Set Profile > Chambers of Jacob Levy QC > London, England

Chambers of Jacob Levy QC
9 Gough Square

Fraud: crime Tier 1

Tom Little QC - 9 Gough SquareA a real team player and leaves no stone unturned.

Crime Tier 1

Tom Little QC - 9 Gough SquareA stylish and well-prepared advocate who pays great attention to detail.

Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) Tier 1

Giles Mooney QC - 9 Gough SquareHe is experienced in handling complex cases involving accidents at sea.

Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud Tier 1

The 'professional yet approachable' 9 Gough Square has 'successfully attracted barristers who are exceptionally good'.  As well as 'established silks', the set has a 'remarkable team of leading juniors' who are 'cutting edge' and 'not afraid of taking difficult cases to trial'. Claimant catastrophic injury is at the core of the practice, with expertise spanning brain, spinal, and amputation cases. Giles Mooney QC is a recent silk appointment. Andrew Ritchie QC acted for the claimants in Carlos Valencia Estrada & Seb John v BP, a claim in relation to two fatalities arising from the Al Qaeda terrorist attacks on the defendant's gas facility in Algeria. Grahame Aldous QC specialises in personal injury claims with an international or maritime setting, while Laura Begley has particular expertise in criminal injuries compensation claims.

Industrial disease - Leading Juniors

Jeremy Crowther - 9 Gough SquareHe sees the strengths and weaknesses of the most complex case immediately.
Ranked: Tier 1
Stephen Glynn - 9 Gough SquareA future silk – his analysis of difficult issues is excellent.
Ranked: Tier 1

Personal injury - 2018 Silks

Stuart McKechnie QC - 9 Gough SquareHe has an encyclopaedic knowledge of all things quantum.
Ranked: Tier 1

Personal injury - 2019 Silks

Giles Mooney QC - 9 Gough SquareAbsolutely masterful, great on his feet, and has a super manner with vulnerable clients.
Ranked: Tier 1

Personal injury - Leading Juniors

Laura Begley - 9 Gough SquareExtremely hardworking and a very safe pair of hands for complex cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Nicolas Hillier - 9 Gough SquareA fearsome advocate for his clients who is forensic with the evidence.
Ranked: Tier 1
Stephen Glynn - 9 Gough SquareA future silk – his analysis of difficult issues is excellent.
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Brindle - 9 Gough SquareSimon is great at grasping the key issues very quickly and has a fantastic technical mind.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jeremy Ford - 9 Gough SquareHe delivers sensible advice backed up by an extremely impressive knowledge of the law.
Ranked: Tier 3
Perrin Gibbons - 9 Gough SquareA highly effective litigator who shows utter commitment and concern for her clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Roger Hiorns - 9 Gough SquareHe is a leading force in complex occupational disease claims.
Ranked: Tier 4
Shahram Sharghy - 9 Gough SquareHe has great drafting skills and is able to get to the issues in a case.
Ranked: Tier 4
Christopher Stephenson - 9 Gough SquareHe has the rare skill of adapting his manner to perfectly suit the needs of his client.
Ranked: Tier 4
Jeremy Crowther - 9 Gough SquareHe sees the strengths and weaknesses of the most complex case immediately.
Ranked: Tier 5
Adam Dawson - 9 Gough SquareHe is great with clients and fair but firm with opponents.
Ranked: Tier 5
Robert Horner - 9 Gough SquareIntelligent, very client-focused and an eye for detail.
Ranked: Tier 5
Linda Nelson - 9 Gough SquareVery user friendly, approachable and has a good manner with clients.
Ranked: Tier 5
Johnathan Payne - 9 Gough SquareHis standard of client care is truly exceptional.
Ranked: Tier 5

Personal injury - Leading Silks

Andrew Ritchie QC - 9 Gough SquareHe is fantastically astute and absolutely at the top of his field.
Ranked: Tier 1
Grahame Aldous QC - 9 Gough SquareNotable for his clear-thinking and strategic advice. 
Ranked: Tier 3
Jacob Levy QC - 9 Gough SquareNo stone is left uncovered in relation to liability or quantum disputes.
Ranked: Tier 3
John Foy QC - 9 Gough SquareHe has an ability to think outside the initial issues.
Ranked: Tier 4

Police law (defendant) Tier 2

Edwin Buckett - 9 Gough SquareWell known for representing police forces in disciplinary matters.

Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) Tier 2

Grahame Aldous QC - 9 Gough SquareExtremely thorough and has a very good manner with clients.

Clinical negligence Tier 3

9 Gough Square is a 'good set of chambers with a range of strengths' and 'sound medical knowledge'. High-value birth injury, spinal surgery, fertility treatment and sterilisation claims are all areas of expertise for its barristers, who are also experienced in dealing with genetic issues and delayed cancer diagnosis cases. Grahame Aldous QC and Stuart McKechnie QC reached a multi-million pound settlement, following a Court of Appeal decision (EXP v Barker) concerning allegations of bias on the part of experts, on behalf of a district judge who suffered a disabling stroke after a failure to identify and treat a cranial aneurysm.

2018 Silks

Stuart McKechnie QC - 9 Gough SquareAlways one to push the boundaries on difficult quantum matters.
Ranked: Tier 1

2019 Silks

Giles Mooney QC - 9 Gough SquareFantastic on his feet and a master of cross-examination.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Laura Begley - 9 Gough SquareMeticulous attention to detail and extremely good and efficient with clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Perrin Gibbons - 9 Gough SquareShe can convey the issues succinctly and ensures that the client is on board for the entire journey.
Ranked: Tier 4
Christopher Stephenson - 9 Gough SquareHe is tactically astute and very thorough with experts.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Silks

Andrew Ritchie QC - 9 Gough SquareHe gives very clear and robust advice.
Ranked: Tier 4
Grahame Aldous QC - 9 Gough SquareHe is detailed, focussed and gets under the skin of the case.
Ranked: Tier 4
Jacob Levy QC - 9 Gough SquareHe is savvy, conscientious and an excellent choice for complex and high-value work.
Ranked: Tier 5

Court of Protection and community care Tier 3

Edward Lamb - 9 Gough SquareAn always well prepared junior.

Fraud: crime Tier 3

James Thacker - 9 Gough SquareA very robust advocate who knows when to pick his fights.

Crime Tier 3

Claire Harden-Frost - 9 Gough SquareTough and empathetic, which makes her counsel of choice for the most sensitive cases.

Crime Tier 3

James Thacker - 9 Gough SquareA very robust advocate who knows when to pick his fights.

Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) Tier 3

Linda Nelson - 9 Gough SquareShe is a marine specialist; very intelligent, approachable, reliable and quick to grasp the issues.

Crime Tier 3

Emily Verity - 9 Gough SquareHer advice is always thorough and valuable.

Children law (including public and private law) Tier 4

9 Gough Square is 'a hardworking set' with 'an excellent choice of barristers and pupils who understand the demands of public law work' and 'provide consistently good results and advice'. Members routinely advise on a myriad of issues from radicalisation through to sexual abuse cases. In addition, they represent parents in disputes over children arrangements.

Leading Juniors

Tim Parker - 9 Gough SquareA brilliant advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Tara Vindis - 9 Gough SquareAn experienced advocate.
Ranked: Tier 4
Esther MacLachlan - 9 Gough SquareA highly rated junior.
Ranked: Tier 4
Oliver Millington - 9 Gough SquareA fantastic litigator, he is reliable, presents cases very clearly, and has excellent client skills.
Ranked: Tier 4

Fraud: crime Tier 4

Eleanor Mawrey - 9 Gough SquareShe is a focused and determined junior.

Fraud: crime Tier 4

Gareth Munday - 9 Gough SquareAn always decisive junior.

Health and safety Tier 4

Claire Harden-Frost - 9 Gough SquareHer calm demeanour and natural authority make her a formidable opponent.

Set overviews: England and Wales

9 Gough Square has ‘successfully attracted barristers who are exceptionally good and yet truly approachable’. The set is well recognised for personal injury work and have a varied mixture of experience – both claimant and defendant – has several clinic negligence experts, and has ‘a good selection of criminal practitioners at all levels’. In recent news, Jacob Levy has assumed the role of head of chambers, Giles Mooney took silk in 2019, and Max Melsa joined from 2 Dr Johnson’s Buildings. The overall ethos of the set extends into ‘the most proficient clerking team in the business’. Director of clerking and business development Michael Goodridge is ‘an absolute asset to chambers’ as he ‘encompasses all the qualities that other sets’ senior clerks seemingly lack – he truly stands apart as a moderniser; he is also the most capable of all the senior clerks, and appreciates the commercial matrix facing the firms who instruct the set’. A ‘rising star’, executive civil clerk Ellie Brand is ‘really carving out a great reputation’ for herself for being ‘hardworking and organised’. ‘Excellent’ junior executive civil clerk Philip Austin has arrived from 12 King's Bench Walk. Gordon Walters is the new director of operations following the departure of John Irving and consultant clerk Garry Farrow has left chambers after 43 years of service. Offices in: London

9 Gough Square is a leading common law set based in London but appearing in courts throughout England and Wales and abroad. The key practice areas are personal injury, clinical negligence, professional negligence, fraud and serious crime, family, police law, professional disciplinary proceedings and commercial litigation.

The set: The set consists of 74 members, including eight silks. Its clinical negligence and personal injury specialists take active involvement in the Personal Injuries Bar Association and APIL, and appear in very high-profile cases, for instance Corr v IBC, Simmons v Castle, Gosling v Screwfix and EXP v Barker. Members of chambers have also been involved with many successful multimillion-pound claims in the last 12 months. They are involved in editing the leading text books in personal injuries including Kemp & Kemp on Quantum and publish their own range of clinical negligence and personal injuries books. The family team has published a book focusing on the Public Law Outline, with a second edition released in 2015.

9 Gough Square’s solicitor clients include many of the highest profile specialised personal injury and clinical negligence firms in England and Wales, local authorities, the government legal department, the Serious Fraud Office, HMRC, police solicitors and the Crown Prosecution Service.

Its barristers deliver advice and advocacy in a professional and approachable manner that fits well with professional clients’ objectives and provide in-house and external CPD training to solicitors around England and Wales.

Alongside dedication to client service and a friendly and proactive approach, there are several areas that make this set unique; the set has continued to embrace change in the provision of criminal court advocacy by successfully building up a highly respected serious fraud practice with success in high-profile cases such as SFO LIBOR prosecutions; the set has a large number of senior and mid-level juniors with leading quality practices.

Types of work undertaken: The largest group specialises in personal injury and clinical negligence. Leaders and senior juniors appear regularly in ground-breaking cases. The members mainly represent injured claimants, but some do a high volume of defendant work. This team is arranged into special interest sub-groups covering abuse claims, Animals Act, asbestos disease work, catastrophic injuries, CICA, Court of Protection, costs, employers’ liability, industrial disease, marine accidents, MIB, occupiers’ liability, product liability, road traffic accidents, travel and foreign claims, and sports law. The set publishes a series of PI books including: asbestos claims, clinical negligence claims, manual handling claims, workplace accident claims and work accidents at sea.

Complex fraud work is undertaken by the criminal team for the SFO, the FCA, BERR and the CPS Fraud Unit. Criminal work also covers terrorism, murder, violent and sexual offences with an emphasis on prosecution work for most London Crown Prosecution offices. In addition, a number of members of the criminal team are regularly in the High Court in judicial review cases such as Denby-Collins (the human rights challenge to burglars being killed by homeowners), as well as appearing in the Supreme Court of Appeal on matters of general public importance such as R v Hunter & ors.

The family team has 24 members and is particularly popular with local government solicitors, having preferred set status with most Greater London authorities. Members are instructed in high-profile non-accidental injury, sexual abuse cases and appear in all types of public law children cases, including applications for judicial review. Meanwhile the team has a flourishing private client practice in financial remedies, trust for land claims, contact and residence disputes, and removals from the jurisdiction.

The highly regarded specialist police law practitioners are involved in civil actions against the police, inquests (such as the Diana Princess of Wales inquest), and every type of police-led application, disciplinary proceedings, firearms and liquor licensing.

The commercial and property group has expertise ranging from general commercial contract litigation and arbitration, to sale of goods, consumer credit and leasing agreements, property work and insurance law. The professional negligence group focuses on solicitors’, surveyors’ and accountants’ negligence. The highly regarded employment and discrimination law team represents employees and employers in tribunals all around England and Wales.

Department Name Email Telephone
Director of Operations Gordon Walters
Head of Chambers LEVY QC, Jacob (1986)
Member of Chambers FOY QC, John (1969)
Member of Chambers BAILLIE QC, Andrew (1970)
Member of Chambers ALDOUS QC, Grahame (1979)
Member of Chambers RITCHIE QC, Andrew (1985)
Member of Chambers LITTLE QC, Tom (1997)
Member of Chambers McKECHNIE QC, Stuart (1997)
Member of Chambers MOONEY QC, Giles (1998)
Member of Chambers WILSON, Christopher (1980)
Member of Chambers PINFOLD, Martin (1981)
Member of Chambers HILLIER, Nicolas (1982)
Member of Chambers HIORNS, Roger (1983)
Member of Chambers NAIK, Gaurang (1985)
Member of Chambers WILLIAMS, Vincent (1985)
Member of Chambers BUCKETT, Edwin (1988)
Member of Chambers HOLMES-MILNER, James (1989)
Member of Chambers GLYNN, Stephen (1990)
Member of Chambers KATRAK, Cyrus (1991)
Member of Chambers CROWTHER, Jeremy (1991)
Member of Chambers BEGLEY, Laura (1993)
Member of Chambers STEPHENSON, Christopher (1994)
Member of Chambers PARKER, Timothy (1995)
Member of Chambers ELFIELD, Laura (1996)
Member of Chambers FORD, Jeremy (1996)
Member of Chambers VINDIS, Tara (1996)
Member of Chambers BUTLER, Simon (1996)
Member of Chambers PAYNE, Jonathan (1997)
Member of Chambers MCCRACKEN, Jamie (1998)
Member of Chambers GIBBONS, Perrin (1998)
Member of Chambers BRINDLE, Simon (1998)
Member of Chambers BARRAN, Tabitha (1998)
Member of Chambers HORNER, Robert (1999)
Member of Chambers DAWSON, Adam (2000)
Member of Chambers NELSON, Linda (2000)
Member of Chambers SHARGHY, Shahram (2000)
Member of Chambers HARDEN-FROST, Claire (2000)
Member of Chambers MUNDAY, Gareth (2000)
Member of Chambers TAUSSIG, Gurion (2001)
Member of Chambers MAWREY, Eleanor (2001)
Member of Chambers THACKER, James (2001)
Member of Chambers HARTSHORN, Sabrina (2001)
Member of Chambers TREGIDGO, Marc (2002)
Member of Chambers McALLISTER, Robert (2002)
Member of Chambers POUNDER, Esther (2003)
Member of Chambers MILLINGTON, Oliver (2003)
Member of Chambers RIMMER, Hugh (2003)
Member of Chambers VERITY, Emily (2003)
Member of Chambers STAMP, Abigail (2004)
Member of Chambers MACLACHLAN, Esther (2005)
Member of Chambers HOGARTH, Alastair (2005)
Member of Chambers NEWCOMB, Jennifer (2006)
Member of Chambers LAMB, Edward (2006)
Member of Chambers BYRNE, James (2006)
Member of Chambers ATKINSON, Catherine (2006)
Member of Chambers RODGERS, Ben (2007)
Member of Chambers OBORNE, Jennifer
Member of Chambers DYKE, Thom (2007)
Member of Chambers LAMONT, Kate (2007)
Member of Chambers RESTALL, Tom (2007)
Member of Chambers BUMPUS, Laura (2008)
Member of Chambers TIBBITTS, Holly (2010)
Member of Chambers ZURAWEL, Ben (2010)
Member of Chambers RAINSBURY, Tom (2010)
Member of Chambers DEAN, William (2011)
Member of Chambers HUNWICK, Sarah (2011)
Member of Chambers POOLEY, Helen (2012)
Member of Chambers COLEMAN, Kieran (2012)
Member of Chambers PARTOS, Natasha (2012)
Member of Chambers SCHMITT, John (2013)
Member of Chambers HIBBERD, Laura (2013)
Member of Chambers STEVENS, Elizabeth (2015)
Member of Chambers JONES, Thomas (2015)
Member of Chambers MUFTI, Kyah (2016)
Member of Chambers RICHARDS, Jake (2017)
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Mr Grahame Aldous QC photo Mr Grahame Aldous QC
Ms Catherine Atkinson  photo Ms Catherine Atkinson
Mr Andrew Baillie QC photo Mr Andrew Baillie QC
Mr Tabitha Barran  photo Mr Tabitha Barran
Ms Laura Begley  photo Ms Laura Begley
Mr Simon Brindle  photo Mr Simon Brindle
Mr Edwin Buckett  photo Mr Edwin Buckett
Mr Adam Dawson  photo Mr Adam Dawson
Mr Jeremy Ford  photo Mr Jeremy Ford
Mr John Foy  photo Mr John Foy
Mr Perrin Gibbons  photo Mr Perrin Gibbons
Ms Sabrina Hartshorn  photo Ms Sabrina Hartshorn
Mr Nicolas Hillier  photo Mr Nicolas Hillier
Mr James Holmes-milner  photo Mr James Holmes-milner
Mr Rob Horner  photo Mr Rob Horner
Mr Sarah Hunwick  photo Mr Sarah Hunwick
Mr Kate Lamont  photo Mr Kate Lamont
Mr Jacob Levy QC photo Mr Jacob Levy QC
Mr Tom Little QC photo Mr Tom Little QC
Mr Stuart Mckechnie QC photo Mr Stuart Mckechnie QC
Mr Oliver Millington  photo Mr Oliver Millington
Mr Giles Mooney QC photo Mr Giles Mooney QC
Mr Linda Nelson  photo Mr Linda Nelson
Mr Jennifer Newcomb  photo Mr Jennifer Newcomb
Mr Tim Parker  photo Mr Tim Parker
Mr Esther Pounder  photo Mr Esther Pounder
Mr Andrew Ritchie QC photo Mr Andrew Ritchie QC
Ms Abigail Stamp  photo Ms Abigail Stamp
Mr Christopher Stephenson  photo Mr Christopher Stephenson
Mr James Thacker QC photo Mr James Thacker QC
Ms Emily Verity  photo Ms Emily Verity
Ms Tara Vindis  photo Ms Tara Vindis
Mr Vincent Williams  photo Mr Vincent Williams
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