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The 36 Group
Gray's Inn, 4 Field Court
London
WC1R 5EF
England

Midland Circuit > Crime (general and fraud) Tier 2

The 36 Group stands out as a ‘strong circuit set with strength in depth’, which is active across the spectrum of serious criminal cases. ‘An excellent trial advocate’, Mary Prior KC garners praise for her ‘ability to grasp facts and immediately identify the real issues in the case’ and represented the stepmother of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, first at the original trial for his murder and then in the Court of Appeal, defeating an appeal by the Attorney-General that the original tariff of 29 years was "unduly lenient" and should be replaced with a whole life order. Sarah Gaunt appeared for the prosecution in a case concerning a cybercrime fraud conspiracy matter amounting to £9m, while Nadeem Holland prosecuted seven defendants who conspired to supply shotguns stolen in a burglary.

Rising stars

Catherine Rose – The 36 Group ‘Catherine is a calm and tenacious advocate, performing beyond her year of call. She is particularly good at handling vulnerable clients and witnesses.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Tom Parker – The 36 Group ‘Tom is a talented junior. He has exceptional knowledge of financial crime and associated quasi-criminal proceedings.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Sebastian Walker – The 36 Group ‘Sebastian has an extraordinary ability to analyse, retain and deal with complex details in a case. In court, he is both forensic and sympathetic to his tribunal. His ability is far beyond his year of call.’
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Mary Prior KCThe 36 Group ‘Mary is a very eloquent advocate. She has particular strengths in dealing with vulnerable clients and builds a powerful rapport with her clients. She has great empathy with the jury and is down-to-earth, clear and punchy.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
John Lloyd-Jones KC – The 36 Group ‘John is a very clear thinker who plans his cases in detail from the outset. He identifies the principal issues and plans to deal with potential difficulties to avoid them becoming problems. His witness care skills are excellent: a balance of calm authority with human empathy.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Sarah KnightThe 36 Group ‘Sarah is very good with vulnerable witnesses, putting them at ease and getting the best from their evidence. She is meticulous in her preparation and presents cases in an understated manner, which can be devastating in its effect.’ 
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Nadeem HollandThe 36 Group ‘Nadeem has complete command of the court. He is an impressive performer.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Nadia SilverThe 36 Group ‘Nadia has a forensic approach to case preparation. Her advocacy skills are second to none and she is well-received by juries.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Claire Fraser – The 36 Group ‘Claire is a down-to-earth and capable advocate. She successfully deals with challenging cases showing an excellent eye for detail, the ability to build a rapport with vulnerable witnesses and handle the legal arguments that arise when involved in offences of this nature.’
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

‘Excellent service offered by the clerks’ room. Michelle Simpson is a real asset to chambers, will go out of her way & beyond expectations to assist.’

‘The 36 group is a welcoming set that maintains high standards of excellence. It prosecutes and defends at the highest level in the Midlands.’

‘The 36 group is a very strong set of criminal practitioners who excel in complex and serious crime, further supported by a strong and proactive set of clerks.’

‘The 36 are an outstanding set, with excellent counsel of all years of call.’

Work highlights

London Bar > Crypto and blockchain assets Tier 2

The 36 Group has been active in the development of the law relating to cryptoassets, NFTs, blockchain and smart contracts across multiple practice areas including art, taxation and data security. One such example is the set’s work in family matrimonial finance, where members such as Marc Samuels has dealt with issues relating to how cryptoassets are handled by the Court in a divorce. Ben Symons specialises in advice in commercial and tax matters related to cryptocurrency matters, covering areas such as the VAT treatment of cryptocurrency transactions and whether they are taxable, while Flavia Kenyon is noted for her work in disruptive technologies, cryptoassets and Web3.

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1

Testimonials

‘The chambers has grown considerably and has great strength in depth.’

London Bar > Commodities Tier 3

The 36 Group has ‘an unbeatable reputation in shipping and international trade law’ and clients note that it is ‘an excellent set, professional and approachable’. A dedicated commodities, shipping and international trade set, its members are known for their expertise in commodities issues arising in shipping contexts and their work spans many commodities markets, among them metals, petroleum products, grain and foodstuffs. Vasanti Selvaratnam KC is the set’s most prominent silk and she has recently been involved in numerous commodities and shipping disputes arising out of the inability of vessels to discharge their cargos in Ukraine, including RTI Ltd v Cargill Ocean Transportation Singapore Pte Ltd and Cargill International SA, in which she acted for the claimant. Ravi Aswani is a leading junior in the commodities space and was recently instructed by the claimant in an arbitration concerning an attempt to export crude oil out of Venezuela, which gave rise to novel sanctions-related issues.

Leading Silks

Vasanti Selvaratnam KCThe 36 Group ‘Vasanti is clever and methodical and could be one of the greats.’
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Ravi AswaniThe 36 Group ‘Ravi offers sensible and practical advice, and the pleadings he drafts are clear, persuasive and to the point.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Charles DebattistaThe 36 Group ‘Charles knows more about commodities litigation than almost anyone and provides clear advice on both the legal and commercial elements of the matter.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Mark JonesThe 36 Group ‘A go-to person for talking a matter through and his ability to work out what needs to be done, and his drafting, are second-to-none.’
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

‘Always getting strong and efficient support from the clerks.’

‘Fantastic clerks team. Client focused and always ready to assist.’

‘The clerks are generally easy to contact, overall good service.’

‘Unbeatable reputation in shipping and international trade law.’

‘Excellent chambers, professional and approachable.’

’36 Group is always our preferred choice.’

London Bar > Family: children and domestic abuse Tier 3

The 36 Group is a ‘very strong and well-regarded set’ that offers advice on all areas of family law. ‘Extremely persuasive barrister’ William Tyler KC co-heads the team and has extensive experience of handling international and cross-jurisdictional cases. Lucy Reed KC was appointed silk in 2023. Rising star Madeleine Whelan is praised for her ‘meticulous preparation and professional manner’ and handles private children law cases related to parental alienation, drug use, domestic abuse and complex needs.

Rising stars

Madeleine Whelan –The 36 Group 'Madeleine is a fierce defender of her client's case and is persuasive in her advocacy. Her quick grasp of the facts of a case and ability to assimilate complex information is very impressive.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

William Tyler KCThe 36 Group ‘William has the ability to handle and present complex fact-finding material with a lightness of touch that belies the amount of work invested in making the task appear effortless. He has a degree of gravitas and composure in his presentation that commands authority in court.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Hannah Markham KCThe 36 Group ‘Hannah is a tenacious, skilled advocate who fights her client’s corner and has incredible judgement in the trickiest cases. She inspires faith and confidence and is thoroughly decent while running a case. She is impressive and persuasive on her feet, and the tribunals listen to her.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Martin Kingerley KCThe 36 Group ‘Martin is very hardworking and has an excellent knowledge of the law. He is a calming influence in court and is always appreciated by the court.’
Ranked: Tier 4

2023 Silks

Leading Juniors

Kate GrieveThe 36 Group ‘Kate is a very strong advocate who is always well-prepared. She provides good feedback and help when working together on a case.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Kate TompkinsThe 36 Group ‘Kate possesses an unparalleled ability to manage complex children cases and is hugely impressive on her feet. In court, Kate is solution focused and tenacious. She has the expertise and a warm personality and always brings benefits to a case. She is particularly good at extremely complex public law matters, and her advice is firm whilst being results driven.’
Ranked: Tier 3
George HarleyThe 36 Group ‘George is a great advocate, and clients love him. He's very passionate about his work and fights for his clients.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Joanne Ecob The 36 Group ‘Joanne is empathetic and supportive, possessing a good client matter. She devises a good strategy and is robust and clear in her paperwork and court.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Fenella CooilThe 36 Group ‘Fenella is an outstanding children's law barrister. She has a wonderfully warm manner with clients yet ensures that she provides clear and detailed advice. She is accessible and very hardworking.’
Ranked: Tier 5
Kelly WebbThe 36 Group ‘Kelly is a fighter in difficult cases who can quickly get to grips with a case.She is empathetic with clients who feel she is fighting their corner.’
Ranked: Tier 5
Ben Mansfield – The 36 Group 'Ben is approachable, full of energy and genuinely interested in his cases. He becomes fully absorbed and gives each case his heart and soul. He is creative, thinks out of the box and usually steps ahead.'
Ranked: Tier 6
Hena Vissian - The 36 Group ‘Hena is the consummate professional and always prepared for every case. She has a detailed grasp of her area of law and is able to quickly and accurately ascertain the issues in a case. Her advocacy skills and cross examination skills are exceptional. She swiftly updates her instructing solicitor and is generous with her time and knowledge.’
Ranked: Tier 6
Sabuhi Chaudhry The 36 Group 'Sabuhi is a robust advocate and a tough negotiator. She always fights her client’s corner and is fearless in court. Her preparation is meticulous. In particular, the thoroughness of her position statements and pre-hearing briefings puts clients at ease.'
Ranked: Tier 6

Testimonials

‘The clerks are great. Head Clerk Danny Chapman is open and honest and never lets you down. Ashley London and Adam Cope are also great to deal with.’

‘The clerks are excellent. Particularly Ashley London and Danny Chapman. They are approachable and always go the extra mile to help.’

‘The 36 Group offers great counsel.’

‘The 36 Group is a fantastic all-round set with a slight lean towards Children’s law.’

‘The 36 Group have a good range of counsel (covering all areas of family law), who are highly experienced and reliable.’

Work highlights

London Bar > Family: divorce and financial remedy Tier 3

The 36 Group is ‘a brilliant set with a very strong team’. Andrzej Bojarski KC  has ‘excellent client care skills’ and is an ‘incredibly easy barrister to work with’. Niki Langridge is a ‘gifted advocate and tenacious negotiator’ who has a track record of cases involving complex business assets or questioning the validity and recognition of marriages. Christopher Carr has extensive experience of acting on behalf of high-net-worth clients and is praised for his ‘measured and authoritative advocacy’.

2024 Silks

Andrzej Bojarski KCThe 36 Group ‘Andrzej gives clear well thought and excellent advice. He is a very good advocate and unfailingly polite to all involved. He is reliable and hugely experienced. He puts clients at their ease.’

Leading Juniors

Niki LangridgeThe 36 Group ‘Niki is a go-to barrister. She is so knowledgeable and can deliver advice to clients in a straightforward and considerate way. Her manner with clients is first-class. She changes her approach depending on the client’s needs. Her advice is always spot on, and she gives pragmatic and realistic advice.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Christopher Carr  –The 36 Group ‘Chris prepares thoroughly and picks up on detail. He is knowledgeable, sensible and pragmatic in his approach and will be robust where needed. He is a strong advocate, is tactical, and superb in cross-examination and summing up, leading the judge through the evidence and his client’s case. He is good with clients, approachable, down to earth, sensitive and gives clear advice. He is always helpful with his instructing solicitor and goes above and beyond to assist.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Rhys TaylorThe 36 Group ‘Rhys is a walking encyclopaedia of all things pension. He is a persuasive written and oral advocate.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Gwynfor EvansThe 36 Group ‘Gwyn is an absolute star. He is calm and pragmatic, with an excellent bedside manner. He is very persuasive when on his feet and commands the judge’s undivided attention. He is concise without compromising on quality.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Marc Samuels – The 36 Group 'Marc is extremely thorough in his preparation for conferences and hearings. His written work is comprehensive, and he makes difficult points simple. He is very responsive and enjoys being part of the team. He excels at advocacy – punchy, persuasive and eloquent.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Sabuhi ChaudhryThe 36 Group ‘Sabuhi has a very empathetic manner yet has authority in court. She is very conscientious and thorough in her preparation and is capable of grasping a complex brief very quickly.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Gerald WilsonThe 36 Group ‘Gerald has a wealth of legal knowledge and experience, which he brings to bear in giving particular gravitas to his advocacy. He is a fine lawyer who presents his client's case with real charm.’
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

‘Danny Chapman runs a tight ship and is amiably supported by Adam Cope and his clerking group – helpful and knowledgeable.’

‘The 36 Group has an exceptional clerking team with strong leadership. Danny Chapman and Ashley London always go the extra mile.’

‘The 36 Group is a go-to set for financial remedy work. They have a broad range of barristers from very junior to very experienced for the complex work.’

‘The 36 Group is a great set with an impressive array of barristers with considerable strength and depth.’

‘The team at the 36 Group are well rounded and offers exceptional service across all levels. The team is well led by senior counsel who mentors and supports juniors well.’

‘The team at the 36 Group is very strong.’

‘The 36 Group has a good family finance team and all professional, personable and talented.’

‘The 36 Group has a diverse and skilled range of counsel. One of the first choices for a safe pair of hands.’

Work highlights

London Bar > Family: private FDR judges and arbitrators Tier 3

2024 Silks

Andrzej Bojarski KCThe 36 Group 'Andrzej brings his advocacy skills to the private judging sphere. He is thorough, empathetic and kind, hugely intelligent, and probably thinking five steps ahead of the advocates in front of him on every case, hard-working and keen to find/broker settlement. He is fully resolution-focused and will leave no stone unturned in trying to get a couple to that end.'

London Bar > Shipping Tier 3

Hailed as ‘an excellent shipping set with real depth‘, The 36 Group is noted for its strengths across shipping, where the set’s capabilities extend to issues arising out of contracts, transactions, as well as collisions and salvage.  Elizabeth Blackburn KC continues to have a vibrant practice, with cases including the infamous Ever Given. A collision in the Singapore Strait was at the centre of The Wilforce, which saw involvement from Vasanti Selvaratnam KC and constituted the first time that liability for a collision in a precautionary area was considered. Mark Jones features in the Polar, a long-running case arising out of the hijacking of a vessel by Somali pirates that has been granted permission to appeal by the Supreme Court in 2022. Turning to more junior names,  Emile Yusupoff and Andrew Ng are being led by leading silks or acting as sole counsel in shipping arbitration and litigation.

Rising stars

Emile Yusupoff – The 36 Group 'For a very junior barrister, Emile has a striking maturity and approaches things a confidence and authority which are beyond his years.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Ng – The 36 Group ‘Andrew has shown an impressive natural talent.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Elizabeth Blackburn KCThe 36 Group ‘Elizabeth has a well-deserved reputation as one of the heavyweights at the Admiralty and Commercial Bar.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Vasanti Selvaratnam KCThe 36 Group ‘An absolutely excellent advocate and is hugely respected by judges and arbitrators.’
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Ravi AswaniThe 36 Group ‘Very clear thinking, thorough preparation and clear, concise advocacy.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Rachel ToneyThe 36 Group ‘Rachel is a very hard-working, bright barrister with a vast amount of experience in shipping, commodities and commercial disputes.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Mark JonesThe 36 Group 'Mark quickly unpacks the most complex issues in way that makes it straightforward for lay clients to understand the core issues that make up the dispute.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Charles DebattistaThe 36 Group 'Charles is an expert and knowledgeable barrister with an outstanding intellect.'
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

‘Sam Medlock is a great junior clerk who is going places.’

‘Reiss Nott is the excellent senior clerk, highly experienced, gives great client service and is very effective when it comes to strategic direction and practice management.’

‘Billy Brett and Sam Medlock are both excellent supporting clerks. Billy has particular marketing skills and Sam is of particular importance to those members who also act as arbitrators, and I have found him to be of great assistance in running my cases as an arbitrator.’

‘Excellent – the clerking team led by Reiss Nott is reliable, responsive and commercial.’

’36 Stone is an excellent shipping set with real depth. Members have extensive experience in both dry and wet shipping work.’

‘The 36 Stone Group stands out in the shipping industry due to its extensive and expert team of barristers who are able to provide high-quality representation to clients in shipping-related work.’

’36 Stone have a great breadth and depth of experience.’

‘Very helpful and very strong set; very adaptable.’

Work highlights

South Eastern Circuit > Crime (general and fraud)

Rising stars

Ranked: Tier 1
Sebastian Walker - The 36 Group 'Sebastian thoroughly understands and analyses substantial and complex evidence and quickly and efficiently incorporates the changing evidential picture into his analysis.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 2
Sally HobsonThe 36 Group 'Sally is efficient, conscientious, thorough and a brilliant legal mind. She is extremely skilled at identifying issues and evidence that could change the entire face of the case. Her client care skills are second to none.'
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > International arbitration: arbitrators

Leading counsel as arbitrators

Colin Ong KCThe 36 Group ‘Colin enjoys an excellent reputation for being an arbitrator in substantial commercial disputes. He is an efficient arbitrator, diligent, assiduous in his administration and oversight of the arbitral process, scrupulously fair and turns work out on a prompt and efficient basis. His language skills make him popular in disputes in Asia. It is not surprising that he is always in demand.'  
Ranked: Tier 2

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

Leading Silks

Vasanti Selvaratnam KCThe 36 Group ‘Vasanti is a calm but fiercely determined advocate, who fully commits to her client’s case and put it across with conviction. She is an unflappable advocate, and she is never put off her stride by interventions from the tribunal or the court. She doesn’t give up on a point which she thinks has merit, and won’t allow the court or tribunal to throw her off course.’
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Ravi AswaniThe 36 Group ‘A very strong and calm performer in court, who shows great speed of mind and lateral thinking in order to deal with all of the bench’s questions.’
Ranked: Tier 2

North Eastern Circuit > Family: children and domestic violence

Leading Juniors

Marisa Allman  – The 36 GroupMarisa is a phenomenal barrister. She is a silk in all but name.’
Ranked: Tier 1

North Eastern Circuit > Family: divorce and financial remedy

Leading Juniors

Marisa Allman  – The 36 GroupMarisa is a phenomenal barrister. She is a silk in all but name. She has a serene presence in court and judges want to hear what she has to say.’
Ranked: Tier 1

Western Circuit > Family: divorce and financial remedy

London Bar > Immigration (including business immigration)

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 2
Sandra Akinbolu The 36 Group 'She is very knowledgeable on all areas of immigration law especially EU and Brexit law. Her advocacy is succinct and forceful. She always goes the extra mile to find a powerful argument that's just right for her clients.'
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Administrative law and human rights

Leading Juniors

Rachel ToneyThe 36 Group 'Rachel is an excellent strategist with great tactical nous to boot. She has a phenomenal ability to get to grips with highly complex materials.'  
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > Crime

Leading Juniors

Diana Wilson – The 36 Group ‘Diana is energetic, determined and robust in her advocacy. She remains admirably professional and courteous, even in the face of considerable provocation and pressure.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Sally Hobson – The 36 Group ‘Sally really is silk material. Her advocacy is second to none and she bears the weight of these very serious cases exceptionally well. She is always a team player, leads from the front when expected to and works hard and productively if a led junior.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Nadeem Holland – The 36 Group ‘Nadeem's legal knowledge is second to none. His intellect is formidable and he sees things in case law that others miss. He is fabulous to work with - charming, patient, and humble. He is undoubtedly a silk in waiting.'
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > International crime and extradition

Leading Juniors

David Ball 36 Group ‘He prepares a case like no other, and is always up to speed on the latest legal developments. Recommended for extradition cases.’
Ranked: Tier 3

Midland Circuit > Family: children and domestic violence

Leading Juniors

Samantha DunnThe 36 Group ‘Sam is an incredible advocate.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Commercial Tier 2

At The 36 Group, members continue to act on complex multi-jurisdictional commercial disputes across the Asia Pacific region. Vasanti Selvaratnam KC ‘provides good strategic advice‘; she maintains a steady presence in Singapore, with a growing practice in handling arbitrations under the aegis of the LCIA and SIAC. Colin Ong KC has ‘a very analytical brain‘ and ‘is suited for the most complex large commercial cases which require great analytical legal skills, effective advocacy and someone with a fighting spirit‘. The ‘very user-friendlyRavi Aswani is a key junior in the team.

Leading Silks

Vasanti Selvaratnum KCThe 36 Group 'Vasanti's strengths include her intelligence, candour, and hard working nature.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Colin Ong KC – The 36 Group 'A ferocious cross-examiner.'
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Ravi AswaniThe 36 Group 'Ravi is very articulate and always thoroughly prepared.'
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Strong depth of expertise.’

The clerks are commercial and always seem open to a conversation about fees.’

Very prompt service.’

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Shipping and commodities Tier 2

Part of The 36 Group, 36 Stone is very well known for its established strength in handling on a wide spectrum of matters concerning shipping contractual documents, as well as commodities issues within the shipping space. Vasanti Selvaratnam KC is highly regarded for her expertise in maritime law, and the ‘conscientiousColin Ong KC regularly acts in high-value shipping and commodities arbitrations across multiple Asian jurisdictions. Colin Wright is ‘a confident and articulate advocate‘, and the ‘very responsiveRavi Aswani counts dry and wet shipping disputes as a core pillar of his practice.

Leading Silks

Vasanti Selvaratnam KC – The 36 Group 'A silk with a meticulous eye.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Colin Ong KCThe 36 Group ‘Colin has a superb analytical mind. He is articulate on his feet and tactically astute.'
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Colin WrightThe 36 Group 'Colin has significant marine experience - he knows the sector well and is well informed in relation to the substantive issues underlying a wide variety of claims. He is detail-oriented and prepares meticulously.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Ravi Aswani The 36 Group 'Ravi is very diligent, and is very good at boiling down complex legal principles into client- and solicitor-friendly summaries.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Mary ThomsonThe 36 Group 'A highly regarded junior. She is first-class in the shipping area.'
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Sam Medlock is an up and coming clerk.’

Asia Pacific: Regional International Arbitration > Arbitration counsel

London-based set 36 Stone Chambers has an established presence in Singapore, however members have a solid track record in representing clients across multiple Asian jurisdictions. The team is sought after for handling complex arbitrations under the auspices of a range of arbitral institutions, including UNCITRAL, SIAC, HKIAC and SCMA. Vasanti Selvaratnam KC and Colin Ong KC have expertise in handling high-value commodities and shipping arbitrations, and Ravi Aswani advises on a broad spectrum of international commercial arbitration work.

Leading Silks

Colin Ong KC - 36 Stone Chambers 'An outstanding counsel in international arbitration.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Vasanti Selvaratnum KC36 Stone Chambers ‘A real quality act.’
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Ravi Aswani - 36 Stone Chambers 'An eloquent and very responsive junior.'
Ranked: Tier 2

Asia Pacific: Regional International Arbitration > Arbitrators

Leading arbitrators

Colin Ong KCThe 36 Group ‘Very hard working, and extensive legal knowledge of both common and civil law. Speaks Mandarin and Bahasa which is unique for a KC in Asia. Colin is one of the world’s leading arbitrators. He has remarkable powers of analysis and is noted for his efficiency.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Vasanti Selvaratnum KC  – The 36 Group – ‘Vasanti has a number of strengths including her intelligence, candor, hard working nature and being extremely personable to work with.’
Ranked: Tier 2

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Construction, energy and infrastructure

Leading Silks

Colin Ong KC – The 36 Group 'He is intellectually brilliant, a first-tier advocate and incredibly fast thinker on his feet. His complete mastery of construction law, coupled with his near eidetic memory and incredible strategic plans, puts him well ahead.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Mauritius > Barristers: Commercial disputes

The English Bar Offshore > The English Bar Offshore

With over 180 barristers, mediators and arbitrators (including 16 KCs, 3 senior counsel from Ireland and South Africa, and a senior advocate of the Supreme Court of India), as well as operations in Cyprus, Singapore and Hong Kong, The 36 Group is a truly international multi-specialist set. It assists domestic and international clients of all sizes and descriptions, from ambitious start-up to HNWs and global corporations. It has notable expertise in commercial law, crime, family, public law, shipping and arbitration. Its members regularly appear in high-profile cases in all courts, including numerous appearances over the past few years in the Supreme Court. The set has a growing number of barristers trained as arbitrators and mediators and can provide a full ADR service.

Practitioners of The 36 Group offer specialist advice and advocacy at all levels of seniority within their expertise.

  • 36 Commercial: The commercial practice group consists of specialists in commercial, civil and Chancery law covering all aspects of contract, regulatory, company, insolvency, civil fraud and asset recovery, employment, property, private client, cyber, fraud and cryptocurrency, data, technology and art law. The members act in commercial, corporate, and international litigation, arbitration and mediation, It assists domestic and international clients of all sizes, from the entrepreneurial start-up to the multinational corporation. The team draws on considerable expertise of both contentious and transactional matters.
  • 36 Crime: The team have an outstanding track record conducting high-profile and complex cases across criminal and regulatory tribunals, both for the defence and for prosecuting authorities. Members regularly undertake cases ranging from murder, rape and sexual offences against children, drug offences including importation and distribution, to fraud, money laundering, corruption, civil and criminal seizure of assets and proceeds of crime. Within the crime team are teams with specific expertise and substantial experience in the growing fields of cybercrime, consumer and trading standards, extradition, health and safety, human trafficking and police disciplinary matters.
  • 36 Family: Over the last ten years the family team have become one of the leading sets of chambers for family law, both nationally and internationally. The team are organised into practice sub-groups specialising in all aspects of family law, including matrimonial finance, TOLATA, private and public children law (including modern families).
  • 36 Public and Human Rights: Members of 36 public and human rights have a reputation for dedication and professionalism, across a broad span of public law, with particular expertise in education law,  employment (in particular employees’ rights and unions), equalities law, housing, immigration and international migration laws including asylum/international protection and nationality, as well as broad competences in human rights and judicial review. The team takes on privately and publicly funded and pro bono work, including direct access work, in proceedings at all levels from the First-Tier Tribunal and Employment Tribunals to the UK Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights.  Their work includes both actions on behalf of individuals and public interest policy challenges for NGOs and others across their areas of specialisation.  Members can assist readily across the full range of issues encountered by clients.
  • 36 Stone: The team is formed of barristers with industry-recognised expertise and market knowledge; delivering advocacy, advisory, and arbitration/mediation services in international commercial disputes involving, shipping (wet and dry), shipbuilding, yachts, international trade, commodities, and trade finance, energy, natural resources, and infrastructure, insurance and re-insurance, road, rail and air transport, commercial fraud and asset tracing, private international law, and general commercial disputes.

Diversity and CSR: The 36 Group is one of the most diverse sets in the Bar with women constituting 42% of juniors and 30% of silks and a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds ensuring that our client’s needs are exceeded on a daily basis.

Education and outreach is equally important at The 36 Group. It has run a ground-breaking advocacy competition for final year degree. The students are judged wholly on their 3 minute video submissions with the top four candidates receiving a mini pupillage. It has an outreach programme for schools and colleges where members of chambers and staff talk with state-educated students about careers in law as a barrister, clerk or administrator.

The 36 Group members and staff also undertake a great number of charitable endeavours, environmental and community initiatives including donating their time as board members of a variety of well-known charities to raise £millions for worthy causes.

Department Name Email Telephone
Joint Head of Chambers Vasanti Selvaratman KC (1983, 2001)
Joint Head of Chambers William Tyler KC (1996, 2014)
Head of 36 Crime Christopher Donnellan KC (1981, 2008)
Head of 36 Commercial Richard Wilson KC (1981, 2003)
Head of 36 Family Hannah Markham KC (1998, 2016)
Head of 36 Stone Charles Debattista (1978)
Head of 36 Public Simon Harding (1998)
Chief Operating Officer Rowen Caffull
Practice Manager – 36 Commercial Steven Newbery
Practice Manager – 36 Crime Michelle Simpson
Practice Manager – 36 Family Danny Chapman
Senior Clerk – 36 Public Everton Wedderburn
Senior Clerk – 36 Stone Reiss Nott
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Jonathan Cox photo Jonathan Cox Jonathan is a Grade 4 prosecutor. He is almost exclusively instructed by…
Rachel Coyle photo Rachel Coyle Rachel Coyle is a specialist property barrister that also works in commercial…
Cameron Crowe photo Cameron Crowe Cameron is a specialist in four key areas: consumer law and trading…
Philippa Daniels photo Philippa Daniels Barrister at 36 Bedford Row practising across the full range of chancery…
Jamie De Burgos photo Jamie De Burgos Jamie is a barrister dealing with cases involving medical, including psychiatric, and…
Andrew Dinsmore photo Andrew Dinsmore Andrew is developing a broad commercial practice with particular emphasis on shipping,…
Doran Doeh photo Doran Doeh Qualified in England as both a barrister and a solicitor, Doran has…
Jane Elliott-Kelly photo Jane Elliott-Kelly Jane is a specialist immigration practitioner whose broad practice encompasses asylum, deportation,…
Beheshteh Engineer photo Beheshteh Engineer Beheshteh joined both the 36 Crime and 36 Extradition teams as of…
Steven Evans photo Steven Evans Barrister specialising in crime, in particular defence practice. Serious sexual assaults, murder…
Jessica Franses photo Jessica Franses Jessica Franses is a commercial lawyer who spends most of her art…
Claire Fraser photo Claire Fraser Claire is an experienced, robust and determined advocate practicing exclusively in criminal…
Sarah Gaunt photo Sarah Gaunt Sarah Gaunt is an experienced criminal practitioner specialising in cybercrime, international justice…
Philip Hackett photo Philip Hackett Philip Hackett Q.C. specialises in financial regulation, civil and criminal fraud, international…
Michael Haggar photo Michael Haggar Michael primarily practises in criminal law and extradition. Michael appears most frequently…
Grace Hale photo Grace Hale A Grade 4 Prosecutor, Grace is one of the most sought after…
John Hallissey photo John Hallissey John is a criminal law specialist whose practice is focussed upon serious…
William Harbage photo William Harbage William Harbage KC is a highly regarded advocate specialising in criminal and…
Simon Harding photo Simon Harding Simon believes in giving clear, no nonsense strategic legal advice to companies…
David Herbert photo David Herbert David Herbert QC is a specialist in criminal law. He is a…
Sally Hobson photo Sally Hobson Sally is a senior criminal practitioner with a practice consisting predominantly of…
Nadeem Holland photo Nadeem Holland Nadeem’s practice focuses on cases of financial wrongdoing, serious organised crime and…
Kathryn Hovington photo Kathryn Hovington Kathryn’s practice encompasses criminal law, extradition and international criminal law. She has…
Andrew Howarth photo Andrew Howarth Prior to being called to the Bar Andrew worked in international banking…
Kathryn Howarth photo Kathryn Howarth Kathryn Howarth practices in domestic and international crime, extradition, public law and…
Cecilia Hulse photo Cecilia Hulse Cecilia practises in Public Law, Asylum and Immigration Law and Employment Law.…
Paul Infield photo Paul Infield Barrister, arbitrator and mediator. Leading counsel in Birch v. Birch in the…
Roxanne Iqbal-Clare photo Roxanne Iqbal-Clare Roxanne Iqbal-Clare (formerly Roxanne Aisthorpe) accepts instructions for both the defence and…
Henry James photo Henry James Henry James has a busy practice. In recent years his caseload has…
Emily James photo Emily James Specialist family barrister. Emily is a specialist family law leading junior  who…
Raphael Jesurum photo Raphael Jesurum Raphael practises in asylum, immigration and nationality law. He appears regularly in…
Derek Johashen photo Derek Johashen An experienced and senior criminal defence advocate who has been involved in…
Ami Jones photo Ami Jones Ami conducts all aspects of Crown Court work and accepts instructions for…
Katherine Kelleher photo Katherine Kelleher Kate’s practice comprises, criminal defence work and some environmental crime. She also…
Arthur Kendrick photo Arthur Kendrick Arthur accepts instructions both prosecuting and defending. He has experience beyond his…
David Lee photo David Lee Prosecution of serious sexual offences has become principal proportion of work undertaken…
Theo Lester photo Theo Lester Immigration, international protection, and public law Theo has represented immigration and asylum…
Jonathan Lux photo Jonathan Lux After an extremely successful career culminating as a senior partner at one…
Olivia Magennis photo Olivia Magennis Olivia is a specialist family law barrister, with a particular emphasis on…
Nadia Mansfield photo Nadia Mansfield Nadia is a member of the family team, specialising in public law…
Helen Marley photo Helen Marley Helen enjoys a busy criminal practice accepting instructions to both defend and…
Preetika Mathur photo Preetika Mathur Preetika defends and prosecutes in the Crown Court, Youth Court and Magistrates…
Jacqueline Matthews-Stroud photo Jacqueline Matthews-Stroud Family law practitioner specialising is law relating to children particularly complex care…
Fergus McCombie photo Fergus McCombie Fergus McCombie has an established practice in employment and discrimination law. However,…
Sarah McIntyre photo Sarah McIntyre Sarah came to the Bar following 14 years chairing adult Magistrates’ Courts…
James McLernon photo James McLernon James is an established and highly sought after criminal practitioner. He has…
Sarah Miller photo Sarah Miller Sarah Miller is an unregistered barrister. She is only able to accept…
Nicola Moore photo Nicola Moore Nicola is a tenacious advocate with a wealth of experience across all…
Allan J Myers photo Allan J Myers QC specialising in commercial law, constitutional and administrative law, corporations law, equity…
Frances Oldham photo Frances Oldham Frances Oldham QC Chaired the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry (2014-2017) which looked…
Joanna O’Connell photo Joanna O’Connell Joanna’s practice encompasses all aspects of family law. In cases involving children,…
Richard O’Dair photo Richard O’Dair Richard is a barrister specialising in employment law, which takes up 80%…
Nathan Palmer photo Nathan Palmer Nathan is a criminal law specialist whose practice covers the full range…
Kakoly Pande photo Kakoly Pande Kakoly has built a busy practice in the fields of criminal law,…
Tom Parker photo Tom Parker Tom defends and prosecutes across the spectrum of criminal law, including drugs,…
Adam Pearson photo Adam Pearson Adam Pearson practises in consumer and criminal law. His practice is increasingly…
Jamsheed Peeroo photo Jamsheed Peeroo Barrister specialising in international arbitration with expertise in conflicts of laws and…
James Petts photo James Petts James has a mixed private law civil practice, with increasing focus on…
Mary Prior photo Mary Prior In the past two years Mary has secured the acquittal of the…
Paul Prior photo Paul Prior Paul’s practice is predominantly in Crime. He is regularly instructed to appear…
Greg Pryce photo Greg Pryce Barrister specialising in public law – children (regularly instructed on behalf of…
Emma Rance photo Emma Rance Emma is an experienced criminal practitioner and is regularly instructed to defend…
John Reeder photo John Reeder John Reeder’s practice is split between acting as an arbitrator and mediator…
Deborah Revill photo Deborah Revill Deborah’s work covers all areas of immigration law. She is particularly interested…
Mark Roscoe photo Mark Roscoe Barrister specialising in dual disciplines of family work and property litigation, offering…
Matthew Rowcliffe photo Matthew Rowcliffe Matthew is an experienced junior who both prosecutes and defends in criminal…
Michael Rudd photo Michael Rudd Michael has a mixed practice encompassing planning, environmental, public and administrative law,…
Jonathon Rushton photo Jonathon Rushton Jonathon Rushton is a specialist Chancery barrister. Called to the Bar in…
Katya Saudek photo Katya Saudek Katya Saudek’s practice encompasses a wide range of both prosecution and defence…
Vasanti Selvaratnam photo Vasanti Selvaratnam Vasanti Selvaratnam KC is a senior Silk practising as Counsel and International…
Rajiv Sharma photo Rajiv Sharma Rajiv specialises in Immigration, Asylum and Administrative Law with a particular emphasis on…
John Simmons photo John Simmons John has been practising serious crime for over 20 years. Both as…
Samuel Skinner photo Samuel Skinner Samuel was educated at Oxford University and began work as a barrister…
John Small photo John Small John is an employment law specialist and regularly appears in the Employment…
Gillian Temple-Bone photo Gillian Temple-Bone Barrister specialising in the law concerning children – public law representing Local…
Robert Underwood photo Robert Underwood Robert Underwood has developed an extensive, increasingly focused criminal practice. He is…
Sebastian Walker photo Sebastian Walker Sebastian prosecutes and defends in the Crown Court, Youth Court and Magistrates’…
Julie Warburton photo Julie Warburton Julie is an experienced criminal practitioner whose tenacity as an advocate has…
Ellis Wilford photo Ellis Wilford Ellis practices in asylum & immigration and has appeared in the Upper…
Amelia Wilson photo Amelia Wilson Approachable family law barrister focussed on Children Law and Matrimonial & Family…
Richard Wilson photo Richard Wilson Joint Head of Chambers Richard Wilson QC, LL.D is a Commercial, Public…
Diana Wilson photo Diana Wilson Diana primarily practices in the areas of serious, and organised crime and…
Colin Wright photo Colin Wright Colin Wright is a highly experienced barrister with a practice which embraces…
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