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

Chambers of Paul Russell QC
12 King's Bench Walk Bristol Annex
ROYAL TALBOT HOUSE, 2 VICTORIA STREET
BRISTOL
BS1 6BB
England

London Bar > Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud Tier 1

12 King's Bench Walk continues to be regarded as a 'set of importance within the area of personal injury litigation'. This 'slick, well oiled and professional outfit' is 'bursting with talent' and fields 'some impressive barristers at all levels'; the silk offering was strengthened even further by the appointment of Patrick Vincent QC  in 2021. Steven Snowden QC and John-Paul Swoboda are noted for their involvement with Witham v Steve Hill Ltd, an important case in determining the proper breadth and scope of the Fatal Accidents Act, which also serves to illustrate the chambers' reputation as a 'leading set for asbestos-related compensation claims'. In another key recent highlight, William Audland QC appeared in the landmark case of Swift v Carpenter, which changed the law as to how a claim for the capital costs of accommodation in the context of a negative discount rate should be quantified.

Personal injury - Rising Stars

Max Archer - 12 King's Bench WalkMax is a future superstar of the personal injury Bar.
Ranked: Tier 1
James Beeton - 12 King's Bench WalkJames has a brilliantly analytical yet creative legal intellect which he brings to bear in the most legally challenging of claims, with jurisdictional issues being a particular forte of his.
Ranked: Tier 1

Industrial disease - Leading Silks

Andrew Hogarth QC - 12 King's Bench WalkHe has an astounding ability to identify significant issues with ease and be there waiting with a smile when everyone else catches up to him.
Ranked: Tier 1
Michael Rawlinson QC - 12 King's Bench WalkMichael has an amazing ability to get to grips with complex procedural issues within a very short period of time.
Ranked: Tier 1
Steven Snowden QC - 12 King's Bench WalkA real heavyweight silk who has an attractive advocacy style and an easy manner. 
Ranked: Tier 1
Harry Steinberg QC - 12 King's Bench WalkHarry is excellent at identifying the key themes that will resonate with the court then presenting them in a calm and persuasive manner.
Ranked: Tier 1

Personal injury - Leading Silks

William Audland QC - 12 King's Bench WalkA master tactician in assessing the merit of a case and advising upon a strategy to leverage litigation risk against your opponent.
Ranked: Tier 1
Stephen Worthington QC - 12 King's Bench WalkHe is a fierce advocate, highly respected by the judiciary, fellow barristers, experts and insurance clients alike.
Ranked: Tier 1
Paul Russell QC - 12 King's Bench WalkPaul is an excellent advocate, his forensic analysis is second to none, and he is able to deal with very difficult experts and witnesses in an effortlessly charming way.
Ranked: Tier 2
Steven Snowden QC12 King’s Bench WalkSteven is a persuasive advocate who has the ear of the court.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 4
Andrew Hogarth QC - 12 King's Bench WalkHe has an astounding ability to identify significant issues with ease and be there waiting with a smile when everyone else catches up to him.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4
Michael Rawlinson QC - 12 King's Bench WalkMichael has an amazing ability to get to grips with complex procedural issues within a very short period of time.
Ranked: Tier 4
Harry Steinberg QC - 12 King's Bench WalkHarry is excellent at identifying the key themes that will resonate with the court then presenting them in a calm and persuasive manner.
Ranked: Tier 4

Personal injury - 2020 Silks

Marcus Dignum QC12 King’s Bench WalkA first-class advocate whose technical expertise and presentation skills impress both clients and judges.

Personal injury - 2021 Silks

Patrick Vincent QC - 12 King's Bench WalkHe makes decision-making with even the most technical and complex legal arguments easy for judges, with his logical and digestible, but well-considered, submissions.

Industrial disease - Leading Juniors

John-Paul Swoboda - 12 King's Bench WalkJohn-Paul is an exceptional junior. He is willing to take on difficult cases and gives each case his all.
Ranked: Tier 1
Aliyah Akram - 12 King's Bench WalkShe has a very high knowledge base in respect of asbestos claims and is gimlet-eyed over detail to be put into the schedule of loss.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ivan Bowley - 12 King's Bench WalkIvan is a formidable barrister, whose meticulous preparation and detailed knowledge of asbestos disease litigation means he easily gains the confidence and trust of often vulnerable and very poorly clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Michael Brace - 12 King's Bench WalkHe is very experienced in the technical aspects of asbestos disease work and can cut through evidence to get to the nub of a case quickly.
Ranked: Tier 1
Patrick Kerr - 12 King's Bench WalkHe is one of the go-to barristers in the field of industrial disease - doesn't hesitate to take on very difficult cases and achieve success in them.
Ranked: Tier 1
Niall Maclean - 12 King's Bench WalkOne of the most impressive barristers in asbestos claims, with a real eye for detail.
Ranked: Tier 1
Gemma Scott - 12 King's Bench WalkShe is an expert in asbestos litigation and has been involved in some of the recent test cases.
Ranked: Tier 1

Personal injury - Leading Juniors

Henry Charles - 12 King's Bench WalkHenry has an impressive breadth of knowledge about legal and practical subjects which he uses to focus potentially complicated issues to provide practical and workable solutions.
Ranked: Tier 1
Nigel Lewers - 12 King's Bench WalkHis technical knowledge and expertise is phenomenal, especially in cases involving multiple parties, complex liability and indemnity arguments.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Roy - 12 King's Bench WalkA razor-sharp intellect coupled with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the case law, who is able to combine both into dazzling and fearless advocacy.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Sanderson - 12 King's Bench WalkDavid has an authoritative air, yet works in a calm, laid back and collaborative fashion. He has an ability to cut to the chase and find clarity when faced with complex scenarios.
Ranked: Tier 1
Hugh Hamill - 12 King's Bench WalkGreat at getting to grips with a case, and has a superb strike rate for settlements.
Ranked: Tier 2
Daniel Tobin - 12 King's Bench WalkDaniel is very good at taking a step back and and applying his expertise to the broad facts in working out how to make a claim successful, as well as having an excellent eye for important issues in a case. 
Ranked: Tier 2
David White - 12 King's Bench WalkHe is particularly hot on costs issues, and is fast building a reputation in this technical area. An asset on any team.
Ranked: Tier 2
Gemma Scott - 12 King's Bench WalkShe is an expert in asbestos litigation and has been involved in some of the recent test cases.
Ranked: Tier 3
Niall Maclean - 12 King's Bench WalkOne of the most impressive barristers in asbestos claims, with a real eye for detail.
Ranked: Tier 4
James Sullivan - 12 King's Bench WalkHe has excellent attention to detail, adds real value to cases and is very able when it comes to managing clients and experts alike.
Ranked: Tier 4
Isaac Hogarth - 12 King's Bench WalkIsaac is very thorough, considered and extremely intelligent.
Ranked: Tier 5
Arun Katyar - 12 King's Bench WalkArun is extremely capable and utterly forensic. He is a ferocious advocate, as well as being tactically astute.
Ranked: Tier 5
Catherine Peck - 12 King's Bench WalkA fearless and persuasive advocate who is meticulous in her preparation.
Ranked: Tier 5
Nina Ross - 12 King's Bench WalkCrystal-clear in her thinking and analysis, she is able to marshal the material and frame the argument for maximum impact.
Ranked: Tier 5
John-Paul Swoboda - 12 King's Bench WalkJohn-Paul is an exceptional junior. He is willing to take on difficult cases and gives each case his all.
Ranked: Tier 5
Anna Symington - 12 King's Bench WalkShe is meticulous in her preparation, as well as being thoughtful and wise in the advice given.
Ranked: Tier 5
Aliyah Akram - 12 King's Bench WalkShe has a very high knowledge base in respect of asbestos claims and is gimlet-eyed over detail to be put into the schedule of loss.
Ranked: Tier 5
Thomas Banks - 12 King's Bench WalkHe has a real specialty in military claims and can bring a breadth of knowledge and understanding that you simply cannot find elsewhere.
Ranked: Tier 5

Testimonials

Set

‘Excellent set bursting with talent and bright lawyers.’

‘Leading set for asbestos-related compensation claims.’

’12 KBW are justifiably regarded as being a leading set in personal injury work.’

‘They are a slick, well oiled and professional outfit with some impressive barristers at all levels. The silks are heavily committed to bringing on their junior talent and this shows.’

‘A set of importance within the area of personal injury litigation.’

Clerking 

‘The clerks are excellent – very helpful and responsive.’

‘The clerks’ room are always available and will do all that they can to facilitate matters.’

‘Tristan Whigham, Lexie Johnson, George Boggis and Harry Gamble all provide tremendous support.’

‘Graham Johnson is always very helpful and willing to go the extra mile to assist.’

‘Oliver Parkhouse and Tristan Wigham are at the top of their game. They provide superlative client care. They are professional and efficient at all times.’

London Bar > Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) Tier 2

12 King's Bench Walk ‘a go-to set for cross-border litigation, package travel and international transport cases as well as multi-party claims’, with ‘experience across the range of levels’. William Audland QC is the standout silk in this particular field, and  advised the travel operator in the X v Kuoni case, concerning the rape of a package holiday guest in a hotel. At junior level, Philip Mead has been the most prevalent and is highlighted by clients for his extensive experience in EU law in this area.

Rising stars

Max Archer - 12 King's Bench WalkMax is clear and pragmatic in the advice provided.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

William Audland QC - 12 King's Bench WalkHe is one of the best barristers out there for complex quantum aspects of international injury in my view.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Philip Mead - 12 King's Bench WalkHe has made EU personal injury law his own.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
James Candlin - 12 King's Bench WalkJames has a great grasp of the law in this area and an excellent ability to communicate with judges.
Ranked: Tier 3
Alex Carington - 12 King's Bench WalkHas built himself a well-deserved reputation as a go-to junior on Athens Convention claims.
Ranked: Tier 3
John-Paul Swoboda - 12 King's Bench WalkSwoboda is fluent at Spanish and also very familiar with the Spanish judicial system.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘Great bunch of talented and down to earth barristers who are very personable and will go the extra mile.’

‘There is a great depth of helpful, organised and meticulous barristers.’

‘A strong set within travel litigation and cross-border claims. Extremely approachable and a very reliable service.’

’12 KBW have a very strong team in the area of travel and international law.’

‘The juniors are of a good standard and the set is well respected in the travel sphere.’

Clerking

‘George Boggis. is very organised and prompt with responses. He goes out of his way to find solutions to issues.’

‘George Boggis has been extremely helpful and supportive in arranging conferences and delivery of papers in an efficient manner.’

‘Very good – very responsive and very willing to accommodate requests in timings of timings and fees.’

‘Clerks are very helpful and have dealt well with Covid and remote working practices.’

‘Helpful clerks, led by the excellent Oliver Parkhouse.’

London Bar > Clinical negligence Tier 4

12 King's Bench Walk 'goes from strength to strength in this field'. The set is home to 'many excellent counsel', who handle a range of high-value and complex cases, including spinal cord and brain injuries and delayed diagnoses of cancer and other conditions. In a recent case highlight, the 'razor-sharp' William Audland QC successfully represented the claimant in a £4.5m claim arising from the delayed diagnosis and treatment of a spinal epidural haematoma. The practice is also recognised for its 'excellent juniors rising up through the ranks'. The newly ranked Daniel Sokol successfully acted for the claimant in John Taheny v Secretary for Health and Social Care and Others, which revolved around the non-disclosure of a diagnosis of Klinefelter syndrome to the claimant, who remained unaware of his condition for five decades.

Leading Silks

William Audland QC - 12 King's Bench WalkWilliam is an phenomenal advocate who will go the extra mile and really fight for the client. His attention to detail is superb and he has a fantastic brain.
Ranked: Tier 5

Leading Juniors

John-Paul Swoboda - 12 King's Bench WalkHe is a calm, quick-thinking advocate who has an impressive ability to identify the critical issues in any dispute. An impressively persuasive junior.
Ranked: Tier 3
Vanessa Cashman - 12 King's Bench WalkVanessa is the perfect blend of astute intellect and empathy.
Ranked: Tier 3
Henry Charles - 12 King's Bench WalkA real fighter with a good bedside manner with distressed clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Charlotte Reynolds - 12 King's Bench WalkCharlotte always gets to the nub of cases in a fast and efficient manner.
Ranked: Tier 4
Daniel Sokol - 12 King's Bench WalkA good tactician with a razor sharp mind. He has extensive expertise in clinical negligence cases.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

‘A large diverse set with good strength in depth‘.

Chambers has a number of high calibre barristers in the field of clinical negligence‘.

Very efficient set‘.

12KBW has a great range of clinical negligence barristers‘.

Clerking 

Particularly well run by Oliver Parkhouse, who is a credit to the set‘.

This set has a dedicated and friendly clerking team who go the extra mile to provide an excellent service. They are always responsive and excellent in their communication‘.

Lexie Johnson is devastatingly efficient‘.

The clerks’ room is strongly led by Oliver Parkhouse, while clinical negligence clerks George Boggis and Lexie Johnson offer an outstanding blend of knowledge and capabilities‘.

George Boggis does a fantastic job: very proactive and dynamic‘.

London Bar > Aviation

Rising stars

Max Archer - 12 King's Bench WalkMax is logical, considered, knowledgeable and an excellent advocate. I fully expect even greater things from Max and that in years to come, he will establish himself as a leading aviation barrister.
Ranked: Tier 1

London Bar > Employment

Rising stars

David Green - 12 King's Bench WalkDavid has a great eye for detail and provides clear and succinct advice - a strong advocate with an in-depth knowledge of employment law. 
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Watson - 12 King's Bench WalkAndrew is confident, has a good grasp of the issues and legal complexities of the case, and is personable to deal with. 
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Carolyn D'Souza - 12 King's Bench WalkVery professional and extremely knowledgeable - clearly very experienced in her field. Carolyn has a very focused manner and is able to get a handle of the issues quickly.
Ranked: Tier 3
Martina Murphy - 12 King's Bench WalkBright, thorough and easy to work with, and she has a great ability to comprehend the factual scenario and get to grips with the points of law and formulate a pragmatic approach.
Ranked: Tier 4
Laura Robinson - 12 King's Bench WalkAn excellent barrister on all fronts. Laura's client care skills and ability to simplify complex facts and legal issues is second to none. Laura is very approachable and responsive to any issues that arise on a case.
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Environment

Rising stars

Kate Boakes - 12 King's Bench WalkA fantastic barrister who is able to quickly get to grips with a subject matter and provide valuable input.
Ranked: Tier 1

London Bar > Inquests and inquiries

Leading Silks

Michael Rawlinson QC - 12 King's Bench WalkAn exceptional advocate - difficult to best his advocacy skills. He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law and fights his client's corner hard.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Edward Ramsay - 12 King's Bench WalkUtter and dogged commitment to leaving no stone unturned when considering a case's strengths and weaknesses, and an innovative thinker in respect of inquests.
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > Costs

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 parkhouse@12kbw.co.uk 020 7415 8342
Senior Clerk JOHNSON, Graham johnson@12kbw.co.uk 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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