Set Profile > 1 Chancery Lane > London, England

Chambers of Simon Readhead QC
1 Chancery Lane
LONDON
WC2A 1LF
England

London Bar > Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) Tier 1

1 Chancery Lane  ‘at the forefront of cross-border high value personal injury claims’, assisting both claimants and defendants on major cases. Among these include ‘superstarMatthew Chapman QC and John Ross QC representing the widow of Sir Ian Brownlie, who died from injuries sustained in a road collision in Egypt, in her case against the Four Seasons in Cairo, a case which reached the United Kingdom Supreme Court. Alongside personal injury work, the team is also adept in handling package travel and conflict cases as well as recoveries against overseas suppliers.

Rising stars

Dominique Smith - 1 Chancery LaneDominique displays the traits and skills of counsel far beyond her call date.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Matthew Chapman QC - 1 Chancery LaneMatthew's knowledge of travel law, including complex jurisdictional and applicable law issues, is unparalleled.
Ranked: Tier 1
John Ross QC - 1 Chancery LaneHe has no weaknesses.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Jack Harding - 1 Chancery LaneTop draw in his specialist area of travel law.
Ranked: Tier 1
Sarah Prager - 1 Chancery LaneShe has in-depth knowledge of all cross-border and package travel regulation case law.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Spencer - 1 Chancery LaneKnowledgeable on package travel or convention cases and will always try his best to find a route to liability.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘They really know their stuff on international travel. Perhaps the best travel law set.’

‘1 Chancery Lane are the set that is at the forefront of cross-border high value personal injury claims and they are who I go to as my preferred choice.’

‘They are a good strong set at all levels – with some very promising junior Juniors.’

‘Always contactable, helpful and amenable. Great programme during the pandemic of free online training, webinars and legal updates.’

‘The set provides regular useful travel related newsletter updates and the webinars they provided during lockdown were informative and dare I say entertaining at the same time.’

Clerking

‘I found that all of the clerks I talk to are very engaging, willing to do as much as possible to assist and up front about matters, especially when it comes to issues such as fees.’

‘Fantastic service. Respond immediately to requests with a positive solutions-focussed attitude. If diary conflicts arise, they can usually find a way through.’

‘Fantastic clerks with a friendly attitude, and very responsive.’

‘The clerks are very approachable and efficient. They respond to queries very quickly and are always eager to do what they can to assist.’

London Bar > Police law (defendant) Tier 2

1 Chancery Lane is an 'excellent set from top to bottom', with solid expertise in handling judicial review claims and claims brought under the Human Rights Act. The 'excellent' Andrew Warnock QC is well known for acting in high profile cases, such as representing South Yorkshire Police in defending a civil claim regarding the Hillsborough disaster. At the junior end of chambers, Geoffrey Weddell is 'extremely persuasive in writing'; Lisa Dobie and Laura Johnson are noted for defending forces in personal injury claims brought by officers; and Paul Stagg acts in proceedings concerning appropriate use of force. Ian Clarke has specialist expertise in handling data protection claims within the policing space.

Leading Silks

Andrew Warnock QC1 Chancery LaneThe cleverest QC in this area and the best appellate court advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Geoffrey Weddell - 1 Chancery LaneExtremely persuasive in writing and on his feet and always goes the extra mile.
Ranked: Tier 1
Lisa Dobie1 Chancery LaneLisa provides calm yet focused advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
Paul Stagg - 1 Chancery LaneAn expert in his field.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ian Clarke - 1 Chancery LaneA specialist in defending claims against public bodies, in particular, local authorities, NHS trusts and the police.
Ranked: Tier 3
Laura Johnson - 1 Chancery LaneShe provides very clear, focused and succinct advice.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘Excellent set, from top to bottom.’

‘Excellent counsel.’

London Bar > Clinical negligence Tier 3

1 Chancery Lane houses 'top quality clinical negligence practitioners with skills to suit a variety of cases'. The set has a strong reputation for acting in medical malpractice claims; for example, Edward Faulks QC successfully appeared for the defendant in the landmark vicarious liability case Barclays Bank v Various Claimants, which was heard before the Supreme Court. Laura Johnson successfully represented the claimants in Paul v Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, an appeal case involving secondary victim claims. In another matter, Edward Bishop QC is representing the defendant trust in C v South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, a case concerning the duties of public bodies to protect third parties from the criminal acts of people ostensibly under their control.

Rising stars

Katie Ayres - 1 Chancery LaneSuper attention to detail, thorough analysis, sensible and pragmatic, approachable, very good with clients, very efficient with papers.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Simon Readhead QC - 1 Chancery LaneSimon's attention to detail is supreme, and he is very engaging and robust in negotiations. 
Ranked: Tier 1
Edward Bishop QC - 1 Chancery LaneHe is very good at simplifying difficult liability and quantum issues in the most complicated cases, and makes arguments understandable and attractive to a judge.
Ranked: Tier 2
Edward Faulks QC - 1 Chancery LaneA superb advocate. Unflappable, with great strategic insight.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Laura Johnson - 1 Chancery LaneShe is incisive, pays attention to the details, and is reassuring with the clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Angus Piper - 1 Chancery LaneHe is hugely knowledgeable, tenacious, and wears his talent lightly.
Ranked: Tier 3
Lisa Dobie - 1 Chancery LaneLisa provides very pragmatic advice and is good in conference with experts and witnesses. 
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4
David Thomson - 1 Chancery LaneHe is unafraid of taking on difficult cases and draws on his medical background when engaging with experts.
Ranked: Tier 4
Simon Trigger - 1 Chancery LaneSimon is a powerful, efficient and hard-hitting advocate.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set 

This set has some top quality clinical negligence practitioners with skills to suit a variety of cases.

Excellent clinical negligence counsel, from QCs to juniors.

An excellent set, with good strength in depth, and expertise from both the claimant and the defendant perspective.

There is a broad range of experience amongst counsel which they share by their co-operation with each other.

Clerking 

The clerks are friendly, efficient, approachable and provide a first class service that cannot be bettered.

The clerking team is without rival.

Clark Chessis is a great ambassador for the chambers – efficient, friendly, helpful.

All the clerks are very responsive – nothing is too much trouble. They reply to questions extremely quickly and are solution focused. They know the strengths of all members of the set and show superb skill in matching the correct barrister for each particular matter.

David Barrow and Clark Chessis are excellent at what they do and are knowledgeable about their barristers’ skillsets and experience, which is great. I trust their recommendations.

London Bar > Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud Tier 3

A 'host of top go-to counsel' can be found at 'wonderful set' 1 Chancery Lane. The chambers continues to be particularly well regarded for its expertise in public authority work. Andrew Warnock QC is representing the South Yorkshire police in group litigation for psychiatric injuries brought by 600 claimants, who allege that they were victims of a police cover-up arising out of the Hillsborough litigation. 'Tour de force trial advocate' John Ross QC is noted for his specific expertise in acquired brain injuries, while Matthew Chapman QC  is highly regarded for his extensive experience in defending complex stress at work and employers’ liability cases.

Personal injury - Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 2
John Ross QC - 1 Chancery LaneA tour de force trial advocate. Always willing to put himself out for their client.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Warnock QC - 1 Chancery LaneA good strategist who is able to assimilate large amounts of information and is liked by insurers and clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Edward Bishop QC - 1 Chancery LaneGreat at putting clients at ease whilst maintaining and inspiring confidence - a superb advocate. 
Ranked: Tier 4
Matthew Chapman QC - 1 Chancery LaneGreat at identifying and addressing the key issues in complex cases. You are immediately on the front foot if you have Matthew as part of your team.
Ranked: Tier 4

Personal injury - Leading Juniors

Laura Johnson - 1 Chancery LaneLaura is compassionate and has a great manner with clients but is equally happy in the cut and thrust of advocacy.
Ranked: Tier 2
Paul Stagg - 1 Chancery LaneTechnically excellent and always provides good insight into claims. 
Ranked: Tier 3
Angus Piper - 1 Chancery LaneVery good with witnesses, impressive in court and a pleasure to work with. 
Ranked: Tier 5
Simon Trigger - 1 Chancery LaneGreat in court, superb written work, very practical, responsive and intelligent. 
Ranked: Tier 5
Lisa Dobie - 1 Chancery LaneLisa is utterly committed to each case, able to relate to any witness, and tenacious in court. 
Ranked: Tier 5

Testimonials

Set

‘The set has great strength in depth, with some very talented juniors.’

‘Superb set with a host of top go-to counsel.’

‘1CL has a hugely talented team of barristers in the area of international law including some very promising juniors.’

‘An excellent set, providing a great service.’

‘Wonderful set of chambers.’

Clerking 

‘Fantastic and helpful clerks’ room, under the formidable leadership of Clark Chessis.’

‘The clerks make the whole process of instructing counsel smooth and efficient.’

‘An incredibly helpful and approachable clerks’ room. Clark Chessis and David Barrow are truly exceptional.’

‘Excellent clerking. Always able to help and accommodate.’

‘The clerks are superb.’

London Bar > Construction

Leading Juniors

Saleem Khalid - 1 Chancery LaneHe is quietly understated, extremely thorough in his preparation and is perceptive about strengths and weaknesses of a case, anticipating the latter and dealing with them.
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Professional negligence Tier 4

1 Chancery Lane is 'a very good set for professional negligence', and has noted strength in handling professional negligence claims involving the education sector and local authorities. In recent highlights, Andrew Warnock QC successfully represented the respondent in the Supreme Court case of Stoffel & Co v Grondona, a solicitors' negligence claim which involved issues concerning the applicability of an illegality defence in a conveyancing transaction.

Leading Silks

John Ross QC - 1 Chancery LaneA silk with a superb intellect. He is charming and impressive in court.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Saleem Khalid - 1 Chancery LaneA thoughtful junior who sees the nuances of a case.
Ranked: Tier 5
Andrew Spencer - 1 Chancery LaneHe is very user-friendly. When you instruct Andrew you know that the service is going to be excellent, the advice will be clear and he will address all the issues you need.
Ranked: Tier 5
Francesca O'Neill - 1 Chancery LaneFrancesca provides clear and concise advice. She has great commercial awareness and understanding of clients' needs.
Ranked: Tier 6

Testimonials

Set

1 Chancery Lane goes the extra mile for you, and expectations are managed in relation to when you will get the advice. The juniors are always excellent, and the depth of experience and knowledge with all the barristers we have used shines through‘.

Clerking

The clerks are truly excellent and provide a first class service‘.

David Barrow and Clark Chessis are assets to the set‘.

Clark Chessis is extremely responsive and great to deal with‘.

London Bar > Property litigation

Leading Juniors

Zachary Bredemear - 1 Chancery LaneDetailed and analytical; prompt and user friendly; calm and assured manner; good advocacy style.
Ranked: Tier 5
Richard Cherry - 1 Chancery LaneA strong grasp of the rules of evidence and procedure, excellent case management skills more generally, and a good grasp of the underlying black-letter property law.
Ranked: Tier 5
Ranked: Tier 5

1 Chancery Lane is a leading set specialising in claims involving professionals of all disciplines (including coverage issues) and public authority and police liability; travel/cross border/conflict of law claims and technically complex personal injury litigation. Members of chambers have been instructed in many of the leading novel contractual and tortious liability claims over the last 60 years, commencing with the professional liability case of Bolam v Friern Hospital Management Committee [1957] through to Brownlie v Four Seasons [2015] (private international law) and Barclays Bank v Various Claimants [2020].

The set: In its core areas of practice, members of chambers offer expertise at all levels. They are accustomed to working constructively and co-operatively with one another in teams, providing complementary skills and levels of experience. They also recognise the importance of working with clients, are sympathetic to the pressures on a solicitor’s time, and seek to provide a cost-effective and efficient litigation or advisory service. Flexibility and teamwork contribute to the set’s ability to undertake cases on a variety of fee bases. Additionally several members of chambers are registered on the Public Access Scheme. 1 Chancery Lane is consistently recognised as providing a client-focused service. The set occupies modern, state-of-the-art premises on the corner of Chancery Lane and Fleet Street.

Types of work undertaken: In the field of professional liability disputes, members are regularly instructed in claims for and against lawyers, accountants, construction professionals, surveyors, valuers, insurance brokers and financial advisers. The claims against lawyers frequently involve property, probate and intestacy issues and coverage issues. This area of work includes representations at disciplinary hearings.

Medical law is a leading specialism in chambers and covers clinical negligence claims, public liability claims against health professionals, human rights claims involving hospitals and care providers and disciplinary and other regulatory hearings. Appearances at inquests are a further aspect of this specialism.

A significant proportion of the work undertaken at 1 Chancery Lane relates to disputes involving public authorities and police bodies. Members of chambers have appeared in a number of ground-breaking claims for damages against local education authorities, social services departments and police forces, which regularly encompass human rights issues and arguments as to the existence and scope of a duty of care. Representations at inquiries involving such bodies is an important adjunct to this area of work.

1 Chancery Lane has a highly praised travel law team that deals with all aspects of conflict of laws and cross-border issues, including overseas accident litigation (acting for claimants, defendants and their insurers), travel insurance claims, travel terms and conditions issues, package holiday and other international convention claims, as well as contractual recovery actions against overseas suppliers and international and national regulatory compliance issues.

The set has special expertise in technically complex personal injury matters. These include disputes about the existence and scope of legal duties of care, disaster litigation, industrial injuries and asbestos-related diseases, road traffic claims, stress-related illnesses, allegations of emotional, physical and sexual abuse, multi-party claims and complex issues of assessment of damages and implementation of structured settlements.

There is a property team which is well known for its landlord and tenant work and its commercial property work which specialises in banking (possessions, receiverships) work. It also deals with real property matters, including land registration and matters relating to agricultural holdings and housing. The set undertakes all forms of claims in tort relating to land, particularly those involving issues of nuisance, professional negligence, public liability and statutory duty. These include interference with property rights, pollution and environmental claims, geotechnical surveys and disputes relating to the contamination of land. The team also undertakes work involving trusts and probate.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior clerk Clark Chessis cchessis@1chancerylane.com 020 7092 2900
First junior clerk David Barrow dbarrow@1chancerylane.com 020 7092 2900
Head of Chambers Simon Readhead QC (1979)
Member of Chambers John Ross QC (1971)
Member of Chambers Edward Faulks QC (1973)
Member of Chambers Edward Bishop QC (1985)
Member of Chambers Andrew Warnock QC (1993)
Member of Chambers Matthew Chapman QC (1994)
Member of Chambers Keith Walmsley (1973)
Member of Chambers John Bryant (1976)
Member of Chambers Andrew Goodman (1978)
Member of Chambers Nicholas Yell (1979)
Member of Chambers Julian Waters (1986)
Member of Chambers Marc Rivalland (1987)
Member of Chambers Justin Althaus (1988)
Member of Chambers Geoffrey Weddell (1989)
Member of Chambers Maurice Rifat (1990)
Member of Chambers Angus Piper (1991)
Member of Chambers Paul Stagg (1994)
Member of Chambers Dr David Thomson (1994)
Member of Chambers Zachary Bredmear (1996)
Member of Chambers Sarah Prager (1997)
Member of Chambers Roger André (1999)
Member of Chambers Simon Trigger (2000)
Member of Chambers Dr Russell Wilcox (2000)
Member of Chambers Saleem Khalid (2001)
Member of Chambers Laura Johnson (2001)
Member of Chambers Ian Stebbings (2001)
Member of Chambers Ben Hicks (2001)
Member of Chambers Andrew Spencer (2004)
Member of Chambers Jack Harding (2004)
Member of Chambers Ian Clarke (2005)
Member of Chambers Lisa Dobie (2006)
Member of Chambers Roderick Abbott (2006)
Associate Member of Chambers Charlotte Davies (2007)
Member of Chambers Richard Cherry (2009)
Member of Chambers Robert Parkin (2009)
Member of Chambers Tom Collins (2010)
Member of Chambers Simon Newman (2010)
Member of Chambers Conor Kennedy (2011)
Member of Chambers Francesca O'Neill (2012)
Member of Chambers Ella Davis (2013)
Member of Chambers Christopher Pask (2013)
Member of Chambers Terence Wong (2013)
Member of Chambers Katie Ayres (2014)
Member of Chambers Dominique Smith (2016)
Member of Chambers Susanna Bennett (2017)
Member of Chambers Thomas Yarrow (2018)
Member of Chambers Henk Soede (2019)
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