Set Profile > St Ives Chambers > Birmingham, England

Chambers of Jeremy Weston QC
St Ives Chambers
1-3 WHITTALL STREET
BIRMINGHAM
B4 6DH
England

Family and children law Tier 1

St Ives Chambers is a strong presence in family law, with a 'full armoury of experienced, thoroughly professional, well-respected counsel' providing coverage across both public and private children law, as well as a strong financial remedy team. The set can take on the most complex of children cases thanks to Jeremy Weston QC and Elizabeth Isaacs QC, both of whom are frequently instructed in some of the region's largest matters, with solicitors praising the 'sound judgement and meticulous preparation' of both barristers. Senior juniors Timothy Bowe and Matthew Maynard also undertake substantial cases. Jayne Mullen and Nicholas Starks lead the way in matrimonial finance, both dealing with high-value cases involving a range of issues such as non-capacitous parties, pension rights, the potential sale of family farms and more.

Leading Silks: Child Law (Public and Private)

Elizabeth Isaacs QC - St Ives ChambersHer preparation of every case is meticulous and impressive, her advice is robust and straightforward, and she stands up for her clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jeremy Weston QC - St Ives ChambersAn incisive and effective cross-examiner who remains calm and measured in high-conflict situations.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private)

Timothy Bowe - St Ives ChambersThoughtful, analytical and well-organised, he is skilful in his advocacy.
Ranked: Tier 1
Matthew Maynard - St Ives ChambersA commanding presence in court whose attention to detail and preparation are always excellent.
Ranked: Tier 1
Kirstie Danton - St Ives ChambersA formidable advocate who can command the courtroom but also puts clients at ease.
Ranked: Tier 2
Tracy Lakin - St Ives ChambersHer grasp of complex issues is comprehensive and there is not a single detail she does not know about her case.
Ranked: Tier 2
Justine Lattimer - St Ives ChambersShe has an amazing ability to master large and complex briefs in addition to strong performance in court.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Payne - St Ives ChambersA very smooth operator in court who quickly gets to grips with large complex matters.
Ranked: Tier 2
Mark Cooper - St Ives ChambersA well-rounded barrister who goes above and beyond for his clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Matthew Fiddy - St Ives ChambersExtremely knowledgeable and analytical, with strong case preparation as a result.
Ranked: Tier 3
Tom Harrill - St Ives ChambersUnflappable and authoritative, with a thoughtful and intellectual approach to complex cases.
Ranked: Tier 3
James Picken - St Ives ChambersExtraordinarily calm and dignified, he conducts himself with composure, whilst articulating his argument with precision and flair.
Ranked: Tier 3
Gregory Rogers - St Ives ChambersExtremely experienced and knowledgeable, he presents his cases diligently, calmly and extremely effectively.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy

Jayne Mullen - St Ives ChambersHer forensic attention to detail, command of case law and strategy make her a first-class negotiator.
Ranked: Tier 1
Nicholas Starks - St Ives ChambersThoroughly prepared, robust in pursuit of a client’s interests, and collaborates well with solicitors.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Day - St Ives ChambersA compelling advocate whose attention to detail is meticulous.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Picken - St Ives ChambersExtraordinarily calm and dignified, he conducts himself with composure, whilst articulating his argument with precision and flair.
Ranked: Tier 2

Social housing Tier 1

Members of the social housing team at St Ives Chambers primarily act on behalf of local authorities and housing associations, dealing with instances of anti-social behaviour, traveller issues, evictions, nuisance, and homelessness applications. Michael Singleton leads the group, and recently represented Mossbank Homes Limited in a possession claim against a defendant with severe mental health issues for whom local authority support had been withdrawn. Other prominent practitioners within chambers include Michelle Caney, who represents Black Country Housing Group in a possession claim issued against a tenant who was a hoarder, in which the defendant has been granted leave to appeal, and Anya Newman, who also undertakes some work for tenants.

Rising stars

Aadhithya Anbahan - St Ives ChambersAn excellent advocate and very confident in submissions considering every angle from which to approach a case.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Michelle Caney - St Ives ChambersMeticulously prepared for every case and is able to formulate clever arguments even when there are limitations in the evidence.
Ranked: Tier 1
Anya Newman - St Ives ChambersA persuasive advocate whose no-nonsense approach gets the job done.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Nuttall - St Ives ChambersHe gives very thorough, clear and concise advice, leaving no stone unturned.
Ranked: Tier 1
Michael Singleton - St Ives ChambersPrecise and to the point in pleadings, excellent both on paper and in court.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jane Talbot - St Ives ChambersConsiders the practicalities of a case as well as its legal elements, and understands the issues from a solicitor’s perspective as well.
Ranked: Tier 1

Business and regulatory crime (including health and safety) Tier 2

Members of St Ives Chambers are instructed in a wide range of regulatory matters. Tony Watkin is particularly notable for his prosecution practice across a wide range of regulatory areas - in one matter he prosecuted the owners of a nightclub after an inebriated guest left through a back door and fell two floors to his death. Kevin Saunders is also active in regulatory work, with recent instructions including the defence of Spanish airline Iberia, which was convicted of aviation offences following the death of twelve capybara rodents on board a flight from Madrid to Heathrow.

Leading Juniors

Kevin Saunders - St Ives ChambersHis tremendous legal knowledge, guile, and technical ability allow him to find holes in even the strongest prosecution case.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tony Watkin - St Ives ChambersTactically astute, technically knowledgeable and excellent in his written work.
Ranked: Tier 1

Crime (general and fraud) Tier 2

St Ives Chambers has a growing reputation for criminal work, with instructing solicitors reporting that 'their investment in the junior criminal Bar has paid off, resulting in impressive strength-in-depth' for the size of the team. Peter Cooper recently acted as junior defence counsel in the case of a woman who was convicted of the murders of her two young children, and Kevin Saunders is a key figure within the set for fraud matters, having recently represented a co-defendant of former Locke Lord LLP  partner Jonathan Denton in a £16m investment fraud case. Amy JacksonRebecca Wade and Marcus Harry are frequently instructed in matters involving sexual offences.

Leading Juniors

Peter Cooper - St Ives ChambersA very experienced senior junior with a keen eye for detail, who is unrelenting in his efforts in both case preparation and in court.
Ranked: Tier 1
William Douglas-Jones - St Ives ChambersA fiercely intelligent advocate, with wisdom and gravitas beyond his years.
Ranked: Tier 2
Justin Jarmola - St Ives ChambersA hard-working, assertive and persuasive advocate who identifies case issues early and is able to present them attractively.
Ranked: Tier 2
Kevin Saunders - St Ives ChambersHas an amazing ability to find a weakness in even the most straightforward prosecution case.
Ranked: Tier 2
Rebecca Wade - St Ives ChambersA forceful but fair advocate who fights hard for her clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Marcus Harry - St Ives ChambersExtremely hard-working and dedicated to his clients, with a civil background which is advantageous in confiscation and POCA work.
Ranked: Tier 3
Amy Jackson - St Ives ChambersAhead of the game for her level of call with sublime advocacy skills and an extremely pragmatic and diligent approach.
Ranked: Tier 3

Property and construction Tier 2

St Ives Chambers is home to a property group with significant experience across a wide range of issues, which 'punches above its weight locally, and is 'a go-to set for property matters in Birmingham'.  Senior junior Tony Watkin is a key figure within chambers, and recently represented the Radisson Blu Hotel in Liverpool in an insurance charge dispute where the landlord had reapportioned those charges so that the client had a higher burden than the building's residential tenants. Other notable barristers in the team include Matthew Haynes, whose recent property work has centred around boundary and easement disputes, and Michelle Caney, whose work covers the broad spectrum of real and property matters.

Leading Juniors

Michelle Caney - St Ives ChambersA calm, clear and persuasive advocate, with a very precise and thorough approach to cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tony Watkin - St Ives ChambersFirst-class attention to detail, quickly digesting complex cases and distilling the key issues.
Ranked: Tier 1
Matthew Haynes - St Ives ChambersExcellent with clients and respected by opponents and judges.
Ranked: Tier 2
Anya Newman - St Ives ChambersShe provides astute commercial and tactical advice, supplemented by her excellent in-depth knowledge of property law.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Nuttall - St Ives ChambersCombines excellent technical knowledge and spot-on tactical advice.
Ranked: Tier 2

Set overviews: England and Wales

Birmingham-based St Ives Chambers has strengths in a range of areas, particularly family and housing law, and also offers expertise in crime, regulatory and personal injury matters. The set recently launched a specialist dispute resolution team, which focuses on disputes within the family law sphere. In other recent developments, Nicholas Starks was appointed a Deputy District Judge, assigned to the Midlands Circuit.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Sarah Robinson is an impressive clerk with meticulous attention to detail. She is thoroughly prepared and able to deal with all and any inquiries in a prompt and professional manner.

Nick Burdon strives to provide the best possible service to his clients.

Asma Akhtar’s confident and approachable persona has ensured that the service she offers is of an excellent standard. Her ability to effectively communicate and problem solve has instilled confidence within the firm that our instruction will be handled in a professional and capable manner whilst always keeping the client at the forefront of the process.

Ms Robinson and her team have dedicated their time to ensuring that all inquiries are dealt with promptly and effectively and Chambers often go above and beyond to offer assistance when needed.

All the clerks are extremely helpful and go over and beyond as a service. In particular Sarah, Nick and Asma.

Andrew Rourke is a fantastic entrepreneur and rainmaker, Phil Hidson provides an excellent and user-friendly service.

Andrew Rourke is an asset to Chambers – he communicates well and promptly and is very amenable; he approaches with great honesty and with a proactive attitude about listing problems and changes in counsel.

Clerking is excellent. Catherine Merry and Ross Hands are particularly good in ensuring matters are dealt with, meetings organised and barristers are always there in good time for hearings and keep these instructing well informed.

Clerks have always been very accommodating, helpful and professional.

David Walters – the private law children family clerk is exceptional. Very well organised, great telephone manner and so reliable. His recommendations are great, and cost estimates always fair.

Excellent – Sarah Robinson has been at the helm for many years and is approachable calm and often a miracle worker, conjuring up counsel for last minute bookings!

Excellent and responsive team of clerks, no one in particular as all act in concert to support counsel and solicitors.

Ms Catherine Merry and Mr Ross Hands are both exceptional clerks who go out of their way to provide a professional service.

Ross Hands is always prepared to go the extra mile and provides an unparalleled service. His client care is second to none.

Sarah Robinson, Nick Burdon and David Walters will move heaven and earth to help you. They are an excellent set of clerks who seem to take everything in their stride.

The criminal clerks are exceptional. They are accommodating wherever possible.

The Clerking has never failed to impress. The Care team go above and beyond and will give off an air of calm.

The clerking remains the best I have experienced in nearly 20 years of practice. The clerks go out of their way to look after both their solicitor clients and their members’ interests. In particular, Andrew Rourke is a powerhouse clerk and an asset to the set, incredibly proactive in assisting the set’s professional clients and promoting its members.

The Clerks at St Ives are a joy to deal with. I find them all extremely helpful, pleasant, polite, and friendly. They’re always available to resolve any problems and arrange suitable Counsel, often even at very short notice.

The service has always been top notch. The Clerks always go above and beyond their call of duty in order to assist.

Well organised and helpful. Nick Burdon always a delight.

Set:

A hidden gem in Birmingham – talented counsel at all levels – commercial and competitive in terms of pricing and they are confident with being arrogant.

A very friendly and approachable set who go above and beyond in securing counsel. Provides extremely good value for money and regularly used by many lawyers in the authority.

A very good and reliable set. Counsel available to assist on short notice and are always prepared. Know case is in good hands when instructing Counsel from this set of chambers.

Excellent breadth of knowledge and experience with enough variety to cater for all levels of complexity in both children and financial issues.

St Ives are a superb set with a lot of impressive and caring barristers.

St Ives are a well established chambers in Birmingham but they do not rest on their laurels. Their counsel offer value for money and excellent service.

St Ives are more often than not our first port of call when seeking assistance from Counsel. The depth of experience in the set, and their specialist knowledge, ensures that there is an excellent choice of Counsel available for every instruction we have and need assistance with.

St Ives are my go to set. A high calibre of sensible, impressive and thoughtful advocates with a wealth of experience and an impressive command of the law.

St Ives Chambers has an important core of very talented criminal practitioners, who take pride in performing at the highest level.

St Ives Chambers is a professional and passionate Chambers which strives to achieve the best possible outcome for their clients. The experience and knowledge of their Barristers and Clerking Team is exemplary and they should be proud of the outstanding reputation that they have been able to build within the legal profession; not just in the West Midlands but further afield.

St Ives Chambers is by far the most go to chambers for us in Birmingham. The clerks and Barristers are outstanding and they are always my first choice. I know clients are in safe hands with their Barristers.

St Ives has a good team of sharp, technical, lawyers which makes them a big player in the midlands for crime.

St Ives is a strong set of barristers. I would always be confident in instructing St Ives for their competency, as well as being friendly and approachable. They have a strong footing in every family court. I would say that they are one of the strongest set in the Midlands for family barristers.

St. Ives’ Chambers is an excellent set of Chambers with a full armoury of fully experienced, thoroughly professional, peer respected Counsel.

The set could offer more in the way of regulatory training. They have a good housing training programme but the regulatory group have rarely offered seminars or workshops.

Very well regarded set on the midland circuit with a strong reputation in crime which has been growing in recent years. Very strong at the younger, junior end, where many chambers have a real gap locally.

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

St Ives Chambers is a strong presence in family law, with a 'full armoury of experienced, thoroughly professional, well-respected counsel' providing coverage across both public and private children law, as well as a strong financial remedy team. The set can take on the most complex of children cases thanks to Jeremy Weston QC and Elizabeth Isaacs QC, both of whom are frequently instructed in some of the region's largest matters, with solicitors praising the 'sound judgement and meticulous preparation' of both barristers. Senior juniors Timothy Bowe and Matthew Maynard also undertake substantial cases. Jayne Mullen and Nicholas Starks lead the way in matrimonial finance, both dealing with high-value cases involving a range of issues such as non-capacitous parties, pension rights, the potential sale of family farms and more.

Leading Silks: Child Law (Public and Private)

Elizabeth Isaacs QC - St Ives ChambersHer preparation of every case is meticulous and impressive, her advice is robust and straightforward, and she stands up for her clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jeremy Weston QC - St Ives ChambersAn incisive and effective cross-examiner who remains calm and measured in high-conflict situations.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private)

Timothy Bowe - St Ives ChambersThoughtful, analytical and well-organised, he is skilful in his advocacy.
Ranked: Tier 1
Matthew Maynard - St Ives ChambersA commanding presence in court whose attention to detail and preparation are always excellent.
Ranked: Tier 1
Kirstie Danton - St Ives ChambersA formidable advocate who can command the courtroom but also puts clients at ease.
Ranked: Tier 2
Tracy Lakin - St Ives ChambersHer grasp of complex issues is comprehensive and there is not a single detail she does not know about her case.
Ranked: Tier 2
Justine Lattimer - St Ives ChambersShe has an amazing ability to master large and complex briefs in addition to strong performance in court.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Payne - St Ives ChambersA very smooth operator in court who quickly gets to grips with large complex matters.
Ranked: Tier 2
Mark Cooper - St Ives ChambersA well-rounded barrister who goes above and beyond for his clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Matthew Fiddy - St Ives ChambersExtremely knowledgeable and analytical, with strong case preparation as a result.
Ranked: Tier 3
Tom Harrill - St Ives ChambersUnflappable and authoritative, with a thoughtful and intellectual approach to complex cases.
Ranked: Tier 3
James Picken - St Ives ChambersExtraordinarily calm and dignified, he conducts himself with composure, whilst articulating his argument with precision and flair.
Ranked: Tier 3
Gregory Rogers - St Ives ChambersExtremely experienced and knowledgeable, he presents his cases diligently, calmly and extremely effectively.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy

Jayne Mullen - St Ives ChambersHer forensic attention to detail, command of case law and strategy make her a first-class negotiator.
Ranked: Tier 1
Nicholas Starks - St Ives ChambersThoroughly prepared, robust in pursuit of a client’s interests, and collaborates well with solicitors.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Day - St Ives ChambersA compelling advocate whose attention to detail is meticulous.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Picken - St Ives ChambersExtraordinarily calm and dignified, he conducts himself with composure, whilst articulating his argument with precision and flair.
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Social housing Tier 1

Members of the social housing team at St Ives Chambers primarily act on behalf of local authorities and housing associations, dealing with instances of anti-social behaviour, traveller issues, evictions, nuisance, and homelessness applications. Michael Singleton leads the group, and recently represented Mossbank Homes Limited in a possession claim against a defendant with severe mental health issues for whom local authority support had been withdrawn. Other prominent practitioners within chambers include Michelle Caney, who represents Black Country Housing Group in a possession claim issued against a tenant who was a hoarder, in which the defendant has been granted leave to appeal, and Anya Newman, who also undertakes some work for tenants.

Rising stars

Aadhithya Anbahan - St Ives ChambersAn excellent advocate and very confident in submissions considering every angle from which to approach a case.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Michelle Caney - St Ives ChambersMeticulously prepared for every case and is able to formulate clever arguments even when there are limitations in the evidence.
Ranked: Tier 1
Anya Newman - St Ives ChambersA persuasive advocate whose no-nonsense approach gets the job done.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Nuttall - St Ives ChambersHe gives very thorough, clear and concise advice, leaving no stone unturned.
Ranked: Tier 1
Michael Singleton - St Ives ChambersPrecise and to the point in pleadings, excellent both on paper and in court.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jane Talbot - St Ives ChambersConsiders the practicalities of a case as well as its legal elements, and understands the issues from a solicitor’s perspective as well.
Ranked: Tier 1

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Business and regulatory crime (including health and safety) Tier 2

Members of St Ives Chambers are instructed in a wide range of regulatory matters. Tony Watkin is particularly notable for his prosecution practice across a wide range of regulatory areas - in one matter he prosecuted the owners of a nightclub after an inebriated guest left through a back door and fell two floors to his death. Kevin Saunders is also active in regulatory work, with recent instructions including the defence of Spanish airline Iberia, which was convicted of aviation offences following the death of twelve capybara rodents on board a flight from Madrid to Heathrow.

Leading Juniors

Kevin Saunders - St Ives ChambersHis tremendous legal knowledge, guile, and technical ability allow him to find holes in even the strongest prosecution case.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tony Watkin - St Ives ChambersTactically astute, technically knowledgeable and excellent in his written work.
Ranked: Tier 1

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

St Ives Chambers has a growing reputation for criminal work, with instructing solicitors reporting that 'their investment in the junior criminal Bar has paid off, resulting in impressive strength-in-depth' for the size of the team. Peter Cooper recently acted as junior defence counsel in the case of a woman who was convicted of the murders of her two young children, and Kevin Saunders is a key figure within the set for fraud matters, having recently represented a co-defendant of former Locke Lord LLP  partner Jonathan Denton in a £16m investment fraud case. Amy JacksonRebecca Wade and Marcus Harry are frequently instructed in matters involving sexual offences.

Leading Juniors

Peter Cooper - St Ives ChambersA very experienced senior junior with a keen eye for detail, who is unrelenting in his efforts in both case preparation and in court.
Ranked: Tier 1
William Douglas-Jones - St Ives ChambersA fiercely intelligent advocate, with wisdom and gravitas beyond his years.
Ranked: Tier 2
Justin Jarmola - St Ives ChambersA hard-working, assertive and persuasive advocate who identifies case issues early and is able to present them attractively.
Ranked: Tier 2
Kevin Saunders - St Ives ChambersHas an amazing ability to find a weakness in even the most straightforward prosecution case.
Ranked: Tier 2
Rebecca Wade - St Ives ChambersA forceful but fair advocate who fights hard for her clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Marcus Harry - St Ives ChambersExtremely hard-working and dedicated to his clients, with a civil background which is advantageous in confiscation and POCA work.
Ranked: Tier 3
Amy Jackson - St Ives ChambersAhead of the game for her level of call with sublime advocacy skills and an extremely pragmatic and diligent approach.
Ranked: Tier 3

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Property and construction Tier 2

St Ives Chambers is home to a property group with significant experience across a wide range of issues, which 'punches above its weight locally, and is 'a go-to set for property matters in Birmingham'.  Senior junior Tony Watkin is a key figure within chambers, and recently represented the Radisson Blu Hotel in Liverpool in an insurance charge dispute where the landlord had reapportioned those charges so that the client had a higher burden than the building's residential tenants. Other notable barristers in the team include Matthew Haynes, whose recent property work has centred around boundary and easement disputes, and Michelle Caney, whose work covers the broad spectrum of real and property matters.

Leading Juniors

Michelle Caney - St Ives ChambersA calm, clear and persuasive advocate, with a very precise and thorough approach to cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tony Watkin - St Ives ChambersFirst-class attention to detail, quickly digesting complex cases and distilling the key issues.
Ranked: Tier 1
Matthew Haynes - St Ives ChambersExcellent with clients and respected by opponents and judges.
Ranked: Tier 2
Anya Newman - St Ives ChambersShe provides astute commercial and tactical advice, supplemented by her excellent in-depth knowledge of property law.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Nuttall - St Ives ChambersCombines excellent technical knowledge and spot-on tactical advice.
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

Birmingham-based St Ives Chambers has strengths in a range of areas, particularly family and housing law, and also offers expertise in crime, regulatory and personal injury matters. The set recently launched a specialist dispute resolution team, which focuses on disputes within the family law sphere. In other recent developments, Nicholas Starks was appointed a Deputy District Judge, assigned to the Midlands Circuit.

Testimonials

Clerks:

Sarah Robinson is an impressive clerk with meticulous attention to detail. She is thoroughly prepared and able to deal with all and any inquiries in a prompt and professional manner.

Nick Burdon strives to provide the best possible service to his clients.

Asma Akhtar’s confident and approachable persona has ensured that the service she offers is of an excellent standard. Her ability to effectively communicate and problem solve has instilled confidence within the firm that our instruction will be handled in a professional and capable manner whilst always keeping the client at the forefront of the process.

Ms Robinson and her team have dedicated their time to ensuring that all inquiries are dealt with promptly and effectively and Chambers often go above and beyond to offer assistance when needed.

All the clerks are extremely helpful and go over and beyond as a service. In particular Sarah, Nick and Asma.

Andrew Rourke is a fantastic entrepreneur and rainmaker, Phil Hidson provides an excellent and user-friendly service.

Andrew Rourke is an asset to Chambers – he communicates well and promptly and is very amenable; he approaches with great honesty and with a proactive attitude about listing problems and changes in counsel.

Clerking is excellent. Catherine Merry and Ross Hands are particularly good in ensuring matters are dealt with, meetings organised and barristers are always there in good time for hearings and keep these instructing well informed.

Clerks have always been very accommodating, helpful and professional.

David Walters – the private law children family clerk is exceptional. Very well organised, great telephone manner and so reliable. His recommendations are great, and cost estimates always fair.

Excellent – Sarah Robinson has been at the helm for many years and is approachable calm and often a miracle worker, conjuring up counsel for last minute bookings!

Excellent and responsive team of clerks, no one in particular as all act in concert to support counsel and solicitors.

Ms Catherine Merry and Mr Ross Hands are both exceptional clerks who go out of their way to provide a professional service.

Ross Hands is always prepared to go the extra mile and provides an unparalleled service. His client care is second to none.

Sarah Robinson, Nick Burdon and David Walters will move heaven and earth to help you. They are an excellent set of clerks who seem to take everything in their stride.

The criminal clerks are exceptional. They are accommodating wherever possible.

The Clerking has never failed to impress. The Care team go above and beyond and will give off an air of calm.

The clerking remains the best I have experienced in nearly 20 years of practice. The clerks go out of their way to look after both their solicitor clients and their members’ interests. In particular, Andrew Rourke is a powerhouse clerk and an asset to the set, incredibly proactive in assisting the set’s professional clients and promoting its members.

The Clerks at St Ives are a joy to deal with. I find them all extremely helpful, pleasant, polite, and friendly. They’re always available to resolve any problems and arrange suitable Counsel, often even at very short notice.

The service has always been top notch. The Clerks always go above and beyond their call of duty in order to assist.

Well organised and helpful. Nick Burdon always a delight.

Set:

A hidden gem in Birmingham – talented counsel at all levels – commercial and competitive in terms of pricing and they are confident with being arrogant.

A very friendly and approachable set who go above and beyond in securing counsel. Provides extremely good value for money and regularly used by many lawyers in the authority.

A very good and reliable set. Counsel available to assist on short notice and are always prepared. Know case is in good hands when instructing Counsel from this set of chambers.

Excellent breadth of knowledge and experience with enough variety to cater for all levels of complexity in both children and financial issues.

St Ives are a superb set with a lot of impressive and caring barristers.

St Ives are a well established chambers in Birmingham but they do not rest on their laurels. Their counsel offer value for money and excellent service.

St Ives are more often than not our first port of call when seeking assistance from Counsel. The depth of experience in the set, and their specialist knowledge, ensures that there is an excellent choice of Counsel available for every instruction we have and need assistance with.

St Ives are my go to set. A high calibre of sensible, impressive and thoughtful advocates with a wealth of experience and an impressive command of the law.

St Ives Chambers has an important core of very talented criminal practitioners, who take pride in performing at the highest level.

St Ives Chambers is a professional and passionate Chambers which strives to achieve the best possible outcome for their clients. The experience and knowledge of their Barristers and Clerking Team is exemplary and they should be proud of the outstanding reputation that they have been able to build within the legal profession; not just in the West Midlands but further afield.

St Ives Chambers is by far the most go to chambers for us in Birmingham. The clerks and Barristers are outstanding and they are always my first choice. I know clients are in safe hands with their Barristers.

St Ives has a good team of sharp, technical, lawyers which makes them a big player in the midlands for crime.

St Ives is a strong set of barristers. I would always be confident in instructing St Ives for their competency, as well as being friendly and approachable. They have a strong footing in every family court. I would say that they are one of the strongest set in the Midlands for family barristers.

St. Ives’ Chambers is an excellent set of Chambers with a full armoury of fully experienced, thoroughly professional, peer respected Counsel.

The set could offer more in the way of regulatory training. They have a good housing training programme but the regulatory group have rarely offered seminars or workshops.

Very well regarded set on the midland circuit with a strong reputation in crime which has been growing in recent years. Very strong at the younger, junior end, where many chambers have a real gap locally.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
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 Giret Joseph 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 Isaacs Elizabeth 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 Weston Jeremy is the Head of St Ives Chambers, Head of Family Team…
Ms Lucinda Wilmott-Lascelles  photo Ms Lucinda Wilmott-Lascelles Year of Call:  2014
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