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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 described as “…one of the go-to barristers in England for a corporate crisis. He has a very practical approach to solving some of the more complicated problems.” “A great crossover practitioner...

Christopher Wilson-Smith QC

Call: 1965

Silk: 1986

Christopher Wilson-Smith QC'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...

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), international mediation and international arbitration (both as counsel and mediator / arbitrator), financial services, regulatory and disciplinary law. He is also...

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, Medical Malpractice and Employment Law at all levels, although he maintains a diverse practice across the Common Law...

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...

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...

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...

Nicholas Johnson QC

Call: 1994

Silk: 2016

Nick Johnson QC specialises in complex financial and business crime disputes, together with cross-over regulatory and civil work. He is ranked at Silk Band 1 for Financial Crime by Chambers & Partners 2020, described as “A truly impressive silk with very strong attention to detail…assiduous...

Fiona Horlick QC

Call: 1992

Silk: 2019

Fiona Horlick QC was consistently ranked as a Band 1 (top tier) leading junior before her elevation to silk, in both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500. She is now ranked as a respected New Silk.  She is praised for her unrivalled advocacy skills, her unbending will to succeed as well as her...

James Leonard

Call: 1989

James 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. James'...

Matthew McDonagh

Call: 1994

Matthew McDonagh is a trial advocate who appears on a regular basis before regulatory and disciplinary tribunals. He also appears frequently in the criminal jurisdiction. He is adept at ‘Judge-only’ advocacy before the Administrative Court and the Court of Appeal. Considered fearsome by some...

Oliver Powell

Call: 2006

“An impressive senior junior well versed in large scale litigation”. Oliver Powell is ranked in both Chambers & Partners (UK) and The Legal 500. One solicitor observed: “He is superb to work with. He works night and day for his clients and always gets great results”. He is praised...

Alex Haines

Call: 2007 (England and Wales); 2019 (New York)

Alex, dual national and fluent in French and Spanish, is a specialist in international law, with particular expertise in the extensive field of international organisations law. Alex was appointed to the Attorney General’s London B Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown in 2019.  His practice...

Justina Stewart

Call: 2010

Justina Stewart is ranked as a Leading Junior in Commercial Litigation, Banking and Finance, and Insolvency. Her practice encompasses the full range of commercial chancery and financial regulatory work. Directory comments include: ‘Justina is brilliant. She is sensible, calm and organised...

Sophie O'Sullivan

Call: 2011

Sophie O’Sullivan specialises in business crime and professional regulation. Her practice encompasses: business crime; commercial fraud; asset forfeiture; financial regulation and compliance; sanctions; professional discipline; and health and safety. Recent or extant work includes: ...

Saaman Pourghadiri

Call: 2012

Saaman is regularly instructed in commercial, chancery and regulatory disputes with work often involving the intersection of these fields and multiple jurisdictions. He has been recognised in the legal directories as:  “"Very user-friendly, very approachable and very good commercially."...

Stephen Doherty

Call: 2013

Stephen practises commercial litigation, with a focus on pensions, international contractual disputes, and financial services law. His recent work includes proceedings before the Determinations Panel of the Pensions Regulator in relation to the appointment of an Independent Trustee (led by Andrew...

Bianca Venkata

Call: 2014

Bianca accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ practice including commercial litigation, probate, employment & discrimination, financial services, personal injury, inquests and international related matters. She has a particular interest in international arbitration. Advocacy...

Jeremy Scott-Joynt

Call: 2018

Jeremy Scott-Joynt accepts instructions across all Chambers’ areas of expertise, but with a focus on  business crime and regulation. He has assisted clients in their dealings with the Financial Conduct Authority (to which he has been seconded), the Serious Fraud Office, the Gambling Commission,...

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.

Christophe Jolk

Professional Associate

Christophe Jolk is an international business lawyer. Christophe is a dual French and German citizen, registered with the Paris, New York and Luxembourg Bars. Due to his background and global positioning, his practice focuses on international business and private wealth management matters in...


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