Kiril Waite > Chambers of Simon Readhead QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Simon Readhead QC
1 Chancery Lane

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

The ‘down-to-earth’ counsel at 1 Chancery Lane are ‘highly proficient’, ‘well-respected’, and ‘offer a collaborative approach’ to personal injury claims. In the challenging arena of historic abuse claims, chambers is ‘renowned’ for its knowledge and ‘good strength in depth’ on the subject. Chambers is also described as a ‘reliable set’ for clinical negligence, offering ‘a strong range of expertise’ both at junior and senior levels; is an ‘excellent’ choice for ‘complex duty of care situations’; and is ‘second to none in travel litigation, brilliant from top to bottom’. The set is also ‘packed with excellent, bright barristers’ specialising in police law. In December 2018, a seven-strong team of civil law specialists (Ian Stebbings, Richard Cherry, Simon Newman, Conor Kennedy, Richard McLean, Christopher Pask, and Terence Wong, along with clerk Greg Piner) joined chambers from 33 Bedford Row, while professional negligence juniors Ivor Collett and Nicola Atkins moved to Crown Office Chambers, catastrophic injuries junior Kiril Waite joined 7BR, and Richard Beaty joined Hailsham Chambers. The ‘incredibly helpful’ senior clerk, Clark Chessis, and his ‘responsive, personable’ clerking team are ‘keen to please’ and ‘always go the extra mile’ to deliver ‘a seamlessly efficient service’. ‘They always find suitable counsel even at the last minute and out of hours’, said one instructing solicitor. First junior David Barrow ‘goes out of his way to assist’, while Dan Olivia is ‘a credit to the set’; ‘They know their barristers well.’ Offices in: London

7BR is a ‘forward-thinking, progressive’ set which is ‘commercially aware and client focused’. Chambers has ‘very good bench-strength at all levels’ with ‘a healthy number of counsel who come with prior expertise outside of the law’. The set also benefits from maintaining a broad range of practice areas, which ‘helps when faced with challenging problems which require cross-practice expertise’ and ‘enables the barristers to maintain a broader perspective’. The set has expanded over the last 12 months, welcoming catastrophic injuries specialist Kiril Waite from 1 CHANCERY LANE; clinical negligence and family junior Sarah Edwards from Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB); crime junior Stephen Ferson from Furnival Chambers; and clinical negligence, inquests, and personal injury junior Ross Beaton, previously of the European Commission and the Government Legal Department; Lee Parkhill moved to Cornerstone Barristers. The clerks’ room provides ‘a first-rate service’ with ‘clerks who know their barristers and who is best placed for any particular case’. The ‘great’ team is led by co-senior clerks Paul Eeles (‘one of the best, personable clerks’) and Steven Wright (‘exceptionally helpful and easy to deal with’). Elsewhere in the ‘friendly and efficient’ clerks’ room, ‘adept’ first junior Mark Waterson has ‘great knowledge of his counsel and whether they are a good fit with solicitors and clients’. Offices in: London