Set Profile > Chambers of Patrick Harrington QC > London, England

Chambers of Patrick Harrington QC
Farrar's Building

Fraud: crime Tier 3

Neil Baki - Farrar's BuildingHe is very determined, with a great presence in the courtroom.

Professional disciplinary and regulatory law Tier 3

Geoffrey Williams QC - Farrar's BuildingHis knowledge of solicitors' disciplinary law is first-rate.

Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud Tier 3

The 'very approachable and reactive' Farrar's Building has a number of 'great barristers across all levels of experience' who offer 'extremely good service in the defendant personal injury market'. Members are acknowledged for their 'ability to effectively handle large loss claims'. Of note, Alan Jeffreys QC has a particular speciality in liability claims involving multiple collisions, mechanical defect issues, as well as factual and clinical causation. Andrew Wille was instructed by an employer in connection with the group action arising out of the terrorist attack in Algeria, which contends that BP should be held liable for security failings that might otherwise have prevented or mitigated the attack.

Personal injury - Leading Juniors

Lee Evans - Farrar's BuildingHe is great in conference with experts.
Ranked: Tier 2
Helen Hobhouse - Farrar's BuildingShe has effective analysis, promptness and a personable manner.
Ranked: Tier 3
John Meredith-Hardy - Farrar's BuildingHe is a great draftsman and will not be brow beaten by opponent.
Ranked: Tier 4
Guy Watkins - Farrar's BuildingHe instinctively knows which are the points worth taking and which are those that will merely antagonise the Judge.
Ranked: Tier 4
Andrew Wille - Farrar's BuildingHe is technically excellent and provides carefully considered advice.
Ranked: Tier 4
Andrew Peebles - Farrar's BuildingHe is able to deal with complex issues and is firm in his approach.
Ranked: Tier 5
James Pretsell - Farrar's BuildingHe is good on his feet, whilst his written work is clear, concise and thorough.
Ranked: Tier 5

Personal injury - Leading Silks

Alan Jeffreys QC - Farrar's BuildingInvariably spot on when assessing quantum.
Ranked: Tier 2

Professional disciplinary and regulatory law Tier 4

Leighton Hughes - Farrar's BuildingRobust in preparation and well versed in regulatory law.

Clinical negligence Tier 4

Tim Found - Farrar's BuildingParticularly good on paper and sifting through complex evidence.

Clinical negligence Tier 4

Nigel Spencer Ley - Farrar's BuildingAble to think outside the box and very creative in problem-solving.


Silks Patrick Harrington QC and Paul Lewis QC at Farrar's Building remain prominent forces on the Wales and Chester Circuit, with involvement on several high-profile homicide cases in the last year. The pair were on opposing sides of a drug-related turf war murder case stemming from the stabbing of a teenager in Connah's Quay - Harrington QC defended and Lewis QC prosecuted.

Leading Silks

Patrick Harrington QC - Farrar's BuildingHas a commanding presence in court.
Ranked: Tier 1
Paul Lewis QC - Farrar's BuildingParticularly experienced in homicide cases.
Ranked: Tier 1

Personal injury

Andrew Arentsen at Farrar's Building is instructed in a wide range of personal injury cases, with a particular focus on catastrophic injury claims.

Leading Juniors

Andrew Arentsen - Farrar's BuildingAcademically vigorous but retains an easy manner with clients.
Ranked: Tier 2

Personal injury

Personal injury generalist Nick Blake is the name to note at Farrar's Building. He is instructed on behalf of both claimants and defendants in a wide range of matters including industrial disease, occupier's liability and workplace accidents.

Leading Juniors

Nick Blake - Farrar's BuildingReliable, knowledgeable and can think outside of the box.
Ranked: Tier 1

Set overviews: England and Wales

Farrar's Building is ‘a good, solid set offering a good variety of barristers in the defendant personal injury market’. Chambers also has expertise in clinical negligence, crime, and professional discipline. ‘There is always a good availability of counsel and if a particular barrister is required the clerks will do their best to free them up if they have an earlier booking.’ Senior clerk Alan Kilbey ‘runs a very tight ship’ ably assisted by first juniors Andrew Duckett and James Shaw. ‘Excellent clerking all round, they will always go the extra mile to accommodate and are honest regarding turnaround times for papers/availability.’ Offices in: London


Farrar’s Building is a long-established specialist civil and common law set of chambers based in London with a strong historic regional presence in Wales.

Chambers core areas of practice comprise of the following: personal injury; serious and white-collar crime; health and safety; employment; and inquiries and disciplinary tribunals. These core areas are complemented by other areas in which members of chambers practise, such as: clinical negligence, professional negligence, insurance, product liability, regulatory law, trusts and probate, and commercial law (see individual profiles).

The set: Farrar’s Building has been occupied by barristers for many centuries and its name derives from Thomas Farrar, treasurer of Inner Temple in 1679. Over the years, chambers has provided a number of judges in the House of Lords, Court of Appeal and elsewhere, and current members sit as deputy High Court judges, recorders and in other public positions.

Farrar’s Building prides itself on being a friendly and reliable set, which is efficiently clerked and administered by an experienced and long-established team.

Chambers has a reputation for excellence, with members acting for a variety of corporate bodies, insurance companies, prosecuting authorities, sporting bodies and players, disciplinary, regulatory and professional bodies, as well as many individuals. Members act in privately funded, publicly funded and legally aided cases, trade union-backed work and under conditional fee agreements.

Types of work undertaken: Chambers core areas of practice are:

Personal injury: Farrar’s Building is recognised as a leading set of chambers in the personal injury field with a long-established reputation for offering high-quality specialist advocacy and advice in all aspects of personal injury work. Personal injury is the largest field of practice within chambers. Chambers is involved in the whole spectrum of cases ranging from catastrophic brain and spinal injury claims to lower value multi-track and fast-track work.

Health and safety: the health and safety team works closely with, and benefits from, Farrar’s Building’s strong PI team. Chambers has been involved in a number of high-profile cases in this area and has a tradition of acting in large-scale disasters, including the Hatfield Rail Disaster and the Ladbroke Grove Rail Disaster.

Employment: chambers and members of the employment law group are recognised in the field for their efficient, commercially sensitive and competitive approach. Members act at all stages of employment disputes by advising, drafting pleadings and providing advocacy before employment tribunals, the EAT and the higher courts. Members also have experience acting in judicial and private mediations.

Crime: chambers has a specialist criminal team, involved in major fraud and serious crime cases, and has close links with Wales where it remains a dominant force on the Welsh Circuit. Chambers is and has been involved in many of the major cases on the circuit and members of the crime team are highly sought-after.

Public inquiries: chambers has a long history of involvement in public inquiries and of chairing/appearing before a range of regulatory and disciplinary tribunals.

Members of chambers also offer expertise in: contract and commercial litigation, covering areas such as sale of goods and consumer credit and commercial fraud, insurance matters and product liability; clinical negligence and all areas of professional negligence; costs and taxation actions, including solicitor’s bills of costs, counsel’s fees and legal aid costs; sports and competition cases include contracts, advertising and sponsorship and restraint of trade; all aspects of disciplinary and regulatory law; and matters pertaining to trusts and probate.

Members also have experience in administrative and public law work, including matters relating to judicial review, local government, education, health, housing and pharmaceutical actions.


Department Name Email Telephone
Chief Executive Alan Kilbey MBE
Member of Chambers HARRINGTON QC, Patrick (1973)
Member of Chambers LEWIS QC, Paul (1981)
Member of Chambers WILLIAMS QC, Geoffrey (2013)
Member of Chambers COLE QC, Gordon (1979)
Member of Chambers UNSWORTH QC, Ian (1992)
Member of Chambers QUINLAN QC, Christopher (1992)
Member of Chambers LEY, Nigel Spencer (1985)
Members of Chambers PEEBLES, Andrew (1987
Member of Chambers MEREDITH-HARDY, John (1989)
Member of Chambers LAKHA, Shabbir (1989)
Member of Chambers HUGHES, Leighton (1989)
Member of Chambers HOBHOUSE, Helen (1990)
Member of Chambers ARENTSEN, Andrew (1995)
Member of Chambers EVANS, Lee (1996)
Member of Chambers BLAKE, Nick (1997)
Member of Chambers DAVIES, Huw P (1998)
Member of Chambers PRETSELL, James (1998)
Member of Chambers WILLE, Andrew (1998)
Member of Chambers COHEN, Howard (1999)
Member of Chambers WATKINS, Guy (1999)
Member of Chambers COX, Carwyn (2002)
Member of Chambers KERRUISH-JONES, Matthew (2003)
Member of Chambers BAKI, Neil (2003)
Member of Chambers PLANT, James (2004)
Member of Chambers BOURNE-ARTON, Tom (2005)
Member of Chambers SOLE, Emma (2005)
Member of Chambers BROWN, John (2005)
Member of Chambers GOODLAD, Grant (2006)
Member of Chambers FOUND, Tim (2006)
Member of Chambers RODERICK, David (2005)
Member of Chambers LOGUE, Victoria (Tory) (2005)
Member of Chambers ROZIER, James (2007)
Member of Chambers KHAN, Changez (2008)
Member of Chambers SAXENA, Hannah (2010)
Member of Chambers HEDGMAN, Joshua (2011)
Member of Chambers O'BRIEN, Aidan (2011)
Member of Chambers GOLIN, Robert (2011)
Member of Chambers ROWLEY, Jake (2011)
Member of Chambers LYON, Frederick (2012)
Member of Chambers McMILLAN, Joel (2014)
Member of Chambers FITZGIBBON, Laura (2016)
Member of Chambers EMSLIE-SMITH, Tom (2016)
Member of Chambers Ferguson, Martin (2016)
Member of Chambers YOUNG, Rosalind (2017)
Member of Chambers DOUGHERTY, Michael (2017)
Member of Chambers HIGHNAM, Amelia (2016)
Member of Chambers Savory, Peter (2018)
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 Carwyn Cox  photo Carwyn Cox
 Huw Davies  photo Huw Davies
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 Lee Evans  photo Lee Evans
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 Tim Found  photo Tim Found
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 Shabbir Lakha  photo Shabbir Lakha
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