Set Profile > Chambers of PJ Kirby QC and Brie Stevens-Hoare QC > London, England

Chambers of PJ Kirby QC and Brie Stevens-Hoare QC

Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)

2018 Silks

Charles Bagot QC - HardwickeHe is highly regarded for cross-border injury cases.

Clinical negligence

2018 Silks

Charles Bagot QC - HardwickeHe has laser-like focus, identifying the core issues remarkably swiftly and then providing robust strategies.

Commercial litigation

Leading Silks

Nigel Jones QC - HardwickeA first-class lawyer and an attractive advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3

2019 Silks

David Lewis QC - HardwickeA bright and strategically creative silk.

Leading Juniors

Charles Raffin - HardwickeA very thorough junior to have on your side.
Ranked: Tier 4
Emily Betts - HardwickeA future silk, her attention to detail and work ethic is second to none.
Ranked: Tier 5
Sarah McCann - HardwickeA great team player, able to stand toe-to-toe with QCs but also take on board the thoughts of all.
Ranked: Tier 5

Court of Protection and community care Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Alison Meacher - HardwickeHas an impressive ability to assimilate a large amount of information in a short space of time and to identify the core issues.
Ranked: Tier 2

Costs Tier 2

Leading Silks

PJ Kirby QC - HardwickeRecommended for his specialist knowledge of costs, attention to detail and decisiveness.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Robin Dunne - HardwickeHe is technically sound, ensures he is fully prepared and is incredibly pragmatic.
Ranked: Tier 3

Company and partnership Tier 3

Company - Leading Silks

Nigel Jones QC - HardwickeHe has a great manner with lay client and solicitor alike.
Ranked: Tier 3

Company - Leading Juniors

Sarah Clarke - HardwickeWorks extremely well as part of a team and is not afraid to take the unpopular points in court if she believes in them.
Ranked: Tier 4

Construction Tier 3

'Forward-thinking' Hardwicke has been involved in a variety of construction disputes, with a particular growth in instructions relating to cladding defects. Paul Reed QC, assisted by the 'hardworkingSarah McCann, acted for the principal defendant in Boots UK Ltd & Prudential Pensions Ltd v (1) N and Walk Realisations Ltd, (2) Rotary Yorkshire Ltd, (3) Ridge & Partners LLP, (4) Maintenance Facilities Management Ltd, a multimillion-pound claim arising from a major fire. Meanwhile, Nigel Jones QC has been instructed to lead Catherine Piercy in Lessors & Management Company of Herons Court v HeronsLea Limited,  NHBC and Others, defending a claim brought by 20 owners of a block of flats regarding several alleged defects.

Leading Silks

Paul Reed QC - HardwickeEnormous technical ability, commands the respect of every court.
Ranked: Tier 1
Nigel Jones QC - HardwickeProduces very high-quality work and always goes the extra mile.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Catherine Piercy - HardwickeAble to think quickly on her feet and offer strategic advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Pliener - HardwickeHas a well deserved reputation as one of the leading juniors.
Ranked: Tier 2
Michael Wheater - HardwickeHe is very thorough with an excellent knowledge of construction issues.
Ranked: Tier 2
Sarah McCann - HardwickeEnormously hardworking and utterly reliable.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ebony Alleyne - HardwickeShe is knowledgeable, commercially aware and considers all angles.
Ranked: Tier 4
Helena White - HardwickeA high-quality, up-and-coming junior.
Ranked: Tier 4

Administrative and public law (including local government) Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Alison Meacher - HardwickeWell regarded by instructing local authorities.
Ranked: Tier 3

Insolvency Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Sarah Clarke - HardwickeShe has a clear commercial manner of delivering advice and is good on her feet.
Ranked: Tier 3
Alaric Watson - HardwickeHe is a barrister who will give you a balanced view as regards merits and commerciality.
Ranked: Tier 4
Wendy Parker - HardwickeHas a wealth of experience in insolvency and is easy to approach.
Ranked: Tier 5
Charles Raffin - HardwickeHe not only goes the extra mile, but does so happily.
Ranked: Tier 5
Jonathan Titmuss - HardwickeTechnically and tactically very good.
Ranked: Tier 5

Planning Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Martha Grekos - HardwickeShe turns things round faster than the opposition expects.
Ranked: Tier 3

Employment Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Mark Stephens - HardwickeExcellent ability to digest complex issues and to give clear, succinct and effective advice.
Ranked: Tier 3
Paul Strelitz - HardwickeVery quick to get to the heart of a dispute and is known for his exceptional written work.
Ranked: Tier 3
Matthew Hodson - HardwickeVery good at thinking on his feet as well as very good with clients and helps them to understand legal points easily and quickly.
Ranked: Tier 4

Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Alison Meacher - HardwickeExcellent at being able to analyse large volumes of information and present a concise argument.
Ranked: Tier 3

Private client: trusts and probate Tier 3

Leading Silks

Brie Stevens-Hoare QC - HardwickeStrengths include the ability to communicate and relay advice to clients in a way which would put them at ease, advocacy and cross-examination of witnesses, including drafting of documents including freezing orders and applications to the court.
Ranked: Tier 3

Professional negligence Tier 3

Hardwicke is a set that is 'going from strength to strength'. Its members handle a raft of negligence instructions involving solicitors, construction and financial professionals. Paul Reed QC is leading David Pliener in acting for the claimant in Volkerfitzpatrick & Keller v Stewart & Harris, a case brought against the engineers following the settlement of the £200m ‘Accolade’ multiparty dispute in 2015. Meanwhile, John de Waal QC is instructed in Harringay Meat Traders Ltd v Ray Stevens, a £7.5m claim against a surveyor in relation to land compulsorily purchased by the London Development Agency.

Leading Silks

Nigel Jones QC - HardwickeHe is very pragmatic and excellent to work with.
Ranked: Tier 2
Paul Reed QC - HardwickeHe is very sharp and incredibly thorough.
Ranked: Tier 2
John de Waal QC - HardwickeHe is very user-friendly.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

James Hall - HardwickeHe is commercially astute and technically very gifted.
Ranked: Tier 3
David Pliener - HardwickeHe has an excellent ability to see issues clearly.
Ranked: Tier 3
Michael Wheater - HardwickeHe gives the correct advice without pulling any punches.
Ranked: Tier 3
Sarah McCann - HardwickeShe is incredibly hardworking and thorough.
Ranked: Tier 4
Jonathan Titmuss - HardwickeCan make the complicated simple.
Ranked: Tier 4
Thomas Bell - HardwickeHe is excellent.
Ranked: Tier 5
Catherine Piercy - HardwickeVery robust and technically excellent.
Ranked: Tier 5
Laurence Page - HardwickeHe is very determined and thorough.
Ranked: Tier 6

Property litigation Tier 3

Hardwicke is ‘an excellent set from top to bottom’ with ‘good strength in depth’. Noted for its ‘wide expertise and knowledgebase’, its members are adept on property-related transactional negligence, trespass injunctions, cladding, the law of nuisance, and Schedule 3A of the Communication Act 2003, in addition to public house and Airbnb-related disputes. Brie Stevens-Hoare QC is currently acting on Reiner & Wismayer v Triplark, a Supreme Court appeal concerning alienation in leases, and is also leading Lina Mattsson in the High Court case of Khoury v Kensell which is centred on restrictive covenants.

Leading Silks

Brie Stevens-Hoare QC - HardwickeShe can read a judge and knows exactly how far to push a point.
Ranked: Tier 2
John de Waal QC - HardwickeHe has an exceptional knowledge of the law and an excellent ability to provide clear, concise advice.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Jamal Demachkie - HardwickeHe always inspires confidence and cannot be faulted.
Ranked: Tier 2
Alexander Bastin - HardwickeA great and determined litigator with an eye for detail.
Ranked: Tier 4
Emily Betts - HardwickeShe is a great advocate, with a calm and unflappable manner that ensures great results.
Ranked: Tier 4
Daniel Gatty - HardwickeHe has a mastery of detail and is a calm, confident presence with clients.
Ranked: Tier 4
Laura Tweedy - HardwickeShe always goes that little further to try and better research and prepare a case.
Ranked: Tier 4
John Clargo - HardwickeVery commercial and thinks outside the box.
Ranked: Tier 5
Andy Creer - HardwickeShe has fantastic attention to detail and is very technically able.
Ranked: Tier 5
Amanda Eilledge - HardwickeExcellent attention to detail coupled with a good dose of pragmatism and common sense commerciality.
Ranked: Tier 5
Lina Mattsson - HardwickeShe is technically excellent, commercially astute and ruthless in court.
Ranked: Tier 5
Peter Petts - HardwickeQuickly identifies the key issues and is very responsible and reliable.
Ranked: Tier 5
Andrew Skelly - HardwickeParticularly strong on his feet and in cross-examination.
Ranked: Tier 5

Social housing Tier 3

Hardwicke has 'tremendous depth in the social housing sphere' and is 'always able to find someone to deal with a matter'. Chambers has a strong track record acting for local authorities, housing associations and tenants across the entire spectrum of issues. The trend for a number of housing associations to consolidate into 'super housing associations' has led to the set becoming a first port of call for a number of those large entities. In one case highlight, Morayo Fagborun Bennett (who recently completed a secondment with the Peabody Trust) acted for A2 Dominion in a possession claim arising from the tenant's rent arrears, and also her failure to occupy the premises as her only or principal home. In a notably high-value matter, Laura Tweedy is defending Family Mosaic against a circa £14m damages claim brought by a tenant.

Leading Juniors

Alison Meacher - HardwickeHer housing work is interlinked with welfare assistance issues, and also those concerning vulnerable adults.
Ranked: Tier 3
Laura Tweedy - HardwickeShe has a no-fuss approach, is well on top of her brief and gives confidence to clients at court.
Ranked: Tier 3
Morayo Fagborun Bennett - HardwickeHas developed into a tremendous social housing barrister. She really gets the sector. Judges, clients and opponents all respect her. One who could go all the way.
Ranked: Tier 4

Insurance and reinsurance Tier 4

Hardwicke is 'extremely easy to deal with' and it handles a range of disputes involving insurers and insurance cover, with expertise across construction, property damage, professional liability, clinical negligence, personal injury, public liability, consumer, employer’s liability, and health and safety disputes. Paul Reed QC and David Pliener are involved in the long-running case, Volkerfitzpatrick & Keller v Stewart & Harris. Members are also experienced in insolvency matters relating to insurance disputes; Nigel Jones QC and Sarah McCann are involved in various high-value and high-profile claims relating to the insolvency of Enterprise Insurance.

Leading Silks

Paul Reed QC - HardwickeHe is incredibly sharp and excellent with clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Nigel Jones QC - HardwickeHe is clear, concise, pragmatic and robust.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

David Pliener - HardwickeHe is responsive, very bright, collaborative and very good with clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Sarah McCann - HardwickeShe is very able and extremely knowledgeable.
Ranked: Tier 4
Michael Wheater - HardwickeHe delivers clear and pragmatic advice.
Ranked: Tier 4

Intellectual property Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Mark Engelman - HardwickeHe is insightful, experienced and thinks outside the box.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ian Silcock - HardwickeHe has broad subject knowledge across all aspects of IP.
Ranked: Tier 4

Education Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Shazia Akhtar - HardwickeAn extremely good advocate – she throws everything at a case.
Ranked: Tier 4

Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud Tier 4

Hardwicke offers 'a wide and diverse range of barristers' who are 'available to provide advice at the drop of a hat to assist and complement those instructing'. Counsel is regularly instructed on cases concerning brain and orthopaedic injuries, fatal accidents as well as Animals Act and Montreal Convention claims. Charles Bagot QC successfully defended a high-profile claim brought by a former male model who sued Lufthansa for £7m in lost earnings, after claiming that a fall at Munich airport left him with an exacerbated squint. High-value claims involving defective staircases and the Defective Premises Act 1974 are particular areas of interest for Colm NugentGemma Witherington regularly acts for insurers and has an increasing practice pertaining to secondary victim cases.

Personal injury - 2018 Silks

Charles Bagot QC - HardwickeHe has a fantastic eye for detail but combines it with a sensible commercial approach.

Insurance fraud - Leading Juniors

Gemma Witherington - HardwickeShe has the knowledge and experience of breaking down complex legal and factual issues.
Ranked: Tier 1

Personal injury - Leading Juniors

Colm Nugent - HardwickeA natural eye for detail who is able to carry out astute assessment of risk.
Ranked: Tier 4
Jasmine Murphy - HardwickeShe provides sound technical advice and achieves results which surpass expectations.
Ranked: Tier 5
Henry Slack - HardwickeHe is particularly strong on preparation and solid advice to clients.
Ranked: Tier 5
Gemma Witherington - HardwickeShe has the knowledge and experience of breaking down complex legal and factual issues.
Ranked: Tier 5

Mediators Tier 5

Hardwicke's 'very goodJohn de Waal QC qualified as a mediator in 2002. He has acted as lead mediator in over 100 cases, and although most of de Waal's mediations involve property issues he also handles a broader range of commercial disputes.

Set overviews: England and Wales

An exciting, forward-thinking, solutions-focused set with a huge amount of commercial expertise,’ Hardwicke is ‘excellent from top to bottom’ and ‘continues to impress’, particularly in property litigation, real estate, and social housing fields, and it is ‘THE set for franchising work’. ‘The junior barristers are excellent for property work and there are a fair few which seriously punch above their weight.’ Solicitors also note how chambers ‘continues to go from strength to strength – its profile in the professional negligence and insurance spheres being raised hugely in recent years’. The set is also praised for delivering training sessions to law firms outside the bubble of legal London. In recent news, Brie Stevens-Hoare QC succeeded Paul Reed QC to join PJ Kirby QC as co-heads of chambers; David Lewis QC took silk in 2019 while the set’s planning team was bolstered with the arrival of Martha Grekos, formerly a partner at Howard Kennedy LLP and head of planning at Irwin Mitchell. The set has continued its growth strategy over the last 12 months with Lauren Godfrey and Charlotte John joining from 1 CROWN OFFICE ROWOliver Hyams from LAMB CHAMBERSRajiv Bhatt from Farrar's Building; and Robin Dunne from Clerksroom. Elsewhere, Simon Allison has moved to Landmark Chambers. Practice director Deborah Anderson ensures the substantial clerking team ‘goes the extra distance to help even where formal instructions are not yet ready but advice needed is urgent’. More than one solicitor commented on how ‘the best thing about chambers is its service’. ‘Its ethos of friendly commercial advice can be seen from all levels from the receptionist through to the most senior members of chambers. They are not a stuffy set. There is a real relationship between them and those instructing them.’ At senior practice manager level, Richard Sumaro is ‘quick, helpful, and thinks frequently how he can make our life easier’, while James Duncan-Hartill ‘runs a tight ship’ and is ‘a joy to liaise with; always responsive, helpful, and pragmatic’. At practice manager level, Natasha Devlin-Clingham is ‘an outstanding clerk, always helpful, very good at actioning matters urgently, and delivering a good service’; Patrick Sarson’s ‘hard work makes the process seem effortless from instruction through to representation’. The set’s ‘particularly brilliant and supportive’ chief executive, Amanda Illing, is praised for being ‘generous with her time and insights on business development and corporate social responsibility matters’. Offices in: London

Hardwicke specialises in commercial dispute resolution, construction, insolvency and restructuring, insurance, personal injury and clinical negligence, private client, professional liability and property.  It is one of the most innovative and modern sets at the Bar.  Known for its friendly atmosphere and progressive outlook, it is run as a commercial business with a strong focus on client service.  Its business culture is reinforced by an active CSR and equality and diversity programme.


Commercial Dispute Resolution: Hardwicke has a strong commercial litigation and arbitration team who also offer specialist expertise in banking and finance; companies, joint ventures and partnerships; executive and employment disputes; franchising; intellectual property and private international law.  Michael Wheater and Charles Raffin are the authors of the market leading text: Edisclosure – Law & Practice.

Construction & Engineering: Hardwicke is a leading construction set whose members deal in both construction litigation and arbitration; construction insolvency; energy and renewables; the professional negligence of construction professionals and property damage.  Under the editorship of Paul Reed QC, the team has produced two leading texts: Construction All Risks Insurance and Construction Professional Indemnity Insurance.

Insolvency & Restructuring: the team specialise in corporate and personal insolvency; construction and property insolvency; directors’ disqualification as well as civil fraud and asset tracing.  The team edits Atkins Corporate Insolvency.

Insurance: Hardwicke covers construction, professional indemnity insurance and litigation insurance as well as general coverage disputes and insurance funded litigation.  The team contributes to Insurance Broking Practice & the Law.

Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence with specialist expertise in disease, fraud, inquests, inquiries and product liability.   Charles Bagot QC and Jasmine Murphy help write Kemp & Kemp .

Private Client: the team handle contentious probate and Inheritance Act cases as well as those involving the Court of Protection and trusts including TOLATA, community care, social welfare and benefits.

Professional Liability: Hardwicke is a leading set handling professional negligence claims across the construction and property, financial, insolvency, insurance and legal sectors.

Property: Hardwicke is a premier property set handling commercial landlord and tenant; development and planning; housing (social and privately rented); leasehold and leasehold management, real property and mortgages as well as TOLATA claims.  John de Waal QC assisted by a Hardwicke team edits Risk & Negligence in Property Transactions.  Daniel Gatty has produced A Practical Guide to Rights over Airspace & Subsoil.

Department Name Email Telephone
Member of Chambers JONES QC, Nigel (1976) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers ANDERSON QC, Lesley (1989) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers REED QC, Paul (1988) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Joint Head of Chambers STEVENS-HOARE QC, Brie (1986) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Joint Head of Chambers KIRBY QC, Peter (1989) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers de WAAL QC, John (1992) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers BAGOT QC, Charles (1997) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers LEWIS QC, David (1997) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers LAUGHTON SC, Greg (1982) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers STOW QC, Tim (1965) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers PARKER, Wendy (1978) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers KING, Karl (1985) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers PALFREY, Monty (1985) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers WOOLF, Steven (1989) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers GATTY, Daniel (1990) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers EILLEDGE, Amanda (1991) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers HIGGINS, Rupert (1991) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Members of Chambers NUGENT, Colm (1992) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers CLARGO, John (1994) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers SKELLY, Andrew (1994) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers BASTIN, Alexander (1995) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers PLIENER, David (1996) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers ROWNTREE, Edward (1996) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers SILCOCK, Ian (1997) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers WATSON, Alaric (1997) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers MEACHER, Alison (1998) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers PETTS, Peter (1998) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers STEPHENS, Mark (1998) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers SLACK, Henry (1999) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers HALL, James (2000) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers AKHTAR, Shazia (2001) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers McCANN, Sarah (2001) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers TITMUSS, Jonathan (2001) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers DUNNE, Robin (2002) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers MURPHY, Jasmine (2002) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers CLARKE, Sarah (2003) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers WHEATER, Michael (2003) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers DEMACHKIE, Jamal (2004) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers FAGBORUN-BENNETT, Morayo (2004) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers HODSON, Matthew (2004) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers SIMON, Philipp (2004) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers CREER, Andy (2005) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers RAFFIN, Charles (2005) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers STRELITZ, Paul (2005) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers BELL, Thomas (2006) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers BREWIN, Carl (2006) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers GODFREY, Lauren (2007) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers PIERCY, Catherine (2007) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers TWEEDY, Laura (2007) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers WHITE, Helena (2007) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers PEACHEY, David (2007) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers JOHN, Charlotte (2008) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers PATTERSON, Phillip (2008) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers WITHERINGTON, Gemma (2008) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers ALLEYNE, Ebony (2009) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers BETTS, Emily (2009) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers SINGARAJAH, Frederico (2009) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers MATTSON, Lina (2010) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers PAGE, Laurence (2010) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers ANSLOW, Clare (2011) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers GRIFFITHS, Martyn (2011) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers McERLEAN, Aileen (2011) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers BERESFORD, John (2012) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers CARMICHAEL, Sri (2012) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers DILLON, Jack (2012) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers HYAMS, Oliver (2012) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers KERRY, Simon (2012) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers LEE, Katie (2012) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers TETSTALL, Michael (2012) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers HYNES, Emma (2013) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers MALONEY, Aneurin (2013) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers BHATT, Rajiv (2014) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers HOCKING, Ryan (2014) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers MATHER, Katrina (2014) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers GOPAL, Priya (2014) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers HUSAIN, Emily (2014) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers LEVENSTEIN, Michael (2015) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers STOCKS, Cameron (2015) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers ZVESPER, Louis (2015) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers DRAGE, Helena (2015) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers ROOHANI, USMAN (2016) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers EYRE, George (2017) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers KLEOPA, Byroni (2017) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers SHAW, James (2017) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers EGAN, Kort (2017) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers GRIFFIN, Joshua (2018) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Consultant GALLAGHER, John (1974) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Consultant CUNNINGHAM, Graham (1976) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Consultant LENNARD, Stephen (1976) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Consultant BUSWELL, Richard (1985) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Consultant BENBOW, Sara (1990) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Consultant EXALL, Gordon (1991) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Consultant MOORE, Arthur (1992) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Consultant REDPATH-STEVENS, Alastair (1998) 0044 (0)207 242 2523
Chief Executive ILLING, Amanda 0044 (0)207 242 2523
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Amanda Illing has been Chief Executive of Hardwicke for the last eight years, having joined initially as Chambers Director.  Her role is to take a lead in the strategic development and management of chambers and to implement its business plan. She takes a key role with colleagues in developing business and long-lasting relationships with clients. She also takes responsibility for the recruitment of and career development of the barristers at Hardwicke, and her staff team.

Amanda was previously the Private Secretary to the Director of Public Prosecutions and a caseworker in the Crown Prosecution Service, handling cases such as the appeal of the Birmingham Six, and the first corporate manslaughter prosecution following the sinking of the Herald of Free Enterprise.

Amanda is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). She is a trustee of the London Legal Support Trust (LLST) and an accredited ADR mediator. 

Innovation is a key objective for both Amanda personally and Hardwicke as a chambers.  The latest project to be completed was delivery of a new website in late 2018 showcasing Hardwicke’s expertise and giving viewers the ability to reach the information in which they are interested quickly and in a variety of formats to suit their requirements.

Corporate social responsibility and EDI is another area in which Hardwicke leads the Bar and Amanda takes a personal interest.  In this regard, she supports FreeBar, a forum focused on LGBT+ people and their allies working at and for the Bar.  She is a signatory to the ERA Pledge, a gender diversity initiative to promote equal representation in arbitration.

I am delighted to prepare a testimonial for Hardwicke, who have been my “go to” chambers for over 15 years. During that time it has been a pleasure to see their chambers grow in strength both by way of the barristers they have and the support staff behind them. There is a genuine sense of seeking to help you, as a solicitor, and to serve your client, whilst preserving a strong independence to ensure the client is at the heart of the issue/service provided. Amanda Illing is a stand out CEO who have taken chambers to the next level and her team reflect her values and accessibility. Special mention goes to Natasha Devlin-Clingham in the clerks room on whom total reliance can be depended to ensure counsel is aware of your requests and updates if counsel is unavailable of some reason. Stand out barristers include Jasmine Murphy, who will rightly ensure the client is best served by their solicitor and Colm Nugent, who has a calm, friendly but authoritative manner. It is a great team to have on your side. (A client).

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