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Hardwicke - London
  • Hardwicke Building
  • New Square
  • Lincoln's Inn
  • London
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • WC2A 3SB
  • Heads of Chambers Nigel Jones QC & Paul Reed QC
  • Chief Executive Amanda Illing
  • Tenants 70

THE CHAMBERS Hardwicke specialises in commercial, insurance, property & private client, and public law. It is one of the most innovative and modern sets at the Bar, run as a commercial business with a strong focus on excellent client service. Hardwicke is an Investor in People (silver accreditation) and has won the UK Diversity Legal Award in 2012 and 2011. Hardwicke has 78 barristers across its four specialist divisions, servicing UK and international clients, including professional services firms, businesses, banks, lenders, insurance companies, charities, government bodies and individuals. Barristers are supported by a strong team of practice managers, who are friendly and approachable.

WORK UNDERTAKEN Hardwicke works across the range of civil and commercial law, from administrative law to trade disputes, and can handle everything from informal advice over the telephone to representation in the most complex international disputes. The set is organised into four specialist divisions:
Commercial: Arbitration, banking and finance, civil fraud, commercial litigation, companies and partnership, construction and engineering, costs, employment, franchising, insolvency and restructuring, intellectual property, shipping and trade, TMT.
Insurance: Clinical negligence, insurance and reinsurance, personal injury, professional liability, professional negligence, medical malpractice.
Public: Administrative law, community care, court of protection, education, healthcare, homelessness, human rights, inquests, judicial review, mental health, social housing, social welfare and benefits.
Property & Private Client: Commercial landlord and tenant, family, probate, procurement, real property, residential leases and tenancies, trusts.
Costs and ADR: In addition to the above specialist areas of law, members offer advice and representation in all aspects of costs and funding. Members have extensive experience of CFAs and are at the forefront of alternative dispute resolution and have a panel of qualified arbitrators and mediators.Many members accept public access instructions.

Members List

  • George F Pulman QC (1971) (QC-1989) +
  • Nigel Jones QC (1976) (QC-1999) +
  • Lesley Anderson QC (1989) (QC-2006)
  • Paul Reed QC (1988) (QC-2010) A
  • Brie Stevens-Hoare QC (1986) (QC-2013)
  • P J Kirby QC (1989) (QC-2013) A
  • John de Waal QC (1992) (QC-2013)
  • John Friel (1974) A
  • John Gallagher (1974) +
  • Stephen Lennard (1976) + A
  • Robert Leonard (1976) A
  • Graham Cunningham (1976) A
  • Wendy Parker (1978) A
  • Karl King (1985) + A
  • Richard Buswell (1985) A
  • Monty Palfrey (1985)
  • Mark Engelman (1987) A
  • Steven Woolf (1989) A
  • Sara Benbow (1990) A
  • Daniel Gatty (1990) A
  • Rupert Higgins (1991) A
  • Arthur Moore (1992)
  • Colm Nugent (1992)
  • Andrew Skelly (1994) A
  • Margaret Bloom (1994)
  • Clive Rawlings (1994) A
  • Alexander Bastin (1995) A
  • David Pliener (1996) A
  • Edward Rowntree (1996) A
  • David Lewis (1997) A
  • Ian Silcock (1997) A
  • Charles Bagot (1997) A
  • Romilly Cummerson (1998)
  • Alison Meacher (1998) A
  • Alastair Redpath-Stevens (1998)
  • Peter Petts (1998)
  • Mark Stephens (1998)
  • Henry Slack (1999)
  • David Lawson (2000)
  • Shazia Akhtar (2001) A
  • Sarah McCann (2001) A
  • Jonathan Titmuss (2001)
  • Sarah Venn (2002)
  • Jasmine Murphy (2002)
  • Michael Wheater (2003)
  • Rebecca Richardson (2003)
  • Morayo Fagborun Bennett (2004) A
  • Andy Creer (2005)
  • Charles Raffin (2005)
  • Simon Allison (2005) A
  • Paul Strelitz (2005) A
  • Thomas Bell (2006)
  • Laura Tweedy (2007) A
  • Helena White (2007)
  • Catherine Piercy (2007)
  • Gemma Witherington (2008)
  • Anna Tkaczynska (2008)
  • Emily Betts (2009)
  • Ebony Alleyne (2009)
  • Alexander Campbell (2010)
  • Lina Mattsson (2010)
  • Brenna Conroy (2010)
  • Laurence Page (2010)
  • Aileen McErlean (2011)
  • Leon Glenister (2011)
  • Rupert Cohen (2011)
  • Sri Carmichael (2012)
  • Caoimhe McKearney (2012)
  • Charlie Thompson (2012)
  • Jack Dillon (2012)
  • + Recorder A Public/Direct Access


Court of Protection - All Circuits


Esteemed set whose members are well versed in jurisdiction proceedings and have a strong grounding in cases concerning the Mental Capacity Act 2005. The team has strength in community care, social housing, public law and education law, all of which assists both claimant and local authority clients in related Court of Protection cases.

Client service: "Hardwicke barristers are a very friendly group, and their clerks are always helpful."


Alison Meacher 
An impressive junior whose social housing background is highly valued by instructing solicitors. She acts for claimants and family members as well as local authorities, and is particularly good on questions concerning capacity to litigate and deprivation of liberty.
Expertise: "A firecracker, who knows the area incredibly well, gets to the heart of the matter and gets on really well with clients and opponents alike." "The crossover with her social housing law knowledge is really good. She's a really good advocate and always tries to find a solution."

Construction - London (Bar)


Hardwicke continues to act on high-profile and complex construction disputes. Its members are often instructed by leading law firms and appear for a host of well-known players in the construction sphere. Alongside domestic matters, they frequently act in substantial international disputes, and are praised for being "very approachable, practical and down to earth."

Client service: "Hardwicke represents a breath of fresh air in the way it operates." "Enlightened in its approach, it understands what instructing solicitors and clients want." Amanda Illing is the practice director.


Nigel Jones QC 
Frequently handles complex construction disputes, and acts for a range of clients including housing associations and contractors.
Expertise: "He takes a very pragmatic approach to his advice, and always offers value for money."
Recent work: He acted in Heart of England (t/a Orbit) v Stratford District Council, appearing on behalf of a housing association in a £12 million claim against a local authority, relating to construction defects in 6,000 properties that were transferred to the claimant.

Paul Reed QC
Regularly instructed in high-profile TCC and major international disputes. He has recently been active on matters in the Caribbean and Dubai.
Expertise: "Methodical, commercial, and someone with great advocacy skills." "He's very diligent and hard-working."
Recent work: He appeared in Grosvenor Street Partnership v Carillion & Others, a £20 million claim concerning the negligent design and construction of a new development which caused damage to adjoining properties.


David Pliener
Acts for contractors, property developers and insurers. He is experienced in domestic and international cases, and regularly handles arbitration and adjudication work.
Expertise: "A very commercial problem solver, who is brilliant with lay clients and an active part of the legal team." "He's very thorough and doesn't miss any points."
Recent work: He acted in Dalata v Litton, a case concerning a substantial water leak at a new hotel in Cardiff.

Michael Wheater
Well regarded for his efforts in insurance-related constructed cases. He is experienced in issues relating to policy coverage and liability.
Expertise: "Down to earth and gains a quick understanding of the issues." "Commercial, user-friendly and helpful."
Recent work: Appeared for construction consultants in a claim resulting from the alleged defective design of a country estate in Essex.

Sarah McCann 
Experienced in high-profile and high-value disputes, she has a broad practice which covers construction, professional negligence and property damage matters.  
Expertise: "She is very quick and will always give a definite opinion."
Recent work: She acted for the defendants in Lloyds TSB Bank v McBains Cooper, a case brought by Lloyds claiming that the defendants had breached the terms of their appointment.

Catherine Piercy
Frequently instructed in significant TCC cases, she acts for a range of employers, contractors and insurers.
Expertise: "Hard-working and good to bounce ideas around with; she gives good, practical advice." "She's phenomenally hard-working, bright and down to earth."
Recent work: She acted for the engineers in Aldersgate v Robinson, a case concerning a breach of contract and negligence claim.

Education - London (Bar)


This set has a well-rounded offering and is especially well regarded for its members' expertise in SEN cases. Individuals act for a wide range of clients and are regularly instructed to represent individuals, local authorities, schools and universities. Those that instruct the set are pleased not only by the quality of barrister on offer, but also by the added extras that the set provides. By way of example, "their seminars are very good and up to date in terms of content and relevance."

Client service: "The clerks are good and cover all bases." "Very efficient and responsive. There are never any delays or problems." 


David Lawson 
Acts on a broad range of matters in court and in an advisory role. He was recently active in a judicial review relating to the new exclusion regime.
Expertise: "He takes a thorough, analytical approach to cases, and is skilful and creative in presenting difficult arguments."
Recent work: Acted in Z v B University, appearing on behalf of the claimant in a race and discrimination claim.

John Friel 
A highly experienced barrister, who has recently been active in the Court of Appeal. He specialises in SEN and discrimination cases.
Expertise: "A superb advocate, who is very approachable and always well prepared." "He is a specialist in the field, and he wins."
Recent work: He successfully acted for the respondent in Slough Borough Council v The Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal & Others at the Court of Appeal.

Clive Rawlings 
Represents defendants and claimants, frequently appearing in the Court of Appeal and Upper Tribunal. He focuses on cases concerning SEN, exclusions and academy conversions.
Expertise: "A very experienced advocate with a keen eye for detail, who is an expert at dealing with the most complex cases, in particular those concerning comparative costings and funding arrangements for specialist education placements."
Recent work: He acted in Abukar v LB Barnet and Bishop Douglas School.

Real Estate Litigation - London (Bar)


Hardwicke is a set which is highly praised by clients for the "refreshing level of attention and customer care" both its barristers and clerks provide. Its 20-strong team has members who are active in all areas of real property law, and are known for the "practical, reasonable and sensible" advice they give. One solicitor said of them: "They have a very commercial approach both in terms of their advice and the fees they charge. Clients can actually understand their opinions, which saves me the need of having to translate things into layman's terms."

Client service: "The clerks are very good at client care, and get the job done very effectively." "The clerks and practice managers make a real effort to build relationships with instructing solicitors." "Practice manager Annabelle Lock is particularly impressive."


John de Waal QC
Works primarily on property disputes and property-related professional negligence issues. He mainly represents large commercial landlords, professional indemnity insurers and developers. 
Expertise: "An exceptionally responsive barrister, who knows how to give the lay client confidence and understanding." "He's very thoughtful about the client's position, and very supportive and encouraging."
Recent work: Appeared in Walton Homes Ltd v Staffordshire County Council, an application to set aside a payment determined by experts under an overage agreement on the basis that the expert involved had made a manifest error. 

Brie Stevens-Hoare QC
A recognised authority on commercial and development-led property disputes, who also maintains an active professional negligence practice. In addition, she is an experienced mediator.
Expertise: "She understands property law, and sensibly puts the client's best interests to the fore." "Straightforward and clear in her delivery, she is liked by judges." 
Recent work: Acted in a major professional negligence action relating to a substantial Kensington estate. 


Daniel Gatty 
Has a broad landlord and tenant and real property law practice, with a specialisation in mortgage and land registration issues. He also acts regularly as a mediator.
Expertise: "His advice is well set out and competent." "He is pleasant, efficient and willing to help wherever possible." 
Recent work: Successfully acted in a dispute concerning the interpretation of a lease covering a bridge over a railway line.

Alexander Bastin
Majors in property litigation and acts for a wide variety of clients across a range of issues. He is particularly valued for his clear, strategic advice.
Expertise: "In a case where you can't see the wood for the trees, he will provide clarity."
Recent work: Acted successfully for a management company in a service charge dispute. The court ruled that a landlord's legal costs could be recovered as both a service charge and an administration charge.

Monty Palfrey
Admired by clients and peers for his clear, persuasive advocacy and proactive approach to dispute management. He is an experienced courtroom advocate, and has acted extensively in landlord and tenant cases and boundary disputes. 
Expertise: "Clients love his no-nonsense approach and practical advice." "He's a charming opponent, who is very sharp." 
Recent work: Acted in Northumberland & Durham v Ouahib, acting for a landlord in a claim for possession of a very valuable property following the death of a Rent Act protected tenant.

Edward Rowntree
Handles property disputes as part of his wider chancery practice. He tackles all aspects of real property law, including easements, boundaries and trusts of land, and has contributed to a textbook on the law of mortgages. 
Expertise: "A compelling advocate, who is detailed and commercial in his approach." "He's accessible and turns work around quickly." 
Recent work: Acted for an executor in successfully defeating a claim of beneficial entitlement to a Docklands apartment brought by the wife of the deceased.

Social Housing - London (Bar)

This set's barristers are praised for their "rounded advice," and typically act for housing providers and local authorities. Those that instruct them do so as they offer "real passion and the personal touch." The individuals here specialise in all manner of housing-related work, such as allocation reviews, possession actions, anti-social behaviour cases and disrepair claims, to name but a few.

Client service: The barristers provide "excellent handling of urgent work, and pull out all the stops." They benefit from a "smooth clerking team" that is "responsive and friendly." Paul Horsfield is the senior practice manager for the property and private client division.


Alison Meacher 
Has significant expertise in cases involving mental health and Court of Protection issues, and is good on cases relating to welfare benefit. She generally acts for local authorities.
Expertise: "Confident in court, she certainly had the judge.s ear," said one instructing solicitor. "She was able to see our position and work from that standpoint."
Recent work: She recently appeared for the local authority in Babergh DC v Grimsey, a case involving possession proceedings against a vulnerable tenant.

Laura Tweedy 
Has a broad social housing practice, and regularly handles complex antisocial behaviour injunctions. 
Expertise: "She is robust, and you can see the passion in her to get things done." "Energetic and thorough." "Her advice is always concise and tailored to our clients’ needs."
Recent work: She recently acted for the tenant in Leicester Housing Association v Armstrong, which involved defending a claim for possession.