Set Profile > 1 Chancery Lane > London, England

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

Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) Tier 1

One of the strongest travel sets out there’, 1 Chancery Lane specialises in both claimant and defendant work, covering overseas accidents, complex foreign clinical negligence, catastrophic injuries, group actions hinging on illnesses, and package travel cases. Allan Peacock v Del Seatek India Private Ltd & Another was a key highlight of Matthew Chapman QC 's, its ‘most senior barrister on the international injury and travel litigation side’. Jack Harding, whose caseload included the highly publicised Labbadia v Alitalia case, is among the sets’ ‘unrivalled senior juniors doing travel litigation work’.

Rising stars

Dominique Smith - 1 Chancery LaneShe is very organised, responds fast, does not hesitate to provide advice, and her work is always outstanding. She is very personable, very approachable, and witnesses and judges like her. Consequently she gets some excellent results in otherwise unpromising cases.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Matthew Chapman QC - 1 Chancery LaneDisconcertingly bright; photographic memory; amazing attention to detail. Great to have on your side in a tough international claim.
Ranked: Tier 1
John Ross QC - 1 Chancery LaneAt the top of his game – go-to counsel for jurisdictional issues.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Jack Harding - 1 Chancery LaneHe is very forensic in his dealings on cases and quickly gets to grips with complicated issues in cross-jurisdictional cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Sarah Prager - 1 Chancery LaneShe is incredibly sharp. She cuts through the nonsense, giving solid, erudite advice every time.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Spencer - 1 Chancery LaneHe is very effective in court, outstanding in cross-examination, and canny with a judge.
Ranked: Tier 1
Thomas Collins - 1 Chancery LaneHe has a keen intellect, a fluent pen for pleadings, skeleton arguments and submissions.
Ranked: Tier 3

Police law (defendant) Tier 2

'Quality police set1 Chancery Lane has established strength in acting for police forces and officers in a range of matters, including human rights claims, deaths in custody, allegations of negligence and fatal shootings. Of note, Andrew Warnock QC represented the Metropolitan Police in civil claims brought by the family of Mark Duggan, who was shot dead during a police operation in 2011.

Leading Silks

Andrew Warnock QC - 1 Chancery LaneA determined yet calm silk.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Geoffrey Weddell - 1 Chancery LaneHighly approachable and great with clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Lisa Dobie - 1 Chancery LaneShe is tenacious, direct and pragmatic.
Ranked: Tier 2
Paul Stagg - 1 Chancery LaneAn expert in his field.
Ranked: Tier 2
Laura Johnson - 1 Chancery LaneVery clear, focused and succinct.
Ranked: Tier 3

Clinical negligence Tier 3

Practitioners at 1 Chancery Lane 'have a deep range of experience' which extends from large, multi-party actions to cases concerning catastrophic birth injuries and claims arising from mental illness. This 'excellent set' frequently handles cases which explore issues at the forefront of medical malpractice, among them vicarious liability and secondary victim claims. Edward Faulks QC and rising star Katie Ayres are instructed in the notable case Barclays Bank v Various Claimants, which examines whether a bank should be vicariously liable for sexual assaults committed by a doctor during medical examinations of the bank’s current and prospective employees. Laura Johnson is acting for the claimants in the complex secondary victim case Paul v Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust.

Rising stars

Katie Ayres - 1 Chancery LaneA remarkably talented junior with a vast breadth and depth of experience.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Simon Readhead QC - 1 Chancery LaneSimon has an exceptional eye for detail. He picks up and explores every relevant point. His preparation of a case is second to none. Going to trial with Simon is a pleasure – he is calm, measured and an exceptional advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Edward Bishop QC - 1 Chancery LaneA fine advocate with an intelligent and thoughtful approach to the law.
Ranked: Tier 3
Edward Faulks QC - 1 Chancery LaneHas a manner of confidence and calm which, in combination with a wealth of experience, is instantly reassuring and puts clients at their ease.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Laura Johnson - 1 Chancery LaneShows a questioning and industrious approach to the evidence and experts.
Ranked: Tier 2
Angus Piper - 1 Chancery LanePicks through huge amounts of information and identifies the key issues every time.
Ranked: Tier 3
Lisa Dobie - 1 Chancery LaneVery good with witnesses and experts, and able to deal with unexpected developments at trial in a calm and professional manner.
Ranked: Tier 4
Paul Stagg - 1 Chancery LaneAn impressive barrister who delivers timely and pragmatic advice with an element of realism.
Ranked: Tier 4
David Thomson - 1 Chancery LaneAdopts a very forensic approach to the medical side of things.
Ranked: Tier 4
Simon Trigger - 1 Chancery LaneProvides decisive and clear advice.
Ranked: Tier 4

Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud Tier 3

Practitioners at 1 Chancery Lane are regarded as specialists in several key areas of personal injury work, in particular, it offers 'experts in local authority litigation' and 'unrivalled senior juniors doing travel injury work'. The former focus is illustrated by Edward Faulks QC and Paul Stagg's recent involvement with the Supreme Court case CN v Poole BC, which examines whether social workers owe duties of care to children in investigating allegations of abuse and neglect. Faulks QC also acted in the important vicarious liability case Barclays Bank v Various Claimants.

Personal injury - Leading Silks

Edward Faulks QC - 1 Chancery LaneFirm but always very charming. He is always approachable and good-humoured. There are no airs and graces.
Ranked: Tier 2
John Ross QC - 1 Chancery LaneHis specialist knowledge in acquired brain injuries is superb.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Warnock QC - 1 Chancery LaneA silk of choice for local authority and abuse-type claims.
Ranked: Tier 3
Edward Bishop QC - 1 Chancery LaneOutstanding advocate. Clever and alive to innovative legal arguments.
Ranked: Tier 4

Personal injury - Leading Juniors

Laura Johnson - 1 Chancery LaneA complete class act.
Ranked: Tier 3
Paul Stagg - 1 Chancery LaneHas a brain the size of a planet and clients appreciate how intelligently claims are approached. His paperwork is meticulous and detailed and he is also a very forceful and persuasive advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Lisa Dobie - 1 Chancery LaneAn excellent barrister who is fair, knowledgeable and reliable.
Ranked: Tier 5
Angus Piper - 1 Chancery LaneA robust advocate who puts witnesses at ease and prepares for trials very thoroughly.
Ranked: Tier 5
Simon Trigger - 1 Chancery LaneSimon is approachable with a real eye for detail. His advice is always practical and timely. He is excellent with nervous clients in conference and always goes the extra mile.
Ranked: Tier 5

Professional negligence Tier 4

1 Chancery Lane 'covers the whole gamut of liability issues', handling claims against professionals including solicitors and barristers, insurance brokers, property valuers and surveyors, accountants and financial advisers. The set also has a niche expertise in professional negligence claims involving local authorities and the education sector; in a recent example, Andrew Warnock QC represented social services in Goman v Stockport. He is also acting in the Supreme Court case of Grondona v Stoffel & Co, a solicitors' negligence claim concerning the conveyance of a residential property and the registration of a mortgage against it.

Leading Silks

John Ross QC - 1 Chancery LaneHe is very experienced.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Warnock QC - 1 Chancery LaneHe delivers clear and practical advice.
Ranked: Tier 3
Edward Faulks QC - 1 Chancery LaneHe has a wealth of experience.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Saleem Khalid - 1 Chancery LaneHis strength as an advocate lies in his calm and well-judged delivery.
Ranked: Tier 5
Andrew Spencer - 1 Chancery LaneAndrew is an expert in the defence of claims against solicitors involving underlying personal injury litigation. Great attention to detail and excellent working in a team. He is very calm and instils confidence.
Ranked: Tier 5
Francesca O'Neill - 1 Chancery LaneShe has excellent knowledge of the law and good commercial nous. An excellent advocate who produces clear, concise and persuasive documents and precise advice.
Ranked: Tier 6

Property litigation

Leading Juniors

Zachary Bredemear - 1 Chancery LaneVery experienced in all aspects of property litigation with an expansive knowledge of case law in this area.
Ranked: Tier 5

Set overviews: England and Wales

In recent news, Russell Wilcox has expanded the 1 Chancery Lane team, working across the set’s property, commercial, and public law groups; Andrew Spencer  and Jack Harding  have been appointed deputy district judges on the South Eastern circuit, while Simon Trigger  has been appointed a fee-paid judge of the First-tier Tribunal, assigned to the Health, Education and Social Care Chamber (Mental Health).

Testimonials

Clerks:

‘Absolutely brilliant, especially Clark Chessis who leads the clerking team. Organised, always keen to assist.’

‘Best in the business. Clark Chessis is an outstanding operator, and he continues to develop terrific talent – David Barrow and Dan Oliva in particular are top-class clerks.’

‘Clark Chessis is an experienced and thorough clerk, and his professional approach is mirrored by the junior clerks – David Barrow is an example. Chambers have adapted to the covid-19 challenges well, offering to arrange virtual meetings and RTMs and taking the stress out of this for us.’

‘Clerk Chessis and David Barrow and marvellous. Supremely experienced and unflappable.’

‘Excellent service, making it very easy to instruct the right barrister for the right case.’

‘Great clerking team. Clark Chessis in particular is approachable and very knowledgeable of his team’s strengths..

‘I enjoy a very good relationship with the Clerks, notably the Head Clerk, Clark Chessis and David Barrow who are always very helpful and do their utmost to accommodate my clients requirements. They are always prepared to listen and take views on board and provide general advice.’

‘The best clerks’ room in the business. Clark Chessis leads by example, David Barrow and Dan Oliva should also be mentioned. All of the clerks are personable, engaging, extremely well-organised and have superb in-depth knowledge of the abilities of their tenants. They never fail to pick the right barrister for the right case.’

‘The clerks reflect the set and adhere to the same values. They are all reliable, supportive and efficient.’

Set:

‘1 Chancery Lane are a leading set of Chambers who have consistently provided a range of counsel with a depth of knowledge and experience in clinical negligence cases.’

‘1 Chancery Lane have excellent junior and leading Counsel partnerships that lend themselves well to large and high profile cases.’

‘1 Chancery Lane is a very good set with a broad range of experience and expertise.’

‘1 Chancery Lane is the leading travel law and personal injury set. It has a good range of barristers, some budding juniors and superb, unrivalled senior juniors doing travel litigation work.’

‘A very solid set of Chambers who have never let me down. They have a deep range of experience of this type of work with some excellent silks and senior juniors.’

‘Excellent clinical negligence set with an abundance of experienced juniors and QCs.’

‘Good strong set especially for local authority / police authority claims work.’

‘I have instructed many sets of chambers but I come back to 1 Chancery Lane time and time again because they are the experts in local authority litigation and they are nice people to work with.’

‘The best travel set in the country.’

‘The set is my go-to Chambers for their strength in depth, availability and responsiveness.’

‘The silks at 1 Chancery Lane are the main strength. A range of brilliant brains specialising in clinical negligence.’

 

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).

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
First junior clerk David Barrow
Members of Chambers READHEAD QC, Simon (1979)
Members of Chambers FAULKS QC, Edward (1973)
Members of Chambers ROSS QC, John (1971)
Members of Chambers BISHOP QC, Edward (1985)
Members of Chambers WARNOCK QC, Andrew (1993)
Members of Chambers CHAPMAN QC, Matthew (1994)
Members of Chambers HUNTER, William (1972)
Members of Chambers WALMSLEY, Keith (1973)
Members of Chambers BRYANT, John (1976)
Members of Chambers GOODMAN, Andrew (1978)
Members of Chambers YELL, Nicholas (1979)
Members of Chambers WATERS, Julian (1986)
Members of Chambers RIVALLAND, Marc (1987)
Members of Chambers ALTHAUS, Justin (1988)
Members of Chambers WEDDELL, Geoffrey (1989)
Members of Chambers RIFAT, Maurice (1990)
Members of Chambers PIPER, Angus (1991)
Members of Chambers STAGG, Paul (1994)
Members of Chambers THOMSON, Dr David (1994)
Members of Chambers COLLETT, Ivor (1995)
Members of Chambers MORTIMER, Sophie (1996)
Members of Chambers BREDEMEAR, Zachary (1996)
Members of Chambers PRAGER, Sarah (1997)
Members of Chambers WAITE, Kiril (1997)
Members of Chambers TRIGGER, Simon (2000)
Members of Chambers MURRAY, Simon (2000)
Members of Chambers KHALID, Saleem (2001)
Members of Chambers HICKS, Ben (2001)
Members of Chambers JOHNSON, Laura (2001)
Members of Chambers HARDING, Jack (2004)
Members of Chambers SPENCER, Andrew (2004)
Members of Chambers CLARKE, Ian (2005)
Members of Chambers DOBIE, Lisa (2006)
Members of Chambers ABBOTT, Roderick (2006)
Members of Chambers CROCKETT, Thomas (2009)
Members of Chambers COLLINS, Thomas (2010)
Members of Chambers ATKINS, Nicola (2012)
Members of Chambers O'NEILL, Francesca (2012)
Members of Chambers BEATY, Richard (2012)
Members of Chambers DAVIS, Ella (2013)
Members of Chambers AYRES, Katie (2014)
Members of Chambers COLLIER, Richard (2016)
Members of Chambers SMITH, Dominique (2016)
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