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Gatehouse Chambers
1 Lady Hale Gate, Gray’s Inn
WC1X 8BS
England

London Bar > Property litigation Tier 2

Gatehouse Chambers has a strong and developing property offering, with a number of specialist practitioners offering expertise across commercial and residential landlord-tenant issues, nuisance claims, rates, lease renewals, and dilapidations claims. The addition of Faisel Sadiq in early 2021 from now-defunct Ely Place Chambers was a particular boost to the set's offering in rates disputes. The set receives instructions from leading property firms in the City and nationally.  John de Waal QC and Katrina Mather are involved in the landmark British Medical Association v NHS Property Services case concerning premises fees charged to GP practices. Brie Stevens-Hoare QC and Emily Betts are involved in Triplark v Reiner & Wismayer , a case relating to the ability of a lessee who has completed the sale of a lease to a third party and been paid in full to seek relief from forfeiture. Practice co-head Jamal Demachkie played a key role in Ei Group PLC v Clarke, one of the only reported decisions on the Pub Code, which governs relationships between operators of pubs and the freehold owners of them who also supply them. Co-head Andy Creer represented the landlord in Boots (UK) Ltd v Frenchgate, an unusual example of a lease renewal going to trial, one of several cases relating to retail leases during 2020.

Rising stars

Katrina Mather - Gatehouse ChambersKatrina is technically excellent, far beyond her year of call. Her advocacy is confident and persuasive. She has a wonderful ability to grasp even the most complex matters and provide concise, pragmatic advice.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Brie Stevens-Hoare QC - Gatehouse ChambersBrie has a fantastically deep level of knowledge about property law and understands how this complex area pieces together. She is my go to expert on difficult matters. She works very efficiently - can give good, concise commercial and clear answers. She is not long winded (orally or in word) or equivocal. You are left with great confidence in her advice. She inspired confidence and has great gravitas.
Ranked: Tier 1
John de Waal QC - Gatehouse ChambersJohn is not afraid to get off the fence and will consider novel strategies to progress to resolution. He is a tenacious advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Jamal Demachkie - Gatehouse ChambersJamal is fantastically sharp and analytical. Hesees solutions to issues before anyone else sees the issue and is tactically nuanced in complex property disputes. Clients want to work with him.
Ranked: Tier 1
Daniel Gatty - Gatehouse ChambersVery impressive. Excellent academically and my go to for particularly knotty problems, especially those concerning real property matters. Cuts through complicated issues in a way that clients understand and appreciate. Unflustered on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andy Creer - Gatehouse ChambersClear in advice, hard working and committed. Popular with clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Emily Betts - Gatehouse ChambersPersonable, responsive and always well prepared. Skeleton arguments are incisive and also very good on her feet.
Ranked: Tier 4
John Clargo - Gatehouse ChambersCalm, unflappable, particularly good in dealing with difficult clients. A solid, dependable performer at trial.
Ranked: Tier 4
Laura Tweedy - Gatehouse ChambersLaura is willing to go the extra mile without hesitation to get the most favourable result for our clients. She uses a common sense approach which is refreshing and is an expert in her field. Her advocacy is straight to the point.
Ranked: Tier 4
Clare Anslow - Gatehouse ChambersShe provides clear and practical advice and solutions. Confident and very detailed.
Ranked: Tier 5
Carl Brewin - Gatehouse ChambersCarl is very responsive and attentive with a keen eye for detail. When I instruct him I am always confident that he has the skillset and knowledge for the matter in hand and will give it the attention required.
Ranked: Tier 5
Jack Dillon - Gatehouse ChambersJack's written work is excellent. He has a clear yet authoritative style of writing and I have utter confidence in him.
Ranked: Tier 5
Amanda Eilledge - Gatehouse ChambersAmanda has excellent subject knowledge and is absolutely my go to for commercial property matters.
Ranked: Tier 5
Morayo Fagborun-Bennett - Gatehouse ChambersGreat ability to deal with clients and provide the advice in terms they fully understand but without being patronising, and excellent at getting her point across to other professionals such as the tribunal panel and other party's solicitors and counsel.
Ranked: Tier 5
Lina Mattsson - Gatehouse ChambersExtremely clever and knowledgable; extremely detailed; friendly and helpful; confident but in a relaxed and friendly way which makes clients relaxed; always willing to help and is my go-to counsel.
Ranked: Tier 5
Monty Palfrey - Gatehouse ChambersMonty far exeeds expectations, and that is down to his ability to grasp the most complex of cases very quickly, go straight to the heart of the issue and demonstrate to the court why he is right. He is consistently excellent and delivers time after time after time.
Ranked: Tier 5
Ranked: Tier 5
Faisel Sadiq - Gatehouse ChambersFaisel has a commercial and straightforward understanding of client needs and provides robust and readily accessible advice.
Ranked: Tier 5
Andrew Skelly - Gatehouse ChambersAndrew has a remarkable capacity to want to help, which is no doubt driven by his desire to win. He is extremely results orientated, and so you always feel safe when you instruct Andrew. Andrew has an uncanny ability to charm the socks off of a judge, while aggressively dismantling an opponent's case. His ability to think on his feet is second to none.
Ranked: Tier 5

Testimonials

Set

Gatehouse has strength in depth at all levels of seniority. There is a consistent and high level of advice provided throughout the set.

Gatehouse have a huge strength in depth and a wonderfully led by a fantastic diverse and inclusive leadership team.

Fantastic – highly experienced counsel, lots of options at different levels, flexibility, modern approach etc.

Gatehouse offer a complete, highly efficient and friendly service all round in the field of property litigation. Also offer very good webinars.

Clerking

James Duncan-Hartill is one of the best around, always on top of everything. Patrick Sarson also good.

Excellent. Patrick Sarson is brilliant and very helpful.

London Bar > Construction Tier 3

Gatehouse Chambers (previously known as Hardwicke Chambers) offers a strong set of construction barristers across levels of call, many of whom are instructed by top tier construction firms. Many of its juniors have been involved in high profile cases, with Catherine Piercy acting for the cladding subcontractor in the Premier Inn Gatwick cladding case, and for JE Hall in the a case concerning the refurbishment of an abattoir alongside David Pliener.  Sarah McCann is involved in a number of high-value fire safety-related arbitrations. Furthermore, rising star George Eyre is involved in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. Paul Reed QC acted on behalf of the leaseholders of The Lancasters in a construction damages and defects case concerning the high-value development near Hyde Park.

Rising stars

George Eyre - Gatehouse ChambersHis key strength is attention to detail - he has an impressive ability to absorb large quantities of information and papers and produce incisive accurate drafting and advice. I would recommend him for trials without hesitation.
Ranked: Tier 1
Louis Zvesper - Gatehouse ChambersA very capable junior destined for big things.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Paul Reed QC - Gatehouse ChambersDeserving of his stellar reputation, Paul is the complete authority in this area. He gives clear, strategic advice drawing on a level of experience in the field that none can match.
Ranked: Tier 1
Nigel Jones QC - Gatehouse ChambersNigel is fantastic - he has the unique combination of intellect and pragmatism and is always commercial. He answers the questions that solicitors have yet to even identify.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

David Pliener - Gatehouse ChambersDavid is a QC in every respect and all but name. He is at the top of his game in terms of the calibre of his drafting, his advice, his strategic input and his tenacious advocacy. Approachable and hard working, he always delivers
Ranked: Tier 1
Catherine Piercy - Gatehouse ChambersCatherine is an excellent junior. Her written work is first class, her analysis is always spot on and she is an excellent advocate. One of the best juniors around.
Ranked: Tier 2
Michael Wheater - Gatehouse ChambersMichael is a fantastic barrister and a Silk in the making. Tactically superb, a great advocate and provides robust but commercial advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ebony Alleyne - Gatehouse ChambersEbony is a rising star and very much one to watch. Talented beyond her years, she combines incisive legal analysis with forensic attention to detail. Fearless in pursuit of the answer, she is persistent and rigorous in her questioning, and meticulous in her drafting.
Ranked: Tier 3
Sarah McCann - Gatehouse ChambersSarah has very strong technical expertise, and is incredibly hard working. Sarah inspires confidence in clients, who trust her judgement. "
Ranked: Tier 3
Helena White   - Gatehouse Chambers 'Helena is able to grapple with the detail of the case swiftly and provide detailed advice as to the best strategic way forward. She is able to drill down on the specific issues in dispute and avoid getting drawn into unneeded battles. Her advocacy is strong and coherent, and she takes her time, considers each submission and delivers a compelling argument.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Katie Lee - Gatehouse ChambersKatie is intelligent, quick to get to the issue and entirely dedicated. Easy to communicate with and very quick to understand client concerns. An excellent advocate destined for great things!
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

‘Good strength-in-depth for construction matters. Offer a wide range of training suitable for various levels of experience in the field.’

‘I have found Gatehouse to be impressive. They are genuinely available and willing to help. I have confidence in whoever is available to provide the requisite advice effectively.’

‘They have a good offering of construction disputes barristers and helpful, free training aimed at junior solicitors.’

‘We have found Hardwicke Chambers to be up there in the top drawer of other leading sets in the area of construction law.’

Clerks

‘Gatehouse has a first-class Clerks Room that is second to none.’

‘We have found the clerks and admin generally to be excellent in the support to both the barristers and our own needs.’

London Bar > Insolvency Tier 3

Gatehouse Chambers, the new name for the set previously known as Hardwicke Chambers,  has ’a great team across all levels‘ and its members’ work in insolvency is particularly notable for its international elements, including offshore jurisdictions. Wendy Parker‘s caseload reflects this, striking out a winding up petition for Bird Technologies being a recent highlight for her diverse practice. Cases at the crossroads of employment and insolvency litigation are a particular strength, with Alaric Watson advising the latter party in Woollven v Archant Community Media Ltd, a case concerning a company voluntary agreement. In COVID-related instructions, Phillip Patterson acted for Elite Legacy Education UK in an application for an injunction restraining advertisement of a winding-up petition, on the grounds that the debt was disputed and on the basis that the pandemic was hampering the ability of the business to raise revenue.

Leading Juniors

Sarah Clarke - Gatehouse ChambersIntelligent and quick to identify the main points of concern and to advise on the appropriate way to address the issues, which were by no means straightforward.
Ranked: Tier 3
Wendy ParkerGatehouse ChambersWendy fights hard and brings a wealth of experience. She is well-respected by judges and her colleagues in the profession. She is not afraid to take on difficult points.
Ranked: Tier 4
Jonathan Titmuss - Gatehouse ChambersJon has an envious ability to effortlessly absorb, retain, and analyse vast amounts of information. He's Mr Insolvency.
Ranked: Tier 4
Alaric Watson - Gatehouse ChambersAlaric is thorough and commercial in his approach. When you instruct him he comes on board as a member of your team, which reassures clients. He is robust and effective.
Ranked: Tier 4
Sri Carmichael - Gatehouse ChambersVery aware and able to adapt submissions to suit the situation. Responsive and great to have on your team and well-liked by clients.
Ranked: Tier 5
Phillip Patterson - Gatehouse ChambersPhillip punches well above his weight and brings strong and sage advice beyond his call. He is very well prepared and methodical in approach.
Ranked: Tier 5
Charles Raffin - Gatehouse ChambersA good advocate, who is particularly good at putting the client at ease and conveying the merits of the case to the judge accurately and succinctly.
Ranked: Tier 5

Testimonials

Set

We instruct a number of barristers at Gatehouse and all are technically excellent, very personable and impress with the speed and diligence of their work.

They have a broad range of talents available to tackle contentious insolvency issues, from complex litigation to simply arranging a junior to attend a routine hearing.

My firm’s go-to chambers on all commercial and insolvency matters.

I am impressed by the strength in depth they have across a variety of areas, but in particular on insolvency matters.

Gatehouse are a very good set, with a number of excellent practitioners across a variety of practice areas.

Clerking

The clerks are approachable and friendly and have excellent knowledge of Chambers’ skill set.

London Bar > Professional negligence Tier 3

Gatehouse Chambers' team has 'very good strength-in-depth', and is particularly strong in handling construction- and property-related professional negligence claims. Paul Reed QC provides 'clear, strategic advice, drawing on a level of experience in the field that none can match', and the 'pragmatic' Nigel Jones QC is 'a huge asset to any legal team'. Financial services negligence claims are another area of strength for the team, and the 'very efficient' James Hall is noted for his 'particular expertise in financial services professional negligence'. Hall is acting for the defendants in Oliver v Finnies Accountants Limited & 2 others, involving two linked claims worth £10m concerning alleged negligent investment advice regarding the claimants’ investments in a Qualifying Registered Overseas Pension Scheme (QROPS) domiciled in Cyprus.

Leading Silks

Nigel Jones QC - Gatehouse ChambersNigel is fantastic with clients, making even the most convoluted and obtuse legal point appear straightforward. He is exceptionally hard working and incredibly user-friendly.
Ranked: Tier 2
Paul Reed QC - Gatehouse ChambersAn authoritative silk with a stellar reputation. He is in the top tier of QCs for professional indemnity work for contractors.
Ranked: Tier 2
John de Waal QC - Gatehouse ChambersA silk who provides accessible advice, and has in-depth knowledge of both property and professional negligence law.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

James Hall - Gatehouse ChambersAn expert in professional negligence. He has a great manner with clients and really delves into the matter to scrutinise the evidence. A robust advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Pliener - Gatehouse ChambersHe is very bright, extremely good with clients and experts, and easy to work with. He masters detail very quickly and thinks commercially and strategically.
Ranked: Tier 2
Michael Wheater - Gatehouse ChambersA very bright individual. He is a robust advocate who provides first-class written advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 4
Catherine Piercy - Gatehouse ChambersCatherine is an excellent junior. Her written work is first class, her analysis is always spot on and she is an excellent advocate.
Ranked: Tier 4
Jonathan Titmuss - Gatehouse ChambersHis capacity for difficult and complex work is outstanding. He works through things with ease. He makes clients feel secure in the knowledge he has their backs.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ebony Alleyne - Gatehouse ChambersEbony is great at assimilating huge amounts of detail, and using it to craft simple and elegant arguments, which are always well thought through, and frequently impregnable.
Ranked: Tier 5
Tom Bell - Gatehouse ChambersHe has an instinctive grasp of the issues, and is good at thinking on his feet in court.
Ranked: Tier 5
Jack Dillon - Gatehouse ChambersJack has a good technical grasp of the issues and provides practical and clear advice.
Ranked: Tier 6

Testimonials

Set

An excellent set‘.

Particularly good in relation to professional negligence claims involving property‘.

Clerking

Clerks are responsive and very reliable‘.

Excellent client-centric clerking‘.

Richard Sumarno is always available and ready to help with queries as to capacity, experience and fees‘.

London Bar > Social housing Tier 3

Gatehouse Chambers is considered to be a ‘go to chambers for property work‘ that are ‘friendly and commercial with expertise across a wide spectrum of contentious property matters‘. The set is regularly sought out by large housing associations, particularly on matters that cover more than one area of law. Members of the set, also act for individuals, with Alison Meacher, having expertise in matters involving vulnerable people, crossing over with her Court of Protection practice. In London Borough of Sutton v Aslett, Morayo Fagborun Bennett successfully acted for the defendant council where the court followed the argument that the anti-social behaviour justified an outright possession order and was proportionate under the Equality Act.

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 3
Laura TweedyGatehouse ChambersA firm favourite of clients – they particularly value her strong advocacy and down to earth style of communication.
Ranked: Tier 3
Morayo Fagborun BennettGatehouse ChambersGreat technical knowledge. Knows how to get the points across to the judges.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

‘Gatehouse have a good selection of barristers who undertake property litigation work. They have run a lot of very informative, virtual training sessions during the lockdown and I think they have been very well received by those who attended them.’

‘My favourite set – friendly and with a depth and range of experience. Sensible and flexible on price.’

‘Go-to chambers for property work. Friendly and commercial with expertise across a wide spectrum of contentious property matters.’

‘Excellent in relation to Housing Litigation.’

Clerks

‘James Duncan Hartill is particularly good – sensible and sensitive to client needs re pricing and turnaround times.’

‘The clerks’ room is a beacon of positivity. Claire Gallacher responds quickly to queries and is always happy to help.’

London Bar > Commercial litigation Tier 4

Gatehouse Chambers is the new name for the set known as Hardwicke Chambers prior to its move to One Lady Hale Gate. The quality of the members remains, with ‘great breadth of counsel a different levels of seniority, and across different practice areas, all of whom are excellent technical and practical lawyers‘. The quality at the junior end is especially strong, with several making a strong impression. Nigel Jones QC remains the set’s leading commercial litigation silk, as demonstrated by his success for Sanjay Shah and other defendants in the epic Skat litigation, concerning what the Danish government alleges is a multi-billion dollar “cum-ex” fraud. Sri Carmichael is being led by Jones QC in FIML v Diallo, a dispute concerning the alleged fraudulent diversion of money due to a Caymanian investment fund arising from the early repayment to the fund of a loan by Reading Football Club.

Leading Silks

Nigel Jones QC - Gatehouse ChambersThe best commercial QC I've worked with by some distance. He is a superb advocate, excellent with clients and a pleasure to deal with.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Emily Betts - Gatehouse ChambersFantastic. She has a superb brain and an unusually good eye for spotting issues coming down the track. She's very personable and client-friendly, and incredibly user-friendly for our more junior lawyers.
Ranked: Tier 3
Charles Raffin - Gatehouse ChambersA very charming advocate who is particularly good at putting a client at ease and conveying the merits of a case to the judge accurately and succinctly.
Ranked: Tier 4
Sri Carmichael - Gatehouse ChambersA very good advocate; very aware and able to adapt submissions to suit the situation. Responsive and great to have on your team. Well-liked by clients.
Ranked: Tier 5
Sarah McCann - Gatehouse ChambersAn excellent technical and practical lawyer.
Ranked: Tier 5

Testimonials

Set

‘There is strength in depth, particularly in recent years as a result of expansion. The quality is good.’

‘A very a good set. Over the last 10 years or so I have instructed many different counsel in various different areas of law from this set. They have been my “go to set” for many years. The set regularly offers training, which is particularly useful during the pandemic. ‘

‘Excellent overall impression about chambers with barristers with exceptional interpersonal skills.’

‘The set is strong and offers a good balance of value and experience.’

‘Has good strength-in-depth, and their counsel and clerks live in the real world. They constantly have innovative solutions to complex issues, and have excellent bedside manner.’

Clerking

‘Service from the clerks’ room is good. Adam Blades is very easy to deal with and helpful.’

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance Tier 4

Insurance work is a core practice area for 'consistently excellent set' Gatehouse Chambers, underpinning much of its work in construction, property damage, commercial dispute resolution and professional liability, as well as personal injury and clinical negligence. Following the major upheaval caused by the pandemic to businesses, many of the set's recent cases involved questions of coverage and force majeure. Paul Reed QC is an acknowledged expert in construction insurance work; and, regularly involved in large insurance disputes, Nigel Jones QC acted for Enterprise Insurance Company in the Supreme Court of Gibraltar in a high-profile claim against former directors for breach of duty and misfeasance.

Leading Silks

Nigel Jones QC - Gatehouse ChambersNigel is fantastic - he is incredibly reassuring to work with, his client service is excellent, and despite always being busy he is never too busy to respond to a query or email. He has the unique combination of intellect and pragmatism, and is always commercial, and answers questions that we have yet even to identify. Clients are always impressed by him.
Ranked: Tier 2
Paul Reed QC - Gatehouse ChambersThe leading QC at the Bar in relation to construction all risks insurance - he has a refreshingly straightforward manner, and always makes sure that his advice is practically useful.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

David Pliener - Gatehouse ChambersAt the top of his game in terms of the calibre of his drafting, advice, strategic input and tenacious advocacy. Approachable and hard-working, he always delivers - you know you're in good hands and can trust his legal opinions, his strategic steer, and his commercial common sense. 
Ranked: Tier 2
Sarah McCann - Gatehouse ChambersRobust, hard-working, with excellent technical knowledge and a great ability to dominate and control even the most sprawling of cases. Sarah fosters complete assurance that no nugget within the case can have been overlooked.
Ranked: Tier 4
Michael Wheater - Gatehouse ChambersExtremely able in all areas, very good with both written work and in court, and approachable and commercially astute - a real favourite with clients.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

Great set – helpful, open, collaborative, very tuned into diversity and inclusion, and accessible and flexible.

Innovative and highly commercial – a modern set that projects excellent business-like, but friendly, qualities.

Really forward looking and decades ahead of some sets – a consistently excellent set.

Impressive set that is always happy to help.

A very generous and inclusive culture – a really excellent set.

Clerking

Very good clerking – quick response times and friendly.

London Bar > Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud Tier 4

Gatehouse Chambers fields 'robust yet approachable' barristers with a 'wide range of expertise', as well as 'fantastic clerks who are always willing to assist and find solutions'. The set handles a wide variety of claims, including brain injuries, career-ending limb and back injuries, spinal fractures and fatalities, and is also known for its expertise in Animals Act claims; Jasmine Murphy is noted for her work on equine cases. In a recent highlight, Charles Bagot QC acted pro bono for the appellant in DP v Topmark Claims Management Ltd, a leading case concerning the operation of the mesothelioma scheme. Bagot and Murphy are also involved with FX GX (Protected Party) v Hasan, a high value brain injury claim which illustrates the set's increasing proficiency in cross-border work. In August 2021 Emma Zeb  was a new arrival from St John's Chambers, while Gemma Witherington  moved to Crown Office Chambers.

Leading Silks

Charles Bagot QC - Gatehouse ChambersHe has full control of the facts, the arguments and, ultimately, the court.
Ranked: Tier 3

Personal injury - Leading Juniors

Colm Nugent - Gatehouse ChambersHe shows a steely resolve to see a case through to conclusion. 
Ranked: Tier 3
Jasmine Murphy - Gatehouse ChambersShe has an ability to digest complex medical evidence quickly and provide comprehensive and well-thought-through advice. 
Ranked: Tier 4
Henry Slack - Gatehouse ChambersHenry has a very open manner, and is good at conference and on his feet. 
Ranked: Tier 5

Testimonials

Set 

‘Gatehouse is an excellent set.’

‘The set offers a wide range of expertise.’

‘Gatehouse are a strong set.’

‘The barristers are robust yet approachable. They are always willing to help, even in a crisis.’

‘Gatehouse has a good range of suitable barristers of all levels to use, who are always friendly and approachable.’

Clerking 

‘Fantastic clerks who are always willing to assist and find solutions.’

Dispute resolution > Mediators Tier 4

John de Waal QC – Gatehouse Chambers At Gatehouse ChambersJohn de Waal QC’s 'extensive knowledge and experience of property disputes coupled with his balanced and even-handed approach make him an ideal mediator'. Qualified as a mediator with CEDR in 2002, he has acted as lead mediator in over 100 cases; in addition to complex property disputes, de Waal also handles other more general disputes.

London Bar > Clinical negligence

Rising stars

Aneurin Moloney - Gatehouse ChambersHe is a fearsome advocate, who brings a pragmatic approach to the table when required.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Charles Bagot QC - Gatehouse ChambersA leader in the field of secondary victim claims. He is always superbly prepared and does his utmost with every instruction.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Henry Slack - Gatehouse ChambersAn approachable and quick thinking advocate.
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Employment

Rising stars

Rajiv Bhatt - Gatehouse ChambersRajiv is extremely well prepared and has an excellent command of his brief. He is also courteous and professional at at times, even when cross-examining in relation to matters going to credibility.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Matthew Hodson - Gatehouse ChambersMatthew's strength is his clarity and practicality of advice - good advocacy skills, personable, quick, and great with clients. Matthew is open to discussion, flexible in approach, firm, and able to construct creative and complex technical legal arguments - a great advocate to have in your corner. 
Ranked: Tier 3
Mark Stephens - Gatehouse ChambersMark is fiercely intelligent, strategically sophisticated, applies psychology effectively, deep knowledge of law, and is able to apply this creatively. Tremendous ability to synthesise disparate concepts to find novel solutions, a pleasure to work with personally, and great with all types of clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Paul Strelitz - Gatehouse ChambersExcellent with clients, forensic in his approach but commercially minded. Paul always makes time to assist.
Ranked: Tier 3
Lauren Godfrey - Gatehouse ChambersA great advocate and cross-examiner - very pragmatic.
Ranked: Tier 5

London Bar > Private client: trusts and probate

Rising stars

Cameron Stocks - Gatehouse ChambersCameron has the knack of distilling complex property and private client law into simple easy to digest advice for the client without losing the subtle nuances of the area of law. Cameron also performs well in court and his affable manner belies his ability to forcibly advocate when necessary.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Brie Stevens-Hoare QC - Gatehouse ChambersBrie is highly attuned to her clients' needs, imaginative, robust and a very persuasive advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Charlotte John - Gatehouse ChambersCharlotte is exceptionally thorough. She is diligent, responsive, and engaging. In addition, we are very pleased with her client interaction including Charlotte's ability to communicate with people at all levels.
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Costs

Leading Silks

PJ Kirby QC - Gatehouse ChambersAs well as knowing costs law backwards, PJ is highly strategic and tactical, keeping an eye on the bigger picture to drive a great result.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Robin Dunne - Gatehouse ChambersPreparation is thorough, he takes on the details of the case and advocates with the knowledge as if had litigated the case himself. Robin leaves the client feeling as if they are in safe hands.
Ranked: Tier 2
Martyn Griffiths - Gatehouse ChambersIncredibly diligent, approachable and forensic in approach to cases. Martyn is able to cut through problems and grasp the critical issues with ease.
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > Company and partnership

Company - Leading Silks

Nigel Jones QC - Gatehouse ChambersHe works tirelessly and is never lost for words.
Ranked: Tier 3

Company - Leading Juniors

Sarah Clarke - Gatehouse ChambersShe provides proactive, commercial advice that cuts through to the central issues whilst also seeing the bigger picture.
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)

Leading Silks

Charles Bagot QC - Gatehouse ChambersHe provides innovative solutions to complex cross border investigation issues.
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > Fraud: civil

Leading Silks

Nigel Jones QC - Gatehouse ChambersA great intellect, a mesmerizing advocate and has a way with clients.
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Court of Protection and community care

Leading Juniors

Alison Meacher - Gatehouse ChambersAlison is ferociously hardworking and dedicated. An expert in her field. A persuasive advocate who is robust on her feet.
Ranked: Tier 1

South Eastern Circuit > Commercial litigation

South Eastern Circuit > Court of Protection and community care

Leading Juniors

Alison Meacher - Gatehouse ChambersShe is a plain-speaking and confident barrister with a real eye for detail.
Ranked: Tier 1

South Eastern Circuit > Property and construction

South Eastern Circuit > Employment

Western Circuit > Clinical negligence

Leading Juniors

Vanessa McKinlayGatehouse ChambersVanessa is an extremely knowledgeable barrister in the field of clinical negligence. She is exceptionally good with clients and is always very quick to grasp the key points of a claim. ’
Ranked: Tier 1
Emma Zeb – Gatehouse Chambers ‘A brilliant advocate. She is impeccably prepared, very approachable, and practical.
Ranked: Tier 1

Western Circuit > Inquests and inquiries

Leading Juniors

Emma Zeb Gatehouse ChambersEmma is a brilliant tactician. Thorough and well prepared, with an extremely robust brand of advocacy. Advice to the client is presented in a clear fashion and to the point, and the difficult matters are not strayed away from. Emma has a detailed grasp of the facts and provides very clear guidance as to what is required by those instructing her, well ahead of time. She is available and responds to enquiries in a timely fashion. A pleasure to work with. ’
Ranked: Tier 1

Western Circuit > Personal injury

Leading Juniors

Emma Zeb Gatehouse ChambersAn excellent tactician who is always prepared to ask difficult questions when required. Extremely personable and fantastic with witnesses and clients.
Ranked: Tier 1

London Bar > Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)

Leading Juniors

Alison Meacher - Gatehouse ChambersThorough, hard-working, very accessible, knowledgeable, and tenacious.
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

Leading Juniors

Frederico Singarajah - Gatehouse ChambersHe is a very good communicator and is bilingual in English and Brazilian Portuguese, which is invaluable.
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > Offshore

Leading Juniors

Charles Raffin - Gatehouse ChambersIncredibly bright, responsive, detail oriented and thorough in his approach to work.
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > Education

Leading Juniors

Shazia Akhtar - Gatehouse ChambersConsiderate and understanding of a family's situation and difficulties.
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Intellectual property

Leading Juniors

Ian Silcock - Gatehouse ChambersIan is an excellent barrister on both a technical and practical level.
Ranked: Tier 4

Middle East: The English Bar > Commercial

Regional Bar > South Eastern Circuit > Commercial litigation

Regional Bar > South Eastern Circuit > Court of Protection and community care

Leading Juniors

Alison Meacher - Gatehouse ChambersShe is a plain-speaking and confident barrister with a real eye for detail.
Ranked: Tier 1

Regional Bar > South Eastern Circuit > Property and construction

Regional Bar > South Eastern Circuit > Employment

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Clinical negligence

Leading Juniors

Vanessa McKinlayGatehouse ChambersVanessa is an extremely knowledgeable barrister in the field of clinical negligence. She is exceptionally good with clients and is always very quick to grasp the key points of a claim. ’
Ranked: Tier 1
Emma Zeb – Gatehouse Chambers ‘A brilliant advocate. She is impeccably prepared, very approachable, and practical.
Ranked: Tier 1

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Inquests and inquiries

Leading Juniors

Emma Zeb Gatehouse ChambersEmma is a brilliant tactician. Thorough and well prepared, with an extremely robust brand of advocacy. Advice to the client is presented in a clear fashion and to the point, and the difficult matters are not strayed away from. Emma has a detailed grasp of the facts and provides very clear guidance as to what is required by those instructing her, well ahead of time. She is available and responds to enquiries in a timely fashion. A pleasure to work with. ’
Ranked: Tier 1

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Personal injury

Leading Juniors

Emma Zeb Gatehouse ChambersAn excellent tactician who is always prepared to ask difficult questions when required. Extremely personable and fantastic with witnesses and clients.
Ranked: Tier 1

Gatehouse Chambers 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.

WORK UNDERTAKEN

Commercial Dispute Resolution: Gatehouse Chambers 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: Gatehouse Chambers 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: Gatehouse Chambers 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: Gatehouse Chambers is a leading set handling professional negligence claims across the construction and property, financial, insolvency, insurance and legal sectors.

Property: Gatehouse Chambers 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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Member of Chambers JONES QC, Nigel (1976)nigel.jones@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers ANDERSON QC, Lesley (1989)lesley.anderson@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers REED QC, Paul (1988)paul.reed@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Joint Head of Chambers STEVENS-HOARE QC, Brie (1986)brie@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Joint Head of Chambers KIRBY QC, Peter (1989)pj.kirby@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers de WAAL QC, John (1992)john.dewaalqc@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers BAGOT QC, Charles (1997)charles.bagotqc@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers LEWIS QC, David (1997)david.lewis@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers LAUGHTON SC, Greg (1982)greg.laughton@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers STOW QC, Tim (1965)tim.stow@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers PARKER, Wendy (1978)wparker@gatehouselawco.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers KING, Karl (1985)karl.king@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers PALFREY, Monty (1985)monty.palfrey@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers WOOLF, Steven (1989)steven.woolf@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers GATTY, Daniel (1990)daniel.gatty@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers EILLEDGE, Amanda (1991)amanda.eilledge@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers HIGGINS, Rupert (1991)rupert.higgins@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Members of Chambers NUGENT, Colm (1992)colm.nugent@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers CLARGO, John (1994)john.clargo@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers SKELLY, Andrew (1994)andrew.skelly@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers PLIENER, David (1996)david.pliener@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers ROWNTREE, Edward (1996)edward.rowntree@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers SILCOCK, Ian (1997)ian.silcock@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers WATSON, Alaric (1997)alaric.watson@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers MEACHER, Alison (1998)alison.meacher@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers PETTS, Peter (1998)peter.petts@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers STEPHENS, Mark (1998)mark.stephens@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers ZEB, Emma (1998)emma.zeb@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers SLACK, Henry (1999)henry.slack@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers HALL, James (2000)james.hall@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers SADIQ, Faisel (2000)faisel.sadiq@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)20 7242 2523
Member of Chambers McKINLAY, Vanessa (2000)vanessa.mckinlay@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)20 7242 2523
Member of Chambers AKHTAR, Shazia (2001)shazia.akhtar@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers McCANN, Sarah (2001)sarah.mccann@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers TITMUSS, Jonathan (2001)jonathan.titmuss@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers DUNNE, Robin (2002)robin.dunne@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers MURPHY, Jasmine (2002)jasmine.murphy@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers CLARKE, Sarah (2003)sarah.clarke@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers WHEATER, Michael (2003)michael.wheater@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers DEMACHKIE, Jamal (2004)jamal.demachkie@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers FAGBORUN-BENNETT, Morayo (2004)morayo.fagborunbennett@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers HODSON, Matthew (2004)matthew.hodson@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers SIMON, Philipp (2004)philipp.simon@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers CREER, Andy (2005)andy.creer@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers RAFFIN, Charles (2005)charles.raffin@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers STRELITZ, Paul (2005)paul.strelitz@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers BELL, Thomas (2006)thomas.bell@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers BREWIN, Carl (2006)carl.brewin@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers GODFREY, Lauren (2007)lauren.godfrey@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers PIERCY, Catherine (2007)catherine.piercy@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers TWEEDY, Laura (2007)laura.tweedy@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers WHITE, Helena (2007)helena.white@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers PEACHEY, David (2007)david.peachey@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers JOHN, Charlotte (2008)charlotte.john@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers PATTERSON, Phillip (2008)phillip.patterson@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers ALLEYNE, Ebony (2009)ebony.alleyne@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers BETTS, Emily (2009)emily.betts@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers SINGARAJAH, Frederico (2009)frederico.singarajah@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers MATTSON, Lina (2010)lina.mattsson@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers PAGE, Laurence (2010)laurence.page@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers ANSLOW, Clare (2011)clare.anslow@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers GRIFFITHS, Martyn (2011)martyn.griffiths@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers McERLEAN, Aileen (2011)aileen.mcerlean@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers BERESFORD, John (2012)john.beresford@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers CARMICHAEL, Sri (2012)sri.carmichael@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers DILLON, Jack (2012)jack.dillon@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers HYAMS, Oliver (2012)oliver.hyams@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers KERRY, Simon (2012)simon.kerry@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers LEE, Katie (2012)katie.lee@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers TETSTALL, Michael (2012)michael.tetstall@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers HYNES, Emma (2013)emma.hynes@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers MALONEY, Aneurin (2013)aneurin.maloney@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers BHATT, Rajiv (2014)rajiv.bhatt@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers HOCKING, Ryan (2014)ryan.hocking@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers MATHER, Katrina (2014)katrina.hocking@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers GOPAL, Priya (2014)priya.gopal@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers HUSAIN, Emily (2014)emily.husain@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers LEVENSTEIN, Michael (2015)michael.levenstein@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers STOCKS, Cameron (2015)cameron.stocks@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers ZVESPER, Louis (2015)louis.zvesper@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers DRAGE, Helena (2015)helena.drage@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers ROOHANI, USMAN (2016)usman.roohani@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers O'GRADY, MARK (2016)mark.ogrady@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers EYRE, George (2017)george.eyre@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers KLEOPA, Byroni (2017)byroni.kleopa@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers SHAW, James (2017)james.shaw@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers EGAN, Kort (2017)kort.egan@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers WOODS, Emma (2017)emma.woods@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)20 7242 2523
Member of Chambers MARIS, Michael (2017)michael.maris@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers GRIFFIN, Joshua (2018)joshua.griffin@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Member of Chambers HAMMOND, Rob (2018)rob.hammond@gatehouselaw.co.uk00 44 (0)20 7242 2523
Member of Chambers HENDERSON, Miguel (2018)miguel.henderson@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)20 7242 2523
Member of Chambers SMITH-ROBERTS, Adam (2019)adam.smith-roberts@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)20 7242 2523
Consultant GALLAGHER, John (1974)john.gallagher@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Consultant CUNNINGHAM, Graham (1976)graham.cunningham@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Consultant LENNARD, Stephen (1976)stephen.lennard@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Consultant BUSWELL, Richard (1985)richard.buswell@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Consultant BENBOW, Sara (1990)sara.benbow@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Consultant EXALL, Gordon (1991)gordon.exall@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Consultant MOORE, Arthur (1992)arthur.moore@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Consultant REDPATH-STEVENS, Alastair (1998)ayrs@hardwigatehouselawke.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
Chief Executive ILLING, Amandaamanda.illing@gatehouselaw.co.uk0044 (0)207 242 2523
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Shazia Akhtar  photo Shazia Akhtar Shazia practises in public and administrative law – including education law, discrimination,…
Ebony Alleyne  photo Ebony Alleyne Ebony specialises in commercial and insurance work with particular expertise in construction…
Lesley Anderson photo Lesley AndersonLesley Anderson QC practises in all aspects of chancery and commercial disputes…
Clare Anslow  photo Clare Anslow Clare accepts instructions in all areas of Hardwicke’s work with a particular…
Charles Bagot photo Charles BagotSince becoming Queen’s Counsel in 2018, Charles has rapidly developed a busy…
Tom Bell  photo Tom Bell Tom has a commercial, professional negligence and insurance practice.  He receives instructions from…
Sara Benbow  photo Sara Benbow Sara is a property and commercial specialist who is equally at home…
John Beresford  photo John Beresford John specialises in commercial and property law. John has appeared in levels of…
Emily Betts  photo Emily Betts Emily’s practice encompasses all aspects of commercial and property law. She acts…
Rajiv Bhatt  photo Rajiv Bhatt Rajiv has a wide ranging practice with a particular focus on: employment,…
Carl Brewin  photo Carl Brewin Carl Brewin specialises in land and real property, landlord and tenant law…
Richard Buswell  photo Richard Buswell Specialist in family law, inheritance wills, trusts and probate disputes, and professional…
Sri Carmichael  photo Sri Carmichael Sri specialises in commercial litigation, insolvency, civil fraud and company law. Her…
John Clargo  photo John Clargo Almost exclusively general property practice, whether in a development context or otherwise…
Sarah Clarke  photo Sarah Clarke Sarah is an experienced and unflappable advocate with extensive experience of commercial…
Andy Creer  photo Andy Creer The primary areas of Andy’s practice are real property, commercial landlord and…
Graham Cunningham  photo Graham Cunningham Graham is an unregistered barrister.  He is also part of the Gatehouse Chambers Alumni.…
Jamal Demachkie  photo Jamal Demachkie Jamal is a very experienced commercial barrister who specialises in property related…
Jack Dillon  photo Jack Dillon Jack specialises in commercial litigation, property law and professional negligence.  He has…
Helena Drage  photo Helena Drage Helena accepts instructions in all areas of our work and has a…
Robin Dunne  photo Robin Dunne Robin is a specialist in costs and litigation funding, having focused on…
Kort Egan  photo Kort Egan Kort specialises in domestic and international commercial disputes with particular expertise in…
Amanda Eilledge  photo Amanda Eilledge Client-focused commercial chancery litigator with an emphasis on property. Amanda has a…
George Eyre  photo George Eyre George accepts instructions in all Chambers’ core areas of practice, with a…
Morayo Fagborun Bennett  photo Morayo Fagborun Bennett Morayo specialises in all areas of landlord and tenant and real property…
John Gallagher  photo John Gallagher John Gallagher has an extensive practice with experience in professional indemnity and…
Daniel Gatty  photo Daniel Gatty Daniel specialises in disputes about property, the emphasis being on real property…
Lauren Godfrey  photo Lauren Godfrey Lauren’s practice covers commercial, corporate, chancery, discrimination, employment and property disputes and…
William Golightly  photo William Golightly
Priya Gopal  photo Priya Gopal Priya is building experience across all of Chambers’ main areas of practice,…
Joshua Griffin  photo Joshua Griffin Josh has a wide-ranging practice covering all areas of commercial dispute resolution…
Martyn Griffiths  photo Martyn Griffiths Martyn specialises in commercial law, professional liability, insurance and costs. Martyn is…
James Hall  photo James Hall James specialises in professional negligence, commercial litigation and property disputes. His professional…
Miguel Henderson  photo Miguel Henderson Miguel specialises in construction and commercial work. His work focusses chiefly on…
Rupert Higgins  photo Rupert Higgins Rupert Higgins is a specialist commercial and property practitioner who deals with…
Ryan Hocking  photo Ryan Hocking Ryan has a busy, broad-based commercial practice with a particular emphasis on…
Matthew Hodson  photo Matthew Hodson Matthew is a commercial barrister with particular expertise in company and shareholder…
Emily Husain  photo Emily Husain Emily specialises in commercial disputes and has considerable experience of both domestic…
Oliver Hyams  photo Oliver Hyams Oliver has a busy commercial practice with a focus on insolvency disputes,…
Emma Hynes  photo Emma Hynes Emma specialises in commercial, construction and professional negligence matters. Within those areas she…
Charlotte John  photo Charlotte John Charlotte’s practice focuses on Chancery and property litigation and encompasses both traditional…
Nigel Jones photo Nigel JonesNigel Jones QC is a highly experienced courtroom and advisory leader who…
Simon Kerry  photo Simon Kerry Simon has a broad practice and accepts instructions in commercial, insolvency, and…
Karl King  photo Karl King Karl is a property practitioner with extensive experience dealing with both commercial…
PJ Kirby photo PJ KirbyPJ has enjoyed a long and successful career at the Bar having…
Byroni Kleopa  photo Byroni Kleopa Byroni is experienced in all areas of real property and both commercial…
Greg Laughton (SC) photo Greg Laughton (SC)With over 30 years at the Bar, I have considerable experience acting…
Katie Lee  photo Katie Lee Katie is a commercial barrister with particular expertise in construction, engineering, energy…
Stephen Lennard  photo Stephen Lennard Stephen’s practice is firmly focused on business, his clients more often –…
Michael Levenstein  photo Michael Levenstein Michael specialises in construction and engineering disputes and general commercial litigation. Michael’s…
David Lewis photo David LewisDavid has very substantial experience in commercial disputes. His broad-based commercial practice…
Katrina Mather  photo Katrina Mather Property, Commercial, Insolvency
Lina Mattsson  photo Lina Mattsson Lina is a specialist property practitioner who is widely recognised as an…
Sarah McCann  photo Sarah McCann Sarah is a specialist Commercial and Insurance practitioner with particular expertise in…
Aileen McErlean  photo Aileen McErlean Aileen is regarded as a go-to junior for both commercial and insolvency…
Vanessa McKinlay photo Vanessa McKinlay
Alison Meacher  photo Alison Meacher Alison is a public and property law barrister. Her practice covers all…
Aneurin Moloney  photo Aneurin Moloney Aneurin’s practice is largely focussed on clinical negligence claims, and he is…
Arthur Moore  photo Arthur Moore Arthur came to the bar after studying physics at Oxford University, and…
Jasmine Murphy  photo Jasmine Murphy Jasmine specialises in personal injury and professional negligence cases involving solicitors. Representing…
Colm Nugent  photo Colm Nugent Colm is a specialist barrister in the fields of personal injury and…
Mark O'Grady photo Mark O'GradyMark has a busy commercial practice covering not only commercial disputes of…
Monty Palfrey  photo Monty Palfrey Monty is a very experienced barrister who has an established successful “Court…
Wendy Parker  photo Wendy Parker Wendy is a member of Gatehouse Chamber’s Commercial, Property and Insurance Groups…
Phillip Patterson  photo Phillip Patterson Specialist in commercial dispute resolution, insolvency, company law disputes, civil fraud, banking…
David Peachey  photo David Peachey David specialises in property work including commercial landlord and tenant, residential housing…
Peter Petts  photo Peter Petts Peter is ranked as a leading junior in Property Litigation. He regularly…
Catherine Piercy  photo Catherine Piercy Catherine is a successful commercial and insurance specialist with a particular focus…
David Pliener  photo David Pliener David is an expert in Construction and Engineering, Insurance and Commercial work.…
Charles Raffin  photo Charles Raffin Charles has a wealth of experience in domestic, cross-border and international arbitration…
Alastair Redpath-Stevens  photo Alastair Redpath-Stevens Alastair Redpath-Stevens is a specialist in property and housing law with a…
Paul Reed photo Paul ReedPaul Reed is a leading commercial silk specialising in construction, professional liability,…
Edward Rowntree  photo Edward Rowntree Edward combines academic excellence with an acute sensitivity to the commercial needs…
Faisel Sadiq  photo Faisel Sadiq Faisel’s practice focuses on property and Chancery litigation. In particular: All aspects…
Rahim Shamji  photo Rahim Shamji
Jaysen Sharpe  photo Jaysen Sharpe
James Shaw  photo James Shaw James has a wide-ranging commercial dispute resolution practice, encompassing commercial litigation, insolvency,…
Ian Silcock  photo Ian Silcock Ian began his career as a barrister specialising in IP litigation in…
Philipp Simon  photo Philipp Simon Philipp is a commercial barrister who draws on experience as a legal…
Frederico Singarajah  photo Frederico Singarajah Frederico has developed a successful practice in international dispute resolution that encompasses…
Andrew Skelly  photo Andrew Skelly Andrew specialises in most areas of real property law, with a particular…
Henry Slack  photo Henry Slack Henry is a specialist practitioner in the fields of personal injury, clinical…
Mark Stephens  photo Mark Stephens Mark is a senior junior specialising in employment litigation and has done…
Brie Stevens-hoare photo Brie Stevens-hoareBrie is recommended as a leading silk in the latest editions of The…
Cameron Stocks  photo Cameron Stocks Cameron specialises in property, social housing and private client matters with particular…
Tim Stow photo Tim StowTim is ideally qualified for the role of arbitrator being a highly…
Paul Strelitz  photo Paul Strelitz Paul is considered a leading junior and is the first port of…
Michael Tetstall  photo Michael Tetstall Michael practices across Gatehouse Chamber’s core practice areas and has a particular…
Jonathan Titmuss  photo Jonathan Titmuss Jonathan is a highly regarded senior junior who specialises in insolvency and restructuring. The…
Laura Tweedy  photo Laura Tweedy Laura is a very experienced and sought-after barrister who specialises in residential…
Alaric Watson  photo Alaric Watson Alaric is an experienced commercial barrister specialising primarily in business disputes and…
Michael Wheater  photo Michael Wheater Michael is a respected and sought after senior junior specialising in Construction…
Helena White  photo Helena White Helena is an insurance and commercial practitioner, with a particular focus on…
Dr Robert Whittock  photo Dr Robert Whittock Robert has a broad civil litigation practice focused on Intellectual Property, Professional…
Steven Woolf  photo Steven Woolf Steven is a highly experienced and very well thought of, property Lawyer.…
Emma Zeb  photo Emma Zeb
Louis Zvesper  photo Louis Zvesper Louis specialises in construction and commercial disputes, as well as property damage…
Gemmade de Cordova  photo Gemmade de Cordova
John de Waal photo John de WaalJohn de Waal QC specialises in chancery and commercial work with a…
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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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The latest from the Lloyds/HBOS litigation (https://www.legalbusiness.co.uk/analysis/disputes-yearbook-2020/sponsored-briefing-the-latest-from-the-lloydshbos-litigation/)
Hardwicke’s Laurence Page and Michael Marris on Sharp v Blank [2019] EWHC 3078 (Ch)


Hardwicke’s members and staff are committed to equal opportunities at work and at the Bar. This commitment manifests itself in our policies and procedures, in our strategic objectives, and in our recruitment processes. Chambers has an Equality Diversity and Inclusion Committee to promote our policies and objectives and help improve and monitor our compliance.

Chambers supports a number of initiatives aimed at encouraging and supporting greater diversity:

Gender

  • Our people belong to numerous gender equality groups and industry organisations promoting gender equality.
  • Our Parental Leave Policy makes it as easy, transparent and financially beneficial for both parents to take leave as it would be for one parent to do so.
  • We have a Transgender Policy which has involved both a review of all policies and our constitution to ensure they are gender neutral and a review of signage throughout chambers.
  • Chambers is also committed to ensuring diversity and equality on the chambers management committee.
  • We aim to include a woman wherever possible in our speaking and business development activities. · We are signatories to the ERA Pledge: http://www.arbitrationpledge.com/

LGBT+

  • Hardwicke collaborated with other chambers to create FreeBar, a network for everyone at the Bar who believes in equality for LGBT+ individuals and their allies.
  • Chambers is working with other colleagues at FreeBar to set up the FreeBar Charter: best practice in barristers’ chambers (due to be launched in 2020).
  • We are also members of Free Hold which is a LGBT organisation aimed at professionals working in the property sector.
  • Chambers is a Stonewall Diversity champion and has been for many years.

Social diversity and mobility

  • We have for the last 8 years run a university placement scheme aimed at non-Russell Group universities to give an undergraduate the opportunity to work as a full-time employee of chambers in the marketing and IT support teams in their industry year.
  • We have also run a massively over-subscribed work experience programme for over 10 years aimed at those from backgrounds that are under-represented at the Bar and those who work in chambers.

Racial diversity

  • Hardwicke’s members and staff have worked with Herbert Smith Freehills on their RBS First Step programme insight day. RBS Legal First Step is an intensive one week programme developed to give A Level students that are people of colour and/or from socially disadvantaged backgrounds greater opportunities, experience and contacts to help them consider and pursue a career in law or business.
  • One of our senior barristers is a Founding member of the Women’s Network of the British Nigeria Law Forum.
  • Members and staff mentor black students and people of colour informally and through their own networks and speak at state schools and mosques.

We are the only chambers to allocate a specific part of member and staff profiles on our website to describing, celebrating and promoting CSR.