Set Profile > Guildhall Chambers > Bristol, England

Chambers of Anna Vigars QC
Guildhall Chambers
23 BROAD STREET
BRISTOL
BS1 2HG
England

Commercial litigation Tier 1

Guildhall Chambers is home to one of the premier commercial litigation teams on the western circuit, with members undertaking a wide range of high-value and complex work. Hugh Sims QC handles high-end contractual disputes and financial services litigation, and recently represented the claimant in Morley v The Royal Bank Of Scotland PLC, who sought damages from the bank in relation to properties it had lost after failing to pay a £75m loan, on multiple grounds including the tort of intimidation. Finance specialist John Virgo, who Sims QC led in the Morley case, is also highly recommended and has recently appeared in several cases, both led and unled, relating to LIBOR. The set has a strong crop of junior counsel to rely on as well, with John ChurchillSamuel Parsons, and James Hannant emerging as ones to watch in this area.

Rising stars

John Churchill - Guildhall ChambersClear in his advice, giving assured guidance which exceeds his year of call.
Ranked: Tier 1
James Hannant - Guildhall ChambersA highly effective counsel whose opinions are always clear and to the point.
Ranked: Tier 1
Samuel Parsons - Guildhall ChambersClear and articulate in oral advocacy, presents complex information well in a digestible manner.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Hugh Sims QC - Guildhall ChambersA very impressive advocate whether in court or during negotiations.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Stefan Ramel - Guildhall ChambersApproachable, practical and level-headed, with great attention to detail and an acute sense of strategy.
Ranked: Tier 1
John Virgo - Guildhall ChambersRealistic, well respected by all parties, and has a thorough knowledge of financial services regulations.
Ranked: Tier 1
James Wibberley - Guildhall ChambersQuickly grasps the key legal issues of a case, and always remains sympathetic to a client's overall commercial objectives.
Ranked: Tier 1
Richard Ascroft - Guildhall ChambersCombines an eye for detail and a very engaging manner with excellent advocacy.
Ranked: Tier 2

Jay Jagasia - Guildhall Chambers ‘Diligent, hard-working, and very knowledgeable in this field.

Ranked: Tier 2
Lucy Walker - Guildhall ChambersSpecialises in advisory work for clients in the financial sector.
Ranked: Tier 2

Company and insolvency Tier 1

Guildhall Chambers is 'a go-to for all insolvency and commercial advice and advocacy'. Ably lead by Hugh Sims QC, 'from the pupil through to the QC, they are all skilled advocates, and provide concise, pragmatic, and commercial advice'. The set's company law specialists act and advise in relation to unincorporated associations, partnerships, and LLPs for clients both at home and abroad. Members also advise on non-contentious insolvency issues, corporate recovery, and turnaround. Stefan Ramel acted on behalf of a curatore of an Italian insolvency; the case, which was litigated in the High Court, explored the jurisdictional reaches of Council Regulation (EC) No 1346/2000 on insolvency proceedings. Simon Passfield acted for three creditors who, with the support of 100 others, succeeded in having a failed forex trading company placed into compulsory liquidation; the unregulated company collapsed in 2019, leaving more than £60m of creditors. Also of note, Holly Doyle is regularly instructed in complex misfeasance cases, transaction avoidance claims, and contested applications for possession and sale. The future of the set looks bright with Samuel Parsons and James Hannan highlighted as rising stars in the field.

Rising stars

James Hannant - Guildhall ChambersJames is very bright and quick to get to grips with complex sets of facts and to get on top of the documents. His legal advice is always pragmatic, concise and commercially-focused. He is also exceptionally good with clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Samuel Parsons - Guildhall ChambersHe has excellent attention to detail and presentation skills during various hearings. He is hard working and organised and knows law very well.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Hugh Sims QC - Guildhall ChambersThe shining star at this set, ably supported by the juniors he works with.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Simon Passfield - Guildhall ChambersClear thinking, technically excellent and really client friendly. Simon is our go to barrister for any insolvency matter and we regularly instruct him on matters where he acts against leading counsel. Simon is extremely calm and remains unruffled even when placed under significant pressure.
Ranked: Tier 1
Stefan Ramel - Guildhall ChambersAbsolutely brilliant barrister for insolvency and litigation.
Ranked: Tier 1

Richard Ascroft  - Guildhall Chambers ‘Experienced in both company and insolvency-related matters.

Ranked: Tier 2
Holly Doyle - Guildhall ChambersHolly's written advocacy is the best of any opponent I have been against. She is meticulous in her preparation and is able to make the key points in a concise and powerful way. Her oral advocacy is silky smooth and highly persuasive. She has a very calm court manner and gives the impression of being totally unflappable.
Ranked: Tier 2

Crime (general and fraud) Tier 1

'All you could ever need across the whole spectrum of crime and more', Guildhall Chambers is 'impressive and the go-to team for serious cases'. In recent instructions of note, Christopher Quinlan QC prosecuted grime musician Solo 45, who was convicted of trapping and raping four women over a period of two years. Among the set's juniors, James Haskell defended a man who was acquitted of rape in a case where, despite forensic evidence of sexual activity, a successful application to admit evidence of a previous false rape complaint by the accuser; Greg Gordon represented a vulnerable young defendant, who was acquitted of assault by penetration which was alleged to have taken place at an army cadet base on an overnight fieldcraft exercise.

Rising stars

Alistair Haggerty - Guildhall ChambersAlistair is a clever lawyer with very good judgement. His advocacy is clear and concise. He is a very good member of any team. He finds solutions and takes on additional responsibilities willingly.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Andrew Langdon QC - Guildhall ChambersHis humanity and clear-speaking advocacy style is so attractive, but belies an intellectual powerhouse who knows every detail of a case.
Ranked: Tier 1
Christopher Quinlan QC - Guildhall ChambersHis style of advocacy is methodical yet seamlessly sensitive and direct.
Ranked: Tier 1
Richard Smith QC - Guildhall ChambersA superb advocate with really good courtroom presence - judges and juries like him and listen to what he says.
Ranked: Tier 1
Anna Vigars QC - Guildhall ChambersWhen she speaks in the court room, she is authoritative, poignant and always on key.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Mary Cowe - Guildhall ChambersA class act - precise, considered, clever and persuasive.
Ranked: Tier 1
James Haskell - Guildhall ChambersA thoughtful and polished advocate, confident without arrogance, with conspicuously good judgement.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Scutt - Guildhall ChambersHe takes a strong and robust approach to both advice to clients in conference and to advocacy in court.
Ranked: Tier 1
Anjali Gohil - Guildhall ChambersExperienced in a wide range of criminal cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ramin Pakrooh - Guildhall ChambersHe demonstrates exceptional attention to detail, higlighting the nuances that prove critical.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ray Tully - Guildhall ChambersA powerful advocate who approaches cases in a lateral fashion - he sees aspects that others have missede.
Ranked: Tier 2
Tara Wolfe - Guildhall ChambersHer courage in court is self-evident.
Ranked: Tier 2
Nicolas Gerasimidis - Guildhall ChambersA superb advocate who is very good with a jury and able to deal the judiciary very well.
Ranked: Tier 3

Greg Gordon Guildhall Chambers ‘He has a great ability to make complicated things appear simple to juries and fantastic technical skill at presenting complex information.

Ranked: Tier 3
Sam Jones - Guildhall ChambersA first-class tactician who is good with clients and on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jennifer Tallentire - Guildhall ChambersJenny has an exceptional ability to deliver incredible results under extreme pressures, while managing to keep clients and their entourage calm and focused. She is incredibly adept at dealing with adult, young and vulnerable witnesses alike in a way that engages the jury, ready for her incisive and compelling closing speeches.
Ranked: Tier 3
Mark Worsley - Guildhall ChambersHe has a great ability to reduce the most complex issues to simple strategic points efficiently and directly.
Ranked: Tier 3

Employment Tier 1

'A high-quality set', Guildhall Chambers offers 'a good range of employment counsel at various levels of experience, representing an alternative to London chambers in appropriate cases'. Debbie Grennan represented a school subjected to a religious discrimination claim by a former employee, who was dismissed after posting anti-same-sex marriage and anti-gender reassignment messages on Facebook. In a sex discrimination claim, Douglas Leach represented a City of London police officer, who had her London Allowance reduced without there being a mechanism to do so under the Police Regulations when she went on maternity leave.

Leading Juniors

Julian Allsop - Guildhall ChambersActs for both defendants and respondents in a wide range of cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Debbie Grennan - Guildhall ChambersVery impressive on her feet - a joy to watch in action.
Ranked: Tier 1
Douglas Leach - Guildhall ChambersIn advocacy he is clear, precised and measured - he doesn't miss a trick, and is good with clients too.
Ranked: Tier 1
Allan Roberts - Guildhall ChambersAn extremely capable and persuasive advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Nicholas Smith - Guildhall ChambersSolicitors see the opposition case crumble in the face of his cross-examination.
Ranked: Tier 1
Kerry Gardiner - Guildhall ChambersClient-friendly, she is quick to analyse the issues and provide clear and commercial advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
Geraint Probert - Guildhall ChambersClear written advice. Persuasive advocacy during employment tribunal hearings. Personable with good client management skills.
Ranked: Tier 3

Chancery, probate, and tax Tier 2

Guildhall Chambers is home to several strong Chancery practitioners with experience in 1975 Inheritance Act claims, trust disputes, and actions against administrators. Hugh Sims QC is a strong presence at the senior end, with recent work including Promontoria (Oak) Limited v Emanuel & Emanuel, which dealt with the validity of a redacted deed of assignment as secondary evidence when the primary document still existed but was not entered. Other notable figures within the team include Ewan Paton , Matthew Wales , Oliver Mitchell, Michael Selway, and Malcolm Warner, whose recent work includes two connected Inheritance Act claims wherein a claimant obtained a judgment in her favour but died before an order was made, resulting in a subsequent claim by the original claimant's son.

Rising stars

Brittany Pearce - Guildhall ChambersEffective advocate. Excellent in dealing with client and in taking part in mediation and without prejudice meetings and discussions.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Hugh Sims QC - Guildhall ChambersCombines excellent analytical skills, and unwavering determination to complete the task in hand.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Matthew Wales - Guildhall Chambers 'Matthew is a great case closer. Sometimes there are some cases that can go on and on no matter what you try to do in correspondence or pleadings because of the other party being stubborn. However once you get them to the table – they get a little taster of what they may experience in court from Matthew that is usually enough for the party to be willing to reach a deal.'

Ranked: Tier 1
Ewan Paton - Guildhall Chambers 'Thorough research, considered advice, good after-sales follow up, good with clients and good advocate with Court of Appeal successes behind him. Very good both in writing and in conference. His academic background shows through in his clear analysis and explanation of points.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Malcolm Warner - Guildhall ChambersMethodical, rigorous, and proactive, in addition to working very well with solicitors.
Ranked: Tier 1
Oliver Mitchell - Guildhall ChambersAn approachable barrister who provides thorough and detailed advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
Michael Selway - Guildhall ChambersHis calm demeanour belies his strong intellect and dogged tenacity.
Ranked: Tier 2

Clinical negligence Tier 2

Guildhall Chambers remains a strong presence in the Bristol clinical negligence market, particularly for claimant work, and has expanded its capacity to take on top-level work in 2020, with Selena Plowden QC taking silk. Sophie Holme remains another stand-out member of the team, with recent cases concerning hospital infections, missed diagnoses, chronic pain disorders, and surgical negligence. Senior junior Robert Sowersby is highly active in this area, and continues to expand his defendant practice, while at the junior end Kriti Upadhyay is building a solid clinical negligence practice, often taking on cases that involve inquests.

2020 Silks

Selena Plowden QC - Guildhall ChambersTactically brilliant, great with clients, and tough but fair with opposition.

Leading Juniors

Sophie Holme - Guildhall ChambersA phenomenally capable counsel who combines intellectual rigour, impeccable judgement, attention to detail, and determination.
Ranked: Tier 1
Robert Sowersby - Guildhall ChambersExtremely thorough, unflappable, and insightful, with a sensitive and very efficient approach to cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Kriti Upadhyay - Guildhall ChambersA confident and articulate advocate who is persuasive and pragmatic in her application of the law.
Ranked: Tier 2

Personal injury Tier 2

The personal injury team at Guildhall Chambers provides high-standard advisory and advocacy services for both claimants and defendants nationwide. Instructions received vary from multi-million-pound catastrophic claims down to less complex claims. Gabriel Farmer has a 'forensic grasp of detail' and enjoys a mixed claimant/defendant, senior-junior caseload in the band of £100k-£2M. With a 'fantastic eye for detail', James Bentley is instructed by both claimants and defendants in high-end fast-track and multi-track matters. His caseload covers all areas of negligence, but is particularly sought after for advice and representation in public liability claims. Dr Daniel Neill is particularly sought after for cases involving fundamental dishonesty.

Leading Juniors

Oliver Moore - Guildhall ChambersHis strengths include his ability to get a very thorough grasp on a case before providing any advice, which means that any documents/statements of case he drafts are equally as thorough; leaves no stone(s) unturned and missing nothing.
Ranked: Tier 1
Anthony Reddiford - Guildhall ChambersHe is very knowledgeable in his area of work, always being well prepared and providing clear and measured advice. His is approachable, a pleasure to work with and will always gain the confidence of clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
John Snell - Guildhall ChambersHe is particularly strong in equine accident claims.
Ranked: Tier 1

Gabriel Farmer - Guildhall Chambers 'He has a forensic grasp of detail and is able to convey complex factual and technical issues in a succinct and coherent fashion. Clients frequently praise his astute legal advice which is keenly balanced with their commercial needs. If a case is contested to trial, there is no one else they would want in their corner.'

Ranked: Tier 2

Tom Panton - Guildhall Chambers 'An impressive eye for detail. Clients were blown away by his calm but impressive courtroom skills. Quick to see the strengths and weaknesses of any case. Good manner with experts, affable but gets to the key details.'

Ranked: Tier 2
Julian Benson - Guildhall ChambersHis preparation is very careful and his attention to the detail of the expert evidence is very close. He is quite a fighter for his corner. As an advocate he is balanced and sensible.
Ranked: Tier 2

Martin Lanchester - Guildhall Chambers 'Martin has consistently provided clear, concise legal advice in an easily understandable way to client's of widely varying backgrounds. Clients appreciate his approachability and down-to-earth manner, as well as the accuracy of his advice. I find his advice and input to be always sensible, grounded in the reality of the case and with the client's interests at heart.'

Ranked: Tier 3
James Bentley - Guildhall ChambersJames has a fantastic eye for detail. He is also great with clients and witnesses in conference before trial.
Ranked: Tier 3
Oliver Manley - Guildhall ChambersOliver is a very thorough barrister and his work is of a consistently reliable nature. He makes himself available to answer queries and I am always confident in his advice.
Ranked: Tier 3
Dr Daniel Neill - Guildhall ChambersHe is a very tenacious trial advocate and fights hard for his client. He never gives up. He is well prepared and gives his all for his clients' cases.
Ranked: Tier 3

Property and construction Tier 2

Guildhall ChambersEwan Paton sits as a part-time judge and takes on litigation from easements to disputes over multimillion-pound developments. Deputy district judge William Batstone handles agricultural and rural property disputes, such as representing a farmer's widow who had been served notice to quit. A fellow deputy district judge, Matthew Wales leads the team and appears in neighbour disputes on rights of way and construction of developments. Michael Selway has expertise in adverse possession, tenancy, and Chancery work, acting in a rare case on the Housing (Wales) Act. George Newsom has retired.

Rising stars

Brittany Pearce - Guildhall ChambersBrittany provides expert advice, is professional in her manner and approachable. Her advice is detailed yet practical. Brittany gains a very quick understanding of complex matters and provides realistic advice of the litigation.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Julian Allsop - Guildhall ChambersRecommended for construction litigation.
Ranked: Tier 1
William Batstone - Guildhall ChambersVery user friendly. Thorough. Well respected.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ewan Paton - Guildhall ChambersVery clear, detailed and decisive advice.
Ranked: Tier 1
Matthew Wales - Guildhall ChambersDynamic and intelligent, inspires confidence in clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Oliver Mitchell - Guildhall ChambersVery detailed and thorough advice. Very approachable when working on cases together.
Ranked: Tier 2
Michael Selway - Guildhall ChambersHe provides extremely in-depth advice and leaves no stone unturned.
Ranked: Tier 2

Agriculture

'A fountain of knowledge for all things agricultural', William Batstone at Guildhall Chambers is highly recommended for agricultural tenancy matters, with a practice that spans both tenant and landlord representation, with recent cases including an appeal against a decision that a farmer's widow had been served notice following the death of her husband, where the landlords had failed to obtain proof of delivery. Solicitors say his advice is 'although highly technical, is always written with the client reading it in mind'.

Leading Juniors

William Batstone - Guildhall ChambersUnflappable, responsive, and exceptionally knowledgeable in the field of agricultural tenancies. His advocacy style is thorough and measured - he avoids grandstanding or overly dramatic oral submissions.
Ranked: Tier 1

Business and regulatory crime (including health and safety)

Guildhall Chambers is home to Andrew Langdon QC who is seen by some as 'the best jury advocate in health and safety cases, not just on the Western Circuit, but nationally'. 'He brings his encyclopaedic knowledge of criminal procedure, forensic skills, and jury craft to health and safety cases and deploys them to the greatest possible advantage.' Instructing solicitors also praise Langdon QC for being 'a great team player and is particularly effective in cases arising from joint police and HSE investigations'. In recent instructions of note, he successfully defended a partnership charged with corporate manslaughter following a fatal accident on a farm where a worker was killed when the brakes failed on a trailer he was towing down a hill.

Leading Silks

Andrew Langdon QC - Guildhall Chambers 'He has a huge presence in a courtroom, and is highly regarded by Judges, and adored by juries who hang on his every word. But his humanity and clear-speaking advocacy style which is so attractive to a jury bely an intellectual powerhouse who works incredibly hard, and knows every detail of a case.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Samuel Jones  - Guildhall Chambers  'He is likable and approachable, good with clients and on his feet. A first class tactician and as thorough as I have come across. Destined for big things.'
Ranked: Tier 2

Costs

Guildhall Chambers has a number of barristers with expertise in costs and litigation funding. With a growing reputation in this field, the set includes some of the most prominent regional specialists. Described by one client as 'a walking knowledge bank of costs rules and laws', Oliver Moore receives nationwide instructions, heading the specialist costs practice while also  being head of the Chambers’ Costs and Litigation Funding team. 'Future star of the costs bar' James Wibberley has a background in commercial litigation and has a broad costs practice comprising a combination of advisory and advocacy work.

Leading Juniors

Oliver Moore - Guildhall ChambersHe is a walking knowledge bank of costs rules and laws. He also has good insight into the judicial approach to costs and their response to arguments and will focus on what will work.
Ranked: Tier 1
James Wibberley - Guildhall ChambersHe is a pleasure to work with; very knowledgeable, able to provide forthright, concise advice in a friendly and approachable manner. A fine advocate, always meticulously prepared and tenacious with his arguments.
Ranked: Tier 1

Planning and environment

Guildhall Chambers has a team of specialist barristers practicing in the regulatory crime aspect of health and safety and environment law. The 'highly motivated' Brendon Moorhouse is 'passionate about environmental law', according to peers, representing parties in all manner of civil and criminal litigation, particularly those involving Natura 2000 areas, marine issues, and waste law. 'He has a natural empathy and understanding of the subject and out-classes most with his knowledge of the challenges it can present when criminal litigation is afoot.' He was instructed in Neyland Yacht Haven v Natural Resources Wales, a case involving the first-ever appeal against the terms of a dredging permit issued in a special area of conservation (SAC). He is also instructed by Gwent Wildlife Trust, Friends of the Earth, the RSPB, and Welsh Woodland Trust to oppose the M4 motorway extension.

Leading Juniors

Brendon Moorhouse - Guildhall ChambersBrendon's strengths are his ability to think on his feet, his client friendly nature and his overall encyclopaedic knowledge of the regulatory regime. He is very easy to work with, practical and pragmatic and has a good grasp of the subject matter.
Ranked: Tier 1

Set overviews: England and Wales

Bristol's Guildhall Chambers is a leading multidisciplinary set on the Western Circuit, with specialism in commercial disputes, company and insolvency, crime, and employment to name but a few. In recent news, Selena Plowden  was appointed Queen’s Counsel; Selena Plowden has joined the planning and environmental team; Peter Binder has joined the crime team; and Oliver Edwards has joined as senior practice manager within the civil clerking team.

Testimonials

Clerks:

All clerks are extremely professional and polite and a clerk is always available upon ringing into chambers or responding immediately to emails. Each clerk is always able to deal with my enquiry without the need to pass me to another.

All good – responsive on fees and detailed knowledge of counsel. All the clerks are approachable and responsive.

I have been very impressed with Wendy Shaw. An excellent Clerk!

I have dealt with Grant Bidwell and Lucy Northeast mostly. They’re polite, organised, thorough and most of all efficient. I can’t praise them highly enough.

Yes, this is a top flight set for insolvency, commercial and regulatory work.

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Commercial litigation Tier 1

Guildhall Chambers is home to one of the premier commercial litigation teams on the western circuit, with members undertaking a wide range of high-value and complex work. Hugh Sims QC handles high-end contractual disputes and financial services litigation, and recently represented the claimant in Morley v The Royal Bank Of Scotland PLC, who sought damages from the bank in relation to properties it had lost after failing to pay a £75m loan, on multiple grounds including the tort of intimidation. Finance specialist John Virgo, who Sims QC led in the Morley case, is also highly recommended and has recently appeared in several cases, both led and unled, relating to LIBOR. The set has a strong crop of junior counsel to rely on as well, with John ChurchillSamuel Parsons, and James Hannant emerging as ones to watch in this area.

Rising stars

John Churchill - Guildhall ChambersClear in his advice, giving assured guidance which exceeds his year of call.
Ranked: Tier 1
James Hannant - Guildhall ChambersA highly effective counsel whose opinions are always clear and to the point.
Ranked: Tier 1
Samuel Parsons - Guildhall ChambersClear and articulate in oral advocacy, presents complex information well in a digestible manner.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Hugh Sims QC - Guildhall ChambersA very impressive advocate whether in court or during negotiations.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Stefan Ramel - Guildhall ChambersApproachable, practical and level-headed, with great attention to detail and an acute sense of strategy.
Ranked: Tier 1
John Virgo - Guildhall ChambersRealistic, well respected by all parties, and has a thorough knowledge of financial services regulations.
Ranked: Tier 1
James Wibberley - Guildhall ChambersQuickly grasps the key legal issues of a case, and always remains sympathetic to a client's overall commercial objectives.
Ranked: Tier 1
Richard Ascroft - Guildhall ChambersCombines an eye for detail and a very engaging manner with excellent advocacy.
Ranked: Tier 2

Jay Jagasia - Guildhall Chambers ‘Diligent, hard-working, and very knowledgeable in this field.

Ranked: Tier 2
Lucy Walker - Guildhall ChambersSpecialises in advisory work for clients in the financial sector.
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Company and insolvency Tier 1

Guildhall Chambers is 'a go-to for all insolvency and commercial advice and advocacy'. Ably lead by Hugh Sims QC, 'from the pupil through to the QC, they are all skilled advocates, and provide concise, pragmatic, and commercial advice'. The set's company law specialists act and advise in relation to unincorporated associations, partnerships, and LLPs for clients both at home and abroad. Members also advise on non-contentious insolvency issues, corporate recovery, and turnaround. Stefan Ramel acted on behalf of a curatore of an Italian insolvency; the case, which was litigated in the High Court, explored the jurisdictional reaches of Council Regulation (EC) No 1346/2000 on insolvency proceedings. Simon Passfield acted for three creditors who, with the support of 100 others, succeeded in having a failed forex trading company placed into compulsory liquidation; the unregulated company collapsed in 2019, leaving more than £60m of creditors. Also of note, Holly Doyle is regularly instructed in complex misfeasance cases, transaction avoidance claims, and contested applications for possession and sale. The future of the set looks bright with Samuel Parsons and James Hannan highlighted as rising stars in the field.

Rising stars

James Hannant - Guildhall ChambersJames is very bright and quick to get to grips with complex sets of facts and to get on top of the documents. His legal advice is always pragmatic, concise and commercially-focused. He is also exceptionally good with clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Samuel Parsons - Guildhall ChambersHe has excellent attention to detail and presentation skills during various hearings. He is hard working and organised and knows law very well.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Hugh Sims QC - Guildhall ChambersThe shining star at this set, ably supported by the juniors he works with.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Simon Passfield - Guildhall ChambersClear thinking, technically excellent and really client friendly. Simon is our go to barrister for any insolvency matter and we regularly instruct him on matters where he acts against leading counsel. Simon is extremely calm and remains unruffled even when placed under significant pressure.
Ranked: Tier 1
Stefan Ramel - Guildhall ChambersAbsolutely brilliant barrister for insolvency and litigation.
Ranked: Tier 1

Richard Ascroft  - Guildhall Chambers ‘Experienced in both company and insolvency-related matters.

Ranked: Tier 2
Holly Doyle - Guildhall ChambersHolly's written advocacy is the best of any opponent I have been against. She is meticulous in her preparation and is able to make the key points in a concise and powerful way. Her oral advocacy is silky smooth and highly persuasive. She has a very calm court manner and gives the impression of being totally unflappable.
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Crime (general and fraud) Tier 1

'All you could ever need across the whole spectrum of crime and more', Guildhall Chambers is 'impressive and the go-to team for serious cases'. In recent instructions of note, Christopher Quinlan QC prosecuted grime musician Solo 45, who was convicted of trapping and raping four women over a period of two years. Among the set's juniors, James Haskell defended a man who was acquitted of rape in a case where, despite forensic evidence of sexual activity, a successful application to admit evidence of a previous false rape complaint by the accuser; Greg Gordon represented a vulnerable young defendant, who was acquitted of assault by penetration which was alleged to have taken place at an army cadet base on an overnight fieldcraft exercise.

Rising stars

Alistair Haggerty - Guildhall ChambersAlistair is a clever lawyer with very good judgement. His advocacy is clear and concise. He is a very good member of any team. He finds solutions and takes on additional responsibilities willingly.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Andrew Langdon QC - Guildhall ChambersHis humanity and clear-speaking advocacy style is so attractive, but belies an intellectual powerhouse who knows every detail of a case.
Ranked: Tier 1
Christopher Quinlan QC - Guildhall ChambersHis style of advocacy is methodical yet seamlessly sensitive and direct.
Ranked: Tier 1
Richard Smith QC - Guildhall ChambersA superb advocate with really good courtroom presence - judges and juries like him and listen to what he says.
Ranked: Tier 1
Anna Vigars QC - Guildhall ChambersWhen she speaks in the court room, she is authoritative, poignant and always on key.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Mary Cowe - Guildhall ChambersA class act - precise, considered, clever and persuasive.
Ranked: Tier 1
James Haskell - Guildhall ChambersA thoughtful and polished advocate, confident without arrogance, with conspicuously good judgement.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Scutt - Guildhall ChambersHe takes a strong and robust approach to both advice to clients in conference and to advocacy in court.
Ranked: Tier 1
Anjali Gohil - Guildhall ChambersExperienced in a wide range of criminal cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ramin Pakrooh - Guildhall ChambersHe demonstrates exceptional attention to detail, higlighting the nuances that prove critical.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ray Tully - Guildhall ChambersA powerful advocate who approaches cases in a lateral fashion - he sees aspects that others have missede.
Ranked: Tier 2
Tara Wolfe - Guildhall ChambersHer courage in court is self-evident.
Ranked: Tier 2
Nicolas Gerasimidis - Guildhall ChambersA superb advocate who is very good with a jury and able to deal the judiciary very well.
Ranked: Tier 3

Greg Gordon Guildhall Chambers ‘He has a great ability to make complicated things appear simple to juries and fantastic technical skill at presenting complex information.

Ranked: Tier 3
Sam Jones - Guildhall ChambersA first-class tactician who is good with clients and on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jennifer Tallentire - Guildhall ChambersJenny has an exceptional ability to deliver incredible results under extreme pressures, while managing to keep clients and their entourage calm and focused. She is incredibly adept at dealing with adult, young and vulnerable witnesses alike in a way that engages the jury, ready for her incisive and compelling closing speeches.
Ranked: Tier 3
Mark Worsley - Guildhall ChambersHe has a great ability to reduce the most complex issues to simple strategic points efficiently and directly.
Ranked: Tier 3

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Employment Tier 1

'A high-quality set', Guildhall Chambers offers 'a good range of employment counsel at various levels of experience, representing an alternative to London chambers in appropriate cases'. Debbie Grennan represented a school subjected to a religious discrimination claim by a former employee, who was dismissed after posting anti-same-sex marriage and anti-gender reassignment messages on Facebook. In a sex discrimination claim, Douglas Leach represented a City of London police officer, who had her London Allowance reduced without there being a mechanism to do so under the Police Regulations when she went on maternity leave.

Leading Juniors

Julian Allsop - Guildhall ChambersActs for both defendants and respondents in a wide range of cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Debbie Grennan - Guildhall ChambersVery impressive on her feet - a joy to watch in action.
Ranked: Tier 1
Douglas Leach - Guildhall ChambersIn advocacy he is clear, precised and measured - he doesn't miss a trick, and is good with clients too.
Ranked: Tier 1
Allan Roberts - Guildhall ChambersAn extremely capable and persuasive advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Nicholas Smith - Guildhall ChambersSolicitors see the opposition case crumble in the face of his cross-examination.
Ranked: Tier 1
Kerry Gardiner - Guildhall ChambersClient-friendly, she is quick to analyse the issues and provide clear and commercial advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
Geraint Probert - Guildhall ChambersClear written advice. Persuasive advocacy during employment tribunal hearings. Personable with good client management skills.
Ranked: Tier 3

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Chancery, probate, and tax Tier 2

Guildhall Chambers is home to several strong Chancery practitioners with experience in 1975 Inheritance Act claims, trust disputes, and actions against administrators. Hugh Sims QC is a strong presence at the senior end, with recent work including Promontoria (Oak) Limited v Emanuel & Emanuel, which dealt with the validity of a redacted deed of assignment as secondary evidence when the primary document still existed but was not entered. Other notable figures within the team include Ewan Paton , Matthew Wales , Oliver Mitchell, Michael Selway, and Malcolm Warner, whose recent work includes two connected Inheritance Act claims wherein a claimant obtained a judgment in her favour but died before an order was made, resulting in a subsequent claim by the original claimant's son.

Rising stars

Brittany Pearce - Guildhall ChambersEffective advocate. Excellent in dealing with client and in taking part in mediation and without prejudice meetings and discussions.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Hugh Sims QC - Guildhall ChambersCombines excellent analytical skills, and unwavering determination to complete the task in hand.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Matthew Wales - Guildhall Chambers 'Matthew is a great case closer. Sometimes there are some cases that can go on and on no matter what you try to do in correspondence or pleadings because of the other party being stubborn. However once you get them to the table – they get a little taster of what they may experience in court from Matthew that is usually enough for the party to be willing to reach a deal.'

Ranked: Tier 1
Ewan Paton - Guildhall Chambers 'Thorough research, considered advice, good after-sales follow up, good with clients and good advocate with Court of Appeal successes behind him. Very good both in writing and in conference. His academic background shows through in his clear analysis and explanation of points.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Malcolm Warner - Guildhall ChambersMethodical, rigorous, and proactive, in addition to working very well with solicitors.
Ranked: Tier 1
Oliver Mitchell - Guildhall ChambersAn approachable barrister who provides thorough and detailed advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
Michael Selway - Guildhall ChambersHis calm demeanour belies his strong intellect and dogged tenacity.
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Clinical negligence Tier 2

Guildhall Chambers remains a strong presence in the Bristol clinical negligence market, particularly for claimant work, and has expanded its capacity to take on top-level work in 2020, with Selena Plowden QC taking silk. Sophie Holme remains another stand-out member of the team, with recent cases concerning hospital infections, missed diagnoses, chronic pain disorders, and surgical negligence. Senior junior Robert Sowersby is highly active in this area, and continues to expand his defendant practice, while at the junior end Kriti Upadhyay is building a solid clinical negligence practice, often taking on cases that involve inquests.

2020 Silks

Selena Plowden QC - Guildhall ChambersTactically brilliant, great with clients, and tough but fair with opposition.

Leading Juniors

Sophie Holme - Guildhall ChambersA phenomenally capable counsel who combines intellectual rigour, impeccable judgement, attention to detail, and determination.
Ranked: Tier 1
Robert Sowersby - Guildhall ChambersExtremely thorough, unflappable, and insightful, with a sensitive and very efficient approach to cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Kriti Upadhyay - Guildhall ChambersA confident and articulate advocate who is persuasive and pragmatic in her application of the law.
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Personal injury Tier 2

The personal injury team at Guildhall Chambers provides high-standard advisory and advocacy services for both claimants and defendants nationwide. Instructions received vary from multi-million-pound catastrophic claims down to less complex claims. Gabriel Farmer has a 'forensic grasp of detail' and enjoys a mixed claimant/defendant, senior-junior caseload in the band of £100k-£2M. With a 'fantastic eye for detail', James Bentley is instructed by both claimants and defendants in high-end fast-track and multi-track matters. His caseload covers all areas of negligence, but is particularly sought after for advice and representation in public liability claims. Dr Daniel Neill is particularly sought after for cases involving fundamental dishonesty.

Leading Juniors

Oliver Moore - Guildhall ChambersHis strengths include his ability to get a very thorough grasp on a case before providing any advice, which means that any documents/statements of case he drafts are equally as thorough; leaves no stone(s) unturned and missing nothing.
Ranked: Tier 1
Anthony Reddiford - Guildhall ChambersHe is very knowledgeable in his area of work, always being well prepared and providing clear and measured advice. His is approachable, a pleasure to work with and will always gain the confidence of clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
John Snell - Guildhall ChambersHe is particularly strong in equine accident claims.
Ranked: Tier 1

Gabriel Farmer - Guildhall Chambers 'He has a forensic grasp of detail and is able to convey complex factual and technical issues in a succinct and coherent fashion. Clients frequently praise his astute legal advice which is keenly balanced with their commercial needs. If a case is contested to trial, there is no one else they would want in their corner.'

Ranked: Tier 2

Tom Panton - Guildhall Chambers 'An impressive eye for detail. Clients were blown away by his calm but impressive courtroom skills. Quick to see the strengths and weaknesses of any case. Good manner with experts, affable but gets to the key details.'

Ranked: Tier 2
Julian Benson - Guildhall ChambersHis preparation is very careful and his attention to the detail of the expert evidence is very close. He is quite a fighter for his corner. As an advocate he is balanced and sensible.
Ranked: Tier 2

Martin Lanchester - Guildhall Chambers 'Martin has consistently provided clear, concise legal advice in an easily understandable way to client's of widely varying backgrounds. Clients appreciate his approachability and down-to-earth manner, as well as the accuracy of his advice. I find his advice and input to be always sensible, grounded in the reality of the case and with the client's interests at heart.'

Ranked: Tier 3
James Bentley - Guildhall ChambersJames has a fantastic eye for detail. He is also great with clients and witnesses in conference before trial.
Ranked: Tier 3
Oliver Manley - Guildhall ChambersOliver is a very thorough barrister and his work is of a consistently reliable nature. He makes himself available to answer queries and I am always confident in his advice.
Ranked: Tier 3
Dr Daniel Neill - Guildhall ChambersHe is a very tenacious trial advocate and fights hard for his client. He never gives up. He is well prepared and gives his all for his clients' cases.
Ranked: Tier 3

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Property and construction Tier 2

Guildhall ChambersEwan Paton sits as a part-time judge and takes on litigation from easements to disputes over multimillion-pound developments. Deputy district judge William Batstone handles agricultural and rural property disputes, such as representing a farmer's widow who had been served notice to quit. A fellow deputy district judge, Matthew Wales leads the team and appears in neighbour disputes on rights of way and construction of developments. Michael Selway has expertise in adverse possession, tenancy, and Chancery work, acting in a rare case on the Housing (Wales) Act. George Newsom has retired.

Rising stars

Brittany Pearce - Guildhall ChambersBrittany provides expert advice, is professional in her manner and approachable. Her advice is detailed yet practical. Brittany gains a very quick understanding of complex matters and provides realistic advice of the litigation.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Julian Allsop - Guildhall ChambersRecommended for construction litigation.
Ranked: Tier 1
William Batstone - Guildhall ChambersVery user friendly. Thorough. Well respected.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ewan Paton - Guildhall ChambersVery clear, detailed and decisive advice.
Ranked: Tier 1
Matthew Wales - Guildhall ChambersDynamic and intelligent, inspires confidence in clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Oliver Mitchell - Guildhall ChambersVery detailed and thorough advice. Very approachable when working on cases together.
Ranked: Tier 2
Michael Selway - Guildhall ChambersHe provides extremely in-depth advice and leaves no stone unturned.
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Agriculture

'A fountain of knowledge for all things agricultural', William Batstone at Guildhall Chambers is highly recommended for agricultural tenancy matters, with a practice that spans both tenant and landlord representation, with recent cases including an appeal against a decision that a farmer's widow had been served notice following the death of her husband, where the landlords had failed to obtain proof of delivery. Solicitors say his advice is 'although highly technical, is always written with the client reading it in mind'.

Leading Juniors

William Batstone - Guildhall ChambersUnflappable, responsive, and exceptionally knowledgeable in the field of agricultural tenancies. His advocacy style is thorough and measured - he avoids grandstanding or overly dramatic oral submissions.
Ranked: Tier 1

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Business and regulatory crime (including health and safety)

Guildhall Chambers is home to Andrew Langdon QC who is seen by some as 'the best jury advocate in health and safety cases, not just on the Western Circuit, but nationally'. 'He brings his encyclopaedic knowledge of criminal procedure, forensic skills, and jury craft to health and safety cases and deploys them to the greatest possible advantage.' Instructing solicitors also praise Langdon QC for being 'a great team player and is particularly effective in cases arising from joint police and HSE investigations'. In recent instructions of note, he successfully defended a partnership charged with corporate manslaughter following a fatal accident on a farm where a worker was killed when the brakes failed on a trailer he was towing down a hill.

Leading Silks

Andrew Langdon QC - Guildhall Chambers 'He has a huge presence in a courtroom, and is highly regarded by Judges, and adored by juries who hang on his every word. But his humanity and clear-speaking advocacy style which is so attractive to a jury bely an intellectual powerhouse who works incredibly hard, and knows every detail of a case.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Samuel Jones  - Guildhall Chambers  'He is likable and approachable, good with clients and on his feet. A first class tactician and as thorough as I have come across. Destined for big things.'
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Costs

Guildhall Chambers has a number of barristers with expertise in costs and litigation funding. With a growing reputation in this field, the set includes some of the most prominent regional specialists. Described by one client as 'a walking knowledge bank of costs rules and laws', Oliver Moore receives nationwide instructions, heading the specialist costs practice while also  being head of the Chambers’ Costs and Litigation Funding team. 'Future star of the costs bar' James Wibberley has a background in commercial litigation and has a broad costs practice comprising a combination of advisory and advocacy work.

Leading Juniors

Oliver Moore - Guildhall ChambersHe is a walking knowledge bank of costs rules and laws. He also has good insight into the judicial approach to costs and their response to arguments and will focus on what will work.
Ranked: Tier 1
James Wibberley - Guildhall ChambersHe is a pleasure to work with; very knowledgeable, able to provide forthright, concise advice in a friendly and approachable manner. A fine advocate, always meticulously prepared and tenacious with his arguments.
Ranked: Tier 1

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Planning and environment

Guildhall Chambers has a team of specialist barristers practicing in the regulatory crime aspect of health and safety and environment law. The 'highly motivated' Brendon Moorhouse is 'passionate about environmental law', according to peers, representing parties in all manner of civil and criminal litigation, particularly those involving Natura 2000 areas, marine issues, and waste law. 'He has a natural empathy and understanding of the subject and out-classes most with his knowledge of the challenges it can present when criminal litigation is afoot.' He was instructed in Neyland Yacht Haven v Natural Resources Wales, a case involving the first-ever appeal against the terms of a dredging permit issued in a special area of conservation (SAC). He is also instructed by Gwent Wildlife Trust, Friends of the Earth, the RSPB, and Welsh Woodland Trust to oppose the M4 motorway extension.

Leading Juniors

Brendon Moorhouse - Guildhall ChambersBrendon's strengths are his ability to think on his feet, his client friendly nature and his overall encyclopaedic knowledge of the regulatory regime. He is very easy to work with, practical and pragmatic and has a good grasp of the subject matter.
Ranked: Tier 1

Regional Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

Bristol's Guildhall Chambers is a leading multidisciplinary set on the Western Circuit, with specialism in commercial disputes, company and insolvency, crime, and employment to name but a few. In recent news, Selena Plowden  was appointed Queen’s Counsel; Selena Plowden has joined the planning and environmental team; Peter Binder has joined the crime team; and Oliver Edwards has joined as senior practice manager within the civil clerking team.

Testimonials

Clerks:

All clerks are extremely professional and polite and a clerk is always available upon ringing into chambers or responding immediately to emails. Each clerk is always able to deal with my enquiry without the need to pass me to another.

All good – responsive on fees and detailed knowledge of counsel. All the clerks are approachable and responsive.

I have been very impressed with Wendy Shaw. An excellent Clerk!

I have dealt with Grant Bidwell and Lucy Northeast mostly. They’re polite, organised, thorough and most of all efficient. I can’t praise them highly enough.

Yes, this is a top flight set for insolvency, commercial and regulatory work.

 

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
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
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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