Set Profile > 39 Essex Chambers > London, England

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

Aviation

Leading Silks

Michael McParland QC - 39 Essex ChambersHis knowledge is frankly unrivalled in matters of jurisdiction and applicable law. His skill as an advocate is outstanding.
Ranked: Tier 3
John Steel QC - 39 Essex ChambersAs a pilot, he has practical knowledge as well a clear understanding of the issues and planning policies that affect airfields.
Ranked: Tier 3

2020 Silks

Richard Wald QC - 39 Essex ChambersAn up-and-coming new silk.

Court of Protection and community care Tier 1

39 Essex Chambers is at ‘the true epicentre of the Court of Protection Bar, with an unparalleled array of talented barristers across all levels of call and experience and who appear in the most important cases year in year out.’ It has an ‘incredibly wide pool of barristers- juniors and seniors who all provide a top-quality and prompt service. Its training is excellent (particularly the video seminars during Covid) and its Mental Capacity Newsletter is essential for anyone working in this area.’ In BH v NHS England and others Jenni Richards QC advised NHS England in a multi-party dispute concerning the capacity and needs for care and treatment of a young woman with learning difficulties and mental health problems. Fiona Paterson's and Annabel Lee's respective practices continue to go from strength to strength as they ascend the junior rankings. Parishil Patel QC, Peter Mant, and Katherine Scott are among a host of new entrants to this year's rankings.

Leading Silks

Fenella Morris QC - 39 Essex ChambersIs a brilliant barrister who works tirelessly for clients to achieve the best possible outcomes for them. Her personable style with the client puts them at ease. She is an expert in public law and her advice is invaluable.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jenni Richards QC - 39 Essex ChambersA fantastic advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Vikram Sachdeva QC - 39 Essex ChambersHas exceptional intellectual flexibility and is able to formulate an argument with unusual speed. He also has a light touch with clients, both lay and professional as a result of which he commands enormous loyalty from solicitors.
Ranked: Tier 1
Parishil Patel QC - 39 Essex ChambersA particularly strong silk.
Ranked: Tier 3

2019 Silks

Victoria Butler-Cole QC - 39 Essex ChambersNot only is she an excellent advocate with an excellent knowledge of the law she is also a very worthy opponent who fights for her clients.

Leading Juniors

Alexander Ruck Keene - 39 Essex ChambersA true expert full of passion for the rule of law, fairness and equality. Has a very easy manner and ability to clearly explain complicated areas of law with clarity and ease.
Ranked: Tier 1
Fiona Paterson - 39 Essex ChambersVery skilled and highly sensitive. Great on detail.
Ranked: Tier 1
Neil Allen - 39 Essex ChambersNeil’s knowledge of the whole span of mental health, community care and public law is comprehensive. He applies that knowledge with great judgement and one never doubts his analysis. He is excellent on the papers, as he is on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 2
Nicola Greaney - 39 Essex ChambersHas a very good grasp of tricky CoP issues and public law matters.
Ranked: Tier 2
Annabel Lee - 39 Essex ChambersAnnabel’s drafting is very succinct, very clear and detailed. Her advocacy is very persuasive and she is indeed a very good negotiator at the pre-hearing discussions with the other party's set.
Ranked: Tier 2
Mungo Wenban-Smith - 39 Essex ChambersExtremely bright with a thorough knowledge of the law.
Ranked: Tier 2
Peter Mant - 39 Essex ChambersIs an excellent barrister with an enviable reputation within the Court of Protection field. He is very pragmatic, personable and delivers clear and effective advocacy. It is a pleasure to work with him.
Ranked: Tier 4
Katherine Scott - 39 Essex ChambersAn excellent senior junior, who leads her own team with great skill and charm.
Ranked: Tier 4
Catherine Dobson - 39 Essex ChambersCatherine is phenomenally clever - she has an impeccable grasp of the case law and legislative framework and is able to apply this to novel or unusual circumstances in a way which is clear and highly effective. Her written work is extremely clear and elegantly worded. She is always accessible and fantastic with clients.
Ranked: Tier 4
Alexis Hearnden - 39 Essex ChambersAlexis is thorough and detailed in her advice. Her drafting is excellent, and she has a reassuring and measured approach to difficult and complex issues.
Ranked: Tier 4
Nicola Kohn - 39 Essex ChambersGoes above and beyond for her clients. She is also a charming and skilled advocate, with real courtroom gravitas.
Ranked: Tier 4

Environment Tier 1

39 Essex Chambers is 'completely dominant in this area of work', according to one client. Another remarks that it is 'consistently brilliant and probably has more strength and depth in the environmental field than any of its competitors'. Members of the set's planning, environment and property group frequently appear in leading cases in the highest courts, both domestically and internationally. Stephen Tromans QC  is acting for BP in a challenge by Greenpeace to consents for the Vorlich Field project on climate change grounds, which raises issues of environmental assessment. New silk Richard Wald QC acted for Trinidad’s leading environmental NGO in its challenge to a decision to grant consent for a major highway scheme passing close to a protected savannah. Clients report that the clerks are 'a real strength for the set – proactive, well organised and prompt'.

Leading Silks

Stephen Tromans QC - 39 Essex ChambersHe is absolutely top class for any complex or novel issue and is the standout environmental barrister in the UK, if not globally.
Ranked: Tier 1
Richard Harwood OBE QC - 39 Essex ChambersHe is outstanding and can get on top of very technical instructions very quickly - clients hang on his every word.
Ranked: Tier 2
Nigel Pleming QC - 39 Essex ChambersCalm under pressure, unflappable, suave and extremely affable, he is one of the set’s stellar senior members.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Strachan QC - 39 Essex ChambersHe has a calm and pleasant manner in court but is ruthlessly effective in cross-examination.
Ranked: Tier 2
William Norris QC - 39 Essex ChambersAn excellent advocate who is thorough and knows well the law as it relates to wind farms.
Ranked: Tier 4

2020 Silks

Richard Wald QC - 39 Essex ChambersComing up as a new silk, he provides good close analysis of complex scientific evidence and is particularly dogged in cross-examination.

Leading Juniors

James Burton - 39 Essex ChambersAn enormous talent, he is thorough, analytical and a shrewd strategist and has the ability to cut through complicated legislation.
Ranked: Tier 3
Catherine Dobson - 39 Essex ChambersA superb senior junior, she takes incredibly technical information and creates a clear, decisive understandable path and does it without any arrogance.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ned Helme - 39 Essex ChambersHe is very intelligent and exceptionally hardworking and he gives the impression that nothing is too much trouble.
Ranked: Tier 3
Daniel Stedman Jones - 39 Essex ChambersHe is an expert in his field, an imaginative, clear and confident advocate who leaves no stone unturned.
Ranked: Tier 3
Colin Thomann - 39 Essex ChambersImmensely intelligent, knowledgeable, thoughtful, and hardworking, he has extensive expertise in EU law.
Ranked: Tier 3
Philippa Jackson - 39 Essex ChambersShe is very bright, she gets the facts and strategy quickly, and she is able to think on her feet in front of judges.
Ranked: Tier 4
Rose Grogan - 39 Essex ChambersHardworking, personable and good with clients, she provides down to earth advice.
Ranked: Tier 4
Victoria Hutton - 39 Essex ChambersHardworking, thorough and dependable, she is fantastic with clients and quickly gets to grips with complex challenges.
Ranked: Tier 4

Administrative and public law (including civil liberties and human rights)

Leading Juniors

Eliza Sharron  - 39 Essex ChambersEliza is a fantastically safe pair of hands. She knows her stuff, procedurally, practically, legally and she has a calm and sensible court manner than instills confidence and aids negotiation and compromise.

Ranked: Tier 1

Court of Protection and community care

Leading Juniors

Francesca Gardner - 39 Essex ChambersMs Gardner is undoubtedly considered to be one stalwarts of practitioners in this area. She is extremely bright, hard-working and a formidable opponent in court.
Ranked: Tier 1

Court of Protection and community care

Rising stars

Arianna Kelly  - 39 Essex ChambersArianna is brilliant at thinking outside of the box and excellent if you have a family member who has a difficult to case to run.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Francesca Gardner - 39 Essex ChambersFrancesca is dedicated and committed to achieving outcomes that are beneficial to vulnerable clients and their families. She is not phased by more senior counsel or complex situations and remains collected and professional at all times.
Ranked: Tier 1
Eliza Sharron  - 39 Essex ChambersOne of the finest advocates working in the Court of Protection.
Ranked: Tier 1

Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud Tier 1

39 Essex Chambers is an 'elite set for personal injury work' which offers 'some of the best counsel both at junior and silk level'. Members of this 'polished and professional set' are 'regularly seen in difficult international injury cases', as well as acting in catastrophic injury cases, and, increasingly, historical abuse claims. Neil Block QC represents the defendant in the largest group personal injury case of its kind, which involves a claim by 42,000 Kenyans against the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Block QC also continues to advise several high-profile individuals on allegations of historic abuse.

Personal injury - Leading Silks

Neil Block QC - 39 Essex ChambersA heavyweight silk for the highest value and most complex of cases. Extremely knowledgeable; excellent negotiator and strategist. He works as a true member of the team with insurers and solicitors.
Ranked: Tier 1
William Norris QC - 39 Essex ChambersClever, hard-working and enthusiastic, with an unparalleled knowledge of the PI arena.
Ranked: Tier 2
Susan Rodway QC - 39 Essex ChambersAn exceptional PI silk. Very compassionate and calm with clients yet remains a tough opponent.
Ranked: Tier 2
Charlie Cory-Wright QC - 39 Essex ChambersA deeply knowledgeable and very tactical advocate who retains a down-to-earth approachability.
Ranked: Tier 3
Derek O'Sullivan QC - 39 Essex ChambersIn high demand for cases of the utmost complexity and severity.
Ranked: Tier 3

2021 Silks

Emily Formby QC - 39 Essex ChambersAn impressive junior. Very personable and thorough, as well as being a good strategist.
Judith Ayling QC - 39 Essex ChambersOne of the best senior juniors around and she is destined to become silk. Technically excellent and very good on causation points.

Insurance fraud - 2019 Silks

James Todd QC - 39 Essex ChambersHas a brilliant brain and exceptional manner.

Personal injury - 2019 Silks

James Todd QC - 39 Essex ChambersHas a brilliant brain and exceptional manner.

Insurance fraud - Leading Juniors

Sadie Crapper - 39 Essex ChambersBright; willing; fierce in your favour; meticulous.
Ranked: Tier 1

Personal injury - Leading Juniors

Christian Du Cann - 39 Essex ChambersA great advocate with an excellent brain.
Ranked: Tier 1
Bernard Doherty - 39 Essex ChambersVery knowledgeable on conflicts of law in a personal injury context and tactically astute when applying foreign law arguments.
Ranked: Tier 1
Sadie Crapper - 39 Essex ChambersBright; willing; fierce in your favour; meticulous.
Ranked: Tier 3
Romilly Cummerson - 39 Essex ChambersRomilly is a very cool customer, calm under pressure, very well prepared and organised and always finds the sweetspot on Court positioning. Always willing, she is very easy to work with as part of a coordinated defence.
Ranked: Tier 3
Geoffrey Brown - 39 Essex ChambersA tough negotiator with a first-class analytical mind.
Ranked: Tier 4
Camilla Church - 39 Essex ChambersA clever barrister who is kind, careful and willing to work hard.
Ranked: Tier 4
Quintin Fraser - 39 Essex ChambersA personal injury junior of the highest quality, whose strengths include rigorous attention to detail and exceptional analytical skills.
Ranked: Tier 4
Angela Rainey - 39 Essex ChambersForensically analytical and shows great passion about each case. Very firm approach and confident in opinion.
Ranked: Tier 4
James Burton - 39 Essex ChambersBrings a meticulous approach, and is very bright and kind with clients.
Ranked: Tier 5
Nicola Greaney - 39 Essex ChambersA confident, grounded and highly intelligent practitioner who is able to convey complex arguments in a persuasive and simple way.
Ranked: Tier 5
Colin Thomann - 39 Essex ChambersAn exceptionally bright and thoughtful specialist.
Ranked: Tier 5

Professional disciplinary and regulatory law Tier 1

'Widely recognised as a leading chambers in professional discipline', members of 39 Essex Chambers are active for regulators, covering factually and difficult cases in medical and legal contexts. Eleanor Grey QC represented the regulator in R (Kuzmin) v GMC, in which the High Court effectively abolished the right to remain silent in proceedings by finding the tribunal could draw negative influences from a doctor declining to give evidence. In the legal space, Vikram Sachdeva QC successfully represented Amicable, a company which records couples' divorce negotiations and then fills in the court forms, which found that it was not activity regulated by the Legal Services Act. The set has 'lots of talented juniors' – David Bradly, successfully defeated an appeal to the Privy Council in Elefterescu v RCVS.

Leading Silks

Gregory Treverton-Jones QC - 39 Essex ChambersAdopts the correct tone in advocacy for this field, which is surprisingly rare. Frank in assessment, respectful of others opinions, giving him the necessary flexibility to act in clients’ best interests.
Ranked: Tier 1
Fenella Morris QC - 39 Essex ChambersHer advocacy is "drop the mike" impressive. I've seen her flaw opposing barristers without having to raise her voice or over-egg an argument which can be expressed in simple terms.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Tabachnik QC - 39 Essex ChambersExcellent all round - ability to absorb detail and cut to the key issues, written and oral advocacy skills, strategic ability and client and solicitor relationships.
Ranked: Tier 2
Eleanor Grey QC - 39 Essex ChambersAttention to detail; clear and concise presentation; a reassuring aura of calm and control.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jenni Richards QC - 39 Essex ChambersShe is very good at listening to the needs of the client and very open to discussion and sharing of ideas. She can use the law creatively to pursue objectives which other barristers might say could not be pursued. She is expert on judicial review and very experienced in litigating in the higher courts.
Ranked: Tier 3
Vikram Sachdeva QC - 39 Essex ChambersHe is really on top of his subject. Sympathetic to the client and their aims. Very able in court.
Ranked: Tier 3

2019 Silks

Victoria Butler-Cole QC - 39 Essex ChambersA very strong counsel.
Rory Dunlop QC - 39 Essex ChambersHe is a very personable barrister who very much has the ear of the court. Judges clearly like listening to him. He is good at getting to the key issues in a case.

Leading Juniors

David Bradly - 39 Essex ChambersDavid is an excellent advocate. He is able to present often complex issues in a clear and understandable way for non dental/veterinary professionals. He is always very well prepared and knows his cases inside out. He is scrupulously fair and even-handed, yet most effective in cross-examining witnesses.
Ranked: Tier 1
Peter Mant - 39 Essex ChambersPeter is extremely knowledgeable and experienced in the field of professional discipline. His advice is always clear, thorough and comprehensible. Peter is approachable and clients value his advice and his calm, clear manner.
Ranked: Tier 1
Robert Lazarus - 39 Essex ChambersHe is a skilful advocate and extremely gifted.
Ranked: Tier 2
Alexis Hearnden - 39 Essex ChambersAlexis is easy to work with and builds a good relationship with our clients. She is also effective in dealing with expert evidence.
Ranked: Tier 3
Nicola Greaney - 39 Essex ChambersNicola is extremely knowledgeable, experienced and proficient in the field of professional discipline. She is approachable, hard-working and thorough. She is always very accommodating and helpful - she has stepped in to help us at short notice. She gives advice in a calm and comprehensible manner.
Ranked: Tier 4

Administrative and public law (including civil liberties and human rights)

Rising stars

Arianna Kelly  - 39 Essex ChambersA rising star.

Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Eliza Sharron  - 39 Essex ChambersA fantastically safe pair of hands.

Ranked: Tier 2

Administrative and public law (including elections) Tier 2

39 Essex Chambers handles a range of public law matters, with expertise across the arena. The set is comfortable with national security matters, both in the sense that its members handle work for government departments and also as special advocates. In the health space, the set having numerous members kept busy by varied challenges to NHS reorganisations. Jenni Richards QC and Jack Anderson successfully represented the defendant in R (KK) v Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, a judicial review not to refer an IPP prisoner for gender reassignment surgery; the prisoner had been convicted as a man of child pornography offences. Deok Joo Rhee QC represented the shadow attorney general the Cherry prorogation case. Jack Holborn is unled for the Ministry of Justice in a case concerning prisoners who may lack capacity to conduct their Parole Board proceedings, and Tom Tabori is notable for his election law expertise.

Rising stars

Katherine Barnes - 39 Essex ChambersShe is very good for public law challenges.
Ranked: Tier 1
Adam Boukraa - 39 Essex ChambersGreat at providing technical advice.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Charlie Cory-Wright QC - 39 Essex ChambersHis lines of question demonstrate his experience of closed material proceedings.
Ranked: Tier 2
Fenella Morris QC - 39 Essex ChambersA really excellent public law silk.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Strachan QC - 39 Essex ChambersA highly experienced public lawyer. He is very intelligent, knows the area very well and is a fine advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Eleanor Grey QC - 39 Essex ChambersShe is really impressive. Eleanor is incredibly calm; meticulously well-prepared and a pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 3
Nigel Pleming QC - 39 Essex ChambersExcellent legal and strategic knowledge, and a well-developed sense of what the court will do.
Ranked: Tier 3
Deok Joo Rhee QC - 39 Essex ChambersShe is approachable, thorough, and user-friendly.
Ranked: Tier 3

Jenni Richards QC - 39 Essex Chambers ‘Jenni is an outstanding advocate and leader. She is an excellent advocate - forensic, tough when needed, but also with tremendous empathy.

Ranked: Tier 3
Kate Grange QC - 39 Essex ChambersKate is just excellent in everything she does.
Ranked: Tier 4
Parishil Patel QC - 39 Essex ChambersGets the job done; clear and commercial advice; down-to-earth, sensible and pragmatic.
Ranked: Tier 4
Vikram Sachdeva QC - 39 Essex ChambersHe has expert medical knowledge due to his previous qualification of a Doctor which combined with his legal knowledge makes him the go to counsel in in SMT cases.
Ranked: Tier 4

2019 Silks

Victoria Butler-Cole QC - 39 Essex ChambersA fantastic advocate.
Rory Dunlop QC - 39 Essex ChambersInstructed for the government in difficult cases.

Leading Juniors

Katherine Apps - 39 Essex ChambersShe is extremely intelligent, shrewd, thoughtful, responsive and very hard-working.
Ranked: Tier 1
Steve Broach - 39 Essex ChambersSteve is an excellent advocate, able to clearly present the case to the judge in a measured way and respond to judicial questioning calmly, maintaining a high standard of presentation of the case.
Ranked: Tier 2
Catherine Dobson - 39 Essex ChambersCatherine is extremely industrious, able to filter and analyse a mass of information, and produce (often at very short notice, and under great pressure) first class pleadings and written arguments.
Ranked: Tier 2
Nicola Greaney - 39 Essex ChambersGood advocate. Good attention to detail. Easy to work with.
Ranked: Tier 2
Annabel Lee - 39 Essex ChambersAnnabel is a very conscientious and hard-working junior counsel with a real eye for detail. She is also very personable and easy to work with.
Ranked: Tier 3
Peter Mant - 39 Essex ChambersGood advocacy, cases well prepared and well presented with a good manner that the court likes. Bright and excellent on paper.
Ranked: Tier 3
Fiona Paterson - 39 Essex ChambersFiona is hard working and reliable. I feel completely confident in her ability to think broadly about a case, but also to provide experienced and expert advice on very specific issues that other barristers would not have knowledge of.
Ranked: Tier 3
Benjamin Tankel - 39 Essex ChambersVery intelligent, provides clear advice, and is great on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jack Anderson - 39 Essex ChambersReally good, very to the point, thinks about things very carefully.
Ranked: Tier 3
Sian Davies - 39 Essex ChambersShe is an extremely talented barrister and her main strength is her significant knowledge of public law. It is always music to my ears when she is available as I know she is the safest pair of hands.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jack Holborn - 39 Essex ChambersHe has a great eye for detail and a high standard of oral advocacy.
Ranked: Tier 3
Nicola Kohn - 39 Essex ChambersProvides very strong advocacy.
Ranked: Tier 4
Tom Tabori - 39 Essex ChambersHe is very reliable and very bright.
Ranked: Tier 4

Construction Tier 2

39 Essex Chambers'considerable depth' of expertise in construction and engineering is displayed by its leading members acting in major disputes, including a growing arbitration practice in the Middle East and Asia. On the domestic front, Paul Darling QC has acted for Interserve in Swansea Stadium v Interserve, in a claim against the contractor for defects in paintwork, which ended in a dismissal of the claim. The 'clever and strategic' Karim Ghaly QC is currently representing an NHS Trust in a £25m TCC claim arising from the construction of a hospital. The dispute concerns the topical issue of the adequacy of the fire stopping construction at the hospital.

Leading Silks

Stuart Catchpole QC - 39 Essex ChambersHe’s an advocate that the judge wants to hear from because his views are respected. He is also very meticulous.
Ranked: Tier 1
Paul Darling QC - 39 Essex ChambersHe is a heavyweight of the construction Bar.
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Wilmot-Smith QC - 39 Essex ChambersOne of the great doyens of construction.
Ranked: Tier 2
Adrian Hughes QC - 39 Essex ChambersA superb barrister with top notch advocacy.
Ranked: Tier 3
Adam Robb QC - 39 Essex ChambersAdam is superb. He very quickly gets to grips with details and is able to explain in simple terms to clients very legally complex matters.
Ranked: Tier 4
Karim Ghaly QC - 39 Essex ChambersHe is very good, popular and hardworking, with strength in PFI disputes.
Ranked: Tier 4
Kate Grange QC - 39 Essex ChambersKate is brilliant and has a strong silk practice.
Ranked: Tier 5
Lindy Patterson QC - 39 Essex ChambersExcellent public speaker. Very approachable and a joy to work with.
Ranked: Tier 5
Marion Smith QC - 39 Essex ChambersMarion is amazing. She is a first-class lawyer. She takes immense pride in her work and is truly driven to deliver the best possible outcome for the client.
Ranked: Tier 5

Leading Juniors

Jess Connors - 39 Essex ChambersShe is a fantastic barrister to work with, her commercial manner makes her a favourite with clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Karen Gough - 39 Essex ChambersHer advice is incisive, to the point and with an ability to solve complex problems with ease.
Ranked: Tier 3
Rebecca Drake - 39 Essex ChambersExcellent ability to understand clients needs, superb choice of junior.
Ranked: Tier 4
Anthony Edwards - 39 Essex Chambers Anthony is knowledgeable and experienced in the field of international disputes with the ability to master and distil complex issues, aided by a solid legal and engineering background.
Ranked: Tier 4
Patrick Hennessey - 39 Essex ChambersHe maintains the highest standards when giving advice and when advocating. Always a top choice.
Ranked: Tier 4
Alexandra Bodnar - 39 Essex ChambersAlex is incredibly bright and an accomplished advocate.
Ranked: Tier 4

European Union law Tier 2

Members of 39 Essex Chambers are active in a number of matters with EU law elements at play. Deok Joo Rhee QC represented the trustee in McNamara v Wilson and Maloney, a High Court case concerning potential inclusion of an Irish citizen's Irish pension in his UK bankruptcy estate. In Luxembourg, Katherine Apps represented the European Public Services Union in a case concerning the position of consultation rights of public sector employees.

Leading Silks

Timothy Lyons QC - 39 Essex ChambersWell connected in the EU. A recognised leading thinker in this area.
Ranked: Tier 3
Deok Joo Rhee QC - 39 Essex ChambersExtremely professional, hard-working and clever: her written and oral advocacy ooze erudition. She is also very understated with a humility that I have not come across in any other silk.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Katherine Apps - 39 Essex ChambersShe is extremely intelligent, shrewd, thoughtful, responsive and very hard-working. She is able to address and think through cutting edge and novel issues of law in a very clear and impressive way, and fully understands her clients’ needs and requirements.
Ranked: Tier 3
Christopher Staker - 39 Essex ChambersI cannot speak highly enough of the quality of his research and reasoning, and the impressive speed at which he works. The texts that he produces, under huge time pressure, are clear, persuasive and elegantly written.
Ranked: Tier 3

International arbitration: arbitrators Tier 2

39 Essex Chambers is 'a quality set' and its strong track record in international arbitration naturally feeds into its arbitrator offering. Many of its leading names, including Peter Rees QC, David Brynmor Thomas QC, and David Bateson, come from distinguished solicitor backgrounds and are noted for their commercial approach. They are very much the tip of the iceberg in terms of the set's strong roster of talent, which also includes former judges and working barristers. Construction, infrastructure, insurance and energy disputes feature high on the agenda, and the set's members are especially noted for their handling of Middle Eastern and Asian disputes.

Employment

Leading Juniors

David Mitchell - 39 Essex ChambersDavid gives his all under difficult circumstances and has been very generous with his time. He is very good on his feet indeed and unfazed by "bigger" opposition. Clients love him.
Ranked: Tier 2
Katherine Apps - 39 Essex ChambersA real eye for detail, calm under pressure, and able to identify a practical solution to technical problems. Katherine also has a broad range of knowledge in employment and allied areas.
Ranked: Tier 4

Competition

Leading Juniors

Kelly Stricklin-Coutinho - 39 Essex ChambersExperienced, knowledgeable and thorough junior with a niche in state aid.
Ranked: Tier 2

Sport

Leading Juniors

Jonathan Bellamy - 39 Essex ChambersIncisive with his legal mind, astute with a disarming manner.
Ranked: Tier 2
Katherine Apps - 39 Essex ChambersA brilliant mind, one of the cleverest juniors around at the Bar.
Ranked: Tier 4

Local government (including rating law)

Leading Silks

Fenella Morris QC - 39 Essex ChambersFenella got up to speed with the case very quickly which was impressive given the complexity of the legal arguments and volume of paperwork. Clearly very experienced in consultation-related judicial review work.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jenni Richards QC - 39 Essex ChambersShe is brilliant on her feet and her written advice is always measured and easy for clients to follow. She always has the ear of the court and clients certainly feel they are on the front foot by her being in their corner. She is superb with clients and always takes the right approach with opponents, depending on the circumstances.
Ranked: Tier 3

Planning Tier 2

39 Essex Chambers has 'exceptional breadth and depth' and remains 'a superb set for planning, environment and public law', covering a range of matters in the planning space from inquiries concerning major infrastructure projects through to Supreme Court cases on challenging issues of planning law. Peter Village QC represented the brewery in R (Samuel Smith) v North Yorkshire CC. In another Supreme Court case, Dill v SSCHLG, Richard Harwood QC represented an owner of a listed country house who was issued with an enforcement notice having sold two lead finials 15 years prior; Stratford-Upon-Avon deemed them to be part of the building. John Steel QC represents Harrow School in a dispute with its council regarding proposed new sports facilities to be erected on "green belt" land. Among the set's juniors, James Burton successfully represented the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in an appeal concerning a proposed development which would place London's last gay leather fetish club under a residential development.

Rising stars

Katherine Barnes - 39 Essex Chambers Katherine is very thorough and pragmatic in her advice. She is easy to work with.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

James Strachan QC - 39 Essex ChambersSpecial note should be made of the “text book” way that James conducted his cross examination of the objector’s witnesses and the way that he extracted concession after concession leaving the objector with no alternative but to withdraw.
Ranked: Tier 1
Richard Harwood OBE QC - 39 Essex ChambersHis cross-examination is forensic and exposes weaknesses of opposing witnesses.
Ranked: Tier 2
John Steel QC - 39 Essex ChambersApproachable, good-humoured and intellectual able to grasp and communicate the most complex issues.
Ranked: Tier 2
Paul Stinchcombe QC - 39 Essex ChambersPaul is very personable, friendly but very astute and engaging. He is able to marshal large amounts of information and distil this into powerful argument that is very persuasive. Calm and courteous and sees planning in the wider political landscape as well as the law.
Ranked: Tier 2
Stephen Tromans QC - 39 Essex ChambersStephen has provided fantastic advice this year. He is incisive and thorough, and provides advice in a user-friendly form much appreciated by lawyers and clients alike.
Ranked: Tier 2
Peter Village QC - 39 Essex ChambersPeter picked up the brief quickly and was extremely robust and assured at the hearing.
Ranked: Tier 2
Brian Ash QC - 39 Essex ChambersBrian is very user-friendly. He supports his team/witnesses and ensures that their time is targeted on the key points at hand (which he quickly establishes). He has excellent and widespread knowledge of the planning system and brings this evident experience to the table.
Ranked: Tier 3
Thomas Hill QC - 39 Essex ChambersVery good at heritage-related casework. Able to call appeal Inspector's subjective judgement accurately in advance. Always extremely well prepared and very user friendly.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Tabachnik QC - 39 Essex ChambersAndrew is accessible and responsive, which are great qualities in a barrister! Andrew's greatest strength is his ability to crystallise the position and to set out clear succinct advice which the client and the professional team can all follow.
Ranked: Tier 3

2020 Silks

Richard Wald QC - 39 Essex ChambersGreat news that he has been made a QC - a top planning mind.

Leading Juniors

John Pugh-Smith - 39 Essex ChambersAlways alert to the commercial side of a client's case.
Ranked: Tier 2

Christiaan Zwart - 39 Essex Chambers ‘Christiaan is personable and able to engage with clients on a level which makes them comfortable and confident in his ability. Christiaan is particularly adapt at CPOs and I would recommend him for this work.

Ranked: Tier 2
James Burton - 39 Essex ChambersHard working, dedicated, obviously very bright but also very relatable and able to explain complex matters to those with less experience which is absolutely key for barristers working with public sector employees with little experience of the legal system.
Ranked: Tier 2
Celina Colquhoun - 39 Essex ChambersShe has a track record of infrastructure matters.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ned Helme - 39 Essex ChambersNed is very intelligent and exceptionally hard working. He is also very friendly and approachable and gives the impression that nothing is too much trouble. He is very accessible.
Ranked: Tier 3
Daniel Stedman Jones - 39 Essex ChambersHe is extremely available and approachable and client friendly. He does not push unnecessary legalistic points and focusses on commercial solutions so far as possible.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jonathan Darby - 39 Essex ChambersVery good with clients and has a calm authority that puts clients at their ease. Good on technical issues where multiple parts of different law intersect.
Ranked: Tier 4
Victoria Hutton - 39 Essex Chambers Hard working, thorough and dependable. Effective advocate. Excellent with clients.
Ranked: Tier 4
Philippa Jackson - 39 Essex ChambersPhilippa is extremely easy to work with. She has excellent analytical and listening skills and is able to deal with very technical heavy casework that requires a deep understanding, but yet a simple presentation of facts during advocacy.
Ranked: Tier 4
Juan Lopez - 39 Essex ChambersJuan is very tenacious and is aware of the political dimension associated with working on behalf of a local authority.
Ranked: Tier 4

Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) Tier 2

39 Essex Chambers is regularly instructed in international personal injury claims, ranging from complex group litigation actions to individual claims involving jurisdiction and choice of law issues. Food poisoning, sporting accidents, road traffic accidents, clinical negligence claims, aviation and maritime accidents and disasters, and terror attacks feature among its caseload. Michael McParland QC is most notably engaged by the defendant in Jovicic v Serbian Orthodox Church, an action brought in England claiming historic sex abuse and murder by clerics in Serbia, Bosnia, and Croatia. Bernard Doherty is instructed by the defendant in Hutchinson v Mapfre Mutualidad, a complex catastrophic personal injury claim arising from an accident in a swimming pool in Spain.

Leading Silks

Michael McParland QC - 39 Essex ChambersHe is a fantastic advocate to have on your side and, conversely, an opponent you would not want to face.
Ranked: Tier 2
Neil Block QC - 39 Essex ChambersHe is never flustered and always understands all the key issues, presenting them succinctly and with reassurance and respect for his audience.
Ranked: Tier 3
Charlie Cory-Wright QC - 39 Essex ChambersHe is astute and very good with clients.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Bernard Doherty - 39 Essex ChambersHe always gets to the heart of the issue, and is exceptionally clear in his analysis and advice.
Ranked: Tier 1
Angela Rainey - 39 Essex ChambersShe is a very committed barrister, passionate about her work and her beliefs. She is well prepared and quick in response.
Ranked: Tier 3
Colin Thomann - 39 Essex ChambersHe is an excellent advocate; always good in court and in conference.
Ranked: Tier 3

Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) Tier 3

39 Essex Chambers has an 'unparalleled range of exceptional juniors and leading counsel' and leverages its vast public law expertise to act on complex human rights issues including immigration, right to life, and healthcare-related human rights. Recent instructions include Lisa Giovannetti QC appearing before the Supreme Court in R (AM Zimbabwe) v SSHD concerning the deportation of foreign nationals on the basis of lack of access to health care in their home countries against the ECHR articles. James Strachan QC is the key practitioner in right to die cases on behalf of the government. Other members of note include Vikram Sachdeva QC highlighted for his 'intellectual agility and flair' and 'fearless advocateNigel Pleming QC. In recent news, Steve Broach has strengthened the set after joining from Monckton Chambers.

Leading Silks

Nigel Pleming QC - 39 Essex ChambersSenior public law silk who has real gravitas and is easy to work with. Absolutely superb.
Ranked: Tier 2
Lisa Giovannetti QC - 39 Essex ChambersA star. Gives practical advice always with an excellent grip on the detail and ability to identify what really matters – to the client and the court.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jenni Richards QC - 39 Essex ChambersExcellent judgement, excellent strategic vision, empathetic but also tough and forthright when needed. A brilliant, inspiring leader who is hugely respected by her team.
Ranked: Tier 4
Vikram Sachdeva QC - 39 Essex ChambersHe is simply exceptional - technical knowledge and case strategy is second to none. He is acutely aware of wider policy considerations both at national and local level and he uses them to provide advice which is not only legally sound but also practical and realistic.
Ranked: Tier 4
James Strachan QC - 39 Essex ChambersSuper-bright, always two steps ahead of everyone else in the courtroom. Because of that, his clear and measured (and perhaps a little understated) advocacy style works.
Ranked: Tier 4

2019 Silks

Victoria Butler-Cole QC - 39 Essex ChambersA strong counsel who is very clever, knowledgeable, practical and efficient.

Leading Juniors

Katherine Apps - 39 Essex ChambersA cerebral and serious barrister who is super-intelligent and creative.
Ranked: Tier 2
Steve Broach - 39 Essex ChambersA brilliant lawyer and great in written submissions and in court.
Ranked: Tier 3

Clinical negligence Tier 3

39 Essex Chambers is a 'supremely professional set' which offers 'high-quality counsel at all levels specialising in all areas of clinical negligence'. As well as its 'formidable strength in depth', the set is also valued for its 'excellent response times and extremely helpful clerks'. Practitioners have particular expertise in the assessment of quantum in very high-value cases, including cerebral palsy and spinal injury claims. Neil Block QC leads a team, which also includes James Todd QC and Romilly Cummerson, which is defending the NHS against multiple claims being brought by patients following hip replacement surgery.  With her 'tactical nous', Judith Ayling is 'an outstanding junior for defendant clinical negligence work', while 'superb advocateEmma Corkill is described as 'confident, tenacious, knowledgeable, and user-friendly'.

Leading Silks

Neil Block QC - 39 Essex ChambersInstils calm in clients through a measured but confident approach.
Ranked: Tier 1
Charlie Cory-Wright QC - 39 Essex ChambersAble to very quickly understand extremely complex issues and to put clients at ease.
Ranked: Tier 4
Susan Rodway QC - 39 Essex ChambersShows fearless forensic bravery and a readiness to take on difficult cases.
Ranked: Tier 4

2019 Silks

James Todd QC - 39 Essex ChambersA thorough and very bright team player.

2021 Silks

Emily Formby QC - 39 Essex ChambersShows an ability to digest very complex medical concepts and problems which is second to none.
Judith Ayling QC - 39 Essex ChambersOne of the best senior juniors in this field. Very comfortable and effective against leading silks in heavyweight cases.

Leading Juniors

Romilly Cummerson - 39 Essex ChambersDiligent, intelligent, pragmatic, and excellent in dealing with novel cases.
Ranked: Tier 3
Christian Du Cann - 39 Essex ChambersInspires confidence and is always calm under fire.
Ranked: Tier 4
Emma Corkill - 39 Essex ChambersAn outstanding barrister with a sharp legal mind.
Ranked: Tier 4
Nicola Greaney - 39 Essex ChambersA bright barrister who always offers sensible and practical advice to achieve the best outcome.
Ranked: Tier 4

Costs Tier 3

39 Essex Chambers is a 'well-organised' and 'universally good-natured' set with highly recognised members in the costs market. One of them is Peter Hurst, who sits at the head of the team, followed by leading junior Judith Ayling, whose practice in costs budgeting issues generating from personal injury and clinical negligence claims is highly regarded; she is also recognised for her contribution to the UK Trucks Claim Limited v Fiat ChryslerAutomobile case. In February 2020, the junior end of the team was further strengthened with the addition of Shaman Kapoor, who joined from Temple Garden Chambers.

Leading Silks

Vikram Sachdeva QC - 39 Essex ChambersVikram is very personable and inspires confidence in the client.
Ranked: Tier 3

2021 Silks

Judith Ayling QC - 39 Essex ChambersShe is a force to be reckoned with.

Leading Juniors

Simon Edwards - 39 Essex ChambersA leader who is also a team player. He has a very good client manner, a razor-sharp intellect and is likeable but tough when needed.
Ranked: Tier 3
Shaman Kapoor - 39 Essex ChambersShaman is one of the most commercially savvy barristers one can find and a very formidable advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Nicola Greaney - 39 Essex ChambersNicola is confident, grounded and highly intelligent. She is able to convey complex arguments in a persuasive and simple way.
Ranked: Tier 4

Data protection Tier 3

39 Essex Chambers utilises the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) expertise of Eleanor Grey QC and Rory Dunlop QC to act for a high volume of public sector clients. In a recent highlight, Dunlop acted for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in Maurizi v ICO and CPS in the Upper Tribunal relating to the CPS' refusal to disclose its emails with the Swedish Prosecution Authority regarding Julian Assange; he also represented the Department for Transport in an appeal considering how public authorities should consider documents with a mixture of environmental and non-environmental information.

Leading Silks

Eleanor Grey QC - 39 Essex ChambersShe always takes a well-balanced approach and is very knowledgeable.
Ranked: Tier 2

2019 Silks

Rory Dunlop QC - 39 Essex ChambersA careful, balanced advocate with real integrity.

Education Tier 3

At 39 Essex Chambers, the set has 'strength in depth from junior to QC level' and 'boasts a number of genuine education specialists'  who have expertise handling discrimination claims, judicial reviews, and human rights-related matters. Head of the education group, Fenella Morris QC is acting for the claimants in R (AA) v LB Tower Hamlets challenging the council's decision to close Raine's School. Jennifer Thelen is acting for the defendant in Rabia Girls School v Secretary of State for Education around the de-registering of the school against independent school standards as well as issues around gender segregation in faith schools.

Rising stars

Katherine Barnes - 39 Essex ChambersKatherine is an excellent barrister and a pleasure to work with. She is dedicated and works hard. She is responsive, insightful, and you can trust her to get the best possible results.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Fenella Morris QC - 39 Essex ChambersA ferocious advocate who is hugely experienced in the education field, as well as being very experienced in public law and human rights. Has an incisive legal mind. Very easy to work with and approachable.
Ranked: Tier 2

2019 Silks

Rory Dunlop QC - 39 Essex ChambersHe is responsive, practical, and sees the big picture.

Leading Juniors

Jack Anderson - 39 Essex ChambersGood on technical detail and has lots of experience in the education arena. Advocacy is good and copes well under pressure from judges.
Ranked: Tier 4
Thomas Amraoui - 39 Essex ChambersHe is able to put clients at ease and explain in clear terms what to expect in a tribunal setting. His analytical skills and his drafting skills are very strong.
Ranked: Tier 5
Katherine Apps - 39 Essex ChambersKatherine is very intelligent and extremely committed to the interests of her lay and professional clients. She has a first-rate grasp of EU law especially in employment but also a wider ambit.
Ranked: Tier 5
Stephen Broach - 39 Essex ChambersInnovative, imaginative and bold. Incredibly committed and knowledgeable when it comes to disabled children’s rights.
Ranked: Tier 5
Jennifer Thelen - 39 Essex ChambersShe raises the important issues and is not deterred by persistent and aggressive opposition. She will fight her corner to the end and deliberates matters effectively in front of the judiciary.
Ranked: Tier 5

Energy Tier 3

39 Essex Chambers 'has more strength and depth in the energy field than many of its competitors', according to one client. Another notes that 'its barristers appear very well skilled and have good analysis capabilities'. Its members act for oil exploration and refining companies, infrastructure contractors, utilities, governments and state-owned entities, regulators, insurers and commodity traders. Stephen Tromans QC is among the UK's leading silks for nuclear energy cases. Stuart Catchpole QC stands out for his construction work in the energy sector and he recently handled an appeal to the Privy Council in Botas v Tepe, which concerns the construction of a pipeline in Turkey. Jess Connors and Duncan Sinclair are among the set's prominent juniors. The clerks are 'all very helpful and set the benchmark for others to follow'.

Leading Silks

Stuart Catchpole QC - 39 Essex ChambersOne of the premier construction silks at the bar, he is diligent and personable with deep commitment to achieving the best result.
Ranked: Tier 2
Stephen Tromans QC - 39 Essex ChambersWithout doubt he is one of the standout nuclear energy barristers in the UK – he is commercial, responsive and has a fantastic grasp of the law.
Ranked: Tier 3
Richard Wilmot-Smith QC - 39 Essex ChambersHe is extremely able and experienced in his field, as well as very hardworking and reliable.
Ranked: Tier 3
Karim Ghaly QC - 39 Essex ChambersHe is an extremely talented oral advocate and a brutally effective and thorough cross-examiner.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Duncan Sinclair - 39 Essex ChambersHe has great awareness of all the issues in the regulated energy sector and his ability to get to the crux of the matter is second to none.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jess Connors - 39 Essex ChambersShe is very clever and is a go-to barrister for any tricky legal question.
Ranked: Tier 2

Immigration (including business immigration) Tier 3

39 Essex Chambers is recognised for its members work as a 'premier' defendant set on behalf of the government. The set has also been increasing the work on behalf of claimants in asylum and immigration cases: Zane Malik represented the appellant in Patel and Shah v SSHD in the Supreme Court. Lisa Giovannetti QC represented the Home Secretary in Rhuppiah v SSHD, in an appeal to the Supreme Court. Giovanetti also led Rory Dunlop QC in AM (Zimbabwe) v SSHD (Supreme Court), again representing the Home Secretary in a case with potential landmark implications on the expulsion of seriously ill foreign nationals.

Leading Silks

Lisa Giovannetti QC - 39 Essex ChambersLisa is utterly, utterly brilliant. A phenomenal lawyer and the most thoughtful silk I've ever worked with.
Ranked: Tier 1
Charlie Cory-Wright QC - 39 Essex ChambersHe is an extremely able advocate, charming and very persuasive.
Ranked: Tier 2

2019 Silks

Rory Dunlop QC - 39 Essex ChambersUnrivalled mastery of the intersection of immigration and human rights law, especially immigration detention.

2021 Silks

Zane Malik QC - 39 Essex ChambersZane is an outstanding barrister with a tremendously good reputation, who instils confidence in his solicitors.

Leading Juniors

Christopher Staker - 39 Essex ChambersHe is an outstanding counsel both in opinion and appearances work.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jack Holborn - 39 Essex ChambersExcellent drafter with a good knowledge of immigration law.
Ranked: Tier 4

International arbitration: counsel Tier 3

39 Essex Chambers 'has real strength in depth in the field of international arbitration'. Satisfied clients report that 'all the barristers we met and worked with are qualified professionals with deep knowledge of law and they were always valuable additions to our team'. The set stands out for its 'deep bench of construction specialists' and its reach in the Far East was cemented by the opening of premises in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Members regularly work together, with Paul Darling QC leading Samar Abbas on a significant HKIAC arbitration, while a highlight for Stuart Catchpole QC was assisting Tepe in Botas v Tepe, concerning a Turkish pipeline construction project.

Leading Silks

Stuart Catchpole QC - 39 Essex ChambersUnbelievably hardworking and thorough, he leaves no stone unturned in finding solutions to complex issues and exceptionally well prepared for hearings.
Ranked: Tier 1
Adrian Hughes QC - 39 Essex ChambersAdept at working with international clients and tribunals, and he has really carved a very successful niche for himself in Chinese and Far Eastern arbitration.
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Wilmot-Smith QC - 39 Essex ChambersHe is always going to be one of the small circle of silks that we will consider on our most important cases.
Ranked: Tier 3
Karim Ghaly QC - 39 Essex ChambersAn extremely talented oral advocate, and a brutally effective and thorough cross-examiner.
Ranked: Tier 4

2019 Silks

David Brynmor Thomas QC - 39 Essex ChambersWell known both as counsel and arbitrator.

Leading Juniors

Karen Gough - 39 Essex Chambers ‘Fair, sensible, pragmatic, and responsive. Presented structured, balanced and persuasive arguments to the Arbitrator and to the Court and developed a rapport with, and the respect of, the Arbitrator.

Ranked: Tier 2
Jess Connors - 39 Essex ChambersA fantastic barrister to work with. First and foremost, Jess is very clever and the go-to barrister with any tricky legal question.
Ranked: Tier 3

Health and safety

Leading Juniors

Christian Du Cann - 39 Essex ChambersAn effective advocate and excellent skills with clients who have full confidence in him.
Ranked: Tier 3

Public international law

Leading Juniors

Christopher Staker - 39 Essex ChambersHe is a lawyer with deep knowledge, great experience and care for detail. His advice has been very on point, well-researched, constructive and helpful.
Ranked: Tier 3

Inquests and inquiries

Leading Silks

Kate Grange QC - 39 Essex ChambersShe is immensely hardworking and has excellent judgement.
Ranked: Tier 3
Eleanor Grey QC - 39 Essex ChambersA highly capable advocate who is respected by the court.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jenni Richards QC - 39 Essex ChambersOne of the best silks around - she is seriously impressive. Her judgement is impeccable, she is not afraid to make difficult decisions, and her witness handling is fantastic.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Samantha Jones - 39 Essex ChambersVery on top of the detail and inspires great confidence.
Ranked: Tier 3

Financial services regulation

Leading Silks

James Strachan QC - 39 Essex ChambersHas a deep knowledge of Financial Services law which he deploys to great effect, and is a tenacious and technically proficient advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3

Mediators Tier 3

Edwin Glasgow CBE QC - 39 Essex Chambers  Edwin Glasgow CBE QC at 39 Essex Chambers has extensive experience as a mediator, and has successfully settled over 90% of his mediation matters (both domestically and internationally). As a former founding chair of the Singapore International Mediation Centre, his experience includes matters involving Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

Professional negligence Tier 3

39 Essex Chambers is an 'excellent' set, with 'a deep roster of top QCs and very good juniors', which draws on its strength in construction matters to handle claims against engineers, architects, builders, surveyors and other construction professionals. Paul Darling QC acted for the claimant in Blue Manchester Ltd v North West Ground Rents Ltd, a claim relating to cladding defects, while Stuart Catchpole QC continues to be involved in the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry. The set was also strengthened by the arrivals of Andrew Kearney (also an associate mediator at St John's Chambers), David Sawtell (from Lamb Chambers) and Camilla ter Haar (from Five Paper) in early 2020.

Leading Silks

Stuart Catchpole QC - 39 Essex ChambersHe is very hardworking and meticulous as to detail.
Ranked: Tier 1
Paul Darling OBE QC - 39 Essex ChambersHe is a tactical mastermind, clinical in his cross-examination and incredibly persuasive in his submissions.
Ranked: Tier 3
Richard Wilmot-Smith QC - 39 Essex ChambersHe delivers first-class advice on complex legal issues and strategy.
Ranked: Tier 3
Karim Ghaly QC - 39 Essex ChambersHe is a very intelligent and strategic lawyer. Somebody to have in your corner when things get difficult and technical.
Ranked: Tier 4
Adrian Hughes QC - 39 Essex ChambersHe is affable, user friendly and a delight to work with.
Ranked: Tier 4
Adam Robb QC - 39 Essex ChambersHe is fantastic. He very quickly gets to grips with details and is able to explain in simple terms to clients very legally complex matters.
Ranked: Tier 4
Marion Smith QC - 39 Essex ChambersShe is calm under pressure, extremely personable and has an easy manner with clients.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Alexandra Bodnar - 39 Essex ChambersClarity of thought, exceptional legal brain and fantastic with clients, and an accomplished advocate. The whole package really.
Ranked: Tier 5

Insurance and reinsurance

Leading Silks

Neil Block QC - 39 Essex ChambersProvides excellent advice and his advocacy skills are impressive.
Ranked: Tier 5
Stuart Catchpole QC - 39 Essex ChambersHis writing and advocacy skills are very impressive.
Ranked: Tier 5

Leading Juniors

Jonathan Bellamy - 39 Essex ChambersA highly astute legal mind.
Ranked: Tier 4

Pensions

Leading Juniors

Katherine Apps - 39 Essex ChambersA real eye for detail. Calm under pressure. Often able to identify a practical solution to technical problems.
Ranked: Tier 4

Defamation and privacy

Leading Juniors

David Mitchell - 39 Essex ChambersDavid excelled at providing practical and thorough technical advice which, in conference with our lay client, he was competently able to condense and explain.
Ranked: Tier 4

Agriculture

Leading Juniors

Juan Lopez - 39 Essex ChambersVery knowledgeable, concise, proactive and user friendly.
Ranked: Tier 4

Commercial litigation

Leading Juniors

Karishma Vora - 39 Essex ChambersHard working, diligent, enthusiastic, good at building rapport with clients and instructing solicitors - one of only a few barristers who are dual qualified in England and Wales and India.
Ranked: Tier 4

Social housing

Leading Juniors

Sian Davies - 39 Essex ChambersHer experience includes homelessness, immigration/eligibility for housing and welfare assistance and local authority powers and duties in relation to social care.
Ranked: Tier 4

Property litigation

Leading Juniors

Niraj Modha - 39 Essex ChambersHis attention to detail is superb and he has an ability to grasp difficult and detailed facts quickly. Ability to remain calm under pressure.
Ranked: Tier 5

Shipping

Leading Silks

Michael McParland QC - 39 Essex ChambersA standout silk and a fantastic advocate.
Ranked: Tier 5

Court of Protection and community care

Following his move from No5 Barristers Chambers in June 2020, 39 Essex Chambers is the new home to well-known practitioner Ian Brownhill, who specialises in health and welfare cases, particularly those involving safeguarding concerns. Recent instructions include A Local Authority v JBRe EOA, and The Hospital v JJ, where he acted on behalf of a student who was refusing to comply with treatment for his type 1 diabetes. Brownhill's 'good knowledge of other jurisdictions that sometimes come into play, really adds a lot of value in complicated COP matters that need someone who can tie all the disparate strings together'.

Leading Juniors

Ian Brownhill - 39 Essex ChambersIan is a robust and punchy advocate, very well liked and respected, who always gives good, practical advice. Extremely hard working and highly intelligent barrister who works on complex issues quickly and efficiently.
Ranked: Tier 1

Set overviews: England and Wales

Multidisciplinary set 39 Essex Chambers has continued to grow at an impressive rate over the last 12 months: commercial litigators Karishma Vora and Camilla ter Haar joined from 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square and 5 Paper respectively; construction specialists Andrew Kearney, David Sawtell and Niraj Modha arrived from St John's Chambers, Lamb Chambers, and Tanfield Chambers respectively; clinical negligence and personal injury specialist Ashley Pratt joined from 7BR; public law practitioners Ian Brownhill , Rachel Troup, Steve Broach, and Simon Murray moved from No.5 Barristers Chambers, Pump Court Chambers, Monckton, and 1 Chancery Lane respectively; dual-qualified advocate Vivek Kapoor joined from Stephenson Harwood; civil law experts Daniel Laking and Shaman Kapoor arrived from Temple Garden Chambers; employment lawyer David Mitchell joined from Ely Place Chambers. In other news, Richard Wald QC took silk, while Vikram Sachdeva QC and Celina Colquhoun have been appointed by the Lord Chancellor to an independent panel of six experts to look at potential reform of judicial review; a planning and environmental lawyer, Colquhoun was another recent arrival from No.5 Barristers Chambers.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Consistently brilliant and always available. We have a strong long standing relationship with the clerks and while work patterns go up and down in terms of instruction – the relationship isn’t affected at all.

All demonstrate that elusive factor, excellence.

All very efficient and friendly; realise they need to engage with solicitors, more so than some of the more traditional sets.

Amazing service with fast response and ability to deal with matters promptly – Niki Merison in particular stands out.

Andy Poyser is my go-to clerk, we’ve known each other for 15 years and he has always been there for me.

We receive an excellent service from all of the clerks, and they regularly go the extra mile in terms of obtaining availability and also assisting with listings; filing Court documents etc.

Ben Sundborg and Tom Gibbons are always on hand to help. The more junior clerk, Jamie Tucker is equally impressive.

Albie Barton is outstanding. He is engaging, flexible, courteous and represents the set immaculately.

Ben Sundborg is excellent. Very knowledgeable about the personal injury sector.

Clerks are responsive, helpful and always prepared to ‘pull out all the stops’ to meet their instructing solicitors and clients’ needs.

Clerks such as Andy Poyser set the benchmark for other clerks to follow.

Excellent – Sheraton Doyle and Pete Campbell deserve a special mention – always willing to go above and beyond

Jamie Tucker and Peter Campbell very helpful and respond very quickly.

I have found the clerks very helpful; Peter Campbell is excellent and has a good knowledge of instructing solicitors. A high-quality service is provided by all clerks I have dealt with.

I particularly enjoy liaising with Ben Sundborg and Tom Gibbons, both exceptionally helpful and friendly clerks at 39.

Mark Winrow and Niki Merison are proactive clerks who respond swiftly to requests for counsel bookings and go beyond what is expected.

The clerks are good. They are very good at managing expectations and timescales.

The clerks are very good and are proactive. Andy Poyser in particular is very knowledgeable in the area and you can always have a sensible conversation with him.

The clerks are very well versed in the area of law, meaning I do not have to walk them through the matter and they can advise who is available and best suited to the case. Niki Merison is first-rate and able to assist at very short notice. He has even attended our office over a weekend, to collect urgent documents in a recent matter, going well out of his way on a weekend.

The clerks at 39 Essex are fantastic. Peter Campbell and Jamie Tucker in particular deserve particular recognition for the seamless way in which they manage caseloads, papers, billing and diary clashes. The clerks are always willing and flexible to accommodate diary clashes and are extremely responsive to both emails and calls.

The clerks at 39 Essex Chambers are efficient, responsive, always available, personable and provide a service beyond what would be expected. Hannah Milne is excellent.

The prof discipline clerking team, led by Peter Campbell, is really good and he works hard to keep solicitors happy. Peter is excellent and Jamie, his assistant, has also been very helpful at times.

Set:

39 Essex are in my view a leading set in the area of professional discipline and regulation and in public law. I have instructed various members over past years. In my view, one of the particular strengths of their barristers is that their expertise in professional disciplinary cases is underpinned by a strong public law focus.

I have been impressed by the programme of remote webinars the set has quickly produced in response to the current Covid-19 situation. These have provided high-quality insight into a number of very topical legal aspects arising from the current crisis, at a time when many lawyers find themselves working in isolation with limited professional contact.

39 Essex are one of, if not, the best chambers for Court of Protection work, not many chambers can rival the number of brilliant barristers that it has with a high quality of expertise in Court of Protection work. The chambers also offers excellent training.

39 Essex are rightly regarded as one of the London heavyweight sets, especially for regulatory / public law. They are well known for their experience with public inquiries.

39 Essex are the lead set when it comes to Court of Protection and related work. They are incredibly strong across the team and provide the best resources and training in the most accessible way. No one is accepted into the team without being amongst the best in the field.

39 Essex are way ahead of their competition in the field of public law. They offer an unparalleled range of exceptional juniors and leading counsel. They are involved in all of the high-profile cases – it is becoming frequently common for multiple parties in the same high-profile case to all be represented by 39 Essex, such is their reputation and expertise.

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

39 Essex Chambers is second-to-none in terms of the strength-in-depth and range of counsel. As a set they are able to offer high quality counsel at all levels specialising in all areas of clinical negligence practice. 39 Essex Chambers provide high-quality newsletters and training.

39 Essex Chambers provides the complete service in terms of personal injury. They are always able to provide high-quality counsel across the range of experience and according to the needs of the case. They have never let me down and the strength of their counsel is complimented by excellent training, newsletters and additional support.

39 Essex has a strong public law practice and are one of the go-to sets in that area.

39 Essex has a very strong international practice. They have also built up a deep bench of construction specialists.

39 Essex has unrivalled strength and depth in the energy sector – in both counsel and arbitrators.

39 Essex is a strong commercial / common law set. They have some very notable construction law barristers and arbitrators.

39 Essex is my London Chambers of choice. If preferred counsel is not available there is always somebody of at least equal calibre offered.

39 Essex offer regular training and webinars of the highest quality. I have attended a number of internal and external training arranged by this chambers and I have found them very informative. As a set, they are a leader in clinical negligence with a wealth of talent.

A large set with a wide range of practice of areas. A strong international arbitration practice.

Strength in-depth; huge talent pool from QC to juniors. Every part of this set is exceptional.

Chambers offers superior expertise in the area of community care and Court of Protection work as well as sufficient expertise is peripheral and complimentary areas. There is very good availability of junior and senior counsel with significant relevant expertise.

Strong training programmes; always available without obligation. While they have some strong key names, they have the best collective of juniors in the market for those occasions when clients simply don’t need the input or cost of a QC. The consistent strength of the wider team is in my view grossly underrated.

I (genuinely) think they are a fantastic chambers. Modern, unstuffy, really solid client care and a fantastic set of barristers and staff. Couldn’t recommend them highly enough.

One of the leading chambers in personal injury. There are many well known and respected counsel to choose from.

The whole set is brilliant. I use counsel of all levels of experience and there are many exceptional and helpful members to choose from.

There are some real PI stars here but the set is probably best recognised for its strengths in the commercial field. It is an up and coming set regarding costs.

This set has a wealth of experience in public law and specifically in the field of mental capacity law; they have been involved in many of the very high-profile cases that have hit the headlines.

Very organised and commercial approach, good range of experience amongst members of the set, training programme includes panel discussions with members of chambers looking at the same legal issues from different perspectives which is very useful and interesting.

We have worked with this set for decades. A go-to set. Great depth and range of skills and experience. My choice and constant recommendation .

This Chambers probably has more strength and depth in the Energy field than any of its competitors.

Set overviews: England and Wales

Multidisciplinary set 39 Essex Chambers has continued to grow at an impressive rate over the last 12 months: commercial litigators Karishma Vora and Camilla ter Haar joined from 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square and 5 Paper respectively; construction specialists Andrew Kearney, David Sawtell and Niraj Modha arrived from St John's Chambers, Lamb Chambers, and Tanfield Chambers respectively; clinical negligence and personal injury specialist Ashley Pratt joined from 7BR; public law practitioners Ian Brownhill , Rachel Troup, Steve Broach, and Simon Murray moved from No.5 Barristers Chambers, Pump Court Chambers, Monckton, and 1 Chancery Lane respectively; dual-qualified advocate Vivek Kapoor joined from Stephenson Harwood; civil law experts Daniel Laking and Shaman Kapoor arrived from Temple Garden Chambers; employment lawyer David Mitchell joined from Ely Place Chambers. In other news, Richard Wald QC took silk, while Vikram Sachdeva QC and Celina Colquhoun have been appointed by the Lord Chancellor to an independent panel of six experts to look at potential reform of judicial review; a planning and environmental lawyer, Colquhoun was another recent arrival from No.5 Barristers Chambers.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Consistently brilliant and always available. We have a strong long standing relationship with the clerks and while work patterns go up and down in terms of instruction – the relationship isn’t affected at all.

All demonstrate that elusive factor, excellence.

All very efficient and friendly; realise they need to engage with solicitors, more so than some of the more traditional sets.

Amazing service with fast response and ability to deal with matters promptly – Nikki Merrison in particular stands out.

Andy Poyser is my go-to clerk, we’ve known each other for 15 years and he has always been there for me.

We receive an excellent service from all of the clerks, and they regularly go the extra mile in terms of obtaining availability and also assisting with listings; filing Court documents etc.

Ben Sundborg and Tom Gibbons are always on hand to help. The more junior clerk, Jamie Tucker is equally impressive.

Ben Sundborg is excellent. Very knowledgeable about the personal injury sector.

Clerks are responsive, helpful and always prepared to ‘pull out all the stops’ to meet their instructing solicitors and clients’ needs.

Clerks such as Andy Poyser set the benchmark for other clerks to follow.

Excellent – Sheraton Doyle and Pete Campbell deserve a special mention – always willing to go above and beyond

Jamie Tucker and Peter Campbell very helpful and respond very quickly.

I have found the clerks very helpful; Peter Campbell is excellent and has a good knowledge of instructing solicitors. A high quality service is provided by all clerks I have dealt with.

I particularly enjoy liaising with Ben Sundborg and Tom Gibbons, both exceptionally helpful and friendly clerks at 39.

Mark Winrow and Niki Merrison are proactive clerks who respond swiftly to requests for counsel bookings and go beyond what is expected.

The clerks are good. They are very good at managing expectations and timescales.

The clerks are very good and are proactive. Andy Poyser in particular is very knowledgeable in the area and you can always have a sensible conversation with him.

The clerks are very well versed in the area of law, meaning I do not have to walk them through the matter and they can advise who is available and best suited to the case. Niki Merrison is first rate and able to assist at very short notice. He has even attended our office over a weekend, to collect urgent documents in a recent matter, going well out of his way on a weekend.

The clerks at 39 Essex are fantastic. Peter Campbell and Jamie Tucker in particular deserve particular recognition for the seamless way in which they manage caseloads, papers, billing and diary clashes. The clerks are always willing and flexible to accommodate diary clashes and are extremely responsive to both emails and calls.

The clerks at 39 Essex Chambers are efficient, responsive, always available, personable and provide a service beyond what would be expected. Hannah Milne is excellent.

The prof discipline clerking team, led by Peter Campbell, is really good and he works hard to keep solicitors happy. Peter is excellent and Jamie, his assistant, has also been very helpful at times.

Set:

39 Essex are in my view a leading set in the area of professional discipline and regulation and in public law. I have instructed various members over past years. In my view, one of the particular strengths of their barristers is that their expertise in professional disciplinary cases is underpinned by a strong public law focus.

I have been impressed by the programme of remote webinars the set has quickly produced in response to the current Covid-19 situation. These have provided high-quality insight into a number of very topical legal aspects arising from the current crisis, at a time when many lawyers find themselves working in isolation with limited professional contact.

39 Essex are one of, if not, the best chambers for Court of Protection work, not many chambers can rival the number of brilliant barristers that it has with a high quality of expertise in Court of Protection work. The chambers also offers excellent training.

39 Essex are rightly regarded as one of the London heavyweight sets, especially for regulatory / public law. They are well known for their experience with public inquiries.

39 Essex are the lead set when it comes to Court of Protection and related work. They are incredibly strong across the team and provide the best resources and training in the most accessible way. No one is accepted into the team without being amongst the best in the field.

39 Essex are way ahead of their competition in the field of public law. They offer an unparalleled range of exceptional juniors and leading counsel. They are involved in all of the high-profile cases – it is becoming frequently common for multiple parties in the same high-profile case to all be represented by 39 Essex, such is their reputation and expertise.

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

39 Essex Chambers is second-to-none in terms of the strength-in-depth and range of counsel. As a set they are able to offer high quality counsel at all levels specialising in all areas of clinical negligence practice. 39 Essex Chambers provide high-quality newsletters and training.

39 Essex Chambers provides the complete service in terms of personal injury. They are always able to provide high-quality counsel across the range of experience and according to the needs of the case. They have never let me down and the strength of their counsel is complimented by excellent training, newsletters and additional support.

39 Essex has a strong public law practice and are one of the go-to sets in that area.

39 Essex has a very strong international practice. They have also built up a deep bench of construction specialists.

39 Essex has unrivalled strength and depth in the energy sector – in both counsel and arbitrators.

39 Essex is a strong commercial / common law set. They have some very notable construction law barristers and arbitrators.

39 Essex is my London Chambers of choice. If preferred counsel is not available there is always somebody of at least equal calibre offered.

39 Essex offer regular training and webinars of the highest quality. I have attended a number of internal and external training arranged by this chambers and I have found them very informative. As a set, they are a leader in clinical negligence with a wealth of talent.

A large set with a wide range of practice of areas. A strong international arbitration practice.

Strength in-depth; huge talent pool from QC to juniors. Every part of this set is exceptional.

Chambers offers superior expertise in the area of community care and Court of Protection work as well as sufficient expertise is peripheral and complimentary areas. There is very good availability of junior and senior counsel with significant relevant expertise.

Strong training programmes; always available without obligation. While they have some strong key names, they have the best collective of juniors in the market for those occasions when clients simply don’t need the input or cost of a QC. The consistent strength of the wider team is in my view grossly underrated.

I (genuinely) think they are a fantastic chambers. Modern, unstuffy, really solid client care and a fantastic set of barristers and staff. Couldn’t recommend them highly enough.

One of the leading chambers in personal injury. There are many well known and respected counsel to choose from.

The whole set is brilliant. I use counsel of all levels of experience and there are many exceptional and helpful members to choose from.

There are some real PI stars here but the set is probably best recognised for its strengths in the commercial field. It is an up and coming set regarding costs.

This set has a wealth of experience in public law and specifically in the field of mental capacity law; they have been involved in many of the very high-profile cases that have hit the headlines.

Very organised and commercial approach, good range of experience amongst members of the set, training programme includes panel discussions with members of chambers looking at the same legal issues from different perspectives which is very useful and interesting.

We have worked with this set for decades. A go-to set. Great depth and range of skills and experience. My choice and constant recommendation .

This Chambers probably has more strength and depth in the Energy field than any of its competitors.

Tax: corporate and VAT/indirect tax

39 Essex Chambers is most noted for VAT and indirect tax work, although barristers are also instructed on contentious corporate tax. Nigel Pleming QC is often instructed by HMRC for advisory work, focusing on tax avoidance issues. Kelly Stricklin-Coutinho is a senior junior with EU and international tax expertise, and currently representing the taxpayer in Beebombs Ltd v HMRC, a case concerning the VAT treatment of the client's product, and whether a bee counts as an animal within the meaning in the 1994 VAT Act.

Tax: corporate - Leading Silks

Timothy Lyons QC - 39 Essex ChambersIncisive mind; good tactician; excellent grasp of the legal principles involved in a complex piece of litigation.
Ranked: Tier 3

Tax: VAT - Leading silks

Nigel Pleming QC - 39 Essex ChambersCalm under pressure, unflappable, suave, and extremely affable.
Ranked: Tier 2
Timothy Lyons QC - 39 Essex ChambersIncisive mind; good tactician; excellent grasp of the legal principles involved in a complex piece of litigation.
Ranked: Tier 4

Tax: corporate - Leading Juniors

Kelly Stricklin-Coutinho - 39 Essex ChambersA promising junior barrister with great potential.
Ranked: Tier 2

Tax: VAT Leading juniors

Kelly Stricklin-Coutinho - 39 Essex ChambersA promising junior barrister with great potential.
Ranked: Tier 3

Regional Bar > North Eastern Circuit > Administrative and public law (including civil liberties and human rights)

Leading Juniors

Eliza Sharron  - 39 Essex ChambersEliza is a fantastically safe pair of hands. She knows her stuff, procedurally, practically, legally and she has a calm and sensible court manner than instills confidence and aids negotiation and compromise.

Ranked: Tier 1

Regional Bar > North Eastern Circuit > Court of Protection and community care

Leading Juniors

Francesca Gardner - 39 Essex ChambersMs Gardner is undoubtedly considered to be one stalwarts of practitioners in this area. She is extremely bright, hard-working and a formidable opponent in court.
Ranked: Tier 1

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Court of Protection and community care

Rising stars

Arianna Kelly  - 39 Essex ChambersArianna is brilliant at thinking outside of the box and excellent if you have a family member who has a difficult to case to run.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Francesca Gardner - 39 Essex ChambersFrancesca is dedicated and committed to achieving outcomes that are beneficial to vulnerable clients and their families. She is not phased by more senior counsel or complex situations and remains collected and professional at all times.
Ranked: Tier 1
Eliza Sharron  - 39 Essex ChambersOne of the finest advocates working in the Court of Protection.
Ranked: Tier 1

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Court of Protection and community care

Following his move from No5 Barristers Chambers in June 2020, 39 Essex Chambers is the new home to well-known practitioner Ian Brownhill, who specialises in health and welfare cases, particularly those involving safeguarding concerns. Recent instructions include A Local Authority v JBRe EOA, and The Hospital v JJ, where he acted on behalf of a student who was refusing to comply with treatment for his type 1 diabetes. Brownhill's 'good knowledge of other jurisdictions that sometimes come into play, really adds a lot of value in complicated COP matters that need someone who can tie all the disparate strings together'.

Leading Juniors

Ian Brownhill - 39 Essex ChambersIan is a robust and punchy advocate, very well liked and respected, who always gives good, practical advice. Extremely hard working and highly intelligent barrister who works on complex issues quickly and efficiently.
Ranked: Tier 1

Regional Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

Multidisciplinary set 39 Essex Chambers has continued to grow at an impressive rate over the last 12 months: commercial litigators Karishma Vora and Camilla ter Haar joined from 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square and 5 Paper respectively; construction specialists Andrew Kearney, David Sawtell and Niraj Modha arrived from St John's Chambers, Lamb Chambers, and Tanfield Chambers respectively; clinical negligence and personal injury specialist Ashley Pratt joined from 7BR; public law practitioners Ian Brownhill , Rachel Troup, Steve Broach, and Simon Murray moved from No.5 Barristers Chambers, Pump Court Chambers, Monckton, and 1 Chancery Lane respectively; dual-qualified advocate Vivek Kapoor joined from Stephenson Harwood; civil law experts Daniel Laking and Shaman Kapoor arrived from Temple Garden Chambers; employment lawyer David Mitchell joined from Ely Place Chambers. In other news, Richard Wald QC took silk, while Vikram Sachdeva QC and Celina Colquhoun have been appointed by the Lord Chancellor to an independent panel of six experts to look at potential reform of judicial review; a planning and environmental lawyer, Colquhoun was another recent arrival from No.5 Barristers Chambers.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Consistently brilliant and always available. We have a strong long standing relationship with the clerks and while work patterns go up and down in terms of instruction – the relationship isn’t affected at all.

All demonstrate that elusive factor, excellence.

All very efficient and friendly; realise they need to engage with solicitors, more so than some of the more traditional sets.

Amazing service with fast response and ability to deal with matters promptly – Nikki Merrison in particular stands out.

Andy Poyser is my go-to clerk, we’ve known each other for 15 years and he has always been there for me.

We receive an excellent service from all of the clerks, and they regularly go the extra mile in terms of obtaining availability and also assisting with listings; filing Court documents etc.

Ben Sundborg and Tom Gibbons are always on hand to help. The more junior clerk, Jamie Tucker is equally impressive.

Ben Sundborg is excellent. Very knowledgeable about the personal injury sector.

Clerks are responsive, helpful and always prepared to ‘pull out all the stops’ to meet their instructing solicitors and clients’ needs.

Clerks such as Andy Poyser set the benchmark for other clerks to follow.

Excellent – Sheraton Doyle and Pete Campbell deserve a special mention – always willing to go above and beyond

Jamie Tucker and Peter Campbell very helpful and respond very quickly.

I have found the clerks very helpful; Peter Campbell is excellent and has a good knowledge of instructing solicitors. A high quality service is provided by all clerks I have dealt with.

I particularly enjoy liaising with Ben Sundborg and Tom Gibbons, both exceptionally helpful and friendly clerks at 39.

Mark Winrow and Niki Merrison are proactive clerks who respond swiftly to requests for counsel bookings and go beyond what is expected.

The clerks are good. They are very good at managing expectations and timescales.

The clerks are very good and are proactive. Andy Poyser in particular is very knowledgeable in the area and you can always have a sensible conversation with him.

The clerks are very well versed in the area of law, meaning I do not have to walk them through the matter and they can advise who is available and best suited to the case. Niki Merrison is first rate and able to assist at very short notice. He has even attended our office over a weekend, to collect urgent documents in a recent matter, going well out of his way on a weekend.

The clerks at 39 Essex are fantastic. Peter Campbell and Jamie Tucker in particular deserve particular recognition for the seamless way in which they manage caseloads, papers, billing and diary clashes. The clerks are always willing and flexible to accommodate diary clashes and are extremely responsive to both emails and calls.

The clerks at 39 Essex Chambers are efficient, responsive, always available, personable and provide a service beyond what would be expected. Hannah Milne is excellent.

The prof discipline clerking team, led by Peter Campbell, is really good and he works hard to keep solicitors happy. Peter is excellent and Jamie, his assistant, has also been very helpful at times.

Set:

39 Essex are in my view a leading set in the area of professional discipline and regulation and in public law. I have instructed various members over past years. In my view, one of the particular strengths of their barristers is that their expertise in professional disciplinary cases is underpinned by a strong public law focus.

I have been impressed by the programme of remote webinars the set has quickly produced in response to the current Covid-19 situation. These have provided high-quality insight into a number of very topical legal aspects arising from the current crisis, at a time when many lawyers find themselves working in isolation with limited professional contact.

39 Essex are one of, if not, the best chambers for Court of Protection work, not many chambers can rival the number of brilliant barristers that it has with a high quality of expertise in Court of Protection work. The chambers also offers excellent training.

39 Essex are rightly regarded as one of the London heavyweight sets, especially for regulatory / public law. They are well known for their experience with public inquiries.

39 Essex are the lead set when it comes to Court of Protection and related work. They are incredibly strong across the team and provide the best resources and training in the most accessible way. No one is accepted into the team without being amongst the best in the field.

39 Essex are way ahead of their competition in the field of public law. They offer an unparalleled range of exceptional juniors and leading counsel. They are involved in all of the high-profile cases – it is becoming frequently common for multiple parties in the same high-profile case to all be represented by 39 Essex, such is their reputation and expertise.

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

39 Essex Chambers is second-to-none in terms of the strength-in-depth and range of counsel. As a set they are able to offer high quality counsel at all levels specialising in all areas of clinical negligence practice. 39 Essex Chambers provide high-quality newsletters and training.

39 Essex Chambers provides the complete service in terms of personal injury. They are always able to provide high-quality counsel across the range of experience and according to the needs of the case. They have never let me down and the strength of their counsel is complimented by excellent training, newsletters and additional support.

39 Essex has a strong public law practice and are one of the go-to sets in that area.

39 Essex has a very strong international practice. They have also built up a deep bench of construction specialists.

39 Essex has unrivalled strength and depth in the energy sector – in both counsel and arbitrators.

39 Essex is a strong commercial / common law set. They have some very notable construction law barristers and arbitrators.

39 Essex is my London Chambers of choice. If preferred counsel is not available there is always somebody of at least equal calibre offered.

39 Essex offer regular training and webinars of the highest quality. I have attended a number of internal and external training arranged by this chambers and I have found them very informative. As a set, they are a leader in clinical negligence with a wealth of talent.

A large set with a wide range of practice of areas. A strong international arbitration practice.

Strength in-depth; huge talent pool from QC to juniors. Every part of this set is exceptional.

Chambers offers superior expertise in the area of community care and Court of Protection work as well as sufficient expertise is peripheral and complimentary areas. There is very good availability of junior and senior counsel with significant relevant expertise.

Strong training programmes; always available without obligation. While they have some strong key names, they have the best collective of juniors in the market for those occasions when clients simply don’t need the input or cost of a QC. The consistent strength of the wider team is in my view grossly underrated.

I (genuinely) think they are a fantastic chambers. Modern, unstuffy, really solid client care and a fantastic set of barristers and staff. Couldn’t recommend them highly enough.

One of the leading chambers in personal injury. There are many well known and respected counsel to choose from.

The whole set is brilliant. I use counsel of all levels of experience and there are many exceptional and helpful members to choose from.

There are some real PI stars here but the set is probably best recognised for its strengths in the commercial field. It is an up and coming set regarding costs.

This set has a wealth of experience in public law and specifically in the field of mental capacity law; they have been involved in many of the very high-profile cases that have hit the headlines.

Very organised and commercial approach, good range of experience amongst members of the set, training programme includes panel discussions with members of chambers looking at the same legal issues from different perspectives which is very useful and interesting.

We have worked with this set for decades. A go-to set. Great depth and range of skills and experience. My choice and constant recommendation .

This Chambers probably has more strength and depth in the Energy field than any of its competitors.

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 and sports: entertainment and media-related work including performers’ contracts, passing off, breach of confidence, film and management agreements and broadcasting regulation. Sports-related work includes public liability of sports clubs for acts of their players, employer’s liability, disciplinary tribunals, disputes concerning control of clubs, transfer fee disputes, EU free movement and other employment issues.

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.

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.

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 QC, Charlie (1984)
Members of Chambers HARWOOD OBE QC, Richard (1993)
Members of Chambers GOLDBLATT QC, Simon (1953)
Members of Chambers TACKABERRY QC, John (1967)
Members of Chambers GLASGOW CBE QC, Edwin (1969)
Members of Chambers ASH QC, Brian (1975)
Members of Chambers PLEMING QC, Nigel (1971)
Members of Chambers STEEL QC, John (1978)
Members of Chambers WILMOT-SMITH QC, Richard (1978)
Members of Chambers SPEARMAN QC, Richard (1977)
Members of Chambers NORRIS QC, William (1974)
Members of Chambers KELLY QC, Matthias (1979)
Members of Chambers DARLING OBE QC, Paul (1999)
Members of Chambers TREVERTON-JONES QC, Gregory (1977)
Members of Chambers BLOCK QC, Neil (1980)
Members of Chambers RODWAY QC, Susan (1981)
Members of Chambers CATCHPOLE QC, Stuart (1987)
Members of Chambers VILLAGE QC, Peter (1983)
Members of Chambers McCAUL QC, Colin (1978)
Members of Chambers LYONS QC, Timothy (1980)
Members of Chambers HUGHES QC, Adrian (1984)
Members of Chambers TROMANS QC, Stephen (1999)
Members of Chambers MANZONI QC, Charles (1988)
Members of Chambers HILL QC, Thomas (1988)
Members of Chambers REES QC, Peter (2014)
Members of Chambers KOVATS QC, Steven (1989)
Members of Chambers GREY QC, Eleanor (1990)
Members of Chambers GIOVANNETTI QC, Lisa (1991)
Members of Chambers RICHARDS QC, Jenni (1991)
Members of Chambers STINCHCOMBE QC, Paul (1985)
Members of Chambers MORRIS QC, Fenella (1990)
Members of Chambers STRACHAN QC, James (1996)
Members of Chambers SMITH QC, Marion (1981)
Members of Chambers SACHDEVA QC, Vikram (1998)
Members of Chambers O'SULLIVAN QC, Derek (1990)
Members of Chambers MCPARLAND QC, Michael (1983)
Members of Chambers TABACHNIK QC, Andrew (1991)
Members of Chambers GRANGE QC, Kate (1998)
Members of Chambers RHEE QC, Deok Joo (1998)
Members of Chambers GHALY QC, Karim (2001)
Members of Chambers PATTERSON QC, Lindy (2017)
Members of Chambers ROBB QC, Adam (1995)
Members of Chambers PATEL QC, Parishil (1996)
Members of Chambers TODD QC, James (1990)
Members of Chambers BRYNMOR THOMAS QC, David (2011)
Members of Chambers DUNLOP QC, Rory (2002)
Members of Chambers BUTLER-COLE QC, Victoria (2005)
Members of Chambers PUGH-SMITH, John (1977)
Members of Chambers JUDGE, 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 KEARNEY, Andrew (2007)
Members of Chambers FORMBY, Emily (1993)
Members of Chambers FALKOWSKI, Damian (1994)
Members of Chambers SINCLAIR, Duncan (1996)
Members of Chambers FULLWOOD, Adam (1996)
Members of Chambers ZWART, Christiaan (1997)
Members of Chambers WALD, Richard (1997)
Members of Chambers DENIS-SMITH, John (1998)
Members of Chambers AYLING, Judith (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 SCOTT, Katharine (2000)
Members of Chambers CONNORS, Jess (2000)
Members of Chambers MURRAY, Simon (2000)
Members of Chambers BURTON, James (2001)
Members of Chambers RUCK KEENE, Alexander (2002)
Members of Chambers STAKER, Christopher (2003)
Members of Chambers OLBOURNE, Ben (2003)
Members of Chambers PATERSON, Fiona (2003)
Members of Chambers BODNAR, Alexandra (2004)
Members of Chambers CRAPPER, Sadie (2004)
Members of Chambers LAZARUS, Robert (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 MANT, Peter (2006)
Members of Chambers DEAKIN, Andrew (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 AMRAOUI, Thomas (2007)
Members of Chambers THELEN, Jennifer (2007)
Members of Chambers MALIK, Zane (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 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 KAZMI ABBAS, Samar (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 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 BARNES, Katherine (2014)
Members of Chambers SULLIVAN, Rachel (2015)
Members of Chambers LAKING, Daniel (2015)
Members of Chambers DAVID, Stephanie (2016)
Members of Chambers BENEDYK, Daniel (2016)
Members of Chambers BRADFORD, James (2016)
Members of Chambers HO, Joe-han (2016)
Members of Chambers KEATING, Ruth (2017)
Members of Chambers THOMAS, Gethin (2017)
Members of Chambers KOZELKO, Daniel (2018)
Members of Chambers HIGGS, Nicholas (2018)
Members of Chambers KUHNE, Philippe (2017)
Members of Chambers VAN DER KLUGT, Tom (2019)
Members of Chambers LANE, Patrick SC (South Africa) (1999)*
Members of Chambers ULLSTEIN QC, Augustus (1970)
Members of Chambers HAYES QC, Paul (2005)*
Members of Chambers BUNNI, Prof Dr Nael G **
Members of Chambers CHAKRABATI CBE, Shami (1994)
Members of Chambers DYSON, Lord John Rt Hon (1968)*
Members of Chambers FINDLAY, Archibald SC (South Africa) (1999)*
Members of Chambers HORTON QC, Matthew (1969)
Members of Chambers HICKEY, Denys (1975)
Members of Chambers HURST LLB MPHIL FCIARB, Peter**
Members of Chambers KEENE ACIArb, Sir David Rt Hon (1964)
Members of Chambers WILLIAMS, Sir Wyn (1974)*
Member of Chambers LIM, Steven (1992)
Members of Chambers MAYHEW, David (2011)*
Members of Chambers MACKAY, Sir Colin (1967)*
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)*
** Non-Barrister
*Overseas Members/Door Tenants
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 Katherine Apps  photo Katherine Apps Barrister
 Brian Ash photo Brian Ash Barrister whose work includes: appearances at a substantial number and variety of…
 Judith Ayling  photo Judith Ayling Barrister specialising in personal injury, general common law, costs, insurance, professional negligence.
 Katherine Barnes  photo Katherine Barnes
Mr David Bateson  photo Mr David Bateson An international arbitration specialist in all forms of dispute resolution including arbitration,…
Mr Jonathan Bellamy  photo Mr Jonathan Bellamy Jonathan has an established litigation, arbitration and advisory practice in commercial law.…
Mr Daniel Benedyk  photo Mr Daniel Benedyk Commercial and construction disuptes, international arbitration, financial services and public and regulatory…
 Neil Block photo Neil Block Joint head of Chambers. Barrister specialising in professional negligence (including clinical negligence);…
 Alexandra Bodnar  photo Alexandra Bodnar Alexandra practises in the fields of construction, commercial and insurance law. She…
Mr Adam Boukraa  photo Mr Adam Boukraa Public law and human rights, regulatory law, and environmental and planning.
Mr David Bradly  photo Mr David Bradly
 Steve Broach photo Steve Broach Steve is a specialist public lawyer with a particular interest in disability…
 Geoffrey Brown  photo Geoffrey Brown Barrister practising in professional negligence, insurance, personal injury, fire and flood damage…
 Ian Brownhill  photo Ian Brownhill Ian has a broad public law and human rights practice which focusses…
 David Brynmor Thomas photo David Brynmor Thomas Counsel in international commercial arbitrations, also sits as an arbitrator. Honorary Senior…
Prof Dr Nael G Bunni  photo Prof Dr Nael G Bunni Barrister
Mr James Burton  photo Mr James Burton Specialises in planning, environmental and common law.
 Victoria Butler-cole photo Victoria Butler-cole
 Stuart Catchpole photo Stuart Catchpole Barrister specialising in construction, commercial, administrative and public law; detail of reported…
 Camilla Church  photo Camilla Church Camilla specialises in personal injury and clinical negligence. She has acted both…
 Celina Colquhoun  photo Celina Colquhoun Celina Colquhoun specialises in all aspects of Planning, Environmental and Compulsory Purchase…
 Jess Connors  photo Jess Connors Barrister specialising in general commercial, construction and insurance and financial services.
 Emma Corkill  photo Emma Corkill Personal injury and Fraud, Clinical negligence, Product liability and Property damage.
 Charlie Cory-wright photo Charlie Cory-wright Charlie specialises in private law work including personal injury (in particular catastrophic…
 Sadie Crapper  photo Sadie Crapper Sadie’s practice concentrates on clinical negligence and personal injury, with a particular…
 Romilly Cummerson  photo Romilly Cummerson Romilly is an established insurance practitioner, specialising in clinical negligence, personal injury,…
 Jonathan Darby  photo Jonathan Darby Barrister
 Paul Darling photo Paul Darling
 Stephanie David photo Stephanie David Planning and environmental law, public law and human rights, commercial and construction,…
 Sian Davies  photo Sian Davies
 Andrew Deakin  photo Andrew Deakin Andrew has a broad public law and human rights practice with a…
 John Denis-smith  photo John Denis-smith John joined Thirty Nine Essex Street in 2006. His practice focuses primarily…
 Catherine Dobson  photo Catherine Dobson
 Bernard Doherty  photo Bernard Doherty Barrister specialising in clinical negligence, personal injury and professional negligence.
 Rebecca Drake  photo Rebecca Drake Barrister dealing with construction law, commercial law and common law.
 Christian Du Cann  photo Christian Du Cann Barrister specialising in personal injury (either side), clinical negligence (either side) and…
Mr Rory Dunlop photo Mr Rory Dunlop Barrister specialising in public law, human rights, immigration and employment law. He…
 Simon Edwards  photo Simon Edwards Specialises in general commercial, costs, personal injury, and professional negligence.
 Damian Falkowski  photo Damian Falkowski Property: landlord and tenant (residential and business), service charges, enfranchisement, mortgages, easements,…
 Archibald Findlay SC  photo Archibald Findlay SC Barrister.
 Emily Formby  photo Emily Formby Extensive personal injury and clinical negligence practice; within these specialisations she has…
 Quintin Fraser  photo Quintin Fraser
 Adam Fullwood  photo Adam Fullwood Administrative and Public, Regulatory and Disciplinary
Mr Karim Ghaly photo Mr Karim Ghaly Barrister.
 Lisa Giovannetti photo Lisa Giovannetti Public law, asylum and immigration, human rights, local government. Cases include: Januzi…
Mr Edwin Glasgow photo Mr Edwin Glasgow Barrister specialising in commercial litigation: Svenska Bank v Sun Alliance (commercial mortgage…
 Simon Goldblatt photo Simon Goldblatt Barrister specialising in commercial, construction and company law.
 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  photo Nicola Greaney 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…
Mr Richard Harwood photo Mr Richard Harwood Barrister specialising in planning, environmental, local government, public law, parliamentary and public…
 Paul Hayes  photo Paul Hayes Barrister
 Alexis Hearnden  photo Alexis Hearnden
 Ned Helme  photo Ned Helme Barrister specialising in environmental, energy and planning law, administrative and public law,…
 Patrick Hennessey  photo Patrick Hennessey Commercial, construction, common, regulatory and disciplinary, and administration and public.
 Denys Hickey  photo Denys Hickey Barrister.
Mr Thomas Hill photo Mr Thomas Hill Barrister whose principal area of practice is administrative law, with particular emphasis…
 Jack Holborn  photo Jack Holborn Barrister dealing with personal injury (both sides), property damage; administrative and public…
 David Hopkins  photo David Hopkins
Mr Matthew Horton photo Mr Matthew Horton
Mr 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…
 Philippa Jackson  photo Philippa Jackson Philippa has a broad practice encompassing public law, planning and environmental law,…
 Samantha Jones  photo Samantha Jones Samantha has a broad civil litigation and public law practice, with particular…
 Shaman Kapoor  photo Shaman Kapoor Barrister – Mediator – Deputy District Judge
 The Rt. Hon. Sir David  Keene ACIArb  photo The Rt. Hon. Sir David  Keene ACIArb Barrister.
 Matthias Kelly photo Matthias Kelly Specialises in enquiries, personal injury and professional negligence work. Represents both claimants…
 Nicola Kohn  photo Nicola Kohn Barrister.
Mr Steven Kovats photo Mr Steven Kovats Barrister specialising in administrative and public law.
 Patrick Lane Sc  photo Patrick Lane Sc Arbitration, banking, commercial law, construction, contract, insolvency, insurance, landlord and tenant, mining…
 Robert Lazarus  photo Robert Lazarus Barrister specialising in healthcare and other professional disciplinary and regulatory matters; clinical…
 Annabel Lee  photo Annabel Lee Annabel has a particular interest in public, local government, human rights and…
 Steven Lim  photo Steven Lim International Arbitration – as arbitrator and counselCommercial / Corporate DisputesConstruction (Onshore &…
 Timothy Lyons photo Timothy Lyons Direct and indirect tax arbitration. Timothy has a broad practice which includes…
Sir Colin Mackay  photo Sir Colin Mackay Barrister.
 Zane Malik  photo Zane Malik
 Loretta Malintoppi  photo Loretta Malintoppi International Arbitration, Public International Law.
 Peter Mant  photo Peter Mant Public inquiries: E coli inquiry, junior for Food Standards Agency.
Mr Charles Manzoni photo Mr Charles Manzoni Barrister specialising in international arbitration, commercial, construction, technology and telecommunications, professional negligence.
 Boyd McCleary  photo Boyd McCleary Boyd McCleary CMG CVO, is an accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator and…
 Michael McParland photo Michael McParland
 Hannah Mccarthy  photo Hannah Mccarthy
Mr Colin Mccaul photo Mr Colin Mccaul Barrister specialising in clinical negligence (claimant); professional negligence; personal injury (claimant and…
 David Mitchell  photo David Mitchell Specialisation in Employment, Public and Defamation, Privacy and Information law. Current /…
 Niraj Modha photo Niraj Modha Barrister specialising in commercial, construction, and property litigation and arbitration.
 Fenella Morris photo Fenella Morris Barrister specialising in public law, professional discipline and regulation, education and local…
Mr William Norris photo Mr William Norris Barrister specialising in personal injury, product liability, sport and environmental claims (particularly…
Mr Derek O'Sullivan photo Mr Derek O'Sullivan Also an associate member of ST JOHN’S CHAMBERS, Bristol. Barrister specialising in…
 Ben Olbourne  photo Ben Olbourne Commercial, international trade and commodities, and construction.
 Parishil Patel photo Parishil Patel Barrister specialising in personal injury (defendant and claimant), employment law, construction law,…
 Fiona Paterson  photo Fiona Paterson Before coming to the Bar, Fiona practised for nine years as a…
Ms Lindy Patterson photo Ms Lindy Patterson Barrister
Mr Nigel Pleming photo Mr Nigel Pleming Barrister specialising in administrative and public law, environmental law, human rights, regulation…
 Michelle Pratley  photo Michelle Pratley Barrister with a broad administrative and public law practice and particular expertise…
 Ashley Pratt  photo Ashley Pratt Barrister
Mr John Pugh-smith  photo Mr John Pugh-smith Barrister specialising in town and country planning, environmental, local government, highways law…
 Angela Rainey  photo Angela Rainey Personal Injury, Clinical negligence, Aviation and Commercial.
 Peter Rees photo Peter Rees Peter specialises in international commercial arbitration and litigation and is widely recognised…
Ms Deok Joo Rhee photo Ms Deok Joo Rhee EU law, public law and human rights law.
 Jenni Richards photo Jenni Richards Jenni Richards QC has an extensive public law practice acting for individuals,…
Mr Adam Robb photo Mr Adam Robb Adam Robb is a barrister specialising in construction law (including professional negligence),…
 Susan Rodway photo Susan Rodway With regard to clinical negligence work, Susan specialises in high-value claims and…
Mr Alexander Ruck Keene  photo Mr Alexander Ruck Keene Barrister specialising in mental capacity and mental health.
Mr Vikram Sachdeva photo Mr Vikram Sachdeva Barrister specialising in administrative and public law, human rights, European law, healthcare…
 Rosie Scott photo Rosie Scott Planning, Environment and Property, Civil Liability, Administrative and Public.
 Katharine Scott  photo Katharine Scott Specialises in all aspects of costs work. Court of protection work with…
 Melissa Shipley photo Melissa Shipley Construction, international arbitration, commercial, planning, environment and property.
Mr Duncan Sinclair  photo Mr Duncan Sinclair Competition law (damages claims before the CAT and the High Court; investigations);…
 Marion Smith photo Marion Smith
 Richard Spearman photo Richard Spearman Specialisation: general commercial and common law practice, including commercial fraud, media and…
Dr Christopher Staker  photo Dr Christopher Staker Barrister specialising in public international law, arbitration, administrative and public law, international…
 Michael Standing photo Michael Standing Personal injury and clinical negligence, fraud, regulatory and disciplinary, employment and discrimination.
 Daniel Stedman Jones  photo Daniel Stedman Jones
 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.
 Paul Stinchcombe photo Paul Stinchcombe Paul was called to the Bar (1985), building up a substantial practice…
Mr James Strachan photo Mr James Strachan Areas of practice include: public and administrative; planning and environment; commercial; financial…
 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.
Mr Andrew Tabachnik photo Mr Andrew Tabachnik Areas of specialisation include: planning, environmental and compulsory purchase; commercial law, in…
 Tom Tabori  photo Tom Tabori Tom Tabori is a specialist public law barrister, with expertise in human…
Mr 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…
Mr Colin Thomann  photo Mr Colin Thomann Barrister dealing with environmental, public law, personal injury, employment and planning matters,…
Mr 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.
Mr Augustus Ullstein  photo Mr Augustus Ullstein Professional negligence; product liability; personal injuries; class actions. Accredited mediator.
Mr Peter Village photo Mr Peter Village Peter Village QC continues to dominate high-profile cases in planning and environmental…
 Karishma Vora  photo Karishma Vora
 Richard Wald  photo Richard Wald Barrister specialising in all areas of environmental, planning, compulsory purchase, administrative and…
 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…
 Camilla ter Haar  photo Camilla ter Haar Camilla ter Haar has a broad practice which combines commercial and construction…