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Chambers of Jacob Levy QC

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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 70 members, including five QCs. 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.

Above material supplied by 9 Gough Square (Chambers of Jacob Levy QC).

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