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Chambers of Charles Gibson QC

2 HARCOURT BUILDINGS, TEMPLE, LONDON, EC4Y 9DB, ENGLAND
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1039 LONDON CHANCERY LANE WC2
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www.hendersonchambers.co.uk

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

A ‘first-class set for product liability and personal injury’, Henderson Chambers becomes ‘a go-to set when the two areas combine’, according to solicitors. The set is also ‘the first port of call’ for health and safety work, and has ‘a very good range of counsel – from QCs to impressive juniors to very competent junior juniors’. In recent chambers news, regulatory specialist Tim Green joined from Outer Temple Chambers, while John White announced he will be retiring on 31 May 2020 after almost 45 years in chambers, 30 of them as chief clerk. The clerking team ‘reflects John’s emphasis on client care’; senior practice manager Daniel Kemp is ‘an asset to the set’. Overall the team is described as ‘efficient with fee notes and always willing to make counsel available and to facilitate accessibility’. Practice managers Nick Bryant, Daniel Smith, and Joseph Sutton are 'always helpful and responsive'; Shaun Wright has joined as a junior clerk from One Essex Court. Offices in: London

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London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)
2018 Silks

Andrew Kinnier QC - Henderson ChambersInstructed in matters with Welsh elements.

Ranked: tier 1

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Agriculture
Leading Juniors

Lucy McCormick - Henderson ChambersPoised, meticulously prepared and persuasive on her feet.

Ranked: tier 2

George Mallet - Henderson ChambersAn excellent advocate, tenacious and has achieved some remarkable results.

Ranked: tier 4

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

Henderson Chambers

Henderson Chambers has 'a very good range of counsel, from QCs to impressive juniors, to very competent junior juniors', according to one instructing solicitor. The set has an excellent reputation for consumer credit issues, where its members are among the most experienced in the market. The set's members, including Richard Mawrey QC, William Hibbert and Julia Smith, have been involved in several key recent consumer banking cases, including DGOFT v First National Bank, OFT v Lloyds TSB Bank, and Wadham Stringer v Meaney.

Leading Silks

Richard Mawrey QC - Henderson ChambersAmong the best barristers you'll work with.

Ranked: tier 2
Leading Juniors

Julia Smith - Henderson ChambersCommercial and practical, and very user friendly.

Ranked: tier 2

William Hibbert - Henderson ChambersHas vast experience of consumer credit disputes.

Ranked: tier 2

Henry Warwick - Henderson ChambersExcellent with clients and really gets the pressures of an instructing solicitor.

Ranked: tier 3

Dennis Rosenthal - Henderson ChambersDeals with all instructed matters professionally, efficiently and with a pragmatic approach.

Ranked: tier 4

Nazeer Chowdhury - Henderson ChambersHighly experienced in consumer credit issues.

Ranked: tier 4

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Commercial litigation
Leading Silks

Charles Gibson QC - Henderson ChambersA standout QC.

Ranked: tier 6
Leading Juniors

Henry Warwick - Henderson ChambersMeticulous, with attention to detail that is razor-sharp.

Ranked: tier 4

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Consumer
Consumer - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Henderson Chambers

Henderson Chambers 'has a range of barristers from the young and talented to people of undoubted seniority and authority'. The set is highly regarded for health and safety, product liability, and consumer law. Recent instructions for Toby Riley-smith QC include his representation of Whirlpool Corporation in the Grenfell Tower inquiry. Nazeer Chowdhury acted in the VW emissions group action litigation.

Leading Silks

Richard Mawrey QC - Henderson ChambersHe has consummate knowledge of the law and the application of it.

Ranked: tier 2

Toby Riley-Smith QC - Henderson ChambersVast experience, enormous intellectual ability and commercial acumen.

Ranked: tier 2
Leading Juniors

Julia Smith - Henderson ChambersA top consumer credit barrister.

Ranked: tier 1

William Hibbert - Henderson ChambersA key barrister in this field.

Ranked: tier 1

Nazeer Chowdhury - Henderson ChambersParticularly active in consumer credit cases.

Ranked: tier 3

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EU Law
Leading Silks

Sir Alan Dashwood QC - Henderson ChambersA very nice man with a deep knowledge of international law.

Ranked: tier 3

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Employment
Leading Silks

Patrick Green QC - Henderson ChambersA true lateral thinker, willing to explore new angles with an ability to convince the judge to push the boundaries of employment law.

Ranked: tier 4
Leading Juniors

David Brook - Henderson ChambersGets to the nub of the issue quickly and handles difficult clients well.

Ranked: tier 3

Kathleen Donnelly - Henderson ChambersExcellent advocate with tenacious attention to detail on complex cases.

Ranked: tier 3

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Environment
Environment - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Henderson Chambers

Henderson Chambers has unrivalled experience in large-scale environmental group actions, as well as a range of other regulatory matters and civil claims arising from pollution and other environmental issues. The set has notable expertise in  the railway, waste and mining industries, and clients note that it is 'a strong set for health and safety and product liability matters, and for all kinds of regulatory work'. It also has a 'good, practical clerking team that is always there to sort out problems'. Charles Gibson QC acted for Vedanta in a group action concerning alleged water pollution, environmental damage and personal injury as a result of the operation of a major copper mine in Zambia. Kathleen Donnelly represented Volkswagen in claims arising from vehicle emissions testing, including allegations that NOx emissions have damaged the environment.

Leading Silks

Charles Gibson QC - Henderson ChambersA leading light for environmental group actions.

Ranked: tier 1

Geraint Webb QC - Henderson ChambersA good strategist in both international and domestic environmental matters.

Ranked: tier 3

Lawrence West QC - Henderson ChambersA strong player in water and sewerage matters.

Ranked: tier 3

Oliver Campbell QC - Henderson ChambersAn outstanding advocate who shows attention to detail and expertise.

Ranked: tier 3

Prashant Popat QC - Henderson ChambersA high-class professional with incredible knowledge.

Ranked: tier 4

Toby Riley-Smith QC - Henderson ChambersA first-class advocate with an exceptional intellect – steely and effective, but charming and polite.

Ranked: tier 4
2018 Silks

Andrew Kinnier QC - Henderson ChambersAn insightful and practical advocate.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Adam Heppinstall - Henderson ChambersRepresents the Environment Agency and big companies with vigour.

Ranked: tier 3

James Purnell - Henderson ChambersVery hardworking, clever and conscientious with a straightforward, disarming and charming manner.

Ranked: tier 3

Kathleen Donnelly - Henderson ChambersA good advocate who is excellent with clients and easy to work with.

Ranked: tier 3

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

Henderson Chambers

Henderson Chambers is 'a good set for work of this nature' and 'always able to provide counsel at the right level of experience for claims of all sizes'. Members regularly act for and against regulators including the Financial Conduct Authority, with recent cases including FCA v Gopee (in which Julia Smith represented the regulatory body) , and are also highly experienced on the non-contentious side.

Leading Silks

Richard Mawrey QC - Henderson ChambersAn excellent silk.

Ranked: tier 2

Toby Riley-Smith QC - Henderson ChambersExcellent – has vast experience and offers commercially sensible advice.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

William Hibbert - Henderson ChambersHas an incomparable eye for detail and is a tenacious advocate.

Ranked: tier 2

Dennis Rosenthal - Henderson ChambersProvides strong, pragmatic, clear advice.

Ranked: tier 3

Henry Warwick - Henderson ChambersStrong ability to grasp detail quickly in complex areas and an excellent builder of rapport with clients.

Ranked: tier 3

Julia Smith - Henderson ChambersHas an in-depth understanding of financial regulation.

Ranked: tier 3

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Health and safety
Health and safety - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Henderson Chambers

As 'a leading set for health and safety cases', Henderson Chambers has 'considerable strength in depth', housing an 'excellent' team of 'impressive, charismatic and intelligent barristers'. Multiple members of the set continue to advise on the Grenfell Tower disaster; other highlights include Prashant Popat QC and Oliver Campbell QC successfully defending British Cycling and the event organiser respectively against allegations of health and safety breaches following a fatal accident at a mountain bike race.

Leading Silks

Oliver Campbell QC - Henderson ChambersA stellar performer.

Ranked: tier 1

Prashant Popat QC - Henderson ChambersA polished silk with a rapier-like intellect.

Ranked: tier 1

Charles Gibson QC - Henderson ChambersVery experienced in cases involving the railway and power sectors.

Ranked: tier 2

Toby Riley-Smith QC - Henderson ChambersA first-class advocate: steely, effective, and charming.

Ranked: tier 2
2018 Silks

Andrew Kinnier QC - Henderson ChambersA silk who fights his client's corner.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Angus Withington - Henderson ChambersVery knowledgeable and demonstrates great client empathy.

Ranked: tier 3

James Purnell - Henderson ChambersPersuasive, with an eye for detail.

Ranked: tier 3

Tim Green - Henderson ChambersHe is an indefatigable and detail-oriented barrister.

Ranked: tier 3

Abigail Cohen - Henderson ChambersA very calm and measured barrister.

Ranked: tier 4

Kathleen Donnelly - Henderson ChambersAn excellent advocate with tenacious attention to detail.

Ranked: tier 4

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) - Leading Silks

Peter Susman QC - Henderson ChambersHe has a breadth of experience in IT disputes.

Ranked: tier 4

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Inquests and inquiries
Leading Silks

Oliver Campbell QC - Henderson ChambersTop class: measured and reliable.

Ranked: tier 2

Prashant Popat QC - Henderson ChambersHe is the consummate modern barrister: polished, has a rapier-like intellect and always asks the right questions.

Ranked: tier 2

Malcolm Sheehan QC - Henderson ChambersVery bright and a very good advocate.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

James Purnell - Henderson ChambersHe has a good eye for detail and is also good at putting the client at ease.

Ranked: tier 3

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Insurance and reinsurance
Leading Silks

Geraint Webb QC - Henderson ChambersHe is highly regarded for insurance and reinsurance disputes.

Ranked: tier 5

Lawrence West QC - Henderson ChambersHe is a very experienced silk.

Ranked: tier 5

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Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud
Personal injury - Leading Juniors

Angus Withington - Henderson ChambersHe is incredibly knowledgeable and a huge asset in every claim.

Ranked: tier 4

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Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture
Leading Juniors

Tim Green - Henderson ChambersCalm and effective in court.

Ranked: tier 3

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Product liability
Product liability - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Henderson Chambers

'The leading defence practice for product liability', Henderson Chambers is a 'great set with huge strength in depth from very good quality juniors through to the silks'. Members of chambers are frequently instructed in high-profile and high-stakes litigation. Recently, this has included Prashant Popat QC's work for VW and other companies in the emissions litigation. A number of the set's barristers – including Charles Gibson QC, Malcolm Sheehan QC, Andrew Kinnier QC, and Adam Heppinstall – have been instructed in the pharmaceutical product liability group action alleging that the antidepressant Seroxat is a defective product.

Leading Silks

Charles Gibson QC - Henderson ChambersA great team leader and very good strategic thinker.

Ranked: tier 1

Geraint Webb QC - Henderson ChambersExtremely bright, very thorough in his approach and unflappable.

Ranked: tier 1

Prashant Popat QC - Henderson ChambersAn incredibly sharp and gifted advocate.

Ranked: tier 1

Malcolm Sheehan QC - Henderson ChambersHe is fantastic with clients and a great team player.

Ranked: tier 2

Oliver Campbell QC - Henderson ChambersHardworking and diligent; an excellent trial lawyer.

Ranked: tier 2

Toby Riley-Smith QC - Henderson ChambersVery easy to work with; great with commercial clients; really understands the detail and a fantastic advocate.

Ranked: tier 3
2018 Silks

Andrew Kinnier QC - Henderson ChambersHe is phenomenally committed to the cause of the client.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Adam Heppinstall - Henderson ChambersCombines exceptional intelligence with a pragmatic and strategic approach.

Ranked: tier 2

Noel Dilworth - Henderson ChambersHe is hardworking and always happy to go the extra mile for clients.

Ranked: tier 2

Elizabeth Tremayne - Henderson ChambersGood with detail, accurate and realistic.

Ranked: tier 3

James Purnell - Henderson ChambersHe is very approachable and user friendly.

Ranked: tier 3

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Professional disciplinary and regulatory law
Leading Juniors

Adam Heppinstall - Henderson ChambersHis work includes osteopaths and psychotherapy cases.

Ranked: tier 4

Henry Warwick - Henderson ChambersVery methodical and thorough; clients value his clear advice.

Ranked: tier 4

James Palmer - Henderson ChambersHe can condense a complex case into concise points.

Ranked: tier 4

Kenneth Hamer - Henderson ChambersA stalwart fighter.

Ranked: tier 4

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Professional negligence
Leading Silks

Geraint Webb QC - Henderson ChambersHe is very experienced in professional negligence cases.

Ranked: tier 4

Peter Susman QC - Henderson ChambersHe is experienced in claims involving accountants, architects, solicitors, surgeons and surveyors.

Ranked: tier 4
Leading Juniors

Jonathan Steinert - Henderson ChambersHe is a brilliant advocate.

Ranked: tier 3

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Property litigation
Property litigation - Leading sets - ranked: tier 5

Henderson Chambers

Henderson Chambers is a ‘good set, with considerable strength in property related-law’, according to clients. Chambers' members are active on both the domestic and commercial property fronts with experience in property damage, right to light, co-ownership, trusts of land, environmental, and landlord and tenant disputes. Lucy McCormick recently acted on Radiosites Ltd v O’Connor, a dispute over a telecommunications tower which resulted in an application or an injunction to obtain access.

Leading Silks

Malcolm Sheehan QC - Henderson ChambersVery bright, incredibly hardworking, and impresses both in the courtroom and on paper.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

Jonathan Steinert - Henderson ChambersAn experienced advocate with strength across the board.

Ranked: tier 2

Lucy McCormick - Henderson ChambersHas all the requisites one would expect of a top-class advocate.

Ranked: tier 5

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Public procurement
Public procurement - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Henderson Chambers

At Henderson Chambers 'excellent advocate' Rhodri Williams QC counts local and regional government departments among his client who find him 'very user-friendly'. Some of his high-stakes cases have reached the Supreme Court and European Court of Justice, the subjects of which range from health to construction and defence and related funding issues. Andrew Kinnier QC's heavy-weight cases include advising on European structural funds and substantial infrastructure matters. In one case Kinnier is acting for HM Treasury and the Department for Communities & Local Government in relation to procurement issues relating to grants for the restoration of the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool and other regeneration projects.

Leading Silks

Rhodri Williams QC - Henderson ChambersA go-to for procurement challenges, particularly when acting for a defendant authority.

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Kinnier QC - Henderson ChambersHe is an intellectual powerhouse.

Ranked: tier 2

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Set overviews: England and Wales

A ‘first-class set for product liability and personal injury’, Henderson Chambers becomes ‘a go-to set when the two areas combine’, according to solicitors. The set is also ‘the first port of call’ for health and safety work, and has ‘a very good range of counsel – from QCs to impressive juniors to very competent junior juniors’. In recent chambers news, regulatory specialist Tim Green joined from Outer Temple Chambers, while John White announced he will be retiring on 31 May 2020 after almost 45 years in chambers, 30 of them as chief clerk. The clerking team ‘reflects John’s emphasis on client care’; senior practice manager Daniel Kemp is ‘an asset to the set’. Overall the team is described as ‘efficient with fee notes and always willing to make counsel available and to facilitate accessibility’. Practice managers Nick Bryant, Daniel Smith, and Joseph Sutton are 'always helpful and responsive'; Shaun Wright has joined as a junior clerk from One Essex Court. Offices in: London

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