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Chambers of Alex Verdan QC

TEMPLE, LONDON, EC4Y 7EX, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7427 5200
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Fax 020 7353 4979
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1035 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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www.4pb.com

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

The ‘strong and versatile4 Paper Buildings is ‘the pre-eminent set’ for children work – public or private – with ‘some of the biggest hitters’ in the field and 'a huge number of talented juniors who are winning admirers for their caring yet effective style of representation’. Chambers is able to offer a barrister ‘with the appropriate expertise and skill to the right client at the right cost’. While it has historically been known as a children set, more of its junior members are also undertaking finance and cohabitation work, so much so that for some solicitors it has become the ‘go-to’ set for all family work in London and across the regions. In recent news, Cyrus Larizadeh QC has been appointed acting chair of the Family Law Bar Association and Oliver Jones has been appointed a circuit judge. Michael Reeves’ ‘well-run’ clerks’ room is ‘the best in the business’ and ‘a pleasure to deal with’; ‘responsive and accommodating, they bend over backwards to help at short notice when needed’. The clerks are ‘slick, hugely communicative with instructing solicitors, personable, engaged, and proactive’. First junior Paul Hennessey and second junior Kenny Martin ‘are excellent clerks’ held in high regard by solicitors. Asked to give their impression of chambers as a whole, one solicitor offered: ‘From the moment they enter the reception at 4PB, a client feels that they are in professional and nurturing hands. A client who may be very anxious is eased by the calm waiting room and the offer of a cup of tea and yet there is in an air of productivity and business which is also reassuring.’ Chambers manager Clare Bello has joined Cornerstone Barristers as its new chief executive officer. She was replaced by Furhana Mallick on 16 September. Offices in: London

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Children law (including public and private law)
Children law (including public and private law) - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

4 Paper Buildings

A 'first-rate set of chambers', 4 Paper Buildings is ‘without question, the go-to set for children matters’, according to clients. The set has ‘great strength in depth, a very good range of barristers at different levels of call, from hugely experienced QCs to extremely talented juniors, meaning it will always have a barrister who fits each client’s needs’. Alex Verdan QC, Sam King QC, Andrew Powell, Cleo Perry, and Michael Edwards  have been acting in the Independent Inquiry into child sexual abuse, the large public inquiry set to have huge implications on the way institutions deal with allegations of abuse. The set has many 'excellent' barristers including Prof Jo Delahunty QC who 'dominates every case she is in' and Teertha Gupta QC who is 'a smooth, engaging, and highly persuasive advocate with a strong following'. Charles Hale QC is 'outstanding' and 'judges really listen to Henry Setright QC because he invariably knows more on the subject than they do'.

Leading Silks

Alex Verdan QC - 4 Paper BuildingsDeserves all the plaudits that he gets.

Ranked: tier 1

Charles Hale QC - 4 Paper BuildingsForms strong relationships with clients and immediately puts them at ease.

Ranked: tier 1

Henry Setright QC - 4 Paper BuildingsThe most intelligent and tactical counsel.

Ranked: tier 1

Jo Delahunty QC - 4 Paper BuildingsIs extremely well respected by judges and is a real force to be reckoned with.

Ranked: tier 1

Teertha Gupta QC - 4 Paper BuildingsIs never flustered and instils great confidence in clients.

Ranked: tier 1

Alison Grief QC - 4 Paper BuildingsIs exceptionally thorough, intelligent, great eye for detail and has an incredible grasp of complex medical issues.

Ranked: tier 2

Catherine Wood QC - 4 Paper BuildingsHer cross-examination lights up the courtroom.

Ranked: tier 2

Cyrus Larizadeh QC - 4 Paper BuildingsIs a skilled advocate who fights his client’s corner with determination and flair.

Ranked: tier 3

Kate Branigan QC - 4 Paper BuildingsUnflappable when under even extreme pressure.

Ranked: tier 3
2018 Silks

Sam King QC - 4 Paper BuildingsCan diffuse difficult situations well, she can make tricky points seem straightforward to lay clients and judges alike.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Barbara Mills - 4 Paper BuildingsIs wholly reliable and a silk in the making.

Ranked: tier 1

Dorothea Gartland - 4 Paper BuildingsIs understated and polite in her advocacy which hides the deadly questions.

Ranked: tier 1

Justine Johnston - 4 Paper BuildingsIs a ferocious advocate. She has the full confidence of her clients and instructing solicitors.

Ranked: tier 1

Jacqueline Renton - 4 Paper BuildingsA confident and fierce advocate.

Ranked: tier 1

Joy Brereton - 4 Paper BuildingsKnows every detail of her cases and is a formidable presence in court.

Ranked: tier 1

Judith Murray - 4 Paper BuildingsAn exceptional negotiator and a formidable advocate.

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Gration - 4 Paper BuildingsIs an extremely able advocate who is able to win cases with his authoritative and persuasive advocacy.

Ranked: tier 1

Sally Bradley - 4 Paper BuildingsA persuasive advocate who is also empathetic with clients.

Ranked: tier 2

Brian Jubb - 4 Paper BuildingsHis attention to detail is second to none.

Ranked: tier 3

Mark Jarman - 4 Paper BuildingsA fearless advocate, a safe pair of hands; his written and oral advocacy is exceptional, down to earth and robust.

Ranked: tier 3

Rebecca Foulkes - 4 Paper BuildingsIs exceptionally well prepared, calm and has authority beyond her years, both with clients and in court.

Ranked: tier 3

Samantha Woodham - 4 Paper BuildingsHer greatest strength is her ability to empathise with clients in a way which makes them feel completely supported while also making their legal position clear.

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew Powell - 4 Paper BuildingsIs quick to assure worried or anxious clients and is a safe pair of hands when you have a complicated matter that needs a detailed solution.

Ranked: tier 4

Chris Barnes - 4 Paper BuildingsHighly intelligent and meticulous, he will not leave any stone unturned; a fearless and eloquent advocate.

Ranked: tier 4

Francesca Dowse - 4 Paper BuildingsIs very clever and applies her intelligence most productively in analysing cases for the best and weakest points and then comes up with a strategy to deal with both.

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Edwards - 4 Paper BuildingsAn incredible advocate; his ability to analyse the evidence and present his client’s case in the most forensic way is outstanding.

Ranked: tier 4

Ceri White - 4 Paper BuildingsIs a fierce fighter who will leave no stone unturned and goes full out for her clients; she is easy to work with and always knows a case inside out.

Ranked: tier 5

Cleo Perry - 4 Paper BuildingsImpeccably prepared with a great legal mind; awesome, understated and effective cross-examination skills.

Ranked: tier 5

Ruth Kirby - 4 Paper BuildingsIs a tenacious advocate who fights hard for clients.

Ranked: tier 5

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Family (including divorce and financial remedy)
Family (including divorce and financial remedy) - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

4 Paper Buildings

With ‘excellent strength in depth in family law’, 4 Paper Buildings has a proven track record of acting in family disputes involving high-net-worth and international clients, especially where there are also issues involving offshore assets, family trusts, and complex tax structures. Henry Clayton advised the mother on an application for financial provision for a child where the father is a member of a wealthy ruling family that is based overseas. In addition, its members are skilled at advising on issues surrounding inherited and pre-marital agreements. ‘The whole set is very good indeed. It is a large family set with superb specialist family counsels at all levels,’ said one source. Another said: 'They have increasing numbers of polished performers in financial remedy cases.'

Leading Silks

Charles Hale QC - 4 Paper BuildingsIs recommended for his command of the courtroom, his honeyed advocacy skills and user-friendliness.

Ranked: tier 2

Christopher Hames QC - 4 Paper BuildingsHis advocacy is smooth and persuasive.

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Sternberg QC - 4 Paper BuildingsA highly regarded silk.

Ranked: tier 4
Leading Juniors

Henry Clayton - 4 Paper BuildingsMeticulous preparation, penetrating and focused advocacy, a sharp legal mind and clever lateral thinking when unusual situations present themselves.

Ranked: tier 1

Judith Murray - 4 Paper BuildingsHas a sharp intellect, excellent advocacy and provides succinct and clear advice.

Ranked: tier 2

Samantha Woodham - 4 Paper BuildingsHer advice is carefully thought out and she is always meticulously well-prepared for any conference or hearing.

Ranked: tier 2

Francesca Dowse - 4 Paper BuildingsOne of her undoubted strengths is in being able to put the client at ease before and during a hearing and to ensure that the case is presented clearly.

Ranked: tier 3

Harry Gates - 4 Paper BuildingsHas a real grasp of all the nuances in each case and is clearly very well prepared for each hearing.

Ranked: tier 3

Nicholas Fairbank - 4 Paper BuildingsIs a tenacious advocate, sharp as a razor blade and a pleasure to watch in action.

Ranked: tier 3

James Copley - 4 Paper BuildingsA well-regarded junior.

Ranked: tier 4

Kate Van Rol - 4 Paper BuildingsIs a forceful advocate, with the ability to focus on details which quite often leave opponents in a fluster.

Ranked: tier 4

Katie Wood - 4 Paper BuildingsHer commitment to cases is consistently 150% – nothing escapes her detailed examination of even the most complex of cases.

Ranked: tier 4

Rhiannon Lloyd - 4 Paper BuildingsIs strategic and tactical in her approach and is able to hold the courtroom in the palm of her hand to ensure an excellent outcome for the client.

Ranked: tier 4

Sophie Connors - 4 Paper BuildingsThe complete package – fabulous with clients, a very persuasive advocate, and immaculately prepared.

Ranked: tier 4

Stephen Lyon - 4 Paper BuildingsCan mix it with senior barristers without being outgunned, whilst always maintaining a professional and calm demeanour.

Ranked: tier 4

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Set overviews: England and Wales

The ‘strong and versatile4 Paper Buildings is ‘the pre-eminent set’ for children work – public or private – with ‘some of the biggest hitters’ in the field and 'a huge number of talented juniors who are winning admirers for their caring yet effective style of representation’. Chambers is able to offer a barrister ‘with the appropriate expertise and skill to the right client at the right cost’. While it has historically been known as a children set, more of its junior members are also undertaking finance and cohabitation work, so much so that for some solicitors it has become the ‘go-to’ set for all family work in London and across the regions. In recent news, Cyrus Larizadeh QC has been appointed acting chair of the Family Law Bar Association and Oliver Jones has been appointed a circuit judge. Michael Reeves’ ‘well-run’ clerks’ room is ‘the best in the business’ and ‘a pleasure to deal with’; ‘responsive and accommodating, they bend over backwards to help at short notice when needed’. The clerks are ‘slick, hugely communicative with instructing solicitors, personable, engaged, and proactive’. First junior Paul Hennessey and second junior Kenny Martin ‘are excellent clerks’ held in high regard by solicitors. Asked to give their impression of chambers as a whole, one solicitor offered: ‘From the moment they enter the reception at 4PB, a client feels that they are in professional and nurturing hands. A client who may be very anxious is eased by the calm waiting room and the offer of a cup of tea and yet there is in an air of productivity and business which is also reassuring.’ Chambers manager Clare Bello has joined Cornerstone Barristers as its new chief executive officer. She was replaced by Furhana Mallick on 16 September. Offices in: London

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