PJ Kirby QC > Gatehouse Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Gatehouse Chambers
Gatehouse Chambers
1 Lady Hale Gate, Gray’s Inn

Work Department

Commercial dispute resolution; costs; banking, finance and credit; civil fraud; employment; professional negligence.


PJ has enjoyed a long and successful career at the Bar having previously been a partner in a Holborn firm of solicitors. He took silk in 2013 – the only costs specialist to do so that year. PJ is Joint Head of Chambers at Gatehouse Chambers.

PJ’s practice covers costs litigation, commercial dispute resolution and professional negligence. He is instructed by a wide range of solicitors from City firms to High Street practitioners. As well as cases in England & Wales PJ has appeared in the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal in relation to the legality of CFAs and in the DIFC in Dubai and much of his work has an international dimension.

PJ is recognised as an expert in the field of costs and is often instructed on appeals in relation to problems over retainers, CFAs etc. He is also often instructed to draft bespoke DBAs, CFAs or CCFAs for firms of solicitors.

PJ sits as a Deputy District Judge and is a Bar Council appointed High Court costs assessor. PJ is also an ADR group accredited mediator and is on the Costs ADR (CADR) panel of mediators.


Qualified 1989; solicitor Supreme Court 1983-89; deputy district judge; barrister assessor in costs appeals. Formerly a partner in a firm of Holborn solicitors.


Commercial Bar Association; London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association; Professional Negligence Bar Association; Employment Law Bar Association.


LLB Hons.


Family, faith, football and food - although the order of importance tends to vary!

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Costs

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

PJ Kirby QCGatehouse 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.