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Hailsham Chambers
Hailsham Chambers

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The ‘top-classHailsham Chambers is a ‘slick and professional set’ with an ‘impressive knowledge of professional negligence, particularly lawyer and accountant liability instructions’, as well as being a ‘first choice’ for clinical negligence and costs. Chambers has ‘great strength and depth, a great bunch of people, and incisively intelligent and pragmatic barristers who will leave no stone unturned for their instructing solicitors’. And ‘they do all of this without the stuffiness of some other sets’. In recent developments, Theo Barclay joined the set’s costs group and Richard Beaty arrived from 1 CHANCERY LANE. The ‘very impressive’ senior clerk Stephen Smith and his deputy, Michael Kilbey, lead the ‘personable, reliable, and responsive’ clerking team to ‘provide impeccable service’. ‘They will always, without exception, strive to address our needs proactively and with urgency where warranted,’ said one solicitor. Another source added: ‘Always made to feel like the most important client. Never fail to recommend suitable counsel – realistic regarding workloads. Highly commercial in terms of fees, costs, and benefits.’ ‘Meticulous’ first junior clerk Stuart Paley is ‘always accessible and prompt’. Mary McGuigan is the new fees clerk. Offices in: London

Clinical negligence Tier 1

Hailsham Chambers is 'an increasingly strong specialist set' which offers a 'breadth of knowledge' across every medical specialism. The set is 'packed with bright but critically down to earth individuals' across the spectrum of counsel. 'Highly expert silks' and 'exceptional juniors' are instructed on all types of complex and high-value clinical negligence cases. Alexander Hutton QC acted for the claimant in a brain damage case where a premature baby, following discharge from hospital, developed a cold and blocked nose which worsened into respiratory arrests. Andrew Post QC represented King's College Hospital in a wrongful birth claim arising out of the hospital's failure to identify ambiguous sex before birth, which raised issues in relation to causation and scope of duty - the claim, which was initially pleaded at £7.5m, was settled for £200,000.

Leading Juniors

Peter Ellis - Hailsham ChambersHe has an excellent understanding of complex medical issues.
Ranked: Tier 1

Jane Tracy Forster - Hailsham ChambersAn excellent advocate who draws on her valuable experience in acting for both claimants and defendants.
Ranked: Tier 1

Matthew Jackson - Hailsham ChambersRobust in negotiation without being aggressive.
Ranked: Tier 1

Tejina Mangat - Hailsham ChambersShe is the master of all detail and everything to do with quantum.
Ranked: Tier 1

Fiona Neale - Hailsham ChambersSkilled at finding the elusive point that makes the difference in a case.
Ranked: Tier 1

Jane Mishcon - Hailsham ChambersEntirely on top of all the material and able to deal with it thoroughly.
Ranked: Tier 2

Nicholas Peacock - Hailsham ChambersTechnically brilliant, one step ahead of his opponent in the pleadings.
Ranked: Tier 2

Catherine Ewins - Hailsham ChambersShe is a tenacious and formidable force in settlement negotiations.
Ranked: Tier 3

James Gilberthorpe - Hailsham ChambersVery down-to-earth and supportive of clients in a range of cases.
Ranked: Tier 3

Eva Ferguson - Hailsham ChambersA tremendous cross-examiner, even in the most sensitive situations.
Ranked: Tier 4

Lucy MacKinnon - Hailsham ChambersA great communicator with excellent attention to detail.
Ranked: Tier 4

Nicola Campbell-Clause - Hailsham ChambersAn impressive trial advocate who is strong on tricky procedural issues.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Silks

Dominic Nolan QC - Hailsham ChambersAnalytically sound with excellent people skills.
Ranked: Tier 1

Alexander Hutton QC - Hailsham ChambersHe is incredibly personable and has great tactical awareness.
Ranked: Tier 2

David Pittaway QC - Hailsham ChambersThe go-to counsel for cases that require difficult strategic decision-making.
Ranked: Tier 2

Julian Picton QC - Hailsham ChambersAble to get the best out of expert witnesses by his careful examination of evidence.
Ranked: Tier 3

Andrew Post QC - Hailsham ChambersHis quiet demeanor disguises a fiercely competitive advocate who will not let you down.
Ranked: Tier 3

Professional negligence Tier 1

Hailsham Chambers is an 'outstanding set for professional negligence' and although it is particularly noted for its experience in claims involving lawyers, the set also handles a raft of accountants', IFAs' and surveyors' negligence cases. Michael Pooles QC acted for the defandant in the Supreme Court case of Perry v Raleys, which examines the correct approach to the assessment of damages for loss of a chance. William Flenley QC appeared in Group Seven v Nasir, which examines the law on dishonest assistance for breach of trust by professionals.

2018 Silks

Nicola Rushton QC - Hailsham ChambersShe is a splendid advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Francis Bacon - Hailsham ChambersHe is the outstanding professional indemnity junior at the Bar and a silk in all but name.
Ranked: Tier 1

Spike Charlwood - Hailsham ChambersHe has a great reputation and is a gentlemanly opponent.
Ranked: Tier 1

Derek Holwill - Hailsham ChambersHe is an extremely capable advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1

Simon Howarth - Hailsham ChambersHe is great on difficult cases.
Ranked: Tier 1

Simon Wilton - Hailsham ChambersHe is very easy to deal with, hardworking and reasonable.
Ranked: Tier 1

Jamie Carpenter - Hailsham ChambersHe is very professional and calm, but persuasive.
Ranked: Tier 2

Matthew Jackson - Hailsham ChambersHe is fantastic to deal with.
Ranked: Tier 3

Joshua Munro - Hailsham ChambersHighly rated.
Ranked: Tier 3

Dan Stacey - Hailsham ChambersHe is very able and great on the detail.
Ranked: Tier 4

Henry Bankes-Jones - Hailsham ChambersClients like his manner and his approach.
Ranked: Tier 5

Imran Benson - Hailsham ChambersHe is strong on professional negligence cases.
Ranked: Tier 5

Eva Ferguson - Hailsham ChambersShe is particularly experienced in solicitors' negligence cases.
Ranked: Tier 5

Heather McMahon - Hailsham ChambersVery good on complex matters.
Ranked: Tier 6

Niamh O’Reilly - Hailsham ChambersGreat technical knowledge.
Ranked: Tier 6

Nicholas Pilsbury - Hailsham ChambersAn impressive junior.
Ranked: Tier 6

Leading Silks

William Flenley QC - Hailsham ChambersWhen it comes to professional liability, there can be few at the Bar who are as knowledgeable and as skilled as he is.
Ranked: Tier 1

Michael Pooles QC - Hailsham ChambersHe is very experienced and an extremely popular silk.
Ranked: Tier 1

Costs Tier 2

Hailsham Chambers is 'one of the foremost costs sets'; it has 'built a formidable team that has strength in depth' and 'the barristers are all technically gifted and approachable'. Alexander Hutton QC acted for the defendant NHS Trusts in Kai Surrey v Barnet & Chase Farm NHS Trust and others, a closely followed Court of Appeal case where legal aid had been changed to a conditional fee agreement (CFA) and after the event insurance (ATE) before recoverability was abolished from 1 April 2013. Elsewhere, Alice Nash successfully represented the claimant in Aviva Wiser v Lester Wilson where the defendant sought an unusual costs order. 

Leading Juniors

Jamie Carpenter - Hailsham ChambersClearly one of the best barristers around for costs work.
Ranked: Tier 1

Dr Mark Friston - Hailsham ChambersHe has encyclopaedic knowledge of costs law and its interpretation.
Ranked: Tier 1

Dan Stacey - Hailsham ChambersA confident and knowledgeable advocate who reacts well on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 1

Joshua Munro - Hailsham ChambersAn excellent advocate with a sharp mind.
Ranked: Tier 2

Imran Benson - Hailsham ChambersAble to get the gist over to the judge clearly, swiftly and persuasively.
Ranked: Tier 3

Alice Nash - Hailsham ChambersAn extremely competent member of the Bar.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Silks

Alexander Hutton QC - Hailsham ChambersHe has a phenomenal command of costs law; you never want your opponents to instruct him.
Ranked: Tier 1

Andrew Post QC - Hailsham ChambersHe provides good strategic and realistic advice.
Ranked: Tier 2

Hailsham Chambers strives to provide clients with excellent service. The multi-award winning set is frequently praised for its friendly and helpful clerking, the quality of its members’ work and for its reliability.

The set: Established more than 100 years ago and today offering 50 barristers, eight of whom are silks, Hailsham Chambers contains many of the most sought-after barristers at the London Bar. The set’s progressive thinking and use of modern technologies help Chambers to run efficiently and to offer clients choice and flexibility.

Types of work undertaken: Chambers acts for claimants and defendants, providing advice and representation before all levels of courts and tribunals throughout the world, in the specialist areas of:

Professional negligence: in cases involving lawyers, accountants, auditors, surveyors, valuers, financial professionals and trustees, as well as advising about professional indemnity insurance coverage points.

Clinical negligence: acting for patients and their relatives and dependants, trusts, doctors, dentists, healthcare professionals, health authorities, private hospitals and clinics in civil litigation, at inquests and in the Court of Protection.

Costs litigation: involving points of principle and advising in disputes between solicitor and client, retainers, funding arrangements, DBAs, CFAs and costs budgets.

Professional discipline: advice and advocacy before tribunals and regulatory bodies, both medical and non-medical.

Personal injury: acting for claimants and defendants and their insurers in RTA claims and claims based upon employer’s, occupier’€™s, public and product liability, with an emphasis on cases of high value and complexity.

Commercial litigation: acting in general commercial matters, such as insurance claims, fraud and partnership disputes.

To find out about the availability of counsel, please contact Hailsham’s clerking team by telephone (0)20 7643 5000 or email

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior clerk Stephen Smith 0207 643 5000
Deputy senior clerk Michael Kilbey 0207 643 5000
Head of Chambers PITTAWAY QC, David (1977) 0207 643 5000
Members of Chambers POOLES QC, Michael (1978) 0207 643 5000
Members of Chambers NOLAN QC, Dominic (1985) 0207 643 5000
Members of Chambers PICTON QC, Julian (1988) 0207 643 5000
Members of Chambers FLENLEY QC, William (1988) 0207 643 5000
Members of Chambers POST QC, Andrew (1988) 0207 643 5000
Members of Chambers HUTTON QC, Alexander (1992) 0207 643 5000
Members of Chambers RUSHTON QC, Nicola (1993) 0207 643 5000
Members of Chambers TRACY FORSTER, Jane (1975) 0207 643 5000
Members of Chambers MISHCON, Jane (1979) 0207 643 5000
Members of Chambers NEALE, Fiona (1981) 0207 643 5000
Members of Chambers HOLWILL, Derek (1982) 0207 643 5000
Members of Chambers JACKSON, Matthew (1986) 0207 643 5000
Members of Chambers BACON, Francis (1988) 0207 643 5000
Members of Chambers MANGAT, Dr Tejina (1990) 0207 643 5000
Members of Chambers HOWARTH, Simon (1991) 0207 643 5000
Members of Chambers WILTON, Simon (1993) 0207 643 5000
Members of Chambers PEACOCK, Nicholas (1992) 0207 643 5000
Members of Chambers CHRISTIE-BROWN, Sarah (1994) 0207 643 5000
Members of Chambers CHARLWOOD, Spike (1994) 0207 643 5000
Members of Chambers EWINS, Catherine (1995) 0207 643 5000
Members of Chambers STACEY, Dan (1996) 0207 643 5000
Members of Chambers FRISTON, Mark (1997) 0207 643 5000
Members of Chambers ELLIS, Peter (1997) 0207 643 5000
Members of Chambers FERGUSON, Eva (1999) 0207 643 5000
Members of Chambers CARPENTER, Jamie (2000) 0207 643 5000
Members of Chambers MUNRO, Joshua (2001) 0207 643 5000
Members of Chambers GILBERTHORPE, James (2002) 0207 643 5000
Members of Chambers MACKINNON, Lucy (2003) 0207 643 5000
Members of Chambers BENSON, Imran (2005) 0207 643 5000
Members of Chambers BENNETT, David (2005) 0207 643 5000
Members of Chambers NASH, Alice (2006) 0207 643 5000
Members of Chambers BANKES-JONES, Henry (2004) 0207 643 5000
Members of Chambers O'REILLY, Niamh (2007) 0207 643 5000
Members of Chambers McMAHON, Heather (1999) 0207 643 5000
Members of Chambers BAILEY, Stephen (2006) 0207 643 5000
Members of Chambers JUCKES, David (2008) 0207 643 5000
Members of Chambers MEILAND, Justin (2010) 0207 643 5000
Members of Chambers PILSBURY, Nicholas (2008) 0207 643 5000
Members of Chambers CAMPBELL-CLAUSE, Nicola (2010) 0207 643 5000
Members of Chambers ANDERTON, Richard (2010) 0207 643 5000
Members of Chambers TEW, Alicia (2012) 0207 643 5000
Members of Chambers CORAM JAMES, Clementine (2012) 0207 643 5000
Members of Chambers BARCLAY, Theo (2013) 0207 643 5000
Members of Chambers STORY, David (2012) 0207 643 5000
Members of Chambers STEER, Jack (2013) 0207 643 5000
Members of Chambers COLEMAN, Jake (2013) 0207 643 5000
Members of Chambers PATRICK, Michael (2014) 0207 643 5000
Members of Chambers ELLIOTT, Clare (2015) 0207 643 5000
Members of Chambers ECHLIN, Alexander (2017) 0207 643 5000
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Support team : 6