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Chambers of James Goudie QC and John Cavanagh QC

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11 KING'S BENCH WALK, TEMPLE, LONDON, EC4Y 7EQ, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7632 8500
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Fax 020 7583 9123
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368 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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Web:
www.11kbw.com

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

β€˜A heavyweight set’ which specialises in employment, education and public law work, 11KBW is β€˜simply the best’, β€˜held in highest regard’ by clients and is β€˜everything you want and expect from a leading chambers’. β€˜There is no other chambers with such a consistency of quality in both the technical advice and level of service’ and where counsel have β€˜such a great bedside manner’ with clients. The clerks’ room is under the guidance of joint senior clerks Lucy Barbet and Mark Dann (β€˜excellent’; β€˜a clerk of distinction’). For the β€˜superb’ Barbet, β€˜nothing is ever too much trouble; there is always a solution with a smile. Pricing is fair and transparent. Whenever Lucy is in charge, there is nothing to worry about’. Darren Bacon, John Davitt, Michael Smith, Martin Pownall and first junior Lee Cutler are all β€˜knowledgeable, organised and quick to return calls and answer queries’. Offices in: London

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London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)
Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

11KBW

11KBW β€˜is an excellent set that offers good value for money’ and takes on cases for central and local government bodies and individuals. Jason Coppel QC represented the claimant in the challenge to NHS regulations concerning charging visitors to the UK and immigrants without settled status. A team led by Clive Sheldon QC acted for the FA in its independent review into child sex abuse allegations in football. Aileen McColgan, formerly of Matrix Chambers, joined the set in January 2018.

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

Nigel Giffin QC - 11KBW β€˜A very bright barrister.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Goudie QC - 11KBW β€˜He is very clever, immensely knowledgeable on judicial reviews and has superb judgement.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jonathan Swift QC - 11KBW β€˜He is unimpeachable and first class on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 4

Karen Steyn QC - 11KBW β€˜Instructed on high-profile cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

Anya Proops QC - 11KBW β€˜Well known for her information law expertise in the public realm.’

Ranked: tier 5

Clive Sheldon QC - 11KBW β€˜He does a lot of hard cases.’

Ranked: tier 5

Daniel Stilitz QC - 11KBW β€˜He is impressive, comes across well to the court and has real tactical ability.’

Ranked: tier 5

Jason Coppel QC - 11KBW β€˜He has an ability to pick issues and address them creatively, so judges often agree with him.’

Ranked: tier 5

Peter Oldham QC - 11KBW β€˜Very good on his feet; very good with difficult opponents; universally admired by his clients.’

Ranked: tier 5
Administrative and public law (including local government) – 2017 silks

Jonathan Moffett QC - 11KBW β€˜Very practical, realistic and user friendly in addition to being very solid on the law.’

Ranked: tier 1
Administrative and public law (including local government) – 2018 silks

Andrew Sharland - 11KBW β€˜His skills include a mastery of freedom of information and human right cases.’

Ranked: tier 1
Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading juniors

Jane Oldham - 11KBW β€˜Noted for a strong local government practice.’

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Greatorex - 11KBW β€˜He understands the issues and is quick to grasp the strengths and weaknesses of a case.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tom Cross - 11KBW β€˜He is highly personable, acts for lots of local authorities and clients love him.’

Ranked: tier 3

Aileen McColgan - 11KBW β€˜She has many strengths and is plainly expert in her field.’

Ranked: tier 4

Christopher Knight - 11KBW β€˜He is excellent, client friendly and has a great sense of humour.’

Ranked: tier 4

Holly Stout - 11KBW β€˜She has provided fantastic support and is highly responsive.’

Ranked: tier 4

Julian Milford - 11KBW β€˜He is very efficient, a pleasure to work with and gives solid and clear advice.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jonathan Auburn - 11KBW β€˜He is knowledgeable, responsive and willing to go the extra mile.’

Ranked: tier 4

Joanne Clement - 11KBW β€˜She is very good on public law generally.’

Ranked: tier 4

James Cornwell - 11KBW β€˜Meticulous preparation and excellent clarity of understanding of the law.’

Ranked: tier 4

Katherine Eddy - 11KBW β€˜She is analytically rigorous and tenacious but courteous in her advocacy.’

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 sets - ranked: tier 3

11KBW

11KBW’s members offer advice and representation to clients in cases at the forefront of human rights law, such as immigration, social care and mental health, and regularly appear in the European Court of Human Rights. Jason Coppel QC represented the defendant in R (A and B) v Secretary of State for Health, resisting a complaint that the NHS does not provide free abortions to women travelling from Northern Ireland. Karen Steyn QC was lead counsel for Liberty in DSD & NBV v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, a high-profile case in which two victims of the β€˜black cab rapist’, John Worboys, succeeded in establishing that the Metropolitan Police breached an investigative obligation owed to them.

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

Karen Steyn QC - 11KBW β€˜Astonishingly diligent, focused and exceptionally hardworking.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jonathan Swift QC - 11KBW β€˜He is always on top of all the detail and displays a calm and confident authority.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jason Coppel QC - 11KBW β€˜Immensely hardworking, huge breadth of knowledge and has very strong analytical skills.’

Ranked: tier 4
Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – 2017 silks

Jonathan Moffett QC - 11KBW β€˜Very clear in his advice, which easily understandable by lawyers and clients alike.’

Ranked: tier 1
Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – Leading juniors

Aileen McColgan - 11KBW β€˜Hugely authoritative and well versed in the law. A great advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Heather Emmerson - 11KBW β€˜A talented, hardworking and charming opponent who is both intellectual and pragmatic.’

Ranked: tier 3

Joanne Clement - 11KBW β€˜Extremely responsive and easy to work with.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tom Cross - 11KBW β€˜A courteous but formidable opponent who works hard and pays impressive attention to detail.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation – Leading juniors

Amy Rogers - 11KBW β€˜Has an exceptional mind and is an excellent choice in a cross-border litigation.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Defamation and privacy
Defamation and privacy – Leading juniors

David Glen - 11KBW β€˜A strong advocate, forensic attention to detail, tactically astute and enormously knowledgeable.’

Ranked: tier 2

Hannah Ready - 11KBW β€˜'Has a good eye for detail. Gets stuck into difficult matters and is incredibly bright.’

Ranked: tier 2

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EU law
EU law – Leading silks

Jason Coppel QC - 11KBW β€˜Extremely clever, succinct, thoughtful and considered; once he reaches a view, you know it is robust and will be attractively presented orally and on paper.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jonathan Swift QC - 11KBW β€˜A superb advocate and a pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Education
Education - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

11KBW

11KBW is β€˜the go-to set for education and public law’. Members represent clients from schools, universities and pupils to local authorities, examination boards and teachers. Clive Sheldon QC acted for the respondent in the Supreme Court case of Isle of Wight v John Platt, which considered whether it is lawful to penalise parents for taking children out of school during term time. Members have also advised universities on various commercial and building projects.

Education – Leading silks

Clive Sheldon QC - 11KBW β€˜A highly effective silk and a powerful but very pleasant opponent.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Goudie QC - 11KBW β€˜He is very knowledgeable, approachable and give clear advice.’

Ranked: tier 1

Nigel Giffin QC - 11KBW β€˜He is a standout in this field.’

Ranked: tier 1

Peter Oldham QC - 11KBW β€˜His strengths include his intellect, analysis and expertise, and his approachability.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jonathan Swift QC - 11KBW β€˜An extremely able and very personable silk.’

Ranked: tier 2
Education – 2017 silks

Jonathan Moffett QC - 11KBW β€˜Combines the perfect blend of razor-sharp intellect, strategic oversight and excellent client skills.’

Ranked: tier 1
Education – 2018 silks

Andrew Sharland QC - 11KBW β€˜Great fun to work with and very insightful. He was excellent on his feet before the Supreme Court.’

Ranked: tier 1
Education – Leading juniors

Jonathan Auburn - 11KBW β€˜An excellent lawyer with lots of local authority experience.’

Ranked: tier 2

Paul Greatorex - 11KBW β€˜One of his strengths is that he is able to read the court, and tailor his submissions accordingly.’

Ranked: tier 2

Aileen McColgan - 11KBW β€˜She is calm, dependable and sensible and is wonderful on women's rights.’

Ranked: tier 3

Holly Stout - 11KBW β€˜She has the ability to dissect complex legal arguments and explain them in layman terms.’

Ranked: tier 3

Joanne Clement - 11KBW β€˜Her knowledge of court practice enables her to provide pragmatic and practical advice.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tom Cross - 11KBW β€˜He is very easy to work with and personable, clients love him.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jane Oldham - 11KBW β€˜Very effective at immediately getting to the heart of the matter.’

Ranked: tier 4

James Cornwell - 11KBW β€˜He has a fantastic ability to get to the heart of the matter quickly and his written advice is superb.’

Ranked: tier 5

Harini Iyengar - 11KBW β€˜She is very quick to grasp both the legal issues and commercial realities.’

Ranked: tier 6

Katherine Eddy - 11KBW β€˜She is an excellent and very talented barrister.’

Ranked: tier 6

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Employment
Employment – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

11KBW

As β€˜an elite set for employment work’, 11KBW includes both β€˜members who are current stars of the arena and stars of the future’. Recent work highlights saw Sean Jones QC acting for Tesco employees in equal pay litigation, Richard Leiper QC representing the respondents in β€˜gig economy’ case Gascoigne v Addison Lee Ltd, and Amy Rogers acting in group bonus action arising from the US government bailout of AIG.

Employment – Leading silks

Christopher Jeans QC - 11KBW β€˜He is uniquely engaging and a persuasive advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

John Cavanagh QC - 11KBW β€˜Technically able and beautifully clear in his advice.’

Ranked: tier 1

Sean Jones QC - 11KBW β€˜He grasps the intricacies of a case with astonishing speed.’

Ranked: tier 1

Daniel Stilitz QC - 11KBW β€˜Good with clients and gives clear, straightforward advice.’

Ranked: tier 2

Simon Devonshire QC - 11KBW β€˜He is a formidable presence.’

Ranked: tier 2

Adrian Lynch QC - 11KBW β€˜He is fiercely intelligent and strategically switched on.’

Ranked: tier 4
Employment – 2017 silks

Richard Leiper QC - 11KBW β€˜A brilliant communicator in and out of court.’

Ranked: tier 1
Employment – 2019 silks

Jane McCafferty QC - 11KBW β€˜An excellent advocate and great technical lawyer.’

Ranked: tier 1
Employment – Leading juniors

Amy Rogers - 11KBW β€˜There aren’t enough superlatives to describe just how incredible she is.’

Ranked: tier 1

Marcus Pilgerstorfer - 11KBW β€˜His greatest strength is his calm and measured approach.’

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Blake - 11KBW β€˜An assured and meticulous representative with excellent client management skills.’

Ranked: tier 2

Judy Stone - 11KBW β€˜She is a legal force to be reckoned with and takes no prisoners.’

Ranked: tier 2

Sophie Belgrove - 11KBW β€˜She is a genuine star with incredible commerciality.’

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Edge - 11KBW β€˜He is an excellent strategist and always looks ahead to find a good outcome.’

Ranked: tier 3

Harini Iyengar - 11KBW β€˜She is extremely responsive and has great attention to detail.’

Ranked: tier 3

Julian Milford - 11KBW β€˜He is meticulous and approachable.’

Ranked: tier 3

Patrick Halliday - 11KBW β€˜He is patient and measured in his approach.’

Ranked: tier 3

Simon Forshaw - 11KBW β€˜An extremely bright, robust and effective advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Aileen McColgan - 11KBW β€˜A tenacious advocate with a reassuring manner.’

Ranked: tier 4

Edward Capewell - 11KBW β€˜He gets right to the heart of the matter very speedily.’

Ranked: tier 4

Holly Stout - 11KBW β€˜She has a strong grasp of the detail and easily assesses the merits of the case.’

Ranked: tier 4

Julian Wilson - 11KBW β€˜He is excellent at dealing with the commercial elements of employment issues.’

Ranked: tier 4

Katherine Eddy - 11KBW β€˜She provides incredibly insightful feedback.’

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Lee - 11KBW β€˜He grasps complicated and complex matters easily.’

Ranked: tier 4

Ronnie Dennis - 11KBW β€˜He is laser-focused, client-friendly and a relentless cross-examiner.’

Ranked: tier 4

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IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory)
Data protection – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

11KBW

A β€˜very well run, modern set’, 11KBW has in recent years β€˜promoted its services and experience’ in data protection law. It has experience acting on subject access requests, surveillance and privacy matters. Its members are regularly instructed by the Information Commissioner and public authorities, as well as prominent private sector clients.

Data protection – Leading silks

Anya Proops QC - 11KBW β€˜She has cutting-edge expertise in the specialist subject area of data protection and information security.’

Ranked: tier 1

Timothy Pitt-Payne QC - 11KBW β€˜The depth and breadth of his knowledge is unparalleled and his submissions are powerful.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jason Coppel QC - 11KBW β€˜He is exceptionally hardworking and cuts straight to the point.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jonathan Swift QC - 11KBW β€˜A class act on his feet and excellent on the detail.’

Ranked: tier 2

Karen Steyn QC - 11KBW β€˜She is recommended for information law disputes and advice.’

Ranked: tier 2
Data protection – 2018 silks

Andrew Sharland - 11KBW β€˜Very insightful and great fun to work with.’

Ranked: tier 1
Data protection – Leading juniors

Robin Hopkins - 11KBW β€˜An outstanding junior in the data privacy field, he is exceptionally bright and makes dealing with the most complex matters seem effortless.’

Ranked: tier 1

Christopher Knight - 11KBW β€˜A go-to junior for data protection advice. He has an incredible ability to bring the subject matter to life and is extremely user friendly.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Glen - 11KBW β€˜One of the best juniors around with more experience than most of contentious data protection work.’

Ranked: tier 2

Hannah Ready - 11KBW β€˜She has such a depth of expertise in the data protection area that she is able to comprehensively advise on the spot.’

Ranked: tier 2

Holly Stout - 11KBW β€˜She is known for advising and representing local government and public bodies in data protection issues and disputes.’

Ranked: tier 2

Julian Milford - 11KBW β€˜He has detailed knowledge of the DPA, is hardworking, thorough and a good team player.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Cornwell - 11KBW β€˜He is tactically very astute and thoroughly prepared with well-constructed submissions delivered crisply and attractively.’

Ranked: tier 2

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International arbitration: counsel
International arbitration: counsel – Leading juniors

Sean Aughey - 11KBW β€˜A top choice for international arbitration and public international law.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property)
Media and entertainment – Leading juniors

David Glen - 11KBW β€˜A strong advocate, tactically astute, hardworking and enormously knowledgeable.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Product liability
Product liability – Leading juniors

Marcus Pilgerstorfer - 11kbw β€˜A great intellect, yet very approachable.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Professional discipline and regulatory law
Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading juniors

Heather Emmerson - 11KBW β€˜She appears in the most high-profile SDT cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tom Cross - 11KBW β€˜His work include dental and medical cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Public international law
Public international law – Leading juniors

Sean Aughey - 11KBW β€˜Absolutely fantastic for public international law.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Public procurement
Public procurement – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

11KBW

β€˜An excellent set with a wide range of experience’, 11KBW acts for tenderers and other claimants as well as local councils and other public authorities. James Goudie QC acted for the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham in a procurement dispute relating to the advertising towers at Hammersmith Flyover. Jason Coppel is representing the claimant in SRCL v NHS England which is challenging the auction for clinical waste services on the grounds that the defendant accepted an abnormally low tender.

Public procurement – Leading silks

Jason Coppel QC - 11KBW β€˜He has an almost innate ability to pick on issues in the case and address them creatively.’

Ranked: tier 1

Nigel Giffin QC - 11KBW β€˜He is clearly at the top of his game in the procurement sphere.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Goudie QC - 11KBW β€˜Has a comprehensive understanding of interface between public and procurement law.’

Ranked: tier 2

Peter Oldham QC - 11KBW β€˜He is a go-to silk when the procurement dispute involves a judicial review element.’

Ranked: tier 2
Public procurement – Leading juniors

Joseph Barrett - 11KBW β€˜A star junior in the field of procurement law.’

Ranked: tier 1

Patrick Halliday - 11KBW β€˜An excellent junior counsel able to handle independently complex procurement law cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Set overviews: England and Wales

β€˜A heavyweight set’ which specialises in employment, education and public law work, 11KBW is β€˜simply the best’, β€˜held in highest regard’ by clients and is β€˜everything you want and expect from a leading chambers’. β€˜There is no other chambers with such a consistency of quality in both the technical advice and level of service’ and where counsel have β€˜such a great bedside manner’ with clients. The clerks’ room is under the guidance of joint senior clerks Lucy Barbet and Mark Dann (β€˜excellent’; β€˜a clerk of distinction’). For the β€˜superb’ Barbet, β€˜nothing is ever too much trouble; there is always a solution with a smile. Pricing is fair and transparent. Whenever Lucy is in charge, there is nothing to worry about’. Darren Bacon, John Davitt, Michael Smith, Martin Pownall and first junior Lee Cutler are all β€˜knowledgeable, organised and quick to return calls and answer queries’. Offices in: London

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Sport
Sport – Leading silks

Sean Jones QC - 11KBW β€˜Involved in some very prominent work.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Tax: corporate and VAT
Tax: VAT – Leading silks

Jonathan Swift QC - 11KBW β€˜Unimpeachable – approachable in conference, first-class on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Legal Developments by:
11KBW (Chambers of James Goudie QC and John Cavanagh QC)

  • Possession Proceedings 28 August 2012

    The lower courts continue to clarify the position following the decisions of the Supreme Court in Manchester City Council v Pinnock [2010] UKSC 45; [2011] 2 AC 104 and Hounslow London Borough Council v Powell [2011] UKSC 8; [2011] 2 AC 18 on the application of Article 8 ECHR to defend possession proceedings.
    - 11KBW

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