St Ives Chambers > Birmingham, England > Set Profile

Chambers of Elizabeth Isaacs QC
St Ives Chambers
1-3 WHITTALL STREET
BIRMINGHAM
B4 6DH
England

Midland Circuit > Business and regulatory crime (including health and safety) Tier 1

St Ives Chambers  is a ‘modern and approachable set’ with a strong regional reputation for its local authority prosecution and private defence work in matters of regulatory enforcement. Kevin Saunders defended in a VHCC concerning multi-million pound investment fraud allegations. Tony Watkin is regularly instructed by local authorities and recently successfully prosecuted a case regarding fraudulent trading of thermographic imaging devices used to detect breast cancer.

Leading Juniors

Kevin Saunders - St Ives ChambersKevin is a charming advocate, I have lost count of the instances of cases won by his fearless advocacy and legal argument.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1

Testimonials

Set

‘Really great set. Modern and approachable. Some fantastic juniors. Very client focused.’

Clerking

Fantastic. Andrew Rourke is a rainmaker for chambers, always looking to refer work back to instructing firms and develop long term relationships.’

Midland Circuit > Family and children law Tier 1

St Ives Chambers has a large and powerful presence in the Midlands family law sector, with  a wide range of expertise in public and private child law. Elizabeth Isaacs QC deals with complex child cases and care proceedings, and acts for both local authorities, parents and children. Family finance and divorce focussed members of chambers regularly work with across all values of cases: head of group Jayne Mullen regularly works for high net-worth individuals in matrimonial finance alongside colleagues Nicholas Starks and James Picken, who in addition has a private law children practice which includes cross-border cases. Jeremy Weston QC, as was, is now a Circuit Judge.

Rising Stars: Child Law (Public and Private)

Rebecca Cross - St Ives ChambersRebecca is pragmatic in her approach, realistic, prepared to argue the client's case strenuously and has a good manner with clients. She's bright and I think is one to watch for the future in terms of financial remedy as she develops her practice area and takes on bigger cases.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks: Child Law (Public and Private)

Elizabeth Isaacs QC - St Ives Chambers She is clever creative and very hard working. Her written work reflects this and her advocacy is thorough and persuasive. Many expect her to be on the high court bench soon. I agree with them.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private)

Timothy Bowe - St Ives ChambersTimothy Bowe is an elegant and persuasive advocate. Often acting for Guardians, he is used to appearing against silks but is not outclassed. He brings a maturity and balance to a case which judges find attractive.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tom Harrill - St Ives ChambersTom is an impressive, reassuring, and commanding advocate. He has a meticulous attention to detail and is thoroughly prepared with a confident presence. Authoritative and eminently sensible.
Ranked: Tier 1
Matthew Maynard - St Ives Chambers 'He is a silk in the making.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Kirstie DantonSt Ives Chambers 'An excellent advocate, who is approachable and handles matters in a calm and collected manner.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Tracy Lakin - St Ives ChambersTracy's preparation for a case is beyond describable. Her grasp of matters and understanding of the law are impeccable. To be able to instruct Ms Lakin is always a honor and she goes above and beyond to assist you as the Instructing Solicitor where she can.
Ranked: Tier 2
Justine LattimerSt Ives Chambers 'Justine is utterly dedicated to her clients. She has an incisive eye for the key issues of a case, and provides excellent advice in a poised manner.'
Ranked: Tier 2
David Payne - St Ives ChambersDavid is such a calm influence on proceedings and is able to grasp a difficult case quickly, even if instructed late. David's advocacy and cross-examination style are the same. I am constantly impressed too with David's written work and his position statements and skeleton arguments are always impressive and persuasive.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Picken - St Ives ChambersJames is a consummate professional. He is always calm, remaining un-flustered, rational and strategic irrespective of how difficult the case.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Mark Cooper - St Ives ChambersMark is adept at grasping big cases quickly. His ability to distil a complex case is impressive and indicative of his intellect.
Ranked: Tier 3
Matthew Fiddy - St Ives ChambersMatthew is an excellent all round barrister with a particular strength in his advocacy and client care skills. I have seen first hand how he explains matters to clients in a careful and thorough manner, whilst being understanding to their needs and worries.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy

Andrew Day - St Ives Chambers 'A first-rate senior junior. He is tactically astute, always planning one step ahead, and clients find his calm approach reassuring. An outstanding advocate; he is tenacious and articulate.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Jayne MullenSt Ives Chambers 'A forensically brilliant junior. She is great in court, always thoroughly prepared and provides pragmatic advice.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Nicholas Starks - St Ives ChambersExtremely knowledgeable, able to assimilate complex facts, with a very down to earth manner which clients find reassuring. Nick is able to explain complex legal arguments clearly and simply without talking down to clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
James Picken - St Ives ChambersJames is a consummate professional. He is always calm, remaining un-flustered, rational and strategic irrespective of how difficult the case.
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

‘St Ives Chambers is my go to set, rightly acknowledged for the quality of its family barristers. Their annual public law children conference was the highlight of the CPD calendar pre-pandemic.’

‘St. Ives are always my first call and they are always on hand to assist. The breadth of their experiences is impressive and a number of their juniors are essentially silks which is always useful to have. ‘

‘St Ives Chambers have become my go to chambers in Birmingham. Real strength in depth for family finance and children cases.’

Clerking

‘Excellent service clerks always approachable and if you are told they will get back to you they do.’

‘David Walters offers a service like no other clerk, is so attentive and regarded very highly.’

‘The clerks are friendly and accommodating and will make every effort to find you someone suitable for your case. The relaxed atmosphere belies the hard work and effort that goes into providing an excellent service for instructing solicitors.’

Midland Circuit > Social housing Tier 1

St Ives Chambers social housing team is led by Michael Singleton, who successfully defended a social landlord in a disability discrimination challenge to its allocation policy brought by a litigant in person. Anya Newman  represented a housing association which was granted possession of a property which was let to a married couple, one of whom was serving a prison sentence for sexually abusing a child in the property and wished to return at the conclusion of his sentence.

Rising stars

Aadhithya Anbahan - St Ives ChambersApproachable, personable and friendly. Aadhithya able to very quickly get to grips with an instruction and provide advice which is both thorough and practical.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Michelle Caney - St Ives ChambersMichelle is one of the best barristers we instruct. She is meticulous in her approach - the go to person in our team for complicated matters. She is very articulate in her advocacy and puts our clients at ease.
Ranked: Tier 1
Anya Newman - St Ives ChambersAnya is always very well prepared and has excellent advocacy skills and is always up to date with all legal case law and practises.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Michael Singleton - St Ives ChambersExcellent working knowledge of all aspects of housing law. The go to person in complicated cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jane Talbot - St Ives ChambersJane is a pleasure to work with. She manages complex matters with ease and has a reassuring and calm manner which is a real pro.
Ranked: Tier 1

Testimonials

Set

‘The Housing department in this set is excellent. There are several barristers well equipped to deal with a vast range of housing matters.’

‘Set as a whole has always provided an excellent service. Friendly, personable, approachable barristers, clerking and support team.’

‘St Ives always go above and beyond- which is particularly important in the housing sector, when you often need counsel at short notice.’

Clerking

‘The Housing clerks at Chambers are friendly and helpful, and always went out of their way to offer assistance.’

‘The clerks at St Ives are excellent- particularly Ross and Catherine- nothing is too much trouble and they make themselves available to go over and above.’

‘Clerking service is excellent. Approachable. Keeps us informed, perfectly reasonable and sensible in terms of negotiating fees.’

Midland Circuit > Crime (general and fraud) Tier 2

St Ives Chambers has a strong reputation for ‘strength throughout all levels of seniority in criminal work’. Head of the criminal group Rebecca Wade specialises in rape and serious sexual offence cases. Justin Jarmola ’s practice focuses on serious gang and drug-related crime, with recent instructions including being led junior a high-profile prosecution for multiple stabbings in Solihull, and Birmingham, and a joint enterprise shooting in Birmingham.

Rising stars

Lucinda Wilmott-Lascelles - St Ives ChambersShe is undoubtedly a star in the making. Her preparation is outstanding and she gets more and more impressive with each case.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Rebecca Wade - St Ives ChambersRebecca has tenacity, determination and tactical skill. A good and focussed manner in dealing with clients, opponents and judges.
Ranked: Tier 1
William Douglas-JonesSt Ives ChambersWilliam is hard working, personable and a pleasure to instruct. He is quick to respond to requests for advice and very much gets himself involved in the defence team. Colleagues at the Birmingham branch rate him for his attention to detail and will to work hard for the client.
Ranked: Tier 1
Justin Jarmola - St Ives ChambersJustin has always been an outstanding barrister, with the ability to perform in a way that more than matches those much more senior. He is very approachable and always prepared to go the extra mile for his clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Peter Cooper - St Ives ChambersPeter has the benefit of considerable experience as both a heavyweight prosecutor and defence practitioner. He has a loyal following of defence firms around the Midlands, who religiously instruct him due to his client care and successes in court.
Ranked: Tier 2
Marcus Harry - St Ives ChambersMarcus is courteous, well-prepared, able to grasp complicated evidence and legal issues and deal with them effectively, realistic in his approach always applying good solid common sense to matters in hand.
Ranked: Tier 2
Amy Jackson - St Ives ChambersA very capable junior counsel. Conscientious and focused with a good tactical awareness.
Ranked: Tier 2
Kevin Saunders - St Ives ChambersKevin is the consummate jury advocate. He has a close eye for detail while at the same time keeping perspective as to what actually needs to be achieved in a case. His cross-examination can be both sensitive and cutting.
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

‘Chambers have some outstanding Barristers in the criminal field.’

‘Great set. Strength throughout all levels of seniority in criminal work.’

‘St Ives is an excellent set, they have a strong reputation for training good pupils and invest in their members.’

Clerking

‘St Ives are clerked well and enjoy strong leadership from Andrew Rourke as chief criminal clerk – nothing is too large or small a task for Andrew who makes himself available at a personal level to the firm.’

Midland Circuit > Property and construction Tier 2

St Ives Chambers’ business and property group covers the full spectrum of construction and property cases, including boundary disputes, adverse possession, mortgage-related litigations, and easements. The group is led by senior junior Tony Watkin who recently successfully acted for the operators of the Radisson Blu Hotel in Liverpool in an insurance charge dispute with its landlord. Michelle Caney represented Wolverhampton City Council in litigation concerning the issue of contra mundum injunctions in favour of local authorities to protect sites from traveller encampments.

Leading Juniors

Michelle Caney - St Ives ChambersMichelle is truly exceptional. She is a very gifted lawyer who can make the most complex of issues appear straightforward to the client.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tony Watkin - St Ives ChambersTony provides an all-round exceptional service, he does his homework, is hands on with good client skills and understands the need for a tactical approach to litigation.
Ranked: Tier 1
Matthew Haynes - St Ives ChambersMatthew is second to none when it comes to dealing with complex TOLATA proceedings. Matthew is able to advise on strategy right from the outset of a case. Matthew speaks with authority during hearings and really has the ear of the court.
Ranked: Tier 2
Anya Newman - St Ives ChambersConfident, competent and eloquent advocate, thorough preparation at all times ensuring all issues are addressed and responses prepared for, experienced in most issues and thus very knowledgeable.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Nuttall - St Ives ChambersDavid is very technically gifted and not only considers the legal position but also the commerciality aspect of a matter. David also considers each matter from a tactical point of view and on many occasions has assisted me in developing a strategy to steer the matter in the way most advantageous to my clients position.
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Sets

‘Set as a whole has always provided an excellent service. Friendly, personable, approachable barristers, clerking and support team.’

‘Significant number of excellent advocates who are always happy to assist. Training or webinars offered in person and remotely are always engaging and enjoyable.’

‘St Ives our go to set for all housing matters. A large number of specialist barristers to choose from with a wide range of experience.’

Clerking

‘Overall all of the staff I have ever dealt with at the Chambers have been very friendly and professional, particularly both Ross Hands and Catherine Merry.’

‘Clerks are always on hand when you need them and respond very promptly.’

‘Excellent responsive clerking.’

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Business and regulatory crime (including health and safety) Tier 1

St Ives Chambers  is a ‘modern and approachable set’ with a strong regional reputation for its local authority prosecution and private defence work in matters of regulatory enforcement. Kevin Saunders defended in a VHCC concerning multi-million pound investment fraud allegations. Tony Watkin is regularly instructed by local authorities and recently successfully prosecuted a case regarding fraudulent trading of thermographic imaging devices used to detect breast cancer.

Leading Juniors

Kevin Saunders - St Ives ChambersKevin is a charming advocate, I have lost count of the instances of cases won by his fearless advocacy and legal argument.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1

Testimonials

Set

‘Really great set. Modern and approachable. Some fantastic juniors. Very client focused.’

Clerking

Fantastic. Andrew Rourke is a rainmaker for chambers, always looking to refer work back to instructing firms and develop long term relationships.’

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Family and children law Tier 1

St Ives Chambers has a large and powerful presence in the Midlands family law sector, with  a wide range of expertise in public and private child law. Elizabeth Isaacs QC deals with complex child cases and care proceedings, and acts for both local authorities, parents and children. Family finance and divorce focussed members of chambers regularly work with across all values of cases: head of group Jayne Mullen regularly works for high net-worth individuals in matrimonial finance alongside colleagues Nicholas Starks and James Picken, who in addition has a private law children practice which includes cross-border cases. Jeremy Weston QC, as was, is now a Circuit Judge.

Rising Stars: Child Law (Public and Private)

Rebecca Cross - St Ives ChambersRebecca is pragmatic in her approach, realistic, prepared to argue the client's case strenuously and has a good manner with clients. She's bright and I think is one to watch for the future in terms of financial remedy as she develops her practice area and takes on bigger cases.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks: Child Law (Public and Private)

Elizabeth Isaacs QC - St Ives Chambers She is clever creative and very hard working. Her written work reflects this and her advocacy is thorough and persuasive. Many expect her to be on the high court bench soon. I agree with them.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private)

Timothy Bowe - St Ives ChambersTimothy Bowe is an elegant and persuasive advocate. Often acting for Guardians, he is used to appearing against silks but is not outclassed. He brings a maturity and balance to a case which judges find attractive.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tom Harrill - St Ives ChambersTom is an impressive, reassuring, and commanding advocate. He has a meticulous attention to detail and is thoroughly prepared with a confident presence. Authoritative and eminently sensible.
Ranked: Tier 1
Matthew Maynard - St Ives Chambers 'He is a silk in the making.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Kirstie DantonSt Ives Chambers 'An excellent advocate, who is approachable and handles matters in a calm and collected manner.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Tracy Lakin - St Ives ChambersTracy's preparation for a case is beyond describable. Her grasp of matters and understanding of the law are impeccable. To be able to instruct Ms Lakin is always a honor and she goes above and beyond to assist you as the Instructing Solicitor where she can.
Ranked: Tier 2
Justine LattimerSt Ives Chambers 'Justine is utterly dedicated to her clients. She has an incisive eye for the key issues of a case, and provides excellent advice in a poised manner.'
Ranked: Tier 2
David Payne - St Ives ChambersDavid is such a calm influence on proceedings and is able to grasp a difficult case quickly, even if instructed late. David's advocacy and cross-examination style are the same. I am constantly impressed too with David's written work and his position statements and skeleton arguments are always impressive and persuasive.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Picken - St Ives ChambersJames is a consummate professional. He is always calm, remaining un-flustered, rational and strategic irrespective of how difficult the case.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Mark Cooper - St Ives ChambersMark is adept at grasping big cases quickly. His ability to distil a complex case is impressive and indicative of his intellect.
Ranked: Tier 3
Matthew Fiddy - St Ives ChambersMatthew is an excellent all round barrister with a particular strength in his advocacy and client care skills. I have seen first hand how he explains matters to clients in a careful and thorough manner, whilst being understanding to their needs and worries.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy

Andrew Day - St Ives Chambers 'A first-rate senior junior. He is tactically astute, always planning one step ahead, and clients find his calm approach reassuring. An outstanding advocate; he is tenacious and articulate.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Jayne MullenSt Ives Chambers 'A forensically brilliant junior. She is great in court, always thoroughly prepared and provides pragmatic advice.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Nicholas Starks - St Ives ChambersExtremely knowledgeable, able to assimilate complex facts, with a very down to earth manner which clients find reassuring. Nick is able to explain complex legal arguments clearly and simply without talking down to clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
James Picken - St Ives ChambersJames is a consummate professional. He is always calm, remaining un-flustered, rational and strategic irrespective of how difficult the case.
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

‘St Ives Chambers is my go to set, rightly acknowledged for the quality of its family barristers. Their annual public law children conference was the highlight of the CPD calendar pre-pandemic.’

‘St. Ives are always my first call and they are always on hand to assist. The breadth of their experiences is impressive and a number of their juniors are essentially silks which is always useful to have. ‘

‘St Ives Chambers have become my go to chambers in Birmingham. Real strength in depth for family finance and children cases.’

Clerking

‘Excellent service clerks always approachable and if you are told they will get back to you they do.’

‘David Walters offers a service like no other clerk, is so attentive and regarded very highly.’

‘The clerks are friendly and accommodating and will make every effort to find you someone suitable for your case. The relaxed atmosphere belies the hard work and effort that goes into providing an excellent service for instructing solicitors.’

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Social housing Tier 1

St Ives Chambers social housing team is led by Michael Singleton, who successfully defended a social landlord in a disability discrimination challenge to its allocation policy brought by a litigant in person. Anya Newman  represented a housing association which was granted possession of a property which was let to a married couple, one of whom was serving a prison sentence for sexually abusing a child in the property and wished to return at the conclusion of his sentence.

Rising stars

Aadhithya Anbahan - St Ives ChambersApproachable, personable and friendly. Aadhithya able to very quickly get to grips with an instruction and provide advice which is both thorough and practical.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Michelle Caney - St Ives ChambersMichelle is one of the best barristers we instruct. She is meticulous in her approach - the go to person in our team for complicated matters. She is very articulate in her advocacy and puts our clients at ease.
Ranked: Tier 1
Anya Newman - St Ives ChambersAnya is always very well prepared and has excellent advocacy skills and is always up to date with all legal case law and practises.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Michael Singleton - St Ives ChambersExcellent working knowledge of all aspects of housing law. The go to person in complicated cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jane Talbot - St Ives ChambersJane is a pleasure to work with. She manages complex matters with ease and has a reassuring and calm manner which is a real pro.
Ranked: Tier 1

Testimonials

Set

‘The Housing department in this set is excellent. There are several barristers well equipped to deal with a vast range of housing matters.’

‘Set as a whole has always provided an excellent service. Friendly, personable, approachable barristers, clerking and support team.’

‘St Ives always go above and beyond- which is particularly important in the housing sector, when you often need counsel at short notice.’

Clerking

‘The Housing clerks at Chambers are friendly and helpful, and always went out of their way to offer assistance.’

‘The clerks at St Ives are excellent- particularly Ross and Catherine- nothing is too much trouble and they make themselves available to go over and above.’

‘Clerking service is excellent. Approachable. Keeps us informed, perfectly reasonable and sensible in terms of negotiating fees.’

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Crime (general and fraud) Tier 2

St Ives Chambers has a strong reputation for ‘strength throughout all levels of seniority in criminal work’. Head of the criminal group Rebecca Wade specialises in rape and serious sexual offence cases. Justin Jarmola ’s practice focuses on serious gang and drug-related crime, with recent instructions including being led junior a high-profile prosecution for multiple stabbings in Solihull, and Birmingham, and a joint enterprise shooting in Birmingham.

Rising stars

Lucinda Wilmott-Lascelles - St Ives ChambersShe is undoubtedly a star in the making. Her preparation is outstanding and she gets more and more impressive with each case.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Rebecca Wade - St Ives ChambersRebecca has tenacity, determination and tactical skill. A good and focussed manner in dealing with clients, opponents and judges.
Ranked: Tier 1
William Douglas-JonesSt Ives ChambersWilliam is hard working, personable and a pleasure to instruct. He is quick to respond to requests for advice and very much gets himself involved in the defence team. Colleagues at the Birmingham branch rate him for his attention to detail and will to work hard for the client.
Ranked: Tier 1
Justin Jarmola - St Ives ChambersJustin has always been an outstanding barrister, with the ability to perform in a way that more than matches those much more senior. He is very approachable and always prepared to go the extra mile for his clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Peter Cooper - St Ives ChambersPeter has the benefit of considerable experience as both a heavyweight prosecutor and defence practitioner. He has a loyal following of defence firms around the Midlands, who religiously instruct him due to his client care and successes in court.
Ranked: Tier 2
Marcus Harry - St Ives ChambersMarcus is courteous, well-prepared, able to grasp complicated evidence and legal issues and deal with them effectively, realistic in his approach always applying good solid common sense to matters in hand.
Ranked: Tier 2
Amy Jackson - St Ives ChambersA very capable junior counsel. Conscientious and focused with a good tactical awareness.
Ranked: Tier 2
Kevin Saunders - St Ives ChambersKevin is the consummate jury advocate. He has a close eye for detail while at the same time keeping perspective as to what actually needs to be achieved in a case. His cross-examination can be both sensitive and cutting.
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

‘Chambers have some outstanding Barristers in the criminal field.’

‘Great set. Strength throughout all levels of seniority in criminal work.’

‘St Ives is an excellent set, they have a strong reputation for training good pupils and invest in their members.’

Clerking

‘St Ives are clerked well and enjoy strong leadership from Andrew Rourke as chief criminal clerk – nothing is too large or small a task for Andrew who makes himself available at a personal level to the firm.’

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Property and construction Tier 2

St Ives Chambers’ business and property group covers the full spectrum of construction and property cases, including boundary disputes, adverse possession, mortgage-related litigations, and easements. The group is led by senior junior Tony Watkin who recently successfully acted for the operators of the Radisson Blu Hotel in Liverpool in an insurance charge dispute with its landlord. Michelle Caney represented Wolverhampton City Council in litigation concerning the issue of contra mundum injunctions in favour of local authorities to protect sites from traveller encampments.

Leading Juniors

Michelle Caney - St Ives ChambersMichelle is truly exceptional. She is a very gifted lawyer who can make the most complex of issues appear straightforward to the client.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tony Watkin - St Ives ChambersTony provides an all-round exceptional service, he does his homework, is hands on with good client skills and understands the need for a tactical approach to litigation.
Ranked: Tier 1
Matthew Haynes - St Ives ChambersMatthew is second to none when it comes to dealing with complex TOLATA proceedings. Matthew is able to advise on strategy right from the outset of a case. Matthew speaks with authority during hearings and really has the ear of the court.
Ranked: Tier 2
Anya Newman - St Ives ChambersConfident, competent and eloquent advocate, thorough preparation at all times ensuring all issues are addressed and responses prepared for, experienced in most issues and thus very knowledgeable.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Nuttall - St Ives ChambersDavid is very technically gifted and not only considers the legal position but also the commerciality aspect of a matter. David also considers each matter from a tactical point of view and on many occasions has assisted me in developing a strategy to steer the matter in the way most advantageous to my clients position.
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Sets

‘Set as a whole has always provided an excellent service. Friendly, personable, approachable barristers, clerking and support team.’

‘Significant number of excellent advocates who are always happy to assist. Training or webinars offered in person and remotely are always engaging and enjoyable.’

‘St Ives our go to set for all housing matters. A large number of specialist barristers to choose from with a wide range of experience.’

Clerking

‘Overall all of the staff I have ever dealt with at the Chambers have been very friendly and professional, particularly both Ross Hands and Catherine Merry.’

‘Clerks are always on hand when you need them and respond very promptly.’

‘Excellent responsive clerking.’

Introduction

St Ives is a multidisciplinary set with particular expertise in family law, housing, business and property, regulatory and criminal law. Recognised as one of the leading sets of chambers on the Midland Circuit. It is also unparalleled in the region for its extensive provision of dispute resolution (within family law), ranging from early neutral evaluations, private FDRs, and arbitration.

The set

Chambers works in partnership with all clients including professional and lay clients, local government, companies, and housing associations, in order to ensure consistent excellence in the delivery of services, from initial instruction until case completion. The set prides itself on its attention to detail, approachability and efficiency. This ethos is underpinned by a professional and friendly clerking service that works hard to ensure smooth delivery of services.

St Ives is pleased to enjoy a national profile, accepting instructions from all regions and regularly being instructed in high profile cases across the country.

Chambers is proud of its reputation for outstanding service and excellence in all areas of advocacy and advisory work and boasts some of the most renowned and experienced practitioners in the Midlands, past and present. With over 80 tenants and a dozen silks available for instruction through chambers, St Ives is able to offer clients expertise at all levels.

St Ives is routinely listed in national legal directories as a leading set, with many barristers regularly contributing to legal publications and being published authors of seminal legal texts. Many members of chambers also hold part-time judicial appointments, including Deputy High Court Judges, Recorders, and deputy district judges (both civil and criminal).

Former members include a Lady Justice of Appeal, High Court Judge, and numerous circuit and district judges.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Head of chambers Jeremy Weston
Members of Chambers WESTON QC, Jeremy (1991)
Members of Chambers ISAACS QC MCIArb, Elizabeth (1998)
Members of Chambers GIRET QC, Joseph (1985)
Members of Chambers CROWLEY QC- SILK, Jane (1976) (1998)*
Members of Chambers TILLYARD QC- SILK, James (1978) (2002)*
Members of Chambers GEEKIE QC- SILK, Charles (1985) (2006)*
Members of Chambers ENOCH QC- SILK, Dafydd (1985) (2008)*
Members of Chambers ALI QC- SILK, Zafar (1994) (2012)*
Members of Chambers ALLEN QC- SILK, Nicholas (1995) (2018)*
Members of Chambers DOUGLAS-JONES QC- SILK, Ben (1998) (2018)*
Members of Chambers THOMAS QC- SILK, Owen (1994) (2018)*
Members of Chambers HUGHES QC- SILK, Kate (1992) (2021)*
Members of Chambers CHAVASSE, Ann (1971)*
Members of Chambers ANTHONY, Peter (1981)*
Members of Chambers POWIS, Samantha (1984)
Members of Chambers JACKSON, David (1986)
Members of Chambers THORNHILL, Teresa (1986)*
Members of Chambers CLARKSON, Stuart (1987)
Members of Chambers SINGLETON, Michael (1987)
Members of Chambers PREEN, Catherine (1988)
Members of Chambers SLATER. Julie (1988)
Members of Chambers MULLEN, Jayne (1989)
Members of Chambers STARKS, Nicholas (1989)
Members of Chambers HAYNES, Matthew (1991)
Members of Chambers ROGERS, Gregory (1991)
Members of Chambers BROWN, Michelle (1992)
Members of Chambers LATTIMER, Justine (1992)
Members of Chambers LAKIN, Tracy (1993)
Members of Chambers HAWKINS, Lucy (1994)
Members of Chambers SIMPSON, Graeme (1994)
Members of Chambers COOPER, Peter (1996)
Members of Chambers TRUSTMAN, Judith (1996)*
Members of Chambers HUSSAIN, Basharat (1997)
Members of Chambers PRITCHARD, Sarah (1997)*
Members of Chambers WATKIN, Tony (1998)
Members of Chambers DANTON, Kirstie (1999)
Members of Chambers COUGHTRIE MBE, Scott (2000)
Members of Chambers JONES, Mark (2000)
Members of Chambers SINGH, Karamjit (2000)
Members of Chambers BACHE, Nina (2001)
Members of Chambers THOMAS, Roger (2001)
Members of Chambers BAKER, Claire (2001)
Members of Chambers ROGERS, Simon (2002)*
Members of Chambers DAY, Andrew (2003)
Members of Chambers BOWE, Timothy (2003)
Members of Chambers MAYNARD, Matthew (2003)
Members of Chambers WADE, Rebecca (2003)
Members of Chambers PAYNE, David (2003)
Members of Chambers CANEY, Michelle (2004)
Members of Chambers PICKEN, James (2004)
Members of Chambers TANNEY, Michael (2004)
Members of Chambers MALLOY, Andrew (2004)*
Members of Chambers LOHMUS, Michael (2005)
Members of Chambers BRIGGS, Claire (2005)
Members of Chambers CHEETHAM, Gareth (2005)
Members of Chambers JACOBS, Amy (2005)*
Members of Chambers NEWMAN, Anya (2007)
Members of Chambers JACKSON, Charmian (2007)
Members of Chambers BURCH, Simon (2007)
Members of Chambers LAWAL, TOM (2008)
Members of Chambers HARRY, Marcus (2008)
Members of Chambers HOWELLS, Dympna (2009)
Members of Chambers FAHY, Sarah (2009)
Members of Chambers HAMILTON, Annabel (2009)
Members of Chambers COOPER, Mark (2009)
Members of Chambers JARMOLA, Justin (2009)
Members of Chambers CROSS, Natalie (2009)
Members of Chambers JACKSON, Amy (2009)
Members of Chambers BOND, Julia (2010)
Members of Chambers BINNION, Carol (2010)
Members of Chambers NUTTALL, David (2010)
Members of Chambers HADDEN, Jason (2011)
Members of Chambers FIDDY, Matthew (2011)
Members of Chambers DOUGLAS-JONES, William (2011)
Members of Chambers HARRILL, Tom (2013)
Members of Chambers HOWARD, Alyssa (2014)
Members of Chambers WILMOTT-LASCELLES, Lucinda (2014)
Members of Chambers WINDRIDGE, Ian (2015)
Members of Chambers ANBAHAN, Aadhithya (2015)
Members of Chambers PRITCHARD-JONES, Alexander (2015)
Members of Chambers LANGSTON, Martin (2015)
Members of Chambers CROSS, Rebecca (2015)
Members of Chambers RICHARDS, Elisabeth (2016)
Members of Chambers TALBOT, Jane (2016)
Members of Chambers MARSH, Eleanor (2016)
Members of Chambers DOBSON, Lawren (2016)
Members of Chambers HOUSTON, Angela (2017)
Members of Chambers JAGANMOHAN, Malvika (2017)
Members of Chambers TROMANS, Priya (2018)
Members of Chambers BASHIR, Hasnat (2018)
Members of Chambers HILBOURNE-GOLLOP, Holly (2018)
Members of Chambers MARRIOTT, Harry (2018)
Members of Chambers SMITH, George (2018)
Members of Chambers CHURCH, Callum (2018)
Members of Chambers MAHMOOD, Zara (2018)
Members of Chambers MASON, Terri (2019)
Members of Chambers DUGGAN, Thomas (2019)
Members of Chambers STEWART, Lachlan (2019)
Members of Chambers MARRIOTT, Eloise (2020)†
Members of Chambers DJAN, Queenie (2020)†
Members of Chambers CAMPBELL, Feargus (2020)†
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Ms Aadhithya Anabahan  photo Ms Aadhithya Anabahan Aadhithya Anabahan is a Barrister specialising in Regulatory and Housing law. Aadhithya’s…
Ms Nina Bache  photo Ms Nina Bache Nina is a specialist family law (children) practitioner. In public law matters…
Mrs Claire Baker  photo Mrs Claire Baker Claire specialises in Children’s Law, primarily care proceedings. She has a broad…
Mr Hasnat Bashir  photo Mr Hasnat Bashir During his long practice as a Solicitor, he regularly appeared for applicants,…
Ms Carol Binnion  photo Ms Carol Binnion Carol was a solicitor for 25 years prior to being called to…
Ms Julia Bond  photo Ms Julia Bond Julia Bond has been a specialist Family law practitioner since 1995. She…
Mr Timothy Bowe  photo Mr Timothy Bowe Timothy is a specialist family law practitioner who has extensive experience in…
Ms Claire Briggs  photo Ms Claire Briggs Claire Briggs specialises in all forms of Family law both public and…
Ms Michelle Brown  photo Ms Michelle Brown Michelle Brown is a Barrister specialising in Family law.  Michelle represents local…
Mr Simon Burch  photo Mr Simon Burch Mr Burch joined Chambers in 2017 having originally practiced at a leading…
Mr James Byrne  photo Mr James Byrne As a Family law specialist practitioner, James regularly appears in the family…
Ms Michelle Caney  photo Ms Michelle Caney Michelle Caney was called to the Bar in 2004 and joined St…
Mr Anthony Cartin  photo Mr Anthony Cartin Anthony is a specialist criminal barrister with experience of handling the full…
Mr Gareth Cheetham  photo Mr Gareth Cheetham Year of Call:  2005 Gareth represents and advises applicants and respondents in…
Mr Stuart Clarkson  photo Mr Stuart Clarkson Stuart Clarkson has wide-ranging experience in all types of criminal work for…
Mr Peter Cooper  photo Mr Peter Cooper Peter deals with heavyweight Criminal work, both defending and prosecuting. He regularly…
Mr Mark Cooper  photo Mr Mark Cooper Mark practises exclusively in family law and specialises in matters relating to…
Mr Scott Coughtrie MBE  photo Mr Scott Coughtrie MBE Scott Coughtrie MBE both prosecutes and defends offences of the most serious…
Ms Natalie Cross  photo Ms Natalie Cross Natalie is Public Access trained which enables her to accept instructions direct…
Ms Rebecca Cross  photo Ms Rebecca Cross Rebecca is a Family law specialist with an established practice in family…
Ms Kirstie Danton  photo Ms Kirstie Danton For private law, Kirstie is regularly instructed by parents, grandparents and guardians…
Mr Andrew Day  photo Mr Andrew Day Andrew Day is a Barrister specialising in Arbitration and Family (finance).  He…
Mr William Douglas-Jones  photo Mr William Douglas-Jones Will has a busy criminal practice.  His practice includes, inter alia, matters…
Ms Sarah Fahy  photo Ms Sarah Fahy Sarah is a specialist family law practitioner with a diverse public and…
Mr Matthew Fiddy  photo Mr Matthew Fiddy Matthew has an established practice in public and private children’s cases.
Mr Joseph Giret photo Mr Joseph GiretJoseph Giret QC has a successful practice and enjoys a formidable reputation…
Mr Jason Hadden MBE  photo Mr Jason Hadden MBE Jason appears on a daily basis in courts all over the country…
Ms Annabel Hamilton  photo Ms Annabel Hamilton Annabel Hamilton is a Barrister specialising in Family law (both public and…
Mr Tom Harrill  photo Mr Tom Harrill Tom practises exclusively in Family law and specialises in matters related to…
Mr Marcus Harry  photo Mr Marcus Harry Marcus is a well-established criminal barrister with extensive Crown Court experience. He…
Ms Lucy Hawkins  photo Ms Lucy Hawkins She has over 18 years’ experience in cases relating to children, and…
Mr Matthew Haynes  photo Mr Matthew Haynes Matthew Haynes’s work includes contentious probate work, including issues relating to the…
Ms Angela Houston  photo Ms Angela Houston Angela qualified as a solicitor in 1992 and has 25 years of…
Ms Alyssa Howard  photo Ms Alyssa Howard Alyssa has a particular interest in difficult and complex private children cases…
Mr Dympna Howells  photo Mr Dympna Howells A former solicitor and partner in a large regional practice, Dympna has…
Mr Basharat Hussain  photo Mr Basharat Hussain Year of Call: 1997 With his wealth of knowledge and understanding of…
Ms Elizabeth Isaacs photo Ms Elizabeth IsaacsElizabeth is highly regarded and has an established national reputation for her…
Ms Amy Jackson  photo Ms Amy Jackson Amy is Level 3 on the CPS Advocates Panel, and Serious Organised…
Mr David Jackson  photo Mr David Jackson David is a Barrister specialising in Criminal Law. He has defended in…
Ms Charmian Jackson  photo Ms Charmian Jackson Charmian is an experienced and tenacious advocate who regularly appears for applicants,…
Mr Justin Jarmola  photo Mr Justin Jarmola Justin is regularly instructed in cases alleging Homicide, Drug Importation and Supply,…
Mr Mark Jones  photo Mr Mark Jones Mark’s Housing law area of expertise lies where human rights and public…
Ms Eleanor Lake  photo Ms Eleanor Lake Prior to joining the bar, Eleanor had a successful career within Warwickshire…
Ms Tracy Lakin  photo Ms Tracy Lakin Tracy practises in Public Law Children, Private Law Children applications. She is…
Mr Martin Langston  photo Mr Martin Langston He has developed a busy and varied litigation practice routinely appearing at…
Ms Justine Lattimer  photo Ms Justine Lattimer Justine Lattimer specialises in child protection. She is highly experienced in serious…
Mr Tom Lawal  photo Mr Tom Lawal Year of Call:  2008 Tom accepts instructions in all areas of housing…
Mr Michael Lohmus  photo Mr Michael Lohmus Michael acts for parents and children with disabilities including those with severe…
Ms Eleanor Marsh  photo Ms Eleanor Marsh Eleanor has a busy family practice and is regularly instructed to represent…
Mr Matthew Maynard  photo Mr Matthew Maynard Matthew is a specialist family practitioner with a wide children law practice,…
Ms Jayne Mullen  photo Ms Jayne Mullen Jayne is Head of the Matrimonial Finance Group and a Pupil Supervisor.…
Ms Anya Newman  photo Ms Anya Newman Anya Newman specialises in Property and Business with an emphasis on real…
Mr David Nuttall  photo Mr David Nuttall David would describe himself primarily as a property practitioner and has a…
Mr David Payne  photo Mr David Payne David is a family law specialist with who is regularly instructed in…
Mr Jason Pegg  photo Mr Jason Pegg Jason Pegg is an experienced and well regarded criminal barrister with wide-ranging…
Mr James Picken  photo Mr James Picken James Picken is a Barrister specialising in private family law and financial…
Ms Samantha Powis  photo Ms Samantha Powis She is experienced in dealing with all types of crime including homicide and other…
Miss Catherine Preen  photo Miss Catherine Preen Cathy has practised exclusively in Family law since 1990. She represents parents…
Mr Alexander Pritchard-Jones  photo Mr Alexander Pritchard-Jones Prior to joining the Bar, Alexander gained several years of commercial legal…
Ms Elisabeth Richards  photo Ms Elisabeth Richards Elisabeth was a solicitor for 15 years prior to her call to…
Mr Gregory Rogers  photo Mr Gregory Rogers Greg is a specialist family lawyer who practices exclusively in cases concerning…
Mr Kevin Saunders  photo Mr Kevin Saunders Kevin Saunders is a well-regarded advocate with a good manner in court.…
Mr Graeme Simpson  photo Mr Graeme Simpson Graeme has wide-ranging experience in all types of criminal work for both…
Mr Karamjit Singh  photo Mr Karamjit Singh Karamjit Singh is specialist civil litigator predominantly working in the fields of…
Mr Michael Singleton  photo Mr Michael Singleton As Head of the Housing Practice Group, he has pioneered the development…
Ms Julie Slater  photo Ms Julie Slater Since being called to the bar in 1988, Julie practices exclusively in…
Mr Nicholas Starks  photo Mr Nicholas Starks Nicholas is a senior junior counsel with over 25 years’ experience, specialising…
Ms Jane Talbot  photo Ms Jane Talbot Jane has a high profile for Housing work and has been at…
Mr Roger Thomas  photo Mr Roger Thomas Roger enjoys a thriving family finance practice, representing litigants under the Matrimonial…
Ms Priya Tromans  photo Ms Priya Tromans Priya has practised litigation for over seven years, with experience in a…
Ms Rebecca Wade  photo Ms Rebecca Wade Rebecca Wade was called to be the Bar in 2003, and is…
Mr Tony Watkin  photo Mr Tony Watkin Tony developed a strong practice in Business and Property litigation. He has…
Mr Jeremy Weston photo Mr Jeremy WestonJeremy is the Head of St Ives Chambers, Head of Family Team…
Ms Lucinda Wilmott-Lascelles  photo Ms Lucinda Wilmott-Lascelles Year of Call:  2014
Mr Ian Windridge  photo Mr Ian Windridge Ian qualified as a Solicitor in 1998 (Higher Rights Criminal in 2008).…