Set Profile > Parklane Plowden > Newcastle upon Tyne, England

Chambers of Christopher Williams
Parklane Plowden
LOMBARD HOUSE, 4-8 LOMBARD STREET
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
NE1 3AE
England

Chancery, probate, and tax Tier 1

Parklane Plowden is 'an excellent set with a number of good, specialist counsel'. Chambers is also seen as 'approachable, helpful, and never fail to address and deal with issues in a timely, efficient, and friendly manner; service has always been second to none'. Members are instructed across the full spectrum of Chancery, probate, and tax-related work, including contentious wills and trusts, as well as non-contentious estate work. In recent instructions of note, Sarah Harrison acted in an Inheritance Act claim against estate worth £2.4m with complex taxation and foreign property issues as well as a separate claim by a spouse against an estate of more than £6m which included issues relating to shari'ah law. Solicitors are full of praise for the 'knowledgeable and pragmatic' Nicola Phillipson for her 'approachability' and 'clients like and trust that she sits as a Deputy District Judge'. Phillipson has strengthened the junior rankings after joining from the now-closed Zenith Chambers.

Leading Juniors

Sarah Harrison - Parklane PlowdenSarah is forthright, extremely knowledgeable and articulate. She is good with clients, is able to get to the heart of the matter quickly and efficiently and inspires confidence. She is excellent in cross examination and maintains her composure under pressure.
Ranked: Tier 1
Sean Kelly - Parklane PlowdenExcellent collaborator. Doesn't take over a job but provides stable support and steer, especially on complex matters. Great with clients in conference and written advice is clear and concise.
Ranked: Tier 1
Elizabeth Darlington - Parklane PlowdenBeth is an extremely knowledgeable, capable and assured advocate. She is always calm in a crisis and able to think on her feet. She is personable and can relate well to clients. Her advice is clear and concise. I rate her very highly.
Ranked: Tier 2
Marisa Lloyd - Parklane PlowdenShe has a superb ability to see the real issues in a case and deliver clear advice to even the most challenging clients. Even more impressively, her advocacy and cross examination skills are first rate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Anna Metcalfe - Parklane PlowdenAnna is quick to get to the bottom of the key issues and always advises based upon the overriding objective of proportionality as well as merits. Supportive of her instructing solicitor and guides clients in cooperation as to the best next steps in their case.
Ranked: Tier 2
Nicola Phillipson - Parklane PlowdenNicola is a pro-active problem solver. She is engaging and great with clients. Nicola is a hands-on lawyer who quickly gets to the heart of the problem and offers insightful advice coupled with practical solutions. Nicola is a well respected and a go-to barrister in this area.
Ranked: Tier 2
Stuart Roberts - Parklane PlowdenPersonable, practical and confident.
Ranked: Tier 2

Clinical negligence Tier 1

Parklane Plowden remains one of the stand-out sets in the region when it comes to clinical negligence work. With 39 specialist clinical negligence barristers, the team act in a broad range of cases including those involving birth injuries, failure to diagnose, and surgical negligence. The 'focused' Andrew Axon has over 25 years' experience and is instructed on behalf of both claimants and defendants in cases of the upmost severity, with claims typically valued between £5m-£15m. Described by one client as 'practical and reliable', Elizabeth Hodgson acts on a wide range of clinical negligence cases, many of which are high-value claims arising from catastrophic or very serious birth injuries.

Leading Juniors

Hylton Armstrong - Parklane PlowdenHylton is extremely approachable and very good with clients. He always sets an agenda for a conference so that the client fully understands the purpose. His advices and notes of conference are also concise and helpful.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Axon - Parklane PlowdenFocused and excellent at getting results in often challenging and complex cases. Great with clients and generally a very safe pair of hands for all types of medical negligence cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Howard Elgot - Parklane PlowdenTenacious In pursuit of a case. Always willing to examine every angle of the evidence and to come up with new avenues to explore. Skilled at pinning down experts and getting to the root of their evidence in conference. Excellent in negotiations. Very capable at arguing costs budget issues in these types of cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Elizabeth Hodgson - Parklane PlowdenApproachable, straightforward, practical and reliable. Liz is thorough in her assessment of cases and works hard to achieve the best result possible.
Ranked: Tier 1
Leila Benyounes - Parklane PlowdenHer attention to detail is excellent and I am always confident the advice she gives is thorough and accurate. Her advice is easy to understand and provides useful guidance on next steps.
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Copnall - Parklane PlowdenHe is technically astute and extremely competent with a no-nonsense approach.
Ranked: Tier 2
Anna Datta - Parklane PlowdenAnna has a is very pragmatic in her advice and pleadings which helps to cut through a lot of the complexities of medical negligence.
Ranked: Tier 2
Stephen Friday - Parklane PlowdenStephen is very forensic in his approach to cases. He is able to filter through the large volumes of information to get to the issue(s) in a case. Able to comfortably stand his ground against more senior counsel.
Ranked: Tier 2
Mike Hill - Parklane PlowdenDemonstrates extensive knowledge of Clinical Law generally and dental claims specifically. Is particularly impressive with complex and or high value dental claims, respected by both patients and experts alike. Continues to serve with impressive speed on issues of opinion and drafting.
Ranked: Tier 2
Stuart Jamieson - Parklane PlowdenHe pays high attention to detail and works through issues in a very logical and clear manner. He is able to identify the key issues quickly and identify a clear direction the case needs to take.
Ranked: Tier 2

Employment Tier 1

Parklane Plowden 'provides extensive and thorough advocates of the highest calibre' in employment disputes. Head of the employment group, Dominic Bayne represents the employee in Bathgate v Technip UK, an Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) case with issues as to the extent the Equality Act 2010 applies to seafarers, and issues as to if the Scottish EAT is bound by English precedents of the same level. Andrew Sugarman successfully represented a primary school headteacher who was dismissed after having sex with two 17-year-olds he met on Grindr; this was found to have constituted unfair dismissal and sexual orientation discrimination, and he was awarded around £700,000. Tariq Sadiq, formerly of Temple Garden, successfully represented fashion bag company Mulberry, in the first philosophical belief discrimination case before the Court of Appeal. He also acted for HMRC in a major appeal brought by pub Greene King against a notice of underpayment of the national minimum wage. In recent news for the set, Seamus Sweeney and Kirti Jeram have left chambers to take up full-time posts as employment law judges.

Leading Juniors

Dominic Bayne - Parklane PlowdenProactive; User-friendly; Good with clients; Robust; Intelligent handling of cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Sugarman - Parklane PlowdenAndrew is really approachable and incredibly pragmatic in exploring solutions to problems; calm collected advice, always calm and always commercial.
Ranked: Tier 1
Claire Millns - Parklane PlowdenA first-rate counsel.
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Ryan - Parklane PlowdenAlways very well-prepared and proactive.
Ranked: Tier 2
Tariq Sadiq - Parklane PlowdenAn effective advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Hari Menon - Parklane PlowdenWhen you combine many years of experience with incredible legal knowledge and a calming and reassuring demeanour you have Hari Menon - a barrister you definitely want on your side. My firm has been instructing Hari for decades and he has always provided us with excellent support and advice and never once let us down. Clients think the world of him.
Ranked: Tier 3
Gareth Price - Parklane PlowdenClear and concise. Excellent communication especially with clients explaining the economics vs litigation risk. The availability of counsel for conferences are unbelievable.
Ranked: Tier 3
Roger Quickfall - Parklane PlowdenRoger has provided invaluable support and guidance to our firm on a complicated multi-day disability discrimination matter. Determined with strategic focus, he can really explain quite complex areas of law in simple language.
Ranked: Tier 3
Catherine Souter - Parklane PlowdenA go-to counsel for for respondent employers.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Webster - Parklane PlowdenAndrew is a strong advocate, intelligent and good at getting to grips with difficult cases, approachable and good with clients. Forensic attention to detail, robust but pragmatic and able to offer creative solutions.
Ranked: Tier 3

Family and children law Tier 1

Now boasting more than 40 specialist family law practitioners, Parklane Plowden is considered 'a strong set of barristers, with a wide variety of skills and personalities' and as having 'real strength and depth in private children law matters, from a solid emerging junior group through to senior juniors'. Sara Anning heads the family team, which covers the full gamut of private and public instructions for parents, guardians, intervenors, and local authorities in cases involving care proceedings following allegations of sexual abuse, non-accidental injury, as well as forced marriage and jurisdiction issues, to name but a few. Julia Nelson represents clients in both finance and children issues; Elizabeth Darlington is instructed across the full range of high value and complex financial remedies and has particular expertise in cohabitee matters. The set has been recently strengthened following the arrival of several 'top-class barristers', including Louise McCallum, Clare Garnham, Lucy Sowden, and Lewis Donnelly, as well as rising stars Maxine Best and Nathaniel Garner, from Zenith Chambers. The set also draws praise from instructing solicitors for its training programmes, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Rising Stars: Child Law (Public and Private)

Maxine Best - Parklane PlowdenMiss Best is an impressive junior and comes across as far more competent and experienced than her year of call suggests. Miss Best is always extremely well prepared, her advocacy and written work is of very high quality and she has a real knack of grasping the facts quickly and getting to the heart of the case.
Ranked: Tier 1
Nathaniel Garner - Parklane PlowdenHas an admirable ability to see the wood from the trees. Is charismatic and gets on very well with the clients. Prepares each case as if it was his last. A young advocate with bags of knowledge and fight.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private)

Sara Anning - Parklane PlowdenSara's impressive intellect and fine attention to detail makes her my overall preferred Counsel. She approaches her advocacy and advice with an ability to factor in all evolving aspects of the matter fluidly. She offers welcome practical advice outside of her specific brief and never shirks from any task, however small, that will assist in advancing the position of her lay client.
Ranked: Tier 1
John Jackson - Parklane PlowdenJohn is approachable, hard working, and skilful. His like-ability and stamina as well as his excellent client skills make him stand out.
Ranked: Tier 1
Louise McCallum - Parklane PlowdenShe is a Rolls-Royce of an advocate. Forensic analysis. Calm under pressure. Excellent client care manner. She is thorough, considered, conscientious, excellent rapport with clients, easy to work with.
Ranked: Tier 1
Alex Taylor - Parklane PlowdenAlex combines significant intellectual rigour with very genuine kindness and compassion towards both clients and other parties. Alex is diligent and thorough in his preparation and unafraid to argue novel and complex points which are always thoroughly backed by his knowledge of the case and of the law. He is tenacious in court.
Ranked: Tier 1
Clare Garnham - Parklane PlowdenAlways well prepared and sound advice given. Great skills with parent clients and also Guardians who regularly ask that she be instructed. Always happy to be contacted and very use friendly.
Ranked: Tier 1
Lewis Donnelly - Parklane PlowdenLewis is really bright, hard-working, charming to deal with and tenacious in putting his client's case.
Ranked: Tier 2
Julia Nelson - Parklane PlowdenJulia is confident and fights for her client in a way which is constructive and appreciated by the Court and admired by clients. Clients warm to Julia when they meet her and immediately know that they have a very experienced and dynamic barrister.
Ranked: Tier 2
Natalia Levine - Parklane PlowdenNatalia grasps a case quickly but thinks things through carefully. She is good at formulating a strategy, looking at the end result we want to achieve. Natalia explains things well to clients and makes sure they understand the advice being given.
Ranked: Tier 3
Simon Wilkinson - Parklane PlowdenSimon's strengths are in always being thoroughly prepared and his excellent communication skills. He is a pleasure to instruct, always prepared to make himself available for discussions.
Ranked: Tier 3
Lucy Sowden - Parklane PlowdenShe is very methodical and analytical and hard working. She gets involved in your case and will help you all the way through even if you have only instructed her to cover just one hearing. Her advocacy skills are great. She is very robust and thorough.
Ranked: Tier 4
Charlotte Wilce - Parklane PlowdenCharlotte for children matters is excellent and clients have preferred her over more senior counsel.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy

Elizabeth Darlington - Parklane PlowdenBeth's legal expertise in relation to TOLATA cases is second to none in our region. Beth is quickly able to get to the crux of the issues involved and build a rapport with the client. She works tirelessly to assist the client to achieve a settlement and avoid lengthy and expensive court proceedings and provides pragmatic advice.
Ranked: Tier 1
David de Jéhan - Parklane PlowdenDavid is an extremely experienced and skilled barrister. Despite his impressive in-depth knowledge of the law and his meticulous eye for detail, his firm are firmly on the ground making him a favorite with clients. David is always on hand to talk through matters and his involvement with cases always proves invaluable from a strategic perspective. David is also a robust advocate who consistently gets results.
Ranked: Tier 3
Julia Nelson - Parklane PlowdenJulia is confident and fights for her client in a way which is constructive and appreciated by the Court and admired by clients. Clients warm to Julia when they meet her and immediately know that they have a very experienced and dynamic barrister.
Ranked: Tier 3

Personal injury Tier 1

The 'dominant' Parklane Plowden is 'exceptional and certainly head and shoulders above the majority of other sets in North East and Yorkshire'. The 'tactically brilliant' Andrew Axon has particular expertise in representing claimants with severe brain injuries, who lack capacity and have complex rehabilitation and care needs. The 'technically astute' Richard Copnall led the 'razor-sharp' Abigail Telford in Edwards v Hugh James Ford Simey, a claim under the industrial disease scheme for vibration white finger; the Supreme Court case clarified what evidence can be taken into account when determining the loss of chance of bringing a claim and how to deal with later-coming evidence. The 'very passionate' Michael Ditchfield specialises in industrial disease claims, particularly dust-based diseases, and novel issues arising as to the date of guilty knowledge and foreseeability of risk. 'Superb with cool-headed analysis', Elizabeth Hodgson is a go-to counsel for employers’ liability claims and public liability claims against local authorities, as well as for limitation issues. Chambers has been strengthened following the arrival of Justin Crossley from Zenith Chambers.

Leading Juniors

Andrew Axon - Parklane PlowdenAndrew has a analytical approach to cases and is very able to grasp very complex issues and disseminate them with flair and panache. He is always willing to get his sleeves rolled up in order to find a negotiated way forward in a case and work towards a successful conclusion. His negotiation skills are exceptional and I am sure he is on the fast track to turning silk very soon.
Ranked: Tier 1
Richard Copnall - Parklane PlowdenHe is technically astute and extremely competent with a no-nonsense approach.
Ranked: Tier 1
James Murphy - Parklane PlowdenHas a superb disarming manner and the ability to get straight to the nub of the issues in a case, which immediately puts clients at ease. He is a supreme advocate and negotiator. Briefs are dealt with in a timely manner his advice is invariably first class.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tom Nossiter - Parklane PlowdenCalm and measured. Good with difficult and/or unrealistic clients, without being over blunt. Thorough, but can also see pragmatic solutions.
Ranked: Tier 2
Catherine Souter - Parklane PlowdenCatherine is one of the stars of the North Eastern Circuit. Superb with clients, excellent tactically and very robust in negotiations at JSMs.
Ranked: Tier 2
Tom Vonberg - Parklane PlowdenPragmatic with an excellent eye for detail.
Ranked: Tier 2
Christopher Williams - Parklane PlowdenRecommended for multi-track cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Justin Crossley - Parklane PlowdenProfessional and great with clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Howard Elgot - Parklane PlowdenTenacious In pursuit of a case. Always willing to examine every angle of the evidence and to come up with new avenues to explore.
Ranked: Tier 2
Stephen Friday - Parklane PlowdenHe is impressive. Attention to detail. Breadth of knowledge and ability to think on his feet. Very analytical and advice is spot on.
Ranked: Tier 2
Elizabeth Hodgson - Parklane PlowdenSuperb with cool headed analysis. A tough negotiator. Always well prepared. Presents her views very clearly either on paper or in conference. Has great ability to put lay clients at ease. She excels in treating instructing solicitors and commercial clients as part of a team. Always superb value for money.
Ranked: Tier 2
Hylton Armstrong - Parklane PlowdenHighly skilled and recommended for complex matters.
Ranked: Tier 3
Michael Ditchfield - Parklane PlowdenVery knowledgeable on disease cases, very pragmatic and willing to offer assistance with cases, articles and offers of asistance outside his involvement on specific cases.
Ranked: Tier 3
Corin Furness - Parklane PlowdenExceptional attention to detail - very detailed forensic analysis of cases. Excellent client care skills - very good at explaining detailed/complex aspects of cases in a way which lay clients can understand.
Ranked: Tier 3
Stuart Jamieson - Parklane PlowdenHe always provides top quality, down-to-earth advice in the field of PI and medical negligence.
Ranked: Tier 3
Abigail Telford - Parklane PlowdenAbigail is a very good barrister. She is very good in conferences with a client. She is very good with her written advices. She is very approachable easy to understand. She is always available if you need to discuss a case.
Ranked: Tier 3
Steven Turner - Parklane PlowdenVery approachable with exceptional client care skills with a keen eye for detail. Steven is able to quickly identify the key issues and produce succinct arguments to support his opinion. He has the ability to unravel complex issues into easily digestible pieces which complement his excellent presentation skills and no nonsense approach.
Ranked: Tier 3

Inquests and inquiries Tier 2

Parklane Plowden barristers undertake matters from inquest to civil action, with an emphasis on client care and sensitive handling of witnesses. Richard Copnall implements his personal injury expertise and scientific background to specialise in Human Rights Act claims, Article 2 inquests, and associated civil actions. He was recently instructed in high-profile cases involving the death of a child after discharge from hospital and a death during a police pursuit. Georgina Nolan represents bereaved families in inquests regarding deaths in custody and the workplace, clinical negligence, and industrial disease. Leila Benyounes also frequently appears in Article 2 inquests investigating media sensitive deaths in custody and inquests dealing with hospital deaths with complex medical issues.

Leading Juniors

Leila Benyounes - Parklane PlowdenShe does not back down in the face of adversity. She is extremely approachable and make those they are working with, whether it be those instructing, the expert or the client, feel at ease.
Ranked: Tier 1
Richard Copnall - Parklane PlowdenThoroughly prepared and organised for any eventuality. Great rapport with clients and strong, tactical and sensical advocacy which gets to the route of the matter. Adaptable to different cases and works well under high pressure.
Ranked: Tier 1
Georgina Nolan - Parklane PlowdenShe is an excellent advocate and very quick on her feet. She has a firm command of all of the relevant issues and the minutiae of the evidence, which makes for excellent cross-examination. She is also outstanding with clients: empathetic, pragmatic and reassuring.
Ranked: Tier 1

Commercial litigation

Parklane Plowden's members have broad experience in commercial disputes, including contract disputes, guarantee and warranty claims, insurance claims, shareholders disputes, unfair prejudice petitions, injunctions, and fraud, among others. In recent instructions of note, Sean Kelly is acting for the claimant, a solicitors' firm, in the recovery of money allegedly mis-appropriated by its former directors. Stuart Roberts is defending a £450,000 claim based on breach of warranty in a business sale agreement, for a hotel and restaurant business.

Leading Juniors

Sean Kelly - Parklane Plowden A calm and measured approach to instructions. Advice is always clear and straight to the point. Unflappable. Delivers excellent pleadings and documents which are concise and strike to the heart of the issues.
Ranked: Tier 2
Stuart Roberts - Parklane PlowdenPersonable, practical and confident.
Ranked: Tier 2

Costs

Described by one client as the 'best in the northeast on costs and procedural issues', Steven Turner is a nationally recognised practitioner at Parklane Plowden. Turner has throughout his career been involved in high-value and high-importance costs hearings, leading to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Courts, and was involved in the first case on the post-Jackson reform Part 45 fixed costs regime to reach the Court of Appeal. In Prosser v British Airways Plc, Turner successfully argued before the Court of Appeal that solicitors can recover VAT on a full MRO fee.

Leading Juniors

Steven Turner - Parklane PlowdenBest in the northeast on costs and procedural issues. Well received in court, very friendly and welcoming to clients. Steven is able to quickly identify the key issues and produce succinct arguments to support his opinion.
Ranked: Tier 1

Court of Protection and community care

The team at Parklane Plowden comprises of 14 barristers and specialises in cases relating to welfare, serious medical treatment decisions and inquests, to name a few. Natalia Levine is a well-known practitioner who is 'extremely well-respected' in the field of Court of Protection. Simon Wilkinson specialises in health and welfare applications and represents clients involving physical assault and capacity to marry.

Leading Juniors

Natalia Levine - Parklane PlowdenProfessional and lay clients adore her; she has a fantastic ability to manage challenging clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Simon Wilkinson - Parklane PlowdenVery easy to work with, responsive and good quality written work.
Ranked: Tier 2

Professional negligence

At Parklane Plowden, Howard Elgot is acting for the claimants in ongoing actions relating to the under-settlement of hundreds of claims made by coal miners who suffered vibration white finger (VWF). He also appeared in Liddle v Atha and Co, a solicitors' negligence action in the High Court where insurers applied to strike out the claim via the Limitation Act as an abuse of process. In the Supreme Court, Richard Copnall appeared for the claimant in Edwards v Hugh James, a leading case on the assessment of damages for solicitors' negligence; the original case related to the negligent under-settlement of claims for VWF.

Leading Juniors

Richard Copnall - Parklane PlowdenA standout senior-junior.
Ranked: Tier 1
Howard Elgot - Parklane PlowdenA go-to barrister.
Ranked: Tier 1

Property and construction

Elizabeth Darlington at Parklane Plowden specialises in property work with a trusts element, such as TOLATA claims, undue influence, and Inheritance Act claims. She acted in Sivil v Gough, a complex set aside of a property purchase involving capacity issues which resulted in a bare trust. Sean Kelly handles partnership property, conveyancing disputes and negligence, and commercial landlord and tenant. He recently appeared in a right-to-manage case and represented the tenant in a contested renewal.

Leading Juniors

Elizabeth Darlington - Parklane PlowdenAn extremely knowledgeable, capable and assured advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Sean Kelly - Parklane PlowdenAn impressive depth of knowledge in property law. Delivers advice on complicated issues in a way which lay clients can decipher and understand without difficulty.
Ranked: Tier 2

Set overviews: England and Wales

Based in Leeds and Newcastle, Parklane Plowden is particularly active in personal injury work in the region (an area in which the set commenced an arbitration service), in addition to having employment, family and commercial expertise. As far as recruitment is concerned, the set took a number of members from the now-defunct Zenith chambers, including  four personal injury and thirteen family barristers as well as Chancery specialist Nicola Phillipson - separately, Patrick Taylor (subsequently appointed to the TECBAR panel of mediators) upgraded his role at the set from door tenant to full member, retaining his tenancy at 4-5 Gray's Inn Square. Four members were appointed as recorders and two as deputy district judges  and former Walker Morris partner David Kilduff is now the set's chairman. Joanne Astbury is now a circuit judge.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Possibly the most highly respected clerking team in the north of England. Solicitor friendly and commercially aware set with increasing orientations toward new and developing areas of practice.

All the clerks are extremely responsive and helpful. Laura Storr stands out to me as someone that is particularly helpful and I always feel able to pick up the phone to her and ask for help.

Always receive fantastic service from the clerking team who are always responsive to any issues and accommodating.

Chambers admin is first class. Mike Stubbs heads a very effective set .

Clerks provide prompt responses to booking requests and other queries. They seek to resolve any issues at the earliest opportunity.

Fantastic service and always developing new ideas on how to improve the chambers.

Fast to respond and to provide options of multiple barristers and to get work dealt with by tight deadlines.

Parklane Plowden have a fantastic team and very personable and accommodation. Mike Stubbs is always willing to go the extra mile and Laura Storr is ever so pleasant and a joy to speak to when arranging conferences and/or instructing counsel.

The best clerks that I have ever come across. Super efficient and accommodating.

The clerks are always very helpful when it comes to availability. They are prepared to take the time to have a conversation with you about what you need, and they genuinely understand the Solicitors’ perspective and what is going to be required. That additionally means that they’re great with recommendations — the only set that I would call up and be prepared to instruct whoever they might recommend!

The clerks are exceptional. James in particular is always friendly, goes the extra mile to assist and recommends barristers based on the facts of the case. He has a keen interest in helping juniors come through and develop their knowledge of the COP. Hannah is always willing to help and is a great member of the team. She is also a fantastic networker.

Set:

Chambers are approachable, helpful and never fail to address and deal with issues in a timely, efficient and friendly manner.

I do not use, and have no intention to use, any other Chambers.

Excellent set, great strength in depth, always provide suitable counsel on a case by case basis and excellent training programmes.

Excellent service, always obliging and dramas are avoided.

It is an excellent set. I have instructed many individuals there across PI, Clin Neg and Inquest work, and all have been outstanding. For me, there is no other set in the North East of the same calibre.

It seems that excellence breed excellence with Parklane Plowden. There are barristers at all levels who regularly impress and achieve results for clients.

My “go to” set everyone I have instructed at the set has done a great job. They make themselves available even if busy and deliver good training programmes, free of charge.

Park Lane Plowden are fantastic. If for any reason your barrister of choice is not available you can be certain there will be another barrister of equal competence. And they will always speak to each other to ensure the case is handed over smoothly and dealt with as efficiently as possible.

Park Lane Plowden is one of the largest and most user friendly sets in Leeds and on the North Eastern circuit.

Park Lane Plowden have been expanding quite significantly over the past two years and have been able to do so without diluting the quality. Unrivalled in the north-east in my opinion.

Having engaged a number of Counsel from Chambers over the years, I cannot recall receiving anything less than first class service.

Park Lane Plowden are very flexible. I always find them willing to provide opinion on cases and have a varied level of experience and ability relevant for any case.

Social housing

Parklane Plowden's Nicola Phillipson, formerly of the now-dissolved Zenith Chambers, acts for landlords and tenants in all aspects of housing law and homelessness.

Leading Juniors

Nicola Phillipson - Parklane PlowdenAn exceptional advocate who puts clients at ease.
Ranked: Tier 1

Regional Bar > North Eastern Circuit > Clinical negligence Tier 1

Parklane Plowden remains one of the stand-out sets in the region when it comes to clinical negligence work. With 39 specialist clinical negligence barristers, the team act in a broad range of cases including those involving birth injuries, failure to diagnose, and surgical negligence. The 'focused' Andrew Axon has over 25 years' experience and is instructed on behalf of both claimants and defendants in cases of the upmost severity, with claims typically valued between £5m-£15m. Described by one client as 'practical and reliable', Elizabeth Hodgson acts on a wide range of clinical negligence cases, many of which are high-value claims arising from catastrophic or very serious birth injuries.

Leading Juniors

Hylton Armstrong - Parklane PlowdenHylton is extremely approachable and very good with clients. He always sets an agenda for a conference so that the client fully understands the purpose. His advices and notes of conference are also concise and helpful.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Axon - Parklane PlowdenFocused and excellent at getting results in often challenging and complex cases. Great with clients and generally a very safe pair of hands for all types of medical negligence cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Howard Elgot - Parklane PlowdenTenacious In pursuit of a case. Always willing to examine every angle of the evidence and to come up with new avenues to explore. Skilled at pinning down experts and getting to the root of their evidence in conference. Excellent in negotiations. Very capable at arguing costs budget issues in these types of cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Elizabeth Hodgson - Parklane PlowdenApproachable, straightforward, practical and reliable. Liz is thorough in her assessment of cases and works hard to achieve the best result possible.
Ranked: Tier 1
Leila Benyounes - Parklane PlowdenHer attention to detail is excellent and I am always confident the advice she gives is thorough and accurate. Her advice is easy to understand and provides useful guidance on next steps.
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Copnall - Parklane PlowdenHe is technically astute and extremely competent with a no-nonsense approach.
Ranked: Tier 2
Anna Datta - Parklane PlowdenAnna has a is very pragmatic in her advice and pleadings which helps to cut through a lot of the complexities of medical negligence.
Ranked: Tier 2
Stephen Friday - Parklane PlowdenStephen is very forensic in his approach to cases. He is able to filter through the large volumes of information to get to the issue(s) in a case. Able to comfortably stand his ground against more senior counsel.
Ranked: Tier 2
Mike Hill - Parklane PlowdenDemonstrates extensive knowledge of Clinical Law generally and dental claims specifically. Is particularly impressive with complex and or high value dental claims, respected by both patients and experts alike. Continues to serve with impressive speed on issues of opinion and drafting.
Ranked: Tier 2
Stuart Jamieson - Parklane PlowdenHe pays high attention to detail and works through issues in a very logical and clear manner. He is able to identify the key issues quickly and identify a clear direction the case needs to take.
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > North Eastern Circuit > Property and construction

Elizabeth Darlington at Parklane Plowden specialises in property work with a trusts element, such as TOLATA claims, undue influence, and Inheritance Act claims. She acted in Sivil v Gough, a complex set aside of a property purchase involving capacity issues which resulted in a bare trust. Sean Kelly handles partnership property, conveyancing disputes and negligence, and commercial landlord and tenant. He recently appeared in a right-to-manage case and represented the tenant in a contested renewal.

Leading Juniors

Elizabeth Darlington - Parklane PlowdenAn extremely knowledgeable, capable and assured advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Sean Kelly - Parklane PlowdenAn impressive depth of knowledge in property law. Delivers advice on complicated issues in a way which lay clients can decipher and understand without difficulty.
Ranked: Tier 2

Parklane Plowden Chambers is a specialist civil, family and commercial law chambers with locations in Leeds and Newcastle.

Parklane Plowden was formed on 1st October 2007 following the merger of Park Lane Chambers (Leeds) and Plowden Chambers (Newcastle).

Members work across nineteen specialist practice areas:

  • Abuse Claims
  • Costs & Litigation
  • Family: Property & Finance
  • Military Claims
  • Property
  • Business and Commercial
  • Court of Protection
  • Industrial Disease
  • Personal Injury
  • Public & Admin Law
  • Civil Fraud
  • Employment
  • Inquests & Fatal Accidents
  • Probate, Inheritance & Trusts
  • Sports Law
  • Clinical Negligence
  • Family: Children
  • Insurance
  • Professional Negligence

Parklane Plowden barristers have a reputation for being client focused, approachable, innovative and commercially minded and have proven themselves to be strong adversaries.

Parklane Plowden has a reputation as the North East’s Leading set and is recognised by many legal publications.

 

Department Name Email Telephone
Director of Clerking and Business Development Michael Stubbs michael.stubbs@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0191 211 4082
Senior Practice Director Civil & Family Mark Williams mark.williams@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5043
Member of Chambers Neil Allerton neil.allerton@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Sara Anning sara.anning@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Hylton Armstrong hylton.armstrong@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Joanne Astbury joanne.astbury@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Andrew Axon andrew.axon@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Lucy Bairstow lucy.bairstow@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Dominic Bayne dominic.bayne@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0191 221 2121
Member of Chambers Emma Bennett emma.bennett@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0191 221 2121
Member of Chambers Leila Benyounes leila.benyounes@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Phil Booth phil.booth@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Sarah Brewis sarah.brewis@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0191 221 2121
Member of Chambers Peter Cherry peter.cherry@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Kate Clarkson kate.clarkson@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Bryony Clayton bryony.clayton@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0191 221 2121
Member of Chambers Roger Cooper roger.cooper@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0191 221 2121
Member of Chambers Richard Copnall richard.copnall@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Kerry Cox kerry.cox@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0191 221 2121
Member of Chambers Andrew Crouch andrew.crouch@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0191 221 2121
Member of Chambers Elizabeth Darlington elizabeth.darlington@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Anna Datta anna.datta@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers David de Jéhan david.dejehan@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Jo Delahunty QC clerks@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Michael Ditchfield michael.ditchfield@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0191 221 2121
Member of Chambers Robert Dunn robert.dunn@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0191 221 2121
Member of Chambers Paul Edwards paul.edwards@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Howard Elgot howard.elgot@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Sophie Firth sophie.firth@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Stephen Friday stephen.friday@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Corin Furness corin.furness@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Jonathan Gale jonathan.gale@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Jonathan Godfrey jonathan.godfrey@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Katherine Goss katherine.goss@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Adam Gould adam.gould@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Alison Grief QC clerks@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Sarah Harrison sarah.harrison@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Jim Hester jim.hester@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0191 221 2121
Member of Chambers Mike Hill mike.hill@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0191 221 2121
Member of Chambers Elizabeth Hodgson elizabeth.hodgson@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0191 221 2121
Member of Chambers Iain Hutchinson iain.hutchinson@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers John Jackson john.jackson@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Michael James michael.james@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0191 221 2121
Member of Chambers Stuart Jamieson stuart.jamieson@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Kirti Jeram kirti.jeram@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Elizabeth Jones elizabeth.jones@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Sean Kelly sean.kelly@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Natalia Levine natalia.levine@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Gemma Lieberman gemma.lieberman@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0191 221 2121
Member of Chambers Marisa Lloyd marisa.lloyd@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Lynn McFadyen lynn.mcfadyen@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Hari Menon hari.menon@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0191 221 2121
Member of Chambers Gemma Meredith Davies gemma.meredith-davies@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Anna Metcalfe anna.metcalfe@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Claire Millns claire.millns@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Kristian Mills kristian.mills@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0191 221 2121
Member of Chambers Craig Moore craig.moore@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers James Murphy james.murphy@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Rebecca Musgrove rebecca.musgrove@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Kaiser Nazir kaiser.nazir@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Julia Nelson julia.nelson@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Georgina Nolan georgina.nolan@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0191 221 2121
Member of Chambers Tom Nossiter tom.nossiter@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Elizabeth O'Hare elizabeth.ohare@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Bryan Patterson-Whitaker bryan.patterson-whitaker@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Ian Pennock ian.pennock@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Daniel Pitt daniel.pitt@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Gareth Price gareth.price@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Roger Quickfall roger.quickfall@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Donna Quigley donna.quigley@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers David Reade QC clerks@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Julie Richardson julie.richardson@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0191 221 2121
Member of Chambers Stuart Roberts stuart.roberts@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Amy Rumble amy.rumble@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0191 221 2121
Member of Chambers Richard Ryan richard.ryan@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Tariq Sadiq tariq.sadiq@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Paul Sangha paul.sangha@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0191 221 2121
Member of Chambers Andrew Scott andrew.scott@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Jane Semple jane.semple@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Tom Semple tom.semple@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Giorgia Sessi giorgia.sessi@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Deborah Shield deborah.shield@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Catherine Souter catherine.souter@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Andrew Sugarman andrew.sugarman@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Cait Sweeney cait.sweeney@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Seamus Sweeney seamus.sweeney@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0191 221 2121
Member of Chambers Farzana Tai farzana.tai@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Alex Taylor alex.taylor@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Abigail Telford abigail.telford@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Steven Turner steven.turner@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Nicola Twine nicola.twine@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Tom Vonberg tom.vonberg@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0191 221 2121
Member of Chambers Andrew Webster andrew.webster@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Alan Weir alan.weir@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers David Wilby QC clerks@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Charlotte Wilce charlotte.wilce@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Simon Wilkinson simon.wilkinson@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Tom Wilkinson tom.wilkinson@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0191 221 2121
Member of Chambers Christopher Williams christopher.williams@parklaneplowden.co.uk 0191 221 2121
Photo Name Position Profile
 Dominic Bayne  photo Dominic Bayne
 Emma Bennett  photo Emma Bennett Emma is a highly experienced trial advocate who is instructed nationwide in…
 Sarah Brewis  photo Sarah Brewis Sarah successfully completed her pupillage at Parklane Plowden Chambers and became a…
 Bryony Clayton  photo Bryony Clayton Bryony successfully completed her pupillage in Chambers in October 2009 under the…
 Roger Cooper  photo Roger Cooper Roger is hard working and committed, combining empathy and understanding of his…
 Kerry Cox  photo Kerry Cox Kerry has specialised in Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence since the early…
 Andrew Crouch  photo Andrew Crouch Andrew, after completing his pupillage in London, joined the North Eastern Circuit…
 Michael Ditchfield  photo Michael Ditchfield Michael practises exclusively in the fields of personal injury and clinical negligence…
 Robert Dunn  photo Robert Dunn Robert became a tenant at Parklane Plowden in 2017, following the successful…
 Jim Hester  photo Jim Hester Having served for 10 years in the Royal Marines Commandos, retiring as…
 Mike Hill  photo Mike Hill Mike is a well-established and highly-regarded clinical negligence barrister with “invaluable experience…
 Elizabeth Hodgson  photo Elizabeth Hodgson Elizabeth Hodgson has practiced almost exclusively in the field of injury-related litigation…
 Michael James  photo Michael James Michael is an experienced commercial and common law practitioner. He undertakes work…
 Gemma Lieberman  photo Gemma Lieberman Gemma specialises exclusively in personal injury and clinical negligence work. She undertakes personal…
 Hari Menon  photo Hari Menon Hari’s practice is divided between Employment Law and Chancery & Commercial and…
 Kristian Mills  photo Kristian Mills Kristian joined Chambers in 2015 having previously practised in a local Chambers…
 Georgina Nolan  photo Georgina Nolan Georgina was called to the bar in 2006 having previously worked as…
 Julie Richardson  photo Julie Richardson Following call to the Bar in July 2003 by the Honourable Society…
 Amy Rumble  photo Amy Rumble Amy joined chambers in 2018 following successful completion of pupillage under the…
 Paul Sangha  photo Paul Sangha Paul completed his pupillage in September 2013 under the supervision of Seamus…
 Seamus Sweeney  photo Seamus Sweeney Seamus started practice in 1990 in London before moving to Newcastle in…
 Tom Vonberg  photo Tom Vonberg Tom is instructed nationwide in complex and high value injury litigation by…
 Tom Wilkinson  photo Tom Wilkinson Tim qualified as a solicitor before joining Parklane Plowden Chambers in 2009.…
 Christopher Williams  photo Christopher Williams Christopher Williams has been Head of Chambers since 2016. Chris has practised…
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