of Chambers BOUSFIELD, Sarah (2013)
Members of Chambers SCOTT, Rosie (2013)
Members of Chambers HOPKINS, David (2013)
Members of Chambers STANDING, Michael (2013)
Members of Chambers KELLY, Arianne (2013)
Members of Chambers BURRETT, Samuel (2013)
Members of Chambers BARNES, Katherine (2014)
Members of Chambers BURRELL, Alexander (2014)
Members of Chambers SULLIVAN, Rachel (2015)
Members of Chambers LAKING, Daniel (2015)
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Members of Chambers MILLIGAN, Scarlett (2015)
Members of Chambers DAVID, Stephanie (2016)
Members of Chambers BRADFORD, James (2016)
Members of Chambers HO, Joe-han (2016)
Members of Chambers CHENG, Grace (2016)
Members of Chambers KEATING, Ruth (2017)
Members of Chambers THOMAS, Gethin (2017)
Members of Chambers KUHNE, Philippe (2017)
Members of Chambers KOZELKO, Daniel (2018)
Members of Chambers HIGGS, Nicholas (2018)
Members of Chambers Fry, Hannah (2018)
Members of Chambers WEINBERG, Nyasha (2020)
Members of Chambers LEYDON, Eleanor (2020)
Members of Chambers THOROLD, Jake (2020)
Members of Chambers SHAERF, James (2021)
Members of Chambers CORDONE, Chiara (2021)
Members of Chambers MOSS, Christopher (2021)
Members of Chambers KEENE ACIArb, Sir David Rt Hon (1964)
BHUSHAN, Abhinav **
Members of Chambers MACKAY, Sir Colin (1967)*
Members of Chambers MARTIN AC KC, The Hon. Wayne (1988)
Members of Chambers BUNNI, Prof Dr Nael G **
Members of Chambers CHAKRABATI CBE, Shami (1994)
Members of Chambers HICKEY, Denys (1975)
Members of Chambers HURST LLB MPHIL FCIARB, Peter**
Members of Chambers LANE SC, Patrick (1977)
Members of Chambers McCLEARY CMG CVO, Boyd**
Members of Chambers PRATLEY, Michelle (2006)
Members of Chambers STERN, Kristina SC (South Africa) (1996)*
Members of Chambers TAN, Swee Im (1987)*
Members of Chambers ULLSTEIN KC, Augustus (1970)
** Non-Barrister
*Overseas Members/Door Tenants
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Nina Goolamali photo Nina Goolamali Nina Goolamali KC is highly regarded as a skilled and commercially astute…
Karen Gough photo Karen Gough Construction; professional negligence, domestic and international arbitration and ADR. Cases have included…
Kate Grange photo Kate Grange Barrister specialising in commercial, construction, public law and human rights.
Nicola Greaney KC photo Nicola Greaney KC Barrister specialising in all areas of public and administrative law (including health,…
Eleanor Grey photo Eleanor Grey Barrister specialising in public and administrative law, especially public inquiries, healthcare regulation,…
Rose Grogan photo Rose Grogan Commercial: Rose’s practice includes commercial and construction disputes; international arbitration; planning and…
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Adrian Hughes photo Mr Adrian Hughes Barrister specialising in complex commercial contract work. Main areas of expertise lie…
Peter Hurst photo Peter Hurst Peter Hurst LLB MPhil ACIArb was the Senior Costs Judge of England…
Victoria Hutton photo Victoria Hutton Victoria is rated as one of the top ten planning barristers under…
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Matthias Kelly photo Matthias Kelly Specialises in enquiries, personal injury and professional negligence work. Represents both claimants…
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Daniel Kozelko photo Daniel Kozelko Daniel has a broad practice across all areas of chambers’ specialisms, with…
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David Sawtell photo David Sawtell Barrister specialising in substantial construction and property disputes, as well as commercial dispute…
Katharine Scott photo Katharine Scott Specialises in all aspects of costs work. Court of protection work with…
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Eliza Sharron photo Eliza Sharron Barrister specialising in all fields of Court of Protection work, including property and…
Melissa Shipley photo Melissa Shipley Construction, international arbitration, commercial, planning, environment and property.
Duncan Sinclair photo Mr Duncan Sinclair Competition law (damages claims before the CAT and the High Court; investigations);…
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Richard Spearman photo Richard Spearman Specialisation: general commercial and common law practice, including commercial fraud, media and…
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Michael Standing photo Michael Standing Personal injury and clinical negligence, fraud, regulatory and disciplinary, employment and discrimination.
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John Steel photo John Steel Specialisms include: planning and environmental law, public law, judicial review, compulsory purchase…
Kristina Stern SC photo Kristina Stern SC Barrister.
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Kelly Stricklin-Coutinho photo Kelly Stricklin-Coutinho Kelly specialises in EU law, public law, tax and commercial litigation. In…
Rachel Sullivan photo Rachel Sullivan Administrative and public, regulatory, planning and environment, commercial and construction, civil.
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Tom Tabori photo Tom Tabori Tom Tabori is a specialist public law barrister, with expertise in human…
John Tackaberry photo Mr John Tackaberry Construction ie engineering, energy and natural resources, joint ventures, consortia co-operation, commercial…
Benjamin Tankel photo Benjamin Tankel Areas of practice include: public and administrative, human rights, local government, commercial…
Jennifer Thelen photo Jennifer Thelen Jennifer has a broad practice encompassing regulatory and disciplinary law, general commercial…
Colin Thomann KC photo Mr Colin Thomann KC Barrister dealing with environmental, public law, personal injury, employment and planning matters,…
Gethin Thomas photo Gethin Thomas Gethin Thomas has a multidisciplinary practice, encompassing public law & human rights,…
Jake Thorold photo Jake Thorold Jake accepts instructions across all of Chambers’ practice areas with a particular…
James Todd photo Mr James Todd Barrister specialising in personal injury, general insurance and contractual disputes.
Edmund Townsend photo Edmund Townsend Product liability, professional negligence, property damage, commercial, clinical negligence, personal injury, fraud.
Gregory Treverton-jones photo Gregory Treverton-jones In recent years, the principal focus of Greg Treverton-Jones QC’s practice has…
Stephen Tromans photo Stephen Tromans Barrister specialising in environmental, planning and public law; significant cases include: R…
Caroline Truscott photo Caroline Truscott Barrister specialising in personal injury and costs.
Peter Village photo Mr Peter Village Peter Village QC continues to dominate high-profile cases in planning and environmental…
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Richard Wald photo Richard Wald Barrister specialising in all areas of environmental, planning, compulsory purchase, administrative and…
Nyasha Weinberg photo Nyasha Weinberg Nyasha accepts instructions across all of our practice areas, with a particular…
Mungo Wenban-smith photo Mungo Wenban-smith Barrister dealing with a wide range of public law, including community care,…
Richard Wilmot-smith photo Richard Wilmot-smith Barrister specialising in construction and engineering (contentious); cases include Lanes Group PLC…
Emily Wilsdon photo Emily Wilsdon Emily practices in administrative and public law, regulation, inquiries and inquests, and…
Christiaan Zwart photo Christiaan Zwart Barrister with an extensive practice in Planning & Infrastructure Law, Environmental & Energy…
Camilla ter Haar photo Camilla ter Haar Camilla ter Haar has a broad practice which combines commercial and construction…