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Chambers of Paul Lewis QC
Farrar's Building

London Bar > Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud Tier 4

Farrar's Building is known for providing an 'excellent all-round service', 'offering the complete package of suitable, capable counsel for specific problems'. The set handles high-value and high profile personal injury work, and is also comfortable taking on international matters, occupation disease work and cases involving allegations of fraud. In a recent highlight, Andrew Wille secured a gross settlement sum of just under £5m for a young Romanian man who was employed on a construction site in the UK and suffered a traumatic amputation of one leg and neuropathic damage to the other. Newly ranked practitioners Joshua Hedgman and Hannah Saxena are also worthy of note.

Personal injury - Leading Juniors

Lee Evans - Farrar's BuildingVery knowledgeable about the medical research and able to explore complex medical issues in detail with experts. A strong negotiator yet also pragmatic.
Ranked: Tier 2
John Meredith-Hardy - Farrar's BuildingOnce instructed he immerses himself completely in the case, considering all aspects so as to best advise.
Ranked: Tier 4
Guy Watkins - Farrar's BuildingA great all-rounder who is insightful and lends value to the work he undertakes. Cool under fire.
Ranked: Tier 4
Andrew Wille - Farrar's BuildingFocussed attention to detail, able to deal with complex financial arrangements when assessing the value of a claim.
Ranked: Tier 4
Andrew Peebles - Farrar's BuildingVery good technically and clear in his advice.
Ranked: Tier 5
Ranked: Tier 5
Hannah Saxena - Farrar's BuildingHannah is excellent with medical experts in conference and breaks down the issues quickly and deals with any matters in a very concise way. 
Ranked: Tier 5
Andrew Arentsen - Farrar's BuildingAndrew is a very smart advocate, who is very calm and pragmatic in dealing with complex personal injury claims.
Ranked: Tier 5
Joshua Hedgman - Farrar's BuildingExceptional written work and a skilled advocate.
Ranked: Tier 5



‘Very strong chambers with dedicated expertise and knowledge.’

‘An excellent all-round service, offering the complete package of suitable, capable counsel for specific problems.’

‘Farrar’s Building is correctly considered a leading personal injury set and the service that you receive is befitting of this reputation.’

‘In terms of personal injury they are very knowledgeable, and also able to think outside of the box.’

‘Farrar’s is an excellent personal injury set.’


‘Efficient and friendly clerking.’

Wales and Chester Circuit > Crime (general and fraud)

Wales and Chester Circuit > Personal injury

Leading Juniors

Andrew Arentsen - Farrar's BuildingHe gets to the heart of the matter with the minimum of fuss and provides straightforward, no-nonsense advice. He is excellent with clients. I would have no hesitation in recommending him.
Ranked: Tier 1

London Bar > Professional disciplinary and regulatory law

Leading Silks

Geoffrey Williams QC - Farrar's BuildingGeoffrey understands what is important in a case very quickly, and is very diligent in his preparation. He is excellent, with advocacy skills to spare, making it easy for tribunals and courts to understand, and therefore to agree with him.
Ranked: Tier 3

South Eastern Circuit > Personal injury

Leading Juniors

Nick Blake - Farrar's BuildingNick has tremendous attention to detail. He prepares thoroughly and shows dogged persistence in pressing correct arguments. A counsel you can rely on when the going gets tough.
Ranked: Tier 1

London Bar > Clinical negligence

Leading Juniors

Tim Found - Farrar's BuildingTim has very good technical knowledge, is always well prepared and willing to go the extra mile. A meticulous, very intelligent junior.
Ranked: Tier 3
Nigel Spencer Ley - Farrar's BuildingHis preparation is meticulous, clients and experts like him and he delivers consistently excellent work.
Ranked: Tier 4
Aidan O'Brien - Farrar's BuildingAidan always provides very sensible advice. An excellent barrister who understands the client's needs.
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Fraud: crime

Regional Bar > Wales and Chester Circuit > Crime (general and fraud)

Regional Bar > Wales and Chester Circuit > Personal injury

Leading Juniors

Andrew Arentsen - Farrar's BuildingHe gets to the heart of the matter with the minimum of fuss and provides straightforward, no-nonsense advice. He is excellent with clients. I would have no hesitation in recommending him.
Ranked: Tier 1

Regional Bar > South Eastern Circuit > Personal injury

Leading Juniors

Nick Blake - Farrar's BuildingNick has tremendous attention to detail. He prepares thoroughly and shows dogged persistence in pressing correct arguments. A counsel you can rely on when the going gets tough.
Ranked: Tier 1

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 areas of practice include the following: personal injury; clinical negligence; employment; credit hire; civil fraud and fundamental dishonesty; serious and white-collar crime; health and safety; inquests; disciplinary; regulatory; professional negligence; insurance; product liability; trusts and probate; commercial law; costs; travel; and public inquiries (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 individuals. Members act in privately funded cases 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, the Ladbroke Grove Rail Disaster and the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

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.

Regulatory and disciplinary: Farrar’s Building has been heavily involved in the development and administration of disciplinary proceedings over the past 30 years. Chambers provide specialist advice and advocacy across the full range of regulatory and disciplinary law. The depth of knowledge and understanding that the team at Farrar’s Building has to offer comes not only from its members who have experience of appearing before all major disciplinary and regulatory tribunals, but also from those members who regularly advise and chair such panels themselves.

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.

Chief Executive Alan Kilbey MBE
Head of Chambers LEWIS QC, Paul (1981)
Member of Chambers HARRINGTON QC, Patrick (1973)
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)
Member of Chambers PEEBLES, Andrew (1987)
Member of Chambers MILLIN, Leslie (1988)
Member of Chambers MEREDITH-HARDY, John (1989)
Member of Chambers LAKHA, Shabbir (1989)
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 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 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 BRADY, Stuart (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)
Member of Chambers WIGG, Leonard (2017)
Member of Chambers JONES, Lauren (2017)
Member of Chambers KHAN, Kamran (2018)
Member of Chambers ROSS, Ryan (2019)
Member of Chambers IRVING, Sam (2020)
Member of Chambers DERVIN, Sorcha (2021)
Andrew Arentsen  photo Andrew Arentsen Andrew Arentsen’s practice is predominantly personal injury, with a focus on high…
Neil Baki  photo Neil Baki Neil Baki is a specialist trial advocate. He has extensive experience in…
Nick Blake  photo Nick Blake Nick Blake has experience of a broad range of civil matters.
Tom Bourne-Arton  photo Tom Bourne-Arton Barrister. Specialises in personal injury and employment.
John Brown  photo John Brown Barrister specialising in personal injury, clinical negligence and regulatory/professional discipline.
Howard Cohen  photo Howard Cohen Barrister specialising in personal injury and motor insurance fraud; general common law…
Gordon Cole  photo Gordon Cole Gordon Cole QC specialises in all types of serious crime. He has…
Carwyn Cox  photo Carwyn Cox Barrister specialising in personal injury litigation, including high value multi-track catastrophic claims.…
Huw Davies  photo Huw Davies Huw Davies has a predominantly civil practice and is regularly instructed on…
Michael Dougherty  photo Michael Dougherty Barrister specialising in personal injury, commercial, employment and education law.
Lee Evans  photo Lee Evans Lee Evans has a busy personal injury practice, with particular emphasis on…
Martin Ferguson  photo Martin Ferguson Barrister specialising in personal injury, commercial and general common law.
Laura Fitzgibbon  photo Laura Fitzgibbon Laura Fitzgibbon joined Farrar’s Building as a tenant in October 2017, upon…
Tim Found  photo Tim Found Tim has particular expertise in clinical negligence and personal injury for both…
Robert Golin  photo Robert Golin Robert Golin’s practice focuses on personal injury, employment, commercial and insurance, and…
Grant Goodlad  photo Grant Goodlad Specialist areas of practice include employment law; personal injury and clinical negligence;…
Patrick Harrington photo Patrick HarringtonBarrister specialising in Crime (general and serious fraud); prosecution and defence; health…
Joshua Hedgman  photo Joshua Hedgman Joshua has a broad common law practice, which incorporates all of Chambers’…
Matthew Kerruish-Jones  photo Matthew Kerruish-Jones Coroner’s inquests/public (representing insured parties), Health and safety (defending), personal injury (defendant…
Shabbir Lakha  photo Shabbir Lakha Has practised almost exclusively in employment law work for over ten years.…
Paul Lewis photo Paul LewisPaul  has appeared in over 200 homicide cases and in many major…
Victoria Logue  photo Victoria Logue Victoria Logue (Tory) joined Farrar’s Building in 2017 after 10 years as…
Frederick Lyon  photo Frederick Lyon Barrister. Specialising in Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence, Coroner’s Inquests, Commercial and Cross-Jurisdictional…
Joel McMillan  photo Joel McMillan Joel has a busy and successful general common law practice. His particular…
John Meredith-Hardy  photo John Meredith-Hardy Areas of work undertaken for claimants and defendants include professional negligence, personal…
Leslie Millin  photo Leslie Millin Leslie has specialised in employment law since pupillage. She represents both employer…
Aidan O’Brien  photo Aidan O’Brien
Andrew Peebles  photo Andrew Peebles Barrister with a wide experience of litigation in chancery, commercial, employment, regulatory…
James Plant  photo James Plant James’ practice consists of three main areas of work: Personal Injury, Property…
James Pretsell  photo James Pretsell James’s practice consists largely in multi track personal injury work. He also…
Christopher Quinlan photo Christopher QuinlanSpecialises in crime, sport and regulatory work.
David Roderick  photo David Roderick David has an established general common law practice, with particular expertise in…
Jake Rowley  photo Jake Rowley Barrister specialising in personal injury, commercial and general common law. The areas…
James Rozier  photo James Rozier James Rozier’s practice encompasses personal injury, costs, inquests and employment. He also…
Peter Savory  photo Peter Savory Peter is a barrister specialising in personal injury, clinical negligence and commercial…
Hannah Saxena  photo Hannah Saxena   Hannah Saxena is a well respected junior with a focus on…
Emma Sole  photo Emma Sole Emma Sole joined Farrar’s Building in 2007 after a pupillage at Littleton…
Nigel Spencer Ley  photo Nigel Spencer Ley Nigel is a highly experienced barrister who undertakes high value clinical negligence,…
Ian Unsworth photo Ian UnsworthIan Unsworth QC has vast experience in dealing with cases of the…
Andrew Wille  photo Andrew Wille Barrister with an exclusively civil practice primarily in the fields of personal…
Geoffrey Williams photo Geoffrey WilliamsGeoffrey Williams QC has specialised exclusively in the field of professional disciplinary…