Set Profile > Chambers of Jeremy Weston QC > Birmingham, England

Chambers of Jeremy Weston QC
St Ives Chambers
B4 6DH

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law

Members of St Ives Chambers act on a wide range of Chancery and commercial matters, including breach of contract, intellectual property and probate disputes. Matthew Haynes recently appeared unled for the defendant against a silk in a claim for deceit and breach of contract relating to a loan which had been secured by various works of art, which were also pledged to other lenders.

Leading Juniors

Michelle Caney - St Ives ChambersAn excellent all-rounder.
Ranked: Tier 2
Matthew Haynes - St Ives ChambersExcellent with clients, and respected by opponents and judges.
Ranked: Tier 2
Tony Watkin - St Ives ChambersHe gives clear advice and is very commercial in his approach.
Ranked: Tier 3


St Ives Chambers' criminal law team has 'gone from strength to strength' in recent years. The set is instructed across the spectrum of criminal work, including murder, sexual offences and drug conspiracy cases. A recent highlight for the set is Kevin Saunders' involvement for the defence in the only trial arising from Operation Dynamo, a large-scale drug supply investigation.

Leading Juniors

Justin Jarmola - St Ives ChambersTenacious and committed in every case.
Ranked: Tier 2
Kevin Saunders - St Ives ChambersPuts clients at ease and always inspires confidence.
Ranked: Tier 2
Rebecca Wade - St Ives ChambersAlways demonstrates a mastery of her brief.
Ranked: Tier 2
Peter Cooper - St Ives ChambersAn effective advocate with great attention to detail.
Ranked: Tier 3

Family and children law

Family law is a key aspect of St Ives Chambers' members' workload, with barristers specialising in the full range of both Children Act and matrimonial cases. The set is regarded by some as a 'hidden gem in Birmingham', providing 'an excellent choice of specialist counsel' who are 'reliable, knowledgeable, and approachable.'

Leading Juniors

Timothy Bowe - St Ives ChambersHis charming court manner and understated advocacy style makes him a very appealing advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Day - St Ives ChambersOne of the most technically astute family barristers around.
Ranked: Tier 1
Matthew Maynard - St Ives ChambersA charismatic and technically able barrister.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jayne Mullen - St Ives ChambersOne of the strongest family finance juniors in the Midlands.
Ranked: Tier 1
Nicholas Starks - St Ives Chambersvery meticulous in his preparation for and delivery of a case.
Ranked: Tier 1
Mark Cooper - St Ives ChambersHe provides first-class client care.
Ranked: Tier 2
Kirstie Danton - St Ives ChambersHard working, knowledgeable, and great with clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Tracy Lakin - St Ives Chambersalways robust and strong in her advocacy
Ranked: Tier 2
David Payne - St Ives ChambersAn outstanding trial counsel with exceptional analytical and technical skills.
Ranked: Tier 2
Gregory Rogers - St Ives ChambersRecommended for care cases.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Silks

Elizabeth Isaacs QC - St Ives ChambersAn enormously effective trial advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jeremy Weston QC - St Ives ChambersStrong on legal argument as well as in cross-examination.
Ranked: Tier 1


St Ives Chambers is particularly well known for its housing team, which is the 'go-to' for landlord and tenant matters in Birmingham. Key areas of work include social housing disputes, possession claims, anti-social behaviour issues and disrepair claims.

Leading Juniors

Michael Singleton - St Ives ChambersAdept at handling complex cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Michelle Caney - St Ives ChambersHas an encyclopaedic knowledge of housing law.
Ranked: Tier 2
Anya Newman - St Ives ChambersA well-prepared, knowledgeable and no-nonsense advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Nuttall - St Ives ChambersGives concise, commercially-aware, and well thought-out advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jane Talbot - St Ives ChambersA very good advocate with great attention to detail.
Ranked: Tier 2

Set overviews: England and Wales

A professional, friendly and efficient set’, St Ives Chambersoffers a wide range of experienced and talented barristers’. In addition to being ‘a hidden gem in Birmingham, offering a high-standard of family law expertise and advocacy’, it has ‘a large number of barristers experienced in housing cases, who clients have confidence in to attend hearings involving a whole raft of issues’. Since the publication of our last guide, Graeme Simpson joined the criminal group from Citadel Chambers. Fellow criminal practitioner Dafydd Enoch QC joined as a door tenant. In the family and children law team, Sarah Fahy and Jayne Mullen returned to chambers in January; former family solicitor Hasnat Bashir arrived in chambers, later to be joined by Terri Mason, a children law solicitor of 14 years; while Adem Muzaffer has been appointed a district judge. The set, whose seminars ‘provide invaluable guidance to the Birmingham legal community’, has a clerking team that provides a ‘second-to-none’ service and ‘treat firms as if they were their only client’. Civil and family finance practice manager Ross Hands is ‘instrumental in matching suitable barristers to cases based on particular skillsets and client needs’ (assistant practice managers in the team include Catherine Merry and the ‘great’ Hannah Yates). The children law clerking team is led by Sarah Robinson and includes the ‘fantastic’ Nick Burdon and ‘very efficient’ Asma Akhtar. Philip Hidson heads up the criminal clerking team, and Jackie Maskew is the chambers director. Offices in: Birmingham


St Ives is a common law set with particular expertise in family law, housing, chancery and commercial, regulatory and criminal law.

The set: St Ives Chambers is proud of its reputation for outstanding service and excellence in all areas of advocacy and advisory work, which continues to grow both locally and nationally.

Chambers is a multidisciplinary set with particular expertise in family, housing, property, chancery and commercial, regulatory and criminal law, and is regarded for boasting some of the most renowned and experienced practitioners in the Midlands, past and present.

Chambers has 70 tenants, including two highly regarded family QCs, in addition to ten door tenants.

It is routinely listed in national legal directories and many of the barristers are regular contributors to legal publications and published authors of seminal legal texts.

Members of chambers hold various judicial appointments, including Recorders of the Crown and County Court, deputy district judge and tribunal judge. Former members include a Lady Justice of Appeal, High Court judge, four circuit judges and two district judges.

Members have been involved in a number of high-profile cases: Peter Cooper prosecuted the Hasan Mahmood murderer and defended Magdalena Luczak in the Daniel Pelka murder; David Jackson prosecuted Christopher Semak, the paedophile policeman; Kirstie Danton represented the mother in RE AB 2015; Tony Watkin prosecuted a Warwick company director accused of £7.5m fraud, resulting in a jail sentence; and the set was involved in the ‘Roadblock Case’, DR v GR; Matthew Haynes represented the child in Re:c [2015].

Types of work undertaken: St Ives‘ family group is unmatched in the region in its breadth and depth, and is widely recognised as the market leader in family law in the Midlands and beyond. The St Ives childcare group enjoys the benefit of including a number of exceptionally gifted individuals, and this talent extends throughout the group. The team boasts two specialist family Silks, both of whom deal with the most complex childcare cases, including death or serious injury of children, fabricated or induced illness, Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act and judicial review.

St Ives matrimonial team has an excellent reputation for its efficient, practical, client-focused approach, and consistently undertakes a range of cases from multi-million-pound settlements, offshore trusts and prenuptial agreements to those where debt is the biggest issue.

St Ives boasts the largest housing team outside London, including a number of specialist counsel. Work undertaken includes ASB, including gang injunction, disrepair, homelessness, Article 8, Equality Act and human rights. Other property work undertaken includes boundary disputes, forfeiture, easements and dilapidations. Members of the group appear in courts and tribunals throughout England and Wales, and have appeared at all levels of court from the County Court and Registered Property Tribunal to the Supreme Court. St Ives’ civil group includes chancery, the full breadth of commercial litigation, personal injury and financial services. The team includes a number of recognised talented individuals.

St Ives boasts a dedicated criminal group with considerable expertise. Senior counsel are among the very best on the circuit as recognised by legal directories, and its juniors specialise very early on during their tenancy and are regularly instructed in Crown Court matters including heavyweight defence work and prosecution for the CPS and DWP. Regulatory expertise includes environmental, health and safety, and consumer law (including all aspects of trading standards).


Department Name Email Telephone
Head of chambers Jeremy Weston
Members of Chambers WESTON QC, Jeremy (1991)
Members of Chambers ISAACS QC, Elizabeth (1998)
Members of Chambers GIRET QC, Joseph (1985)
Members of Chambers PRICE ROWLANDS, Gwynn (1985)
Members of Chambers JACKSON, David (1986)
Members of Chambers CLARKSON, Stuart (1987)
Members of Chambers SINGLETON, Michael (1987)
Members of Chambers PREEN, Catherine (1988)
Members of Chambers SWAFFIELD, Helen (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 (1992)
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 PEGG, Jason (1994)
Members of Chambers COOPER, Peter (1996)
Members of Chambers TRUSTMAN, Judith (1996)
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 DAY, Andrew (2003)
Members of Chambers BOWE, Timothy (2003)
Members of Chambers SAUNDERS, Kevin (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 MOLLOY, Andrew (2004)
Members of Chambers LOHMUS, Michael (2005)
Members of Chambers JACOBS, Amy (2005)
Members of Chambers CHEETHAM, Gareth (2005)
Members of Chambers BRIGGS, Claire (2005)
Members of Chambers NEWMAN, Anya (2007)
Members of Chambers MUZAFFER, Adem (2007)
Members of Chambers JACKSON, Charmian (2007)
Members of Chambers FOX, Aimee (2007)
Members of Chambers LAWAL, Tom (2008)
Members of Chambers HARRY, Marcus (2008)
Members of Chambers HOWELLS, Dympna (2009)
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