Set Profile > Gough Square Chambers > London, England
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Gough Square Chambers
6-7 GOUGH SQUARE
Gough Square Chambers > The Legal 500 Rankings
Consumer Tier 1
A true specialist set, covering all areas of consumer law, Gough Square Chambers has vast expertise in both civil and criminal matters. Consumer credit, financial services, consumer protection and regulatory are the main areas of instruction. Jonathan Kirk QC and Iain Macdonald acted for Tesco in Tesco Stores Limited v Birmingham City Council in a dispute around the use-by date labelling under EU regulation. Jonathan Goulding has been advising on online sales practices, while Cameron Crowe is noted for trading standards offences. Kevin De Haan QC has long-standing expertise in matters relating to pharmaceutical product safety, as well as Fintech and cryptocurrencies.
Gough Square Chambers is a 'very good set for complex regulatory issues' and 'financial services regulated lending work'. This includes high-end advisory support, as well as contentious dealings with the financial regulators. Stephen Neville is active on the non-contentious side and advised Aldermore Bank on the £380m MotoNovo Securitisation of car finance hire purchase agreements. On the disputes side Jonathan Kirk QC and Thomas Samuels represented the self-invested pension plan administrator in R (Berkeley Burke SIPP Administration Ltd) v FOS, FCA and Charlton, which went to the Court of Appeal. Fred Philpott and Kate Urell were also involved in CFL Finance Ltd v Bass.
Gough Square Chambers is 'excellent for any consumer credit or mortgage regulatory advice' and clients appreciate its 'perfect balance of seniors and juniors'. Clients also credit 'a real sense of team in chambers', and the fact that more senior members such as Fred Philpott 'has helped pass the baton to junior members where appropriate'. Notable case highlights include Kerrigan & Ors v Elevate Credit, in which Ruth Bala acted for the defendant, and Milne v Open Access Finance Ltd where Iain MacDonald also represented the defendant. Thomas Samuels also achieved a successful result for the defendant in Promontoria (Henrico) Ltd v Samra.
Bob Weekes (Senior Clerk); Richard Bryant (First Clerk); Jack Bradshaw (Second Clerk); Evan Lloyd (Junior Clerk)
Excellent service from the clerks, in particular Jack Bradshaw and Bob Weekes.
Gough Square is a go to set for consumer credit act disputes and they have solid strength in depth of resource in this arena.
Gough Square is an excellent point for any consumer credit or mortgage regulatory advice. They have a number of excellent barristers, across varying levels of experience.
I have worked with this Set for more than 20 years and am always surprised by the level of expertise that constantly emerges. Without doubt, they remain at the top of their field. I always recommend them.
I would not hesitate to instruct any member of the set as their reputation precedes them.
The Service has used a number of barristers from the set down to more junior members to assist with investigations and disclosure. All have been of a very high calibre.
Very good set for complex regulatory issues.
Gough Square Chambers > Set Profile
This set provides specialist advice and representation in all aspects of consumer, regulatory and finance law and offers expertise in additional areas in the commercial business field.
The set: The set has a progressive approach to its work and aims to provide a friendly and flexible service at competitive rates. Members are responsive to the needs of business and are ready to give advice at short notice as required.
Clients include City, regional and company solicitors acting for banks, building societies, finance houses and other lenders, as well as leading supermarkets, retailers and manufacturers, cosmetics companies, and distributors. Chambers is also happy to accept instructions by direct professional access.
Chambers publishes a free quarterly Trading Law Bulletin detailing recent legal developments (which can be sent to those interested on request) and the Consumer and Trading Law Reports, in six parts per year. Seminars and conferences on consumer law are also given.
Types of work undertaken: Chambersâ expertise in consumer law results in members advising and representing clients in relation to consumer credit, secured lending, timeshare and package holidays, trading schemes and franchising, food safety, trade descriptions, pricing, advertising and marketing, sale and supply contracts, unfair contract terms, weights and measures, data protection, health and safety, environmental pollution, product safety, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.
Individual members of chambers also have expertise in a number of other areas, including banking, sale of goods, commercial contracts, company and partnership, landlord and tenant, employment, trusts, pension schemes, insolvency and professional negligence.
Chambersâ consumer work spans the full range of both the civil and criminal tribunals. Whilst chambers handles the day-to-day litigation encountered in these areas of law, it is also involved in advising business clients more specifically, including due diligence on acquisitions, how to conduct their business so that they can obtain and keep any necessary licences, how to ensure the enforceability of contracts, and how to avoid or handle the attention of regulatory authorities (such as environmental health officers, trading standards departments and the Financial Conduct Authority). For example, chambers has particular experience appearing in consumer credit licensing matters. This consumer work can also involve advising clients on the drafting of consumer contracts, notices, policy documents, procedure manuals and advising whether or not advertising and sales techniques are legitimate.
Members of chambers also regularly act for and advise central and local government enforcement agencies.
|Senior clerk||Bob Weekes|
|Members of Chambers||DE HAAN QC, Kevin (2000)|
|Members of Chambers||KIRK QC, Jonathan (1995)|
|Members of Chambers||PHILPOTT, Fred (1974)|
|Members of Chambers||SAYER, Peter (1975)*|
|Members of Chambers||ANDREWS, Claire (1979)|
|Members of Chambers||HAYES, Josephine (1980)|
|Members of Chambers||BARNETT, Jeremy (1980)|
|Members of Chambers||GOULDING, Jonathan (1984)|
|Members of Chambers||NEVILLE, Stephen (1986)|
|Members of Chambers||GUN CUNINGHAME, Julian (1989)|
|Members of Chambers||SAY, Bradley (1993)|
|Members of Chambers||CLEGG, Sebastian (1994)|
|Members of Chambers||SPICER, Jo (1995)|
|Members of Chambers||MACDONALD, Iain (1996)|
|Members of Chambers||POPPLEWELL, Simon (2000)|
|Members of Chambers||CROWE, Cameron (2002)|
|Members of Chambers||URELL, Kate (2002)|
|Members of Chambers||REYNOLDS, Lee (2002)|
|Members of Chambers||GREENWOOD, Alex (2002)|
|Members of Chambers||HOWELLS, Prof Geraint (2002)*|
|Members of Chambers||LAMBERT, Alison (2005)|
|Members of Chambers||ROSS, James (2006)|
|Members of Chambers||BALA, Ruth (2006)|
|Members of Chambers||ROBERTS, Richard (2006)|
|Members of Chambers||MEDVINSKAIA, Anna (2008)|
|Members of Chambers||SAMUELS, Thomas (2009)|
|Members of Chambers||FINCH, Lee (2010)|
|Members of Chambers||BRAYLEY, Daniel (2011)|
|Members of Chambers||COLEY, Michael (2011)|
|Members of Chambers||KINGHAM, Robin (2013)|
|Members of Chambers||GOODCHILD, Sabrina (2017)|
|Members of Chambers||LEWIN (MBE), Brian*|
|Members of Chambers||* Non-practising door tenants|
|Claire Andrews||Barrister and ADR practitioner specialising in consumer and regulatory law with a…||View Profile|
|Ruth Bala||Ruth has built up a specialist practice in regulated lending, retail banking…||View Profile|
|Daniel Brayley||Daniel accepts instructions for advisory, drafting and court work in all of…||View Profile|
|Lee Finch||Barrister specialising in financial services, consumer and regulatory law. Lee has specific…||View Profile|
|Sabrina Goodchild||Barrister specialising in financial services, general regulatory/consumer law and regulatory crime. Contributing editor…||View Profile|
|Julian Gun Cuninghame||Barrister specialising in banking, consumer credit, property, professional negligence and disciplinary; employment. Julian acts…||View Profile|
|Josephine Hayes||Barrister specialising in property litigation and general Chancery. Represents and advises both…||View Profile|
|Robin Kingham||Specialist regulatory barrister with particular experience of consumer credit, regulated lending, financial…||View Profile|
|Anna Medvinskaia||Anna practises in all areas of consumer and regulatory law.||View Profile|
|Stephen Neville||Stephen Neville has specialised in Financial Services Law for over 25 years.He…||View Profile|
|Simon Popplewell||Barrister specialising in consumer credit, financial services, consumer and regulatory law.||View Profile|
|James Ross||Barrister specialising in financial services, consumer credit, consumer and regulatory law. James…||View Profile|
|Thomas Samuels||Thomas is a financial services and consumer/regulatory law specialist. His clients include…||View Profile|
|Mr Bradley Say||Barrister specialising in consumer and regulatory law with a bias towards consumer…||View Profile|
|Kate Urell||Barrister specialising in consumer and regulatory law, in particular financial services.||View Profile|