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Chambers of Anna Vigars KC
Guildhall Chambers

Western Circuit > Business and regulatory crime (including health and safety) Tier 1

Guildhall Chambers‘s regulatory crime team possesses considerable ‘depth of character and breadth of skills‘ as well as extensive experience in relation to fatal and non-fatal matters, including corporate manslaughter, gross negligence manslaughter, and breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act. Andrew Langdon KC, who leads the team with a ‘calm and directed approach‘, is regularly instructed in high-profile health and safety cases and recently led Sam Jones (‘perhaps unrivalled as a junior on the Western Circuit’) and Alistair Haggarty‘superb in complex, document-heavy cases’, in R v Gulley and Others, prosecuting multiple individuals and companies for offenses including gross negligence manslaughter, following a fatal accident in Cardiff when the wall of a church collapsed upon a scaffolder.

Leading Silks

Andrew Langdon KCGuildhall Chambers ‘Andrew has the ability to cut to the core issues with incision, providing practical and pragmatic advice from the outset backed up by brilliant advocacy and courtroom presence.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Samuel JonesGuildhall ChambersSam is an experienced regulatory practitioner, perhaps unrivalled as a junior on the Western Circuit. He is extremely good with commercial clients and has the trust of the judiciary. He is also a very persuasive jury advocate.' 
Ranked: Tier 1
Alistair HaggartyGuildhall Chambers ‘He is very bright, thoughtful, and is an advocate who charms judges and juries alike. He has a reputation for being measured and succinct. He has a profound grasp of regulatory crime, in particular health and safety offences.' 
Ranked: Tier 1

Practice head(s):




‘The clerks are prompt and friendly, as is all support staff. Lucy Northeast is quite simply a godsend.  She is very approachable and just gets things done. Working alongside and with the support of Grant Bidwell, and further supported by Shannon Winston, Elena Brake and Michael Cregg, one is always assured that an issue or query will be dealt with and solved expeditiously.’

‘Lucy Northeast and Ryan Barrow are very helpful and friendly as well as efficient.’

‘Guildhall Chambers has an experienced and respected team of specialist barristers operating in the field of Regulatory Crime, in particular in relation to Health and Safety offences.’

‘Guildhall Chambers is the best set for its depth of character and breadth of skills within not only its Crime and Regulatory department but all other departments as well.’

‘An excellent chambers – the clerks are first-rate and ensure that the right barrister is allocated to the case.’

‘The clerks are really helpful and communicative.’

Work highlights

Western Circuit > Clinical negligence Tier 1

Guildhall Chambers is a ‘standout‘ set for clinical negligence work on the Western circuit. Selena Plowden KC is ‘well suited to handling the most complex of cases‘ and heads the team. She specialises in cases involving mental health and human rights issues, and recently led the representation of the claimant in the high-profile case of Lewis-Ranwell v G4S Services Uk Ltd & Others - a claim brought by a man who was acquitted of murder on the grounds of insanity and detained under a hospital order against those who treated him prior to those events - the case addresses the question of if the claim is considered ex turpi causa. Sophie Holme has recently acted in several significant cases, including spinal surgical negligence, delayed cancer diagnosis claims, cauda equina, birth-related bowel injuries, and fatal and psychiatric negligence claims, among others. Martin Lanchester and Kriti Upadhyay both handle a broad range of clinical disputes work, while Philip Hughes is increasingly sought after for his medical expertise, which he has brought to bear in several instructions to aid in the determination of causation and quantum.

Leading Silks

Selena Plowden KCGuildhall ChambersSelena is a standout in clinical negligence work on the Western Circuit and beyond. Her medical knowledge is extremely impressive and her mastery of large briefs is also impressive. In court and in negotiations she is confident and very persuasive.' 
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Sophie HolmeGuildhall ChambersSophie's written work is phenomenally detailed and her analyses are always both commercially astute and highly forensic. Her formidable advocacy combines force with a highly reasoned and reasonable approach and client care is impeccable, especially with more vulnerable individuals.' 
Ranked: Tier 1
Kriti UpadhyayGuildhall Chambers 'One key strength of hers is her attention to detail.  She is confident and articulate in conference and is also very good with clients, especially in upsetting cases with tricky issues.' 
Ranked: Tier 1
Martin LanchesterGuildhall ChambersMartin is excellent at strategy in complex cases and he is also a very calm advocate.' 
Ranked: Tier 2


The clerks are great – friendly, efficient and helpful.  Dan Cuthbertson and Olive Kavanagh deserve special mention.’ 

‘The clerks are helpful and friendly. Olive Kavanagh in particular deserves a mention – she is friendly and efficient and will go out of her way to assist.  Dan Cuthbertson is also friendly and efficient.’

‘Guildhall Chambers has a great clinical negligence set.’

‘Guildhall has good strength in depth – with clinical negligence specialists from junior level up to KC.’

‘Guildhall is a very good set of chambers for clinical negligence work, with some great practitioners.’

‘Guildhall Chambers is a go-to chambers and the quality of their work is excellent. Members are available and friendly in correspondence with instructing solicitors/legal executives.’

‘Guildhall’s clinical negligence department is excellent.’ 

‘The clerks at Guildhall are approachable, friendly, kind and always available. Without exception, they always genuinely try to help as quickly and as efficiently as possible.’ 

Western Circuit > Commercial litigation Tier 1

Bristol-based Guildhall Chambers is one of the ‘go-to‘ commercial litigation sets on the Western Circuit. Hugh Sims KC is highly sought after for his expertise - he has recently led Jay Jagasia, with ‘unparalleled knowledge of financial services and banking law‘ and Lucy Walker, with ‘sound technical expertise‘, in the high-profile case of Philipp v Barclays Bank UK plc, concerning the liability under the Quincecare duty of the paying bank in respect of authorised push payment fraud. Richard Ashcroft’s broad practice includes claims involving misrepresentation and breaches of warranty, the supply of defective goods and services, and the enforcement of post-sale restrictive covenants. James Hannant tends to handle commercial work arising out of insolvency proceedings, while ‘great all-rounderStefan Ramel has a strong reputation for acting in cross-border proceedings and recently acted for the claimant in BW Legal Services v Glassdoor, who sought Norwich Pharmacal orders in respect of two anonymous reviews posted on the eponymous employer review site.

Rising stars

John ChurchillGuildhall Chambers ‘John’s exceptional written work is always incredible detailed and polished. He invariably identifies novel arguments to help bolster cases and his advocacy is measured and pithy. Moreover, he is pragmatic and can cut through complex factual scenarios very quickly.' 
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Hugh Sims KCGuildhall Chambers ‘He is very approachable, knowledgeable and always on time! He is charming on his feet and always in control.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Jay JagasiaGuildhall Chambers ‘Jay is extremely talented. He is also a pleasure to work with and a real team player. His written advice is thorough and clear and his research and analytical skills are brilliant. His advocacy is also excellent, strong but tailored appropriately. He does not have any weaknesses.' 
Ranked: Tier 1
Stefan RamelGuildhall ChambersStefan is generally a very likeable person and provides extremely thorough advice and is not afraid to take on a challenge. His advocacy comes from a position of knowledge and preparation which is why his arguments and submissions are particularly potent.' 
Ranked: Tier 1
James WibberleyGuildhall ChambersJames is insightful and incisive. He turns around exceptionally high quality work extraordinarily quickly.  He is a brilliant strategist and a ruthless advocate - brilliant at exposing the weaknesses in the other side's position and presenting them to judges.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Lucy WalkerGuildhall ChambersLucy provides pragmatic and detailed advice, even in relation to extremely complicated emerging areas of law.' 
Ranked: Tier 1
Richard AscroftGuildhall ChambersHe is very user friendly, experienced and capable. Richard is hard working with a good insight into strategy and commercial points as well as a deep knowledge of law.' 
Ranked: Tier 2
James HannantGuildhall ChambersJames always has a good understanding of the substantive issues of a case. His drafting and cross-examination of witnesses during trial are impressive.'  
Ranked: Tier 2
Oliver ManleyGuildhall ChambersOliver is thorough, knowledgeable, imaginative, very accessible, personable and gets on very well with clients.'
Ranked: Tier 2


‘Joe Stayte is responsive and very commercial in resourcing suitable counsel and is an all round excellent clerk.’

‘Joe Stayte and Stephen Arnold are always available to take calls and answer any queries and are both upfront on availability and fees. They will always try to offer a solution.’

‘Guildhall is a go to chambers and has been for in excess of 20 years for commercial disputes work. Their clerks are responsive and very helpful. Their members are very bright team players who are good with clients and advise clearly and in appropriate language are also demonstrably strong advocates.’ 

Guildhall continually offers a solid choice of user friendly and capable barristers.’

‘Guildhall is an excellent chambers and the clerks will always find counsel to help.’

‘Guildhall Chambers is the “go to” chambers for financial services- and banking-related commercial litigation.’

‘The clerks are always excellent, responsive and willing to assist in any way they can.’

Western Circuit > Company and insolvency Tier 1

Guildhall Chambers‘ ‘excellent’ contentious insolvency and company law team boasts a ‘great variety of junior and senior counsel‘ with broad combined expertise, including in proceedings under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 and bankruptcy restrictions orders. Insolvency work, both corporate and personal, forms a significant part of Richard Ashcroft’s practice. He also has broad directors’ duties and company law expertise and regularly acts for and against office holders in relation to transaction avoidance claims and directors’ misfeasance proceedings. John Churchill, an ‘excellent advocate‘ with ‘superb drafting skills‘, has notable experience acting in director misfeasance claims on behalf of the Official Receiver. Holly Doyle has a ‘pragmatic approach to matters‘ and her practice too sees her regularly instructed in connection with misfeasance cases, as well as transaction avoidance claims and contested applications for possession and sale. She also boasts niche expertise in relation to the professional duties and liability of insolvency office holders. Hugh Sims KC‘s commercial practice often involves corporate insolvency work.

Rising stars

John Churchill – Guildhall Chambers ‘John is a very technical barrister with superb drafting skills. He is clear, authoritative, and robust. He does all the basics well and where he stands out is his ability to think on his feet.’ 
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Hugh Sims KCGuildhall ChambersHe is wonderful on his feet and effortlessly gets judges on side. He is great with clients and extremely bright, articulate and hard-working.’ 
Ranked: Tier 1

2024 Silks

Simon Passfield KCGuildhall Chambers 'Simon has exceptional knowledge and ability. He is excellent at providing practical advice on complex situations and simply brilliant on his feet where his sharpness and intelligence really shine through. He is a star, a KC in the making.' 

Leading Juniors

Stefan RamelGuildhall ChambersStefan has a broad range of commercial, banking and insolvency experience. He is both every astute and personable and good on his feet.' 
Ranked: Tier 1
Holly DoyleGuildhall ChambersHolly's attention to detail is second to none. She deconstructs factually and legally messy disputes and produces written advice which is easy to digest. Holly has a warm but authoritative manner and she takes the time to ensure that clients and instructing solicitors fully understand her advice.' 
Ranked: Tier 2
James HannantGuildhall Chambers ‘James' written and analytical skills are excellent. He is also responsive and collaborative.' 
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard AscroftGuildhall Chambers ‘Richard has a particularly strong reputation when it comes to director disqualification cases. He is fiercely intelligent, hard-working and courteous. Richard is also easy to work with.’
Ranked: Tier 2
James Wibberley  – Guildhall Chambers ‘James is very personable, client friendly and is an innovative thinker with sound commercial understanding. He is very sharp and reactive during cross-examination and is clear and concise in every point he makes. James also has a great ability to read opponents, witnesses and judges and makes the right calls based on his astute observations.' 
Ranked: Tier 2


‘The clerks at Guildhall Chambers are helpful and efficient – particularly Stephen Arnold and Joe Stayte.’

‘A very good chambers with great depth in insolvency.’ 

‘Regionally the go-to chambers for insolvency matters, with a good range of counsel.’ 

‘Guildhall Chambers is the go-to set in the South West for both regional and London-centric work.’

‘Guildhall has a great variety of junior and senior counsel and have always had someone available to assist with cases when required.’

‘The clerks’ room and service is brilliant. The clerks are always on hand to assist with filing skeletons, or even taking bundles to court if required.’ 

‘The clerking service is very good at Guildhall.’ 

Work highlights

Western Circuit > Costs Tier 1

Guildhall Chambersis the go-to set in Bristol and the South West when it comes to costs‘ work. With considerable experience, Oliver Moore heads the nine-strong team, which is instructed in relation to a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters. He specialises in costs appeals in connection with high-value personal injury and clinical negligence claims. James Wibberley’s practice primarily involves advising on litigation funding, as well as solicitor and own-client disputes. John Churchill is particularly experienced handling solicitor and client costs cases recently acted for the respondent in the High Court case Rushbrooke UK Ltd v 4 Design Concepts Ltd, which at the costs stage clarified the law on wasted costs orders against firms of solicitors acting without proper authority.

Leading Juniors

Oliver MooreGuildhall Chambers ‘Oliver knows the costs rules and case law better than anyone. His costs advice is sensible and he knows which cases should be taken to a detailed assessment. His advocacy is also excellent.'
Ranked: Tier 1
James WibberleyGuildhall Chambers ‘James is outstanding, the go-to costs counsel in Bristol and the region. He has outstanding attention to detail and unparalleled knowledge of the relevant law. James’ written advice and advocacy is also excellent.’ 
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Oliver Manley - Guildhall Chambers 'Oliver is able to concisely and persuasively navigate and lead judges through complex cases. He is approachable, commercial and technically astute.'
Ranked: Tier 2


‘The clerks are helpful, timely, friendly and attentive, particularly Caroline Evans, Robert MacDonald and Olive Kavanagh.’ 

‘The clerks, Steve Arnold in particular, are excellent. They are quick to respond and proactive in relation to cost advice and lining up counsel to assist.’ 

‘Guildhall hosts many of the specialist costs counsel outside of London. They are certainly the go-to set in Bristol and the South West when it comes to costs.’

‘Guildhall is a good chambers with a diverse range of counsel.’

‘The clerking team is both helpful and efficient.’

Work highlights

Western Circuit > Crime (general and fraud) Tier 1

Guildhall Chambershas an unrivalled team of excellent criminal barristers‘. Richard Smith KC, ‘a formidable trial advocate‘, is well-known for handling murder cases and recently prosecuted a man who was convicted of murdering his ex-partner in the 1990s by setting her on fire; she died of her injuries more than two decades later, after the defendant had already served fifteen years of a life sentence for GBH. With a ‘beautiful advocacy styleAndrew Langdon KC regularly defends and prosecutes in homicide and gang-related cases, among others. Christopher Quinlan KC, ‘with impeccable judgement and a formidable grasp of the law‘ and Anna Vigars KC, whose ‘courtroom work is carried out with great skill and precision‘, also both have broad experience in serious crimes cases, as well as in cases with several complicating factors, both evidential and medical. Ray Tully KCunderstands every nuance of a case‘ and recently acted for the defence in the case of a man who killed a stranger with a claw-hammer at a bus stop in Plymouth. Chloe Griggs, ‘a star in the making‘, was recently involved in a murder trial involving a defence of diminished responsibility founded on evidence of long-term coercive control and domestic abuse.

Rising stars

Chloe Griggs - Guildhall Chambers 'Chloe is developing a very effective advocacy style and gaining in confidence hugely. She is clever, thoughtful and cuts to the heart of things. She works very hard, has a great grasp of detail, and brings an interesting, fresh perspective to cases.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Richard Smith KCGuildhall Chambers 'Richard is a master of court craft. He is naturally and understatedly commanding and authoritative. He is a master of making the most difficult ideas sound straightforward and is strategically faultless.' 
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Langdon KCGuildhall Chambers ‘Andrew is one of the most senior and impressive criminal silks in the country with a huge presence and authority in court. He has a charming style with witnesses which often wins blood out of the stoniest of them. He is outstanding and brilliant.' 
Ranked: Tier 1
Christopher Quinlan KCGuildhall ChambersChristopher leaves no stone unturned in his preparation and presentation of cases. He thinks through every point and this enables him to present in a sensible and highly cogent manner. His legal submissions on paper and in court are second-to-none. His attention to detail is astonishing.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Anna Vigars KCGuildhall ChambersAnna is an exceptional advocate. She has a sharp and incisive mind and an ability to quickly grasp and retain large amounts of information. She also quickly builds a rapport with even the most difficult of clients.' 
Ranked: Tier 1
Ray Tully KC – Guildhall Chambers ‘Ray is a true crime heavyweight who always has the trust of the jury. His preparation is meticulous and his knowledge of strategy and tactics is first-class.’
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

David ScuttGuildhall Chambers ‘David is a robust advocate who shows no fear and is relentless in the fight. His preparation is meticulous and he grasps vast quantities of evidence and distils the salient points for lay clients, including those with significant vulnerabilities. His advocacy style draws in the jury and has them nodding along with every word.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Mark WorsleyGuildhall Chambers ‘Mark is a high-class criminal barrister. He is a clever and persuasive advocate who thinks hard about the law and deploys it with fine judgement. He is probably the pre-eminent criminal junior in Bristol now.’
Ranked: Tier 1
James HaskellGuildhall Chambers ‘James is a first-class advocate who is always on top of his brief and presents his cases with great care and skill.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Mary CoweGuildhall Chambers ‘Mary is an outstanding advocate who is more than capable of handling the biggest cases. She is excellent at dealing with interventions from judges and charming with juries.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Jennifer TallentireGuildhall ChambersShe has extraordinary skills of organisation and so is suited to complex cases. She is also a compelling advocate and very good at managing difficult clients.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Ramin PakroohGuildhall ChambersRamin is an outstanding advocate; highly original, compelling and extremely effective at bringing a clear perspective to a case with his unique powers of analysis. A very bright star.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Sam JonesGuildhall ChambersSam has a natural charisma which transmits itself to his style of advocacy. He has built up a practice which for his level of call is second to none.' 
Ranked: Tier 3
Alistair HaggartyGuildhall ChambersHe is a very clever barrister whose relaxed manner and easy charm persuade judges and juries alike.'
Ranked: Tier 3


‘Lucy Northeast is easy to deal with and is a very experienced senior clerk and practice manager.’

‘The clerking team is exceptional. Grant Bidwell is charismatic, helpful and reasoned even in the face of adversity. Lucy Northeast epitomises everything the very best clerk should be. She is always able to find a solution to problems, engaging, always on hand to assist, and able to identify perfect counsel with every instruction. They are both a pleasure to work with and a credit to the profession.’

‘Guildhall Chambers has an unrivalled team of excellent criminal barristers. The clerking and ancillary services provided are second to none. As a set, Guildhall Chambers is unrivalled on the Western Circuit and now has a national reputation for excellence. The silks are widely respected but there is strength at every level of seniority.’

‘The pre-eminent criminal set in the Western Circuit with quality barristers from silk to the most junior.’

‘Guildhall Chambers is the premier set for high quality criminal barristers on the Western Circuit.’

‘An absolutely first class chambers, clerked by a superb team of clerks.’

Work highlights

Western Circuit > Employment Tier 1

Guildhall Chambers‘ employment team offers ‘real strength in depth, both in terms of call and expertise‘. Julian Allsop, who heads the team, is ‘forensic in his approach to litigation‘ and regularly instructed in high-value cases in the High Court, often involving director-level remuneration claims, restrictive covenants, and confidentiality agreements. He recently acted for the claimant in Macanovic v Portsmouth NHS Trust, a significant case raising the issue of whistleblowing detriment and involving the cross-examination of several medical consultants. Fergus Currie, ‘a highly competent and consistent advocate‘, has recently focused on claimant instructions, including wrongful and unfair dismissal actions, discrimination cases, and collective and individual redundancies. Debbie Grennan specialises in high-value whistleblowing and discrimination claims for public sector clients, including local authorities and health care bodies, while Douglas Leach ‘has an excellent ability to think on his feet’ and is well-regarded for his expertise in TUPE, whistleblowing, and discrimination matters as well as in employee competition cases involving breach of confidence, restrictive covenants, and injunctive relief.

Leading Juniors

Allan RobertsGuildhall Chambers ‘Allan is a very gifted advocate; clear, persuasive and effective. He has an incredible ability to grasp the crux of a matter and extract the salient points, sometimes at extremely short notice. He is a calm and reasoned counsel, who is forceful at the same time meaning he is incredibly effective at what he does.' 
Ranked: Tier 1
Debbie GrennanGuildhall ChambersShe is a clear and persuasive advocate who is is completely unfazed, even when the other advocate is extremely challenging. In the run up to a hearing, as well as providing clear advice on the area of law in dispute, she is able to give strategic and pragmatic advice regarding the conduct of litigation.' 
Ranked: Tier 1
Douglas LeachGuildhall Chambers ‘Douglas excels in his analysis of cases and in teasing out the legal issues and finding a solution. His written submissions are detailed and add real weight to a client's case. He has an excellent ability to think on his feet and has achieved some excellent results.' 
Ranked: Tier 1
Julian AllsopGuildhall Chambers ‘Julian is methodical, forensic in his approach to litigation, incisive and extremely talented. He knows how to cut to the core of a case, and is so wise; he is able to assess and predict with incredible accuracy how the other side will behave. This of course translates to his cross examination, which is razor sharp.' 
Ranked: Tier 1
Nicholas SmithGuildhall Chambers ‘A robust advocate with an ability to create strong client relationships.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Geraint ProbertGuildhall ChambersAn excellent advocate who thoroughly prepares and is always clear on the issues and the strengths and weaknesses of a case. He also gets tribunals onside and ensures his cross-examination goes to the heart of the issue.' 
Ranked: Tier 2
Fergus Currie - Guildhall Chambers 'He quickly grasps issues and is a highly competent and consistent advocate. He is also accommodating and good to work with.' 
Ranked: Tier 3


‘Rob McDonald and Emily Webb are always on hand and happy to help with queries regarding counsel availability and fee quotes.’

‘Stephen Arnold and Rob McDonald are diligent and always helpful. A pleasure to deal with.’

‘The Guildhall employment team has excellent strength in depth – their range of call ensures that there’s always someone right for the job.’ 

‘Guildhall has a strong employment offering with some promising counsel coming through too.’ 

‘Guildhall Chambers has real strength in depth, both in terms of call and expertise.’

‘This chambers is a go-to chambers for employment work and specifically for discrimination cases. They are specialists with discrimination cases and are therefore uniquely placed in Bristol and the South West.’ 

‘The clerks are very good.’ 

Western Circuit > Professional negligence Tier 1

Guildhall Chambers has an ‘excellent‘ reputation for its professional negligence offering and members appear at all levels, from County Courts to the Supreme Court, in claims against accountants, construction professionals, solicitors and surveyors, amongst others. Holly Doyle regularly handles ‘factually and legally messy disputes‘. She possesses niche expertise in claims against independent financial advisors and insolvency practitioners. Professional negligence and indemnity work forms a core part of Hugh Sims KC’s commercial practice, while James Wibberley primarily acts in claims against solicitors, accountants, and construction professionals heard in the High Court.

Leading Juniors

Jay JagasiaGuildhall Chambers ‘Jay is able to quickly get to grips with complex factual situations and provide thorough and commercial advice. His drafting is detailed and powerful and he is excellent in conferences with clients. Jay’s preparation is meticulous and this shows on paper, in conferences and in court. On his feet he is fantastic and is robust in cross-examinations and detailed when dealing with intervention and submissions.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
James WibberleyGuildhall ChambersJames is insightful and incisive and turns around exceptionally high-quality work extraordinarily quickly. He is a brilliant strategist and quickly gets to the heart of the weaknesses in the other side’s position and is also a ruthless advocate.’ 
Ranked: Tier 2


‘The clerks at Guildhall Chambers are helpful and efficient – particularly Stephen Arnold and Joe Stayte.’

‘Guildhall’s clerks are excellent. They are responsive, helpful and contactable. Stephen Arnold in particular is a go-to and makes it easy to go back to Guildhall again and again.’ 

‘Guildhall Chambers is an excellent set with some exceptional barristers.’ 

Work highlights

Western Circuit > Sport Tier 1

With ‘an unrivalled spread of sports workGuildhall Chambers is a leading set both on the Western Circuit and nationally. Christopher Quinlan KC chaired the FA disciplinary tribunal after Cristiano Ronaldo knocked a mobile phone from the hands of a teenage spectator, as well as continuing to oversee the British Gymnastics independent complaints process, concerning allegations by a number of gymnasts of mistreatment, sexual abuse, physical abuse, bullying, harassment, and discrimination. Richard Smith KC and Samuel Jones are both notable for their rugby work, Jones having represented a number of Bath Rugby and Bristol Bears players.

Leading Silks

Richard Smith KCGuildhall Chambers ‘Richard’s vast experience and deep knowledge of sports, especially rugby, combined with his fine judgement makes him a leading sports law silk in England and Wales.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Christopher Quinlan KCGuildhall Chambers ‘He is a vastly experienced criminal advocate who is also outstanding at representing clients at sports disciplinary tribunals. His considerable experience as a tribunal chair and part-time judge have given him a very sharp instinct into how to best advise a client facing disciplinary issues.’ 
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Samuel JonesGuildhall Chambers ‘Samuel is a persuasive advocate who combines his passion for sport with his experience to the advantage of his clients. He is a leading sports junior in England and Wales.’ 
Ranked: Tier 1

Key clients

‘Joe Stayte is very responsive, proactive, and always happy to assist, even at very short notice. The go-to clerk at Guildhall.’

‘This set has an unrivalled spread of sports work, whether you are looking in London or the provinces.’

‘Guildhall Chambers is a go-to set; a very good chambers with a lot of strength in depth in all areas and at all levels. The quality of work across chambers is always consistently strong.’

‘Clerks are efficient & helpful.’

Western Circuit > Personal injury Tier 2

Guildhall Chambers‘excellent’ personal injury team ‘deals with cases of the most significant value and complexity‘. James Bentley’s practice is evenly divided between claimant and defendant instructions, often involving brain injuries, the Fatal Accidents and Animals Acts, secondary victim claims, pain disorders, and complex loss of earnings claims. He recently acted in a case in which valuation was heavily contested because the precise nature of the injury in question could not be determined. Oliver Moorehas a meticulous eye for detail‘ and recently represented the claimant in a matter involving severe injuries following a road traffic accident, as well as an amputation several years after the accident, issues around life expectancy and contributory negligence, and other factual and evidential controversies.

Leading Juniors

Oliver MooreGuildhall ChambersHe is always well-prepared and has an accurate grasp of complex issues. He has an excellent rapport with clients who he puts quickly at ease. He is also an accomplished advocate in court.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Anthony ReddifordGuildhall Chambers ‘Anthony has a great analytical approach to cases. He is very skilled and also very approachable. He is always willing to talk through complex issues and can see things from every potential angle.' 
Ranked: Tier 1
Gabriel FarmerGuildhall Chambers ‘Gabriel is extremely thorough and has excellent drafting skills. He gets to the crux of a case quickly and is adept at analysing the evidence. Gabriel is also excellent with clients, experts and witnesses.'
Ranked: Tier 2
James BentleyGuildhall ChambersJames combines comprehensive and acute knowledge with an ability to comment and advise on complicated issues in very understandable way. He also exercises commercial pragmatism and has a pleasing manner.' 
Ranked: Tier 2
Martin LanchesterGuildhall Chambers ‘Martin is extremely perceptive; he considers papers very thoroughly before providing comprehensive advice of a high quality. He has an in-depth knowledge of the law and is always well prepared for conferences and court appearances. Perhaps his greatest strength is his ability to bond with clients.' 
Ranked: Tier 2
Kriti Upadhyay – Guildhall Chambers ‘Kriti is exceptionally well prepared, enthusiastic and empathetic. Her attention to detail is apparent in her questioning of witnesses and well-considered submissions.' 
Ranked: Tier 3
Oliver ManleyGuildhall Chambers ‘Oliver is really good at getting to the heart of the key issues in a case quickly. He is always thoroughly prepared and his written advice detailed. He is very good with clients and is a very impressive advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 3


‘Caroline Evans and Olive Kavanagh are brilliant. Issues inevitably arise from time to time and both are excellent at resolving these.’

‘The clerks are always very helpful and accommodating. Olive Kavanagh in particular is a pleasure to deal with.’

‘An excellent PI Team. They are always able to offer counsel and provide excellent training.’

‘The set is a fantastic set and deals with claims of the most significant value and complexity. The quality of counsel top to bottom is second to none.’

‘The personal injury team at Guildhall Chambers is fantastic. Throughout the year they provide really helpful training as well as bespoke training if requested. They are all very approachable and personable.’

‘Good clerks, always helpful and efficient.’

Western Circuit > Property and construction Tier 2

Members of Guildhall Chambers have ‘wide-ranging expertise‘ in property and construction disputes. William Batstone is ‘an effective advocate‘ who regularly acts for landowners, farmers, and arbitrators in rural property disputes. In 2023 he acted for two farm owners in Chaplin v Morgan, which considered the proper method of terminating farm business tenancies and 1986 Act tenancies, as well as for the claimant in Williams v TG & HM Williams and Sons, which is significant for addressing the question of the correct approach to satisfaction of an equity following Guest v Guest, with the claimant having farmed a family farm for several decades in the belief he would inherit it. Jay Jagasiaquickly gets to grips with complex factual situations‘ - he has recently been instructed, unled, for the defendants in Henwood v Copeland & McGaws, a High Court property dispute concerning an adverse possession claim against several valuable plots of land in Cornwall. Oliver Mitchell’s property practice includes cases concerning water, sewerage, and other utility assets as well as disputes over proprietary rights and boundaries.

Leading Juniors

William BatstoneGuildhall ChambersWilliam is always very thorough in his research and in the resulting advice. This linked with a good commercial awareness means that he knows what to focus on to get the best for clients. His advocacy is also  excellent.' 
Ranked: Tier 1
Jay JagasiaGuildhall ChambersJay is able to quickly get to grips with complex factual situations and provide thorough and commercial advice. On his feet he is fantastic, robust in cross-examinations and detailed when dealing with intervention and submissions.' 
Ranked: Tier 1
Julian AllsopGuildhall Chambers ‘Julian is an excellent all-rounder who is good with clients. He has great clarity on complex matters.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Michael SelwayGuildhall ChambersHis attention to detail when working through legal complexities is excellent and his advice is always clear.' 
Ranked: Tier 2
Oliver MitchellGuildhall Chambers ‘Oliver gives very thorough advice and builds a good rapport with lay clients as he is personable and approachable.' 
Ranked: Tier 2


‘Guildhall’s clerks are excellent; responsive, helpful and contactable. Stephen Arnold in particular is a go-to and makes it easy to go back to Guildhall again and again.’ 

‘Jordan Yandell and Joe Stayte are both first class clerks.’

‘Steve Arnold is very helpful and always quick to respond.’

‘Guildhall is a very good set of chambers that has grown from strength in recent years in relation to property expertise.’ 

‘Guildhall offered a good seminar recently on property disputes and they have strength in depth.’ 

‘Excellent clerks that are quick at providing fee estimates and are always accurate in relation to counsel’s availability and timescales for advice.’

‘Good clerks.’

Work highlights

Western Circuit > Agriculture

Leading Juniors

William BatstoneGuildhall Chambers ‘His advocacy is excellent; he is thorough in his preparation and he always comes across as completely on top of his brief.  His advocacy is effective rather than theatrical - with clear presentation and convincing arguments that can always be relied up. He is more than a match for London-based barristers.' 
Ranked: Tier 1

Western Circuit > Court of Protection and community care

Leading Juniors

Kriti Upadhyay – Guildhall Chambers ‘Kriti has great attention to detail and a solid understanding of the law which she applies effectively. She is a fantastic advocate in and out of court. Her interpersonal skills are second to none - she highly professional and empathetic.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Western Circuit > Planning and environment

Leading Juniors

Alistair Haggarty - Guildhall Chambers 'Alistair is always thoroughly prepared in all his cases. He is a barrister that judges trust.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Sam Jones - Guildhall Chambers 'Sam is focussed, determined and formidable. His advocacy is hallmarked by excellent preparation and he makes his points in a convincing and balanced style that is hugely persuasive.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Western Circuit > Professional disciplinary law

Leading Juniors

Kriti UpadhyayGuildhall Chambers ‘Kriti is extremely professional, caring and compassionate. She is everything you need in a barrister.' 
Ranked: Tier 1

Western Circuit > Chancery, probate, and tax

One of the UK’s leading multidisciplinary sets with a national reputation for formidable advice, advocacy and client service. Chambers handles the full spectrum of crime and specialises in key civil practice areas. The barristers are consistently top ranked and recognised as leading specialists in their fields. Chambers is renowned for its client-focussed approach offering professionalism and approachability with a strong commitment to efficient case management and exceptional client care.

Types of work undertaken
Banking and financial services: Expertise includes disputes such as mortgages and charges, guarantees and indemnities, other third-party securities, issues relating to the Consumer Credit Act, receiverships and retail banking transaction. Regulation and Compliance, Data Protection Act & GDPR, consumer and business finance issue, lender and bank liabilities, cryptocurrencies and cryptoassets, crowd funding and peer to peer lending.

Clinical negligence: The team covers all aspects of clinical negligence litigation from minor to catastrophic claims acting for public and privately funded claimants, the NHSLA, NWSSP, Legal and Risk Services, Medical Defence organisations, and commercial providers of care. The team has specialist knowledge in associated fields such as professional disciplinary hearings, professional negligence, inquests and costs.

Commercial litigation: The team is nationally recognised and handles the full spectrum of commercial dispute resolution cases at all levels, from small claims through to the most serious and high value claims. The team benefits from experience of work in a wide variety of industry sectors and are recognised as having strong sector expertise for commercial disputes. Key areas of practice include breach of contract, banking and finance, civil fraud and recovery of assets, injunctions, competition law, consumer credit, corporate and partnership, professional negligence, sale and supply of goods and services and TCC.

Company law: The team handles a wide range of company and commercial disputes including the interpretation and dispute resolution of commercial contracts and partnership and joint ventures, shareholder agreements, the allotment and transfer of shares, directors’ duties, shareholder disputes, derivative claims, just and equitable windings up. We have significant experience handling unfair prejudice disputes and director qualification proceedings.

Costs and litigation funding: The team includes some of the most prominent regional specialists in this field, offering advice and representation across the whole breadth of costs procedure and law. Members provide advice and representation in respect to the full range of inter partes costs disputes and costs issues arising in litigation generally. The work of our specialists includes advice and representation in respect to assessments of costs involving issues of principle and of high value, costs appeals, and costs management. The teams experience and expertise also covers advising on enforceability of funding arrangements, issues of coverage and indemnity relating to BTE and ATE insurance, solicitor – own client disputes and professional negligence cases relating to costs and funding.

Crime: One of the foremost criminal sets in the country and the leading set on the Western Circuit, the crime team has five silks and 20 juniors. The team provides specialist expertise in all areas of criminal defence and prosecution work from murder, serious sexual allegations, slavery, terrorism and serious fraud, to road traffic cases, drug and vehicle crime. Chambers has an outstanding reputation for the provision of a complete, efficient, effective and genuinely top quality service. Excellence in barristers and clerks alike ensures that chambers attracts instructions from prosecution authorities and leading firms of solicitors nationwide.

Employment and discrimination: The team offers a depth of expertise and quality of service across the full range of employment and discrimination issues including unfair, constructive and wrongful dismissal, contractual disputes, actionable discrimination, complex discrimination, whistleblowing and TUPE matters, breach of confidence, equal pay employment status, redundancy and restructuring, professional discipline, industrial action and injunctions. Our members regularly appear in the EAT and Court of Appeal and in front of a variety of professional disciplinary bodies, such as the GMC and NMC.

Insolvency: Guildhall Chambers is recognised as ‘a centre of excellence for insolvency counsel’ and ‘the go-to set for insolvency matters in the West of the country’. The team provides specialist advice and advocacy on all aspects of insolvency and company law, including corporate, partnership and personal insolvency, corporate and partnership break-up, and company directors and disqualification. Several members of our team are members of the Attorney General’s Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown, and we receive instructions from Government departments, leading firms of insolvency lawyers, insolvency office holders and regulatory bodies. Team members also advise on non-contentious insolvency issues, corporate recovery and turnaround.

Personal injury: The team is highly regarded for their expert handling of a wide range of high-value and complex personal injury claims. Work includes serious brain injury, chronic pain, psychological injury, product liability, workplace accidents, public liability, highways, road traffic accidents – with particular experience of acting for insurers in complex group claims, inquests and industrial disease. Specialisms also include animals act claims, sports related injuries and members regularly advise on related costs and professional negligence claims.

Professional negligence and indemnity: Chambers provides expertise in disciplinary proceedings across all professions and at all levels, from healthcare and education sectors, to assisting police officers. We handle employers’ internal disciplinary procedures and proceedings before regulators. The team represents both claimants and defendants / insurers in relation to the full range of professional advisers, including solicitors, accountants, constructions professionals, financial advisors, surveyors, valuers and brokers.

Property, estates and planning: Chambers advises and act in all forms of real property law including landlord and tenant, agriculture, trusts, inheritance, wills and probate, estates and commons, towns and village greens, planning and property-related insolvency and professional negligence cases associated with property transactions. Chambers also handles the full range of planning matters offering advisory and advocacy services in the full range of tribunals including planning appeals and inquiries, enforcements, injunctions and development plan examinations.

Regulatory and discipline: The teams work encompasses all aspects of criminal prosecutions, professional disciplinary proceedings and regulation in the fields of financial services, education, healthcare, environment, fraud, animal welfare, heath and safety, licensing, inquests and professional discipline. They deal with professional conduct proceedings and undertake internal investigation processes for employer clients dealing with such issues as disciplinary, grievance, whistleblowing and health and safety.

Sport: Guildhall’s sports barristers provide expertise and experience across the sports sector, throughout the United Kingdom and abroad. Their unique knowledge, experience and proven expertise gives all our clients a genuinely competitive edge in the prompt, cost effective resolution of sports-related disputes. We represent a wide range of clients from renowned sportsmen, professional clubs and national sporting bodies, to individual amateur athletes. We are highly experienced in disciplinary and regulatory hearings; sports-related contract, professional negligence, insolvency; commercial, competition, criminal and employment law matters. The winning mentality of our barristers is recognised across a broad spectrum of sporting disciplines including rugby, football, horse racing, motor-racing, athletics, fencing, snooker and swimming.

Technology and construction: The teams construction work includes advice and representation in relation to payment claims, whether as a debt action or arising in adjudications and the enforcement of adjudication decisions by the High Court. We also act in relation to claims in relation to defective work, delay and disruption and loss and expense claims. We also handle disputes arising in projects which have used standard form contracts, such as those published by the Joint Contracts Tribunal (‘JCT’) and the Institution of Civil Engineers (such as the ICE / ICC and NEC3 forms).

Department Name Email Telephone
Practice Director- Crime, Regulatory & Discipline, Sports Lucy Northeast 0117 930 9000
Civil Strategy Director Robin Jackson 0117 930 9000
Senior Practice Manager - Commercial, Insolvency and Property Stephen Arnold 0117 930 9000
Senior Practice Manager - Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence, Employment and Costs & Litigation Funding Caroline Evans 0117 930 9000
Practice Manager - Crime Grant Bidwell 0117 930 9000
Practice Manager - Commercial, Insolvency and Property Joe Stayte 0117 930 9000
Practice Manager - Employment and Costs & Litigation Funding Rob McDonald 0117 930 9000
Practice Manager - Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Olive Kavanagh 0117 930 9000
Assistant Practice Manager - Crime Elena Brake 0117 930 9000
Assistant Practice Manager - Crime Michael Cregg 0117 930 9000
Assistant Practice Manager - Civil Emily Webb 0117 930 9000
Assistant Practice Manager - Crime Shannon Winstone 0117 930 9000
Head of Chambers VIGARS KC, Anna (1996)
Member of Chambers DAVIDSON KC, Nicholas (1974)*
Members of Chambers SMITH KC, Richard (1986)
Members of Chambers LANGDON KC, Andrew (1986)
Members of Chambers STONER KC, Christopher (1991)
Members of Chambers WHITTING KC, John (1991)*
Members of Chambers QUINLAN KC, Christopher (1992)
Members of Chambers SIMS KC, Hugh (1999)
Members of Chambers PLOWDEN KC, Selena (1991)
Members of Chambers TULLY KC, Ray (1987)
Members of Chambers FENNY, Ian (1978)
Members of Chambers BATSTONE, William (1982)
Members of Chambers VIRGO, John (1983)
Members of Chambers SCUTT, David (1989)
Members of Chambers SMITH, Nicholas (1990)
Members of Chambers THOMAS, Charles (1990)
Members of Chambers CORNWALL, Virginia (1990)
Members of Chambers BENSON, Julian (1991)
Members of Chambers REDDIFORD, Anthony (1991)
Members of Chambers BINDER, Peter (1991)
Members of Chambers FARMER, Gabriel (1994)
Members of Chambers WORSLEY, Mark (1994)
Members of Chambers ASCROFT, Richard (1995)
Members of Chambers PAKROOH, Ramin (1996)
Members of Chambers POSTA, Adrian (1996)
Members of Chambers GRENNAN, Debbie (1997)
Members of Chambers HARE, Christopher (1998)
Members of Chambers GIBB, Katie (1999)
Members of Chambers ALLSOP, Julian (1999)
Members of Chambers TALLENTIRE, Jenny (2000)
Members of Chambers GOHIL, Pushpanjali (2000)
Members of Chambers SOWERSBY, Robert (2000)
Members of Chambers LANCHESTER, Martin (2001)
Members of Chambers RAMEL, Stefan (2002)
Members of Chambers LEACH, Douglas (2003)
Members of Chambers ROBERTS, Allan (2004)
Members of Chambers HASKELL, James (2004)
Members of Chambers CAVENDER, Susan (2004)
Members of Chambers MOORE, Oliver (2005)
Members of Chambers MANLEY, Oliver (2005)
Members of Chambers COWE, Mary (2006)
Members of Chambers GARDINER, Kerry (2006)
Members of Chambers SELWAY, Michael (2007)
Members of Chambers LEWIS, Paul (2007)
Members of Chambers TYZACK*, William (2007)
Members of Chambers HOLLINGSWORTH, Edward (2007)
Members of Chambers DOYLE, Holly (2008)
Members of Chambers WALKER, Lucy (2008)
Members of Chambers JONES, Samuel (2008)
Members of Chambers WIBBERLEY, James (2009)
Members of Chambers PASSFIELD, Simon (2009)
Members of Chambers HOLME, Sophie (2009)
Members of Chambers MITCHELL, Oliver (2009)
Members of Chambers TAYLOR, Caighli (2010)
Members of Chambers PROBERT, Geraint (2010)
Members of Chambers GORDON, Gregory (2010)
Members of Chambers STAUNTON, Suzanne (2010)
Members of Chambers BROWN, Matthew (2011)
Members of Chambers UPADHYAY, Kriti (2011)
Members of Chambers JAGASIA, Jay (2012)
Members of Chambers HAGGERTY, Alistair (2012)
Members of Chambers BENTLEY, James (2012)
Members of Chambers HANNANT, James (2013)
Members of Chambers NDLOVU, MANDLA (2015)
Members of Chambers CHURCHILL, John (2016)
Members of Chambers ROWLANDS, Manon (2016)
Members of Chambers HUGHES, DR. Philip (2017)
Members of Chambers WALMSLEY, Sophie (2017)
Members of Chambers LEE, Nicholas (2018)
Members of Chambers EVANS, Nicholas (2018)
Members of Chambers CHAMBAY, Govinder (2018)
Members of Chambers LEWIS-BALE, James (2018)
Members of Chambers WILLIAMS, Anna (2019)
Members of Chambers MALLIN-MARTIN, Charlotte ( 2019)
Members of Chambers EVANS, Caitlin (2019)
Members of Chambers FULLER, James (2020)
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We are committed to the values of Equality, Diversity & Inclusivity across all aspects of Chambers and Chambers life. We have two ED&I offices who are both highly motivated in bringing forward new ideas and ways to further enhance our ways of working in order to underpin these values, not just within our policies, but also our ethos.

We have recently arranged talks to members and discussion sessions about E&D in the workplace with a view to discussing ways in which any discrimination can best be addressed. Further, in order to ensure awareness across the clerking teams, specific training with a particular focus on Unconscious Bias has been undertaken. We closely monitor allocation of work, and we ensure that practice review meetings are focussed around the desires of the individuals so that we can best support each and every member to fulfil their aspirations.

We have promised transparent commitment to change by pledging our support the Bar Council’s Women in Law programme, for the progression of women into senior roles, with a focus on retention and development opportunities to aid true gender equality.

The Women in Law programme requires chambers to agree a number of pledges, which are practical steps towards furthering gender equality. We have prepared a number of pledges, which we will review and assess for progress in the 12 months.

During the course of the year, our clerking and staff teams have undergone several training courses including fair allocation of work, led by our EDI representatives, Jenny Tallentire & Debbie Grennan. This is an ongoing process. Our senior clerks attended the Bar Council’s Race Awareness training, and since this we have attended a number if virtual events on the subject of race awareness at the Bar.

Our EDI officers have recently had a specific focus on the retention of women in chambers, particularly in the first few years of practice. They have prepared a detailed reports with a number of recommendations that was approved by our management committee.

Selena Plowden QC is an active member of the Western Circuit Women’s Forum and Kriti Upadhyay is involved in the activities of the Women Lawyers Division (Bristol). We already have a near equal proportion of women to men in the clerks room.

Here are a few highlights of what we will be focussing on over the next 12 months:

a) Completing the latest gender pay review and reporting our findings to Guildhall’s Management Committee for consideration;

b) Putting into place the recommendations of our earlier report supporting members of chambers to deliver and access the support required and devising a suitable system for assessing the effectiveness of these measures;

c) Conducting regular workshops for junior tenants, pupils and pupil supervisors, addressing the challenges of the early years of practice and providing an open forum for discussion about the challenges individuals may face.

d) Implementing Chambers’ Race Awareness Action Plan and rolling out the Race Awareness training more widely;