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Chambers of William McCormick QC
Ely Place Chambers

Property litigation

2019 Silks

Clifford Darton QC - Ely Place ChambersA very perceptive analyst but whose real strength is in the presentation of the case.

Employment Tier 2

Leading Juniors

David Mitchell - Ely Place ChambersAn excellent barrister with all the key ingredients: a good mind; being tactically astute; knowledgeable in the law and a compelling manner with clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Michael Salter - Ely Place ChambersClear in his advice, well-organised and inspires confidence in his clients and is appropriately assertive in his advocacy.
Ranked: Tier 3
Tom Kirk - Ely Place ChambersHe is an academically terrific opponent, whose advocacy is both measured and incisive.
Ranked: Tier 4

Defamation and privacy Tier 3

Ely Place Chambers continues to take on defamation and privacy matters and is expected to become more prominent in this area of law with Timothy Atkinson's arrival from One Brick Court. The junior was instructed to act for the claimant in Irina Bokova v Associated Newspapers. Other work highlights include William McCormick QC acting for the defendants in EuroEco Fuels v Szczecin Seaports Authorities.

Leading Silks

William McCormick QC - Ely Place ChambersExtremely user-friendly.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Timothy Atkinson - Ely Place ChambersVery approachable, easy to work with and very responsive.
Ranked: Tier 3
David Mitchell - Ely Place ChambersAttracting attention in both defamation and privacy matters.
Ranked: Tier 4
John Samson - Ely Place ChambersA strong reputation for his advocacy and advisory practice.
Ranked: Tier 4

Administrative and public law (including local government) Tier 3

Leading Silks

Richard Clayton QC - Ely Place ChambersRegularly instructed in Privy Council cases.
Ranked: Tier 3

Company and partnership Tier 4

Company - Leading Silks

William McCormick QC - Ely Place ChambersHe is noted for his insightful analysis, his ability to cut straight to the core issues and his unambiguous approach.
Ranked: Tier 4

Social housing Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Sally Blackmore - Ely Place ChambersHas excellent knowledge of housing and public law. She works exceptionally hard, her advice is thorough, well researched and practical.
Ranked: Tier 4

Health and safety Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Iain Daniels - Ely Place ChambersHe is very good on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 4

Ely Place is an established barristers’ chambers with a forward thinking approach and traditional values. Based in the heart of legal London, we specialise in business, property and employment law but also have significant niche practices in private client, media, sport, regulatory and public law. Our members are first and foremost litigators, helping clients to pursue and defend claims through the courts and tribunals. Outside the courtroom we provide our clients with clear, direct and practical advice in order to resolve their dispute effectively and efficiently.

Our business team provides swift, sound, practical advice to help our clients make effective and fully informed commercial decisions. We work with other legal professionals and businesses alike on the full range of business matters, from corporate disputes to individual insolvency.

Our media and sports team offer advice on a wide range of issues, from defamation claims to data protection breaches and employment law disputes. Our specialist barristers work with media corporations and private individuals through to sports clubs and personalities.

Our property and private client team offers expertise on the full range of property law and private client matters. We provide advice and advocacy on everything from boundary disputes to commercial dilapidations, and our private client experts have comprehensive knowledge of wills, probate and trusts.

Our employment team provides expertise on all aspects of employment law, from discrimination to whistleblowing. As well as offering advice to prevent workplace disputes from arising, we can also represent both employers and employees in tribunals, the EAT as well as the High Court and appellate courts.

Our public and regulatory team provides advice and advocacy on the full range of issues in this arena, including health and safety, environmental law and judicial review. We represent public bodies as well as individuals and their families.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chambers Director Michael Couling 020 7400 9600
Senior Clerk Richard Sheehan 020 7400 9621
Deputy Senior Clerk Kevin Morrow 020 7400 9601
Practice Manager Dave Lovitt 020 7400 9647
Clerk Laura Ivanauskiene
Junior Clerk Henry Crouch
McCORMICK QC, William (1985) (QC 2010) º
RODDICK CB QC, Winston (1968) (QC 1986)
STEWART QC, Nicholas (1971) (QC 1987) ^ º ‡
BISHOP QC, Malcolm (1968) (QC 1999) ^ º +
CLAYTON QC, Richard (1977) (QC 2002) ^
DARTON QC, Clifford (1988) º
EVANS, William (1977) º ‡ +
PATCHETT-JOYCE. Michael (1981)
ATKINSON, Timothy (1988)
MILLIN, Leslie (1988) º
BACON, Jeffrey (1989) º
DANIELS, Iain (1992)
GLOAG, Angus (1992) º
BARLOW, Craig (1992) º
SINAI, Ali Reza (1997) º
PERHAR, Simon (1997) º
CREW, Gillian (1998) º ‡
SALTER, Michael (1999) º
NEWMAN, James (2000) º
SADIQ, Faisel (2000) º
SAMSON, John (2001) ‡ º
BLACKMORE, Sally (2003) º
MITCHELL, David (2004) * º
SIMON, Philipp (2004) º
STROUD, Amy (2004) º
KIRK, Thomas (2007) * º
WOODHEAD, George (2009) º
POWLESLAND, Paul (2009) º
URQUHART, Catherine (2010) º
COLE, Max (2011) º
BOTTOMLEY, Richard (2013) º
GROSSMAN, Beth (2016) º
BURROWS, Christopher (2016)
+ Recorder
^ Deputy High Court Judge
‡ CEDR accredited
º Public access approved
Treasury Panel Counsel*
Photo Name Position Profile
 Timothy Atkinson  photo Timothy Atkinson
 Craig Barlow  photo Craig Barlow
 Richard Bottomley  photo Richard Bottomley
 Christopher Burrows  photo Christopher Burrows
 Richard Clayton QC photo Richard Clayton QC
 Clifford Darton QC photo Clifford Darton QC
 Beth Grossman  photo Beth Grossman
 Thomas Kirk  photo Thomas Kirk
 William McCormick QC photo William McCormick QC
 Leslie Millin  photo Leslie Millin
 David Mitchell  photo David Mitchell
 Michael Patchett-Joyce  photo Michael Patchett-Joyce
 Winston Roddick  photo Winston Roddick
 Nicholas Williams  photo Nicholas Williams