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Chambers of Paul Reed QC and PJ Kirby QC

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HARDWICKE BUILDING, NEW SQUARE, LINCOLN'S INN, LONDON, WC2A 3SB, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7242 2523
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Fax 020 7691 1234
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393 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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Web:
www.hardwicke.co.uk

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

The β€˜fantastic’ Hardwicke is β€˜a first division operation with great strength in depth’. The chambers is β€˜out on their own for construction and insurance’ matters, is β€˜an excellent commercial litigation set’, well regarded in property law, and β€˜the clear leader’ in franchising work. Counsel are β€˜responsive and make clients and solicitors feel part of the team’. Chambers’ style β€˜means its approach to the lay client is friendly, clear and approachable’. β€˜Trustworthy’ chief executive Amanda Illing is β€˜the shining star of the team’; she has β€˜taken chambers to a new level’ and β€˜puts the quality of service at the heart of everything she does, while making sure we all feel like a member of her family’. The praise for the chief continues, with one solicitor explaining how Illing has β€˜brought a user friendliness and unstuffiness’. Thanks to the leadership of practice director Deborah Anderson, the β€˜top-drawer’ clerking team is β€˜always efficient and client focused’ and β€˜willing to go the extra mile’. Anderson, β€˜who ensures that key relationships are kept and built upon’, is assisted by β€˜superb’ senior practice managers Richard Sumarno and James Duncan-Hartill, who are β€˜quick to respond and active in resolving queries’. Also of note, both Natasha Devlin-Clingham and Rhian Hiscocks are β€˜efficient, personable and approachable’ and β€˜know their barristers really well’. Offices in: London

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London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)
Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading juniors

Alison Meacher - Hardwicke β€˜Her drafting is thorough and she is a firm advocate in court and in negotiations.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)
Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – Leading juniors

Alison Meacher - Hardwicke β€˜Innovative, very knowledgeable and very competent in Court of Protection cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Clinical negligence
Clinical negligence – 2018 silks

Charles Bagot - Hardwicke β€˜Has great attention to detail and his measured approach is appreciated by clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Nigel Jones QC - Hardwicke β€˜Brilliant at breaking down complex legal and factual issues and putting them in simple terms.’

Ranked: tier 3
Commercial litigation – 2019 silks

David Lewis QC - Hardwicke β€˜Very easy to work with and the lay clients love his punchy style.’

Ranked: tier 1
Commercial litigation – Leading juniors

Charles Raffin - Hardwicke β€˜One of the best and most user-friendly juniors. It isn’t easy to find barristers with real franchise specialism and he is one of them.’

Ranked: tier 5

Sarah McCann - Hardwicke β€˜Dynamic advocacy and an all-hands-on-deck approach.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Company and partnership
Company – Leading silks

Nigel Jones QC - Hardwicke β€˜He is able to spot points not visible to others.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Construction
Construction – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Hardwicke

Hardwicke β€˜has good depth in construction and a good diversity of barristers’. Key cases include Carillion Construction Ltd v Aecom & Emcor, a high-profile dispute led by Paul Reed QC concerning the Rolls Buildings, and leading case on concurrent delay; and in Ashe/Elim v DGT & HTS, David Pliener led a multi-million pound four-party TCC dispute arising out of the collapse of the City Gates Christian Centre in Ilford.

Construction – Leading silks

Paul Reed QC - Hardwicke β€˜Really impressive.’

Ranked: tier 2

Nigel Jones QC - Hardwicke β€˜Fantastic with clients, brilliant at breaking down complex legal and factual issues and putting them in simple terms.’

Ranked: tier 5
Construction – Leading juniors

Catherine Piercy - Hardwicke β€˜Simply exceptional: very bright, understands complicated technical issues and is very good at cross-examination.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Pliener - Hardwicke β€˜Very capable advocate, offering great strategic and commercial advice and excellent knowledge of the law.’

Ranked: tier 3

Michael Wheater - Hardwicke β€˜Knows construction law, procedure and technicalities inside out – his drafting and written legal submissions are second to none.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sarah McCann - Hardwicke β€˜Impressive in fire-related property damage cases; she regularly appears in the TCC.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Costs
Costs – Leading silks

PJ Kirby QC - Hardwicke β€˜Has a good academic and commercial blend in relation to costs issues.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Court of Protection and community care
Court of Protection and community care – Leading juniors

Alison Meacher - Hardwicke β€˜Very skilled on mental capacity and mental health law.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Education
Education – Leading juniors

Shazia Akhtar - Hardwicke β€˜An extremely efficient and competent advocate whose paperwork is excellent.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Employment
Employment – Leading juniors

Paul Strelitz - Hardwicke β€˜He has an excellent breadth of knowledge and a hands-on approach.’

Ranked: tier 3

Matthew Hodson - Hardwicke β€˜A go-to guy who knows how to extract pertinent points in cross-examination.’

Ranked: tier 4

Mark Stephens - Hardwicke β€˜He has a fantastic ability to get to the heart of the case.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Insolvency
Insolvency – Leading juniors

Alaric Watson - Hardwicke β€˜A hands on practical approach to problem solving.’

Ranked: tier 4

Sarah Clarke - Hardwicke β€˜An excellent commercial litigator.’

Ranked: tier 4

Charles Raffin - Hardwicke β€˜Very commercial, very sharp and a delight to work with.’

Ranked: tier 5

Jonathan Titmuss - Hardwicke β€˜Great technical ability; sound commercialism.’

Ranked: tier 5

Wendy Parker - Hardwicke β€˜Extremely knowledgeable and always composed.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Insurance and reinsurance
Insurance and reinsurance – Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

Hardwicke

The β€˜consistently very good’ Hardwicke is β€˜a really bright and knowledgeable set’. β€˜Every member is a real specialist in their field and is nice to work with’, such as Nigel Jones QC, who is involved in high-profile claims relating to the insolvency of Enterprise Insurance, and Paul Reed QC, who regularly acts for leading insurance firms.

Insurance and reinsurance - Leading silks

Paul Reed QC - Hardwicke β€˜The go-to London authority for contentious construction insurance and all risks matters.’

Ranked: tier 3

Nigel Jones QC - Hardwicke β€˜Very thorough with an incredible knowledge of insurance.’

Ranked: tier 4
Insurance and reinsurance – Leading juniors

David Pliener - Hardwicke β€˜Approachable, accessible and impressively marshals the case details.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property – Leading juniors

Ian Silcock - Hardwicke β€˜He is a meticulous researcher, a careful and elegant draftsman and a supportive addition to any team.’

Ranked: tier 4

Mark Engelman - Hardwicke β€˜Very personable but tenacious and valued for his ability to think outside the box.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud
Personal injury – Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

Hardwicke

Hardwicke’s β€˜boutique personal injury team’ handles a wide variety of claims including brain injury, career-ending limb and back injuries, spinal fractures, fatalities and road traffic accidents. Charles Bagot QC, β€˜who always gets to the heart of the matter’, enhanced the team’s strength after taking silk in 2018.

Personal injury – 2018 silks

Charles Bagot QC - Hardwicke β€˜He is a superb barrister who has the rare skill of having his eye to the future of litigation; ably assists clients on how to manage a large loss portfolio.’

Ranked: tier 1
Insurance fraud – Leading juniors

Gemma Witherington - Hardwicke β€˜Her attention to detail is exceptional.’

Ranked: tier 1
Personal injury – Leading juniors

Colm Nugent - Hardwicke β€˜He has an unerring eye for a winner and is prepared to back his assessments to the hilt. He has a staggering appetite for work.’

Ranked: tier 5

Gemma Witherington - Hardwicke β€˜She is a rising star and a real fighter.’

Ranked: tier 5

Henry Slack - Hardwicke β€˜He always provides robust advice; clients respect his opinion.’

Ranked: tier 5

Jasmine Murphy - Hardwicke β€˜She shows an excellent ability to get to the heart of the matter quickly and argue her case persuasively.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Hardwicke

Hardwicke is a β€˜progressive and agile set that wants to give practical solutions rather than getting hung up on technical arguments’, and it is active in commercial, construction, technology, property, financial services, insurance and insolvency claims. Paul Reed QC is involved in Carillion Construction Ltd v Aecom & Emcor and John de Waal QC is representing housebuilder Barratt in relation to a claim for damages following the discovery of asbestos at a site for residential development in South Wales.

Professional negligence – Leading silks

Nigel Jones QC - Hardwicke β€˜A superb advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

John de Waal QC - Hardwicke β€˜User friendly and sensible.’

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Reed QC - Hardwicke β€˜Very impressive.’

Ranked: tier 3
Professional negligence – leading juniors

David Pliener - Hardwicke β€˜Very clear and concise, and his written work is exceptional.’

Ranked: tier 4

James Hall - Hardwicke β€˜He is able to take in immense amounts of detail, distil that knowledge and then summarise it in a way which is easily accessible.’

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Wheater - Hardwicke β€˜Incredibly bright, but very user friendly and down to earth.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jonathan Titmuss - Hardwicke β€˜Excellent knowledge and experience.’

Ranked: tier 5

Sarah McCann - Hardwicke β€˜Very able.’

Ranked: tier 5

Catherine Piercy - Hardwicke β€˜Impressive.’

Ranked: tier 6

Laurence Page - Hardwicke β€˜An intelligent lawyer with a good grasp of the legal principles and how they are applied.’

Ranked: tier 6

Thomas Bell - Hardwicke β€˜Able to distil complex legal arguments for lay clients..’

Ranked: tier 6

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Property litigation and agriculture
Property litigation – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Hardwicke

At Hardwicke, there is a β€˜wide range of excellent counsel from juniors up to the impressive silks’. Areas of specialism for the set include boundary disputes, transaction-related property negligence and easements, as well as niche knowledge in tower block cladding and fracking. Brie Stevens-Hoare QC and John de Waal QC are acting on TST Millbank v Resolution Real Estate Ltd, a multi-million pound claim at Millbank Tower in relation to outstanding service charges.

Property litigation – Leading silks

Brie Stevens-Hoare QC - Hardwicke β€˜Concise in summarising her legal arguments and able to adapt her advocacy when questioned.’

Ranked: tier 2

John de Waal QC - Hardwicke β€˜Puts a lot of thought into strategy and is very easy to work with.’

Ranked: tier 3
Property litigation – Leading juniors

Jamal Demachkie - Hardwicke β€˜Remarkable with clients, putting them at ease and explaining complex ideas very simply.’

Ranked: tier 3

Alexander Bastin - Hardwicke β€˜He is clear and thorough in his advice and goes beyond for clients.’

Ranked: tier 4

Daniel Gatty - Hardwicke β€˜Knowledgeable about property and installs confidence.’

Ranked: tier 4

Laura Tweedy - Hardwicke β€˜Helpful, efficient and accessible, she goes the extra mile.’

Ranked: tier 4

Amanda Eilledge - Hardwicke β€˜Very competent, stern when needed and great with clients.’

Ranked: tier 5

Andy Creer - Hardwicke β€˜A very technical lawyer with a commercial approach.’

Ranked: tier 5

Edward Rowntree - Hardwicke β€˜Proactive and provides detailed and logical analysis.’

Ranked: tier 5

Emily Betts - Hardwicke β€˜She will not back down when a point is worth pursuing.’

Ranked: tier 5

John Clargo - Hardwicke β€˜A tenacious advocate with strong technical skills.’

Ranked: tier 5

Peter Petts - Hardwicke β€˜He is outstanding.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Set overviews: England and Wales

The β€˜fantastic’ Hardwicke is β€˜a first division operation with great strength in depth’. The chambers is β€˜out on their own for construction and insurance’ matters, is β€˜an excellent commercial litigation set’, well regarded in property law, and β€˜the clear leader’ in franchising work. Counsel are β€˜responsive and make clients and solicitors feel part of the team’. Chambers’ style β€˜means its approach to the lay client is friendly, clear and approachable’. β€˜Trustworthy’ chief executive Amanda Illing is β€˜the shining star of the team’; she has β€˜taken chambers to a new level’ and β€˜puts the quality of service at the heart of everything she does, while making sure we all feel like a member of her family’. The praise for the chief continues, with one solicitor explaining how Illing has β€˜brought a user friendliness and unstuffiness’. Thanks to the leadership of practice director Deborah Anderson, the β€˜top-drawer’ clerking team is β€˜always efficient and client focused’ and β€˜willing to go the extra mile’. Anderson, β€˜who ensures that key relationships are kept and built upon’, is assisted by β€˜superb’ senior practice managers Richard Sumarno and James Duncan-Hartill, who are β€˜quick to respond and active in resolving queries’. Also of note, both Natasha Devlin-Clingham and Rhian Hiscocks are β€˜efficient, personable and approachable’ and β€˜know their barristers really well’. Offices in: London

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Social housing
Social housing – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Hardwicke

Hardwicke’s presence in the social housing space comes primarily through the set’s property litigation work and social welfare capabilities. Chambers is well known for representing housing associations in disrepair and possession claims. Recent stand-out work has included Alison Meacher representing a local authority in a case concerning the proper interpretation of a clause in the Housing Benefit Regulations 2006.

Social housing – Leading juniors

Alison Meacher - Hardwicke β€˜Pairs well-researched briefs with clear, confident and straightforward advocacy.’

Ranked: tier 3

Laura Tweedy - Hardwicke β€˜A compelling and persuasive advocate; nothing is too much trouble for her.’

Ranked: tier 3

Morayo Fagborun Bennett - Hardwicke β€˜Excellent in every respect; one of the housing Bar’s most consistent performers.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)
Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) – 2018 silks

Charles Bagot QC - Hardwicke β€˜Instructed in an increasing number of international injury work that involves cross-border issues.’

Ranked: tier 1

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