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

North Eastern Circuit > Chancery, probate, and tax Tier 1

Parklane Plowden‘s Chancery, probate and tax team has ‘good strength in depth, with specialist barristers at all levels‘, and is noted for its ‘particular and growing strength in the area of probate and trust work‘. The ‘formidableSarah Harrison is regularly instructed in Inheritance Act claims, and recently acted in a case involving contested deputyship proceedings between a solicitor and a trust corporation, which was a subsidiary of the charity listed as the residuary beneficiary in the will. Nicola Phillipson is ‘well-respected by the judiciary and a tenacious and persuasive advocate‘. In a recent highlight, Phillipson successfully defended a client in a case where the validity of a will was challenged on the grounds of lack of testamentary capacity and undue influence on the side of the client, who was a beneficiary of the will.

Leading Juniors

Sarah Harrison - Parklane PlowdenSarah is brilliant - great to work with, very reassuring to have on your side, practical and commercial. A real expert.
Ranked: Tier 1
Sean Kelly - Parklane PlowdenHe has detailed knowledge of the law and analyses the facts thoroughly and quickly. His advice to clients is strong and practical.
Ranked: Tier 1
Nicola PhillipsonParklane PlowdenNicola is extremely pragmatic in her advice. A master in developing a clear strategy from the outset with an encyclopedic knowledge of the law in this area. She will go the extra mile.
Ranked: Tier 1
Elizabeth Darlington - Parklane PlowdenElizabeth is very knowledgeable on cohabitation disputes and TOLATA cases, and very measured in the advice she gives. Her client manner is very good and her presentation skills are a real strength.
Ranked: Tier 2
Marisa Lloyd - Parklane PlowdenMarisa's advocacy skills are incredible. She understands and gets to the root of issues quickly.
Ranked: Tier 2
Anna Metcalfe - Parklane PlowdenA safe pair of hands. She is very thorough and responsive, and provides good pragmatic advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Cait Sweeney - Parklane PlowdenCait is something of a smiling assassin who gets results not by being aggressive and difficult but by building trust with the court as a result of sensible, clear and concise submissions. As a consequence opponents may not see her coming, which is a great advantage to her clients. Very practical and commercial outlook.
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

A well organised set‘.

Parklane Plowden always has quality counsel available even at very short notice‘.

The quality of the barristers, across all levels of seniority, is excellent‘.

Clerking

The clerks have everything under control. They know their barristers well‘.

Stephen Render is an outstanding clerk. He is responsive, helpful and organised‘.

Stephen Render relishes the opportunity to get to know every solicitor personally. Very approachable and down-to-earth‘.

North Eastern Circuit > Clinical negligence Tier 1

Parklane Plowden is ‘a very approachable and highly skilled set‘, housing a ‘strong‘ bench of ‘well respected clinical negligence barristers‘. The team is instructed for claimants and defendants in a wide spectrum of cases, including missed diagnosis cases, birth injuries, surgical negligence and dental negligence. The ‘very approachable, reliable and responsiveHylton Armstrong leads the practice group, and appeared for the claimant in a case involving a failure to diagnose chicken pox and subsequent death from sepsis. Mike Hill, a former dentist himself, is sought after for his expertise in dental negligence claims.

Rising stars

Tom Semple - Parklane PlowdenTom is incredibly thorough and his medical understanding is excellent. He has a very methodical approach to cases. Very down to earth with the clients.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Hylton ArmstrongParklane PlowdenAn intelligent, client-focused thinker. He relies on the strength of arguments rather than any bullish tactics, which opens channels of communication and makes the process smoother for all parties.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Axon – Parklane PlowdenAn excellent barrister, particularly with complex cases. He can drill down to the key issues necessary to win a claim. Very approachable – puts clients at ease.
Ranked: Tier 1
Howard Elgot – Parklane PlowdenA first-class lawyer and advocate who always operates at the highest level. His technical knowledge and case strategy is second to none.
Ranked: Tier 1
Elizabeth Hodgson - Parklane PlowdenElizabeth is a strong negotiator, and her advice is robust and practical. She has the ability to put everyone in the room at ease.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Anna Datta - Parklane PlowdenAnna is methodical and thorough. She leaves no point unexplored. She is also very understanding with clients and makes them feel at ease, whilst remaining objective and professional.
Ranked: Tier 2
Stephen Friday – Parklane PlowdenThere is nobody who is across the detail more than Stephen: his approach is thorough and forensic. He brings a logical, calm and considered approach to clients who can often be in distress. He is a tenacious negotiator.
Ranked: Tier 2
Mike HillParklane PlowdenMike is a very talented lawyer. His previous career as a dentist means that his knowledge of dental negligence claims is second to none. He is calm and measured in his approach and very good at explaining issues to lay clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Stuart JamiesonParklane PlowdenA steadfast advocate who is very good on his feet. Very responsive, and great with clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Abigail Telford – Parklane PlowdenAbigail is formidable. She is incredibly intelligent, and an excellent advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

‘An excellent wide ranging set. Clerks provide a superb service and counsel is always readily available.’

‘First class counsel dealing with clinical negligence work.’

‘Good availability and strong knowledge of clinical negligence claims, both claimant and defendant.’

‘A well run set with a comprehensive range of counsel in terms of experience and expertise. Always looking at ways of adding value to their relationship with instructing solicitors.’

‘Chambers has a strong team in relation to clinical negligence work, with the right balance of junior and senior barristers. I have never encountered any problems with availability and their training sessions are excellent.’

Clerking

‘The clerks are always friendly and happy to assist. I have never had a bad experience with them and they have certainly helped me out with close deadlines. Laura Storr is particularly strong and will always find a barrister to assist when needed.’

North Eastern Circuit > Employment Tier 1

Viewed by many as ‘the go-to set for employment work in the North East‘, Parklane Plowden‘s team of ‘experts in their field‘ is instructed across a broad spectrum of employment issues, with a particular focus on respondent-side work. Andrew Sugarman is ‘very pragmatic and approachable, with excellent equal pay knowledge‘. Team head Dominic Bayne acted for the respondent in an unfair dismissal and whistleblowing claim brought by a former administrator, who was dismissed for accessing patient records in order to expose alleged wrongdoing by a colleague. The ‘incredibly brightSophie Firth has particular expertise in gender reassignment discrimination cases. In September 2021 Tariq Sadiq was appointed to the circuit bench.

Leading Juniors

Andrew SugarmanParklane PlowdenAndrew is quite simply brilliant. He has a lovely manner with clients and understands the relationship between solicitor and client. On his feet, he is impressive and is robust without being aggressive.
Ranked: Tier 1
Dominic BayneParklane PlowdenDominic is client-friendly, responsive and works very hard. He knows his law.
Ranked: Tier 1
Claire Millns – Parklane PlowdenClaire is excellent to work with. She is unflappable in all situations and offers great reassurance to clients. It is very obvious that Claire is respected and liked by the local employment judges.
Ranked: Tier 2
Roger QuickfallParklane PlowdenRoger is approachable, intelligent and provides calm and collected advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Sophie Firth – Parklane PlowdenA confident and effective cross-examiner who provides comprehensive and detailed advice.
Ranked: Tier 3
Hari Menon - Parklane PlowdenOne can have complete faith in Hari because of the depth of his expertise. His manner with clients – even in the most demanding situations – is excellent, in that he is completely unflappable and so reassuring.
Ranked: Tier 3
Gareth PriceParklane PlowdenGareth takes a very pragmatic approach to cases. He is personable and down to earth with clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Webster  – Parklane PlowdenA very responsive barrister with forensic attention to detail.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

An excellent set, with good strength in depth‘.

A strong employment team‘.

Parklane Plowden is brilliant. We instruct a wide range of barristers from the set for employment related matters, all of whom are technically excellent, quickly get to grips with the case, and work hard to achieve an outcome the client is happy with‘.

Clerking

The clerks at Parklane Plowden are simply excellent. Their communication is prompt and clear, and they never need to be chased. They are always available to assist‘.

The clerks are invariably polite, friendly, supportive and always efficient and accurate in the service they provide‘.

The clerks are responsive, well organised and practical‘.

North Eastern Circuit > Family and children law Tier 1

Viewed as ‘the strongest family set in Leeds‘, Parklane Plowden‘s ‘impressive‘ team of ‘high quality barristers‘ stands out for being ‘very good on private children law‘. Head of the team Sara Anning is noted for her ‘depth and breadth of knowledge‘, and regularly handles public law cases involving serious allegations of abuse and injuries. In a recent highlight for the set, Anning and Charlotte Wilce appeared in a Court of Appeal case addressing whether fathers and relatives should be notified by local authorities before a child is relinquished for adoption following a concealed pregnancy. Clare Garnham acts for local authorities, parents, and interveners across a broad range of public and private child law matters. The ‘strong advocateJulia Nelson handles private law disputes pertaining to internal relocation and child arrangement orders, and is equally adept at advising on matrimonial finance issues. Elizabeth Darlington stands out for her ‘very strong expertise in cohabitation cases‘, and regularly acts across a wide spectrum of complex financial remedy matters. In March 2021 the team was bolstered by the arrival of Francesca Fothergill from St Philips Chambers.

Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private)

Sara Anning - Parklane PlowdenShe has an exceptional eye for detail. An excellent advocate, she is fair and measured.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
John Jackson - Parklane PlowdenA tenacious barrister who has extensive knowledge of domestic abuse cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Alex Taylor - Parklane PlowdenHe is rightly perceived as an intellectual tactician by judges and fellow advocates, and has a reassuring yet forthright client care approach.
Ranked: Tier 1
Lewis Donnelly - Parklane PlowdenAn excellent family barrister. He is a staunch tactician who argues his client's case with confidence.
Ranked: Tier 2
Julia Nelson - Parklane PlowdenJulia is a detailed, precise and robust advocate. She provides sound advice to clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Iain Hutchinson - Parklane PlowdenVery hardworking, approachable, and is able to explain a situation in a calm and focused way to lay and professional clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Natalia Levine - Parklane PlowdenA junior with a good legal brain. She is determined and very thorough.
Ranked: Tier 3
Charlotte Wilce - Parklane PlowdenA barrister who sits down with the papers and really puts the time into knowing her case.
Ranked: Tier 3
Simon Wilkinson - Parklane PlowdenSimon is clever, sensible, always calm and has a good bedside manner with clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Maxine Best - Parklane PlowdenMaxine is very thorough in her work and leaves no stone unturned. Her manner in dealing with lay and professional clients is exceptional.
Ranked: Tier 4
Nathaniel Garner - Parklane PlowdenNathaniel is fastidious in his preparation and forensically astute. He has an exceptional ability as a lawyer and advocate.
Ranked: Tier 4
Lucy Sowden - Parklane PlowdenLucy is well-respected in her field for her direct and effective cross-examination style. She always offers a balanced approach and is able to give firm and difficult advice when needed to.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy

Elizabeth Darlington - Parklane PlowdenElizabeth has phenomenal knowledge of the area of cohabitee and property interests. She has a calm approach and first rate client handling skills, which mixed with her superb intellect and preparation make her a real asset to a case.
Ranked: Tier 1
Francesca FothergillParklane PlowdenShe is an extremely bright and able junior.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Julia Nelson - Parklane PlowdenJulia is a detailed, precise and robust advocate. She provides sound advice to clients.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

Parklane Plowden has a wealth of experience in family law, both financial and children work‘.

Fantastic set with great coverage for private children and financial remedy work – there is always a barrister suitable for any given case‘.

A high quality set‘.

Chambers is efficient and helpful‘.

Clerking

The management by the clerks is first rate‘.

The clerks are always accommodating‘.

North Eastern Circuit > Personal injury Tier 1

Excellent setParklane Plowden has ‘significant strength in depth‘, housing ‘a wide range of talented barristers in the area of personal injury law‘. The ‘very responsiveJames Murphy is regularly instructed for claimants and defendants in cases involving brain, spinal and psychiatric injuries of the highest severity. Stephen Friday represented a claimant who received a £1.7m settlement after a leg injury resulted in a below the knee amputation. Elizabeth Hodgson is sought after for her expertise in public liability claims against local authorities and employers’ liability claims. Jim Hester has ‘good knowledge of the nuances of industrial disease work‘, and, drawing upon his former service as a major in the Royal Marines, has niche expertise in handling cases involving military personnel and maritime-related accidents.

Leading Juniors

Andrew AxonParklane PlowdenAn unflappable junior. He is a shrewd negotiator, always thoroughly prepared with a keen eye for approaching problems in innovative ways.
Ranked: Tier 1
Richard CopnallParklane PlowdenA barrister who quickly identifies the issues which need to be determined, and wastes not a word in his pleadings or submissions.
Ranked: Tier 1
James MurphyParklane PlowdenAn excellent advocate at the top of his game. He has first class attention to detail and superb tactical nous.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Howard ElgotParklane PlowdenA formidable advocate and a clear, concise communicator. Clients trust him.
Ranked: Tier 2
Stephen FridayParklane PlowdenHe is a terrific advocate. He cross examines with unerring stealth, leaving no stone unturned.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jim Hester - Parklane PlowdenAn amenable barrister with a good client manner.
Ranked: Tier 2
Elizabeth Hodgson - Parklane PlowdenHer advice is clear, unambiguous, and in language the clients understand. She is very empathetic with clients with severe injuries.
Ranked: Tier 2
Tom Nossiter – Parklane PlowdenHe is calm and reassuring with clients, and has a very good tactical approach to cases involving multiple experts.
Ranked: Tier 2
Catherine SouterParklane PlowdenA junior who goes above and beyond. A safe pair of hands.
Ranked: Tier 2
Tom Vonberg - Parklane PlowdenTom is calm under pressure with a logical approach to cases. He has a great client manner.
Ranked: Tier 2
Hylton ArmstrongParklane PlowdenHe has strong client care skills and is able to advise in a sensitive manner.
Ranked: Tier 3
Corin FurnessParklane PlowdenHe will leave no stone unturned in an attempt to ensure a case is as strong as it can be. A superb advocate in court – quiet, yet very effective.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Abigail TelfordParklane PlowdenAbigail is intellectually rigorous, very reliable, robust and persuasive. An excellent cross-examiner who always maintains a calm composure.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Christopher WilliamsParklane PlowdenHe is very experienced, cuts to the quick of issues, and provides pragmatic advice.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘Parklane Plowden is a professional set, and has a wide range of talented barristers in the area of personal injury law. Due to the size and depth of the chambers, it is always able to ensure that a suitably qualified barrister is able to deal with queries, often at short notice.’

‘A very reliable and helpful set of chambers. Always good communication and organised clerks.’

‘A Northern powerhouse in terms of civil litigation / personal injury, with a good depth of members.’

‘Parklane Plowden is a leading chambers in the North and country as a whole, with several stand-out barristers.’

Clerking

‘Fantastic clerking facilities in both Newcastle and Leeds. All the clerks are responsive and able to assist at a moment’s notice. ‘

‘Clerks are really helpful and good on speed of response and technology. They have a good commercial attitude to billing. Laura Storr is particularly good.’

North Eastern Circuit > Inquests and inquiries Tier 2

Excellent setParklane Plowden is home to barristers who represent bereaved families and private companies in inquests and associated civil actions. Head of the inquests team Leila Benyounes is sought-after for her expertise in handling inquests arising from hospital deaths, as well as Article 2 inquests investigating deaths in custody. Human Rights Act claims form a core pillar of Richard Copnall‘s practice. Tariq Sadiq was appointed to the circuit bench in September 2021.

Rising stars

Tom Semple - Parklane PlowdenTom has a very methodical approach to cases. He can communicate with the client in a way they understand and makes them feel at ease.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Richard Copnall – Parklane PlowdenHe is very logical, organised and has a commanding presence as an advocate. Coroners and defendants respect him.
Ranked: Tier 1
Georgina NolanParklane PlowdenGeorgina is an impressive advocate, and a leader in the field of inquests arising from deaths in custody. A reassuring yet authoritative presence in the court.
Ranked: Tier 1

Testimonials

Set

‘An excellent wide-ranging set. Clerks provide a superb service and counsel is always readily available.’

‘PLP is always impressive in the consistent excellence of its barristers, particularly in this area. I have worked with several counsel from the chambers from senior-junior down to pupils, and all have been outstanding. You can always depend on PLP to be able to provide someone with the expertise to handle inquests expertly, and to be flexible in accommodating instructions wherever possible.’

‘A great set that offers variety in experience and approach. They are always keen to help whether it be urgent instructions or a quick query.’

Clerking

‘Senior Clerks Sharon Robson and Mike Stubbs are the heart of this set of chambers. Laura Storr also provides an excellent service.’

‘The clerks in general are all very helpful but Laura Storr in particular is excellent and always a pleasure to work with. She is very accommodating and you can trust her recommendations for counsel where needed.’

‘The clerks room is excellent – they cannot do enough to help.’

North Eastern Circuit > Costs

Leading Juniors

Steven TurnerParklane PlowdenA junior who operates at silk level. He is tenacious, as excellent on paper as he is on his feet, and has great tactical sense.
Ranked: Tier 1

North Eastern Circuit > Court of Protection and community care

Leading Juniors

Natalia Levine - Parklane PlowdenNatalia is an exceptionally talented barrister. She is very highly respected by other solicitors, opponents, the Official Solicitor and the judges who sit in the Court of Protection. Natalia's case strategy is well thought-out and she brings with her a very level-headed approach. She is confident on her feet.
Ranked: Tier 1
Simon Wilkinson - Parklane PlowdenSimon demonstrates an excellent knowledge of Court of Protection proceedings. He spots the issues in the case easily and quickly and is able to suggest sensible steps to progress the case without delay. His advocacy skills are excellent.
Ranked: Tier 1

North Eastern Circuit > Professional negligence

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Howard ElgotParklane PlowdenHe spots the key issues early and focuses on the best approach going forward. He establishes very good rapport with lay clients.
Ranked: Tier 1

North Eastern Circuit > Commercial litigation

Leading Juniors

Sean Kelly - Parklane PlowdenSean provides practical, commercial advice. He analyses the facts quickly.
Ranked: Tier 2
Stuart Roberts - Parklane PlowdenA very knowledgeable junior with a meticulous eye and good command of the facts.
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > North Eastern Circuit > Employment Tier 1

Viewed by many as ‘the go-to set for employment work in the North East‘, Parklane Plowden‘s team of ‘experts in their field‘ is instructed across a broad spectrum of employment issues, with a particular focus on respondent-side work. Andrew Sugarman is ‘very pragmatic and approachable, with excellent equal pay knowledge‘. Team head Dominic Bayne acted for the respondent in an unfair dismissal and whistleblowing claim brought by a former administrator, who was dismissed for accessing patient records in order to expose alleged wrongdoing by a colleague. The ‘incredibly brightSophie Firth has particular expertise in gender reassignment discrimination cases. In September 2021 Tariq Sadiq was appointed to the circuit bench.

Leading Juniors

Andrew SugarmanParklane PlowdenAndrew is quite simply brilliant. He has a lovely manner with clients and understands the relationship between solicitor and client. On his feet, he is impressive and is robust without being aggressive.
Ranked: Tier 1
Dominic BayneParklane PlowdenDominic is client-friendly, responsive and works very hard. He knows his law.
Ranked: Tier 1
Claire Millns – Parklane PlowdenClaire is excellent to work with. She is unflappable in all situations and offers great reassurance to clients. It is very obvious that Claire is respected and liked by the local employment judges.
Ranked: Tier 2
Roger QuickfallParklane PlowdenRoger is approachable, intelligent and provides calm and collected advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Sophie Firth – Parklane PlowdenA confident and effective cross-examiner who provides comprehensive and detailed advice.
Ranked: Tier 3
Hari Menon - Parklane PlowdenOne can have complete faith in Hari because of the depth of his expertise. His manner with clients – even in the most demanding situations – is excellent, in that he is completely unflappable and so reassuring.
Ranked: Tier 3
Gareth PriceParklane PlowdenGareth takes a very pragmatic approach to cases. He is personable and down to earth with clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Webster  – Parklane PlowdenA very responsive barrister with forensic attention to detail.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

An excellent set, with good strength in depth‘.

A strong employment team‘.

Parklane Plowden is brilliant. We instruct a wide range of barristers from the set for employment related matters, all of whom are technically excellent, quickly get to grips with the case, and work hard to achieve an outcome the client is happy with‘.

Clerking

The clerks at Parklane Plowden are simply excellent. Their communication is prompt and clear, and they never need to be chased. They are always available to assist‘.

The clerks are invariably polite, friendly, supportive and always efficient and accurate in the service they provide‘.

The clerks are responsive, well organised and practical‘.

Regional Bar > North Eastern Circuit > Personal injury Tier 1

Excellent setParklane Plowden has ‘significant strength in depth‘, housing ‘a wide range of talented barristers in the area of personal injury law‘. The ‘very responsiveJames Murphy is regularly instructed for claimants and defendants in cases involving brain, spinal and psychiatric injuries of the highest severity. Stephen Friday represented a claimant who received a £1.7m settlement after a leg injury resulted in a below the knee amputation. Elizabeth Hodgson is sought after for her expertise in public liability claims against local authorities and employers’ liability claims. Jim Hester has ‘good knowledge of the nuances of industrial disease work‘, and, drawing upon his former service as a major in the Royal Marines, has niche expertise in handling cases involving military personnel and maritime-related accidents.

Leading Juniors

Andrew AxonParklane PlowdenAn unflappable junior. He is a shrewd negotiator, always thoroughly prepared with a keen eye for approaching problems in innovative ways.
Ranked: Tier 1
Richard CopnallParklane PlowdenA barrister who quickly identifies the issues which need to be determined, and wastes not a word in his pleadings or submissions.
Ranked: Tier 1
James MurphyParklane PlowdenAn excellent advocate at the top of his game. He has first class attention to detail and superb tactical nous.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Howard ElgotParklane PlowdenA formidable advocate and a clear, concise communicator. Clients trust him.
Ranked: Tier 2
Stephen FridayParklane PlowdenHe is a terrific advocate. He cross examines with unerring stealth, leaving no stone unturned.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jim Hester - Parklane PlowdenAn amenable barrister with a good client manner.
Ranked: Tier 2
Elizabeth Hodgson - Parklane PlowdenHer advice is clear, unambiguous, and in language the clients understand. She is very empathetic with clients with severe injuries.
Ranked: Tier 2
Tom Nossiter – Parklane PlowdenHe is calm and reassuring with clients, and has a very good tactical approach to cases involving multiple experts.
Ranked: Tier 2
Catherine SouterParklane PlowdenA junior who goes above and beyond. A safe pair of hands.
Ranked: Tier 2
Tom Vonberg - Parklane PlowdenTom is calm under pressure with a logical approach to cases. He has a great client manner.
Ranked: Tier 2
Hylton ArmstrongParklane PlowdenHe has strong client care skills and is able to advise in a sensitive manner.
Ranked: Tier 3
Corin FurnessParklane PlowdenHe will leave no stone unturned in an attempt to ensure a case is as strong as it can be. A superb advocate in court – quiet, yet very effective.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Abigail TelfordParklane PlowdenAbigail is intellectually rigorous, very reliable, robust and persuasive. An excellent cross-examiner who always maintains a calm composure.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Christopher WilliamsParklane PlowdenHe is very experienced, cuts to the quick of issues, and provides pragmatic advice.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘Parklane Plowden is a professional set, and has a wide range of talented barristers in the area of personal injury law. Due to the size and depth of the chambers, it is always able to ensure that a suitably qualified barrister is able to deal with queries, often at short notice.’

‘A very reliable and helpful set of chambers. Always good communication and organised clerks.’

‘A Northern powerhouse in terms of civil litigation / personal injury, with a good depth of members.’

‘Parklane Plowden is a leading chambers in the North and country as a whole, with several stand-out barristers.’

Clerking

‘Fantastic clerking facilities in both Newcastle and Leeds. All the clerks are responsive and able to assist at a moment’s notice. ‘

‘Clerks are really helpful and good on speed of response and technology. They have a good commercial attitude to billing. Laura Storr is particularly good.’

Regional Bar > North Eastern Circuit > Inquests and inquiries

Rising stars

Tom Semple - Parklane PlowdenTom has a very methodical approach to cases. He can communicate with the client in a way they understand and makes them feel at ease.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Richard Copnall – Parklane PlowdenHe is very logical, organised and has a commanding presence as an advocate. Coroners and defendants respect him.
Ranked: Tier 1
Georgina NolanParklane PlowdenGeorgina is an impressive advocate, and a leader in the field of inquests arising from deaths in custody. A reassuring yet authoritative presence in the court.
Ranked: Tier 1

Regional Bar > North Eastern Circuit > Clinical negligence

Parklane Plowden is ‘a very approachable and highly skilled set‘, housing a ‘strong‘ bench of ‘well respected clinical negligence barristers‘. The team is instructed for claimants and defendants in a wide spectrum of cases, including missed diagnosis cases, birth injuries, surgical negligence and dental negligence. The ‘very approachable, reliable and responsiveHylton Armstrong leads the practice group, and appeared for the claimant in a case involving a failure to diagnose chicken pox and subsequent death from sepsis. Mike Hill, a former dentist himself, is sought after for his expertise in dental negligence claims.

Rising stars

Tom Semple - Parklane PlowdenTom is incredibly thorough and his medical understanding is excellent. He has a very methodical approach to cases. Very down to earth with the clients.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Hylton ArmstrongParklane PlowdenAn intelligent, client-focused thinker. He relies on the strength of arguments rather than any bullish tactics, which opens channels of communication and makes the process smoother for all parties.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Axon – Parklane PlowdenAn excellent barrister, particularly with complex cases. He can drill down to the key issues necessary to win a claim. Very approachable – puts clients at ease.
Ranked: Tier 1
Howard Elgot – Parklane PlowdenA first-class lawyer and advocate who always operates at the highest level. His technical knowledge and case strategy is second to none.
Ranked: Tier 1
Elizabeth Hodgson - Parklane PlowdenElizabeth is a strong negotiator, and her advice is robust and practical. She has the ability to put everyone in the room at ease.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Anna Datta - Parklane PlowdenAnna is methodical and thorough. She leaves no point unexplored. She is also very understanding with clients and makes them feel at ease, whilst remaining objective and professional.
Ranked: Tier 2
Stephen Friday – Parklane PlowdenThere is nobody who is across the detail more than Stephen: his approach is thorough and forensic. He brings a logical, calm and considered approach to clients who can often be in distress. He is a tenacious negotiator.
Ranked: Tier 2
Mike HillParklane PlowdenMike is a very talented lawyer. His previous career as a dentist means that his knowledge of dental negligence claims is second to none. He is calm and measured in his approach and very good at explaining issues to lay clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Stuart JamiesonParklane PlowdenA steadfast advocate who is very good on his feet. Very responsive, and great with clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Abigail Telford – Parklane PlowdenAbigail is formidable. She is incredibly intelligent, and an excellent advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

‘An excellent wide ranging set. Clerks provide a superb service and counsel is always readily available.’

‘First class counsel dealing with clinical negligence work.’

‘Good availability and strong knowledge of clinical negligence claims, both claimant and defendant.’

‘A well run set with a comprehensive range of counsel in terms of experience and expertise. Always looking at ways of adding value to their relationship with instructing solicitors.’

‘Chambers has a strong team in relation to clinical negligence work, with the right balance of junior and senior barristers. I have never encountered any problems with availability and their training sessions are excellent.’

Clerking

‘The clerks are always friendly and happy to assist. I have never had a bad experience with them and they have certainly helped me out with close deadlines. Laura Storr is particularly strong and will always find a barrister to assist when needed.’

Regional Bar > North Eastern Circuit > Family and children law

Viewed as ‘the strongest family set in Leeds‘, Parklane Plowden‘s ‘impressive‘ team of ‘high quality barristers‘ stands out for being ‘very good on private children law‘. Head of the team Sara Anning is noted for her ‘depth and breadth of knowledge‘, and regularly handles public law cases involving serious allegations of abuse and injuries. In a recent highlight for the set, Anning and Charlotte Wilce appeared in a Court of Appeal case addressing whether fathers and relatives should be notified by local authorities before a child is relinquished for adoption following a concealed pregnancy. Clare Garnham acts for local authorities, parents, and interveners across a broad range of public and private child law matters. The ‘strong advocateJulia Nelson handles private law disputes pertaining to internal relocation and child arrangement orders, and is equally adept at advising on matrimonial finance issues. Elizabeth Darlington stands out for her ‘very strong expertise in cohabitation cases‘, and regularly acts across a wide spectrum of complex financial remedy matters. In March 2021 the team was bolstered by the arrival of Francesca Fothergill from St Philips Chambers.

Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private)

Sara Anning - Parklane PlowdenShe has an exceptional eye for detail. An excellent advocate, she is fair and measured.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
John Jackson - Parklane PlowdenA tenacious barrister who has extensive knowledge of domestic abuse cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Alex Taylor - Parklane PlowdenHe is rightly perceived as an intellectual tactician by judges and fellow advocates, and has a reassuring yet forthright client care approach.
Ranked: Tier 1
Lewis Donnelly - Parklane PlowdenAn excellent family barrister. He is a staunch tactician who argues his client's case with confidence.
Ranked: Tier 2
Julia Nelson - Parklane PlowdenJulia is a detailed, precise and robust advocate. She provides sound advice to clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Iain Hutchinson - Parklane PlowdenVery hardworking, approachable, and is able to explain a situation in a calm and focused way to lay and professional clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Natalia Levine - Parklane PlowdenA junior with a good legal brain. She is determined and very thorough.
Ranked: Tier 3
Charlotte Wilce - Parklane PlowdenA barrister who sits down with the papers and really puts the time into knowing her case.
Ranked: Tier 3
Simon Wilkinson - Parklane PlowdenSimon is clever, sensible, always calm and has a good bedside manner with clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Maxine Best - Parklane PlowdenMaxine is very thorough in her work and leaves no stone unturned. Her manner in dealing with lay and professional clients is exceptional.
Ranked: Tier 4
Nathaniel Garner - Parklane PlowdenNathaniel is fastidious in his preparation and forensically astute. He has an exceptional ability as a lawyer and advocate.
Ranked: Tier 4
Lucy Sowden - Parklane PlowdenLucy is well-respected in her field for her direct and effective cross-examination style. She always offers a balanced approach and is able to give firm and difficult advice when needed to.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy

Elizabeth Darlington - Parklane PlowdenElizabeth has phenomenal knowledge of the area of cohabitee and property interests. She has a calm approach and first rate client handling skills, which mixed with her superb intellect and preparation make her a real asset to a case.
Ranked: Tier 1
Francesca FothergillParklane PlowdenShe is an extremely bright and able junior.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Julia Nelson - Parklane PlowdenJulia is a detailed, precise and robust advocate. She provides sound advice to clients.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

Parklane Plowden has a wealth of experience in family law, both financial and children work‘.

Fantastic set with great coverage for private children and financial remedy work – there is always a barrister suitable for any given case‘.

A high quality set‘.

Chambers is efficient and helpful‘.

Clerking

The management by the clerks is first rate‘.

The clerks are always accommodating‘.

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.

 

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Director of Clerking and Business Development Michael Stubbsmichael.stubbs@parklaneplowden.co.uk0191 211 4082
Senior Practice Director Civil & Family Mark Williamsmark.williams@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5043
Member of Chambers Hylton Armstronghylton.armstrong@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Joanne Astburyjoanne.astbury@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Andrew Axonandrew.axon@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Lucy Bairstowlucy.bairstow@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Dominic Baynedominic.bayne@parklaneplowden.co.uk0191 221 2121
Member of Chambers Emma Bennettemma.bennett@parklaneplowden.co.uk0191 221 2121
Member of Chambers Leila Benyounesleila.benyounes@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Phil Boothphil.booth@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Sarah Brewissarah.brewis@parklaneplowden.co.uk0191 221 2121
Member of Chambers Peter Cherrypeter.cherry@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Kate Clarksonkate.clarkson@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Bryony Claytonbryony.clayton@parklaneplowden.co.uk0191 221 2121
Member of Chambers Roger Cooperroger.cooper@parklaneplowden.co.uk0191 221 2121
Member of Chambers Richard Copnallrichard.copnall@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Kerry Coxkerry.cox@parklaneplowden.co.uk0191 221 2121
Member of Chambers Andrew Crouchandrew.crouch@parklaneplowden.co.uk0191 221 2121
Member of Chambers Elizabeth Darlingtonelizabeth.darlington@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Anna Dattaanna.datta@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers David de Jéhandavid.dejehan@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Jo Delahunty QCclerks@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Michael Ditchfieldmichael.ditchfield@parklaneplowden.co.uk0191 221 2121
Member of Chambers Robert Dunnrobert.dunn@parklaneplowden.co.uk0191 221 2121
Member of Chambers Paul Edwardspaul.edwards@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Howard Elgothoward.elgot@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Sophie Firthsophie.firth@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Stephen Fridaystephen.friday@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Corin Furnesscorin.furness@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Jonathan Galejonathan.gale@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Jonathan Godfreyjonathan.godfrey@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Katherine Gosskatherine.goss@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Adam Gouldadam.gould@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Alison Grief QCclerks@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Sarah Harrisonsarah.harrison@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Jim Hesterjim.hester@parklaneplowden.co.uk0191 221 2121
Member of Chambers Mike Hillmike.hill@parklaneplowden.co.uk0191 221 2121
Member of Chambers Elizabeth Hodgsonelizabeth.hodgson@parklaneplowden.co.uk0191 221 2121
Member of Chambers Iain Hutchinsoniain.hutchinson@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers John Jacksonjohn.jackson@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Michael Jamesmichael.james@parklaneplowden.co.uk0191 221 2121
Member of Chambers Stuart Jamiesonstuart.jamieson@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Kirti Jeramkirti.jeram@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Elizabeth Joneselizabeth.jones@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Sean Kellysean.kelly@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Natalia Levinenatalia.levine@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Gemma Liebermangemma.lieberman@parklaneplowden.co.uk0191 221 2121
Member of Chambers Marisa Lloydmarisa.lloyd@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Lynn McFadyenlynn.mcfadyen@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Hari Menonhari.menon@parklaneplowden.co.uk0191 221 2121
Member of Chambers Gemma Meredith Daviesgemma.meredith-davies@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Anna Metcalfeanna.metcalfe@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Claire Millnsclaire.millns@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Kristian Millskristian.mills@parklaneplowden.co.uk0191 221 2121
Member of Chambers Craig Moorecraig.moore@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers James Murphyjames.murphy@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Rebecca Musgroverebecca.musgrove@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Kaiser Nazirkaiser.nazir@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Julia Nelsonjulia.nelson@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Georgina Nolangeorgina.nolan@parklaneplowden.co.uk0191 221 2121
Member of Chambers Tom Nossitertom.nossiter@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Elizabeth O'Hareelizabeth.ohare@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Bryan Patterson-Whitakerbryan.patterson-whitaker@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Ian Pennockian.pennock@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Daniel Pittdaniel.pitt@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Gareth Pricegareth.price@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Roger Quickfallroger.quickfall@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Donna Quigleydonna.quigley@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers David Reade QCclerks@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Julie Richardsonjulie.richardson@parklaneplowden.co.uk0191 221 2121
Member of Chambers Stuart Robertsstuart.roberts@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Amy Rumbleamy.rumble@parklaneplowden.co.uk0191 221 2121
Member of Chambers Richard Ryanrichard.ryan@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Paul Sanghapaul.sangha@parklaneplowden.co.uk0191 221 2121
Member of Chambers Andrew Scottandrew.scott@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Jane Semplejane.semple@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Tom Sempletom.semple@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Giorgia Sessigiorgia.sessi@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Deborah Shielddeborah.shield@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Catherine Soutercatherine.souter@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Andrew Sugarmanandrew.sugarman@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Cait Sweeneycait.sweeney@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Seamus Sweeneyseamus.sweeney@parklaneplowden.co.uk0191 221 2121
Member of Chambers Farzana Taifarzana.tai@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Alex Tayloralex.taylor@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Abigail Telfordabigail.telford@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Steven Turnersteven.turner@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Nicola Twinenicola.twine@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Tom Vonbergtom.vonberg@parklaneplowden.co.uk0191 221 2121
Member of Chambers Andrew Websterandrew.webster@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Alan Weiralan.weir@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers David Wilby QCclerks@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Charlotte Wilcecharlotte.wilce@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Simon Wilkinsonsimon.wilkinson@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Member of Chambers Tom Wilkinsontom.wilkinson@parklaneplowden.co.uk0191 221 2121
Member of Chambers Christopher Williamschristopher.williams@parklaneplowden.co.uk0191 221 2121
Senior Practice Director Civil and Employment Sharon Robsonsharon.robson@parklaneplowden.co.uk0191 221 2121
Practice Director Chancery and Commercial Stephen Renderstephen.render@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
Practice Director Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence John Hammondjohn.hammond@parklaneplowden.co.uk0113 228 5000
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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…
Robert Dunn  photo Robert Dunn Robert became a tenant at Parklane Plowden in 2017, following the successful…
Francesca Fothergill photo Francesca FothergillFrancesca’s practice covers all aspects of matrimonial finance provision, with an emphasis…
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…
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 Chris has practised on the North Eastern Circuit since 1983. Initially he…
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