Set Profile > Chambers of Kevin de Haan QC and Jonathan Goulding > London, England

Chambers of Kevin de Haan QC and Jonathan Goulding
Gough Square Chambers

Consumer Tier 1

Gough Square Chambers is 'excellent on all aspects of consumer law and food safety' and is also considered a 'go-to chambers' for consumer credit and regulatory issues. In recent work, Jonathan Kirk QC acted as an expert witness on UK consumer law in California class action In Re: Apple Inc. Device Performance Litigation. Elsewhere, Kate Urell represented Santander in Djurburg v Santander, a claim arising from a credit referencing issue, while Iain Macdonald and Anna Medvinskaia acted for the Civil Aviation Authority in a judicial review brought by Jet2 in relation to published correspondence concerning the airline’s decision not to participate in voluntary ADR schemes.

Leading Silks

Jonathan Kirk QC - Gough Square ChambersA superb barrister.
Ranked: Tier 1
Kevin de Haan QC - Gough Square ChambersExperienced in a broad range of consumer law issues at national and European levels.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Iain Macdonald - Gough Square ChambersHugely intelligent; a great advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Fred Philpott - Gough Square ChambersExceptional. He knows it all when it comes to consumer law.
Ranked: Tier 1
Simon Popplewell - Gough Square ChambersExtremely knowledgeable on consumer credit regulation.
Ranked: Tier 1
Cameron Crowe - Gough Square ChambersHe has considerable experience in this area.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jonathan Goulding - Gough Square ChambersDetailed, methodical and very well prepared.
Ranked: Tier 2
Kate Urell - Gough Square ChambersCommercial, practical, proactive and collaborative.
Ranked: Tier 2
Claire Andrews - Gough Square ChambersShe has extensive knowledge and drafting skills.
Ranked: Tier 3
Daniel Brayley - Gough Square ChambersRecommended for his excellent manner with clients and eloquent advocacy.
Ranked: Tier 3
Anna Medvinskaia - Gough Square ChambersA very able consumer law barrister.
Ranked: Tier 3
Bradley Say - Gough Square ChambersExtremely approachable and knowledgeable in the field of consumer credit.
Ranked: Tier 3

Licensing Tier 1

Leading Silks

Kevin de Haan QC - Gough Square ChambersHe is extremely accessible and demystifies a complex and evolving area of law.
Ranked: Tier 1

Financial services regulation Tier 2

Gough Square Chambers has 'a strong reputation for banking disputes with a regulatory focus – clients do not need to be persuaded to instruct counsel from this set', say solicitors. Recently, members such as Thomas Samuels  were involved in R (Berkeley Burke SIPP Administration Ltd) v Financial Ombudsman Service Ltd & Others. Simon Popplewell represented Fortwell Finance in  Halstead v Fortwell Finance Ltd which went to the Court of Appeal.

Leading Juniors

Ruth Bala - Gough Square ChambersHer control of the law and facts means she calmly holds her own against overbearing opponents.
Ranked: Tier 2
Iain MacDonald - Gough Square ChambersA highly intelligent, thoughtful and extremely able lawyer who always adds value.
Ranked: Tier 2
Fred Philpott - Gough Square ChambersExtremely knowledgeable and experienced.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Ross - Gough Square ChambersA go-to for banking disputes with a regulatory focus.
Ranked: Tier 2
Stephen Neville - Gough Square ChambersVery responsive, extensive expertise in the area, pragmatic and very good at helping to understand risk levels.
Ranked: Tier 3
Simon Popplewell - Gough Square ChambersVery responsive, his opinions are clear and accessible both to lawyers and business people.
Ranked: Tier 3
Thomas Samuels - Gough Square ChambersVery intelligent and hardworking junior, blessed with good judgement.
Ranked: Tier 3
Kate Urell - Gough Square ChambersExtremely commercial and practical and really proactive and collaborative.
Ranked: Tier 3

Banking and finance (including consumer credit) Tier 4

Gough Square Chambers offers 'deep knowledge across the set as a whole' and is 'excellent in consumer finance affairs', according to sources, who note how chambers fields a selection of 'hugely experienced barristers who have seen it all'. The set's members, including Fred Philpott and Ruth Bala, have been involved in the defence of several significant group actions, including payday lender claims. In Various v Shawbrook Bank Ltd, a case which concerns the mis-selling of solar panel systems, Iain Macdonald and Thomas Samuels are among four members representing the defendants.

Leading Juniors

Ruth Bala - Gough Square ChambersHas a great knack for translating hugely complex material and law into advice clients understand and act upon.
Ranked: Tier 2
Iain MacDonald - Gough Square ChambersHe is diligent, on top of the detail and commercial in his advice, and also an impressive advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Fred Philpott - Gough Square ChambersVery fast at assimilating and analysing information, and excellent at legal interpretation.
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Popplewell - Gough Square ChambersGives practical advice with excellent legal reasoning and background knowledge.
Ranked: Tier 2
Stephen Neville - Gough Square ChambersExceptionally knowledgeable on the complexities of consumer credit regulation.
Ranked: Tier 3
James Ross - Gough Square ChambersHe is very user friendly and has a great knowledge of the regulatory framework.
Ranked: Tier 3
Thomas Samuels - Gough Square ChambersHe is a strong advocate and has dealt spontaneously with issues as they occur whilst in court.
Ranked: Tier 4

Set overviews: England and Wales

Gough Square Chambers is the ‘dominant’ set for consumer, food, and trading standards matters but it also has ‘a strong reputation for banking disputes with a regulatory focus, where they have a strength in depth – clients do not need to be persuaded to instruct counsel from this set’. Members ‘provide proper and cost-effective expertise’. Senior clerk Bob Weekes and first junior Richard Bryant lead ‘a responsive and informed clerks’ room and brings great experience’. Second junior Jack Bradshaw is ‘an excellent junior clerk. Very efficient and responsive’. Offices in: London


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
 Ruth Bala  photo Ruth Bala
 Julian Gun Cuninghame  photo Julian Gun Cuninghame
 Robin Kingham  photo Robin Kingham
 Anna Medvinskaia  photo Anna Medvinskaia
 Stephen Neville  photo Stephen Neville
Mr Simon Popplewell photo Mr Simon Popplewell
 James Ross  photo James Ross
Mr Bradley Say  photo Mr Bradley Say
 Kate Urell  photo Kate Urell