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London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

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

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London Bar

Clinical negligence
Clinical negligence - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Hailsham Chambers

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 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

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

Ranked: tier 3

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

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

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

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

Peter Ellis - Hailsham ChambersHe has an excellent understanding of complex medical issues.

Ranked: tier 1

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

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

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Costs
Costs - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Hailsham Chambers

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 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
Leading Juniors

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

Jamie Carpenter - Hailsham ChambersClearly one of the best barristers around for costs work.

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

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Inquests and inquiries
Leading Silks

David Pittaway QC - Hailsham ChambersA great communicator and strategist who is clear in his advice.

Ranked: tier 3

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Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud
Personal Injury - Leading Silks

Dominic Nolan QC - Hailsham ChambersHe is meticulous and has a great depth of knowledge of serious personal injury work.

Ranked: tier 2

Julian Picton QC - Hailsham ChambersHe fights his corner where appropriate but knows when to be pragmatic and flexible.

Ranked: tier 2

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Professional disciplinary and regulatory law
Leading Silks

David Pittaway QC - Hailsham ChambersAn excellent strategist who inspires confidence in clients.

Ranked: tier 2
Leading Juniors

Nicholas Peacock - Hailsham ChambersHe is always thoroughly prepared and grasps complex matters with ease.

Ranked: tier 2

Justin Meiland - Hailsham ChambersVery clever, calm and hardworking.

Ranked: tier 4

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Hailsham Chambers

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.

Leading Silks

Michael Pooles QC - Hailsham ChambersHe is very experienced and an extremely popular silk.

Ranked: tier 1

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
2018 Silks

Nicola Rushton QC - Hailsham ChambersShe is a splendid advocate.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Derek Holwill - Hailsham ChambersHe is an extremely capable advocate.

Ranked: tier 1

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

Ranked: tier 1

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

Ranked: tier 1

Spike Charlwood - Hailsham ChambersHe has a great reputation and is a gentlemanly opponent.

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Howarth - Hailsham ChambersHe is great on difficult cases.

Ranked: tier 1

Jamie Carpenter - Hailsham ChambersHe is very professional and calm, but persuasive.

Ranked: tier 2

Joshua Munro - Hailsham ChambersHighly rated.

Ranked: tier 3

Matthew Jackson - Hailsham ChambersHe is fantastic to deal with.

Ranked: tier 3

Dan Stacey - Hailsham ChambersHe is very able and great on the detail.

Ranked: tier 4

Eva Ferguson - Hailsham ChambersShe is particularly experienced in solicitors' negligence cases.

Ranked: tier 5

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

Heather McMahon - Hailsham ChambersVery good on complex matters.

Ranked: tier 6

Nicholas Pilsbury - Hailsham ChambersAn impressive junior.

Ranked: tier 6

Niamh O’Reilly - Hailsham ChambersGreat technical knowledge.

Ranked: tier 6

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Set overviews: England and Wales

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

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