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Temple Garden Chambers
Temple Garden Chambers
1 Harcourt Buildings, Temple
LONDON
EC4Y 9DA
England

Inquests and inquiries Tier 2

Temple Garden Chambers is 'a polished set' with 'solid knowledge of inquests and inquiries', which receives instructions from, among other, public inquiries. Keith Morton QC represents the Civil Aviation Authority at the inquest into the 2015 Shoreham Airshow crash, in which a Hawker Hunter crashed onto the A27, killing eleven (the pilot survived and was found not guilty of manslaughter in a criminal trial). David Barr QC's recent caseload includes being lead counsel to the Undercover Policing Inquiry, formerly referred to as the Pitchford Inquiry. Cathryn McGahey QC acts for the Home Secretary as a core participant in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

Leading Juniors

Nicholas Moss - Temple Garden ChambersOne of the very best in this area, as well as an outstanding lawyer, advocate and tactician.
Ranked: Tier 1
Dominic Adamson - Temple Garden ChambersA very capable barrister with an eye for detail who exudes confidence.
Ranked: Tier 2
Fiona Canby - Temple Garden ChambersA go-to for coroner’s investigations who is technically very good and firm when the need arises.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Silks

Keith Morton QC - Temple Garden ChambersA very impressive silk who is good with clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Cathryn McGahey QC - Temple Garden ChambersA talented advocate with an excellent client manner.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew O'Connor QC - Temple Garden ChambersNot afraid to roll his sleeves up and his strategic vision is unparalleled.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Barr QC - Temple Garden ChambersAn immensely able advocate who is tremendously bright and sees the big picture.
Ranked: Tier 3

International crime and extradition Tier 2

Temple Garden Chambers includes a number of members who are strong in international criminal law, while extradition work remains an area of growth for the set. Aidan Ellis represented Dr Saif al-Islam Gaddafi before the International Criminal Court over admissibility proceedings regarding alleged crimes against humanity; the defendant claimed the case was inadmissable due to being tried for the same crimes in Libya. Meanwhile, Daniel Sternberg is acting as junior counsel for the Romanian authorities in a request for the extradition of the son of a media tycoon, who is being sought on bribery charges.

Leading Juniors

Aidan Ellis - Temple Garden ChambersHe is very experienced in cases involving human rights elements.
Ranked: Tier 2
Myles Grandison - Temple Garden ChambersHis preparation and knowledge are first-rate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Benjamin Seifert - Temple Garden ChambersHe is unafraid to explore novel arguments in extradition cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Daniel Sternberg - Temple Garden ChambersA top-drawer extradition lawyer, with encyclopaedic knowledge of the relevant law.
Ranked: Tier 2
Rhys Davies - Temple Garden ChambersA polished performer who provides tactically astute advice.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Silks

Karim Khan QC - Temple Garden ChambersA silk who demonstrates enormous commitment to his cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Rodney Dixon QC - Temple Garden ChambersVery approachable, with a razor-sharp intellect.
Ranked: Tier 2

Costs Tier 3

Temple Garden Chambers is recognised for costs litigation, an area in which a number of its barristers have strong practices. Simon Browne QC acted in Frost & Ors v MGN, a Supreme Court challenge by Mirror Group Newspapers to the payment of additional liabilities. In Wedlake Bell LLP v Lord Magan of Castletown, Shaman Kapoor represented the defendant in resisting a claim for recovery of costs; the case centred on the retainer and a dispute as to whether the defendant was the claimant’s client.

Leading Juniors

James Laughland - Temple Garden ChambersDemonstrates a great depth of knowledge of the law and procedure.
Ranked: Tier 2
Shaman Kapoor - Temple Garden ChambersHe is clear, to the point and his advice is always solution focused.
Ranked: Tier 3
Mark James - Temple Garden ChambersBroad expertise in solicitor-client disputes, wasted costs and solicitors' retainers.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Silks

Simon Browne QC - Temple Garden ChambersWorks well as part of the wider legal team and “rolls up his sleeves” in a very effective way.
Ranked: Tier 1

Health and safety Tier 3

Temple Garden Chambers is adept at representing individuals and companies in various matters, including serious injury issues, corporate manslaughter investigations, and gross negligence manslaughter cases. Recent instructions include Keith Morton QC representing construction firm Mick George in an appeal to reduce a fine imposed on the company following a breach of health and safety regulations, which followed damage to a vehicle despite the employee driving the vehicle was unharmed; the appeal was successful.

Leading Juniors

Dominic Adamson - Temple Garden ChambersA good tactician with a cool, calm head.
Ranked: Tier 1
Fiona Canby - Temple Garden ChambersShe uses her excellent knowledge of the law to great effect.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Silks

Keith Morton QC - Temple Garden ChambersClients like his unflappable approach.
Ranked: Tier 1

Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud Tier 3

Temple Garden Chambers has a 'good range of very competent personal injury counsel' who offer representation at all levels in relation to cases of the highest value. Members' expertise spans pain syndromes, subtle brain injury and motor insurance fraud. The set also fields specialist teams that demonstrate extensive experience across military claims and accidents abroad. Simon Browne QC has niche expertise in aviation accident and international claims, while Marcus Grant's specialisms include head injury and chronic pain litigation. James Bell is regularly instructed by claimants in employer's liability matters.

Insurance fraud - Leading Juniors

Alex Glassbrook - Temple Garden ChambersHis grasp of the smallest details in a case can often be the making of your strategy.
Ranked: Tier 1
Marcus Grant - Temple Garden ChambersA leading light in subtle brain injury work and chronic pain cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
James Laughland - Temple Garden ChambersHe is user-friendly, conscientious and forensic in his review of the papers.
Ranked: Tier 1
Paul McGrath - Temple Garden ChambersOn top of his game – he is a leading expert in cases involving suspected fraud.
Ranked: Tier 1
Lionel Stride - Temple Garden ChambersA very persuasive advocate who has a forensic approach to the evidence.
Ranked: Tier 1

Personal injury - Leading Juniors

James Bell - Temple Garden ChambersHis schedules of loss are skilfully drafted.
Ranked: Tier 1
Marcus Grant - Temple Garden ChambersA leading light in subtle brain injury work and chronic pain cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
James Arney - Temple Garden ChambersHe has a very detailed and analytical approach.
Ranked: Tier 2
Peter Freeman - Temple Garden ChambersHe offers practical commercial solutions and an excellent presence in the courtroom.
Ranked: Tier 3
James Laughland - Temple Garden ChambersHe is user-friendly, conscientious and forensic in his review of the papers.
Ranked: Tier 3
Richard Wilkinson - Temple Garden ChambersHe has an impressive ability to analyse very complicated information and summarise it in simple terms.
Ranked: Tier 3
Dominic Adamson - Temple Garden ChambersA go-to Counsel in respect of high value and sensitive claims particularly where there is also a criminal health and safety element.
Ranked: Tier 4
John Bate-Williams - Temple Garden ChambersHe has extensive experience in brain and spinal injury claims
Ranked: Tier 4
Paul Kilcoyne - Temple Garden ChambersHe is the leading barrister for military claims.
Ranked: Tier 4
Lionel Stride - Temple Garden ChambersA very persuasive advocate who has a forensic approach to the evidence.
Ranked: Tier 5

Personal injury - Leading Silks

Simon Browne QC - Temple Garden ChambersGreat demeanour in Court and experienced across catastrophic injury.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jonathan Watt-Pringle QC - Temple Garden ChambersOutstanding negotiating skills and superb intellect.
Ranked: Tier 3

Set overviews: England and Wales

Temple Garden Chambers has strength and expertise across its core areas of practice, which include health and safety, inquests and inquiries, and personal injury, as well as costs and international crime and extradition. In recent chambers news, Daniel Sternberg joined from Foundry Chambers. The ‘helpful and informative’ clerks’ room is led by senior clerk Dean Norton and joint first juniors Nancy Rice and Keith Sharman. Offices in: London and The Hague

THE CHAMBERS TGC is a long established and market leading common law and specialist international law set. TGC has Chambers in London and The Hague. TGC and its members have a reputation for providing first class services.

TGC has 15 Silks and 57 juniors who pride themselves on providing the highest quality advice and advocacy. Twelve of our juniors have been appointed to the Attorney General’s Civil Panels who, together with a number of our silks, undertake work on behalf of the Crown. In addition several members are on the CPS extradition panel as well as the Equality and Human Rights Commission panel. Members of Chambers are supported by a very experienced, commercially astute and approachable clerking team.

WORK UNDERTAKEN

Clinical Negligence & Professional Liability: Chambers undertakes all areas of clinical negligence work, often in high value, complex cases. In the recent past counsel have acted in the claims arising out of solicitors’ negligence in the VWF compensation scheme.

Costs: Chambers is recognised as pre-eminent in costs work providing robust, commercial advice encompassing everything from routine detailed assessment to appellate work in the highest courts. The team remains at the cutting edge of Costs, whether that is through involvement in leading cases, mediation, presenting seminars, or authoring bi-annual quarterly newsletters.

Extradition: Chambers has a burgeoning extradition team with practitioners who appear on behalf of requested persons, judicial authorities, the National Crime Agency and foreign governments in some of the leading cases, including the sole extradition case before the Supreme Court in 2018. Further, Counsel have experience in corollary matters such as mutual legal assistance and European Investigation Orders.

Fraud (Civil): TGC has forged a reputation as the leading set for advising and representing insurance companies in defeating fraudulent claims. This work encompasses a wide range of dishonesty, from fraud rings and staged and contrived collisions, to opportunistic claims and conscious exaggeration. Its members were involved in the leading case on the meaning of ‘fundamental dishonesty’ (LOCOG v Sinfield). Through its market-leading ‘fraud update’ newsletter its members regularly provide analysis of the law and key decisions, as well as providing examples of the large number of successful cases they are involved in.

Health and safety: A team of members are at the forefront of work in this specialist area, especially advising and representing corporate and individual defendants in criminal investigations and prosecutions. Members are routinely instructed in high profile cases including the first prosecution under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 and leading cases in the Court of Appeal. Members are currently instructed on behalf of individuals and organisations in the ongoing investigations following the fire at Grenfell Tower and the collapse of Didcot Power Station.

Inquests: TGC is a leading set in the field of coronial law and inquests. Members have been instructed in virtually every high-profile inquest of recent years. Recent instructions have included the inquests into the deaths of those killed in the terrorist attacks at Westminster Bridge, London Bridge and the Manchester Arena, the Shoreham Air Disaster inquests, the Inquest into the deaths of the victims of Stephen Port and the series of re-opened Deepcut inquests. Members have also been instructed in the Tunisia inquests, the Hillsborough inquests, Vauxhall Helicopter crash, Litvinenko inquest, the 7/7 London Bombings Inquests and the inquest into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. Members routinely appear and advise in military, prison and workplace inquests.

Inquiries: TGC is highly regarded in this field with extensive experience of virtually all major public inquiries. We have a number of members of chambers currently instructed in connection with The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, The Undercover Police Inquiry, The Grenfell Tower Inquiry and The Infected Blood Inquiry. In the past, members have been instructed in The Independent Jersey Care Inquiry, The Litvinenko Inquiry, The Leveson Inquiry, and The Detainee Inquiry.

Insurance: Counsel at TGC specialise in motor and property insurance, credit hire, insurance fraud, and professional and product liability insurance.

Personal injury: TGC is consistently recommended as a leading set for personal injury. Chambers offer practitioners who are expert in handling claims for catastrophic injury, traumatic brain injury, chronic pain, and serious, psychiatric injury, and across the full spectrum of personal injury claims.

Product liability: Chambers provides representation and advice on all product liability issues, both in the commercial sphere and also in bringing its expertise in injury law to bear on the multiplicity of different claims to which defective products give rise.

Public International law: Chambers has an outstanding team which has advised governments and individuals at the highest level on public international law, international humanitarian law and international human rights law issues. Counsel have prosecuted, defended and intervened in the most serious cases at international criminal courts and have advised on litigation in other international courts. The set has pursued civil claims for clients internationally and has argued many aspects of international law in domestic cases. Our Chambers in The Hague supports our work before all international courts and bodies

Public law: Members of TGC are at the forefront of public law litigation, appearing and advising in numerous leading cases concerning, for example: human rights, prison law, coronial law, national security and immigration and asylum from first tier tribunals to the Supreme Court.

Professional Regulation and Discipline: Chambers’ team sits as legal advisors to professional disciplinary panels including the General Medical Council, General Dental Council, Nursing and Midwifery Council and General Optical Council.

Department Name Email Telephone
Head of Chambers MORTON QC, Keith (1990) (QC-2010)
Members of Chambers PRYNNE QC, Andrew (1975) (QC-1995)
Members of Chambers JACKSON QC, Simon (1982) (QC-2003)
Members of Chambers TAM QC, Robin (1986) (QC-2006)
Members of Chambers GRIEVE QC, Dominic (1980) (QC-2008)
Members of Chambers WATT-PRINGLE QC, Jonathan (1987) (QC-2008)
Members of Chambers MACLEOD QC, Murdo (1994) (Scot) (QC-2008)
Members of Chambers BROWNE QC, Simon (1982) (QC-2010)
Members of Chambers KHAN QC, Karim A A (1992) (QC-2010)
Members of Chambers CAYLEY QC, Andrew (2007) (QC-2012)
Members of Chambers BARR QC, David (1993) (QC-2014)
Members of Chambers DIXON QC, Rodney (2000) (QC-2014)
Members of Chambers O'CONNOR QC, Andrew (1996) (QC-2015)
Members of Chambers McGAHEY QC, Cathryn (1990) (QC-2016)
Member of Chambers BROWNE QC, Louis (1988) (QC-2017)
Members of Chambers BATE-WILLIAMS, John (1976)
Members of Chambers HOLDSWORTH, James (1977)
Members of Chambers ASHFORD-THOM, Ian (1977)
Members of Chambers MACPHERSON, Angus (1977)
Members of Chambers HOSKINS, William (1980)
Members of Chambers ALLIOTT, George (1981)
Members of Chambers KILCOYNE, Paul (1985)
Members of Chambers BELL, James (1987)
Members of Chambers JAMES, Mark (1987)
Members of Chambers LAUGHLAND, James (1991)
Members of Chambers CURTIS, Charles (1992)
Members of Chambers WILKINSON, Richard (1992)
Members of Chambers FREEMAN, Peter (1992)
Members of Chambers ARNEY, James (1992)
Members of Chambers GRANT, Marcus (1993)
Members of Chambers GLASSBROOK, Alexander (1995)
Members of Chambers MOSS, Nicholas (1995)
Members of Chambers HOBBS, Emma-Jane (1996)
Members of Chambers HUTCHIN, Edward (1996)
Members of Chambers McGRATH, Paul (1997)
Members of Chambers ADAMSON, Dominic (1997)
Members of Chambers DAVIES, George (1998)
Members of Chambers CASEY, Benjamin (2000)
Members of Chambers CANBY, Fiona (2001)
Member of Chambers CHAPMAN, Nicholas (2001)
Members of Chambers RAPP, Michael (2002)
Members of Chambers SHARPE, Tim (2002)
Members of Chambers GRANDISON, Myles (2002)
Members of Chambers JONES, Louise (2004)
Members of Chambers DAVIES, Rhys (2004)
Members of Chambers ELLIS, Aidan (2005)
Members of Chambers STRIDE, Lionel (2005)
Member of Chambears HOWARTH, Kathryn (2005)
Member of Chambers STERNBERG, Daniel (2006)
Members of Chambers JOHNSON, Anthony (2006)
Members of Chambers SEIFERT, Benjamin (2007)
Members of Chambers HUGHES, Joanna (2007)
Members of Chambers NUGENT, Helen (2007)
Members of Chambers PRICE, Emma (2007)
Members of Chambers REEVES, Sian (2006)
Member of Chambers POTTLE, Emilie (2008)
Members of Chambers WHITE, David R (2009)
Members of Chambers TOWNSHEND, Saoirse (2010)
Members of Chambers IRWIN, William (2010)
Members of Chambers NORTHEY, Emma (2009)
Members of Chambers HENRY, James (2010)
Members of Chambers WILSDON, Emily (2011)
Members of Chambers LENANTON, Anthony (2011)
Members of Chambers BOYLE, Richard (2012)
Members of Chambers TAYLOR, Piers (2012)
Members of Chambers WASZAK, Matthew (2012)
Members of Chambers ROBERTSON, Ellen (2013)
Members of Chambers GALLAGHER, Elizabeth (2014)
Members of Chambers YAPP, James (2014)
Members of Chambers RIDDELL, Robert (2015)
Members of Chambers LAKING, Daniel (2015)
Members of Chambers MILLIGAN Scarlett (2015)
Members of Chambers WELLS, Juliet (2016)
Members of Chambers WAKEMAN, Harriet (2017)
Members of Chambers ROSENSTROM, Olivia (2018)
Senior clerk Dean Norton
Joint first junior clerk Nancy Rice
Joint first junior clerk Keith Sharman
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