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Michael Bowes QC

Call: 1980

Silk: 2001

Michael Bowes QC is highly regarded as an expert in civil and criminal “cross-over” work. He is praised as “one of the few specialist criminal practitioners in this area” (Legal 500 2015). Michael is a Deputy High Court Judge (Queen’s Bench Division) and is a joint head...

Christopher Gibson QC

Call: 1976

Silk: 1995

Christopher Gibson QC practises in all types of high value clinical negligence and personal injury cases. He has extensive experience in cases involving injuries of maximum severity including, in particular, cases of cerebral palsy involving birth injuries where allegations are made in respect of...

Andrew Spink QC

Call: 1985

Silk: 2003

Andrew Spink QC is a highly respected advocate with 30 years’ experience at the Bar, of which 14 years have been as a successful QC. Andrew has a broad-based business law practice, specialising particularly in disputes relating to the interpretation or breach of most types of commercial...

Christopher Wilson-Smith QC

Call: 1965

Silk: 1986

Christopher Wilson-Smith’s practice covers personal injury, often compounded by breaches of duty in healthcare following the initial trauma; clinical negligence; and serious crime, primarily involving corporate manslaughter and health and safety cases. In clinical negligence Christopher acts...

David Russell QC

Call: 1977 (Australia)

Silk: 1986

David commenced legal practice in 1974. He is admitted to practise in Australia, England and Wales (Lincoln’s Inn), the Courts of the Dubai International Financial Centre, New York (as a Legal Consultant), the Singapore International Commercial Court, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. He was...

Robert Rhodes QC

Call: 1968

Silk: 1989

Robert Rhodes QC specialises in business crime (e.g. civil and criminal fraud, tax investigations, bribery and money laundering), mediation and arbitration (both as counsel and mediator / arbitrator), financial services, regulatory and disciplinary law. He is also registered for direct access with...

Philip Mott QC

Call: 1970

Silk: 1991

Philip Mott QC has a very wide experience in civil and criminal law. Over the course of his career, he has appeared in many gross negligence manslaughter prosecutions, major fraud cases, clinical negligence claims for both claimants and defendants, personal injury work, local authority negligence...

Gerard McDermott QC

Call: 1978

Silk: 1999

Gerard McDermott QC practises from England and is based in London and Manchester, with associated offices in Abu Dhabi and New York. His main areas of practice are Personal Injury and Employment Law at all levels, although he maintains a diverse practice across the Common Law and Commercial fields....

Gordon Bebb QC

Call: 1975

Silk: 2002

Gordon Bebb QC is identified as a leading silk, in professional disciplinary and regulatory law, by both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500. With a background in both serious crime and high value civil litigation, Gordon has become a specialist in the areas of clinical negligence, personal injury...

David Westcott QC

Call: 1982

Silk: 2003

David Westcott QC has been a specialist in clinical negligence and catastrophic personal injury cases for longer than he cares to recall. Having dealt with high-value actions without a leader for some five years before taking silk in 2003, he has been preparing big cases for nearly 20...

Andrew Short QC

Call: 1990

Silk: 2010

Andrew Short QC’s practice centres on pensions, employment, financial services and general commercial work. His “practical” and “realistic” approach together with his “great understanding of the commercial issues in a case” makes his strategic advice and his...

Ben Compton QC

Call: 1979

Silk: 2011

Ben Compton QC is a specialist advocate in health and safety renowned for his extensive experience in civil and criminal courts, subsequent appeals at the Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court, together with jury inquests throughout the UK. He is recognised as one of the country’s leading health...

Nicolas Stallworthy QC

Call: 1993

Silk: 2011

Nicolas Stallworthy QC’s practice involves the interaction of commercial trusts, contract law, insolvency and professional negligence at very high levels of complexity and value. He undertakes cases concerning the interpretation of trusts, contracts, financial instruments & legislation;...

Kate Davenport QC

Call: 1983

Silk: 2013

Kate Davenport QC was admitted to the New Zealand Bar in 1983 and became a Barrister sole in 1990 and took Silk in 2013. Kate was admitted to the Bar of England & Wales in July 2015. Kate was awarded NZ Lawyer Barrister of the Year Award in 2013, and is a former Vice President of the New Zealand...

Keith Bryant QC

Call: 1991

Silk: 2013

Keith Bryant QC’s wide experience includes advising and acting for commercial and public sector organisations, trustees, government departments and agencies, individuals and unions. His practice is focussed on pensions law and employment law and the areas of overlap between the two. He is also...

Richard Hitchcock QC

Call: 1990

Silk: 2014

Richard Hitchcock QC has broad experience of acting as adviser and advocate in the commercial sphere. In recent years his practice has become principally focused in five complimentary areas: Trusts and Occupational Pension Schemes; Commercial Chancery; Civil Fraud; Banking and Financial Services and...

Marc Willems QC

Call: 1990

Silk: 2015

Marc Willems QC is a significant contributor to seminars and lectures to firms of Solicitors and has contributed to several mock trials including “Brain Injury and the Law” National Conference June 2014. He has been invited to speak at PIBA conferences nationally on three occasions. He...

John McKendrick QC

Call: 1999

Silk: 2016

John McKendrick QC took up office as Attorney General, Anguilla, British West Indies on 1st September 2016 and is currently unable to accept instructions. He can be contacted on jmqc@gov.ai. John is a highly experienced litigator and adviser with a diverse practice distinguished by his formidable...

James Counsell QC

Call: 1984

Silk: 2017

James Counsell, QC is widely recognised in the fields of Clinical and Professional Negligence and in Personal Injury, acting both for claimants and for defendants.  He also specialises in acting for victims of historic sexual abuse, having recently acted as lead counsel in the first successful...

Matthew Phillips QC

Call: 1993

Silk: 2017

Matthew Phillips practises in the following fields: Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury and Sport. In the field of personal injury Matthew specialises in asbestos related disease claims and catastrophic head and spinal injuries. In the field of clinical negligence he acts for Claimants and...

Hywel Jenkins

Call: 1974

Hywel Jenkins’s specialty is advocacy – this he practises in the areas of Personal Injury, Disciplinary & Regulatory, where he has extensive experience in Health & Safety at work cases and also VAT cases.

Richard Mawhinney

Call: 1977

A CV for Richard Mawhinney is available upon request.

Michael Patchett-Joyce

Call: 1981

Michael Patchett-Joyce is an experienced barrister, and a international commercial arbitrator, as well as a CEDR accredited mediator. He holds a post-graduate diploma in International Dispute Resolution (Arbitration), from Queen Mary, University of London. Michael specialises in advocacy and advice...

Teresa Peacocke

Call: 1982

Teresa Rosen Peacocke is an American, called to the English Bar in 1982 and admitted as an attorney in New York in 2004. She specialises in chancery, commercial and US / UK cross-border litigation, professional negligence, private international law and international and domestic arbitration and...

Christopher Kemp

Call: 1984

Christopher Kemp specialises in clinical negligence and personal injury litigation and acts for both Claimants and Defendants.

Patrick Sadd

Call: 1984

Between 2013 and 2016 Patrick Sadd was Counsel to the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry looking into the care of children in the Island since 1945. The Inquiry followed the world-wide publicity the Island attracted during the abuse investigation into the island’s children’s home at Haut de La...

Harry Trusted

Call: 1985

Harry Trusted specialises in clinical negligence, personal injury, and related fields. His practice includes a good balance of claimant and defendant work predominantly involving high value claims, including brain injury, spinal cord damage, cerebral palsy and amputations. Harry was initially a...

James Aldridge

Call: 1987

James Aldridge specialises in personal injury, clinical negligence, and professional negligence in relation to the handling of litigation in those areas. His practice is fairly evenly split between claimant and defendant in personal injury work, and he acts mainly, but not exclusively, for claimants...

Alison McCormick

Call: 1988

Alison McCormick’s practice is Claimant focused, specialising in the fields of personal injury and clinical negligence. Offering “sensitive yet robust advice” and “explaining things in plain terms” are key principles of her practice. In personal injury, Alison...

Andrew Maguire

Call: 1988

Andrew Maguire has a busy chancery-based commercial law practice. He specialises particularly in disputes over the interpretation or breach of contracts, personal guarantees, restrictive covenants, mortgage and trust deeds and joint venture agreements, breach of trust, fiduciary duty and...

Mark Mullins

Call: 1988

Mark Mullins is a public law barrister with particular interests and experience in judicial review, mental health and mental incapacity, healthcare and medical treatment, social care and social services law. He also practices in employment and discrimination law.

Paul Rogers

Call: 1989

Paul Rogers has a proven track record in handling complex investigations, trials and appeals as lead counsel, at both the domestic and international level. He has many years experience leading cases at both the trial and appellate level. Paul has significant experience in the international field as...

James Leonard

Call: 1989

James Leonard specialises predominantly in Disciplinary & Regulatory and Health, Safety & Environmental Law. He has a considerable background in complex industrial accident cases, fraud and corruption cases, Financial Services, multi-jurisdictional confiscation proceedings and Public Law....

Jonathan Hand

Call: 1990

Jonathan Hand specialises in Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury work. He has wide-ranging experience across both these fields, and acts for a mix of Claimant and Defendant clients. Much of his work involves catastrophic brain and spinal injuries as well as fatal accident claims. He has a...

Tim Nesbitt

Call: 1991

Tim Nesbitt has over 20 years experience acting as an advocate and adviser in a number of areas of commercial, regulatory and public law. The commercial and regulatory work Tim undertakes is often linked, and often involves issues arising out of the commercial transport and financial services...

Nathan Tavares

Call: 1992

Nathan Tavares specialises in clinical negligence, catastrophic personal injury claims, product liability, and professional negligence. He is regarded by solicitors and opponents interviewed by the legal directories for having “sound judgment”, “an industrious approach”, “a measured and...

Natasha Joffe

Call: 1992

Natasha Joffe has expertise in all aspects of employment and discrimination, acting for a wide range of claimants and respondents. She has represented a wide variety of public bodies and claimants including trade unions in long and complex discrimination and whistle-blowing cases, sometimes...

Fiona Horlick

Call: 1992

Fiona Horlick is a Band 1 (top tier) leading junior in both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500. She is praised for her unrivalled advocacy skills, her unbending will to succeed as well as her charisma and her ability to handle clients with sensitivity. Fiona’s practice encompasses regulatory...

Rachel Vickers

Call: 1992

Rachel Vickers has over 20 years experience undertaking personal injury and clinical negligence cases. During this period she has been involved in cases covering nearly all areas of clinical specialism. Rachel undertakes work in the Coroner’s court, CICA and has litigated a civil jury trial. In...

Eliot Woolf

Call: 1993

Eliot Woolf specialises exclusively in the fields of Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury (domestic and international). His Clinical Negligence practice is wide ranging, representing both claimants and defendants. His Personal Injury work has a focus on spinal injury claims, military claims and...

Daniel Barnett

Call: 1993

Daniel Barnett is a leading employment and commercial barrister. With over 20 years’ experience representing business, he has acted for international airlines, FTSE-250 companies, NHS Trusts, many hundreds of SMEs and a Royal Family. As the co-founder and past COO of the UK’s leading online...

Naomi Cunningham

Call: 1994

Naomi Cunningham has specialised in employment and discrimination law throughout her career. She acts for a mix of public and private sector employers, large and small, and individual employees and trade unions, giving her an overview of both sides’ priorities and tactics. Naomi accepts...

Matthew McDonagh

Call: 1994

Matthew McDonagh is a renowned trial advocate who appears on a regular basis in the criminal and civil jurisdiction and before regulatory tribunals. He is regarded as a fearsome advocate by his opponents but presents with a charm and charisma that is regularly remarked upon by Judges. His particular...

Peter Linstead

Call: 1994

Peter Linstead is an Employment and Commercial specialist, who has built a strong following and extensive experience in injunctions, complex employment tribunals and workplace stress personal injury claims. He is ranked in Legal 500 2016 as a leading junior in the field of Employment law. Peter’s...

Abhi Mukherjee

Call: 1995

Abhi Mukherjee specialises in medical law, his work encompasses medical disciplinary work, clinical negligence and inquests. He also has extensive experience of personal injury law. Abhi is currently away from the UK and practising at the Bar in Melbourne, Australia. In the event of wishing to...

Andrew Allen

Call: 1995

Andrew Allen’s employment and discrimination practice encompasses TUPE, contractual disputes, discrimination – including within partnerships, equal pay, restrictive covenants, unfair dismissal, redundancy, working time, minimum wage, breach of contract, parental and carer’s rights,...

Benjimin Burgher

Call: 1995

Benjimin Burgher specialises in Commercial, Employment & Discrimination and Professional Negligence matters. Benjimin has significant experience of business dispute resolution, particularly managing the breakdown in working relationships between key individuals and any consequent litigation. He...

David Pope

Call: 1995

David Pope specialises in Arbitration and Commercial litigation, particularly Banking & Finance disputes. David has acted for and against banks throughout his career, in disputes covering many aspects of retail and investment banking. In recent years, he has been instructed in a large number of...

Tim Green

Call: 1996

Tim Green specialises in health and safety law, environmental work and financial investigations. His clients include FTSE 100 companies and their officers. Appointed as a part—time Circuit Judge at 39 years old, Tim has been consistently recommended by the legal directories for combining the...

Lydia Seymour

Call: 1997

Lydia Seymour has a specialist pensions and employment law practice. She has been recognised by the legal directories as a leading junior since 2005 and is listed in both the employment and pensions categories. Her practice includes all aspects of ‘black letter’ pensions law, including:...

Harriet Jerram

Call: 1998

Harriet Jerram’s key practice areas are clinical negligence and personal injury. She also represents clients at inquests, public inquiries and before disciplinary bodies. At Inquests she represents families, healthcare Trusts and insurers. She has particular experience of inquests concerning...

Matthew Stockwell

Call: 1998

Matthew Stockwell is a personal injury and public law barrister who specialises in serious injury litigation and welfare related aspects of public law. His caseload is made up almost exclusively of cases with a mixture of high value (or other importance to the parties), sensitivity and complexity....

David E Grant

Call: 1999

David E Grant practises primarily in commercial law, particularly pensions, financial services, civil fraud and fiduciary duty, banking, insolvency, chancery and employment. David has extensive advocacy experience and regularly appears in the Court of Appeal, High Court and specialist Tribunals. He...

Sarah Crowther

Call: 1999

Sarah Crowther is a specialist in all claims for injury, illness or accident involving an international element. Her practice is wide ranging, from cases of catastrophic injury in road accidents against foreign insurers or involving foreign nationals, to others with significant EU law issues. She...

Cara Guthrie

Call: 2000

Cara Guthrie specialises in Clinical Negligence, and has done so since she started in practice. She also acts in Personal Injury cases, inquests, lawyers’ negligence cases and Court of Protection cases and regularly represents claimants and defendants in High Court trials Cara is instructed by...

James Arnold

Call: 2000

James Arnold has a specialist employment and discrimination law practice. He has comprehensive experience in representing clients in complex and lengthy cases, with particular expertise in handling discrimination claims for respondent employers. James is predominantly instructed by public and...

Samantha Presland

Call: 2001

Samantha Presland specialises in the fields of Clinical Negligence, Court of Protection, Inquests and Personal Injury. She is also a trained mediator, acting as a mediator in commercial and civil matters and in community matters on a voluntary basis for the London Borough of Lambeth, as well as...

Naomi Ling

Call: 2001

Naomi Ling is a specialist in employment law and pensions law. She is recognised for her expertise and experience in both fields, particularly in areas where there is overlap between the two disciplines. She is especially rated for her strong client skills, excellent judgment and meticulous...

Oliver Assersohn

Call: 2003

Oliver Assersohn is a commercial and regulatory barrister specialising in banking and financial services and is recommended by the foremost independent legal directories including by Chambers & Partners 2016 in Band 1 (non-QC’s) for financial services. Chambers & Partners write: “A...

Dr Ali Almihdar

Call: 2003

Ali Almihdar brings to the Bar of England and Wales, much experience of legal practice in the Middle East. He splits his professional time equally between Saudi Arabia and London. His work covers Sharia Law, Middle East Arab Law and the full spectrum of commercial legal practice from advice to...

Claire van Overdijk

Call: 2003

Claire van Overdijk is a specialist public law and private client barrister, with expertise in private international law. Her public law practice covers a wide variety of contexts concerning both local and central government and non-governmental departmental bodies. She has particular expertise in...

Tim Aron

Call: 2004

Tim Aron is a commercial barrister and specialist in financial services law and regulation. Prior to joining Outer Temple Chambers Tim was a partner and head of the UK financial services practice at a leading US law firm. Tim’s practice at the Bar focuses on advisory and regulatory...

Michael Uberoi

Call: 2004

Michael Uberoi practises in regulatory and commercial litigation, with a particular focus upon pensions and financial services. He is described in the 2017 legal directories as being “exceptionally good. Very, very hard-working…a really good advocate ”. Most recently (July 2017) he has...

Daniel Clarke

Call: 2005

Daniel Clarke practises in personal injury. He has a particular specialism in cases with an international element. These include claims arising from accidents abroad involving conflicts of law and jurisdictional issues, package travel claims, claims under the Athens and Montreal Conventions. Daniel...

Saul Margo

Call: 2005

Saul Margo specialises in pensions, employment and commercial work. He has been instructed in some of the highest profile pensions cases over the last couple of years including IBM v Dalgleish and the Lehman Brothers and GPG regulatory actions. He is recommended in Chambers & Partners and Legal...

Farhaz Khan

Call: 2005

Farhaz Khan is regularly instructed in complex and high profile commercial and chancery litigation and regulatory investigations, usually involving investment banks, insurers and pension schemes. He particularly enjoys cases with an international / cross-border dimension. Farhaz has consistently...

Oliver Powell

Call: 2006

Oliver Powell is ranked in both Chambers & Partners (UK) and The Legal 500. He primarily undertakes instructions that involve the regulation of business activity and commerce. His practice encompasses: asset forfeiture & civil recovery; commercial fraud; health, safety & environmental...

Clare Baker

Call: 2007

Clare Baker practises in the areas of banking, commercial, financial services and pensions and trusts law. Clare was a solicitor in Simmons & Simmons’ Finance Litigation department prior to transferring to the Bar in 2007. Clare was educated at Pembroke College, Cambridge University (2:1...

Ben Bradley

Call: 2007

Ben Bradley is recommend by the leading directories across his core practice areas of Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury and Travel Law. He undertakes a mixture of work across these areas of practice, generally beyond his level of call, for both Claimants and Defendants. Ben is happy and willing...

Robert Dickason

Call: 2007

Robert Dickason specialises in clinical negligence and health and safety. He has been appointed to the Attorney General’s list of Junior Counsel (C Panel) primarily to undertake clinical negligence, personal injury and public law work. Robert is ranked as a Leading Junior in Clinical Negligence...

Emily Gordon Walker

Call: 2007

Emily Gordon Walker has a specialist employment and discrimination law practice. She is ranked as a leading junior in the employment field in both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500, which identify her as “a fantastic up-and-coming barrister”. Emily is an experienced trial and appellate...

Jennifer Seaman

Call: 2007

Jennifer Seaman’s practice includes all areas of chancery and commercial litigation, with a particular emphasis on pensions, trusts and probate disputes, contractual and commercial disputes, civil fraud, professional negligence, company and partnership disputes, property and insolvency....

Nicholas Hill

Call: 2008

Nick Hill practises in commercial law, with a particular focus on Banking and Financial Services, Pensions law and Employment Law. He is a member of the Attorney General’s C Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown and ranked in Chambers & Partners 2017 as an “up-and-coming junior with...

Keira Gore

Call: 2008

Keira is a specialist in employment and discrimination law with a busy advocacy and advisory practice. Keira appears regularly in the employment tribunal and the employment appeal tribunal and has represented clients in employment-related county court and high court claims. She acts for a wide range...

Will Young

Call: 2008

Will Young’s main areas of work are personal injury and clinical negligence, employment law, and professional discipline. Will regularly acts in personal injury claims in the County Court. His cases include a wide range of personal injury actions, as well as an expanding practice in the area...

Alexander Line

Call: 2009

Alexander Line is a civil practitioner, whose practice is focused particularly on the areas of education, social welfare, court of protection, public law, employment and discrimination. He regularly appears in employment tribunals, county courts and different chambers of the First-Tier Tribunal. He...

Simon Oakes

Call: 2010

Simon Oakes practises in commercial law, with a particular focus on banking & financial services matters. He has been involved in major financial services cases in recent years, including the LIBOR test case of Graiseley Properties Ltd v Barclays Bank Plc in the Court of Appeal, and Hockin v...

Tom Gibson

Call: 2010

Tom specialises in clinical negligence, personal injury, and inquests. He does a good balance of claimant and defendant work. He has also been developing a public law practice since his appointment to the Attorney General’s C Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown in February 2016. Tom joined Outer...

Katarina Sydow

Call: 2012

Katarina Sydow specialises mainly in public law, clinical negligence and personal injury. She acts on behalf of a diverse range of clients including individuals, NHS Trusts, local authorities and the Official Solicitor in the Court of Protection and regularly undertakes work well beyond her level of...

Saaman Pourghadiri

Call: 2012

Saaman is regularly instructed in complex multi-jurisdictional commercial and regulatory disputes with work often involving the intersection of these fields. He has particular expertise in financial services, pensions, civil fraud and professional negligence. His financial services/banking work...

Paul Livingston

Call: 2012

Paul joined Chambers as a tenant in 2014 and accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ practice, with a focus on Employment & Discrimination, Public Inquiries, Child Abuse, Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury. Paul has acted and advised in a range of Employment Tribunal claims,...

Stephen Doherty

Call: 2013

Stephen Doherty became a member of Chambers in September 2014 following pupillage. He accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ practice and has a particular interest in pensions, financial services and commercial litigation. Stephen has a first-class degree in History from Oxford University....

Bianca Venkata

Call: 2014

Bianca joined Chambers as a tenant in 2015 after successfully completing pupillage. She accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ practice including commercial litigation, probate, employment & discrimination, financial services, personal injury, inquests and international related...

Stephen Butler

Call: 2014

Stephen has a broad civil practice with particular emphasis on commercial and international disputes and on workplace and discrimination claims. He accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ work. In 2017, Stephen was seconded to a leading law firm in Dubai to provide advice and pleadings in...

Gabor Bognar

Call: 2015

Gabor accepts instructions on disputes, as well as non-contentious advisory and drafting matters. He has appeared as sole counsel in the High Court, the County Court, the Employment Tribunal, and before the disciplinary committees of professional regulatory bodies. Gabor is registered to work on a...

Gus Baker

Call: 2015

Gus joined Chambers after the successful completion of his pupillage in 2015 and has a broad practice focusing on employment, commercial and regulatory disputes. Gus regularly represents clients in courts and tribunals at all levels and has appeared in the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the...

Imogen Egan

Call: 2015

Imogen joined Chambers after successful completion of the Outer Temple Chambers Extended Pupillage Scheme in association with FRU (Free Representation Unit) in May 2017. She is developing a broad practice across all areas of Chambers’ work. As part of her pupillage, Imogen spent six months doing...

Victoria Brown

Call: 2014

Victoria Brown commenced pupillage in September 2016 and is establishing a broad practice across Chambers’ areas of expertise. Prior to pupillage, Victoria spent two years at the Home Office where she managed over 200 statutory appeals in the Court of Appeal and assisted with Supreme Court and...

Chloe Bell

Call: 2015

Chloe studied law as an undergraduate at Trinity College, University of Cambridge (2008-2012) spending one year on Erasmus at the University of Poitiers. Chloe then undertook an LLM at the University of Michigan (2013-2014) focusing on employment and discrimination law and comparative EU and public...

Olinga Tahzib

Call: 2016

Olinga Tahzib joined Chambers as a pupil in September 2016. He is developing a broad practice across all areas of Chambers’ work. Before commencing pupillage, Olinga completed the Bar Professional Training Course as a Lord Denning Scholar of Lincoln’s Inn. He was graded...


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