Set Profile > Gough Square Chambers > London, England

Chambers of Kevin de Haan QC and Jonathan Goulding
Gough Square Chambers
6-7 GOUGH SQUARE
LONDON
EC4A 3DE
England

London Bar > Consumer Tier 1

Gough Square Chambers 'offers an unrivalled strength in depth in this area' with members covering all areas of consumer law at both silk and junior level. Among its recent highlight cases, Jonathan Kirk QC led Iain MacDonald in acting for Tesco in Tesco Stores Limited v Birmingham City Council, Birmingham Magistrates’ Court, a landmark food law case regarding labelling of use-by dates. Anna Medvinskaia has also acted for a supermarket in a case of a similar subject matter. Covid-19 inevitably impacted the market and in related work, Julian Gun Cuninghame's counsel to the Marshall family in Arkin v Marshall was the lead case on the coronavirus possession stay when it went before the Court of Appeal.

Leading Silks

Jonathan Kirk QC - Gough Square ChambersAn outstanding advocate who can distil the most complex of cases to something so straightforward.
Ranked: Tier 1
Kevin de Haan QC - Gough Square ChambersVery strong on gambling regulation and European law, he is creative and user-friendly.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Jonathan Goulding - Gough Square ChambersHighly experienced, knowledgeable and adds great value to every case he is involved in.
Ranked: Tier 1
Iain Macdonald - Gough Square ChambersA calm and down-to-earth advocate with a measured style which has gravitas and persuasion.
Ranked: Tier 1
Fred Philpott - Gough Square ChambersStill a top class operator in the consumer field.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Cameron Crowe - Gough Square ChambersCameron has a thorough understanding of the complexities and technicalities of the practice area as well as being able to apply the law in a commercial and pragmatic fashion.
Ranked: Tier 2
Kate Urell - Gough Square ChambersAn excellent and tenacious advocate highly respected within the industry.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Daniel Brayley - Gough Square ChambersDaniel has as a very good knowledge of all aspects of consumer protection law and he gives high quality, pragmatic legal advice.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Lee Finch - Gough Square ChambersExtremely measured, Lee speaks with authority in this area of law.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Anna Medvinskaia - Gough Square ChambersTenacious, diligent and gets great results.
Ranked: Tier 3
Bradley Say - Gough Square ChambersA formidable and convincing advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

Undoubtedly the best set for consumer work.

Have long been one of the strongest sets on the consumer law front and thoroughly deserving of their reputation. Their slightly traditional approach is actually a strength.

Gough Square Chambers is the best set for consumer law. Every barrister is a genuine expert in the field. They offer an unrivalled strength in depth in this area.

Not sure there are any better sets for consumer and consumer credit work.

Very strong on trading law and food safety.

Clerking

Bob Weekes leads a reliably professional clerks’ room and is ably supported by Richard Bryant and Jack Bradshaw.

Bob Weekes is always responsive and brings vast experience to a professional clerk’s room.

The clerks and the service they provide is excellent and well organised. In particular I have had regular dealings with Jack Bradshaw who I have found to be extremely helpful and accommodating.

The clerks will always endeavour to accommodate and Jack Bradshaw is an outstanding, attentive second clerk.

A proper old school personal touch and desire to form long term relationships with instructing solicitors.

London Bar > Financial services regulation Tier 2

Gough Square Chambers is 'a clear leader in the area of financial services'. Members assist banks and financial services providers with a range of contentious and non-contentious work. Recently Jonathan Kirk QC, Fred Philpott and Kate Urell appeared for various parties in different stages of CFL Finance Ltd v Bass, Gertner & Others, which concerns if a Tomlin order requiring payments in installments was a regulated credit agreement under the Consumer Credit Act 1974; the matter reached the Court of Appeal. Simon Popplewell has a solid track record in handling cases concerning FCA challenges.

Leading Silks

Jonathan Kirk QC - Gough Square ChambersAn outstanding advocate with a great eye for detail.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Fred Philpott - Gough Square ChambersFred's knowledge of this subject is second to none, and he manages to present it to clients in a straightforward, manageable way.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Iain MacDonald - Gough Square ChambersHe gets to the heart of the issue and is very practical and pragmatic.
Ranked: Tier 2
Stephen Neville - Gough Square ChambersHe is responsive and pragmatic. A master of his subject matter.
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Popplewell - Gough Square ChambersHe has an exceptional grasp of the law, and provides sound and pragmatic advice that always meets our clients' needs.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Ross - Gough Square ChambersA highly regarded junior for financial services' matters.
Ranked: Tier 2
Kate Urell - Gough Square ChambersShe is tenacious, and has sharp advocacy skills married with unrivalled attention to detail.
Ranked: Tier 2
Daniel Brayley - Gough Square ChambersHe is conscientious, hard working, and a great team player.
Ranked: Tier 3
Thomas Samuels - Gough Square ChambersA junior with a methodical eye for detail.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘Gough Square is an excellent set, with lots of barristers who are able to provide good quality advice and advocacy in this area. The clerks are amazing, especially Bob Weekes. If counsel is unavailable they are always able to find an alternative. Very high quality of service.’

‘Fabulous client focused chambers.’

‘A clear leader in the area of financial services.’

Clerking

‘The clerks will always endeavour to accommodate and Jack Bradshaw is an outstanding, attentive second clerk.’

‘The are superb. They are responsive with a quick turnaround and extremely flexible to work to meet with our clients expectations and approach.’

‘Easy to deal with and responsive.’

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit) Tier 3

Gough Square Chambers 'are specialists in consumer law and have a number of extremely skilled barristers with varying post call years. There is always someone available and turnaround times for advice are impressive.' The set's relatively small size gives it an edge in terms of customer service. Some of the set's juniors such as Fred Philpott have silk-like status in the consumer credit market - he recently led Lee Finch in CFL v Gertner before the Court of Appeal, a claim concerning the question of whether the schedule to a Tomlin Order might constitute a regulated credit agreement. Other leading individuals include Iain MacDonald who represented the defendant in Milne v Open Access Finance Ltd, a dispute about the scope of liability of a peer-to-peer lending platform. Simon Popplewell also had a significant role for Bank of Scotland in Various SAM Borrowers v BOS (Shared Appreciation Mortgages) No 1 PLC & others, involving a challenge to shared appreciation mortgages.

Leading Juniors

Iain MacDonald - Gough Square ChambersHe gets to the heart of the issue and is very practical and pragmatic.
Ranked: Tier 2
Stephen Neville - Gough Square ChambersHe is very approachable, quick and penetrating intellectually, agile and flexible as well as client-focussed. His understanding of consumer credit law as well as ability to make it work practically is second to none.
Ranked: Tier 2
Fred Philpott - Gough Square ChambersAn industry authority on consumer credit.
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Popplewell - Gough Square ChambersHis knowledge of consumer credit law is exceptional and solicitors have been very impressed with his ability to synthesize answers and solutions which take into account the client's needs quickly and effectively.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ruth Bala - Gough Square ChambersA very busy junior on PPI cases acting for lenders.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Ross - Gough Square ChambersHighly regarded in this area.
Ranked: Tier 3
Thomas Samuels - Gough Square ChambersSupportive of junior lawyers and generous with his time. He is able to explain extremely complex legal points in straightforward language which clients are able to digest easily.
Ranked: Tier 3
Kate Urell - Gough Square ChambersAn excellent and tenacious advocate highly respected within the industry. She has sharp advocacy skills married with an unrivalled attention to detail that you will only find in her advice.
Ranked: Tier 3
Lee Finch - Gough Square ChambersExtremely measured but at the same time not afraid to stand up and set things right. A great ability and willingness to advise off the cuff and in conference directly with lay clients. Rarely flustered and absolutely a rising star in the field.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

‘They are the leaders in relation to consumer finance and related matters.’

‘Fabulous client focused chambers.’

‘Very user friendly and cooperative. They are my “go to” set for any and all Consumer Credit queries.’

‘Will bend over backwards to help out where necessary. The leading small set on consumer credit and financial mis-selling.’

‘The set as a whole is knowledgeable about financial services regulation and banking litigation and are good value for money. They offer a good range of training programmes which are easy to digest.’

Clerking

‘The clerks will always endeavour to accommodate and Jack Bradshaw is an outstanding, attentive second clerk.’

‘The clerks are very knowledgeable in consumer credit regulation and have been with Gough Square for a significant period. They know the subject matter and can proactively suggest and recommend which Counsel may be best to work on a matter.’

‘Bob Weekes is extremely helpful and responsive.’

‘The clerks are very responsive and friendly. They will go out of their way to assist. Jack Bradshaw always replies to instructing solicitors promptly and is very helpful.’

‘They are superb. They are always at reach and responsive with a quick turnaround and extremely flexible to work to meet with our clients expectations and approach.’

 

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: Chambers’ 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.

Chambers’ 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.

 

Department Name Email Telephone
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
Photo Name Position Profile
 Claire Andrews  photo Claire Andrews Barrister and ADR practitioner specialising in consumer and regulatory law with a…
 Ruth Bala  photo Ruth Bala Ruth has built up a specialist practice in regulated lending, retail banking…
 Daniel Brayley photo Daniel Brayley Daniel accepts instructions for advisory, drafting and court work in all of…
 Lee Finch  photo Lee Finch Barrister specialising in financial services, consumer and regulatory law. Lee has specific…
 Sabrina Goodchild  photo Sabrina Goodchild Barrister specialising in financial services, general regulatory/consumer law and regulatory crime.  Contributing editor…
 Julian Gun Cuninghame  photo Julian Gun Cuninghame Barrister specialising in banking, consumer credit, property, professional negligence and disciplinary; employment. Julian acts…
 Josephine Hayes  photo Josephine Hayes Barrister specialising in property litigation and general Chancery. Represents and advises both…
 Robin Kingham  photo Robin Kingham Specialist regulatory barrister with particular experience of consumer credit, regulated lending, financial…
 Anna Medvinskaia  photo Anna Medvinskaia Anna practises in all areas of consumer and regulatory law.
 Stephen Neville  photo Stephen Neville Stephen Neville has specialised in Financial Services Law for over 25 years.He…
Mr Simon Popplewell photo Mr Simon Popplewell Barrister specialising in consumer credit, financial services, consumer and regulatory law.
 James Ross  photo James Ross Barrister specialising in financial services, consumer credit, consumer and regulatory law. James…
 Thomas Samuels  photo Thomas Samuels Thomas is a financial services and consumer/regulatory law specialist. His clients include…
Mr Bradley Say  photo Mr Bradley Say Barrister specialising in consumer and regulatory law with a bias towards consumer…
 Kate Urell  photo Kate Urell Barrister specialising in consumer and regulatory law, in particular financial services.