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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 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 33 years’ experience at the Bar, of which 16 years have been as a successful QC. He is the current Chair of the Commercial Bar Association, one of the Heads of Outer Temple Chambers and a part-time judge sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge in...

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...

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...

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...

Andrew Short QC

Call: 1990

Silk: 2010

Andrew Short QC's practice centres on pensions, employment, 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 advocacy highly sought after by his clients, whether they...

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...

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; and...

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...

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 focused 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...

John McKendrick QC

Call: 1999

Silk: 2016

John is an experienced advocate and advisor with twenty years’ experience of litigation in the United Kingdom and internationally. He has litigated before the highest courts in England and Wales and as an advocate in Scotland. He has appeared in the Supreme Court and HM Privy Council. He has...

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 historical sexual abuse, having recently acted as lead counsel in the first successful claim...

Matthew Phillips QC

Call: 1993

Silk: 2017

Matthew Phillips QC 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...

Tim Nesbitt QC

Call: 1991

Silk: 2018

Tim Nesbitt QC has a practice focusing in the areas of commercial, regulatory and public law. Tim’s brings to his practice in these areas qualities as an adviser and advocate that are consistently recognised by professional clients and directories,  who especially cite his skills as an...

Nick 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...

Nathan Tavares QC

Call: 1992

Silk: 2018

Nathan Tavares QC 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...

Eliot Woolf QC

Call: 1993

Silk: 2018

Eliot Woolf QC 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 catastrophic brain and spinal injury...

Sarah Crowther QC

Call: 1999

Silk: 2018

Sarah Crowther QC has a broad practice with areas of focus in personal injury, private international law, clinical negligence and public law and discrimination cases. Sarah has experience in all claims for injury, illness or accident with an international element, including advising on European...

Jonathan Hand QC

Call: 1990

Silk: 2019

Jonathan Hand QC 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...

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...


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