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Chambers of Angus Moon QC and John Beggs QC Offices
Serjeants' Inn Chambers
85 FLEET STREET
Chambers of Angus Moon QC and John Beggs QC > The Legal 500 Rankings
Clinical negligence Tier 1
One of the 'clear heavyweights for clinical negligence' work, Serjeants' Inn Chambers has a 'breadth and depth' of experienced advocates, which is 'not matched by any other set'. It demonstrates a 'real understanding of the instructing solicitor's expectations' and strives to ensure those are met. Recent standout work includes Court of Appeal case XX v Whittington Hospital NHS Trust, in which Christopher Johnston QC and Claire Watson represented the claimant (who was rendered infertile by negligent late diagnosis of cervical cancer), who recovered the costs of commercial surrogacy in California despite such arrangements being prohibited across the United Kingdom. Angus Moon QC successfully acted for the defendant in the test case of Henderson v Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust, in which a woman stabbed her mother to death during a serious psychotic episode; the trust admitted liability for negligent treatment but the claim for damages was precluded on the grounds of illegality.
Serjeants' Inn Chambers ‘a leading set for Court of Protection work in England and Wales. It has real strength in depth particularly having added a number of members over the last year or so’. Michael Mylonas QC acted in the highly publicised case of Alfie Evans, which concerned the withdrawal of treatment to the 21-month-old child with advanced neurodegenerative brain disease. The set's members are also skilled in property and affairs matters, as well as receiving a steady flow of instructions from the private client market. Chambers is considered 'a supremely efficient operation that is filled with stellar people who are a delight to work with'. Christopher Johnston QC acted for the Official Solicitor who was representing the patient’s interests in a case where permission was obtained to withdraw feeding from a woman with irreversible brain damage.
Inquests and inquiries Tier 1
Serjeants' Inn Chambers is a 'top-flight set' for inquests and inquiries work and is at the forefront in the police and medical sectors. John Beggs QC acted on behalf of the Metropolitan Police in the inquest into the death of Rashan Charles, who died in 2017 while being restrained by police after trying to swallow a package containing caffeine and paracetamol. Bridget Dolan QC was counsel to the inquest into the death of Geoff Gray in 2001, one of four Army privates to have died from gunshot wounds at Deepcut Barracks in a seven-year period. Members also frequently appear in judicial review proceedings arising from inquests.
Police law (defendant) Tier 1
Serjeants' Inn Chambers' John Beggs QC and Cecily White acted for Essex Police in the compensation claim brought by television presenter Michael Barrymore, following his arrest after the discovery of a man’s body in his swimming pool; in a landmark Court of Appeal decision, it was established that nominal damages only were to be paid, as although the arrest was made under unlawful procedure, only nominal damages will be paid where the person could and would have been lawfully arrested had the correct procedures been followed. Other work highlights include Dijen Basu QC representing Greater Manchester Police in a number of human rights claims arising out of prolonged retention of human tissue from murder victims, and Gerard Boyle QC successfully defending the former Chief Constable of Cheshire, Simon Byrne, against more than 70 allegations of gross misconduct; Byrne was cleared of all charges.
Viewed as 'a very strong set in the professional disciplinary arena', Serjeants' Inn Chambers has a prominent reputation for its members' capabilities in the medical sector, as well as police law (see our Police law (defendant) section for more information and rankings). Recent instructions of note saw Anthony Haycroft represent a biomedical scientist before the Health and Care Professions Council over charges of incorrect labelling of blood samples, which had potential risks of causing harm to patients; he received a year-long conditions of practice order.
Education Tier 2David Lawson - Serjeants' Inn Chambers ‘ A powerhouse in the area of education law. ’
Crime Tier 3Alexander dos Santos - Serjeants' Inn Chambers ‘ He meshes together civil, criminal and public law understanding to good effect. ’
Social housing Tier 4Anna Tkaczynska - Serjeants' Inn Chambers ‘ Her housing law expertise is complemented by her knowledge about public law, Equality Act and capacity issues. ’
Employment Tier 4Jonathan Davies - Serjeants' Inn Chambers ‘ Identifies issues quickly and provides advice in a direct albeit customer-friendly way. ’
Employment Tier 4Angus Moon QC - Serjeants' Inn Chambers ‘ He is approachable, dedicated to the cause and has great eye for detail as well as the significant ability to identify the key issues in a case. ’
Product liability Tier 4
Serjeants' Inn Chambers has notable experience in product liability litigation involving injury caused by pharma or medical devices. More recently, it has expanded its work into other areas, including white goods. Christopher Johnston QC and Heidi Knight acted for claimants in the metal on metal hip litigation against manufacturer Zimmer Plc.
Well known for specialising in complex clinical negligence matters, the 'extremely approachable, easy to work with, and well-liked by clients' Simon Fox joined Serjeants' Inn Chambers (Serjeants' Inn Chambers) from No5 Barristers Chambers in April 2019, providing greater regional reach for the London set's leading clinical negligence team.
London set Serjeants' Inn Chambers is home to former No5 Barristers Chambers members Emma Sutton and Nageena Khalique QC, who maintain their strong presence on circuit - both handle serious consent to medical treatment matters.
Emma Sutton at London set Serjeants' Inn Chambers retains a presence on the Wales and Chester circuit, and is primarily instructed by public bodies and local authorities in judicial review cases, as well as advisory work.
Containing ‘really experienced silks and juniors, which isn’t matched by any other chambers’, Serjeants' Inn Chambers is a ‘heavyweight’ set across the spectrum of clinical negligence, inquest, and Court of Protection work. Chambers has strength in depth across these disciplines after continuing to add established practitioners to its roster, including Alexander dos Santos, Matthew Chidley, Rhys Hadden, and Dr Simon Fox QC, formerly of Charter Chambers, Furnival Chambers, Guildhall Chambers, and Exchange Chambers respectively. Joint chief executive Martin Dyke is responsible for operational management and deals with strategic and business planning alongside co-CEO Catherine Calder. The ‘inimitable’ Calder leads the ‘fabulous’ dedicated client care team, which ‘sets chambers apart from the market as a modern and forward-thinking set’ giving it ‘an edge over competitors when it comes to helping both lay clients and instructing solicitors with their needs’. Calder is supported by client care manager Isabel Biggs ('a key asset to the team, she is always available to assist and nothing is too much trouble') and client care executive Bronwyn Gray, and as a team they ‘go out of their way to enhance the relationship between chambers and its clients’. Solicitors say chambers ‘made an incredibly shrewd move investing in this arm of its business’ and it has been ‘money, time, and effort well spent’. Not to be outdone, the ‘helpful, honest, and approachable’ clerks’ room, which also ‘goes above and beyond’ for clients, is led by senior clerk Lee Johnson, with one solicitor admitted ‘the reason a lot of our work goes there is because of how Johnson manages everything’. Also in the team, Tom O’Connor is ‘responsive and pulls out all the stops to provide a reliable service’. New faces in the clerking team include Clare Sabido and Natasha Southgate, who have joined the team from 42 Bedford Row, while Samantha Jones has departed for 3 Verulam Buildings. Offices in: London
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Top Tier Set Rankings
- Clinical negligence
- Court of Protection and community care
- Inquests and inquiries
- Police law (defendant)
- Professional disciplinary and regulatory law
- Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)
- International crime and extradition
- Financial services regulation
- Health and safety
- Social housing
- Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)
- Product liability
- Clinical negligence
- Court of Protection and community care
- Inquests and inquiries
- Public law
- Set overviews: England and Wales