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Chambers of Angus Moon QC and John Beggs QC

85 FLEET STREET, LONDON, EC4Y 1AE, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7427 5000
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Fax 020 7353 0425
DX:
421 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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Web:
www.serjeantsinn.com

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

The β€˜brilliant’ Serjeants' Inn Chambers has been involved in some of the most high-profile Court of Protection cases in recent years and has β€˜a great array of impressive silks and junior barristers at all levels of call’. Chambers has β€˜a longstanding, well-deserved, reputation as one of the best clinical negligence sets in the UK and has many of the best counsel in the field’; β€˜the breadth of experience they offer is brilliant and the quality of their junior barristers is second to none’. It retains its standing as β€˜a premier set, particularly on regulatory and disciplinary law’ and β€˜right from the most junior to the most senior members, it is littered with exceptional talent’. Chambers has welcomed a number of new additions to its ranks, including Nageena Khalique QC from No5 Barristers Chambers and Alexander dos Santos from Charter Chambers. Client care director Catherine Calder and chambers’ business director Martin Dyke have been promoted to joint chief executives. Dyke is responsible for operational management and deals with strategic and business planning with Calder. Described as β€˜a marvel’, Calder has β€˜set new standards in client care and is to be highly commended for the results she has achieved in recent years’. And as another solicitor said: β€˜You know from the first point of contact with them that you’re in safe hands and they are expert at what they do.’ The clerks’ room β€˜has always been strong’, and has a β€˜great understanding of solicitor needs and time pressures’. There isn’t a solicitor around who doesn’t know β€˜brilliant’ senior clerk Lee Johnson who β€˜can be relied upon for a personal touch’. Tom O’Connor and Samantha Jones support Johnson β€˜extremely ably and you always get a sensible, friendly and efficient service from them’. Jennifer Pooler stands out as being β€˜incredibly hardworking but always responsive and approachable’. Meanwhile, the β€˜efficient’ Louis Lockwood is β€˜really coming into his own’ as a clerk. Client care manager Isabel Biggs is another name to note. Offices in: London

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London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)
Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 5

Serjeants' Inn Chambers

With β€˜extremely good customer service from the clerks’ Serjeants' Inn Chambers provides expertise in cases involving police forces and chief constables, inquests, matters involving mental health and human rights, and the Court of Protection. John Beggs QC represented the Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire in the Court of Appeal concerning the extent of res judicata in a long-running police misconduct case. Amy Street was part of the team that acted for Welsh ministers in the Court of Appeal case which confirmed that a community treatment order under the Mental Health Act 1983 can authorise a deprivation of liberty under Article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading silks

John Beggs QC - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜He provides clients with great confidence but is not afraid to give tough advice.’

Ranked: tier 5
Administrative and public law (including local government) – 2017 silks

Debra Powell QC - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜A very formidable advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1
Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading juniors

Amy Street - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜She is intelligent and thorough.’

Ranked: tier 4

Sarah Simcock - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜Her written work and oral advice is succinct, accessible and appropriate.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)
Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – 2017 silks

Sarah Clarke QC - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜A polished advocate with a confident and firm manner which instills confidence in juries and judges alike.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)
Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – Leading silks

Sir Robert Francis QC - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜Superb advocate with total command of all areas.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Clinical negligence
Clinical negligence – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Serjeants' Inn Chambers

Members of the β€˜excellent’ Serjeants' Inn Chambers are β€˜leaders in the field’ and can provide barristers β€˜for all values of claims’. The set is β€˜at the top of its game’ with β€˜great counsel’ at a silk level – Angus Moon QC and John de Bono QC – and β€˜notable juniors’ such as Ranald Davidson and Neil Davy. In resolving claims they are β€˜very forward thinking and innovative’ and β€˜client care is at the heart of what they do’. Cases include claims of utmost severity and medical complexity.

Clinical negligence – Leading silks

Christopher Johnston QC - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜He is extraordinarily bright, brilliant at detail and using innovative technology.’

Ranked: tier 1

Angus Moon QC - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜He is straight to the point, pragmatic and focused.’

Ranked: tier 2

Adrian Hopkins QC - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜He is a razor-sharp advocate and first-rate tactician.’

Ranked: tier 2

John de Bono QC - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜One of the most genuine men at the Bar and a class of his own, excellent both in relation to liability and quantum.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Watson QC - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜Another fantastic silk who is amazing with figures and a great tactician.’

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Mylonas QC - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜He is one of the cleverest QCs who is great with high-value work.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sir Robert Francis QC - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜He has a wealth of experience and very good academic knowledge of the law.’

Ranked: tier 4

Bridget Dolan QC - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜She is sharp, concise and gets to the point quickly.’

Ranked: tier 5

George Hugh-Jones QC - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜He is very experienced in clinical negligence and is a leader in the field.’

Ranked: tier 5

Katie Gollop QC - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜A savvy street fighter, tough and agile.’

Ranked: tier 5

Michael Horne QC - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜One of all my all-time favourites who has impressive grasp of quantum issues.’

Ranked: tier 5
Clinical negligence – 2017 silks

Debra Powell QC - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜Sensible and sensitive counsel, a very formidable advocate, a pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 1

Gerard Boyle QC - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜Superb in cross-examination.’

Ranked: tier 1
Clinical negligence – 2018 silks

Jonathan Holl-Allen QC - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜Incredibly thorough and will leave no stone unturned.’

Ranked: tier 1
Clinical negligence – Leading juniors

Richard Partridge - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜He is very intelligent and has a good ability to look ahead at how things will pan out.’

Ranked: tier 1

Caroline Hallissey - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜She is very experienced, sensible and pragmatic and fights for the best possible outcome.’

Ranked: tier 2

Neil Davy - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜Confident on his feet and on paper and is honest when advising on prospects of success.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ranald Davidson - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜A brilliant barrister to work with who has excellent manner with clients and understands complex issues.’

Ranked: tier 2

Charles Foster - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜His advice is uncluttered, accessible and delivered so as to minimise any distress to clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

Claire Watson - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜She is extremely talented advocate who is excellent on quantum.’

Ranked: tier 3

Heidi Knight - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜She has an encyclopaedic knowledge of hip cases, she is ultra-prepared and reliable and has fantastic manner with clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew Hockton - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜Leading junior who always delivers.’

Ranked: tier 4

Conrad Hallin - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜Meticulous, cool and collected trial advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4

Simon Cridland - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜He is very knowledgeable and thorough and thinks outside the box.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Court of Protection and community care
Court of Protection and community care – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Serjeants' Inn Chambers

Serjeants' Inn Chambers is β€˜excellent’ for Court of Protection work, with β€˜a large number of high-quality individuals who complete complex work effectively, efficiently and often with very short notice’. The set has managed to diversity its CoP practice into property and affairs work, as well as attract instructions from the private client market. Six members of chambers instructed in the high-profile Charlie Gard case (for the family at first instance and for Great Ormond Street throughout), while three appeared in the Alfie Evans case (for Alder Hey children's hospital throughout and for the child’s guardian, once appointed). The recent arrival of Nageena Khalique QC and Emma Sutton from No5 Barristers Chambers has also strengthened the team.

Court of Protection and community care – 2017 silks

Debra Powell QC - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜She is quick on her feet and can deal with anything the other side or judge throws at her.’

Ranked: tier 1
Court of Protection and community care – Leading silks

Michael Mylonas QC - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜He is great at trial.’

Ranked: tier 1

Angus Moon QC - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜A persuasive advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Christopher Johnston QC - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜Excellent for medical treatment cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Bridget Dolan QC - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜A fearsome advocate who is available at any hour of the day or night.’

Ranked: tier 3

Katie Gollop QC - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜A very clear advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Michael Horne QC - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜He is particularly expert at liaising with health and social care professionals to understand the nuances of the evidence.’

Ranked: tier 3

Nageena Khalique QC - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜An excellent advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3
Court of Protection and community care – Leading juniors

Anna Tkaczynska - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜Remains calm under pressure.’

Ranked: tier 3

Conrad Hallin - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜He can handle difficult parties in a calm and commanding manner.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sarah Simcock - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜She is a tenacious advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sophia Roper - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜Has a real insight into how the official solicitor works in practice.’

Ranked: tier 3

Susanna Rickard - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜She is a talented advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Education
Education – Leading juniors

David Lawson - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜He is very thorough and examines every angle of a case; his client care skills are excellent.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Employment
Employment – Leading juniors

Jonathan Davies - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜He is incredibly bright and good under pressure.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Financial services
Financial services – 2017 silks

Sarah Clarke QC - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜Excellent understanding of her area; very client friendly and practical.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Fraud: crime
Fraud: crime – Leading juniors

Alexander dos Santos - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜His cross-examination is effective and thorough.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Inquests and inquiries
Inquests and inquiries – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Serjeants' Inn Chambers

Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜is an excellent set for inquest and Court of Protection work, and is always willing to help achieve an appropriate outcome’. The set represents the police in high-profile inquests; John Beggs QC is instructed by Surrey police in a Deepcut inquest, and Sir Robert Francis QC is acting for the National Police Chiefs Council in relation to the undercover police inquiry. The team is also routinely requested to represent coroners when their decisions are challenged.

Inquests and inquiries – Leading silks

John Beggs QC - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜He is well regarded for inquests as part of his broad public law practice.’

Ranked: tier 1

Sir Robert Francis QC - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜Such an elegant cross-examiner that it is a joy to listen to him.’

Ranked: tier 2

Bridget Dolan QC - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜Very knowledgeable on the practical side of inquests and knows how coroners think.’

Ranked: tier 3
Inquests and inquiries – 2017 silks

Debra Powell QC - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜A talented advocate with an excellent client manner.’

Ranked: tier 1

Gerard Boyle QC - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜He is very good indeed and cross-examines with immense skill.’

Ranked: tier 1
Inquests and inquiries – Leading juniors

Briony Ballard - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜A firm favourite for inquest work and an absolute pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 2

Claire Watson - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜An impressive and versatile barrister with a diverse practice.’

Ranked: tier 3

Michael Walsh - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜Silk material.’

Ranked: tier 3

Oliver Williamson - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜A highly sought-after junior.’

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Spencer - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜He has a measured but firm advocacy style and is reassuring with clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sarah Simcock - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜Her written work and oral advice is succinct, accessible and appropriate.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Police law (defendant)
Police law (defendant) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Serjeants' Inn Chambers

Serjeants' Inn Chambers is β€˜an ever-growing police set with excellent juniors and nationally recognised silks’. John Beggs QC continues to act for Essex Police in ongoing litigation brought by television presenter Michael Barrymore (known in litigation under his real name of Michael Parker). Both parties accept Barrymore was unlawfully arrested, following the discovery of a man’s body in his swimming pool, due to the arresting officer not being in possession of adequate information at the time of the arrest; what was in dispute was if nominal damages were adequate or not. In a landmark Supreme Court decision, Ian Skelt represented the defendant force in Robinson v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police, which found the force liable for injuries to an elderly woman who was knocked over during a struggle between two officers and an alleged drug dealer.

Police law (defendant) – Leading silks

John Beggs QC - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜His judgement, born of a very sound understanding of policing, is hugely reliable.’

Ranked: tier 1

Chris Daw QC - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜Incredibly experienced and knowledgeable in this specialist area, he is a strong tactician and has excellent client skills.’

Ranked: tier 2

Dijen Basu QC - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜A details man: extremely good at forensic analysis of problems with human rights or medical slants.’

Ranked: tier 2

John de Bono QC - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜He represents forces in misconduct hearings and court litigation.’

Ranked: tier 3
Police law (defendant) – 2017 silks

Debra Powell QC - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜Instructed by forces in matters with mental health aspects.’

Ranked: tier 1

Gerard Boyle QC - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜A very personable advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Sarah Clarke QC - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜A formidable opponent: she is very thorough and very fair.’

Ranked: tier 1
Police law (defendant) – Leading juniors

Mark Ley-Morgan - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜A dogged and impressive advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Claire Watson - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜Instructed by the Met in civil claims and inquests.’

Ranked: tier 2

Elliot Gold - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜A reliable and thorough advocate whose assessment of the issues is reassuring to solicitors.’

Ranked: tier 2

George Thomas - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜Instructed by forces in highly sensitive cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Aaron Rathmell - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜He represents policing and crime commissioners, as well as police authorities and officers.’

Ranked: tier 3

Edward Pleeth - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜Always on top of the law, and at his best when cross-examining the accused.’

Ranked: tier 3

Frances McClenaghan - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜She deals with cases efficiently and successfully.’

Ranked: tier 3

Ian Skelt - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜Instructed by large forces in novel cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

James Berry - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜He has a very good strength of the strategic issues when presenting cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Matthew Holdcroft - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜Instructed in claims against the police as well as disciplinary cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Oliver Williamson - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜He defends the Met in civil claims.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sarah Simcock - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜Her work includes Article 2 inquests and misconduct cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Stephen Morley - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜Very good at establishing the main points within any complicated investigation.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Product liability
Product liability – Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

Serjeants' Inn Chambers

Serjeants' Inn Chambers is β€˜an astute set’ with β€˜exceptionally intelligent’ barristers, who continue to act in many of the β€˜metal-on-metal’ hip cases, and in matters involving large pharmaceutical companies, including Merck and Bayer. Members also have expertise outside the medical and pharmaceutical space in defective consumer product litigation.

Product liability – Leading silks

Christopher Johnston QC - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜An all-rounder who assimilates huge amounts of information and targets his approach.’

Ranked: tier 2
Product liability – Leading juniors

Eloise Power - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜She demonstrates an extremely intelligent approach to cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Heidi Knight - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜Exhibits a total grab of the detail in complex cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Professional discipline and regulatory law
Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Serjeants' Inn Chambers

Serjeants' Inn Chambers is β€˜a strong team with an excellent reputation’. The set, which is notable for including several members with medical expertise prior to joining the Bar, has a strong offering across all the medical disciplines. Angus Moon QC successfully defended a doctor against the GMC’s appeal of his suspension for an affair with a patient. In the High Court, David Morris represented a doctor cleared by the MPT with regards to the relevant test for dishonesty in fitness to practice proceedings following the Supreme Court’s decision in Ivey v Genting Casinos, which replaced the previous Ghosh test with a simple objective one; the matter was remitted to tribunal. Also among the junior ranks, Ranald Davidson is instructed to represent a male paramedic accused of sexual misbehaviour when carrying out pre-fight checks on women in a β€˜white-collar boxing’ competition.

Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading silks

Sir Robert Francis QC - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜His elegant cross-examination is a joy to listen to – but solicitors expect no less.’

Ranked: tier 2

Angus Moon QC - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜He defends in challenging medical cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

George Hugh-Jones QC - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜He represents doctors before the courts and the tribunals.’

Ranked: tier 4
Professional discipline and regulatory law – 2017 silks

Gerard Boyle QC - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜His diverse practice includes dental, Bar and medical cases.’

Ranked: tier 1
Professional discipline and regulatory law – 2018 silks

Jonathan Holl-Allen QC - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜He has first-class clarity of thought and excellently expresses it in his presentation.’

Ranked: tier 1
Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading juniors

Alan Jenkins - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜A charming advocate whose experience is invaluable when making tactical decisions.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Morris - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜Always well prepared, but nimble on his feet when the unexpected occurs.’

Ranked: tier 2

Malcolm Fortune - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜An extremely experienced counsel with great presence in court and a cutting edge in anticipating the judicial approach.’

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Hockton - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜He defends medics.’

Ranked: tier 3

Anthony Haycroft - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜A very intelligent, accomplished performer before disciplinary tribunals.’

Ranked: tier 3

Claire Watson - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜Her work includes defending in GMC sex cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Ranald Davidson - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜He defends professionals ranging from paramedics through to dentists.’

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Partridge - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜He can understand complex medial issues and the importance of the regulatory setting.’

Ranked: tier 3

Simon Cridland - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜Very approachable and amiable, and sharp on case law.’

Ranked: tier 3

Alexander dos Santos - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜He has a good, collaborative attitude before and during hearings.’

Ranked: tier 4

Amy Street - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜Her work includes medical discipline cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

Charles Foster - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜An extremely thoughtful, intelligent barrister whose charm makes him extremely popular with lay clients.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Set overviews: England and Wales

The β€˜brilliant’ Serjeants' Inn Chambers has been involved in some of the most high-profile Court of Protection cases in recent years and has β€˜a great array of impressive silks and junior barristers at all levels of call’. Chambers has β€˜a longstanding, well-deserved, reputation as one of the best clinical negligence sets in the UK and has many of the best counsel in the field’; β€˜the breadth of experience they offer is brilliant and the quality of their junior barristers is second to none’. It retains its standing as β€˜a premier set, particularly on regulatory and disciplinary law’ and β€˜right from the most junior to the most senior members, it is littered with exceptional talent’. Chambers has welcomed a number of new additions to its ranks, including Nageena Khalique QC from No5 Barristers Chambers and Alexander dos Santos from Charter Chambers. Client care director Catherine Calder and chambers’ business director Martin Dyke have been promoted to joint chief executives. Dyke is responsible for operational management and deals with strategic and business planning with Calder. Described as β€˜a marvel’, Calder has β€˜set new standards in client care and is to be highly commended for the results she has achieved in recent years’. And as another solicitor said: β€˜You know from the first point of contact with them that you’re in safe hands and they are expert at what they do.’ The clerks’ room β€˜has always been strong’, and has a β€˜great understanding of solicitor needs and time pressures’. There isn’t a solicitor around who doesn’t know β€˜brilliant’ senior clerk Lee Johnson who β€˜can be relied upon for a personal touch’. Tom O’Connor and Samantha Jones support Johnson β€˜extremely ably and you always get a sensible, friendly and efficient service from them’. Jennifer Pooler stands out as being β€˜incredibly hardworking but always responsive and approachable’. Meanwhile, the β€˜efficient’ Louis Lockwood is β€˜really coming into his own’ as a clerk. Client care manager Isabel Biggs is another name to note. Offices in: London

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Social housing
Social housing – Leading juniors

Anna Tkaczynska - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜Attracts praise for her handling of vulnerable persons.’

Ranked: tier 4

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