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Chambers of Kevin de Haan QC and Jonathan Goulding

6-7 GOUGH SQUARE, LONDON, EC4A 3DE, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7353 0924
Fax:
Fax 020 7353 2221
DX:
476 LONDON CHANCERY LANE WC2
Email:
Web:
www.goughsq.co.uk

London Bar

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

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Banking and finance (including consumer credit)
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) - Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

Gough Square Chambers

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

Fred Philpott - Gough Square ChambersVery fast at assimilating and analysing information, and excellent at legal interpretation.

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

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

Simon Popplewell - Gough Square ChambersGives practical advice with excellent legal reasoning and background knowledge.

Ranked: tier 2

James Ross - Gough Square ChambersHe is very user friendly and has a great knowledge of the regulatory framework.

Ranked: tier 3

Stephen Neville - Gough Square ChambersExceptionally knowledgeable on the complexities of consumer credit regulation.

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

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Consumer
Consumer - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Gough Square Chambers

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

Fred Philpott - Gough Square ChambersExceptional. He knows it all when it comes to consumer law.

Ranked: tier 1

Iain Macdonald - Gough Square ChambersHugely intelligent; a great advocate.

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

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

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

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Financial services regulation
Financial services regulation - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Gough Square Chambers

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

Fred Philpott - Gough Square ChambersExtremely knowledgeable and experienced.

Ranked: tier 2

Iain MacDonald - Gough Square ChambersA highly intelligent, thoughtful and extremely able lawyer who always adds value.

Ranked: tier 2

James Ross - Gough Square ChambersA go-to for banking disputes with a regulatory focus.

Ranked: tier 2

Ruth Bala - Gough Square ChambersHer control of the law and facts means she calmly holds her own against overbearing opponents.

Ranked: tier 2

Kate Urell - Gough Square ChambersExtremely commercial and practical and really proactive and collaborative.

Ranked: tier 3

Simon Popplewell - Gough Square ChambersVery responsive, his opinions are clear and accessible both to lawyers and business people.

Ranked: tier 3

Stephen Neville - Gough Square ChambersVery responsive, extensive expertise in the area, pragmatic and very good at helping to understand risk levels.

Ranked: tier 3

Thomas Samuels - Gough Square ChambersVery intelligent and hardworking junior, blessed with good judgement.

Ranked: tier 3

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Licensing
Leading Silks

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

Ranked: tier 1

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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

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