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Chambers of Paul Russell QC
12 King's Bench Walk

Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud Tier 1

12 King's Bench Walk has 'modernised its approach to become one of the leading chambers for personal injury'. The 'go-to set for asbestos disease litigation' draws on a wealth of 'unrivalled experience' acting in high-value and complex claims, and is gaining momentum in the international catastrophic injury arena. Stephen Worthington QC and Patrick Vincent acted for the appellant in the Supreme Court decision of Cameron v Hussain, an important judgement on accidents where drivers are untraced. William Audland QC is noted for his specialism in cross-border claims and issues of jurisdiction.

Industrial disease - Leading Silks

Andrew Hogarth QC - 12 King's Bench WalkImpressive advocate with a refreshing no-nonsense approach.
Ranked: Tier 1
Michael Rawlinson QC - 12 King's Bench WalkFaultless knowledge of the law in the field of disease litigation.
Ranked: Tier 1
Steven Snowden QC - 12 King's Bench WalkMeticulous in his preparation and very effective on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 1
Harry Steinberg QC - 12 King's Bench WalkAn excellent barrister who communicates legal issues to clients in a straightforward manner.
Ranked: Tier 1

Insurance fraud - Leading Silks

William Featherby QC - 12 King's Bench WalkOutstanding advocate who is extremely experienced in catastrophic injury claims.
Ranked: Tier 1

Personal injury - Leading Silks

William Audland QC - 12 King's Bench WalkA go-to leader in serious international injury cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Paul Russell QC - 12 King's Bench WalkExcellent forensic analysis and superb drafting skills.
Ranked: Tier 2
Stephen Worthington QC - 12 King's Bench Walk‘Go-to’silk for tricky liability disputes and significant causation and quantum cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
William Featherby QC - 12 King's Bench WalkOutstanding advocate who is extremely experienced in catastrophic injury claims.
Ranked: Tier 4
Andrew Hogarth QC - 12 King's Bench WalkImpressive advocate with a refreshing no-nonsense approach.
Ranked: Tier 4
Richard Methuen QC - 12 King's Bench WalkEffective mediator, who is able to promote a common sense approach between seemingly irreconcilable parties.
Ranked: Tier 4
Harry Steinberg QC - 12 King's Bench WalkAn excellent barrister who communicates legal issues to clients in a straightforward manner.
Ranked: Tier 4

Industrial disease - Leading Juniors

Michael Brace - 12 King's Bench WalkHe has extensive knowledge of asbestos disease cases and that shows in his advice.
Ranked: Tier 1
Patrick Kerr - 12 King's Bench WalkA genuine star for asbestos disease claims who is not afraid to run novel arguments.
Ranked: Tier 1
Simon Levene - 12 King's Bench WalkHe excels in asbestos disease litigation.
Ranked: Tier 1
Niall Maclean - 12 King's Bench WalkHe has built up an impressive knowledge of the law relating to asbestos-related cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Gemma Scott - 12 King's Bench WalkHer knowledge of the development of the understanding of asbestos risks is peerless.
Ranked: Tier 1
John-Paul Swoboda - 12 King's Bench WalkHe provides a pragmatic approach to matters especially complex multi-defendant claims.
Ranked: Tier 1

Personal injury - Leading Juniors

Henry Charles - 12 King's Bench WalkAn astute mind whose mastery of the law is first-class.
Ranked: Tier 1
Nigel Lewers - 12 King's Bench WalkExtremely bright in dealing with cases of utmost complexity.
Ranked: Tier 1
Marcus Dignum - 12 King's Bench WalkA strong advocate who is willing to take a robust approach to liability.
Ranked: Tier 2
Hugh Hamill - 12 King's Bench WalkHe is very thorough in preparation and able to negotiate difficult settlements.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Roy - 12 King's Bench WalkHe is a strong negotiator and has the added value of real costs expertise.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Sanderson - 12 King's Bench WalkHe gets great results in roundtable meetings.
Ranked: Tier 2
Patrick Vincent - 12 King's Bench WalkGo-to barrister for indemnity matters.
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Levene - 12 King's Bench WalkHe excels in asbestos disease litigation.
Ranked: Tier 3
Gemma Scott - 12 King's Bench WalkHer knowledge of the development of the understanding of asbestos risks is peerless.
Ranked: Tier 3
Daniel Tobin - 12 King's Bench WalkStrong negotiator who presses the right buttons to obtain maximum results.
Ranked: Tier 3
David White - 12 King's Bench WalkHe has an eye for detail providing clear but balanced advice supported by strong assessment of the evidence.
Ranked: Tier 3
Arun Katyar - 12 King's Bench WalkHe has sound judgement and provides realistic, commercial advice.
Ranked: Tier 5
Niall Maclean - 12 King's Bench WalkHe has built up an impressive knowledge of the law relating to asbestos-related cases.
Ranked: Tier 5
Philip Mead - 12 King's Bench WalkAlmost needs no mention as one of the barristers with a big brain for all things private international law.
Ranked: Tier 5
Catherine Peck - 12 King's Bench WalkShe will know the papers inside-out and really gets to grips with the cases quickly and effectively.
Ranked: Tier 5
James Sullivan - 12 King's Bench WalkHe will always go the extra mile to advise on difficult issues.
Ranked: Tier 5

Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) Tier 2

12 King's Bench Walk has an 'enviable reputation' for international personal injury and travel law matters, where it has 'superb senior and junior counsel'. Noble Caledonia Ltd v Air Niugini is a notable case for William Audland QC, as is X v Kuoni Travel, which examines the contractual and vicarious liability of a tour operator for sexual assault; the case was referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union in July 2019. Harry Steinberg QC was instructed by the claimant in Alistair Inglis v Ministry of Defence, which was a test case regarding noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus caused by exposure to noise while serving in the Royal Marines.

Leading Silks

William Audland QC - 12 King's Bench WalkAn excellent advocate who provides clear and concise advice.
Ranked: Tier 1
Richard Methuen QC - 12 King's Bench WalkHe is very strong on cross-border claims.
Ranked: Tier 2
Michael Rawlinson QC - 12 King's Bench WalkHe is experienced in international claims.
Ranked: Tier 2
Harry Steinberg QC - 12 King's Bench WalkHe specialises in large-scale group claims.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Philip Mead - 12 King's Bench WalkGreat on jurisdictional issues and a tactical mastermind.
Ranked: Tier 1
James Candlin - 12 King's Bench WalkHe is a careful and meticulous cross-examiner.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Sullivan - 12 King's Bench WalkHe has a real eye for detail and provides clear and concise advice which is always to the point.
Ranked: Tier 2
John-Paul Swoboda - 12 King's Bench WalkHe is a pleasure to work with and is a rising star in the travel law domain.
Ranked: Tier 3

Clinical negligence Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Henry Charles - 12 King's Bench WalkHe is able to navigate the most unusual of medical mistakes and takes a practical approach to his cases.
Ranked: Tier 3
Vanessa Cashman - 12 King's Bench WalkShe is very thorough in the preparation stages of a case and this then shines through in her presentation at either a trial or joint settlement meeting.
Ranked: Tier 4
John-Paul Swoboda - 12 King's Bench WalkHe has strong medical knowledge and is a firm fighter when matters get to court.
Ranked: Tier 4

Inquests and inquiries Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Edward Ramsay - 12 King's Bench WalkHe has a natural instinct of which lines of inquiry to pursue with witnesses.
Ranked: Tier 3

Employment Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Carolyn D’Souza - 12 King's Bench WalkHer knowledge of whistleblowing law is vast; her strengths lie in being able to quickly build a rapport with clients and her ability to work collaboratively in shaping a case.
Ranked: Tier 4

Costs Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Andrew Roy - 12 King's Bench WalkHis advocacy is well paced and always well received.
Ranked: Tier 4

Aviation Tier 4

Leading Silks

Michael Rawlinson QC - 12 King's Bench WalkHe is a very strong advocate.
Ranked: Tier 4

Set overviews: England and Wales

Offering ‘a breadth of experience that is unrivalled’, 12 King's Bench Walk is ‘in a class of its own’ for ‘complex and major loss personal injury claims’ and is increasingly recognised for international claims. Chambers has ‘a long history and impressive pedigree’ with ‘responsive, flexible, and collaborative’ counsel, but it has nonetheless ‘modernised its approach of late’ to maintain its status as a leading personal injury and industrial disease set and make further inroads into the clinical negligence space. Solicitors also praise the set’s ‘first-class’ and ‘well-planned’ seminars and CPD training. Chambers has recently been strengthened by the arrival of Ivan Bowley, an industrial disease and workplace injury claims specialist, from Lincoln House Chambers; Hollie Patterson joined the employment team from Capsticks LLP; and Scottish advocate Craig Murray brings his ten years of personal injury and clinical negligence expertise from north of the border after the completion of his pupillage. The clerks’ room has ‘improved tenfold’ since the appointment of ‘approachable’ director of clerking Oliver Parkhouse who has ‘transformed, reinvigorated, and elevated the standard of clerking and marketing to a new high’. The ‘market leading’ team is ‘proactive and bend over backwards to assist’; ‘you don’t get any nonsense when it comes to agreeing brief fees’; ‘Nothing phases them and if a matter is urgent they will deliver’. ‘Extremely helpful and friendly’ Graham Johnson is a ‘standout’ senior clerk who ‘never lets you down’ and ‘one who can solve any problem’; ‘first-class’ practice team leader Tristan Whigham ‘always delivers’ as ‘there is no problem too large or too small for him to sort out’ and ‘he takes the time to find out about the case and ensure both client and instructing solicitor are in good hands’; ‘top notch’ Lexie Johnson stands out in terms of diary management and problem solving and has a ‘never-say-no attitude’. A recent recruit from Fountain Court Chambers, practice team leader George Boggis is ‘excellent, prompt, and efficient’; senior practice manager Kevin McCourt and junior practice managers Megan Pryde and Harry Gamble are also well-regarded. The set has also recently recruited Alex Jones from MAITLAND CHAMBERS , who joined as an assistant team leader. Offices in: London

12 King’s Bench Walk continues to be at the forefront of many of the most significant cases in its practice areas, offering a wealth of expertise through its 91 members, including 11 silks.

THE CHAMBERS 12 King’s Bench Walk is a leading civil set, with 91 members, 11 of which are Queen’s Counsel. 12KBW is at the forefront of developments in the law, having been instructed in many of the leading tort cases of recent times and is best known for bringing and defending personal injury, industrial disease, and clinical negligence claims as well as employment law.


Personal Injury: The past year was one of considerable success for 12KBW, continuing its pre-eminent position in personal injury work; members specialise in the full range of personal injury claims. 12KBW appeared in RoadPeace v (1) Secretary of State for Transport (2) MIB, Lewington v MIB, Cameron v Hussain & LV Insurance, McBride v UKI and Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Limited.

Industrial Disease: 12KBW continue to be at the forefront of industrial disease litigation, with leading specialists at the bar appearing in prominent cases. Expertise in asbestos litigation is unrivalled, with members instructed in some of the most significant cases, such as Dryden v Johnson Matthey and Bussey v Anglia Heating Ltd.

Clinical Negligence: 12KBW has a large and well-regarded clinical negligence team, acting on behalf of both claimants and defendants, including NHS Trusts, medical defence organisations, privately insured practitioners and private hospitals.

Employment & Discrimination: 12KBW’s employment and discrimination team handles the full spectrum of employment, discrimination and commercial employment cases. It has strength in the cross-over between employment and personal injury law, such as workplace stress claims, disability discrimination following an industrial accident, and discrimination in the education and services sectors.

International & Travel: 12KBW has been instructed in many of the key travel and aviation cases, including Hoteles Pinero Canarias v Keefe, Noble Caledonia v Air Niugini, X v Kuoni, Clay v TUI and Xstrata. 12KBW offers leading expertise on jurisdiction, applicable law, package travel, aviation and multi-party litigation. 12KBW are often instructed by motor insurers in cross-border road traffic accidents, including domestic proceedings brought against foreign insurers, and proceedings brought directly against English insurers or the Motor Insurers’ Bureau in respect of accidents abroad.

Insurance: Barristers are regularly instructed across policy coverage areas, including employer’s and public liability, professional indemnity, and motor and property damage policies.

Product Liability: 12KBW has acted in some of the most exciting and novel product liability cases of the past few decades. Undertaking industrial disease claims, and claims involving pharmaceuticals, breast implants, consumer goods, mobility equipment and food and drink.

ADR: 12KBW provides a professional and effective ADR service, particularly in personal injury and related areas. 12KBW ADR also deals with all areas of law and legal disputes, including those with an international dimension.

Department Name Email Telephone
Director of Clerking PARKHOUSE, Oliver 020 7415 8342
Senior Clerk JOHNSON, Graham 020 7415 8302
Head of Chambers RUSSELL QC, Paul (1984, 2011)
Members of Chambers WALKER QC, Ronald (1962, 1983)
Members of Chambers METHUEN QC, Richard (1972, 1997)
Members of Chambers HOGARTH QC, Andrew (1974, 2003)
Members of Chambers MARTIN QC, Gerard (1978, 2000)
Members of Chambers WORTHINGTON QC, Stephen (1976, 2006)
Members of Chambers FEATHERBY QC, William (1978, 2008)
Members of Chambers RAWLINSON QC, Michael (1991, 2009)
Members of Chambers AUDLAND QC, William (1992, 2015)
Members of Chambers STEINBERG QC, Harry (1997, 2016)
Members of Chambers SNOWDEN QC, Steven (1989, 2017)
Members of Chambers LEVENE, Simon (1977)
Members of Chambers SANDERSON, David (1985)
Members of Chambers LEWERS, Nigel (1986)
Members of Chambers CHARLES, Henry (1987)
Members of Chambers PICKERING, Andrew (1987)
Members of Chambers HAMILL, Hugh (1988)
Members of Chambers MEAD, Philip (1989)
Members of Chambers CHAMBERS, Adam (1989)
Members of Chambers CHANDLER, Kate (1990)
Members of Chambers BOWLEY, Ivan (1990)
Members of Chambers CANDLIN, James (1991)
Members of Chambers BRACE, Michael (1991)
Members of Chambers VINCENT, Patrick (1992)
Members of Chambers JACKSON, Stephanie (1992)
Members of Chambers KATYAR, Arun (1993)
Members of Chambers KENDALL, Joel (1993)
Members of Chambers VINEY, Richard (1994)
Members of Chambers D'SOUZA, Carolyn (1994)
Members of Chambers DIGNUM, Marcus (1994)
Members of Chambers TOBIN, Daniel (1994)
Members of Chambers PECK, Catherine (1995)
Members of Chambers MCCLUGGAGE, Brian (1995)
Members of Chambers THOMSON, Louise (1996)
Members of Chambers JOHN, Simon (1996)
Members of Chambers ABER, Gordon (1996)
Members of Chambers LEECH, Benedict (1997)
Members of Chambers MADAN, Pankaj (1997)
Members of Chambers CALLOW, David (1998)
Members of Chambers AGGREY-ORLEANS, Kweku (1998)
Members of Chambers MURPHY, Martina (1998)
Members of Chambers SHARPE, David (1999)
Members of Chambers WHITE, David (1999)
Members of Chambers STEPHENSON, Lisa (1999)
Members of Chambers WARD, Andrew (2000)
Members of Chambers REYNOLDS, Charlotte (2001)
Members of Chambers FROST, Angela (2001)
Members of Chambers ROBINSON, Laura (2001)
Members of Chambers ROY, Andrew (2002)
Members of Chambers SYMINGTON, Anna (2002)
Members of Chambers NEWNHAM, Mary (2003)
Members of Chambers SCOTT, Gemma (2005)
Members of Chambers SULLIVAN, James (2005)
Members of Chambers LAW, Charlotte (2005)
Members of Chambers KERR, Patrick (2006)
Members of Chambers BESLEE, Sarah (2006)
Members of Chambers CARINGTON, Alex (2006)
Members of Chambers KENNEDY, Roisin (2006)
Members of Chambers SWOBODA, John-Paul (2006)
Members of Chambers ROBERTSHAW, Charles (2007)
Members of Chambers READ, Emily (2007)
Members of Chambers PATTERSON, Hollie (2008)
Members of Chambers MACLEAN, Niall (2008)
Members of Chambers PACEY, Thomas (2008)
Members of Chambers ALDRED, Lois (2008)
Members of Chambers WILSON, Thea (2008)
Members of Chambers RUDD, Oliver (2009)
Members of Chambers CASHMAN, Vanessa (2009)
Members of Chambers REZAIE, Ghazaleh (2009)
Members of Chambers BANKS, Thomas (2010)
Members of Chambers BUCH, Rachit (2010)
Members of Chambers BADENOCH, Rory (2010)
Members of Chambers ROSS, Nina (2010)
Members of Chambers SOKOL, Daniel (2011)
Members of Chambers HOGARTH, Isaac (2011)
Members of Chambers RAMSAY, Edward (2012)
Members of Chambers AKRAM, Aliyah (2012)
Members of Chambers BURIN, Achas (2012)
Members of Chambers WATSON, Andrew (2013)
Members of Chambers MUKITH, Farhana (2013)
Members of Chambers BEETON, James (2013)
Members of Chambers MCKEOWN, Jeremy (2013)
Members of Chambers BOAKES, Kate (2014)
Members of Chambers ARCHER, Max (2014)
Members of Chambers GREEN, David (2015)
Members of Chambers CUNNINGHAM, Ted (2015)
Members of Chambers BOULDEN, Elizabeth (2016)
Members of Chambers TURNER, Spencer (2016)
Members of Chambers TURTON, Charley (2017)
Members of Chambers WALLER, Helen (2017)
Members of Chambers MURRAY, Craig (2017)
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12KBW is committed to promoting equality and diversity and creating and sustaining a positive and supportive environment for our staff, barristers, clients and suppliers.

We promote a culture where the individual is fairly treated, respected and diversity is appreciated. Equality of opportunity is based on merit, irrespective of background, beliefs and socio-economic context.

It is our policy to ensure, both individually and collectively, that we do not practice or permit any form of discrimination; whether direct, indirect, or by way of victimisation, against any person, or any harassment of any person.

12KBW is a proud supporter of, and participant in, the Bar Council’s Bar Placement Scheme in conjunction with the Social Mobility Foundation and also the Inner Temple’s Pegasus Access Scheme, providing work experience for university and sixth form students with the aim of encouraging diversity and social mobility at the Bar.

Members of Chambers regularly undertake pro bono work, including via the Free Representation Unit (FRU) and Employment Lawyers Appeals Advice Scheme (ELAAS).