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Temple Garden Chambers > The Legal 500 Rankings
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.
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.
Public international law 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.
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.
Clinical negligence 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.
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
Temple Garden Chambers > Firm Profile
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.
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.
|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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Top Tier Set Rankings
- London Bar Inquests and inquiries
- London Bar International crime and extradition
- London Bar Immigration (including business immigration)
- London Bar Public international law
- London Bar Costs
- London Bar Health and safety
- London Bar Clinical negligence
- London Bar Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud
- London Bar Administrative and public law (including local government)
- London Bar Set overviews: England and Wales