Set Profile > 12 King's Bench Walk Bristol Annex > Bristol, England

Chambers of Paul Russell QC
12 King's Bench Walk Bristol Annex

Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud Tier 1

12 King's Bench Walk continues to 'lead the way in personal injury and disease litigation'. This 'phenomenal set' is known for attracting 'established practitioners specialising in historic disease claims', and remains the 'go-to for asbestos-related illness work'. 'Chambers lead the way in mesothelioma claims and with Michael Rawlinson QC and Harry Steinberg QC supporting the juniors as they move through the ranks, they are all highly knowledgeable or know who to bring into a case and at what stage if required'. William Audland QC represented the defendant in the Supreme Court case X v Kuoni, a claim for damages incurred due to the rape of the claimant by an employee of the Sri Lankan Hotel where she was staying while on a package holiday, which raises issues of breach of contract and vicarious liability. Also of note, Marcus Dignum took silk in 2020. The future of chambers looks bright with James Beeton highlighted as a rising star of the PI Bar.

Personal injury - Rising Stars

James Beeton - 12 King's Bench WalkHas excellent attention to detail and is good in conference with clients, putting them at ease and fully engaging with them.
Ranked: Tier 1

Industrial disease - Leading Silks

Andrew Hogarth QC - 12 King's Bench WalkHas the gravitas to impress any court, the knowledge to put any defendant representative in their place, and the skill of putting clients at ease.
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 WalkA persuasive but respectful advocate with a substantial practice.
Ranked: Tier 1
Harry Steinberg QC - 12 King's Bench WalkAble to fully grasp the pertinent facts and issues in a given claim with ease.
Ranked: Tier 1

Insurance fraud - Leading Silks

William Featherby QC - 12 King's Bench WalkExperienced in catastrophic injury claims.
Ranked: Tier 1

Personal injury - Leading Silks

William Audland QC - 12 King's Bench WalkAt the top of the personal injury game. William leads the case whilst also developing the capabilities of the team around him. His advocacy style is a persuasive conversation, but adversarial where required.
Ranked: Tier 1
Paul Russell QC - 12 King's Bench WalkAn incredible advocate who is uniquely well prepared and dominant in court.
Ranked: Tier 2
Stephen Worthington QC - 12 King's Bench WalkHas a superb ability to boil complex cases down to a few key issues.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Hogarth QC - 12 King's Bench WalkHas the gravitas to impress any court, the knowledge to put any defendant representative in their place, and the skill of putting clients at ease.
Ranked: Tier 4
Richard Methuen QC - 12 King's Bench WalkAn excellent mediator with an easy yet authoritative manner.
Ranked: Tier 4
Harry Steinberg QC - 12 King's Bench WalkAble to fully grasp the pertinent facts and issues in a given claim with ease.
Ranked: Tier 4
William Featherby QC - 12 King's Bench WalkExperienced in catastrophic injury claims.
Ranked: Tier 4

2021 Silks

Patrick Vincent QC - 12 King's Bench WalkA very experienced and persuasive advocate, who judges respond well to. Always excellently prepared and realistic with advice.

Personal injury - 2020 Silks

Marcus Dignum - 12 King's Bench WalkHighly experienced, capable, pragmatic and seasoned professional who never fails to deliver.

Industrial disease - Leading Juniors

Michael Brace - 12 King's Bench WalkHappy to undertake more difficult claims and skilled in dealing with them. He is robust and always contributes to a fair outcome for his clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Patrick Kerr - 12 King's Bench WalkAn outstanding barrister in the field of claimant asbestos litigation who is undoubtedly destined for the top.
Ranked: Tier 1
Niall Maclean - 12 King's Bench WalkAn outstanding barrister and one of the leading juniors without a doubt in the field of claimant asbestos litigation.
Ranked: Tier 1
Gemma Scott - 12 King's Bench WalkHas been involved in some of the most high profile cases in the area of asbestos litigation. Always super prepared and brings complex issues down to an understandable level due to her in-depth knowledge.
Ranked: Tier 1
John-Paul Swoboda - 12 King's Bench WalkIntellectually astute and both determined and dedicated.
Ranked: Tier 1

Personal injury - Leading Juniors

Henry Charles - 12 King's Bench WalkAble to comfortably converse with a variety of medical experts on their specialist topics, as well as grasping and articulating complex personal injuries matters clearly.
Ranked: Tier 1
Nigel Lewers - 12 King's Bench WalkA very persuasive advocate who punches at QC level. Tenacious and good attention to detail.
Ranked: Tier 1
Hugh Hamill - 12 King's Bench WalkHas an amazing eye for detail and brings strategic excellence. Very strong on employers' liability claims.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Roy - 12 King's Bench WalkKnowledgeable, bright and advises with a great deal of common sense.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Sanderson - 12 King's Bench WalkAn effective negotiator and a superb trial advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
David White - 12 King's Bench WalkHas an eye for details and a questioning, analytical mind.
Ranked: Tier 2
Gemma Scott - 12 King's Bench WalkHas been involved in some of the most high profile cases in the area of asbestos litigation. Always super prepared and brings complex issues down to an understandable level due to her in-depth knowledge.
Ranked: Tier 3
Daniel Tobin - 12 King's Bench WalkAn outstanding advocate who presents cases in a straightforward and eloquent manner.
Ranked: Tier 3
Simon Levene - 12 King's Bench WalkExcellent for asbestos-related matters.
Ranked: Tier 4
Niall Maclean - 12 King's Bench WalkAn outstanding barrister and one of the leading juniors without a doubt in the field of claimant asbestos litigation.
Ranked: Tier 4
Arun Katyar - 12 King's Bench WalkA strong, formidable advocate who is good with clients, and always well prepared.
Ranked: Tier 5
Catherine Peck - 12 King's Bench WalkCatherine is technically excellent, with a wide ranging knowledge of case law and recent decisions which enables her to advise on any novel situation which she faces. A fabulous empathetic bedside manner - great for vulnerable seriously injured clients.
Ranked: Tier 5
James Sullivan - 12 King's Bench WalkA confident advocate who can argue difficult points.
Ranked: Tier 5
Richard Viney - 12 King's Bench WalkHas a great ability to distil complex indemnity disputes down to their core issues - always gives clear and understandable advice.
Ranked: Tier 5


Rising stars

Max Archer - 12 King's Bench WalkHe is an excellent junior. He is approachable, clear, and pragmatic.
Ranked: Tier 1

Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) Tier 2

12 King's Bench Walk is highly experienced in a range of international travel claims, namely those with jurisdiction law issues. Multi-party claims, package travel disputes, road traffic claims, and employer’s liability cases are key areas of strength. A stand-out case for William Audland QC is X v Kuoni Travel, which was referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union in 2019, while Harry Steinberg QC, who is 'credited with having driven forward 12KBW's international practice, bringing up some stellar juniors', was instructed by the claimant in Alistair Inglis v Ministry of Defence, a test case regarding noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus caused by exposure to noise while serving in the Royal Marines.

Rising stars

Max Archer - 12 King's Bench WalkHe is very strong. Sharp, clear, knowledgeable, with an easy manner.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

William Audland QC - 12 King's Bench WalkHe is an excellent, authoritative advocate in court, with good mastery of the issues.
Ranked: Tier 1
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 WalkHe is one of the most innovative and informed counsel in the field of using EU Law, Conflicts of Law and comparative law in both domestic and cross-border tort law – particularly personal injury and travel law.
Ranked: Tier 1
James Sullivan - 12 King's Bench WalkHe is a strong and capable practitioner with an excellent knowledge of the law in the travel field.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Candlin - 12 King's Bench WalkHe is a careful and meticulous cross-examiner. Very helpful. Client friendly.
Ranked: Tier 3
Alex Carington - 12 King's Bench WalkHe is punching well above his weight and is already an established specialist in Athens Conventions claims. One to watch.
Ranked: Tier 3
John-Paul Swoboda - 12 King's Bench WalkHe goes from strength to strength, and is firmly in the ascendancy in this area.
Ranked: Tier 3

Clinical negligence

Leading Juniors

Henry Charles - 12 King's Bench WalkTrusted and valued advice with careful and meticulous attention to detail. Advises with a reassuring authority.
Ranked: Tier 3
Vanessa Cashman - 12 King's Bench WalkCounsel is extremely thorough and clear in her preparation of pleadings and advice. Very knowledgeable of many technical and complex medical issues.
Ranked: Tier 4
John-Paul Swoboda - 12 King's Bench WalkExcellent attention to detail, sharp analysis of key issues and excellent manner with clients.
Ranked: Tier 4

Inquests and inquiries

Leading Juniors

Edward Ramsay - 12 King's Bench WalkHe is very proactive and gives clear and concise advice. Easy to approach and communicate with. Very good on his feet and with witnesses.
Ranked: Tier 3


Leading Juniors

Andrew Roy - 12 King's Bench WalkAn extremely able barrister. He is always very well prepared, fights extremely hard for his client (in a fair way) and takes all the best points.
Ranked: Tier 4


Leading Juniors

Carolyn D'Souza - 12 King's Bench WalkGreat knowledge of whistleblowing law and very good with clients. Carolyn has an infectious enthusiasm for employment and discrimination law and will leave no stone unturned in fighting for her clients.
Ranked: Tier 4

Martina Murphy - 12 King's Bench Walk ‘Technically excellent, well prepared, detailed, and great with clients. She inspires confidence in clients with clear pragmatic advice. She is also liked by employment judges because she moves the hearing along, especially in cross-examination.

Ranked: Tier 5
Laura Robinson - 12 King's Bench WalkExcellent - she has a fantastic manner with lay clients, making them feel that we are all part of the same team. She stands her ground and can be firm with judges and opponents. She has a good sense of what will appeal to a judge and tailors her submissions effectively to achieve the best outcome for her clients.
Ranked: Tier 5

Set overviews: England and Wales

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, 12 King's Bench Walk expanded its alternative dispute resolution services to help its clients bring stage 3, small claim, and fast track personal injury matters to a conclusion when the courts could not. In other news, Steven Snowden QC has been elected chair of the Personal Injuries Bar Association for the next two years, effective from 6 April 2020; clinical negligence specialist Vanessa Cashman  has returned to practice, while personal injury specialist Marcus Dignum QC was appointed silk in March 2020.



‘A very professional and friendly chambers. Oliver Parkhouse who is Director of Clerking is excellent.’

‘Clerking team is very professional. Forward thinking, innovative and have an excellent can do attitude.’

‘Efficient, well-organised, friendly and reliable. A team to trust.’

‘Excellent. The likes of Tristan Whigham and Lexie Johnson lead a highly responsive team who will go out of their way to work with instructing lawyers and assist wherever they can.’

‘George Boggis is always willing to go the extra mile to accommodate needs so far as possible.’

‘Oliver Parkhouse and George Boggis provide excellent client care services.’

‘Oliver Parkhouse has a modern approach and is well known and liked. He has done a lot to modernise 12KBW’s brand and reach.’

‘Graham Johnson is a stalwart, always supportive, helpful and wise in tricky circumstances.’

‘One of the most superb Clerking teams out there – Oliver Parkhouse runs a very impressive outfit.’

‘Outstanding. All the clerks are receptive and really helpful, as you would expect with any leading chambers, but a special “shout out” to Graham Johnson who always goes the extra mile.’

‘The Director of Clerking, Oliver Parkhouse, is absolute class – he understands the business, his client’s needs and he looks after you in a way which is both modern and commercial but also has a touch of tradition about it. Other stand out members of the clerking team with a bright future ahead in clerking are Harry Gamble, Megan Pryde and George Boggis.’

‘The service is always exceptional. Tristan Whigham in particular is a fabulous clerk, very attentive and helpful.’


’12 KBW are an elite set with a number of excellent barristers.’

’12 KBW have spent the last 20 years assembling a chambers of 1st Class Trial Lawyers especially in the field of PI and Travel Law.’

’12 KBW is a very strong set for Personal Injury/ Insurance related work. They have some very experienced QCs and senior juniors but also younger barristers coming up through the ranks who are showing good promise.’

12 kbw is a very strong set. They have in depth PI counsel. They are at the very top of the game in terms of ID work and PI. The juniors as well as the silks are excellent.’

’12 Kings Bench Walk is the go-to set for asbestos related illness work and has strength from juniors to leaders. It offers bespoke support to the Claimant asbestos related illness field.’

’12KBW cover the whole range of catastrophic injury work, with the highest concentration of market leading barristers in this field.’

‘A very strong set which benefits from handling both claimant and defendant work so opinions are measured whilst retaining passion for whichever cause they are fighting.’

‘Chambers is at the forefront of issues of Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) and has a wealth of experience in their junior Counsel.’

‘I primarily use 12 KBW because they provide such a good service. I rate them at the top of the market for defendant personal injury large loss/catastrophic injury work. The set has never let me down.’

‘I have worked with 12 KBW for approx 20 years, the last 3 years primarily with the International and Travel practice group. The breadth of knowledge in this area is second to none with a large pool of juniors and seniors to assist whether that be a fast track, multi track of large loss/complex claim.’

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.

Work undertaken
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 and 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 and 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)