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The 36 Group

36 BEDFORD ROW, LONDON, WC1R 4JH, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7421 8000
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Fax 020 7421 8035
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www.36group.co.uk
London, Singapore

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Multidisciplinary set The 36 Group offers specialist counsel across the fields of crime, commercial, family, public and human rights, as well as commodities and shipping. Chambers, which was joined by members of 4 Field Court and Stone Chambers in 2018, provides ‘a cost-effective service’ and are 'excellent value for money’ with ‘a down-to-earth and friendly ethos that fosters strong relationships with instructing solicitors’. The 36 Crime team has expanded of late following the arrival of John Cammegh and Adrian Amer from 9 Bedford Row, and James Bide-Thomas and Helen Marley from No.1 High Pavement Chambers. This followed the appointment of Julie Warburton, Rebecca Herbert, Georgina Gibbs, and Steven Evans as circuit judges. Elsewhere in chambers, Madeleine Heal (formerly of New Square Chambers) and Ceri Davis (sole practitioner) joined 36 Commercial, while dual-qualified barrister Jamsheed Peeroo (England and Wales, and Mauritius) and arbitrator Doran Doeh (formerly of Dentons) have joined 36 Stone. In other news, Vasanti Selvaratnam QC, Dean Armstrong, and William Tyler QC have become joint heads of chambers. The clerking team is ‘second to none’ and ‘will move heaven and earth to assist’ solicitors. ‘Energetic and enthusiastic’ family practice manager Danny Chapman is ‘incredibly efficient and pushing chambers to the forefront of the family law market’; first junior Ashley London is ‘astute, sociable, and down to earth’, while second junior Adam Cope is ‘a strong junior clerk who is making his mark and gaining an enviable reputation’. Other names to note in the clerks’ room include Michelle Simpson (criminal practice manager), Steven Newbery (commercial practice manager), and Everton Wedderburn (senior clerk public and human rights). In recent clerking news, former 36 Stone senior clerk Luke Irons has moved to MAITLAND CHAMBERS, while the ‘standout’ Zoe Bluck has arrived from Tanfield Chambers as the new pratice and business development manager for 36 Stone. Offices in: London and Singapore

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London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)
Leading Juniors

Rachel Toney - The 36 GroupBright, tenacious and hardworking.

Ranked: tier 4

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Children law (including public and private law)
Children law (including public and private law) - Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

The 36 Group

Members of the ‘superb’ The 36 Group are ‘responsive, helpful and knowledgeable of the children law sector’, according to instructing solicitors. In a ground-breaking piece of litigation, Hannah Markham QC is leading the claimants’ case against various government departments in R v YY, a case challenging the current law on transgender parents and on the registration of children, as well as the terminology to be used on birth certificates.

Leading Silks

Hannah Markham QC - The 36 GroupExplains the law in a way that is persuasive to the judge and understandable to the client.

Ranked: tier 3

William Tyler QC - The 36 GroupIs renowned for his intellectual rigour and straightforward manner with clients.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

Kate Grieve - The 36 GroupIs a measured and calm advocate who can find solutions to benefit all parties.

Ranked: tier 4

Emily James - The 36 GroupShe is hugely experienced; commands gravitas with client and judge; is straightforward and manages expectations well.

Ranked: tier 5

Kate Tompkins - The 36 GroupIs an exceptional advocate and extremely hardworking and accessible.

Ranked: tier 5

Kelly Webb - The 36 GroupExcellent at thinking on her feet and handling clients in difficult situations.

Ranked: tier 5

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Commodities
Commodities - Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

The 36 Group

36 Stone, part of The 36 Group, is a dedicated commodities, shipping and international trade set. Its members have extensive experience in matters relating to shipping and commodities contracts in the civil and criminal courts, arbitrations, inquiries and other tribunals in the UK and overseas. It has highly regarded specialists including international trade and commodities specialist Vasanti Selvaratnam QC, who acted for a respondent Malaysian Bank in Deutsche Bank AG v CIMB Bank Berhad, which concerned discrepancies in documents in a commodity transaction. Highly experienced junior Charles Debattista practices in commodities, dry shipping and international trade disputes, both as counsel and as arbitrator. Ravi Aswani frequently handles the physical and paper elements of commodities transactions, and has experience in arbitrations before specialist trade bodies including GAFTA and FOSFA.

Leading Silks

Vasanti Selvaratnam QC - The 36 GroupThe quality of service provided she provides is unparalleled.

Ranked: tier 4
Leading Juniors

Charles Debattista - The 36 GroupExtremely knowledgeable with good insight into cases involving a crossover between commodities and shipping.

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Jones - The 36 GroupExperienced in shipping and commodities disputes.

Ranked: tier 2

Ravi Aswani - The 36 GroupA rising star who is both intelligent and user-friendly.

Ranked: tier 2

Dominic Happé - The 36 GroupA stylish advocate.

Ranked: tier 3

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Crime
2019 Silks

John Cammegh QC - The 36 GroupHe has a track record of work before civilian and military courts.

Ranked: tier 1

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Family (including divorce and financial remedy)
Leading Juniors

Niki Langridge - The 36 GroupExcellent for ancillary relief/financial remedy proceedings.

Ranked: tier 2

Andrzej Bojarski - The 36 GroupHas the ability to untangle the most complicated financial setup and then offer practical advice.

Ranked: tier 4

Chris Carr - The 36 GroupA secret assassin as he is so unassuming that the opposition don’t see him coming.

Ranked: tier 4

Rhys Taylor - The 36 GroupIs certainly destined for silk before too long.

Ranked: tier 4

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Financial services regulation
Leading Silks

Philip Hackett QC - The 36 GroupStrong experience in the crossover between criminal, civil and regulatory law.

Ranked: tier 3

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Fraud: crime
Leading Silks

Dean Armstrong QC - The 36 GroupA tactically astute and personable silk.

Ranked: tier 3

Philip Hackett QC - The 36 GroupHe has a wealth of experience in financial crime cases.

Ranked: tier 3

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Intellectual property
Leading Juniors

Madeleine Heal - The 36 GroupShe is known for handling a range of IP matters, from breach of confidence disputes to patent and trade mark litigation.

Ranked: tier 4

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International arbitration: counsel
Leading Silks

Vasanti Selvaratnam QC - The 36 GroupExtremely intelligent, collaborative, rolls up her sleeves and quickly becomes part of the team.

Ranked: tier 4
Leading Juniors

Ravi Aswani - The 36 GroupA rising star in international arbitration.

Ranked: tier 2

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International crime and extradition
Leading Juniors

Saoirse Townshend - The 36 GroupShe has very detailed knowledge of the law, and is keen to argue test cases in the extradition field.

Ranked: tier 2

Emilie Pottle - The 36 GroupShe is highly intelligent, thorough, and a tireless worker.

Ranked: tier 3

Kathryn Howarth - The 36 GroupShe combines intellectual strength with an imperturbable, yet reassuring, court manner.

Ranked: tier 3

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Set overviews: England and Wales

Multidisciplinary set The 36 Group offers specialist counsel across the fields of crime, commercial, family, public and human rights, as well as commodities and shipping. Chambers, which was joined by members of 4 Field Court and Stone Chambers in 2018, provides ‘a cost-effective service’ and are 'excellent value for money’ with ‘a down-to-earth and friendly ethos that fosters strong relationships with instructing solicitors’. The 36 Crime team has expanded of late following the arrival of John Cammegh and Adrian Amer from 9 Bedford Row, and James Bide-Thomas and Helen Marley from No.1 High Pavement Chambers. This followed the appointment of Julie Warburton, Rebecca Herbert, Georgina Gibbs, and Steven Evans as circuit judges. Elsewhere in chambers, Madeleine Heal (formerly of New Square Chambers) and Ceri Davis (sole practitioner) joined 36 Commercial, while dual-qualified barrister Jamsheed Peeroo (England and Wales, and Mauritius) and arbitrator Doran Doeh (formerly of Dentons) have joined 36 Stone. In other news, Vasanti Selvaratnam QC, Dean Armstrong, and William Tyler QC have become joint heads of chambers. The clerking team is ‘second to none’ and ‘will move heaven and earth to assist’ solicitors. ‘Energetic and enthusiastic’ family practice manager Danny Chapman is ‘incredibly efficient and pushing chambers to the forefront of the family law market’; first junior Ashley London is ‘astute, sociable, and down to earth’, while second junior Adam Cope is ‘a strong junior clerk who is making his mark and gaining an enviable reputation’. Other names to note in the clerks’ room include Michelle Simpson (criminal practice manager), Steven Newbery (commercial practice manager), and Everton Wedderburn (senior clerk public and human rights). In recent clerking news, former 36 Stone senior clerk Luke Irons has moved to MAITLAND CHAMBERS, while the ‘standout’ Zoe Bluck has arrived from Tanfield Chambers as the new pratice and business development manager for 36 Stone. Offices in: London and Singapore

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Shipping
Shipping - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

The 36 Group

36 Stone, which is part of The 36 Group, is a dedicated international trade and shipping set which is 'user-friendly' and has a 'wealth of experience'. Vasanti Selvaratnam QC and James Shirley were successful in  Nautical Challenge v Evergreen Marine (UK) Ltd, which is a leading ship collision case on the inter-relationship between the crossing rule, the narrow channel rule and the general rule of good seamanship in the approaches to a narrow channel. Ravi Aswani appeared in Dera Commercial Estate v Derya Inc, which examined the dismissal of claims for inordinate and inexcusable delay under section 41 of the Arbitration Act 1996 and whether a geographic deviation would deprive a carrier from the benefit of the limitation period in the Hague Rules.

Leading Silks

Elizabeth Blackburn QC - The 36 GroupVery thorough and detailed preparation.

Ranked: tier 1

Vasanti Selvaratnam QC - The 36 GroupVery experienced.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

Rachel Toney - The 36 GroupA compelling advocate; she is very thorough in her review of evidence and is good at managing experts.'.

Ranked: tier 1

Charles Debattista - The 36 GroupStands out for his academic knowledge of the subject together with his practical experience.

Ranked: tier 2

James Shirley - The 36 GroupHe is a very effective junior.

Ranked: tier 2

Mark Jones - The 36 GroupHe is a rigorous and creative lawyer.

Ranked: tier 2

Ravi Aswani - The 36 GroupA tough and tenacious advocate who gives clear and lucid presentations in arbitration and before the court.

Ranked: tier 2

Dominic Happé - The 36 GroupHe is noted for his extensive experience in shipping cases.

Ranked: tier 3

Thomas Steward - The 36 GroupHe is as impressive on his feet as he is on paper.

Ranked: tier 3

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