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Chambers of Angus Moon QC and John Beggs QC

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

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

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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London Bar

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)
Leading Silks

Sarah Clarke QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersHard as nails in the court room where her advocacy shines; what she doesn't know about insider trading isn't worth knowing.

Ranked: tier 2

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

Sir Robert Francis QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersAn incredibly skilled advocate.

Ranked: tier 4

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

Serjeants' Inn Chambers

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.

Leading Silks

Christopher Johnston QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersStreets ahead in use of technology and makes the most complex information digestible.

Ranked: tier 1

Angus Moon QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersA formidable advocate in the most complex of liability and quantum issues.

Ranked: tier 2

Adrian Hopkins QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersExceptionally analytical and always thoroughly prepared.

Ranked: tier 2

John de Bono QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersHe has great judgement for difficult calls in a case.

Ranked: tier 2

James Watson QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersAdept at advising on liability and quantum in high-value claims.

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Mylonas QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersHe has razor-sharp intellect enabling him to think quickly in stressful circumstances.

Ranked: tier 3

Michael Horne QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersHis cross-examination of witnesses and understanding of medicine are second-to-none.

Ranked: tier 4

Sir Robert Francis QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersParticularly good on advocacy, tactics and clients.

Ranked: tier 4

Bridget Dolan QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersAn experienced advocate and excellent in the strategy of big cases.

Ranked: tier 5

Debra Powell QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersA determined and well-prepared negotiator who does not stand for any game-playing by the defendant.

Ranked: tier 5

George Hugh-Jones QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersHis trial experience is impressive.

Ranked: tier 5

Katie Gollop QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersShe has a firm grasp of the medicine underpinning complex medical negligent cases.'

Ranked: tier 5
2018 Silks

Jonathan Holl-Allen QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersHe has exceptional advocacy and client handling skills.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Richard Partridge - Serjeants' Inn ChambersParticularly good at analysing complex medical issues.

Ranked: tier 1

Ranald Davidson - Serjeants' Inn ChambersAn all-round junior with excellent drafting skills.

Ranked: tier 1

Caroline Hallissey - Serjeants' Inn ChambersShe takes a sensible view when assessing liability and quantum.

Ranked: tier 2

Claire Watson - Serjeants' Inn ChambersA great tactician who stands her ground firmly yet courteously.

Ranked: tier 2

Heidi Knight - Serjeants' Inn ChambersHer meticulous pleadings that cover every detail of the case.

Ranked: tier 2

Neil Davy - Serjeants' Inn ChambersA fearsome negotiator who has dealt with very high-value cases.

Ranked: tier 2

Sebastian Naughton - Serjeants' Inn ChambersAble to handle complex clinical issues in a timely and practical manner.

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew Hockton - Serjeants' Inn ChambersExtremely experienced across high-value birth injury claims.

Ranked: tier 4

Conrad Hallin - Serjeants' Inn ChambersHe persists in drilling down into the evidence.

Ranked: tier 4

Charles Foster - Serjeants' Inn ChambersHe has a grip of the medical evidence unsurpassed by most.

Ranked: tier 4

Simon Cridland - Serjeants' Inn ChambersVery pragmatic and adept at managing client expectations.

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  ‘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 QCacted 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.

Leading Silks

Michael Mylonas QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersHis advocacy is eloquent and he has the unique skill of being able to robustly present the case whilst also showing great empathy and compassion.

Ranked: tier 1

Angus Moon QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersA very knowledgeable silk.

Ranked: tier 2

Bridget Dolan QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersShe makes difficult cases look easy.

Ranked: tier 2

Christopher Johnston QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersAn experienced advocate.

Ranked: tier 2

Debra Powell QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersVery calm in a crisis when all others are losing their heads.

Ranked: tier 3

Katie Gollop QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersShe leaves you in awe at the speed with which she can consume information and distil it into a clear, succinct and strong arguments.

Ranked: tier 3

Michael Horne QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersA very experienced and respected silk.

Ranked: tier 3

Nageena Khalique QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersHer written work is unsurpassed.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

Susanna Rickard - Serjeants' Inn ChambersIs really outstanding on Court of Protection cases, extremely bright, hardworking, thorough, good on her feet and in negotiations.

Ranked: tier 2

Anna Tkaczynska - Serjeants' Inn ChambersA fantastic Court of Protection advocate who brings a very proactive and sensible approach to cases.

Ranked: tier 3

Conrad Hallin - Serjeants' Inn ChambersIs robust and very willing to strongly advocate a client’s case and to provide practical advice.

Ranked: tier 3

Emma Sutton - Serjeants' Inn ChambersShe is a tenacious advocate with highly tuned negotiation skills and an immense knowledge of the law.

Ranked: tier 3

Rhys Hadden - Serjeants' Inn ChambersExcellent on technical points, in his drafting, and when dealing with other parties in what can be difficult and sensitive situations.

Ranked: tier 3

Sophia Roper - Serjeants' Inn ChambersIs very experienced, thorough and tactically astute.

Ranked: tier 3

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Crime
Leading Juniors

Alexander dos Santos - Serjeants' Inn ChambersHe meshes together civil, criminal and public law understanding to good effect.

Ranked: tier 3

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Education
Leading Juniors

David Lawson - Serjeants' Inn ChambersA powerhouse in the area of education law.

Ranked: tier 2

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Employment
Leading Silks

Angus Moon QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersHe 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.

Ranked: tier 4
Leading Juniors

Jonathan Davies - Serjeants' Inn ChambersIdentifies issues quickly and provides advice in a direct albeit customer-friendly way.

Ranked: tier 4

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Financial services regulation
Leading Silks

Sarah Clarke QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersHugely knowledgeable, very personable, responsive and thorough.

Ranked: tier 3

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Health and safety
Leading Juniors

Paul Spencer - Serjeants' Inn ChambersA specialist in healthcare law.

Ranked: tier 4

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

Serjeants' Inn Chambers

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.

Leading Silks

John Beggs QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersHe is highly respected for his inquests work and his commitment to his clients is unwavering.

Ranked: tier 1

Bridget Dolan QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersHer mind is unbelievably quick and her solutions to novel problems indicate an ability to think laterally.

Ranked: tier 2

Debra Powell QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersVery calm in a crisis when all others are losing their heads as well as very responsive and good on strategy.

Ranked: tier 3

Gerard Boyle QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersA first rate lawyer, an excellent cross-examiner and a great tactician.

Ranked: tier 3

Sarah Clarke QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersShe is a titan made of concrete and continues to win long after everyone else has given up.

Ranked: tier 3

Sir Robert Francis QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersHe is a fantastic silk with excellent judgement - clients love him.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

Briony Ballard - Serjeants' Inn ChambersHer knowledge and experience of the coronial process is invaluable and provides clients with a strong and reassuring presence.

Ranked: tier 2

Paul Spencer - Serjeants' Inn ChambersParticularly skilled at dealing with corporate clients.

Ranked: tier 2

Aaron Rathmell - Serjeants' Inn ChambersHe has an incredible intellect and his dedication to his work is unwavering.

Ranked: tier 3

Cecily White - Serjeants' Inn ChambersA fantastic barrister who is clever, thorough, calm, firm and approachable.

Ranked: tier 3

Claire Watson - Serjeants' Inn ChambersShe has a very impressive knowledge of inquest law and a calming and effective way with witnesses.

Ranked: tier 3

Edward Pleeth - Serjeants' Inn ChambersHe has an excellent knowledge of inquest law and practice as well as a very reassuring manner with witnesses and clients.

Ranked: tier 3

James Berry - Serjeants' Inn ChambersHe offers pragmatic and sensible advice and manages the client’s expectations very well.

Ranked: tier 3

Michael Walsh - Serjeants' Inn ChambersReally good at explaining the legal process together with the various outcomes of an inquest to clients.

Ranked: tier 3

Sarah Simcock - Serjeants' Inn ChambersHer written work and oral advice is succinct, accessible and appropriate.

Ranked: tier 3

Sebastian Naughton - Serjeants' Inn ChambersHe puts clients and coroners at ease while drilling down to the relevant details quickly.

Ranked: tier 3

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International crime and extradition
Leading Juniors

Alexander dos Santos - Serjeants' Inn ChambersA calm and well-prepared prosecutor in extradition cases.

Ranked: tier 3

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

Serjeants' Inn Chambers

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.

Leading Silks

John Beggs QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersAn excellent tactician who gives his clients pragmatic and cogent advice.

Ranked: tier 1

Chris Daw QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersVery experienced in representing senior police officers in sensitive cases.

Ranked: tier 2

Dijen Basu QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersA conscientious and extremely focused silk.

Ranked: tier 2

Gerard Boyle QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersHis ability to retain and recall information is incredible.

Ranked: tier 2
Leading Juniors

Elliot Gold - Serjeants' Inn ChambersHe has a phenomenal brain and an incredible intellect.

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Ley-Morgan - Serjeants' Inn ChambersAn excellent jury advocate.

Ranked: tier 1

Claire Watson - Serjeants' Inn ChambersHighly regarded for her astute tactical approach to cases.

Ranked: tier 2

George Thomas - Serjeants' Inn ChambersVery experienced in acting for the police in discrimination claims.

Ranked: tier 2

James Berry - Serjeants' Inn ChambersDiligent, pragmatic, dedicated, and quickly gains the client's confidence.

Ranked: tier 2

Aaron Rathmell - Serjeants' Inn ChambersVery bright, dedicated and meticulous.

Ranked: tier 3

Cecily White - Serjeants' Inn ChambersShe represents forces in inquests and civil claims.

Ranked: tier 3

Edward Pleeth - Serjeants' Inn ChambersClients appreciate his approachable manner.

Ranked: tier 3

Frances McClenaghan - Serjeants' Inn ChambersShe has a keen eye for detail.

Ranked: tier 3

Ian Skelt - Serjeants' Inn ChambersHe takes a constructive and pragmatic approach to cases.

Ranked: tier 3

Matthew Holdcroft - Serjeants' Inn ChambersA very personable barrister.

Ranked: tier 3

Oliver Williamson - Serjeants' Inn ChambersHe is hardworking with a meticulous eye, and builds great rapport with clients.

Ranked: tier 3

Sarah Simcock - Serjeants' Inn ChambersHer work includes Article 2 inquests and misconduct cases.

Ranked: tier 3

Stephen Morley - Serjeants' Inn ChambersHis expertise spans inquests, misconduct hearings and judicial reviews.

Ranked: tier 3

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

Serjeants' Inn Chambers

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.

Leading Silks

Christopher Johnston QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersA very strong court advocate and a good strategic thinker.

Ranked: tier 2
Leading Juniors

Eloise Power - Serjeants' Inn ChambersProvides sensible and robust advice.

Ranked: tier 2

Heidi Knight - Serjeants' Inn ChambersExcellent for claimant instructions.

Ranked: tier 2

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Professional disciplinary and regulatory law
Professional disciplinary and regulatory law - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Serjeants' Inn Chambers

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.

Leading Silks

Angus Moon QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersAn excellent silk and a skilful cross-examiner in difficult cases.

Ranked: tier 3

Sir Robert Francis QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersHe has an enormous capacity for hard work.

Ranked: tier 3

George Hugh-Jones QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersHighly experienced in representing doctors before the GMC.

Ranked: tier 4
2018 Silks

Jonathan Holl-Allen QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersClients are reassured by his pragmatic advice.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Alan Jenkins - Serjeants' Inn ChambersA very experienced advocate with a poised presence.

Ranked: tier 1

Anthony Haycroft - Serjeants' Inn ChambersA rock solid performer.

Ranked: tier 2

David Morris - Serjeants' Inn ChambersUnflappable, diligent and charming.

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Hockton - Serjeants' Inn ChambersWell known for defending medics in regulatory cases.

Ranked: tier 3

Claire Watson - Serjeants' Inn ChambersA combination of confident advocacy and good tactics.

Ranked: tier 3

Malcolm Fortune - Serjeants' Inn ChambersInstructed in GDC cases.

Ranked: tier 3

Ranald Davidson - Serjeants' Inn ChambersVery methodical and responsive: a brilliant barrister to work with.

Ranked: tier 3

Alexander dos Santos - Serjeants' Inn ChambersA thorough cross-examiner.

Ranked: tier 4

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Set overviews: England and Wales

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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Social housing
Leading Juniors

Anna Tkaczynska - Serjeants' Inn ChambersHer housing law expertise is complemented by her knowledge about public law, Equality Act and capacity issues.

Ranked: tier 4

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