Set Profile > Chambers of Anna Vigars QC > Bristol , South West

Chambers of Anna Vigars QC
Guildhall Chambers
South West

Set overviews: England and Wales

The Western Circuit’s Guildhall Chambers covers a range of matters, including having ‘strength in numbers in the regulatory sector’ and a property offering that can ‘give London sets a run for their money’, as well as continuing to be for some ‘the strongest set in the South West for commercial work’ and having ‘strength in depth in criminal cases, sexual offences in particular’. The set also has a ‘widely experienced’ personal injury and clinical negligence offering. In recent news, Serle Court’s Christopher Stoner QC has joined as a door tenant and employment junior Kerry Gardiner joined from Queen Square Chambers. Senior civil practice manager Philip Alden heads up a team including the ‘flexible and approachable’ Chris Checketts, who ‘tries to find ways to help solicitors’. The criminal clerking team, headed by senior practice manager Lucy Northeast and practice manager Grant Bidwell ‘provides an excellent service – nothing is too much trouble, cases are efficiently handled and the go the extra mile to ensure that counsel can meet your client's requirements’. Property and estates practice manager Lisa Frostrup is ‘particularly responsive’. Offices in: Bristol


Guildhall Chambers is one of the UKs leading team of barristers receiving instructions from both within and outside the South West region, providing quality specialist advice and advocacy at competitive regional rates.

The set: Guildhall Chambers ethos is to combine high standards of efficiency in case management with a professional, modern approach based on flexibility and client care. Chambers style is one of openness and accessibility, providing clients with information and advice informally and by phone. The highly experienced and commercially aware clerks are formidable at responding to queries and provide objective and realistic advice on choice of counsel.

Members undertake CFAs, licensed access and public access work and instructions in all forms of alternative dispute resolution are accepted.

Types of work undertaken: Crime:  with one of the foremost criminal sets in the country and the leading set on the Western Circuit with specialist expertise in sexual offences and child abuse, major public order cases, civil liberties and all types of appeal, as well as homicide, violence, drugs and vehicle crime.

Commercial litigation: advice and advocacy on all aspects of commercial dispute resolution work in Court, arbitrations, adjudications and other ADR procedures.

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 transactions.

Professional negligence and indemnity: expertise in all areas of professional liability acting for defendants and claimants. The barristers in this field have experience and directory acclaim for work carried out for or against professionals in respect of negligence, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of trust.

Company law: key areas of expertise in company law include 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; and many more.

Technology and construction: expertise across the full range of technology and construction disputes, with familiarity with the workings and practices of the Technology and Construction Court.

Employment and discrimination: full range of employment issues including unfair, constructive and wrongful dismissal; contractual disputes; actionable discrimination; TUPE; and many more.

Insolvency: specialist advice and advocacy on all aspects of insolvency and company law, including corporate, partnership and personal insolvency, corporate and partnership break-up, etc.

Property and estates: full range of chancery work, including real property, landlord and tenant, agriculture, trusts, wills, estates and the Court of Protection.

Personal injury: work ranges from industrial and workplace accidents to fatalities and road traffic accidents with particular experience of acting for insurers in complex group claims.

Clinical negligence: 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, e Medical Defence organisations, and commercial providers of care.

Administrative and public law: specialists who act for both claimants and defendants in significant appeals, judicial review proceedings, and statutory challenges with expertise in immigration, inquests, licensing, local government and in Court of Protection work.

Regulatory and discipline: expertise covering all aspects of professional disciplinary proceedings and regulation with specific experts in environment, financial services, fraud, health and safety, inquests and licensing.

Sports law: advocacy and advisory services to the sports sector representing clients from a wide range of different sporting backgrounds.

Costs and litigation funding: advice and representation in respect to the full range of inter parties costs disputes and costs issues arising in litigation.


Department Name Email Telephone
Senior Practice Manager - Crime, Regulatory & Sports Lucy Northeast
Senior Practice Manager - Civil Philip Alden
Practice Manager - Insolvency Chris Checketts
Practice Manager - PI, Clinical Negligence & Costs Wendy Shaw
Assistant Practice Manager - PI and Clinical Negligence Olive Kavanagh
Practice Manager - Crime Grant Bidwell
Practice Manager - Property & Estates Lisa Frostrup
Practice Manager - Employment & Discrimination Kate Hather
Assistant Practice Manager - Crime Elena Brake
Assistant Practice Manager - Civil Joe Stayte
Assistant Practice Manager - Crime Shannon Winstone
Assistant Practice Manager - Civil Ezweni Ncube
Members of Chambers SMITH QC, Richard (1986)
Members of Chambers LANGDON QC, Andrew (1986)
Members of Chambers WHITTING QC, John (1991)*
Members of Chambers QUINLAN QC, Christopher (1992)
Members of Chambers STONER QC, Christopher (1996)
Members of Chambers VIGARS QC, Anna (1996)
Members of Chambers SIMS QC, Hugh (1999)
Members of Chambers CHIPPINDALL, Adam (1975)
Members of Chambers FENNY, Ian (1978)
Members of Chambers WARNER, Malcolm (1979)
Members of Chambers BATSTONE, William (1982)
Members of Chambers VIRGO, John (1983)
Members of Chambers TULLY, Ray (1987)
Members of Chambers GERASIMIDIS, Nicolas (1988)
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 DENT, Stephen (1991)
Members of Chambers PLOWDEN, Selena (1991)
Members of Chambers BENSON, Julian (1991)
Members of Chambers REDDIFORD, Anthony (1991)
Members of Chambers SNELL, John (1991)
Members of Chambers MOORHOUSE, Brendan (1992)
Members of Chambers WALES, Matthew (1993)
Members of Chambers McMEEL, Gerard (1993)
Members of Chambers WORSLEY, Mark (1994)
Members of Chambers FARMER, Gabriel (1994)
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