Head of Chambers: Martin Spencer QC
Senior Clerk: Stephen Smith
THE CHAMBERS Hailsham Chambers offers clients top quality legal advice and advocacy across its focused and complementary areas of practice. Established more than 100 years ago and located at the heart of London’s legal community, the set’s leading reputation gives clients confidence that they are instructing some of the very best practitioners available. Acting for claimants and defendants in the areas of: professional negligence, clinical negligence, professional discipline, costs litigation, personal injury and commercial dispute resolution,many of the set’s members have significant experience in more than one field, offering clients rare cross-disciplinary expertise. Chambers strives to provide the highest possible standards and recognises the individual needs of clients. Flexibility, transparency and open communication fosters close working relationships, which result in clients returning to Hailsham if legal expertise is required again. A progressive and friendly set, Hailsham has embraced technologies that provide clients with pro-active, accurate and timely service.
WORK UNDERTAKEN Hailsham offers advice and representation before all levels of courts and tribunals throughout the world, in matters which are funded privately, by Legal Aid or CFA. In addition to representing parties in arbitrations and mediations, several members of Chambers are also available for appointment as neutrals. Core practice areas include:
Professional Negligence: Hailsham’s sought-after, 40-strong professional negligence group has extensive experience of complex claims relating to all the main professions. Members of the group are instructed by leading insurers and firms.
Clinical Negligence: Chambers’ medical law group comprises almost 30 members and is widely recognised in relation to high value, specialist medical litigation. Members act for patients, trusts, healthcare professionals, health authorities and pharmaceutical companies and also chair inquiries and appear at inquests.
Professional Discipline: Hailsham has a successful regulatory and disciplinary group. The team offers advice and advocacy before tribunals and regulatory bodies, both medical and non-medical. Members advise doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals and are involved in the conduct of disciplinary procedures. They frequently appear in the GMC, GDC and NMC and in the Administrative Court for judicial reviews, public inquiries and inquests.
Costs Litigation: Chambers’ costs group has impressive expertise in this specialist area of practice. Acknowledged leaders in this field, members of the group have appeared in many of the most important costs cases.
Personal Injury: Chambers’ personal injury group has an enviable reputation in high value litigation, with an emphasis on claims arising from injuries at work, road traffic accidents, traumatic brain and catastrophic spinal injuries. Hailsham has strong relationships with a number of unions and professional bodies and undertakes a significant volume of claimant work. In defence work, Chambers has good connections with many of the leading insurers.
Commercial Dispute Resolution: Chambers’ commercial group advises and acts in a range of matters including agency, banking and financial services, carriage by land and sea, competition law, environmental law, conflicts of law, construction, entertainment, fraud, international sales, IT and a range of domestic and foreign commercial agreements.