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42 Bedford Row
42 Bedford Row

Clinical negligence

Leading Juniors

Scott Matthewson - 42 Bedford RowCounsel is amazing in conference with clients and experts alike, able to explain the legalese to them and to draw from the experts the key information required.
Ranked: Tier 2

Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud

Personal injury - Leading Juniors

Richard Furniss - 42 Bedford RowA first-rate practitioner for high-value personal injury work.
Ranked: Tier 2
Scott Matthewson - 42 Bedford RowHas a keen instinct and is able to hone in on the points of fact and law on which a case is likely to turn.
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Gregory - 42 Bedford RowAn incredibly thorough barrister who shows phenomenal attention to detail.
Ranked: Tier 3

Employment Tier 3

Regularly appearing in Employment Tribunals, the Employment Appeal Tribunal, and the High Court, 42 Bedford Row 'has a solid employment practice which offers strength in depth'. Jude Shepherd heads the set's employment team, which fields Orlando Holloway, who represented the respondents in various hearings (including a 10-day trial), which concerned claims of discrimination, whistleblowing, trade union detriment, and constructive unfair dismissal. Michael Salter has joined the set from the now-closed Ely Place Chambers.

Leading Juniors

Michael Salter - 42 Bedford Row ‘He has the technical expertise but also the pragmatism and ability to engage effectively with witnesses/clients – he is very personable. He is also responsive, flexible and provides valuable assistance during the preparation of claims, even when he is engaged in other matters.

Ranked: Tier 3
Iris Ferber - 42 Bedford RowIris is extremely tenacious, ever-helpful and an excellent advocate. A great all-rounder. Technically strong, has a good grasp of the issues, and is particularly good with clients.
Ranked: Tier 4
Orlando Holloway - 42 Bedford RowAn outstanding junior who is excellent with clients.
Ranked: Tier 4
Jude Shepherd - 42 Bedford RowAble to identify the crux of a case and isn’t afraid to take a robust approach to litigation. She is incredibly down to earth and builds a great rapport with clients.
Ranked: Tier 4

Martin Khoshdel - 42 Bedford Row ‘Good judgement and honest, with fantastic attention to detail. Clearly on top of the papers, knows his case well, and is incisive in putting across that case through cross-examination and submissions.

Ranked: Tier 5
Nick Singer - 42 Bedford RowAn extremely technical barrister, whose strength lies in his attention to detail and ability to distill the most complicated factual scenarios. Great with clients and witnesses, and presents a convincing argument.
Ranked: Tier 5
Safia Tharoo - 42 Bedford RowA fantastic all-rounder and an effective advocate. Very calm and collected, takes a sensible approach to cases and issues, and is very good with clients - provides a reassuring presence.
Ranked: Tier 5
Rebecca Thomas - 42 Bedford RowGets successful outcomes in cases that are finely balanced. Rebecca is always prepared, good with witnesses, and honest with instructing solicitors about how things are progressing.
Ranked: Tier 5
Benjamin Uduje - 42 Bedford RowAn excellent advocate, with extensive knowledge of employment law and practice, and he puts clients and witnesses at ease.
Ranked: Tier 5
Aysha Ahmad - 42 Bedford RowSuperb - she is very practical and client focused, with substantial court experience that comes across when she prepares cases. A tenacious cross-examiner, she also takes a proactive and assertive approach to claimant litigation.
Ranked: Tier 5
Jason Braier - 42 Bedford RowCalm, confident and very good with witnesses. His advocacy style is calm and measured and his submissions are excellent.
Ranked: Tier 5
Susan Chan - 42 Bedford RowProvides calm and measured counsel, handles clients confidently, and manages tribunal hearings with authority.
Ranked: Tier 5

Inquests and inquiries

Leading Juniors

Richard Furniss - 42 Bedford RowAn experienced and accomplished junior, who is able to handle large cases with good sense and judgement.
Ranked: Tier 3
Scott Matthewson - 42 Bedford RowA special kind of advocate who is immensely bright and articulate. He manages with genuine ease to balance doing a first-class job for clients while demonstrating empathy and understanding to bereaved families.
Ranked: Tier 4

Social housing Tier 3

42 Bedford Row's team is strong across all the main areas of housing law, including cases involving homelessness, possession claims, unlawful evictions, disrepair and service charges. It is particularly sought out in housing cases that interface with serious allegations of anti-social behaviour, as well as family law issues. The highly regarded team includes Mathew McDermott, who acted for the applicant in R (Laryea) v London Borough of Ealing; this is one of the few reported cases to deal with the provisions of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017. In addition to representing individuals, members also act for local authorities, housing associations and registered landlords, among others. In addition to her practice, Naomi Hawkes is praised for the 'excellent training' she provides to clients. With his 'wealth of knowledge and experience', Desmond Kilcoyne and 'fearless advocateIris Ferber are also worthy of note.

Leading Juniors

Iris Ferber - 42 Bedford RowIris has an exceptional ability to deliver complex advice in an accessible, concise and clear format. Iris' attention to detail and knowledge of property and land matters is second to none and she is a pleasure to work alongside.
Ranked: Tier 4
Naomi Hawkes - 42 Bedford RowNaomi is thorough, knowledgeable, pays attention to detail, and a fantastic advocate. Naomi is always good with clients and witnesses. She puts everyone at ease. She has excellent written and oral communication skills. I have no weaknesses to report'
Ranked: Tier 4
Desmond Kilcoyne - 42 Bedford RowHas a wealth of knowledge and experience, he is a very good advocate one of his great assets is to be able to assess his opponents, witnesses and the bench. He is very approachable.
Ranked: Tier 4
Mathew McDermott - 42 Bedford RowMathew is very thorough and leaves no stone unturned. I am therefore confident in recommending clients to Mathew for his assistance in LL&T matters. Mathew also produces detailed advice which considers all options available to a client. As an advocate, he is confident and concise.
Ranked: Tier 4

Children law (including public and private law) Tier 4

42 Bedford Row is a ‘very solid set that offers expertise at all levels of counsel in respect of public law.’ It is also renowned for its growing private law practice. Key focus areas for its members include advising on disputes over children’s schooling, LGBT+ co-parenting, in addition to fertility and surrogacy matters. Tina Cook QC and Jonathan Bennett are the leading lights of the set at the senior and junior ends. The 'formidable' Marcia Hyde joins the rankings this year.

Leading Silks

Tina Cook QC - 42 Bedford RowHer brain works like no other. Tina does not approach cases in the routine universal manner. She starts at the end, sees her goal and makes sure that it is achieved.
Ranked: Tier 2

2019 Silks

Damian Woodward-Carlton QC - 42 Bedford RowIs an exceptional advocate on his feet who is very robust and persuasive. Damian has a rare ability to translate highly complex evidence into terms that clients are able to fully understand, and respond to.

Leading Juniors

Jonathan Bennett - 42 Bedford RowIs a very competent safe pair of hands who is always calm under pressure.
Ranked: Tier 2
Katie Phillips - 42 Bedford RowA fantastic advocate, unflappable, tenacious and supportive.
Ranked: Tier 3
Marcia Hyde - 42 Bedford RowMs Hyde is formidable. She is forensic in her approach, and offers clear, decisive advice and guidance when tackling complex and sensitive issues - something which is invaluable to a busy instructing solicitor.
Ranked: Tier 5

Set overviews: England and Wales

42 Bedford Row offers expertise across the employment, family, housing, and personal injury disciplines. The set's employment team has expanded this year following the arrival of Michael Salter, Gillian Crew, Catherine Urquhart, and Amy Stroud from Ely Place Chambers, and Jonathan Davies from Sergeants’ Inn Chambers. Elsewhere, Eleonore Berthelsen joined the family group from Atlantic Chambers in Liverpool. Also of note, Katie Phillips and Mary Robertson have been appointed Recorders of the Family Court, while Francis Cassidy and Caroline Landes have been appointed Deputy District Judges on the South Eastern Circuit, and Jude Shepherd has been appointed a part-time Employment Judge in the Scottish Employment Tribunal.



All clerks are very helpful and I have never had any issue.

Clerking is very good and they are responsive.

Clerks room very good. Head clerk of Civil Team, Steve Sheridan, particularly excellent: friendly, couldn’t be more helpful, practical, fantastic service, reasonable to deal with on fees, goes the extra mile.

Steve Sheridan is a superb clerk. Experienced and welcoming with a warm persona.


They are ever helpful and welcoming. Nothing would appear to be too much trouble to them.

Very good, very experienced, very amenable.

42 Bedford Row is one of the leading multi-disciplinary sets of chambers with over 110 members specialising across the spectrum of civil law. The set is instructed across England and Wales and internationally on both complex and sensitive matters requiring the highest levels of skill, and on relatively more straightforward matters that require very efficient resolution.

The set: 42 Bedford Row represents a group of more than 100 barristers who work for law firms, corporate clients, local authorities, public institutions and private individuals. It has well-established practice groups in family, business & property, employment, housing, personal injury and clinical negligence, with increasing strength and depth in every field year on year. Further specialist teams have now been developed in the fields of coronial law, Court of Protection, disciplinary and professional regulatory matters. Building such a breadth of expertise under one roof has proved to be a compelling proposition for clients of all types.

42 Bedford Row is well-known for the quality of its advice and advocacy and for its high levels of client service and it is especially proud of the fact that it works for clients from all parts of the UK and internationally. On any given day, members will be working for clients in courts and tribunals across England and Wales and in countries across the world.

Types of work undertaken: Members are organised into specialist practice areas that share expertise with each other and organise workshops for clients. With over 110 members the set is particularly known for its family work (child protection and growing financial remedy work); clinical negligence and personal injury; employment and rapidly growing business & property, housing, inquest, and professional regulatory and disciplinary practices. Many barristers accept direct public access work.

20 members are listed individually as leaders in their fields in Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500. Past members include Rose LJ, Janet Smith LJ, Leveson LJ, David Clarke J and Caroline Swift J.

In the last year 42 Bedford Row has maintained or won places on over 20 client panels, often for multiple practice areas. The set continues to be a strong destination for barristers coming from other chambers looking to develop their careers and join a progressive, commercially managed set with a very strong client focus.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chambers Director Vincent Denham 020 7831 0222
Member of Chambers COOK QC, Tina (1988)
Member of Chambers FURNISS, Richard (1991)
Member of Chambers TAYLOR QC, Gemma (1988)
Member of Chambers WOODWARD-CARLTON QC, Damian (1995)
Member of Chambers BATCHELOR, Mark (1971)
Member of Chambers DAICHES, Michael (1977)
Member of Chambers NEWMAN, Philip (1977)
Member of Chambers LEDERMAN, Howard (1982)
Member of Chambers POTE, Andrew (1983)
Member of Chambers AZIM, Rehna (1984)
Member of Chambers DABBS, David (1984)
Member of Chambers FORD, Monica (1984)
Member of Chambers BENNETT, Jonathan (1985)
Member of Chambers VICKERY, Neil (1985)
Member of Chambers KING, Fawzia (1985)
Member of Chambers MAITLAND-JONES, Mark (1986)
Member of Chambers BRAITHWAITE, Garfield (1987)
Member of Chambers HALL, Jeremy (1988)
Member of Chambers PHIL-EBOSIE, Sheila (1988)
Member of Chambers CRAMSIE, Sinclair (1988)
Member of Chambers HAUKELAND, Martin (1989)
Member of Chambers COSTER, Ronald (1989)
Member of Chambers KILCOYNE, Desmond (1990)
Member of Chambers HIGGINS, Adrian (1990)
Member of Chambers WALTERS, Edmund (1991)
Member of Chambers TODMAN, Deborah (1991)
Member of Chambers OTWAL, Mukhtiar (1991)
Member of Chambers UDUJE, Ben (1992)
Member of Chambers HYDE, Marcia (1992)
Member of Chambers BUTTIMORE, Gabriel (1993)
Member of Chambers BALDWIN, Marcus (1994)
Member of Chambers HAWKES, Naomi (1994)
Member of Chambers McCORMACK, Philip (1994)
Member of Chambers CHAN, Susan (1994)
Member of Chambers FARRINGTON, Gemma (1994)
Member of Chambers MATTHEWSON, Scott (1996)
Member of Chambers SHEPHERD, Jude (1996)
Member of Chambers AHMAD, Aysha (1996)
Member of Chambers GARDNER, Eilidh (1997)
Members of Chambers HAYFORD, Jane (1997)
Member of Chambers WOODHOUSE, Nigel (1997)
Member of Chambers MANN, Christopher (1998)
Member of Chambers CREW, Gillian (1998)
Member of Chambers O'BRIEN, Niamh (1998)
Member of Chambers BHACHU, Sharan (1999)
Member of Chambers THOMAS, Rebecca (1999)
Member of Chambers SALTER, Michael (1999)
Member of Chambers LITTLE, Richard (2000)
Member of Chambers GREGORY, Richard (2000)
Member of Chambers CASSIDY, Francis (2000)
Member of Chambers PIEARS, Angela (2001)
Member of Chambers KHAN, Arfan (2001)
Member of Chambers PHILLIPS, Katie (2002)
Member of Chambers CHALONER, Mark (2002)
Member of Chambers WOOD, Thomas (2002)
Member of Chambers BRAIER, Jason (2002)
Member of Chambers CAMERON, Robert (2003)
Member of Chambers DILLON, Anne (2003)
Member of Chambers WALKER, Maria-Amália (2003)
Member of Chambers SMITH, Siân (2003)
Member of Chambers DAVIES, Jonathan (2003)
Member of Chambers BUTLER, George (2004)
Member of Chambers THAROO, Safia (2004)
Member of Chambers HOLLOWAY, Orlando (2004)
Member of Chambers CHAN, Rachel (2004)
Member of Chambers STROUD, Amy (2004)
Member of Chambers GLAISTER - YOUNG, Shelly (2004)
Member of Chambers FERBER, Iris (2005)
Member of Chambers ROBERTSON, Mary (2005)
Member of Chambers JEPSON, Amanda (2005)
Member of Chambers SINGER, Nick (2006)
Member of Chambers ATKINSON, Jessica (2006)
Member of Chambers WEBBER, Ruth (2006)
Member of Chambers KOHANZAD, Rad (2007)
Member of Chambers CLARK, Neil (2007)
Member of Chambers IRVINE, Celeste (2007)
Member of Chambers PRYOR, Alison (2008)
Member of Chambers McDERMOTT, Mathew (2008)
Member of Chambers NETTLESHIP, Helen (2009)
Member of Chambers STIMMLER, Ben (2009)
Member of Chambers BERTHELSEN, Eleonore (2009)
Member of Chambers GIACHARDI, Laura (2009)
Member of Chambers ARLIDGE, Heather (2009)
Member of Chambers GRANT, Michael (2009)
Member of Chambers WELCH, Tim (2009)
Member of Chambers HAMMOND, Sara (2009)
Member of Chambers URQUHART, Catherine (2010)
Member of Chambers ZOVIDAVI, Hamed (2010)
Member of Chambers KHOSHDEL, Martin (2010)
Member of Chambers MACKENZIE, Charlotte (2011)
Member of Chambers TROY, Pauline (2011)
Member of Chambers BIDNELL-EDWARDS, Nicholas (2012)
Members of Chambers SCARBOROUGH, Christi (2012)
Member of Chambers LLOYD-JONES, Edward (2012)
Member of Chambers PEARCE, Jonathan (2012)
Member of Chambers PATEL, Krishma (2012)
Member of Chambers LIBERADZKI, Stefan (2013)
Member of Chambers SHARPE, James Arthur (2014)
Member of Chambers JOLLEY, Peter (2014)
Member of Chambers WHEELER, Eleanor (2014)
Member of Chambers BURRELL, Alex (2014)
Member of Chambers BARKER, Chantelle (2014)
Member of Chambers PHIPPS, Vondez (2014)
Member of Chambers YOUNGS, Jennifer (2016)
Member of Chambers GORDON, Max (2016)
Member of Chambers WHITTINGTON, Louise (2016)
Member of Chambers FIREMAN, Jamie (2016)
Member of Chambers ARCHER, Katherine (2018)
Member of Chambers LANDES, Caroline (2019)
Member of Chambers CLAXTON, Kate (2019)
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Jonathan Bennett  photo Mr Jonathan Bennett Mainly public law care proceedings, but also other family and local authority…
Miss Susan Chan  photo Miss Susan Chan Susan practices in employment law, public law, personal injury/clinical negligence and inquests.…
Miss Tina Cook QC photo Miss Tina Cook QC Family law specialist with a special emphasis on children work,. Tina often acts…
Miss Iris Ferber  photo Miss Iris Ferber Specialist in all aspects of employment law and in property law, especially…
Mr Richard Furniss photo Mr Richard Furniss Richard is a well-known specialist in medical law, and has vast experience…
Mr Richard Gregory photo Mr Richard Gregory Richard Gregory is an established personal injury and clinical negligence practitioner, with…
Miss Naomi Hawkes  photo Miss Naomi Hawkes Naomi was called to the Bar in 1994. She has over 20…
Mr Orlando Holloway  photo Mr Orlando Holloway Orlando was called to the Bar in 2004. Since becoming a tenant…
Mr Scott Matthewson  photo Mr Scott Matthewson Scott is head of the Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury Team at…
Miss Katie Phillips  photo Miss Katie Phillips Katie is a family law specialist, practising across all areas of children…
Miss Jude Shepherd  photo Miss Jude Shepherd Jude Shepherd is Head of the Employment Team at 42 Bedford Row
Miss Gemma Taylor QC photo Miss Gemma Taylor QC Gemma practises family law, primarily public law care and adoption proceedings for…
Mr Jonathan Woodward-Carlton  photo Mr Jonathan Woodward-Carlton Mainly public law care proceedings, but also other family and local authority…