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Administration of Estates

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Alex Troup KC

  • Call: 1998
  • Silk: 2023

Alex is ranked as the only ‘star individual’ on the Western Circuit in chancery matters by Chambers UK and is Head of our Wills & Trusts team. He is also the only silk ranked in private wealth outside...

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John Sharples

John Sharples

  • Call: 1992

John is a very experienced adviser and advocate and has practised in the area of wills and trusts for over 25 years. He is ranked in Band 1 for both chancery and real estate litigation in Chambers UK...

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John Dickinson

John Dickinson

  • Call: 1995

John is a barrister specialising in wills and trusts work including administration of estates matters. He has extensive experience in resolving all aspects of inheritance related problems, both through court proceedings and alternative dispute resolution. John’s work includes...

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Christopher Jones

Christopher Jones

  • Call: 2004

Christopher is a wills & trusts barrister, regularly advising in cases involving the division of assets between cohabitees, disputed wills and the administration of trusts and estates. In addition his practice includes disputes involving: Advising on trustees’ powers...

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Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke

  • Call: 2009

Michael has an extensive wills & trusts practice, and regularly advises on the construction of wills, challenges to the validity of wills, claims in respect of mutual wills, applications to remove or replace personal representatives, applications for directions...

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Jody Atkinson

  • Call: 2005

Jody’s chancery practice focuses exclusively on wills and trusts. He is a full member of STEP, having passed all of the exams in one sitting. Jody is particularly sought after for Inheritance Act disputes, due to his rare...

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Oliver Wooding

Oliver Wooding

  • Call: 2009

Oliver’s wills and trusts practice spans all contentious and non-contentious matters.  He advises upon and acts, both as advocate and mediator, in disputes involving the validity of wills, claims under Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975,...

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Natasha Dzameh

Natasha Dzameh

  • Call: 2010

Natasha has extensive experience of wills, trusts and probate matters. She is regularly instructed as sole counsel on matters of significant value from pre-action through to trial or mediation. She has been published in the Trusts and Estates...

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Charlie Newington Bridges

Charlie Newington-Bridges

  • Call: 2011

Charlie is a traditional chancery barrister with a specialism in Inheritance Act 1975 claims and experience with high-value estates and complex wills. Recent work includes: Representing the defendant in a two day trial concerning the proceeds from two...

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Adam Boyle

  • Call: 2012

Adam has extensive experience of wills, trusts and probate work and is regularly instructed in all manner of cases across this area. His cases often include assisting executors and administrators with the administration of estates, and the various...

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Oliver Riley

Oliver Riley

  • Call: 2013

Oliver is an experienced trusts practitioner, particularly in the context of separating cohabitees. He is regularly instructed to provide advice prior to the issue of proceedings, as well as acting on behalf of both claimants and defendants in...

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Joss Knight

  • Call: 2014

Joss acts in a wide variety of wills, probate and estates matters. He has particular expertise in claims where the validity of the will is disputed, and claims for an interest in property on the basis of proprietary...

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Annie Sampson

Annie Sampson

  • Call: 2015

Annie’s experience encompasses a broad range of wills and trusts work, including both contentious and non-contentious matters. Annie has particular experience of advising in respect of the construction of wills and challenges to their validity; 1975 Act claims,...

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Brittany Pearce

Brittany Pearce

  • Call: 2015

Brittany is often instructed to advise beneficiaries, trustees and personal representatives in connection with probate, trust and estate matters. Her advice covers technical, discrete points, such as what documents should be disclosed, whilst factoring in practical considerations, bearing...

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Jack Pankhurst

  • Call: 2021

Jack joined Chambers in April 2022 following the successful completion of his specialist commercial and chancery pupillage. He accepts instructions in all of the main areas of commercial and chancery law. Jack’s pupil supervisors were Nick Pointon, Charlie...

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Kayleigh Bloomfield

  • Call: 2021

Kayleigh joined Chambers in October 2022 following the successful completion of her specialist commercial and chancery pupillage. She accepts instructions across all main areas of this practice group. Kayleigh’s pupil supervisors were Charlie Newington-Bridges and Christopher Jones. Kayleigh...

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Ben Harwood

Ben Harwood

  • Call: 2022

Ben joined Chambers in October 2023 following the successful completion of his specialist commercial and chancery pupillage. Ben’s pupil supervisors were James Pearce-Smith, Brittany Pearce, Christopher Jones and Charlie Newington-Bridges. Ben frequently represents clients at small claims and...

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Guy Adams

Guy Adams

  • Call: 1989

Guy is an experienced chancery practitioner with a thorough understanding of trust principles, and acts and advises in connection with the administration of trusts and estates. He has a particular expertise in derivative actions. He is a member...

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Richard Gold

Richard Gold

  • Call: 2006

Richard specialises in wills & trusts, and regularly advises and appears in cases where the validity of a will is challenged on grounds such as: non-compliance with the Wills Act 1837; lack of testamentary capacity; want of knowledge...

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Administrative Law

Agriculture & Rural Affairs

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Alex Troup KC

  • Call: 1998
  • Silk: 2023

Alex is ranked as a “star individual” in chancery matters. He frequently acts for farming clients and is experienced in dealing with a wide range of cases involving agriculture and rural affairs, including in particular property disputes, agricultural...

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Richard Stead

  • Call: 1979

Richard specialises in matters concerning agriculture and rural affairs, and has extensive experience of working on cases relating to property damage, defective equipment, accidents on farmland and with farming machinery. Property damage may arise from flooding, landslip and subsidence...

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John Dickinson

John Dickinson

  • Call: 1995

John’s specialism in real estate work includes conveyancing disputes, boundaries and easements, in particular disputes over easements and rights of way in both civil and tribunal proceedings. John has dealt with many such cases in a rural context....

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Christopher Jones

Christopher Jones

  • Call: 2004

Christopher is a member of the Agricultural Law Association and has extensive expertise in a wide variety of agricultural issues. Acting for farmers / suppliers in connection with the sale and supply of seed and animal feed Farm...

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Oliver Wooding

Oliver Wooding

  • Call: 2009

Oliver acts for and advises landowners and farming tenants in a wide range of agricultural and rural affairs matters, and other incidental legal disputes. Recent cases include: Defending a claim for possession of land whether the existence of...

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Adam Boyle

  • Call: 2012

Adam is a member of the Agricultural Law Association and is a well-respected barrister with significant experience of farming and agricultural matters. He is one of the leading Property Law practitioners in the South West and Wales, so...

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Joss Knight

  • Call: 2014

Having grown up with a rural background, Joss regularly advises in agricultural matters and has particular experience of farming partnership disputes. Recently he has been involved in a long-running dispute between neighbouring farmers involving allegations of trespass, interference...

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Annie Sampson

Annie Sampson

  • Call: 2015

Annie enjoys applying her knowledge of areas such as real estate, commercial disputes, wills and trusts to cases arising in an agricultural context. Annie’s recent cases include: Assisting with the case management of a series of complex claims...

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Brittany Pearce

Brittany Pearce

  • Call: 2015

Brittany is a member of the Agricultural Law Association with experience in a wide variety of agricultural issues, and is regularly instructed by landowners and farming tenants in connection with leasehold matters and real property disputes. With regard...

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Guy Adams

Guy Adams

  • Call: 1989

Guy has extensive experience of issues affecting farmers in relation to property, partnerships, mortgages, landlord and tenant and family disputes. He has encountered many problems that arise in an agricultural context and thoroughly understands the issues facing farmers...

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Banking

John Dickinson

John Dickinson

  • Call: 1995

John is a barrister specialising in commercial, banking, company, insolvency and chancery law. His commercial practice includes local authority procurement claims, breach of contract, restraint of trade, sale of goods, consumer credit and fraud. John has been involved...

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Christopher Jones

Christopher Jones

  • Call: 2004

Christopher acts for businesses in cases concerning all aspects of commercial and contract disputes, including sale of goods and services, restraint of trade, insolvency, partnership disputes and applications for interim relief. Recent examples of Christopher’s work include: A...

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Natasha Dzameh

Natasha Dzameh

  • Call: 2010

Natasha is instructed to represent major financial institutions, businesses and consumers. She successfully defended one of the UK’s largest financial services organisations at trial against claims of duress and mistake in circumstances where it had admitted the type...

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Charlie Newington Bridges

Charlie Newington-Bridges

  • Call: 2011

Charlie is a well regarded barrister for his commercial and financial services expertise, which is supported by 15 years’ prior experience as an investment banker. He is also regularly instructed in cases concerning partnership law and insolvency. Charlie...

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Adam Boyle

  • Call: 2012

Adam is a very experienced commercial barrister who is regularly instructed in complex and high value cases. Adam began life at the Bar advising and assisting a hub of Welsh Local Authorities in relation to public procurement contracts...

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Jack Pankhurst

  • Call: 2021

Jack joined Chambers in April 2022 following the successful completion of his specialist commercial and chancery pupillage. He accepts instructions in all of the main areas of commercial and chancery law. Jack’s pupil supervisors were Nick Pointon, Charlie...

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Tim Higginson

  • Call: 1977

Tim has built up an extensive practice over a number of years, the main areas of which concern disputes in these areas: Commercial and Chancery Civil Fraud and Asset Tracing Professional Negligence (principally, solicitors, barristers, auditors/accountants and bankers)...

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Guy Adams

Guy Adams

  • Call: 1989

Guy is a respected barrister with a strong commercial practice that covers complex cases across this field. He has acted in cases up to the Supreme Court level and has had many reported cases. Guy has recently been...

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Boundary Disputes

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Alex Troup KC

  • Call: 1998
  • Silk: 2023

Alex is a chancery barrister who is often instructed in property litigation cases. Some of his property cases overlap with his trust and contentious probate practice, such as proprietary estoppel claims, disputes over the beneficial ownership of property,...

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Charles Auld

  • Call: 1980

Charles has considerable experience dealing with matters including boundary disputes, landlord and tenant work, rights of way, restrictive covenants and registration at HM Land Registry. His work includes: Disputes over land including traditional boundary disputes, restrictive covenants, rights...

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John Sharples

John Sharples

  • Call: 1992

John is very well versed in handling a variety of complex cases, and is frequently instructed on behalf of estates, developers, public authorities as well as private clients. He is ranked as a Star individual in Chambers UK...

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John Dickinson

John Dickinson

  • Call: 1995

John is a barrister specialising in real estate work including conveyancing disputes, boundaries and easements, in particular disputes over parking and rights of way in both civil and tribunal proceedings and representation in tribunals in relation to adverse...

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Christopher Jones

Christopher Jones

  • Call: 2004

Head of Real Estate, Christopher has extensive expertise in a wide variety of property issues. Real property Easements: rights of way, rights of support, rights to light and water rights Disputed ownership of land, adverse possession and boundary...

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Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke

  • Call: 2009

Michael regularly acts and advises in real estate matters including the disputed ownership of land, boundary disputes, adverse possession, easements and restrictive covenants. In addition Michael advises upon torts in relation to land, in particular trespass, nuisance and...

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Oliver Wooding

Oliver Wooding

  • Call: 2009

Oliver has a specialist practice that focuses on real estate matters, and is regularly instructed as an advocate, advisor, and mediator in a wide range of disputes. His expertise includes: Landlord & Tenant Oliver is experienced in both...

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Charlie Newington Bridges

Charlie Newington-Bridges

  • Call: 2011

Charlie specialises in all areas of real property matters and can advise clients in the following matters: Conveyancing and registration Restrictive covenants and easements Customary rights Adverse possession Boundary disputes Co-ownership Estoppel Mortgages and charges Commercial landlord and...

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Adam Boyle

  • Call: 2012

Adam is a very experienced real estate practitioner and a “go to” barrister in relation to difficult property matters. He is frequently instructed in the full gamut of property cases, including everything from rights of way, to complicated...

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Joss Knight

  • Call: 2014

Joss specialises in real estate matters, and has extensive experience of both commercial and residential landlord and tenant matters. As well as appearing on behalf of both landlord and tenants in lease renewal claims under the 1954 Act;...

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Annie Sampson

Annie Sampson

  • Call: 2015

Annie has experience across the breadth of property and real estate matters, including TOLATA claims, trespass, nuisance, residential landlord and tenant and mortgage possession proceedings, boundary disputes, adverse possession, commercial tenancies and the renewal of business tenancies under...

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Brittany Pearce

Brittany Pearce

  • Call: 2015

Brittany has acted for clients in a range of real property matters, including boundary disputes and adverse possession claims, the enforcement of restrictive covenants and the creation of and interference with easements. Brittany’s focus is on achieving a...

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Ben Harwood

Ben Harwood

  • Call: 2022

Ben joined Chambers in October 2023 following the successful completion of his specialist commercial and chancery pupillage. Ben’s pupil supervisors were James Pearce-Smith, Brittany Pearce, Christopher Jones and Charlie Newington-Bridges. Ben frequently represents clients at small claims and...

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Guy Adams

Guy Adams

  • Call: 1989

Guy is an experienced chancery practitioner with a strong focus on real estate work. His expertise covers commercial and residential landlord and tenant matters as well as development issues. He represents clients at all levels of the court...

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Richard Gold

Richard Gold

  • Call: 2006

Richard specialises in real estate matters, and acts in both residential and commercial property disputes. His areas of expertise include: landlord and tenant disputes; freehold covenants; easements; adverse possession; boundary disputes; trespass/nuisance (including tree root damage); and claims...

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Catastrophic Injury

Christopher Sharp QC

Christopher Sharp KC

  • Call: 1975
  • Silk: 1999

Christopher is one of the leading personal injury and clinical negligence silks. He acts for both claimants and defendants, and the majority of his work involves multi-million-pound catastrophic brain and spinal injuries cases that very often contain complex...

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Matthew Phillips QC

Matthew Phillips KC

  • Call: 1993
  • Silk: 2017

Matthew’s personal injury practice revolves around high value spinal and brain injury claims arising out of road traffic and workplace/industrial accidents. Matthew is also experienced in handling fatal accident claims and the calculation of damages pursuant to the...

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Richard Stead

  • Call: 1979

One of Chambers’ most senior barristers, Richard has an extensive practice which encompasses personal injury, clinical negligence, professional negligence claims and property damage matters, including a number of high profile cases. Richard’s practice is also complemented by his...

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Andrew McLaughlin

Andrew McLaughlin

  • Call: 1993

Andrew’s key fields of expertise lie in fundamental dishonesty, brain and spinal injury and alleged chronic pain, employers’ liability for accidents at work and industrial disease, road traffic accidents, bullying and stress at work, sexual abuse, occupier’s and...

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Matthew White

Matthew White

  • Call: 1997

Matthew advises and represents clients in catastrophic injury claims, particularly traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, and serious orthopaedic or amputation cases. He is used to working with teams of medical and rehabilitation experts to ensure the best...

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Julian Horne

Julian Horne

  • Call: 1998

Julian is an experienced personal injury barrister with expertise across the field. He is frequently instructed in cases involving catastrophic injury, from the initial phase prior to proceedings through to settlement – or, if required, trial. He also...

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Justin Valentine

  • Call: 1999

Justin undertakes all aspects of personal injury work acting predominantly for claimants.  He has a particular interest in workplace claims (especially where liability expert evidence is required) and claims involving vulnerable road users (children, pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists).  His...

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Rachel Russell

Rachel Russell

  • Call: 2001

Rachel is Head of our Personal Injury team, and has over 20 years’ experience in dealing with personal injury cases, acting for both claimants and defendants with extensive expertise in claims concerning catastrophic injuries of the utmost severity. She...

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Darren Lewis

Darren Lewis

  • Call: 2004

Darren specialises in personal injury and employment matters, and was called to the Bar in 2004. He is a leading junior on civil fraud, fundamental dishonesty, S57 defences as well as committal for contempt of court. He has...

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Louise Asprey

Louise Asprey

  • Call: 2007

Louise has many years of experience representing both claimants and defendants in personal injury and clinical negligence matters. She regularly deals with claims arising out of road traffic accidents and is experienced in dealing with claims brought under...

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Patrick West website

Patrick West

  • Call: 2007

Patrick has a national practice, specialises in all areas of personal injury law including: Employers’ liability Occupiers’ and public liability Highways Act cases Holiday claims Road traffic Animals Act Product liability and consumer protection Sport accidents Credit hire...

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Jimmy Barber

  • Call: 2008

Jimmy is a specialist practitioner in the fields of clinical negligence, personal injury and industrial disease. He joined St John’s Chambers in September 2015 having previously practised in London. In clinical negligence, Jimmy has experience of cases involving...

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James Marwick

James Marwick

  • Call: 2008

James has been recognised as a leading junior in personal injury work for a number of years. He specialises in high-value claims and undertakes work for claimants and defendants involving serious injury. James accepts instructions in all areas...

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Ben Handy

Ben Handy

  • Call: 2008

Ben is a specialist personal injury barrister widely recognised for his work representing claimants and defendants in serious injury claims. He also spends some of his time sitting as a Crown Court judge, having been appointed to the office of...

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James Hughes

  • Call: 2011

James specialises in the following areas of work: Personal injury Clinical negligence Data protection James is a specialist personal injury and clinical negligence practitioner. He has extensive experience across the full spectrum of such work, including public and...

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Rachel Segal

Rachel Segal

  • Call: 2013

Rachel is ranked as a leading junior in The Legal 500 for both personal injury and clinical negligence. She enjoys working across the spectrum of clinical negligence and has a particular interest in cases involving delayed diagnosis of...

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Sophie Howard

  • Call: 2016

Sophie is a member of the Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence, and Inquest teams. She joined Chambers in May 2022 after completing a specialist third six pupillage under the supervision of Jimmy Barber. Having successfully completed a common law...

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Beatrice Baskett

Beatrice Baskett

  • Call: 2021

Beatrice joined our Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence and Inquests teams in October 2023 following the successful completion of her pupillage under the supervision Robert Mills and Benjamin Handy. Beatrice is instructed regularly in fast-track trials, interlocutory applications and...

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Derek O'Sullivan KC

  • Call: 1990
  • Silk: 2006

Derek O’Sullivan KC’s practice concentrates on personal injury and he has significant experience in: catastrophic injury claims, employer’s liability claims, occupier’s liability claims, fatal accident claims and road traffic accidents. Derek is also regularly instructed in health and...

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Anna Symington-114

Anna Symington

  • Call: 2002

Anna acts for both claimants and defendants in most personal injury matters. Her areas of expertise are principally: Catastrophic injuries (with emphasis on amputation claims) CRPS Psychiatric and chronic pain cases Fraudulent and exaggerated claims Employers’ liability issues. Motor...

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Children Private Law

Christopher Sharp QC

Christopher Sharp KC

  • Call: 1975
  • Silk: 1999

With many reported cases, Christopher is frequently instructed on appeals to the Court of Appeal. He has extensive experience in high-value financial remedy, ToLATA and Schedule 1 cases, including those with a foreign element, many of which are...

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Lucy Reed KC

  • Call: 2002
  • Silk: 2023

Lucy is a family law specialist and has practised in family law throughout her professional career. Her practice now spans all areas of children work. She often acts in complex, multi-party or high conflict intractable private law disputes....

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Susan Hunter

Susan Hunter

  • Call: 1985

Susan is a children law expert with 30 years’ experience in children private law cases. She is involved in parental and wider familial disputes concerning all aspects of child care including contact, residence, parental alienation, education, removal from...

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Sarah Philimore

Sarah Phillimore

  • Call: 1994

Sarah has represented parents and Guardians in private law proceedings since 1999. She has undertaken training as both a civil law and family mediator in 2009 and 2012 which has provided further useful skills in an area of...

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Judi Evans

  • Call: 1996

Judi is Head of our Family & Divorce team, and specialises in children private law proceedings where she is instructed in parental alienation, allegations of physical and sexual abuse, and complex jurisdictional issues. She is commended for her passionate style...

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Abigail Bond

Abigail Bond

  • Call: 1999

Abigail specialises in law involving children and is Head of the Children Law team. She has considerable experience of care proceedings in which she represents local authorities, parents and children. She has experience in a wide range of...

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Delia Thornton

Delia Thornton

  • Call: 1999

Delia is a specialist family law barrister and mediator. She has a particular interest in care proceedings where she represents parents, and guardians. Her work load involves Fact-Finding hearings concerning allegations of domestic violence, sexual abuse and non-accidental...

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Zahid Hussain

Zahid Hussain

  • Call: 2001

Zahid is an experienced family law barrister with a practice encompassing all areas of Children Law. He frequently represents parents, family members, Guardians, the Official Solicitor and local authority’s in care proceedings at all tiers of Court across the South West, often...

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Caroline Elford

Caroline Elford

  • Call: 2002

Caroline is a specialist family practitioner who practises in all areas of family law with a strong emphasis on children private law cases. Her practice in this area has given her a detailed knowledge of the appropriate procedural...

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Julia Belyavin

Julia Belyavin

  • Call: 2003

Julia’s private law practice focuses on more complex cases where there are issues such as significant domestic abuse or neglect, factitious or induced illness or forced marriage. She also has extensive experience of international relocation cases and those...

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Zoë Saunders

  • Call: 2003

Zoë has extensive experience of private law children cases at all levels of the Family Court and in the High Court. She has particular experience in international cases involving the interplay between Brussels II and the Hague Conventions,...

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Olivia Pike

Olivia Pike

  • Call: 2008

Olivia acts on behalf of parents and children (separately or by their Guardians) in private law cases, particularly those involving complex child arrangements disputes. She appears in cases where there are serious safeguarding concerns necessitating fact-finding hearings. She...

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Richard Norman

Richard Norman

  • Call: 2009

Richard accepts instructions in children private law disputes under the Children Act 1989. These are often complex and include allegations of sexual, physical and emotional abuse to both adults and children, alienation, along with issues requiring expert evidence...

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Jack Harris

  • Call: 2012

Jack has over 8 years’ experience in representing parents in private law disputes about their children, ranging from disputes about child arrangements to relocation and to schooling, to name but a few, and happily accepts instructions where Children...

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Oliver Riley

Oliver Riley

  • Call: 2013

Oliver has considerable experience of acting in private law children disputes. He regularly represents parties at all stages of the process, including within complex fact finding hearings with issues such as parental alienation and where there are concerns...

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Asha Groves NEW

Asha Groves

  • Call: 2013

Asha is regularly instructed in private law proceedings from the initial stages through to fact finding and final hearings. Asha has experience of more complex cases from her time working for a Local Authority on cases in which...

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Ryan Morgan

  • Call: 2017

Ryan regularly represents parents and children in private law children disputes. He takes a problem solving approach to these cases which ensures that conflict is reduced as much as possible for his clients. Ryan has also gained extensive...

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Bethany Hardwicke

Bethany Scarsbrook

  • Call: 2014

Bethany is experienced in all types of applications under section 8 of the Children Act 1989, including child arrangement orders (contact and residence disputes), specific issue orders and prohibited steps orders. She has appeared in her own right...

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Sophie Smith Holland

Sophie Smith-Holland

  • Call: 2015

Sophie is regularly instructed for all types of hearings, including FHDRAs, DRAs, directions hearings, fact-finding hearings and final hearings. Sophie has particular experience of representing parties in cases involving serious allegations and concerns in respect of domestic abuse...

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Harriet Dudbridge

Harriet Dudbridge

  • Call: 2015

Harriet has joined chambers after her completion of pupillage under the supervision of Susan Hunter. Harriet joins St John’s Chambers as a Justice First Fellow, a scheme devised by the Legal Education Foundation for the next generation of...

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Sarah Fincham

  • Call: 2018

Sarah’s experience in private children proceedings includes contact disputes, specific issue and prohibited steps applications, fact-finding hearings and relocation applications. She has represented parents and children at all stages from FHDRA to final hearing. In August 2021, Sarah...

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Dominik Morton

  • Call: 2018

Dominik has recently joined St John’s Chambers Family & Divorce team, formerly a barrister at Queen Square Chambers. Dominik is praised by many of his lay and professional clients as well as members of the judiciary for his...

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Zoey White

Zoey White

  • Call: 2018

Zoey is a specialist family law barrister with a particular focus on matters relating to private law children disputes. She is regularly instructed to represent clients in all types of applications under s.8 Children Act 1989 and is...

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Georgina Swinglehurst

Georgina Swinglehurst

  • Call: 2019

Georgina joined Chambers as a tenant in October 2023 following the successful completion of her specialist family pupillage under the supervision of Zoë Saunders. During pupillage, Georgina observed a number of high-value claims for financial relief, involving complicated...

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Vivien Croly

  • Call: 2019

Vivien joined Chambers as a tenant in October 2022 following the successful completion of her specialist family pupillage under the supervision of Zoë Saunders. During pupillage, Vivien observed a number of high value claims for financial relief involving...

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Kate Pearson

  • Call: 2019

Kate is building a broad practice as a specialist family law barrister, and accepts instructions in the following areas: Private Law Children Act matters Divorce and Financial Remedies Schedule 1 Children Act 1989 Part IV Family Law Act...

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Diana

Diana M. Panizzon-Pineda

  • Call: 2021

Diana has a busy practice encompassing all areas of children law. She also accepts instructions on injunction applications under the Family Law Act 1996. Diana represents parents, children, local authorities, and extended family members. She is regularly instructed...

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Glen Pritchard

Glen Pritchard

  • Call: 2022

Glen joined our Family & Divorce team in 2022 following a successful career as a solicitor working for a Local Authority where he focussed on children law, representing them in a range of hearing from contested interim removal...

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Children Public Law

Christopher Sharp QC

Christopher Sharp KC

  • Call: 1975
  • Silk: 1999

With many reported cases, Christopher is frequently instructed on appeals to the Court of Appeal. He has extensive experience in high-value financial remedy, ToLATA and Schedule 1 cases, including those with a foreign element, many of which are...

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Lucy Reed KC

  • Call: 2002
  • Silk: 2023

Lucy is a family law specialist and has practised in family law throughout her professional career. Her practice now spans all areas of children work. She often acts in complex, multi-party or high conflict intractable private law disputes....

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Susan Hunter

Susan Hunter

  • Call: 1985

Susan is a children law expert with 30 years’ experience in children public law cases representing parents, wider family members, the children, local authorities and other intervenors. She has been involved in cases that range from neglect, drug...

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Sarah Philimore

Sarah Phillimore

  • Call: 1994

Sarah has extensive experience in public law proceedings appearing at all court levels for parents, guardians, interveners and local authorities. She also deals with all other Children Act work with and has experience of cases with jurisdictional issues...

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Judi Evans

  • Call: 1996

Judi is Head of our Family & Divorce team, and practises in all areas of family law, with a particular specialisation in public law proceedings, removal from the jurisdiction, abduction, and international relocation. She is commended for her passionate style...

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Abigail Bond

Abigail Bond

  • Call: 1999

Abigail practises in all aspects of the law relating to children and is Head of the Children Law team. She has considerable experience of care proceedings in which she represents local authorities, parents and children. She handles a...

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Delia Thornton

Delia Thornton

  • Call: 1999

Delia is a specialist family law barrister and mediator. She has a particular interest in care proceedings where she represents parents, and guardians. Her work load involves Fact-Finding hearings concerning allegations of domestic violence, sexual abuse and non-accidental...

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Zahid Hussain

Zahid Hussain

  • Call: 2001

Zahid is an experienced family law barrister with a practice encompassing all areas of Children Law. He frequently represents parents, family members, Guardians, the Official Solicitor and local authority’s in care proceedings at all tiers of Court across the South West, often...

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Caroline Elford

Caroline Elford

  • Call: 2002

Caroline is a specialist family practitioner who practises in all areas of family law with a strong emphasis on care proceedings. Her practice in this area has given her a detailed knowledge of the appropriate procedural law and...

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Julia Belyavin

Julia Belyavin

  • Call: 2003

Care cases form the bulk of Julia’s practice. She is instructed regularly on behalf of parents, Guardians and Local Authorities, as well as by intervenors/other family members. She has experience of a wide range of cases dealing with...

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Olivia Pike

Olivia Pike

  • Call: 2008

Olivia acts on behalf of local authorities, parents, extended family members, interveners and children (separately or by their Guardians) in public law cases. She has expertise in cases involving the representation of vulnerable parents, including those with learning...

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Asha Groves NEW

Asha Groves

  • Call: 2013

Asha represents all parties at all stages of public law proceedings. She has valuable experience from working in the Children’s Services Legal Department of a Local Authority in the South West prior to joining the Bar. During this...

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Ryan Morgan

  • Call: 2017

Ryan accepts instructions in all areas of family law with a particular interest in care proceedings. Ryan often represents vulnerable parties with cognitive difficulties including through the OS and those who require the assistance of an intermediary. Public...

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Sophie Smith Holland

Sophie Smith-Holland

  • Call: 2015

Sophie regularly acts on behalf of Local Authorities, parents, extended family members, intervenors and children through their Children’s Guardian. Sophie is familiar with representing vulnerable clients (including those with learning disabilities, mental health conditions or other difficulties and...

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Harriet Dudbridge

Harriet Dudbridge

  • Call: 2015

Harriet has joined chambers after her completion of pupillage under the supervision of Susan Hunter. Harriet joins St John’s Chambers as a Justice First Fellow, a scheme devised by the Legal Education Foundation for the next generation of...

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Sarah Fincham

  • Call: 2018

Sarah represents local authorities, parents and children in public law proceedings at all stages, from initial hearing / interim care hearing, through to final hearing. In a recent case (November 2021) she successfully challenged numerous negative assessments by...

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Dominik Morton

  • Call: 2018

Dominik has recently joined St John’s Chambers Family & Divorce team, formerly a barrister at Queen Square Chambers. Dominik is praised by many of his lay and professional clients as well as members of the judiciary for his...

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Zoey White

Zoey White

  • Call: 2018

Zoey is a specialist family law barrister with a particular focus on matters relating to private law children disputes. She is regularly instructed to represent clients in all types of applications under s.8 Children Act 1989 and is...

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Vivien Croly

  • Call: 2019

Vivien joined Chambers as a tenant in October 2022 following the successful completion of her specialist family pupillage under the supervision of Zoë Saunders. During pupillage, Vivien observed a number of high value claims for financial relief involving...

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Diana

Diana M. Panizzon-Pineda

  • Call: 2021

Diana has a busy practice encompassing all areas of children law. She also accepts instructions on injunction applications under the Family Law Act 1996. Diana represents parents, children, local authorities, and extended family members. She is regularly instructed...

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Glen Pritchard

Glen Pritchard

  • Call: 2022

Glen joined our Family & Divorce team in 2022 following a successful career as a solicitor working for a Local Authority where he focussed on children law, representing them in a range of hearing from contested interim removal...

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Clinical Negligence

Christopher Sharp QC

Christopher Sharp KC

  • Call: 1975
  • Silk: 1999

Christopher has been described by solicitors and the legal directories as an “outstanding silk” in clinical negligence and personal injury with a national reputation. He conducts the highest level of cerebral palsy/catastrophic injury claims in terms of both...

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Matthew Phillips QC

Matthew Phillips KC

  • Call: 1993
  • Silk: 2017

Matthew leads a successful and expanding Clinical Negligence team, and represents both claimants and defendants in a wide variety of claims of significant value. He has particular experience in the fields of birth injury, failed spinal surgery and...

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Richard Stead

  • Call: 1979

One of Chambers’ most senior barristers, Richard has extensive experience in high-value claims in clinical negligence and personal injury. Most recently he represented the claimant in a successful claim arising out of the treatment of mental illness. Renowned...

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Andrew McLaughlin

Andrew McLaughlin

  • Call: 1993

Andrew undertakes complex clinical negligence work involving difficult issues surrounding breach of duty and causation primarily on behalf of NHS Trusts in England and Local Health Boards in Wales. He had notable success in the latter part of...

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Justin Valentine

  • Call: 1999

Justin has been ranked as a Tier 1 Legal 500 clinical negligence specialist for several years.  He acts almost exclusively for claimants in cases of significant value.  He has particular interest in obstetrics and gynaecology cases where consent...

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Louise Asprey

Louise Asprey

  • Call: 2007

Louise has many years of experience representing both claimants and defendants in personal injury and clinical negligence matters. She regularly deals with claims arising out of road traffic accidents and is experienced in dealing with claims brought under...

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Patrick West website

Patrick West

  • Call: 2007

Patrick has an established clinical negligence practice. He acts for claimants and defendants in clinical negligence claims across a broad spectrum including dental treatment, general surgical errors and mental health care both in terms of liability and quantum...

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Jimmy Barber

  • Call: 2008

In clinical negligence, Jimmy has experience of a wide array of areas of medicine and dentistry and acts for healthcare providers, clinicians and claimants. He has advised on cases involving delays in diagnosis, injuries caused by or in...

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James Marwick

James Marwick

  • Call: 2008

James is ranked as a leading junior in clinical negligence by The Legal 500. He acts for both claimants and defendants in a wide range of clinical negligence matters but with a particular specialism in cauda equina and spinal...

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Ben Handy

Ben Handy

  • Call: 2008

Ben is a specialist clinical negligence barrister, mediator, and now a part-time Crown Court judge after he was appointed Recorder by the King in May. Ben’s recent clinical negligence and inquest work has focused on claimants, and the...

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James Hughes

  • Call: 2011

James has experience acting for both claimants and defendant trusts or clinicians, in cases where there is more than one defendant, in clinical negligence claims. Recent work includes: Injury to external iliac artery during laparoscopic sterilisation surgery Wrongful...

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Rachel Segal

Rachel Segal

  • Call: 2013

Rachel is ranked as a leading junior (Tier 2) for clinical negligence in Legal 500 2023. She has a thriving practice and has developed a particular focus on delayed diagnosis and treatment of cancers (primary and metastatic disease),...

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Sophie Howard

  • Call: 2016

Sophie is a member of the Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence, and Inquest teams. She joined Chambers in May 2022 after completing a specialist third six pupillage under the supervision of Jimmy Barber. Having successfully completed a common law...

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Jonathan Lindfield

Jonathan Lindfield

  • Call: 2017

Jonathan has experience of a wide range of Clinical Negligence matters, including cases of failed/late diagnosis, consent, operative techniques, dental negligence and many others. He has drafted a wide variety of pleadings for Claimants and Defendants, including Part...

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Rhodri Jones

Rhodri Jones

  • Call: 2017

Rhodri specialises in clinical negligence, acting for both claimants and defendants. Before retraining as a barrister, Rhodri practiced as a medical doctor for 18 years, principally in A&E and general practice. His wealth of knowledge and clinical experience...

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Lauren Karmel

  • Call: 2017

Lauren is ranked as a leading junior (Tier 2) in The Legal 500 2024 guide. She accepts instructions in all areas of clinical negligence and inquest work, and is developing a strong paper-based practice in all areas of...

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David Forster

  • Call: 2018

David is a specialist Personal Injury barrister who has a balanced practice acting for both Claimants and Defendants. His practice encompasses all aspects of Personal Injury and he is regularly instructed to advise on claims relating to RTAs,...

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Beatrice Baskett

Beatrice Baskett

  • Call: 2021

Beatrice joined our Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence and Inquests teams in October 2023 following the successful completion of her pupillage under the supervision Robert Mills and Benjamin Handy. Beatrice is instructed regularly in fast-track trials, interlocutory applications and...

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Clinical Negligence Costs

Richard Stead

  • Call: 1979

One of Chambers’ most senior barristers, Richard has an extensive practice which encompasses personal injury, clinical negligence, professional negligence claims and property damage matters, including a number of high profile cases. Richard’s practice is also complemented by his...

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Justin Valentine

  • Call: 1999

Justin has been ranked as a Tier 1 Legal 500 clinical negligence specialist for several years.  He acts almost exclusively for claimants in cases of significant value.  He has particular interest in obstetrics and gynaecology cases where consent...

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Darren Lewis

Darren Lewis

  • Call: 2004

Darren specialises in personal injury and employment matters, and was called to the Bar in 2004. He is a leading junior on civil fraud, fundamental dishonesty, S57 defences as well as committal for contempt of court. He has...

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Patrick West website

Patrick West

  • Call: 2007

Patrick has an established clinical negligence practice. He acts for claimants and defendants in clinical negligence claims across a broad spectrum including dental treatment, general surgical errors and mental health care both in terms of liability and quantum...

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James Marwick

James Marwick

  • Call: 2008

James is an experienced personal injury and clinical negligence barrister with sub-specialisms in costs and professional negligence.  He is ranked in The Legal 500 in costs (Tier 1), clinical negligence and personal injury. He acts for both claimants...

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James Hughes

  • Call: 2011

James has experience acting for both claimants and defendant trusts or clinicians, in cases where there is more than one defendant, in clinical negligence claims. Recent work includes: Injury to external iliac artery during laparoscopic sterilisation surgery Wrongful...

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Rhodri Jones

Rhodri Jones

  • Call: 2017

Rhodri specialises in clinical negligence, acting for both claimants and defendants. Before retraining as a barrister, Rhodri practiced as a medical doctor for 18 years, principally in A&E and general practice. His wealth of knowledge and clinical experience...

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Commercial

William Godwin QC

William Godwin KC

  • Call: 1986
  • Silk: 2017

William has over thirty years’ experience advising and acting in disputes before arbitrators and the English courts. He specialises in commercial and construction law, often with a cross border element, and international arbitration. He sits as an arbitrator...

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Richard Stead

  • Call: 1979

One of Chambers’ most senior barristers, Richard has considerable experience in the fields of commercial disputes. He is highly sought-after in construction and engineering matters as well as being highly recommended in professional negligence cases concerning architect, engineers...

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James Pearce Smith

James Pearce-Smith

  • Call: 2002

James is the head of our commercial team and has over 25 years’ experience as a commercial litigator, including 8 years as a commercial litigation solicitor at two major law firms before transferring to the Bar in 2002....

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John Dickinson

John Dickinson

  • Call: 1995

John is a barrister specialising in commercial, banking, company, insolvency and chancery law. His commercial practice includes local authority procurement claims, breach of contract, restraint of trade, sale of goods, consumer credit and fraud. John has been involved...

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Mathew O'Reagan

Matthew O'Regan

  • Call: 2015

Matthew, a former Solicitor, is a specialist competition and regulatory lawyer. He was called to the Bar and joined St John’s Chambers in 2015, having previously been a Partner in the Competition Group of Burges Salmon LLP. He...

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Christopher Jones

Christopher Jones

  • Call: 2004

Christopher acts for businesses in cases concerning all aspects of commercial and contract disputes, including sale of goods and services, restraint of trade, insolvency, partnership disputes and applications for interim relief. Recent examples of Christopher’s work include: A...

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Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke

  • Call: 2009

Michael regularly acts and advises in commercial disputes for both corporate and individual clients. His recent work has included: Acting for a claimant sales director for breach of covenant by the company. Acting for a claimant manufacturer and...

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Natasha Dzameh

Natasha Dzameh

  • Call: 2010

A significant amount of Natasha’s practice consists of commercial/commercial chancery matters. She has acted in a variety of contractual disputes (carriage, consumer credit, equine, guarantees, hire, IT, NHS etc.) including complex collateral contracts. She is regularly instructed in...

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Charlie Newington Bridges

Charlie Newington-Bridges

  • Call: 2011

Charlie is a well regarded barrister for his commercial and financial services expertise, which is supported by 15 years’ prior experience as an investment banker. He is also regularly instructed in cases concerning partnership law and insolvency. Charlie...

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Adam Boyle

  • Call: 2012

Adam is a very experienced commercial barrister who is regularly instructed in complex and high value cases. Adam began life at the Bar advising and assisting a hub of Welsh Local Authorities in relation to public procurement contracts...

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Joss Knight

  • Call: 2014

Joss advises in a wide-range of complex commercial, company and insolvency matters. He recently appeared for the applicant in Housemaker Services Ltd v Cole & Anor [2017] EWHC 753 (Ch) in which the court considered the circumstances in...

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Annie Sampson

Annie Sampson

  • Call: 2015

Annie has experience of a broad range of commercial matters, such as claims in respect of defective goods and services; misrepresentation; building disputes, including in the context of professional negligence; assigned debt; the repayment of loans; rectification; and...

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Daniel Soar

  • Call: 2016

Daniel has a broad commercial practice with particular expertise in contractual disputes, franchise agreements, insurance matters (including the impact of COVID-19 on business interruption insurance), commercial property, public procurement, insolvency and issues involving consumer rights. Daniel’s recent caseload...

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Georgina Thompson

  • Call: 2017

Georgina is a commercial and chancery practitioner and a qualified mediator. She accepts instructions in all of the main areas of commercial and chancery law. Her main areas of expertise lie in commercial litigation, insolvency matters and contentious...

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Jack Pankhurst

  • Call: 2021

Jack joined Chambers in April 2022 following the successful completion of his specialist commercial and chancery pupillage. He accepts instructions in all of the main areas of commercial and chancery law. Jack’s pupil supervisors were Nick Pointon, Charlie...

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Kayleigh Bloomfield

  • Call: 2021

Kayleigh joined Chambers in October 2022 following the successful completion of her specialist commercial and chancery pupillage. She accepts instructions across all main areas of this practice group. Kayleigh’s pupil supervisors were Charlie Newington-Bridges and Christopher Jones. Kayleigh...

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Ben Harwood

Ben Harwood

  • Call: 2022

Ben joined Chambers in October 2023 following the successful completion of his specialist commercial and chancery pupillage. Ben’s pupil supervisors were James Pearce-Smith, Brittany Pearce, Christopher Jones and Charlie Newington-Bridges. Ben frequently represents clients at small claims and...

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Tim Higginson

  • Call: 1977

Tim has built up an extensive practice over a number of years, the main areas of which concern disputes in these areas: Commercial and Chancery Civil Fraud and Asset Tracing Professional Negligence (principally, solicitors, barristers, auditors/accountants and bankers)...

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Guy Adams

Guy Adams

  • Call: 1989

Guy is a respected barrister with a strong commercial practice that covers complex cases across this field. He has acted in cases up to the Supreme Court level and has had many reported cases. Guy has recently been...

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Richard Gold

Richard Gold

  • Call: 2006

Richard specialises in commercial matters, and acts in contractual disputes of all kinds.  He advises on matters such as: the existence of a contract; the interpretation of the terms of a contract; setting aside a contract (e.g. on...

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Nick Pointon

Nick Pointon

  • Call: 2010

Nick is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Exeter and an Associate Academic Member of St John’s Chambers. From 2010 – 2021, Nick practised as a specialist commercial and chancery law barrister. His particular areas...

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Commercial Dispute Resolution

Richard Stead

  • Call: 1979

One of Chambers’ most senior barristers, Richard has considerable experience in the fields of commercial disputes. He is highly sought-after in construction and engineering matters as well as being highly recommended in professional negligence cases concerning architect, engineers...

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James Pearce Smith

James Pearce-Smith

  • Call: 2002

James is the head of our commercial team and has over 25 years’ experience as a commercial litigator, including 8 years as a commercial litigation solicitor at two major law firms before transferring to the Bar in 2002....

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John Dickinson

John Dickinson

  • Call: 1995

John is a barrister specialising in commercial, banking, company, insolvency and chancery law. His commercial practice includes local authority procurement claims, breach of contract, restraint of trade, sale of goods, consumer credit and fraud. John has been involved...

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Mathew O'Reagan

Matthew O'Regan

  • Call: 2015

Matthew, a former Solicitor, is a specialist competition and regulatory lawyer. He was called to the Bar and joined St John’s Chambers in 2015, having previously been a Partner in the Competition Group of Burges Salmon LLP. He...

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Christopher Jones

Christopher Jones

  • Call: 2004

Christopher acts for businesses in cases concerning all aspects of commercial and contract disputes, including sale of goods and services, restraint of trade, insolvency, partnership disputes and applications for interim relief. Recent examples of Christopher’s work include: A...

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Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke

  • Call: 2009

Michael regularly acts and advises in commercial disputes for both corporate and individual clients. His recent work has included: Acting for a claimant sales director for breach of covenant by the company. Acting for a claimant manufacturer and...

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Natasha Dzameh

Natasha Dzameh

  • Call: 2010

A significant amount of Natasha’s practice consists of commercial/commercial chancery matters. She has acted in a variety of contractual disputes (carriage, consumer credit, equine, guarantees, hire, IT, NHS etc.) including complex collateral contracts. She is regularly instructed in...

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Charlie Newington Bridges

Charlie Newington-Bridges

  • Call: 2011

Charlie is a well regarded barrister for his commercial and financial services expertise, which is supported by 15 years’ prior experience as an investment banker. He is also regularly instructed in cases concerning partnership law and insolvency. Charlie...

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Adam Boyle

  • Call: 2012

Adam is a very experienced commercial barrister who is regularly instructed in complex and high value cases. Adam began life at the Bar advising and assisting a hub of Welsh Local Authorities in relation to public procurement contracts...

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Joss Knight

  • Call: 2014

Joss advises in a wide-range of complex commercial, company and insolvency matters. He recently appeared for the applicant in Housemaker Services Ltd v Cole & Anor [2017] EWHC 753 (Ch) in which the court considered the circumstances in...

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Annie Sampson

Annie Sampson

  • Call: 2015

Annie has experience of a broad range of commercial matters, such as claims in respect of defective goods and services; misrepresentation; building disputes, including in the context of professional negligence; assigned debt; the repayment of loans; rectification; and...

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georgina-thompson

Georgina Thompson

  • Call: 2017

Georgina is a commercial and chancery practitioner and a qualified mediator. She accepts instructions in all of the main areas of commercial and chancery law. Her main areas of expertise lie in commercial litigation, insolvency matters and contentious...

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Jack Pankhurst

  • Call: 2021

Jack joined Chambers in April 2022 following the successful completion of his specialist commercial and chancery pupillage. He accepts instructions in all of the main areas of commercial and chancery law. Jack’s pupil supervisors were Nick Pointon, Charlie...

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Kayleigh Bloomfield

  • Call: 2021

Kayleigh joined Chambers in October 2022 following the successful completion of her specialist commercial and chancery pupillage. She accepts instructions across all main areas of this practice group. Kayleigh’s pupil supervisors were Charlie Newington-Bridges and Christopher Jones. Kayleigh...

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Ben Harwood

Ben Harwood

  • Call: 2022

Ben joined Chambers in October 2023 following the successful completion of his specialist commercial and chancery pupillage. Ben’s pupil supervisors were James Pearce-Smith, Brittany Pearce, Christopher Jones and Charlie Newington-Bridges. Ben frequently represents clients at small claims and...

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Guy Adams

Guy Adams

  • Call: 1989

Guy is a respected barrister with a strong commercial practice that covers complex cases across this field. He has acted in cases up to the Supreme Court level and has had many reported cases. Guy has recently been...

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Richard Gold

Richard Gold

  • Call: 2006

Richard specialises in commercial matters, and acts in contractual disputes of all kinds.  He advises on matters such as: the existence of a contract; the interpretation of the terms of a contract; setting aside a contract (e.g. on...

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Nick Pointon

Nick Pointon

  • Call: 2010

Nick is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Exeter and an Associate Academic Member of St John’s Chambers. From 2010 – 2021, Nick practised as a specialist commercial and chancery law barrister. His particular areas...

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Commercial Property & Development

alex-troup

Alex Troup KC

  • Call: 1998
  • Silk: 2023

Alex is a chancery barrister who is often instructed in property litigation cases. Some of his property cases overlap with his trust and contentious probate practice, such as proprietary estoppel claims, disputes over the beneficial ownership of property,...

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Charles Auld

  • Call: 1980

Charles has considerable experience dealing with matters including boundary disputes, landlord and tenant work, rights of way, restrictive covenants and registration at HM Land Registry. His work includes: Disputes over land including traditional boundary disputes, restrictive covenants, rights...

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John Sharples

John Sharples

  • Call: 1992

John is very well versed in handling a variety of complex cases, and is frequently instructed on behalf of estates, developers, public authorities as well as private clients. He is ranked as a Star individual in Chambers UK...

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James Pearce Smith

James Pearce-Smith

  • Call: 2002

James, a former solicitor, is an experienced litigator specialising in commercial and real estate matters. He regularly advises in relation to property disputes, often with a commercial flavour, including claims relating to commercial leases. He has acted in numerous claims relating to...

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John Dickinson

John Dickinson

  • Call: 1995

John is a barrister specialising in real estate work including conveyancing disputes, boundaries and easements, in particular disputes over parking and rights of way in both civil and tribunal proceedings and representation in tribunals in relation to adverse...

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Christopher Jones

Christopher Jones

  • Call: 2004

Head of Real Estate, Christopher has extensive expertise in a wide variety of property issues. Real property Easements: rights of way, rights of support, rights to light and water rights Disputed ownership of land, adverse possession and boundary...

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Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke

  • Call: 2009

Michael regularly acts and advises in real estate matters including the disputed ownership of land, boundary disputes, adverse possession, easements and restrictive covenants. In addition Michael advises upon torts in relation to land, in particular trespass, nuisance and...

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Oliver Wooding

Oliver Wooding

  • Call: 2009

Oliver has a specialist practice that focuses on real estate matters, and is regularly instructed as an advocate, advisor, and mediator in a wide range of disputes. His expertise includes: Landlord & Tenant Oliver is experienced in both...

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Charlie Newington Bridges

Charlie Newington-Bridges

  • Call: 2011

Charlie specialises in all areas of real property matters and can advise clients in the following matters: Conveyancing and registration Restrictive covenants and easements Customary rights Adverse possession Boundary disputes Co-ownership Estoppel Mortgages and charges Commercial landlord and...

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Adam Boyle

  • Call: 2012

Adam is a very experienced real estate practitioner and a “go to” barrister in relation to difficult property matters. He is frequently instructed in the full gamut of property cases, including everything from rights of way, to complicated...

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Joss Knight

  • Call: 2014

Joss specialises in real estate matters, and has extensive experience of both commercial and residential landlord and tenant matters. As well as appearing on behalf of both landlord and tenants in lease renewal claims under the 1954 Act;...

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Annie Sampson

Annie Sampson

  • Call: 2015

Annie has experience across the breadth of property and real estate matters, including TOLATA claims, trespass, nuisance, residential landlord and tenant and mortgage possession proceedings, boundary disputes, adverse possession, commercial tenancies and the renewal of business tenancies under...

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Brittany Pearce

Brittany Pearce

  • Call: 2015

Brittany has acted for clients in a range of real property matters, including boundary disputes and adverse possession claims, the enforcement of restrictive covenants and the creation of and interference with easements. Brittany’s focus is on achieving a...

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Ben Harwood

Ben Harwood

  • Call: 2022

Ben joined Chambers in October 2023 following the successful completion of his specialist commercial and chancery pupillage. Ben’s pupil supervisors were James Pearce-Smith, Brittany Pearce, Christopher Jones and Charlie Newington-Bridges. Ben frequently represents clients at small claims and...

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Guy Adams

Guy Adams

  • Call: 1989

Guy is an experienced chancery practitioner with a strong focus on real estate work. His expertise covers commercial and residential landlord and tenant matters as well as development issues. He represents clients at all levels of the court...

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Company

James Pearce Smith

James Pearce-Smith

  • Call: 2002

James has over 20 years’ experience as a commercial litigator, including 8 years as a commercial litigation solicitor prior to his transfer to the Bar in 2002. He regularly advises and represents parties in company disputes, including unfair prejudice...

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John Dickinson

John Dickinson

  • Call: 1995

John is a barrister specialising in commercial, banking, company, insolvency and chancery law. His commercial practice includes local authority procurement claims, breach of contract, restraint of trade, sale of goods, consumer credit and fraud. John has been involved...

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Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke

  • Call: 2009

Michael regularly acts and advises in commercial disputes for both corporate and individual clients. His recent work has included: Acting for a claimant sales director for breach of covenant by the company. Acting for a claimant manufacturer and...

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Natasha Dzameh

Natasha Dzameh

  • Call: 2010

A significant amount of Natasha’s practice consists of commercial/commercial chancery matters. She has acted in a variety of contractual disputes (carriage, consumer credit, equine, guarantees, hire, IT, NHS etc.) including complex collateral contracts. She is regularly instructed in...

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Charlie Newington Bridges

Charlie Newington-Bridges

  • Call: 2011

Charlie is a well regarded barrister for his commercial and financial services expertise, which is supported by 15 years’ prior experience as an investment banker. He is also regularly instructed in cases concerning partnership law and insolvency. Charlie...

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Adam Boyle

  • Call: 2012

Adam is a very experienced commercial barrister who is regularly instructed in complex and high value cases. Adam began life at the Bar advising and assisting a hub of Welsh Local Authorities in relation to public procurement contracts...

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Joss Knight

  • Call: 2014

Joss advises in a wide-range of complex commercial, company and insolvency matters. He recently appeared for the applicant in Housemaker Services Ltd v Cole & Anor [2017] EWHC 753 (Ch) in which the court considered the circumstances in...

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georgina-thompson

Georgina Thompson

  • Call: 2017

Georgina is a commercial and chancery practitioner and a qualified mediator. She accepts instructions in all of the main areas of commercial and chancery law. Her main areas of expertise lie in commercial litigation, insolvency matters and contentious...

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Jack Pankhurst

  • Call: 2021

Jack joined Chambers in April 2022 following the successful completion of his specialist commercial and chancery pupillage. He accepts instructions in all of the main areas of commercial and chancery law. Jack’s pupil supervisors were Nick Pointon, Charlie...

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Kayleigh Bloomfield

  • Call: 2021

Kayleigh joined Chambers in October 2022 following the successful completion of her specialist commercial and chancery pupillage. She accepts instructions across all main areas of this practice group. Kayleigh’s pupil supervisors were Charlie Newington-Bridges and Christopher Jones. Kayleigh...

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Ben Harwood

Ben Harwood

  • Call: 2022

Ben joined Chambers in October 2023 following the successful completion of his specialist commercial and chancery pupillage. Ben’s pupil supervisors were James Pearce-Smith, Brittany Pearce, Christopher Jones and Charlie Newington-Bridges. Ben frequently represents clients at small claims and...

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Guy Adams

Guy Adams

  • Call: 1989

Guy is a respected barrister with a strong commercial practice that covers complex cases across this field. He has acted in cases up to the Supreme Court level and has had many reported cases. Guy has recently been...

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Nick Pointon

Nick Pointon

  • Call: 2010

Nick has considerable experience of company disputes, ranging from small quasi partnerships to large multi-national corporate groups. He regularly advised and acted in unfair prejudice petitions, derivative actions and claims for breach of directors’ duties. He also has...

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Construction & Engineering

William Godwin QC

William Godwin KC

  • Call: 1986
  • Silk: 2017

William has over thirty years’ experience advising and acting in disputes before arbitrators and the English courts. He specialises in commercial and construction law, often with a cross border element, and international arbitration. He sits as an arbitrator...

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Richard Stead

  • Call: 1979

Richard has experience and expertise in a large variety of construction and engineering matters. Examples of his experience in specialist issues and subject matter are as follows: Commercial property and residential developments Condensation and thermal insulation Curtain walling...

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James Pearce Smith

James Pearce-Smith

  • Call: 2002

James has over 20 years’ experience as a commercial litigator, including 8 years as a commercial litigation solicitor prior to his transfer to the Bar in 2002. Throughout his career as a barrister James has regularly represented parties...

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Rebecca Taylor

Rebecca Taylor

  • Call: 2003

Rebecca is a construction lawyer, a TECBAR adjudicator, and accredited civil Mediator and a panel member at specialist mediation provider M4C. In Adjudication Rebecca acts as both decision maker and party representative.  As Adjudicator Rebecca is on the...

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Natasha Dzameh

Natasha Dzameh

  • Call: 2010

Natasha is often instructed on TCC matters regarding residential and commercial construction disputes. Her instructions range from advising pre-action to adjudication, trials and enforcement of adjudicator’s decisions. She has appeared as sole counsel against a specialist construction silk...

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Joss Knight

  • Call: 2014

Joss frequently acts in a wide variety of residential and commercial construction matters. His recent caseload includes: A three-day trial in the Technology and Construction Court in Birmingham concerning allegations of defective renovation work by a building company....

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Court of Protection

Christopher Sharp QC

Christopher Sharp KC

  • Call: 1975
  • Silk: 1999

Christopher’s areas of work in catastrophic injury, including brain injury, his experience in complex public law children’s cases involving those with learning and other cognitive disabilities, and his work in financial remedies where he is sometimes instructed by...

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alex-troup

Alex Troup KC

  • Call: 1998
  • Silk: 2023

Alex has been described by peers as an exceptional chancery barrister who is adept at handling Court of Protection work. He has been instructed in a wide variety of Court of Protection cases, for the most part involving...

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Lucy Reed KC

  • Call: 2002
  • Silk: 2023

Lucy is a family law specialist and has practised in family law throughout her professional career. Her practice now spans all areas of family law with a particular emphasis on children work. In addition to her children practice Lucy is...

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Sarah Philimore

Sarah Phillimore

  • Call: 1994

Sarah first developed an interest in Court of Protection work in 2014 when representing a foster carer in a case where care proceedings overlapped with consideration of ‘best interests’ of a protected party. She has continued to develop...

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John Dickinson

John Dickinson

  • Call: 1995

John is a barrister specialising in Court of Protection work, he has appeared in the Court of Protection both in London, Bristol and other regional hubs. John brings his trust law experience and knowledge of financial issues to...

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Judi Evans

  • Call: 1996

Judi advises and represents local authorities, family members and the subject person on all matters including DOLS both in the County and the High Court in Court of Protection matters.

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Abigail Bond

Abigail Bond

  • Call: 1999

Abigail has an expanding Court of Protection practice in which she represents parties in health and welfare cases and into which she transfers some of the skills and experience she has acquired in representing learning disabled adults in...

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Christopher Jones

Christopher Jones

  • Call: 2004

Christopher advises on and appears in cases involving the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the property and affairs jurisdiction of the Court of Protection.  He has a particular expertise in statutory will applications (in 2012 he appeared in Re JC;...

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Jody Atkinson

  • Call: 2005

Combining both family and trusts/probate expertise, Jody is able to undertake the full range of Court of Protection work. Unlike many barristers he undertakes both ‘property and affairs’ and ‘welfare’ work. Recently he has represented family members in...

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Oliver Wooding

Oliver Wooding

  • Call: 2009

Oliver’s Court of Protection experience primarily relates to property and affairs.  He has advised on matters including: Contested applications for deputyship Applications for authorisation of lifetime gifts (including those with an IHT aspect) Statutory wills Matters involving financial...

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Adam Boyle

  • Call: 2012

Adam accepts instructions in a wide range of Court of Protection matters. Notably, he succeeded in a tricky appeal to the High Court in a case which, at the time it was decided, broke new ground in relation...

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Joss Knight

  • Call: 2014

Joss has particular experience in Court of Protection work and acts in both health and welfare and property and estates matters. Recent work includes: A claim to recover a six-figure sum appropriated by the defendant from an elderly relative...

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Annie Sampson

Annie Sampson

  • Call: 2015

Annie accepts instructions across the spectrum of Court of Protection matters, having gained experience during pupillage of matters arising in the context of both property and affairs and health and welfare.

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Court of Protection Mediation

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Alex Troup KC

  • Call: 1998
  • Silk: 2023

Alex is an experienced mediator with particular experience of dealing with contentious trust and probate cases. He adopts a friendly but no-nonsense approach to mediations and has a high success rate for achieving settlements. Alex was one of...

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John Sharples

John Sharples

  • Call: 1992

John became a fully-qualified mediator in early 2015 and now specialising in mediating property, private client and related areas. He also lectures on aspects of mediation law and practice to solicitors in the South West and Wales. John...

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John Dickinson

John Dickinson

  • Call: 1995

John trained as a mediator at the London School of Mediation, was accredited in 2015 and now serves as both a mediator and as a representative at mediations. His approach to facilitative mediation is to control the process...

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Christopher Jones

Christopher Jones

  • Call: 2004

Christopher qualified as a mediator in January 2018. His background is predominantly in trust litigation and advice, contentious and non-contentious probate applications, real property litigation (particularly in relation to easements, restrictive covenants and contracts for the sale of...

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Ben Handy

Ben Handy

  • Call: 2008

As a qualified mediator, Ben can help parties resolve disputes without the need for costly and uncertain litigation. His varied personal injury and clinical negligence practice means that he is keenly aware of the legal and practical realities...

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Oliver Wooding

Oliver Wooding

  • Call: 2009

Oliver is a trained mediator and experienced mediation counsel who deals with a whole range of legal disputes, but in particular contentious probate, trusts, and real estate disputes. He offers a practical and friendly approach that encourages parties,...

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Natasha Dzameh

Natasha Dzameh

  • Call: 2010

Natasha is an accredited mediator who is available for instruction in mediations in any field. She is a specialist commercial and chancery barrister who is accustomed to acting as sole counsel in high value litigation particularly in relation...

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Adam Boyle

  • Call: 2012

Adam is passionate about mediation and the benefits it can offer to the parties who participate in it. He trained as a mediator with the London School of Mediation nearly ten years ago in 2015 and has been...

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Disputed Wills

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Alex Troup KC

  • Call: 1998
  • Silk: 2023

Alex is ranked as the only ‘star individual’ on the Western Circuit in chancery matters by Chambers UK and is Head of our Wills & Trusts team. He is also the only silk ranked in private wealth outside...

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John Sharples

John Sharples

  • Call: 1992

John is a very experienced adviser and advocate and has practised in the area of wills and trusts for over 25 years. He is ranked in Band 1 for both chancery and real estate litigation in Chambers UK...

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John Dickinson

John Dickinson

  • Call: 1995

John is a barrister specialising in wills and trusts work including administration of estates matters. He has extensive experience in resolving all aspects of inheritance related problems, both through court proceedings and alternative dispute resolution. John’s work includes...

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Christopher Jones

Christopher Jones

  • Call: 2004

Christopher is a wills & trusts barrister, regularly advising in cases involving the division of assets between cohabitees, disputed wills and the administration of trusts and estates. In addition his practice includes disputes involving: Advising on trustees’ powers...

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Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke

  • Call: 2009

Michael has an extensive wills & trusts practice, and regularly advises on the construction of wills, challenges to the validity of wills, claims in respect of mutual wills, applications to remove or replace personal representatives, applications for directions...

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Jody Atkinson

  • Call: 2005

Jody’s chancery practice focuses exclusively on wills and trusts. He is a full member of STEP, having passed all of the exams in one sitting. Jody is particularly sought after for Inheritance Act disputes, due to his rare...

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Oliver Wooding

Oliver Wooding

  • Call: 2009

Oliver’s wills and trusts practice spans all contentious and non-contentious matters.  He advises upon and acts, both as advocate and mediator, in disputes involving the validity of wills, claims under Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975,...

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Natasha Dzameh

Natasha Dzameh

  • Call: 2010

Natasha has extensive experience of wills, trusts and probate matters. She is regularly instructed as sole counsel on matters of significant value from pre-action through to trial or mediation. She has been published in the Trusts and Estates...

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Charlie Newington Bridges

Charlie Newington-Bridges

  • Call: 2011

Charlie is a traditional chancery barrister with a specialism in Inheritance Act 1975 claims and experience with high-value estates and complex wills. Recent work includes: Representing the defendant in a two day trial concerning the proceeds from two...

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Adam Boyle

  • Call: 2012

Adam has extensive experience of wills, trusts and probate work and is regularly instructed in all manner of cases across this area. His cases often include assisting executors and administrators with the administration of estates, and the various...

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Oliver Riley

Oliver Riley

  • Call: 2013

Oliver is an experienced trusts practitioner, particularly in the context of separating cohabitees. He is regularly instructed to provide advice prior to the issue of proceedings, as well as acting on behalf of both claimants and defendants in...

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Joss Knight

  • Call: 2014

Joss acts in a wide variety of wills, probate and estates matters. He has particular expertise in claims where the validity of the will is disputed, and claims for an interest in property on the basis of proprietary...

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Annie Sampson

Annie Sampson

  • Call: 2015

Annie’s experience encompasses a broad range of wills and trusts work, including both contentious and non-contentious matters. Annie has particular experience of advising in respect of the construction of wills and challenges to their validity; 1975 Act claims,...

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Brittany Pearce

Brittany Pearce

  • Call: 2015

Brittany is often instructed to advise beneficiaries, trustees and personal representatives in connection with probate, trust and estate matters. Her advice covers technical, discrete points, such as what documents should be disclosed, whilst factoring in practical considerations, bearing...

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Jack Pankhurst

  • Call: 2021

Jack joined Chambers in April 2022 following the successful completion of his specialist commercial and chancery pupillage. He accepts instructions in all of the main areas of commercial and chancery law. Jack’s pupil supervisors were Nick Pointon, Charlie...

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Kayleigh Bloomfield

  • Call: 2021

Kayleigh joined Chambers in October 2022 following the successful completion of her specialist commercial and chancery pupillage. She accepts instructions across all main areas of this practice group. Kayleigh’s pupil supervisors were Charlie Newington-Bridges and Christopher Jones. Kayleigh...

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Ben Harwood

Ben Harwood

  • Call: 2022

Ben joined Chambers in October 2023 following the successful completion of his specialist commercial and chancery pupillage. Ben’s pupil supervisors were James Pearce-Smith, Brittany Pearce, Christopher Jones and Charlie Newington-Bridges. Ben frequently represents clients at small claims and...

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Guy Adams

Guy Adams

  • Call: 1989

Guy is an experienced chancery practitioner with a thorough understanding of trust principles, and acts and advises in connection with the administration of trusts and estates. He has a particular expertise in derivative actions. He is a member...

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Richard Gold

Richard Gold

  • Call: 2006

Richard specialises in wills & trusts, and regularly advises and appears in cases where the validity of a will is challenged on grounds such as: non-compliance with the Wills Act 1837; lack of testamentary capacity; want of knowledge...

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Divorce & Financial Remedy

Christopher Sharp QC

Christopher Sharp KC

  • Call: 1975
  • Silk: 1999

With many reported cases, Christopher is frequently instructed on appeals to the Court of Appeal. He has extensive experience in high-value financial remedy, ToLATA and Schedule 1 cases, including those with a foreign element, many of which are...

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Nick Miller

Nick Miller

  • Call: 1994

Nick advises and represents clients solely in financial remedy issues, particularly complex high value pensions, farm and company cases. He enjoys an enviable reputation for his expertise and is consistently ranked by the legal directories for his ancillary...

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Jacqueline Humphreys

Jacqueline Humphreys

  • Call: 1994

Jacqueline is a matrimonial finance specialist, with particular expertise in cases with high-value assets and/or complex issues. She was recognised for her work in this area in Legal 500 shortly before moving to part-time work. She is well...

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Zoë Saunders

  • Call: 2003

Zoë is a financial remedy specialist dealing with complex cases involving significant assets as well as more modest asset cases. She has particular expertise in cases involving issues such as third-party intervenors, insolvency, complex pensions, trusts, and inheritance...

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Jody Atkinson

  • Call: 2005

Jody’s divorce and financial remedy practice focuses on the most high-value and intractable cases. He is often instructed by solicitors when divorces involve complicating factors such as: Family businesses Family trusts Overseas elements Disputes concerning third party ownership...

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Richard Norman

Richard Norman

  • Call: 2009

Richard’s particular area of interest is in financial remedies and he has developed a strong practice in this sphere. He accepts instructions in cases involving a variety of issues including matrimonial/non-matrimonial property, nuptial settlements, company interests (and valuation...

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Jack Harris

  • Call: 2012

Jack is frequently instructed in cases with complex issues involving companies, farms, trusts, pensions, pre/post nuptial agreements, foreign and inherited wealth, and cases involving disputes about matrimonial / non-matrimonial property and intervenor issues, as well as cases involving...

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Oliver Riley

Oliver Riley

  • Call: 2013

Oliver is a specialist financial remedies barrister who is regularly instructed to advise and represent clients at all stages of the financial remedies process. He deals with substantial assets as well as more modest cases, which often include...

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Bethany Hardwicke

Bethany Scarsbrook

  • Call: 2014

Bethany’s practice encompasses the full range of financial remedy proceedings. She is comfortable handling complex trust structures, pension issues and family businesses. She has further acted in cases with offshore assets and suspected non-disclosure. Bethany is well aware...

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Sophie Smith Holland

Sophie Smith-Holland

  • Call: 2015

Sophie has extensive experience of representing applicants and respondents at all stages of proceedings, from FDAs, preliminary issue hearings, FDRs and final hearings. Sophie is regularly instructed in cases where there are complex issues concerning third-party interests, non-matrimonial...

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Harriet Dudbridge

Harriet Dudbridge

  • Call: 2015

Harriet has a growing practice representing both applicants and respondents throughout divorce proceedings including FDAs, FDRs, final hearings and preliminary issue hearings. Recent examples of work include:  T v T – Contested final hearing on the appropriate division...

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Georgina Swinglehurst

Georgina Swinglehurst

  • Call: 2019

Georgina joined Chambers as a tenant in October 2023 following the successful completion of her specialist family pupillage under the supervision of Zoë Saunders. During pupillage, Georgina observed a number of high-value claims for financial relief, involving complicated...

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Vivien Croly

  • Call: 2019

Vivien joined Chambers as a tenant in October 2022 following the successful completion of her specialist family pupillage under the supervision of Zoë Saunders. During pupillage, Vivien observed a number of high value claims for financial relief involving...

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Kate Pearson

  • Call: 2019

Kate is building a broad practice as a specialist family law barrister, and accepts instructions in the following areas: Private Law Children Act matters Divorce and Financial Remedies Schedule 1 Children Act 1989 Part IV Family Law Act...

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Employers’ Liability

Christopher Sharp QC

Christopher Sharp KC

  • Call: 1975
  • Silk: 1999

Christopher is one of the leading personal injury and clinical negligence silks. He acts for both claimants and defendants, and the majority of his work involves multi-million-pound catastrophic brain and spinal injuries cases that very often contain complex...

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Matthew Phillips QC

Matthew Phillips KC

  • Call: 1993
  • Silk: 2017

In the field of personal injury Matthew specialises in asbestos related disease claims and catastrophic head and spinal injuries. In the field of sports law Matthew has extensive experience of personal injury claims and regulatory work involving anti-doping...

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Richard Stead

  • Call: 1979

One of Chambers’ most senior barristers, Richard has an extensive practice which encompasses personal injury, clinical negligence, professional negligence claims and property damage matters, including a number of high profile cases. Richard’s practice is also complemented by his...

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Andrew McLaughlin

Andrew McLaughlin

  • Call: 1993

Andrew’s key fields of expertise lie in fundamental dishonesty, brain and spinal injury and alleged chronic pain, employers’ liability for accidents at work and industrial disease, road traffic accidents, bullying and stress at work, sexual abuse, occupier’s and...

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Matthew White

Matthew White

  • Call: 1997

Matthew routinely works for both claimants and defendants in relation to accidents at work and the liability of employers for their employees and others. He was familiar with claims under 6-pack regulations and, following the coming into force...

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Julian Horne

Julian Horne

  • Call: 1998

Julian is an experienced personal injury barrister with expertise across the field. He is instructed in cases relating to a wide variety of accidents at work, across the whole scope of an employer’s responsibility for its employees. He...

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Justin Valentine

  • Call: 1999

Justin undertakes all aspects of personal injury work acting predominantly for claimants.  He has a particular interest in workplace claims (especially where liability expert evidence is required) and claims involving vulnerable road users (children, pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists).  His...

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Darren Lewis

Darren Lewis

  • Call: 2004

Darren practises in all areas of employers’ liability for both claimants and defendants. He regularly advises and appears in legacy ‘Six Pack’ regulations cases that commenced before direct effect ceased. He advises and appears in complex cases involving...

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Louise Asprey

Louise Asprey

  • Call: 2007

Louise has many years of experience representing both claimants and defendants in personal injury and clinical negligence matters. She regularly deals with claims arising out of road traffic accidents and is experienced in dealing with claims brought under...

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Patrick West

  • Call: 2007

Patrick has a rapidly growing practice in occupational illness litigation particularly noise-induced hearing loss in the engineering, steel and textile industries. He also has an interest in HAVS, WRULD/RSI, stress, occupational asthma and asbestos-related claims. He specialises in...

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Jimmy Barber

  • Call: 2008

Jimmy is regularly instructed to advise and to represent claimants and defendants alike in multi-track cases in the County Court. He is experienced in dealing with cases involving manual handling, the provision and use of work equipment, PPE,...

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James Marwick

James Marwick

  • Call: 2008

James has been recognised as a leading junior in personal injury work for a number of years. He specialises in high-value claims and undertakes work for claimants and defendants involving serious injury. James accepts instructions in all areas...

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Ben Handy

Ben Handy

  • Call: 2008

Ben is a specialist personal injury barrister widely recognised for his work representing claimants and defendants in serious injury claims. He also spends some of his time sitting as a Crown Court judge, having been appointed to the office of...

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James Hughes

  • Call: 2011

James has experience of acting for claimants and defendants in claims arising out of workplace accidents. Recent work includes: Acting successfully at trial for one of a number of defendants in a claim brought by a plasterer who...

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Rachel Segal

Rachel Segal

  • Call: 2013

Rachel is a personal injury barrister with experience in advising and drafting pleadings for claimants and defendants in cases involving employer’s liability in a variety of contexts.  She is instructed from pre-action to trial stages. Recent instructions include:...

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Sophie Howard

  • Call: 2016

Sophie is a member of the Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence, and Inquest teams. She joined Chambers in May 2022 after completing a specialist third six pupillage under the supervision of Jimmy Barber. Having successfully completed a common law...

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Jonathan Lindfield

Jonathan Lindfield

  • Call: 2017

Jonathan is an experienced, sought-after, specialist personal injury barrister, whose practice encompasses all aspects of personal injury litigation. Jonathan regularly acts for both claimants and defendants on the fast and multi-track, in claims worth up to £1m. From...

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Rhodri Jones

Rhodri Jones

  • Call: 2017

Rhodri specialises in clinical negligence, acting for both claimants and defendants. Before retraining as a barrister, Rhodri practiced as a medical doctor for 18 years, principally in A&E and general practice. His wealth of knowledge and clinical experience...

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Lauren Karmel

  • Call: 2017

Lauren is ranked as a leading junior (Tier 2) in The Legal 500 2024 guide. She accepts instructions in all areas of clinical negligence and inquest work, and is developing a strong paper-based practice in all areas of...

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David Forster

  • Call: 2018

David is a specialist Personal Injury barrister who has a balanced practice acting for both Claimants and Defendants. His practice encompasses all aspects of Personal Injury and he is regularly instructed to advise on claims relating to RTAs,...

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Beatrice Baskett

Beatrice Baskett

  • Call: 2021

Beatrice joined our Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence and Inquests teams in October 2023 following the successful completion of her pupillage under the supervision Robert Mills and Benjamin Handy. Beatrice is instructed regularly in fast-track trials, interlocutory applications and...

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Derek O'Sullivan KC

  • Call: 1990
  • Silk: 2006

Derek O’Sullivan KC’s practice concentrates on personal injury and he has significant experience in: catastrophic injury claims, employer’s liability claims, occupier’s liability claims, fatal accident claims and road traffic accidents. Derek is also regularly instructed in health and...

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Anna Symington-114

Anna Symington

  • Call: 2002

Anna acts for both claimants and defendants in most personal injury matters. Her areas of expertise are principally: Catastrophic injuries (with emphasis on amputation claims) CRPS Psychiatric and chronic pain cases Fraudulent and exaggerated claims Employers’ liability issues. Motor...

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Family & Divorce

Christopher Sharp QC

Christopher Sharp KC

  • Call: 1975
  • Silk: 1999

With many reported cases, Christopher is frequently instructed on appeals to the Court of Appeal. He has extensive experience in high-value financial remedy, ToLATA and Schedule 1 cases, including those with a foreign element, many of which are...

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Lucy Reed KC

  • Call: 2002
  • Silk: 2023

Lucy is a family law specialist and has practised in family law throughout her professional career. Her practice now spans all areas of family law with a particular emphasis on children work. She often acts in complex, multi-party or high...

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Susan Hunter

Susan Hunter

  • Call: 1985

Susan Hunter has over 30 years’ experience at all court levels. Susan is a children law expert, both public and private, including complex injury, forced marriage and female genital mutilation, spousal murder and parental alienation in addition to...

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Nick Miller

Nick Miller

  • Call: 1994

Nick specialises exclusively in divorce and financial remedy cases. He has an in-depth knowledge and expertise of the issues and the law, including consideration of pensions and actuarial issues along with tax and commercial considerations. Prior to joining the...

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Sarah Philimore

Sarah Phillimore

  • Call: 1994

Sarah was called to the Bar in 1994 and since 1999 has worked as a specialist family lawyer in Chambers in London and Bristol. She specialises in all aspects of children law and Court of Protection work. Sarah...

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Jacqueline Humphreys

Jacqueline Humphreys

  • Call: 1994

Jacqueline is a confident and highly competent advocate, specialising in the financial aspects of relationship breakdown. She rejoined the St John’s Chambers Family & Divorce team from a chambers in Birmingham where she had an enviable reputation for...

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Judi Evans

  • Call: 1996

Judi is Head of our Family & Divorce team, and practises across public and private family law, with particular expertise in cases of abduction and the international relocation of children. In complex public law cases she is involved in multiple...

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Abigail Bond

Abigail Bond

  • Call: 1999

Abigail specialises in law involving children and is Head of the Children Law team. She has considerable experience of care proceedings in which she represents local authorities, parents and children. She has experience in a wide range of...

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Delia Thornton

Delia Thornton

  • Call: 1999

Delia is a specialist family law barrister and mediator. She has a particular interest in care proceedings where she represents parents, and guardians. Her work load involves Fact-Finding hearings concerning allegations of domestic violence, sexual abuse and non-accidental...

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Zahid Hussain

Zahid Hussain

  • Call: 2001

Zahid is an experienced family law barrister with a practice encompassing all areas of Children Law. He frequently represents parents, family members, Guardians, the Official Solicitor and local authority’s in care proceedings at all tiers of Court across the South West, often...

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Caroline Elford

Caroline Elford

  • Call: 2002

Caroline is a specialist family barrister who practises in all areas of family law with a strong emphasis on care proceedings. Her practice in this area has given her a detailed knowledge of the appropriate procedural law and...

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Julia Belyavin

Julia Belyavin

  • Call: 2003

Julia specialises in children law, both public law and private law cases. Her public law practice focuses on complex care cases. Recent instructions have included cases where the principle allegations were sexual abuse and/or inflicted injuries, as well...

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Zoë Saunders

  • Call: 2003

Zoë is a specialist family law barrister completed her pupillage with Falcon Chambers, before moving to Bristol to practice family law in October 2004. This background gives her particular insight into cases involving chancery law issues. Zoë has...

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Jody Atkinson

  • Call: 2005

Jody is regularly instructed by both husbands and wives to advise and represent them in financial proceedings resulting from divorce. Jody regularly advises in complex cases involving trust funds, international issues, farms and family businesses. Jody is well...

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Olivia Pike

Olivia Pike

  • Call: 2008

Olivia is a family law barrister, specialising in public and private law cases concerning children. She was called to the Bar in 2008 and practised in Cardiff, before joining St John’s Chambers in 2018. Olivia represents local authorities,...

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Richard Norman

Richard Norman

  • Call: 2009

Richard is a family law specialist with particular expertise in financial remedies (Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 and Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989) as well as complex private law disputes concerning children. He has a busy Court...

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Jack Harris

  • Call: 2012

Jack now has an entirely remote and paperless practice and continues to offer his services to clients both in conference and in court hearings by telephone and by video conferencing platforms including MS Teams, Zoom, Skype for Business,...

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Oliver Riley

Oliver Riley

  • Call: 2013

Oliver is a private family, trusts and estates barrister, and offers advice, drafting and advocacy services within his areas of specialism. Oliver is also a qualified mediator. He is regularly instructed on behalf of applicants and respondents at...

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Asha Groves

  • Call: 2013

Asha has a busy family law practice with a particular focus on children public and private Law. Her expertise is strengthened by having worked in the Children’s Services Legal Department of a Local Authority in the South West prior...

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Bethany Hardwicke

Bethany Scarsbrook

  • Call: 2014

Bethany has developed a busy and thriving junior practice as a specialist family law barrister. She accepts instructions in all aspects of family law including: Financial Remedy Proceedings Schedule 1 Children Act 1989 Private law Children Act matters...

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Ryan Morgan

  • Call: 2017

Ryan specialises in all areas of family law with a particular interest in care proceedings. He was called to the Bar in 2017 and practised in another Bristol Chambers, before joining St John’s Chambers in 2019. Ryan often...

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Sophie Smith Holland

Sophie Smith-Holland

  • Call: 2015

Sophie joins Chambers after the successful completion of her specialist family pupillage under the supervision of Judi Evans (Head of Family & Divorce team) and Andrew Commins. Sophie is building a busy practice in the following areas: Children...

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Harriet Dudbridge

Harriet Dudbridge

  • Call: 2015

Harriet has joined chambers after her completion of pupillage under the supervision of Susan Hunter. Harriet joins St John’s Chambers as a Justice First Fellow, a scheme devised by the Legal Education Foundation for the next generation of...

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Sarah Fincham

  • Call: 2018

Sarah has recently joined the Family & Divorce team, formerly a barrister at Four Brick Court where she completed her pupillage and established her practice before returning to the west country, where she grew up. She specialises in...

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Dominik Morton

  • Call: 2018

Dominik has recently joined St John’s Chambers Family & Divorce team, formerly a barrister at Queen Square Chambers. Dominik is praised by many of his lay and professional clients as well as members of the judiciary for his...

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Zoey White

Zoey White

  • Call: 2018

Zoey is a specialist family law barrister with a particular focus on matters relating to private law children disputes. She is regularly instructed to represent clients in all types of applications under s.8 Children Act 1989 and is...

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Georgina Swinglehurst

Georgina Swinglehurst

  • Call: 2019

Georgina joined Chambers as a tenant in October 2023 following the successful completion of her specialist family pupillage under the supervision of Zoë Saunders. During pupillage, Georgina observed a number of high-value claims for financial relief, involving complicated...

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Vivien Croly

  • Call: 2019

Vivien joined Chambers as a tenant in October 2022 following the successful completion of her specialist family pupillage under the supervision of Zoë Saunders. During pupillage, Vivien observed a number of high value claims for financial relief involving...

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Kate Pearson

  • Call: 2019

Kate is building a broad practice as a specialist family law barrister, and accepts instructions in the following areas: Private Law Children Act matters Divorce and Financial Remedies Schedule 1 Children Act 1989 Part IV Family Law Act...

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Diana

Diana M. Panizzon-Pineda

  • Call: 2021

Diana has a busy practice encompassing all areas of children law. She also accepts instructions on injunction applications under the Family Law Act 1996. Diana represents parents, children, local authorities, and extended family members. She is regularly instructed...

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Glen Pritchard

Glen Pritchard

  • Call: 2022

Glen joined our Family & Divorce team in 2022 following a successful career as a solicitor working for a Local Authority where he focussed on children law, representing them in a range of hearing from contested interim removal...

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Health & Welfare

Christopher Sharp QC

Christopher Sharp KC

  • Call: 1975
  • Silk: 1999

Christopher’s areas of work in catastrophic injury, including brain injury, his experience in complex public law children’s cases involving those with learning and other cognitive disabilities, and his work in financial remedies where he is sometimes instructed by...

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alex-troup

Alex Troup KC

  • Call: 1998
  • Silk: 2023

Alex has been described by peers as an exceptional chancery barrister who is adept at handling Court of Protection work. He has been instructed in a wide variety of Court of Protection cases, for the most part involving...

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Lucy Reed KC

  • Call: 2002
  • Silk: 2023

Lucy is a family law specialist and has practised in family law throughout her professional career. Her practice now spans all areas of family law with a particular emphasis on children work. In addition to her children practice Lucy is...

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Sarah Philimore

Sarah Phillimore

  • Call: 1994

Sarah first developed an interest in Court of Protection work in 2014 when representing a foster carer in a case where care proceedings overlapped with consideration of ‘best interests’ of a protected party. She has continued to develop...

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Judi Evans

  • Call: 1996

Judi advises and represents local authorities, family members and the subject person on all matters including DOLS both in the County and the High Court in Court of Protection matters.

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Abigail Bond

Abigail Bond

  • Call: 1999

Abigail has an expanding Court of Protection practice in which she represents parties in health and welfare cases and into which she transfers some of the skills and experience she has acquired in representing learning disabled adults in...

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Caroline Elford

Caroline Elford

  • Call: 2002

Caroline is a specialist family barrister who practises in all areas of family law with a strong emphasis on care proceedings. Caroline also accepts instructions in respect of court of protection matters. Her practice in this area has...

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Christopher Jones

Christopher Jones

  • Call: 2004

Christopher advises on and appears in cases involving the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the property and affairs jurisdiction of the Court of Protection.  He has a particular expertise in statutory will applications (in 2012 he appeared in Re JC;...

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Jody Atkinson

  • Call: 2005

Combining both family and trusts/probate expertise, Jody is able to undertake the full range of Court of Protection work. Unlike many barristers he undertakes both ‘property and affairs’ and ‘welfare’ work. Recently he has represented family members in...

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Joss Knight

  • Call: 2014

Joss has particular experience in Court of Protection work and acts in both health and welfare and property and estates matters. Recent work includes: A claim to recover a six-figure sum appropriated by the defendant from an elderly relative...

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Annie Sampson

Annie Sampson

  • Call: 2015

Annie accepts instructions across the spectrum of Court of Protection matters, having gained experience during pupillage of matters arising in the context of both property and affairs and health and welfare.

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Highways & Rights of Way

Peter Wadsley

  • Call: 1984

Peter specialises in planning & local government law, environment law and licensing. He heads the Public & Administrative Law Practice Group at St John’s Chambers. He also has extensive experience in public rights of way inquiries and associated...

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Charles Auld

  • Call: 1980

Charles has specialised in land-related matters for over 30 years. He has great experience of boundary litigation, restrictive covenants, easements and public rights of way. He regularly appears in Court; in the First-tier Tribunal (especially on land registration...

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John Sharples

John Sharples

  • Call: 1992

John is a very experienced adviser and advocate and has practised in the area of Highways and Public Rights of Way for many years. He is ranked in Band 1 for both real estate litigation and chancery in...

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Tim Leader

Timothy Leader

  • Call: 1994

Tim appears regularly at public inquiries and has handled all kinds of proposals, including those for housing development (with a focus on those raising issues relating to the need for housing and housing land supply), employment, retail, listed...

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Matthew White

Matthew White

  • Call: 1997

Matthew successfully defended Young v Merthyr Tydfil CBC [2009] PIQR P23: a more modern restatement of the principle in Gautret v Egerton (1866-67) LR 2 CP 371 and McGeown v Northern Ireland Housing Executive [1995]1 AC 233 that,...

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Harry Spurr

  • Call: 2001

Harry acts for landowners, local and other public authorities and regulators, individuals, community groups and other parties in relation to a range of disputes concerning land.  He is known in particular for his expertise in highways / public...

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Industrial Disease

Christopher Sharp QC

Christopher Sharp KC

  • Call: 1975
  • Silk: 1999

Christopher is one of the leading personal injury and clinical negligence silks. He acts for both claimants and defendants, and the majority of his work involves multi-million-pound catastrophic brain and spinal injuries cases that very often contain complex...

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Matthew Phillips QC

Matthew Phillips KC

  • Call: 1993
  • Silk: 2017

Matthew has specialised in asbestos disease claims for over 20 years. His practice now focuses on mesothelioma claims. In addition to cases involving workplace exposure to asbestos he has extensive experience of claims involving domestic / environmental exposure....

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Richard Stead

  • Call: 1979

One of Chambers’ most senior barristers, Richard has an extensive practice which encompasses personal injury, clinical negligence, professional negligence claims and property damage matters, including a number of high profile cases. Richard’s practice is also complemented by his...

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Andrew McLaughlin

Andrew McLaughlin

  • Call: 1993

Andrew is a leading industrial disease barrister whose work takes him all over the country but especially in the South West and Wales. He is one of a handful of specialists nationwide recommended in Chambers UK spotlight table...

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Matthew White

Matthew White

  • Call: 1997

Matthew advises and litigates for both claimants and defendants, handling the full range of industrial disease cases including mesothelioma and other asbestos related claims, other respiratory diseases, cancers, noise induced hearing loss, work-related upper limb disorders, dermatitis and...

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Julian Horne

Julian Horne

  • Call: 1998

Julian is an experienced personal injury barrister with expertise across the field. He deals with all types of industrial disease and workplace illness claims, including asbestos-related illnesses, noise-induced hearing loss, HAVS, industrial asthma and RADS, chemical exposure, upper...

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Justin Valentine

  • Call: 1999

Justin undertakes all aspects of personal injury work acting predominantly for claimants.  He has a particular interest in workplace claims (especially where liability expert evidence is required) and claims involving vulnerable road users (children, pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists).  His...

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Rachel Russell

Rachel Russell

  • Call: 2001

Rachel has considerable experience in dealing with ‘disease’ and occupational illness litigation ranging from noise induced hearing loss cases, to mesothelioma and stress at work.  She regularly advises and appears in trials on such cases, dealing with broad...

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Darren Lewis

Darren Lewis

  • Call: 2004

Darren has extensive experience in industrial disease litigation, with an emphasis on emerging fields such as non-freezing cold injury claims and claims against the Ministry of Defence. He frequently advises and appears in Court in claims relating to...

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Patrick West website

Patrick West

  • Call: 2007

Patrick has a rapidly growing practice in occupational illness litigation particularly noise-induced hearing loss in the engineering, steel and textile industries. He also has an interest in HAVS, RSI, stress, occupational asthma and asbestos-related claims.

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Jimmy Barber

  • Call: 2008

Jimmy is regularly instructed in industrial disease cases advising and representing claimants and defendants alike in multi-track cases in the County Court. He is experienced in dealing with cases involving noise-induced hearing loss and occupational stress and harassment...

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James Marwick

James Marwick

  • Call: 2008

James has been recognised as a leading junior in personal injury work for a number of years. He specialises in high-value claims and undertakes work for claimants and defendants involving serious injury. James accepts instructions in all areas...

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James Hughes

  • Call: 2011

James is an experienced disease practitioner. He acts principally for defendants in cases of noise induced hearing loss, as well as for both claimants and defendants in other areas of disease work, including cases where dishonesty or exaggeration...

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Sophie Howard

  • Call: 2016

Sophie is a member of the Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence, and Inquest teams. She joined Chambers in May 2022 after completing a specialist third six pupillage under the supervision of Jimmy Barber. Having successfully completed a common law...

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Rhodri Jones

Rhodri Jones

  • Call: 2017

Rhodri specialises in clinical negligence, acting for both claimants and defendants. Before retraining as a barrister, Rhodri practiced as a medical doctor for 18 years, principally in A&E and general practice. His wealth of knowledge and clinical experience...

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Lauren Karmel

  • Call: 2017

Lauren is ranked as a leading junior (Tier 2) in The Legal 500 2024 guide. She accepts instructions in all areas of clinical negligence and inquest work, and is developing a strong paper-based practice in all areas of...

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Beatrice Baskett

Beatrice Baskett

  • Call: 2021

Beatrice joined our Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence and Inquests teams in October 2023 following the successful completion of her pupillage under the supervision Robert Mills and Benjamin Handy. Beatrice is instructed regularly in fast-track trials, interlocutory applications and...

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Derek O'Sullivan KC

  • Call: 1990
  • Silk: 2006

Derek O’Sullivan KC’s practice concentrates on personal injury and he has significant experience in: catastrophic injury claims, employer’s liability claims, occupier’s liability claims, fatal accident claims and road traffic accidents. Derek is also regularly instructed in health and...

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Inheritance Act Claims

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Alex Troup KC

  • Call: 1998
  • Silk: 2023

Alex is ranked as the only ‘star individual’ on the Western Circuit in chancery matters by Chambers UK and is Head of our Wills & Trusts team. He is also the only silk ranked in private wealth outside...

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John Sharples

John Sharples

  • Call: 1992

John is a very experienced adviser and advocate and has practised in the area of wills and trusts for over 25 years. He is ranked in Band 1 for both chancery and real estate litigation in Chambers UK...

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John Dickinson

John Dickinson

  • Call: 1995

John is a barrister specialising in wills and trusts work including administration of estates matters. He has extensive experience in resolving all aspects of inheritance related problems, both through court proceedings and alternative dispute resolution. John’s work includes...

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Zoë Saunders

  • Call: 2003

As a financial remedy specialist Zoë is particularly well suited to dealing with complex cases involving husband and wife Inheritance Act claims. Zoë has also dealt with a number of Inheritance Act disputes in the context of cohabitants...

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Christopher Jones

Christopher Jones

  • Call: 2004

Christopher is a wills & trusts barrister, regularly advising in cases involving the division of assets between cohabitees, disputed wills and the administration of trusts and estates. In addition his practice includes disputes involving: Advising on trustees’ powers...

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Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke

  • Call: 2009

Michael has an extensive wills & trusts practice, and regularly advises on the construction of wills, challenges to the validity of wills, claims in respect of mutual wills, applications to remove or replace personal representatives, applications for directions...

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Jody Atkinson

  • Call: 2005

Jody’s chancery practice focuses exclusively on wills and trusts. He is a full member of STEP, having passed all of the exams in one sitting. Jody is particularly sought after for Inheritance Act disputes, due to his rare...

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Oliver Wooding

Oliver Wooding

  • Call: 2009

Oliver’s wills and trusts practice spans all contentious and non-contentious matters.  He advises upon and acts, both as advocate and mediator, in disputes involving the validity of wills, claims under Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975,...

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Natasha Dzameh

Natasha Dzameh

  • Call: 2010

Natasha has extensive experience of wills, trusts and probate matters. She is regularly instructed as sole counsel on matters of significant value from pre-action through to trial or mediation. She has been published in the Trusts and Estates...

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Charlie Newington Bridges

Charlie Newington-Bridges

  • Call: 2011

Charlie is a traditional chancery barrister with a specialism in Inheritance Act 1975 claims and experience with high-value estates and complex wills. Recent work includes: Representing the defendant in a two day trial concerning the proceeds from two...

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Adam Boyle

  • Call: 2012

Adam has extensive experience of wills, trusts and probate work and is regularly instructed in all manner of cases across this area. His cases often include assisting executors and administrators with the administration of estates, and the various...

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Oliver Riley

Oliver Riley

  • Call: 2013

Oliver is an experienced trusts practitioner, particularly in the context of separating cohabitees. He is regularly instructed to provide advice prior to the issue of proceedings, as well as acting on behalf of both claimants and defendants in...

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Joss Knight

  • Call: 2014

Joss acts in a wide variety of wills, probate and estates matters. He has particular expertise in claims where the validity of the will is disputed, and claims for an interest in property on the basis of proprietary...

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Annie Sampson

Annie Sampson

  • Call: 2015

Annie’s experience encompasses a broad range of wills and trusts work, including both contentious and non-contentious matters. Annie has particular experience of advising in respect of the construction of wills and challenges to their validity; 1975 Act claims,...

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Brittany Pearce

Brittany Pearce

  • Call: 2015

Brittany is often instructed to advise beneficiaries, trustees and personal representatives in connection with probate, trust and estate matters. Her advice covers technical, discrete points, such as what documents should be disclosed, whilst factoring in practical considerations, bearing...

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Jack Pankhurst

  • Call: 2021

Jack joined Chambers in April 2022 following the successful completion of his specialist commercial and chancery pupillage. He accepts instructions in all of the main areas of commercial and chancery law. Jack’s pupil supervisors were Nick Pointon, Charlie...

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Kayleigh Bloomfield

  • Call: 2021

Kayleigh joined Chambers in October 2022 following the successful completion of her specialist commercial and chancery pupillage. She accepts instructions across all main areas of this practice group. Kayleigh’s pupil supervisors were Charlie Newington-Bridges and Christopher Jones. Kayleigh...

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Ben Harwood

Ben Harwood

  • Call: 2022

Ben joined Chambers in October 2023 following the successful completion of his specialist commercial and chancery pupillage. Ben’s pupil supervisors were James Pearce-Smith, Brittany Pearce, Christopher Jones and Charlie Newington-Bridges. Ben frequently represents clients at small claims and...

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Guy Adams

Guy Adams

  • Call: 1989

Guy is an experienced chancery practitioner with a thorough understanding of trust principles, and acts and advises in connection with the administration of trusts and estates. He has a particular expertise in derivative actions. He is a member...

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Richard Gold

Richard Gold

  • Call: 2006

Richard specialises in wills & trusts, and regularly advises and appears in cases where the validity of a will is challenged on grounds such as: non-compliance with the Wills Act 1837; lack of testamentary capacity; want of knowledge...

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Inquests & Public Inquiries

Richard Stead

  • Call: 1979

Richard represents interested parties at Inquests and Inquiries. He provides guidance, advice and representation throughout the whole Inquest process and regularly acts in cases where deaths has resulted from either a fatal workplace accidents or industrial disease. Recent...

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Andrew McLaughlin

Andrew McLaughlin

  • Call: 1993

Andrew is a leading junior in the fields of personal injury and inquests. He regularly appears at inquests which often influence the decision as to whether or not to prosecute, and if so whom, and advises on plea,...

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Matthew White

Matthew White

  • Call: 1997

Matthew has undertaken many substantial inquests (generally 1 to 4 weeks in length), invariably Article 2 inquests concerning public authorities. He has dealt with many death in custody inquests. Routine shorter inquests include those that tend to precede...

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Julian Horne

Julian Horne

  • Call: 1998

Julian is an experienced personal injury barrister with expertise across the field. He has a broad range of experience with fatal accident claims and has represented both potential claimants and other interested parties at inquests.

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Rachel Russell

Rachel Russell

  • Call: 2001

Rachel is a highly experienced inquest barrister and has represented all types of interested persons including families of the deceased. Rachel has had conduct of a number of high profile inquests that have attracted national press attention.  This...

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Louise Asprey

Louise Asprey

  • Call: 2007

Louise regularly represents interested persons, both families and others with a relevant interest, in the Coroner’s Court. She is pleased to accept instructions from any interested person involved in these proceedings which can, by their very nature, be...

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Patrick West website

Patrick West

  • Call: 2007

Patrick has represented interested parties including families, insurers, and health authorities, at all stages up to and including inquest. Recent instructions have included inquests into the death of a woman who died following an oxygen bottle fire in...

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Ben Handy

Ben Handy

  • Call: 2008

Ben has represented interested parties, including families, insurers, health authorities and prison authorities, throughout the inquest process. Recent instructions have included inquests into drug-related deaths in prison, suicide during unsupervised leave from a mental health unit, and death...

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James Hughes

  • Call: 2011

James has experience of acting for families of the deceased and interested parties prior to, and throughout, the inquest process, including Article 2 and/or inquests with a jury across multiple days. Examples of such work include: Acting for...

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Rachel Segal

Rachel Segal

  • Call: 2013

Rachel is ranked as a leading junior in The Legal 500 for both personal injury and clinical negligence. She enjoys working across the spectrum of clinical negligence and has a particular interest in cases involving delayed diagnosis of...

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Sophie Howard

  • Call: 2016

Sophie is a member of the Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence, and Inquest teams. She joined Chambers in May 2022 after completing a specialist third six pupillage under the supervision of Jimmy Barber. Having successfully completed a common law...

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Rhodri Jones

Rhodri Jones

  • Call: 2017

Rhodri specialises in clinical negligence, acting for both claimants and defendants. Before retraining as a barrister, Rhodri practiced as a medical doctor for 18 years, principally in A&E and general practice. His wealth of knowledge and clinical experience...

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Lauren Karmel

  • Call: 2017

Lauren is ranked as a leading junior (Tier 2) in The Legal 500 2024 guide. She accepts instructions in all areas of clinical negligence and inquest work, and is developing a strong paper-based practice in all areas of...

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Beatrice Baskett

Beatrice Baskett

  • Call: 2021

Beatrice joined our Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence and Inquests teams in October 2023 following the successful completion of her pupillage under the supervision Robert Mills and Benjamin Handy. Beatrice is instructed regularly in fast-track trials, interlocutory applications and...

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Anna Symington-114

Anna Symington

  • Call: 2002

Anna has experience of a broad range of inquests. She regularly appears in Article 2 inquests and those inquests with and without a jury. She recently acted in an inquest where the other IPs were represented by Queens Counsel....

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Insolvency

James Pearce Smith

James Pearce-Smith

  • Call: 2002

James has over 20 years’ experience as a commercial litigator, including 8 years as a commercial litigation solicitor prior to his transfer to the Bar in 2002. He regularly acts and advises in insolvency matters.  He has acted for...

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John Dickinson

John Dickinson

  • Call: 1995

John is a barrister specialising in commercial, banking, company, insolvency and chancery law. His commercial practice includes local authority procurement claims, breach of contract, restraint of trade, sale of goods, consumer credit and fraud. John has been involved...

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Christopher Jones

Christopher Jones

  • Call: 2004

Christopher acts for businesses in cases concerning all aspects of commercial and contract disputes, including sale of goods and services, restraint of trade, insolvency, partnership disputes and applications for interim relief. Recent examples of Christopher’s work include: A...

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Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke

  • Call: 2009

Michael regularly acts and advises in insolvency cases for both corporate and individual clients. Recent work includes: Resisting an application to annul a bankruptcy petition for alleged failure to serve a statutory demand, and lack of geographical connection...

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Natasha Dzameh

Natasha Dzameh

  • Call: 2010

Natasha has a broad range of experience in corporate and personal insolvency disputes including complicated matters where the issues require knowledge of her other practice areas. She also accepts instructions in relation to international corporate law and insolvency....

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Charlie Newington Bridges

Charlie Newington-Bridges

  • Call: 2011

Charlie is a well regarded barrister for his commercial and financial services expertise, which is supported by 15 years’ prior experience as an investment banker. He is also regularly instructed in cases concerning partnership law and insolvency. Charlie...

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Adam Boyle

  • Call: 2012

Adam is a very experienced commercial barrister who is regularly instructed in complex and high value cases. Adam began life at the Bar advising and assisting a hub of Welsh Local Authorities in relation to public procurement contracts...

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Joss Knight

  • Call: 2014

Joss advises in a wide-range of complex commercial, company and insolvency matters. He recently appeared for the applicant in Housemaker Services Ltd v Cole & Anor [2017] EWHC 753 (Ch) in which the court considered the circumstances in...

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Annie Sampson

Annie Sampson

  • Call: 2015

Annie has experience of a broad range of commercial matters, such as claims in respect of defective goods and services; misrepresentation; building disputes, including in the context of professional negligence; assigned debt; the repayment of loans; rectification; and...

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Jack Pankhurst

  • Call: 2021

Jack joined Chambers in April 2022 following the successful completion of his specialist commercial and chancery pupillage. He accepts instructions in all of the main areas of commercial and chancery law. Jack’s pupil supervisors were Nick Pointon, Charlie...

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Tim Higginson

  • Call: 1977

Tim has built up an extensive practice over a number of years, the main areas of which concern disputes in these areas: Commercial and Chancery Civil Fraud and Asset Tracing Professional Negligence (principally, solicitors, barristers, auditors/accountants and bankers)...

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Guy Adams

Guy Adams

  • Call: 1989

Guy is a respected barrister with a strong commercial practice that covers complex cases across this field. He has acted in cases up to the Supreme Court level and has had many reported cases. Guy has recently been...

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Richard Gold

Richard Gold

  • Call: 2006

Richard specialises in commercial matters, and acts in contractual disputes of all kinds.  He advises on matters such as: the existence of a contract; the interpretation of the terms of a contract; setting aside a contract (e.g. on...

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Landlord & Tenant

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Alex Troup KC

  • Call: 1998
  • Silk: 2023

Alex is a chancery barrister who is often instructed in property litigation cases. Some of his property cases overlap with his trust and contentious probate practice, such as proprietary estoppel claims, disputes over the beneficial ownership of property,...

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Charles Auld

  • Call: 1980

Charles has considerable experience dealing with matters including boundary disputes, landlord and tenant work, rights of way, restrictive covenants and registration at HM Land Registry. His work includes: Disputes over land including traditional boundary disputes, restrictive covenants, rights...

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John Sharples

John Sharples

  • Call: 1992

John is very well versed in handling a variety of complex cases, and is frequently instructed on behalf of estates, developers, public authorities as well as private clients. He is ranked as a Star individual in Chambers UK...

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John Dickinson

John Dickinson

  • Call: 1995

John is a barrister specialising in real estate work including conveyancing disputes, boundaries and easements, in particular disputes over parking and rights of way in both civil and tribunal proceedings and representation in tribunals in relation to adverse...

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Christopher Jones

Christopher Jones

  • Call: 2004

Head of Real Estate, Christopher has extensive expertise in a wide variety of property issues. Real property Easements: rights of way, rights of support, rights to light and water rights Disputed ownership of land, adverse possession and boundary...

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Oliver Wooding

Oliver Wooding

  • Call: 2009

Oliver has a specialist practice that focuses on real estate matters, and is regularly instructed as an advocate, advisor, and mediator in a wide range of disputes. His expertise includes: Landlord & Tenant Oliver is experienced in both...

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Charlie Newington Bridges

Charlie Newington-Bridges

  • Call: 2011

Charlie specialises in all areas of real property matters and can advise clients in the following matters: Conveyancing and registration Restrictive covenants and easements Customary rights Adverse possession Boundary disputes Co-ownership Estoppel Mortgages and charges Commercial landlord and...

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Adam Boyle

  • Call: 2012

Adam is a very experienced real estate practitioner and a “go to” barrister in relation to difficult property matters. He is frequently instructed in the full gamut of property cases, including everything from rights of way, to complicated...

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Joss Knight

  • Call: 2014

Joss specialises in real estate matters, and has extensive experience of both commercial and residential landlord and tenant matters. As well as appearing on behalf of both landlord and tenants in lease renewal claims under the 1954 Act;...

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Annie Sampson

Annie Sampson

  • Call: 2015

Annie has experience across the breadth of property and real estate matters, including TOLATA claims, trespass, nuisance, residential landlord and tenant and mortgage possession proceedings, boundary disputes, adverse possession, commercial tenancies and the renewal of business tenancies under...

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Brittany Pearce

Brittany Pearce

  • Call: 2015

Brittany has acted for clients in a range of real property matters, including boundary disputes and adverse possession claims, the enforcement of restrictive covenants and the creation of and interference with easements. Brittany’s focus is on achieving a...

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Ben Harwood

Ben Harwood

  • Call: 2022

Ben joined Chambers in October 2023 following the successful completion of his specialist commercial and chancery pupillage. Ben’s pupil supervisors were James Pearce-Smith, Brittany Pearce, Christopher Jones and Charlie Newington-Bridges. Ben frequently represents clients at small claims and...

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Guy Adams

Guy Adams

  • Call: 1989

Guy is an experienced chancery practitioner with a strong focus on real estate work. His expertise covers commercial and residential landlord and tenant matters as well as development issues. He represents clients at all levels of the court...

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Partnership

James Pearce Smith

James Pearce-Smith

  • Call: 2002

James has over 20 years’ experience as a commercial litigator, including 8 years as a commercial litigation solicitor before his transfer to the Bar in 2002. Throughout that time James has regularly advised and represented parties in partnership...

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John Dickinson

John Dickinson

  • Call: 1995

John is a barrister specialising in commercial, banking, company, insolvency and chancery law. His commercial practice includes local authority procurement claims, breach of contract, restraint of trade, sale of goods, consumer credit and fraud. John has been involved...

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Christopher Jones

Christopher Jones

  • Call: 2004

Christopher acts for businesses in cases concerning all aspects of commercial and contract disputes, including sale of goods and services, restraint of trade, insolvency, partnership disputes and applications for interim relief. Recent examples of Christopher’s work include: A...

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Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke

  • Call: 2009

Michael regularly acts and advises in commercial disputes for both corporate and individual clients. His recent work has included: Acting for a claimant sales director for breach of covenant by the company. Acting for a claimant manufacturer and...

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Natasha Dzameh

Natasha Dzameh

  • Call: 2010

A significant amount of Natasha’s practice consists of commercial/commercial chancery matters. She has acted in a variety of contractual disputes (carriage, consumer credit, equine, guarantees, hire, IT, NHS etc.) including complex collateral contracts. She is regularly instructed in...

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Charlie Newington Bridges

Charlie Newington-Bridges

  • Call: 2011

Charlie is a well regarded barrister for his commercial and financial services expertise, which is supported by 15 years’ prior experience as an investment banker. He is also regularly instructed in cases concerning partnership law and insolvency. Charlie...

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Adam Boyle

  • Call: 2012

Adam is a very experienced commercial barrister who is regularly instructed in complex and high value cases. Adam began life at the Bar advising and assisting a hub of Welsh Local Authorities in relation to public procurement contracts...

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Joss Knight

  • Call: 2014

Joss advises in a wide-range of complex commercial, company and insolvency matters. He recently appeared for the applicant in Housemaker Services Ltd v Cole & Anor [2017] EWHC 753 (Ch) in which the court considered the circumstances in...

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Annie Sampson

Annie Sampson

  • Call: 2015

Annie has experience of a broad range of commercial matters, such as claims in respect of defective goods and services; misrepresentation; building disputes, including in the context of professional negligence; assigned debt; the repayment of loans; rectification; and...

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Jack Pankhurst

  • Call: 2021

Jack joined Chambers in April 2022 following the successful completion of his specialist commercial and chancery pupillage. He accepts instructions in all of the main areas of commercial and chancery law. Jack’s pupil supervisors were Nick Pointon, Charlie...

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Kayleigh Bloomfield

  • Call: 2021

Kayleigh joined Chambers in October 2022 following the successful completion of her specialist commercial and chancery pupillage. She accepts instructions across all main areas of this practice group. Kayleigh’s pupil supervisors were Charlie Newington-Bridges and Christopher Jones. Kayleigh...

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Ben Harwood

Ben Harwood

  • Call: 2022

Ben joined Chambers in October 2023 following the successful completion of his specialist commercial and chancery pupillage. Ben’s pupil supervisors were James Pearce-Smith, Brittany Pearce, Christopher Jones and Charlie Newington-Bridges. Ben frequently represents clients at small claims and...

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Tim Higginson

  • Call: 1977

Tim has built up an extensive practice over a number of years, the main areas of which concern disputes in these areas: Commercial and Chancery Civil Fraud and Asset Tracing Professional Negligence (principally, solicitors, barristers, auditors/accountants and bankers)...

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Guy Adams

Guy Adams

  • Call: 1989

Guy is a respected barrister with a strong commercial practice that covers complex cases across this field. He has acted in cases up to the Supreme Court level and has had many reported cases. Guy has recently been...

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Personal Injury

Christopher Sharp QC

Christopher Sharp KC

  • Call: 1975
  • Silk: 1999

Christopher is one of the leading personal injury and clinical negligence silks. He acts for both claimants and defendants, and the majority of his work involves multi-million-pound catastrophic brain and spinal injuries cases that very often contain complex...

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Matthew Phillips QC

Matthew Phillips KC

  • Call: 1993
  • Silk: 2017

In the field of personal injury Matthew specialises in asbestos related disease claims and catastrophic head and spinal injuries. In the field of sports law Matthew has extensive experience of personal injury claims and regulatory work involving anti-doping...

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Richard Stead

  • Call: 1979

Richard is one of the leading practitioners on the Western circuit handling claims of catastrophic injury. He is highly regarded for his expertise in a wide array of complex and specialist liability claims including agriculture, animals, trees and...

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Andrew McLaughlin

Andrew McLaughlin

  • Call: 1993

Andrew’s key fields of expertise lie in fundamental dishonesty, brain and spinal injury and alleged chronic pain, employers’ liability for accidents at work and industrial disease, road traffic accidents, bullying and stress at work, sexual abuse, occupier’s and...

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Matthew White

Matthew White

  • Call: 1997

Matthew routinely deals with all aspects of personal injury litigation for both claimants and defendants. He aims for a roughly equal split between claimant and defendant work, taking the view that it makes for a more rounded and...

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Julian Horne

Julian Horne

  • Call: 1998

Julian works in all aspects of personal injury law including employers’ and public liability, industrial disease, road traffic accidents (including fraud work), product liability, fatal accidents including inquests, and costs. He is more commonly instructed by defendants and...

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Justin Valentine

  • Call: 1999

Justin undertakes all aspects of personal injury work acting predominantly for claimants.  He has a particular interest in workplace claims (especially where liability expert evidence is required) and claims involving vulnerable road users (children, pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists).  His...

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Rachel Russell

Rachel Russell

  • Call: 2001

Rachel is Head of our Personal Injury team, and has over 20 years’ experience in dealing with personal injury cases, acting for both claimants and defendants with extensive expertise in claims concerning catastrophic injuries of the utmost severity. She...

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Darren Lewis

Darren Lewis

  • Call: 2004

Darren has over 17 years’ experience specialising in personal injury matters, and is a leading junior on civil fraud, fundamental dishonesty, S57 defences as well as committal for contempt of court. He has extensive expertise in strategy, tactics...

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Louise Asprey

Louise Asprey

  • Call: 2007

Louise has many years of experience representing both claimants and defendants in personal injury and clinical negligence matters. She regularly deals with claims arising out of road traffic accidents and is experienced in dealing with claims brought under...

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Patrick West website

Patrick West

  • Call: 2007

Patrick has a national practice, specialises in all areas of personal injury law including: Employers’ liability Occupiers’ and public liability Highways Act cases Holiday claims Road traffic Animals Act Product liability and consumer protection Sport accidents Credit hire...

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Jimmy Barber

  • Call: 2008

Jimmy accepts instructions in all aspects of personal injury law, primarily acting for insurance companies and local authorities and public bodies. He is willing to accept instructions from claimants on a CFA basis in appropriate cases. He is...

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James Marwick

James Marwick

  • Call: 2008

James has been recognised as a leading junior in personal injury work for a number of years. He specialises in high-value claims and undertakes work for claimants and defendants involving serious injury. James accepts instructions in all areas...

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Ben Handy

Ben Handy

  • Call: 2008

Ben is a specialist personal injury barrister widely recognised for his work representing claimants and defendants in serious injury claims. He also spends some of his time sitting as a Crown Court judge, having been appointed to the office of...

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James Hughes

  • Call: 2011

James is a specialist personal injury practitioner. The core of his practice covers: public and employer’s liability; fraud; industrial disease; injuries suffered while abroad; and costs. Examples of his experience of such work can be seen by clicking the links...

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Rachel Segal

Rachel Segal

  • Call: 2013

Rachel advises and represents parties in a range of multi-track RTA, Highways Act, employers’ liability and public liability matters. Her most recent personal injury instructions have included: Advising a 48-year-old pedestrian who suffered internal and orthopaedic injuries, a...

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Sophie Howard

  • Call: 2016

Sophie is a member of the Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence, and Inquest teams. She joined Chambers in May 2022 after completing a specialist third six pupillage under the supervision of Jimmy Barber. Having successfully completed a common law...

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Jonathan Lindfield

Jonathan Lindfield

  • Call: 2017

Jonathan specialises all areas of personal injury litigation, including RTAs, occupiers’/public/employers’ liability, Highways Act, defective premises, product liability, claims brought under the Animals Act, and many others. He is regularly involved in claims where there are complex issues...

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Rhodri Jones

Rhodri Jones

  • Call: 2017

Rhodri specialises in clinical negligence, acting for both claimants and defendants. Before retraining as a barrister, Rhodri practiced as a medical doctor for 18 years, principally in A&E and general practice. His wealth of knowledge and clinical experience...

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Lauren Karmel

  • Call: 2017

Lauren is ranked as a leading junior (Tier 2) in The Legal 500 2024 guide. She accepts instructions in all areas of clinical negligence and inquest work, and is developing a strong paper-based practice in all areas of...

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David Forster

  • Call: 2018

David is a specialist Personal Injury barrister who has a balanced practice acting for both Claimants and Defendants. His practice encompasses all aspects of Personal Injury and he is regularly instructed to advise on claims relating to RTAs,...

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Beatrice Baskett

Beatrice Baskett

  • Call: 2021

Beatrice joined our Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence and Inquests teams in October 2023 following the successful completion of her pupillage under the supervision Robert Mills and Benjamin Handy. Beatrice is instructed regularly in fast-track trials, interlocutory applications and...

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Derek O'Sullivan KC

  • Call: 1990
  • Silk: 2006

Derek O’Sullivan KC’s practice concentrates on personal injury and he has significant experience in: catastrophic injury claims, employer’s liability claims, occupier’s liability claims, fatal accident claims and road traffic accidents. Derek is also regularly instructed in health and...

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Anna Symington-114

Anna Symington

  • Call: 2002

Anna acts for both claimants and defendants in most personal injury matters. Her areas of expertise are principally: Catastrophic injuries (with emphasis on amputation claims) CRPS Psychiatric and chronic pain cases Fraudulent and exaggerated claims Employers’ liability issues. Motor...

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Personal Injury Costs

Richard Stead

  • Call: 1979

One of Chambers’ most senior barristers, Richard has an extensive practice which encompasses personal injury, clinical negligence, professional negligence claims and property damage matters, including a number of high profile cases. Richard’s practice is also complemented by his...

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Matthew White

Matthew White

  • Call: 1997

Matthew has always taken an interest in issues of costs arising from personal injury litigation, and advises on issues including qualified one-way costs shifting, the application of Part 36 settlement offers (and the effect of non-Part 36 offers),...

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Julian Horne

Julian Horne

  • Call: 1998

Julian is an experienced personal injury barrister with expertise across the field. Julian appears very regularly at costs and case management hearings across the country where he is able to combine a detailed knowledge of costs law, particularly...

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Justin Valentine

  • Call: 1999

Justin undertakes all aspects of personal injury work acting predominantly for claimants.  He has a particular interest in workplace claims (especially where liability expert evidence is required) and claims involving vulnerable road users (children, pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists).  His...

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Darren Lewis

Darren Lewis

  • Call: 2004

Darren is one of the leading personal injury costs barristers in the South West, and ranked in tier 1 by The Legal 500. He has appeared in some of the leading cases following the recent rule changes arising...

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Louise Asprey

Louise Asprey

  • Call: 2007

Louise has many years of experience representing both claimants and defendants in personal injury and clinical negligence matters. She regularly deals with claims arising out of road traffic accidents and is experienced in dealing with claims brought under...

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Patrick West website

Patrick West

  • Call: 2007

Patrick has extensive experience of costs budgeting hearings, and is happy to assist clients with both prior preparation and subsequent amendment of budgets, as well as tactics for getting the best from the budgeting process.

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Jimmy Barber

  • Call: 2008

Jimmy has a developing practice in personal injury costs. He is regularly instructed to attend costs and case management conferences on behalf of claimants and defendants in multi-track cases and is well-versed in costs budgeting.

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James Marwick

James Marwick

  • Call: 2008

James has a substantial personal injury costs practice complementing his core personal injury work. He undertakes the full range of costs work for paying and receiving parties. James is regularly retained by a major insurer to act in...

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Ben Handy

Ben Handy

  • Call: 2008

Ben is a specialist personal injury barrister widely recognised for his work representing claimants and defendants in serious injury claims. He also spends some of his time sitting as a Crown Court judge, having been appointed to the office of...

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James Hughes

  • Call: 2011

James is frequently instructed on costs and case management conferences across the full spectrum of personal injury work. He has a good command of the court’s approach to both costs budgeting and directions in multi-track personal injury claims.

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Rachel Segal

Rachel Segal

  • Call: 2013

Rachel has experience dealing with personal injury costs both within and outside the Portal and has a strong track record of obtaining costs orders that exceed the expectations of instructing solicitors, both in Application hearings and at trial....

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Sophie Howard

  • Call: 2016

Sophie is a member of the Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence, and Inquest teams. She joined Chambers in May 2022 after completing a specialist third six pupillage under the supervision of Jimmy Barber. Having successfully completed a common law...

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Jonathan Lindfield

Jonathan Lindfield

  • Call: 2017

Jonathan is an experienced, sought-after, specialist personal injury barrister, whose practice encompasses all aspects of personal injury litigation. Jonathan regularly acts for both claimants and defendants on the fast and multi-track, in claims worth up to £1m. From...

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Rhodri Jones

Rhodri Jones

  • Call: 2017

Rhodri specialises in clinical negligence, acting for both claimants and defendants. Before retraining as a barrister, Rhodri practiced as a medical doctor for 18 years, principally in A&E and general practice. His wealth of knowledge and clinical experience...

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Lauren Karmel

  • Call: 2017

Lauren is ranked as a leading junior (Tier 2) in The Legal 500 2024 guide. She accepts instructions in all areas of clinical negligence and inquest work, and is developing a strong paper-based practice in all areas of...

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Beatrice Baskett

Beatrice Baskett

  • Call: 2021

Beatrice joined our Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence and Inquests teams in October 2023 following the successful completion of her pupillage under the supervision Robert Mills and Benjamin Handy. Beatrice is instructed regularly in fast-track trials, interlocutory applications and...

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Anna Symington

  • Call: 2002

Anna acts for both claimants and defendants in most personal injury matters. She is regularly instructed in CCMCs on behalf of both claimants and defendants. She is also experienced in appearing at detailed assessments. She has been recommended in...

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Personal Injury Fraud

Richard Stead

  • Call: 1979

One of Chambers’ most senior barristers, Richard has an extensive practice which encompasses personal injury, clinical negligence, professional negligence claims and property damage matters, including a number of high profile cases. Richard’s practice is also complemented by his...

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Andrew McLaughlin

Andrew McLaughlin

  • Call: 1993

Andrew covers a broad spectrum of personal injury fraud work which includes dishonest claims for fire and other property damage, false claims for theft or loss of property, fraudulent or exaggerated personal injury claims, fraudulent critical illness, disability...

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Julian Horne

Julian Horne

  • Call: 1998

Julian is an experienced personal injury barrister with expertise across the field. In addition to experience with alleged fraud (including phantom passengers, staged accidents and low-velocity impacts) in road traffic cases, Julian has also dealt successfully with fraudulent...

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Justin Valentine

  • Call: 1999

Justin undertakes all aspects of personal injury work acting predominantly for claimants.  He has a particular interest in workplace claims (especially where liability expert evidence is required) and claims involving vulnerable road users (children, pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists).  His...

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Darren Lewis

Darren Lewis

  • Call: 2004

Darren specialises in personal injury and employment matters, and was called to the Bar in 2004. He is a leading junior on civil fraud, fundamental dishonesty, S57 defences as well as committal for contempt of court. He has...

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Patrick West website

Patrick West

  • Call: 2007

Patrick acts for Insurance companies in personal injury claims where fraud is an issue and also acts for claimant’s where fraud is alleged or insinuated. He drafts pleadings, applications and schedules/counter schedules in cases of suspected fraud. His...

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Jimmy Barber

  • Call: 2008

Jimmy is frequently instructed to deal with cases in which allegations of fraud or fundamental dishonesty are raised, and has considerable experience at trial both in successfully proving and defending against such allegations in road traffic accident (including...

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James Marwick

James Marwick

  • Call: 2008

James accepts instructions in all areas of personal injury work acting for both claimants and defendants. He is presently conducted as sole counsel in a number of cases worth up to £1 million and in others where there...

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Ben Handy

Ben Handy

  • Call: 2008

Ben is a specialist personal injury barrister widely recognised for his work representing claimants and defendants in serious injury claims. He also spends some of his time sitting as a Crown Court judge, having been appointed to the office of...

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James Hughes

  • Call: 2011

James regularly acts for claimants and defendants and their insurers when allegations of fundamental dishonesty or wider fraud are alleged. He has experience in RTA and EL/PL claims of: staged accidents; phantom passenger claims; LVI, and dishonest or...

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Sophie Howard

  • Call: 2016

Sophie is a member of the Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence, and Inquest teams. She joined Chambers in May 2022 after completing a specialist third six pupillage under the supervision of Jimmy Barber. Having successfully completed a common law...

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Jonathan Lindfield

Jonathan Lindfield

  • Call: 2017

Jonathan is an experienced, sought-after, specialist personal injury barrister, whose practice encompasses all aspects of personal injury litigation. Jonathan regularly acts for both claimants and defendants on the fast and multi-track, in claims worth up to £1m. From...

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Lauren Karmel

  • Call: 2017

Lauren is ranked as a leading junior (Tier 2) in The Legal 500 2024 guide. She accepts instructions in all areas of clinical negligence and inquest work, and is developing a strong paper-based practice in all areas of...

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David Forster

  • Call: 2018

David is a specialist Personal Injury barrister who has a balanced practice acting for both Claimants and Defendants. His practice encompasses all aspects of Personal Injury and he is regularly instructed to advise on claims relating to RTAs,...

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Beatrice Baskett

Beatrice Baskett

  • Call: 2021

Beatrice joined our Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence and Inquests teams in October 2023 following the successful completion of her pupillage under the supervision Robert Mills and Benjamin Handy. Beatrice is instructed regularly in fast-track trials, interlocutory applications and...

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Anna Symington

  • Call: 2002

Anna acts for Insurers in all aspects of fraud related to personal injury claims. She is preferred Counsel for one major Insurer in all their Casualty claims. Anna deals with: Exaggerated injury claims Phantom passenger claims LSI Staged...

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Planning

Professional Negligence

Christopher Sharp QC

Christopher Sharp KC

  • Call: 1975
  • Silk: 1999

One of the leading family and personal injury Silks, Christopher’s practice encompasses both claimant and defendant work. He is instructed in relation to professional negligence claims involving solicitors arising primarily from cohabitant disputes including ToLATA, trusts and estates,...

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alex-troup

Alex Troup KC

  • Call: 1998
  • Silk: 2023

Alex is ranked as the only star individual on the Western Circuit in chancery matters by Chambers UK. He has a thriving chancery practice which includes professional negligence cases relating to his specialist areas of practice, typically involving...

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Suzanne Ornsby KC

  • Call: 1986
  • Silk: 2012

Suzanne has advised both insurers and individuals on numerous occasions on professional negligence on planning matters the majority of which settle prior to court action. However she did appear for the successful party in Motorcrown Petroleum Ltd one...

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Richard Stead

  • Call: 1979

One of Chambers’ most senior barristers, Richard has considerable experience in professional negligence cases in the construction industry. Richard acts for claimants, defendants and their insurers and has strong expertise in negligence claims against: Architects Engineers Quantity and...

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John Sharples

John Sharples

  • Call: 1992

John is a very experienced adviser and advocate and has practised in the area of professional negligence for over 25 years. He is ranked in Band 1 for both real estate litigation and chancery in Chambers UK and...

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James Pearce Smith

James Pearce-Smith

  • Call: 2002

James has particular expertise in professional negligence disputes.  He specialised in professional negligence claims as a solicitor, and has continued to do so as a barrister. He generally acts for claimants, but is also instructed from time to time...

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John Dickinson

John Dickinson

  • Call: 1995

John is a barrister advising on professional negligence claims in relation to banking, accountancy and fraud sectors, as well as company and commercial, real estate and wills and trusts matters. His practice includes professional negligence claims acting both...

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Matthew White

Matthew White

  • Call: 1997

Matthew deals with professional negligence claims arising out of the areas of law covered in his usual practice, particularly solicitor’s negligence in personal injury claims. Historically, Matthew undertook construction/building dispute work and he continues to deal with architect/surveyor’s...

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Julian Horne

Julian Horne

  • Call: 1998

Julian has advised in a variety of cases regarding the alleged professional negligence of solicitors, barristers and experts in the personal injury context.

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Justin Valentine

  • Call: 1999

Justin conducts cases for both claimant and defendant in relation to allegations of professional negligence against solicitors arising out of the conduct of previous personal injury and clinical negligence work.

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Zoë Saunders

  • Call: 2003

Zoe is usually instructed in relation to professional negligence claims involving solicitors arising primarily from cohabitant disputes including ToLATA, trusts and estates, divorce, financial remedies and general matrimonial work.

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Christopher Jones

Christopher Jones

  • Call: 2004

Christopher acts for businesses and individuals in claims concerning all aspects of professional negligence related to his areas of expertise. He has a particular interest in bringing and defending claims against solicitors (litigation, conveyancing, wills and tax planning),...

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Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke

  • Call: 2009

Michael undertakes professional negligence instructions for both claimants and defendants in a wide range of practice areas including representation at mediations. Michael’s recent experience includes: Representing a claimant in respect of a negligent coveyancing transactions. Representing a claimant...

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Oliver Wooding

Oliver Wooding

  • Call: 2009

Oliver acts for claimants and defendants in professional negligence matters involving solicitors, architects, builders, and surveyors. He has particular experience of negligence claims involving wills and trusts, including disappointed beneficiary claims.

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Natasha Dzameh

Natasha Dzameh

  • Call: 2010

Natasha has a wealth of experience representing claimants and defendants in this field. Her practice concerns the professional liability of agents, brokers, legal professionals (solicitors and barristers), construction professionals (architects, surveyors etc.), engineers, executors, financial professionals, trust companies,...

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Charlie Newington Bridges

Charlie Newington-Bridges

  • Call: 2011

Charlie acts in professional negligence claims involving architects, builders and surveyors. Recent work includes: Acting in multi-million pound professional negligence claim against a national tax advisory business in relation to the re-patriation and re-basing of offshore assets by...

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Adam Boyle

  • Call: 2012

Adam’s experience of professional negligence cases focuses in the main on solicitors’ negligence, in relation to which he is happy to advise, draft pleadings and/or represent parties at trial. In addition, he will also consider accepting cases relating...

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Joss Knight

  • Call: 2014

Joss has acted in a wide variety of professional negligence disputes including claims against solicitors, architects, builders, contract administrators, approved inspectors, valuers, and surveyors. His current solicitors’ negligence caseload includes: Acting for the claimant in a seven-figure claim...

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Annie Sampson

Annie Sampson

  • Call: 2015

Having undertaken a secondment focussed entirely on professional negligence at RPC, Annie has extensive experience of acting in professional negligence claims arising in a wide variety of contexts, including claims against local authorities; claims involving construction professionals; and...

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Jack Pankhurst

  • Call: 2021

Jack joined Chambers in April 2022 following the successful completion of his specialist commercial and chancery pupillage. He accepts instructions in all of the main areas of commercial and chancery law. Jack’s pupil supervisors were Nick Pointon, Charlie...

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Tim Higginson

  • Call: 1977

Tim has built up an extensive practice over a number of years, the main areas of which concern disputes in these areas: Commercial and Chancery Civil Fraud and Asset Tracing Professional Negligence (principally, solicitors, barristers, auditors/accountants and bankers)...

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Guy Adams

Guy Adams

  • Call: 1989

Guy has extensive experience of acting in professional negligence matters, but in particular in relation to solicitors and financial advisers. He has extensive appellate experience and his Court of Appeal appearances in professional negligence matters include Joyce v...

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George Rowell

  • Call: 2004

George is a commercial barrister specialising in tax disputes, professional negligence and insolvency. Although he has experience across the range of professional negligence work, he has a particular interest in tax-related professional negligence claims. As he understands the tax law...

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Professional Negligence in Banking

James Pearce Smith

James Pearce-Smith

  • Call: 2002

James has particular expertise in professional negligence disputes.  He specialised in professional negligence claims as a solicitor, and has continued to do so as a barrister. He generally acts for claimants, but is also instructed from time to time...

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John Dickinson

John Dickinson

  • Call: 1995

John is a barrister advising on professional negligence claims in relation to banking, accountancy and fraud sectors, as well as company and commercial, real estate and wills and trusts matters. His practice includes professional negligence claims acting both...

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Christopher Jones

Christopher Jones

  • Call: 2004

Christopher acts for businesses and individuals in claims concerning all aspects of professional negligence related to his areas of expertise. He has a particular interest in bringing and defending claims against solicitors (litigation, conveyancing, wills and tax planning),...

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Natasha Dzameh

Natasha Dzameh

  • Call: 2010

Natasha has a wealth of experience representing claimants and defendants in this field. Her practice concerns the professional liability of agents, brokers, legal professionals (solicitors and barristers), construction professionals (architects, surveyors etc.), engineers, executors, financial professionals, trust companies,...

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Charlie Newington Bridges

Charlie Newington-Bridges

  • Call: 2011

Charlie acts in professional negligence claims involving architects, builders and surveyors. Recent work includes: Acting in multi-million pound professional negligence claim against a national tax advisory business in relation to the re-patriation and re-basing of offshore assets by...

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Joss Knight

  • Call: 2014

Joss has acted in a wide variety of professional negligence disputes including claims against solicitors, architects, builders, contract administrators, approved inspectors, valuers, and surveyors. His current solicitors’ negligence caseload includes: Acting for the claimant in a seven-figure claim...

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Guy Adams

Guy Adams

  • Call: 1989

Guy has extensive experience of acting in professional negligence matters, but in particular in relation to solicitors and financial advisers. He has extensive appellate experience and his Court of Appeal appearances in professional negligence matters include Joyce v...

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Professional Negligence in Company & Commercial

John Sharples

John Sharples

  • Call: 1992

John is a very experienced adviser and advocate and has practised in the area of professional negligence for over 25 years. He is ranked in Band 1 for both real estate litigation and chancery in Chambers UK and...

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James Pearce Smith

James Pearce-Smith

  • Call: 2002

James has particular expertise in professional negligence disputes.  He specialised in professional negligence claims as a solicitor, and has continued to do so as a barrister. He generally acts for claimants, but is also instructed from time to time...

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John Dickinson

John Dickinson

  • Call: 1995

John is a barrister advising on professional negligence claims in relation to banking, accountancy and fraud sectors, as well as company and commercial, real estate and wills and trusts matters. His practice includes professional negligence claims acting both...

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Christopher Jones

Christopher Jones

  • Call: 2004

Christopher acts for businesses and individuals in claims concerning all aspects of professional negligence related to his areas of expertise. He has a particular interest in bringing and defending claims against solicitors (litigation, conveyancing, wills and tax planning),...

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Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke

  • Call: 2009

Michael undertakes professional negligence instructions for both claimants and defendants in a wide range of practice areas including representation at mediations. Michael’s recent experience includes: Representing a claimant in respect of a negligent coveyancing transactions. Representing a claimant...

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Natasha Dzameh

Natasha Dzameh

  • Call: 2010

Natasha has a wealth of experience representing claimants and defendants in this field. Her practice concerns the professional liability of agents, brokers, legal professionals (solicitors and barristers), construction professionals (architects, surveyors etc.), engineers, executors, financial professionals, trust companies,...

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Charlie Newington Bridges

Charlie Newington-Bridges

  • Call: 2011

Charlie acts in professional negligence claims involving architects, builders and surveyors. Recent work includes: Acting in multi-million pound professional negligence claim against a national tax advisory business in relation to the re-patriation and re-basing of offshore assets by...

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Joss Knight

  • Call: 2014

Joss has acted in a wide variety of professional negligence disputes including claims against solicitors, architects, builders, contract administrators, approved inspectors, valuers, and surveyors. His current solicitors’ negligence caseload includes: Acting for the claimant in a seven-figure claim...

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Guy Adams

Guy Adams

  • Call: 1989

Guy has extensive experience of acting in professional negligence matters, but in particular in relation to solicitors and financial advisers. He has extensive appellate experience and his Court of Appeal appearances in professional negligence matters include Joyce v...

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Property & Affairs

alex-troup

Alex Troup KC

  • Call: 1998
  • Silk: 2023

Alex has been described by peers as an exceptional chancery barrister who is adept at handling Court of Protection work. He has been instructed in a wide variety of Court of Protection cases, for the most part involving...

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Charles Auld

  • Call: 1980

Charles has specialised in land-related matters for over 30 years. He has great experience of boundary litigation, restrictive covenants, easements and public rights of way. He regularly appears in Court; in the First-tier Tribunal (especially on land registration...

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John Dickinson

John Dickinson

  • Call: 1995

John is a barrister specialising in Court of Protection work, he has appeared in the Court of Protection both in London, Bristol and other regional hubs. John brings his trust law experience and knowledge of financial issues to...

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Christopher Jones

Christopher Jones

  • Call: 2004

Christopher advises on and appears in cases involving the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the property and affairs jurisdiction of the Court of Protection.  He has a particular expertise in statutory will applications (in 2012 he appeared in Re JC;...

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Jody Atkinson

  • Call: 2005

Combining both family and trusts/probate expertise, Jody is able to undertake the full range of Court of Protection work. Unlike many barristers he undertakes both ‘property and affairs’ and ‘welfare’ work. Recently he has represented family members in...

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Oliver Wooding

Oliver Wooding

  • Call: 2009

Oliver’s Court of Protection experience primarily relates to property and affairs.  He has advised on matters including: Contested applications for deputyship Applications for authorisation of lifetime gifts (including those with an IHT aspect) Statutory wills Matters involving financial...

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Adam Boyle

  • Call: 2012

Adam accepts instructions in a wide range of Court of Protection matters. Notably, he succeeded in a tricky appeal to the High Court in a case which, at the time it was decided, broke new ground in relation...

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Joss Knight

  • Call: 2014

Joss has particular experience in Court of Protection work and acts in both health and welfare and property and estates matters. Recent work includes: A claim to recover a six-figure sum appropriated by the defendant from an elderly relative...

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Annie Sampson

Annie Sampson

  • Call: 2015

Annie accepts instructions across the spectrum of Court of Protection matters, having gained experience during pupillage of matters arising in the context of both property and affairs and health and welfare.

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Property Damage & Insurance Disputes

Richard Stead

  • Call: 1979

Richard has considerable experience in property damage cases arising from fire, flooding, tree root induced subsidence, land slip etc, and in insurance coverage matters. Throughout Richard’s time at the Bar, he has undertaken civil jury trials and trials...

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Charles Auld

  • Call: 1980

Charles has considerable experience dealing with matters including boundary disputes, landlord and tenant work, rights of way, restrictive covenants and registration at HM Land Registry. His work includes: Disputes over land including traditional boundary disputes, restrictive covenants, rights...

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John Sharples

John Sharples

  • Call: 1992

John is very well versed in handling a variety of complex cases, and is frequently instructed on behalf of estates, developers, public authorities as well as private clients. He is ranked as a Star individual in Chambers UK...

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Andrew McLaughlin

Andrew McLaughlin

  • Call: 1993

Andrew is a leading junior in the field of property insurance disputes. He undertakes civil fraud and insurance-related work which includes dishonest claims for fire and other property damage, false claims for theft or loss of property, fraudulent critical...

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Julian Horne

Julian Horne

  • Call: 1998

Julian practises in all areas of property damage litigation and regularly represents local authorities and other landowners in cases of property damage caused by tree roots, fire and flood, in other nuisance claims, and in relation to claims...

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Christopher Jones

Christopher Jones

  • Call: 2004

Head of Real Estate, Christopher has extensive expertise in a wide variety of property issues. Real property Easements: rights of way, rights of support, rights to light and water rights Disputed ownership of land, adverse possession and boundary...

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James Marwick

James Marwick

  • Call: 2008

James has a busy practice acting in property damage claims, including in multi-party litigation and contribution proceedings. He is often instructed where there is an issue as to the extent of any tortious and/or contractual duty said to...

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Oliver Wooding

Oliver Wooding

  • Call: 2009

Oliver has a specialist practice that focuses on real estate matters, and is regularly instructed as an advocate, advisor, and mediator in a wide range of disputes. His expertise includes: Landlord & Tenant Oliver is experienced in both...

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Natasha Dzameh

Natasha Dzameh

  • Call: 2010

  Natasha specialises in advising and representing clients on proprietary estoppel and trust claims in relation to land, especially TOLATA claims (including those linked with Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989). She has dealt with numerous cases...

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Charlie Newington Bridges

Charlie Newington-Bridges

  • Call: 2011

Charlie specialises in all areas of real property matters and can advise clients in the following matters: Conveyancing and registration Restrictive covenants and easements Customary rights Adverse possession Boundary disputes Co-ownership Estoppel Mortgages and charges Commercial landlord and...

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Adam Boyle

  • Call: 2012

Adam is a very experienced real estate practitioner and a “go to” barrister in relation to difficult property matters. He is frequently instructed in the full gamut of property cases, including everything from rights of way, to complicated...

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Joss Knight

  • Call: 2014

Joss specialises in real estate matters, and has extensive experience of both commercial and residential landlord and tenant matters. As well as appearing on behalf of both landlord and tenants in lease renewal claims under the 1954 Act;...

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Brittany Pearce

Brittany Pearce

  • Call: 2015

Brittany has acted for clients in a range of real property matters, including boundary disputes and adverse possession claims, the enforcement of restrictive covenants and the creation of and interference with easements. Brittany’s focus is on achieving a...

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Ben Harwood

Ben Harwood

  • Call: 2022

Ben joined Chambers in October 2023 following the successful completion of his specialist commercial and chancery pupillage. Ben’s pupil supervisors were James Pearce-Smith, Brittany Pearce, Christopher Jones and Charlie Newington-Bridges. Ben frequently represents clients at small claims and...

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Derek O'Sullivan KC

  • Call: 1990
  • Silk: 2006

Derek O’Sullivan KC’s practice concentrates on personal injury and he has significant experience in: catastrophic injury claims, employer’s liability claims, occupier’s liability claims, fatal accident claims and road traffic accidents. Derek is also regularly instructed in health and...

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Richard Gold

Richard Gold

  • Call: 2006

Richard specialises in real estate matters, and acts in both residential and commercial property disputes. His areas of expertise include: landlord and tenant disputes; freehold covenants; easements; adverse possession; boundary disputes; trespass/nuisance (including tree root damage); and claims...

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Proprietary Estoppel

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Alex Troup KC

  • Call: 1998
  • Silk: 2023

Alex is ranked as the only ‘star individual’ on the Western Circuit in chancery matters by Chambers UK and is Head of our Wills & Trusts team. He is also the only silk ranked in private wealth outside...

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Charles Auld

  • Call: 1980

Charles has specialised in land-related matters for over 30 years. He has great experience of boundary litigation, restrictive covenants, easements and public rights of way. He regularly appears in Court; in the First-tier Tribunal (especially on land registration...

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John Sharples

John Sharples

  • Call: 1992

John is a very experienced adviser and advocate and has practised in the area of wills and trusts for over 25 years. He is ranked in Band 1 for both chancery and real estate litigation in Chambers UK...

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John Dickinson

John Dickinson

  • Call: 1995

John is a barrister specialising in wills and trusts work including administration of estates matters. He has extensive experience in resolving all aspects of inheritance related problems, both through court proceedings and alternative dispute resolution. John’s work includes...

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Zoë Saunders

  • Call: 2003

Zoë has particular expertise in relation to farming cases and claims of proprietary estoppel. Zoë has been involved in a number of cases in the context of inheritance disputes and matrimonial disputes in which allegations of proprietary estoppel...

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Christopher Jones

Christopher Jones

  • Call: 2004

Christopher is a wills & trusts barrister, regularly advising in cases involving the division of assets between cohabitees, disputed wills and the administration of trusts and estates. In addition his practice includes disputes involving: Advising on trustees’ powers...

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Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke

  • Call: 2009

Michael has an extensive wills & trusts practice, and regularly advises on the construction of wills, challenges to the validity of wills, claims in respect of mutual wills, applications to remove or replace personal representatives, applications for directions...

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Jody Atkinson

  • Call: 2005

Jody’s chancery practice focuses exclusively on wills and trusts. He is a full member of STEP, having passed all of the exams in one sitting. Jody is particularly sought after for Inheritance Act disputes, due to his rare...

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Oliver Wooding

Oliver Wooding

  • Call: 2009

Oliver’s wills and trusts practice spans all contentious and non-contentious matters.  He advises upon and acts, both as advocate and mediator, in disputes involving the validity of wills, claims under Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975,...

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Natasha Dzameh

Natasha Dzameh

  • Call: 2010

Natasha has extensive experience of wills, trusts and probate matters. She is regularly instructed as sole counsel on matters of significant value from pre-action through to trial or mediation. She has been published in the Trusts and Estates...

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Charlie Newington Bridges

Charlie Newington-Bridges

  • Call: 2011

Charlie is a traditional chancery barrister with a specialism in Inheritance Act 1975 claims and experience with high-value estates and complex wills. Recent work includes: Representing the defendant in a two day trial concerning the proceeds from two...

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Adam Boyle

  • Call: 2012

Adam has extensive experience of wills, trusts and probate work and is regularly instructed in all manner of cases across this area. His cases often include assisting executors and administrators with the administration of estates, and the various...

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Oliver Riley

Oliver Riley

  • Call: 2013

Oliver is an experienced trusts practitioner, particularly in the context of separating cohabitees. He is regularly instructed to provide advice prior to the issue of proceedings, as well as acting on behalf of both claimants and defendants in...

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Joss Knight

  • Call: 2014

Joss acts in a wide variety of wills, probate and estates matters. He has particular expertise in claims where the validity of the will is disputed, and claims for an interest in property on the basis of proprietary...

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Annie Sampson

Annie Sampson

  • Call: 2015

Annie’s experience encompasses a broad range of wills and trusts work, including both contentious and non-contentious matters. Annie has particular experience of advising in respect of the construction of wills and challenges to their validity; 1975 Act claims,...

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Brittany Pearce

Brittany Pearce

  • Call: 2015

Brittany is often instructed to advise beneficiaries, trustees and personal representatives in connection with probate, trust and estate matters. Her advice covers technical, discrete points, such as what documents should be disclosed, whilst factoring in practical considerations, bearing...

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Jack Pankhurst

  • Call: 2021

Jack joined Chambers in April 2022 following the successful completion of his specialist commercial and chancery pupillage. He accepts instructions in all of the main areas of commercial and chancery law. Jack’s pupil supervisors were Nick Pointon, Charlie...

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Kayleigh Bloomfield

  • Call: 2021

Kayleigh joined Chambers in October 2022 following the successful completion of her specialist commercial and chancery pupillage. She accepts instructions across all main areas of this practice group. Kayleigh’s pupil supervisors were Charlie Newington-Bridges and Christopher Jones. Kayleigh...

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Ben Harwood

Ben Harwood

  • Call: 2022

Ben joined Chambers in October 2023 following the successful completion of his specialist commercial and chancery pupillage. Ben’s pupil supervisors were James Pearce-Smith, Brittany Pearce, Christopher Jones and Charlie Newington-Bridges. Ben frequently represents clients at small claims and...

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Guy Adams

Guy Adams

  • Call: 1989

Guy is an experienced chancery practitioner with a thorough understanding of trust principles, and acts and advises in connection with the administration of trusts and estates. He has a particular expertise in derivative actions. He is a member...

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Richard Gold

Richard Gold

  • Call: 2006

Richard specialises in wills & trusts, and regularly advises and appears in cases where the validity of a will is challenged on grounds such as: non-compliance with the Wills Act 1837; lack of testamentary capacity; want of knowledge...

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Public & Administrative Law

Suzanne Ornsby KC

  • Call: 1986
  • Silk: 2012

Suzanne Ornsby KC is a highly proficient public, planning and environmental lawyer with wide experience of acting for utilities, multinationals, planning authorities, action groups and individuals. She is regularly involved in statutory challenges and judicial reviews as well...

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Peter Wadsley

  • Call: 1984

Peter specialises in planning, local government and environment law. He heads the Public & Administrative Law Practice Group at St John’s Chambers. He also has extensive experience in public rights of way inquiries and associated topics, as well...

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John Sharples

John Sharples

  • Call: 1992

John is a very experienced adviser and advocate and has practised in the area of Highways and Public Rights of Way for many years. He is ranked in Band 1 for both real estate litigation and chancery in...

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Roy Light

Roy Light

  • Call: 1992

Roy accepts instructions in all areas of licensing. He is highly commended for his advocacy, legal knowledge, negotiating skills and approachable client-friendly manner. He acts for individuals and small businesses as well as public authorities and international corporations...

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Tim Leader

Timothy Leader

  • Call: 1994

Tim appears regularly at public inquiries and has handled all kinds of proposals, including those for housing development (with a focus on those raising issues relating to the need for housing and housing land supply), employment, retail, listed...

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Judi Evans

  • Call: 1996

Judi has practised in the area of planning law since 1996 and has great experience in relation to advising on and/or attending public inquiries in relation to: Residential, commercial, agricultural and leisure developments Local Plans (housing, employment, landscape,...

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Harry Spurr

  • Call: 2001

Harry is an accomplished and directory-ranked mediator in commercial, civil and property disputes.  Described recently as “at the top of his profession”, “highly skilled” and “outstanding”, he is regularly commended by parties for his mediation style, and in...

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Guy Adams

Guy Adams

  • Call: 1989

Guy has a niche administrative law practice as part of a wider commercial and chancery practice. He both acts for private individuals and commercial bodies, whose interests have been adversely affected by administrative decisions, and public authorities. He...

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Public Liability

Christopher Sharp QC

Christopher Sharp KC

  • Call: 1975
  • Silk: 1999

Christopher is one of the leading personal injury and clinical negligence silks. He acts for both claimants and defendants, and the majority of his work involves multi-million-pound catastrophic brain and spinal injuries cases that very often contain complex...

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Matthew Phillips QC

Matthew Phillips KC

  • Call: 1993
  • Silk: 2017

In the field of personal injury Matthew specialises in asbestos related disease claims and catastrophic head and spinal injuries. In the field of sports law Matthew has extensive experience of personal injury claims and regulatory work involving anti-doping...

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Richard Stead

  • Call: 1979

One of Chambers’ most senior barristers, Richard has an extensive practice which encompasses personal injury, clinical negligence, professional negligence claims and property damage matters, including a number of high profile cases. Richard’s practice is also complemented by his...

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Andrew McLaughlin

Andrew McLaughlin

  • Call: 1993

Andrew’s key fields of expertise lie in fundamental dishonesty, brain and spinal injury and alleged chronic pain, employers’ liability for accidents at work and industrial disease, road traffic accidents, bullying and stress at work, sexual abuse, occupier’s and...

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Matthew White

Matthew White

  • Call: 1997

Matthew boasts particular experience and expertise in matters of Highway Law, and regularly advises (particularly highway authorities) on such claims including ordinary trippers/ slippers, winter maintenance cases, and cases in which the status of the location (and whether...

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Julian Horne

Julian Horne

  • Call: 1998

Julian is an experienced personal injury barrister with expertise across the field. He has appeared in a wide variety of public liability claims, including claims against occupiers and landowners for both personal injury and property damage, and cases...

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Justin Valentine

  • Call: 1999

Justin undertakes all aspects of personal injury work acting predominantly for claimants.  He has a particular interest in workplace claims (especially where liability expert evidence is required) and claims involving vulnerable road users (children, pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists).  His...

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Rachel Russell

Rachel Russell

  • Call: 2001

Rachel is Head of our Personal Injury team, and has over 20 years’ experience in dealing with personal injury cases, acting for both claimants and defendants. She has gained a reputation for her robust advocacy, well-reasoned but no nonsense...

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Darren Lewis

Darren Lewis

  • Call: 2004

Darren works in all aspects of public liability. In highways cases he has a loyal following among local authorities ranging from Walsall MBC in the West Midlands to Cornwall County Council in the South West. In occupier’s liability...

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Louise Asprey

Louise Asprey

  • Call: 2007

Louise has many years of experience representing both claimants and defendants in personal injury and clinical negligence matters. She regularly deals with claims arising out of road traffic accidents and is experienced in dealing with claims brought under...

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Patrick West

  • Call: 2007

Public liability work makes up a large proportion of Patrick’s practice. He is regularly instructed by highways authorities and other public bodies as well as claimants and advises on section 41 and section 58 issues. He is also...

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Jimmy Barber

  • Call: 2008

Jimmy is regularly instructed to advise and to represent claimants and defendants alike in multi-track cases in the County Court involving the statutory duties under the Highways Act 1980, the Occupiers’ Liability Acts 1957 and 1984 and the...

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James Marwick

James Marwick

  • Call: 2008

James is an experienced personal injury and clinical negligence barrister with sub-specialisms in costs and professional negligence.  He is ranked in The Legal 500 in costs (Tier 1), clinical negligence and personal injury. He acts for both claimants...

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Ben Handy

Ben Handy

  • Call: 2008

Ben is a specialist personal injury barrister widely recognised for his work representing claimants and defendants in serious injury claims. He also spends some of his time sitting as a Crown Court judge, having been appointed to the office of...

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James Hughes

  • Call: 2011

James has considerable experience across the full range of public liability work acting for claimants and defendants or their insurers. Recent work includes: Advising the claimant, who had suffered serious and multiple fractures of his left heel and...

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Rachel Segal

Rachel Segal

  • Call: 2013

Rachel is a personal injury barrister frequently instructed to advise and represent claimants and defendants in public liability matters arising from accidents on the highways and on public and private premises.  She is instructed at all stages of...

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Sophie Howard

  • Call: 2016

Sophie is a member of the Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence, and Inquest teams. She joined Chambers in May 2022 after completing a specialist third six pupillage under the supervision of Jimmy Barber. Having successfully completed a common law...

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Jonathan Lindfield

Jonathan Lindfield

  • Call: 2017

Jonathan specialises all areas of personal injury litigation, including RTAs, occupiers’/public/employers’ liability, Highways Act, defective premises, product liability, claims brought under the Animals Act, and many others. He is regularly involved in claims where there are complex issues...

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Rhodri Jones

Rhodri Jones

  • Call: 2017

Rhodri specialises in clinical negligence, acting for both claimants and defendants. Before retraining as a barrister, Rhodri practiced as a medical doctor for 18 years, principally in A&E and general practice. His wealth of knowledge and clinical experience...

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Lauren Karmel

  • Call: 2017

Lauren is ranked as a leading junior (Tier 2) in The Legal 500 2024 guide. She accepts instructions in all areas of clinical negligence and inquest work, and is developing a strong paper-based practice in all areas of...

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David Forster

  • Call: 2018

David is a specialist Personal Injury barrister who has a balanced practice acting for both Claimants and Defendants. His practice encompasses all aspects of Personal Injury and he is regularly instructed to advise on claims relating to RTAs,...

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Beatrice Baskett

Beatrice Baskett

  • Call: 2021

Beatrice joined our Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence and Inquests teams in October 2023 following the successful completion of her pupillage under the supervision Robert Mills and Benjamin Handy. Beatrice is instructed regularly in fast-track trials, interlocutory applications and...

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Derek O'Sullivan KC

  • Call: 1990
  • Silk: 2006

Derek O’Sullivan KC’s practice concentrates on personal injury and he has significant experience in: catastrophic injury claims, employer’s liability claims, occupier’s liability claims, fatal accident claims and road traffic accidents. Derek is also regularly instructed in health and...

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Anna Symington-114

Anna Symington

  • Call: 2002

Anna acts for both claimants and defendants in most personal injury matters. Her areas of expertise are principally: Catastrophic injuries (with emphasis on amputation claims) CRPS Psychiatric and chronic pain cases Fraudulent and exaggerated claims Employers’ liability issues. Motor...

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Real Estate

alex-troup

Alex Troup KC

  • Call: 1998
  • Silk: 2023

Alex is a chancery barrister who is often instructed in property litigation cases. Some of his property cases overlap with his trust and contentious probate practice, such as proprietary estoppel claims, disputes over the beneficial ownership of property,...

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Richard Stead

  • Call: 1979

One of Chambers’ most senior barristers, Richard has an extensive practice which encompasses personal injury, clinical negligence, professional negligence claims and property damage matters, including a number of high profile cases. Richard’s practice is also complemented by his...

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Charles Auld

  • Call: 1980

Charles has considerable experience dealing with matters including boundary disputes, landlord and tenant work, rights of way, restrictive covenants and registration at HM Land Registry. His work includes: Disputes over land including traditional boundary disputes, restrictive covenants, rights...

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John Sharples

John Sharples

  • Call: 1992

John is very well versed in handling a variety of complex cases, and is frequently instructed on behalf of estates, developers, public authorities as well as private clients. He is ranked as a Star individual in Chambers UK...

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James Pearce Smith

James Pearce-Smith

  • Call: 2002

James, a former solicitor, is an experienced litigator specialising in commercial and real estate matters. He regularly advises in relation to property disputes, often with a commercial flavour, including claims relating to commercial leases. He has acted in numerous claims relating to...

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John Dickinson

John Dickinson

  • Call: 1995

John is a barrister specialising in real estate work including conveyancing disputes, boundaries and easements, in particular disputes over parking and rights of way in both civil and tribunal proceedings and representation in tribunals in relation to adverse...

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Matthew White

Matthew White

  • Call: 1997

The mainstay of Matthew’s practice is personal injury litigation, but he thinks of himself as a “common lawyer” and enjoys cases dealing with other areas of law. In relation to Real Estate he has developed two particular areas...

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Harry Spurr

  • Call: 2001

Harry acts for landowners, local and other public authorities and regulators, individuals, community groups and other parties in relation to a range of disputes concerning land.  He is known in particular for his expertise in highways / public...

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Christopher Jones

Christopher Jones

  • Call: 2004

Head of Real Estate, Christopher has extensive expertise in a wide variety of property issues. Real property Easements: rights of way, rights of support, rights to light and water rights Disputed ownership of land, adverse possession and boundary...

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Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke

  • Call: 2009

Michael regularly acts and advises in real estate matters including the disputed ownership of land, boundary disputes, adverse possession, easements and restrictive covenants. In addition Michael advises upon torts in relation to land, in particular trespass, nuisance and...

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Oliver Wooding

Oliver Wooding

  • Call: 2009

Oliver has a specialist practice that focuses on real estate matters, and is regularly instructed as an advocate, advisor, and mediator in a wide range of disputes. His expertise includes: Landlord & Tenant Oliver is experienced in both...

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Natasha Dzameh

Natasha Dzameh

  • Call: 2010

  Natasha specialises in advising and representing clients on proprietary estoppel and trust claims in relation to land, especially TOLATA claims (including those linked with Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989). She has dealt with numerous cases...

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Charlie Newington Bridges

Charlie Newington-Bridges

  • Call: 2011

Charlie specialises in all areas of real property matters and can advise clients in the following matters: Conveyancing and registration Restrictive covenants and easements Customary rights Adverse possession Boundary disputes Co-ownership Estoppel Mortgages and charges Commercial landlord and...

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Adam Boyle

  • Call: 2012

Adam is a very experienced real estate practitioner and a “go to” barrister in relation to difficult property matters. He is frequently instructed in the full gamut of property cases, including everything from rights of way, to complicated...

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Joss Knight

  • Call: 2014

Joss specialises in real estate matters, and has extensive experience of both commercial and residential landlord and tenant matters. As well as appearing on behalf of both landlord and tenants in lease renewal claims under the 1954 Act;...

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Annie Sampson

Annie Sampson

  • Call: 2015

Annie has experience across the breadth of property and real estate matters, including TOLATA claims, trespass, nuisance, residential landlord and tenant and mortgage possession proceedings, boundary disputes, adverse possession, commercial tenancies and the renewal of business tenancies under...

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Brittany Pearce

Brittany Pearce

  • Call: 2015

Brittany has acted for clients in a range of real property matters, including boundary disputes and adverse possession claims, the enforcement of restrictive covenants and the creation of and interference with easements. Brittany’s focus is on achieving a...

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Daniel Soar

  • Call: 2016

Daniel is a specialist real estate practitioner. He has experience in dealing with applications pursuant to the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996, residential and commercial landlord and tenant matters, business tenancy renewals under the...

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Kayleigh Bloomfield

  • Call: 2021

Kayleigh joined Chambers in October 2022 following the successful completion of her specialist commercial and chancery pupillage. She accepts instructions across all main areas of this practice group. Kayleigh’s pupil supervisors were Charlie Newington-Bridges and Christopher Jones. Kayleigh...

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Ben Harwood

Ben Harwood

  • Call: 2022

Ben joined Chambers in October 2023 following the successful completion of his specialist commercial and chancery pupillage. Ben’s pupil supervisors were James Pearce-Smith, Brittany Pearce, Christopher Jones and Charlie Newington-Bridges. Ben frequently represents clients at small claims and...

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Guy Adams

Guy Adams

  • Call: 1989

Guy is an experienced chancery practitioner with a strong focus on real estate work. His expertise covers commercial and residential landlord and tenant matters as well as development issues. He represents clients at all levels of the court...

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Richard Gold

Richard Gold

  • Call: 2006

Richard specialises in real estate matters, and acts in both residential and commercial property disputes. His areas of expertise include: landlord and tenant disputes; freehold covenants; easements; adverse possession; boundary disputes; trespass/nuisance (including tree root damage); and claims...

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Real Estate Mediation

alex-troup

Alex Troup KC

  • Call: 1998
  • Silk: 2023

Alex is an experienced mediator with particular experience of dealing with contentious trust and probate cases. He adopts a friendly but no-nonsense approach to mediations and has a high success rate for achieving settlements. Alex was one of...

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John Sharples

John Sharples

  • Call: 1992

John became a fully-qualified mediator in early 2015 and now specialising in mediating property, private client and related areas. He also lectures on aspects of mediation law and practice to solicitors in the South West and Wales. John...

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John Dickinson

John Dickinson

  • Call: 1995

John trained as a mediator at the London School of Mediation, was accredited in 2015 and now serves as both a mediator and as a representative at mediations. His approach to facilitative mediation is to control the process...

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James Pearce Smith

James Pearce-Smith

  • Call: 2002

James qualified as a mediator in January 2018.  He is very experienced in representing parties at mediations, especially involving commercial disputes and claims for professional negligence, and is now able to use this experience to assist parties as...

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Christopher Jones

Christopher Jones

  • Call: 2004

Christopher qualified as a mediator in January 2018. His background is predominantly in trust litigation and advice, contentious and non-contentious probate applications, real property litigation (particularly in relation to easements, restrictive covenants and contracts for the sale of...

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Oliver Wooding

Oliver Wooding

  • Call: 2009

Oliver is a trained mediator and experienced mediation counsel who deals with a whole range of legal disputes, but in particular contentious probate, trusts, and real estate disputes. He offers a practical and friendly approach that encourages parties,...

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Natasha Dzameh

Natasha Dzameh

  • Call: 2010

Natasha is an accredited mediator who is available for instruction in mediations in any field. She is a specialist commercial and chancery barrister who is accustomed to acting as sole counsel in high value litigation particularly in relation...

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Adam Boyle

  • Call: 2012

Adam is passionate about mediation and the benefits it can offer to the parties who participate in it. He trained as a mediator with the London School of Mediation nearly ten years ago in 2015 and has been...

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Richard Gold

Richard Gold

  • Call: 2006

Richard is a qualified mediator, having trained with the London School of Mediation. His mediation experience includes acting as a mediator in a complex probate dispute, in which a settlement was reached at the end of the mediation....

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