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Ropewalk Chambers

Midland Circuit > Inquests and inquiries Tier 1

Ropewalk Chambers is a ‘go-to chambers in Nottingham’ whose members provide a ‘very high standard of service’ in inquests and inquiries relating to deaths in custody, psychiatric institutions and medical care. Georgina Cursham acted for the family in an inquest into the death of a severely disabled young man, who drowned in a reservoir while under the supervision of a day centre care worker, while Edward James represented a family in an inquest into the death of a man, who took his own life using a pneumatic drill while receiving outpatient psychological care. Thomas Herbert is praised as ‘well-prepared and thoughtful in his questioning of witnesses’.

Leading Juniors

Georgina CurshamRopewalk Chambers ‘Georgina is a very strong all-round barrister. She is very thorough in her review and preparation of a case. In court or an inquest, she is not fazed by the complexity of a matter and stays calm even in difficult and challenging circumstances.’  
Ranked: Tier 1
Thomas HerbertRopewalk Chambers ‘Thomas is exceptionally bright and very knowledgeable about the inquest process. He has a very professional and compassionate manner with clients.’  
Ranked: Tier 1
Edward JamesRopewalk Chambers ‘Edward can address the concerns of the family sympathetically and takes on board their concerns and position. He is able to use his advocacy skills to address those key points using tenacious and succinct questions.’ 
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Alexandra Pountney  - Ropewalk Chambers 'Alexandra has the ability to put families at ease and guide them through difficult times with empathy, compassion and sound legal advice. She is calm, collected and concise whilst ensuring that the necessary information is elicited from the witness.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew McNamara – Ropewalk Chambers ‘Andrew has a very good grasp of the matters and issues.’  
Ranked: Tier 2
Shilpa Shah – Ropewalk Chambers ‘Shilpa is extremely meticulous in her preparation and goes the extra mile for clients.'
Ranked: Tier 2


‘Tony Hill cannot do enough to help – he goes above and beyond.’

‘Clerks provide excellent backup to counsel. The clerks are well led by Tony Hill, who is very personable and responsive.’

‘Every barrister is helpful, reliable and strong in their advice and advocacy.’

‘Ropewalk Chambers is of an excellent standard, and the level of their service is consistently high.’

Midland Circuit > Personal injury Tier 1

Ropewalk Chambers is an ‘excellent set with great strength in depth’ that assists with all kinds of personal injury claims, including catastrophic injuries and group actions. The ‘brilliant tactician’ Patrick Limb KC regularly appears before all levels of the court system and is currently representing the defendant in a tinnitus and hyperacusis claim brought by an airline pilot in the High Court. Georgina Crawford is ‘exceptionally good with clients’ and specialises in advising on cases involving injuries inflicted by animals.

Leading Silks

Jayne Adams KCRopewalk ChambersJayne’s technical knowledge, unflappable nature, general professionalism and personality make her a good KC to instruct.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Patrick Limb KCRopewalk Chambers ‘Patrick is technically brilliant, always well prepared and a very effective advocate. His drafting is excellent and he has an easy-going manner in conference which puts clients and witnesses at ease whilst demonstrating his grasp of issues and offering sound strategic and commercial advice.’  
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Georgina CurshamRopewalk Chambers ‘Georgina is excellent with clients. Her attention to detail is second-to-none. She is very good on her feet with thorough preparation.’  
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Philip DavyRopewalk Chambers ‘Philip is empathetic and listens to his clients. He is always obviously well-prepared and gives straightforward and realistic advice. He deals with matters collaboratively with his instructing solicitor and is responsive and always helpful, striving to get the best outcome.’ 
Ranked: Tier 1
Kam JaspalRopewalk Chambers ‘Kam’s negotiation skills are a masterclass. His drafting is superb and he is good in building rapport with clients and instructing solicitors.’ 
Ranked: Tier 1
Georgina CrawfordRopewalk Chambers ‘Georgina provides comprehensive and analytical advice. She is a go-to for Animals Act-related issues.’ 
Ranked: Tier 1
Jason CoxRopewalk Chambers ‘Jason provides a sound legal opinion. He has a good ability to communicate with professional clients.’  
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard GregoryRopewalk Chambers ‘Richard is an efficient barrister in terms of drafting and advising.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Myles JacksonRopewalk Chambers 'Myles is very thorough in his preparation. He has a great eye for detail and is very hard-working. He is great with clients and witnesses, putting them at ease and quickly establishing a rapport with them.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Edward JamesRopewalk Chambers ‘Edward is a formidable advocate and wonderful with clients. His attention to detail and trial preparation is superb, and he is not afraid of a challenging case.’ 
Ranked: Tier 2
Christopher LoweRopewalk Chambers ‘Christopher has a very thorough, detailed, and forensic approach with a very down-to-earth manner. He immediately puts witnesses at ease.’ 
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew McNamaraRopewalk Chambers 'Andrew is extremely good at dealing with witnesses and identifying key issues early on in a claim. He is adept at building a good rapport with those unfamiliar with the litigation process.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Damian PowellRopewalk Chambers ‘Damian is down-to-earth and is liked by clients as he takes time to explain and puts clients at ease. He is pragmatic in his approach, but robust when facing a challenge.’ 
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Rachel YoungRopewalk Chambers 'Rachel is always well-prepared, calm and adept at dealing with difficult cases. She is wonderful with clients.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Rochelle RongRopewalk Chambers ‘Rochelle is extremely thorough and meticulous with her advice. She is also extremely patient and considerate with clients in the conference.’ 
Ranked: Tier 2
Philip Turton – Ropewalk Chambers ‘Philip is enormously experienced. He is calm and unflappable. He is thorough in his preparation and provides pragmatic and effective advice.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Philip GodfreyRopewalk Chambers ‘Philip is an excellent advocate. His analysis of evidence is insightful and detailed. His pleadings are well-drafted. He is friendly and approachable.’ 
Ranked: Tier 3
Shilpa ShahRopewalk Chambers ‘Shilpa has fantastic attention to detail and is a formidable advocate.’ 
Ranked: Tier 3
Cassandra WilliamsRopewalk Chambers ‘Cassandra is very thorough in her analysis and advice. She is approachable and empathetic and explains her advice to clients in easy-to-understand terms.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Gareth McAloon Ropewalk Chambers  ‘Gareth is very astute, responsive and commercially aware. He is excellent at conferences with experts.’ 
Ranked: Tier 3
Sarah Hopkinson Ropewalk Chambers ‘Sarah is an excellent barrister. Her advocacy in court is excellent, as are her communication skills when interviewing witnesses.’ 
Ranked: Tier 3
Kate Longson Ropewalk Chambers ‘Kate is extremely astute, concise and efficient, with excellent judgement on complex issues. She is reliable and consistent as a professional, with an approachable manner with both solicitor and client.’ 
Ranked: Tier 3
Thomas Herbert – Ropewalk Chambers ‘Thomas is very knowledgeable across a wide spectrum of disease types. He provides clear and logical advice.’ 
Ranked: Tier 3
Alexandra Pountney Ropewalk Chambers ‘Alexandra has an ability to put families at ease and guide them through what is a very difficult time with empathy, compassion and sound legal advice is very good. ’ 
Ranked: Tier 3


‘Tony Hill is a legend of the clerking world. A truly fantastic guy for whom nothing is too much trouble. Alan Odiam is also excellent and very responsive.’

‘Tony Hill and Alan Odiam are always personable and engaging, prompt in responding to communications and willing to go that extra step with arrangements. They appreciate the cut and thrust of litigation and are patient with instructions and last-minute bookings, which are sometimes unavoidable.’

‘Ropewalk is a strong PI set with a depth of knowledge and experience in PI work generally. The availability for hearings and conferences is excellent, and they also provide good quality in-house training for solicitor clients and great online blogs.’

‘Ropewalk is a great set of chambers offering true strength in depth and national coverage. It also offers a regular training programme and is of very high quality.’

‘An excellent set generally with great strength in depth and very promising juniors.’

Work highlights

Midland Circuit > Clinical negligence Tier 2

Ropewalk Chambers is a set of ‘experienced, approachable and capable barristers’ with extensive experience acting in cases across the full spectrum of clinical negligence litigation. The ‘efficient and organised’ Rochelle Rong specialises in complex causation cases, including neurological injuries, delayed diagnoses of cancer, and other conditions. Rachel Young is ‘always well-prepared and thorough in preparation’ on clinical negligence cases involving fatal outcomes.

Leading Juniors

Rochelle RongRopewalk Chambers 'Rochelle is a fantastic barrister. She has excellent legal knowledge, great analytical skills, an in-depth understanding of clinical negligence claims and is hard working. She is approachable, user-friendly and prompt.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Edward James  – Ropewalk Chambers ‘Edward has a calm and reasoned approach to dealing with clinical negligence claims. He has an excellent manner with clients enabling them to understand key legal concepts and how they affect the claim. His attention to detail is exceptional.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Alexandra Pountney   – Ropewalk Chambers ‘Alexandra is a clear and confident advocate. She is excellent at conferences with experts and clients. She is able to extract and dissect the key elements from the medical evidence and then apply the law. Her pleadings are succinct, enabling a clear understanding of the legal position taken.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Rachel YoungRopewalk Chambers 'Rachel is excellent with clients and takes a sensitive but practical approach. She is very diligent and responsive and takes a very team-based approach. She is also a gifted advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Thomas HerbertRopewalk Chambers 'Thomas is excellent at advocacy and advises thoroughly in the client's best interests. He has phenomenal attention to detail with drafting particulars, and you always know you are in a safe pair of hands.'
Ranked: Tier 2


‘The clerks, especially Tony Hill, are helpful and will bend over backwards to assist.’

‘Clerks are friendly and quick and will often be there in the evenings. The head clerks, Tony Hill and Alan Odiam, are very proactive.’

‘The chambers are excellent. They are quick to let you know that they have received your instructions and are quick to let you know if your favoured barrister is unavailable, and are quick to recommend an alternative.’

‘Ropewalk Chambers are approachable, easily contactable and have good availability of counsel.’

‘Ropewalk Chambers offers a robust regional option. It works to find practical solutions, and has the strength and depth of various exceptional barristers.’

Work highlights

Midland Circuit > Property and construction Tier 2

Ropewalk Chambers is instructed in property law-related matters by a broad range of clients, ranging from individuals and small businesses and big multinational corporations. Key areas of strength include land transactions, agricultural law, mortgages, conveyancing disputes, boundary disputes, and applications to the land registry. Tom Carter is well known for his experience in handling high-profile and complex Japanese knotweed cases. John Campbell moved to New Square Chambers in August 2023.

Leading Juniors

Tom CarterRopewalk Chambers 'Tom is very experienced and knowledgeable.'
Ranked: Tier 1


‘Ropewalk Chambers offers a very good service covering Nottingham and the Midlands, and is a go-to set.’


Work highlights

Midland Circuit > Costs

Leading Juniors

Shilpa ShahRopewalk Chambers 'Shilpa has a high intellect and superb analytical skills along with a deeply embedded team working ethos.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Midland Circuit > Commercial litigation

Leading Juniors

Thomas HerbertRopewalk Chambers 'Thomas has an incredible ability to pick up things at pace, assimilate large volumes of information and deliver clear and concise advice.'
Ranked: Tier 3


The set: A multi-disciplinary set with an established national reputation.

The set gives every single case the care and attention it deserves.

You will receive more than just advice and representation from it; you will secure consistently excellent oral and written advocacy, delivered with the highest levels of service and integrity.

Quality advocacy starts with thorough preparation. The set’s attention to detail produces the level of understanding that promotes sound judgements and advice of the highest calibre. This gives the added value that will improve the prospects of achieving the best possible outcome for you and your clients.

Communication is at the heart of the service you will receive. You will find Ropewalk Chambers’ barristers and clerks to be approachable and responsive. The set’s assistance is accessible when you need it; it is always available to discuss your case outside of formal instruction.

Integrity is about more than just honesty. For Ropewalk, integrity also means giving the unwavering direction necessary to give your case stability and cohesion. To do that, the set’s barristers make decisions, take responsibility for them and then stand by those decisions.

This is what you should expect of Ropewalk Chambers for every single case.

Types of work undertaken:


Animals and Equine

Catastrophic Injury

Clinical Negligence

Commercial Dispute Resolution

Counter Fraud

Costs and Litigation Funding

Credit Hire

Criminal Regulatory

Data Protection and Information



Group Actions






Personal Injury

Planning and Environmental

Professional Discipline and Regulation

Property and Real Estate

Professional Negligence

Public Sector and Not for Profit


Wills, Probate and Inheritance


Department Name Email Telephone
Senior clerk Tony Hill
Members of Chambers LIMB KC, Patrick (1987) (KC 2006)
Head of Chambers ADAMS KC, Jayne (1982) (KC 2016)
Members of Chambers BERESFORD, Stephen (1976)
Members of Chambers HOWLETT, James (1980)
Members of Chambers DIN, Soofi (1984)
Members of Chambers SEABROOK, Richard (1987)
Members of Chambers STEWART, Toby (1989)
Members of Chambers TURTON, Philip (1989)
Members of Chambers MITCHELL, Jonathan (1992)
Members of Chambers COX, Jason (1992)
Members of Chambers McNAMARA, Andrew (1992)
Members of Chambers DAVIES, Deborah (1993)
Members of Chambers GREGORY, Richard (1993)
Members of Chambers JACKSON, Myles (1995)
Members of Chambers DIGGLE, Mark (1996)
Members of Chambers SHAH, Shilpa (1998)
Members of Chambers HADDON, Clare (1999)
Members of Chambers LYONS, Andrew (2002)
Members of Chambers LOWE, Christopher (2001)
Members of Chambers JAMES, Edward (2002)
Members of Chambers PANTON, Tom (2002)
Members of Chambers POWELL, Damian (2003)
Members of Chambers OWEN, Jonathan (2004)
Members of Chambers JASPAL, Kam (2005)
Members of Chambers RONG, Rochelle (2005)
Members of Chambers CRAWFORD, Georgina (2006)
Members of Chambers YOUNG, Rachel (2006)
Members of Chambers CURSHAM, Georgina (2007)
Members of Chambers ROBINSON, Nicholas (2007)
Members of Chambers WOOD, Daniel (2008)
Members of Chambers CAMPBELL, John (2008)
Members of Chambers DAVY, Philip (2009)
Members of Chambers WILLIAMS, Cassandra (2010)
Members of Chambers GODFREY, Philip (2010)
Members of Chambers McALOON, Gareth (2010)
Members of Chambers ARORA, Nikhil (2011)
Members of Chambers CARTER, Tom (2012)
Members of Chambers McCRACKEN, Jack (2012)
Members of Chambers SHELTON, Samuel (2012)
Members of Chambers BROOKS, Kayleigh (2012)
Members of Chambers HOPKINSON, Sarah (2013)
Members of Chambers LONGSON, Kate (2013)
Members of Chambers HERBERT, Thomas (2014)
Members of Chambers POUNTNEY, Alexandra (2014)
Members of Chambers DENTON, Alex (2014)
Members of Chambers MCFARLANE, Katie (2015)
Members of Chambers WOODLIFFE, Jessica (2016)
Members of Chambers BARNETT, Matt (2017)
Members of Chambers BIRKETT, Hollie (2018)
Member of Chambers SCOTT, Abigail (2019)
Photo Name Position Profile
Jayne Adams photo Jayne Adams Jayne has extensive experience in personal injury, clinical negligence, disease and fraudulent…
Nikhil Arora photo Nikhil Arora Nikhil completed his undergraduate degree in Law and French Law at The…
Philip Davy photo Philip Davy His caseload has an equal claimant/defendant split and predominantly involves high-end Fast…
Patrick Limb photo Patrick Limb Patrick specialises in all aspects of disease, personal injury and clinical negligence…
Tom Panton photo Tom Panton Tom is a specialist in serious injury and industrial disease claims. In…
Rachel Young photo Rachel Young Rachel was called to the Bar in 2006.  As part of her…
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Matt Barnett photo Matt Barnett Matt has quickly gained significant experience of advocating on behalf of both…
Stephen Beresford photo Stephen Beresford Stephen has extensive experience both as a mediator and as a mediation…
Hollie Birkett photo Hollie Birkett Hollie receives instructions for both claimants and defendants in various types of…
Kayleigh Brooks photo Kayleigh Brooks Kayleigh studied law at the University of Cambridge before completing the BPTC…
Tom Carter photo Tom Carter Tom became a member of Chambers in October 2013 following successful completion…
Jason Cox photo Jason Cox Jason specialises principally in high-value personal injury, clinical negligence, disease, counter fraud…
Georgina Crawford photo Georgina Crawford Georgina is typically instructed in catastrophic and other high-value claims in the…
Georgina Cursham photo Georgina Cursham Georgina is a top-ranked leading junior in the Legal 500 directory for…
Deborah Davies photo Deborah Davies Having achieved a good grounding in all areas of general common law,…
Alex Denton photo Alex Denton Alex has been described by her clients as a ‘very impressive’ advocate…
Mark Diggle photo Mark Diggle Mark is a specialist in personal injury, commercial, property and chancery, counter…
Soofi Din photo Soofi Din Soofi began his practice in London after a pupillage in The Temple…
Richard Gregory photo Richard Gregory Richard has developed a specialist practice in all aspects of personal injury…
Clare Haddon photo Clare Haddon Clare practices principally in personal injury related claims, clinical negligence, counter fraud,…
Thomas Herbert photo Thomas Herbert Tom is recognised as a leading practitioner in clinical negligence, inquests &…
Sarah Hopkinson photo Sarah Hopkinson Sarah enjoys a busy civil practice alongside sitting as a Deputy District…
James Howlett photo James Howlett James read Law at the University of Bristol before being awarded a…
Myles Jackson photo Myles Jackson Myles, a recognised leading junior, is instructed by claimants and defendants for…
Kam Jaspal photo Kam Jaspal Kam regularly appears in the County and High Courts, and has also…
Kate Longson photo Kate Longson Kate enjoys a fast-paced practice focussed on personal injury, disease, commercial and…
Christopher Lowe photo Christopher Lowe Chris’ practice spans all areas of Chambers’ work, with a particular focus…
Gareth McAloon photo Gareth McAloon Gareth’s core specialisms are personal injury, industrial disease, clinical negligence and inquests…
Jack McCracken photo Jack McCracken Jack studied the GDL and BPTC at Nottingham Law School. While there…
Katie McFarlane photo Katie McFarlane Katie practises predominantly in the areas of personal injury and industrial disease…
Alexandra Pountney photo Alexandra Pountney Alex enjoys a busy and fast-paced practice, focusing on personal injury, clinical…
Damian Powell photo Damian Powell Damian joined Ropewalk in 2018, having practised at the Bar in London…
Nicholas Robinson photo Nicholas Robinson Nicholas was educated at University College, Durham but spent a year at…
Rochelle Rong photo Rochelle Rong Rochelle has a successful civil law practice, with particular emphasis on commercial…
Abigail Scott photo Abigail Scott Abigail holds a First Class (Honours) degree in Law and was graded…
Richard Seabrook photo Richard Seabrook Richard specialises principally in personal injury, clinical negligence, disease, counter fraud, criminal…
Samuel Shelton photo Mr Samuel Shelton Sam specialises in all areas of personal injury and industrial disease litigation.…
Toby Stewart photo Toby Stewart Toby specialises principally in personal injury-related claims, including disease, clinical negligence, counter…
Philip Turton photo Philip Turton Philip has over 20 years’ experience of personal injury cases and specialises…
Cassandra Williams photo Cassandra Williams Cassandra has a successful civil law practice. She regularly appears in the…
Daniel Wood photo Daniel Wood Dan practises in all areas of civil law, and specialises in the…
Jessica Woodliffe photo Jessica Woodliffe Jessica holds a double first-class degree in Law from Downing College, University…